12/07/2019 DAB Transcript

Hosea 6:1-9:17, 3 John 1:1-15, Psalms 126:1-6, Proverbs 29:12-14

Today is the 7th day of December. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It’s great to be here with you as we complete, shutdown, and release into…into history the first week of this month of December. And as we conclude this week we will be going back into the book of Hosea in the Old Testament and then if we remember, we read second John in its entirety yesterday. So, when we get to the New Testament today, we will read in its entirety, third John. But before we get ahead of ourselves, we’re reading from the English Standard Version this week. Hosea chapters 6, 7, 8, and 9 today.

Introduction to third John:

Alright. So, we…like…like we talked about a minute ago, we read second John in its entirety yesterday. And, so we’ll do the same thing today with third John. And this letter was probably written somewhere around the same time as the other two letters. And like the other two, was probably written from Ephesus where it’s thought that John spent the latter part of his life. But third John is just a little different than the other two letters. It’s actually more like Paul’s letter to Philemon because third John is a personal letter and it was written to a man named Gaius who was a good man, a believer within the network of churches that John had influence over and leadership in. And John wrote this letter to personally encourage Gaius because he was passionate about the gospel and it wasn’t just a passion that he gave lip service to. He was willing to serve and support those who were traveling around teaching and sharing the good news, those that John would send throughout the churches. So, like, this isn't…this isn’t like a new idea…an old idea that we’ve never heard of before. This still happens today, the custom of welcoming itinerant ministers and caring for their needs as…as they travel. Sharing the message that God has given them is common and was common. And John saw this personal letter as a necessary communication because there was another church leader named Diotrephes who was distancing himself from John and refusing to offer hospitality to these…these ministers that were moving around the churches. And then to make it even worse, Diotrephes was throwing people out of the church who disagreed and assisted itinerant ministers. So, John wrote this personal letter to Gaius to…to encourage him and commend him for doing the right thing for…for his care and his hospitality to those who were bringing the gospel. But this would’ve held more weight than just a personal encouragement, like a nice email that you get that just encourages you. Like this is a letter that put John’s opinion in writing that Gaius was doing the right thing. And, so, you…you…you can imagine that a personal letter from one of the 12 disciples of Jesus Christ would’ve probably carried pretty…pretty good amount of weights against this Diotrephes who was stirring up all the…the problems in the church. So, third John gives us this personal glimpse into some of the tensions that were existing in the formative years of the church and it gives us an opportunity to understand that they were struggling with, you know, the same sort of heart issues that…that we face in our own lives. And, so, we read third John.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for another week in Your word and we thank You for bringing us through this first full week of this final month of the year. And on this, the 341st day of the year, we express our gratitude, our love, our devotion, our faithfulness, our worship for You. And yet we also confess that after the same fashion that we’re reading about in Hosea, we have drifted away at times, we have…we have run away at times, we have entered into direct and knowing rebellion against You at times. And then at other times we’ve just not been vigilant. And when endurance has arise…arisen in our lives we’ve just been taken out. So, it is Your faithfulness that actually makes it even possible for us to consider being faithful. It was Your love for us first. You came for us when we didn’t even know You when we were Your enemies and You loved us, and You drew us to Yourself and You adopted us and made us Your children. And, so, we confess it’s preposterous to even consider that we would ever betray that and yet we confess that we have. And, so, we repent here at the end of this week and we look forward to going into the new week together discovering anew how profound Your love for us actually is and how important that it is that we realize that You are loving the world through us and that we must open ourselves to love. Come Holy Spirit we pray into all of this. We ask in the name of Jesus our Savior. Amen.

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Community Prayer and Praise:

Hi family, this is Suzanne calling. I have stopped and started this so many times I can’t tell you. So, I really hope that some of those accidentally didn’t go in…go through. I just want to say, first of all, thank you Brian so much…it’s December 3rd…for the message today about how the…the light that Christ pours into us really needs to go out to others. And I am having a real struggle with my family. I am the only Christian in my family and there’s a lot of dysfunctional behavior that goes on and I ended up being extremely hurt over Thanksgiving. There was a lot of verbal abuse and just real selfish inconsiderate behavior towards me and I just ended up feeling so unloved and so unappreciated and ended up crying all day on Friday. So, what I really want prayer for is for me to understand how to…I just need to find tools and how to not accept unacceptable behavior and do it in a loving Christlike way so that I have His motives and I have His love and so that they can see the light of Him shining through me rather than my hurt self. So, I just need your prayer family and I appreciate it very much. God bless you.

Hello DAB this is Carla with a Broken Heart calling back again. I was just sitting here thinking about what a wonderful platform this is for people to be able to hear God’s word and to minister to one another and be able to call in with prayers because it lets me know that I’m not the only one going through when somebody else calls in with difficulties and I don’t feel so alone and too because the fact to know that I have someone that’s praying for me and don’t know anything about me or even knows anything about my situation but loves me enough to go before God for me on my behalf and my struggles means the world to me. And to be able to have a place where we can fellowship like that means everything to me. Going through my hard times and through my struggles, I feel alone a lot but just now after I made my first ball I sat here and thought about all those who pray for me, who call my name out, let’s me know that I’m not alone and that I am going to be able to get through. So, it’s just awesome to be able to have this even though Brian ministers the word and…and he reiterates the word at…at the end and his soothing voice is so peaceful to me, but just the prayers of the saints and those that call in who are struggling so that we all can love on one another means the world to me. And I can’t express how important DAB has been for me. I’ve been a member for more than 10 years and it’s carried me through some hard times and especially this time right now. I just praise God for. I just wanted to say that. Thank you. God bless.

Diana Davis this is Angel from California and I wanted to tell you my sister that I am praying for you. I know that you called in November the 30th in the podcast and you said that you were a Christian author and that you had to children with autism and that your husband is out of the home, you’re dealing with stage IV cancer. And I pray for you my sister. And I want you to know that the Lord is going to strengthen you and is gonna give you your heart desires. Praying for you. Don’t give up hope. God is the God of impossibilities. God bless you my sister this is Angel from California.

My name is Patsy, my husband’s name is Andy. We have two beautiful daughters together. He has one child from a previous marriage. I ask for prayer today. This time last year my husband left us. He said he was done, and he left. I would like to pray for reconciliation. I would like for my husband’s heart to be touched and so he’ll know that the…that divorce is not the answer, that we can work things out. I can’t change my husband, I know that, and I know that with God and through God things are always possible. God is so much bigger than this. Thank you, Daily Audio Bible for everything. You’ve gotten me through so, so much this one year alone. I’m Patsy and I love you.

Hello everyone, this is Paul calling from Barcelona. As we come into the Christmas season I might be so busy that I’ll forget to say this so I’ll say this right now, a very Merry Christmas to so many of you my friends across the world. But my heart has, you know, kind of set on one group of people in the DAB community that are almost never mentioned. And, so, I’m also sending them the warmest of readings from the bottom of my heart in the name of Jesus and that group are people struggling with their sexual identity, with her sexual orientation within our community. You know, in…in the church across the world this has become a very polemic and taboo subject. I won’t go there. I just want to talk to each one of those men and women who are dealing with this struggle with the day to day of this and often amongst us the feeling of being absolutely invisible and having nowhere to turn. And I just want to encourage you. Some of you may be listening are not able to go home to families who have rejected you because of the things you’re dealing with but I just want to give you encouragement and just want to point you to the Lord Jesus and just lay your head on His chest as I often like to say, just rest there, talk to Him about everything, share Him…share with Him everything that’s on your heart. You know, the Lord knows our hearts and His sheep know His voice. So, share everything that you want to share with Him this Christmas season and know that you’re deeply, deeply loved by your father and that’s all I have to say. I wish you peace and I wish you love. I send it for myself from Barcelona.

Good morning DAB family this is Danny from Southern Oregon. I just want to lift up those who are hurting this morning due to loss, specifically the man who called in from Florida who found his friend and neighbor passed away. Just the fact that you called your DAB family for comfort is just such a testimony to what this family does for each other. So, give us an update on how you’re doing. Praying for you for comfort and so sorry for your loss there. Also praying for Vicki from Arizona. Vicki I’ve got you on my calendar for December 10th. I’m going to be on my knees for you sister. Just the pain that you must be going through, I just can’t I can’t even imagine. So, lifting you up, praying God’s peace on you that you would feel so loved. And praying for Karen from Hemet who just lost her husband from Parkinson’s. And you described your sadness it’s…it’s just pouring over you like an ocean…like ocean waves. And I just…I just pray that that you would feel peace, that God would help you get through this difficult time. I just…I just pray for all of you who are hurting and have lost someone. Father, just wrap your loving arms around these people who are hurting, just fill them with peace Lord, let them know that you are there, surround them with love Lord and just…just…just send them people who will comfort them and build them up Lord and just love them. And I just thank You and praise You for this DAB family that we can all pray for each other…

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday December 7, 2019 (NIV)

Hosea 6-9

Israel and Judah Are Unrepentant

“Come, let us (A)return to the Lord;
for (B)he has torn us, that he may heal us;
he has struck us down, and (C)he will bind us up.
After two days (D)he will revive us;
on the third day he will raise us up,
that we may live before him.
(E)Let us know; (F)let us press on to know the Lord;
(G)his going out is sure as the dawn;
he will come to us (H)as the showers,
(I)as the spring rains that water the earth.”

What shall I do with you, (J)O (K)Ephraim?
What shall I do with you, O (L)Judah?
Your love is (M)like a morning cloud,
(N)like the dew that goes early away.
Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets;
I have slain them (O)by the words of my mouth,
and my judgment goes forth as the light.
For (P)I desire steadfast love[a] and not sacrifice,
(Q)the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.

But (R)like Adam they (S)transgressed the covenant;
(T)there they dealt faithlessly with me.
(U)Gilead is a city of evildoers,
(V)tracked with blood.
As robbers (W)lie in wait for a man,
so the priests band together;
they murder on the way to (X)Shechem;
they commit villainy.
10 In the house of Israel I have seen a horrible thing;
(Y)Ephraim's whoredom is there; (Z)Israel is defiled.

11 For you also, O (AA)Judah, (AB)a harvest is appointed.

When (AC)I restore the fortunes of my people,
(AD)when I would heal Israel,
the iniquity of Ephraim is revealed,
and the evil deeds of (AE)Samaria,
for (AF)they deal falsely;
the thief breaks in,
and the bandits raid outside.
But they do not consider
that (AG)I remember all their evil.
Now (AH)their deeds surround them;
(AI)they are before my face.
By their evil (AJ)they make (AK)the king glad,
and the princes by their treachery.
(AL)They are all adulterers;
they are like a heated oven
whose baker ceases to stir the fire,
from the kneading of the dough
until it is leavened.
On the day of (AM)our king, the princes
became sick with the heat of wine;
he stretched out his hand with mockers.
For with hearts like an oven (AN)they approach their intrigue;
all night their anger smolders;
in the morning it blazes like a flaming fire.
All of them are hot as an oven,
and they devour their rulers.
All (AO)their kings (AP)have fallen,
and none of them calls upon me.

Ephraim (AQ)mixes himself with the peoples;
Ephraim is a cake not turned.
(AR)Strangers devour his strength,
and (AS)he knows it not;
gray hairs are sprinkled upon him,
and (AT)he knows it not.
10 (AU)The pride of Israel testifies to his face;[b]
(AV)yet they do not return to the Lord their God,
nor seek him, for all this.

11 Ephraim is like a dove,
(AW)silly and without sense,
calling to (AX)Egypt, going to (AY)Assyria.
12 As they go, (AZ)I will spread over them my net;
I will bring them down like birds of the heavens;
(BA)I will discipline them (BB)according to the report made to their congregation.
13 (BC)Woe to them, for they have strayed from me!
Destruction to them, for they have rebelled against me!
(BD)I would redeem them,
but (BE)they speak lies against me.

14 (BF)They do not cry to me from the heart,
but (BG)they wail upon their beds;
for grain and wine they gash themselves;
they rebel against me.
15 Although (BH)I trained and strengthened their arms,
yet they devise evil against me.
16 They (BI)return, but not upward;[c]
they are (BJ)like a treacherous bow;
their princes shall fall by the sword
because of (BK)the insolence of their tongue.
This shall be their derision (BL)in the land of Egypt.

Israel Will Reap the Whirlwind

Set (BM)the trumpet to your lips!
One (BN)like a vulture is over the house of the Lord,
because (BO)they have transgressed my covenant
and rebelled against my law.
To me they cry,
(BP)“My God, we—Israel—know you.”
Israel has spurned the good;
the enemy shall pursue him.

(BQ)They made kings, (BR)but not through me.
They set up princes, but I knew it not.
With their silver and gold they made idols
for their own destruction.
(BS)I have[d] spurned your calf, O Samaria.
My anger burns against them.
(BT)How long will they be incapable of innocence?
For it is from Israel;
a craftsman made it;
it is not God.
(BU)The calf of Samaria
(BV)shall be broken to pieces.[e]

For (BW)they sow the wind,
and they shall reap the whirlwind.
The standing grain has no heads;
it shall yield no flour;
if it were to yield,
(BX)strangers would devour it.
(BY)Israel is swallowed up;
already they are among the nations
as (BZ)a useless vessel.
For (CA)they have gone up to Assyria,
(CB)a wild donkey wandering alone;
Ephraim has hired lovers.
10 Though they hire allies among the nations,
I will soon gather them up.
And (CC)the king and princes (CD)shall soon writhe
because of the tribute.

11 Because Ephraim (CE)has multiplied altars for sinning,
they have become to him altars for sinning.
12 (CF)Were I to write for him my laws by the ten thousands,
they would be regarded as a strange thing.
13 As for my sacrificial offerings,
(CG)they sacrifice meat and eat it,
but the Lord does not accept them.
(CH)Now he will remember their iniquity
and punish their sins;
(CI)they shall return to Egypt.
14 For (CJ)Israel has forgotten (CK)his Maker
and (CL)built palaces,
and (CM)Judah has multiplied fortified cities;
so (CN)I will send a fire upon his cities,
and it shall devour her strongholds.

The Lord Will Punish Israel

Rejoice not, O Israel!
Exult not like the peoples;
(CO)for you have played the whore, forsaking your God.
(CP)You have loved a prostitute's wages
on all threshing floors.
(CQ)Threshing floor and wine vat shall not feed them,
and (CR)the new wine shall fail them.
They shall not remain in (CS)the land of the Lord,
but (CT)Ephraim shall return to Egypt,
and (CU)they shall eat unclean food in Assyria.

(CV)They shall not pour drink offerings of wine to the Lord,
(CW)and their sacrifices shall not please him.
It shall be like (CX)mourners' bread to them;
all who eat of it shall be defiled;
for their bread shall be for their hunger only;
(CY)it shall not come to the house of the Lord.

(CZ)What will you do on the day of the appointed festival,
and on the day of the feast of the Lord?
For behold, they are going away from destruction;
but (DA)Egypt shall gather them;
Memphis shall bury them.
Nettles shall possess (DB)their precious things of silver;
(DC)thorns shall be in their tents.

(DD)The days of punishment have come;
the days of recompense have come;
Israel shall know it.
(DE)The prophet is a fool;
the man of the spirit is mad,
because of your great iniquity
and great hatred.
The prophet is (DF)the watchman of Ephraim with my God;
yet (DG)a fowler's snare is on all his ways,
and hatred in the house of his God.
(DH)They have deeply corrupted themselves
as (DI)in the days of Gibeah:
(DJ)he will remember their iniquity;
he will punish their sins.

10 Like grapes in the wilderness,
(DK)I found Israel.
Like the first fruit on the fig tree
in its first season,
I saw your fathers.
But (DL)they came to Baal-peor
and (DM)consecrated themselves to the thing of shame,
and (DN)became detestable like the thing they loved.
11 Ephraim's (DO)glory shall fly away like a bird—
(DP)no birth, no pregnancy, no conception!
12 (DQ)Even if they bring up children,
I will bereave them till none is left.
(DR)Woe to them
when (DS)I depart from them!
13 Ephraim, (DT)as I have seen, was like a young palm[f] planted in a meadow;
but (DU)Ephraim must lead his children out to slaughter.[g]
14 Give them, O Lord
what will you give?
Give them (DV)a miscarrying womb
and dry breasts.

15 Every evil of theirs is in (DW)Gilgal;
there I began to hate them.
Because of the wickedness of their deeds
I will drive them out of my house.
I will love them no more;
all (DX)their princes are (DY)rebels.

16 Ephraim is stricken;
(DZ)their root is dried up;
they shall bear no fruit.
Even (EA)though they give birth,
(EB)I will put their beloved children to death.
17 (EC)My God will reject them
because they have not listened to him;
(ED)they shall be wanderers among the nations.

Footnotes:

  1. Hosea 6:6 Septuagint mercy
  2. Hosea 7:10 Or in his presence
  3. Hosea 7:16 Or to the Most High
  4. Hosea 8:5 Hebrew He has
  5. Hosea 8:6 Or shall go up in flames
  6. Hosea 9:13 Or like Tyre
  7. Hosea 9:13 Hebrew to him who slaughters

Cross references:

  1. Hosea 6:1 : ch. 14:1; [ch. 3:5]
  2. Hosea 6:1 : ch. 5:14; [ch. 13:7, 8]
  3. Hosea 6:1 : [Isa. 30:26]
  4. Hosea 6:2 : Ps. 71:20; [Luke 24:27, 44; John 2:22; 20:9; 1 Cor. 15:4]
  5. Hosea 6:3 : [ch. 4:6]
  6. Hosea 6:3 : [ch. 4:6]
  7. Hosea 6:3 : Mic. 5:2
  8. Hosea 6:3 : [ch. 14:5]
  9. Hosea 6:3 : Joel 2:23
  10. Hosea 6:4 : [ch. 11:8]
  11. Hosea 6:4 : ver. 10, 11; ch. 4:15; 5:5; 8:14; 10:11; 11:12; 12:1, 2; See ch. 5:9-14
  12. Hosea 6:4 : ver. 10, 11; ch. 4:15; 5:5; 8:14; 10:11; 11:12; 12:1, 2; See ch. 5:9-14
  13. Hosea 6:4 : ch. 13:3
  14. Hosea 6:4 : ch. 13:3
  15. Hosea 6:5 : Jer. 23:29; [Heb. 4:12]
  16. Hosea 6:6 : Cited Matt. 9:13; 12:7; [1 Sam. 15:22]
  17. Hosea 6:6 : [ch. 2:20]
  18. Hosea 6:7 : [Gen. 3:11; Job 31:33; Rom. 5:14]
  19. Hosea 6:7 : ch. 8:1; Deut. 17:2
  20. Hosea 6:7 : ch. 5:7
  21. Hosea 6:8 : [ch. 12:11]
  22. Hosea 6:8 : See ch. 4:2
  23. Hosea 6:9 : [ch. 5:1; 7:6]
  24. Hosea 6:9 : Josh. 24:1
  25. Hosea 6:10 : ch. 5:3; 7:4; [ch. 4:2, 12, 14; 9:10]
  26. Hosea 6:10 : See ver. 4
  27. Hosea 6:11 : [See ver. 10 above]; See ver. 4
  28. Hosea 6:11 : See Joel 3:13
  29. Hosea 6:11 : Ps. 126:1; [Job 42:10]
  30. Hosea 7:1 : [ch. 6:4]
  31. Hosea 7:1 : [Jer. 23:13]
  32. Hosea 7:1 : [ch. 4:2]
  33. Hosea 7:2 : [ch. 5:3]
  34. Hosea 7:2 : Ps. 9:16; Prov. 5:22
  35. Hosea 7:2 : Ps. 90:8
  36. Hosea 7:3 : ver. 5; [Rom. 1:32]
  37. Hosea 7:3 : ver. 5; [Rom. 1:32]
  38. Hosea 7:4 : See ch. 6:10
  39. Hosea 7:5 : ver. 3
  40. Hosea 7:6 : ch. 6:9
  41. Hosea 7:7 : ch. 8:4
  42. Hosea 7:7 : 2 Kgs. 15:10, 14, 25, 30
  43. Hosea 7:8 : Ps. 106:35
  44. Hosea 7:9 : [ch. 8:7]
  45. Hosea 7:9 : Isa. 42:25
  46. Hosea 7:9 : Isa. 42:25
  47. Hosea 7:10 : ch. 5:5
  48. Hosea 7:10 : Isa. 9:13
  49. Hosea 7:11 : ch. 4:11
  50. Hosea 7:11 : [ch. 12:1; 2 Kgs. 17:4]
  51. Hosea 7:11 : See ch. 5:13
  52. Hosea 7:12 : See Ezek. 12:13
  53. Hosea 7:12 : ch. 10:10
  54. Hosea 7:12 : See Lev. 26:14-39; Deut. 28:15-68
  55. Hosea 7:13 : ch. 9:12
  56. Hosea 7:13 : ch. 13:14
  57. Hosea 7:13 : [ch. 11:12; 12:1; Mic. 6:12]
  58. Hosea 7:14 : Ps. 78:36, 37
  59. Hosea 7:14 : [Amos 6:4, 5]
  60. Hosea 7:15 : [ch. 11:3]
  61. Hosea 7:16 : [ch. 6:1]
  62. Hosea 7:16 : Ps. 78:57
  63. Hosea 7:16 : Ps. 73:9
  64. Hosea 7:16 : ch. 9:3
  65. Hosea 8:1 : ch. 5:8
  66. Hosea 8:1 : See Deut. 28:49
  67. Hosea 8:1 : ch. 6:7
  68. Hosea 8:2 : See Matt. 7:21-23
  69. Hosea 8:4 : ch. 7:7; 1 Kgs. 12:20
  70. Hosea 8:4 : [2 Chr. 13:5]
  71. Hosea 8:5 : ch. 10:5, 6; [1 Kgs. 12:28]
  72. Hosea 8:5 : [Jer. 13:27]
  73. Hosea 8:6 : [See ver. 5 above]; ch. 10:5, 6; [1 Kgs. 12:28]
  74. Hosea 8:6 : [Mic. 1:6, 7]
  75. Hosea 8:7 : [ch. 10:12, 13]
  76. Hosea 8:7 : [ch. 7:9]
  77. Hosea 8:8 : 2 Kgs. 17:6
  78. Hosea 8:8 : Jer. 22:28
  79. Hosea 8:9 : See ch. 5:13
  80. Hosea 8:9 : [Jer. 2:24]
  81. Hosea 8:10 : See Ezek. 26:7
  82. Hosea 8:10 : [ch. 4:7, 10]
  83. Hosea 8:11 : ch. 10:1; 12:11
  84. Hosea 8:12 : [Deut. 4:6, 8]
  85. Hosea 8:13 : Jer. 7:21; [Amos 4:4]
  86. Hosea 8:13 : ch. 9:9; Amos 8:7
  87. Hosea 8:13 : ch. 9:3; Deut. 28:68; [ch. 11:5]
  88. Hosea 8:14 : See ch. 6:4
  89. Hosea 8:14 : Isa. 17:7
  90. Hosea 8:14 : [Amos 5:11]
  91. Hosea 8:14 : See ch. 6:4
  92. Hosea 8:14 : Amos 2:5
  93. Hosea 9:1 : ch. 1:2
  94. Hosea 9:1 : ch. 2:5; Jer. 44:17
  95. Hosea 9:2 : [ch. 2:9]
  96. Hosea 9:2 : [ch. 2:9]
  97. Hosea 9:3 : Jer. 2:7; 16:18; See Lev. 25:23
  98. Hosea 9:3 : See ch. 8:13
  99. Hosea 9:3 : Ezek. 4:13; Dan. 1:8
  100. Hosea 9:4 : [ch. 3:4]
  101. Hosea 9:4 : [ch. 8:13]
  102. Hosea 9:4 : Deut. 26:14; Ezek. 24:17
  103. Hosea 9:4 : [Hag. 2:13]
  104. Hosea 9:5 : [Isa. 10:3]
  105. Hosea 9:6 : See ch. 8:13
  106. Hosea 9:6 : [ch. 10:8; Isa. 2:20]
  107. Hosea 9:6 : [ch. 10:8]
  108. Hosea 9:7 : See Isa. 10:3
  109. Hosea 9:7 : Ezek. 13:3
  110. Hosea 9:8 : Ezek. 3:17
  111. Hosea 9:8 : Ps. 91:3; [ch. 5:1]
  112. Hosea 9:9 : [ch. 5:2]
  113. Hosea 9:9 : ch. 10:9; Judg. 19:22
  114. Hosea 9:9 : [ch. 5:2]
  115. Hosea 9:10 : [Ps. 80:8; Isa. 5:1]
  116. Hosea 9:10 : Num. 25:3; Ps. 106:28
  117. Hosea 9:10 : [ch. 4:14]
  118. Hosea 9:10 : [Rom. 1:28, 29]
  119. Hosea 9:11 : ch. 10:5; [ch. 4:7]
  120. Hosea 9:11 : [Isa. 26:18]
  121. Hosea 9:12 : ch. 13:16
  122. Hosea 9:12 : ch. 7:13
  123. Hosea 9:12 : ch. 5:6; 1 Sam. 28:15, 16; Ezek. 10:18
  124. Hosea 9:13 : [Ezek. 27:3]
  125. Hosea 9:13 : [See ver. 12 above]; ch. 13:16
  126. Hosea 9:14 : [Luke 23:29]
  127. Hosea 9:15 : ch. 4:15; 12:11
  128. Hosea 9:15 : ch. 8:4
  129. Hosea 9:15 : [ch. 5:2]
  130. Hosea 9:16 : [ver. 11]
  131. Hosea 9:16 : [ver. 12, 13]
  132. Hosea 9:16 : [See ver. 12 above]; ch. 13:16
  133. Hosea 9:17 : [ch. 8:5]
  134. Hosea 9:17 : Deut. 28:64, 65
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3 John

Greeting

(A)The elder to the beloved Gaius, (B)whom I love in truth.

Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. For (C)I rejoiced greatly when the brothers[a] came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that (D)my children are walking in the truth.

Support and Opposition

Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for (E)these brothers, (F)strangers as they are, who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner (G)worthy of God. For they have gone out for the sake of (H)the name, (I)accepting nothing from the Gentiles. Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.

I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority. 10 So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, talking wicked nonsense against us. And not content with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers, and also stops those who want to and puts them out of the church.

11 Beloved, (J)do not imitate evil but imitate good. (K)Whoever does good is from God; (L)whoever does evil has not seen God. 12 Demetrius (M)has received a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself. We also add our testimony, and (N)you know that our testimony is true.

Final Greetings

13 (O)I had much to write to you, but I would rather not write with pen and ink. 14 I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face.

15 Peace be to you. The friends greet you. Greet the friends, (P)each by name.

Footnotes:

  1. 3 John 1:3 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters; also verses 5, 10
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Psalm 126

Restore Our Fortunes, O Lord

A Song of (A)Ascents.

126 When the Lord (B)restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who (C)dream.
Then our (D)mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then they said among the nations,
(E)“The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us;
we are glad.

Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
like streams in the Negeb!
(F)Those who sow in tears
shall reap with shouts of joy!
He who goes out weeping,
bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
bringing his sheaves with him.

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Proverbs 29:12-14

12 If a ruler listens to falsehood,
all his officials will be wicked.
13 The poor man and the oppressor (A)meet together;
the Lord (B)gives light to the eyes of both.
14 If a king (C)faithfully judges the poor,
his throne will (D)be established forever.

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12/06/2019 DAB Transcript

Hosea 4:1-5:15, 2 John 1:1-13, Psalms 125:1-5, Proverbs 29:9-11

Today is the 6th day of December. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It’s great to be here with you today as we move into the weekend and continue the voyage that we are on together through the Scriptures. So, we began the minor prophets and are working our way through Hosea in the Old Testament. We concluded the first letter of John, also known as first John yesterday, which means we get to the New Testament today we’ll be talking about second John. Actually, we’ll read that entire letter today. But first, Hosea chapters 4 and 5 and we’ve been reading from the English Standard version this week.

Introduction to second John:

Alright. So, like we mentioned a couple minutes ago, we’re going to read in its entirety a letter from the apostle John that we know as second John. And this letter was…was probably written just a little while after the first one, the one we just finished yesterday and it was probably written to these same people because the letters are similar, and these similarities are one of the reasons that most biblical scholars accept John as the authentic author. And since it’s believed that John spent the later part of his life in the city of Ephesus, then it’s probably from Ephesus where he wrote this letter that we call second John. And the letter’s short, it’s 13 verses and the first three of those verses are…are greeting and then the next three verses remind us of the importance of love which is something that we…we got in spades while reading first John specifically involving each other. And then the next three verses speak against the false teaching of Docetism which…which was what…which we talked about in first John. And then the next two verses are giving instruction that’s not in the first letter. And these verses tell the readers and tell us how to behave toward a traveling teacher or preacher who tries to come in and introduce false teaching into the church. And the church is not to encourage or offer hospitality in those situations. And then the last two verses conclude the letter. So, we’re gonns read it and it’s gonna go by and it’d be easy to let first and second John kinda blur together because we’re just covering…it’s like we’re covering the same territory. But let’s just imagine that between the conclusion of first John yesterday and our reading that we’re about to do of second John today that months have gone by and the impact of that first letter has reached its peak and is beginning to fade and diminish because the challenges go on in life and we keep facing them and then this second letter comes along a few months later when the readers needed the encouragement, needed the boost and…and clarity, a reminder of what the first letter had instructed. And then we will see that we are again being reminded to love one another and we should get in the habit of reminding ourselves of that on a continual habitual basis. And, so, with that we read second John.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word and we’ve already said on a number of occasions just…just the observance of the fact that the year is speeding up and…and that is happening here in the Scriptures as well as we move through shorter letters and shorter writings. And, so, we’re moving at a quicker pace as we move through this final month. And, so, once again, our prayer remains constant, that You would lead us into all truth and that we would stay fixed upon this rhythm that we began all of these days and months ago when we set out on the journey of a lifetime to move through the Scriptures this year. And, so, come Holy Spirit, plant the words that we’ve learned from first and second John this week into our lives that we must love one another and that this…this isn’t something that we just simply say. And really for that matter, it’s not just simply some things that we do that are kind or benevolent, it’s who we are, it’s what we are. You are love, we were told this week and You abide within us, we were told this week, which means that love abides within us and must overflow out of us so that You can love the world through us. And as we move into the weekend this really fundamentally begins with those who are closest to us. So, may Your love pour out of us flooding those that are near us that we love as we move into the weekend. And may we consciously realize that it’s not just us trying to be sacrificial or it’s not just us loving those that we love, but it’s You loving through us. And as we begin to sense You loving through us we realize how loved we are. So, come Holy Spirit help us participate and collaborate in loving the world in the days ahead we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday December 6, 2019 (NIV)

Hosea 4-5

The Lord Accuses Israel

(A)Hear the word of the Lord, O children of Israel,
for (B)the Lord has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land.
There is no faithfulness or steadfast love,
and (C)no knowledge of God in the land;
(D)there is swearing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery;
they break all bounds, and (E)bloodshed follows bloodshed.
Therefore (F)the land mourns,
and all who dwell in it languish,
(G)and also the beasts of the field
and the birds of the heavens,
(H)and even the fish of the sea are taken away.

(I)Yet let no one contend,
and let none accuse,
for with you is (J)my contention, O priest.[a]
You shall stumble by day;
the prophet also shall stumble with you by night;
and I will destroy (K)your mother.
My people are destroyed (L)for lack of knowledge;
(M)because you have rejected knowledge,
I reject you (N)from being a priest to me.
And since you have forgotten the law of your God,
(O)I also will forget your children.

(P)The more they increased,
the more they sinned against me;
(Q)I will change their glory into shame.
(R)They feed on the sin[b] of my people;
they are greedy for their iniquity.
(S)And it shall be like people, like priest;
I will punish them for their ways
and repay them for their deeds.
10 (T)They shall eat, but not be satisfied;
they shall play the whore, but not multiply,
because they have forsaken the Lord
to cherish 11 whoredom, wine, and new wine,
which (U)take away the understanding.
12 My people (V)inquire of a piece of wood,
and their walking staff gives them oracles.
For (W)a spirit of whoredom has led them astray,
and they have left their God to play the whore.
13 (X)They sacrifice on the tops of the mountains
and burn offerings on the hills,
(Y)under oak, poplar, and terebinth,
because their shade is good.
Therefore your daughters play the whore,
and your brides commit adultery.
14 I will not punish your daughters when they play the whore,
nor your brides when they commit adultery;
for (Z)the men themselves go aside with prostitutes
and sacrifice with (AA)cult prostitutes,
and a people (AB)without understanding shall come to ruin.

15 Though you play the whore, O (AC)Israel,
let not (AD)Judah become guilty.
(AE)Enter not into (AF)Gilgal,
nor go up to (AG)Beth-aven,
and swear not, “As the Lord lives.”
16 Like a stubborn heifer,
Israel is stubborn;
can the Lord now feed them
like a lamb in a broad pasture?

17 (AH)Ephraim is joined to idols;
(AI)leave him alone.
18 When their drink is gone, they give themselves to whoring;
(AJ)their rulers[c] dearly love shame.
19 (AK)A wind has wrapped them[d] in its wings,
and they shall (AL)be ashamed because of their sacrifices.

Punishment Coming for Israel and Judah

(AM)Hear this, O priests!
Pay attention, O house of Israel!
Give ear, O house of the king!
For the judgment is for you;
for (AN)you have been a snare at Mizpah
and a net spread upon (AO)Tabor.
And (AP)the revolters (AQ)have gone deep into slaughter,
but (AR)I will discipline all of them.

(AS)I know Ephraim,
and Israel is not hidden from me;
for now, O Ephraim, you have played the whore;
Israel is defiled.
(AT)Their deeds do not permit them
to return to their God.
For (AU)the spirit of whoredom is within them,
and they know not the Lord.

(AV)The pride of Israel testifies to his face;[e]
Israel and (AW)Ephraim shall stumble in his guilt;
(AX)Judah also shall stumble with them.
(AY)With their flocks and herds they shall go
to seek the Lord,
(AZ)but they will not find him;
(BA)he has withdrawn from them.
(BB)They have dealt faithlessly with the Lord;
for they have borne alien children.
Now the new moon shall devour them with their fields.

(BC)Blow the horn in (BD)Gibeah,
the trumpet in (BE)Ramah.
Sound the alarm at (BF)Beth-aven;
we follow you,[f] O Benjamin!
Ephraim shall become a desolation
in the day of punishment;
among the tribes of Israel
I make known what is sure.
10 The princes of Judah have become
like (BG)those who move the landmark;
upon them I will pour out
my wrath like water.
11 Ephraim is (BH)oppressed, crushed in judgment,
because he was determined to go after filth.[g]
12 But I am (BI)like a moth to Ephraim,
and (BJ)like dry rot to the house of Judah.

13 When Ephraim saw his sickness,
and Judah (BK)his wound,
then Ephraim went (BL)to Assyria,
and sent to the great king.[h]
(BM)But he is not able to cure you
or heal (BN)your wound.
14 For I will be (BO)like a lion to (BP)Ephraim,
and like a young lion to the house of (BQ)Judah.
(BR)I, even I, will tear and go away;
I will carry off, and no one shall rescue.

15 (BS)I will return again to my place,
until they acknowledge their guilt and seek my face,
and (BT)in their distress earnestly seek me.

Footnotes:

  1. Hosea 4:4 Or for your people are like those who contend with the priest
  2. Hosea 4:8 Or sin offering
  3. Hosea 4:18 Hebrew shields
  4. Hosea 4:19 Hebrew her
  5. Hosea 5:5 Or in his presence
  6. Hosea 5:8 Or after you
  7. Hosea 5:11 Or to follow human precepts
  8. Hosea 5:13 Or to King Jareb

Cross references:

  1. Hosea 4:1 : See ch. 5:1
  2. Hosea 4:1 : Isa. 3:13, 14; Jer. 25:31; Mic. 6:2
  3. Hosea 4:1 : [ver. 6, 14; Jer. 4:22; 5:4]
  4. Hosea 4:2 : [ch. 7:1]
  5. Hosea 4:2 : [ch. 6:9; 12:14; Mic. 3:10; 7:2]
  6. Hosea 4:3 : Isa. 24:4; Jer. 4:28; Joel 1:10
  7. Hosea 4:3 : [Joel 1:18; Zeph. 1:3]
  8. Hosea 4:3 : [Ezek. 38:20]
  9. Hosea 4:4 : [ver. 17]
  10. Hosea 4:4 : [Deut. 17:12]
  11. Hosea 4:5 : ch. 2:2
  12. Hosea 4:6 : [ver. 1; Isa. 5:13]
  13. Hosea 4:6 : [Prov. 1:29]
  14. Hosea 4:6 : [Ex. 19:6]
  15. Hosea 4:6 : [Jer. 23:39]
  16. Hosea 4:7 : [ch. 13:6]
  17. Hosea 4:7 : 1 Sam. 2:30; Mal. 2:9
  18. Hosea 4:8 : [Lev. 6:25, 26; 10:17]
  19. Hosea 4:9 : Isa. 24:2
  20. Hosea 4:10 : Lev. 26:26; Mic. 6:14; Hag. 1:6
  21. Hosea 4:11 : [1 Kgs. 11:4; Prov. 20:1]
  22. Hosea 4:12 : [Judg. 18:5]
  23. Hosea 4:12 : ch. 5:4; [ch. 2:2]
  24. Hosea 4:13 : Ezek. 6:13
  25. Hosea 4:13 : [Isa. 1:29]
  26. Hosea 4:14 : [ch. 9:10]
  27. Hosea 4:14 : Deut. 23:17
  28. Hosea 4:14 : [ver. 1, 6]
  29. Hosea 4:15 : See ch. 6:4
  30. Hosea 4:15 : See ch. 6:4
  31. Hosea 4:15 : Amos 4:4, 5; 5:5
  32. Hosea 4:15 : ch. 9:15; 12:11
  33. Hosea 4:15 : ch. 5:8; 10:5; [ch. 10:8; 1 Kgs. 12:29; Amos 1:5]
  34. Hosea 4:17 : [ver. 12; ch. 5:3]
  35. Hosea 4:17 : [Matt. 15:14]
  36. Hosea 4:18 : [ch. 9:10]
  37. Hosea 4:19 : ch. 13:15; Jer. 4:11; 51:1; [Zech. 5:9]
  38. Hosea 4:19 : [Isa. 1:29]
  39. Hosea 5:1 : ch. 4:1; Joel 1:2; Amos 3:1; Mic. 1:2
  40. Hosea 5:1 : [ch. 6:9; 9:8]
  41. Hosea 5:1 : Judg. 4:6
  42. Hosea 5:2 : [ch. 9:15]
  43. Hosea 5:2 : [ch. 9:9; Isa. 29:15]
  44. Hosea 5:2 : [Ps. 50:21]
  45. Hosea 5:3 : [Amos 3:2; 5:12]
  46. Hosea 5:4 : [Isa. 59:2]
  47. Hosea 5:4 : ch. 4:12
  48. Hosea 5:5 : ch. 7:10
  49. Hosea 5:5 : See ch. 6:4
  50. Hosea 5:5 : See ch. 6:4
  51. Hosea 5:6 : ch. 6:6; Isa. 1:11
  52. Hosea 5:6 : ch. 6:6; Isa. 1:11
  53. Hosea 5:6 : ch. 9:12
  54. Hosea 5:7 : ch. 6:7
  55. Hosea 5:8 : ch. 8:1; Jer. 4:5
  56. Hosea 5:8 : ch. 9:9; 10:9
  57. Hosea 5:8 : Josh. 18:25
  58. Hosea 5:8 : See ch. 4:15
  59. Hosea 5:10 : Deut. 19:14
  60. Hosea 5:11 : Deut. 28:33; Amos 4:1
  61. Hosea 5:12 : [Job 13:28]
  62. Hosea 5:12 : [Job 13:28]
  63. Hosea 5:13 : [Isa. 1:5, 6]
  64. Hosea 5:13 : ch. 7:11; 8:9; 12:1; 2 Kgs. 15:19
  65. Hosea 5:13 : ch. 14:3
  66. Hosea 5:13 : [Isa. 1:5, 6]
  67. Hosea 5:14 : ch. 13:7
  68. Hosea 5:14 : See ch. 6:4
  69. Hosea 5:14 : See ch. 6:4
  70. Hosea 5:14 : [Mic. 5:8]
  71. Hosea 5:15 : [Jer. 29:10-12; Ezek. 6:9]; See Lev. 26:40-42
  72. Hosea 5:15 : Isa. 26:16
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2 John

Greeting

(A)The elder to the elect lady and her children, (B)whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all who (C)know (D)the truth, (E)because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever:

(F)Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father's Son, in truth and love.

Walking in Truth and Love

(G)I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father. And now I ask you, dear lady—(H)not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning—(I)that we love one another. And (J)this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just (K)as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it. For (L)many deceivers (M)have gone out into the world, (N)those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch yourselves, (O)so that you may not lose what we[a] have worked for, but (P)may win a full reward. Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, (Q)does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching (R)has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, (S)do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, 11 for whoever greets him (T)takes part in his wicked works.

Final Greetings

12 (U)Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. (V)Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, (W)so that our joy may be complete.

13 The children of your elect sister greet you.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 John 1:8 Some manuscripts you
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Psalm 125

The Lord Surrounds His People

A Song of (A)Ascents.

125 Those who (B)trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
which (C)cannot be moved, but abides forever.
As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so (D)the Lord surrounds his people,
from this time forth and forevermore.
For (E)the scepter of wickedness shall not (F)rest
on (G)the land allotted to the righteous,
lest the righteous (H)stretch out
their hands to do wrong.
(I)Do good, O Lord, to those who are good,
and to those who are (J)upright in their hearts!
But those who (K)turn aside to their (L)crooked ways
the Lord will lead away with (M)evildoers!
(N)Peace be upon Israel!

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Proverbs 29:9-11

If a wise man has an argument with a fool,
the fool only rages and laughs, and there is (A)no quiet.
10 Bloodthirsty men (B)hate one who is blameless
and seek the life of the upright.[a]
11 A fool gives full vent to his spirit,
but a wise man quietly holds it back.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 29:10 Or but the upright seek his soul
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12/05/2019 DAB Transcript

Hosea 1:1-3:5, 1 John 5:1-21, Psalms 124:1-8, Proverbs 29:5-8

Today is the 5th day of December, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It is wonderful to be here with you today as we buckle up and take the next…I was gonna say buckle up and take the next step forward but buckling up and taking a step…like that’s a mixed metaphor, right? So, let…so let’s just move into our time in the Scriptures today. So, we finished the book of Daniel yesterday, which means that were gonna begin a new book and this book is called Hosea and we have also come to the final grouping of books in the Old Testament, and they are known as the minor prophets. And there are 12 books, Hosea being the first and we’ll work through these 12 books obviously, in a pretty quick fashion because we’re running out of year, but from Hosea to Malachi, these are the minor prophets. So, let’s get some context.

Introduction to the book of Hosea:

Hosea probably lived about eight centuries before Jesus. So, about 800 years. And he saw the destruction of the northern kingdom of Israel, which was his homeland. And we haven’t talked about that for a while. We’ve been mostly dealing with the Babylonian exile and the destruction of Judah and Jerusalem, but we will remember that the northern kingdom was taken away and carried into exile by Assyria. Many biblical scholars think that Hosea’s prophecies eventually were collected together in the southern kingdom of Judah after the Assyrian conquest after the 10 tribes were taken into exile in being assimilated. Now the theme of marriage is used in the Bible, often to represent God’s love for his people. It’s covenantal language. And, so, marriage is a covenant. And this theme is…is vivid in the book of Hosea and is fitting because we've…we’ve come this far in the year. So, we’ve watched God’s people chasing other gods for months. We’ve watched God’s people committing spiritual adultery for months. And we’ve watched what that’s done to God’s heart. We’ve watched what that’s done to the people. We know where that road leads but when we place it in the context of marriage all of a sudden, things become very immediate and very close to home. And God’s reaction to being betrayed by the people that He loves, that’s understandable, He’s a scorned lover. Like, His heart is broke. He’s longing for what was lost and thinking about what His love is doing with…like…you understand, right? You understand how marriage brings things really immediate. And the book of Hosea brings it the most immediate, the most clear in the Bible because God asked Hosea to use His life to speak as like living prophecy. So, God asked Hosea to marry a prostitute and her name was Gomer. And this represented the idolatry, the adultery, the spiritual adultery of Israel. And, so, Hosea and Gomer had children together and God instructed that each child was to be given a prophetic name that was to speak directly to Israel and then eventually Gomer was unfaithful to Hosea. So, he divorced her, which represented God’s casting away of Israel. And then God told Hosea to go get Gomer back. And, so, he pursued her, and as it turned out he had to buy back the woman who had committed adultery and broken their covenant and played the harlot. And he did! He bought her back, representing the lengths that God’s willing to go in order to be reunited with those that he loves. So, we’ve also been working our way through first John and we’ve been talking about the love of God, and we’ve been talking about the profound effect of the love of God on the world and how we are loving the world…God is loving the world through us. So, the…the portrayal of God’s love in the book of Hosea should show us very clearly what we’re talking about because it’s potent and it’s a picture of His love for each one of us. And when we get that it’s overwhelming, like when we understand how profoundly God loves us, when we have a glimpse of that, it’s overwhelming, but the flipside of that, the dark side is that we also have to look at the ways that were betraying that love. And Hosea helps us to see the impact of our betrayal on the heart of God. And, so, we begin. Hosea chapters 1, 2, and 3 today and we’re reading from the English standard version this week.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word. We thank You for another step forward in Your word. And as we move into this book, Hosea, and for that matter, as we move through the minor prophets toward the end of the Old Testament, we invite Your Holy Spirit. We have a lot to learn in a short amount of time to cover that territory even as we’re moving through the rest of the New Testament. So, Father we…we acknowledge that this indeed is the point of the year where things seem to go into warp speed, and it does at times feel like we’re gonna blink our eyes twice and we’re gonna be in a new year. And, so, we recognize that as the rhythm of a year and we see that in front of us. And, so, again, we are committing ourselves. We will finish this year strong because that is the only way to begin a new year strong. And, so, come Holy Spirit and lead us where You will that we might learn from You all that we need to know to finish the story of this year strong. And, so, we calm ourselves and we will look for You and everything and we will look to Your word to guide our steps. Come Holy Spirit we pray into all of this. Lead us on the narrow path that leads to life. We pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday December 5, 2019 (NIV)

Hosea 1-3

The word of the Lord that came to Hosea, the son of Beeri, (A)in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of (B)Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel.

Hosea's Wife and Children

When the Lord first spoke through Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea, (C)“Go, take to yourself a wife of whoredom and have (D)children of whoredom, for (E)the land commits great whoredom by forsaking the Lord.” So he went and took Gomer, the daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.

And the Lord said to him, “Call his name Jezreel, for in just a little while (F)I will punish the house of Jehu for the blood of Jezreel, and (G)I will put an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel. And on that day (H)I will break the bow of Israel (I)in the Valley of Jezreel.”

She conceived again and bore a daughter. And the Lord said to him, (J)“Call her name No Mercy,[a] for (K)I will no more have mercy on the house of Israel, to forgive them at all. But (L)I will have mercy on the house of Judah, and I will save them by the Lord their God. I (M)will not save them by bow or by sword or by war or by horses or by horsemen.”

When she had weaned No Mercy, she conceived and bore a son. And the Lord said, (N)“Call his name Not My People,[b] for (O)you are not my people, and I am not your God.”[c]

10 [d] Yet (P)the number of the children of Israel shall be (Q)like the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured or numbered. (R)And (S)in the place where it was said to them, (T)“You are not my people,” it shall be said to them, (U)“Children[e] of (V)the living God.” 11 And (W)the children of Judah and the children of Israel shall be gathered together, and (X)they shall appoint for themselves one head. And they shall go up from the land, for great shall be the day of Jezreel.

Israel's Unfaithfulness Punished

[f] Say to your brothers, (Y)“You are my people,”[g] and to your sisters, (Z)“You have received mercy.”[h]

“Plead with your mother, plead—
for (AA)she is not my wife,
and I am not her husband—
that she put away (AB)her whoring from her face,
and her adultery from between her breasts;
lest (AC)I strip her naked
and make her as (AD)in the day she was born,
and (AE)make her like a wilderness,
and make her like a parched land,
and kill her with thirst.
(AF)Upon her children also I will have no mercy,
(AG)because they are children of whoredom.
For (AH)their mother has played the whore;
she who conceived them has acted shamefully.
For (AI)she said, ‘I will go after my lovers,
who (AJ)give me my bread and my water,
my wool and my flax, my oil and my drink.’
Therefore (AK)I will hedge up her[i] way with thorns,
and (AL)I will build a wall against her,
so that she cannot find her paths.
She shall pursue her lovers
but not overtake them,
and she shall seek them
but shall not find them.
(AM)Then she shall say,
‘I will go and return to (AN)my first husband,
(AO)for it was better for me then than now.’
And (AP)she did not know
that it was (AQ)I who gave her
(AR)the grain, the wine, and the oil,
and who lavished on (AS)her silver and gold,
(AT)which they used for Baal.
Therefore (AU)I will take back
my grain in its time,
and my wine in its season,
and (AV)I will take away my wool and my flax,
which were to cover her nakedness.
10 Now (AW)I will uncover her lewdness
in the sight of her lovers,
and no one shall rescue her out of my hand.
11 (AX)And I will put an end to all her mirth,
her feasts, her (AY)new moons, her (AZ)Sabbaths,
and all her (BA)appointed feasts.
12 And (BB)I will lay waste her vines and her fig trees,
(BC)of which she said,
‘These are (BD)my wages,
which my lovers have given me.’
I will make them a forest,
(BE)and the beasts of the field shall devour them.
13 And (BF)I will punish her for (BG)the feast days of the Baals
when she burned offerings to them
and (BH)adorned herself with her ring and jewelry,
and went after her lovers
and forgot me, declares the Lord.

The Lord's Mercy on Israel

14 “Therefore, behold, I will allure her,
and (BI)bring her into the wilderness,
and (BJ)speak tenderly to her.
15 And there I will give her her vineyards
and make the Valley of Achor[j] a door of hope.
And there she shall answer (BK)as in the days of her youth,
as at the time when she came out of the land of Egypt.

16 “And (BL)in that day, declares the Lord, you will call me ‘My Husband,’ and no longer will you call me ‘My Baal.’ 17 For (BM)I will remove the names of the Baals from her mouth, and they shall be remembered by name no more. 18 And (BN)I will make for them a covenant on that day with the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the creeping things of the ground. And (BO)I will abolish[k] the bow, the sword, and war from the land, and I will make you lie down in (BP)safety. 19 And I will betroth you to me (BQ)forever. (BR)I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love and in mercy. 20 (BS)I will betroth you to me in faithfulness. And (BT)you shall know the Lord.

21 “And (BU)in that day (BV)I will answer, declares the Lord,
I will answer the heavens,
and they shall answer the earth,
22 and the earth shall answer the grain, the wine, and the oil,
and they shall answer (BW)Jezreel,[l]
23 and (BX)I will sow her for myself in the land.
And (BY)I (BZ)will have mercy on No Mercy,[m]
and (CA)I will say to Not My People,[n] (CB)‘You are my people’;
and he shall say, ‘You are my God.’”

Hosea Redeems His Wife

And the Lord said to me, (CC)“Go again, love a woman who is loved by another man and is an adulteress, even as the Lord loves the children of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love cakes of raisins.” So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and a (CD)homer and a lethech[o] of barley. And I said to her, “You must (CE)dwell as mine for many days. You shall not play the whore, or belong to another man; so will I also be to you.” For the children of Israel (CF)shall dwell many days (CG)without king or prince, (CH)without sacrifice or (CI)pillar, without (CJ)ephod or (CK)household gods. Afterward (CL)the children of Israel shall return and (CM)seek the Lord their God, and (CN)David their king, (CO)and they shall come in fear to the Lord and to his goodness in the (CP)latter days.

Footnotes:

  1. Hosea 1:6 Hebrew Lo-ruhama, which means she has not received mercy
  2. Hosea 1:9 Hebrew Lo-ammi, which means not my people
  3. Hosea 1:9 Hebrew I am not yours
  4. Hosea 1:10 Ch 2:1 in Hebrew
  5. Hosea 1:10 Or Sons
  6. Hosea 2:1 Ch 2:3 in Hebrew
  7. Hosea 2:1 Hebrew ammi, which means my people
  8. Hosea 2:1 Hebrew ruhama, which means she has received mercy
  9. Hosea 2:6 Hebrew your
  10. Hosea 2:15 Achor means trouble; compare Joshua 7:26
  11. Hosea 2:18 Hebrew break
  12. Hosea 2:22 Jezreel means God will sow
  13. Hosea 2:23 Hebrew Lo-ruhama
  14. Hosea 2:23 Hebrew Lo-ammi
  15. Hosea 3:2 A shekel was about 2/5 ounce or 11 grams; a homer was about 6 bushels or 220 liters; a lethech was about 3 bushels or 110 liters

Cross references:

  1. Hosea 1:1 : Isa. 1:1; Amos 1:1; Mic. 1:1
  2. Hosea 1:1 : 2 Kgs. 14:23; 15:1
  3. Hosea 1:2 : [ch. 3:1]
  4. Hosea 1:2 : ch. 2:4
  5. Hosea 1:2 : [ch. 2:5]; See Ezek. 16:15
  6. Hosea 1:4 : [2 Kgs. 10:11]
  7. Hosea 1:4 : [Amos 7:9]
  8. Hosea 1:5 : [2 Kgs. 15:29]
  9. Hosea 1:5 : Josh. 17:16; Judg. 6:33
  10. Hosea 1:6 : [ver. 9; ch. 2:1, 23; Rom. 9:25; 1 Pet. 2:10]
  11. Hosea 1:6 : ch. 2:4; 2 Kgs. 17:6, 23
  12. Hosea 1:7 : [ch. 11:12; 2 Kgs. 19:35]
  13. Hosea 1:7 : [ch. 2:18; Zech. 4:6; 9:10]
  14. Hosea 1:9 : ver. 4, 6
  15. Hosea 1:9 : ch. 2:23; [Lev. 26:12]
  16. Hosea 1:10 : [Ezek. 36:10, 37]
  17. Hosea 1:10 : Gen. 22:17; See Gen. 13:16
  18. Hosea 1:10 : Cited Rom. 9:26
  19. Hosea 1:10 : Isa. 62:4
  20. Hosea 1:10 : [See ver. 9 above]; ch. 2:23; [Lev. 26:12]
  21. Hosea 1:10 : Deut. 14:1; [2 Cor. 6:18]
  22. Hosea 1:10 : Ps. 42:2; See Josh. 3:10
  23. Hosea 1:11 : Isa. 11:12, 13; Jer. 3:18; 50:4; Ezek. 34:23; Zech. 10:6; See Ezek. 37:16-24
  24. Hosea 1:11 : [ch. 3:5]
  25. Hosea 2:1 : [ch. 1:9]
  26. Hosea 2:1 : [ch. 1:6]
  27. Hosea 2:2 : [Isa. 50:1]
  28. Hosea 2:2 : [ch. 4:12; Ezek. 16:25]
  29. Hosea 2:3 : [Ezek. 16:39]
  30. Hosea 2:3 : [Ezek. 16:4]
  31. Hosea 2:3 : [ver. 9; Ezek. 19:13]
  32. Hosea 2:4 : ch. 1:6
  33. Hosea 2:4 : ch. 1:2
  34. Hosea 2:5 : [ch. 1:2]
  35. Hosea 2:5 : [ver. 12, 13]
  36. Hosea 2:5 : [ver. 8, 9; Jer. 44:17]
  37. Hosea 2:6 : Job 3:23
  38. Hosea 2:6 : [Job 19:8; Lam. 3:7, 9]
  39. Hosea 2:7 : [Luke 15:17, 18]
  40. Hosea 2:7 : [Isa. 54:5, 6]
  41. Hosea 2:7 : [Luke 15:17, 18]
  42. Hosea 2:8 : [ver. 20; Isa. 1:3]
  43. Hosea 2:8 : [Ezek. 16:19]
  44. Hosea 2:8 : Deut. 7:13
  45. Hosea 2:8 : ch. 13:2
  46. Hosea 2:8 : [Ezek. 16:17, 18]
  47. Hosea 2:9 : [ver. 3; Joel 1:10]
  48. Hosea 2:9 : [ver. 3; Joel 1:10]
  49. Hosea 2:10 : Lam. 1:8; Ezek. 16:37; 23:29
  50. Hosea 2:11 : [Jer. 7:34; Amos 8:10]
  51. Hosea 2:11 : [Amos 8:5]
  52. Hosea 2:11 : [Amos 8:5]
  53. Hosea 2:11 : [ch. 9:5; Isa. 1:13, 14]
  54. Hosea 2:12 : [Isa. 5:5]
  55. Hosea 2:12 : [ver. 5]
  56. Hosea 2:12 : [Mic. 1:7]
  57. Hosea 2:12 : [ch. 13:8]
  58. Hosea 2:13 : [ch. 4:9]
  59. Hosea 2:13 : [ch. 11:2; 13:1, 2]
  60. Hosea 2:13 : Ezek. 23:40; [Isa. 61:10]
  61. Hosea 2:14 : [Ezek. 20:35]
  62. Hosea 2:14 : Isa. 40:2
  63. Hosea 2:15 : [ch. 9:10; 11:1; Jer. 2:2; Ezek. 16:22, 60]
  64. Hosea 2:16 : ver. 18, 21
  65. Hosea 2:17 : Zeph. 1:4; Zech. 13:2; [Ex. 23:13]
  66. Hosea 2:18 : Ezek. 34:25; [Job 5:23]
  67. Hosea 2:18 : Ps. 46:9; Isa. 2:4; 9:5; Ezek. 39:9, 10
  68. Hosea 2:18 : Lev. 26:5; Jer. 23:6
  69. Hosea 2:19 : [Ezek. 43:7]
  70. Hosea 2:19 : [ver. 7, 16; Jer. 3:14, 15; 2 Cor. 11:2]
  71. Hosea 2:20 : [See ver. 19 above]; [ver. 7, 16; Jer. 3:14, 15; 2 Cor. 11:2]
  72. Hosea 2:20 : Jer. 31:34; John 17:3
  73. Hosea 2:21 : ver. 16
  74. Hosea 2:21 : [Zech. 8:12]
  75. Hosea 2:22 : [ch. 1:4, 11]
  76. Hosea 2:23 : [ch. 1:10]; See Ezek. 36:9-11
  77. Hosea 2:23 : Cited Rom. 9:25, 26
  78. Hosea 2:23 : ch. 1:6
  79. Hosea 2:23 : ch. 1:9; 1 Pet. 2:10
  80. Hosea 2:23 : ver. 1; Zech. 13:9; See Lev. 26:12; Jer. 31:33
  81. Hosea 3:1 : [ch. 1:2, 3]
  82. Hosea 3:2 : Lev. 27:16; [Ezek. 45:11]
  83. Hosea 3:3 : Deut. 21:13
  84. Hosea 3:4 : [See ver. 3 above]; Deut. 21:13
  85. Hosea 3:4 : ch. 10:3, 7
  86. Hosea 3:4 : [ch. 9:4]
  87. Hosea 3:4 : [ch. 10:1, 2]
  88. Hosea 3:4 : See Judg. 8:27
  89. Hosea 3:4 : See Gen. 31:19
  90. Hosea 3:5 : [ch. 14:1]
  91. Hosea 3:5 : Jer. 29:13; 50:4
  92. Hosea 3:5 : Ezek. 34:23; [ch. 1:11]; See Jer. 23:5
  93. Hosea 3:5 : [Mic. 7:17]
  94. Hosea 3:5 : Isa. 2:2; See Mic. 4:1-3
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1 John 5

Overcoming the World

(A)Everyone who believes that (B)Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and (C)everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. (D)By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For (E)this is the love of God, that we (F)keep his commandments. And (G)his commandments are not burdensome. For (H)everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—(I)our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes (J)that Jesus is the Son of God?

Testimony Concerning the Son of God

This is he who came (K)by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And (L)the Spirit is the one who testifies, because (M)the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree. (N)If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God (O)that he has borne concerning his Son. 10 Whoever believes in the Son of God (P)has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God (Q)has made him a liar, (R)because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son. 11 And this is the testimony, that God gave us (S)eternal life, and (T)this life is in his Son. 12 (U)Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

That You May Know

13 I write (V)these things to you who (W)believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 And this is (X)the confidence that we have toward him, that (Y)if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

16 If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and (Z)God[a] will give him life—to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. (AA)There is sin that leads to death; (AB)I do not say that one should pray for that. 17 (AC)All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that does not lead to death.

18 We know that (AD)everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but (AE)he who was born of God (AF)protects him, and the evil one does not touch him.

19 We know that we are from God, and (AG)the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.

20 And we know that the Son of God has come and (AH)has given us understanding, so that we may know (AI)him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and (AJ)eternal life. 21 Little children, (AK)keep yourselves from idols.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 John 5:16 Greek he
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Psalm 124

Our Help Is in the Name of the Lord

A Song of (A)Ascents. Of David.

124 (B)If it had not been the Lord who was on our side—
(C)let Israel now say—
if it had not been the Lord who was on our side
when people rose up against us,
then they would have (D)swallowed us up alive,
when their anger was kindled against us;
then (E)the flood would have (F)swept us away,
the torrent would have gone (G)over us;
then over us would have gone
the raging waters.

Blessed be the Lord,
who has not given us
as prey to their teeth!
We have escaped like a bird
from (H)the snare of the fowlers;
the snare is broken,
and we have escaped!

(I)Our help is in the name of the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.

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Proverbs 29:5-8

(A)A man who flatters his neighbor
spreads (B)a net for his feet.
An evil man is (C)ensnared in his transgression,
but a righteous man (D)sings and rejoices.
A righteous man (E)knows the rights of the poor;
a wicked man does not (F)understand such knowledge.
(G)Scoffers set a city aflame,
but the wise turn away wrath.

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12/04/2019 DAB Transcript

Daniel 11:36-12:13, 1 John 4:1-21, Psalms 123:1-4, Proverbs 29:2-4

Today is the 4th day of December. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and it’s great to be here with you as we continue our journey through this first week of the 12th month of the year. And we find ourselves in the book of Daniel in the Old Testament and in the letter that we call first John in the New Testament. So, let’s dive in. We’re reading from the English Standard Version this week. Daniel chapter 11 verse 36 through chapter 12 verse 13.

Commentary:

Okay. Back…back a few months ago when we were reading the book of Ephesians, which is a letter that was written by the apostle Paul, we…we discussed how…how grand of a vista we were looking, at how the good news is actually so good it’s almost too good to be true. And we encounter that kind of a vista today in this letter that we’re reading, known as first John. And the implications are so profound that I mean…words…words fail. I mean what’s being said about who we are is so profound that, if it ever seeped past our head and into our hearts and was fully activated within us our world, which I mean, the way we live our lives would be forever transformed, which is the point. So, let’s just kind of work through what we read today. Obviously, John is speaking about false teachings and false prophets and testing spirits and like understanding what the truth is. And basically, there was just a lot of discussion and a lot of teachings about who Jesus was. Like we have reached a point now that Jesus’ ministry is over, and He has ascended to the Father. And now, as the message, the good news spreads throughout the world, people are trying to…to sort of reverse engineer what’s going on, to understand what’s happening. And, so, lots of different teachings were kind of sprouting up. And, so, John confronts one of those today. It was a teaching that claimed that Jesus wasn’t really a…a…a human being, that He was more of an apparition more of it like a ghost, he was a spiritual being but not a flesh and blood human. So, we remember in John’s Gospel, at the beginning of John’s Gospel, he says that, “the word became flesh and dwelt among us.” So, the question here then became, “is the divine simply being made visible? Like, is He not a human being? He’s a being, a spiritual being that is…has been made visible so that we can see him but he’s not a human or has the divine been made flesh as John claimed?” So, this idea that Jesus was like a spiritual apparition, this would be called Docetism later on. So, John addresses this and I’m quoting John, “by this you know the Spirit of God. Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God.” So, our eyes could glaze over going and we could be like, “well…this is just like a theological issue, right? This…like…this doesn’t actually affect the way my life is lived. It’s just…yes…I want to understand the truth but this is just a theological truth that doesn’t actually touch my…my world.” John’s actually arguing that it does touch our worlds profoundly that Jesus came in the flesh. So, John’s saying, “look. You can know the spirit of a person by their posture toward Jesus.” And then he encourages them. “Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” Okay, so that’s a super famous verse, but it’s setting up something very, very important. “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” Okay, so lots of people are saying lots of things about Jesus, lots of teachings that are divergent are occurring and John is saying, “you know how to see what’s true by understanding how people relate to Jesus.” And what John is teaching is that the Spirit of God isn’t distant, isn’t esoteric, isn’t hard to understand like all of this swirl of false teaching was suggesting. Instead, this Spirit of God is within those who believe and is a greater than the deception of the world. It’s important for John that Jesus was a flesh and blood human being and divine at the same time because Jesus came to rescue humanity and model humanity. So, even though what John’s saying can look highly theological because it is, the implications are very practical because Jesus came as a human being and was the divine…was God made flesh. And if through the work of Christ humanity can be redeemed and restored to God, in other words there is no chasm of sin any longer, then God, the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead, indwells you, indwells us, lives within our flesh, which means we can become Christlike because of the work of Christ, right? The human and the divine occupying the same space at the same time within us. Yeah, that’s mic drop kind of stuff, that’s like holy moly! We talked about this when we were working through Paul’s letters, but if God indwells you and you are moving around the earth how can you ever feel like God has abandoned you when He is within you. But how do you know? Like, I mean how you know this? What is the evidence of this? Love. I’m quoting John. “Beloved let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent His only son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God”, right? Not that we did him a favor by loving him, but “that he loved us and sent His son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so love us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, God abides in us and His love is perfected in us.” Okay. So, Jesus was the physical human embodiment of God’s love for us, a love that we could actually see in action. It wasn't…it wasn’t that we could see a vision of it or an apparition of it. It was given to us by God in the flesh as we are. When we have one another we’re making the love of God, that same love, visible in the flesh, our flesh, just like Jesus did. John explains it like this. So, I’m quoting John. “So, we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love and whoever abides in love abides in God and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as He is, so also are we in this world”, right? So, we’re seeing a description of the fact that we are supposed to be becoming Christlike as he is. This is pretty big stuff here. We can’t see God as John pointed out and as we know, but we can see each other. And when we understand that our reality is that the Spirit of God lives inside, within us, then we begin to understand that the body of Christ isn’t an example or a metaphor, it’s a reality. We are physically bringing the love of God to the world in the same fashion that Jesus did, as He is, Christlike because it’s the same Spirit. The same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead is guiding our lives and when we die to ourselves and live into this reality then the love of God is made perfect in us and perfect love casts out all fear. So, when we love God is loving through us and love is pouring out into the world and when we love we are being perfected and when we love we’re being as He is, Christlike. So, the bottom line here is that we have a job to do. Like our job isn’t to wake up every morning and try to figure out our problems and try to say the right prayers so God will bestow blessing on us so that we can be comfortable. We’re supposed to be loving the world as Christ in this world, the hands and feet of Jesus, the body of Christ. We are a part of that story. that’s who we are and we are empowered after the same fashion that Jesus was to do this job, not because we earned it, not because we’re somehow…we were born this way, but because of Christ’s sacrifice and God’s love for us even when we were His enemies. God has elevated us back to who we were created to be, intertwined with Him in this world, revealing His love. That’s pretty big stuff and maybe…I mean…you sit down and think about it and you’re like, “this is too good, this is too big., I can’t get my mind around this.” Grab your Bible and…and just start working your way through first John chapter 4 just like what we just did. This is what the Scripture says. This is who we are. This is what we’re supposed to be doing and it’s going to require endurance to do it, as we have been seeing and as we will continue to see as we move forward. But be encouraged today. The Spirit of God is within you and the evidence of that will be how you love today.

Prayer:

Holy Spirit, we invite You into all of this. We ask that You lead us into all truth and we open ourselves completely to You. We ask that You would plant what we’ve read here from the Scriptures into our lives today. We pray that the soil of our hearts would be fertile and that these spiritual truths and realities that are…that are fundamental of…fundamentals of this faith, that they would not be fundamentals anymore, they would be realities that we would live into these things and wouldn’t think of them as theology or wouldn’t think of them as metaphors, but think of them as our reality. What You have done for us is so monumental that it’s hard to get our heads around and we are grateful, and we are thankful. And we’re also seeing how subdued and suppressed we’ve lived our lives. If the Spirit of the living God is within us there’s nothing we can’t do. So come Holy Spirit, may we be willing vessels for Your work in this world. We pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday December 4, 2019 (NIV)

Daniel 11:36-12:13

36 “And the king shall (A)do as he wills. (B)He shall exalt himself and magnify himself above every god, (C)and shall speak astonishing things against (D)the God of gods. (E)He shall prosper (F)till the indignation is accomplished; for what is decreed shall be done. 37 He shall pay no attention to the gods of his fathers, or to the one beloved by women. He shall not pay attention to any other god, for (G)he shall magnify himself above all. 38 He shall honor the god of fortresses instead of these. A god whom his fathers did not know he shall honor (H)with gold and silver, with precious stones and costly gifts. 39 He shall deal with the strongest fortresses with the help of a foreign god. Those who acknowledge him he shall load with honor. He shall make them rulers over many and (I)shall divide the land for a price.[a]

40 (J)“At the time of the end, the king of the south shall attack[b] him, but the king of the north shall rush upon him (K)like a whirlwind, with chariots and horsemen, and with many ships. And he shall come into countries and (L)shall overflow and pass through. 41 He shall come into (M)the glorious land. And tens of thousands shall fall, but these shall be delivered out of his hand: (N)Edom and (O)Moab and the main part of the (P)Ammonites. 42 He shall stretch out his hand against the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape. 43 He shall become ruler of the treasures of gold and of silver, and all the precious things of Egypt, and the (Q)Libyans and the (R)Cushites shall follow in his train. 44 But news from the east and the north shall alarm him, and he shall go out with great fury to destroy and devote many to destruction. 45 And he shall pitch his palatial tents between the sea and the glorious holy mountain. Yet he shall come to his end, with none to help him.

The Time of the End

12 “At that time shall arise (S)Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And (T)there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, (U)everyone whose name shall be found written in the book. And many of those who (V)sleep in (W)the dust of the earth shall (X)awake, (Y)some to everlasting life, and (Z)some to shame and everlasting contempt. (AA)And those who are wise (AB)shall shine like the brightness of the sky above;[c] and (AC)those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. But you, Daniel, (AD)shut up the words and (AE)seal the book, until (AF)the time of the end. (AG)Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”

Then I, Daniel, looked, and behold, two others stood, one on (AH)this bank of the stream and one on that bank of the stream. And someone said to (AI)the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream,[d] (AJ)“How long shall it be till the end of these wonders?” And I heard (AK)the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream; (AL)he raised his right hand and his left hand toward heaven and (AM)swore by him who lives forever that it would be for a (AN)time, times, and half a time, and that when the shattering of (AO)the power of (AP)the holy people comes to an end all these things would be finished. I heard, (AQ)but I did not understand. Then I said, “O my lord, what shall be the outcome of these things?” He said, (AR)“Go your way, Daniel, (AS)for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end. 10 (AT)Many shall purify themselves and make themselves white and be refined, but (AU)the wicked shall act wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand, (AV)but those who are wise shall understand. 11 And from the time that (AW)the regular burnt offering is taken away and (AX)the abomination that makes desolate is set up, there shall be 1,290 days. 12 (AY)Blessed is he who waits and arrives at the 1,335 days. 13 (AZ)But go your way till the end. (BA)And you shall rest and shall stand in your allotted place at (BB)the end of the days.”

Footnotes:

  1. Daniel 11:39 Or land as payment
  2. Daniel 11:40 Hebrew thrust at
  3. Daniel 12:3 Hebrew the expanse; compare Genesis 1:6–8
  4. Daniel 12:6 Or who was upstream; also verse 7

Cross references:

  1. Daniel 11:36 : ver. 3, 16
  2. Daniel 11:36 : [ch. 7:25; 2 Thess. 2:4]
  3. Daniel 11:36 : [ch. 7:25; Rev. 13:5, 6]
  4. Daniel 11:36 : Deut. 10:17
  5. Daniel 11:36 : [ch. 8:12]
  6. Daniel 11:36 : [Isa. 10:25]; ch. 9:27
  7. Daniel 11:37 : [See ver. 36 above]; [ch. 7:25; 2 Thess. 2:4]
  8. Daniel 11:38 : [Joel 3:5]
  9. Daniel 11:39 : [Lam. 5:2, 6]
  10. Daniel 11:40 : [ver. 27, 35]
  11. Daniel 11:40 : Zech. 9:14
  12. Daniel 11:40 : ver. 10, 26
  13. Daniel 11:41 : ver. 16; See ch. 8:9
  14. Daniel 11:41 : [Isa. 11:14]
  15. Daniel 11:41 : [Isa. 11:14]
  16. Daniel 11:41 : [Isa. 11:14]
  17. Daniel 11:43 : [2 Chr. 12:3]
  18. Daniel 11:43 : 2 Chr. 12:3; Ezek. 30:4, 5; Nah. 3:9
  19. Daniel 12:1 : See ch. 10:13
  20. Daniel 12:1 : Jer. 30:7; Matt. 24:21; Mark 13:19; [Rev. 16:18]
  21. Daniel 12:1 : Ex. 32:32, 33; [Ezek. 13:9; Luke 10:20; Rev. 20:12]
  22. Daniel 12:2 : [Ps. 17:15; John 11:11]
  23. Daniel 12:2 : [Isa. 26:19]; See Ezek. 37:1-10
  24. Daniel 12:2 : [Isa. 26:19]; See Ezek. 37:1-10
  25. Daniel 12:2 : Matt. 25:46; John 5:28, 29; Acts 24:15; Rev. 20:12, 13
  26. Daniel 12:2 : Matt. 25:46; John 5:28, 29; Acts 24:15; Rev. 20:12, 13
  27. Daniel 12:3 : ch. 11:33
  28. Daniel 12:3 : Matt. 13:43
  29. Daniel 12:3 : [Mal. 2:6]
  30. Daniel 12:4 : [ver. 9; ch. 8:26]
  31. Daniel 12:4 : Isa. 8:16; 29:11; Rev. 5:1; 10:4; 22:10
  32. Daniel 12:4 : [ver. 13]; See ch. 8:17
  33. Daniel 12:4 : Amos 8:12
  34. Daniel 12:5 : [ch. 10:4]
  35. Daniel 12:6 : ch. 10:5; Ezek. 9:2
  36. Daniel 12:6 : ch. 8:13
  37. Daniel 12:7 : [See ver. 6 above]; ch. 10:5; Ezek. 9:2
  38. Daniel 12:7 : See Gen. 14:22
  39. Daniel 12:7 : [Rev. 10:6]
  40. Daniel 12:7 : ch. 7:25
  41. Daniel 12:7 : [ch. 8:24]
  42. Daniel 12:7 : [ch. 8:24]
  43. Daniel 12:8 : [ch. 8:15]
  44. Daniel 12:9 : ver. 13
  45. Daniel 12:9 : [ver. 4]
  46. Daniel 12:10 : [ch. 11:35]
  47. Daniel 12:10 : [Rev. 9:20; 22:11]
  48. Daniel 12:10 : [See ver. 3 above]; ch. 11:33
  49. Daniel 12:11 : ch. 11:31
  50. Daniel 12:11 : See ch. 11:31
  51. Daniel 12:12 : [Matt. 10:22]
  52. Daniel 12:13 : ver. 9
  53. Daniel 12:13 : Isa. 57:2; [Rev. 6:11]
  54. Daniel 12:13 : [Matt. 13:39]
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1 John 4

Test the Spirits

Beloved, (A)do not believe every spirit, but (B)test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for (C)many (D)false prophets (E)have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: (F)every spirit that confesses that (G)Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit (H)that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and (I)now is in the world already. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for (J)he who is in you is greater than (K)he who is in the world. (L)They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and (M)the world listens to them. We are from God. (N)Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know (O)the Spirit of truth and (P)the spirit of error.

God Is Love

Beloved, (Q)let us love one another, for love is from God, and (R)whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. (S)Anyone who does not love does not know God, because (T)God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that (U)God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, (V)not that we have loved God (W)but that he loved us and sent his Son to be (X)the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 (Y)No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and (Z)his love is perfected in us.

13 (AA)By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And (AB)we have seen and testify that (AC)the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of (AD)the world. 15 (AE)Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 So (AF)we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. (AG)God is love, and (AH)whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this (AI)is love perfected with us, so that (AJ)we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because (AK)as he is so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but (AL)perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not (AM)been perfected in love. 19 (AN)We love because he first loved us. 20 (AO)If anyone says, “I love God,” and (AP)hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot[a] love God (AQ)whom he has not seen. 21 And (AR)this commandment we have from him: (AS)whoever loves God must also love his brother.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 John 4:20 Some manuscripts how can he
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Psalm 123

Our Eyes Look to the Lord Our God

A Song of (A)Ascents.

123 To you I (B)lift up my eyes,
O you who are (C)enthroned in the heavens!
Behold, as the eyes of servants
look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maidservant
to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the Lord our God,
till he has mercy upon us.

(D)Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us,
for we have had more than enough of (E)contempt.
Our soul has had more than enough
of (F)the scorn of (G)those who are at ease,
of the contempt of (H)the proud.

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Proverbs 29:2-4

When (A)the righteous increase, the people rejoice,
but when (B)the wicked rule, the people groan.
He who (C)loves wisdom makes his father glad,
but (D)a companion of prostitutes (E)squanders his wealth.
By justice a king (F)builds up the land,
but he who exacts gifts[a] tears it down.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 29:4 Or who taxes heavily
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12/03/2019 DAB Transcript

Daniel 11:2-35, 1 John 3:7-24, Psalms 122:1-9, Proverbs 29:1

Today is December 3rd. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It’s great to be here with you today as we take the next step forward in our year and take the next step forward on this path that we have been following for this year through the Bible, which will take us back into the book of Daniel in our Old Testament reading and back into the letter, the first letter of John in our New Testament reading. We’re reading from the English Standard Version this week. Daniel chapter 11 verses 2 through 35.

Commentary:

Alright. Let’s talk about what we read in first John today because if we can grasp what we read in first John today it’s one of the most poignant, pivotal, important…I’m trying to like think about other words, this is like bedrock stuff for how we’re supposed to live a life of faith, like what it’s supposed to actually look. So, like John…John asks a question, “if anyone has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him”,  which if you think about it causes us to pause for a second and just think, “what is the purpose of God’s benevolence?” Like, “what is…why…why would He bless anybody in any way?” Like, “is He blessing us for our good behavior? Is He blessing us because He just simply loves us more and wants us to benefit more, or does He love and bless us so that He can then love and bless through us, or because of us, or in collaboration?” And before we go any further, let’s like jump out of first John and go back to the gospel of John and see that John quotes Jesus. So now from John’s Gospel I am speaking the words of Jesus. “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples”. So, all of the sudden we’re starting to see James and Peter’s point being made in John’s letter and that is fundamentally that we can’t claim a faith that does not change our actions in any way, right? Like, we can claim anything but if we’re not living that it’s not true. So, taking that further, we can’t claim to walk in the love of God if there’s no love flowing out of us into the world, right? True faith, true love compels us into action, which is…which is what John said. So, let me quote John from first John. “Let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before Him. For whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart and he knows everything.” So, what we’re being told here is that love is the thing, and love cannot be fully expressed in word alone or talk. It must be done in deed and in truth. So, in another words it’s offered not as a manipulation, it’s offered freely as an honest true gift and borne out in the actions of our lives. And, so, John gives us a gauge. “By this”, which is our love in action, “by our love in action, we will know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before Him.” Because if our heart is condemning us and we are loving in deed and in truth, well then we know we are on the right path and God is greater than our heart or any kind of condemnation that will come against us. We’re certain of God’s love and that His love is within us when we see Him loving through us. And we see him loving through us when we open the floodgates and let love flow out of us. This is where it gets really helpful. This is where the layers start peeling back. We started talking about what was the purpose of God’s blessing upon us in the first place. And if we look, any kind of blessing that we get we usually try to hoard. We usually live from a place of lack. We usually live as if what we have obtained is in limited supply, which then leads us to be very self-absorbed about just about everything in our lives, which according to John then reveals that God’s love is absent from the equation. So, there’s an example that I like to use…because…well…because it’s biblical. And we’ll go back and see this for ourselves in February when we go back to the land of the Bible. There’s this geographical body of water known as the Dead Sea. It’s known as the Dead Sea because it sits at…it’s the lowest point on earth, right? There’s nothing lower. So, when water flows into the Dead Sea there’s no way for it to continue its journey, it has reached the bottom, like the lowest point on earth. And, so, it stays there, becomes stagnant and there’s no life in it. Water flows into it but can’t leave. But just north of there is another very famous body of water known as the Sea of Galilee. The Sea of Galilee is also below sea level. In fact, it’s the lowest freshwater lake in the world. Water comes out of the mountains and fills the Sea of Galilee, which has a tributary known as the Jordan River. And the Jordan River flows out of the Sea of Galilee bringing life all along the line and eventually dumps into the Dead Sea. So, let’s just…like if we think back to the time when Jesus walked to this earth until today water has continued to flow out of the mountains into the Sea of Galilee, out of the Sea of Galilee down the Jordan River and into the Dead Sea. We’re talking about billions and billions of gallons of melting snow and rainwater and fresh living water that has flowed out of the Sea of Galilee since Christ lived around it. It’s still full of water. Billions of gallons have flowed out of it and it’s still full of water and it’s never grown stagnant because new water is constantly flowing into it. What John’s trying to tell us here is that there is no lack, there is no shortage of God’s love, but we will only ever experience that kind of life and that kind of awareness when we’re not trying to hoard and look at everything from a sense of lack. When we throw open the floodgates and allow everything that flows in to flow back out then we do not become stagnant, then we do not become a lifeless, like the Dead Sea. So, are we living in lack spiritually, physically, in any way? Are we living in lack because we have habitually been selfish? Then what we are witnessing is ourselves becoming stagnant and we will not find life in that direction. But if our hearts actually have been overcome with the love of God then that is gonna require more than us just saying it. It’s going to propel us to love in every way that we can think. And what we’ll find is that the more we’re willing to love the more full we’re going to become. No matter how much love flows out of us we will be filled again with God’s love because there is no lack, and he’s loving the world through us and this is the only way we will ever get a sense of fullness, wholeness. When we start to hoard then that is all there is. We have…my dad used to use an example, he’d say, “get all you can. Can all you get. And sit on the lid” as an example of this kind of behavior. When we do that though, even if the can is full that is all there will ever be. When John is telling us, when the Bible, the Scriptures, are telling us, we are tapped into the author of life, and the energy that is flowing through that connection is known as love. And if we’re willing to give it away, we will never be in lack of it. So, I mean it’s hard to ignore that we’re moving full force into the holiday…into the Christmas season. This is something we need to carry with us through this season. The greatest gift we will ever be able to offer is an open heart. God can do miracles through the open hearts of his children. And yet if we’re going to be closed off and stagnant then we can say whatever we want to say, there is no life there. So, it’s a matter of which direction we want to head in  from here.

Prayer:

Father, we want to head in the direction of love. It’s just that sometimes people are hard to love and because that’s difficult it exposes all of our brokenness and then all of a sudden we’re just wallowing in brokenness when You have come to make us full and whole and all we have to do is surrender and find ourselves in an ocean of love that is inexhaustible. Show us how to live like that because that would be becoming Christlike. That is the direction we are supposed to be heading in. We can’t get there on our own. And, so, we invite Your Holy Spirit to once again illuminate our path and lead us into all truth. And we pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday December 3, 2019 (NIV)

Daniel 11:2-35

“And now I will show you (A)the truth. Behold, three more kings shall arise in Persia, and a fourth shall be far richer than all of them. And when he has become strong through his riches, he shall stir up all against the kingdom of Greece. Then (B)a mighty king shall arise, who shall rule with great dominion and (C)do as he wills. And as soon as he has arisen, (D)his kingdom shall be broken and divided (E)toward the (F)four winds of heaven, but (G)not to his posterity, nor according to the authority with which he ruled, for his kingdom shall be plucked up and go to others besides these.

“Then the king of the south shall be strong, but one of his princes shall be stronger than he (H)and shall rule, and his authority shall be a great authority. After some years (I)they shall make an alliance, and the daughter of the king of the south shall come to the king of the north to make an agreement. But she shall not retain the strength of her arm, and he and his arm shall not endure, but she shall be given up, and her attendants, he who fathered her, and he who supported[a] her in those times.

“And from a branch from her roots one shall arise in his place. He shall come against the army and enter the (J)fortress of the king of the north, and he shall deal with them and shall prevail. He shall also carry off to Egypt their gods with their metal images and their precious (K)vessels of silver and gold, and for some years he shall refrain from attacking the king of the north. Then the latter shall come into the realm of the king of the south but shall return to his own land.

10 “His sons shall wage war and assemble a multitude of great forces, which shall keep coming (L)and overflow and pass through, and again shall carry the war as far as his (M)fortress. 11 Then the king of the south, (N)moved with rage, shall come out and fight against the king of the north. (O)And he shall raise a great multitude, but it shall be given into his hand. 12 And when the multitude is taken away, his heart shall be exalted, and he shall cast down tens of thousands, but he shall not prevail. 13 For the king of the north shall again (P)raise a multitude, greater than the first. And (Q)after some years[b] he shall come on with a great army and abundant supplies.

14 “In those times many shall rise against the king of the south, and the violent among your own people shall lift themselves up in order to fulfill the vision, but (R)they shall fail. 15 Then the king of the north shall come and (S)throw up siegeworks and take a well-fortified city. And the forces of the south shall not stand, or even his best troops, for there shall be no strength to stand. 16 But he who comes against him shall (T)do as he wills, and (U)none shall stand before him. And he shall stand in (V)the glorious land, with destruction in his hand. 17 He shall (W)set his face to come with the strength of his whole kingdom, and he shall bring terms of an agreement and perform them. He shall give him the daughter of women to destroy the kingdom,[c] but it shall not stand or be to his advantage. 18 Afterward he shall turn his face to the coastlands and shall capture many of them, but a commander shall put an end to his insolence. Indeed,[d] he (X)shall turn his insolence back upon him. 19 Then he shall turn his face back toward the (Y)fortresses of his own land, but he shall (Z)stumble and fall, (AA)and shall not be found.

20 “Then shall arise in his place one who shall send an (AB)exactor of tribute for the glory of the kingdom. But within a few days he shall be broken, neither in anger nor in battle. 21 In his place shall arise a contemptible person to whom royal majesty has not been given. (AC)He shall come in without warning and obtain the kingdom (AD)by flatteries. 22 Armies shall be (AE)utterly swept away before him and broken, even the prince of the covenant. 23 And from the time that an alliance is made with him he shall act deceitfully, and he shall become strong with a small people. 24 (AF)Without warning he shall come into (AG)the richest parts[e] of the province, and he shall do what neither his fathers nor his fathers' fathers have done, scattering among them plunder, spoil, and goods. He shall devise plans against strongholds, but only for a time. 25 And he shall stir up his power and his heart against (AH)the king of the south with a great army. And the king of the south shall wage war with an exceedingly great and mighty army, but he shall not stand, for plots shall be devised against him. 26 Even those who eat his food shall break him. His army shall be (AI)swept away, and many shall fall down slain. 27 And as for the two kings, their hearts shall be bent on doing evil. They shall speak lies at the same table, but to no avail, for (AJ)the end is yet to be at the time appointed. 28 And he shall return to his land with great wealth, but his heart shall be set against the holy covenant. And he shall work his will and return to his own land.

29 “At the time appointed he shall return and come into the south, but it shall not be this time as it was before. 30 For ships of (AK)Kittim shall come against him, and he shall be afraid and withdraw, and shall turn back and (AL)be enraged and (AM)take action against the holy covenant. He shall turn back and pay attention to those who forsake the holy covenant. 31 Forces from him shall appear and (AN)profane the temple and fortress, and shall take away the regular burnt offering. And (AO)they shall set up the abomination that makes desolate. 32 He shall seduce with flattery those who violate the covenant, but the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action. 33 (AP)And the wise among the people shall make many understand, though for some days they shall stumble by sword and flame, by captivity and plunder. 34 When they stumble, they shall receive a little help. And many shall join themselves to them with flattery, 35 and some of the wise shall stumble, so that they may be refined, (AQ)purified, and (AR)made white, until (AS)the time of the end, (AT)for it still awaits the appointed time.

Footnotes:

  1. Daniel 11:6 Or obtained
  2. Daniel 11:13 Hebrew at the end of the times
  3. Daniel 11:17 Hebrew her, or it
  4. Daniel 11:18 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
  5. Daniel 11:24 Or among the richest men
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1 John 3:7-24

Little children, (A)let no one deceive you. (B)Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. (C)Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was (D)to destroy the works of the devil. (E)No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's[a] seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God. 10 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, (F)nor is the one who (G)does not love his brother.

Love One Another

11 For (H)this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, (I)that we should love one another. 12 We should not be like (J)Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? (K)Because his own deeds were evil and his brother's righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, brothers,[b] (L)that the world hates you. 14 We know that (M)we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. 15 (N)Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that (O)no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.

16 By this we know love, that (P)he laid down his life for us, and (Q)we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 17 But (R)if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet (S)closes his heart against him, (T)how does God's love abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not (U)love in word or talk but in deed and (V)in truth.

19 By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; 20 for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. 21 Beloved, (W)if our heart does not condemn us, (X)we have confidence before God; 22 and (Y)whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and (Z)do what pleases him. 23 And this is his commandment, (AA)that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and (AB)love one another, (AC)just as he has commanded us. 24 (AD)Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God,[c] and God[d] in him. And (AE)by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 John 3:9 Greek his
  2. 1 John 3:13 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters; also verses 14, 16
  3. 1 John 3:24 Greek him
  4. 1 John 3:24 Greek he
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Psalm 122

Let Us Go to the House of the Lord

A Song of (A)Ascents. Of David.

122 I was glad when they said to me,
(B)“Let us go to the house of the Lord!”
Our feet have been standing
within your gates, O Jerusalem!

Jerusalem—(C)built as a city
that is (D)bound firmly together,
to which the tribes (E)go up,
the tribes of the Lord,
as was (F)decreed for[a] Israel,
to give thanks to the name of the Lord.
There (G)thrones for judgment were set,
the thrones of the house of David.

(H)Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!
“May they be secure who love you!
Peace be within your (I)walls
and security within your (J)towers!”
For my brothers and companions' sake
I will say, (K)“Peace be within you!”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
I will (L)seek your good.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 122:4 Or as a testimony for
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Proverbs 29:1

29 (A)He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck,
will suddenly be (B)broken (C)beyond healing.

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