The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday January 15, 2019 (NIV)

Genesis 31:17-32:12

17 So Jacob put his wives and children on camels, 18 and he drove all his livestock in front of him. He packed all the belongings he had acquired in Paddan-aram and set out for the land of Canaan, where his father, Isaac, lived. 19 At the time they left, Laban was some distance away, shearing his sheep. Rachel stole her father’s household idols and took them with her. 20 Jacob outwitted Laban the Aramean, for they set out secretly and never told Laban they were leaving. 21 So Jacob took all his possessions with him and crossed the Euphrates River,[a] heading for the hill country of Gilead.

Laban Pursues Jacob

22 Three days later, Laban was told that Jacob had fled. 23 So he gathered a group of his relatives and set out in hot pursuit. He caught up with Jacob seven days later in the hill country of Gilead. 24 But the previous night God had appeared to Laban the Aramean in a dream and told him, “I’m warning you—leave Jacob alone!”

25 Laban caught up with Jacob as he was camped in the hill country of Gilead, and he set up his camp not far from Jacob’s. 26 “What do you mean by deceiving me like this?” Laban demanded. “How dare you drag my daughters away like prisoners of war? 27 Why did you slip away secretly? Why did you deceive me? And why didn’t you say you wanted to leave? I would have given you a farewell feast, with singing and music, accompanied by tambourines and harps. 28 Why didn’t you let me kiss my daughters and grandchildren and tell them good-bye? You have acted very foolishly! 29 I could destroy you, but the God of your father appeared to me last night and warned me, ‘Leave Jacob alone!’ 30 I can understand your feeling that you must go, and your intense longing for your father’s home. But why have you stolen my gods?”

31 “I rushed away because I was afraid,” Jacob answered. “I thought you would take your daughters from me by force. 32 But as for your gods, see if you can find them, and let the person who has taken them die! And if you find anything else that belongs to you, identify it before all these relatives of ours, and I will give it back!” But Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen the household idols.

33 Laban went first into Jacob’s tent to search there, then into Leah’s, and then the tents of the two servant wives—but he found nothing. Finally, he went into Rachel’s tent. 34 But Rachel had taken the household idols and hidden them in her camel saddle, and now she was sitting on them. When Laban had thoroughly searched her tent without finding them, 35 she said to her father, “Please, sir, forgive me if I don’t get up for you. I’m having my monthly period.” So Laban continued his search, but he could not find the household idols.

36 Then Jacob became very angry, and he challenged Laban. “What’s my crime?” he demanded. “What have I done wrong to make you chase after me as though I were a criminal? 37 You have rummaged through everything I own. Now show me what you found that belongs to you! Set it out here in front of us, before our relatives, for all to see. Let them judge between us!

38 “For twenty years I have been with you, caring for your flocks. In all that time your sheep and goats never miscarried. In all those years I never used a single ram of yours for food. 39 If any were attacked and killed by wild animals, I never showed you the carcass and asked you to reduce the count of your flock. No, I took the loss myself! You made me pay for every stolen animal, whether it was taken in broad daylight or in the dark of night.

40 “I worked for you through the scorching heat of the day and through cold and sleepless nights. 41 Yes, for twenty years I slaved in your house! I worked for fourteen years earning your two daughters, and then six more years for your flock. And you changed my wages ten times! 42 In fact, if the God of my father had not been on my side—the God of Abraham and the fearsome God of Isaac[b]—you would have sent me away empty-handed. But God has seen your abuse and my hard work. That is why he appeared to you last night and rebuked you!”

Jacob’s Treaty with Laban

43 Then Laban replied to Jacob, “These women are my daughters, these children are my grandchildren, and these flocks are my flocks—in fact, everything you see is mine. But what can I do now about my daughters and their children? 44 So come, let’s make a covenant, you and I, and it will be a witness to our commitment.”

45 So Jacob took a stone and set it up as a monument. 46 Then he told his family members, “Gather some stones.” So they gathered stones and piled them in a heap. Then Jacob and Laban sat down beside the pile of stones to eat a covenant meal. 47 To commemorate the event, Laban called the place Jegar-sahadutha (which means “witness pile” in Aramaic), and Jacob called it Galeed (which means “witness pile” in Hebrew).

48 Then Laban declared, “This pile of stones will stand as a witness to remind us of the covenant we have made today.” This explains why it was called Galeed—“Witness Pile.” 49 But it was also called Mizpah (which means “watchtower”), for Laban said, “May the Lord keep watch between us to make sure that we keep this covenant when we are out of each other’s sight. 50 If you mistreat my daughters or if you marry other wives, God will see it even if no one else does. He is a witness to this covenant between us.

51 “See this pile of stones,” Laban continued, “and see this monument I have set between us. 52 They stand between us as witnesses of our vows. I will never pass this pile of stones to harm you, and you must never pass these stones or this monument to harm me. 53 I call on the God of our ancestors—the God of your grandfather Abraham and the God of my grandfather Nahor—to serve as a judge between us.”

So Jacob took an oath before the fearsome God of his father, Isaac,[c] to respect the boundary line. 54 Then Jacob offered a sacrifice to God there on the mountain and invited everyone to a covenant feast. After they had eaten, they spent the night on the mountain.

55 [d]Laban got up early the next morning, and he kissed his grandchildren and his daughters and blessed them. Then he left and returned home.

32 [e]As Jacob started on his way again, angels of God came to meet him. When Jacob saw them, he exclaimed, “This is God’s camp!” So he named the place Mahanaim.[f]

Jacob Sends Gifts to Esau

Then Jacob sent messengers ahead to his brother, Esau, who was living in the region of Seir in the land of Edom. He told them, “Give this message to my master Esau: ‘Humble greetings from your servant Jacob. Until now I have been living with Uncle Laban, and now I own cattle, donkeys, flocks of sheep and goats, and many servants, both men and women. I have sent these messengers to inform my lord of my coming, hoping that you will be friendly to me.’”

After delivering the message, the messengers returned to Jacob and reported, “We met your brother, Esau, and he is already on his way to meet you—with an army of 400 men!” Jacob was terrified at the news. He divided his household, along with the flocks and herds and camels, into two groups. He thought, “If Esau meets one group and attacks it, perhaps the other group can escape.”

Then Jacob prayed, “O God of my grandfather Abraham, and God of my father, Isaac—O Lord, you told me, ‘Return to your own land and to your relatives.’ And you promised me, ‘I will treat you kindly.’ 10 I am not worthy of all the unfailing love and faithfulness you have shown to me, your servant. When I left home and crossed the Jordan River, I owned nothing except a walking stick. Now my household fills two large camps! 11 O Lord, please rescue me from the hand of my brother, Esau. I am afraid that he is coming to attack me, along with my wives and children. 12 But you promised me, ‘I will surely treat you kindly, and I will multiply your descendants until they become as numerous as the sands along the seashore—too many to count.’”

Footnotes:

  1. 31:21 Hebrew the river.
  2. 31:42 Or and the Fear of Isaac.
  3. 31:53 Or the Fear of his father, Isaac.
  4. 31:55 Verse 31:55 is numbered 32:1 in Hebrew text.
  5. 32:1 Verses 32:1-32 are numbered 32:2-33 in Hebrew text.
  6. 32:2 Mahanaim means “two camps.”
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Matthew 10:24-11:6

24 “Students[a] are not greater than their teacher, and slaves are not greater than their master. 25 Students are to be like their teacher, and slaves are to be like their master. And since I, the master of the household, have been called the prince of demons,[b] the members of my household will be called by even worse names!

26 “But don’t be afraid of those who threaten you. For the time is coming when everything that is covered will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all. 27 What I tell you now in the darkness, shout abroad when daybreak comes. What I whisper in your ear, shout from the housetops for all to hear!

28 “Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.[c] 29 What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin[d]? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. 30 And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.

32 “Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.

34 “Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came not to bring peace, but a sword.

35 ‘I have come to set a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
36 Your enemies will be right in your own household!’[e]

37 “If you love your father or mother more than you love me, you are not worthy of being mine; or if you love your son or daughter more than me, you are not worthy of being mine. 38 If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine. 39 If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.

40 “Anyone who receives you receives me, and anyone who receives me receives the Father who sent me. 41 If you receive a prophet as one who speaks for God,[f] you will be given the same reward as a prophet. And if you receive righteous people because of their righteousness, you will be given a reward like theirs. 42 And if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded.”

Jesus and John the Baptist

11 When Jesus had finished giving these instructions to his twelve disciples, he went out to teach and preach in towns throughout the region.

John the Baptist, who was in prison, heard about all the things the Messiah was doing. So he sent his disciples to ask Jesus, “Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting,[g] or should we keep looking for someone else?”

Jesus told them, “Go back to John and tell him what you have heard and seen— the blind see, the lame walk, those with leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor.” And he added, “God blesses those who do not fall away because of me.[h]

Footnotes:

  1. 10:24 Or Disciples.
  2. 10:25 Greek Beelzeboul; other manuscripts read Beezeboul; Latin version reads Beelzebub.
  3. 10:28 Greek Gehenna.
  4. 10:29 Greek one assarion [i.e., one “as,” a Roman coin equal to 1⁄16 of a denarius].
  5. 10:35-36 Mic 7:6.
  6. 10:41 Greek receive a prophet in the name of a prophet.
  7. 11:3 Greek Are you the one who is coming?
  8. 11:6 Or who are not offended by me.
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Psalm 13

Psalm 13

For the choir director: A psalm of David.

O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever?
How long will you look the other way?
How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul,
with sorrow in my heart every day?
How long will my enemy have the upper hand?

Turn and answer me, O Lord my God!
Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die.
Don’t let my enemies gloat, saying, “We have defeated him!”
Don’t let them rejoice at my downfall.

But I trust in your unfailing love.
I will rejoice because you have rescued me.
I will sing to the Lord
because he is good to me.

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Proverbs 3:16-18

16 She offers you long life in her right hand,
and riches and honor in her left.
17 She will guide you down delightful paths;
all her ways are satisfying.
18 Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her;
happy are those who hold her tightly.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday January 14, 2019 (NIV)

Genesis 30:1-31:16

30 When Rachel saw that she wasn’t having any children for Jacob, she became jealous of her sister. She pleaded with Jacob, “Give me children, or I’ll die!”

Then Jacob became furious with Rachel. “Am I God?” he asked. “He’s the one who has kept you from having children!”

Then Rachel told him, “Take my maid, Bilhah, and sleep with her. She will bear children for me,[a] and through her I can have a family, too.” So Rachel gave her servant, Bilhah, to Jacob as a wife, and he slept with her. Bilhah became pregnant and presented him with a son. Rachel named him Dan,[b] for she said, “God has vindicated me! He has heard my request and given me a son.” Then Bilhah became pregnant again and gave Jacob a second son. Rachel named him Naphtali,[c] for she said, “I have struggled hard with my sister, and I’m winning!”

Meanwhile, Leah realized that she wasn’t getting pregnant anymore, so she took her servant, Zilpah, and gave her to Jacob as a wife. 10 Soon Zilpah presented him with a son. 11 Leah named him Gad,[d] for she said, “How fortunate I am!” 12 Then Zilpah gave Jacob a second son. 13 And Leah named him Asher,[e] for she said, “What joy is mine! Now the other women will celebrate with me.”

14 One day during the wheat harvest, Reuben found some mandrakes growing in a field and brought them to his mother, Leah. Rachel begged Leah, “Please give me some of your son’s mandrakes.”

15 But Leah angrily replied, “Wasn’t it enough that you stole my husband? Now will you steal my son’s mandrakes, too?”

Rachel answered, “I will let Jacob sleep with you tonight if you give me some of the mandrakes.”

16 So that evening, as Jacob was coming home from the fields, Leah went out to meet him. “You must come and sleep with me tonight!” she said. “I have paid for you with some mandrakes that my son found.” So that night he slept with Leah. 17 And God answered Leah’s prayers. She became pregnant again and gave birth to a fifth son for Jacob. 18 She named him Issachar,[f] for she said, “God has rewarded me for giving my servant to my husband as a wife.” 19 Then Leah became pregnant again and gave birth to a sixth son for Jacob. 20 She named him Zebulun,[g] for she said, “God has given me a good reward. Now my husband will treat me with respect, for I have given him six sons.” 21 Later she gave birth to a daughter and named her Dinah.

22 Then God remembered Rachel’s plight and answered her prayers by enabling her to have children. 23 She became pregnant and gave birth to a son. “God has removed my disgrace,” she said. 24 And she named him Joseph,[h] for she said, “May the Lord add yet another son to my family.”

Jacob’s Wealth Increases

25 Soon after Rachel had given birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Please release me so I can go home to my own country. 26 Let me take my wives and children, for I have earned them by serving you, and let me be on my way. You certainly know how hard I have worked for you.”

27 “Please listen to me,” Laban replied. “I have become wealthy, for[i] the Lord has blessed me because of you. 28 Tell me how much I owe you. Whatever it is, I’ll pay it.”

29 Jacob replied, “You know how hard I’ve worked for you, and how your flocks and herds have grown under my care. 30 You had little indeed before I came, but your wealth has increased enormously. The Lord has blessed you through everything I’ve done. But now, what about me? When can I start providing for my own family?”

31 “What wages do you want?” Laban asked again.

Jacob replied, “Don’t give me anything. Just do this one thing, and I’ll continue to tend and watch over your flocks. 32 Let me inspect your flocks today and remove all the sheep and goats that are speckled or spotted, along with all the black sheep. Give these to me as my wages. 33 In the future, when you check on the animals you have given me as my wages, you’ll see that I have been honest. If you find in my flock any goats without speckles or spots, or any sheep that are not black, you will know that I have stolen them from you.”

34 “All right,” Laban replied. “It will be as you say.” 35 But that very day Laban went out and removed the male goats that were streaked and spotted, all the female goats that were speckled and spotted or had white patches, and all the black sheep. He placed them in the care of his own sons, 36 who took them a three-days’ journey from where Jacob was. Meanwhile, Jacob stayed and cared for the rest of Laban’s flock.

37 Then Jacob took some fresh branches from poplar, almond, and plane trees and peeled off strips of bark, making white streaks on them. 38 Then he placed these peeled branches in the watering troughs where the flocks came to drink, for that was where they mated. 39 And when they mated in front of the white-streaked branches, they gave birth to young that were streaked, speckled, and spotted. 40 Jacob separated those lambs from Laban’s flock. And at mating time he turned the flock to face Laban’s animals that were streaked or black. This is how he built his own flock instead of increasing Laban’s.

41 Whenever the stronger females were ready to mate, Jacob would place the peeled branches in the watering troughs in front of them. Then they would mate in front of the branches. 42 But he didn’t do this with the weaker ones, so the weaker lambs belonged to Laban, and the stronger ones were Jacob’s. 43 As a result, Jacob became very wealthy, with large flocks of sheep and goats, female and male servants, and many camels and donkeys.

Jacob Flees from Laban

31 But Jacob soon learned that Laban’s sons were grumbling about him. “Jacob has robbed our father of everything!” they said. “He has gained all his wealth at our father’s expense.” And Jacob began to notice a change in Laban’s attitude toward him.

Then the Lord said to Jacob, “Return to the land of your father and grandfather and to your relatives there, and I will be with you.”

So Jacob called Rachel and Leah out to the field where he was watching his flock. He said to them, “I have noticed that your father’s attitude toward me has changed. But the God of my father has been with me. You know how hard I have worked for your father, but he has cheated me, changing my wages ten times. But God has not allowed him to do me any harm. For if he said, ‘The speckled animals will be your wages,’ the whole flock began to produce speckled young. And when he changed his mind and said, ‘The striped animals will be your wages,’ then the whole flock produced striped young. In this way, God has taken your father’s animals and given them to me.

10 “One time during the mating season, I had a dream and saw that the male goats mating with the females were streaked, speckled, and spotted. 11 Then in my dream, the angel of God said to me, ‘Jacob!’ And I replied, ‘Yes, here I am.’

12 “The angel said, ‘Look up, and you will see that only the streaked, speckled, and spotted males are mating with the females of your flock. For I have seen how Laban has treated you. 13 I am the God who appeared to you at Bethel,[j] the place where you anointed the pillar of stone and made your vow to me. Now get ready and leave this country and return to the land of your birth.’”

14 Rachel and Leah responded, “That’s fine with us! We won’t inherit any of our father’s wealth anyway. 15 He has reduced our rights to those of foreign women. And after he sold us, he wasted the money you paid him for us. 16 All the wealth God has given you from our father legally belongs to us and our children. So go ahead and do whatever God has told you.”

Footnotes:

  1. 30:3 Hebrew bear children on my knees.
  2. 30:6 Dan means “he judged” or “he vindicated.”
  3. 30:8 Naphtali means “my struggle.”
  4. 30:11 Gad means “good fortune.”
  5. 30:13 Asher means “happy.”
  6. 30:18 Issachar sounds like a Hebrew term that means “reward.”
  7. 30:20 Zebulun probably means “honor.”
  8. 30:24 Joseph means “may he add.”
  9. 30:27 Or I have learned by divination that.
  10. 31:13 As in Greek version and an Aramaic Targum; Hebrew reads the God of Bethel.
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Matthew 10:1-23

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles

10 Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to cast out evil[a] spirits and to heal every kind of disease and illness. Here are the names of the twelve apostles:

first, Simon (also called Peter),
then Andrew (Peter’s brother),
James (son of Zebedee),
John (James’s brother),
Philip,
Bartholomew,
Thomas,
Matthew (the tax collector),
James (son of Alphaeus),
Thaddaeus,[b]
Simon (the zealot[c]),
Judas Iscariot (who later betrayed him).

Jesus sent out the twelve apostles with these instructions: “Don’t go to the Gentiles or the Samaritans, but only to the people of Israel—God’s lost sheep. Go and announce to them that the Kingdom of Heaven is near.[d] Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received!

“Don’t take any money in your money belts—no gold, silver, or even copper coins. 10 Don’t carry a traveler’s bag with a change of clothes and sandals or even a walking stick. Don’t hesitate to accept hospitality, because those who work deserve to be fed.

11 “Whenever you enter a city or village, search for a worthy person and stay in his home until you leave town. 12 When you enter the home, give it your blessing. 13 If it turns out to be a worthy home, let your blessing stand; if it is not, take back the blessing. 14 If any household or town refuses to welcome you or listen to your message, shake its dust from your feet as you leave. 15 I tell you the truth, the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah will be better off than such a town on the judgment day.

16 “Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves. 17 But beware! For you will be handed over to the courts and will be flogged with whips in the synagogues. 18 You will stand trial before governors and kings because you are my followers. But this will be your opportunity to tell the rulers and other unbelievers about me.[e] 19 When you are arrested, don’t worry about how to respond or what to say. God will give you the right words at the right time. 20 For it is not you who will be speaking—it will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

21 “A brother will betray his brother to death, a father will betray his own child, and children will rebel against their parents and cause them to be killed. 22 And all nations will hate you because you are my followers.[f] But everyone who endures to the end will be saved. 23 When you are persecuted in one town, flee to the next. I tell you the truth, the Son of Man[g] will return before you have reached all the towns of Israel.

Footnotes:

  1. 10:1 Greek unclean.
  2. 10:3 Other manuscripts read Lebbaeus; still others read Lebbaeus who is called Thaddaeus.
  3. 10:4 Greek the Cananean, an Aramaic term for Jewish nationalists.
  4. 10:7 Or has come, or is coming soon.
  5. 10:18 Or But this will be your testimony against the rulers and other unbelievers.
  6. 10:22 Greek on account of my name.
  7. 10:23 “Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself.
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Psalm 12

Psalm 12

For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by an eight-stringed instrument.[a]

Help, O Lord, for the godly are fast disappearing!
The faithful have vanished from the earth!
Neighbors lie to each other,
speaking with flattering lips and deceitful hearts.
May the Lord cut off their flattering lips
and silence their boastful tongues.
They say, “We will lie to our hearts’ content.
Our lips are our own—who can stop us?”

The Lord replies, “I have seen violence done to the helpless,
and I have heard the groans of the poor.
Now I will rise up to rescue them,
as they have longed for me to do.”
The Lord’s promises are pure,
like silver refined in a furnace,
purified seven times over.
Therefore, Lord, we know you will protect the oppressed,
preserving them forever from this lying generation,
even though the wicked strut about,
and evil is praised throughout the land.

Footnotes:

  1. 12:Title Hebrew according to the sheminith.
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Proverbs 3:13-15

13 Joyful is the person who finds wisdom,
the one who gains understanding.
14 For wisdom is more profitable than silver,
and her wages are better than gold.
15 Wisdom is more precious than rubies;
nothing you desire can compare with her.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday January 13, 2019 (NIV)

Genesis 28-29

28 So Isaac called for Jacob, blessed him, and said, “You must not marry any of these Canaanite women. Instead, go at once to Paddan-aram, to the house of your grandfather Bethuel, and marry one of your uncle Laban’s daughters. May God Almighty[a] bless you and give you many children. And may your descendants multiply and become many nations! May God pass on to you and your descendants[b] the blessings he promised to Abraham. May you own this land where you are now living as a foreigner, for God gave this land to Abraham.”

So Isaac sent Jacob away, and he went to Paddan-aram to stay with his uncle Laban, his mother’s brother, the son of Bethuel the Aramean.

Esau knew that his father, Isaac, had blessed Jacob and sent him to Paddan-aram to find a wife, and that he had warned Jacob, “You must not marry a Canaanite woman.” He also knew that Jacob had obeyed his parents and gone to Paddan-aram. It was now very clear to Esau that his father did not like the local Canaanite women. So Esau visited his uncle Ishmael’s family and married one of Ishmael’s daughters, in addition to the wives he already had. His new wife’s name was Mahalath. She was the sister of Nebaioth and the daughter of Ishmael, Abraham’s son.

Jacob’s Dream at Bethel

10 Meanwhile, Jacob left Beersheba and traveled toward Haran. 11 At sundown he arrived at a good place to set up camp and stopped there for the night. Jacob found a stone to rest his head against and lay down to sleep. 12 As he slept, he dreamed of a stairway that reached from the earth up to heaven. And he saw the angels of God going up and down the stairway.

13 At the top of the stairway stood the Lord, and he said, “I am the Lord, the God of your grandfather Abraham, and the God of your father, Isaac. The ground you are lying on belongs to you. I am giving it to you and your descendants. 14 Your descendants will be as numerous as the dust of the earth! They will spread out in all directions—to the west and the east, to the north and the south. And all the families of the earth will be blessed through you and your descendants. 15 What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.”

16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it!” 17 But he was also afraid and said, “What an awesome place this is! It is none other than the house of God, the very gateway to heaven!”

18 The next morning Jacob got up very early. He took the stone he had rested his head against, and he set it upright as a memorial pillar. Then he poured olive oil over it. 19 He named that place Bethel (which means “house of God”), although it was previously called Luz.

20 Then Jacob made this vow: “If God will indeed be with me and protect me on this journey, and if he will provide me with food and clothing, 21 and if I return safely to my father’s home, then the Lord will certainly be my God. 22 And this memorial pillar I have set up will become a place for worshiping God, and I will present to God a tenth of everything he gives me.”

Jacob Arrives at Paddan-Aram

29 Then Jacob hurried on, finally arriving in the land of the east. He saw a well in the distance. Three flocks of sheep and goats lay in an open field beside it, waiting to be watered. But a heavy stone covered the mouth of the well.

It was the custom there to wait for all the flocks to arrive before removing the stone and watering the animals. Afterward the stone would be placed back over the mouth of the well. Jacob went over to the shepherds and asked, “Where are you from, my friends?”

“We are from Haran,” they answered.

“Do you know a man there named Laban, the grandson of Nahor?” he asked.

“Yes, we do,” they replied.

“Is he doing well?” Jacob asked.

“Yes, he’s well,” they answered. “Look, here comes his daughter Rachel with the flock now.”

Jacob said, “Look, it’s still broad daylight—too early to round up the animals. Why don’t you water the sheep and goats so they can get back out to pasture?”

“We can’t water the animals until all the flocks have arrived,” they replied. “Then the shepherds move the stone from the mouth of the well, and we water all the sheep and goats.”

Jacob was still talking with them when Rachel arrived with her father’s flock, for she was a shepherd. 10 And because Rachel was his cousin—the daughter of Laban, his mother’s brother—and because the sheep and goats belonged to his uncle Laban, Jacob went over to the well and moved the stone from its mouth and watered his uncle’s flock. 11 Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and he wept aloud. 12 He explained to Rachel that he was her cousin on her father’s side—the son of her aunt Rebekah. So Rachel quickly ran and told her father, Laban.

13 As soon as Laban heard that his nephew Jacob had arrived, he ran out to meet him. He embraced and kissed him and brought him home. When Jacob had told him his story, 14 Laban exclaimed, “You really are my own flesh and blood!”

Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel

After Jacob had stayed with Laban for about a month, 15 Laban said to him, “You shouldn’t work for me without pay just because we are relatives. Tell me how much your wages should be.”

16 Now Laban had two daughters. The older daughter was named Leah, and the younger one was Rachel. 17 There was no sparkle in Leah’s eyes,[c] but Rachel had a beautiful figure and a lovely face. 18 Since Jacob was in love with Rachel, he told her father, “I’ll work for you for seven years if you’ll give me Rachel, your younger daughter, as my wife.”

19 “Agreed!” Laban replied. “I’d rather give her to you than to anyone else. Stay and work with me.” 20 So Jacob worked seven years to pay for Rachel. But his love for her was so strong that it seemed to him but a few days.

21 Finally, the time came for him to marry her. “I have fulfilled my agreement,” Jacob said to Laban. “Now give me my wife so I can sleep with her.”

22 So Laban invited everyone in the neighborhood and prepared a wedding feast. 23 But that night, when it was dark, Laban took Leah to Jacob, and he slept with her. 24 (Laban had given Leah a servant, Zilpah, to be her maid.)

25 But when Jacob woke up in the morning—it was Leah! “What have you done to me?” Jacob raged at Laban. “I worked seven years for Rachel! Why have you tricked me?”

26 “It’s not our custom here to marry off a younger daughter ahead of the firstborn,” Laban replied. 27 “But wait until the bridal week is over; then we’ll give you Rachel, too—provided you promise to work another seven years for me.”

28 So Jacob agreed to work seven more years. A week after Jacob had married Leah, Laban gave him Rachel, too. 29 (Laban gave Rachel a servant, Bilhah, to be her maid.) 30 So Jacob slept with Rachel, too, and he loved her much more than Leah. He then stayed and worked for Laban the additional seven years.

Jacob’s Many Children

31 When the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, he enabled her to have children, but Rachel could not conceive. 32 So Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben,[d] for she said, “The Lord has noticed my misery, and now my husband will love me.”

33 She soon became pregnant again and gave birth to another son. She named him Simeon,[e] for she said, “The Lord heard that I was unloved and has given me another son.”

34 Then she became pregnant a third time and gave birth to another son. He was named Levi,[f] for she said, “Surely this time my husband will feel affection for me, since I have given him three sons!”

35 Once again Leah became pregnant and gave birth to another son. She named him Judah,[g] for she said, “Now I will praise the Lord!” And then she stopped having children.

Footnotes:

  1. 28:3 Hebrew El-Shaddai.
  2. 28:4 Hebrew seed; also in 28:13, 14.
  3. 29:17 Or Leah had dull eyes, or Leah had soft eyes. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
  4. 29:32 Reuben means “Look, a son!” It also sounds like the Hebrew for “He has seen my misery.”
  5. 29:33 Simeon probably means “one who hears.”
  6. 29:34 Levi sounds like a Hebrew term that means “being attached” or “feeling affection for.”
  7. 29:35 Judah is related to the Hebrew term for “praise.”
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Matthew 9:18-38

Jesus Heals in Response to Faith

18 As Jesus was saying this, the leader of a synagogue came and knelt before him. “My daughter has just died,” he said, “but you can bring her back to life again if you just come and lay your hand on her.”

19 So Jesus and his disciples got up and went with him. 20 Just then a woman who had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding came up behind him. She touched the fringe of his robe, 21 for she thought, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.”

22 Jesus turned around, and when he saw her he said, “Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.” And the woman was healed at that moment.

23 When Jesus arrived at the official’s home, he saw the noisy crowd and heard the funeral music. 24 “Get out!” he told them. “The girl isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.” But the crowd laughed at him. 25 After the crowd was put outside, however, Jesus went in and took the girl by the hand, and she stood up! 26 The report of this miracle swept through the entire countryside.

Jesus Heals the Blind

27 After Jesus left the girl’s home, two blind men followed along behind him, shouting, “Son of David, have mercy on us!”

28 They went right into the house where he was staying, and Jesus asked them, “Do you believe I can make you see?”

“Yes, Lord,” they told him, “we do.”

29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “Because of your faith, it will happen.” 30 Then their eyes were opened, and they could see! Jesus sternly warned them, “Don’t tell anyone about this.” 31 But instead, they went out and spread his fame all over the region.

32 When they left, a demon-possessed man who couldn’t speak was brought to Jesus. 33 So Jesus cast out the demon, and then the man began to speak. The crowds were amazed. “Nothing like this has ever happened in Israel!” they exclaimed.

34 But the Pharisees said, “He can cast out demons because he is empowered by the prince of demons.”

The Need for Workers

35 Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. 38 So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”

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Psalm 11

Psalm 11

For the choir director: A psalm of David.

I trust in the Lord for protection.
So why do you say to me,
“Fly like a bird to the mountains for safety!
The wicked are stringing their bows
and fitting their arrows on the bowstrings.
They shoot from the shadows
at those whose hearts are right.
The foundations of law and order have collapsed.
What can the righteous do?”

But the Lord is in his holy Temple;
the Lord still rules from heaven.
He watches everyone closely,
examining every person on earth.
The Lord examines both the righteous and the wicked.
He hates those who love violence.
He will rain down blazing coals and burning sulfur on the wicked,
punishing them with scorching winds.
For the righteous Lord loves justice.
The virtuous will see his face.

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Proverbs 3:11-12

11 My child, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline,
and don’t be upset when he corrects you.
12 For the Lord corrects those he loves,
just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.[a]

Footnotes:

  1. 3:12 Greek version reads loves, / and he punishes those he accepts as his children. Compare Heb 12:6.
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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday January 12, 2019 (NIV)

Genesis 26:17-27:46

17 So Isaac moved away from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar,(A) where he settled. 18 Isaac reopened the wells(B) that had been dug in the time of his father Abraham, which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died, and he gave them the same names his father had given them.

19 Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of fresh water there. 20 But the herders of Gerar quarreled(C) with those of Isaac and said, “The water is ours!”(D) So he named the well Esek,[a] because they disputed with him. 21 Then they dug another well, but they quarreled(E) over that one also; so he named it Sitnah.[b] 22 He moved on from there and dug another well, and no one quarreled over it. He named it Rehoboth,[c](F) saying, “Now the Lord has given us room(G) and we will flourish(H) in the land.”

23 From there he went up to Beersheba.(I) 24 That night the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham.(J) Do not be afraid,(K) for I am with you;(L) I will bless you and will increase the number of your descendants(M) for the sake of my servant Abraham.”(N)

25 Isaac built an altar(O) there and called on the name of the Lord.(P) There he pitched his tent, and there his servants dug a well.(Q)

26 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces.(R) 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?(S)

28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the Lord was with you;(T) so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty(U) with you 29 that you will do us no harm,(V) just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the Lord.”(W)

30 Isaac then made a feast(X) for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath(Y) to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.

32 That day Isaac’s servants came and told him about the well(Z) they had dug. They said, “We’ve found water!” 33 He called it Shibah,[d] and to this day the name of the town has been Beersheba.[e](AA)

Jacob Takes Esau’s Blessing

34 When Esau was forty years old,(AB) he married Judith daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and also Basemath daughter of Elon the Hittite.(AC) 35 They were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah.(AD)

27 When Isaac was old and his eyes were so weak that he could no longer see,(AE) he called for Esau his older son(AF) and said to him, “My son.”

“Here I am,” he answered.

Isaac said, “I am now an old man and don’t know the day of my death.(AG) Now then, get your equipment—your quiver and bow—and go out to the open country(AH) to hunt some wild game for me. Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like(AI) and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing(AJ) before I die.”(AK)

Now Rebekah was listening as Isaac spoke to his son Esau. When Esau left for the open country(AL) to hunt game and bring it back, Rebekah said to her son Jacob,(AM) “Look, I overheard your father say to your brother Esau, ‘Bring me some game and prepare me some tasty food to eat, so that I may give you my blessing in the presence of the Lord before I die.’(AN) Now, my son, listen carefully and do what I tell you:(AO) Go out to the flock and bring me two choice young goats,(AP) so I can prepare some tasty food for your father, just the way he likes it.(AQ) 10 Then take it to your father to eat, so that he may give you his blessing(AR) before he dies.”

11 Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, “But my brother Esau is a hairy man(AS) while I have smooth skin. 12 What if my father touches me?(AT) I would appear to be tricking him and would bring down a curse(AU) on myself rather than a blessing.”

13 His mother said to him, “My son, let the curse fall on me.(AV) Just do what I say;(AW) go and get them for me.”

14 So he went and got them and brought them to his mother, and she prepared some tasty food, just the way his father liked it.(AX) 15 Then Rebekah took the best clothes(AY) of Esau her older son,(AZ) which she had in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob. 16 She also covered his hands and the smooth part of his neck with the goatskins.(BA) 17 Then she handed to her son Jacob the tasty food and the bread she had made.

18 He went to his father and said, “My father.”

“Yes, my son,” he answered. “Who is it?”(BB)

19 Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn.(BC) I have done as you told me. Please sit up and eat some of my game,(BD) so that you may give me your blessing.”(BE)

20 Isaac asked his son, “How did you find it so quickly, my son?”

“The Lord your God gave me success,(BF)” he replied.

21 Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Come near so I can touch you,(BG) my son, to know whether you really are my son Esau or not.”

22 Jacob went close to his father Isaac,(BH) who touched(BI) him and said, “The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau.” 23 He did not recognize him, for his hands were hairy like those of his brother Esau;(BJ) so he proceeded to bless him. 24 “Are you really my son Esau?” he asked.

“I am,” he replied.

25 Then he said, “My son, bring me some of your game to eat, so that I may give you my blessing.”(BK)

Jacob brought it to him and he ate; and he brought some wine and he drank. 26 Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come here, my son, and kiss me.”

27 So he went to him and kissed(BL) him(BM). When Isaac caught the smell of his clothes,(BN) he blessed him and said,

“Ah, the smell of my son
is like the smell of a field
that the Lord has blessed.(BO)
28 May God give you heaven’s dew(BP)
and earth’s richness(BQ)
an abundance of grain(BR) and new wine.(BS)
29 May nations serve you
and peoples bow down to you.(BT)
Be lord over your brothers,
and may the sons of your mother bow down to you.(BU)
May those who curse you be cursed
and those who bless you be blessed.(BV)

30 After Isaac finished blessing him, and Jacob had scarcely left his father’s presence, his brother Esau came in from hunting. 31 He too prepared some tasty food and brought it to his father. Then he said to him, “My father, please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing.”(BW)

32 His father Isaac asked him, “Who are you?”(BX)

“I am your son,” he answered, “your firstborn, Esau.(BY)

33 Isaac trembled violently and said, “Who was it, then, that hunted game and brought it to me?(BZ) I ate it just before you came and I blessed him—and indeed he will be blessed!(CA)

34 When Esau heard his father’s words, he burst out with a loud and bitter cry(CB) and said to his father, “Bless(CC) me—me too, my father!”

35 But he said, “Your brother came deceitfully(CD) and took your blessing.”(CE)

36 Esau said, “Isn’t he rightly named Jacob[f]?(CF) This is the second time he has taken advantage of(CG) me: He took my birthright,(CH) and now he’s taken my blessing!”(CI) Then he asked, “Haven’t you reserved any blessing for me?”

37 Isaac answered Esau, “I have made him lord over you and have made all his relatives his servants, and I have sustained him with grain and new wine.(CJ) So what can I possibly do for you, my son?”

38 Esau said to his father, “Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me too, my father!” Then Esau wept aloud.(CK)

39 His father Isaac answered him,(CL)

“Your dwelling will be
away from the earth’s richness,
away from the dew(CM) of heaven above.(CN)
40 You will live by the sword
and you will serve(CO) your brother.(CP)
But when you grow restless,
you will throw his yoke
from off your neck.(CQ)

41 Esau held a grudge(CR) against Jacob(CS) because of the blessing his father had given him. He said to himself, “The days of mourning(CT) for my father are near; then I will kill(CU) my brother Jacob.”(CV)

42 When Rebekah was told what her older son Esau(CW) had said, she sent for her younger son Jacob and said to him, “Your brother Esau is planning to avenge himself by killing you.(CX) 43 Now then, my son, do what I say:(CY) Flee at once to my brother Laban(CZ) in Harran.(DA) 44 Stay with him for a while(DB) until your brother’s fury subsides. 45 When your brother is no longer angry with you and forgets what you did to him,(DC) I’ll send word for you to come back from there.(DD) Why should I lose both of you in one day?”

46 Then Rebekah said to Isaac, “I’m disgusted with living because of these Hittite(DE) women. If Jacob takes a wife from among the women of this land,(DF) from Hittite women like these, my life will not be worth living.”(DG)

Footnotes:

  1. Genesis 26:20 Esek means dispute.
  2. Genesis 26:21 Sitnah means opposition.
  3. Genesis 26:22 Rehoboth means room.
  4. Genesis 26:33 Shibah can mean oath or seven.
  5. Genesis 26:33 Beersheba can mean well of the oath and well of seven.
  6. Genesis 27:36 Jacob means he grasps the heel, a Hebrew idiom for he takes advantage of or he deceives.

Cross references:

  1. Genesis 26:17 : S Ge 20:1
  2. Genesis 26:18 : S Ge 21:30
  3. Genesis 26:20 : S Ge 13:7
  4. Genesis 26:20 : Ge 21:25
  5. Genesis 26:21 : S Ge 13:7
  6. Genesis 26:22 : Ge 36:37
  7. Genesis 26:22 : Ps 18:19; Isa 33:20; 54:2; Am 9:11
  8. Genesis 26:22 : S Ge 17:6
  9. Genesis 26:23 : S Ge 22:19
  10. Genesis 26:24 : S Ge 24:12
  11. Genesis 26:24 : S Ge 15:1; S Jos 8:1
  12. Genesis 26:24 : S Ge 21:20
  13. Genesis 26:24 : S ver 4
  14. Genesis 26:24 : ver 4; Ge 17:7; S 22:17; 28:14; 30:27; 39:5; Dt 13:17
  15. Genesis 26:25 : S Ge 8:20
  16. Genesis 26:25 : S Ge 4:26; S Ac 2:21
  17. Genesis 26:25 : S Ge 21:30
  18. Genesis 26:26 : S Ge 21:22
  19. Genesis 26:27 : S ver 16
  20. Genesis 26:28 : S Ge 21:22
  21. Genesis 26:28 : S Ge 21:27; Jos 9:6
  22. Genesis 26:29 : Ge 31:29, 52
  23. Genesis 26:29 : S Ge 24:31
  24. Genesis 26:30 : Ge 31:54; Ex 18:12; 24:11; 1Sa 20:27
  25. Genesis 26:31 : S Ge 21:23, 27
  26. Genesis 26:32 : S Ge 21:30
  27. Genesis 26:33 : S Ge 21:14
  28. Genesis 26:34 : S Ge 25:20
  29. Genesis 26:34 : S Ge 10:15; 28:9; 36:2; Jos 3:10; 1Sa 26:6; 1Ki 10:29
  30. Genesis 26:35 : Ge 27:46; 28:8; Job 7:16
  31. Genesis 27:1 : Ge 48:10; Dt 34:7; 1Sa 3:2
  32. Genesis 27:1 : S Ge 25:25
  33. Genesis 27:2 : Ge 47:29; 1Ki 2:1
  34. Genesis 27:3 : S Ge 25:27
  35. Genesis 27:4 : S Ge 25:28
  36. Genesis 27:4 : ver 10, 25, 31; S Ge 24:60; 49:28; Dt 33:1; Heb 11:20
  37. Genesis 27:4 : ver 7
  38. Genesis 27:5 : S Ge 25:27
  39. Genesis 27:6 : S Ge 25:28
  40. Genesis 27:7 : ver 4
  41. Genesis 27:8 : ver 13, 43
  42. Genesis 27:9 : 1Sa 16:20
  43. Genesis 27:9 : S Ge 25:28
  44. Genesis 27:10 : S ver 4
  45. Genesis 27:11 : Ge 25:25
  46. Genesis 27:12 : ver 22
  47. Genesis 27:12 : S Ge 9:25
  48. Genesis 27:13 : Mt 27:25
  49. Genesis 27:13 : S ver 8
  50. Genesis 27:14 : S Ge 25:28
  51. Genesis 27:15 : ver 27; SS 4:11
  52. Genesis 27:15 : S Ge 25:25
  53. Genesis 27:16 : ver 22-23
  54. Genesis 27:18 : ver 32
  55. Genesis 27:19 : ver 32
  56. Genesis 27:19 : S Ge 25:28
  57. Genesis 27:19 : S ver 4
  58. Genesis 27:20 : S Ge 24:12
  59. Genesis 27:21 : ver 12
  60. Genesis 27:22 : Ge 45:4
  61. Genesis 27:22 : ver 12
  62. Genesis 27:23 : ver 16
  63. Genesis 27:25 : S ver 4
  64. Genesis 27:27 : Ge 31:28, 55; 33:4; 48:10; Ex 4:27; 18:7; Ru 1:9; 1Sa 20:41; 2Sa 14:33; 19:39
  65. Genesis 27:27 : Heb 11:20
  66. Genesis 27:27 : S ver 15
  67. Genesis 27:27 : Ps 65:9-13
  68. Genesis 27:28 : Dt 33:13; 2Sa 1:21; Job 18:16; 29:19; Pr 3:20; Isa 26:19; Hos 14:5; Hag 1:10; Zec 8:12
  69. Genesis 27:28 : ver 39; Ge 49:25; Lev 26:20; Dt 33:13
  70. Genesis 27:28 : Ps 65:9; 72:16
  71. Genesis 27:28 : ver 37; Nu 18:12; Dt 7:13; 33:28; 2Ki 18:32; Ps 4:7; Isa 36:17; Jer 31:12; 40:10
  72. Genesis 27:29 : 2Sa 8:14; Ps 68:31; 72:11; Isa 19:21, 23; 27:13; 45:14, 23; 49:7, 23; 60:12, 14; 66:23; Jer 12:17; Da 2:44; Zec 14:17-18
  73. Genesis 27:29 : S Ge 9:25; S 25:23; S 37:7
  74. Genesis 27:29 : ver 33; Ge 12:3
  75. Genesis 27:31 : S ver 4
  76. Genesis 27:32 : ver 18
  77. Genesis 27:32 : ver 19
  78. Genesis 27:33 : ver 35
  79. Genesis 27:33 : S ver 29
  80. Genesis 27:34 : Heb 12:17
  81. Genesis 27:34 : Ex 12:32
  82. Genesis 27:35 : Jer 9:4; 12:6
  83. Genesis 27:35 : ver 19, 45
  84. Genesis 27:36 : S Ge 25:26
  85. Genesis 27:36 : Ge 29:25; 31:20, 26; 34:13; 1Sa 28:12
  86. Genesis 27:36 : S Ge 25:33
  87. Genesis 27:36 : Heb 12:16-17
  88. Genesis 27:37 : S ver 28; Dt 16:13; Ezr 6:9; Isa 16:10; Jer 40:12
  89. Genesis 27:38 : Ge 29:11; Nu 14:1; Jdg 2:4; 21:2; Ru 1:9; 1Sa 11:4; 30:4; Heb 12:17
  90. Genesis 27:39 : Heb 11:20
  91. Genesis 27:39 : ver 28
  92. Genesis 27:39 : Ge 36:6
  93. Genesis 27:40 : 2Sa 8:14
  94. Genesis 27:40 : S Ge 9:25
  95. Genesis 27:40 : 2Ki 8:20-22
  96. Genesis 27:41 : Ge 37:4; 49:23; 50:15; 1Sa 17:28
  97. Genesis 27:41 : Ge 31:17; 32:11; Hos 10:14
  98. Genesis 27:41 : Ge 50:4, 10; Nu 20:29
  99. Genesis 27:41 : ver 42
  100. Genesis 27:41 : Ob 1:10
  101. Genesis 27:42 : Ge 32:3, 11; 33:4
  102. Genesis 27:42 : ver 41
  103. Genesis 27:43 : S ver 8
  104. Genesis 27:43 : S Ge 24:29
  105. Genesis 27:43 : S Ge 11:31
  106. Genesis 27:44 : Ge 31:38, 41
  107. Genesis 27:45 : S ver 35
  108. Genesis 27:45 : S Ge 26:3
  109. Genesis 27:46 : S Ge 10:15
  110. Genesis 27:46 : S Ge 10:15-19
  111. Genesis 27:46 : S Ge 26:35; S Job 7:7
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Matthew 9:1-17

Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man(A)

Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town.(B) Some men brought to him a paralyzed man,(C) lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith,(D) he said to the man, “Take heart,(E) son; your sins are forgiven.”(F)

At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!”(G)

Knowing their thoughts,(H) Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man(I) has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” Then the man got up and went home. When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God,(J) who had given such authority to man.

The Calling of Matthew(K)

As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,”(L) he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.

10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”(M)

12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’[a](N) For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”(O)

Jesus Questioned About Fasting(P)

14 Then John’s(Q) disciples came and asked him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast often,(R) but your disciples do not fast?”

15 Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them?(S) The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.(T)

16 “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. 17 Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 9:13 Hosea 6:6
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Psalm 10:16-18

16 The Lord is King for ever and ever;(A)
the nations(B) will perish from his land.
17 You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted;(C)
you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,(D)
18 defending the fatherless(E) and the oppressed,(F)
so that mere earthly mortals
will never again strike terror.

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Proverbs 3:9-10

Honor the Lord with your wealth,
with the firstfruits(A) of all your crops;
10 then your barns will be filled(B) to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine.(C)

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday January 11, 2019 (NIV)

Genesis 24:52-26:16

52 When Abraham’s servant heard what they said, he bowed down to the ground before the Lord.(A) 53 Then the servant brought out gold and silver jewelry and articles of clothing(B) and gave them to Rebekah; he also gave costly gifts(C) to her brother and to her mother. 54 Then he and the men who were with him ate and drank and spent the night there.

When they got up the next morning, he said, “Send me on my way(D) to my master.”

55 But her brother and her mother replied, “Let the young woman remain with us ten days or so;(E) then you[a] may go.”

56 But he said to them, “Do not detain me, now that the Lord has granted success(F) to my journey. Send me on my way(G) so I may go to my master.”

57 Then they said, “Let’s call the young woman and ask her about it.”(H) 58 So they called Rebekah and asked her, “Will you go with this man?”

“I will go,”(I) she said.

59 So they sent their sister Rebekah on her way,(J) along with her nurse(K) and Abraham’s servant and his men. 60 And they blessed(L) Rebekah and said to her,

“Our sister, may you increase
to thousands upon thousands;(M)
may your offspring possess
the cities of their enemies.”(N)

61 Then Rebekah and her attendants(O) got ready and mounted the camels and went back with the man. So the servant took Rebekah and left.

62 Now Isaac had come from Beer Lahai Roi,(P) for he was living in the Negev.(Q) 63 He went out to the field one evening to meditate,[b](R) and as he looked up,(S) he saw camels approaching. 64 Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel(T) 65 and asked the servant, “Who is that man in the field coming to meet us?”

“He is my master,” the servant answered. So she took her veil(U) and covered herself.

66 Then the servant told Isaac all he had done. 67 Isaac brought her into the tent(V) of his mother Sarah,(W) and he married Rebekah.(X) So she became his wife, and he loved her;(Y) and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.(Z)

The Death of Abraham(AA)

25 Abraham had taken another wife, whose name was Keturah. She bore him Zimran,(AB) Jokshan, Medan, Midian,(AC) Ishbak and Shuah.(AD) Jokshan was the father of Sheba(AE) and Dedan;(AF) the descendants of Dedan were the Ashurites, the Letushites and the Leummites. The sons of Midian were Ephah,(AG) Epher, Hanok, Abida and Eldaah. All these were descendants of Keturah.

Abraham left everything he owned to Isaac.(AH) But while he was still living, he gave gifts to the sons of his concubines(AI) and sent them away from his son Isaac(AJ) to the land of the east.(AK)

Abraham lived a hundred and seventy-five years.(AL) Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age,(AM) an old man and full of years; and he was gathered to his people.(AN) His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him(AO) in the cave of Machpelah(AP) near Mamre,(AQ) in the field of Ephron(AR) son of Zohar the Hittite,(AS) 10 the field Abraham had bought from the Hittites.[c](AT) There Abraham was buried with his wife Sarah. 11 After Abraham’s death, God blessed his son Isaac,(AU) who then lived near Beer Lahai Roi.(AV)

Ishmael’s Sons(AW)

12 This is the account(AX) of the family line of Abraham’s son Ishmael, whom Sarah’s slave, Hagar(AY) the Egyptian, bore to Abraham.(AZ)

13 These are the names of the sons of Ishmael, listed in the order of their birth: Nebaioth(BA) the firstborn of Ishmael, Kedar,(BB) Adbeel, Mibsam, 14 Mishma, Dumah,(BC) Massa, 15 Hadad, Tema,(BD) Jetur,(BE) Naphish and Kedemah. 16 These were the sons of Ishmael, and these are the names of the twelve tribal rulers(BF) according to their settlements and camps.(BG) 17 Ishmael lived a hundred and thirty-seven years. He breathed his last and died, and he was gathered to his people.(BH) 18 His descendants(BI) settled in the area from Havilah to Shur,(BJ) near the eastern border of Egypt, as you go toward Ashur. And they lived in hostility toward[d] all the tribes related to them.(BK)

Jacob and Esau

19 This is the account(BL) of the family line of Abraham’s son Isaac.

Abraham became the father of Isaac, 20 and Isaac was forty years old(BM) when he married Rebekah(BN) daughter of Bethuel(BO) the Aramean from Paddan Aram[e](BP) and sister of Laban(BQ) the Aramean.(BR)

21 Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless.(BS) The Lord answered his prayer,(BT) and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. 22 The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord.(BU)

23 The Lord said to her,

“Two nations(BV) are in your womb,
and two peoples from within you will be separated;
one people will be stronger than the other,
and the older will serve the younger.(BW)

24 When the time came for her to give birth,(BX) there were twin boys in her womb.(BY) 25 The first to come out was red,(BZ) and his whole body was like a hairy garment;(CA) so they named him Esau.[f](CB) 26 After this, his brother came out,(CC) with his hand grasping Esau’s heel;(CD) so he was named Jacob.[g](CE) Isaac was sixty years old(CF) when Rebekah gave birth to them.

27 The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter,(CG) a man of the open country,(CH) while Jacob was content to stay at home among the tents. 28 Isaac, who had a taste for wild game,(CI) loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob.(CJ)

29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew,(CK) Esau came in from the open country,(CL) famished. 30 He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew!(CM) I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.[h])(CN)

31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.(CO)

32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”

33 But Jacob said, “Swear(CP) to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright(CQ) to Jacob.

34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew.(CR) He ate and drank, and then got up and left.

So Esau despised his birthright.

Isaac and Abimelek(CS)

26 Now there was a famine in the land(CT)—besides the previous famine in Abraham’s time—and Isaac went to Abimelek king of the Philistines(CU) in Gerar.(CV) The Lord appeared(CW) to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt;(CX) live in the land where I tell you to live.(CY) Stay in this land for a while,(CZ) and I will be with you(DA) and will bless you.(DB) For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands(DC) and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham.(DD) I will make your descendants(DE) as numerous as the stars in the sky(DF) and will give them all these lands,(DG) and through your offspring[i] all nations on earth will be blessed,[j](DH) because Abraham obeyed me(DI) and did everything I required of him, keeping my commands, my decrees(DJ) and my instructions.(DK) So Isaac stayed in Gerar.(DL)

When the men of that place asked him about his wife, he said, “She is my sister,(DM)” because he was afraid to say, “She is my wife.” He thought, “The men of this place might kill me on account of Rebekah, because she is beautiful.”

When Isaac had been there a long time, Abimelek king of the Philistines(DN) looked down from a window and saw Isaac caressing his wife Rebekah. So Abimelek summoned Isaac and said, “She is really your wife! Why did you say, ‘She is my sister’?(DO)

Isaac answered him, “Because I thought I might lose my life on account of her.”

10 Then Abimelek said, “What is this you have done to us?(DP) One of the men might well have slept with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us.”

11 So Abimelek gave orders to all the people: “Anyone who harms(DQ) this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.”(DR)

12 Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold,(DS) because the Lord blessed him.(DT) 13 The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy.(DU) 14 He had so many flocks and herds and servants(DV) that the Philistines envied him.(DW) 15 So all the wells(DX) that his father’s servants had dug in the time of his father Abraham, the Philistines stopped up,(DY) filling them with earth.

16 Then Abimelek said to Isaac, “Move away from us;(DZ) you have become too powerful for us.(EA)

Footnotes:

  1. Genesis 24:55 Or she
  2. Genesis 24:63 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
  3. Genesis 25:10 Or the descendants of Heth
  4. Genesis 25:18 Or lived to the east of
  5. Genesis 25:20 That is, Northwest Mesopotamia
  6. Genesis 25:25 Esau may mean hairy.
  7. Genesis 25:26 Jacob means he grasps the heel, a Hebrew idiom for he deceives.
  8. Genesis 25:30 Edom means red.
  9. Genesis 26:4 Or seed
  10. Genesis 26:4 Or and all nations on earth will use the name of your offspring in blessings (see 48:20)

Cross references:

  1. Genesis 24:52 : S ver 26
  2. Genesis 24:53 : Ge 45:22; Ex 3:22; 12:35; 2Ki 5:5
  3. Genesis 24:53 : S ver 10, 22
  4. Genesis 24:54 : ver 56, 59; Ge 30:25
  5. Genesis 24:55 : Jdg 19:4
  6. Genesis 24:56 : S ver 12
  7. Genesis 24:56 : S ver 54
  8. Genesis 24:57 : Jdg 19:3
  9. Genesis 24:58 : Ru 1:16
  10. Genesis 24:59 : S ver 54
  11. Genesis 24:59 : Ge 35:8
  12. Genesis 24:60 : Ge 27:4, 19; 28:1; 31:55; 48:9, 15, 20; Jos 22:6
  13. Genesis 24:60 : S Ge 17:16
  14. Genesis 24:60 : Ge 22:17; Ps 127:5; Pr 27:11
  15. Genesis 24:61 : S Ge 16:1; 30:3; 46:25
  16. Genesis 24:62 : S Ge 16:14
  17. Genesis 24:62 : S Ge 12:9
  18. Genesis 24:63 : Jos 1:8; Ps 1:2; 77:12; 119:15, 27, 48, 97, 148; 143:5; 145:5
  19. Genesis 24:63 : Ge 18:2
  20. Genesis 24:64 : Ge 31:17, 34; 1Sa 30:17
  21. Genesis 24:65 : Ge 38:14; SS 1:7; 4:1, 3; 6:7; Isa 47:2
  22. Genesis 24:67 : Ge 31:33
  23. Genesis 24:67 : S Ge 18:9
  24. Genesis 24:67 : Ge 25:20; 49:31
  25. Genesis 24:67 : Ge 29:18, 20; 34:3; Jdg 16:4
  26. Genesis 24:67 : Ge 23:1-2
  27. Genesis 25:1 : 25:1-4pp — 1Ch 1:32-33
  28. Genesis 25:2 : Jer 25:25
  29. Genesis 25:2 : Ge 36:35; 37:28, 36; Ex 2:15; Nu 22:4; 25:6, 18; 31:2; Jos 13:21; Jdg 6:1, 3; 7:1; 8:1, 22, 24; 9:17; 1Ki 11:18; Ps 83:9; Isa 9:4; 10:26; 60:6; Hab 3:7
  30. Genesis 25:2 : Job 2:11; 8:1
  31. Genesis 25:3 : S Ge 10:7
  32. Genesis 25:3 : S Ge 10:7
  33. Genesis 25:4 : Isa 60:6
  34. Genesis 25:5 : S Ge 24:36
  35. Genesis 25:6 : S Ge 22:24
  36. Genesis 25:6 : S Ge 21:10, 14
  37. Genesis 25:6 : Ge 29:1; Jdg 6:3, 33; 1Ki 4:30; Job 1:3; Eze 25:4
  38. Genesis 25:7 : ver 26; Ge 12:4; 35:28; 47:9, 28; 50:22, 26; Job 42:16
  39. Genesis 25:8 : S Ge 15:15
  40. Genesis 25:8 : ver 17; Ge 35:29; 49:29, 33; Nu 20:24; 31:2; Dt 31:14; 32:50; 34:5
  41. Genesis 25:9 : Ge 35:29; 47:30; 49:31
  42. Genesis 25:9 : S Ge 23:9
  43. Genesis 25:9 : S Ge 13:18
  44. Genesis 25:9 : Ge 23:8
  45. Genesis 25:9 : Ge 49:29; 50:13
  46. Genesis 25:10 : S Ge 10:15
  47. Genesis 25:11 : S Ge 12:2
  48. Genesis 25:11 : S Ge 16:14
  49. Genesis 25:12 : 25:12-16pp — 1Ch 1:29-31
  50. Genesis 25:12 : S Ge 2:4
  51. Genesis 25:12 : S Ge 16:1
  52. Genesis 25:12 : S Ge 17:20; 21:18
  53. Genesis 25:13 : Ge 28:9; 36:3
  54. Genesis 25:13 : Ps 120:5; SS 1:5; Isa 21:16; 42:11; 60:7; Jer 2:10; 49:28; Eze 27:21
  55. Genesis 25:14 : Jos 15:52; Isa 21:11; Ob 1:1
  56. Genesis 25:15 : Job 6:19; Isa 21:14; Jer 25:23
  57. Genesis 25:15 : 1Ch 5:19
  58. Genesis 25:16 : Ge 17:20
  59. Genesis 25:16 : S Ge 13:16; Ps 83:6
  60. Genesis 25:17 : S ver 8
  61. Genesis 25:18 : S Ge 17:20; 21:18
  62. Genesis 25:18 : S Ge 16:7
  63. Genesis 25:18 : Ge 16:12
  64. Genesis 25:19 : S Ge 2:4
  65. Genesis 25:20 : ver 26; Ge 26:34; 35:28
  66. Genesis 25:20 : S Ge 24:67
  67. Genesis 25:20 : S Ge 22:22
  68. Genesis 25:20 : Ge 28:2, 5, 6; 30:20; 31:18; 33:18; 35:9, 26; 46:15; 48:7
  69. Genesis 25:20 : S Ge 24:29
  70. Genesis 25:20 : Ge 31:20, 24; Dt 26:5
  71. Genesis 25:21 : S Ge 11:30
  72. Genesis 25:21 : Ge 30:17, 22; 1Sa 1:17, 23; 1Ch 5:20; 2Ch 33:13; Ezr 8:23; Ps 127:3
  73. Genesis 25:22 : Ex 18:15; 28:30; 33:7; Lev 24:12; Nu 9:6-8; 27:5, 21; Dt 17:9; Jdg 18:5; 1Sa 9:9; 10:22; 14:36; 22:10; 1Ki 22:8; 2Ki 3:11; 22:13; Isa 30:2; Jer 21:2; 37:7, 17; Eze 14:7; 20:1, 3
  74. Genesis 25:23 : S Ge 17:4
  75. Genesis 25:23 : S Ge 9:25; 48:14, 19; Ro 9:11-12*
  76. Genesis 25:24 : Lk 1:57; 2:6
  77. Genesis 25:24 : Ge 38:27
  78. Genesis 25:25 : 1Sa 16:12
  79. Genesis 25:25 : Ge 27:11
  80. Genesis 25:25 : Ge 27:1, 15
  81. Genesis 25:26 : Ge 38:29
  82. Genesis 25:26 : Hos 12:3
  83. Genesis 25:26 : Ge 27:36; 32:27; Dt 23:7; Jos 24:4; Ob 1:10, 12
  84. Genesis 25:26 : S ver 7,S 20
  85. Genesis 25:27 : S Ge 10:9
  86. Genesis 25:27 : ver 29; Ge 27:3, 5
  87. Genesis 25:28 : Ge 27:3, 4, 9, 14, 19
  88. Genesis 25:28 : Ge 27:6; 37:3
  89. Genesis 25:29 : 2Ki 4:38-40
  90. Genesis 25:29 : S ver 27
  91. Genesis 25:30 : ver 34
  92. Genesis 25:30 : Ge 32:3; 36:1, 8, 8-9, 19; Nu 20:14; Dt 23:7; Ps 137:7; Jer 25:21; 40:11; 49:7
  93. Genesis 25:31 : Dt 21:16-17; 1Ch 5:1-2
  94. Genesis 25:33 : S Ge 21:23; S 47:31
  95. Genesis 25:33 : Ge 27:36; Heb 12:16
  96. Genesis 25:34 : ver 30
  97. Genesis 26:1 : 26:1-11Ref — Ge 12:10-20; 20:1-18
  98. Genesis 26:1 : S Ge 12:10; S Dt 32:24
  99. Genesis 26:1 : S Ge 10:14; Jdg 10:6
  100. Genesis 26:1 : S Ge 20:1
  101. Genesis 26:2 : S Ge 12:7
  102. Genesis 26:2 : Ge 46:3
  103. Genesis 26:2 : S Ge 12:1
  104. Genesis 26:3 : Ge 20:1
  105. Genesis 26:3 : S Ge 21:20; 27:45; 31:3, 5; 32:9; 35:3; 48:21; Ex 3:12; 33:14-16; Nu 23:21; Dt 31:23; Jos 1:5; Isa 43:2; Jer 1:8, 19; Hag 1:13
  106. Genesis 26:3 : ver 12; S Ge 12:2
  107. Genesis 26:3 : S Ge 12:7; Ac 7:5
  108. Genesis 26:3 : S Ge 17:19
  109. Genesis 26:4 : ver 24; Ge 48:4
  110. Genesis 26:4 : S Ge 12:2; S Nu 10:36
  111. Genesis 26:4 : S Ge 12:7
  112. Genesis 26:4 : S Ge 12:3; Ac 3:25*; Gal 3:8
  113. Genesis 26:5 : S Ge 18:19
  114. Genesis 26:5 : Ps 119:80, 112; Eze 18:21
  115. Genesis 26:5 : Lev 18:4, 5, 26; 19:19, 37; 20:8, 22; 25:18; 26:3; Nu 15:40; Dt 4:40; 6:2; 11:1; 1Ki 2:3
  116. Genesis 26:6 : S Ge 20:1
  117. Genesis 26:7 : S Ge 12:13
  118. Genesis 26:8 : S Ge 10:14
  119. Genesis 26:9 : S Ge 12:19
  120. Genesis 26:10 : S Ge 12:18
  121. Genesis 26:11 : 1Sa 24:6; 26:9; Ps 105:15
  122. Genesis 26:11 : S Ge 20:3
  123. Genesis 26:12 : Mt 13:8
  124. Genesis 26:12 : S ver 3
  125. Genesis 26:13 : S Ge 13:2; S Dt 8:18
  126. Genesis 26:14 : S Ge 12:16; S 24:36; 32:23
  127. Genesis 26:14 : Ge 37:11
  128. Genesis 26:15 : S Ge 21:30
  129. Genesis 26:15 : S Ge 21:25
  130. Genesis 26:16 : ver 27; Jdg 11:7
  131. Genesis 26:16 : Ex 1:9; Ps 105:24-25
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Matthew 8:18-34

The Cost of Following Jesus(A)

18 When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake.(B) 19 Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”

20 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man(C) has no place to lay his head.”

21 Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”

22 But Jesus told him, “Follow me,(D) and let the dead bury their own dead.”

Jesus Calms the Storm(E)(F)

23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

26 He replied, “You of little faith,(G) why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.(H)

27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

Jesus Restores Two Demon-Possessed Men(I)

28 When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes,[a] two demon-possessed(J) men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. 29 “What do you want with us,(K) Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?”(L)

30 Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding. 31 The demons begged Jesus, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.”

32 He said to them, “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water. 33 Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. 34 Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region.(M)

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 8:28 Some manuscripts Gergesenes; other manuscripts Gerasenes
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Psalm 10:1-15

Psalm 10[a]

Why, Lord, do you stand far off?(A)
Why do you hide yourself(B) in times of trouble?

In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,(C)
who are caught in the schemes he devises.
He boasts(D) about the cravings of his heart;
he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord.(E)
In his pride the wicked man does not seek him;
in all his thoughts there is no room for God.(F)
His ways are always prosperous;
your laws are rejected by[b] him;
he sneers at all his enemies.
He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.”
He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.”(G)

His mouth is full(H) of lies and threats;(I)
trouble and evil are under his tongue.(J)
He lies in wait(K) near the villages;
from ambush he murders the innocent.(L)
His eyes watch in secret for his victims;
like a lion in cover he lies in wait.
He lies in wait to catch the helpless;(M)
he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.(N)
10 His victims are crushed,(O) they collapse;
they fall under his strength.
11 He says to himself, “God will never notice;(P)
he covers his face and never sees.”(Q)

12 Arise,(R) Lord! Lift up your hand,(S) O God.
Do not forget the helpless.(T)
13 Why does the wicked man revile God?(U)
Why does he say to himself,
“He won’t call me to account”?(V)
14 But you, God, see the trouble(W) of the afflicted;
you consider their grief and take it in hand.
The victims commit themselves to you;(X)
you are the helper(Y) of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked man;(Z)
call the evildoer to account for his wickedness
that would not otherwise be found out.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 10:1 Psalms 9 and 10 may originally have been a single acrostic poem in which alternating lines began with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. In the Septuagint they constitute one psalm.
  2. Psalm 10:5 See Septuagint; Hebrew / they are haughty, and your laws are far from
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Proverbs 3:7-8

Do not be wise in your own eyes;(A)
fear the Lord(B) and shun evil.(C)
This will bring health to your body(D)
and nourishment to your bones.(E)

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday January 10, 2019 (NIV)

Genesis 23:1-24:51

The Death of Sarah

23 Sarah lived to be a hundred and twenty-seven years old. She died at Kiriath Arba(A) (that is, Hebron)(B) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and to weep over her.(C)

Then Abraham rose from beside his dead wife and spoke to the Hittites.[a](D) He said, “I am a foreigner and stranger(E) among you. Sell me some property for a burial site here so I can bury my dead.(F)

The Hittites replied to Abraham, “Sir, listen to us. You are a mighty prince(G) among us. Bury your dead in the choicest of our tombs. None of us will refuse you his tomb for burying your dead.”

Then Abraham rose and bowed down before the people of the land, the Hittites. He said to them, “If you are willing to let me bury my dead, then listen to me and intercede with Ephron son of Zohar(H) on my behalf so he will sell me the cave of Machpelah,(I) which belongs to him and is at the end of his field. Ask him to sell it to me for the full price as a burial site among you.”

10 Ephron the Hittite was sitting among his people and he replied to Abraham in the hearing of all the Hittites(J) who had come to the gate(K) of his city. 11 “No, my lord,” he said. “Listen to me; I give[b](L) you the field, and I give[c] you the cave that is in it. I give[d] it to you in the presence of my people. Bury your dead.”

12 Again Abraham bowed down before the people of the land 13 and he said to Ephron in their hearing, “Listen to me, if you will. I will pay the price of the field. Accept it from me so I can bury my dead there.”

14 Ephron answered Abraham, 15 “Listen to me, my lord; the land is worth four hundred shekels[e] of silver,(M) but what is that between you and me? Bury your dead.”

16 Abraham agreed to Ephron’s terms and weighed out for him the price he had named in the hearing of the Hittites: four hundred shekels of silver,(N) according to the weight current among the merchants.(O)

17 So Ephron’s field in Machpelah(P) near Mamre(Q)—both the field and the cave in it, and all the trees within the borders of the field—was deeded 18 to Abraham as his property(R) in the presence of all the Hittites(S) who had come to the gate(T) of the city. 19 Afterward Abraham buried his wife Sarah in the cave in the field of Machpelah(U) near Mamre (which is at Hebron(V)) in the land of Canaan.(W) 20 So the field and the cave in it were deeded(X) to Abraham by the Hittites as a burial site.(Y)

Isaac and Rebekah

24 Abraham was now very old,(Z) and the Lord had blessed(AA) him in every way.(AB) He said to the senior servant(AC) in his household, the one in charge of all that he had,(AD) “Put your hand under my thigh.(AE) I want you to swear(AF) by the Lord, the God of heaven(AG) and the God of earth,(AH) that you will not get a wife for my son(AI) from the daughters of the Canaanites,(AJ) among whom I am living,(AK) but will go to my country and my own relatives(AL) and get a wife for my son Isaac.(AM)

The servant asked him, “What if the woman is unwilling to come back with me to this land?(AN) Shall I then take your son back to the country you came from?(AO)

“Make sure that you do not take my son back there,”(AP) Abraham said. “The Lord, the God of heaven,(AQ) who brought me out of my father’s household and my native land(AR) and who spoke to me and promised me on oath, saying, ‘To your offspring[f](AS) I will give this land’(AT)—he will send his angel before you(AU) so that you can get a wife for my son from there. If the woman is unwilling to come back with you, then you will be released from this oath(AV) of mine. Only do not take my son back there.”(AW) So the servant put his hand under the thigh(AX) of his master(AY) Abraham and swore an oath to him concerning this matter.

10 Then the servant left, taking with him ten of his master’s camels(AZ) loaded with all kinds of good things(BA) from his master. He set out for Aram Naharaim[g](BB) and made his way to the town of Nahor.(BC) 11 He had the camels kneel down near the well(BD) outside the town; it was toward evening, the time the women go out to draw water.(BE)

12 Then he prayed, “Lord, God of my master Abraham,(BF) make me successful(BG) today, and show kindness(BH) to my master Abraham. 13 See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water.(BI) 14 May it be that when I say to a young woman, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink,(BJ) and I’ll water your camels too’(BK)—let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac.(BL) By this I will know(BM) that you have shown kindness to my master.”

15 Before he had finished praying,(BN) Rebekah(BO) came out with her jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel(BP) son of Milkah,(BQ) who was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor.(BR) 16 The woman was very beautiful,(BS) a virgin;(BT) no man had ever slept with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jar and came up again.

17 The servant hurried to meet her and said, “Please give me a little water from your jar.”(BU)

18 “Drink,(BV) my lord,” she said, and quickly lowered the jar to her hands and gave him a drink.

19 After she had given him a drink, she said, “I’ll draw water for your camels(BW) too,(BX) until they have had enough to drink.” 20 So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough, ran back to the well to draw more water, and drew enough for all his camels.(BY) 21 Without saying a word, the man watched her closely to learn whether or not the Lord had made his journey successful.(BZ)

22 When the camels had finished drinking, the man took out a gold nose ring(CA) weighing a beka[h] and two gold bracelets(CB) weighing ten shekels.[i] 23 Then he asked, “Whose daughter are you?(CC) Please tell me, is there room in your father’s house for us to spend the night?(CD)

24 She answered him, “I am the daughter of Bethuel, the son that Milkah bore to Nahor.(CE) 25 And she added, “We have plenty of straw and fodder,(CF) as well as room for you to spend the night.”

26 Then the man bowed down and worshiped the Lord,(CG) 27 saying, “Praise be to the Lord,(CH) the God of my master Abraham,(CI) who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness(CJ) to my master. As for me, the Lord has led me on the journey(CK) to the house of my master’s relatives.”(CL)

28 The young woman ran and told her mother’s household about these things.(CM) 29 Now Rebekah had a brother named Laban,(CN) and he hurried out to the man at the spring. 30 As soon as he had seen the nose ring, and the bracelets on his sister’s arms,(CO) and had heard Rebekah tell what the man said to her, he went out to the man and found him standing by the camels near the spring. 31 “Come, you who are blessed by the Lord,”(CP) he said. “Why are you standing out here? I have prepared the house and a place for the camels.”

32 So the man went to the house, and the camels were unloaded. Straw and fodder(CQ) were brought for the camels, and water for him and his men to wash their feet.(CR) 33 Then food was set before him, but he said, “I will not eat until I have told you what I have to say.”

“Then tell us,” Laban said.

34 So he said, “I am Abraham’s servant.(CS) 35 The Lord has blessed(CT) my master abundantly,(CU) and he has become wealthy.(CV) He has given him sheep and cattle, silver and gold, male and female servants, and camels and donkeys.(CW) 36 My master’s wife Sarah has borne him a son in her old age,(CX) and he has given him everything he owns.(CY) 37 And my master made me swear an oath,(CZ) and said, ‘You must not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live,(DA) 38 but go to my father’s family and to my own clan, and get a wife for my son.’(DB)

39 “Then I asked my master, ‘What if the woman will not come back with me?’(DC)

40 “He replied, ‘The Lord, before whom I have walked faithfully,(DD) will send his angel with you(DE) and make your journey a success,(DF) so that you can get a wife for my son from my own clan and from my father’s family.(DG) 41 You will be released from my oath if, when you go to my clan, they refuse to give her to you—then you will be released from my oath.’(DH)

42 “When I came to the spring today, I said, ‘Lord, God of my master Abraham, if you will, please grant success(DI) to the journey on which I have come. 43 See, I am standing beside this spring.(DJ) If a young woman(DK) comes out to draw water and I say to her, “Please let me drink a little water from your jar,”(DL) 44 and if she says to me, “Drink, and I’ll draw water for your camels too,” let her be the one the Lord has chosen for my master’s son.’(DM)

45 “Before I finished praying in my heart,(DN) Rebekah came out, with her jar on her shoulder.(DO) She went down to the spring and drew water, and I said to her, ‘Please give me a drink.’(DP)

46 “She quickly lowered her jar from her shoulder and said, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too.’(DQ) So I drank, and she watered the camels also.(DR)

47 “I asked her, ‘Whose daughter are you?’(DS)

“She said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel(DT) son of Nahor, whom Milkah bore to him.’(DU)

“Then I put the ring in her nose(DV) and the bracelets on her arms,(DW) 48 and I bowed down and worshiped the Lord.(DX) I praised the Lord, the God of my master Abraham,(DY) who had led me on the right road to get the granddaughter of my master’s brother for his son.(DZ) 49 Now if you will show kindness and faithfulness(EA) to my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, so I may know which way to turn.”

50 Laban and Bethuel(EB) answered, “This is from the Lord;(EC) we can say nothing to you one way or the other.(ED) 51 Here is Rebekah; take her and go, and let her become the wife of your master’s son, as the Lord has directed.(EE)

Footnotes:

  1. Genesis 23:3 Or the descendants of Heth; also in verses 5, 7, 10, 16, 18 and 20
  2. Genesis 23:11 Or sell
  3. Genesis 23:11 Or sell
  4. Genesis 23:11 Or sell
  5. Genesis 23:15 That is, about 10 pounds or about 4.6 kilograms
  6. Genesis 24:7 Or seed
  7. Genesis 24:10 That is, Northwest Mesopotamia
  8. Genesis 24:22 That is, about 1/5 ounce or about 5.7 grams
  9. Genesis 24:22 That is, about 4 ounces or about 115 grams

Cross references:

  1. Genesis 23:2 : Jos 14:15; 15:13; 20:7; 21:11
  2. Genesis 23:2 : ver 19; S Ge 13:18
  3. Genesis 23:2 : Ge 24:67
  4. Genesis 23:3 : S Ge 10:15
  5. Genesis 23:4 : S Ge 17:8; 19:9; Ex 2:22; Lev 25:23; Ps 39:12; 105:12; 119:19; Heb 11:9, 13
  6. Genesis 23:4 : Ge 49:30; Ac 7:16
  7. Genesis 23:6 : Ge 14:14-16; 24:35
  8. Genesis 23:8 : Ge 25:9
  9. Genesis 23:9 : ver 17, 19; Ge 25:9; 47:30; 49:30; 50:13
  10. Genesis 23:10 : ver 18
  11. Genesis 23:10 : S Ge 18:1; Dt 22:15; 25:7; Jos 20:4; Ru 4:11; 2Sa 15:2; 2Ki 15:35; Ps 127:5; Pr 31:23; Jer 26:10; 36:10
  12. Genesis 23:11 : 2Sa 24:23
  13. Genesis 23:15 : Eze 45:12
  14. Genesis 23:16 : 2Sa 24:24; Jer 32:9; Zec 11:12
  15. Genesis 23:16 : 2Sa 14:26
  16. Genesis 23:17 : S ver 9
  17. Genesis 23:17 : S Ge 13:18
  18. Genesis 23:18 : S Ge 12:7
  19. Genesis 23:18 : ver 10
  20. Genesis 23:18 : S Ge 18:1
  21. Genesis 23:19 : S ver 9
  22. Genesis 23:19 : S Ge 13:18; Jos 14:13; 1Ch 29:27
  23. Genesis 23:19 : Ge 49:31
  24. Genesis 23:20 : Jer 32:10
  25. Genesis 23:20 : S Ge 10:15; 35:29; 47:30; 49:30; 50:5, 13
  26. Genesis 24:1 : S Ge 17:17; Jos 23:1
  27. Genesis 24:1 : Ge 12:2; Gal 3:9
  28. Genesis 24:1 : ver 35
  29. Genesis 24:2 : S Ge 15:3
  30. Genesis 24:2 : Ge 39:4-6
  31. Genesis 24:2 : ver 9; Ge 47:29
  32. Genesis 24:3 : Ge 47:31; 50:25
  33. Genesis 24:3 : ver 7
  34. Genesis 24:3 : S Ge 14:19; S Nu 20:14
  35. Genesis 24:3 : Dt 7:3; 2Co 6:14-17
  36. Genesis 24:3 : S Ge 10:15-19
  37. Genesis 24:3 : ver 37
  38. Genesis 24:4 : S Ge 12:1; Jdg 14:3
  39. Genesis 24:4 : S ver 29; S Ge 21:21
  40. Genesis 24:5 : ver 39
  41. Genesis 24:5 : Heb 11:15
  42. Genesis 24:6 : ver 8
  43. Genesis 24:7 : ver 3
  44. Genesis 24:7 : Ge 12:1
  45. Genesis 24:7 : Ro 4:13; Gal 3:16*
  46. Genesis 24:7 : S Ge 12:7
  47. Genesis 24:7 : S Ge 16:7
  48. Genesis 24:8 : ver 41; Jos 2:12, 17, 20; 9:20
  49. Genesis 24:8 : S ver 6
  50. Genesis 24:9 : S ver 2
  51. Genesis 24:9 : Ge 32:4; 33:8
  52. Genesis 24:10 : ver 19; 1Ki 10:2; 1Ch 12:40; Isa 30:6
  53. Genesis 24:10 : ver 22, 30, 47, 53; Ge 43:11; 45:23
  54. Genesis 24:10 : Nu 23:7; Dt 23:4; Jdg 3:8
  55. Genesis 24:10 : S Ge 11:29
  56. Genesis 24:11 : Ex 2:15
  57. Genesis 24:11 : ver 13; Ge 29:2, 9-10; Ex 2:16; 1Sa 9:11; Jn 4:7
  58. Genesis 24:12 : ver 27, 42, 48; Ge 26:24; 28:13; 31:42, 53; 32:9; 43:23; 46:3; Ex 3:6, 15, 16; 4:5; 1Ki 18:36; Ps 75:9; 94:7
  59. Genesis 24:12 : ver 21, 40, 51, 56; Ge 27:20; Ne 1:11
  60. Genesis 24:12 : S Ge 19:19; Jos 2:12; Job 10:12
  61. Genesis 24:13 : S ver 11, 43; Ge 29:8
  62. Genesis 24:14 : ver 18, 46
  63. Genesis 24:14 : ver 19
  64. Genesis 24:14 : ver 44
  65. Genesis 24:14 : Jos 2:12; Jdg 6:17, 37; 1Sa 14:10; 1Ki 13:3; Ps 86:17; Isa 38:7; Jer 44:29
  66. Genesis 24:15 : ver 45
  67. Genesis 24:15 : S Ge 22:23
  68. Genesis 24:15 : S Ge 22:22
  69. Genesis 24:15 : S Ge 11:29
  70. Genesis 24:15 : S Ge 11:29
  71. Genesis 24:16 : S Ge 12:11
  72. Genesis 24:16 : Dt 22:15-21
  73. Genesis 24:17 : ver 45; 1Ki 17:10; Jn 4:7
  74. Genesis 24:18 : S ver 14
  75. Genesis 24:19 : S ver 10
  76. Genesis 24:19 : ver 14
  77. Genesis 24:20 : ver 46
  78. Genesis 24:21 : S ver 12
  79. Genesis 24:22 : ver 47; Ge 41:42; Isa 3:21; Eze 16:11-12
  80. Genesis 24:22 : S ver 10
  81. Genesis 24:23 : ver 47
  82. Genesis 24:23 : Jdg 19:15; 20:4
  83. Genesis 24:24 : ver 29, 47; S Ge 11:29
  84. Genesis 24:25 : ver 32; Jdg 19:19
  85. Genesis 24:26 : ver 48, 52; Ex 4:31; 12:27; 1Ch 29:20; 2Ch 20:18
  86. Genesis 24:27 : Ge 14:20; Ex 18:10; Ru 4:14; 1Sa 25:32; 2Sa 18:28; 1Ki 1:48; 8:56; Ps 28:6; 41:13; 68:19; 106:48; Lk 1:68
  87. Genesis 24:27 : S ver 12
  88. Genesis 24:27 : ver 49; Ge 32:10; 47:29; Jos 2:14; Ps 98:3
  89. Genesis 24:27 : ver 21
  90. Genesis 24:27 : S ver 12, 48; S Ge 12:1
  91. Genesis 24:28 : Ge 29:12
  92. Genesis 24:29 : ver 4; Ge 25:20; 27:43; 28:2, 5; 29:5, 12, 13
  93. Genesis 24:30 : S ver 10; Eze 23:42
  94. Genesis 24:31 : Ge 26:29; Ps 115:15
  95. Genesis 24:32 : S ver 25
  96. Genesis 24:32 : S Ge 18:4
  97. Genesis 24:34 : S Ge 15:3
  98. Genesis 24:35 : S Ge 12:2
  99. Genesis 24:35 : ver 1
  100. Genesis 24:35 : S Ge 23:6
  101. Genesis 24:35 : S Ge 12:16
  102. Genesis 24:36 : S Ge 17:17
  103. Genesis 24:36 : Ge 25:5; 26:14
  104. Genesis 24:37 : Ge 50:5, 25
  105. Genesis 24:37 : ver 3
  106. Genesis 24:38 : S Ge 21:21
  107. Genesis 24:39 : S ver 5
  108. Genesis 24:40 : S Ge 5:22
  109. Genesis 24:40 : S Ge 16:7
  110. Genesis 24:40 : S ver 12
  111. Genesis 24:40 : S Ge 12:1
  112. Genesis 24:41 : S ver 8
  113. Genesis 24:42 : S ver 12
  114. Genesis 24:43 : S ver 13
  115. Genesis 24:43 : Pr 30:19; Isa 7:14
  116. Genesis 24:43 : S ver 14
  117. Genesis 24:44 : ver 14
  118. Genesis 24:45 : 1Sa 1:13
  119. Genesis 24:45 : ver 15
  120. Genesis 24:45 : S ver 17; Jn 4:7
  121. Genesis 24:46 : ver 18-19
  122. Genesis 24:46 : ver 20
  123. Genesis 24:47 : ver 23
  124. Genesis 24:47 : S Ge 22:22
  125. Genesis 24:47 : S ver 24
  126. Genesis 24:47 : S ver 22
  127. Genesis 24:47 : S ver 10; Isa 3:19; Eze 16:11-12
  128. Genesis 24:48 : S ver 26
  129. Genesis 24:48 : S ver 12
  130. Genesis 24:48 : S ver 27
  131. Genesis 24:49 : S ver 27
  132. Genesis 24:50 : Ge 22:22
  133. Genesis 24:50 : Ps 118:23
  134. Genesis 24:50 : Ge 31:7, 24, 29, 42; 48:16
  135. Genesis 24:51 : S ver 12
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Matthew 8:1-17

Jesus Heals a Man With Leprosy(A)

When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy[a](B) came and knelt before him(C) and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”

Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone.(D) But go, show yourself to the priest(E) and offer the gift Moses commanded,(F) as a testimony to them.”

The Faith of the Centurion(G)

When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed,(H) suffering terribly.”

Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”

The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.(I) For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.(J) 11 I say to you that many will come from the east and the west,(K) and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.(L) 12 But the subjects of the kingdom(M) will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”(N)

13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.”(O) And his servant was healed at that moment.

Jesus Heals Many(P)

14 When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. 15 He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him.

16 When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick.(Q) 17 This was to fulfill(R) what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:

“He took up our infirmities
and bore our diseases.”[b](S)

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 8:2 The Greek word traditionally translated leprosy was used for various diseases affecting the skin.
  2. Matthew 8:17 Isaiah 53:4 (see Septuagint)
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Psalm 9:13-20

13 Lord, see how my enemies(A) persecute me!
Have mercy(B) and lift me up from the gates of death,(C)
14 that I may declare your praises(D)
in the gates of Daughter Zion,(E)
and there rejoice in your salvation.(F)

15 The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug;(G)
their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.(H)
16 The Lord is known by his acts of justice;
the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.[a](I)
17 The wicked go down to the realm of the dead,(J)
all the nations that forget God.(K)
18 But God will never forget the needy;
the hope(L) of the afflicted(M) will never perish.

19 Arise,(N) Lord, do not let mortals triumph;(O)
let the nations be judged(P) in your presence.
20 Strike them with terror,(Q) Lord;
let the nations know they are only mortal.(R)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 9:16 The Hebrew has Higgaion and Selah (words of uncertain meaning) here; Selah occurs also at the end of verse 20.
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Proverbs 3:1-6

Wisdom Bestows Well-Being

My son,(A) do not forget my teaching,(B)
but keep my commands in your heart,
for they will prolong your life many years(C)
and bring you peace and prosperity.(D)

Let love and faithfulness(E) never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.(F)
Then you will win favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man.(G)

Trust in the Lord(H) with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths(I) straight.[a](J)

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 3:6 Or will direct your paths
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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday January 9, 2019 (NIV)

Genesis 20-22

Abraham and Abimelek(A)

20 Now Abraham moved on from there(B) into the region of the Negev(C) and lived between Kadesh(D) and Shur.(E) For a while(F) he stayed in Gerar,(G) and there Abraham said of his wife Sarah, “She is my sister.(H)” Then Abimelek(I) king of Gerar sent for Sarah and took her.(J)

But God came to Abimelek(K) in a dream(L) one night and said to him, “You are as good as dead(M) because of the woman you have taken; she is a married woman.”(N)

Now Abimelek had not gone near her, so he said, “Lord, will you destroy an innocent nation?(O) Did he not say to me, ‘She is my sister,(P)’ and didn’t she also say, ‘He is my brother’? I have done this with a clear conscience(Q) and clean hands.(R)

Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know you did this with a clear conscience, and so I have kept(S) you from sinning against me.(T) That is why I did not let you touch her. Now return the man’s wife, for he is a prophet,(U) and he will pray for you(V) and you will live. But if you do not return her, you may be sure that you and all who belong to you will die.”(W)

Early the next morning Abimelek summoned all his officials, and when he told them all that had happened, they were very much afraid. Then Abimelek called Abraham in and said, “What have you done to us? How have I wronged you that you have brought such great guilt upon me and my kingdom? You have done things to me that should never be done.(X) 10 And Abimelek asked Abraham, “What was your reason for doing this?”

11 Abraham replied, “I said to myself, ‘There is surely no fear of God(Y) in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.’(Z) 12 Besides, she really is my sister,(AA) the daughter of my father though not of my mother; and she became my wife. 13 And when God had me wander(AB) from my father’s household,(AC) I said to her, ‘This is how you can show your love to me: Everywhere we go, say of me, “He is my brother.”’”

14 Then Abimelek(AD) brought sheep and cattle and male and female slaves and gave them to Abraham,(AE) and he returned Sarah his wife to him. 15 And Abimelek said, “My land is before you; live wherever you like.”(AF)

16 To Sarah he said, “I am giving your brother a thousand shekels[a] of silver. This is to cover the offense against you before all who are with you; you are completely vindicated.”

17 Then Abraham prayed to God,(AG) and God healed Abimelek, his wife and his female slaves so they could have children again, 18 for the Lord had kept all the women in Abimelek’s household from conceiving because of Abraham’s wife Sarah.(AH)

The Birth of Isaac

21 Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah(AI) as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised.(AJ) Sarah became pregnant and bore a son(AK) to Abraham in his old age,(AL) at the very time God had promised him.(AM) Abraham gave the name Isaac[b](AN) to the son Sarah bore him. When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him,(AO) as God commanded him. Abraham was a hundred years old(AP) when his son Isaac was born to him.

Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter,(AQ) and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” And she added, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”(AR)

Hagar and Ishmael Sent Away

The child grew and was weaned,(AS) and on the day Isaac was weaned Abraham held a great feast. But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham(AT) was mocking,(AU) 10 and she said to Abraham, “Get rid of that slave woman(AV) and her son, for that woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac.”(AW)

11 The matter distressed Abraham greatly because it concerned his son.(AX) 12 But God said to him, “Do not be so distressed about the boy and your slave woman. Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspring[c] will be reckoned.(AY) 13 I will make the son of the slave into a nation(AZ) also, because he is your offspring.”

14 Early the next morning Abraham took some food and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar.(BA) He set them on her shoulders and then sent her off with the boy. She went on her way and wandered in the Desert of Beersheba.(BB)

15 When the water in the skin was gone, she put the boy under one of the bushes. 16 Then she went off and sat down about a bowshot away, for she thought, “I cannot watch the boy die.” And as she sat there, she[d] began to sob.(BC)

17 God heard the boy crying,(BD) and the angel of God(BE) called to Hagar from heaven(BF) and said to her, “What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid;(BG) God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. 18 Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.(BH)

19 Then God opened her eyes(BI) and she saw a well of water.(BJ) So she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink.

20 God was with the boy(BK) as he grew up. He lived in the desert and became an archer. 21 While he was living in the Desert of Paran,(BL) his mother got a wife for him(BM) from Egypt.

The Treaty at Beersheba

22 At that time Abimelek(BN) and Phicol the commander of his forces(BO) said to Abraham, “God is with you in everything you do.(BP) 23 Now swear(BQ) to me here before God that you will not deal falsely with me or my children or my descendants.(BR) Show to me and the country where you now reside as a foreigner the same kindness I have shown to you.”(BS)

24 Abraham said, “I swear it.”

25 Then Abraham complained to Abimelek about a well of water that Abimelek’s servants had seized.(BT) 26 But Abimelek said, “I don’t know who has done this. You did not tell me, and I heard about it only today.”

27 So Abraham brought sheep and cattle and gave them to Abimelek, and the two men made a treaty.(BU) 28 Abraham set apart seven ewe lambs from the flock, 29 and Abimelek asked Abraham, “What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs you have set apart by themselves?”

30 He replied, “Accept these seven lambs from my hand as a witness(BV) that I dug this well.(BW)

31 So that place was called Beersheba,[e](BX) because the two men swore an oath(BY) there.

32 After the treaty(BZ) had been made at Beersheba,(CA) Abimelek and Phicol the commander of his forces(CB) returned to the land of the Philistines.(CC) 33 Abraham planted a tamarisk tree(CD) in Beersheba, and there he called on the name of the Lord,(CE) the Eternal God.(CF) 34 And Abraham stayed in the land of the Philistines(CG) for a long time.

Abraham Tested

22 Some time later God tested(CH) Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”

“Here I am,”(CI) he replied.

Then God said, “Take your son(CJ), your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah.(CK) Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering(CL) on a mountain I will show you.(CM)

Early the next morning(CN) Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.(CO)

Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac,(CP) and he himself carried the fire and the knife.(CQ) As the two of them went on together, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”

“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.

“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb(CR) for the burnt offering?”

Abraham answered, “God himself will provide(CS) the lamb(CT) for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.

When they reached the place God had told him about,(CU) Abraham built an altar(CV) there and arranged the wood(CW) on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar,(CX) on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife(CY) to slay his son.(CZ) 11 But the angel of the Lord(DA) called out to him from heaven,(DB) “Abraham! Abraham!”(DC)

“Here I am,”(DD) he replied.

12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God,(DE) because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.(DF)

13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram[f] caught by its horns.(DG) He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.(DH) 14 So Abraham called(DI) that place The Lord(DJ) Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.(DK)

15 The angel of the Lord(DL) called to Abraham from heaven(DM) a second time 16 and said, “I swear by myself,(DN) declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son,(DO) 17 I will surely bless you(DP) and make your descendants(DQ) as numerous as the stars in the sky(DR) and as the sand on the seashore.(DS) Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies,(DT) 18 and through your offspring[g] all nations on earth will be blessed,[h](DU) because you have obeyed me.”(DV)

19 Then Abraham returned to his servants, and they set off together for Beersheba.(DW) And Abraham stayed in Beersheba.

Nahor’s Sons

20 Some time later Abraham was told, “Milkah is also a mother; she has borne sons to your brother Nahor:(DX) 21 Uz(DY) the firstborn, Buz(DZ) his brother, Kemuel (the father of Aram), 22 Kesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph and Bethuel.(EA) 23 Bethuel became the father of Rebekah.(EB) Milkah bore these eight sons to Abraham’s brother Nahor.(EC) 24 His concubine,(ED) whose name was Reumah, also had sons: Tebah, Gaham, Tahash and Maakah.

Footnotes:

  1. Genesis 20:16 That is, about 25 pounds or about 12 kilograms
  2. Genesis 21:3 Isaac means he laughs.
  3. Genesis 21:12 Or seed
  4. Genesis 21:16 Hebrew; Septuagint the child
  5. Genesis 21:31 Beersheba can mean well of seven and well of the oath.
  6. Genesis 22:13 Many manuscripts of the Masoretic Text, Samaritan Pentateuch, Septuagint and Syriac; most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text a ram behind him
  7. Genesis 22:18 Or seed
  8. Genesis 22:18 Or and all nations on earth will use the name of your offspring in blessings (see 48:20)

Cross references:

  1. Genesis 20:1 : 20:1-18Ref — Ge 12:10-20; 26:1-11
  2. Genesis 20:1 : Ge 18:1
  3. Genesis 20:1 : S Ge 12:9
  4. Genesis 20:1 : S Ge 14:7
  5. Genesis 20:1 : S Ge 16:7
  6. Genesis 20:1 : Ge 26:3
  7. Genesis 20:1 : Ge 26:1, 6, 17
  8. Genesis 20:2 : ver 12; S Ge 12:13
  9. Genesis 20:2 : ver 14; Ge 21:22; 26:1
  10. Genesis 20:2 : S Ge 12:15
  11. Genesis 20:3 : Nu 22:9, 20
  12. Genesis 20:3 : Ge 28:12; 31:10, 24; 37:5, 9; 40:5; 41:1; Nu 12:6; Dt 13:1; Job 33:15; Da 2:1; 4:5
  13. Genesis 20:3 : Ex 10:7; 12:33; Ps 105:38
  14. Genesis 20:3 : ver 7; Ge 26:11; 1Ch 16:21; Ps 105:14
  15. Genesis 20:4 : S Ge 18:25
  16. Genesis 20:5 : S Ge 12:19
  17. Genesis 20:5 : S Ge 17:1
  18. Genesis 20:5 : Ps 7:8; 25:21; 26:6; 41:12
  19. Genesis 20:6 : 1Sa 25:26, 34
  20. Genesis 20:6 : S Ge 13:13; Ps 41:4; 51:4
  21. Genesis 20:7 : Dt 18:18; 34:10; 2Ki 3:11; 5:3; 1Ch 16:22; Ps 105:15
  22. Genesis 20:7 : ver 17; Ex 8:8; Nu 11:2; 12:13; 1Sa 7:5; 1Ki 13:6; Job 42:8; Jer 18:20; 37:3; 42:2
  23. Genesis 20:7 : S ver 3; S Ps 9:5
  24. Genesis 20:9 : S Ge 12:18; 34:7
  25. Genesis 20:11 : Ge 42:18; Ne 5:15; Job 31:23; Ps 36:1; Pr 16:6
  26. Genesis 20:11 : S Ge 12:12; 31:31
  27. Genesis 20:12 : S Ge 12:13
  28. Genesis 20:13 : Dt 26:5; 1Ch 16:20; Isa 30:28; 63:17
  29. Genesis 20:13 : S Ge 12:1
  30. Genesis 20:14 : S ver 2
  31. Genesis 20:14 : Ge 12:16
  32. Genesis 20:15 : Ge 13:9; S 45:18
  33. Genesis 20:17 : S ver 7; Job 42:9
  34. Genesis 20:18 : Ge 12:17
  35. Genesis 21:1 : 1Sa 2:21
  36. Genesis 21:1 : S Ge 8:1; S 17:16, 21; 18:14; Gal 4:23; Heb 11:11
  37. Genesis 21:2 : S Ge 17:19; S 30:6
  38. Genesis 21:2 : Gal 4:22; Heb 11:11
  39. Genesis 21:2 : S Ge 18:10
  40. Genesis 21:3 : S Ge 16:11; S 17:19; Jos 24:3
  41. Genesis 21:4 : Ge 17:10, 12; Ac 7:8
  42. Genesis 21:5 : S Ge 12:4; Heb 6:15
  43. Genesis 21:6 : Ge 17:17; Job 8:21; Ps 126:2; Isa 12:6; 35:2; 44:23; 52:9; 54:1
  44. Genesis 21:7 : S Ge 17:17
  45. Genesis 21:8 : 1Sa 1:23
  46. Genesis 21:9 : S Ge 16:15
  47. Genesis 21:9 : Ge 39:14; Gal 4:29
  48. Genesis 21:10 : Ge 39:17
  49. Genesis 21:10 : Ge 25:6; Gal 4:30*
  50. Genesis 21:11 : Ge 17:18
  51. Genesis 21:12 : Mt 1:2; Ro 9:7*; Heb 11:18*
  52. Genesis 21:13 : ver 18; S Ge 13:16
  53. Genesis 21:14 : S Ge 16:1
  54. Genesis 21:14 : ver 31, 32; Ge 22:19; 26:33; 28:10; 46:1, 5; Jos 15:28; 19:2; Jdg 20:1; 1Sa 3:20; 1Ch 4:28; Ne 11:27
  55. Genesis 21:16 : Jer 6:26; Am 8:10; Zec 12:10
  56. Genesis 21:17 : Ex 3:7; Nu 20:16; Dt 26:7; Ps 6:8
  57. Genesis 21:17 : S Ge 16:7
  58. Genesis 21:17 : Ge 22:11, 15
  59. Genesis 21:17 : S Ge 15:1
  60. Genesis 21:18 : ver 13; S Ge 17:20
  61. Genesis 21:19 : Nu 22:31
  62. Genesis 21:19 : S Ge 16:7
  63. Genesis 21:20 : Ge 26:3, 24; 28:15; 39:2, 21, 23; Lk 1:66
  64. Genesis 21:21 : S Ge 14:6
  65. Genesis 21:21 : Ge 24:4, 38; 28:2; 34:4, 8; Jdg 14:2
  66. Genesis 21:22 : S Ge 20:2
  67. Genesis 21:22 : ver 32; Ge 26:26
  68. Genesis 21:22 : ver 23; Ge 26:28; 28:15; 31:3, 5, 42; 39:2, 3; 1Sa 3:19; 16:18; 2Ch 1:1; Ps 46:7; Isa 7:14; 8:8, 10; 41:10; 43:5
  69. Genesis 21:23 : ver 31; Ge 25:33; 26:31; 31:53; Jos 2:12; 1Ki 2:8
  70. Genesis 21:23 : 1Sa 24:21
  71. Genesis 21:23 : S ver 22; Jos 2:12
  72. Genesis 21:25 : Ge 26:15, 18, 20-22
  73. Genesis 21:27 : ver 31, 32; Ge 26:28, 31; 31:44, 53
  74. Genesis 21:30 : Ge 31:44, 47, 48, 50, 52; Jos 22:27, 28, 34; 24:27; Isa 19:20; Mal 2:14
  75. Genesis 21:30 : ver 25; Ge 26:25, 32
  76. Genesis 21:31 : S ver 14
  77. Genesis 21:31 : S ver 23,S 27
  78. Genesis 21:32 : S ver 27
  79. Genesis 21:32 : S ver 14
  80. Genesis 21:32 : S ver 22
  81. Genesis 21:32 : S Ge 10:14
  82. Genesis 21:33 : 1Sa 22:6; 31:13
  83. Genesis 21:33 : S Ge 4:26
  84. Genesis 21:33 : Ex 15:18; Dt 32:40; 33:27; Job 36:26; Ps 10:16; 45:6; 90:2; 93:2; 102:24; 103:19; 146:10; Isa 40:28; Jer 10:10; Hab 1:12; 3:6; Heb 13:8
  85. Genesis 21:34 : S Ge 10:14
  86. Genesis 22:1 : Ex 15:25; 16:4; 20:20; Dt 8:2, 16; 13:3; Jdg 2:22; 3:1; 2Ch 32:31; Ps 66:10; Heb 11:17; Jas 1:12-13
  87. Genesis 22:1 : ver 11; Ge 31:11; 46:2; 1Sa 3:4, 6, 8; Isa 6:8
  88. Genesis 22:2 : ver 12, 16; Jn 3:16; Heb 11:17; 1Jn 4:9
  89. Genesis 22:2 : 2Ch 3:1
  90. Genesis 22:2 : S Ge 8:20
  91. Genesis 22:2 : ver 9
  92. Genesis 22:3 : Jos 8:10
  93. Genesis 22:5 : Ex 24:14
  94. Genesis 22:6 : Jn 19:17
  95. Genesis 22:6 : ver 10; Jdg 19:29
  96. Genesis 22:7 : Ex 29:38-42; Lev 1:10; Rev 13:8
  97. Genesis 22:8 : ver 14
  98. Genesis 22:8 : ver 13; S Jn 1:29
  99. Genesis 22:9 : ver 2
  100. Genesis 22:9 : S Ge 4:26; S 8:20
  101. Genesis 22:9 : Lev 1:7; 1Ki 18:33
  102. Genesis 22:9 : Heb 11:17-19; Jas 2:21
  103. Genesis 22:10 : S ver 6
  104. Genesis 22:10 : ver 3; S Ge 18:19
  105. Genesis 22:11 : S Ge 16:7
  106. Genesis 22:11 : S Ge 21:17
  107. Genesis 22:11 : Ge 46:2
  108. Genesis 22:11 : S ver 1
  109. Genesis 22:12 : S Ge 18:19; 42:18; Ex 18:21; 1Sa 15:22; Job 1:1; 37:24; Pr 8:13; Jas 2:21-22
  110. Genesis 22:12 : S ver 2; Jn 3:16; 1Jn 4:9
  111. Genesis 22:13 : S ver 8
  112. Genesis 22:13 : S Ge 8:20; Ro 8:32
  113. Genesis 22:14 : Ex 17:15; Jdg 6:24
  114. Genesis 22:14 : Isa 30:29
  115. Genesis 22:14 : ver 8
  116. Genesis 22:15 : S Ge 16:7
  117. Genesis 22:15 : S Ge 21:17
  118. Genesis 22:16 : Ex 13:11; 32:13; 33:1; Isa 45:23; 62:8; Jer 22:5; 44:26; 49:13; 51:14; Am 6:8; Lk 1:73; Heb 6:13
  119. Genesis 22:16 : S ver 2
  120. Genesis 22:17 : S Ge 12:2
  121. Genesis 22:17 : Heb 6:14*
  122. Genesis 22:17 : S Ge 15:5; Ex 32:13; Dt 7:7; 28:62
  123. Genesis 22:17 : S Ge 12:2; S 26:24; Hos 1:10; Ro 9:27; Heb 11:12
  124. Genesis 22:17 : Ge 24:60; Est 9:2
  125. Genesis 22:18 : S Ge 12:2, 3; Ac 3:25*; Gal 3:8*
  126. Genesis 22:18 : S ver 10; Ge 17:2, 9; Ps 105:9
  127. Genesis 22:19 : Ge 21:14; 26:23; 28:10
  128. Genesis 22:20 : S Ge 11:29
  129. Genesis 22:21 : S Ge 10:23
  130. Genesis 22:21 : Job 32:2; Jer 25:23
  131. Genesis 22:22 : Ge 24:15, 47; 25:20
  132. Genesis 22:23 : Ge 24:15
  133. Genesis 22:23 : S Ge 11:29
  134. Genesis 22:24 : Ge 25:6; 35:22; 36:12; Jdg 8:31; 2Sa 3:7; 1Ki 2:22; 11:3; 1Ch 1:32; SS 6:8
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Matthew 7:15-29

True and False Prophets

15 “Watch out for false prophets.(A) They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.(B) 16 By their fruit you will recognize them.(C) Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?(D) 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.(E) 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.(F) 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

True and False Disciples

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’(G) will enter the kingdom of heaven,(H) but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.(I) 22 Many will say to me on that day,(J) ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’(K) 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’(L)

The Wise and Foolish Builders(M)

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice(N) is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

28 When Jesus had finished saying these things,(O) the crowds were amazed at his teaching,(P) 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

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Psalm 9:1-12

Psalm 9[a][b]

For the director of music. To the tune of “The Death of the Son.” A psalm of David.

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;(A)
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.(B)
I will be glad and rejoice(C) in you;
I will sing the praises(D) of your name,(E) O Most High.

My enemies turn back;
they stumble and perish before you.
For you have upheld my right(F) and my cause,(G)
sitting enthroned(H) as the righteous judge.(I)
You have rebuked the nations(J) and destroyed the wicked;
you have blotted out their name(K) for ever and ever.
Endless ruin has overtaken my enemies,
you have uprooted their cities;(L)
even the memory of them(M) has perished.

The Lord reigns forever;(N)
he has established his throne(O) for judgment.
He rules the world in righteousness(P)
and judges the peoples with equity.(Q)
The Lord is a refuge(R) for the oppressed,(S)
a stronghold in times of trouble.(T)
10 Those who know your name(U) trust in you,
for you, Lord, have never forsaken(V) those who seek you.(W)

11 Sing the praises(X) of the Lord, enthroned in Zion;(Y)
proclaim among the nations(Z) what he has done.(AA)
12 For he who avenges blood(AB) remembers;
he does not ignore the cries of the afflicted.(AC)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 9:1 Psalms 9 and 10 may originally have been a single acrostic poem in which alternating lines began with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. In the Septuagint they constitute one psalm.
  2. Psalm 9:1 In Hebrew texts 9:1-20 is numbered 9:2-21.
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Proverbs 2:16-22

16 Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman,(A)
from the wayward woman with her seductive words,
17 who has left the partner of her youth
and ignored the covenant she made before God.[a](B)
18 Surely her house leads down to death
and her paths to the spirits of the dead.(C)
19 None who go to her return
or attain the paths of life.(D)

20 Thus you will walk in the ways of the good
and keep to the paths of the righteous.
21 For the upright will live in the land,(E)
and the blameless will remain in it;
22 but the wicked(F) will be cut off from the land,(G)
and the unfaithful will be torn from it.(H)

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 2:17 Or covenant of her God
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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday January 8, 2019 (NIV)

Genesis 18:16-19:38

Abraham Pleads for Sodom

16 When the men(A) got up to leave, they looked down toward Sodom, and Abraham walked along with them to see them on their way. 17 Then the Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham(B) what I am about to do?(C) 18 Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation,(D) and all nations on earth will be blessed through him.[a] 19 For I have chosen him(E), so that he will direct his children(F) and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord(G) by doing what is right and just,(H) so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”(I)

20 Then the Lord said, “The outcry against Sodom(J) and Gomorrah is so great(K) and their sin so grievous(L) 21 that I will go down(M) and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.”

22 The men(N) turned away and went toward Sodom,(O) but Abraham remained standing before the Lord.[b](P) 23 Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?(Q) 24 What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare[c] the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it?(R) 25 Far be it from you to do such a thing(S)—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous(T) and the wicked alike.(U) Far be it from you! Will not the Judge(V) of all the earth do right?”(W)

26 The Lord said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.(X)

27 Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes,(Y) 28 what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five people?”

“If I find forty-five there,” he said, “I will not destroy it.”

29 Once again he spoke to him, “What if only forty are found there?”

He said, “For the sake of forty, I will not do it.”

30 Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry,(Z) but let me speak. What if only thirty can be found there?”

He answered, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.”

31 Abraham said, “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, what if only twenty can be found there?”

He said, “For the sake of twenty, I will not destroy it.”

32 Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more.(AA) What if only ten can be found there?”

He answered, “For the sake of ten,(AB) I will not destroy it.”

33 When the Lord had finished speaking(AC) with Abraham, he left,(AD) and Abraham returned home.(AE)

Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed

19 The two angels(AF) arrived at Sodom(AG) in the evening, and Lot(AH) was sitting in the gateway of the city.(AI) When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground.(AJ) “My lords,” he said, “please turn aside to your servant’s house. You can wash your feet(AK) and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning.”

“No,” they answered, “we will spend the night in the square.”(AL)

But he insisted(AM) so strongly that they did go with him and entered his house.(AN) He prepared a meal for them, baking bread without yeast,(AO) and they ate.(AP) Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom(AQ)—both young and old—surrounded the house. They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.”(AR)

Lot went outside to meet them(AS) and shut the door behind him and said, “No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing. Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.”(AT)

“Get out of our way,” they replied. “This fellow came here as a foreigner,(AU) and now he wants to play the judge!(AV) We’ll treat you worse than them.” They kept bringing pressure on Lot and moved forward to break down the door.

10 But the men(AW) inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house and shut the door. 11 Then they struck the men who were at the door of the house, young and old, with blindness(AX) so that they could not find the door.

12 The two men said to Lot, “Do you have anyone else here—sons-in-law, sons or daughters, or anyone else in the city who belongs to you?(AY) Get them out of here, 13 because we(AZ) are going to destroy this place. The outcry to the Lord against its people is so great(BA) that he has sent us to destroy it.”(BB)

14 So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were pledged to marry[d] his daughters. He said, “Hurry and get out of this place, because the Lord is about to destroy the city!(BC)” But his sons-in-law thought he was joking.(BD)

15 With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away(BE) when the city is punished.(BF)

16 When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters(BG) and led them safely out of the city, for the Lord was merciful to them.(BH) 17 As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, “Flee for your lives!(BI) Don’t look back,(BJ) and don’t stop anywhere in the plain!(BK) Flee to the mountains(BL) or you will be swept away!”

18 But Lot said to them, “No, my lords,[e] please! 19 Your[f] servant has found favor in your[g] eyes,(BM) and you[h] have shown great kindness(BN) to me in sparing my life. But I can’t flee to the mountains;(BO) this disaster will overtake me, and I’ll die. 20 Look, here is a town near enough to run to, and it is small. Let me flee to it—it is very small, isn’t it? Then my life will be spared.”

21 He said to him, “Very well, I will grant this request(BP) too; I will not overthrow the town you speak of. 22 But flee there quickly, because I cannot do anything until you reach it.” (That is why the town was called Zoar.[i](BQ))

23 By the time Lot reached Zoar,(BR) the sun had risen over the land. 24 Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur(BS) on Sodom and Gomorrah(BT)—from the Lord out of the heavens.(BU) 25 Thus he overthrew those cities(BV) and the entire plain,(BW) destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land.(BX) 26 But Lot’s wife looked back,(BY) and she became a pillar of salt.(BZ)

27 Early the next morning Abraham got up and returned to the place where he had stood before the Lord.(CA) 28 He looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, toward all the land of the plain, and he saw dense smoke rising from the land, like smoke from a furnace.(CB)

29 So when God destroyed the cities of the plain,(CC) he remembered(CD) Abraham, and he brought Lot out of the catastrophe(CE) that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived.(CF)

Lot and His Daughters

30 Lot and his two daughters left Zoar(CG) and settled in the mountains,(CH) for he was afraid to stay in Zoar. He and his two daughters lived in a cave. 31 One day the older daughter said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is no man around here to give us children—as is the custom all over the earth. 32 Let’s get our father to drink wine and then sleep with him and preserve our family line(CI) through our father.”(CJ)

33 That night they got their father to drink wine, and the older daughter went in and slept with him. He was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up.(CK)

34 The next day the older daughter said to the younger, “Last night I slept with my father. Let’s get him to drink wine again tonight, and you go in and sleep with him so we can preserve our family line through our father.”(CL) 35 So they got their father to drink wine(CM) that night also, and the younger daughter went in and slept with him. Again he was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up.(CN)

36 So both of Lot’s daughters became pregnant by their father.(CO) 37 The older daughter had a son, and she named him Moab[j];(CP) he is the father of the Moabites(CQ) of today. 38 The younger daughter also had a son, and she named him Ben-Ammi[k]; he is the father of the Ammonites[l](CR) of today.

Footnotes:

  1. Genesis 18:18 Or will use his name in blessings (see 48:20)
  2. Genesis 18:22 Masoretic Text; an ancient Hebrew scribal tradition but the Lord remained standing before Abraham
  3. Genesis 18:24 Or forgive; also in verse 26
  4. Genesis 19:14 Or were married to
  5. Genesis 19:18 Or No, Lord; or No, my lord
  6. Genesis 19:19 The Hebrew is singular.
  7. Genesis 19:19 The Hebrew is singular.
  8. Genesis 19:19 The Hebrew is singular.
  9. Genesis 19:22 Zoar means small.
  10. Genesis 19:37 Moab sounds like the Hebrew for from father.
  11. Genesis 19:38 Ben-Ammi means son of my father’s people.
  12. Genesis 19:38 Hebrew Bene-Ammon

Cross references:

  1. Genesis 18:16 : S ver 2
  2. Genesis 18:17 : Am 3:7
  3. Genesis 18:17 : Ge 19:24; Job 1:16; Ps 107:34
  4. Genesis 18:18 : S Ge 12:2; Gal 3:8*
  5. Genesis 18:19 : Ge 17:9
  6. Genesis 18:19 : Dt 4:9-10; 6:7
  7. Genesis 18:19 : Jos 24:15; Eph 6:4
  8. Genesis 18:19 : Ge 22:12, 18; 26:5; 2Sa 8:15; Ps 17:2; 99:4; Jer 23:5
  9. Genesis 18:19 : S Ge 16:11; S Isa 14:1
  10. Genesis 18:20 : Isa 1:10; Jer 23:14; Eze 16:46
  11. Genesis 18:20 : Ge 19:13
  12. Genesis 18:20 : S Ge 13:13
  13. Genesis 18:21 : S Ge 11:5
  14. Genesis 18:22 : S ver 2
  15. Genesis 18:22 : Ge 19:1
  16. Genesis 18:22 : ver 1; Ge 19:27
  17. Genesis 18:23 : Ex 23:7; Lev 4:3, 22, 27; Nu 16:22; Dt 27:25; 2Sa 24:17; Ps 11:4-7; 94:21; Eze 18:4; 2Pe 2:9
  18. Genesis 18:24 : ver 26; Jer 5:1
  19. Genesis 18:25 : Ge 44:7, 17; Dt 32:4; Job 8:3-7; 34:10
  20. Genesis 18:25 : Isa 5:20; Am 5:15; Mal 2:17; 3:18
  21. Genesis 18:25 : Dt 1:16-17
  22. Genesis 18:25 : Jdg 11:27; Job 9:15; Ps 7:11; 94:2; Heb 12:23
  23. Genesis 18:25 : Ge 20:4; Dt 32:4; 2Ch 19:7; Ezr 9:15; Ne 9:33; Job 8:3, 20; 34:10; 36:23; Ps 58:11; 75:7; 94:2; 119:137; Isa 3:10-11; Eze 18:25; Da 4:37; 9:14; Mal 2:17; Ro 3:6
  24. Genesis 18:26 : S ver 24
  25. Genesis 18:27 : S Ge 2:7; S Job 2:8
  26. Genesis 18:30 : ver 32; Ge 44:18; Ex 32:22
  27. Genesis 18:32 : S ver 30; Jdg 6:39
  28. Genesis 18:32 : Jer 5:1
  29. Genesis 18:33 : Ex 31:18
  30. Genesis 18:33 : S Ge 17:22
  31. Genesis 18:33 : Ge 31:55
  32. Genesis 19:1 : S Ge 18:2; Heb 13:2
  33. Genesis 19:1 : Ge 18:22
  34. Genesis 19:1 : S Ge 11:27
  35. Genesis 19:1 : S Ge 18:1
  36. Genesis 19:1 : S Ge 17:3; 48:12; Ru 2:10; 1Sa 25:23; 2Sa 14:33; 2Ki 2:15
  37. Genesis 19:2 : S Ge 18:4; Lk 7:44
  38. Genesis 19:2 : Jdg 19:15, 20
  39. Genesis 19:3 : Ge 33:11
  40. Genesis 19:3 : Job 31:32
  41. Genesis 19:3 : Ex 12:39
  42. Genesis 19:3 : S Ge 18:6
  43. Genesis 19:4 : S Ge 13:13
  44. Genesis 19:5 : S Ge 13:13; Lev 18:22; Dt 23:18; Jdg 19:22; Ro 1:24-27
  45. Genesis 19:6 : Jdg 19:23
  46. Genesis 19:8 : Jdg 19:24; 2Pe 2:7-8
  47. Genesis 19:9 : Ge 23:4
  48. Genesis 19:9 : S Ge 13:8; Ac 7:27
  49. Genesis 19:10 : S Ge 18:2
  50. Genesis 19:11 : Dt 28:28-29; 2Ki 6:18; Ac 13:11
  51. Genesis 19:12 : S Ge 6:18
  52. Genesis 19:13 : Ex 12:29; 2Sa 24:16; 2Ki 19:35; 1Ch 21:12; 2Ch 32:21
  53. Genesis 19:13 : Ge 18:20
  54. Genesis 19:13 : 1Ch 21:15; Ps 78:49; Jer 21:12; 25:18; 44:22; 51:45
  55. Genesis 19:14 : Nu 16:21; Rev 18:4
  56. Genesis 19:14 : Ex 9:21; 1Ki 13:18; Jer 5:12; 43:2; Lk 17:28
  57. Genesis 19:15 : Nu 16:26; Job 21:18; Ps 58:9; 73:19; 90:5
  58. Genesis 19:15 : Rev 18:4
  59. Genesis 19:16 : 2Pe 2:7
  60. Genesis 19:16 : Ex 34:6; Ps 33:18-19
  61. Genesis 19:17 : 1Ki 19:3; Jer 48:6
  62. Genesis 19:17 : ver 26
  63. Genesis 19:17 : S Ge 13:12
  64. Genesis 19:17 : S ver 19; S Ge 14:10; Mt 24:16
  65. Genesis 19:19 : S Ge 6:8; S 18:3
  66. Genesis 19:19 : Ge 24:12; 39:21; 40:14; 47:29; Ru 1:8; 2:20; 3:10
  67. Genesis 19:19 : S ver 17, 30
  68. Genesis 19:21 : 1Sa 25:35; 2Sa 14:8; Job 42:9
  69. Genesis 19:22 : S Ge 13:10
  70. Genesis 19:23 : S Ge 13:10
  71. Genesis 19:24 : Job 18:15; Ps 11:6; Isa 30:33; 34:9; Eze 38:22
  72. Genesis 19:24 : Dt 29:23; Isa 1:9; 13:19; Jer 49:18; 50:40; Am 4:11
  73. Genesis 19:24 : S Ge 18:17; S Lev 10:2; S Mt 10:15; Lk 17:29
  74. Genesis 19:25 : S ver 24; Eze 26:16; Zep 3:8; Hag 2:22
  75. Genesis 19:25 : S Ge 13:12
  76. Genesis 19:25 : Ps 107:34; Isa 1:10; Jer 20:16; 23:14; La 4:6; Eze 16:48
  77. Genesis 19:26 : S ver 17
  78. Genesis 19:26 : Lk 17:32
  79. Genesis 19:27 : Ge 18:22
  80. Genesis 19:28 : Ge 15:17; Ex 19:18; Rev 9:2; 18:9
  81. Genesis 19:29 : S Ge 13:12
  82. Genesis 19:29 : S Ge 8:1
  83. Genesis 19:29 : 2Pe 2:7
  84. Genesis 19:29 : Ge 14:12; Eze 14:16
  85. Genesis 19:30 : ver 22; S Ge 13:10
  86. Genesis 19:30 : S ver 19; S Ge 14:10
  87. Genesis 19:32 : S Ge 16:2
  88. Genesis 19:32 : ver 34, 36; Ge 38:18
  89. Genesis 19:33 : ver 35
  90. Genesis 19:34 : S ver 32
  91. Genesis 19:35 : Ge 9:21
  92. Genesis 19:35 : ver 33
  93. Genesis 19:36 : S ver 32
  94. Genesis 19:37 : Ge 36:35; Ex 15:15; Nu 25:1; Isa 15:1; 25:10; Jer 25:21; 48:1; Eze 25:8; Zep 2:9
  95. Genesis 19:37 : Nu 22:4; 24:17; Dt 2:9; Jdg 3:28; Ru 1:4, 22; 1Sa 14:47; 22:3-4; 2Sa 8:2; 2Ki 1:1; 3:4; Ezr 9:1; Ps 108:9; Jer 48:1
  96. Genesis 19:38 : Nu 21:24; Dt 2:19; 23:3; Jos 12:2; Jdg 3:13; 10:6, 7; 1Sa 11:1-11; 14:47; 1Ch 19:1; 2Ch 20:23; 26:8; 27:5; Ne 2:19; 4:3; Jer 25:21; 40:14; 49:1; Eze 21:28; 25:2; Am 1:13
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Matthew 6:25-7:14

Do Not Worry(A)

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry(B) about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.(C) Are you not much more valuable than they?(D) 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?(E)

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor(F) was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?(G) 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.(H) 33 But seek first his kingdom(I) and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.(J) 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Judging Others(K)

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged.(L) For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.(M)

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

Ask, Seek, Knock(N)

“Ask and it will be given to you;(O) seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds;(P) and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts(Q) to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you,(R) for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.(S)

The Narrow and Wide Gates

13 “Enter through the narrow gate.(T) For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 6:27 Or single cubit to your height
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Psalm 8

Psalm 8[a]

For the director of music. According to gittith.[b] A psalm of David.

Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name(A) in all the earth!

You have set your glory(B)
in the heavens.(C)
Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold(D) against your enemies,
to silence the foe(E) and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens,(F)
the work of your fingers,(G)
the moon and the stars,(H)
which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?[c](I)

You have made them[d] a little lower than the angels[e](J)
and crowned them[f] with glory and honor.(K)
You made them rulers(L) over the works of your hands;(M)
you put everything under their[g] feet:(N)
all flocks and herds,(O)
and the animals of the wild,(P)
the birds in the sky,
and the fish in the sea,(Q)
all that swim the paths of the seas.

Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!(R)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 8:1 In Hebrew texts 8:1-9 is numbered 8:2-10.
  2. Psalm 8:1 Title: Probably a musical term
  3. Psalm 8:4 Or what is a human being that you are mindful of him, / a son of man that you care for him?
  4. Psalm 8:5 Or him
  5. Psalm 8:5 Or than God
  6. Psalm 8:5 Or him
  7. Psalm 8:6 Or made him ruler . . . ; / . . . his
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Proverbs 2:6-15

For the Lord gives wisdom;(A)
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.(B)
He holds success in store for the upright,
he is a shield(C) to those whose walk is blameless,(D)
for he guards the course of the just
and protects the way of his faithful ones.(E)

Then you will understand(F) what is right and just
and fair—every good path.
10 For wisdom will enter your heart,(G)
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
11 Discretion will protect you,
and understanding will guard you.(H)

12 Wisdom will save(I) you from the ways of wicked men,
from men whose words are perverse,
13 who have left the straight paths
to walk in dark ways,(J)
14 who delight in doing wrong
and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,(K)
15 whose paths are crooked(L)
and who are devious in their ways.(M)

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday January 8, 2019 (NIV)

Genesis 18:16-19:38

Abraham Pleads for Sodom

16 When the men(A) got up to leave, they looked down toward Sodom, and Abraham walked along with them to see them on their way. 17 Then the Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham(B) what I am about to do?(C) 18 Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation,(D) and all nations on earth will be blessed through him.[a] 19 For I have chosen him(E), so that he will direct his children(F) and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord(G) by doing what is right and just,(H) so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”(I)

20 Then the Lord said, “The outcry against Sodom(J) and Gomorrah is so great(K) and their sin so grievous(L) 21 that I will go down(M) and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.”

22 The men(N) turned away and went toward Sodom,(O) but Abraham remained standing before the Lord.[b](P) 23 Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?(Q) 24 What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare[c] the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it?(R) 25 Far be it from you to do such a thing(S)—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous(T) and the wicked alike.(U) Far be it from you! Will not the Judge(V) of all the earth do right?”(W)

26 The Lord said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.(X)

27 Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes,(Y) 28 what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five people?”

“If I find forty-five there,” he said, “I will not destroy it.”

29 Once again he spoke to him, “What if only forty are found there?”

He said, “For the sake of forty, I will not do it.”

30 Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry,(Z) but let me speak. What if only thirty can be found there?”

He answered, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.”

31 Abraham said, “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, what if only twenty can be found there?”

He said, “For the sake of twenty, I will not destroy it.”

32 Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more.(AA) What if only ten can be found there?”

He answered, “For the sake of ten,(AB) I will not destroy it.”

33 When the Lord had finished speaking(AC) with Abraham, he left,(AD) and Abraham returned home.(AE)

Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed

19 The two angels(AF) arrived at Sodom(AG) in the evening, and Lot(AH) was sitting in the gateway of the city.(AI) When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground.(AJ) “My lords,” he said, “please turn aside to your servant’s house. You can wash your feet(AK) and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning.”

“No,” they answered, “we will spend the night in the square.”(AL)

But he insisted(AM) so strongly that they did go with him and entered his house.(AN) He prepared a meal for them, baking bread without yeast,(AO) and they ate.(AP) Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom(AQ)—both young and old—surrounded the house. They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.”(AR)

Lot went outside to meet them(AS) and shut the door behind him and said, “No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing. Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.”(AT)

“Get out of our way,” they replied. “This fellow came here as a foreigner,(AU) and now he wants to play the judge!(AV) We’ll treat you worse than them.” They kept bringing pressure on Lot and moved forward to break down the door.

10 But the men(AW) inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house and shut the door. 11 Then they struck the men who were at the door of the house, young and old, with blindness(AX) so that they could not find the door.

12 The two men said to Lot, “Do you have anyone else here—sons-in-law, sons or daughters, or anyone else in the city who belongs to you?(AY) Get them out of here, 13 because we(AZ) are going to destroy this place. The outcry to the Lord against its people is so great(BA) that he has sent us to destroy it.”(BB)

14 So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were pledged to marry[d] his daughters. He said, “Hurry and get out of this place, because the Lord is about to destroy the city!(BC)” But his sons-in-law thought he was joking.(BD)

15 With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away(BE) when the city is punished.(BF)

16 When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters(BG) and led them safely out of the city, for the Lord was merciful to them.(BH) 17 As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, “Flee for your lives!(BI) Don’t look back,(BJ) and don’t stop anywhere in the plain!(BK) Flee to the mountains(BL) or you will be swept away!”

18 But Lot said to them, “No, my lords,[e] please! 19 Your[f] servant has found favor in your[g] eyes,(BM) and you[h] have shown great kindness(BN) to me in sparing my life. But I can’t flee to the mountains;(BO) this disaster will overtake me, and I’ll die. 20 Look, here is a town near enough to run to, and it is small. Let me flee to it—it is very small, isn’t it? Then my life will be spared.”

21 He said to him, “Very well, I will grant this request(BP) too; I will not overthrow the town you speak of. 22 But flee there quickly, because I cannot do anything until you reach it.” (That is why the town was called Zoar.[i](BQ))

23 By the time Lot reached Zoar,(BR) the sun had risen over the land. 24 Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur(BS) on Sodom and Gomorrah(BT)—from the Lord out of the heavens.(BU) 25 Thus he overthrew those cities(BV) and the entire plain,(BW) destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land.(BX) 26 But Lot’s wife looked back,(BY) and she became a pillar of salt.(BZ)

27 Early the next morning Abraham got up and returned to the place where he had stood before the Lord.(CA) 28 He looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, toward all the land of the plain, and he saw dense smoke rising from the land, like smoke from a furnace.(CB)

29 So when God destroyed the cities of the plain,(CC) he remembered(CD) Abraham, and he brought Lot out of the catastrophe(CE) that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived.(CF)

Lot and His Daughters

30 Lot and his two daughters left Zoar(CG) and settled in the mountains,(CH) for he was afraid to stay in Zoar. He and his two daughters lived in a cave. 31 One day the older daughter said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is no man around here to give us children—as is the custom all over the earth. 32 Let’s get our father to drink wine and then sleep with him and preserve our family line(CI) through our father.”(CJ)

33 That night they got their father to drink wine, and the older daughter went in and slept with him. He was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up.(CK)

34 The next day the older daughter said to the younger, “Last night I slept with my father. Let’s get him to drink wine again tonight, and you go in and sleep with him so we can preserve our family line through our father.”(CL) 35 So they got their father to drink wine(CM) that night also, and the younger daughter went in and slept with him. Again he was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up.(CN)

36 So both of Lot’s daughters became pregnant by their father.(CO) 37 The older daughter had a son, and she named him Moab[j];(CP) he is the father of the Moabites(CQ) of today. 38 The younger daughter also had a son, and she named him Ben-Ammi[k]; he is the father of the Ammonites[l](CR) of today.

Footnotes:

  1. Genesis 18:18 Or will use his name in blessings (see 48:20)
  2. Genesis 18:22 Masoretic Text; an ancient Hebrew scribal tradition but the Lord remained standing before Abraham
  3. Genesis 18:24 Or forgive; also in verse 26
  4. Genesis 19:14 Or were married to
  5. Genesis 19:18 Or No, Lord; or No, my lord
  6. Genesis 19:19 The Hebrew is singular.
  7. Genesis 19:19 The Hebrew is singular.
  8. Genesis 19:19 The Hebrew is singular.
  9. Genesis 19:22 Zoar means small.
  10. Genesis 19:37 Moab sounds like the Hebrew for from father.
  11. Genesis 19:38 Ben-Ammi means son of my father’s people.
  12. Genesis 19:38 Hebrew Bene-Ammon

Cross references:

  1. Genesis 18:16 : S ver 2
  2. Genesis 18:17 : Am 3:7
  3. Genesis 18:17 : Ge 19:24; Job 1:16; Ps 107:34
  4. Genesis 18:18 : S Ge 12:2; Gal 3:8*
  5. Genesis 18:19 : Ge 17:9
  6. Genesis 18:19 : Dt 4:9-10; 6:7
  7. Genesis 18:19 : Jos 24:15; Eph 6:4
  8. Genesis 18:19 : Ge 22:12, 18; 26:5; 2Sa 8:15; Ps 17:2; 99:4; Jer 23:5
  9. Genesis 18:19 : S Ge 16:11; S Isa 14:1
  10. Genesis 18:20 : Isa 1:10; Jer 23:14; Eze 16:46
  11. Genesis 18:20 : Ge 19:13
  12. Genesis 18:20 : S Ge 13:13
  13. Genesis 18:21 : S Ge 11:5
  14. Genesis 18:22 : S ver 2
  15. Genesis 18:22 : Ge 19:1
  16. Genesis 18:22 : ver 1; Ge 19:27
  17. Genesis 18:23 : Ex 23:7; Lev 4:3, 22, 27; Nu 16:22; Dt 27:25; 2Sa 24:17; Ps 11:4-7; 94:21; Eze 18:4; 2Pe 2:9
  18. Genesis 18:24 : ver 26; Jer 5:1
  19. Genesis 18:25 : Ge 44:7, 17; Dt 32:4; Job 8:3-7; 34:10
  20. Genesis 18:25 : Isa 5:20; Am 5:15; Mal 2:17; 3:18
  21. Genesis 18:25 : Dt 1:16-17
  22. Genesis 18:25 : Jdg 11:27; Job 9:15; Ps 7:11; 94:2; Heb 12:23
  23. Genesis 18:25 : Ge 20:4; Dt 32:4; 2Ch 19:7; Ezr 9:15; Ne 9:33; Job 8:3, 20; 34:10; 36:23; Ps 58:11; 75:7; 94:2; 119:137; Isa 3:10-11; Eze 18:25; Da 4:37; 9:14; Mal 2:17; Ro 3:6
  24. Genesis 18:26 : S ver 24
  25. Genesis 18:27 : S Ge 2:7; S Job 2:8
  26. Genesis 18:30 : ver 32; Ge 44:18; Ex 32:22
  27. Genesis 18:32 : S ver 30; Jdg 6:39
  28. Genesis 18:32 : Jer 5:1
  29. Genesis 18:33 : Ex 31:18
  30. Genesis 18:33 : S Ge 17:22
  31. Genesis 18:33 : Ge 31:55
  32. Genesis 19:1 : S Ge 18:2; Heb 13:2
  33. Genesis 19:1 : Ge 18:22
  34. Genesis 19:1 : S Ge 11:27
  35. Genesis 19:1 : S Ge 18:1
  36. Genesis 19:1 : S Ge 17:3; 48:12; Ru 2:10; 1Sa 25:23; 2Sa 14:33; 2Ki 2:15
  37. Genesis 19:2 : S Ge 18:4; Lk 7:44
  38. Genesis 19:2 : Jdg 19:15, 20
  39. Genesis 19:3 : Ge 33:11
  40. Genesis 19:3 : Job 31:32
  41. Genesis 19:3 : Ex 12:39
  42. Genesis 19:3 : S Ge 18:6
  43. Genesis 19:4 : S Ge 13:13
  44. Genesis 19:5 : S Ge 13:13; Lev 18:22; Dt 23:18; Jdg 19:22; Ro 1:24-27
  45. Genesis 19:6 : Jdg 19:23
  46. Genesis 19:8 : Jdg 19:24; 2Pe 2:7-8
  47. Genesis 19:9 : Ge 23:4
  48. Genesis 19:9 : S Ge 13:8; Ac 7:27
  49. Genesis 19:10 : S Ge 18:2
  50. Genesis 19:11 : Dt 28:28-29; 2Ki 6:18; Ac 13:11
  51. Genesis 19:12 : S Ge 6:18
  52. Genesis 19:13 : Ex 12:29; 2Sa 24:16; 2Ki 19:35; 1Ch 21:12; 2Ch 32:21
  53. Genesis 19:13 : Ge 18:20
  54. Genesis 19:13 : 1Ch 21:15; Ps 78:49; Jer 21:12; 25:18; 44:22; 51:45
  55. Genesis 19:14 : Nu 16:21; Rev 18:4
  56. Genesis 19:14 : Ex 9:21; 1Ki 13:18; Jer 5:12; 43:2; Lk 17:28
  57. Genesis 19:15 : Nu 16:26; Job 21:18; Ps 58:9; 73:19; 90:5
  58. Genesis 19:15 : Rev 18:4
  59. Genesis 19:16 : 2Pe 2:7
  60. Genesis 19:16 : Ex 34:6; Ps 33:18-19
  61. Genesis 19:17 : 1Ki 19:3; Jer 48:6
  62. Genesis 19:17 : ver 26
  63. Genesis 19:17 : S Ge 13:12
  64. Genesis 19:17 : S ver 19; S Ge 14:10; Mt 24:16
  65. Genesis 19:19 : S Ge 6:8; S 18:3
  66. Genesis 19:19 : Ge 24:12; 39:21; 40:14; 47:29; Ru 1:8; 2:20; 3:10
  67. Genesis 19:19 : S ver 17, 30
  68. Genesis 19:21 : 1Sa 25:35; 2Sa 14:8; Job 42:9
  69. Genesis 19:22 : S Ge 13:10
  70. Genesis 19:23 : S Ge 13:10
  71. Genesis 19:24 : Job 18:15; Ps 11:6; Isa 30:33; 34:9; Eze 38:22
  72. Genesis 19:24 : Dt 29:23; Isa 1:9; 13:19; Jer 49:18; 50:40; Am 4:11
  73. Genesis 19:24 : S Ge 18:17; S Lev 10:2; S Mt 10:15; Lk 17:29
  74. Genesis 19:25 : S ver 24; Eze 26:16; Zep 3:8; Hag 2:22
  75. Genesis 19:25 : S Ge 13:12
  76. Genesis 19:25 : Ps 107:34; Isa 1:10; Jer 20:16; 23:14; La 4:6; Eze 16:48
  77. Genesis 19:26 : S ver 17
  78. Genesis 19:26 : Lk 17:32
  79. Genesis 19:27 : Ge 18:22
  80. Genesis 19:28 : Ge 15:17; Ex 19:18; Rev 9:2; 18:9
  81. Genesis 19:29 : S Ge 13:12
  82. Genesis 19:29 : S Ge 8:1
  83. Genesis 19:29 : 2Pe 2:7
  84. Genesis 19:29 : Ge 14:12; Eze 14:16
  85. Genesis 19:30 : ver 22; S Ge 13:10
  86. Genesis 19:30 : S ver 19; S Ge 14:10
  87. Genesis 19:32 : S Ge 16:2
  88. Genesis 19:32 : ver 34, 36; Ge 38:18
  89. Genesis 19:33 : ver 35
  90. Genesis 19:34 : S ver 32
  91. Genesis 19:35 : Ge 9:21
  92. Genesis 19:35 : ver 33
  93. Genesis 19:36 : S ver 32
  94. Genesis 19:37 : Ge 36:35; Ex 15:15; Nu 25:1; Isa 15:1; 25:10; Jer 25:21; 48:1; Eze 25:8; Zep 2:9
  95. Genesis 19:37 : Nu 22:4; 24:17; Dt 2:9; Jdg 3:28; Ru 1:4, 22; 1Sa 14:47; 22:3-4; 2Sa 8:2; 2Ki 1:1; 3:4; Ezr 9:1; Ps 108:9; Jer 48:1
  96. Genesis 19:38 : Nu 21:24; Dt 2:19; 23:3; Jos 12:2; Jdg 3:13; 10:6, 7; 1Sa 11:1-11; 14:47; 1Ch 19:1; 2Ch 20:23; 26:8; 27:5; Ne 2:19; 4:3; Jer 25:21; 40:14; 49:1; Eze 21:28; 25:2; Am 1:13
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Matthew 6:25-7:14

Do Not Worry(A)

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry(B) about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.(C) Are you not much more valuable than they?(D) 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?(E)

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor(F) was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?(G) 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.(H) 33 But seek first his kingdom(I) and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.(J) 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Judging Others(K)

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged.(L) For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.(M)

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

Ask, Seek, Knock(N)

“Ask and it will be given to you;(O) seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds;(P) and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts(Q) to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you,(R) for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.(S)

The Narrow and Wide Gates

13 “Enter through the narrow gate.(T) For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 6:27 Or single cubit to your height
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Psalm 8

Psalm 8[a]

For the director of music. According to gittith.[b] A psalm of David.

Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name(A) in all the earth!

You have set your glory(B)
in the heavens.(C)
Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold(D) against your enemies,
to silence the foe(E) and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens,(F)
the work of your fingers,(G)
the moon and the stars,(H)
which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?[c](I)

You have made them[d] a little lower than the angels[e](J)
and crowned them[f] with glory and honor.(K)
You made them rulers(L) over the works of your hands;(M)
you put everything under their[g] feet:(N)
all flocks and herds,(O)
and the animals of the wild,(P)
the birds in the sky,
and the fish in the sea,(Q)
all that swim the paths of the seas.

Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!(R)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 8:1 In Hebrew texts 8:1-9 is numbered 8:2-10.
  2. Psalm 8:1 Title: Probably a musical term
  3. Psalm 8:4 Or what is a human being that you are mindful of him, / a son of man that you care for him?
  4. Psalm 8:5 Or him
  5. Psalm 8:5 Or than God
  6. Psalm 8:5 Or him
  7. Psalm 8:6 Or made him ruler . . . ; / . . . his
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Proverbs 2:6-15

For the Lord gives wisdom;(A)
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.(B)
He holds success in store for the upright,
he is a shield(C) to those whose walk is blameless,(D)
for he guards the course of the just
and protects the way of his faithful ones.(E)

Then you will understand(F) what is right and just
and fair—every good path.
10 For wisdom will enter your heart,(G)
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
11 Discretion will protect you,
and understanding will guard you.(H)

12 Wisdom will save(I) you from the ways of wicked men,
from men whose words are perverse,
13 who have left the straight paths
to walk in dark ways,(J)
14 who delight in doing wrong
and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,(K)
15 whose paths are crooked(L)
and who are devious in their ways.(M)

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday January 7, 2019 (NIV)

Genesis 16:1-18:15

Hagar and Ishmael

16 Now Sarai,(A) Abram’s wife, had borne him no children.(B) But she had an Egyptian slave(C) named Hagar;(D) so she said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from having children.(E) Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.”(F)

Abram agreed to what Sarai said. So after Abram had been living in Canaan(G) ten years,(H) Sarai his wife took her Egyptian slave Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. He slept with Hagar,(I) and she conceived.

When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress.(J) Then Sarai said to Abram, “You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering. I put my slave in your arms, and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me. May the Lord judge between you and me.”(K)

“Your slave is in your hands,(L)” Abram said. “Do with her whatever you think best.” Then Sarai mistreated(M) Hagar; so she fled from her.

The angel of the Lord(N) found Hagar near a spring(O) in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur.(P) And he said, “Hagar,(Q) slave of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?”(R)

“I’m running away from my mistress Sarai,” she answered.

Then the angel of the Lord told her, “Go back to your mistress and submit to her.” 10 The angel added, “I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count.”(S)

11 The angel of the Lord(T) also said to her:

“You are now pregnant
and you will give birth to a son.(U)
You shall name him(V) Ishmael,[a](W)
for the Lord has heard of your misery.(X)
12 He will be a wild donkey(Y) of a man;
his hand will be against everyone
and everyone’s hand against him,
and he will live in hostility
toward[b] all his brothers.(Z)

13 She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,(AA)” for she said, “I have now seen[c] the One who sees me.”(AB) 14 That is why the well(AC) was called Beer Lahai Roi[d];(AD) it is still there, between Kadesh(AE) and Bered.

15 So Hagar(AF) bore Abram a son,(AG) and Abram gave the name Ishmael(AH) to the son she had borne. 16 Abram was eighty-six years old(AI) when Hagar bore him Ishmael.

The Covenant of Circumcision

17 When Abram was ninety-nine years old,(AJ) the Lord appeared to him(AK) and said, “I am God Almighty[e];(AL) walk before me faithfully and be blameless.(AM) Then I will make my covenant between me and you(AN) and will greatly increase your numbers.”(AO)

Abram fell facedown,