The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday April 13, 2019 (NIV)

Joshua 7:16-9:2

16 Early the next morning Joshua had Israel come forward by tribes, and Judah was chosen. 17 The clans of Judah came forward, and the Zerahites were chosen.(A) He had the clan of the Zerahites come forward by families, and Zimri was chosen. 18 Joshua had his family come forward man by man, and Achan son of Karmi, the son of Zimri, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah,(B) was chosen.(C)

19 Then Joshua said to Achan, “My son, give glory(D) to the Lord, the God of Israel, and honor him. Tell(E) me what you have done; do not hide it from me.”

20 Achan replied, “It is true! I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel. This is what I have done: 21 When I saw in the plunder(F) a beautiful robe from Babylonia,[a] two hundred shekels[b] of silver and a bar of gold weighing fifty shekels,[c] I coveted(G) them and took them. They are hidden in the ground inside my tent, with the silver underneath.”

22 So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran to the tent, and there it was, hidden in his tent, with the silver underneath. 23 They took the things from the tent, brought them to Joshua and all the Israelites and spread them out before the Lord.

24 Then Joshua, together with all Israel, took Achan son of Zerah, the silver, the robe, the gold bar, his sons(H) and daughters, his cattle, donkeys and sheep, his tent and all that he had, to the Valley of Achor.(I) 25 Joshua said, “Why have you brought this trouble(J) on us? The Lord will bring trouble on you today.”

Then all Israel stoned him,(K) and after they had stoned the rest, they burned them.(L) 26 Over Achan they heaped(M) up a large pile of rocks, which remains to this day.(N) Then the Lord turned from his fierce anger.(O) Therefore that place has been called the Valley of Achor[d](P) ever since.

Ai Destroyed

Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid;(Q) do not be discouraged.(R) Take the whole army(S) with you, and go up and attack Ai.(T) For I have delivered(U) into your hands the king of Ai, his people, his city and his land. You shall do to Ai and its king as you did to Jericho and its king, except that you may carry off their plunder(V) and livestock for yourselves.(W) Set an ambush(X) behind the city.”

So Joshua and the whole army moved out to attack Ai. He chose thirty thousand of his best fighting men and sent them out at night with these orders: “Listen carefully. You are to set an ambush behind the city. Don’t go very far from it. All of you be on the alert. I and all those with me will advance on the city, and when the men come out against us, as they did before, we will flee from them. They will pursue us until we have lured them away from the city, for they will say, ‘They are running away from us as they did before.’ So when we flee from them, you are to rise up from ambush and take the city. The Lord your God will give it into your hand.(Y) When you have taken the city, set it on fire.(Z) Do what the Lord has commanded.(AA) See to it; you have my orders.”

Then Joshua sent them off, and they went to the place of ambush(AB) and lay in wait between Bethel and Ai, to the west of Ai—but Joshua spent that night with the people.

10 Early the next morning(AC) Joshua mustered his army, and he and the leaders of Israel(AD) marched before them to Ai. 11 The entire force that was with him marched up and approached the city and arrived in front of it. They set up camp north of Ai, with the valley between them and the city. 12 Joshua had taken about five thousand men and set them in ambush between Bethel and Ai, to the west of the city. 13 So the soldiers took up their positions—with the main camp to the north of the city and the ambush to the west of it. That night Joshua went into the valley.

14 When the king of Ai saw this, he and all the men of the city hurried out early in the morning to meet Israel in battle at a certain place overlooking the Arabah.(AE) But he did not know(AF) that an ambush had been set against him behind the city. 15 Joshua and all Israel let themselves be driven back(AG) before them, and they fled toward the wilderness.(AH) 16 All the men of Ai were called to pursue them, and they pursued Joshua and were lured away(AI) from the city. 17 Not a man remained in Ai or Bethel who did not go after Israel. They left the city open and went in pursuit of Israel.

18 Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Hold out toward Ai the javelin(AJ) that is in your hand,(AK) for into your hand I will deliver the city.” So Joshua held out toward the city the javelin that was in his hand.(AL) 19 As soon as he did this, the men in the ambush rose quickly(AM) from their position and rushed forward. They entered the city and captured it and quickly set it on fire.(AN)

20 The men of Ai looked back and saw the smoke of the city rising up into the sky,(AO) but they had no chance to escape in any direction; the Israelites who had been fleeing toward the wilderness had turned back against their pursuers. 21 For when Joshua and all Israel saw that the ambush had taken the city and that smoke was going up from it, they turned around(AP) and attacked the men of Ai. 22 Those in the ambush also came out of the city against them, so that they were caught in the middle, with Israelites on both sides. Israel cut them down, leaving them neither survivors nor fugitives.(AQ) 23 But they took the king of Ai alive(AR) and brought him to Joshua.

24 When Israel had finished killing all the men of Ai in the fields and in the wilderness where they had chased them, and when every one of them had been put to the sword, all the Israelites returned to Ai and killed those who were in it. 25 Twelve thousand men and women fell that day—all the people of Ai.(AS) 26 For Joshua did not draw back the hand that held out his javelin(AT) until he had destroyed[e](AU) all who lived in Ai.(AV) 27 But Israel did carry off for themselves the livestock and plunder of this city, as the Lord had instructed Joshua.(AW)

28 So Joshua burned(AX) Ai[f](AY) and made it a permanent heap of ruins,(AZ) a desolate place to this day.(BA) 29 He impaled the body of the king of Ai on a pole and left it there until evening. At sunset,(BB) Joshua ordered them to take the body from the pole and throw it down at the entrance of the city gate. And they raised a large pile of rocks(BC) over it, which remains to this day.

The Covenant Renewed at Mount Ebal

30 Then Joshua built on Mount Ebal(BD) an altar(BE) to the Lord, the God of Israel, 31 as Moses the servant of the Lord had commanded the Israelites. He built it according to what is written in the Book of the Law of Moses—an altar of uncut stones, on which no iron tool(BF) had been used. On it they offered to the Lord burnt offerings and sacrificed fellowship offerings.(BG) 32 There, in the presence of the Israelites, Joshua wrote on stones a copy of the law of Moses.(BH) 33 All the Israelites, with their elders, officials and judges, were standing on both sides of the ark of the covenant of the Lord, facing the Levitical(BI) priests who carried it. Both the foreigners living among them and the native-born(BJ) were there. Half of the people stood in front of Mount Gerizim and half of them in front of Mount Ebal,(BK) as Moses the servant of the Lord had formerly commanded when he gave instructions to bless the people of Israel.

34 Afterward, Joshua read all the words of the law—the blessings and the curses—just as it is written in the Book of the Law.(BL) 35 There was not a word of all that Moses had commanded that Joshua did not read to the whole assembly of Israel, including the women and children, and the foreigners who lived among them.(BM)

The Gibeonite Deception

Now when all the kings west of the Jordan heard about these things—the kings in the hill country,(BN) in the western foothills, and along the entire coast of the Mediterranean Sea(BO) as far as Lebanon(BP) (the kings of the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites,(BQ) Hivites(BR) and Jebusites)(BS) they came together to wage war against Joshua and Israel.


  1. Joshua 7:21 Hebrew Shinar
  2. Joshua 7:21 That is, about 5 pounds or about 2.3 kilograms
  3. Joshua 7:21 That is, about 1 1/4 pounds or about 575 grams
  4. Joshua 7:26 Achor means trouble.
  5. Joshua 8:26 The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them.
  6. Joshua 8:28 Ai means the ruin.

Cross references:

  1. Joshua 7:17 : Nu 26:20
  2. Joshua 7:18 : S ver 1; S Lev 24:11
  3. Joshua 7:18 : Jnh 1:7
  4. Joshua 7:19 : Ex 14:17; 1Sa 6:5; Ps 96:8; Isa 42:12; Jer 13:16; Jn 9:24*
  5. Joshua 7:19 : S Lev 5:5; 1Sa 14:43
  6. Joshua 7:21 : S Ge 34:29; S 49:27
  7. Joshua 7:21 : S Dt 7:25; Eph 5:5; 1Ti 6:10
  8. Joshua 7:24 : S Nu 16:27
  9. Joshua 7:24 : ver 26; Jos 15:7; Isa 65:10; Hos 2:15
  10. Joshua 7:25 : S Jos 6:18
  11. Joshua 7:25 : S Lev 20:2; Dt 17:5; 1Ki 12:18; 2Ch 10:18; 24:21; Ne 9:26
  12. Joshua 7:25 : S Ge 38:24
  13. Joshua 7:26 : 2Sa 18:17
  14. Joshua 7:26 : S Ge 35:20
  15. Joshua 7:26 : S Nu 25:4
  16. Joshua 7:26 : S ver 24
  17. Joshua 8:1 : Ge 26:24; Dt 31:6
  18. Joshua 8:1 : S Nu 14:9; S Dt 1:21
  19. Joshua 8:1 : Jos 10:7
  20. Joshua 8:1 : Jos 7:2; 9:3; 10:1; 12:9
  21. Joshua 8:1 : S Jos 6:2
  22. Joshua 8:2 : S Ge 49:27
  23. Joshua 8:2 : ver 27; Dt 20:14
  24. Joshua 8:2 : ver 4, 12; Jdg 9:43; 20:29
  25. Joshua 8:7 : Jdg 7:7; 1Sa 23:4
  26. Joshua 8:8 : Jdg 20:29-38
  27. Joshua 8:8 : ver 19
  28. Joshua 8:9 : 2Ch 13:13
  29. Joshua 8:10 : Ge 22:3
  30. Joshua 8:10 : S Jos 7:6
  31. Joshua 8:14 : S Dt 1:1
  32. Joshua 8:14 : Jdg 20:34
  33. Joshua 8:15 : Jdg 20:36
  34. Joshua 8:15 : Jos 15:61; 16:1; 18:12
  35. Joshua 8:16 : Jdg 20:31
  36. Joshua 8:18 : Job 41:26; Ps 35:3
  37. Joshua 8:18 : S Ex 4:2; 17:9-12
  38. Joshua 8:18 : ver 26
  39. Joshua 8:19 : Jdg 20:33
  40. Joshua 8:19 : S ver 8
  41. Joshua 8:20 : Jdg 20:40
  42. Joshua 8:21 : Jdg 20:41
  43. Joshua 8:22 : Dt 7:2; Jos 10:1
  44. Joshua 8:23 : 1Sa 15:8
  45. Joshua 8:25 : Dt 20:16-18
  46. Joshua 8:26 : ver 18
  47. Joshua 8:26 : S Nu 21:2
  48. Joshua 8:26 : Ex 17:12
  49. Joshua 8:27 : S ver 2
  50. Joshua 8:28 : S Nu 31:10
  51. Joshua 8:28 : Jos 7:2; Jer 49:3
  52. Joshua 8:28 : S Dt 13:16; Jos 10:1
  53. Joshua 8:28 : S Ge 35:20
  54. Joshua 8:29 : S Dt 21:23; Jn 19:31
  55. Joshua 8:29 : 2Sa 18:17
  56. Joshua 8:30 : ver 33; S Dt 11:29
  57. Joshua 8:30 : S Ex 20:24
  58. Joshua 8:31 : S Ex 20:25
  59. Joshua 8:31 : Dt 27:6-7
  60. Joshua 8:32 : Dt 27:8
  61. Joshua 8:33 : Dt 31:12
  62. Joshua 8:33 : S Lev 16:29
  63. Joshua 8:33 : Dt 11:29; Jn 4:20
  64. Joshua 8:34 : S Dt 28:61; 31:11
  65. Joshua 8:35 : S Ex 12:38; Dt 31:12
  66. Joshua 9:1 : S Nu 13:17
  67. Joshua 9:1 : S Nu 34:6
  68. Joshua 9:1 : S Dt 3:25
  69. Joshua 9:1 : Ge 13:7; S Jos 3:10
  70. Joshua 9:1 : ver 7; Jos 11:19
  71. Joshua 9:1 : S Jos 3:10
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Luke 16:1-18

The Parable of the Shrewd Manager

16 Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions.(A) So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’

“The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg— I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’

“So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’

“‘Nine hundred gallons[a] of olive oil,’ he replied.

“The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred and fifty.’

“Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’

“‘A thousand bushels[b] of wheat,’ he replied.

“He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it eight hundred.’

“The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world(B) are more shrewd(C) in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light.(D) I tell you, use worldly wealth(E) to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.(F)

10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much,(G) and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth,(H) who will trust you with true riches? 12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?

13 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”(I)

14 The Pharisees, who loved money,(J) heard all this and were sneering at Jesus.(K) 15 He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves(L) in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts.(M) What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.

Additional Teachings

16 “The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John.(N) Since that time, the good news of the kingdom of God is being preached,(O) and everyone is forcing their way into it. 17 It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law.(P)

18 “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.(Q)


  1. Luke 16:6 Or about 3,000 liters
  2. Luke 16:7 Or about 30 tons
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Psalm 82

Psalm 82

A psalm of Asaph.

God presides in the great assembly;
he renders judgment(A) among the “gods”:(B)

“How long will you[a] defend the unjust
and show partiality(C) to the wicked?[b](D)
Defend the weak and the fatherless;(E)
uphold the cause of the poor(F) and the oppressed.
Rescue the weak and the needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

“The ‘gods’ know nothing, they understand nothing.(G)
They walk about in darkness;(H)
all the foundations(I) of the earth are shaken.

“I said, ‘You are “gods”;(J)
you are all sons of the Most High.’
But you will die(K) like mere mortals;
you will fall like every other ruler.”

Rise up,(L) O God, judge(M) the earth,
for all the nations are your inheritance.(N)


  1. Psalm 82:2 The Hebrew is plural.
  2. Psalm 82:2 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
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Proverbs 13:2-3

From the fruit of their lips people enjoy good things,(A)
but the unfaithful have an appetite for violence.

Those who guard their lips(B) preserve their lives,(C)
but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.(D)

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday April 12, 2019 (NIV)

Joshua 5:1-7:15

Now when all the Amorite kings west of the Jordan and all the Canaanite kings along the coast(A) heard how the Lord had dried up the Jordan before the Israelites until they[a] had crossed over, their hearts melted in fear(B) and they no longer had the courage to face the Israelites.

Circumcision and Passover at Gilgal

At that time the Lord said to Joshua, “Make flint knives(C) and circumcise(D) the Israelites again.” So Joshua made flint knives and circumcised the Israelites at Gibeath Haaraloth.[b]

Now this is why he did so: All those who came out of Egypt—all the men of military age(E)—died in the wilderness on the way after leaving Egypt.(F) All the people that came out had been circumcised, but all the people born in the wilderness during the journey from Egypt had not. The Israelites had moved about in the wilderness(G) forty years(H) until all the men who were of military age when they left Egypt had died, since they had not obeyed the Lord. For the Lord had sworn to them that they would not see the land he had solemnly promised their ancestors to give us,(I) a land flowing with milk and honey.(J) So he raised up their sons in their place, and these were the ones Joshua circumcised. They were still uncircumcised because they had not been circumcised on the way. And after the whole nation had been circumcised, they remained where they were in camp until they were healed.(K)

Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” So the place has been called Gilgal[c](L) to this day.

10 On the evening of the fourteenth day of the month,(M) while camped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho, the Israelites celebrated the Passover.(N) 11 The day after the Passover, that very day, they ate some of the produce of the land:(O) unleavened bread(P) and roasted grain.(Q) 12 The manna stopped the day after[d] they ate this food from the land; there was no longer any manna for the Israelites, but that year they ate the produce of Canaan.(R)

The Fall of Jericho

13 Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man(S) standing in front of him with a drawn sword(T) in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?”

14 “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” Then Joshua fell facedown(U) to the ground(V) in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord[e] have for his servant?”

15 The commander of the Lord’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.”(W) And Joshua did so.

Now the gates of Jericho(X) were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in.

Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered(Y) Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns(Z) in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets.(AA) When you hear them sound a long blast(AB) on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout;(AC) then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.”

So Joshua son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant of the Lord and have seven priests carry trumpets in front of it.”(AD) And he ordered the army, “Advance(AE)! March around the city, with an armed guard going ahead of the ark(AF) of the Lord.”

When Joshua had spoken to the people, the seven priests carrying the seven trumpets before the Lord went forward, blowing their trumpets, and the ark of the Lord’s covenant followed them. The armed guard marched ahead of the priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard(AG) followed the ark. All this time the trumpets were sounding. 10 But Joshua had commanded the army, “Do not give a war cry, do not raise your voices, do not say a word until the day I tell you to shout. Then shout!(AH) 11 So he had the ark of the Lord carried around the city, circling it once. Then the army returned to camp and spent the night there.

12 Joshua got up early the next morning and the priests took up the ark of the Lord. 13 The seven priests carrying the seven trumpets went forward, marching before the ark of the Lord and blowing the trumpets. The armed men went ahead of them and the rear guard followed the ark of the Lord, while the trumpets kept sounding. 14 So on the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. They did this for six days.

15 On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city seven times in the same manner, except that on that day they circled the city seven times.(AI) 16 The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the army, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city!(AJ) 17 The city and all that is in it are to be devoted[f](AK) to the Lord. Only Rahab the prostitute(AL) and all who are with her in her house shall be spared, because she hid(AM) the spies we sent. 18 But keep away from the devoted things,(AN) so that you will not bring about your own destruction by taking any of them. Otherwise you will make the camp of Israel liable to destruction(AO) and bring trouble(AP) on it. 19 All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron(AQ) are sacred to the Lord and must go into his treasury.”

20 When the trumpets sounded,(AR) the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout,(AS) the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city.(AT) 21 They devoted(AU) the city to the Lord and destroyed(AV) with the sword every living thing in it—men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys.

22 Joshua said to the two men(AW) who had spied out(AX) the land, “Go into the prostitute’s house and bring her out and all who belong to her, in accordance with your oath to her.(AY) 23 So the young men who had done the spying went in and brought out Rahab, her father and mother, her brothers and sisters and all who belonged to her.(AZ) They brought out her entire family and put them in a place outside the camp of Israel.

24 Then they burned the whole city(BA) and everything in it, but they put the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron(BB) into the treasury of the Lord’s house.(BC) 25 But Joshua spared(BD) Rahab the prostitute,(BE) with her family and all who belonged to her, because she hid the men Joshua had sent as spies to Jericho(BF)—and she lives among the Israelites to this day.

26 At that time Joshua pronounced this solemn oath:(BG) “Cursed(BH) before the Lord is the one who undertakes to rebuild this city, Jericho:

“At the cost of his firstborn son
he will lay its foundations;
at the cost of his youngest
he will set up its gates.”(BI)

27 So the Lord was with Joshua,(BJ) and his fame spread(BK) throughout the land.

Achan’s Sin

But the Israelites were unfaithful in regard to the devoted things[g];(BL) Achan(BM) son of Karmi, the son of Zimri,[h] the son of Zerah,(BN) of the tribe of Judah,(BO) took some of them. So the Lord’s anger burned(BP) against Israel.(BQ)

Now Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai,(BR) which is near Beth Aven(BS) to the east of Bethel,(BT) and told them, “Go up and spy out(BU) the region.” So the men went up and spied out Ai.

When they returned to Joshua, they said, “Not all the army will have to go up against Ai. Send two or three thousand men to take it and do not weary the whole army, for only a few people live there.” So about three thousand went up; but they were routed by the men of Ai,(BV) who killed about thirty-six(BW) of them. They chased the Israelites from the city gate as far as the stone quarries and struck them down on the slopes. At this the hearts of the people melted in fear(BX) and became like water.

Then Joshua tore his clothes(BY) and fell facedown(BZ) to the ground before the ark of the Lord, remaining there till evening.(CA) The elders of Israel(CB) did the same, and sprinkled dust(CC) on their heads. And Joshua said, “Alas, Sovereign Lord, why(CD) did you ever bring this people across the Jordan to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us?(CE) If only we had been content to stay on the other side of the Jordan! Pardon your servant, Lord. What can I say, now that Israel has been routed by its enemies? The Canaanites and the other people of the country will hear about this and they will surround us and wipe out our name from the earth.(CF) What then will you do for your own great name?(CG)

10 The Lord said to Joshua, “Stand up! What are you doing down on your face? 11 Israel has sinned;(CH) they have violated my covenant,(CI) which I commanded them to keep. They have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen, they have lied,(CJ) they have put them with their own possessions.(CK) 12 That is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies;(CL) they turn their backs(CM) and run(CN) because they have been made liable to destruction.(CO) I will not be with you anymore(CP) unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction.

13 “Go, consecrate the people. Tell them, ‘Consecrate yourselves(CQ) in preparation for tomorrow; for this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: There are devoted things among you, Israel. You cannot stand against your enemies until you remove them.

14 “‘In the morning, present(CR) yourselves tribe by tribe. The tribe the Lord chooses(CS) shall come forward clan by clan; the clan the Lord chooses shall come forward family by family; and the family the Lord chooses shall come forward man by man. 15 Whoever is caught with the devoted things(CT) shall be destroyed by fire,(CU) along with all that belongs to him.(CV) He has violated the covenant(CW) of the Lord and has done an outrageous thing in Israel!’”(CX)


  1. Joshua 5:1 Another textual tradition we
  2. Joshua 5:3 Gibeath Haaraloth means the hill of foreskins.
  3. Joshua 5:9 Gilgal sounds like the Hebrew for roll.
  4. Joshua 5:12 Or the day
  5. Joshua 5:14 Or lord
  6. Joshua 6:17 The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them; also in verses 18 and 21.
  7. Joshua 7:1 The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them; also in verses 11, 12, 13 and 15.
  8. Joshua 7:1 See Septuagint and 1 Chron. 2:6; Hebrew Zabdi; also in verses 17 and 18.

Cross references:

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

The Parable of the Lost Sheep(A)

15 Now the tax collectors(B) and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”(C)

Then Jesus told them this parable:(D) “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?(E) And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’(F) I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.(G)

The Parable of the Lost Coin

“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins[a] and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’(H) 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”(I)

The Parable of the Lost Son

11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons.(J) 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’(K) So he divided his property(L) between them.

13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth(M) in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs.(N) 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned(O) against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.(P)

21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.(Q) I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe(R) and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger(S) and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again;(T) he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.(U)

25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’

28 “The older brother became angry(V) and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property(W) with prostitutes(X) comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’

31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”(Y)


  1. Luke 15:8 Greek ten drachmas, each worth about a day’s wages
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Psalm 81

Psalm 81[a]

For the director of music. According to gittith.[b] Of Asaph.

Sing for joy to God our strength;
shout aloud to the God of Jacob!(A)
Begin the music, strike the timbrel,(B)
play the melodious harp(C) and lyre.(D)

Sound the ram’s horn(E) at the New Moon,(F)
and when the moon is full, on the day of our festival;
this is a decree for Israel,
an ordinance of the God of Jacob.(G)
When God went out against Egypt,(H)
he established it as a statute for Joseph.

I heard an unknown voice say:(I)

“I removed the burden(J) from their shoulders;(K)
their hands were set free from the basket.
In your distress you called(L) and I rescued you,
I answered(M) you out of a thundercloud;
I tested you at the waters of Meribah.[c](N)
Hear me, my people,(O) and I will warn you—
if you would only listen to me, Israel!
You shall have no foreign god(P) among you;
you shall not worship any god other than me.
10 I am the Lord your God,
who brought you up out of Egypt.(Q)
Open(R) wide your mouth and I will fill(S) it.

11 “But my people would not listen to me;
Israel would not submit to me.(T)
12 So I gave them over(U) to their stubborn hearts
to follow their own devices.

13 “If my people would only listen to me,(V)
if Israel would only follow my ways,
14 how quickly I would subdue(W) their enemies
and turn my hand against(X) their foes!
15 Those who hate the Lord would cringe(Y) before him,
and their punishment would last forever.
16 But you would be fed with the finest of wheat;(Z)
with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”


  1. Psalm 81:1 In Hebrew texts 81:1-16 is numbered 81:2-17.
  2. Psalm 81:1 Title: Probably a musical term
  3. Psalm 81:7 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
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Proverbs 13:1

13 A wise son heeds his father’s instruction,
but a mocker does not respond to rebukes.(A)

Cross references:

  1. Proverbs 13:1 : S Pr 12:1; 15:5
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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday April 11, 2019 (NIV)

Joshua 3-4

Crossing the Jordan

Early in the morning Joshua and all the Israelites set out from Shittim(A) and went to the Jordan,(B) where they camped before crossing over. After three days(C) the officers(D) went throughout the camp,(E) giving orders to the people: “When you see the ark of the covenant(F) of the Lord your God, and the Levitical(G) priests(H) carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. But keep a distance of about two thousand cubits[a](I) between you and the ark; do not go near it.”

Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves,(J) for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things(K) among you.”

Joshua said to the priests, “Take up the ark of the covenant and pass on ahead of the people.” So they took it up and went ahead of them.

And the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you(L) in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses.(M) Tell the priests(N) who carry the ark of the covenant: ‘When you reach the edge of the Jordan’s waters, go and stand in the river.’”

Joshua said to the Israelites, “Come here and listen to the words of the Lord your God. 10 This is how you will know that the living God(O) is among you(P) and that he will certainly drive out before you the Canaanites, Hittites,(Q) Hivites, Perizzites,(R) Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites.(S) 11 See, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth(T) will go into the Jordan ahead of you.(U) 12 Now then, choose twelve men(V) from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe. 13 And as soon as the priests who carry the ark of the Lord—the Lord of all the earth(W)—set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream(X) will be cut off(Y) and stand up in a heap.(Z)

14 So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant(AA) went ahead(AB) of them. 15 Now the Jordan(AC) is at flood stage(AD) all during harvest.(AE) Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, 16 the water from upstream stopped flowing.(AF) It piled up in a heap(AG) a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan,(AH) while the water flowing down(AI) to the Sea of the Arabah(AJ) (that is, the Dead Sea(AK)) was completely cut off.(AL) So the people crossed over opposite Jericho.(AM) 17 The priests(AN) who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stopped in the middle of the Jordan and stood on dry ground,(AO) while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground.(AP)

When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan,(AQ) the Lord said to Joshua, “Choose twelve men(AR) from among the people, one from each tribe, and tell them to take up twelve stones(AS) from the middle of the Jordan,(AT) from right where the priests are standing, and carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight.(AU)

So Joshua called together the twelve men(AV) he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan.(AW) Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, to serve as a sign(AX) among you. In the future, when your children(AY) ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’(AZ) tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off(BA) before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial(BB) to the people of Israel forever.”

So the Israelites did as Joshua commanded them. They took twelve stones(BC) from the middle of the Jordan,(BD) according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, as the Lord had told Joshua;(BE) and they carried them over with them to their camp, where they put them down. Joshua set up the twelve stones(BF) that had been[b] in the middle of the Jordan at the spot where the priests who carried the ark of the covenant had stood. And they are there to this day.(BG)

10 Now the priests who carried the ark remained standing in the middle of the Jordan until everything the Lord had commanded Joshua was done by the people, just as Moses had directed Joshua. The people hurried over, 11 and as soon as all of them had crossed, the ark of the Lord and the priests came to the other side while the people watched. 12 The men of Reuben,(BH) Gad(BI) and the half-tribe of Manasseh(BJ) crossed over, ready for battle, in front of the Israelites,(BK) as Moses had directed them.(BL) 13 About forty thousand armed for battle(BM) crossed over(BN) before the Lord to the plains of Jericho for war.

14 That day the Lord exalted(BO) Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they stood in awe of him all the days of his life, just as they had stood in awe of Moses.

15 Then the Lord said to Joshua, 16 “Command the priests carrying the ark of the covenant law(BP) to come up out of the Jordan.”

17 So Joshua commanded the priests, “Come up out of the Jordan.”

18 And the priests came up out of the river carrying the ark of the covenant of the Lord. No sooner had they set their feet on the dry ground than the waters of the Jordan returned to their place(BQ) and ran at flood stage(BR) as before.

19 On the tenth day of the first month the people went up from the Jordan and camped at Gilgal(BS) on the eastern border of Jericho. 20 And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones(BT) they had taken out of the Jordan. 21 He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’(BU) 22 tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’(BV) 23 For the Lord your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The Lord your God did to the Jordan what he had done to the Red Sea[c] when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over.(BW) 24 He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know(BX) that the hand of the Lord is powerful(BY) and so that you might always fear the Lord your God.(BZ)


  1. Joshua 3:4 That is, about 3,000 feet or about 900 meters
  2. Joshua 4:9 Or Joshua also set up twelve stones
  3. Joshua 4:23 Or the Sea of Reeds

Cross references:

  1. Joshua 3:1 : S Jos 2:1
  2. Joshua 3:1 : S Ge 13:10; Job 40:23
  3. Joshua 3:2 : S Ge 40:13; Jos 2:16
  4. Joshua 3:2 : S Dt 1:15
  5. Joshua 3:2 : Jos 1:11
  6. Joshua 3:3 : S Nu 10:33
  7. Joshua 3:3 : 1Sa 6:15
  8. Joshua 3:3 : ver 8, 17; Nu 4:15; Dt 31:9; 1Ki 8:3
  9. Joshua 3:4 : Nu 35:5
  10. Joshua 3:5 : S Ex 29:1; S Lev 11:44
  11. Joshua 3:5 : Jdg 6:13; 1Ch 16:9, 24; Ps 26:7; 75:1
  12. Joshua 3:7 : Jos 4:14; 1Ch 29:25
  13. Joshua 3:7 : Jos 1:5
  14. Joshua 3:8 : S ver 3
  15. Joshua 3:10 : Dt 5:26; 1Sa 17:26, 36; 2Ki 19:4, 16; Ps 18:46; 42:2; 84:2; Isa 37:4, 17; Jer 10:10; 23:36; Da 6:26; Hos 1:10; S Mt 16:16
  16. Joshua 3:10 : S Dt 7:21
  17. Joshua 3:10 : S Ge 26:34
  18. Joshua 3:10 : Jos 17:15; 24:11; Jdg 1:4; 3:5
  19. Joshua 3:10 : S Ex 3:8; S 23:23; S Dt 7:1; Jos 9:1; 11:3; 12:8; Jdg 19:11; 1Ch 11:4
  20. Joshua 3:11 : ver 13; Ex 19:5; Dt 10:14; Job 9:10; 28:24; 41:11; Ps 50:12; 97:5; Zec 6:5
  21. Joshua 3:11 : S Dt 9:3
  22. Joshua 3:12 : Jos 4:2, 4
  23. Joshua 3:13 : S ver 11
  24. Joshua 3:13 : ver 16
  25. Joshua 3:13 : Jos 4:7
  26. Joshua 3:13 : S Ex 14:22; S Isa 11:15
  27. Joshua 3:14 : Ps 132:8
  28. Joshua 3:14 : Ac 7:44-45
  29. Joshua 3:15 : 2Ki 2:6
  30. Joshua 3:15 : Jos 4:18; 1Ch 12:15; Isa 8:7
  31. Joshua 3:15 : S Ge 8:22
  32. Joshua 3:16 : Ps 66:6; 74:15; 114:3
  33. Joshua 3:16 : Job 38:37; Ps 33:7
  34. Joshua 3:16 : 1Ki 4:12; 7:46
  35. Joshua 3:16 : ver 13
  36. Joshua 3:16 : S Dt 1:1
  37. Joshua 3:16 : S Ge 14:3
  38. Joshua 3:16 : S Ge 8:1; S Ex 14:22
  39. Joshua 3:16 : 2Ki 2:4
  40. Joshua 3:17 : S ver 3
  41. Joshua 3:17 : Jos 4:3, 5, 8, 9, 10
  42. Joshua 3:17 : S Ex 14:22; S Jos 2:10
  43. Joshua 4:1 : Dt 27:2
  44. Joshua 4:2 : S Jos 3:12
  45. Joshua 4:3 : ver 20
  46. Joshua 4:3 : S Jos 3:17
  47. Joshua 4:3 : ver 19
  48. Joshua 4:4 : S Jos 3:12
  49. Joshua 4:5 : S Jos 3:17
  50. Joshua 4:6 : S Jos 2:12
  51. Joshua 4:6 : S Ex 10:2
  52. Joshua 4:6 : ver 21; Ex 12:26; S 13:14
  53. Joshua 4:7 : Jos 3:13
  54. Joshua 4:7 : S Ex 28:12
  55. Joshua 4:8 : Ex 28:21
  56. Joshua 4:8 : S Jos 3:17
  57. Joshua 4:8 : ver 20
  58. Joshua 4:9 : S Ge 28:18; Jos 24:26; 1Sa 7:12
  59. Joshua 4:9 : S Ge 35:20
  60. Joshua 4:12 : S Ge 29:32
  61. Joshua 4:12 : S Ge 30:11
  62. Joshua 4:12 : S Ge 41:51
  63. Joshua 4:12 : S Nu 32:27
  64. Joshua 4:12 : Nu 32:29
  65. Joshua 4:13 : S Ex 13:18
  66. Joshua 4:13 : S Nu 32:17
  67. Joshua 4:14 : S Jos 3:7
  68. Joshua 4:16 : Ex 25:22
  69. Joshua 4:18 : Ex 14:27
  70. Joshua 4:18 : S Jos 3:15
  71. Joshua 4:19 : S Dt 11:30
  72. Joshua 4:20 : ver 3, 8
  73. Joshua 4:21 : S ver 6
  74. Joshua 4:22 : S Ex 14:22
  75. Joshua 4:23 : Ex 14:19-22
  76. Joshua 4:24 : 1Ki 8:60; 18:36; 2Ki 5:15; Ps 67:2; 83:18; 106:8; Isa 37:20; 52:10
  77. Joshua 4:24 : Ex 15:16; 1Ch 29:12; Ps 44:3; 89:13; 98:1; 118:15-16
  78. Joshua 4:24 : S Ex 14:31
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Luke 14:7-35

When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table,(A) he told them this parable: “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. 10 But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. 11 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”(B)

12 Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,(C) 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”(D)

The Parable of the Great Banquet(E)

15 When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast(F) in the kingdom of God.”(G)

16 Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. 17 At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’

18 “But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’

19 “Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’

20 “Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’

21 “The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’(H)

22 “‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’

23 “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. 24 I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.’”(I)

The Cost of Being a Disciple

25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.(J) 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.(K)

28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’

31 “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. 33 In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.(L)

34 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?(M) 35 It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out.(N)

“Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”(O)

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Psalm 80

Psalm 80[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of “The Lilies of the Covenant.” Of Asaph. A psalm.

Hear us, Shepherd of Israel,
you who lead Joseph like a flock.(A)
You who sit enthroned between the cherubim,(B)
shine forth before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh.(C)
Awaken(D) your might;
come and save us.(E)

Restore(F) us,(G) O God;
make your face shine on us,
that we may be saved.(H)

How long,(I) Lord God Almighty,
will your anger smolder(J)
against the prayers of your people?
You have fed them with the bread of tears;(K)
you have made them drink tears by the bowlful.(L)
You have made us an object of derision[b] to our neighbors,
and our enemies mock us.(M)

Restore us, God Almighty;
make your face shine on us,
that we may be saved.(N)

You transplanted a vine(O) from Egypt;
you drove out(P) the nations and planted(Q) it.
You cleared the ground for it,
and it took root and filled the land.
10 The mountains were covered with its shade,
the mighty cedars with its branches.
11 Its branches reached as far as the Sea,[c]
its shoots as far as the River.[d](R)

12 Why have you broken down its walls(S)
so that all who pass by pick its grapes?
13 Boars from the forest ravage(T) it,
and insects from the fields feed on it.
14 Return to us, God Almighty!
Look down from heaven and see!(U)
Watch over this vine,
15 the root your right hand has planted,
the son[e] you have raised up for yourself.

16 Your vine is cut down, it is burned with fire;(V)
at your rebuke(W) your people perish.
17 Let your hand rest on the man at your right hand,
the son of man(X) you have raised up for yourself.
18 Then we will not turn away from you;
revive(Y) us, and we will call on your name.

19 Restore us, Lord God Almighty;
make your face shine on us,
that we may be saved.


  1. Psalm 80:1 In Hebrew texts 80:1-19 is numbered 80:2-20.
  2. Psalm 80:6 Probable reading of the original Hebrew text; Masoretic Text contention
  3. Psalm 80:11 Probably the Mediterranean
  4. Psalm 80:11 That is, the Euphrates
  5. Psalm 80:15 Or branch
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Proverbs 12:27-28

27 The lazy do not roast[a] any game,
but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.

28 In the way of righteousness there is life;(A)
along that path is immortality.


  1. Proverbs 12:27 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday April 10, 2019 (NIV)

Deuteronomy 34 - Joshua 2

The Death of Moses

34 Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo(A) from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah,(B) across from Jericho.(C) There the Lord showed(D) him the whole land—from Gilead to Dan,(E) all of Naphtali, the territory of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Mediterranean Sea,(F) the Negev(G) and the whole region from the Valley of Jericho, the City of Palms,(H) as far as Zoar.(I) Then the Lord said to him, “This is the land I promised on oath(J) to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob(K) when I said, ‘I will give it(L) to your descendants.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross(M) over into it.”

And Moses the servant of the Lord(N) died(O) there in Moab, as the Lord had said. He buried him[a] in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor,(P) but to this day no one knows where his grave is.(Q) Moses was a hundred and twenty years old(R) when he died, yet his eyes were not weak(S) nor his strength gone.(T) The Israelites grieved for Moses in the plains of Moab(U) thirty days,(V) until the time of weeping and mourning(W) was over.

Now Joshua son of Nun was filled with the spirit[b] of wisdom(X) because Moses had laid his hands on him.(Y) So the Israelites listened to him and did what the Lord had commanded Moses.

10 Since then, no prophet(Z) has risen in Israel like Moses,(AA) whom the Lord knew face to face,(AB) 11 who did all those signs and wonders(AC) the Lord sent him to do in Egypt—to Pharaoh and to all his officials(AD) and to his whole land. 12 For no one has(AE) ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds(AF) that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.

Joshua Installed as Leader

After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord,(AG) the Lord said to Joshua(AH) son of Nun, Moses’ aide: “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River(AI) into the land(AJ) I am about to give to them(AK)—to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot,(AL) as I promised Moses.(AM) Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon,(AN) and from the great river, the Euphrates(AO)—all the Hittite(AP) country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west.(AQ) No one will be able to stand against you(AR) all the days of your life. As I was with(AS) Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake(AT) you. Be strong(AU) and courageous,(AV) because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors(AW) to give them.

“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey(AX) all the law(AY) my servant Moses(AZ) gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left,(BA) that you may be successful wherever you go.(BB) Keep this Book of the Law(BC) always on your lips;(BD) meditate(BE) on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.(BF) Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid;(BG) do not be discouraged,(BH) for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”(BI)

10 So Joshua ordered the officers of the people:(BJ) 11 “Go through the camp(BK) and tell the people, ‘Get your provisions(BL) ready. Three days(BM) from now you will cross the Jordan(BN) here to go in and take possession(BO) of the land the Lord your God is giving you for your own.’”

12 But to the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh,(BP) Joshua said, 13 “Remember the command that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you after he said, ‘The Lord your God will give you rest(BQ) by giving you this land.’ 14 Your wives,(BR) your children and your livestock may stay in the land(BS) that Moses gave you east of the Jordan, but all your fighting men, ready for battle,(BT) must cross over ahead of your fellow Israelites.(BU) You are to help them 15 until the Lord gives them rest, as he has done for you, and until they too have taken possession of the land the Lord your God is giving them. After that, you may go back and occupy your own land, which Moses the servant of the Lord gave you east of the Jordan toward the sunrise.”(BV)

16 Then they answered Joshua, “Whatever you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go.(BW) 17 Just as we fully obeyed Moses, so we will obey you.(BX) Only may the Lord your God be with you as he was with Moses. 18 Whoever rebels against your word and does not obey(BY) it, whatever you may command them, will be put to death. Only be strong and courageous!(BZ)

Rahab and the Spies

Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies(CA) from Shittim.(CB) “Go, look over(CC) the land,” he said, “especially Jericho.(CD)” So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab(CE) and stayed there.

The king of Jericho was told, “Look, some of the Israelites have come here tonight to spy out the land.” So the king of Jericho sent this message to Rahab:(CF) “Bring out the men who came to you and entered your house, because they have come to spy out the whole land.”

But the woman had taken the two men(CG) and hidden them.(CH) She said, “Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they had come from. At dusk, when it was time to close the city gate,(CI) they left. I don’t know which way they went. Go after them quickly. You may catch up with them.”(CJ) (But she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them under the stalks of flax(CK) she had laid out on the roof.)(CL) So the men set out in pursuit of the spies on the road that leads to the fords of the Jordan,(CM) and as soon as the pursuers(CN) had gone out, the gate was shut.

Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof(CO) and said to them, “I know that the Lord has given you this land and that a great fear(CP) of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you. 10 We have heard how the Lord dried up(CQ) the water of the Red Sea[c] for you when you came out of Egypt,(CR) and what you did to Sihon and Og,(CS) the two kings of the Amorites(CT) east of the Jordan,(CU) whom you completely destroyed.[d](CV) 11 When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear(CW) and everyone’s courage failed(CX) because of you,(CY) for the Lord your God(CZ) is God in heaven above and on the earth(DA) below.

12 “Now then, please swear to me(DB) by the Lord that you will show kindness(DC) to my family, because I have shown kindness to you. Give me a sure sign(DD) 13 that you will spare the lives of my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them(DE)—and that you will save us from death.”

14 “Our lives for your lives!”(DF) the men assured her. “If you don’t tell what we are doing, we will treat you kindly and faithfully(DG) when the Lord gives us the land.”

15 So she let them down by a rope(DH) through the window,(DI) for the house she lived in was part of the city wall. 16 She said to them, “Go to the hills(DJ) so the pursuers(DK) will not find you. Hide yourselves there three days(DL) until they return, and then go on your way.”(DM)

17 Now the men had said to her, “This oath(DN) you made us swear will not be binding on us 18 unless, when we enter the land, you have tied this scarlet cord(DO) in the window(DP) through which you let us down, and unless you have brought your father and mother, your brothers and all your family(DQ) into your house. 19 If any of them go outside your house into the street, their blood will be on their own heads;(DR) we will not be responsible. As for those who are in the house with you, their blood will be on our head(DS) if a hand is laid on them. 20 But if you tell what we are doing, we will be released from the oath you made us swear.(DT)

21 “Agreed,” she replied. “Let it be as you say.”

So she sent them away, and they departed. And she tied the scarlet cord(DU) in the window.(DV)

22 When they left, they went into the hills and stayed there three days,(DW) until the pursuers(DX) had searched all along the road and returned without finding them. 23 Then the two men started back. They went down out of the hills, forded the river and came to Joshua son of Nun and told him everything that had happened to them. 24 They said to Joshua, “The Lord has surely given the whole land into our hands;(DY) all the people are melting in fear(DZ) because of us.”


  1. Deuteronomy 34:6 Or He was buried
  2. Deuteronomy 34:9 Or Spirit
  3. Joshua 2:10 Or the Sea of Reeds
  4. Joshua 2:10 The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them.

Cross references:

  1. Deuteronomy 34:1 : S Nu 32:3
  2. Deuteronomy 34:1 : S Nu 21:20
  3. Deuteronomy 34:1 : Dt 32:49
  4. Deuteronomy 34:1 : Dt 32:52
  5. Deuteronomy 34:1 : S Ge 14:14
  6. Deuteronomy 34:2 : S Ex 23:31
  7. Deuteronomy 34:3 : S Ge 12:9
  8. Deuteronomy 34:3 : Jdg 1:16; 3:13; 2Ch 28:15
  9. Deuteronomy 34:3 : S Ge 13:10
  10. Deuteronomy 34:4 : Ge 28:13
  11. Deuteronomy 34:4 : Jos 21:43
  12. Deuteronomy 34:4 : Ge 12:7
  13. Deuteronomy 34:4 : S Dt 3:23
  14. Deuteronomy 34:5 : S Nu 12:7
  15. Deuteronomy 34:5 : S Ge 25:8
  16. Deuteronomy 34:6 : S Dt 3:29
  17. Deuteronomy 34:6 : Jude 1:9
  18. Deuteronomy 34:7 : S Ex 7:7
  19. Deuteronomy 34:7 : S Ge 27:1
  20. Deuteronomy 34:7 : S Ge 15:15
  21. Deuteronomy 34:8 : S Nu 21:11
  22. Deuteronomy 34:8 : S Ge 37:34; S Dt 1:3
  23. Deuteronomy 34:8 : 2Sa 11:27
  24. Deuteronomy 34:9 : S Ge 41:38; S Ex 28:3; Isa 11:2
  25. Deuteronomy 34:9 : S Dt 31:14; Ac 6:6
  26. Deuteronomy 34:10 : S Ge 20:7
  27. Deuteronomy 34:10 : Dt 18:15, 18
  28. Deuteronomy 34:10 : S Ex 33:11
  29. Deuteronomy 34:11 : Dt 4:34
  30. Deuteronomy 34:11 : S Ex 11:3
  31. Deuteronomy 34:12 : Heb 3:1-6
  32. Deuteronomy 34:12 : S Dt 4:34
  33. Joshua 1:1 : Ex 14:31; Dt 34:5; Rev 15:3
  34. Joshua 1:1 : S Ex 17:9
  35. Joshua 1:2 : S Nu 13:29; S Nu 35:10
  36. Joshua 1:2 : S Ge 15:14
  37. Joshua 1:2 : Ge 12:7; Dt 1:25
  38. Joshua 1:3 : S Dt 11:24
  39. Joshua 1:3 : Ge 50:24; Nu 13:2; Dt 1:8
  40. Joshua 1:4 : S Dt 3:25
  41. Joshua 1:4 : S Ge 2:14
  42. Joshua 1:4 : S Ge 10:15; 23:10; Ex 3:8
  43. Joshua 1:4 : Nu 34:2-12; Ezr 4:20
  44. Joshua 1:5 : S Dt 7:24
  45. Joshua 1:5 : ver 17; S Ge 26:3; S 39:2; Jdg 6:12; 1Sa 10:7; Jer 1:8; 30:11
  46. Joshua 1:5 : S Ge 28:15; S Dt 4:31
  47. Joshua 1:6 : 2Sa 2:7; 1Ki 2:2; Isa 41:6; Joel 3:9-10
  48. Joshua 1:6 : S Dt 1:21; S 31:6; S Jdg 5:21
  49. Joshua 1:6 : Jer 3:18; 7:7
  50. Joshua 1:7 : Dt 29:9; 1Ki 2:3; 3:3
  51. Joshua 1:7 : Ezr 7:26; Ps 78:10; 119:136; Isa 42:24; Jer 26:4-6; 32:23; 44:10
  52. Joshua 1:7 : ver 2, 15; S Nu 12:7; Job 1:8; 42:7
  53. Joshua 1:7 : S Dt 5:32; Jos 23:6
  54. Joshua 1:7 : ver 9; S Dt 4:2; 5:33; S 11:8; Jos 11:15
  55. Joshua 1:8 : S Dt 28:61; S Ps 147:19
  56. Joshua 1:8 : S Ex 4:15; Isa 59:21
  57. Joshua 1:8 : S Ge 24:63
  58. Joshua 1:8 : Dt 29:9; 1Sa 18:14; Ps 1:1-3; Isa 52:13; 53:10; Jer 23:5
  59. Joshua 1:9 : S Dt 31:6; Jos 10:8; 2Ki 19:6; Isa 35:4; 37:6
  60. Joshua 1:9 : S Dt 1:21; Job 4:5
  61. Joshua 1:9 : S ver 7; Dt 31:7-8; Jer 1:8
  62. Joshua 1:10 : S Dt 1:15
  63. Joshua 1:11 : Jos 3:2
  64. Joshua 1:11 : 1Sa 17:22; Isa 10:28
  65. Joshua 1:11 : S Ge 40:13
  66. Joshua 1:11 : S Nu 35:10
  67. Joshua 1:11 : S Nu 33:53
  68. Joshua 1:12 : Nu 32:33
  69. Joshua 1:13 : S Ex 33:14; Ps 55:6; Isa 11:10; 28:12; 30:15; 32:18; 40:31; Jer 6:16; 45:3; La 5:5
  70. Joshua 1:14 : Dt 3:19
  71. Joshua 1:14 : S Nu 32:26
  72. Joshua 1:14 : S Ex 13:18
  73. Joshua 1:14 : Jos 4:12
  74. Joshua 1:15 : Nu 32:20-22; Jos 22:1-4
  75. Joshua 1:16 : S Nu 27:20; S 32:25
  76. Joshua 1:17 : S Nu 27:20
  77. Joshua 1:18 : S Nu 32:25
  78. Joshua 1:18 : S Dt 1:21; S 31:6
  79. Joshua 2:1 : S ver 4; S Ge 42:9
  80. Joshua 2:1 : S Nu 25:1; Jos 3:1; Joel 3:18
  81. Joshua 2:1 : S Nu 21:32; Jdg 18:2
  82. Joshua 2:1 : S Nu 33:48
  83. Joshua 2:1 : Jos 6:17, 25; S Heb 11:31
  84. Joshua 2:3 : Jos 6:23
  85. Joshua 2:4 : ver 1; Jos 6:22
  86. Joshua 2:4 : Jos 6:17
  87. Joshua 2:5 : Jdg 5:8; 9:35; 16:2
  88. Joshua 2:5 : S Heb 11:31
  89. Joshua 2:6 : Jdg 15:14; Pr 31:13; Isa 19:9
  90. Joshua 2:6 : S Ex 1:17, 19; Jos 6:25; 2Sa 17:19
  91. Joshua 2:7 : Nu 22:1; Jdg 3:28; 7:24; 12:5, 6; Isa 16:2
  92. Joshua 2:7 : ver 16, 22
  93. Joshua 2:8 : S Dt 22:8; Jdg 16:27; 2Sa 16:22; Ne 8:16; Isa 15:3; 22:1; Jer 32:29
  94. Joshua 2:9 : S Ge 35:5; S Ex 15:14
  95. Joshua 2:10 : S Ge 8:1; Ex 14:21; Jos 3:17; Ps 74:15
  96. Joshua 2:10 : S Nu 23:22
  97. Joshua 2:10 : S Nu 21:21
  98. Joshua 2:10 : S Ge 10:16; S 14:7
  99. Joshua 2:10 : Jos 9:10
  100. Joshua 2:10 : S Nu 21:2
  101. Joshua 2:11 : S Ge 42:28
  102. Joshua 2:11 : S Dt 2:25; Ps 107:26; Jnh 1:5
  103. Joshua 2:11 : Ex 15:14; Jos 5:1; 7:5; 2Sa 4:1; Ps 22:14; Isa 13:7; 19:1; Jer 51:30; Na 2:10
  104. Joshua 2:11 : 2Ki 5:15; 19:15; Da 6:26
  105. Joshua 2:11 : S Ge 14:19; S Nu 20:14
  106. Joshua 2:12 : S Ge 24:8; S 47:31
  107. Joshua 2:12 : S Ge 24:12; Ru 3:10
  108. Joshua 2:12 : S Ge 24:14; S Ex 3:12; Jos 4:6; 1Sa 2:34; 2Ki 19:29
  109. Joshua 2:13 : ver 18; Jos 6:23
  110. Joshua 2:14 : 1Ki 20:39, 42; 2Ki 10:24
  111. Joshua 2:14 : S Ge 47:29
  112. Joshua 2:15 : Jer 38:6, 11
  113. Joshua 2:15 : ver 18, 21; Ge 26:8; Jdg 5:28; 1Sa 19:12
  114. Joshua 2:16 : S Ge 14:10
  115. Joshua 2:16 : S ver 7
  116. Joshua 2:16 : ver 22
  117. Joshua 2:16 : S Heb 11:31
  118. Joshua 2:17 : S Ge 24:8
  119. Joshua 2:18 : ver 21
  120. Joshua 2:18 : S ver 15
  121. Joshua 2:18 : S ver 13
  122. Joshua 2:19 : S Lev 20:9
  123. Joshua 2:19 : Mt 27:25
  124. Joshua 2:20 : S Ge 24:8; S 47:31
  125. Joshua 2:21 : ver 18
  126. Joshua 2:21 : S ver 15
  127. Joshua 2:22 : ver 16
  128. Joshua 2:22 : S ver 7
  129. Joshua 2:24 : Jos 10:8; 11:6; Jdg 3:28; 7:9, 14; 20:28; 1Sa 14:10
  130. Joshua 2:24 : S Ex 15:15
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Luke 13:22-14:6

The Narrow Door

22 Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem.(A) 23 Someone asked him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?”

He said to them, 24 “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door,(B) because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. 25 Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’

“But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’(C)

26 “Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’

27 “But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!’(D)

28 “There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth,(E) when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out. 29 People will come from east and west(F) and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God. 30 Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last.”(G)

Jesus’ Sorrow for Jerusalem(H)(I)

31 At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, “Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod(J) wants to kill you.”

32 He replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will keep on driving out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.’(K) 33 In any case, I must press on today and tomorrow and the next day—for surely no prophet(L) can die outside Jerusalem!

34 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings,(M) and you were not willing. 35 Look, your house is left to you desolate.(N) I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’[a](O)

Jesus at a Pharisee’s House(P)

14 One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee,(Q) he was being carefully watched.(R) There in front of him was a man suffering from abnormal swelling of his body. Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law,(S) “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?”(T) But they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him on his way.

Then he asked them, “If one of you has a child[b] or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull it out?”(U) And they had nothing to say.


  1. Luke 13:35 Psalm 118:26
  2. Luke 14:5 Some manuscripts donkey
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Psalm 79

Psalm 79

A psalm of Asaph.

O God, the nations have invaded your inheritance;(A)
they have defiled(B) your holy temple,
they have reduced Jerusalem to rubble.(C)
They have left the dead bodies of your servants
as food for the birds of the sky,(D)
the flesh of your own people for the animals of the wild.(E)
They have poured out blood like water
all around Jerusalem,
and there is no one to bury(F) the dead.(G)
We are objects of contempt to our neighbors,
of scorn(H) and derision to those around us.(I)

How long,(J) Lord? Will you be angry(K) forever?
How long will your jealousy burn like fire?(L)
Pour out your wrath(M) on the nations
that do not acknowledge(N) you,
on the kingdoms
that do not call on your name;(O)
for they have devoured(P) Jacob
and devastated his homeland.

Do not hold against us the sins of past generations;(Q)
may your mercy come quickly to meet us,
for we are in desperate need.(R)
Help us,(S) God our Savior,
for the glory of your name;
deliver us and forgive our sins
for your name’s sake.(T)
10 Why should the nations say,
“Where is their God?”(U)

Before our eyes, make known among the nations
that you avenge(V) the outpoured blood(W) of your servants.
11 May the groans of the prisoners come before you;
with your strong arm preserve those condemned to die.
12 Pay back into the laps(X) of our neighbors seven times(Y)
the contempt they have hurled at you, Lord.
13 Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture,(Z)
will praise you forever;(AA)
from generation to generation
we will proclaim your praise.

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Proverbs 12:26

26 The righteous choose their friends carefully,
but the way of the wicked leads them astray.(A)

Cross references:

  1. Proverbs 12:26 : S Ps 95:10
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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday April 9, 2019 (NIV)

Deuteronomy 33

Moses Blesses the Tribes(A)

33 This is the blessing(B) that Moses the man of God(C) pronounced on the Israelites before his death. He said:

“The Lord came from Sinai(D)
and dawned over them from Seir;(E)
he shone forth(F) from Mount Paran.(G)
He came with[a] myriads of holy ones(H)
from the south, from his mountain slopes.[b]
Surely it is you who love(I) the people;
all the holy ones are in your hand.(J)
At your feet they all bow down,(K)
and from you receive instruction,
the law that Moses gave us,(L)
the possession of the assembly of Jacob.(M)
He was king(N) over Jeshurun[c](O)
when the leaders of the people assembled,
along with the tribes of Israel.

“Let Reuben live and not die,
nor[d] his people be few.”(P)

And this he said about Judah:(Q)

“Hear, Lord, the cry of Judah;
bring him to his people.
With his own hands he defends his cause.
Oh, be his help against his foes!”

About Levi(R) he said:

“Your Thummim and Urim(S) belong
to your faithful servant.(T)
You tested(U) him at Massah;
you contended with him at the waters of Meribah.(V)
He said of his father and mother,(W)
‘I have no regard for them.’
He did not recognize his brothers
or acknowledge his own children,
but he watched over your word
and guarded your covenant.(X)
10 He teaches(Y) your precepts to Jacob
and your law to Israel.(Z)
He offers incense before you(AA)
and whole burnt offerings on your altar.(AB)
11 Bless all his skills, Lord,
and be pleased with the work of his hands.(AC)
Strike down those who rise against him,
his foes till they rise no more.”

12 About Benjamin(AD) he said:

“Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him,(AE)
for he shields him all day long,(AF)
and the one the Lord loves(AG) rests between his shoulders.(AH)

13 About Joseph(AI) he said:

“May the Lord bless his land
with the precious dew from heaven above
and with the deep waters that lie below;(AJ)
14 with the best the sun brings forth
and the finest the moon can yield;
15 with the choicest gifts of the ancient mountains(AK)
and the fruitfulness of the everlasting hills;
16 with the best gifts of the earth and its fullness
and the favor of him who dwelt in the burning bush.(AL)
Let all these rest on the head of Joseph,
on the brow of the prince among[e] his brothers.(AM)
17 In majesty he is like a firstborn bull;
his horns(AN) are the horns of a wild ox.(AO)
With them he will gore(AP) the nations,
even those at the ends of the earth.
Such are the ten thousands of Ephraim;(AQ)
such are the thousands of Manasseh.(AR)

18 About Zebulun(AS) he said:

“Rejoice, Zebulun, in your going out,
and you, Issachar,(AT) in your tents.
19 They will summon peoples to the mountain(AU)
and there offer the sacrifices of the righteous;(AV)
they will feast on the abundance of the seas,(AW)
on the treasures hidden in the sand.”

20 About Gad(AX) he said:

“Blessed is he who enlarges Gad’s domain!(AY)
Gad lives there like a lion,
tearing at arm or head.
21 He chose the best land for himself;(AZ)
the leader’s portion was kept for him.(BA)
When the heads of the people assembled,
he carried out the Lord’s righteous will,(BB)
and his judgments concerning Israel.”

22 About Dan(BC) he said:

“Dan is a lion’s cub,
springing out of Bashan.”

23 About Naphtali(BD) he said:

“Naphtali is abounding with the favor of the Lord
and is full of his blessing;
he will inherit southward to the lake.”

24 About Asher(BE) he said:

“Most blessed of sons is Asher;
let him be favored by his brothers,
and let him bathe his feet in oil.(BF)
25 The bolts of your gates will be iron and bronze,(BG)
and your strength will equal your days.(BH)

26 “There is no one like the God of Jeshurun,(BI)
who rides(BJ) across the heavens to help you(BK)
and on the clouds(BL) in his majesty.(BM)
27 The eternal(BN) God is your refuge,(BO)
and underneath are the everlasting(BP) arms.
He will drive out your enemies before you,(BQ)
saying, ‘Destroy them!’(BR)
28 So Israel will live in safety;(BS)
Jacob will dwell[f] secure
in a land of grain and new wine,
where the heavens drop dew.(BT)
29 Blessed are you, Israel!(BU)
Who is like you,(BV)
a people saved by the Lord?(BW)
He is your shield and helper(BX)
and your glorious sword.
Your enemies will cower before you,
and you will tread on their heights.(BY)


  1. Deuteronomy 33:2 Or from
  2. Deuteronomy 33:2 The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.
  3. Deuteronomy 33:5 Jeshurun means the upright one, that is, Israel; also in verse 26.
  4. Deuteronomy 33:6 Or but let
  5. Deuteronomy 33:16 Or of the one separated from
  6. Deuteronomy 33:28 Septuagint; Hebrew Jacob’s spring is

Cross references:

  1. Deuteronomy 33:1 : 33:1-29Ref — Ge 49:1-28
  2. Deuteronomy 33:1 : S Ge 27:4
  3. Deuteronomy 33:1 : Jos 14:6; 1Sa 2:27; 9:6; 1Ki 12:22; 13:1; 2Ki 1:9-13; 5:8; Jer 35:4
  4. Deuteronomy 33:2 : Ex 19:18; Ps 68:8
  5. Deuteronomy 33:2 : Jos 11:17; Jdg 5:4
  6. Deuteronomy 33:2 : Ps 50:2; 80:1; 94:1
  7. Deuteronomy 33:2 : S Nu 10:12
  8. Deuteronomy 33:2 : Ps 89:7; Da 4:13; 7:10; 8:13; Zec 14:5; Ac 7:53; Gal 3:19; Heb 2:2; Rev 5:11
  9. Deuteronomy 33:3 : S Dt 4:37
  10. Deuteronomy 33:3 : Dt 7:6
  11. Deuteronomy 33:3 : Lk 10:39; Rev 4:10
  12. Deuteronomy 33:4 : Dt 4:2; Jn 1:17; 7:19
  13. Deuteronomy 33:4 : Ps 119:111
  14. Deuteronomy 33:5 : S Ex 16:8; 1Sa 10:19; Ps 10:16; 149:2
  15. Deuteronomy 33:5 : S Nu 23:21; S Dt 32:15
  16. Deuteronomy 33:6 : S Ge 34:5
  17. Deuteronomy 33:7 : S Ge 49:10
  18. Deuteronomy 33:8 : S Ge 29:34
  19. Deuteronomy 33:8 : Ex 28:30
  20. Deuteronomy 33:8 : Ps 106:16
  21. Deuteronomy 33:8 : S Nu 14:22
  22. Deuteronomy 33:8 : S Ex 17:7
  23. Deuteronomy 33:9 : Ex 32:26-29
  24. Deuteronomy 33:9 : Ps 61:5; Mal 2:5
  25. Deuteronomy 33:10 : Ezr 7:10; Ne 8:18; Ps 119:151; Jer 23:22; Mal 2:6
  26. Deuteronomy 33:10 : S Lev 10:11; Dt 17:8-11; 31:9-13
  27. Deuteronomy 33:10 : S Ex 30:7; Lev 16:12-13
  28. Deuteronomy 33:10 : Ps 51:19
  29. Deuteronomy 33:11 : 2Sa 24:23; Ps 20:3; 51:19
  30. Deuteronomy 33:12 : S Ge 35:18
  31. Deuteronomy 33:12 : Dt 4:37-38; 12:10; S 32:8
  32. Deuteronomy 33:12 : S Ex 19:4
  33. Deuteronomy 33:12 : Ps 60:5; 127:2; Isa 5:1
  34. Deuteronomy 33:12 : S Ex 28:12
  35. Deuteronomy 33:13 : S Ge 30:24
  36. Deuteronomy 33:13 : Ge 27:28; Ps 148:7
  37. Deuteronomy 33:15 : Hab 3:6
  38. Deuteronomy 33:16 : S Ex 3:2
  39. Deuteronomy 33:16 : S Ge 37:8
  40. Deuteronomy 33:17 : 1Sa 2:10; 2Sa 22:3; Eze 34:21
  41. Deuteronomy 33:17 : S Nu 23:22
  42. Deuteronomy 33:17 : 1Ki 22:11; Ps 44:5
  43. Deuteronomy 33:17 : S Ge 41:52
  44. Deuteronomy 33:17 : S Ge 41:51
  45. Deuteronomy 33:18 : S Ge 30:20
  46. Deuteronomy 33:18 : S Ge 30:18
  47. Deuteronomy 33:19 : S Ex 15:17; Ps 48:1; Isa 2:3; 65:11; 66:20; Jer 31:6
  48. Deuteronomy 33:19 : Ps 4:5; 51:19
  49. Deuteronomy 33:19 : Isa 18:7; 23:18; 45:14; 60:5, 11; 61:6; Hag 2:7; Zec 14:14
  50. Deuteronomy 33:20 : Ge 30:11
  51. Deuteronomy 33:20 : Dt 3:12-17
  52. Deuteronomy 33:21 : Nu 32:1-5, 31-32
  53. Deuteronomy 33:21 : S Nu 34:14
  54. Deuteronomy 33:21 : Jos 22:1-3
  55. Deuteronomy 33:22 : Ge 49:16; S Nu 1:38
  56. Deuteronomy 33:23 : S Ge 30:8
  57. Deuteronomy 33:24 : S Ge 30:13
  58. Deuteronomy 33:24 : S Ge 49:20; S Dt 32:13
  59. Deuteronomy 33:25 : Ne 3:3; 7:3; Ps 147:13
  60. Deuteronomy 33:25 : S Dt 32:47
  61. Deuteronomy 33:26 : S Dt 32:15
  62. Deuteronomy 33:26 : Ps 18:10; 68:33
  63. Deuteronomy 33:26 : S Dt 10:14; S Ps 104:3
  64. Deuteronomy 33:26 : 2Sa 22:10; Ps 18:9; 68:4; Da 7:13
  65. Deuteronomy 33:26 : S Ex 15:7
  66. Deuteronomy 33:27 : Ex 15:18; Isa 40:28; 57:15
  67. Deuteronomy 33:27 : Ps 9:9; 84:1; 90:1; 91:9
  68. Deuteronomy 33:27 : S Ge 21:33
  69. Deuteronomy 33:27 : Ex 34:11; Jos 24:18
  70. Deuteronomy 33:27 : S Dt 7:2
  71. Deuteronomy 33:28 : S Ex 33:16; S Lev 25:18; S Dt 32:8; Ps 16:9; Pr 1:33; Isa 14:30
  72. Deuteronomy 33:28 : ver 13; Ge 27:28
  73. Deuteronomy 33:29 : Ps 1:1; 32:1-2; 144:15
  74. Deuteronomy 33:29 : 2Sa 22:45; Ps 18:44; 66:3; 81:15
  75. Deuteronomy 33:29 : Dt 4:7
  76. Deuteronomy 33:29 : Ge 15:1; Ex 18:4; Ps 10:14; 18:1; 27:1, 9; 30:10; 54:4; 70:5; 115:9-11; 118:7; Isa 45:24; Hos 13:9; Hab 3:19
  77. Deuteronomy 33:29 : S Nu 33:52; S Dt 32:13
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Luke 13:1-21

Repent or Perish

13 Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate(A) had mixed with their sacrifices. Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way?(B) I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam(C) fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent,(D) you too will all perish.”

Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any.(E) So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down!(F) Why should it use up the soil?’

“‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’”

Jesus Heals a Crippled Woman on the Sabbath

10 On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues,(G) 11 and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years.(H) She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” 13 Then he put his hands on her,(I) and immediately she straightened up and praised God.

14 Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath,(J) the synagogue leader(K) said to the people, “There are six days for work.(L) So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.”

15 The Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie your ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water?(M) 16 Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham,(N) whom Satan(O) has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?”

17 When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated,(P) but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.

The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast(Q)(R)

18 Then Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God(S) like?(T) What shall I compare it to? 19 It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree,(U) and the birds perched in its branches.”(V)

20 Again he asked, “What shall I compare the kingdom of God to? 21 It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds[a] of flour until it worked all through the dough.”(W)


  1. Luke 13:21 Or about 27 kilograms
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Psalm 78:65-72

65 Then the Lord awoke as from sleep,(A)
as a warrior wakes from the stupor of wine.
66 He beat back his enemies;
he put them to everlasting shame.(B)
67 Then he rejected the tents of Joseph,
he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim;(C)
68 but he chose the tribe of Judah,(D)
Mount Zion,(E) which he loved.
69 He built his sanctuary(F) like the heights,
like the earth that he established forever.
70 He chose David(G) his servant
and took him from the sheep pens;
71 from tending the sheep(H) he brought him
to be the shepherd(I) of his people Jacob,
of Israel his inheritance.
72 And David shepherded them with integrity of heart;(J)
with skillful hands he led them.

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Proverbs 12:25

25 Anxiety weighs down the heart,(A)
but a kind word cheers it up.

Cross references:

  1. Proverbs 12:25 : Pr 15:13
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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday April 8, 2019 (NIV)

Deuteronomy 32:28-52

28 They are a nation without sense,
there is no discernment(A) in them.
29 If only they were wise and would understand this(B)
and discern what their end will be!(C)
30 How could one man chase a thousand,
or two put ten thousand to flight,(D)
unless their Rock had sold them,(E)
unless the Lord had given them up?(F)
31 For their rock is not like our Rock,(G)
as even our enemies concede.(H)
32 Their vine comes from the vine of Sodom(I)
and from the fields of Gomorrah.
Their grapes are filled with poison,(J)
and their clusters with bitterness.(K)
33 Their wine is the venom of serpents,
the deadly poison of cobras.(L)

34 “Have I not kept this in reserve
and sealed it in my vaults?(M)
35 It is mine to avenge;(N) I will repay.(O)
In due time their foot will slip;(P)
their day of disaster is near
and their doom rushes upon them.(Q)

36 The Lord will vindicate his people(R)
and relent(S) concerning his servants(T)
when he sees their strength is gone
and no one is left, slave(U) or free.[a]
37 He will say: “Now where are their gods,
the rock they took refuge in,(V)
38 the gods who ate the fat of their sacrifices
and drank the wine of their drink offerings?(W)
Let them rise up to help you!
Let them give you shelter!

39 “See now that I myself am he!(X)
There is no god besides me.(Y)
I put to death(Z) and I bring to life,(AA)
I have wounded and I will heal,(AB)
and no one can deliver out of my hand.(AC)
40 I lift my hand(AD) to heaven and solemnly swear:
As surely as I live forever,(AE)
41 when I sharpen my flashing sword(AF)
and my hand grasps it in judgment,
I will take vengeance(AG) on my adversaries
and repay those who hate me.(AH)
42 I will make my arrows drunk with blood,(AI)
while my sword devours flesh:(AJ)
the blood of the slain and the captives,
the heads of the enemy leaders.”

43 Rejoice,(AK) you nations, with his people,[b][c]
for he will avenge the blood of his servants;(AL)
he will take vengeance on his enemies(AM)
and make atonement for his land and people.(AN)

44 Moses came with Joshua[d](AO) son of Nun and spoke all the words of this song in the hearing of the people. 45 When Moses finished reciting all these words to all Israel, 46 he said to them, “Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day,(AP) so that you may command(AQ) your children to obey carefully all the words of this law. 47 They are not just idle words for you—they are your life.(AR) By them you will live long(AS) in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.”

Moses to Die on Mount Nebo

48 On that same day the Lord told Moses,(AT) 49 “Go up into the Abarim(AU) Range to Mount Nebo(AV) in Moab, across from Jericho,(AW) and view Canaan,(AX) the land I am giving the Israelites as their own possession. 50 There on the mountain that you have climbed you will die(AY) and be gathered to your people, just as your brother Aaron died(AZ) on Mount Hor(BA) and was gathered to his people. 51 This is because both of you broke faith with me in the presence of the Israelites at the waters of Meribah Kadesh(BB) in the Desert of Zin(BC) and because you did not uphold my holiness among the Israelites.(BD) 52 Therefore, you will see the land only from a distance;(BE) you will not enter(BF) the land I am giving to the people of Israel.”


  1. Deuteronomy 32:36 Or and they are without a ruler or leader
  2. Deuteronomy 32:43 Or Make his people rejoice, you nations
  3. Deuteronomy 32:43 Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls (see also Septuagint) people, / and let all the angels worship him, /
  4. Deuteronomy 32:44 Hebrew Hoshea, a variant of Joshua

Cross references:

  1. Deuteronomy 32:28 : Isa 1:3; 5:13; 27:11; Jer 8:7
  2. Deuteronomy 32:29 : Dt 5:29; Ps 81:13
  3. Deuteronomy 32:29 : Isa 47:7; La 1:9
  4. Deuteronomy 32:30 : S Lev 26:8
  5. Deuteronomy 32:30 : Jdg 2:14; 3:8; 4:2; 10:7; 1Sa 12:9
  6. Deuteronomy 32:30 : Nu 21:34; 1Sa 23:7; Ps 31:8; 44:12; 106:41; Isa 50:1; 54:6
  7. Deuteronomy 32:31 : S Ge 49:24
  8. Deuteronomy 32:31 : S Ex 14:25
  9. Deuteronomy 32:32 : Jer 23:14
  10. Deuteronomy 32:32 : Job 6:4; 20:16
  11. Deuteronomy 32:32 : Dt 29:18
  12. Deuteronomy 32:33 : S ver 24
  13. Deuteronomy 32:34 : Job 14:17; Jer 2:22; Hos 13:12
  14. Deuteronomy 32:35 : S ver 41; S Ge 4:24; S Jer 51:6
  15. Deuteronomy 32:35 : S Ge 30:2; S Ex 32:34; S Ps 54:5; S Ro 12:19*; Heb 10:30*
  16. Deuteronomy 32:35 : Ps 17:5; 35:6; 37:31; 38:16; 66:9; 73:2, 18; 94:18; 121:3; Pr 4:19; Jer 23:12
  17. Deuteronomy 32:35 : Eze 7:8-9
  18. Deuteronomy 32:36 : Heb 10:30*
  19. Deuteronomy 32:36 : Am 7:3
  20. Deuteronomy 32:36 : Lev 26:43-45; Dt 30:1-3; Jdg 2:18; Ps 90:13; 102:13; 103:13; 106:45; 135:14; Joel 2:14
  21. Deuteronomy 32:36 : 1Ki 14:10; 21:21; 2Ki 9:8
  22. Deuteronomy 32:37 : Jdg 10:14; Jer 2:28; 11:12
  23. Deuteronomy 32:38 : Nu 25:1-2; Jer 11:12; 44:8, 25
  24. Deuteronomy 32:39 : Isa 41:4; 43:10; 44:7; 46:4; 48:12
  25. Deuteronomy 32:39 : S ver 12
  26. Deuteronomy 32:39 : 1Sa 2:6
  27. Deuteronomy 32:39 : 1Sa 2:6; 2Ki 5:7; Ps 68:20; Jn 11:25-26
  28. Deuteronomy 32:39 : Ex 15:26; Job 5:18; 15:11; Ps 147:3; Isa 6:10; 19:22; 30:26; 53:5; 57:18; Jer 33:6; Hos 6:1; Mal 4:2; 1Pe 2:24
  29. Deuteronomy 32:39 : Job 9:12; 10:7; Ps 7:2; 50:22; Isa 43:13; Da 4:35; Hos 5:14
  30. Deuteronomy 32:40 : S Ge 14:22
  31. Deuteronomy 32:40 : S Ge 21:33; Rev 1:18
  32. Deuteronomy 32:41 : Jdg 7:20; Ps 7:12; 45:3; Isa 27:1; 34:6; 66:16; Jer 12:12; Eze 21:9-10
  33. Deuteronomy 32:41 : ver 35; Ps 149:7; Jer 46:10; Na 1:2
  34. Deuteronomy 32:41 : Ps 137:8; Jer 25:14; 50:29; 51:24, 56
  35. Deuteronomy 32:42 : S ver 23
  36. Deuteronomy 32:42 : 2Sa 2:26; Jer 12:12; 44:1; 46:10, 14
  37. Deuteronomy 32:43 : Ps 137:6; Isa 25:9; 65:18; 66:10; Ro 15:10*
  38. Deuteronomy 32:43 : 2Ki 9:7; S Rev 6:10
  39. Deuteronomy 32:43 : Isa 1:24; Jer 9:9
  40. Deuteronomy 32:43 : Ps 65:3; 79:9
  41. Deuteronomy 32:44 : Nu 13:8, 16
  42. Deuteronomy 32:46 : S Dt 6:6; Jn 1:17; 7:19
  43. Deuteronomy 32:46 : Dt 6:7
  44. Deuteronomy 32:47 : S Dt 30:20
  45. Deuteronomy 32:47 : S Ex 23:26; Dt 33:25; Isa 65:22
  46. Deuteronomy 32:48 : Nu 27:12
  47. Deuteronomy 32:49 : Nu 27:12
  48. Deuteronomy 32:49 : S Nu 32:3
  49. Deuteronomy 32:49 : S Nu 22:1
  50. Deuteronomy 32:49 : S Lev 14:34
  51. Deuteronomy 32:50 : S Ge 25:8; S Nu 27:13
  52. Deuteronomy 32:50 : Nu 20:29
  53. Deuteronomy 32:50 : S Nu 20:22
  54. Deuteronomy 32:51 : Eze 47:19
  55. Deuteronomy 32:51 : S Nu 13:21; 20:11-13
  56. Deuteronomy 32:51 : Nu 27:14
  57. Deuteronomy 32:52 : Dt 34:1-3
  58. Deuteronomy 32:52 : S Dt 3:27
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Luke 12:35-59


35 “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. 37 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes.(C) Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them.(D) 38 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak. 39 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief(E) was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. 40 You also must be ready,(F) because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

41 Peter asked, “Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everyone?”

42 The Lord(G) answered, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? 43 It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns. 44 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 45 But suppose the servant says to himself, ‘My master is taking a long time in coming,’ and he then begins to beat the other servants, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk. 46 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of.(H) He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers.

47 “The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows.(I) 48 But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows.(J) From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.

Not Peace but Division(K)

49 “I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! 50 But I have a baptism(L) to undergo, and what constraint I am under until it is completed!(M) 51 Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. 52 From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. 53 They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”(N)

Interpreting the Times

54 He said to the crowd: “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘It’s going to rain,’ and it does.(O) 55 And when the south wind blows, you say, ‘It’s going to be hot,’ and it is. 56 Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time?(P)

57 “Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right? 58 As you are going with your adversary to the magistrate, try hard to be reconciled on the way, or your adversary may drag you off to the judge, and the judge turn you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison.(Q) 59 I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.”(R)

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Psalm 78:56-64

56 But they put God to the test
and rebelled against the Most High;
they did not keep his statutes.
57 Like their ancestors(A) they were disloyal and faithless,
as unreliable as a faulty bow.(B)
58 They angered him(C) with their high places;(D)
they aroused his jealousy with their idols.(E)
59 When God heard(F) them, he was furious;(G)
he rejected Israel(H) completely.
60 He abandoned the tabernacle of Shiloh,(I)
the tent he had set up among humans.(J)
61 He sent the ark of his might(K) into captivity,(L)
his splendor into the hands of the enemy.
62 He gave his people over to the sword;(M)
he was furious with his inheritance.(N)
63 Fire consumed(O) their young men,
and their young women had no wedding songs;(P)
64 their priests were put to the sword,(Q)
and their widows could not weep.

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Proverbs 12:24

24 Diligent hands will rule,
but laziness ends in forced labor.(A)

Cross references:

  1. Proverbs 12:24 : S Pr 10:4
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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday April 7, 2019 (NIV)

Deuteronomy 31:1-32:27

Joshua to Succeed Moses

31 Then Moses went out and spoke these words to all Israel: “I am now a hundred and twenty years old(A) and I am no longer able to lead you.(B) The Lord has said to me, ‘You shall not cross the Jordan.’(C) The Lord your God himself will cross(D) over ahead of you.(E) He will destroy these nations(F) before you, and you will take possession of their land. Joshua also will cross(G) over ahead of you, as the Lord said. And the Lord will do to them what he did to Sihon and Og,(H) the kings of the Amorites, whom he destroyed along with their land. The Lord will deliver(I) them to you, and you must do to them all that I have commanded you. Be strong and courageous.(J) Do not be afraid or terrified(K) because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you;(L) he will never leave you(M) nor forsake(N) you.”

Then Moses summoned Joshua and said(O) to him in the presence of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the Lord swore to their ancestors to give them,(P) and you must divide it among them as their inheritance. The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you;(Q) he will never leave you nor forsake you.(R) Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Public Reading of the Law

So Moses wrote(S) down this law and gave it to the Levitical priests, who carried(T) the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and to all the elders of Israel. 10 Then Moses commanded them: “At the end of every seven years, in the year for canceling debts,(U) during the Festival of Tabernacles,(V) 11 when all Israel comes to appear(W) before the Lord your God at the place he will choose,(X) you shall read this law(Y) before them in their hearing. 12 Assemble the people—men, women and children, and the foreigners residing in your towns—so they can listen and learn(Z) to fear(AA) the Lord your God and follow carefully all the words of this law. 13 Their children,(AB) who do not know this law, must hear it and learn to fear the Lord your God as long as you live in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.”

Israel’s Rebellion Predicted

14 The Lord said to Moses, “Now the day of your death(AC) is near. Call Joshua(AD) and present yourselves at the tent of meeting, where I will commission him.(AE)” So Moses and Joshua came and presented themselves at the tent of meeting.(AF)

15 Then the Lord appeared at the tent in a pillar of cloud, and the cloud stood over the entrance to the tent.(AG) 16 And the Lord said to Moses: “You are going to rest with your ancestors,(AH) and these people will soon prostitute(AI) themselves to the foreign gods of the land they are entering. They will forsake(AJ) me and break the covenant I made with them. 17 And in that day I will become angry(AK) with them and forsake(AL) them; I will hide(AM) my face(AN) from them, and they will be destroyed. Many disasters(AO) and calamities will come on them, and in that day they will ask, ‘Have not these disasters come on us because our God is not with us?’(AP) 18 And I will certainly hide my face in that day because of all their wickedness in turning to other gods.

19 “Now write(AQ) down this song and teach it to the Israelites and have them sing it, so that it may be a witness(AR) for me against them. 20 When I have brought them into the land flowing with milk and honey, the land I promised on oath to their ancestors,(AS) and when they eat their fill and thrive, they will turn to other gods(AT) and worship them,(AU) rejecting me and breaking my covenant.(AV) 21 And when many disasters and calamities come on them,(AW) this song will testify against them, because it will not be forgotten by their descendants. I know what they are disposed to do,(AX) even before I bring them into the land I promised them on oath.” 22 So Moses wrote(AY) down this song that day and taught it to the Israelites.

23 The Lord gave this command(AZ) to Joshua son of Nun: “Be strong and courageous,(BA) for you will bring the Israelites into the land I promised them on oath, and I myself will be with you.”

24 After Moses finished writing(BB) in a book the words of this law(BC) from beginning to end, 25 he gave this command to the Levites who carried(BD) the ark of the covenant of the Lord: 26 “Take this Book of the Law and place it beside the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God. There it will remain as a witness against you.(BE) 27 For I know how rebellious(BF) and stiff-necked(BG) you are. If you have been rebellious against the Lord while I am still alive and with you, how much more will you rebel after I die! 28 Assemble before me all the elders of your tribes and all your officials, so that I can speak these words in their hearing and call the heavens and the earth to testify against them.(BH) 29 For I know that after my death you are sure to become utterly corrupt(BI) and to turn from the way I have commanded you. In days to come, disaster(BJ) will fall on you because you will do evil in the sight of the Lord and arouse his anger by what your hands have made.”

The Song of Moses

30 And Moses recited the words of this song from beginning to end in the hearing of the whole assembly of Israel:

32 Listen,(BK) you heavens,(BL) and I will speak;
hear, you earth, the words of my mouth.(BM)
Let my teaching fall like rain(BN)
and my words descend like dew,(BO)
like showers(BP) on new grass,
like abundant rain on tender plants.

I will proclaim(BQ) the name of the Lord.(BR)
Oh, praise the greatness(BS) of our God!
He is the Rock,(BT) his works are perfect,(BU)
and all his ways are just.
A faithful God(BV) who does no wrong,
upright(BW) and just is he.(BX)

They are corrupt and not his children;
to their shame they are a warped and crooked generation.(BY)
Is this the way you repay(BZ) the Lord,
you foolish(CA) and unwise people?(CB)
Is he not your Father,(CC) your Creator,[a]
who made you and formed you?(CD)

Remember the days of old;(CE)
consider the generations long past.(CF)
Ask your father and he will tell you,
your elders, and they will explain to you.(CG)
When the Most High(CH) gave the nations their inheritance,
when he divided all mankind,(CI)
he set up boundaries(CJ) for the peoples
according to the number of the sons of Israel.[b](CK)
For the Lord’s portion(CL) is his people,
Jacob his allotted inheritance.(CM)

10 In a desert(CN) land he found him,
in a barren and howling waste.(CO)
He shielded(CP) him and cared for him;
he guarded him as the apple of his eye,(CQ)
11 like an eagle that stirs up its nest
and hovers over its young,(CR)
that spreads its wings to catch them
and carries them aloft.(CS)
12 The Lord alone led(CT) him;(CU)
no foreign god was with him.(CV)

13 He made him ride on the heights(CW) of the land
and fed him with the fruit of the fields.
He nourished him with honey from the rock,(CX)
and with oil(CY) from the flinty crag,
14 with curds and milk from herd and flock
and with fattened lambs and goats,
with choice rams of Bashan(CZ)
and the finest kernels of wheat.(DA)
You drank the foaming blood of the grape.(DB)

15 Jeshurun[c](DC) grew fat(DD) and kicked;
filled with food, they became heavy and sleek.
They abandoned(DE) the God who made them
and rejected the Rock(DF) their Savior.
16 They made him jealous(DG) with their foreign gods
and angered(DH) him with their detestable idols.
17 They sacrificed(DI) to false gods,(DJ) which are not God—
gods they had not known,(DK)
gods that recently appeared,(DL)
gods your ancestors did not fear.
18 You deserted the Rock, who fathered you;
you forgot(DM) the God who gave you birth.

19 The Lord saw this and rejected them(DN)
because he was angered by his sons and daughters.(DO)
20 “I will hide my face(DP) from them,” he said,
“and see what their end will be;
for they are a perverse generation,(DQ)
children who are unfaithful.(DR)
21 They made me jealous(DS) by what is no god
and angered me with their worthless idols.(DT)
I will make them envious by those who are not a people;
I will make them angry by a nation that has no understanding.(DU)
22 For a fire will be kindled by my wrath,(DV)
one that burns down to the realm of the dead below.(DW)
It will devour(DX) the earth and its harvests(DY)
and set afire the foundations of the mountains.(DZ)

23 “I will heap calamities(EA) on them
and spend my arrows(EB) against them.
24 I will send wasting famine(EC) against them,
consuming pestilence(ED) and deadly plague;(EE)
I will send against them the fangs of wild beasts,(EF)
the venom of vipers(EG) that glide in the dust.(EH)
25 In the street the sword will make them childless;
in their homes terror(EI) will reign.(EJ)
The young men and young women will perish,
the infants and those with gray hair.(EK)
26 I said I would scatter(EL) them
and erase their name from human memory,(EM)
27 but I dreaded the taunt of the enemy,
lest the adversary misunderstand(EN)
and say, ‘Our hand has triumphed;
the Lord has not done all this.’”(EO)


  1. Deuteronomy 32:6 Or Father, who bought you
  2. Deuteronomy 32:8 Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls (see also Septuagint) sons of God
  3. Deuteronomy 32:15 Jeshurun means the upright one, that is, Israel.

Cross references:

  1. Deuteronomy 31:2 : S Ex 7:7
  2. Deuteronomy 31:2 : Nu 27:17; 1Ki 3:7
  3. Deuteronomy 31:2 : S Dt 3:23, 26
  4. Deuteronomy 31:3 : Nu 27:18
  5. Deuteronomy 31:3 : S Dt 9:3
  6. Deuteronomy 31:3 : S Dt 7:1
  7. Deuteronomy 31:3 : S Dt 3:28
  8. Deuteronomy 31:4 : S Nu 21:33
  9. Deuteronomy 31:5 : S Dt 2:33
  10. Deuteronomy 31:6 : ver 7, 23; Jos 1:6, 9, 18; 10:25; 1Ch 22:13; 28:20; 2Ch 32:7
  11. Deuteronomy 31:6 : Jer 1:8, 17; Eze 2:6
  12. Deuteronomy 31:6 : S Ge 28:15; S Dt 1:29; 20:4; S Mt 28:20
  13. Deuteronomy 31:6 : Ps 56:9; 118:6
  14. Deuteronomy 31:6 : S Dt 4:31; 1Sa 12:22; 1Ki 6:13; Ps 94:14; Isa 41:17; Heb 13:5*
  15. Deuteronomy 31:7 : ver 23; Nu 27:23
  16. Deuteronomy 31:7 : Jos 1:6
  17. Deuteronomy 31:8 : S Ex 13:21
  18. Deuteronomy 31:8 : S Ge 28:15; S Dt 4:31
  19. Deuteronomy 31:9 : S Ex 17:14
  20. Deuteronomy 31:9 : ver 25; 1Ch 15:2
  21. Deuteronomy 31:10 : S Dt 15:1
  22. Deuteronomy 31:10 : S Ex 23:16; Dt 16:13
  23. Deuteronomy 31:11 : S Dt 16:16
  24. Deuteronomy 31:11 : Dt 12:5
  25. Deuteronomy 31:11 : Jos 8:34-35; 2Ki 23:2; Ne 8:2
  26. Deuteronomy 31:12 : Dt 4:10
  27. Deuteronomy 31:12 : Hag 1:12; Mal 1:6; 3:5, 16
  28. Deuteronomy 31:13 : S Dt 11:2
  29. Deuteronomy 31:14 : S Ge 25:8; S Nu 27:13
  30. Deuteronomy 31:14 : Nu 27:23; Dt 34:9; Jos 1:1-9
  31. Deuteronomy 31:14 : S Nu 27:19
  32. Deuteronomy 31:14 : Ex 33:9-11
  33. Deuteronomy 31:15 : S Ex 33:9
  34. Deuteronomy 31:16 : S Ge 15:15
  35. Deuteronomy 31:16 : S Ex 34:15; Dt 4:25-28; Jdg 2:12
  36. Deuteronomy 31:16 : Jdg 10:6, 13; 1Ki 9:9; 18:18; 19:10; Jer 2:13; 5:19; 19:4
  37. Deuteronomy 31:17 : Dt 32:16; Jdg 2:14, 20; 10:7; 2Ki 13:3; 22:13; Ps 106:29, 40; Jer 7:18; 21:5; 36:7
  38. Deuteronomy 31:17 : Jdg 6:13; 2Ch 15:2; 24:20; Ezr 8:22; Ps 44:9; Isa 2:6
  39. Deuteronomy 31:17 : Dt 32:20; Isa 1:15; 45:15; 53:3; 54:8
  40. Deuteronomy 31:17 : Job 13:24; Ps 13:1; 27:9; 30:7; 104:29; Isa 50:6; Jer 33:5; Eze 39:29; Mic 3:4
  41. Deuteronomy 31:17 : Jer 4:20; Eze 7:26
  42. Deuteronomy 31:17 : Nu 14:42; Hos 9:12
  43. Deuteronomy 31:19 : ver 22
  44. Deuteronomy 31:19 : S Ge 31:50
  45. Deuteronomy 31:20 : Dt 6:10-12
  46. Deuteronomy 31:20 : Ps 4:2; 16:4; 40:4; Jer 13:25; Da 3:28; Am 2:4
  47. Deuteronomy 31:20 : Dt 8:19; 11:16-17
  48. Deuteronomy 31:20 : ver 16
  49. Deuteronomy 31:21 : S Dt 4:30
  50. Deuteronomy 31:21 : 1Ch 28:9; Hos 5:3; Jn 2:24-25
  51. Deuteronomy 31:22 : ver 19
  52. Deuteronomy 31:23 : S ver 7
  53. Deuteronomy 31:23 : Jos 1:6
  54. Deuteronomy 31:24 : Dt 17:18; 2Ki 22:8
  55. Deuteronomy 31:24 : Dt 28:58
  56. Deuteronomy 31:25 : S ver 9
  57. Deuteronomy 31:26 : ver 19
  58. Deuteronomy 31:27 : S Ex 23:21
  59. Deuteronomy 31:27 : S Dt 9:27
  60. Deuteronomy 31:28 : Dt 4:26; 30:19; 32:1; Job 20:27; Isa 26:21
  61. Deuteronomy 31:29 : S Dt 4:16; Rev 9:20
  62. Deuteronomy 31:29 : 1Ki 9:9; 22:23; 2Ki 22:16
  63. Deuteronomy 32:1 : Ps 49:1; Mic 1:2
  64. Deuteronomy 32:1 : Jer 2:12
  65. Deuteronomy 32:1 : S Dt 4:26
  66. Deuteronomy 32:2 : 2Sa 23:4
  67. Deuteronomy 32:2 : Ps 107:20; Isa 9:8; 55:11; Mic 5:7
  68. Deuteronomy 32:2 : Ps 65:10; 68:9; 72:6; 147:8
  69. Deuteronomy 32:3 : Ps 118:17; 145:6
  70. Deuteronomy 32:3 : Ex 33:19; 34:5-6
  71. Deuteronomy 32:3 : S Dt 3:24
  72. Deuteronomy 32:4 : S Ge 49:24
  73. Deuteronomy 32:4 : 2Sa 22:31; Ps 18:30; 19:7
  74. Deuteronomy 32:4 : S Dt 4:35
  75. Deuteronomy 32:4 : Ps 92:15
  76. Deuteronomy 32:4 : S Ge 18:25
  77. Deuteronomy 32:5 : ver 20; Mt 17:17; Lk 9:41; Ac 2:40
  78. Deuteronomy 32:6 : Ps 116:12
  79. Deuteronomy 32:6 : Ps 94:8; Jer 5:21
  80. Deuteronomy 32:6 : ver 28
  81. Deuteronomy 32:6 : S Ex 4:22; 2Sa 7:24
  82. Deuteronomy 32:6 : ver 15
  83. Deuteronomy 32:7 : Ps 44:1; 74:2; 77:5; Isa 51:9; 63:9
  84. Deuteronomy 32:7 : Dt 4:32; Job 8:8; 20:4; Ps 78:4; Isa 46:9
  85. Deuteronomy 32:7 : S Ex 10:2; Job 15:18
  86. Deuteronomy 32:8 : Ps 7:8
  87. Deuteronomy 32:8 : S Ge 11:8; Ac 8:1
  88. Deuteronomy 32:8 : Ps 74:17
  89. Deuteronomy 32:8 : Nu 23:9; Dt 33:12, 28; Jer 23:6
  90. Deuteronomy 32:9 : Ps 16:5; 73:26; 119:57; 142:5; Jer 10:16
  91. Deuteronomy 32:9 : S Dt 9:29; S 1Sa 26:19
  92. Deuteronomy 32:10 : S Dt 1:19
  93. Deuteronomy 32:10 : Dt 8:15; Job 12:24; Ps 107:40
  94. Deuteronomy 32:10 : Ps 32:10; Jer 31:22
  95. Deuteronomy 32:10 : Ps 17:8; Pr 7:2; Hos 13:5; Zec 2:8
  96. Deuteronomy 32:11 : S Ex 19:4
  97. Deuteronomy 32:11 : Ps 17:8; 18:10-19; 61:4
  98. Deuteronomy 32:12 : Ps 106:9; Isa 63:13; Jer 31:32
  99. Deuteronomy 32:12 : Dt 4:35
  100. Deuteronomy 32:12 : ver 39; Jdg 2:12; Ps 18:31; 81:9; Isa 43:12; 45:5
  101. Deuteronomy 32:13 : Dt 33:29; 2Sa 22:34; Ps 18:33; Isa 33:16; 58:14; Eze 36:2; Hab 3:19
  102. Deuteronomy 32:13 : S Dt 8:8
  103. Deuteronomy 32:13 : Dt 33:24; Job 29:6
  104. Deuteronomy 32:14 : S Nu 21:33
  105. Deuteronomy 32:14 : Ps 65:9; 81:16; 147:14
  106. Deuteronomy 32:14 : S Ge 49:11
  107. Deuteronomy 32:15 : Dt 33:5, 26; Isa 44:2
  108. Deuteronomy 32:15 : Dt 31:20; Jer 5:28
  109. Deuteronomy 32:15 : Dt 31:16; Isa 1:4, 28; 58:2; 65:11; Jer 15:6; Eze 14:5
  110. Deuteronomy 32:15 : S Ge 49:24
  111. Deuteronomy 32:16 : S Nu 25:11; S 1Co 10:22
  112. Deuteronomy 32:16 : S Dt 31:17; S 1Ki 14:9
  113. Deuteronomy 32:17 : S Ex 32:8
  114. Deuteronomy 32:17 : S Ex 22:20; 1Co 10:20
  115. Deuteronomy 32:17 : S Dt 28:64
  116. Deuteronomy 32:17 : Jdg 5:8
  117. Deuteronomy 32:18 : Jdg 3:7; 1Sa 12:9; Ps 44:17, 20; 106:21; Jer 2:32; Eze 23:35; Hos 8:14; 13:6
  118. Deuteronomy 32:19 : Lev 26:30; Ps 78:59
  119. Deuteronomy 32:19 : Am 6:8
  120. Deuteronomy 32:20 : Dt 31:17, 29; Ps 4:6; 44:24
  121. Deuteronomy 32:20 : S ver 5
  122. Deuteronomy 32:20 : Dt 9:23
  123. Deuteronomy 32:21 : S Nu 25:11; S 1Co 10:22
  124. Deuteronomy 32:21 : ver 17; 1Ki 16:13, 26; 2Ki 17:15; Ps 31:6; Jer 2:5; 8:19; 10:8; 16:19; Jnh 2:8
  125. Deuteronomy 32:21 : Ro 10:19*
  126. Deuteronomy 32:22 : Ps 7:11
  127. Deuteronomy 32:22 : Nu 16:31-35; Ps 18:7-8; Jer 15:14; La 4:11
  128. Deuteronomy 32:22 : Am 7:4
  129. Deuteronomy 32:22 : Lev 26:20
  130. Deuteronomy 32:22 : Ps 83:14
  131. Deuteronomy 32:23 : S Dt 29:21
  132. Deuteronomy 32:23 : ver 42; 2Sa 22:15; Job 6:4; Ps 7:13; 18:14; 45:5; 77:17; 120:4; Isa 5:28; 49:2; Eze 5:16; Hab 3:9, 11
  133. Deuteronomy 32:24 : Ge 26:1; S 41:55; 42:5; 2Sa 24:13; 1Ch 21:12
  134. Deuteronomy 32:24 : S Dt 28:22
  135. Deuteronomy 32:24 : Ps 91:6
  136. Deuteronomy 32:24 : S Ge 37:20
  137. Deuteronomy 32:24 : ver 33; Job 20:16; Ps 58:4; Jer 8:17; Am 5:18-19; Mic 7:17
  138. Deuteronomy 32:24 : Job 20:16
  139. Deuteronomy 32:25 : Isa 24:17
  140. Deuteronomy 32:25 : Jer 14:18; La 1:20; Eze 7:15; 2Co 7:5
  141. Deuteronomy 32:25 : 2Ch 36:17; Isa 13:18; Jer 4:31; La 2:21
  142. Deuteronomy 32:26 : Dt 4:27
  143. Deuteronomy 32:26 : S Nu 14:12; Job 18:17; Ps 34:16; 37:28; 109:15; Isa 14:20
  144. Deuteronomy 32:27 : Dt 9:26-28
  145. Deuteronomy 32:27 : Ps 140:8; Isa 10:13; Jer 40:2-3
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Luke 12:8-34

“I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God.(A) But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned(B) before the angels of God. 10 And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man(C) will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.(D)

11 “When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say,(E) 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”(F)

The Parable of the Rich Fool

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”(G)

16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool!(H) This very night your life will be demanded from you.(I) Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’(J)

21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”(K)

Do Not Worry(L)

22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them.(M) And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life[a]? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

27 “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor(N) was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith!(O) 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father(P) knows that you need them.(Q) 31 But seek his kingdom,(R) and these things will be given to you as well.(S)

32 “Do not be afraid,(T) little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.(U) 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor.(V) Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven(W) that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.(X) 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.(Y)


  1. Luke 12:25 Or single cubit to your height
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Psalm 78:32-55

32 In spite of all this, they kept on sinning;(A)
in spite of his wonders,(B) they did not believe.(C)
33 So he ended their days in futility(D)
and their years in terror.
34 Whenever God slew them, they would seek(E) him;
they eagerly turned to him again.
35 They remembered that God was their Rock,(F)
that God Most High was their Redeemer.(G)
36 But then they would flatter him with their mouths,(H)
lying to him with their tongues;
37 their hearts were not loyal(I) to him,
they were not faithful to his covenant.
38 Yet he was merciful;(J)
he forgave(K) their iniquities(L)
and did not destroy them.
Time after time he restrained his anger(M)
and did not stir up his full wrath.
39 He remembered that they were but flesh,(N)
a passing breeze(O) that does not return.

40 How often they rebelled(P) against him in the wilderness(Q)
and grieved him(R) in the wasteland!
41 Again and again they put God to the test;(S)
they vexed the Holy One of Israel.(T)
42 They did not remember(U) his power—
the day he redeemed them from the oppressor,(V)
43 the day he displayed his signs(W) in Egypt,
his wonders(X) in the region of Zoan.
44 He turned their river into blood;(Y)
they could not drink from their streams.
45 He sent swarms of flies(Z) that devoured them,
and frogs(AA) that devastated them.
46 He gave their crops to the grasshopper,(AB)
their produce to the locust.(AC)
47 He destroyed their vines with hail(AD)
and their sycamore-figs with sleet.
48 He gave over their cattle to the hail,
their livestock(AE) to bolts of lightning.
49 He unleashed against them his hot anger,(AF)
his wrath, indignation and hostility—
a band of destroying angels.(AG)
50 He prepared a path for his anger;
he did not spare them from death
but gave them over to the plague.
51 He struck down all the firstborn of Egypt,(AH)
the firstfruits of manhood in the tents of Ham.(AI)
52 But he brought his people out like a flock;(AJ)
he led them like sheep through the wilderness.
53 He guided them safely, so they were unafraid;
but the sea engulfed(AK) their enemies.(AL)
54 And so he brought them to the border of his holy land,
to the hill country his right hand(AM) had taken.
55 He drove out nations(AN) before them
and allotted their lands to them as an inheritance;(AO)
he settled the tribes of Israel in their homes.

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Proverbs 12:21-23

21 No harm overtakes the righteous,(A)
but the wicked have their fill of trouble.

22 The Lord detests lying lips,(B)
but he delights(C) in people who are trustworthy.(D)

23 The prudent keep their knowledge to themselves,(E)
but a fool’s heart blurts out folly.(F)

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday April 6, 2019 (NIV)

Deuteronomy 29-30

Renewing the Covenant

29 These are the words of the covenant(A) the Lord commanded Moses to make with the Israelites in the land of Moab, in addition to the covenant he had made with them at Horeb.(B) Moses summoned all Israel and said to them, “You have seen with your own eyes(C) everything the Lord did in Egypt to Pharaoh, to all his officials, and to his entire land. You saw with your own eyes the great trials and those great signs and wonders.(D) Yet to this day the Lord has not given you a mind to understand, eyes to see, or ears to hear.(E) I led you forty years in the wilderness; your clothes and the sandals on your feet did not wear out;(F) you did not eat food or drink wine or beer—so that you might know that I am the Lord your God.(G) When you reached this place, King Sihon of Heshbon and King Og of Bashan came out against us in battle, but we defeated them.(H) We took their land and gave it as an inheritance to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh.(I) Therefore, observe the words of this covenant(J) and follow them, so that you will succeed in everything you do.(K)

10 “All of you are standing today before the Lord your God—your leaders, tribes, elders, officials, all the men of Israel, 11 your dependents, your wives, and the resident aliens in your camps who cut your wood and draw your water— 12 so that you may enter into the covenant of the Lord your God, which he is making with you today, so that you may enter into his oath 13 and so that he may establish you today as his people and he may be your God as he promised you and as he swore to your fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.(L) 14 I am making this covenant and this oath not only with you, 15 but also with those who are standing here with us today in the presence of the Lord our God and with those who are not here today.

Abandoning the Covenant

16 “Indeed, you know how we lived in the land of Egypt and passed through the nations where you traveled. 17 You saw their abhorrent images and idols made of wood, stone, silver, and gold, which were among them.(M) 18 Be sure there is no man, woman, clan, or tribe among you today whose heart turns away from the Lord our God to go and worship the gods of those nations. Be sure there is no root among you bearing poisonous and bitter fruit.(N) 19 When someone hears the words of this oath, he may consider himself exempt,[a] thinking, ‘I will have peace even though I follow my own stubborn heart.’ This will lead to the destruction of the well-watered land as well as the dry land. 20 The Lord will not be willing to forgive him. Instead, his anger and jealousy will burn against that person, and every curse written in this scroll will descend on him. The Lord will blot out his name under heaven,(O) 21 and single him out for harm from all the tribes of Israel, according to all the curses of the covenant written in this book of the law.

22 “Future generations of your children who follow you and the foreigner who comes from a distant country will see the plagues of that land and the sicknesses the Lord has inflicted on it. 23 All its soil will be a burning waste of sulfur and salt, unsown, producing nothing, with no plant growing on it, just like the fall of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim, which the Lord demolished in his fierce anger.(P) 24 All the nations will ask, ‘Why has the Lord done this to this land? Why this intense outburst of anger?’ 25 Then people will answer, ‘It is because they abandoned the covenant of the Lord, the God of their fathers, which he had made with them when he brought them out of the land of Egypt. 26 They began to serve other gods, bowing in worship to gods they had not known(Q)—gods that the Lord had not permitted them to worship.(R) 27 Therefore the Lord’s anger burned against this land, and he brought every curse written in this book on it. 28 The Lord uprooted them from their land in his anger, rage, and intense wrath, and threw them into another land where they are today.’ 29 The hidden things belong to the Lord our God, but the revealed things belong to us and our children forever, so that we may follow all the words of this law.

Returning to the Lord

30 “When all these things happen to you—the blessings and curses I have set before you—and you come to your senses while you are in all the nations where the Lord your God has driven you,(S) and you and your children return to the Lord your God and obey him with all your heart and all your soul(T) by doing[b] everything I am commanding you today, then he will restore your fortunes,[c](U) have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the peoples where the Lord your God has scattered you.(V) Even if your exiles are at the farthest horizon,[d] he will gather you and bring you back from there.(W) The Lord your God will bring you into the land your fathers possessed, and you will take possession of it.(X) He will cause you to prosper and multiply you more than he did your fathers.(Y) The Lord your God will circumcise your heart(Z) and the hearts of your descendants, and you will love him with all your heart and all your soul so that you will live.(AA) The Lord your God will put all these curses on your enemies who hate and persecute you. Then you will again obey him and follow all his commands I am commanding you today. The Lord your God will make you prosper abundantly in all the work of your hands,(AB) your offspring,[e] the offspring of your livestock, and the produce of your land. Indeed, the Lord will again delight in your prosperity, as he delighted in that of your fathers, 10 when you obey the Lord your God by keeping his commands and statutes that are written in this book of the law and return to him with all your heart and all your soul.

Choose Life

11 “This command that I give you today is certainly not too difficult or beyond your reach. 12 It is not in heaven so that you have to ask, ‘Who will go up to heaven, get it for us, and proclaim it to us so that we may follow it?’ 13 And it is not across the sea so that you have to ask, ‘Who will cross the sea, get it for us, and proclaim it to us so that we may follow it?’ 14 But the message is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, so that you may follow it.(AC) 15 See, today I have set before you life and prosperity, death and adversity.(AD) 16 For[f] I am commanding you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commands, statutes, and ordinances, so that you may live[g] and multiply, and the Lord your God may bless you in the land you are entering to possess. 17 But if your heart turns away and you do not listen and you are led astray to bow in worship to other gods and serve them, 18 I tell you today that you will certainly perish and will not prolong your days in the land you are entering to possess across the Jordan. 19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life(AE) so that you and your descendants may live, 20 love the Lord your God, obey him, and remain faithful[h] to him. For he is your life, and he will prolong your days as you live in the land the Lord swore to give to your fathers(AF) Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”


  1. 29:19 Lit may bless himself in his heart
  2. 30:2 Lit soul according to
  3. 30:3 Or will end your captivity
  4. 30:4 Lit skies
  5. 30:9 Lit hands in the fruit of your womb
  6. 30:16 LXX reads If you obey the commands of the Lord your God that
  7. 30:16 LXX reads ordinances, then you will live
  8. 30:20 Lit and hold on
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Luke 11:37-12:7

Religious Hypocrisy Denounced

37 As he was speaking, a Pharisee(A) asked him to dine with him. So he went in and reclined at the table. 38 When the Pharisee saw this, he was amazed that he did not first perform the ritual washing[a](B) before dinner.(C) 39 But the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed(D) and evil.(E) 40 Fools!(F) Didn’t he who made the outside make the inside too? 41 But give from what is within to the poor,[b](G) and then everything is clean(H) for you.

42 “But woe(I) to you Pharisees! You give a tenth[c](J) of mint, rue, and every kind of herb, and you bypass[d] justice(K) and love for God.[e](L) These things you should have done without neglecting the others.

43 “Woe to you Pharisees! You love the front seat(M) in the synagogues(N) and greetings in the marketplaces.

44 “Woe to you![f] You are like unmarked graves; (O) the people who walk over them don’t know it.”

45 One of the experts in the law(P) answered him, “Teacher, when you say these things you insult us too.”

46 Then he said: “Woe also to you experts in the law! You load people with burdens(Q) that are hard to carry, and yet you yourselves don’t touch these burdens with one of your fingers.(R)

47 “Woe to you! You build tombs[g] for the prophets,(S) and your fathers killed(T) them. 48 Therefore, you are witnesses(U) that you approve[h](V) the deeds of your fathers, for they killed them, and you build their monuments.[i] 49 Because of this, the wisdom of God(W) said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles,(X) and some of them they will kill and persecute,’(Y) 50 so that this generation(Z) may be held responsible for the blood of all the prophets shed since the foundation of the world[j](AA) 51 from the blood of Abel(AB) to the blood of Zechariah,(AC) who perished between the altar and the sanctuary.

“Yes, I tell you, this generation will be held responsible.[k]

52 “Woe to you experts in the law! You have taken away the key to knowledge.(AD) You didn’t go in yourselves, and you hindered(AE) those who were trying to go in.”

53 When he left there,[l] the scribes and the Pharisees began to oppose(AF) him fiercely and to cross-examine him about many things; 54 they were lying in wait(AG) for him to trap him in something he said.[m](AH)

Beware of Religious Hypocrisy

12 Meanwhile, a crowd of many thousands came together, so that they were trampling(AI) on one another. He began to say to his disciples first,(AJ) “Be on your guard(AK) against the leaven[n](AL) of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.(AM) There is nothing covered that won’t be uncovered,(AN) nothing hidden that won’t be made known.(AO) Therefore, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in an ear in private rooms(AP) will be proclaimed on the housetops.(AQ)

Fear God

“I say to you, my friends,(AR) don’t fear(AS) those who kill the body, and after that can do nothing more. But I will show you the one to fear: Fear(AT) him who has authority to throw people into hell(AU) after death. Yes, I say to you, this is the one to fear! Aren’t five sparrows sold for two pennies?[o] Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight.(AV) Indeed, the hairs of your head are all counted. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.


  1. 11:38 Lit he did not first wash
  2. 11:41 Or But donate from the heart as charity
  3. 11:42 Or a tithe
  4. 11:42 Or neglect
  5. 11:42 Lit the justice and the love of God
  6. 11:44 Other mss add scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
  7. 11:47 Or graves
  8. 11:48 Lit witnesses and approve
  9. 11:48 Other mss omit their monuments
  10. 11:50 Lit so that the blood of all... world may be required of this generation,
  11. 11:51 Lit you, it will be required of this generation
  12. 11:53 Other mss read And as he was saying these things to them
  13. 11:54 Other mss add so that they might bring charges against him
  14. 12:1 Or yeast
  15. 12:6 Lit two assaria; a small copper coin
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Psalm 78:1-31

Psalm 78

Lessons from Israel’s Past

A Maskil of Asaph.(A)

My people, hear my instruction;
listen to the words from my mouth.(B)
I will declare wise sayings;
I will speak mysteries from the past(C)
things we have heard and known
and that our fathers have passed down to us.(D)
We will not hide them from their children,
but will tell a future generation
the praiseworthy acts of the Lord,
his might, and the wondrous works
he has performed.(E)
He established a testimony in Jacob
and set up a law in Israel,
which he commanded our fathers
to teach to their children(F)
so that a future generation—
children yet to be born—might know.
They were to rise and tell their children(G)
so that they might put their confidence in God
and not forget God’s works,
but keep his commands.(H)
Then they would not be like their fathers,
a stubborn and rebellious generation,
a generation whose heart was not loyal
and whose spirit was not faithful to God.(I)

The Ephraimite archers turned back
on the day of battle.(J)
10 They did not keep God’s covenant
and refused to live by his law.(K)
11 They forgot what he had done,
the wondrous works he had shown them.(L)
12 He worked wonders in the sight of their fathers
in the land of Egypt, the territory of Zoan.(M)
13 He split the sea and brought them across;
the water stood firm like a wall.(N)
14 He led them with a cloud by day
and with a fiery light throughout the night.(O)
15 He split rocks in the wilderness
and gave them drink as abundant as the depths.(P)
16 He brought streams out of the stone
and made water flow down like rivers.(Q)

17 But they continued to sin against him,
rebelling in the desert against the Most High.(R)
18 They deliberately[a] tested God,
demanding the food they craved.(S)
19 They spoke against God, saying,
“Is God able to provide food in the wilderness?
20 Look! He struck the rock and water gushed out;
torrents overflowed.(T)
But can he also provide bread
or furnish meat for his people?” (U)
21 Therefore, the Lord heard and became furious;
then fire broke out against Jacob,
and anger flared up against Israel(V)
22 because they did not believe God
or rely on his salvation.(W)
23 He gave a command to the clouds above
and opened the doors of heaven.(X)
24 He rained manna for them to eat;
he gave them grain from heaven.(Y)
25 People[b] ate the bread of angels.[c]
He sent them an abundant supply of food.(Z)
26 He made the east wind blow in the skies
and drove the south wind by his might.(AA)
27 He rained meat on them like dust,
and winged birds like the sand of the seas.
28 He made them fall in the camp,
all around the tents.(AB)
29 The people ate and were completely satisfied,
for he gave them what they craved.(AC)
30 Before they had turned from what they craved,
while the food was still in their mouths,
31 God’s anger flared up against them,
and he killed some of their best men.
He struck down Israel’s fit young men.(AD)


  1. 78:18 Lit in their heart
  2. 78:25 Lit Man
  3. 78:25 Lit mighty ones
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