The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday August 22, 2019 (NIV)

Job 4-7

First Series of Speeches

Eliphaz Speaks

Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:

Should anyone try to speak with you
when you are exhausted?
Yet who can keep from speaking?
Indeed, you have instructed many
and have strengthened(A) weak hands.
Your words have steadied the one who was stumbling
and braced the knees that were buckling.(B)
But now that this has happened to you,
you have become exhausted.
It strikes(C) you, and you are dismayed.
Isn’t your piety your confidence,
and the integrity of your life[a] your hope?(D)
Consider: Who has perished when he was innocent?
Where have the honest[b] been destroyed?(E)
In my experience, those who plow injustice
and those who sow trouble(F) reap the same.(G)
They perish at a single blast(H) from God
and come to an end by the breath of his nostrils.(I)
10 The lion may roar and the fierce lion(J) growl,
but the teeth of young lions are broken.(K)
11 The strong lion dies if it catches no prey,
and the cubs of the lioness are scattered.(L)

12 A word was brought to me in secret;
my ears caught a whisper of it.(M)
13 Among unsettling thoughts from visions in the night,(N)
when deep sleep(O) comes over men,
14 fear and trembling came over me(P)
and made all my bones shake.
15 I felt a draft[c] on my face,
and the hair on my body stood up.
16 A figure stood there,
but I could not recognize its appearance;
a form loomed before my eyes.
I heard a whispering voice:
17 “Can a mortal be righteous before God?
Can a man be more pure than his Maker?” (Q)
18 If God puts no trust in his servants
and he charges his angels with foolishness,[d](R)
19 how much more those who dwell in clay houses,(S)
whose foundation is in the dust,
who are crushed like a moth!
20 They are smashed to pieces from dawn to dusk;
they perish forever while no one notices.(T)
21 Are their tent cords not pulled up?
They die without wisdom.(U)

Call out! Will anyone answer you?
Which of the holy ones(V) will you turn to?
For anger kills a fool,
and jealousy slays the gullible.(W)
I have seen a fool taking root,
but I immediately pronounced a curse on his home.
His children are far from safety.
They are crushed at the city gate,(X)
with no one to rescue them.
The hungry consume his harvest,
even taking it out of the thorns.[e]
The thirsty[f] pant for his children’s wealth.
For distress does not grow out of the soil,
and trouble does not sprout from the ground.
But humans are born for trouble(Y)
as surely as sparks fly upward.

However, if I were you, I would appeal to God
and would present my case to him.(Z)
He does great(AA) and unsearchable things,
wonders without number.(AB)
10 He gives rain to the earth
and sends water to the fields.(AC)
11 He sets the lowly on high,
and mourners are lifted to safety.(AD)
12 He frustrates the schemes of the crafty
so that they[g] achieve no success.
13 He traps the wise in their craftiness
so that the plans of the deceptive
are quickly brought to an end.(AE)
14 They encounter darkness by day,
and they grope at noon
as if it were night.(AF)
15 He saves the needy from their sharp words[h](AG)
and from the clutches of the powerful.
16 So the poor have hope,
and injustice shuts its mouth.(AH)
17 See how happy is the person whom God corrects;
so do not reject the discipline of the Almighty.
18 For he wounds but he also bandages;
he strikes, but his hands also heal.(AI)
19 He will rescue you from six calamities;
no harm will touch you in seven.
20 In famine he will redeem you from death,
and in battle, from the power of the sword.(AJ)
21 You will be safe from slander[i]
and not fear destruction when it comes.(AK)
22 You will laugh at destruction and hunger
and not fear the land’s wild creatures.
23 For you will have a covenant with the stones of the field,
and the wild animals will be at peace with you.(AL)
24 You will know that your tent is secure,(AM)
and nothing will be missing when you inspect your home.
25 You will also know that your offspring will be many
and your descendants like the grass of the earth.
26 You will approach the grave(AN) in full vigor,(AO)
as a stack of sheaves is gathered in its season.

27 We have investigated this, and it is true!
Hear it and understand it for yourself.

Job’s Reply to Eliphaz

Then Job answered:

If only my grief could be weighed
and my devastation(AP) placed with it on the scales.(AQ)
For then it would outweigh the sand of the seas!
That is why my words are rash.
Surely the arrows of the Almighty have pierced[j] me;
my spirit drinks their poison.
God’s terrors are arrayed against me.(AR)
Does a wild donkey bray over fresh grass
or an ox low over its fodder?
Is bland food eaten without salt?
Is there flavor in an egg white?[k]
I refuse to touch them;
they are like contaminated food.(AS)

If only my request would be granted
and God would provide what I hope for:
that he would decide to crush me,
to unleash his power and cut me off!
10 It would still bring me comfort,
and I would leap for joy in unrelenting pain
that I have not denied[l] the words of the Holy One.(AT)

11 What strength do I have, that I should continue to hope?
What is my future, that I should be patient?
12 Is my strength that of stone,
or my flesh made of bronze?
13 Since I cannot help myself,
the hope for success has been banished from me.

14 A despairing man should receive loyalty from his friends,[m](AU)
even if he abandons the fear of the Almighty.
15 My brothers are as treacherous as a wadi,
as seasonal streams that overflow
16 and become darkened[n] because of ice,
and the snow melts into them.
17 The wadis evaporate in warm weather;
they disappear from their channels in hot weather.
18 Caravans turn away from their routes,
go up into the desert, and perish.
19 The caravans of Tema look for these streams.
The traveling merchants of Sheba hope for them.
20 They are ashamed because they had been confident of finding water.
When they arrive there, they are disappointed.(AV)
21 So this is what you have now become to me.[o]
When you see something dreadful, you are afraid.
22 Have I ever said: “Give me something”
or “Pay a bribe for me from your wealth”
23 or “Deliver me from the enemy’s hand”
or “Redeem me from the hand of the ruthless”?

24 Teach me, and I will be silent.
Help me understand what I did wrong.
25 How painful honest words can be!
But what does your rebuke prove?
26 Do you think that you can disprove my words
or that a despairing man’s words are mere wind?(AW)
27 No doubt you would cast lots for a fatherless child
and negotiate a price to sell your friend.(AX)

28 But now, please look at me;
I will not lie to your face.(AY)
29 Reconsider; don’t be unjust.
Reconsider; my righteousness(AZ) is still the issue.
30 Is there injustice on my tongue
or can my palate not taste disaster?(BA)

Isn’t each person consigned to forced labor(BB) on earth?
Are not his days like those of a hired worker?
Like a slave he longs for shade;
like a hired worker he waits for his pay.
So I have been made to inherit months of futility,
and troubled nights have been assigned to me.(BC)
When I lie down I think,
“When will I get up?”
But the evening drags on endlessly,
and I toss and turn until dawn.
My flesh is clothed with maggots and encrusted with dirt.[p]
My skin forms scabs[q] and then oozes.(BD)

My days pass more swiftly than a weaver’s shuttle;
they come to an end without hope.(BE)
Remember that my life is but a breath.
My eye will never again see anything good.(BF)
The eye of anyone who looks on me
will no longer see me.
Your eyes will look for me, but I will be gone.(BG)
As a cloud fades away and vanishes,
so the one who goes down to Sheol(BH) will never rise again.
10 He will never return to his house;
his hometown will no longer remember[r] him.(BI)

11 Therefore I will not restrain my mouth.
I will speak in the anguish of my spirit;
I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.
12 Am I the sea[s](BJ) or a sea monster,(BK)
that you keep me under guard?
13 When I say, “My bed will comfort me,
and my couch will ease my complaint,”
14 then you frighten me with dreams,
and terrify me with visions,(BL)
15 so that I prefer strangling[t]
death rather than life in this body.[u](BM)
16 I give up! I will not live forever.
Leave me alone,(BN) for my days are a breath.[v]

17 What is a mere human, that you think so highly of him
and pay so much attention to him?(BO)
18 You inspect him every morning,
and put him to the test every moment.(BP)
19 Will you ever look away from me,
or leave me alone long enough to swallow?[w]
20 If I have sinned, what have I done to you,
Watcher of humanity?
Why have you made me your target,(BQ)
so that I have become a burden to you?[x]
21 Why not forgive my sin
and pardon my iniquity?(BR)
For soon I will lie down in the grave.(BS)
You will eagerly seek me, but I will be gone.(BT)

Footnotes:

  1. 4:6 Lit ways
  2. 4:7 Or the upright, or those with integrity
  3. 4:15 Or a spirit
  4. 4:18 Or error; Hb obscure
  5. 5:5 Hb obscure
  6. 5:5 Aq, Sym, Syr, Vg; MT reads snares
  7. 5:12 Lit their hands
  8. 5:15 Lit from the sword of their mouth; Ps 55:21; 59:7
  9. 5:21 Lit be hidden from the whip of the tongue
  10. 6:4 Lit Almighty are in
  11. 6:6 Hb obscure
  12. 6:10 Lit hidden
  13. 6:14 Lit To the despairing his friend loyalty
  14. 6:16 Or turbid
  15. 6:21 Alt Hb tradition reads So you have now become nothing
  16. 7:5 Or and dirty scabs
  17. 7:5 Lit skin hardens
  18. 7:10 Lit know
  19. 7:12 Or the sea god
  20. 7:15 Or suffocation
  21. 7:15 Lit than my bones
  22. 7:16 Or are futile
  23. 7:19 Lit swallow my saliva?
  24. 7:20 Alt Hb tradition, LXX; MT, Vg read myself

Cross references:

  1. 4:3 : Jb 26:2; Is 35:3; Heb 12:12
  2. 4:4 : Dt 3:28; Jb 16:15; Is 41:10
  3. 4:5 : Jb 5:19; 6:7; 19:21
  4. 4:6 : Jb 11:18; Ps 119:116; Jr 17:7
  5. 4:7 : Jb 8:20; Ps 37:25; Pr 12:21
  6. 4:8 : Jb 5:7; 15:35; Is 59:4
  7. 4:8 : Ps 7:15; Pr 22:8; Hs 8:7
  8. 4:9 : 2Sm 22:26; Jb 37:10; Is 30:33
  9. 4:9 : Ex 15:8-10; Ps 18:15; 2Th 2:8
  10. 4:10 : Ps 10:9; 17:12; 22:13,21
  11. 4:10 : Jb 29:17; Ps 3:7; 58:6
  12. 4:11 : Ps 59:11; Pr 20:8,20; Is 33:3
  13. 4:12 : Jb 13:1; 33:16; 36:10,15
  14. 4:13 : Jb 7:14; 20:8; 33:15
  15. 4:13 : Gn 2:21; 15:12; Jb 33:15
  16. 4:14 : Jb 21:6; Ps 55:5; 119:120
  17. 4:17 : Jb 15:14; 25:4; Pr 20:9
  18. 4:18 : Jb 15:15; 21:22; 25:5
  19. 4:19 : Jb 10:9; 33:6; Is 64:8
  20. 4:20 : Jb 14:2; 20:7; Ps 90:5-6
  21. 4:21 : Jb 36:12; Pr 5:23; 10:21
  22. 5:1 : Jb 15:15; Ps 89:5-7; Dn 4:17
  23. 5:2 : Pr 12:16; 14:18; 19:19
  24. 5:4 : Jb 31:21; Pr 22:22; Is 29:21
  25. 5:7 : Jb 4:8; 15:35; Is 59:4
  26. 5:8 : Jb 13:18; 23:4; Lm 3:59
  27. 5:9 : Jb 9:10; 37:5; Ps 71:19
  28. 5:9 : Jb 42:5; Ps 40:5; 72:18
  29. 5:10 : Jb 36:27-28; 38:26-28; Jr 14:22
  30. 5:11 : 1Sm 2:7; Ps 113:6-7; Mt 5:4
  31. 5:13 : Ps 9:15-16; Is 29:14; 1Co 3:19
  32. 5:14 : Dt 28:29; Jb 12:25; Is 59:10
  33. 5:15 : Ps 55:21; 59:7
  34. 5:16 : Ps 63:11; 107:42; Rm 3:19
  35. 5:18 : Dt 32:39; 1Sm 2:6; Hs 6:1
  36. 5:20 : Ps 33:19; 37:19; 144:10
  37. 5:21 : Ps 27:5; 31:20; 91:5
  38. 5:23 : Ps 91:12; Ezk 34:25; Hs 2:18
  39. 5:24 : Jb 8:6; 12:6; 21:9
  40. 5:26 : Jb 3:22; 10:19; 17:1
  41. 5:26 : Gn 15:15; 25:8; Jb 21:23
  42. 6:2 : Jb 30:13; Ps 57:1; Pr 19:13
  43. 6:2 : Jb 31:6; Dn 5:27; Mc 6:11
  44. 6:4 : Jb 30:15; Ps 38:2; 88:16
  45. 6:7 : Jb 3:24; 33:20; Ps 107:18
  46. 6:10 : Jb 22:22; 23:12; Ps 119:102
  47. 6:14 : Jb 19:21; Ps 38:11; Pr 17:17
  48. 6:20 : Jr 14:3; Jl 1:11; Am 4:8
  49. 6:26 : Jb 8:2; 15:2; 16:3
  50. 6:27 : Jl 3:3; Nah 3:10; 2Pt 2:3
  51. 6:28 : Jb 24:25; 27:4; 34:6
  52. 6:29 : Jb 2:3
  53. 6:30 : Jb 12:11; 27:4
  54. 7:1 : Jb 14:14; Is 40:2
  55. 7:3 : Jb 30:17; Ps 6:6; 42:3
  56. 7:5 : Dt 28:35; Ps 38:5; Is 1:6
  57. 7:6 : Jb 14:19; 17:15; 19:10
  58. 7:7 : Jb 9:25; Ps 78:39; Jms 4:14
  59. 7:8 : Jb 7:21; 20:9; Ps 37:36
  60. 7:9 : Jb 11:8; 14:13; 17:13,16
  61. 7:10 : Jb 8:18; 20:9; Ps 103:16
  62. 7:12 : Jb 26:12; Ps 74:13
  63. 7:12 : Ps 148:7; Is 27:1; Ezk 32:2
  64. 7:14 : Jb 4:13; 20:8; 33:15
  65. 7:15 : 1Kg 19:4; Jb 3:21; Jnh 4:3
  66. 7:16 : Jb 7:19; 10:20; Ps 39:13
  67. 7:17 : Ps 8:4; 144:3; Heb 2:6
  68. 7:18 : Ps 17:3; 73:14; 139:23
  69. 7:20 : Jb 16:12; Lm 3:12
  70. 7:21 : Jb 11:6; 13:23; 15:5
  71. 7:21 : Jb 17:16; 20:11; Is 26:19
  72. 7:21 : Jb 3:13; 7:8; Ps 37:36
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1 Corinthians 14:18-40

18 I thank(A) God that I speak in other tongues more than all of you; 19 yet in the church I would rather speak five words(B) with my understanding, in order to teach others also, than ten thousand words in another tongue.

20 Brothers and sisters, don’t be childish in your thinking, but be infants in regard to evil and adult in your thinking.(C) 21 It is written in the law,

I will speak to this people
by people of other tongues
and by the lips of foreigners,
and even then, they will not listen to me,[a](D)

says the Lord. 22 Speaking in other tongues, then, is intended as a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers, while prophecy is not for unbelievers but for believers. 23 If, therefore, the whole church assembles together and all are speaking in other tongues and people who are outsiders or unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your minds? 24 But if all are prophesying and some unbeliever or outsider comes in, he is convicted by all and is called to account by all. 25 The secrets of his heart will be revealed, and as a result he will fall facedown and worship God, proclaiming, “God is really among you.”(E)

Order in Church Meetings

26 What then, brothers and sisters? Whenever you come together, each one[b] has a hymn, a teaching, a revelation, another tongue, or an interpretation.(F) Everything is to be done for building up. 27 If anyone speaks in another tongue, there are to be only two, or at the most three, each in turn, and let someone interpret. 28 But if there is no interpreter, that person is to keep silent in the church and speak to himself and God. 29 Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should evaluate.(G) 30 But if something has been revealed to another person sitting there, the first prophet should be silent. 31 For you can all prophesy one by one, so that everyone may learn and everyone may be encouraged.(H) 32 And the prophets’ spirits are subject to the prophets, 33 since God is not a God of disorder but of peace.

As in all the churches of the saints,(I) 34 the women[c] should be silent in the churches,(J) for they are not permitted to speak, but are to submit themselves, as the law also says. 35 If they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands(K) at home, since it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church. 36 Or did the word of God originate from you, or did it come to you only?

37 If anyone thinks he is a prophet or spiritual, he should recognize that what I write to you is the Lord’s command. 38 If anyone ignores this, he will be ignored.[d] 39 So then, my brothers and sisters, be eager(L) to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in other tongues. 40 But everything is to be done decently(M) and in order.

Footnotes:

  1. 14:21 Is 28:11-12
  2. 14:26 Other mss add of you
  3. 14:34 Other mss read your women
  4. 14:38 Other mss read he should be ignored
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Psalm 37:30-40

30 The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom;
his tongue speaks what is just.(A)
31 The instruction of his God is in his heart;
his steps do not falter.(B)

32 The wicked one lies in wait for the righteous
and intends to kill him;(C)
33 the Lord will not leave him
in the power of the wicked one
or allow him to be condemned when he is judged.(D)

34 Wait for the Lord and keep his way,
and he will exalt you to inherit the land.
You will watch when the wicked are destroyed.(E)

35 I have seen a wicked, violent person
well-rooted,[a] like a flourishing native tree.(F)
36 Then I[b] passed by and noticed he was gone;
I searched for him, but he could not be found.(G)

37 Watch the blameless and observe the upright,
for the person of peace will have a future.[c](H)
38 But transgressors will all be eliminated;
the future of the wicked will be destroyed.(I)

39 The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord,
their refuge in a time of distress.(J)
40 The Lord helps and delivers them;
he will deliver them from the wicked and will save them
because they take refuge in him.(K)

Footnotes:

  1. 37:35 Hb obscure
  2. 37:36 LXX, Syr, Vg, Jer; MT reads he
  3. 37:37 Or posterity, also in v. 38
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Proverbs 21:27

27 The sacrifice of a wicked person is detestable—
how much more so
when he brings it with ulterior motives!(A)

Cross references:

  1. 21:27 : Pr 15:8; 28:9; Is 66:3
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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday August 21, 2019 (NIV)

Job 1-3

Job and His Family

There was a man in the country of Uz(A) named Job.(B) He was a man of complete integrity,(C) who feared God and turned away from evil.(D) He had seven sons and three daughters.(E) His estate included seven thousand sheep and goats, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred female donkeys,(F) and a very large number of servants. Job was the greatest man among all the people of the east.(G)

His sons used to take turns having banquets at their homes. They would send an invitation to their three sisters to eat and drink with them. Whenever a round of banqueting was over, Job would send for his children and purify them, rising early in the morning to offer burnt offerings for[a] all of them. For Job thought, “Perhaps my children have sinned, having cursed God in their hearts.”(H) This was Job’s regular practice.

Satan’s First Test of Job

One day the sons of God(I) came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan[b] also came with them. The Lord asked Satan, “Where have you come from?”

“From roaming through the earth,”(J) Satan answered him, “and walking around on it.”

Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? No one else on earth is like him, a man of perfect integrity,(K) who fears God and turns away from evil.”(L)

Satan answered the Lord, “Does Job fear God for nothing? 10 Haven’t you placed a hedge around(M) him, his household, and everything he owns? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11 But stretch out your hand and strike(N) everything he owns, and he will surely curse you to your face.”

12 “Very well,” the Lord told Satan, “everything he owns is in your power. However, do not lay a hand on Job himself.” So Satan left the Lord’s presence.

13 One day when Job’s sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, 14 a messenger came to Job and reported: “While the oxen were plowing and the donkeys grazing nearby, 15 the Sabeans(O) swooped down and took them away. They struck down the servants with the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you!”

16 He was still speaking when another messenger came and reported: “God’s fire fell from heaven.(P) It burned the sheep and the servants and devoured them, and I alone have escaped to tell you!”

17 That messenger was still speaking when yet another came and reported: “The Chaldeans formed three bands, made a raid on the camels, and took them away. They struck down the servants with the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you!”

18 He was still speaking when another messenger came and reported: “Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house. 19 Suddenly a powerful wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on the young people so that they died, and I alone have escaped to tell you!”

20 Then Job stood up, tore(Q) his robe, and shaved(R) his head. He fell to the ground and worshiped, 21 saying:

Naked I came from my mother’s womb,(S)
and naked I will leave this life.[c](T)
The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away.
Blessed be the name of the Lord.(U)

22 Throughout all this Job did not sin or blame God for anything.[d](V)

Satan’s Second Test of Job

One day the sons of God(W) came again to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them to present himself before the Lord. The Lord asked Satan, “Where have you come from?”

“From roaming through the earth,” Satan answered him, “and walking around on it.”

Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? No one else on earth is like him, a man of perfect integrity,(X) who fears God and turns away from evil.(Y) He still retains his integrity, even though you incited me against him, to destroy him for no good reason.”

“Skin for skin!” Satan answered the Lord. “A man will give up everything he owns in exchange for his life. But stretch out your hand and strike(Z) his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.”

“Very well,” the Lord told Satan, “he is in your power; only spare his life.” So Satan left the Lord’s presence and infected Job with terrible boils from the soles of his feet to the top of his head.(AA) Then Job took a piece of broken pottery to scrape himself while he sat among the ashes.(AB)

His wife said to him, “Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!”

10 “You speak as a foolish woman speaks,” he told her. “Should we accept only good from God and not adversity?” Throughout all this Job did not sin in what he said.[e]

Job’s Three Friends

11 Now when Job’s three friends—Eliphaz the Temanite,(AC) Bildad the Shuhite,(AD) and Zophar the Naamathite—heard about all this adversity that had happened to him, each of them came from his home. They met together to go and sympathize with him and comfort(AE) him. 12 When they looked from a distance, they could barely recognize him. They wept aloud,(AF) and each man tore his robe and threw dust into the air and on his head.(AG) 13 Then they sat on the ground with him seven days and nights,(AH) but no one spoke a word to him because they saw that his suffering(AI) was very intense.

Job’s Opening Speech

After this, Job began to speak and cursed the day he was born. He said:

May the day I was born perish,
and the night that said,
“A boy is conceived.”(AJ)
If only that day had turned to darkness!
May God above not care about it,
or light shine on it.
May darkness and gloom(AK) reclaim it,
and a cloud settle over it.
May what darkens the day terrify it.
If only darkness had taken that night away!
May it not appear[f] among the days of the year
or be listed in the calendar.[g]
Yes, may that night be barren;
may no joyful shout(AL) be heard in it.
Let those who curse days
condemn(AM) it,
those who are ready to rouse Leviathan.(AN)
May its morning stars grow dark.
May it wait for daylight but have none;
may it not see the breaking[h] of dawn.
10 For that night did not shut
the doors of my mother’s womb,
and hide sorrow from my eyes.

11 Why was I not stillborn;
why didn’t I die as I came from the womb?(AO)
12 Why did the knees receive me,
and why were there breasts for me to nurse?(AP)
13 Now I would certainly be lying down in peace;
I would be asleep.(AQ)
Then I would be at rest(AR)
14 with the kings and counselors(AS) of the earth,
who rebuilt ruined cities for themselves,
15 or with princes who had gold,
who filled their houses(AT) with silver.
16 Or why was I not hidden like a miscarried child,(AU)
like infants who never see daylight?
17 There the wicked(AV) cease to make trouble,
and there the weary find rest.
18 The captives are completely at rest;(AW)
they do not hear a taskmaster’s voice.(AX)
19 Both small and great are there,
and the slave is set free from his master.(AY)

20 Why is light given to one burdened with grief,
and life to those whose existence is bitter,(AZ)
21 who wait for death,(BA) but it does not come,
and search for it more than for hidden treasure,
22 who are filled with much joy
and are glad when they reach the grave?(BB)
23 Why is life given to a man whose path is hidden,(BC)
whom God has hedged in?
24 I sigh when food(BD) is put before me,[i]
and my groans pour out like water.(BE)
25 For the thing I feared has overtaken me,
and what I dreaded has happened to me.(BF)
26 I cannot relax or be calm;
I have no rest,(BG) for turmoil has come.

Footnotes:

  1. 1:5 Lit for the number of
  2. 1:6 Or the adversary
  3. 1:21 Lit will return there; Ps 139:13,15
  4. 1:22 Lit or ascribe blame to God
  5. 2:10 Lit sin with his lips
  6. 3:6 LXX, Syr, Tg, Vg; MT reads rejoice
  7. 3:6 Lit or enter the number of months
  8. 3:9 Lit the eyelids
  9. 3:24 Or My sighing serves as my food

Cross references:

  1. 1:1 : Jr 25:20; Lm 4:21
  2. 1:1 : Ezk 14:14,20; Jms 5:11
  3. 1:1 : Jb 2:3; 8:20; 9:20-22
  4. 1:1 : Jb 28:28; Pr 3:7
  5. 1:2 : Jb 42:13
  6. 1:3 : Jb 42:12
  7. 1:3 : 1Kg 4:30; Is 11:14; Jr 49:28; Ezk 25:4,10
  8. 1:5 : Jb 42:8
  9. 1:6 : Gn 6:2,4; Jb 2:1; 38:7
  10. 1:7 : 1Pt 5:8
  11. 1:8 : Ps 25:21; Pr 29:10
  12. 1:8 : Jb 28:28; Pr 3:7; 13:19; 14:16; 16:6,17
  13. 1:10 : Ps 34:7
  14. 1:11 : Jb 2:5; 4:5; 5:19
  15. 1:15 : Gn 10:7; Jb 6:19; Is 45:14
  16. 1:16 : Gn 19:24; 1Kg 18:38; 2Kg 1:10-14
  17. 1:20 : Gn 37:29,34; Jos 7:6; Jb 2:12
  18. 1:20 : Jr 7:29; Ezk 7:18; Mc 1:16
  19. 1:21 : Jb 3:10-11; 10:17-18; Jr 20:17-18
  20. 1:21 : Ps 139:13,15
  21. 1:21 : Jb 38:1; Ps 113:2; 118:26
  22. 1:22 : Jb 2:10
  23. 2:1 : Gn 6:2,4; Jb 1:6; 38:7
  24. 2:3 : Jb 6:29
  25. 2:3 : Jb 1:1,8; 28:28; Pr 3:7
  26. 2:5 : Jb 1:11; 4:5; 19:21
  27. 2:7 : Dt 28:27,35
  28. 2:8 : 2Sm 13:19; Jb 42:6
  29. 2:11 : Gn 36:34; 1Ch 1:45; Jb 42:9
  30. 2:11 : Gn 25:2; Jb 8:1; 18:1
  31. 2:11 : Jb 42:11; Ps 69:20; Jr 16:5
  32. 2:12 : Jdg 21:2; Ru 1:9,14; 2Sm 13:36
  33. 2:12 : Jos 7:6; Lm 2:10; Ezk 27:30
  34. 2:13 : Gn 50:10; Ezk 3:15; 45:21
  35. 2:13 : Gn 34:5; Jb 16:6; Ps 39:2
  36. 3:3 : Jb 5:7; Pr 23:25; Is 7:14
  37. 3:5 : Jb 10:21-22; 12:22; 28:3
  38. 3:7 : Jb 20:5; Ps 63:5
  39. 3:8 : Nm 22:11,17; Jb 5:3; Pr 11:26
  40. 3:8 : Jb 41; Ps 74:14; 104:26
  41. 3:10-11 : Jb 1:21; 10:17-18; Jr 20:17-18
  42. 3:12 : Sg 8:1; Is 66:12; Jl 2:16
  43. 3:13 : Ps 13:3; Jr 51:39,57; Mt 8:24
  44. 3:13 : Jb 17:16; Dn 12:13; Rv 14:13
  45. 3:14 : Is 14:9; Jr 51:57; Ezk 32:29
  46. 3:15 : Jb 17:13; 30:23; Ec 12:5
  47. 3:16 : Nm 12:12; Ps 58:8; Ec 6:3
  48. 3:17 : Jb 9:22; 11:20; 18:5
  49. 3:18 : Pr 1:33; Jr 30:10; 46:27
  50. 3:18 : Ex 3:7; 5:10,13-14; Jb 39:7
  51. 3:19 : Jb 9:22; Ec 9:2-3; Is 14:9-10
  52. 3:20 : Jb 23:2; Ps 71:20; Lm 1:4
  53. 3:21 : 1Kg 19:4; Jb 7:15; Jnh 4:3
  54. 3:22 : Jb 5:26; 10:19; 17:1
  55. 3:23 : Jb 19:8; Lm 3:9; Hs 2:6
  56. 3:24 : Jb 6:7; 33:20; Ps 102:4
  57. 3:24 : Ps 6:6; 22:1,14; 32:3
  58. 3:25 : Jb 9:28; 13:11; 30:15
  59. 3:26 : Jb 30:17; Pr 25:2; Ec 2:23
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1 Corinthians 14:1-17

Prophecy: A Superior Gift

14 Pursue love and desire spiritual gifts, and especially that you may prophesy. For the person who speaks in another tongue[a](A) is not speaking to people but to God, since no one understands him; he speaks mysteries in the Spirit.[b] On the other hand, the person who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening,[c] encouragement, and consolation. The person who speaks in another tongue builds himself up, but the one who prophesies builds up the church. I wish all of you spoke in other tongues,[d] but even more that you prophesied. The person who prophesies is greater than the person who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets so that the church may be built up.

So now, brothers and sisters, if I come to you speaking in other tongues, how will I benefit you unless I speak to you with a revelation(B) or knowledge or prophecy or teaching? Even lifeless instruments that produce sounds—whether flute or harp(C)—if they don’t make a distinction in the notes, how will what is played on the flute or harp be recognized? In fact, if the bugle makes an unclear sound, who will prepare for battle?(D) In the same way, unless you use your tongue for intelligible speech, how will what is spoken be known? For you will be speaking into the air. 10 There are doubtless many different kinds of languages in the world, none is without meaning. 11 Therefore, if I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be a foreigner[e] to the speaker, and the speaker will be a foreigner to me. 12 So also you—since you are zealous(E) for spiritual gifts,[f](F) seek to excel in building up the church.

13 Therefore the person who speaks in another tongue should pray that he can interpret. 14 For if I pray in another tongue, my spirit(G) prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.(H) 15 What then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with my understanding. I will sing praise with the spirit, and I will also sing praise with my understanding. 16 Otherwise, if you praise with the spirit,[g] how will the outsider[h] say “Amen”(I) at your giving of thanks, since he does not know what you are saying? 17 For you may very well be giving thanks, but the other person is not being built up.

Footnotes:

  1. 14:2 language, also in vv. 4,13,14,19,26,27
  2. 14:2 Or in spirit, or in his spirit
  3. 14:3 Lit building up
  4. 14:5 languages, also in vv. 6,18,21,22,23,39
  5. 14:11 Gk barbaros, or barbarian
  6. 14:12 Lit zealous of spirits
  7. 14:16 Or praise by the Spirit
  8. 14:16 Lit the one filling the place of the uninformed
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Psalm 37:12-29

12 The wicked person schemes against the righteous
and gnashes his teeth at him.(A)
13 The Lord laughs at him(B)
because he sees that his day is coming.(C)

14 The wicked have drawn the sword and strung the[a] bow
to bring down the poor and needy
and to slaughter those whose way is upright.(D)
15 Their swords will enter their own hearts,
and their bows will be broken.(E)

16 The little that the righteous person has is better
than the abundance of many wicked people.(F)
17 For the arms of the wicked will be broken,(G)
but the Lord supports the righteous.(H)

18 The Lord watches over the blameless all their days,
and their inheritance will last forever.(I)
19 They will not be disgraced in times of adversity;
they will be satisfied in days of hunger.(J)

20 But the wicked will perish;
the Lord’s enemies, like the glory of the pastures,
will fade away—
they will fade away like smoke.(K)

21 The wicked person borrows and does not repay,
but the righteous one is gracious and giving.(L)
22 Those who are blessed by the Lord will inherit the land,
but those cursed by him will be destroyed.(M)

23 A person’s steps are established by the Lord,
and he takes pleasure in his way.(N)
24 Though he falls, he will not be overwhelmed,
because the Lord supports him with his hand.(O)

25 I have been young and now I am old,
yet I have not seen the righteous abandoned
or his children begging for bread.(P)
26 He is always generous, always lending,
and his children are a blessing.(Q)

27 Turn away from evil, do what is good,
and settle permanently.(R)
28 For the Lord loves justice
and will not abandon his faithful ones.(S)
They are kept safe forever,
but the children of the wicked will be destroyed.(T)
29 The righteous will inherit the land
and dwell in it permanently.(U)

Footnotes:

  1. 37:14 Lit their
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Proverbs 21:25-26

25 A slacker’s craving will kill him
because his hands refuse to work.(A)
26 He is filled with craving[a] all day long,
but the righteous give and don’t hold back.(B)

Footnotes:

  1. 21:26 Lit He craves a craving
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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday August 20, 2019 (NIV)

Esther 8-10

Esther Intervenes for the Jews

That same day King Ahasuerus awarded Queen Esther the estate(A) of Haman, the enemy of the Jews.(B) Mordecai entered the king’s presence because Esther had revealed her relationship to Mordecai.(C) The king removed his signet ring he had recovered from Haman(D) and gave it to Mordecai, and Esther put him in charge of Haman’s estate.

Then Esther addressed the king again.(E) She fell at his feet, wept, and begged(F) him to revoke the evil of Haman the Agagite(G) and his plot he had devised against the Jews.(H) The king extended the gold scepter(I) toward Esther, so she got up and stood before the king.

She said, “If it pleases the king and I have found favor before him, if the matter seems right to the king and I am pleasing in his eyes,(J) let a royal edict be written. Let it revoke the documents the scheming Haman son of Hammedatha the Agagite wrote to destroy the Jews who are in all the king’s provinces.(K) For how could I bear to see the disaster that would come on my people?(L) How could I bear to see the destruction of my relatives?” (M)

King Ahasuerus said to Esther the queen and to Mordecai the Jew, “Look, I have given Haman’s estate to Esther,(N) and he was hanged on the gallows because he attacked[a] the Jews.(O) Write in the king’s name whatever pleases you(P) concerning the Jews, and seal it with the royal signet ring.(Q) A document written in the king’s name and sealed with the royal signet ring cannot be revoked.”(R)

On the twenty-third day of the third month(S)—that is, the month Sivan—the royal scribes were summoned. Everything was written exactly as Mordecai(T) commanded for the Jews, to the satraps,(U) the governors, and the officials of the 127 provinces from India to Cush.(V) The edict was written for each province in its own script, for each ethnic group in its own language,(W) and to the Jews in their own script and language.

10 Mordecai wrote in King Ahasuerus’s name and sealed the edicts with the royal signet ring. He sent the documents by mounted couriers,(X) who rode fast horses(Y) bred in the royal stables.

11 The king’s edict gave the Jews in each and every city the right to assemble and defend themselves, to destroy, kill, and annihilate every ethnic and provincial army hostile to them, including women and children, and to take their possessions as spoils of war.(Z) 12 This would take place on a single day throughout all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month Adar.(AA)

13 A copy of the text, issued as law throughout every province, was distributed to all the peoples(AB) so the Jews could be ready to avenge themselves against their enemies on that day. 14 The couriers rode out in haste on their royal horses at the king’s urgent command. The law was also issued in the fortress of Susa.(AC)

15 Mordecai went from the king’s presence clothed in royal purple and white, with a great gold crown and a purple robe of fine linen.(AD) The city of Susa shouted and rejoiced,(AE) 16 and the Jews celebrated[b] with gladness, joy, and honor.(AF) 17 In every province and every city, wherever the king’s command and his law reached, joy and rejoicing took place among the Jews. There was a celebration and a holiday.[c](AG) And many of the ethnic groups of the land professed themselves to be Jews because fear of the Jews(AH) had overcome them.

Victories of the Jews

The king’s command and law(AI) went into effect on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month,(AJ) the month Adar. On the day when the Jews’ enemies(AK) had hoped to overpower them, just the opposite happened. The Jews overpowered those who hated them.(AL) In each of King Ahasuerus’s provinces(AM) the Jews assembled in their cities to attack those who intended to harm them.[d] Not a single person could withstand them; fear of them(AN) fell on every nationality.(AO)

All the officials of the provinces, the satraps, the governors, and the royal civil administrators[e](AP) aided the Jews because they feared Mordecai.(AQ) For Mordecai exercised great power in the palace,(AR) and his fame spread throughout the provinces as he became more and more powerful.(AS)

The Jews put all their enemies to the sword, killing and destroying them.(AT) They did what they pleased to those who hated them. In the fortress of Susa(AU) the Jews killed and destroyed five hundred men, including Parshandatha, Dalphon, Aspatha, Poratha, Adalia, Aridatha, Parmashta, Arisai, Aridai, and Vaizatha. 10 They killed these ten sons(AV) of Haman son of Hammedatha, the enemy of the Jews.(AW) However, they did not seize[f] any plunder.(AX)

11 On that day the number of people killed in the fortress of Susa was reported to the king. 12 The king said to Queen Esther, “In the fortress of Susa the Jews have killed and destroyed five hundred men, including Haman’s ten sons. What have they done in the rest of the royal provinces? Whatever you ask will be given to you. Whatever you seek will also be done.”(AY)

13 Esther answered, “If it pleases the king, may the Jews who are in Susa also have tomorrow(AZ) to carry out today’s law,(BA) and may the bodies of Haman’s ten sons(BB) be hung on the gallows.”(BC) 14 The king gave the orders for this to be done, so a law was announced in Susa, and they hung the bodies of Haman’s ten sons. 15 The Jews in Susa assembled again on the fourteenth day of the month of Adar(BD) and killed three hundred men in Susa, but they did not seize any plunder.(BE)

16 The rest of the Jews in the royal provinces assembled, defended themselves, and gained relief from their enemies. They killed seventy-five thousand[g] of those who hated them,(BF) but they did not seize any plunder. 17 They fought on the thirteenth day of the month of Adar and rested on the fourteenth, and it became a day of feasting and rejoicing.

18 But the Jews in Susa had assembled on the thirteenth and the fourteenth days of the month. They rested on the fifteenth day of the month, and it became a day of feasting and rejoicing.(BG) 19 This explains why the rural Jews who live in villages observe the fourteenth day of the month of Adar as a time of rejoicing and feasting. It is a holiday when they send gifts to one another.(BH)

20 Mordecai(BI) recorded these events and sent letters to all the Jews in all of King Ahasuerus’s provinces, both near and far. 21 He ordered(BJ) them to celebrate the fourteenth and fifteenth days of the month of Adar every year 22 because during those days the Jews gained relief from(BK) their enemies. That was the month when their sorrow was turned into rejoicing and their mourning into a holiday.(BL) They were to be days of feasting,(BM) rejoicing, and of sending gifts to one another and to the poor.

23 So the Jews agreed to continue the practice they had begun, as Mordecai had written them to do. 24 For Haman son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews,(BN) had plotted against the Jews to destroy them. He cast the Pur—that is, the lot—to crush and destroy them.(BO) 25 But when the matter was brought before the king,(BP) he commanded by letter that the evil plan Haman had devised against the Jews return on his own head(BQ) and that he should be hanged with his sons on the gallows.(BR) 26 For this reason these days are called Purim, from the word Pur.(BS) Because of all the instructions in this letter as well as what they had witnessed and what had happened to them, 27 the Jews bound themselves, their descendants, and all who joined(BT) with them to a commitment that they would not fail to celebrate these two days each and every year according to the written instructions and according to the time appointed. 28 These days are remembered and celebrated by every generation, family, province, and city, so that these days of Purim will not lose their significance in Jewish life[h] and their memory will not fade from their descendants.(BU)

29 Queen Esther, daughter of Abihail,(BV) along with Mordecai the Jew,(BW) wrote this second letter with full authority(BX) to confirm the letter about Purim. 30 He sent letters with assurances of peace and security[i] to all the Jews who were in the 127 provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, 31 in order to confirm these days of Purim at their proper time just as Mordecai the Jew and Esther the queen had established them and just as they had committed themselves and their descendants to the practices of fasting(BY) and lamentation.(BZ) 32 So Esther’s command confirmed these customs of Purim, which were then written into the record.

Mordecai’s Fame

10 King Ahasuerus imposed a tax throughout the land(CA) even to the farthest shores.[j](CB) All of his powerful and magnificent accomplishments(CC) and the detailed account of Mordecai’s great rank with which the king had honored him,(CD) have they not been written in the Book of the Historical Events of the Kings of Media and Persia?(CE) Mordecai the Jew was second only to King Ahasuerus.(CF) He was famous among the Jews and highly esteemed by many of his relatives.(CG) He continued to pursue prosperity for his people and to speak for the well-being of all his descendants.(CH)

Footnotes:

  1. 8:7 Lit stretched out his hand against
  2. 8:16 Lit had light
  3. 8:17 Lit good day
  4. 9:2 Lit cities to send out a hand against the seekers of their evil
  5. 9:3 Lit and those who do the king’s work; Est 3:9
  6. 9:10 Lit not put their hands on, also in vv. 15,16
  7. 9:16 Some LXX mss read 10,107; other LXX mss read 15,000
  8. 9:28 LXX reads will be celebrated into all times
  9. 9:30 Or of peace and faithfulness
  10. 10:1 Or imposed forced labor on the land and the coasts of the sea

Cross references:

  1. 8:1 : Est 3:9; 5:11
  2. 8:1 : Est 3:10; 7:6
  3. 8:1 : Est 2:7,10
  4. 8:2 : Est 3:10,12
  5. 8:3 : Est 7:3-4,6
  6. 8:3 : Est 7:7
  7. 8:3 : Ex 17:8-16; Est 3:1
  8. 8:3 : Est 3:5-6,8-15
  9. 8:4 : Est 4:11; 5:2
  10. 8:5 : Est 2:17; 5:8; 7:3
  11. 8:5 : Est 3:13-14
  12. 8:6 : Est 4:13-14; 7:3-4
  13. 8:6 : Est 3:13
  14. 8:7 : Est 3:9; 5:11; 8:1; Pr 13:22
  15. 8:7 : Est 7:9-10
  16. 8:8 : Est 3:11
  17. 8:8 : Est 3:10,12; 8:2; Hg 2:23
  18. 8:8 : Est 1:19; Dn 6:8,12
  19. 8:9 : Est 3:7,12
  20. 8:9 : Est 3:12
  21. 8:9 : Ezr 8:36
  22. 8:9 : Est 1:1; 3:13; 9:30
  23. 8:9 : Neh 13:24; Est 1:22; 3:12
  24. 8:10 : Est 3:12-13
  25. 8:10 : 1Kg 4:26,28
  26. 8:11 : Est 3:13; 9:10
  27. 8:12 : Est 3:7
  28. 8:13 : Est 3:14
  29. 8:14 : Est 3:15
  30. 8:15 : Gn 41:42; Est 5:11; Dn 5:29
  31. 8:15 : Est 3:15
  32. 8:16 : Ezr 4:1-3; Ps 97:11
  33. 8:17 : Est 4:3
  34. 8:17 : Dt 11:25; Est 9:3
  35. 9:1 : Est 8:7-8,10
  36. 9:1 : Est 3:7; 8:12
  37. 9:1 : Est 3:10; 7:6; 8:1
  38. 9:1 : 2Sm 22:41; Est 3:5
  39. 9:2 : Est 1:1; 8:9; 9:30
  40. 9:2 : Est 8:17
  41. 9:2 : Est 3:12,14; 8:13,17
  42. 9:3 : Est 3:12; 8:9
  43. 9:3 : Est 8:17
  44. 9:4 : Est 10:2-3
  45. 9:4 : 2Sm 3:1; 1Ch 11:9
  46. 9:5 : Est 3:13
  47. 9:6 : Est 1:2; 3:15; 8:14
  48. 9:10 : Est 5:11
  49. 9:10 : Est 3:10; 7:6; 8:1
  50. 9:10 : Est 3:13; 8:11
  51. 9:12 : Est 5:6; 7:2; 8:8
  52. 9:13 : Est 8:12; 9:1
  53. 9:13 : Est 8:11
  54. 9:13 : Est 5:11
  55. 9:13 : Est 7:9-10
  56. 9:15 : Est 9:1
  57. 9:15 : Est 8:11
  58. 9:16 : Lv 26:7-8; Est 9:5
  59. 9:18 : Est 8:16-17
  60. 9:19 : Neh 8:10,12; Est 9:22
  61. 9:20 : Est 8:15
  62. 9:21 : Est 8:15; 9:3-4
  63. 9:22 : Est 4:14
  64. 9:22 : Ps 30:11
  65. 9:22 : Est 8:17
  66. 9:24 : Est 3:1,10; 7:6
  67. 9:24 : Est 3:6-7
  68. 9:25 : Est 7:3-6
  69. 9:25 : Ps 7:16
  70. 9:25 : Est 5:14; 7:9-10; 9:13-14
  71. 9:26 : Est 3:7
  72. 9:27 : Est 8:17; Is 56:3,6; Zch 2:11
  73. 9:28 : Jos 4:6-7; 1Co 11:24-25
  74. 9:29 : Est 2:7,15
  75. 9:29 : Est 3:4-6; 5:13
  76. 9:29 : Est 8:8; Dn 6:8
  77. 9:31 : Est 4:16
  78. 9:31 : Est 4:1-3
  79. 10:1 : Est 1:1; 8:9
  80. 10:1 : Is 11:11; 24:15
  81. 10:2 : Est 1:4
  82. 10:2 : Est 8:15
  83. 10:2 : Est 2:23; 6:1-2
  84. 10:3 : Gn 41:40-43; 2Ch 28:7; Est 8:15; Dn 5:7
  85. 10:3 : Est 8:16-17
  86. 10:3 : Neh 2:10
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1 Corinthians 12:27-13:13

27 Now you are the body of Christ,(A) and individual members of it. 28 And God has appointed these in the church:(B) first apostles, second prophets, third teachers,(C) next miracles,(D) then gifts of healing,(E) helping, administrating, various kinds of tongues.[a] 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all do miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in other tongues? Do all interpret?(F) 31 But desire(G) the greater gifts. And I will show you an even better way.

Love: The Superior Way

13 If I speak human or angelic tongues[b] but do not have love,(H) I am a noisy gong(I) or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy(J) and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can move mountains(K) but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give away all my possessions, and if I give over my body in order to boast[c] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient,(L) love is kind. Love does not envy,(M) is not boastful, is not arrogant,(N) is not rude, is not self-seeking,(O) is not irritable,(P) and does not keep a record of wrongs. Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth.(Q) It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures(R) all things.

Love never ends.(S) But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will come to an end. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put aside childish things. 12 For now we see only a reflection[d] as in a mirror, but then face to face.(T) Now I know in part, but then I will know fully,(U) as I am fully known.(V) 13 Now these three remain: faith, hope,(W) and love—but the greatest of these is love.

Footnotes:

  1. 12:28 languages, also in v. 30
  2. 13:1 languages, also in v. 8
  3. 13:3 Other mss read body to be burned
  4. 13:12 Lit we see indirectly
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Psalm 37:1-11

Psalm 37

Instruction in Wisdom

Of David.

Do not be agitated by evildoers;
do not envy those who do wrong.(A)
For they wither quickly like grass
and wilt like tender green plants.(B)

Trust in the Lord and do what is good;(C)
dwell in the land and live securely.[a](D)
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you your heart’s desires.(E)

Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him, and he will act,(F)
making your righteousness shine like the dawn,
your justice like the noonday.(G)

Be silent before the Lord and wait expectantly for him;(H)
do not be agitated by one who prospers in his way,
by the person who carries out evil plans.(I)

Refrain from anger and give up your rage;
do not be agitated—it can only bring harm.(J)
For evildoers will be destroyed,
but those who put their hope in the Lord
will inherit the land.(K)

10 A little while, and the wicked person will be no more;
though you look for him, he will not be there.(L)
11 But the humble will inherit the land(M)
and will enjoy abundant prosperity.(N)

Footnotes:

  1. 37:3 Or and cultivate faithfulness, or and befriend faithfulness
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Proverbs 21:23-24

23 The one who guards his mouth and tongue
keeps himself out of trouble.(A)

24 The arrogant and proud person, named “Mocker,”
acts with excessive arrogance.(B)

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday August 19, 2019 (NIV)

Esther 4-7

Mordecai Appeals to Esther

When Mordecai learned all that had occurred,(A) he tore his clothes,(B) put on sackcloth and ashes,(C) went into the middle of the city, and cried loudly and bitterly.(D) He went only as far as the King’s Gate,(E) since the law prohibited anyone wearing sackcloth from entering the King’s Gate. There was great mourning among the Jewish people in every province where the king’s command and edict(F) came. They fasted, wept, and lamented, and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.(G)

Esther’s female servants and her eunuchs came and reported the news to her, and the queen was overcome with fear.(H) She sent clothes for Mordecai to wear so that he would take off his sackcloth, but he did not accept them. Esther summoned Hathach, one of the king’s eunuchs who attended her, and dispatched him to Mordecai to learn what he was doing and why.[a] So Hathach went out to Mordecai in the city square in front of the King’s Gate. Mordecai told him everything that had happened as well as the exact amount of money Haman had promised to pay the royal treasury for the slaughter of the Jews.(I)

Mordecai also gave him a copy of the written decree issued in Susa ordering their destruction, so that Hathach might show it to Esther, explain it to her, and command her to approach the king, implore his favor, and plead with him personally for her people.(J) Hathach came and repeated Mordecai’s response to Esther.

10 Esther spoke to Hathach and commanded him to tell Mordecai, 11 “All the royal officials and the people of the royal provinces know that one law applies to every man or woman who approaches the king in the inner courtyard(K) and who has not been summoned—the death penalty—(L) unless the king extends the gold scepter, allowing that person to live.(M) I have not been summoned to appear before the king(N) for the last[b] thirty days.” 12 Esther’s response was reported to Mordecai.

13 Mordecai told the messenger to reply to Esther, “Don’t think that you will escape the fate of all the Jews because you are in the king’s palace. 14 If you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will come to the Jewish people from another place,(O) but you and your father’s family will be destroyed. Who knows, perhaps you have come to your royal position for such a time as this.”(P)

15 Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: 16 “Go and assemble all the Jews who can be found in Susa and fast for me. Don’t eat or drink for three days,(Q) night or day. I and my female servants will also fast(R) in the same way. After that, I will go to the king even if it is against the law.(S) If I perish, I perish.”(T) 17 So Mordecai went and did everything Esther had commanded him.

Esther Approaches the King

On the third day,(U) Esther dressed in her royal clothing and stood in the inner courtyard(V) of the palace facing it. The king was sitting on his royal throne in the royal courtroom,[c] facing its entrance. As soon as the king saw Queen Esther standing in the courtyard, she gained favor in his eyes. The king extended the gold scepter in his hand toward Esther, and she approached and touched the tip of the scepter.(W)

“What is it, Queen Esther?” the king asked her. “Whatever you want, even to half the kingdom, will be given to you.”(X)

“If it pleases the king,” Esther replied, “may the king and Haman come today to the banquet(Y) I have prepared for them.”

The king said, “Hurry, and get Haman so we can do as Esther has requested.” So the king and Haman went to the banquet Esther had prepared.

While drinking the[d] wine,(Z) the king asked Esther, “Whatever you ask will be given to you. Whatever you want, even to half the kingdom, will be done.”

Esther answered, “This is my petition and my request: If I have found favor in the eyes of the king, and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and perform my request,(AA) may the king and Haman come to the banquet I will prepare for them.(AB) Tomorrow I will do what the king has asked.”

That day Haman left full of joy and in good spirits.[e](AC) But when Haman saw Mordecai at the King’s Gate, and Mordecai didn’t rise or tremble in fear at his presence, Haman was filled with rage toward Mordecai.(AD) 10 Yet Haman controlled himself and went home. He sent for his friends and his wife Zeresh(AE) to join him. 11 Then Haman described for them his glorious wealth and his many sons. He told them all how the king had honored him and promoted him in rank over the other officials and the royal staff.(AF) 12 “What’s more,” Haman added, “Queen Esther invited no one but me to join the king at the banquet she had prepared. I am invited again tomorrow to join her with the king. 13 Still, none of this satisfies me since I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the King’s Gate all the time.”

14 His wife Zeresh and all his friends told him, “Have them build a gallows seventy-five feet[f] tall.(AG) Ask the king in the morning to hang Mordecai on it. Then go to the banquet with the king and enjoy yourself.” The advice pleased Haman, so he had the gallows constructed.(AH)

Mordecai Honored by the King

That night sleep escaped(AI) the king, so he ordered the book recording daily events to be brought and read to the king. They found the written report of how Mordecai had informed on Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs who guarded the entrance, when they planned to assassinate King Ahasuerus.(AJ) The king inquired, “What honor and special recognition have been given to Mordecai for this act?” (AK)

The king’s personal attendants replied, “Nothing has been done for him.”

The king asked, “Who is in the court?” Now Haman was just entering the outer court of the palace to ask the king to hang Mordecai on the gallows he had prepared for him.(AL)

The king’s attendants answered him, “Haman is there, standing in the court.”

“Have him enter,” the king ordered. Haman entered, and the king asked him, “What should be done for the man the king wants to honor?” (AM)

Haman thought to himself, “Who is it the king would want to honor more than me?” Haman told the king, “For the man the king wants to honor: Have them bring a royal garment that the king himself has worn(AN) and a horse the king himself has ridden,(AO) which has a royal crown on its head. Put the garment and the horse under the charge of one of the king’s most noble officials.(AP) Have them clothe the man the king wants to honor, parade him on the horse through the city square, and proclaim before him, ‘This is what is done for the man the king wants to honor.’”

10 The king told Haman, “Hurry, and do just as you proposed. Take a garment and a horse for Mordecai the Jew,(AQ) who is sitting at the King’s Gate. Do not leave out anything you have suggested.”

11 So Haman took the garment and the horse. He clothed Mordecai and paraded him through the city square, crying out before him, “This is what is done for the man the king wants to honor.”

12 Then Mordecai returned to the King’s Gate,(AR) but Haman hurried off for home, mournful and with his head covered.(AS) 13 Haman told his wife Zeresh and all his friends(AT) everything that had happened. His advisers and his wife Zeresh said to him, “Since Mordecai is Jewish, and you have begun to fall before him, you won’t overcome him, because your downfall is certain.”(AU) 14 While they were still speaking with him, the king’s eunuchs(AV) arrived and rushed Haman to the banquet Esther had prepared.(AW)

Haman Is Executed

The king and Haman came to feast[g](AX) with Esther the queen. Once again, on the second day while drinking wine,(AY) the king asked Esther, “Queen Esther, whatever you ask will be given to you. Whatever you seek, even to half the kingdom, will be done.”(AZ)

Queen Esther answered, “If I have found favor in your eyes, Your Majesty, and if the king is pleased,(BA) spare my life; this is my request. And spare my people; this is my desire.(BB) For my people and I have been sold(BC) to destruction, death, and extermination.(BD) If we had merely been sold as male and female slaves,(BE) I would have kept silent. Indeed, the trouble wouldn’t be worth burdening the king.”

King Ahasuerus spoke up and asked Queen Esther, “Who is this, and where is the one who would devise such a scheme?” [h](BF)

Esther answered, “The adversary and enemy(BG) is this evil Haman.”

Haman stood terrified(BH) before the king and queen. The king arose in anger(BI) and went from where they were drinking wine to the palace garden.[i](BJ) Haman remained to beg Queen Esther for his life because he realized the king was planning something terrible for him.(BK) Just as the king returned from the palace garden to the banquet hall,[j] Haman was falling on the couch(BL) where Esther was reclining. The king exclaimed, “Would he actually violate the queen while I am in the house?” As soon as the statement left the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face.(BM)

Harbona, one of the king’s eunuchs,(BN) said: “There is a gallows seventy-five feet[k] tall at Haman’s house that he made for Mordecai,(BO) who gave the report that saved[l] the king.”(BP)

The king said, “Hang him on it.”

10 They hanged Haman on the gallows he had prepared for Mordecai.(BQ) Then the king’s anger subsided.(BR)

Footnotes:

  1. 4:5 Lit what is this and why is this
  2. 4:11 Lit king these
  3. 5:1 Lit house
  4. 5:6 Lit During the banquet of
  5. 5:9 Lit left rejoicing and good of heart
  6. 5:14 Lit 50 cubits
  7. 7:1 Lit drink
  8. 7:5 Lit who would fill his heart to do this
  9. 7:7 Lit the garden of the house, also in v. 8
  10. 7:8 Or the house of wine
  11. 7:9 Lit 50 cubits
  12. 7:9 Lit who spoke good for
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1 Corinthians 12:1-26

Diversity of Spiritual Gifts

12 Now concerning spiritual gifts:[a] brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be unaware. You know that when you were pagans, you used to be enticed and led astray by mute(A) idols.(B) Therefore I want you to know that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

Now there are different gifts,(C) but the same Spirit. There are different ministries, but the same Lord. And there are different activities, but the same God produces each gift in each person. A manifestation of the Spirit is given to each person(D) for the common good: to one(E) is given a message of wisdom(F) through the Spirit, to another, a message of knowledge by the same Spirit, to another, faith by the same Spirit, to another, gifts of healing(G) by the one Spirit, 10 to another, the performing of miracles,(H) to another, prophecy,(I) to another, distinguishing between spirits,(J) to another, different kinds of tongues,[b] to another, interpretation of tongues. 11 One and the same Spirit is active in all these, distributing to each person as he wills.

Unity Yet Diversity in the Body

12 For just as the body is one(K) and has many parts, and all the parts of that body, though many, are one body—so also is Christ.(L) 13 For we were all baptized by[c] one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and we were all given one Spirit to drink.(M) 14 Indeed, the body is not one part but many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I’m not a hand, I don’t belong to the body,” it is not for that reason any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I’m not an eye, I don’t belong to the body,” it is not for that reason any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But as it is, God has arranged each one of the parts in the body just as he wanted.(N) 19 And if they were all the same part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” Or again, the head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that are weaker are indispensable. 23 And those parts of the body that we consider less honorable,(O) we clothe these with greater honor, and our unrespectable parts are treated with greater respect, 24 which our respectable parts do not need.

Instead, God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the less honorable, 25 so that there would be no division(P) in the body, but that the members would have the same concern for each other. 26 So if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

Footnotes:

  1. 12:1 Or spiritual things, or spiritual people
  2. 12:10 languages
  3. 12:13 Or with, or in
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Psalm 36

Psalm 36

Human Wickedness and God’s Love

For the choir director. Of David, the Lord’s servant.

An oracle within my heart
concerning the transgression of the wicked person:
Dread of God has no effect on him.[a](A)
For with his flattering opinion of himself,
he does not discover and hate his iniquity.(B)
The words from his mouth are malicious and deceptive;(C)
he has stopped acting wisely and doing good.(D)
Even on his bed he makes malicious plans.(E)
He sets himself on a path that is not good,
and he does not reject evil.(F)

Lord, your faithful love reaches to heaven,
your faithfulness to the clouds.(G)
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
your judgments like the deepest sea.(H)
Lord, you preserve people and animals.(I)
How priceless your faithful love is, God!
People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.(J)
They are filled from the abundance of your house.
You let them drink from your refreshing stream.(K)
For the wellspring of life is with you.(L)
By means of your light we see light.(M)

10 Spread your faithful love over those who know you,
and your righteousness over the upright in heart.(N)
11 Do not let the foot of the arrogant come near me
or the hand of the wicked drive me away.(O)
12 There! The evildoers have fallen.
They have been thrown down and cannot rise.(P)

Footnotes:

  1. 36:1 Lit There is no dread of God in front of his eyes
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Proverbs 21:21-22

21 The one who pursues righteousness and faithful love
will find life, righteousness, and honor.(A)

22 A wise person went up against a city of warriors
and brought down its secure fortress.(B)

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday August 18, 2019 (NIV)

Esther 1-3

Vashti Angers the King

These events took place during the days of Ahasuerus,(A) who ruled 127 provinces(B) from India to Cush. In those days King Ahasuerus reigned from his royal throne(C) in the fortress at Susa.(D) He held a feast(E) in the third year of his reign for all his officials and staff, the army of Persia and Media,(F) the nobles,(G) and the officials from the provinces. He displayed the glorious wealth of his kingdom and the magnificent splendor of his greatness(H) for a total of 180 days.

At the end of this time, the king held a week-long banquet(I) in the garden courtyard(J) of the royal palace(K) for all the people, from the greatest to the least,(L) who were present in the fortress of Susa.(M) White and violet linen hangings were fastened with fine white and purple linen cords to silver rods on marble[a] columns. Gold and silver couches(N) were arranged on a mosaic pavement of red feldspar,[b] marble, mother-of-pearl, and precious stones.

Drinks were served in an array of gold goblets,(O) each with a different design. Royal wine flowed freely, according to the king’s bounty.(P) The drinking was according to royal decree: “There are no restrictions.” The king had ordered every wine steward in his household to serve whatever each person wanted. Queen Vashti also gave a feast for the women of King Ahasuerus’s palace.

10 On the seventh day, when the king was feeling good from the wine,(Q) Ahasuerus commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona,(R) Bigtha, Abagtha, Zethar, and Carkas—the seven eunuchs(S) who personally served him— 11 to bring Queen Vashti before him with her royal crown. He wanted to show off her beauty to the people and the officials, because she was very beautiful.(T) 12 But Queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s command that was delivered by his eunuchs. The king became furious and his anger burned within him.(U)

The King’s Decree

13 The king consulted the wise men(V) who understood the times,[c](W) for it was his normal procedure to confer with experts in law and justice. 14 The most trusted ones[d] were Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, and Memucan. They were the seven officials(X) of Persia and Media(Y) who had personal access to the king(Z) and occupied the highest positions in the kingdom.(AA) 15 The king asked, “According to the law, what should be done with Queen Vashti, since she refused to obey King Ahasuerus’s command that was delivered by the eunuchs?”

16 Memucan said in the presence of the king and his officials, “Queen Vashti has wronged not only the king, but all the officials and the peoples who are in every one of King Ahasuerus’s provinces.(AB) 17 For the queen’s action will become public knowledge to all the women and cause them to despise their husbands and say, ‘King Ahasuerus ordered Queen Vashti brought before him, but she did not come.’ 18 Before this day is over, the noble women of Persia and Media who hear about the queen’s act will say the same thing to all the king’s officials, resulting in more contempt and fury.

19 “If it meets the king’s approval, he should personally issue a royal decree. Let it be recorded in the laws of Persia and Media, so that it cannot be revoked:(AC) Vashti is not to enter King Ahasuerus’s presence, and her royal position is to be given to another woman who is more worthy than she.(AD) 20 The decree the king issues will be heard throughout his vast kingdom,(AE) so all women will honor their husbands,(AF) from the greatest to the least.”(AG)

21 The king and his counselors approved the proposal, and he followed Memucan’s advice. 22 He sent letters to all the royal provinces, to each province in its own script and to each ethnic group in its own language,(AH) that every man should be master of his own house and speak in the language of his own people.

The Search for a New Queen

Some time later,(AI) when King Ahasuerus’s rage(AJ) had cooled down, he remembered Vashti, what she had done, and what was decided against her.(AK) The king’s personal attendants suggested, “Let a search be made for beautiful young virgins for the king.(AL) Let the king appoint commissioners(AM) in each province of his kingdom, so that they may gather all the beautiful young virgins to the harem at the fortress of Susa.(AN) Put them under the supervision of Hegai, the king’s eunuch,(AO) keeper of the women,(AP) and give them the required beauty treatments. Then the young woman who pleases the king(AQ) will become queen instead of Vashti.”(AR) This suggestion pleased the king, and he did accordingly.

In the fortress of Susa, there was a Jewish man named Mordecai(AS) son of Jair, son of Shimei,(AT) son of Kish,(AU) a Benjaminite. He had been taken into exile from Jerusalem with the other captives when King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon took King Jeconiah of Judah into exile.(AV) Mordecai was the legal guardian of his cousin[e] Hadassah (that is, Esther), because she had no father or mother. The young woman had a beautiful figure and was extremely good-looking. When her father and mother died, Mordecai had adopted her as his own daughter.(AW)

When the king’s command and edict became public knowledge and when many young women were gathered at the fortress of Susa under Hegai’s supervision, Esther was taken to the palace, into the supervision of Hegai, keeper of the women. The young woman pleased him and gained his favor so that he accelerated the process of the beauty treatments and the special diet that she received. He assigned seven hand-picked female servants to her from the palace and transferred her and her servants to the harem’s best quarters.

10 Esther did not reveal her ethnicity or her family background, because Mordecai had ordered her not to make them known. 11 Every day Mordecai took a walk in front of the harem’s courtyard to learn how Esther was doing and to see what was happening to her.

12 During the year before each young woman’s turn to go to King Ahasuerus, the harem regulation required her to receive beauty treatments with oil of myrrh for six months and then with perfumes and cosmetics for another six months. 13 When the young woman would go to the king, she was given whatever she requested to take with her from the harem to the palace. 14 She would go in the evening, and in the morning she would return to a second harem under the supervision of the king’s eunuch Shaashgaz, keeper of the concubines.(AX) She never went to the king again, unless he desired her and summoned her by name.(AY)

Esther Becomes Queen

15 Esther was the daughter of Abihail,(AZ) the uncle of Mordecai who had adopted her as his own daughter. When her turn came to go to the king, she did not ask for anything except what Hegai, the king’s eunuch, keeper of the women, suggested. Esther gained favor in the eyes of everyone who saw her.(BA)

16 She was taken to King Ahasuerus in the palace in the tenth month, the month Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign.(BB) 17 The king loved Esther more than all the other women. She won more favor and approval from him than did any of the other virgins. He placed the royal crown on her head and made her queen in place of Vashti.(BC) 18 The king held a great banquet for all his officials and staff.(BD) It was Esther’s banquet. He freed his provinces from tax payments and gave gifts worthy of the king’s bounty.(BE)

Mordecai Saves the King

19 When the virgins(BF) were gathered a second time, Mordecai was sitting at the King’s Gate.(BG) 20 (Esther had not revealed her family background or her ethnicity, as Mordecai had directed. She obeyed Mordecai’s orders, as she always had while he raised her.)

21 During those days while Mordecai was sitting at the King’s Gate, Bigthan and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs(BH) who guarded the entrance, became infuriated and planned to assassinate[f] King Ahasuerus. 22 When Mordecai learned of the plot, he reported it to Queen Esther, and she told the king on Mordecai’s behalf.(BI) 23 When the report was investigated and verified, both men were hanged on the gallows.(BJ) This event was recorded in the Historical Record in the king’s presence.

Haman’s Plan to Kill the Jews

After all this took place, King Ahasuerus honored Haman, son of Hammedatha the Agagite.(BK) He promoted him in rank and gave him a higher position than all the other officials.(BL) The entire royal staff at the King’s Gate(BM) bowed down and paid homage to Haman, because the king had commanded this to be done for him. But Mordecai would not bow down or pay homage.(BN) The members of the royal staff at the King’s Gate asked Mordecai, “Why are you disobeying the king’s command?” When they had warned him day after day(BO) and he still would not listen to them, they told Haman in order to see if Mordecai’s actions would be tolerated, since he had told them he was a Jew.

When Haman saw that Mordecai was not bowing down or paying him homage, he was filled with rage.(BP) And when he learned of Mordecai’s ethnic identity, it seemed repugnant to Haman to do away with[g] Mordecai alone. He planned to destroy all of Mordecai’s people, the Jews,(BQ) throughout Ahasuerus’s kingdom.(BR)

In the first month, the month of Nisan, in King Ahasuerus’s twelfth year,(BS) the Pur—that is, the lot—was cast before Haman for each day in each month, and it fell on the twelfth month,(BT) the month Adar.(BU) Then Haman informed King Ahasuerus, “There is one ethnic group, scattered throughout the peoples in every province of your kingdom,(BV) keeping themselves separate. Their laws are different from everyone else’s and they do not obey the king’s laws.(BW) It is not in the king’s best interest to tolerate them.(BX) If the king approves, let an order be drawn up authorizing their destruction, and I will pay 375 tons of silver to[h] the officials for deposit in the royal treasury.”(BY)

10 The king removed his signet ring(BZ) from his finger and gave it to Haman son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the enemy of the Jewish people.(CA) 11 Then the king told Haman, “The money and people are given to you to do with as you see fit.”

12 The royal scribes were summoned(CB) on the thirteenth day of the first month, and the order was written exactly as Haman commanded. It was intended for the royal satraps,(CC) the governors of each of the provinces, and the officials of each ethnic group and written for each province in its own script and to each ethnic group in its own language.(CD) It was written in the name of King Ahasuerus(CE) and sealed with the royal signet ring.(CF) 13 Letters were sent by couriers(CG) to each of the royal provinces telling the officials to destroy, kill, and annihilate all the Jewish people—young and old, women and children—and plunder their possessions on a single day,(CH) the thirteenth day of Adar, the twelfth month.[i]

14 A copy of the text, issued as law throughout every province, was distributed to all the peoples so that they might get ready for that day. 15 The couriers left, spurred on by royal command, and the law was issued in the fortress of Susa.(CI) The king and Haman sat down to drink, while the city of Susa was in confusion.(CJ)

Footnotes:

  1. 1:6 Or alabaster
  2. 1:6 Or of porphyry
  3. 1:13 Or understood propitious times
  4. 1:14 Lit Those near him
  5. 2:7 Lit uncle’s daughter
  6. 2:21 Lit and they sought to stretch out a hand against
  7. 3:6 Lit to stretch out a hand against
  8. 3:9 Lit will weigh 10,000 silver talents on the hands of
  9. 3:13 LXX adds the text of Ahasuerus’s letter here.

Cross references:

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

The Lord’s Supper

17 Now in giving this instruction I do not praise you, since you come together not for the better but for the worse. 18 For to begin with, I hear that when you come together as a church there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it. 19 Indeed, it is necessary that there be factions(A) among you, so that those who are approved may be recognized among you. 20 When you come together, then, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper.(B) 21 For at the meal, each one eats his own supper.[a] So one person is hungry while another gets drunk! 22 Don’t you have homes in which to eat and drink? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What should I say to you? Should I praise you? I do not praise you in this matter!

23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you:(C) On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, broke it, and said,[b] “This is my body, which is[c] for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”(D)

25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, and said, “This cup is the new covenant(E) in my blood.(F) Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death(G) until he comes.(H)

Self-Examination

27 So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sin against the body[d] and blood of the Lord. 28 Let a person examine himself; in this way let him eat the bread and drink from the cup. 29 For whoever eats and drinks without recognizing the body,[e] eats and drinks judgment(I) on himself. 30 This is why many are sick and ill among you, and many have fallen asleep.(J) 31 If we were properly judging ourselves, we would not be judged, 32 but when we are judged(K) by the Lord, we are disciplined, so that we may not be condemned(L) with the world.

33 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, when you come together to eat, welcome one another.[f] 34 If anyone is hungry, he should eat at home, so that when you gather together you will not come under judgment. I will give instructions about the other matters whenever I come.(M)

Footnotes:

  1. 11:21 Or eats his own supper ahead of others
  2. 11:24 Other mss add “Take, eat.
  3. 11:24 Other mss add broken
  4. 11:27 Lit be guilty of the body
  5. 11:29 Other mss read drinks unworthily, not discerning the Lord’s body
  6. 11:33 Or wait for one another
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Psalm 35:17-28

17 Lord, how long will you look on?(A)
Rescue me from their ravages;
rescue my precious life from the young lions.(B)
18 I will praise you in the great assembly;
I will exalt you among many people.(C)
19 Do not let my deceitful enemies rejoice over me;
do not let those who hate me without cause(D)
wink at me maliciously.(E)
20 For they do not speak in friendly ways,
but contrive fraudulent schemes[a]
against those who live peacefully in the land.(F)
21 They open their mouths wide against me and say,
“Aha, aha! We saw it!” [b](G)

22 You saw it, Lord; do not be silent.
Lord, do not be far from me.(H)
23 Wake up and rise to my defense,
to my cause, my God and my Lord!(I)
24 Vindicate me, Lord my God,
in keeping with your righteousness,
and do not let them rejoice over me.(J)
25 Do not let them say in their hearts,
“Aha! Just what we wanted.”
Do not let them say,
“We have swallowed him up!” (K)
26 Let those who rejoice at my misfortune
be disgraced and humiliated;
let those who exalt themselves over me
be clothed with shame and reproach.(L)

27 Let those who want my vindication
shout for joy and be glad;
let them continually say,
“The Lord be exalted.
He takes pleasure in his servant’s well-being.”(M)
28 And my tongue will proclaim your righteousness,
your praise all day long.(N)

Footnotes:

  1. 35:20 Lit but devise fraudulent words
  2. 35:21 Lit Our eyes saw!
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Proverbs 21:19-20

19 Better to live in a wilderness
than with a nagging and hot-tempered wife.(A)

20 Precious treasure and oil are in the dwelling of a wise person,
but a fool consumes them.[a](B)

Footnotes:

  1. 21:20 Lit it
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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday August 17, 2019 (NIV)

Nehemiah 12:27-13:31

Nehemiah Dedicates the City Wall

27 When the city wall of Jerusalem was dedicated, the Levites were brought in from wherever they were living, so that they could join in celebrating the dedication with songs of thanksgiving and with the music of cymbals and harps. 28 The Levite families of singers gathered from the area where they had settled around Jerusalem and from the towns around Netophah, 29 and from Bethgilgal, Geba, and Azmaveth. 30 The priests and the Levites performed ritual purification for themselves, the people, the gates, and the city wall.

31 I assembled the leaders of Judah on top of the wall and put them in charge of two large groups to march around the city, giving thanks to God.

The first group went to the right on top of the wall toward the Rubbish Gate.[a] 32 Hoshaiah marched behind the singers, followed by half the leaders of Judah. 33-35 The following priests, blowing trumpets, marched next: Azariah, Ezra, Meshullam, Judah, Benjamin, Shemaiah, and Jeremiah. Next came Zechariah, the son of Jonathan and grandson of Shemaiah. (His ancestors also included Mattaniah, Micaiah, and Zaccur, of the clan of Asaph.) 36 He was followed by other members of his clan—Shemaiah, Azarel, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethanel, Judah, and Hanani—all of whom carried musical instruments of the kind played by King David, the man of God. Ezra the scholar led this group in the procession. 37 At the Fountain Gate they went up the steps that led to David's City, past David's palace, and back to the wall at the Water Gate, on the east side of the city.

38 The other group of those who gave thanks went to the left along the top of the wall, and I followed with half of the people. We marched past the Tower of the Ovens to the Broad Wall, 39 and from there we went past Ephraim Gate, Jeshanah Gate,[b] the Fish Gate, the Tower of Hananel, and the Tower of the Hundred, to the Sheep Gate. We ended our march near the gate to the Temple.

40 So both the groups that were giving thanks to God reached the Temple area.

In addition to the leaders who were with me, 41 my group included the following priests, blowing trumpets: Eliakim, Maaseiah, Miniamin, Micaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah, and Hananiah; 42 and they were followed by Maaseiah, Shemaiah, Eleazar, Uzzi, Jehohanan, Malchijah, Elam, and Ezer. The singers, led by Jezrahiah, sang at the top of their voices.

43 That day many sacrifices were offered, and the people were full of joy because God had made them very happy. The women and the children joined in the celebration, and the noise they all made could be heard for miles.

Providing for Worship in the Temple

44 At that time men were put in charge of the storerooms where contributions for the Temple were kept, including the tithes and the first grain and fruit that ripened each year. These men were responsible for collecting from the farms near the various cities the contributions for the priests and the Levites which the Law required. All the people of Judah were pleased with the priests and the Levites, 45 (A)because they performed the ceremonies of purification and the other rituals that God had commanded. The Temple musicians and the Temple guards also performed their duties in accordance with the regulations made by King David and his son Solomon. 46 From the time of King David and the musician Asaph long ago, the musicians have led songs of praise and thanksgiving to God. 47 In the time of Zerubbabel and also in the time of Nehemiah, all the people of Israel gave daily gifts for the support of the Temple musicians and the Temple guards. The people gave a sacred offering to the Levites, and the Levites gave the required portion to the priests.

Separation from Foreigners

13 (B)When the Law of Moses was being read aloud to the people, they came to the passage that said that no Ammonite or Moabite was ever to be permitted to join God's people. (C)This was because the people of Ammon and Moab did not give food and water to the Israelites on their way out of Egypt. Instead, they paid money to Balaam to curse Israel, but our God turned the curse into a blessing. When the people of Israel heard this law read, they excluded all foreigners from the community.

Nehemiah's Reforms

The priest Eliashib, who was in charge of the Temple storerooms, had for a long time been on good terms with Tobiah. He allowed Tobiah to use a large room that was intended only for storing offerings of grain and incense, the equipment used in the Temple, the offerings for the priests, and the tithes of grain, wine, and olive oil given to the Levites, to the Temple musicians, and to the Temple guards. While this was going on, I was not in Jerusalem, because in the thirty-second year that Artaxerxes[c] was king of Babylon I had gone back to report to him. After some time I received his permission and returned to Jerusalem. There I was shocked to find that Eliashib had allowed Tobiah to use a room in the Temple. I was furious and threw out all of Tobiah's belongings. I gave orders for the rooms to be ritually purified and for the Temple equipment, grain offerings, and incense to be put back.

10 (D)I also learned that the Temple musicians and other Levites had left Jerusalem and gone back to their farms, because the people had not been giving them enough to live on. 11 I reprimanded the officials for letting the Temple be neglected. And I brought the Levites and musicians back to the Temple and put them to work again. 12 (E)Then all the people of Israel again started bringing to the Temple storerooms their tithes of grain, wine, and olive oil. 13 I put the following men in charge of the storerooms: Shelemiah, a priest; Zadok, a scholar of the Law; and Pedaiah, a Levite. Hanan, the son of Zaccur and grandson of Mattaniah, was to be their assistant. I knew I could trust these men to be honest in distributing the supplies to the other workers.

14 Remember, my God, all these things that I have done for your Temple and its worship.

15 (F)At that time I saw people in Judah pressing juice from grapes on the Sabbath. Others were loading grain, wine, grapes, figs, and other things on their donkeys and taking them into Jerusalem; I warned them not to sell anything on the Sabbath. 16 Some people from the city of Tyre were living in Jerusalem, and they brought fish and all kinds of goods into the city to sell to our people on the Sabbath. 17 I reprimanded the Jewish leaders and told them, “Look at the evil you're doing! You're making the Sabbath unholy. 18 This is exactly why God punished your ancestors when he brought destruction on this city. And yet you insist on bringing more of God's anger down on Israel by profaning the Sabbath.”

19 So I gave orders for the city gates to be shut at the beginning of every Sabbath, as soon as evening[d] began to fall, and not to be opened again until the Sabbath was over. I stationed some of my men at the gates to make sure that nothing was brought into the city on the Sabbath. 20 Once or twice merchants who sold all kinds of goods spent Friday night outside the city walls. 21 I warned them, “It's no use waiting out there for morning to come. If you try this again, I'll use force on you.” From then on they did not come back on the Sabbath. 22 I ordered the Levites to purify themselves and to go and guard the gates to make sure that the Sabbath was kept holy.

Remember me, O God, for this also, and spare me because of your great love.

23 (G)At that time I also discovered that many of the Jewish men had married women from Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab. 24 Half of their children spoke the language of Ashdod or some other language and didn't know how to speak our language. 25 I reprimanded the men, called down curses on them, beat them, and pulled out their hair. Then I made them take an oath in God's name that never again would they or their children intermarry with foreigners. 26 (H)I told them, “It was foreign women that made King Solomon sin. Here was a man who was greater than any of the kings of other nations. God loved him and made him king over all of Israel, and yet he fell into this sin. 27 Are we then to follow your example and disobey our God by marrying foreign women?”

28 (I)Joiada was the son of Eliashib the High Priest, but one of Joiada's sons married the daughter of Sanballat, from the town of Beth Horon, so I made Joiada leave Jerusalem.

29 Remember, God, how those people defiled both the office of priest and the covenant you made with the priests and the Levites.

30 I purified the people from everything foreign; I prepared regulations for the priests and the Levites so that all of them would know their duties; 31 I arranged for the wood used for burning the offerings to be brought at the proper times, and for the people to bring their offerings of the first grain and the first fruits that ripened.

Remember all this, O God, and give me credit for it.

Footnotes:

  1. Nehemiah 12:31 The two groups started somewhere on the southwestern part of the city wall and went in opposite directions until they met in front of the Temple in the northeastern part of the city.
  2. Nehemiah 12:39 Ephraim Gate, Jeshanah Gate; or Ephraim Gate (also called the Old Gate).
  3. Nehemiah 13:6 As emperor of Persia, Artaxerxes also had the title “King of Babylon.”
  4. Nehemiah 13:19 The Jewish day begins at sunset.
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1 Corinthians 11:1-16

11 (A)Imitate me, then, just as I imitate Christ.

Covering the Head in Worship

I praise you because you always remember me and follow the teachings that I have handed on to you. But I want you to understand that Christ is supreme over every man, the husband is supreme over his wife, and God is supreme over Christ. So a man who prays or proclaims God's message in public worship with his head covered disgraces Christ. And any woman who prays or proclaims God's message in public worship with nothing on her head disgraces her husband; there is no difference between her and a woman whose head has been shaved. If the woman does not cover her head, she might as well cut her hair. And since it is a shameful thing for a woman to shave her head or cut her hair, she should cover her head. (B)A man has no need to cover his head, because he reflects the image and glory of God. But woman reflects the glory of man; (C)for man was not created from woman, but woman from man. Nor was man created for woman's sake, but woman was created for man's sake. 10 On account of the angels, then, a woman should have a covering over her head to show that she is under her husband's authority. 11 In our life in the Lord, however, woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. 12 For as woman was made from man, in the same way man is born of woman; and it is God who brings everything into existence.

13 Judge for yourselves whether it is proper for a woman to pray to God in public worship with nothing on her head. 14 Why, nature itself teaches you that long hair on a man is a disgrace, 15 but on a woman it is a thing of beauty. Her long hair has been given her to serve as a covering. 16 But if anyone wants to argue about it, all I have to say is that neither we nor the churches of God have any other custom in worship.

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Psalm 35:1-16

A Prayer for Help[a]

35 Oppose those who oppose me, Lord,
and fight those who fight against me!
Take your shield and armor
and come to my rescue.
Lift up your spear and war ax
against those who pursue me.
Promise that you will save me.

May those who try to kill me
be defeated and disgraced!
May those who plot against me
be turned back and confused!
May they be like straw blown by the wind
as the angel of the Lord pursues them!
May their path be dark and slippery
while the angel of the Lord strikes them down!

Without any reason they laid a trap for me
and dug a deep hole to catch me.
But destruction will catch them before they know it;
they will be caught in their own trap
and fall to their destruction!

Then I will be glad because of the Lord;
I will be happy because he saved me.
10 With all my heart I will say to the Lord,
“There is no one like you.
You protect the weak from the strong,
the poor from the oppressor.”

11 Evil people testify against me
and accuse me of crimes I know nothing about.
12 They pay me back evil for good,
and I sink in despair.
13 But when they were sick, I dressed in mourning;
I deprived myself of food;
I prayed with my head bowed low,
14 as I would pray for a friend or a brother.
I went around bent over in mourning,
as one who mourns for his mother.

15 But when I was in trouble, they were all glad
and gathered around to make fun of me;
strangers beat me
and kept striking me.
16 Like those who would mock a cripple,[b]
they glared at me with hate.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 35:1 HEBREW TITLE: By David.
  2. Psalm 35:16 Probable text Like those … cripple; Hebrew unclear.
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Proverbs 21:17-18

17 Indulging in luxuries, wine, and rich food will never make you wealthy.

18 The wicked bring on themselves the suffering they try to cause good people.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday August 16, 2019 (NIV)

Nehemiah 11:1-12:26

The People Who Lived in Jerusalem

11 The leaders settled in Jerusalem, and the rest of the people drew lots to choose one family out of every ten to go and live in the holy city of Jerusalem, while the rest were to live in the other cities and towns. The people praised anyone else who volunteered to live in Jerusalem. (A)In the other towns and cities the people of Israel, the priests, the Levites, the Temple workers, and the descendants of Solomon's servants lived on their own property in their own towns.

The following is the list of the leading citizens of the province of Judah who lived in Jerusalem:

Members of the tribe of Judah

Athaiah, the son of Uzziah and grandson of Zechariah. His other ancestors included Amariah, Shephatiah, and Mahalalel, descendants of Judah's son Perez.

Maaseiah, the son of Baruch and grandson of Colhozeh. His other ancestors included Hazaiah, Adaiah, Joiarib, and Zechariah, descendants of Judah's son Shelah.

Of the descendants of Perez, 468 outstanding soldiers lived in Jerusalem.

Members of the tribe of Benjamin

Sallu, the son of Meshullam and grandson of Joed. His other ancestors included Pedaiah, Kolaiah, Maaseiah, Ithiel, and Jeshaiah.

Gabbai and Sallai, close relatives[a] of Sallu.

In all, 928 Benjaminites lived in Jerusalem. Joel son of Zichri was their leader, and Judah son of Hassenuah was the second ranking official in the city.

Priests

10 Jedaiah son of Joiarib, and Jachin.

11 Seraiah, the son of Hilkiah and grandson of Meshullam. His ancestors included Zadok, Meraioth, and Ahitub, who was the High Priest. 12 In all, 822 members of this clan served in the Temple.

Adaiah, the son of Jeroham and grandson of Pelaliah. His ancestors included Amzi, Zechariah, Pashhur, and Malchijah. 13 In all, 242 members of this clan were heads of families.

Amashsai, the son of Azarel and grandson of Ahzai. His ancestors included Meshillemoth and Immer. 14 There were 128 members of this clan who were outstanding soldiers. Their leader was Zabdiel, a member of a leading family.[b]

Levites

15 Shemaiah, the son of Hasshub and grandson of Azrikam. His ancestors included Hashabiah and Bunni.

16 Shabbethai and Jozabad, prominent Levites in charge of the work outside the Temple.

17 Mattaniah, the son of Mica and grandson of Zabdi, a descendant of Asaph. He led the Temple choir in singing the prayer of thanksgiving.

Bakbukiah, who was Mattaniah's assistant.

Abda, the son of Shammua and grandson of Galal, a descendant of Jeduthun.

18 In all, 284 Levites lived in the holy city of Jerusalem.

Temple guards

19 Akkub, Talmon, and their relatives, 172 in all.

20 The rest of the people of Israel and the remaining priests and Levites lived on their own property in the other cities and towns of Judah. 21 The Temple workers lived in the part of Jerusalem called Ophel and worked under the supervision of Ziha and Gishpa.

22 The supervisor of the Levites who lived in Jerusalem was Uzzi, the son of Bani and grandson of Hashabiah. His ancestors included Mattaniah and Mica, and he belonged to the clan of Asaph, the clan that was responsible for the music in the Temple services. 23 There were royal regulations stating how the clans should take turns in leading the Temple music each day.

24 Pethahiah son of Meshezabel, of the clan of Zerah and the tribe of Judah, represented the people of Israel at the Persian court.

The People in Other Towns and Cities

25 Many of the people lived in towns near their farms. Those who were of the tribe of Judah lived in Kiriath Arba, Dibon, and Jekabzeel, and in the villages near these cities. 26 They also lived in the cities of Jeshua, Moladah, Bethpelet, 27 and Hazarshual, and in Beersheba and the villages around it. 28 They lived in the city of Ziklag, in Meconah and its villages, 29 in Enrimmon, in Zorah, in Jarmuth, 30 in Zanoah, in Adullam, and in the villages near these towns. They lived in Lachish and on the farms nearby, and in Azekah and its villages. That is to say, the people of Judah lived in the territory between Beersheba in the south and Hinnom Valley in the north.

31 The people of the tribe of Benjamin lived in Geba, Michmash, Ai, Bethel and the nearby villages, 32 Anathoth, Nob, Ananiah, 33 Hazor, Ramah, Gittaim, 34 Hadid, Zeboim, Neballat, 35 Lod, and Ono, and in Craftsmen's Valley. 36 Some groups of Levites that had lived in the territory of Judah were assigned to live with the people of Benjamin.

List of Priests and Levites

12 The following is a list of the priests and Levites who returned from exile with Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and with the High Priest Joshua:

Priests

2-7 Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra, Amariah, Malluch, Hattush, Shecaniah, Rehum, Meremoth, Iddo, Ginnethoi, Abijah, Mijamin, Maadiah, Bilgah, Shemaiah, Joiarib, Jedaiah, Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah, and Jedaiah.

These men were leaders among all their fellow priests in the days of Joshua.

Levites

The following were in charge of the singing of hymns of thanksgiving: Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, and Mattaniah.

The following formed the choir that sang the responses: Bakbukiah, Unno, and their fellow Levites.

Descendants of the High Priest Joshua

10 Joshua was the father of Joiakim; Joiakim was the father of Eliashib; Eliashib was the father of Joiada; 11 Joiada was the father of Jonathan; and Jonathan was the father of Jaddua.

Heads of the Priestly Clans

12-21 When Joiakim was High Priest, the following priests were the heads of the priestly clans:

PriestClan
MeraiahSeraiah
HananiahJeremiah
MeshullamEzra
JehohananAmariah
JonathanMalluchi
JosephShebaniah
AdnaHarim
HelkaiMeraioth
ZechariahIddo
MeshullamGinnethon
ZichriAbijah
[c]Miniamin
PiltaiMoadiah
ShammuaBilgah
JehonathanShemaiah
MattenaiJoiarib
UzziJedaiah
KallaiSallai
EberAmok
HashabiahHilkiah
NethanelJedaiah

Record of the Priestly and Levite Families

22 A record was kept of the heads of the Levite families and of the priestly families during the lifetimes of the following High Priests: Eliashib, Joiada, Jonathan, and Jaddua. This record was finished when Darius was emperor of Persia.

23 The heads of the Levite families, however, were recorded in the official records only until the time of Jonathan, the grandson of Eliashib.

Assignment of Duties in the Temple

24 Under the direction of Hashabiah, Sherebiah, Jeshua, Binnui,[d] and Kadmiel, the Levites were organized into groups. Two groups at a time praised God responsively and gave thanks to him, in accordance with the instructions given by King David, the man of God.

25 The following Temple guards were in charge of guarding the storerooms by the gates to the Temple: Mattaniah, Bakbukiah, Obadiah, Meshullam, Talmon, and Akkub.

26 These people lived during the time of Joiakim, the son of Joshua and grandson of Jehozadak, and the time of Nehemiah the governor, and the time of Ezra, the priest who was a scholar of the Law.

Footnotes:

  1. Nehemiah 11:8 One ancient translation close relatives; Hebrew after him.
  2. Nehemiah 11:14 a member of a leading family; or son of Haggedolim.
  3. Nehemiah 12:12 In Hebrew a name is missing from the list.
  4. Nehemiah 12:24 Probable text (see 10.9 and 12.8) Binnui; Hebrew son of.

Cross references:

  1. Nehemiah 11:3 : Neh 7:73
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1 Corinthians 10:14-33

14 So then, my dear friends, keep away from the worship of idols. 15 I speak to you as sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. 16 (A)The cup we use in the Lord's Supper and for which we give thanks to God: when we drink from it, we are sharing in the blood of Christ. And the bread we break: when we eat it, we are sharing in the body of Christ. 17 Because there is the one loaf of bread, all of us, though many, are one body, for we all share the same loaf.

18 (B)Consider the people of Israel; those who eat what is offered in sacrifice share in the altar's service to God. 19 Do I imply, then, that an idol or the food offered to it really amounts to anything? 20 (C)No! What I am saying is that what is sacrificed on pagan altars is offered to demons, not to God. And I do not want you to be partners with demons. 21 You cannot drink from the Lord's cup and also from the cup of demons; you cannot eat at the Lord's table and also at the table of demons. 22 (D)Or do we want to make the Lord jealous? Do we think that we are stronger than he?

23 (E)“We are allowed to do anything,” so they say. That is true, but not everything is good. “We are allowed to do anything”—but not everything is helpful. 24 None of you should be looking out for your own interests, but for the interests of others.

25 You are free to eat anything sold in the meat market, without asking any questions because of your conscience. 26 (F)For, as the scripture says, “The earth and everything in it belong to the Lord.”

27 If an unbeliever invites you to a meal and you decide to go, eat what is set before you, without asking any questions because of your conscience. 28 But if someone tells you, “This food was offered to idols,” then do not eat that food, for the sake of the one who told you and for conscience' sake— 29 that is, not your own conscience, but the other person's conscience.

“Well, then,” someone asks, “why should my freedom to act be limited by another person's conscience? 30 If I thank God for my food, why should anyone criticize me about food for which I give thanks?”

31 Well, whatever you do, whether you eat or drink, do it all for God's glory. 32 Live in such a way as to cause no trouble either to Jews or Gentiles or to the church of God. 33 Just do as I do; I try to please everyone in all that I do, not thinking of my own good, but of the good of all, so that they might be saved.

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Psalm 34:11-22

11 Come, my young friends, and listen to me,
and I will teach you to honor the Lord.
12 (A)Would you like to enjoy life?
Do you want long life and happiness?
13 Then keep from speaking evil
and from telling lies.
14 Turn away from evil and do good;
strive for peace with all your heart.

15 The Lord watches over the righteous
and listens to their cries;
16 but he opposes those who do evil,
so that when they die, they are soon forgotten.
17 The righteous call to the Lord, and he listens;
he rescues them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is near to those who are discouraged;
he saves those who have lost all hope.

19 Good people suffer many troubles,
but the Lord saves them from them all;
20 (B)the Lord preserves them completely;
not one of their bones is broken.
21 Evil will kill the wicked;
those who hate the righteous will be punished.

22 The Lord will save his people;
those who go to him for protection will be spared.

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Proverbs 21:14-16

14 If someone is angry with you, a gift given secretly will calm him down.

15 When justice is done, good people are happy, but evil people are brought to despair.

16 Death is waiting for anyone who wanders away from good sense.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday August 16, 2019 (NIV)

Nehemiah 11:1-12:26

The People Who Lived in Jerusalem

11 The leaders settled in Jerusalem, and the rest of the people drew lots to choose one family out of every ten to go and live in the holy city of Jerusalem, while the rest were to live in the other cities and towns. The people praised anyone else who volunteered to live in Jerusalem. (A)In the other towns and cities the people of Israel, the priests, the Levites, the Temple workers, and the descendants of Solomon's servants lived on their own property in their own towns.

The following is the list of the leading citizens of the province of Judah who lived in Jerusalem:

Members of the tribe of Judah

Athaiah, the son of Uzziah and grandson of Zechariah. His other ancestors included Amariah, Shephatiah, and Mahalalel, descendants of Judah's son Perez.

Maaseiah, the son of Baruch and grandson of Colhozeh. His other ancestors included Hazaiah, Adaiah, Joiarib, and Zechariah, descendants of Judah's son Shelah.

Of the descendants of Perez, 468 outstanding soldiers lived in Jerusalem.

Members of the tribe of Benjamin

Sallu, the son of Meshullam and grandson of Joed. His other ancestors included Pedaiah, Kolaiah, Maaseiah, Ithiel, and Jeshaiah.

Gabbai and Sallai, close relatives[a] of Sallu.

In all, 928 Benjaminites lived in Jerusalem. Joel son of Zichri was their leader, and Judah son of Hassenuah was the second ranking official in the city.

Priests

10 Jedaiah son of Joiarib, and Jachin.

11 Seraiah, the son of Hilkiah and grandson of Meshullam. His ancestors included Zadok, Meraioth, and Ahitub, who was the High Priest. 12 In all, 822 members of this clan served in the Temple.

Adaiah, the son of Jeroham and grandson of Pelaliah. His ancestors included Amzi, Zechariah, Pashhur, and Malchijah. 13 In all, 242 members of this clan were heads of families.

Amashsai, the son of Azarel and grandson of Ahzai. His ancestors included Meshillemoth and Immer. 14 There were 128 members of this clan who were outstanding soldiers. Their leader was Zabdiel, a member of a leading family.[b]

Levites

15 Shemaiah, the son of Hasshub and grandson of Azrikam. His ancestors included Hashabiah and Bunni.

16 Shabbethai and Jozabad, prominent Levites in charge of the work outside the Temple.

17 Mattaniah, the son of Mica and grandson of Zabdi, a descendant of Asaph. He led the Temple choir in singing the prayer of thanksgiving.

Bakbukiah, who was Mattaniah's assistant.

Abda, the son of Shammua and grandson of Galal, a descendant of Jeduthun.

18 In all, 284 Levites lived in the holy city of Jerusalem.

Temple guards

19 Akkub, Talmon, and their relatives, 172 in all.

20 The rest of the people of Israel and the remaining priests and Levites lived on their own property in the other cities and towns of Judah. 21 The Temple workers lived in the part of Jerusalem called Ophel and worked under the supervision of Ziha and Gishpa.

22 The supervisor of the Levites who lived in Jerusalem was Uzzi, the son of Bani and grandson of Hashabiah. His ancestors included Mattaniah and Mica, and he belonged to the clan of Asaph, the clan that was responsible for the music in the Temple services. 23 There were royal regulations stating how the clans should take turns in leading the Temple music each day.

24 Pethahiah son of Meshezabel, of the clan of Zerah and the tribe of Judah, represented the people of Israel at the Persian court.

The People in Other Towns and Cities

25 Many of the people lived in towns near their farms. Those who were of the tribe of Judah lived in Kiriath Arba, Dibon, and Jekabzeel, and in the villages near these cities. 26 They also lived in the cities of Jeshua, Moladah, Bethpelet, 27 and Hazarshual, and in Beersheba and the villages around it. 28 They lived in the city of Ziklag, in Meconah and its villages, 29 in Enrimmon, in Zorah, in Jarmuth, 30 in Zanoah, in Adullam, and in the villages near these towns. They lived in Lachish and on the farms nearby, and in Azekah and its villages. That is to say, the people of Judah lived in the territory between Beersheba in the south and Hinnom Valley in the north.

31 The people of the tribe of Benjamin lived in Geba, Michmash, Ai, Bethel and the nearby villages, 32 Anathoth, Nob, Ananiah, 33 Hazor, Ramah, Gittaim, 34 Hadid, Zeboim, Neballat, 35 Lod, and Ono, and in Craftsmen's Valley. 36 Some groups of Levites that had lived in the territory of Judah were assigned to live with the people of Benjamin.

List of Priests and Levites

12 The following is a list of the priests and Levites who returned from exile with Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and with the High Priest Joshua:

Priests

2-7 Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra, Amariah, Malluch, Hattush, Shecaniah, Rehum, Meremoth, Iddo, Ginnethoi, Abijah, Mijamin, Maadiah, Bilgah, Shemaiah, Joiarib, Jedaiah, Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah, and Jedaiah.

These men were leaders among all their fellow priests in the days of Joshua.

Levites

The following were in charge of the singing of hymns of thanksgiving: Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, and Mattaniah.

The following formed the choir that sang the responses: Bakbukiah, Unno, and their fellow Levites.

Descendants of the High Priest Joshua

10 Joshua was the father of Joiakim; Joiakim was the father of Eliashib; Eliashib was the father of Joiada; 11 Joiada was the father of Jonathan; and Jonathan was the father of Jaddua.

Heads of the Priestly Clans

12-21 When Joiakim was High Priest, the following priests were the heads of the priestly clans:

PriestClan
MeraiahSeraiah
HananiahJeremiah
MeshullamEzra
JehohananAmariah
JonathanMalluchi
JosephShebaniah
AdnaHarim
HelkaiMeraioth
ZechariahIddo
MeshullamGinnethon
ZichriAbijah
[c]Miniamin
PiltaiMoadiah
ShammuaBilgah
JehonathanShemaiah
MattenaiJoiarib
UzziJedaiah
KallaiSallai
EberAmok
HashabiahHilkiah
NethanelJedaiah

Record of the Priestly and Levite Families

22 A record was kept of the heads of the Levite families and of the priestly families during the lifetimes of the following High Priests: Eliashib, Joiada, Jonathan, and Jaddua. This record was finished when Darius was emperor of Persia.

23 The heads of the Levite families, however, were recorded in the official records only until the time of Jonathan, the grandson of Eliashib.

Assignment of Duties in the Temple

24 Under the direction of Hashabiah, Sherebiah, Jeshua, Binnui,[d] and Kadmiel, the Levites were organized into groups. Two groups at a time praised God responsively and gave thanks to him, in accordance with the instructions given by King David, the man of God.

25 The following Temple guards were in charge of guarding the storerooms by the gates to the Temple: Mattaniah, Bakbukiah, Obadiah, Meshullam, Talmon, and Akkub.

26 These people lived during the time of Joiakim, the son of Joshua and grandson of Jehozadak, and the time of Nehemiah the governor, and the time of Ezra, the priest who was a scholar of the Law.

Footnotes:

  1. Nehemiah 11:8 One ancient translation close relatives; Hebrew after him.
  2. Nehemiah 11:14 a member of a leading family; or son of Haggedolim.
  3. Nehemiah 12:12 In Hebrew a name is missing from the list.
  4. Nehemiah 12:24 Probable text (see 10.9 and 12.8) Binnui; Hebrew son of.

Cross references:

  1. Nehemiah 11:3 : Neh 7:73
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1 Corinthians 10:14-33

14 So then, my dear friends, keep away from the worship of idols. 15 I speak to you as sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. 16 (A)The cup we use in the Lord's Supper and for which we give thanks to God: when we drink from it, we are sharing in the blood of Christ. And the bread we break: when we eat it, we are sharing in the body of Christ. 17 Because there is the one loaf of bread, all of us, though many, are one body, for we all share the same loaf.

18 (B)Consider the people of Israel; those who eat what is offered in sacrifice share in the altar's service to God. 19 Do I imply, then, that an idol or the food offered to it really amounts to anything? 20 (C)No! What I am saying is that what is sacrificed on pagan altars is offered to demons, not to God. And I do not want you to be partners with demons. 21 You cannot drink from the Lord's cup and also from the cup of demons; you cannot eat at the Lord's table and also at the table of demons. 22 (D)Or do we want to make the Lord jealous? Do we think that we are stronger than he?

23 (E)“We are allowed to do anything,” so they say. That is true, but not everything is good. “We are allowed to do anything”—but not everything is helpful. 24 None of you should be looking out for your own interests, but for the interests of others.

25 You are free to eat anything sold in the meat market, without asking any questions because of your conscience. 26 (F)For, as the scripture says, “The earth and everything in it belong to the Lord.”

27 If an unbeliever invites you to a meal and you decide to go, eat what is set before you, without asking any questions because of your conscience. 28 But if someone tells you, “This food was offered to idols,” then do not eat that food, for the sake of the one who told you and for conscience' sake— 29 that is, not your own conscience, but the other person's conscience.

“Well, then,” someone asks, “why should my freedom to act be limited by another person's conscience? 30 If I thank God for my food, why should anyone criticize me about food for which I give thanks?”

31 Well, whatever you do, whether you eat or drink, do it all for God's glory. 32 Live in such a way as to cause no trouble either to Jews or Gentiles or to the church of God. 33 Just do as I do; I try to please everyone in all that I do, not thinking of my own good, but of the good of all, so that they might be saved.

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Psalm 34:11-22

11 Come, my young friends, and listen to me,
and I will teach you to honor the Lord.
12 (A)Would you like to enjoy life?
Do you want long life and happiness?
13 Then keep from speaking evil
and from telling lies.
14 Turn away from evil and do good;
strive for peace with all your heart.

15 The Lord watches over the righteous
and listens to their cries;
16 but he opposes those who do evil,
so that when they die, they are soon forgotten.
17 The righteous call to the Lord, and he listens;
he rescues them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is near to those who are discouraged;
he saves those who have lost all hope.

19 Good people suffer many troubles,
but the Lord saves them from them all;
20 (B)the Lord preserves them completely;
not one of their bones is broken.
21 Evil will kill the wicked;
those who hate the righteous will be punished.

22 The Lord will save his people;
those who go to him for protection will be spared.

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Proverbs 21:14-16

14 If someone is angry with you, a gift given secretly will calm him down.

15 When justice is done, good people are happy, but evil people are brought to despair.

16 Death is waiting for anyone who wanders away from good sense.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday August 15, 2019 (NIV)

Nehemiah 9:22-10:39

22 (A)“You let them conquer nations and kingdoms,
lands that bordered their own.
They conquered the land of Heshbon, where Sihon ruled,
and the land of Bashan, where Og was king.
23 (B)You gave them as many children as there are stars in the sky,
and let them conquer and live in the land
that you had promised their ancestors to give them.
24 (C)They conquered the land of Canaan;
you overcame the people living there.
You gave your people the power to do as they pleased
with the people and kings of Canaan.
25 (D)Your people captured fortified cities,
fertile land, houses full of wealth,
cisterns already dug,
olive trees, fruit trees, and vineyards.
They ate all they wanted and grew fat;
they enjoyed all the good things you gave them.

26 (E)“But your people rebelled and disobeyed you;
they turned their backs on your Law.
They killed the prophets who warned them,
who told them to turn back to you.
They insulted you time after time,
27 so you let their enemies conquer and rule them.
In their trouble they called to you for help,
and you answered them from heaven.
In your great mercy you sent them leaders
who rescued them from their foes.
28 When peace returned, they sinned again,
and again you let their enemies conquer them.
Yet when they repented and asked you to save them,
in heaven you heard, and time after time
you rescued them in your great mercy.
29 (F)You warned them to obey your teachings,
but in pride they rejected your laws,
although keeping your Law is the way to life.
Hard-headed and stubborn, they refused to obey.
30 (G)Year after year you patiently warned them.
You inspired your prophets to speak,
but your people were deaf,
so you let them be conquered by other nations.
31 And yet, because your mercy is great,
you did not forsake or destroy them.
You are a gracious and merciful God!

32 (H)“O God, our God, how great you are!
How terrifying, how powerful!
You faithfully keep your covenant promises.
From the time when Assyrian kings oppressed us,
even till now, how much we have suffered!
Our kings, our leaders, our priests and prophets,
our ancestors, and all our people have suffered.
Remember how much we have suffered!
33 You have done right to punish us;
you have been faithful, even though we have sinned.
34 Our ancestors, our kings, leaders, and priests
have not kept your Law.
They did not listen to your commands and warnings.
35 With your blessing, kings ruled your people
when they lived in the broad, fertile land you gave them;
but they failed to turn from sin and serve you.
36 And now we are slaves in the land that you gave us,
this fertile land which gives us food.
37 What the land produces goes to the kings
that you put over us because we sinned.
They do as they please with us and our livestock,
and we are in deep distress!”

The People Sign an Agreement

38 Because of all that has happened, we, the people of Israel, hereby make a solemn written agreement, and our leaders, our Levites, and our priests put their seals to it.

10 The first to sign was the governor, Nehemiah son of Hacaliah, and then Zedekiah signed. The following also signed:

Priests:

  • 2-8 Seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah,
  • Pashhur, Amariah, Malchijah,
  • Hattush, Shebaniah, Malluch,
  • Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah,
  • Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruch,
  • Meshullam, Abijah, Mijamin,
  • Maaziah, Bilgai, and Shemaia.

Levites:

  • 9-13 Jeshua son of Azaniah,
  • Binnui of the clan of Henadad,
  • Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Hodiah,
  • Kelita, Pelaiah, Hanan,
  • Mica, Rehob, Hashabiah,
  • Zaccur, Sherebiah, Shebaniah,
  • Hodiah, Bani, and Beninu.

Leaders of the people:

  • 14-27 Parosh, Pahath Moab,
  • Elam, Zattu, Bani,
  • Bunni, Azgad, Bebai,
  • Adonijah, Bigvai, Adin,
  • Ater, Hezekiah, Azzur,
  • Hodiah, Hashum, Bezai,
  • Hariph, Anathoth, Nebai,
  • Magpiash, Meshullam, Hezir,
  • Meshezabel, Zadok, Jaddua,
  • Pelatiah, Hanan, Anaiah,
  • Hoshea, Hananiah, Hasshub,
  • Hallohesh, Pilha, Shobek,
  • Rehum, Hashabnah, Maaseiah,
  • Ahiah, Hanan, Anan,
  • Malluch, Harim, and Baanah.

The Agreement

28 We, the people of Israel, the priests, the Levites, the Temple guards, the Temple musicians, the Temple workers, and all others who in obedience to God's Law have separated themselves from the foreigners living in our land, we, together with our wives and all our children old enough to understand, 29 do hereby join with our leaders in an oath, under penalty of a curse if we break it, that we will live according to God's Law, which God gave through his servant Moses; that we will obey all that the Lord, our Lord, commands us; and that we will keep all his laws and requirements.

30 (I)We will not intermarry with the foreigners living in our land.

31 (J)If foreigners bring grain or anything else to sell to us on the Sabbath or on any other holy day, we will not buy from them.

Every seventh year we will not farm the land, and we will cancel all debts.

32 (K)Every year we will each contribute one-eighth of an ounce of silver to help pay the expenses of the Temple.

33 We will provide for the Temple worship the following: the sacred bread, the daily grain offering, the animals to be burned each day as sacrifices, the sacred offerings for Sabbaths, New Moon Festivals, and other festivals, the other sacred offerings, the offerings to take away the sins of Israel, and anything else needed for the Temple.

34 We, the people, priests, and Levites, will draw lots each year to determine which clans are to provide wood to burn the sacrifices offered to the Lord our God, according to the requirements of the Law.

35 (L)We will take to the Temple each year an offering of the first grain we harvest and of the first fruit that ripens on our trees.

36 (M)The first son born to each of us we will take to the priests in the Temple and there, as required by the Law, dedicate him to God. We will also dedicate the first calf born to each of our cows, and the first lamb or kid born to each of our sheep or goats.

37 (N)We will take to the priests in the Temple the dough made from the first grain harvested each year and our other offerings of wine, olive oil, and all kinds of fruit.

We will take to the Levites, who collect tithes in our farming villages, the tithes from the crops that grow on our land. 38 (O)Priests who are descended from Aaron are to be with the Levites when tithes are collected, and for use in the Temple the Levites are to take to the Temple storerooms one-tenth of all the tithes they collect. 39 The people of Israel and the Levites are to take the contributions of grain, wine, and olive oil to the storerooms where the utensils for the Temple are kept and where the priests who are on duty, the Temple guards, and the members of the Temple choir have their quarters.

We will not neglect the house of our God.

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1 Corinthians 9:19-10:13

19 I am a free man, nobody's slave; but I make myself everybody's slave in order to win as many people as possible. 20 While working with the Jews, I live like a Jew in order to win them; and even though I myself am not subject to the Law of Moses, I live as though I were when working with those who are, in order to win them. 21 In the same way, when working with Gentiles, I live like a Gentile, outside the Jewish Law, in order to win Gentiles. This does not mean that I don't obey God's law; I am really under Christ's law. 22 Among the weak in faith I become weak like one of them, in order to win them. So I become all things to all people, that I may save some of them by whatever means are possible.

23 All this I do for the gospel's sake, in order to share in its blessings. 24 Surely you know that many runners take part in a race, but only one of them wins the prize. Run, then, in such a way as to win the prize. 25 (A)Every athlete in training submits to strict discipline, in order to be crowned with a wreath that will not last; but we do it for one that will last forever. 26 That is why I run straight for the finish line; that is why I am like a boxer who does not waste his punches. 27 I harden my body with blows and bring it under complete control, to keep myself from being disqualified after having called others to the contest.

Warnings against Idols

10 (B)I want you to remember, my friends, what happened to our ancestors who followed Moses. They were all under the protection of the cloud, and all passed safely through the Red Sea. In the cloud and in the sea they were all baptized as followers of Moses. (C)All ate the same spiritual bread (D)and drank the same spiritual drink. They drank from the spiritual rock that went with them; and that rock was Christ himself. (E)But even then God was not pleased with most of them, and so their dead bodies were scattered over the desert.

(F)Now, all of this is an example for us, to warn us not to desire evil things, as they did, (G)nor to worship idols, as some of them did. As the scripture says, “The people sat down to a feast which turned into an orgy of drinking and sex.” (H)We must not be guilty of sexual immorality, as some of them were—and in one day twenty-three thousand of them fell dead. (I)We must not put the Lord[a] to the test, as some of them did—and they were killed by snakes. 10 (J)We must not complain, as some of them did—and they were destroyed by the Angel of Death.

11 All these things happened to them as examples for others, and they were written down as a warning for us. For we live at a time when the end is about to come.

12 If you think you are standing firm you had better be careful that you do not fall. 13 (K)Every test that you have experienced is the kind that normally comes to people. But God keeps his promise, and he will not allow you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm; at the time you are put to the test, he will give you the strength to endure it, and so provide you with a way out.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Corinthians 10:9 the Lord; some manuscripts have Christ.
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Psalm 34:1-10

(A)In Praise of God's Goodness[a]

34 I will always thank the Lord;
I will never stop praising him.
I will praise him for what he has done;
may all who are oppressed listen and be glad!
Proclaim with me the Lord's greatness;
let us praise his name together!

I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me;
he freed me from all my fears.
The oppressed look to him and are glad;
they will never be disappointed.
The helpless call to him, and he answers;
he saves them from all their troubles.
His angel guards those who honor the Lord
and rescues them from danger.

(B)Find out for yourself how good the Lord is.
Happy are those who find safety with him.
Honor the Lord, all his people;
those who obey him have all they need.
10 Even lions go hungry for lack of food,
but those who obey the Lord lack nothing good.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 34:1 HEBREW TITLE: By David, who left the presence of Abimelech after pretending to be crazy and being sent away by him.
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Proverbs 21:13

13 If you refuse to listen to the cry of the poor, your own cry for help will not be heard.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday August 14, 2019 (NIV)

Nehemiah 8:1-9:21

Ezra Reads the Law to the People

By the seventh month the people of Israel were all settled in their towns. On the first day of that month they all assembled in Jerusalem, in the square just inside the Water Gate. They asked Ezra, the priest and scholar of the Law which the Lord had given Israel through Moses, to get the book of the Law. So Ezra brought it to the place where the people had gathered—men, women, and the children who were old enough to understand. There in the square by the gate he read the Law to them from dawn until noon, and they all listened attentively.

Ezra was standing on a wooden platform that had been built for the occasion. The following men stood at his right: Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah; and the following stood at his left: Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Hashum, Hashbaddanah, Zechariah, and Meshullam.

As Ezra stood there on the platform high above the people, they all kept their eyes fixed on him. As soon as he opened the book, they all stood up. Ezra said, “Praise the Lord, the great God!”

All the people raised their arms in the air and answered, “Amen! Amen!” They knelt in worship, with their faces to the ground.

Then they rose and stood in their places, and the following Levites explained the Law to them: Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, and Pelaiah. They gave an oral translation[a] of God's Law and explained[b] it so that the people could understand it.

When the people heard what the Law required, they were so moved that they began to cry. So Nehemiah, who was the governor, Ezra, the priest and scholar of the Law, and the Levites who were explaining the Law told all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God, so you are not to mourn or cry. 10 Now go home and have a feast. Share your food and wine with those who don't have enough. Today is holy to our Lord, so don't be sad. The joy that the Lord gives you will make you strong.”

11 The Levites went around calming the people and telling them not to be sad on such a holy day. 12 So all the people went home and ate and drank joyfully and shared what they had with others, because they understood what had been read to them.

The Festival of Shelters

13 The next day the heads of the clans, together with the priests and the Levites, went to Ezra to study the teachings of the Law. 14 (A)They discovered that the Law, which the Lord gave through Moses, ordered the people of Israel to live in temporary shelters during the Festival of Shelters. 15 So they gave the following instructions and sent them[c] all through Jerusalem and the other cities and towns: “Go out to the hills and get branches from pines, olives, myrtles, palms, and other trees to make shelters according to the instructions written in the Law.”

16 So the people got branches and built shelters on the flat roofs of their houses, in their yards, in the Temple courtyard, and in the public squares by the Water Gate and by the Ephraim Gate. 17 All the people who had come back from captivity built shelters and lived in them. This was the first time it had been done since the days of Joshua son of Nun, and everybody was excited and happy. 18 From the first day of the festival to the last they read a part of God's Law every day. They celebrated for seven days, and on the eighth day there was a closing ceremony, as required in the Law.

The People Confess Their Sins

1-2 On the twenty-fourth day of the same month the people of Israel gathered to fast in order to show sorrow for their sins. They had already separated themselves from all foreigners. They wore sackcloth and put dust on their heads as signs of grief. Then they stood and began to confess the sins that they and their ancestors had committed. For about three hours the Law of the Lord their God was read to them, and for the next three hours they confessed their sins and worshiped the Lord their God.

There was a platform for the Levites, and on it stood Jeshua, Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, and Chenani. They prayed aloud to the Lord their God.

The following Levites gave a call to worship: Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah. They said:

“Stand up and praise the Lord your God;
praise him forever and ever!
Let everyone praise his glorious name,
although no human praise is great enough.”

The Prayer of Confession

And then the people of Israel prayed this prayer:

“You, Lord, you alone are Lord;
you made the heavens and the stars of the sky.
You made land and sea and everything in them;
you gave life to all.
The heavenly powers bow down and worship you.
(B)You, Lord God, chose Abram
and led him out of Ur in Babylonia;
you changed his name to Abraham.
(C)You found that he was faithful to you,
and you made a covenant with him.
You promised to give him the land of the Canaanites,
the land of the Hittites and the Amorites,
the land of the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Girgashites,
to be a land where his descendants would live.
You kept your promise, because you are faithful.

(D)“You saw how our ancestors suffered in Egypt;
you heard their call for help at the Red Sea.
10 (E)You worked amazing miracles against the king,
against his officials and the people of his land,
because you knew how they oppressed your people.
You won then the fame you still have today.
11 (F)Through the sea you made a path for your people
and led them through on dry ground.
Those who pursued them drowned in deep water,
as a stone sinks in the raging sea.
12 (G)With a cloud you led them in daytime,
and at night you lighted their way with fire.
13 (H)At Mount Sinai you came down from heaven;
you spoke to your people
and gave them good laws and sound teachings.
14 You taught them to keep your Sabbaths holy,
and through your servant Moses you gave them your laws.

15 (I)“When they were hungry, you gave them bread from heaven,
and water from a rock when they were thirsty.
You told them to take control of the land
which you had promised to give them.
16 (J)But our ancestors grew proud and stubborn
and refused to obey your commands.
17 (K)They refused to obey; they forgot all you did;
they forgot the miracles you had performed.
In their pride they chose a leader
to take them back to slavery in Egypt.
But you are a God who forgives;
you are gracious and loving, slow to be angry.
Your mercy is great; you did not forsake them.
18 (L)They made an idol in the shape of a bull-calf
and said it was the god who led them from Egypt!
How much they insulted you, Lord!
19 (M)But you did not abandon them there in the desert,
for your mercy is great.
You did not take away the cloud or the fire
that showed them the path by day and night.
20 In your goodness you told them what they should do;
you fed them manna and gave them water to drink.
21 Through forty years in the desert
you provided all that they needed;
their clothing never wore out,
and their feet were not swollen with pain.

Footnotes:

  1. Nehemiah 8:8 The Law was written in Hebrew, but in Babylonia the Jews had adopted Aramaic as the language for daily life. Because of this a translation was necessary.
  2. Nehemiah 8:8 They gave … explained; or They read God's Law and then translated it, explaining.
  3. Nehemiah 8:15 Probable text So they … sent them; Hebrew It also ordered that the following instructions be sent.
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1 Corinthians 9:1-18

Rights and Duties of an Apostle

Am I not a free man? Am I not an apostle? Haven't I seen Jesus our Lord? And aren't you the result of my work for the Lord? Even if others do not accept me as an apostle, surely you do! Because of your life in union with the Lord you yourselves are proof of the fact that I am an apostle.

When people criticize me, this is how I defend myself: Don't I have the right to be given food and drink for my work? Don't I have the right to follow the example of the other apostles and the Lord's brothers and Peter, by taking a Christian wife with me on my trips? Or are Barnabas and I the only ones who have to work for our living? What soldiers ever have to pay their own expenses in the army? What farmers do not eat the grapes from their own vineyard? What shepherds do not use the milk from their own sheep?

I don't have to limit myself to these everyday examples, because the Law says the same thing. (A)We read in the Law of Moses, “Do not muzzle an ox when you are using it to thresh grain.” Now, is God concerned about oxen? 10 Didn't he really mean us when he said that? Of course that was written for us. Anyone who plows and anyone who reaps should do their work in the hope of getting a share of the crop. 11 (B)We have sown spiritual seed among you. Is it too much if we reap material benefits from you? 12 If others have the right to expect this from you, don't we have an even greater right?

But we haven't made use of this right. Instead, we have endured everything in order not to put any obstacle in the way of the Good News about Christ. 13 (C)Surely you know that the men who work in the Temple get their food from the Temple and that those who offer the sacrifices on the altar get a share of the sacrifices. 14 (D)In the same way, the Lord has ordered that those who preach the gospel should get their living from it.

15 But I haven't made use of any of these rights, nor am I writing this now in order to claim such rights for myself. I would rather die first! Nobody is going to turn my rightful boast into empty words! 16 I have no right to boast just because I preach the gospel. After all, I am under orders to do so. And how terrible it would be for me if I did not preach the gospel! 17 If I did my work as a matter of free choice, then I could expect to be paid; but I do it as a matter of duty, because God has entrusted me with this task. 18 What pay do I get, then? It is the privilege of preaching the Good News without charging for it, without claiming my rights in my work for the gospel.

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Psalm 33:12-22

12 Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord;
happy are the people he has chosen for his own!

13 The Lord looks down from heaven
and sees all of us humans.
14 From where he rules, he looks down
on all who live on earth.
15 He forms all their thoughts
and knows everything they do.

16 (A)A king does not win because of his powerful army;
a soldier does not triumph because of his strength.
17 War horses are useless for victory;
their great strength cannot save.

18 The Lord watches over those who obey him,
those who trust in his constant love.
19 He saves them from death;
he keeps them alive in times of famine.

20 We put our hope in the Lord;
he is our protector and our help.
21 We are glad because of him;
we trust in his holy name.

22 May your constant love be with us, Lord,
as we put our hope in you.

Cross references:

  1. Psalm 33:16 : Jdt 9:7; 1Macc 3:19
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Proverbs 21:11-12

11 When someone who is conceited gets his punishment, even an unthinking person learns a lesson. One who is wise will learn from what he is taught.

12 God, the righteous one, knows what goes on in the homes of the wicked, and he will bring the wicked down to ruin.

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