The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday June 21, 2024 (NIV)

2 Kings 1-2

Elijah and King Ahaziah

After the death of King Ahab of Israel the country of Moab rebelled against Israel.

King Ahaziah of Israel fell off the balcony on the roof of his palace in Samaria and was seriously injured. So he sent some messengers to consult Baalzebub, the god of the Philistine city of Ekron, in order to find out whether or not he would recover. But an angel of the Lord commanded Elijah, the prophet from Tishbe, to go and meet the messengers of King Ahaziah and ask them, “Why are you going to consult Baalzebub, the god of Ekron? Is it because you think there is no god in Israel? Tell the king that the Lord says, ‘You will not recover from your injuries; you will die!’”

Elijah did as the Lord commanded, and the messengers returned to the king. “Why have you come back?” he asked.

They answered, “We were met by a man who told us to come back and tell you that the Lord says to you, ‘Why are you sending messengers to consult Baalzebub, the god of Ekron? Is it because you think there is no god in Israel? You will not recover from your injuries; you will die!’”

“What did the man look like?” the king asked.

(A)“He was wearing a cloak made of animal skins, tied with[a] a leather belt,” they answered.

“It's Elijah!” the king exclaimed.

Then he sent an officer with fifty men to get Elijah. The officer found him sitting on a hill and said to him, “Man of God, the king orders you to come down.”

10 (B)“If I am a man of God,” Elijah answered, “may fire come down from heaven and kill you and your men!” At once fire came down and killed the officer and his men.

11 The king sent another officer with fifty men, who went up[b] and said to Elijah, “Man of God, the king orders you to come down at once!”

12 “If I am a man of God,” Elijah answered, “may fire come down from heaven and kill you and your men!” At once the fire of God came down and killed the officer and his men.

13 Once more the king sent an officer with fifty men. He went up the hill, fell on his knees in front of Elijah, and pleaded, “Man of God, be merciful to me and my men. Spare our lives! 14 The two other officers and their men were killed by fire from heaven; but please be merciful to me!”

15 The angel of the Lord said to Elijah, “Go down with him, and don't be afraid.” So Elijah went with the officer to the king 16 and said to him, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Because you sent messengers to consult Baalzebub, the god of Ekron—as if there were no god in Israel to consult—you will not get well; you will die!’”

17 Ahaziah died, as the Lord had said through Elijah. Ahaziah had no sons, so his brother[c] Joram succeeded him as king in the second year of the reign of Jehoram son of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah.

18 Everything else that King Ahaziah did is recorded in The History of the Kings of Israel.

Elijah Is Taken Up to Heaven

The time came for the Lord to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind. Elijah and Elisha set out from Gilgal, and on the way Elijah said to Elisha, “Now stay here; the Lord has ordered me to go to Bethel.”

But Elisha answered, “I swear by my loyalty to the living Lord and to you that I will not leave you.” So they went on to Bethel.

A group of prophets who lived there went to Elisha and asked him, “Do you know that the Lord is going to take your master away from you today?”

“Yes, I know,” Elisha answered. “But let's not talk about it.”

Then Elijah said to Elisha, “Now stay here; the Lord has ordered me to go to Jericho.”

But Elisha answered, “I swear by my loyalty to the living Lord and to you that I will not leave you.” So they went on to Jericho.

A group of prophets who lived there went to Elisha and asked him, “Do you know that the Lord is going to take your master away from you today?”

“Yes, I know,” Elisha answered. “But let's not talk about it.”

Then Elijah said to Elisha, “Now stay here; the Lord has ordered me to go to the Jordan River.”

But Elisha answered, “I swear by my loyalty to the living Lord and to you that I will not leave you.” So they went on, and fifty of the prophets followed them to the Jordan. Elijah and Elisha stopped by the river, and the fifty prophets stood a short distance away. Then Elijah took off his cloak, rolled it up, and struck the water with it; the water divided, and he and Elisha crossed to the other side on dry ground. (C)There, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what you want me to do for you before I am taken away.”

“Let me receive the share of your power that will make me your successor,”[d] Elisha answered.

10 “That is a difficult request to grant,” Elijah replied. “But you will receive it if you see me as I am being taken away from you; if you don't see me, you won't receive it.”

11 They kept talking as they walked on; then suddenly a chariot of fire pulled by horses of fire came between them, and Elijah was taken up to heaven by a whirlwind. 12 (D)Elisha saw it and cried out to Elijah, “My father, my father! Mighty defender of Israel! You are gone!” And he never saw Elijah again.

In grief Elisha tore his cloak in two. 13 Then he picked up Elijah's cloak that had fallen from him, and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. 14 He struck the water with Elijah's cloak and said, “Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” Then he struck the water again, and it divided, and he walked over to the other side. 15 The fifty prophets from Jericho saw him and said, “The power of Elijah is on Elisha!” They went to meet him, bowed down before him, 16 and said, “There are fifty of us here, all strong men. Let us go and look for your master. Maybe the spirit of the Lord has carried him away and left him on some mountain or in some valley.”

“No, you must not go,” Elisha answered.

17 But they insisted until he gave in and let them go. The fifty of them went and looked high and low for Elijah for three days, but didn't find him. 18 Then they returned to Elisha, who had waited at Jericho, and he said to them, “Didn't I tell you not to go?”

Miracles of Elisha

19 Some men from Jericho went to Elisha and said, “As you know, sir, this is a fine city, but the water is bad and causes miscarriages.”

20 “Put some salt in a new bowl and bring it to me,” he ordered. They brought it to him, 21 and he went to the spring, threw the salt in the water, and said, “This is what the Lord says: ‘I make this water pure, and it will not cause any more deaths or miscarriages.’” 22 And that water has been pure ever since, just as Elisha said it would be.

23 Elisha left Jericho to go to Bethel, and on the way some boys came out of a town and made fun of him. “Get out of here, baldy!” they shouted.

24 Elisha turned around, glared at them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. Then two she-bears came out of the woods and tore forty-two of the boys to pieces.

25 Elisha went on to Mount Carmel and later returned to Samaria.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Kings 1:8 was wearing … with; or was a hairy man and wore.
  2. 2 Kings 1:11 One ancient translation went up; Hebrew answered.
  3. 2 Kings 1:17 Some ancient translations his brother; Hebrew does not have these words.
  4. 2 Kings 2:9 Elisha asked for the share that the first-born son inherited by law from his father (see Dt 21.17).
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Acts 13:42-14:7

42 As Paul and Barnabas were leaving the synagogue, the people invited them to come back the next Sabbath and tell them more about these things. 43 After the people had left the meeting, Paul and Barnabas were followed by many Jews and by many Gentiles who had been converted to Judaism. The apostles spoke to them and encouraged them to keep on living in the grace of God.

44 The next Sabbath nearly everyone in the town came to hear the word of the Lord. 45 When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy; they disputed what Paul was saying and insulted him. 46 But Paul and Barnabas spoke out even more boldly: “It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken first to you. But since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we will leave you and go to the Gentiles. 47 (A)For this is the commandment that the Lord has given us:

‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles,
so that all the world may be saved.’”

48 When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and praised the Lord's message; and those who had been chosen for eternal life became believers.

49 The word of the Lord spread everywhere in that region. 50 But the Jews stirred up the leading men of the city and the Gentile women of high social standing who worshiped God. They started a persecution against Paul and Barnabas and threw them out of their region. 51 (B)The apostles shook the dust off their feet in protest against them and went on to Iconium. 52 The believers in Antioch were full of joy and the Holy Spirit.

In Iconium

14 The same thing happened in Iconium: Paul and Barnabas went to the synagogue and spoke in such a way that a great number of Jews and Gentiles became believers. But the Jews who would not believe stirred up the Gentiles and turned them against the believers. The apostles stayed there for a long time, speaking boldly about the Lord, who proved that their message about his grace was true by giving them the power to perform miracles and wonders. The people of the city were divided: some were for the Jews, others for the apostles.

Then some Gentiles and Jews, together with their leaders, decided to mistreat the apostles and stone them. When the apostles learned about it, they fled to the cities of Lystra and Derbe in Lycaonia and to the surrounding territory. There they preached the Good News.

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Psalm 139

God's Complete Knowledge and Care[a]

139 Lord, you have examined me and you know me.
You know everything I do;
from far away you understand all my thoughts.
You see me, whether I am working or resting;
you know all my actions.
Even before I speak,
you already know what I will say.
You are all around me on every side;
you protect me with your power.
Your knowledge of me is too deep;
it is beyond my understanding.

Where could I go to escape from you?
Where could I get away from your presence?
If I went up to heaven, you would be there;
if I lay down in the world of the dead, you would be there.
If I flew away beyond the east
or lived in the farthest place in the west,
10 you would be there to lead me,
you would be there to help me.
11 I could ask the darkness to hide me
or the light around me to turn into night,
12 but even darkness is not dark for you,
and the night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are the same to you.

13 You created every part of me;
you put me together in my mother's womb.
14 I praise you because you are to be feared;
all you do is strange and wonderful.
I know it with all my heart.
15 When my bones were being formed,
carefully put together in my mother's womb,
when I was growing there in secret,
you knew that I was there—
16 you saw me before I was born.
The days allotted to me
had all been recorded in your book,
before any of them ever began.
17 (A)O God, how difficult I find your thoughts;[b]
how many of them there are!
18 If I counted them, they would be more than the grains of sand.
When I awake, I am still with you.

19 O God, how I wish you would kill the wicked!
How I wish violent people would leave me alone!
20 They say wicked things about you;
they speak evil things against your name.[c]
21 O Lord, how I hate those who hate you!
How I despise those who rebel against you!
22 I hate them with a total hatred;
I regard them as my enemies.

23 Examine me, O God, and know my mind;
test me, and discover my thoughts.
24 Find out if there is any evil in me
and guide me in the everlasting way.[d]

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 139:1 HEBREW TITLE: A psalm by David.
  2. Psalm 139:17 how difficult I find your thoughts; or how precious are your thoughts to me.
  3. Psalm 139:20 Probable text they speak … name; Hebrew unclear.
  4. Psalm 139:24 the everlasting way; or the ways of my ancestors.

Cross references:

  1. Psalm 139:17 : Sir 18:5-Sir 18:7
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Proverbs 17:19-21

19 To like sin is to like making trouble. If you brag all the time,[a] you are asking for trouble.

20 Anyone who thinks and speaks evil can expect to find nothing good—only disaster.

21 There is nothing but sadness and sorrow for parents whose children do foolish things.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 17:19 brag … time; or make a show of your wealth.
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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday June 20, 2024 (NIV)

1 Kings 22

The Prophet Micaiah Warns Ahab(A)

22 There was peace between Israel and Syria for the next two years, but in the third year King Jehoshaphat of Judah went to see King Ahab of Israel.

Ahab asked his officials, “Why is it that we have not done anything to get back Ramoth in Gilead from the king of Syria? It belongs to us!” And Ahab asked Jehoshaphat, “Will you go with me to attack Ramoth?”

“I am ready when you are,” Jehoshaphat answered, “and so are my soldiers and my cavalry. But first let's consult the Lord.”

So Ahab called in the prophets, about four hundred of them, and asked them, “Should I go and attack Ramoth, or not?”

“Attack it,” they answered. “The Lord will give you victory.”

But Jehoshaphat asked, “Isn't there another prophet through whom we can consult the Lord?”

Ahab answered, “There is one more, Micaiah son of Imlah. But I hate him because he never prophesies anything good for me; it's always something bad.”

“You shouldn't say that!” Jehoshaphat replied.

Then Ahab called in a court official and told him to go and get Micaiah at once.

10 The two kings, dressed in their royal robes, were sitting on their thrones at the threshing place just outside the gate of Samaria, and all the prophets were prophesying in front of them. 11 One of them, Zedekiah son of Chenaanah, made iron horns and said to Ahab, “This is what the Lord says: ‘With these you will fight the Syrians and totally defeat them.’” 12 All the other prophets said the same thing. “March against Ramoth and you will win,” they said. “The Lord will give you victory.”

13 Meanwhile, the official who had gone to get Micaiah said to him, “All the other prophets have prophesied success for the king, and you had better do the same.”

14 But Micaiah answered, “By the living Lord I promise that I will say what he tells me to!”

15 When he appeared before King Ahab, the king asked him, “Micaiah, should King Jehoshaphat and I go and attack Ramoth, or not?”

“Attack!” Micaiah answered. “Of course you'll win. The Lord will give you victory.”

16 But Ahab replied, “When you speak to me in the name of the Lord, tell the truth! How many times do I have to tell you that?”

17 (B)Micaiah answered, “I can see the army of Israel scattered over the hills like sheep without a shepherd. And the Lord said, ‘These men have no leader; let them go home in peace.’”

18 Ahab said to Jehoshaphat, “Didn't I tell you that he never prophesies anything good for me? It's always something bad!”

19 (C)Micaiah went on: “Now listen to what the Lord says! I saw the Lord sitting on his throne in heaven, with all his angels standing beside him. 20 The Lord asked, ‘Who will deceive Ahab so that he will go and be killed at Ramoth?’ Some of the angels said one thing, and others said something else, 21 until a spirit stepped forward, approached the Lord, and said, ‘I will deceive him.’ 22 ‘How?’ the Lord asked. The spirit replied, ‘I will go and make all of Ahab's prophets tell lies.’ The Lord said, ‘Go and deceive him. You will succeed.’”

23 And Micaiah concluded: “This is what has happened. The Lord has made these prophets of yours lie to you. But he himself has decreed that you will meet with disaster!”

24 Then the prophet Zedekiah went up to Micaiah, slapped his face, and asked, “Since when did the Lord's spirit leave me and speak to you?”

25 “You will find out when you go into some back room to hide,” Micaiah replied.

26 Then King Ahab ordered one of his officers, “Arrest Micaiah and take him to Amon, the governor of the city, and to Prince Joash. 27 Tell them to throw him in prison and to put him on bread and water until I return safely.”

28 “If you return safely,” Micaiah exclaimed, “then the Lord has not spoken through me!” And he added, “Listen, everyone, to what I have said!”

The Death of Ahab(D)

29 Then King Ahab of Israel and King Jehoshaphat of Judah went to attack the city of Ramoth in Gilead. 30 Ahab said to Jehoshaphat, “As we go into battle, I will disguise myself, but you wear your royal garments.” So the king of Israel went into battle in disguise.

31 The king of Syria had ordered his thirty-two chariot commanders to attack no one else except the king of Israel. 32 So when they saw King Jehoshaphat, they all thought that he was the king of Israel, and they turned to attack him. But when he cried out, 33 they realized that he was not the king of Israel, and they stopped their attack. 34 By chance, however, a Syrian soldier shot an arrow which struck King Ahab between the joints of his armor. “I'm wounded!” he cried out to his chariot driver. “Turn around and pull out of the battle!”

35 While the battle raged on, King Ahab remained propped up in his chariot, facing the Syrians. The blood from his wound ran down and covered the bottom of the chariot, and at evening he died. 36 Near sunset the order went out through the Israelite ranks: “Each of you go back to your own country and city!”

37 So died King Ahab. His body was taken to Samaria and buried. 38 His chariot was cleaned up at the pool of Samaria, where dogs licked up his blood and prostitutes washed themselves, as the Lord had said would happen.

39 Everything else that King Ahab did, including an account of his palace decorated with ivory and of all the cities he built, is recorded in The History of the Kings of Israel. 40 At his death his son Ahaziah succeeded him as king.

King Jehoshaphat of Judah(E)

41 In the fourth year of the reign of King Ahab of Israel, Jehoshaphat son of Asa became king of Judah 42 at the age of thirty-five, and he ruled in Jerusalem for twenty-five years. His mother was Azubah, the daughter of Shilhi. 43 Like his father Asa before him, he did what was right in the sight of the Lord; but the places of worship were not destroyed, and the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there. 44 Jehoshaphat made peace with the king of Israel.

45 Everything else that Jehoshaphat did, all his bravery and his battles, are recorded in The History of the Kings of Judah. 46 He got rid of all the male and female prostitutes serving at the pagan altars who were still left from the days of his father Asa.

47 The land of Edom had no king; it was ruled by a deputy appointed by the king of Judah.

48 King Jehoshaphat had ocean-going ships built to sail to the land of Ophir for gold; but they were wrecked at Eziongeber and never sailed. 49 Then King Ahaziah of Israel offered to let his men sail with Jehoshaphat's men, but Jehoshaphat refused the offer.

50 Jehoshaphat died and was buried in the royal tombs in David's City, and his son Jehoram succeeded him as king.

King Ahaziah of Israel

51 In the seventeenth year of the reign of King Jehoshaphat of Judah, Ahaziah son of Ahab became king of Israel, and he ruled in Samaria for two years. 52 He sinned against the Lord, following the wicked example of his father Ahab, his mother Jezebel, and King Jeroboam, who had led Israel into sin. 53 He worshiped and served Baal, and like his father before him, he aroused the anger of the Lord, the God of Israel.

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Acts 13:16-41

16 Paul stood up, motioned with his hand, and began to speak:

“Fellow Israelites and all Gentiles here who worship God: hear me! 17 (A)The God of the people of Israel chose our ancestors and made the people a great nation during the time they lived as foreigners in Egypt. God brought them out of Egypt by his great power, 18 (B)and for forty years he endured[a] them in the desert. 19 (C)He destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan and made his people the owners of the land. 20 (D)All of this took about 450 years.

“After this[b] he gave them judges until the time of the prophet Samuel. 21 (E)And when they asked for a king, God gave them Saul son of Kish from the tribe of Benjamin, to be their king for forty years. 22 (F)After removing him, God made David their king. This is what God said about him: ‘I have found that David son of Jesse is the kind of man I like, a man who will do all I want him to do.’ 23 It was Jesus, a descendant of David, whom God made the Savior of the people of Israel, as he had promised. 24 (G)Before Jesus began his work, John preached to all the people of Israel that they should turn from their sins and be baptized. 25 (H)And as John was about to finish his mission, he said to the people, ‘Who do you think I am? I am not the one you are waiting for. But listen! He is coming after me, and I am not good enough to take his sandals off his feet.’

26 “My fellow Israelites, descendants of Abraham, and all Gentiles here who worship God: it is to us that this message of salvation has been sent! 27 For the people who live in Jerusalem and their leaders did not know that he is the Savior, nor did they understand the words of the prophets that are read every Sabbath. Yet they made the prophets' words come true by condemning Jesus. 28 (I)And even though they could find no reason to pass the death sentence on him, they asked Pilate to have him put to death. 29 (J)And after they had done everything that the Scriptures say about him, they took him down from the cross and placed him in a tomb. 30 But God raised him from death, 31 (K)and for many days he appeared to those who had traveled with him from Galilee to Jerusalem. They are now witnesses for him to the people of Israel. 32-33 (L)And we are here to bring the Good News to you: what God promised our ancestors he would do, he has now done for us, who are their descendants, by raising Jesus to life. As it is written in the second Psalm,

‘You are my Son;
today I have become your Father.’
34 (M)And this is what God said about raising him from death, never to rot away in the grave:
‘I will give you the sacred and sure blessings
that I promised to David.’
35 (N)As indeed he says in another passage,
‘You will not allow your faithful servant to rot in the grave.’

36 For David served God's purposes in his own time, and then he died, was buried with his ancestors, and his body rotted in the grave. 37 But this did not happen to the one whom God raised from death. 38-39 All of you, my fellow Israelites, are to know for sure that it is through Jesus that the message about forgiveness of sins is preached to you; you are to know that everyone who believes in him is set free from all the sins from which the Law of Moses could not set you free. 40 Take care, then, so that what the prophets said may not happen to you:[c]

41 (O)‘Look, you scoffers! Be astonished and die!
For what I am doing today
is something that you will not believe,
even when someone explains it to you!’”

Footnotes:

  1. Acts 13:18 he endured; some manuscripts have he took care of.
  2. Acts 13:20 All of this took about 450 years. After this; or Some 450 years later.
  3. Acts 13:40 Some manuscripts do not have to you.
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Psalm 138

A Prayer of Thanksgiving[a]

138 I thank you, Lord, with all my heart;
I sing praise to you before the gods.
I face your holy Temple,
bow down, and praise your name
because of your constant love and faithfulness,
because you have shown that your name and your commands are supreme.[b]
You answered me when I called to you;
with your strength you strengthened me.

All the kings in the world will praise you, Lord,
because they have heard your promises.
They will sing about what you have done
and about your great glory.
Even though you are so high above,
you care for the lowly,
and the proud cannot hide from you.

When I am surrounded by troubles,
you keep me safe.
You oppose my angry enemies
and save me by your power.
You will do everything you have promised;
Lord, your love is eternal.
Complete the work that you have begun.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 138:1 HEBREW TITLE: By David.
  2. Psalm 138:2 Probable text your name and your commands are supreme; Hebrew your command is greater than all your name.
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Proverbs 17:17-18

17 (A)Friends always show their love. What are relatives for if not to share trouble?

18 Only someone with no sense would promise to be responsible for someone else's debts.

Cross references:

  1. Proverbs 17:17 : Sir 6:7-Sir 6:10
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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday June 19, 2024 (NIV)

1 Kings 20-21

Ben-Hadad Attacks Samaria

20 Now Ben-Hadad(A) king of Aram mustered his entire army. Accompanied by thirty-two kings with their horses and chariots, he went up and besieged Samaria(B) and attacked it. He sent messengers into the city to Ahab king of Israel, saying, “This is what Ben-Hadad says: ‘Your silver and gold are mine, and the best of your wives and children are mine.’”

The king of Israel answered, “Just as you say, my lord the king. I and all I have are yours.”

The messengers came again and said, “This is what Ben-Hadad says: ‘I sent to demand your silver and gold, your wives and your children. But about this time tomorrow I am going to send my officials to search your palace and the houses of your officials. They will seize everything you value and carry it away.’”

The king of Israel summoned all the elders(C) of the land and said to them, “See how this man is looking for trouble!(D) When he sent for my wives and my children, my silver and my gold, I did not refuse him.”

The elders and the people all answered, “Don’t listen to him or agree to his demands.”

So he replied to Ben-Hadad’s messengers, “Tell my lord the king, ‘Your servant will do all you demanded the first time, but this demand I cannot meet.’” They left and took the answer back to Ben-Hadad.

10 Then Ben-Hadad sent another message to Ahab: “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if enough dust(E) remains in Samaria to give each of my men a handful.”

11 The king of Israel answered, “Tell him: ‘One who puts on his armor should not boast(F) like one who takes it off.’”

12 Ben-Hadad heard this message while he and the kings were drinking(G) in their tents,[a] and he ordered his men: “Prepare to attack.” So they prepared to attack the city.

Ahab Defeats Ben-Hadad

13 Meanwhile a prophet(H) came to Ahab king of Israel and announced, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Do you see this vast army? I will give it into your hand today, and then you will know(I) that I am the Lord.’”

14 “But who will do this?” asked Ahab.

The prophet replied, “This is what the Lord says: ‘The junior officers under the provincial commanders will do it.’”

“And who will start(J) the battle?” he asked.

The prophet answered, “You will.”

15 So Ahab summoned the 232 junior officers under the provincial commanders. Then he assembled the rest of the Israelites, 7,000 in all. 16 They set out at noon while Ben-Hadad and the 32 kings allied with him were in their tents getting drunk.(K) 17 The junior officers under the provincial commanders went out first.

Now Ben-Hadad had dispatched scouts, who reported, “Men are advancing from Samaria.”

18 He said, “If they have come out for peace, take them alive; if they have come out for war, take them alive.”

19 The junior officers under the provincial commanders marched out of the city with the army behind them 20 and each one struck down his opponent. At that, the Arameans fled, with the Israelites in pursuit. But Ben-Hadad king of Aram escaped on horseback with some of his horsemen. 21 The king of Israel advanced and overpowered the horses and chariots and inflicted heavy losses on the Arameans.

22 Afterward, the prophet(L) came to the king of Israel and said, “Strengthen your position and see what must be done, because next spring(M) the king of Aram will attack you again.”

23 Meanwhile, the officials of the king of Aram advised him, “Their gods are gods(N) of the hills. That is why they were too strong for us. But if we fight them on the plains, surely we will be stronger than they. 24 Do this: Remove all the kings from their commands and replace them with other officers. 25 You must also raise an army like the one you lost—horse for horse and chariot for chariot—so we can fight Israel on the plains. Then surely we will be stronger than they.” He agreed with them and acted accordingly.

26 The next spring(O) Ben-Hadad mustered the Arameans and went up to Aphek(P) to fight against Israel. 27 When the Israelites were also mustered and given provisions, they marched out to meet them. The Israelites camped opposite them like two small flocks of goats, while the Arameans covered the countryside.(Q)

28 The man of God came up and told the king of Israel, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Because the Arameans think the Lord is a god of the hills and not a god(R) of the valleys, I will deliver this vast army into your hands, and you will know(S) that I am the Lord.’”

29 For seven days they camped opposite each other, and on the seventh day the battle was joined. The Israelites inflicted a hundred thousand casualties on the Aramean foot soldiers in one day. 30 The rest of them escaped to the city of Aphek,(T) where the wall collapsed(U) on twenty-seven thousand of them. And Ben-Hadad fled to the city and hid(V) in an inner room.

31 His officials said to him, “Look, we have heard that the kings of Israel are merciful.(W) Let us go to the king of Israel with sackcloth(X) around our waists and ropes around our heads. Perhaps he will spare your life.”

32 Wearing sackcloth around their waists and ropes around their heads, they went to the king of Israel and said, “Your servant Ben-Hadad says: ‘Please let me live.’”

The king answered, “Is he still alive? He is my brother.”

33 The men took this as a good sign and were quick to pick up his word. “Yes, your brother Ben-Hadad!” they said.

“Go and get him,” the king said. When Ben-Hadad came out, Ahab had him come up into his chariot.

34 “I will return the cities(Y) my father took from your father,” Ben-Hadad(Z) offered. “You may set up your own market areas(AA) in Damascus,(AB) as my father did in Samaria.”

Ahab said, “On the basis of a treaty(AC) I will set you free.” So he made a treaty with him, and let him go.

A Prophet Condemns Ahab

35 By the word of the Lord one of the company of the prophets(AD) said to his companion, “Strike me with your weapon,” but he refused.(AE)

36 So the prophet said, “Because you have not obeyed the Lord, as soon as you leave me a lion(AF) will kill you.” And after the man went away, a lion found him and killed him.

37 The prophet found another man and said, “Strike me, please.” So the man struck him and wounded him. 38 Then the prophet went and stood by the road waiting for the king. He disguised himself with his headband down over his eyes. 39 As the king passed by, the prophet called out to him, “Your servant went into the thick of the battle, and someone came to me with a captive and said, ‘Guard this man. If he is missing, it will be your life for his life,(AG) or you must pay a talent[b] of silver.’ 40 While your servant was busy here and there, the man disappeared.”

“That is your sentence,”(AH) the king of Israel said. “You have pronounced it yourself.”

41 Then the prophet quickly removed the headband from his eyes, and the king of Israel recognized him as one of the prophets. 42 He said to the king, “This is what the Lord says: ‘You(AI) have set free a man I had determined should die.[c](AJ) Therefore it is your life for his life,(AK) your people for his people.’” 43 Sullen and angry,(AL) the king of Israel went to his palace in Samaria.

Naboth’s Vineyard

21 Some time later there was an incident involving a vineyard belonging to Naboth(AM) the Jezreelite. The vineyard was in Jezreel,(AN) close to the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. Ahab said to Naboth, “Let me have your vineyard to use for a vegetable garden, since it is close to my palace. In exchange I will give you a better vineyard or, if you prefer, I will pay you whatever it is worth.”

But Naboth replied, “The Lord forbid that I should give you the inheritance(AO) of my ancestors.”

So Ahab went home, sullen and angry(AP) because Naboth the Jezreelite had said, “I will not give you the inheritance of my ancestors.” He lay on his bed sulking and refused(AQ) to eat.

His wife Jezebel came in and asked him, “Why are you so sullen? Why won’t you eat?”

He answered her, “Because I said to Naboth the Jezreelite, ‘Sell me your vineyard; or if you prefer, I will give you another vineyard in its place.’ But he said, ‘I will not give you my vineyard.’”

Jezebel his wife said, “Is this how you act as king over Israel? Get up and eat! Cheer up. I’ll get you the vineyard(AR) of Naboth the Jezreelite.”

So she wrote letters(AS) in Ahab’s name, placed his seal(AT) on them, and sent them to the elders and nobles who lived in Naboth’s city with him. In those letters she wrote:

“Proclaim a day of fasting and seat Naboth in a prominent place among the people. 10 But seat two scoundrels(AU) opposite him and have them bring charges that he has cursed(AV) both God and the king. Then take him out and stone him to death.”

11 So the elders and nobles who lived in Naboth’s city did as Jezebel directed in the letters she had written to them. 12 They proclaimed a fast(AW) and seated Naboth in a prominent place among the people. 13 Then two scoundrels came and sat opposite him and brought charges against Naboth before the people, saying, “Naboth has cursed both God and the king.” So they took him outside the city and stoned him to death.(AX) 14 Then they sent word to Jezebel: “Naboth has been stoned to death.”

15 As soon as Jezebel heard that Naboth had been stoned to death, she said to Ahab, “Get up and take possession of the vineyard(AY) of Naboth the Jezreelite that he refused to sell you. He is no longer alive, but dead.” 16 When Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, he got up and went down to take possession of Naboth’s vineyard.

17 Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite: 18 “Go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, who rules in Samaria. He is now in Naboth’s vineyard, where he has gone to take possession of it. 19 Say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: Have you not murdered a man and seized his property?’(AZ) Then say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: In the place where dogs licked up Naboth’s blood,(BA) dogs(BB) will lick up your blood—yes, yours!’”

20 Ahab said to Elijah, “So you have found me, my enemy!”(BC)

“I have found you,” he answered, “because you have sold(BD) yourself to do evil in the eyes of the Lord. 21 He says, ‘I am going to bring disaster on you. I will wipe out your descendants and cut off from Ahab every last male(BE) in Israel—slave or free.[d](BF) 22 I will make your house(BG) like that of Jeroboam son of Nebat and that of Baasha son of Ahijah, because you have aroused my anger and have caused Israel to sin.’(BH)

23 “And also concerning Jezebel the Lord says: ‘Dogs(BI) will devour Jezebel by the wall of[e] Jezreel.’

24 “Dogs(BJ) will eat those belonging to Ahab who die in the city, and the birds(BK) will feed on those who die in the country.”

25 (There was never(BL) anyone like Ahab, who sold himself to do evil in the eyes of the Lord, urged on by Jezebel his wife. 26 He behaved in the vilest manner by going after idols, like the Amorites(BM) the Lord drove out before Israel.)

27 When Ahab heard these words, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth(BN) and fasted. He lay in sackcloth and went around meekly.(BO)

28 Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite: 29 “Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled(BP) himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day,(BQ) but I will bring it on his house in the days of his son.”(BR)

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Kings 20:12 Or in Sukkoth; also in verse 16
  2. 1 Kings 20:39 That is, about 75 pounds or about 34 kilograms
  3. 1 Kings 20:42 The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them.
  4. 1 Kings 21:21 Or Israel—every ruler or leader
  5. 1 Kings 21:23 Most Hebrew manuscripts; a few Hebrew manuscripts, Vulgate and Syriac (see also 2 Kings 9:26) the plot of ground at

Cross references:

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

24 But the word of God(A) continued to spread and flourish.(B)

Barnabas and Saul Sent Off

25 When Barnabas(C) and Saul had finished their mission,(D) they returned from[a] Jerusalem, taking with them John, also called Mark.(E) 13 Now in the church at Antioch(F) there were prophets(G) and teachers:(H) Barnabas,(I) Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene,(J) Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod(K) the tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said,(L) “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work(M) to which I have called them.”(N) So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them(O) and sent them off.(P)

On Cyprus

The two of them, sent on their way by the Holy Spirit,(Q) went down to Seleucia and sailed from there to Cyprus.(R) When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God(S) in the Jewish synagogues.(T) John(U) was with them as their helper.

They traveled through the whole island until they came to Paphos. There they met a Jewish sorcerer(V) and false prophet(W) named Bar-Jesus, who was an attendant of the proconsul,(X) Sergius Paulus. The proconsul, an intelligent man, sent for Barnabas and Saul because he wanted to hear the word of God. But Elymas the sorcerer(Y) (for that is what his name means) opposed them and tried to turn the proconsul(Z) from the faith.(AA) Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit,(AB) looked straight at Elymas and said, 10 “You are a child of the devil(AC) and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord?(AD) 11 Now the hand of the Lord is against you.(AE) You are going to be blind for a time, not even able to see the light of the sun.”(AF)

Immediately mist and darkness came over him, and he groped about, seeking someone to lead him by the hand. 12 When the proconsul(AG) saw what had happened, he believed, for he was amazed at the teaching about the Lord.

In Pisidian Antioch

13 From Paphos,(AH) Paul and his companions sailed to Perga in Pamphylia,(AI) where John(AJ) left them to return to Jerusalem. 14 From Perga they went on to Pisidian Antioch.(AK) On the Sabbath(AL) they entered the synagogue(AM) and sat down. 15 After the reading from the Law(AN) and the Prophets, the leaders of the synagogue sent word to them, saying, “Brothers, if you have a word of exhortation for the people, please speak.”

Footnotes:

  1. Acts 12:25 Some manuscripts to
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Psalm 137

Psalm 137

By the rivers of Babylon(A) we sat and wept(B)
when we remembered Zion.(C)
There on the poplars(D)
we hung our harps,(E)
for there our captors(F) asked us for songs,
our tormentors demanded(G) songs of joy;
they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”(H)

How can we sing the songs of the Lord(I)
while in a foreign land?
If I forget you,(J) Jerusalem,
may my right hand forget its skill.
May my tongue cling to the roof(K) of my mouth
if I do not remember(L) you,
if I do not consider Jerusalem(M)
my highest joy.

Remember, Lord, what the Edomites(N) did
on the day Jerusalem fell.(O)
“Tear it down,” they cried,
“tear it down to its foundations!”(P)
Daughter Babylon, doomed to destruction,(Q)
happy is the one who repays you
according to what you have done to us.
Happy is the one who seizes your infants
and dashes them(R) against the rocks.

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Proverbs 17:16

16 Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom,
when they are not able to understand it?(A)

Cross references:

  1. Proverbs 17:16 : Pr 23:23
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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday June 19, 2024 (NIV)

1 Kings 20-21

Ben-Hadad Attacks Samaria

20 Now Ben-Hadad(A) king of Aram mustered his entire army. Accompanied by thirty-two kings with their horses and chariots, he went up and besieged Samaria(B) and attacked it. He sent messengers into the city to Ahab king of Israel, saying, “This is what Ben-Hadad says: ‘Your silver and gold are mine, and the best of your wives and children are mine.’”

The king of Israel answered, “Just as you say, my lord the king. I and all I have are yours.”

The messengers came again and said, “This is what Ben-Hadad says: ‘I sent to demand your silver and gold, your wives and your children. But about this time tomorrow I am going to send my officials to search your palace and the houses of your officials. They will seize everything you value and carry it away.’”

The king of Israel summoned all the elders(C) of the land and said to them, “See how this man is looking for trouble!(D) When he sent for my wives and my children, my silver and my gold, I did not refuse him.”

The elders and the people all answered, “Don’t listen to him or agree to his demands.”

So he replied to Ben-Hadad’s messengers, “Tell my lord the king, ‘Your servant will do all you demanded the first time, but this demand I cannot meet.’” They left and took the answer back to Ben-Hadad.

10 Then Ben-Hadad sent another message to Ahab: “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if enough dust(E) remains in Samaria to give each of my men a handful.”

11 The king of Israel answered, “Tell him: ‘One who puts on his armor should not boast(F) like one who takes it off.’”

12 Ben-Hadad heard this message while he and the kings were drinking(G) in their tents,[a] and he ordered his men: “Prepare to attack.” So they prepared to attack the city.

Ahab Defeats Ben-Hadad

13 Meanwhile a prophet(H) came to Ahab king of Israel and announced, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Do you see this vast army? I will give it into your hand today, and then you will know(I) that I am the Lord.’”

14 “But who will do this?” asked Ahab.

The prophet replied, “This is what the Lord says: ‘The junior officers under the provincial commanders will do it.’”

“And who will start(J) the battle?” he asked.

The prophet answered, “You will.”

15 So Ahab summoned the 232 junior officers under the provincial commanders. Then he assembled the rest of the Israelites, 7,000 in all. 16 They set out at noon while Ben-Hadad and the 32 kings allied with him were in their tents getting drunk.(K) 17 The junior officers under the provincial commanders went out first.

Now Ben-Hadad had dispatched scouts, who reported, “Men are advancing from Samaria.”

18 He said, “If they have come out for peace, take them alive; if they have come out for war, take them alive.”

19 The junior officers under the provincial commanders marched out of the city with the army behind them 20 and each one struck down his opponent. At that, the Arameans fled, with the Israelites in pursuit. But Ben-Hadad king of Aram escaped on horseback with some of his horsemen. 21 The king of Israel advanced and overpowered the horses and chariots and inflicted heavy losses on the Arameans.

22 Afterward, the prophet(L) came to the king of Israel and said, “Strengthen your position and see what must be done, because next spring(M) the king of Aram will attack you again.”

23 Meanwhile, the officials of the king of Aram advised him, “Their gods are gods(N) of the hills. That is why they were too strong for us. But if we fight them on the plains, surely we will be stronger than they. 24 Do this: Remove all the kings from their commands and replace them with other officers. 25 You must also raise an army like the one you lost—horse for horse and chariot for chariot—so we can fight Israel on the plains. Then surely we will be stronger than they.” He agreed with them and acted accordingly.

26 The next spring(O) Ben-Hadad mustered the Arameans and went up to Aphek(P) to fight against Israel. 27 When the Israelites were also mustered and given provisions, they marched out to meet them. The Israelites camped opposite them like two small flocks of goats, while the Arameans covered the countryside.(Q)

28 The man of God came up and told the king of Israel, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Because the Arameans think the Lord is a god of the hills and not a god(R) of the valleys, I will deliver this vast army into your hands, and you will know(S) that I am the Lord.’”

29 For seven days they camped opposite each other, and on the seventh day the battle was joined. The Israelites inflicted a hundred thousand casualties on the Aramean foot soldiers in one day. 30 The rest of them escaped to the city of Aphek,(T) where the wall collapsed(U) on twenty-seven thousand of them. And Ben-Hadad fled to the city and hid(V) in an inner room.

31 His officials said to him, “Look, we have heard that the kings of Israel are merciful.(W) Let us go to the king of Israel with sackcloth(X) around our waists and ropes around our heads. Perhaps he will spare your life.”

32 Wearing sackcloth around their waists and ropes around their heads, they went to the king of Israel and said, “Your servant Ben-Hadad says: ‘Please let me live.’”

The king answered, “Is he still alive? He is my brother.”

33 The men took this as a good sign and were quick to pick up his word. “Yes, your brother Ben-Hadad!” they said.

“Go and get him,” the king said. When Ben-Hadad came out, Ahab had him come up into his chariot.

34 “I will return the cities(Y) my father took from your father,” Ben-Hadad(Z) offered. “You may set up your own market areas(AA) in Damascus,(AB) as my father did in Samaria.”

Ahab said, “On the basis of a treaty(AC) I will set you free.” So he made a treaty with him, and let him go.

A Prophet Condemns Ahab

35 By the word of the Lord one of the company of the prophets(AD) said to his companion, “Strike me with your weapon,” but he refused.(AE)

36 So the prophet said, “Because you have not obeyed the Lord, as soon as you leave me a lion(AF) will kill you.” And after the man went away, a lion found him and killed him.

37 The prophet found another man and said, “Strike me, please.” So the man struck him and wounded him. 38 Then the prophet went and stood by the road waiting for the king. He disguised himself with his headband down over his eyes. 39 As the king passed by, the prophet called out to him, “Your servant went into the thick of the battle, and someone came to me with a captive and said, ‘Guard this man. If he is missing, it will be your life for his life,(AG) or you must pay a talent[b] of silver.’ 40 While your servant was busy here and there, the man disappeared.”

“That is your sentence,”(AH) the king of Israel said. “You have pronounced it yourself.”

41 Then the prophet quickly removed the headband from his eyes, and the king of Israel recognized him as one of the prophets. 42 He said to the king, “This is what the Lord says: ‘You(AI) have set free a man I had determined should die.[c](AJ) Therefore it is your life for his life,(AK) your people for his people.’” 43 Sullen and angry,(AL) the king of Israel went to his palace in Samaria.

Naboth’s Vineyard

21 Some time later there was an incident involving a vineyard belonging to Naboth(AM) the Jezreelite. The vineyard was in Jezreel,(AN) close to the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. Ahab said to Naboth, “Let me have your vineyard to use for a vegetable garden, since it is close to my palace. In exchange I will give you a better vineyard or, if you prefer, I will pay you whatever it is worth.”

But Naboth replied, “The Lord forbid that I should give you the inheritance(AO) of my ancestors.”

So Ahab went home, sullen and angry(AP) because Naboth the Jezreelite had said, “I will not give you the inheritance of my ancestors.” He lay on his bed sulking and refused(AQ) to eat.

His wife Jezebel came in and asked him, “Why are you so sullen? Why won’t you eat?”

He answered her, “Because I said to Naboth the Jezreelite, ‘Sell me your vineyard; or if you prefer, I will give you another vineyard in its place.’ But he said, ‘I will not give you my vineyard.’”

Jezebel his wife said, “Is this how you act as king over Israel? Get up and eat! Cheer up. I’ll get you the vineyard(AR) of Naboth the Jezreelite.”

So she wrote letters(AS) in Ahab’s name, placed his seal(AT) on them, and sent them to the elders and nobles who lived in Naboth’s city with him. In those letters she wrote:

“Proclaim a day of fasting and seat Naboth in a prominent place among the people. 10 But seat two scoundrels(AU) opposite him and have them bring charges that he has cursed(AV) both God and the king. Then take him out and stone him to death.”

11 So the elders and nobles who lived in Naboth’s city did as Jezebel directed in the letters she had written to them. 12 They proclaimed a fast(AW) and seated Naboth in a prominent place among the people. 13 Then two scoundrels came and sat opposite him and brought charges against Naboth before the people, saying, “Naboth has cursed both God and the king.” So they took him outside the city and stoned him to death.(AX) 14 Then they sent word to Jezebel: “Naboth has been stoned to death.”

15 As soon as Jezebel heard that Naboth had been stoned to death, she said to Ahab, “Get up and take possession of the vineyard(AY) of Naboth the Jezreelite that he refused to sell you. He is no longer alive, but dead.” 16 When Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, he got up and went down to take possession of Naboth’s vineyard.

17 Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite: 18 “Go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, who rules in Samaria. He is now in Naboth’s vineyard, where he has gone to take possession of it. 19 Say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: Have you not murdered a man and seized his property?’(AZ) Then say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: In the place where dogs licked up Naboth’s blood,(BA) dogs(BB) will lick up your blood—yes, yours!’”

20 Ahab said to Elijah, “So you have found me, my enemy!”(BC)

“I have found you,” he answered, “because you have sold(BD) yourself to do evil in the eyes of the Lord. 21 He says, ‘I am going to bring disaster on you. I will wipe out your descendants and cut off from Ahab every last male(BE) in Israel—slave or free.[d](BF) 22 I will make your house(BG) like that of Jeroboam son of Nebat and that of Baasha son of Ahijah, because you have aroused my anger and have caused Israel to sin.’(BH)

23 “And also concerning Jezebel the Lord says: ‘Dogs(BI) will devour Jezebel by the wall of[e] Jezreel.’

24 “Dogs(BJ) will eat those belonging to Ahab who die in the city, and the birds(BK) will feed on those who die in the country.”

25 (There was never(BL) anyone like Ahab, who sold himself to do evil in the eyes of the Lord, urged on by Jezebel his wife. 26 He behaved in the vilest manner by going after idols, like the Amorites(BM) the Lord drove out before Israel.)

27 When Ahab heard these words, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth(BN) and fasted. He lay in sackcloth and went around meekly.(BO)

28 Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite: 29 “Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled(BP) himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day,(BQ) but I will bring it on his house in the days of his son.”(BR)

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Kings 20:12 Or in Sukkoth; also in verse 16
  2. 1 Kings 20:39 That is, about 75 pounds or about 34 kilograms
  3. 1 Kings 20:42 The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them.
  4. 1 Kings 21:21 Or Israel—every ruler or leader
  5. 1 Kings 21:23 Most Hebrew manuscripts; a few Hebrew manuscripts, Vulgate and Syriac (see also 2 Kings 9:26) the plot of ground at

Cross references:

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

24 But the word of God(A) continued to spread and flourish.(B)

Barnabas and Saul Sent Off

25 When Barnabas(C) and Saul had finished their mission,(D) they returned from[a] Jerusalem, taking with them John, also called Mark.(E) 13 Now in the church at Antioch(F) there were prophets(G) and teachers:(H) Barnabas,(I) Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene,(J) Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod(K) the tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said,(L) “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work(M) to which I have called them.”(N) So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them(O) and sent them off.(P)

On Cyprus

The two of them, sent on their way by the Holy Spirit,(Q) went down to Seleucia and sailed from there to Cyprus.(R) When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God(S) in the Jewish synagogues.(T) John(U) was with them as their helper.

They traveled through the whole island until they came to Paphos. There they met a Jewish sorcerer(V) and false prophet(W) named Bar-Jesus, who was an attendant of the proconsul,(X) Sergius Paulus. The proconsul, an intelligent man, sent for Barnabas and Saul because he wanted to hear the word of God. But Elymas the sorcerer(Y) (for that is what his name means) opposed them and tried to turn the proconsul(Z) from the faith.(AA) Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit,(AB) looked straight at Elymas and said, 10 “You are a child of the devil(AC) and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord?(AD) 11 Now the hand of the Lord is against you.(AE) You are going to be blind for a time, not even able to see the light of the sun.”(AF)

Immediately mist and darkness came over him, and he groped about, seeking someone to lead him by the hand. 12 When the proconsul(AG) saw what had happened, he believed, for he was amazed at the teaching about the Lord.

In Pisidian Antioch

13 From Paphos,(AH) Paul and his companions sailed to Perga in Pamphylia,(AI) where John(AJ) left them to return to Jerusalem. 14 From Perga they went on to Pisidian Antioch.(AK) On the Sabbath(AL) they entered the synagogue(AM) and sat down. 15 After the reading from the Law(AN) and the Prophets, the leaders of the synagogue sent word to them, saying, “Brothers, if you have a word of exhortation for the people, please speak.”

Footnotes:

  1. Acts 12:25 Some manuscripts to
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Psalm 137

Psalm 137

By the rivers of Babylon(A) we sat and wept(B)
when we remembered Zion.(C)
There on the poplars(D)
we hung our harps,(E)
for there our captors(F) asked us for songs,
our tormentors demanded(G) songs of joy;
they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”(H)

How can we sing the songs of the Lord(I)
while in a foreign land?
If I forget you,(J) Jerusalem,
may my right hand forget its skill.
May my tongue cling to the roof(K) of my mouth
if I do not remember(L) you,
if I do not consider Jerusalem(M)
my highest joy.

Remember, Lord, what the Edomites(N) did
on the day Jerusalem fell.(O)
“Tear it down,” they cried,
“tear it down to its foundations!”(P)
Daughter Babylon, doomed to destruction,(Q)
happy is the one who repays you
according to what you have done to us.
Happy is the one who seizes your infants
and dashes them(R) against the rocks.

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Proverbs 17:16

16 Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom,
when they are not able to understand it?(A)

Cross references:

  1. Proverbs 17:16 : Pr 23:23
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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday June 18, 2024 (NIV)

1 Kings 19

Elijah on Mount Sinai

19 King Ahab told his wife Jezebel everything that Elijah had done and how he had put all the prophets of Baal to death. She sent a message to Elijah: “May the gods strike me dead if by this time tomorrow I don't do the same thing to you that you did to the prophets.” Elijah was afraid and fled for his life; he took his servant and went to Beersheba in Judah.

Leaving the servant there, (A)Elijah walked a whole day into the wilderness. He stopped and sat down in the shade of a tree and wished he would die. “It's too much, Lord,” he prayed. “Take away my life; I might as well be dead!”

He lay down under the tree and fell asleep. Suddenly an angel touched him and said, “Wake up and eat.” He looked around and saw a loaf of bread and a jar of water near his head. He ate and drank, and lay down again. The Lord's angel returned and woke him up a second time, saying, “Get up and eat, or the trip will be too much for you.” Elijah got up, ate and drank, and the food gave him enough strength to walk forty days to Sinai, the holy mountain. There he went into a cave to spend the night.

Suddenly the Lord spoke to him, “Elijah, what are you doing here?”

10 (B)He answered, “Lord God Almighty, I have always served you—you alone. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed all your prophets. I am the only one left—and they are trying to kill me!”

11 “Go out and stand before me on top of the mountain,” the Lord said to him. Then the Lord passed by and sent a furious wind that split the hills and shattered the rocks—but the Lord was not in the wind. The wind stopped blowing, and then there was an earthquake—but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake there was a fire—but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the soft whisper of a voice.

13 When Elijah heard it, he covered his face with his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. A voice said to him, “Elijah, what are you doing here?”

14 He answered, “Lord God Almighty, I have always served you—you alone. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed all your prophets. I am the only one left—and they are trying to kill me.”

15 (C)The Lord said, “Return to the wilderness near Damascus, then enter the city and anoint Hazael as king of Syria; 16 (D)anoint Jehu son of Nimshi as king of Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet. 17 Anyone who escapes being put to death by Hazael will be killed by Jehu, and anyone who escapes Jehu will be killed by Elisha. 18 (E)Yet I will leave seven thousand people alive in Israel—all those who are loyal to me and have not bowed to Baal or kissed his idol.”

The Call of Elisha

19 Elijah left and found Elisha plowing with a team of oxen; there were eleven teams ahead of him, and he was plowing with the last one. Elijah took off his cloak and put it on Elisha. 20 Elisha then left his oxen, ran after Elijah, and said, “Let me kiss my father and mother good-bye, and then I will go with you.”

Elijah answered, “All right, go back. I'm not stopping you!”[a]

21 Then Elisha went to his team of oxen, killed them, and cooked the meat, using the yoke as fuel for the fire. He gave the meat to the people, and they ate it. Then he went and followed Elijah as his helper.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Kings 19:20 All right … you; or Go on, but come back, because what I have just done to you is important.
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Acts 12:1-23

More Persecution

12 About this time King Herod[a] began to persecute some members of the church. He had James, the brother of John, put to death by the sword. When he saw that this pleased the Jews, he went ahead and had Peter arrested. (This happened during the time of the Festival of Unleavened Bread.) (A)After his arrest Peter was put in jail, where he was handed over to be guarded by four groups of four soldiers each. Herod planned to put him on trial in public after Passover. So Peter was kept in jail, but the people of the church were praying earnestly to God for him.

Peter Is Set Free from Prison

The night before Herod was going to bring him out to the people, Peter was sleeping between two guards. He was tied with two chains, and there were guards on duty at the prison gate. Suddenly an angel of the Lord stood there, and a light shone in the cell. The angel shook Peter by the shoulder, woke him up, and said, “Hurry! Get up!” At once the chains fell off Peter's hands. Then the angel said, “Tighten your belt and put on your sandals.” Peter did so, and the angel said, “Put your cloak around you and come with me.” Peter followed him out of the prison, not knowing, however, if what the angel was doing was real; he thought he was seeing a vision. 10 They passed by the first guard station and then the second, and came at last to the iron gate that opens into the city. The gate opened for them by itself, and they went out. They walked down a street, and suddenly the angel left Peter.

11 Then Peter realized what had happened to him, and said, “Now I know that it is really true! The Lord sent his angel to rescue me from Herod's power and from everything the Jewish people expected to happen.”

12 Aware of his situation, he went to the home of Mary, the mother of John Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying. 13 Peter knocked at the outside door, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer it. 14 She recognized Peter's voice and was so happy that she ran back in without opening the door, and announced that Peter was standing outside. 15 “You are crazy!” they told her. But she insisted that it was true. So they answered, “It is his angel.”

16 Meanwhile Peter kept on knocking. At last they opened the door, and when they saw him, they were amazed. 17 He motioned with his hand for them to be quiet, and he explained to them how the Lord had brought him out of prison. “Tell this to James and the rest of the believers,” he said; then he left and went somewhere else.

18 When morning came, there was a tremendous confusion among the guards—what had happened to Peter? 19 Herod gave orders to search for him, but they could not find him. So he had the guards questioned and ordered them put to death.

After this, Herod left Judea and spent some time in Caesarea.

The Death of Herod

20 (B)Herod was very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon, so they went in a group to see him. First they convinced Blastus, the man in charge of the palace, that he should help them. Then they went to Herod and asked him for peace, because their country got its food supplies from the king's country.

21 On a chosen day Herod put on his royal robes, sat on his throne, and made a speech to the people. 22 “It isn't a man speaking, but a god!” they shouted. 23 At once the angel of the Lord struck Herod down, because he did not give honor to God. He was eaten by worms and died.

Footnotes:

  1. Acts 12:1 Herod Agrippa I, ruler of all Palestine.
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Psalm 136

A Hymn of Thanksgiving

136 (A)Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good;
his love is eternal.
Give thanks to the greatest of all gods;
his love is eternal.
Give thanks to the mightiest of all lords;
his love is eternal.

He alone performs great miracles;
his love is eternal.
(B)By his wisdom he made the heavens;
his love is eternal;
(C)he built the earth on the deep waters;
his love is eternal.
(D)He made the sun and the moon;
his love is eternal;
the sun to rule over the day;
his love is eternal;
the moon and the stars to rule over the night;
his love is eternal.

10 (E)He killed the first-born sons of the Egyptians;
his love is eternal.
11 (F)He led the people of Israel out of Egypt;
his love is eternal;
12 with his strong hand, his powerful arm;
his love is eternal.
13 (G)He divided the Red Sea;
his love is eternal;
14 he led his people through it;
his love is eternal;
15 but he drowned the king of Egypt and his army;
his love is eternal.

16 He led his people through the desert;
his love is eternal.
17 He killed powerful kings;
his love is eternal;
18 he killed famous kings;
his love is eternal;
19 (H)Sihon, king of the Amorites;
his love is eternal;
20 (I)and Og, king of Bashan;
his love is eternal.
21 He gave their lands to his people;
his love is eternal;
22 he gave them to Israel, his servant;
his love is eternal.

23 He did not forget us when we were defeated;
his love is eternal;
24 he freed us from our enemies;
his love is eternal.
25 He gives food to every living creature;
his love is eternal.

26 Give thanks to the God of heaven;
his love is eternal.

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Proverbs 17:14-15

14 The start of an argument is like the first break in a dam; stop it before it goes any further.

15 Condemning the innocent or letting the wicked go—both are hateful to the Lord.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday June 17, 2024 (NIV)

1 Kings 18

Elijah and the Prophets of Baal

18 After some time, in the third year of the drought, the Lord said to Elijah, “Go and present yourself to King Ahab, and I will send rain.” So Elijah started out.

The famine in Samaria was at its worst, so Ahab called in Obadiah, who was in charge of the palace. (Obadiah was a devout worshiper of the Lord, and when Jezebel was killing the Lord's prophets, Obadiah took a hundred of them, hid them in caves in two groups of fifty, and provided them with food and water.) Ahab said to Obadiah, “Let us go and look[a] at every spring and every stream bed in the land to see if we can find enough grass to keep the horses and mules alive. Maybe we won't have to kill any of our animals.” They agreed on which part of the land each one would explore, and set off in different directions.

As Obadiah was on his way, he suddenly met Elijah. He recognized him, bowed low before him, and asked, “Is it really you, sir?”

“Yes, I'm Elijah,” he answered. “Go and tell your master the king that I am here.”

Obadiah answered, “What have I done that you want to put me in danger of being killed by King Ahab? 10 By the living Lord, your God, I swear that the king has made a search for you in every country in the world. Whenever the ruler of a country reported that you were not in his country, Ahab would require that ruler to swear that you could not be found. 11 And now you want me to go and tell him that you are here? 12 What if the spirit of the Lord carries you off to some unknown place as soon as I leave? Then, when I tell Ahab that you are here and he can't find you, he will put me to death. Remember that I have been a devout worshiper of the Lord ever since I was a boy. 13 Haven't you heard that when Jezebel was killing the prophets of the Lord I hid a hundred of them in caves, in two groups of fifty, and supplied them with food and water? 14 So how can you order me to go and tell the king that you are here? He will kill me!”

15 Elijah answered, “By the living Lord Almighty, whom I serve, I promise that I will present myself to the king today.”

16 So Obadiah went to King Ahab and told him, and Ahab set off to meet Elijah. 17 When Ahab saw him, he said, “So there you are—the worst troublemaker in Israel!”

18 “I'm not the troublemaker,” Elijah answered. “You are—you and your father. You are disobeying the Lord's commands and worshiping the idols of Baal. 19 Now order all the people of Israel to meet me at Mount Carmel. Bring along the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of the goddess Asherah who are supported by Queen Jezebel.”

20 So Ahab summoned all the Israelites and the prophets of Baal to meet at Mount Carmel. 21 Elijah went up to the people and said, “How much longer will it take you to make up your minds? If the Lord is God, worship him; but if Baal is God, worship him!” But the people didn't say a word. 22 Then Elijah said, “I am the only prophet of the Lord still left, but there are 450 prophets of Baal. 23 Bring two bulls; let the prophets of Baal take one, kill it, cut it in pieces, and put it on the wood—but don't light the fire. I will do the same with the other bull. 24 Then let the prophets of Baal pray to their god, and I will pray to the Lord, and the one who answers by sending fire—he is God.”

The people shouted their approval.

25 Then Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Since there are so many of you, you take a bull and prepare it first. Pray to your god, but don't set fire to the wood.”

26 They took the bull that was brought to them, prepared it, and prayed to Baal until noon. They shouted, “Answer us, Baal!” and kept dancing around the altar they had built. But no answer came.

27 At noon Elijah started making fun of them: “Pray louder! He is a god! Maybe he is day-dreaming or relieving himself, or perhaps he's gone off on a trip! Or maybe he's sleeping, and you've got to wake him up!” 28 So the prophets prayed louder and cut themselves with knives and daggers, according to their ritual, until blood flowed. 29 They kept on ranting and raving until the middle of the afternoon; but no answer came, not a sound was heard.

30 Then Elijah said to the people, “Come closer to me,” and they all gathered around him. He set about repairing the altar of the Lord which had been torn down. 31 (A)He took twelve stones, one for each of the twelve tribes named for the sons of Jacob, the man to whom the Lord had given the name Israel. 32 With these stones he rebuilt the altar for the worship of the Lord. He dug a trench around it, large enough to hold about four gallons of water. 33 Then he placed the wood on the altar, cut the bull in pieces, and laid it on the wood. He said, “Fill four jars with water and pour it on the offering and the wood.” They did so, 34 and he said, “Do it again”—and they did. “Do it once more,” he said—and they did. 35 The water ran down around the altar and filled the trench.

36 At the hour of the afternoon sacrifice the prophet Elijah approached the altar and prayed, “O Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, prove now that you are the God of Israel and that I am your servant and have done all this at your command. 37 Answer me, Lord, answer me, so that this people will know that you, the Lord, are God and that you are bringing them back to yourself.”[b]

38 The Lord sent fire down, and it burned up the sacrifice, the wood, and the stones, scorched the earth and dried up the water in the trench. 39 When the people saw this, they threw themselves on the ground and exclaimed, “The Lord is God; the Lord alone is God!”

40 Elijah ordered, “Seize the prophets of Baal; don't let any of them get away!” The people seized them all, and Elijah led them down to Kishon Brook and killed them.

The End of the Drought

41 Then Elijah said to King Ahab, “Now, go and eat. I hear the roar of rain approaching.” 42 (B)While Ahab went to eat, Elijah climbed to the top of Mount Carmel, where he bowed down to the ground, with his head between his knees. 43 He said to his servant, “Go and look toward the sea.”

The servant went and returned, saying, “I didn't see a thing.” Seven times in all Elijah told him to go and look. 44 The seventh time he returned and said, “I saw a little cloud no bigger than a man's hand, coming up from the sea.”

Elijah ordered his servant, “Go to King Ahab and tell him to get in his chariot and go back home before the rain stops him.”

45 In a little while the sky was covered with dark clouds, the wind began to blow, and a heavy rain began to fall. Ahab got in his chariot and started back to Jezreel. 46 The power of the Lord came on Elijah; he fastened his clothes tight around his waist and ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Kings 18:5 One ancient translation Let us go and look; Hebrew You go and look.
  2. 1 Kings 18:37 you are bringing them back to yourself; or you yourself made them turn away from you.
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Acts 11

Peter's Report to the Church at Jerusalem

11 The apostles and the other believers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. When Peter went to Jerusalem, those who were in favor of circumcising Gentiles criticized him, saying, “You were a guest in the home of uncircumcised Gentiles, and you even ate with them!” So Peter gave them a complete account of what had happened from the very beginning:

“While I was praying in the city of Joppa, I had a vision. I saw something coming down that looked like a large sheet being lowered by its four corners from heaven, and it stopped next to me. I looked closely inside and saw domesticated and wild animals, reptiles, and wild birds. Then I heard a voice saying to me, ‘Get up, Peter; kill and eat!’ But I said, ‘Certainly not, Lord! No ritually unclean or defiled food has ever entered my mouth.’ The voice spoke again from heaven, ‘Do not consider anything unclean that God has declared clean.’ 10 This happened three times, and finally the whole thing was drawn back up into heaven. 11 At that very moment three men who had been sent to me from Caesarea arrived at the house where I was[a] staying. 12 The Spirit told me to go with them without hesitation. These six fellow believers from Joppa accompanied me to Caesarea, and we all went into the house of Cornelius. 13 He told us how he had seen an angel standing in his house, who said to him, ‘Send someone to Joppa for a man whose full name is Simon Peter. 14 He will speak words to you by which you and all your family will be saved.’ 15 And when I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came down on them just as on us at the beginning. 16 (A)Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ 17 It is clear that God gave those Gentiles the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ; who was I, then, to try to stop God!”

18 When they heard this, they stopped their criticism and praised God, saying, “Then God has given to the Gentiles also the opportunity to repent and live!”

The Church at Antioch

19 (B)Some of the believers who were scattered by the persecution which took place when Stephen was killed went as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, telling the message to Jews only. 20 But other believers, who were from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and proclaimed the message to Gentiles[b] also, telling them the Good News about the Lord Jesus. 21 The Lord's power was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.

22 The news about this reached the church in Jerusalem, so they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23 When he arrived and saw how God had blessed the people, he was glad and urged them all to be faithful and true to the Lord with all their hearts. 24 Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and many people were brought to the Lord.

25 Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul. 26 When he found him, he took him to Antioch, and for a whole year the two met with the people of the church and taught a large group. It was at Antioch that the believers were first called Christians.

27 About that time some prophets went from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 (C)One of them, named Agabus, stood up and by the power of the Spirit predicted that a severe famine was about to come over all the earth. (It came when Claudius was emperor.) 29 The disciples decided that they each would send as much as they could to help their fellow believers who lived in Judea. 30 They did this, then, and sent the money to the church elders by Barnabas and Saul.

Footnotes:

  1. Acts 11:11 I was; some manuscripts have we were.
  2. Acts 11:20 Gentiles; some manuscripts have Greek-speaking Jews or Greek-speaking people.
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Psalm 135

A Hymn of Praise

135 Praise the Lord!

Praise his name, you servants of the Lord,
who stand in the Lord's house,
in the Temple of our God.
Praise the Lord, because he is good;
sing praises to his name, because he is kind.[a]
He chose Jacob for himself,
the people of Israel for his own.

I know that our Lord is great,
greater than all the gods.
He does whatever he wishes
in heaven and on earth,
in the seas and in the depths below.
He brings storm clouds from the ends of the earth;
he makes lightning for the storms,
and he brings out the wind from his storeroom.

In Egypt he killed all the first-born
of people and animals alike.
There he performed miracles and wonders
to punish the king and all his officials.
10 He destroyed many nations
and killed powerful kings:
11 Sihon, king of the Amorites,
Og, king of Bashan,
and all the kings in Canaan.
12 He gave their lands to his people;
he gave them to Israel.

13 Lord, you will always be proclaimed as God;
all generations will remember you.
14 The Lord will defend his people;
he will take pity on his servants.

15 (A)The gods of the nations are made of silver and gold;
they are formed by human hands.
16 They have mouths, but cannot speak,
and eyes, but cannot see.
17 They have ears, but cannot hear;
they are not even able to breathe.
18 May all who made them and who trust in them
become[b] like the idols they have made!

19 Praise the Lord, people of Israel;
praise him, you priests of God!
20 Praise the Lord, you Levites;
praise him, all you that worship him!
21 Praise the Lord in Zion,
in Jerusalem, his home.

Praise the Lord!

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 135:3 he is kind; or it is pleasant to do so.
  2. Psalm 135:18 May all … become; or All who made them and who trust in them will become.
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Proverbs 17:12-13

12 It is better to meet a mother bear robbed of her cubs than to meet some fool busy with a stupid project.

13 If you repay good with evil, you will never get evil out of your house.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday June 16, 2024 (NIV)

1 Kings 15:25-17:24

25 Jeroboam’s son, Nadab, took over Israel’s throne during the second year of Asa’s reign over Judah. Nadab ruled Israel for two years. 26 He committed evil in the eyes of the Eternal One, walking the wicked path of his father and causing the Israelites to live sinful lives.

27 Baasha (Ahijah’s son) of the house of Issachar plotted against him. Baasha killed his own anointed king, Nadab, at Gibbethon in Philistia. He did this while Nadab was leading Israel in a siege against Gibbethon. 28 Baasha struck Nadab down during the third year of Asa’s reign over Judah, and Baasha took Nadab’s place on the throne. 29 As soon as he gained the power of the throne, he killed the entire family of Jeroboam. He did not allow a single person to live; no one remained to challenge his throne. He annihilated them all, just as the Eternal had instructed through His servant, Ahijah the Shilonite. 30 He did this because of Jeroboam’s abhorrent wickedness that caused the Israelites to live sinful lives and that incurred the wrath of the Eternal God of Israel.

31 Is not the rest of Nadab’s story—his actions and lasting legacy—documented in the book of the chronicles of Israel’s kings?

32 Asa and Baasha, Israel’s king, warred against each other for their entire reigns. 33 During the 3rd year of Asa’s reign over Judah, Baasha (Ahijah’s son) became Israel’s king. He ruled from Tirzah for 24 years. 34 He committed evil in the Eternal’s eyes, walking the wicked path of Jeroboam and causing the Israelites to live sinful lives.

16 The Eternal’s message came to Jehu (Hanani’s son) against Baasha.

Eternal One: I gave you an amazing opportunity, Baasha. I lifted you up from the dirt of the ground and appointed you to lead My people Israel; but you have been foolish, have embraced the same path as Jeroboam, and have caused My people Israel to live sinful lives. You have provoked My wrath against their wickedness. Therefore I will devour you and all who serve you and belong to you. I will do to your house what I did to the house of Jeroboam (Nebat’s son). The hungry dogs will devour the remains of all those who belong to you if they die within the city walls. The birds in the sky will swoop down and eat up the remains of all those who belong to you if they die in the fields.

Is not the rest of Baasha’s story—his actions and lasting legacy—documented in the book of the chronicles of Israel’s kings? Baasha left this world to sleep with his fathers and was laid to rest in Tirzah. His son, Elah, then inherited the throne. So that is how it happened—the Eternal’s message, which He gave through the prophet Jehu (Hanani’s son), challenged Baasha and all those who belonged to him and served him. This took place because of the abhorrent wickedness he committed in the Eternal’s eyes. By his wicked deeds and by embracing the same wickedness as Jeroboam, Baasha provoked the anger of the Eternal.

During the 26th year of King Asa’s reign, Elah (Baasha’s son) took over the throne of Israel in Tirzah. He ruled two years. Zimri, Elah’s servant who was in charge of half his chariots, plotted against Elah. Elah was drinking excessively in Tirzah at Arza’s house. (Tirzah was in Arza’s control.) 10 Zimri murdered Elah during the 27th year of Asa’s reign over Judah, and he inherited the throne.

11 As soon as Zimri became king and gained the power of the throne, he killed every male in Baasha’s family. He did not leave a single survivor—no family or friends or servants to challenge his claim to the throne. 12 Zimri demolished Baasha’s entire household, just as the Eternal had said in His message against Baasha that He gave through the prophet Jehu. 13 He did this because of all the abhorrent wickedness committed by Baasha and by his son, Elah, which caused the Israelites to live sinful lives. This wickedness with their idols invoked the wrath of the Eternal God of Israel. 14 Is not the rest of Elah’s story—his actions and lasting legacy—documented in the book of the chronicles of Israel’s kings?

15 During the 27th year of Asa’s reign over Judah, Zimri ruled for seven days in Tirzah. Everyone was encamped around Gibbethon, which was in the possession of the Philistines, preparing to lay siege. 16 All those camped out heard the rumor, “Zimri plotted to kill the king, and he has succeeded in his scheme.” So that day the entire community of Israel appointed Omri, the military leader and Zimri’s commander, to be Israel’s king until a permanent king was given power. 17 Omri and the entire community of Israel abandoned their plans in Gibbethon and laid siege on Tirzah. 18 When Zimri perceived that the city had been taken over, he panicked and ran into the highest fortress in the king’s house and set fire to the house around him. He burned himself alive in the house 19 because of the abhorrent wickedness he had committed in the Eternal’s eyes. He had walked the wicked path of Jeroboam, causing the Israelites to live sinful lives. 20 Is not the rest of Zimri’s story—his actions and the record of his secret plot—documented in the book of the chronicles of Israel’s kings?

21 The community of Israel was split up into two separate groups. One group embraced Tibni (Ginath’s son) as king. The other group embraced Omri as king. 22 The group that followed Omri as king was more powerful and defeated the people who followed Tibni (Ginath’s son) as king. Tibni died, and Omri inherited the throne.

23 During the 31st year of Asa’s reign over Judah, Omri took over Israel’s throne. He reigned 12 years—6 of those years were in Tirzah. 24 He purchased Samaria Hill from Shemer for 150 pounds of silver. He developed a city on the hill and named the city Samaria after Shemer, the man from whom he had purchased the hill.

25 Omri committed evil in the Eternal’s eyes. He was more wicked than any wicked king who had lived before him, and there were a lot of wicked kings who lived before him. 26 He embraced the wicked path of Jeroboam (Nebat’s son), causing the Israelites to live sinful lives. Their worthless gods caused the wrath of the Eternal God of Israel to boil.

27 Is not the rest of Omri’s story—his actions demonstrating his might and lasting legacy—documented in the book of the chronicles of Israel’s kings? 28 Omri left this world to sleep with his fathers and was laid to rest in Samaria. His son, Ahab, then inherited the throne.

Nations often have several names. The Northern Kingdom is called “Israel” after the tribes who settled there, “Samaria” after its capital city, and the “House of Omri” after its founder. Omri is considered the founder of the Northern Kingdom, even though he isn’t the first king, because he establishes its capital in Samaria and is the first king buried there. In the ancient patriarchal system, the king is seen as the father of the country, so the entire nation is his household. He sees to the protection, nourishment, and advancement of his people, just as a father cares for his children. As long as the Northern Kingdom survives, it is called the “House of Omri” by many in honor of its first, and therefore greatest father.

29 Omri’s son, Ahab, took over Israel’s throne during the 38th year of Asa’s reign over Judah. Ahab (Omri’s son) ruled Israel in Samaria 22 years.

30 Ahab (Omri’s son) committed evil in the Eternal’s eyes. He was more wicked than all the wicked kings who lived before him. 31 Ahab was not content to commit the wickedness that Jeroboam (Nebat’s son) had. He went even further, marrying the Sidonian princess Jezebel and offering his loyalties and worship to Baal. Jezebel was King Ethbaal’s daughter, and Ethbaal was the king of the Sidonians.

32 He constructed an altar in honor of Baal in Baal’s temple in Samaria. 33 Ahab crafted a sacred pole there as well. Ahab incited the wrath of the Eternal God of Israel more than any king who had lived before him.

34 During Ahab’s reign, Hiel the Bethelite rebuilt Jericho. As he put down its foundations, he buried his firstborn, Abiram, beneath them.

Following the common pagan practice of burying children beneath cities to ensure favor from the gods, Hiel fulfills the expectation set by Joshua for anyone who rebuilds Jericho.

As he raised its gates, he buried his youngest son, Segub, beneath them, thinking this would ward off evil. This all happened just as the Eternal One said it would through the message he gave through Joshua, Nun’s son.[a]

17 Elijah the Tishbite, one of the Gilead settlers, spoke to Ahab.

Slowly the Israelite kings are drifting further and further away from God’s laws. Hoping to remedy this, the Lord sends a prophet to guide the kings. That prophet, Elijah, certainly lives up to his name, proclaiming his God (Eli) is the Eternal (jah)—Eli-jah. He uses many methods: demonstrating God’s power through miracles, reminding of God’s purpose through oracles, and acting out God’s will through his appearance. While his guidance sometimes reminds kings of the correct path and helps them return to it, ultimately nothing he can do will stop the Northern Kingdom’s destruction.

Elijah: As the Eternal lives—the True God who gives life to the Israelites, the God whom I serve—no rain or dew will touch the earth unless I give word.

The Baal cult is prominent both with the monarchy and with the general populace, so Elijah’s claims are extraordinary to people who believe Baal is the deity who provides or withholds rain.

The Eternal One gave him this message:

Eternal One: I want you to travel away from this place and go east. Keep yourself hidden near the Cherith stream, east of the Jordan. You will have water from the stream during this drought, and I will tell the birds to take care of you while you are hiding there.

Elijah did just as the Eternal had instructed him to do. He lived near the Cherith stream, east of the Jordan. The ravens did take care of him while he was there, just as the Lord said, bringing him a meal of bread and meat at sunrise and another meal of bread and meat at sunset. He satisfied his thirst by drinking from the stream. Soon the stream became dry because of the drought.

The Eternal One gave him this message:

Eternal One: Get up, and travel to Zarephath. It is in the possession of Sidon, which is outside Israel. Remain there, and do not leave for any reason. There is a widow in Zarephath whom I have told to take care of you.

10 Elijah got up and immediately traveled to Zarephath. He arrived at the city gate, and at that moment, a widow was picking up sticks nearby.

Elijah: Please bring me some water in a jar to quench my thirst.

11 (as she fetched the water) Also, could you please bring me a piece of bread?

Woman: 12 As certain as the Eternal One, your True God lives, I don’t have any bread. In fact, I am starving. I don’t have anything except for a bit of flour in a bowl and a few drops of oil in a jar. I was gathering sticks when you arrived to make a fire so that my son and I could eat one last bite of food and then die. It’s all over for us.

Elijah: 13 I assure you that it’s not over for you yet. Don’t be afraid. Continue what you were doing, but make a small bread cake for me first, and bring it here to me. Then you and your son may eat your own bread cakes. 14 This is the message of the Eternal God of Israel: “The flour and the oil will not run out until the moment when the Eternal showers the earth with rain.”

15 She did exactly as Elijah had instructed her to do, and everyone who lived in her house had food for days. 16 The bowl of flour and the jar of oil did not run out, just as the Eternal had said through Elijah.

17 A little while later, the son of the woman, the house’s mistress, grew fatally ill. His illness grew so intense that eventually he stopped breathing; he was dead.

Woman (to Elijah): 18 Why did this happen? What wickedness have I committed against you, man of God? Are you here as a reminder of past sin? Is that why my son died?

Elijah: 19 Bring your son to me.

Elijah then took the dead boy out of her arms, carried him upstairs to his own room, and laid him on his own bed.

Elijah: 20 O, my True God, the Eternal, have You brought this tragic death upon the son of the widow who is looking after me? If so, why would You do this to a woman who is serving You?

21 Elijah stretched himself out over the boy three different times, and he cried out to the Eternal again.

Elijah: O my True God, the Eternal, I beg you to bring this boy back to life.

This incredible act by the Eternal One is not only for the benefit of giving back the woman’s son so he could help with the support of the family, but it is also to demonstrate God’s powerful hand on Elijah.

22 The Eternal heard Elijah’s plea, and the boy was brought back to life. 23 Elijah brought the boy back down to his mother who was waiting anxiously in the house.

Elijah: Your son lives again.

Woman (rejoicing): 24 I now fully trust that you are a man of God and that the truth of the word of the Eternal dwells in your mouth.

Footnotes:

  1. 16:34 Joshua 6:26
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Acts 10:24-48

24 They arrived in Caesarea the next afternoon just before three o’clock. Cornelius had anticipated their arrival and had assembled his relatives and close friends to welcome them. 25 When Peter and Cornelius met, Cornelius fell at Peter’s feet in worship, 26 but Peter helped him up.

Peter: Stand up, man! I am just a human being!

27 They talked and entered the house to meet the whole crowd inside.

Peter: 28 You know I am a Jew. We Jews consider it a breach of divine law to associate, much less share hospitality, with outsiders. But God has shown me something in recent days: I should no longer consider any human beneath me or unclean. 29 That’s why I made no objection when you invited me; rather, I came willingly. Now let me hear the story of why you invited me here.

Cornelius: 30 It was about this time of day four days ago when I was here, in my house, praying the customary midafternoon prayer. Suddenly a man appeared out of nowhere. His clothes were dazzling white, and he stood directly in front of me 31 and addressed me: “Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your kindness to the poor has been noticed by God. 32 God wants you to find a man in Joppa, Simon who is also called Peter, who is staying at the home of a tanner named Simon, near the seaside.” 33 I wasted no time, did just as I was told, and you have generously accepted my invitation. So here we are, in the presence of God, ready to take in all that the Lord has told you to tell us.

Peter: 34 It is clear to me now that God plays no favorites, 35 that God accepts every person whatever his or her culture or ethnic background, that God welcomes all who revere Him and do right. 36 You already know that God sent a message to the people of Israel; it was a message of peace, peace through Jesus the Anointed—who is King of all people. 37 You know this message spread through Judea, beginning in Galilee where John called people to be ritually cleansed through baptism.[a] 38 You know God identified Jesus as the uniquely chosen One by pouring out the Holy Spirit on Him, by empowering Him. You know Jesus went through the land doing good for all and healing all who were suffering under the oppression of the evil one, for God was with Him. 39 My friends and I stand as witnesses to all Jesus did in the region of Judea and the city of Jerusalem. The people of our capital city killed Him by hanging Him on a tree, 40 but God raised Him up on the third day and made it possible for us to see Him. 41 Not everyone was granted this privilege, only those of us whom God chose as witnesses. We actually ate and drank with Him after His resurrection. 42 He told us to spread His message to everyone and to tell them that He is the One whom God has chosen to be Judge, to make a just assessment of all people—both living and dead. 43 All the prophets tell us about Him and assert that every person who believes in Jesus receives forgiveness of sins through His name.

The true gospel is becoming increasingly clear as the church spreads and develops. What happens that day in Caesarea changes the face of Christianity forever. It builds a bridge from Jews to Gentiles, from insiders to outsiders, and sends the community of Jesus on a journey beyond the kind of religious and cultural barriers that all people erect. Through Peter’s short trip, the church makes an important journey toward reaching the ends of the earth because the message of Jesus is not for the Jews alone but for all people of all time. This is a hard lesson, and not everyone is eager to learn it.

44 Peter wasn’t planning to stop at this point, but the Holy Spirit suddenly interrupted and came upon all the people who were listening. 45-46 They began speaking in foreign languages (just as the Jewish disciples did on the Day of Pentecost), and their hearts overflowed in joyful praises to God. Peter’s friends from Joppa—all of them Jewish, all circumcised—were stunned to see that the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on outsiders.

Peter: 47 Can anyone give any good reason not to ceremonially wash these people through baptism[b] as fellow disciples? After all, it’s obvious they have received the Holy Spirit just as we did on the Day of Pentecost.

48 So he had them baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. The new disciples asked him to stay for several more days.

Footnotes:

  1. 10:37 Literally, immersed, to show repentance
  2. 10:47 Literally, immerse, in a rite of initiation and purification
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Psalm 134

Psalm 134

A song for those journeying to worship.

Praise the Eternal, all you who serve Him—
who stand ready to serve in the house of the Eternal through the night.
Lift up your hands toward His sanctuary,
and praise the Eternal.

May the Eternal grant you His blessing from Zion,
God, the weaver of heaven and earth.

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Proverbs 17:9-11

Those who forgive faults foster love,
but those who repeatedly recall them ruin relationships.
10 A single correction makes a more lasting impression on one who is wise
than a hundred lashes do on a fool.
11 Evil people are determined to rebel,
and so a merciless messenger will chase them down.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday June 15, 2024 (NIV)

1 Kings 14:1-15:24

Disaster on the House of Jeroboam

14 At that time Abijah son of Jeroboam became sick.(A) Jeroboam said to his wife, “Go disguise yourself,(B) so they won’t know that you’re Jeroboam’s wife, and go to Shiloh.(C) The prophet Ahijah is there; it was he who told about me becoming king over this people.(D) Take with you ten loaves of bread, some cakes, and a jar of honey,(E) and go to him. He will tell you what will happen to the boy.”

Jeroboam’s wife did that: she went to Shiloh and arrived at Ahijah’s house. Ahijah could not see; he was blind[a] due to his age.(F) But the Lord had said to Ahijah, “Jeroboam’s wife is coming soon to ask you about her son, for he is sick. You are to say such and such to her. When she arrives, she will be disguised.”(G)

When Ahijah heard the sound of her feet entering the door, he said, “Come in, wife of Jeroboam! Why are you disguised?(H) I have bad news for you. Go tell Jeroboam, ‘This is what the Lord God of Israel says: I raised you up from among the people, appointed you ruler over my people Israel, tore the kingdom away from the house of David, and gave it to you.(I) But you were not like my servant David, who kept my commands and followed me with all his heart, doing only what is right in my sight. You behaved more wickedly than all who were before you.(J) In order to anger me, you have proceeded to make for yourself other gods and cast images,(K) but you have flung me behind your back.(L) 10 Because of all this, I am about to bring disaster on the house of Jeroboam:

I will wipe out all of Jeroboam’s males,[b]
both slave and free,[c] in Israel;
I will sweep away the house of Jeroboam
as one sweeps away dung until it is all gone!(M)
11 Anyone who belongs to Jeroboam and dies in the city,
the dogs will eat,
and anyone who dies in the field,
the birds[d] will eat,(N)
for the Lord has spoken!’

12 “As for you, get up and go to your house. When your feet enter the city, the boy will die.(O) 13 All Israel will mourn for him and bury him. He alone out of Jeroboam’s house will be given a proper burial because out of the house of Jeroboam something favorable to the Lord God of Israel was found in him.(P) 14 The Lord will raise up for himself a king over Israel, who will wipe out the house of Jeroboam.(Q) This is the day, yes,[e] even today! 15 For the Lord will strike Israel so that they will[f] shake as a reed shakes in water. He will uproot Israel from this good soil that he gave to their ancestors.(R) He will scatter them beyond the Euphrates(S) because they made their Asherah poles, angering the Lord.(T) 16 He will give up Israel because of Jeroboam’s sins that he committed and caused Israel to commit.”(U)

17 Then Jeroboam’s wife got up and left and went to Tirzah.(V) As she was crossing the threshold of the house, the boy died. 18 He was buried, and all Israel mourned for him, according to the word of the Lord he had spoken through his servant the prophet Ahijah.(W)

19 As for the rest of the events of Jeroboam’s reign, how he waged war(X) and how he reigned, note that they are written in the Historical Record of Israel’s Kings. 20 The length of Jeroboam’s reign was twenty-two years. He rested with his ancestors, and his son Nadab became king in his place.(Y)

Judah’s King Rehoboam

21 Now Rehoboam, Solomon’s son, reigned in Judah.(Z) Rehoboam was forty-one years old when he became king; he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city where the Lord had chosen from all the tribes of Israel to put his name.(AA) Rehoboam’s mother’s name was Naamah the Ammonite.(AB)

22 Judah did what was evil in the Lord’s sight.(AC) They provoked him to jealous anger(AD) more than all that their ancestors had done with the sins they committed. 23 They also built for themselves high places,(AE) sacred pillars,(AF) and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every green tree; 24 there were even male cult prostitutes in the land.(AG) They imitated all the detestable practices of the nations the Lord had dispossessed before the Israelites.(AH)

25 In the fifth year of King Rehoboam, King Shishak of Egypt(AI) went to war against Jerusalem.(AJ) 26 He seized the treasuries of the Lord’s temple and the treasuries of the royal palace. He took everything. He took all the gold shields that Solomon had made.(AK) 27 King Rehoboam made bronze shields to replace them and committed them into the care of the captains of the guards[g](AL) who protected the entrance to the king’s palace. 28 Whenever the king entered the Lord’s temple, the guards would carry the shields, then they would take them back to the armory.[h](AM)

29 The rest of the events of Rehoboam’s reign,(AN) along with all his accomplishments, are written about in the Historical Record of Judah’s Kings. 30 There was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam throughout their reigns.(AO) 31 Rehoboam rested with his ancestors and was buried with his ancestors in the city of David. His mother’s name was Naamah the Ammonite.(AP) His son Abijam[i](AQ) became king in his place.

Judah’s King Abijam

15 In the eighteenth year of Israel’s King Jeroboam son of Nebat, Abijam became king over Judah, and he reigned three years in Jerusalem.(AR) His mother’s name was Maacah(AS) daughter[j] of Abishalom.

Abijam walked in all the sins his father before him had committed,(AT) and he was not wholeheartedly devoted to the Lord his God as his ancestor David had been.(AU) But for the sake of David, the Lord his God gave him a lamp[k] in Jerusalem by raising up his son after him and by preserving Jerusalem.(AV) For David did what was right in the Lord’s sight, and he did not turn aside from anything he had commanded him all the days of his life,(AW) except in the matter of Uriah(AX) the Hethite.

There had been war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all the days of Rehoboam’s life.(AY) The rest of the events of Abijam’s reign, along with all his accomplishments, are written in the Historical Record of Judah’s Kings.(AZ) There was also war between Abijam and Jeroboam.(BA) Abijam rested with his ancestors and was buried in the city of David.(BB) His son Asa became king in his place.(BC)

Judah’s King Asa

In the twentieth year of Israel’s King Jeroboam,(BD) Asa became king of Judah, 10 and he reigned forty-one years in Jerusalem. His grandmother’s[l] name was Maacah(BE) daughter of Abishalom.

11 Asa did what was right in the Lord’s sight, as his ancestor David had done.(BF) 12 He banished the male cult prostitutes(BG) from the land and removed all of the idols that his ancestors had made.(BH) 13 He also(BI) removed his grandmother[m] Maacah from being queen mother because she had made an obscene image of Asherah. Asa chopped down her obscene image and burned it(BJ) in the Kidron Valley.(BK) 14 The high places were not taken away,(BL) but Asa was wholeheartedly devoted to the Lord his entire life.(BM) 15 He brought his father’s consecrated gifts and his own consecrated gifts into the Lord’s temple: silver, gold, and utensils.(BN)

16 There was war between Asa and King Baasha of Israel throughout their reigns.(BO) 17 Israel’s King Baasha went to war against Judah.(BP) He built Ramah(BQ) in order to keep anyone from leaving or coming to King Asa of Judah. 18 So Asa withdrew all the silver and gold that remained in the treasuries of the Lord’s temple(BR) and the treasuries of the royal palace and gave it to his servants. Then King Asa sent them to Ben-hadad(BS) son of Tabrimmon son of Hezion king of Aram who lived in Damascus,(BT) saying, 19 “There is a treaty between me and you, between my father and your father.(BU) Look, I have sent you a gift of silver and gold. Go and break your treaty with King Baasha of Israel(BV) so that he will withdraw from me.”

20 Ben-hadad listened to King Asa and sent the commanders of his armies against the cities of Israel. He attacked Ijon,(BW) Dan,(BX) Abel-beth-maacah,(BY) all Chinnereth,(BZ) and the whole land of Naphtali.(CA) 21 When Baasha heard about it, he quit building Ramah and stayed in Tirzah.(CB) 22 Then King Asa gave a command to everyone without exception in Judah, and they carried away the stones of Ramah and the timbers Baasha had built it with. Then King Asa built Geba(CC) of Benjamin and Mizpah(CD) with them.

23 The rest of all the events of Asa’s reign,(CE) along with all his might, all his accomplishments, and the cities he built, are written in the Historical Record of Judah’s Kings.(CF) But in his old age he developed a disease in his feet.(CG) 24 Then Asa rested with his ancestors and was buried in the city of his ancestor David.(CH) His son Jehoshaphat(CI) became king in his place.

Footnotes:

  1. 14:4 Lit see, for his eyes stood; 1Sm 4:15
  2. 14:10 Lit eliminate Jeroboam’s one who urinates against the wall
  3. 14:10 Or males, even the weak and impaired; Hb obscure
  4. 14:11 Lit birds of the sky
  5. 14:14 Hb obscure
  6. 14:15 so that they will supplied for clarity
  7. 14:27 Lit the runners
  8. 14:28 Lit the chamber of the runners
  9. 14:31 = Abijah in 2Ch 13
  10. 15:2 Possibly granddaughter, also in v. 10; 2Ch 13:2
  11. 15:4 Or dominion
  12. 15:10 Lit mother’s
  13. 15:13 Lit mother

Cross references:

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

Cornelius’s Vision

10 There was a man in Caesarea named Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment.(A) He was a devout man and feared God along with his whole household. He did many charitable deeds for the Jewish people and always prayed to God.(B) About three in the afternoon[a] he distinctly saw in a vision an angel of God who came in and said to him, “Cornelius.”(C)

Staring at him in awe, he said, “What is it, Lord?”

The angel told him, “Your prayers and your acts of charity have ascended as a memorial offering before God.(D) Now send men to Joppa and call for Simon, who is also named Peter. He is lodging with Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea.”(E)

When the angel who spoke to him had gone, he called two of his household servants and a devout soldier, who was one of those who attended him. After explaining everything to them, he sent them to Joppa.

Peter’s Vision

The(F) next day, as they were traveling and nearing the city, Peter went up to pray on the roof(G) about noon.[b] 10 He became hungry and wanted to eat, but while they were preparing something, he fell into a trance. 11 He saw heaven opened(H) and an object that resembled a large sheet coming down, being lowered by its four corners to the earth. 12 In it were all the four-footed animals and reptiles of the earth, and the birds of the sky. 13 A voice said to him, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat.”

14 “No, Lord!” Peter said. “For I have never eaten anything impure and ritually unclean.”(I)

15 Again, a second time, the voice said to him, “What God has made clean, do not call impure.”(J) 16 This happened three times, and suddenly the object was taken up into heaven.

Peter Visits Cornelius

17 While Peter was deeply perplexed about what the vision he had seen might mean, right away the men who had been sent by Cornelius, having asked directions to Simon’s house, stood at the gate. 18 They called out, asking if Simon, who was also named Peter, was lodging there.

19 While Peter was thinking about the vision, the Spirit told him, “Three men are here looking for you.(K) 20 Get up, go downstairs, and go with them with no doubts at all, because I have sent them.”(L)

21 Then Peter went down to the men and said, “Here I am, the one you’re looking for. What is the reason you’re here?”

22 They said, “Cornelius, a centurion, an upright and God-fearing man, who has a good reputation with the whole Jewish nation, was divinely directed by a holy angel to call you to his house and to hear a message from you.”(M) 23 Peter then invited them in and gave them lodging.

The next day he got up and set out with them, and some of the brothers from Joppa went with him.(N)

Footnotes:

  1. 10:3 Lit About the ninth hour
  2. 10:9 Lit about the sixth hour
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Psalm 133

Psalm 133

Living in Harmony

A song of ascents. Of David.

How delightfully good
when brothers live together in harmony!(A)
It is like fine oil on the head,
running down on the beard,
running down Aaron’s beard
onto his robes.(B)
It is like the dew of Hermon[a]
falling on the mountains of Zion.(C)
For there the Lord has appointed the blessing—
life forevermore.(D)

Footnotes:

  1. 133:3 The tallest mountain in the region, noted for its abundant precipitation
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Proverbs 17:7-8

Eloquent words are not appropriate on a fool’s lips;
how much worse are lies for a ruler.

A bribe(A) seems like a magic stone to its owner;
wherever he turns, he succeeds.(B)

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday June 14, 2024 (NIV)

1 Kings 12:20-13:34

20 Now when the entire community of Israel received word that Jeroboam had returned, they invited him to the assembly where they made him king over the entire Kingdom of Israel. Only the tribe of Judah was still devoted to David’s house.

21 When Rehoboam arrived in Jerusalem, he gathered together the tribes of Judah and Benjamin. There were 180,000 handpicked warriors gathered together in a plot to battle against Israel in order to get the kingdom back under the rule of Rehoboam, Solomon’s son. 22 But the word of the True God visited Shemaiah, the man of God.

Eternal One: 23 Go talk to Rehoboam, Solomon’s son, who is now Judah’s king. Give Rehoboam, the house of Judah, the tribe of Benjamin, and all the people 24 this message of the Eternal: “Do not wage war against your brothers, the Israelites. Every warrior should put down his sword and spear without further delay and return to his home. This change in power is from Me.”

They honored the message of warning from the Eternal, returned to their homes, and did exactly as He had instructed them to do.

25 In Israel Jeroboam fortified Shechem in the hilly land of Ephraim. He lived there for a time, then he took on another project and fortified Penuel.

Jeroboam (in his heart): 26 It is possible that the kingdom might return to the house of David. 27 If these people make sacrifices in the Eternal’s temple in Jerusalem, then their hearts will go back to their lord, even to Rehoboam, Judah’s king. They will surely execute me and go back to Rehoboam, Judah’s king.

28 The king sought out advice and then cast two calves out of gold.

Jeroboam (to Israel): It’s too difficult for you to travel all the way to Jerusalem to make your sacrifices. These are your gods, Israel, who led you out of Egypt.

29 Jeroboam placed one of the golden calves in Bethel and the other in Dan. 30 This was a horribly wicked sin. People even traveled with the golden calf in a religious procession when it was placed in Dan. 31 Jeroboam constructed temples on high places, and he appointed men to be priests who were not descendants of Levi.

32 Jeroboam instituted a festival on the fifteenth day of the eighth month. It was similar to the Feast of Booths that is celebrated in the seventh month in Judah.[a] He then approached the altar in Bethel and offered sacrifices to the golden calves he had crafted. While he was doing this, he instructed the priests of the country’s high places to serve in Bethel. 33 Jeroboam then approached the altar in Bethel on the fifteenth day of the eighth month to make sacrifices according to a plan he had devised. There, he instituted this festival for all the Israelites. Then he approached the altar and burned incense.

In his zeal to solidify the worship of the Lord in the Northern Kingdom, Jeroboam inadvertently dooms the Israelites’ relationship with God by making changes to God’s laws. Instead of worshiping no idols, the Northern Kingdom has two golden calves. Instead of worshiping at the temple in Jerusalem, the Israelites worship at various shrines like the one at Bethel. Instead of relying on the Levites, others can become priests and approach the altar. Finally, instead of following God’s calendar, Jeroboam brings with him the Egyptian calendar from his time in exile, thus altering the observance date of every sacred festival in the Northern Kingdom. The unwillingness to conform to God’s worship requirements will devolve into outright rebellion on the part of Israel.

13 A man of God from Judah arrived in Bethel because the Eternal One had told him to go there for a divine purpose. He arrived in the city while Jeroboam was burning incense at the altar. The prophet proclaimed the message of the Eternal against the altar.

Man of God: Altar, altar, listen closely! This is the message of the Eternal: “A boy named Josiah will be born of David’s royal bloodline, and he will sacrifice the priests of the high places upon your back. O what irony: the bones of the priests will burn at the very spot where, just the day before, the priests burned incense.”

The prophet offered a sign that day.

Man of God: The Eternal One has revealed what the sign will be: “The altar will split in two, and the countless ashes of fat will fall out.”

The king heard the threatening message that the man of God boldly proclaimed against the altar in Bethel.

Jeroboam (raising his hand): Grab hold of him! He’s dangerous!

When Jeroboam raised his hand from the altar, it shriveled up instantaneously, and he could not bring it back to his body. The altar broke apart, and the ashes of fat fell out of the altar. This sign occurred exactly as the man of God said it would in the message he gave from the Eternal One.

Jeroboam (to the man of God): I beg you to intercede quickly with the Eternal, your True God, and ask Him to make my hand normal again.

So the man of God called upon the Eternal, and Jeroboam’s hand became normal again, as if it had never changed.

Jeroboam: Now accompany me to my house for refreshment, and I will give you something in return for the good you have done me.

Man of God: Even if you offered to give me half of your estate, I would not accompany you. I would not eat a crumb or drink water from your table. The Eternal gave me clear instructions. He said, “While you are there, do not eat a crumb or drink water. Do not travel back the way you came.”

Certainly God’s requirements seem to be unreasonable. In fact, they are! Only by requiring something so arbitrary can God test the man’s dedication to Him.

10 So the man of God took a different path from the one he had originally traveled to Bethel.

11 There was an old prophet who lived in Bethel. The old prophet’s sons heard about the sign the man of God had performed and about the words he spoke to the king, and they relayed these things to their father.

Prophet (to his sons): 12 Where did the man of God go? I would like to see him.

The old prophet’s sons had seen which way the man of God from Judah had gone, so they told their father which direction to take.

Prophet (to his sons): 13 Get the donkey ready. I’m going to find the man of God.

The old prophet’s sons saddled the donkey, and the father got on it and went to find the man of God. 14 Along his journey, he found the man of God resting beneath an oak tree.

Prophet (to the man of God): There’s been talk of a man of God from Judah who performed a sign for Jeroboam. Are you that man?

Man of God: Yes, I am.

Prophet: 15 Accompany me back to my house, and eat my bread. Surely you must be hungry.

Man of God: 16 I will not accompany you to your house, and I will not eat your bread or drink your water here. 17 The Eternal One gave me clear instructions when He said, “While you are there, do not eat a crumb or drink water. Do not travel back the way you came.”

Prophet: 18 But you see, I, too, am a prophet, just as you are. One of the Eternal’s heavenly messengers brought me this word of the Eternal: “Escort the man of God back to your house, feed him your bread, and let him drink your water.”

But the old prophet lied. 19 The man of God trusted the old prophet and accompanied him back to his house, where he ate bread and drank water.

20 While they were sitting at the prophet’s table, the Eternal gave a grim message to the prophet who brought the man of God to his house. 21 He spoke it to the man of God who was from Judah.

Prophet: This is the urgent message of the Eternal One: You have strayed from His strict instructions. You have not honored the command of the Eternal, your True God. 22 Instead, you have eaten bread and drunk water here, even after He gave you this instruction: “Do not eat a crumb or drink water while you are there.” Therefore you will not be buried in the place of your fathers.

To be buried away from one’s family is the ultimate curse. In ancient Israel, a connection is retained between the living and the dead. The ancestors are to be buried somewhere on the family land, legally securing forever the land for the living family members. The living family members, by taking care of that land, care for their ancestors in the afterlife. If someone is buried away from his ancestral home, then the quality of his afterlife is in question.

23 After having a sobering meal and some water, the prophet prepared his donkey for the man of God. 24 While the man of God was traveling on the donkey, he was killed by a lion and his body fell to the ground, right in the middle of the road. 25 It was the strangest sight, for the donkey and the lion both remained standing beside the man’s body. People walked by on the road and saw the body of the man of God with the lion standing beside it. The people brought word of this strange sight to the city of the old prophet.

Prophet (hearing the news): 26 The dead body is that of the man of God. He strayed from the Eternal’s strict directions so He has sent the lion to tear him to pieces and kill him, just as He said would happen.

27 (to his sons) Prepare the donkey so that I can ride it. I must go retrieve the body of the man of God.

And so his sons saddled the donkey for him. 28 The prophet traveled to the body of the man of God. The donkey and the lion remained standing beside it on the road. The strange thing is that the lion had not tried to eat any of the dead body or kill the donkey. 29 The prophet gathered up the lifeless body of the man of God and placed it on the donkey, then he led the donkey back to the old prophet’s city where he grieved for the man of God and gave him a proper burial. 30 The prophet buried the man of God in his own grave; and everyone grieved for him, crying out, “I’m so sorry, brother!” 31 After the prophet had buried the man of God, he spoke to his sons.

Prophet: When death takes me someday, I want you to bury me in the same grave as the man of God, so that my bones rest next to his bones. This will be an honor for me. 32 The words he cried out against the altar in Bethel and against the high places in the Samaritan towns will surely happen, for those words were the Eternal’s message.

33 Even after all of this, Jeroboam still did not repent from his wickedness. He continued to choose priests for the high places out of anyone and everyone. Any man who was willing to be a priest, Jeroboam ordained him so that the man could act as a priest of the high places. 34 This was wicked enough to annihilate Jeroboam’s entire house and reign from the history of the world.

Footnotes:

  1. 12:32 Leviticus 23:34
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Acts 9:26-43

26 and he returned to Jerusalem.

He tried to join the disciples there, but they didn’t think he was sincere.

27 Only one person accepted Saul as a genuine disciple, Barnabas, who became Saul’s advocate to the apostles. He told the whole story of what happened in Damascus, from Saul’s vision and message from the Lord to his transformation into a confident proclaimer of the name of Jesus. 28 Finally they accepted Saul and gave him access to their community, and he continued to speak confidently in the name of the Lord. 29 He dialogued—and argued—with a group of Greek-speaking Jews. That didn’t go well either, because soon they were plotting to kill him also. 30 His fellow believers helped him escape by bringing him to Caesarea and sending him to his hometown, Tarsus.

31 And so the church enjoyed a period of peace and growth throughout the regions of Judea, Galilee, and Samaria. The disciples lived in deep reverence for the Lord, they experienced the strong comfort of the Holy Spirit, and their numbers increased.

32 Peter hadn’t been idle during all this time. He was having a number of amazing experiences of his own, traveling from group to group and visiting the various communities of believers. Once he came to a town called Lydda, a border town between Samaria and Judea, and met with God’s special people there. 33 He visited a man named Aeneas. This poor fellow had been paralyzed for eight years, unable to leave his bed.

Peter: 34 Aeneas, Jesus the Anointed heals you. Get up! Now you can make your own bed!

And immediately—he got up! 35 All the local residents—both of Lydda and nearby Sharon—saw Aeneas healthy and strong again, so they turned to the Lord.

36 In a nearby coastal city, Joppa, there lived a disciple whose Aramaic name was Tabitha, or Dorcas in Greek. She was a good woman—devotedly doing good and giving to the poor. 37 While Peter was in Lydda, she fell sick and died. Her fellow disciples washed her body and laid her in an upstairs room. 38 They had heard Peter was nearby, so two of them went with an urgent message, “Please come to Joppa as soon as possible.”

39 Peter went with them and immediately entered the room where the corpse had been placed. It was quite a scene—the widows of the community were crowded in the room, weeping, showing the various items of clothing that Dorcas had made for them.

40 Peter asked them to leave the room; then he got on his knees. He prayed for a while and then turned to her body.

Peter: Tabitha, get up!

She opened her eyes, saw Peter, and sat up. 41 Giving her his hand, Peter lifted her up. Then he called in the other disciples—including the widows—and reintroduced them to their beloved friend. 42 The news of this miracle spread throughout the city, and many believed in the Lord. 43 Peter stayed in Joppa for some time as the guest of Simon, a tanner by profession.

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Psalm 132

Psalm 132

A song for those journeying to worship.

Eternal One, don’t let the suffering of our father David be forgotten—
for his sake, remember!
Remember the pledge he made, how he poured out his heart to the Eternal,
the promise he made to the Mighty One of Jacob:
He said, “I will not go inside my house
or lie down in my bed;
I will not even rest my eyes—
I will not take comfort in sleep—
Until I find a dwelling place for You, the Eternal,
a holy residence dedicated to the Mighty One of Jacob.”

We heard rumors of the holy ark in Ephrathah,[a]
and later we found it in the field of Jaar.[b]

Let us journey to His dwelling place;
let us worship at His footstool.

Eternal One, arise and go to Your new home—
You and the ark of Your strength.
Let every priest join the march wearing righteousness,
and let songs of joy erupt from the hearts and mouths of Your godly ones.
10 For the well-being of Your anointed servant,
do not turn Your back on David.

11 The Eternal made His own promise, sworn in truth to David,
an oath which He cannot, will not break:
“I will continue your dynasty, David;
one of your descendants will sit on your throne.
12 If your children obey My covenant
and follow the statutes which I shall teach them,
And if they remain faithful, their children will also
sit upon your throne—forever.”

13 For the Eternal selected Zion;
He desired it as His holy place of residence.
14 “This is My sanctuary, My resting place, forever and ever;
I will remain here, for this is what I have desired.
15 I will bless Zion with an endless supply of all she needs;
I will satisfy the bellies of her hungry with bread.
16 I will clothe her priests with salvation,
and songs of joy will erupt from the hearts and mouths of her godly people.

17 “From there I will make the strength of David’s kingdom grow
and prepare a lamp for My anointed one.
18 I will clothe his enemies with a garment of shame;
but as for David’s son, his crown will shine brightly like the sun.”

Footnotes:

  1. 132:6 Ephrathah is the region where Bethlehem is located, Micah 5:2.
  2. 132:6 Jaar is a shortened form of Kiriath-jearim, 1 Samuel 7:1.
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Proverbs 17:6

Grandchildren are the crowning glory and ultimate delight of old age,
and parents are the pride of their children.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday June 13, 2024 (NIV)

1 Kings 11:1-12:19

Solomon’s Unfaithfulness to God

11 King Solomon loved many foreign women in addition to Pharaoh’s daughter:(A) Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women(B) from the nations about which the Lord had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, and they must not intermarry with you, because they will turn your heart away to follow their gods.”(C) To these women Solomon was deeply attached[a] in love. He had seven hundred wives who were princesses and three hundred who were concubines,(D) and they turned his heart away.(E)

When Solomon was old, his wives turned his heart away to follow other gods. He was not wholeheartedly devoted to the Lord his God, as his father David had been.(F) Solomon followed Ashtoreth,(G) the goddess of the Sidonians, and Milcom,(H) the abhorrent idol of the Ammonites.(I) Solomon did what was evil in the Lord’s sight, and unlike his father David, he did not remain loyal to the Lord.

At that time, Solomon built a high place(J) for Chemosh,(K) the abhorrent idol of Moab, and for Milcom,[b](L) the abhorrent idol of the Ammonites, on the hill across from Jerusalem.(M) He did the same for all his foreign wives, who were burning incense and offering sacrifices to their gods.

The Lord was angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice.(N) 10 He had commanded him about this, so that he would not follow other gods, but Solomon did not do what the Lord had commanded.(O)

11 Then the Lord said to Solomon, “Since you have done this[c] and did not keep my covenant and my statutes, which I commanded you, I will tear the kingdom away from you and give it to your servant.(P) 12 However, I will not do it during your lifetime for the sake of your father David;(Q) I will tear it out of your son’s hand. 13 Yet I will not tear the entire kingdom away from him. I will give one tribe to your son(R) for the sake of my servant David and for the sake of Jerusalem that I chose.”

Solomon’s Enemies

14 So the Lord raised up(S) Hadad the Edomite as an enemy against Solomon. He was of the royal family in Edom. 15 Earlier, when David was in Edom, Joab, the commander of the army, had gone to bury the dead and had struck down every male in Edom. 16 For Joab and all Israel had remained there six months, until he had killed every male in Edom.(T) 17 Hadad fled to Egypt, along with some Edomites from his father’s servants. At the time Hadad was a small boy. 18 Hadad and his men set out from Midian and went to Paran.(U) They took men with them from Paran and went to Egypt, to Pharaoh king of Egypt,(V) who gave Hadad a house, ordered that he be given food, and gave him land. 19 Pharaoh liked Hadad so much[d] that he gave him a wife, the sister of his own wife, Queen Tahpenes. 20 Tahpenes’s sister gave birth to Hadad’s son Genubath. Tahpenes herself weaned him in Pharaoh’s palace, and Genubath lived there along with Pharaoh’s sons.

21 When Hadad heard in Egypt that David rested with his ancestors and that Joab, the commander of the army, was dead, Hadad said to Pharaoh, “Let me leave, so I may go to my own country.”

22 But Pharaoh asked him, “What do you lack here with me for you to want to go back to your own country?”

“Nothing,” he replied, “but please let me leave.”

23 God raised up Rezon son of Eliada as an enemy(W) against Solomon. Rezon had fled from his master King Hadadezer of Zobah(X) 24 and gathered men to himself. He became leader of a raiding party when David killed the Zobaites. He[e] went to Damascus,(Y) lived there, and became king in Damascus. 25 Rezon was Israel’s enemy throughout Solomon’s reign, adding to the trouble Hadad had caused. He reigned over Aram[f](Z) and loathed Israel.

26 Now Solomon’s servant,(AA) Jeroboam son of Nebat, was an Ephraimite from Zeredah. His widowed mother’s name was Zeruah. Jeroboam rebelled(AB) against Solomon, 27 and this is the reason he rebelled against the king: Solomon had built the supporting terraces(AC) and repaired the opening in the wall of the city of his father David. 28 Now the man Jeroboam was capable, and Solomon noticed the young man because he was getting things done. So he appointed him over the entire labor force of the house of Joseph.(AD)

29 During that time, the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite(AE) met Jeroboam on the road as Jeroboam came out of Jerusalem. Now Ahijah had wrapped himself with a new cloak, and the two of them were alone in the open field. 30 Then Ahijah took hold of the new cloak he had on, tore it into twelve pieces,(AF) 31 and said to Jeroboam, “Take ten pieces for yourself, for this is what the Lord God of Israel says: ‘I am about to tear the kingdom out of Solomon’s hand. I will give you ten tribes, 32 but one tribe will remain his for the sake of my servant David(AG) and for the sake of Jerusalem, the city I chose out of all the tribes of Israel.(AH) 33 For they have abandoned me; they have bowed down to Ashtoreth, the goddess of the Sidonians, to Chemosh, the god of Moab, and to Milcom, the god of the Ammonites.(AI) They have not walked in my ways to do what is right in my sight and to carry out my statutes and my judgments as his father David did.(AJ)

34 “‘However, I will not take the whole kingdom from him but will let him be ruler all the days of his life for the sake of my servant David, whom I chose and who kept my commands and my statutes. 35 I will take ten tribes of the kingdom from his son and give them to you. 36 I will give one tribe(AK) to his son,(AL) so that my servant David will always have a lamp[g] before me(AM) in Jerusalem, the city I chose for myself to put my name there.(AN) 37 I will appoint you,(AO) and you will reign as king(AP) over all you want,(AQ) and you will be king over Israel.

38 “‘After that, if you obey all I command you, walk in my ways, and do what is right in my sight in order to keep my statutes and my commands as my servant David did, I will be with you.(AR) I will build you a lasting dynasty just as I built for David,(AS) and I will give you Israel. 39 I will humble David’s descendants, because of their unfaithfulness, but not forever.’”[h](AT)

40 Therefore, Solomon tried to kill Jeroboam,(AU) but he fled to Egypt,(AV) to King Shishak of Egypt,(AW) where he remained until Solomon’s death.

Solomon’s Death

41 The rest of the events of Solomon’s reign, along with all his accomplishments and his wisdom, are written in the Book of Solomon’s Events.(AX) 42 The length of Solomon’s reign in Jerusalem over all Israel totaled forty years.(AY) 43 Solomon rested with his ancestors and was buried in the city of his father David. His son Rehoboam(AZ) became king in his place.(BA)

The Kingdom Divided

12 Then Rehoboam(BB) went to Shechem,(BC) for all Israel(BD) had gone to Shechem to make him king.(BE) When Jeroboam son of Nebat heard about it, he stayed in Egypt, where he had fled from King Solomon’s presence.(BF) Jeroboam stayed in Egypt.[i] But they summoned him, and Jeroboam and the whole assembly of Israel came and spoke to Rehoboam: “Your father made our yoke harsh.(BG) You, therefore, lighten your father’s harsh service and the heavy yoke he put on us,(BH) and we will serve you.”

Rehoboam replied, “Go away for three days and then return to me.” So the people left. Then King Rehoboam consulted with the elders(BI) who had served his father Solomon when he was alive, asking, “How do you advise me to respond to this people?”

They replied, “Today if you will be a servant to this people and serve them, and if you respond to them by speaking kind words to them, they will be your servants forever.”(BJ)

But he rejected the advice of the elders who had advised him(BK) and consulted with the young men who had grown up with him and attended him. He asked them, “What message do you advise that we send back to this people who said to me, ‘Lighten the yoke your father put on us’?”

10 The young men who had grown up with him told him, “This is what you should say to this people who said to you, ‘Your father made our yoke heavy, but you, make it lighter on us!’ This is what you should tell them: ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s waist! 11 Although my father burdened you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke; my father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with barbed whips.’”[j](BL)

12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, as the king had ordered: “Return to me on the third day.” 13 Then the king answered the people harshly. He rejected the advice the elders had given him 14 and spoke to them according to the young men’s advice: “My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to your yoke; my father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with barbed whips.”

15 The king did not listen to the people, because this turn of events came from the Lord(BM) to carry out his word, which the Lord had spoken through Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam son of Nebat.(BN) 16 When all Israel saw that the king had not listened to them, the people answered him:

What portion do we have in David?
We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse.(BO)
Israel, return to your tents;
David, now look after your own house!(BP)

So Israel went to their tents, 17 but Rehoboam reigned over the Israelites living in the cities of Judah.(BQ)

18 Then King Rehoboam sent Adoram,[k](BR) who was in charge of forced labor, but all Israel stoned him to death. King Rehoboam managed to get into the chariot and flee to Jerusalem. 19 Israel is still in rebellion against the house of David today.(BS)

Footnotes:

  1. 11:2 Lit Solomon clung
  2. 11:7 Lit Molech
  3. 11:11 Lit “Since this was with you
  4. 11:19 Lit Hadad found much favor in Pharaoh’s eyes
  5. 11:24 LXX; Hb reads They
  6. 11:25 Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr read Edom
  7. 11:36 Or dominion
  8. 11:38–39 LXX omits and I will give... but not forever
  9. 12:2 LXX, Vg read Jeroboam returned from Egypt; 2Ch 10:2
  10. 12:11 Lit with scorpions, also in v. 14
  11. 12:18 LXX reads Adoniram; 1Kg 4:6; 5:14

Cross references:

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

The Damascus Road

Now Saul was still breathing threats and murder against the disciples(A) of the Lord. He went to the high priest(B) and requested letters(C) from him to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any men or women who belonged to the Way,(D) he might bring them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As(E) he traveled and was nearing Damascus, a light from heaven suddenly flashed around him. Falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”

“Who are you, Lord?” Saul said.

“I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting,” he replied. “But get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the sound but seeing no one.(F) Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing. So they took him by the hand and led him into Damascus. He was unable to see for three days and did not eat or drink.

Saul’s Baptism

10 There was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias, and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.”

“Here I am, Lord,” he replied.(G)

11 “Get up and go to the street called Straight,” the Lord said to him, “to the house of Judas, and ask for a man from Tarsus(H) named Saul, since he is praying there. 12 In a vision[a] he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and placing his hands on him so that he may regain his sight.”(I)

13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard from many people about this man, how much harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem.(J) 14 And he has authority here from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”(K)

15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for this man is my chosen instrument(L) to take my name to Gentiles,(M) kings, and Israelites.(N) 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”(O)

17 Ananias went and entered the house. He placed his hands on him and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road you were traveling, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”(P)

18 At once something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized. 19 And after taking some food, he regained his strength.(Q)

Saul Proclaiming the Messiah

Saul was with the disciples in Damascus for some time. 20 Immediately he began proclaiming Jesus in the synagogues: “He is the Son of God.”(R)

21 All who heard him were astounded and said, “Isn’t this the man in Jerusalem who was causing havoc for those who called on this name and came here for the purpose of taking them as prisoners to the chief priests?” (S)

22 But Saul grew stronger and kept confounding the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah.

23 After many days had passed, the Jews conspired to kill him, 24 but Saul learned of their plot. So they were watching the gates day and night intending to kill him,(T) 25 but his disciples took him by night and lowered him in a large basket through an opening in the wall.(U)

Footnotes:

  1. 9:12 Other mss omit In a vision
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Psalm 131

Psalm 131

A Childlike Spirit

A song of ascents. Of David.

Lord, my heart is not proud;
my eyes are not haughty.(A)
I do not get involved with things
too great or too wondrous for me.(B)
Instead, I have calmed and quieted my soul
like a weaned child with its mother;
my soul is like a weaned child.(C)

Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
both now and forever.(D)

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Proverbs 17:4-5

A wicked person listens to malicious talk;[a]
a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.

The one who mocks the poor insults his Maker,(A)
and one who rejoices over calamity
will not go unpunished.(B)

Footnotes:

  1. 17:4 Lit to lips of iniquity
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