The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday July 7, 2020 (NIV)

1 Chronicles 4:5-5:17

(A)Ashhur, the father of Tekoa, had two wives, Helah and Naarah; Naarah bore him Ahuzzam, Hepher, Temeni, and Haahashtari. These were the sons of Naarah. The sons of Helah: Zereth, Izhar, and Ethnan. Koz fathered Anub, Zobebah, and the clans of Aharhel, the son of Harum. Jabez was (B)more honorable than his brothers; and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.”[a] 10 Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm[b] so that it might not bring me pain!” And God granted what he asked. 11 Chelub, the brother of Shuhah, fathered Mehir, who fathered Eshton. 12 Eshton fathered Beth-rapha, Paseah, and Tehinnah, the father of Ir-nahash. These are the men of Recah. 13 The sons of (C)Kenaz: (D)Othniel and Seraiah; and the sons of Othniel: Hathath and Meonothai.[c] 14 Meonothai fathered Ophrah; and Seraiah fathered Joab, the father of Ge-harashim,[d] so-called because they were craftsmen. 15 The sons of (E)Caleb the son of Jephunneh: Iru, Elah, and Naam; and the son[e] of Elah: Kenaz. 16 The sons of Jehallelel: Ziph, Ziphah, Tiria, and Asarel. 17 The sons of Ezrah: Jether, Mered, Epher, and Jalon. These are the sons of Bithiah, the daughter of Pharaoh, whom Mered married;[f] and she conceived and bore[g] Miriam, Shammai, and Ishbah, the father of Eshtemoa. 18 And his Judahite wife bore (F)Jered the father of Gedor, Heber the father of Soco, and Jekuthiel the father of Zanoah. 19 The sons of the wife of Hodiah, the sister of Naham, were the fathers of Keilah the Garmite and Eshtemoa the Maacathite. 20 The sons of Shimon: Amnon, Rinnah, Ben-hanan, and Tilon. The sons of Ishi: Zoheth and Ben-zoheth. 21 The sons of (G)Shelah the son of Judah: Er the father of Lecah, Laadah the father of Mareshah, and the clans of the house of linen workers at Beth-ashbea; 22 and Jokim, and the men of Cozeba, and Joash, and Saraph, who ruled in Moab and returned to Lehem[h] (now the records[i] are ancient). 23 These were the potters who were inhabitants of Netaim and Gederah. They lived there in the king's service.

Descendants of Simeon

24 (H)The sons of Simeon: Nemuel, Jamin, Jarib, Zerah, Shaul; 25 Shallum was his son, Mibsam his son, Mishma his son. 26 The sons of Mishma: Hammuel his son, Zaccur his son, Shimei his son. 27 Shimei had sixteen sons and six daughters; but his brothers did not have many children, (I)nor did all their clan multiply (J)like the men of Judah. 28 (K)They lived in Beersheba, Moladah, Hazar-shual, 29 (L)Bilhah, Ezem, (M)Tolad, 30 (N)Bethuel, Hormah, Ziklag, 31 Beth-marcaboth, (O)Hazar-susim, (P)Beth-biri, and (Q)Shaaraim. These were their cities until David reigned. 32 And their villages were Etam, Ain, Rimmon, Tochen, and Ashan, five cities, 33 along with all their villages that were around these cities as far as (R)Baal. These were their settlements, and they kept a genealogical record.

34 Meshobab, Jamlech, Joshah the son of Amaziah, 35 Joel, Jehu the son of Joshibiah, son of Seraiah, son of Asiel, 36 Elioenai, Jaakobah, Jeshohaiah, Asaiah, Adiel, Jesimiel, Benaiah, 37 Ziza the son of Shiphi, son of Allon, son of Jedaiah, son of Shimri, son of Shemaiah— 38 these mentioned by name were princes in their clans, (S)and their fathers' houses increased greatly. 39 They journeyed to the entrance of (T)Gedor, to the east side of the valley, to seek pasture for their flocks, 40 where they found rich, good pasture, and the land was very broad, (U)quiet, and peaceful, for the former inhabitants there belonged to Ham. 41 (V)These, registered by name, came in the days of Hezekiah, king of Judah, and destroyed their tents and the Meunites who were found there, and marked them for destruction to this day, (W)and settled in their place, because there was pasture there for their flocks. 42 And some of them, five hundred men of the Simeonites, went to (X)Mount Seir, having as their leaders Pelatiah, Neariah, Rephaiah, and Uzziel, the sons of Ishi. 43 And they defeated (Y)the remnant of the Amalekites who had escaped, and they have lived there to this day.

Descendants of Reuben

The sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel ((Z)for he was the firstborn, but because (AA)he defiled his father's couch, (AB)his birthright was given to the sons of Joseph the son of Israel, so that he could not be enrolled as the oldest son; (AC)though Judah became strong among his brothers and a (AD)chief came from him, yet the birthright belonged to Joseph), the (AE)sons of Reuben, the firstborn of Israel: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi. The sons of Joel: Shemaiah his son, Gog his son, Shimei his son, Micah his son, Reaiah his son, Baal his son, Beerah his son, whom (AF)Tiglath-pileser[j] king of Assyria carried away into exile; he was a chief of the Reubenites. And his kinsmen by their clans, (AG)when the genealogy of their generations was recorded: the chief, Jeiel, and Zechariah, and Bela the son of Azaz, son of (AH)Shema, son of Joel, who lived in (AI)Aroer, as far as (AJ)Nebo and (AK)Baal-meon. He also lived to the east as far as the entrance of the desert this side of the Euphrates, because their livestock had multiplied (AL)in the land of Gilead. 10 And in the days of Saul they waged war against the (AM)Hagrites, who fell into their hand. And they lived in their tents throughout all the region east of Gilead.

Descendants of Gad

11 The sons of Gad lived over against them in the land of Bashan as far as (AN)Salecah: 12 Joel the chief, Shapham the second, Janai, and Shaphat in Bashan. 13 And their kinsmen according to their fathers' houses: Michael, Meshullam, Sheba, Jorai, Jacan, Zia and Eber, seven. 14 These were the sons of Abihail the son of Huri, son of Jaroah, son of Gilead, son of Michael, son of Jeshishai, son of Jahdo, son of Buz. 15 Ahi the son of Abdiel, son of Guni, was chief in their fathers' houses, 16 and they lived in Gilead, in Bashan and in its towns, and in all the pasturelands of (AO)Sharon to their limits. 17 All of these were recorded in genealogies in the days of (AP)Jotham king of Judah, and in the days of (AQ)Jeroboam king of Israel.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Chronicles 4:9 Jabez sounds like the Hebrew for pain
  2. 1 Chronicles 4:10 Or evil
  3. 1 Chronicles 4:13 Septuagint, Vulgate; Hebrew lacks Meonothai
  4. 1 Chronicles 4:14 Ge-harashim means valley of craftsmen
  5. 1 Chronicles 4:15 Hebrew sons
  6. 1 Chronicles 4:17 The clause These are… married is transposed from verse 18
  7. 1 Chronicles 4:17 Hebrew lacks and bore
  8. 1 Chronicles 4:22 Vulgate (compare Septuagint); Hebrew and Jashubi-lahem
  9. 1 Chronicles 4:22 Or matters
  10. 1 Chronicles 5:6 Hebrew Tilgath-pilneser; also verse 26

Cross references:

  1. 1 Chronicles 4:5 : ch. 2:24
  2. 1 Chronicles 4:9 : [Gen. 34:19]
  3. 1 Chronicles 4:13 : Josh. 15:17
  4. 1 Chronicles 4:13 : Judg. 1:13; 3:9, 11
  5. 1 Chronicles 4:15 : Num. 13:6
  6. 1 Chronicles 4:18 : [ver. 4]
  7. 1 Chronicles 4:21 : ch. 2:3; Gen. 38:1, 5; 46:12; Num. 26:20
  8. 1 Chronicles 4:24 : Num. 26:12
  9. 1 Chronicles 4:27 : [ver. 38]
  10. 1 Chronicles 4:27 : [Num. 2:4, 13; 26:14, 22]
  11. 1 Chronicles 4:28 : For ver. 28-33, see Josh. 19:2-8
  12. 1 Chronicles 4:29 : [Josh. 19:3]
  13. 1 Chronicles 4:29 : [Josh. 19:4]
  14. 1 Chronicles 4:30 : [See ver. 29 above]; [Josh. 19:4]
  15. 1 Chronicles 4:31 : [Josh. 19:5, 6]
  16. 1 Chronicles 4:31 : [Josh. 19:5, 6]
  17. 1 Chronicles 4:31 : [Josh. 19:5, 6]
  18. 1 Chronicles 4:33 : [Josh. 19:8]
  19. 1 Chronicles 4:38 : [ver. 27]
  20. 1 Chronicles 4:39 : ver. 4, 18
  21. 1 Chronicles 4:40 : [Judg. 18:7, 27]
  22. 1 Chronicles 4:41 : See ver. 34-38
  23. 1 Chronicles 4:41 : [ch. 5:22]
  24. 1 Chronicles 4:42 : Gen. 36:8
  25. 1 Chronicles 4:43 : [1 Sam. 15:8; 30:17]
  26. 1 Chronicles 5:1 : Gen. 29:32; 49:3
  27. 1 Chronicles 5:1 : Gen. 35:22; 49:4
  28. 1 Chronicles 5:1 : See Gen. 48:15-22
  29. 1 Chronicles 5:2 : See Gen. 49:8-10
  30. 1 Chronicles 5:2 : Mic. 5:2; Matt. 2:6
  31. 1 Chronicles 5:3 : Gen. 46:9; Ex. 6:14; Num. 26:5, 6
  32. 1 Chronicles 5:6 : 2 Chr. 28:20
  33. 1 Chronicles 5:7 : ver. 17
  34. 1 Chronicles 5:8 : [ver. 4]
  35. 1 Chronicles 5:8 : Deut. 2:36; Josh. 13:16
  36. 1 Chronicles 5:8 : Num. 32:3
  37. 1 Chronicles 5:8 : Num. 32:38
  38. 1 Chronicles 5:9 : Josh. 22:9
  39. 1 Chronicles 5:10 : ver. 19, 20; ch. 11:38; 27:30
  40. 1 Chronicles 5:11 : Josh. 12:5; 13:11
  41. 1 Chronicles 5:16 : ch. 27:29
  42. 1 Chronicles 5:17 : 2 Kgs. 15:5, 32
  43. 1 Chronicles 5:17 : 2 Kgs. 14:16, 28
English Standard Version (ESV)

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Acts 25

Paul Appeals to Caesar

25 Now three days after Festus had arrived in (A)the province, he went up to Jerusalem from Caesarea. And the chief priests and the principal men of the Jews (B)laid out their case against Paul, and they urged him, asking as a favor against Paul[a] that he summon him to Jerusalem—because (C)they were planning an ambush to kill him on the way. Festus replied that Paul was being kept at Caesarea and that he himself intended to go there shortly. “So,” said he, “let the men of authority among you go down with me, and if there is anything wrong about the man, let them bring charges against him.”

After he stayed among them not more than eight or ten days, he went down to Caesarea. And the next day he took his seat on (D)the tribunal and ordered Paul to be brought. When he had arrived, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, bringing many and serious charges against him (E)that they could not prove. Paul argued in his defense, “Neither (F)against (G)the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor (H)against Caesar have I committed any offense.” But Festus, (I)wishing to do the Jews a favor, said to Paul, “Do you wish to go up to Jerusalem and there be tried on these charges before me?” 10 But Paul said, “I am standing before Caesar's (J)tribunal, where I ought to be tried. To the Jews I have done no wrong, as you yourself know very well. 11 If then I am a wrongdoer and have committed anything for which I deserve to die, I do not seek to escape death. But if there is nothing to their charges against me, no one can give me up to them. (K)I appeal to Caesar.” 12 Then Festus, when he had conferred with his council, answered, “To Caesar you have appealed; to Caesar you shall go.”

Paul Before Agrippa and Bernice

13 Now when some days had passed, Agrippa the king and Bernice arrived at Caesarea and greeted Festus. 14 And as they stayed there many days, Festus laid Paul's case before the king, saying, (L)“There is a man left prisoner by Felix, 15 and when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews laid out their case (M)against him, asking for a sentence of condemnation against him. 16 (N)I answered them that it was not the custom of the Romans to give up anyone (O)before the accused met the accusers face to face and had opportunity to make his defense concerning the charge laid against him. 17 (P)So when they came together here, I made no delay, but on the next day took my seat on (Q)the tribunal and ordered the man to be brought. 18 When the accusers stood up, they brought no charge in his case of such evils as I supposed. 19 Rather they (R)had certain points of dispute with him about their own religion and about (S)a certain Jesus, who was dead, but whom Paul asserted to be alive. 20 Being at a loss how to investigate these questions, I (T)asked whether he wanted to go to Jerusalem and be tried there regarding them. 21 But (U)when Paul had appealed to be kept in custody for the decision of (V)the emperor, I ordered him to be held until I could send him to Caesar.” 22 Then (W)Agrippa said to Festus, “I would like to hear the man myself.” “Tomorrow,” said he, “you will hear him.”

23 So on the next day (X)Agrippa and Bernice came with great pomp, and they entered the audience hall with the military tribunes and the prominent men of the city. Then, at the command of Festus, Paul was brought in. 24 And Festus said, “King Agrippa and all who are present with us, you see this man about whom (Y)the whole Jewish people petitioned me, both in Jerusalem and here, (Z)shouting that he ought not to live any longer. 25 But I found that (AA)he had done nothing deserving death. And (AB)as he himself appealed to (AC)the emperor, I decided to go ahead and send him. 26 But I have nothing definite to write to my lord about him. Therefore I have brought him before you all, and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that, after we have examined him, I may have something to write. 27 For it seems to me unreasonable, in sending a prisoner, not to indicate the charges against him.”

Footnotes:

  1. Acts 25:3 Greek him
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Psalm 5

Lead Me in Your Righteousness

To the choirmaster: for the flutes. A Psalm of David.

Give ear to my words, O Lord;
consider my (A)groaning.
Give attention to the sound of my cry,
my (B)King and my God,
for (C)to you do I pray.
O Lord, in (D)the morning you hear my voice;
in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you[a] and (E)watch.

For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;
evil may not dwell with you.
The (F)boastful shall not (G)stand before your eyes;
you (H)hate all evildoers.
You destroy those who speak (I)lies;
the Lord abhors (J)the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.

But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love,
will enter your house.
I will (K)bow down (L)toward your (M)holy temple
in the fear of you.
(N)Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness
because of my enemies;
(O)make your way straight before me.

For there is no truth in their mouth;
their inmost self is (P)destruction;
(Q)their throat is (R)an open grave;
they (S)flatter with their tongue.
10 (T)Make them bear their guilt, O God;
let them (U)fall by their own counsels;
because of the abundance of their transgressions cast them out,
for they have rebelled against you.

11 But let all who (V)take refuge in you (W)rejoice;
let them ever sing for joy,
and spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may (X)exult in you.
12 For you (Y)bless the righteous, O Lord;
you (Z)cover him with favor as with (AA)a shield.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 5:3 Or I direct my prayer to you
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Proverbs 18:19

19 A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city,
and quarreling is like the bars of a castle.

English Standard Version (ESV)

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07/06/2020 DAB Transcript

1 Chronicles 2:18-4:4, Acts 24:1-27, Psalms 4:1-8, Proverbs 18:16-18

Today is the 6th day of July welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I am Brian it is wonderful to be here with you today as we continue our journey forward. And we’ve just recently, yesterday, moved into some new territory in the Old Testament as we begin the books of Chronicles. So, let’s dive in. We’re reading from the English Standard Version this week. First Chronicles chapter 2 verse 18 through 4 verse 4.

Commentary:

Okay. Just a couple things to point out as we get moved into this new week. In the book of first Chronicles we’re reading a lot of names and, you know, who fathered who and who his son was and then who his son was and then who his son was and then who his son was etc. etc. etc. and this is kind of, you know, the famous portion of the Bible where people are like, “why are all these names in the Bible?” And even as a kid I would encounter this and be like, “why? Why’s this in the Bible? Like, why would we even read this? Who even cares about this?” And…and that kind of holds true up until today where it’s like, “why all the names?” And, you know, when I first began to do this the names, you know, they’re just…they’re…they’re unusual names and difficult to pronounce names, tongue tying kinds of names. So, even I would come passed this and go, “great, this is the Bible. Yes, we need to read this. Yes, yes, yes. But why is this in here anyway?” Until I began to realize this is coming from exile. And then everything started to make sense, because I’ve places where there has been exile and destruction and war and genocide even. And, so when we come to this portion of the Scriptures, we usually talk about this a little bit because when we understand a little bit better it makes us actually want to hear those names. So, I've…I mean I’ve been places in the world that have commemorated the Holocaust in World War II, the, you know, the attempted annihilation of the Jewish people. And there are museums, many throughout the earth that take a look at this. I’ve also been to places like Rwanda in Africa where genocide took place and that…they…they have a completely different way of doing things there. They’ve in some cases just left…left the bodies that have become skeletons where they fell. Like they've…or they’ve collected the bones of people who were just massacred even in places like churches. They just kind of…they didn't…they’re just…their skeletons are there in part so that the horribleness of what happened won’t be forgotten. And it's…well…it’s difficult indeed, but it also makes you never forget, which is kind of the point. The point is to remember so that you don’t have to go this way again, so that nobody, future generations won’t forget either, so that they can come back and see where the road leads if things get out of control. And then of course there are like national museums throughout the earth for some of the atrocities that have happened. And, although I haven’t been to every one of those in the world I’ve been to several and in these usually you usually find a quiet room. Maybe it’s dimly lit. Like in my mind’s eye right now I think of the national genocide memorial in Kigali in Rwanda. And there’s…there’s a room there that’s quiet and there are clothes…there’s clothing there of people that were wearing those clothes when they were murdered. And there’s thousands of photographs of people who were lost. And then this kind of a big round place you can come sit in the middle of the room just, you know, sit quietly and you begin to hear a quiet voice saying name after name after name after name, never-ending so that those names will be spoken out so that they will not be forgotten. And, so, that what happened that took them off the earth will not be forgotten either. So, here in Chronicles Israel as we’ve known it all along the journey that we’ve taken to this point, those people, those 12 tribes are gone. They have no ruling over themselves whatsoever. They have no land. They have no nation. The promised land is gone. The 10 tribes in the north have been carried into exile by the Assyrians and they are gone. Judah has fallen to the Babylonians and the Babylonians have exiled them into Babylon. The homeland is lost. People have been killed. Families have been torn apart. People are all over…all over the place and these names are to remember who they are and what happened to them. And, so, in a real way when we read these names, we’re kind of participating in that same kind of thing. We’re saying them aloud so that they’re not forgotten because the intention here, like the Babylonian intention…intention is to move everybody out of Judah, move them somewhere else, move other people into Judah, so that at some point within the next couple of generations there’s only the Babylonian Empire, like everything’s Babylon. Nobody really has allegiance to some kind homeland and some kind of localized gods and all this kind of stuff. So, they’re trying to obliterate that whereas here in first Chronicles the Hebrew people are trying to not forget who they are, where they came from, and who God is. And that changes things.

And then we flipped over into the book of Acts. We’ve seen Paul go to Jerusalem, even though he knew what was going to happen and it did happen and he is under arrest and he’s had to be spirited out of Jerusalem to Caesarea on the coast where he can be protected because there’s an assassination plot where people have vowed not to eat or drink until they kill Paul. So, it’s pretty serious and Paul for the first time now is Caesarea gets to begin to state his case because the Hebrew people, the elite religious leaders have come to accuse Paul. And, so, what we see now is Paul beginning to share the gospel as a part of his defense and in the process he is sharing the gospel with people that he would never be able to meet with likely, like that he would never be able to sit down and have a conversation with. So, he is sharing the gospel to more powerful people than he had access to. And we see Felix today, summons Paul number of times, even though he’s hoping for a bribe. Paul is able now to have access to powerful people that he would’ve never been able to get to any other way. And, so, we’re seeing the gospel continues even though Paul has lost his freedom.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word and we thank You for the…the way that it reaches into our lives and touches us in so many ways on so many levels. Sometimes it disrupts us. Sometimes we take a step back and go, “wait. What?” Sometimes immense revelation comes flowing into our hearts where things we’ve been struggling with for so many years, all the sudden clarity comes. We are thankful for this. We are thankful for the living word that continues to be alive within us and we thank You for the opportunity to be here every day to take the next step forward. And, so, Father plant the words that we’ve read into our hearts today and may they yield the fruit of the Spirit in our hearts, and may that spill out into the world and may we bring light and good news to everyone within our sphere of influence. We pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday July 6, 2020 (NIV)

1 Chronicles 2:18-4:4

18 (A)Caleb the son of Hezron fathered children by his wife Azubah, and by Jerioth; and these were her sons: Jesher, Shobab, and Ardon. 19 When Azubah died, (B)Caleb married (C)Ephrath, who bore him (D)Hur. 20 Hur fathered Uri, and Uri fathered (E)Bezalel.

21 Afterward Hezron went in to the daughter of (F)Machir the father of Gilead, whom he married when he was sixty years old, and she bore him Segub. 22 And Segub fathered Jair, who had twenty-three cities in the land of Gilead. 23 (G)But Geshur and Aram took from them Havvoth-jair, Kenath, and its villages, sixty towns. All these were descendants of Machir, the father of Gilead. 24 After the death of Hezron, (H)Caleb went in to Ephrathah,[a] the wife of Hezron his father, and she bore him (I)Ashhur, the father of Tekoa.

25 The sons of (J)Jerahmeel, the firstborn of Hezron: Ram, his firstborn, Bunah, Oren, Ozem, and Ahijah. 26 Jerahmeel also had another wife, whose name was Atarah; she was the mother of Onam. 27 The sons of Ram, the firstborn of Jerahmeel: Maaz, Jamin, and Eker. 28 The sons of Onam: Shammai and Jada. The sons of Shammai: Nadab and Abishur. 29 The name of Abishur's wife was Abihail, and she bore him Ahban and Molid. 30 The sons of Nadab: Seled and Appaim; and Seled died childless. 31 The son[b] of Appaim: Ishi. (K)The son of Ishi: Sheshan. The son of Sheshan: Ahlai. 32 The sons of Jada, Shammai's brother: Jether and Jonathan; and Jether died childless. 33 The sons of Jonathan: Peleth and Zaza. These were the descendants of Jerahmeel. 34 Now Sheshan had no sons, only daughters, but Sheshan had an Egyptian slave whose name was Jarha. 35 So Sheshan gave his daughter in marriage to Jarha his slave, and she bore him Attai. 36 Attai fathered Nathan, and Nathan fathered (L)Zabad. 37 (M)Zabad fathered Ephlal, and Ephlal fathered (N)Obed. 38 Obed fathered Jehu, and Jehu fathered Azariah. 39 Azariah fathered Helez, and Helez fathered Eleasah. 40 Eleasah fathered Sismai, and Sismai fathered Shallum. 41 Shallum fathered Jekamiah, and Jekamiah fathered (O)Elishama.

42 The sons of (P)Caleb the brother of Jerahmeel: Mareshah[c] his firstborn, who fathered Ziph. The son[d] of Mareshah: (Q)Hebron.[e] 43 The sons of Hebron: Korah, Tappuah, Rekem and Shema. 44 Shema fathered Raham, the father of Jorkeam; and Rekem fathered Shammai. 45 The son of Shammai: Maon; and Maon fathered Beth-zur. 46 Ephah also, Caleb's concubine, bore Haran, Moza, and Gazez; and Haran fathered Gazez. 47 The sons of Jahdai: Regem, Jotham, Geshan, Pelet, Ephah, and Shaaph. 48 Maacah, Caleb's concubine, bore Sheber and Tirhanah. 49 She also bore Shaaph the father of Madmannah, Sheva the father of Machbenah and the father of Gibea; and the (R)daughter of Caleb was Achsah. 50 These were the descendants of Caleb.

The sons[f] of Hur the firstborn of (S)Ephrathah: Shobal the father of Kiriath-jearim, 51 (T)Salma, the father of Bethlehem, and Hareph the father of Beth-gader. 52 Shobal the father of Kiriath-jearim had other sons: (U)Haroeh, half of the Menuhoth. 53 And the clans of Kiriath-jearim: the Ithrites, the Puthites, the Shumathites, and the Mishraites; from these came the (V)Zorathites and the Eshtaolites. 54 The sons of Salma: Bethlehem, the Netophathites, Atroth-beth-joab and half of the Manahathites, the Zorites. 55 The clans also of the scribes who lived at Jabez: the Tirathites, the Shimeathites and the Sucathites. These are the (W)Kenites who came from Hammath, the father of (X)the house of Rechab.

Descendants of David

(Y)These are the sons of David who were born to him in Hebron: the firstborn, Amnon, by Ahinoam the Jezreelite; the second, (Z)Daniel, by Abigail the Carmelite, the third, Absalom, whose mother was Maacah, the daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur; the fourth, Adonijah, whose mother was Haggith; the fifth, Shephatiah, by Abital; the sixth, Ithream, by his wife Eglah; six were born to him in Hebron, (AA)where he reigned for seven years and six months. (AB)And he reigned thirty-three years in Jerusalem. (AC)These were born to him in Jerusalem: (AD)Shimea, Shobab, Nathan and (AE)Solomon, four by (AF)Bath-shua, the daughter of (AG)Ammiel; then Ibhar, (AH)Elishama, Eliphelet, Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, Elishama, (AI)Eliada, and Eliphelet, nine. All these were David's sons, besides the sons of the concubines, (AJ)and Tamar was their sister.

10 The son of Solomon was (AK)Rehoboam, (AL)Abijah his son, (AM)Asa his son, (AN)Jehoshaphat his son, 11 (AO)Joram his son, (AP)Ahaziah his son, (AQ)Joash his son, 12 (AR)Amaziah his son, (AS)Azariah his son, (AT)Jotham his son, 13 (AU)Ahaz his son, (AV)Hezekiah his son, (AW)Manasseh his son, 14 (AX)Amon his son, (AY)Josiah his son. 15 The sons of Josiah: (AZ)Johanan the firstborn, the second (BA)Jehoiakim, the third (BB)Zedekiah, the fourth Shallum. 16 The descendants of (BC)Jehoiakim: (BD)Jeconiah his son, (BE)Zedekiah his son; 17 and the sons of Jeconiah, the (BF)captive: (BG)Shealtiel his son, 18 Malchiram, Pedaiah, Shenazzar, Jekamiah, Hoshama and Nedabiah; 19 and the sons of Pedaiah: (BH)Zerubbabel and Shimei; and the sons of (BI)Zerubbabel: Meshullam and Hananiah, and Shelomith was their sister; 20 and Hashubah, Ohel, Berechiah, Hasadiah, and Jushab-hesed, five. 21 The sons of Hananiah: Pelatiah and Jeshaiah, his son[g] Rephaiah, his son Arnan, his son Obadiah, his son Shecaniah. 22 The son[h] of Shecaniah: (BJ)Shemaiah. And the sons of Shemaiah: (BK)Hattush, Igal, Bariah, Neariah, and Shaphat, six. 23 The sons of Neariah: Elioenai, Hizkiah, and Azrikam, three. 24 The sons of Elioenai: Hodaviah, Eliashib, Pelaiah, Akkub, Johanan, Delaiah, and Anani, seven.

Descendants of Judah

(BL)The sons of Judah: (BM)Perez, Hezron, (BN)Carmi, Hur, and Shobal. (BO)Reaiah the son of Shobal fathered Jahath, and Jahath fathered Ahumai and Lahad. These were the clans of the (BP)Zorathites. These were the sons[i] of Etam: Jezreel, Ishma, and Idbash; and the name of their sister was Hazzelelponi, and (BQ)Penuel fathered (BR)Gedor, and Ezer fathered Hushah. These were the sons of Hur, the firstborn of (BS)Ephrathah, the father of Bethlehem.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Chronicles 2:24 Septuagint, Vulgate; Hebrew in Caleb Ephrathah
  2. 1 Chronicles 2:31 Hebrew sons; three times in this verse
  3. 1 Chronicles 2:42 Septuagint; Hebrew Mesha
  4. 1 Chronicles 2:42 Hebrew sons
  5. 1 Chronicles 2:42 Hebrew the father of Hebron
  6. 1 Chronicles 2:50 Septuagint, Vulgate; Hebrew son
  7. 1 Chronicles 3:21 Septuagint (compare Syriac, Vulgate); Hebrew sons of; four times in this verse
  8. 1 Chronicles 3:22 Hebrew sons
  9. 1 Chronicles 4:3 Septuagint (compare Vulgate); Hebrew father

Cross references:

  1. 1 Chronicles 2:18 : [ver. 9]
  2. 1 Chronicles 2:19 : [See ver. 18 above]; [ver. 9]
  3. 1 Chronicles 2:19 : [ver. 50]
  4. 1 Chronicles 2:19 : Ex. 17:10, 12; 24:14
  5. 1 Chronicles 2:20 : Ex. 31:2
  6. 1 Chronicles 2:21 : Num. 27:1
  7. 1 Chronicles 2:23 : [Num. 32:41, 42; Deut. 3:14; Josh. 13:30]
  8. 1 Chronicles 2:24 : ver. 19, 50
  9. 1 Chronicles 2:24 : ch. 4:5
  10. 1 Chronicles 2:25 : ver. 9
  11. 1 Chronicles 2:31 : [ver. 34, 35]
  12. 1 Chronicles 2:36 : ch. 11:41
  13. 1 Chronicles 2:37 : [See ver. 36 above]; ch. 11:41
  14. 1 Chronicles 2:37 : [2 Chr. 23:1]
  15. 1 Chronicles 2:41 : 2 Kgs. 25:25
  16. 1 Chronicles 2:42 : ver. 9
  17. 1 Chronicles 2:42 : See Josh. 14:13
  18. 1 Chronicles 2:49 : [Josh. 15:17; Judg. 1:13]
  19. 1 Chronicles 2:50 : ch. 4:4; [ver. 19]
  20. 1 Chronicles 2:51 : [ch. 4:4]
  21. 1 Chronicles 2:52 : [ch. 4:2]
  22. 1 Chronicles 2:53 : ch. 4:2
  23. 1 Chronicles 2:55 : Judg. 1:16
  24. 1 Chronicles 2:55 : 2 Kgs. 10:15; Jer. 35:2
  25. 1 Chronicles 3:1 : For ver. 1-4, see 2 Sam. 3:2-5
  26. 1 Chronicles 3:1 : [2 Sam. 3:3]
  27. 1 Chronicles 3:4 : 2 Sam. 2:11
  28. 1 Chronicles 3:4 : 2 Sam. 5:5
  29. 1 Chronicles 3:5 : For ver. 5-8, see ch. 14:4-7; 2 Sam. 5:14-16
  30. 1 Chronicles 3:5 : [ch. 14:4; 2 Sam. 5:14]
  31. 1 Chronicles 3:5 : 2 Sam. 12:24
  32. 1 Chronicles 3:5 : [2 Sam. 11:3]
  33. 1 Chronicles 3:5 : [2 Sam. 11:3]
  34. 1 Chronicles 3:6 : [ch. 14:5; 2 Sam. 5:15]
  35. 1 Chronicles 3:8 : [ch. 14:7]
  36. 1 Chronicles 3:9 : 2 Sam. 13:1
  37. 1 Chronicles 3:10 : 1 Kgs. 11:43
  38. 1 Chronicles 3:10 : [1 Kgs. 14:31; 15:1]
  39. 1 Chronicles 3:10 : 1 Kgs. 15:8
  40. 1 Chronicles 3:10 : 1 Kgs. 15:24
  41. 1 Chronicles 3:11 : 2 Kgs. 8:16
  42. 1 Chronicles 3:11 : 2 Kgs. 8:24; [2 Chr. 21:17; 22:6]
  43. 1 Chronicles 3:11 : 2 Kgs. 11:2
  44. 1 Chronicles 3:12 : 2 Kgs. 12:21
  45. 1 Chronicles 3:12 : [2 Kgs. 15:30]
  46. 1 Chronicles 3:12 : 2 Kgs. 15:7
  47. 1 Chronicles 3:13 : 2 Kgs. 15:38
  48. 1 Chronicles 3:13 : 2 Kgs. 16:20
  49. 1 Chronicles 3:13 : 2 Kgs. 20:21
  50. 1 Chronicles 3:14 : 2 Kgs. 21:18
  51. 1 Chronicles 3:14 : 2 Kgs. 21:26
  52. 1 Chronicles 3:15 : [2 Kgs. 23:30]
  53. 1 Chronicles 3:15 : [2 Kgs. 23:34]
  54. 1 Chronicles 3:15 : [2 Kgs. 24:17]
  55. 1 Chronicles 3:16 : [Matt. 1:11]
  56. 1 Chronicles 3:16 : [2 Kgs. 24:6; Jer. 22:24]
  57. 1 Chronicles 3:16 : [2 Kgs. 24:17]
  58. 1 Chronicles 3:17 : 2 Kgs. 24:15
  59. 1 Chronicles 3:17 : Ezra 3:2; 5:2; Hag. 1:1, 12, 14; 2:2, 23; Matt. 1:12; Luke 3:27
  60. 1 Chronicles 3:19 : Ezra 2:2; Hag. 1:1, 12, 14; Zech. 4:6
  61. 1 Chronicles 3:19 : Ezra 2:2; Hag. 1:1, 12, 14; Zech. 4:6
  62. 1 Chronicles 3:22 : Neh. 3:29
  63. 1 Chronicles 3:22 : Ezra 8:2
  64. 1 Chronicles 4:1 : [Gen. 46:12]
  65. 1 Chronicles 4:1 : Gen. 38:29
  66. 1 Chronicles 4:1 : ch. 2:7
  67. 1 Chronicles 4:2 : [ch. 2:52]
  68. 1 Chronicles 4:2 : ch. 2:53
  69. 1 Chronicles 4:4 : [ver. 18]
  70. 1 Chronicles 4:4 : ver. 18, 39
  71. 1 Chronicles 4:4 : [Gen. 35:19; ch. 2:50, 51]
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Acts 24

Paul Before Felix at Caesarea

24 And (A)after five days the high priest (B)Ananias came down with some elders and a spokesman, one Tertullus. They laid before (C)the governor their case against Paul. And when he had been summoned, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying:

“Since through you we enjoy much peace, and since by your foresight, (D)most excellent Felix, reforms are being made for this nation, in every way and everywhere we accept this with all gratitude. But, to detain[a] you no further, I beg you in your kindness to hear us briefly. For we have found this man a plague, (E)one who stirs up riots among all the Jews throughout the world and is a ringleader of (F)the sect of the Nazarenes. (G)He even tried to profane the temple, but we seized him.[b] By examining him yourself you will be able to find out from him about everything of which we accuse him.”

The Jews also joined in the charge, affirming that all these things were so.

10 And when the governor had nodded to him to speak, Paul replied:

“Knowing that for many years you have been a judge over this nation, I cheerfully make my defense. 11 You can verify that (H)it is not more than twelve days since I (I)went up (J)to worship in Jerusalem, 12 and (K)they did not find me disputing with anyone or stirring up a crowd, either in the temple or in the synagogues or in the city. 13 (L)Neither can they prove to you what they now bring up against me. 14 But this I confess to you, that according to (M)the Way, which they call (N)a sect, (O)I worship (P)the God of our fathers, believing everything (Q)laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets, 15 (R)having (S)a hope in God, which these men themselves accept, that there will be (T)a resurrection (U)of both the just and the unjust. 16 So I always (V)take pains to have a (W)clear conscience toward both God and man. 17 Now (X)after several years (Y)I came to bring alms to (Z)my nation and to present (AA)offerings. 18 While I was doing this, they found me (AB)purified in the temple, without any crowd or tumult. But (AC)some Jews from Asia— 19 (AD)they ought to be here before you and to make an accusation, should they have anything against me. 20 Or else let these men themselves say what wrongdoing they found when I stood before the council, 21 other than this one thing (AE)that I cried out while standing among them: ‘It is with respect to the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial before you this day.’”

Paul Kept in Custody

22 But Felix, having a rather accurate knowledge of (AF)the Way, put them off, saying, “When Lysias the tribune comes down, I will decide your case.” 23 Then he gave orders to the centurion that he (AG)should be kept in custody but have some liberty, and that (AH)none of his friends should be prevented from attending to his needs.

24 After some days Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, and he sent for Paul and heard him speak about (AI)faith (AJ)in Christ Jesus. 25 And as he reasoned (AK)about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment, Felix was alarmed and said, “Go away for the present. (AL)When I get an opportunity I will summon you.” 26 At the same time he hoped (AM)that money would be given him by Paul. So he sent for him often and conversed with him. 27 When two years had elapsed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius (AN)Festus. And (AO)desiring to do the Jews a favor, (AP)Felix left Paul in prison.

Footnotes:

  1. Acts 24:4 Or weary
  2. Acts 24:6 Some manuscripts add and we would have judged him according to our law. 7But the chief captain Lysias came and with great violence took him out of our hands, 8commanding his accusers to come before you.
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Psalm 4

Answer Me When I Call

To the (A)choirmaster: with (B)stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.

Answer me when I call, O God of my (C)righteousness!
You have (D)given me relief when I was in distress.
Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!

O men,[a] how long shall my honor be turned into shame?
How long will you love vain words and seek after (E)lies? Selah
But know that the Lord has (F)set apart (G)the godly for himself;
the Lord hears when I call to him.

(H)Be angry,[b] and do not sin;
(I)ponder in your own hearts (J)on your beds, and be silent. Selah
Offer (K)right sacrifices,
and put your (L)trust in the Lord.

There are many who say, “Who will show us some good?
(M)Lift up (N)the light of your face upon us, O Lord!”
You have put (O)more joy in my heart
than they have when their grain and wine abound.

In peace I will both (P)lie down and sleep;
for you alone, O Lord, make me (Q)dwell in safety.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 4:2 Or O men of rank
  2. Psalm 4:4 Or Be agitated
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Proverbs 18:16-18

16 A man's (A)gift makes room for him
and brings him before the great.
17 The one who states his case first seems right,
until the other comes and examines him.
18 (B)The lot puts an end to quarrels
and decides between powerful contenders.

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07/05/2020 DAB Transcript

1 Chronicles 1:1-2:17, Acts 23:11-35, Psalms 3:1-8, Proverbs 18:14-15

Today is the 5th day of July welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian it is great to be here with you today. I trust you are doing well wherever you are on this big beautiful planet that God has given us as a gift to dwell upon. And what a joy it is that we share in this particular patch of history together. And, so, that’s what allows us to be here now and take the next step forward. And that next step forward is going to lead us into a new book. So, we concluded the book of second Kings in the Old Testament yesterday and the book of second Kings ends in a very dire kind of way. So, while we were moving our way through second Kings, the Assyrians invaded the north, right, and the 10 tribes of the nation of Israel or conquered and deported or exiled and new people were brought in. And Assyria is in control of that region but then in yesterday’s reading we saw the Babylonian Empire invade Judah and a lot of back-and-forth over a lot of years. They were kind of a vassal state, etc. etc. but ultimately Babylon came and surrounded Jerusalem and broke in and destroyed it utterly including demolishing the temple of God and burning Jerusalem to the ground and deporting or exiling Jerusalem, but also Judah. So, yeah, the thing is that we need to understand is that these people that we’ve been traveling with since the book of Genesis, we watched them form, we traveled with them. It’s over. Like ancient Israel as we knew it is over, the people are in exile. The people of the north, the kingdom of Israel, they’re gone. They’ve been assimilated. They’ll never be cohesive tribes ever again. Meanwhile, the people of Judah are exiled in Babylon and we’ll continue this story and see that the remnant is allowed to return to Jerusalem eventually, but things are never ever, ever gonna be the same. So, we just crossed a threshold and we’re kind of moving into what comes next, because what came before is no more.

Introduction to the book of Chronicles:

And, so, today we’re moving into the book of…books of Chronicles, so first and second Chronicles. And we’re not really sure who wrote, who collected the Chronicles, but there are Jewish traditions that suggest Ezra the priest was involved in this. And there isn’t even a total consensus among biblical scholars about the dating of the Chronicles, but we can generally assume that these were written probably four, four and a half centuries before the common era, so before the time of Jesus. And if that’s true, that would make the writings contemporary with the priest Ezra. So, what we’re gonna do is begin to read this and all of a sudden, things will probably sound familiar, like, “didn’t we read this already? Like, I remember this” because first and second Chronicles is gonna cover a lot of the same territory that we were covering while we were moving through the books of Samuel and the books of the Kings but the whole story is coming from a different perspective. Chronicles will look at the same history that we’ve just gone through, but it will be looking through the eyes of the priests, whereas we have previously been…been looking at the Kings. So, we ended Kings, second Kings yesterday as Judah was…was defeated and the exile began to Babylon. And, like I just said, that ended the ancient era of the promised land. The books of first and second Chronicles that we’re heading into now would have then been composed or written down from this exile. And for lots of reasons, but one reason would be the empire building tactics at this time were to deport or exile people into other conquered lands while rotating in other conquered peoples, right, so that a common story could be built while the ancient homeland story would be eradicated over time. So, these things are written down to remind the children of Israel who they even are and where they came from and what their origin is and who God is. And, so, it’s chronicling this. And, so, the first nine chapters that we’re about to cover, they’ll be a lot of genealogy. And this is the part of the Bible, we get to these hard to pronounce names and we start wondering, “like, why am I reading page after page of names?” But as we go through this we’ll see that these names are important, they tell a story. They tell generation after generation after generation. This is exile, people have been killed, families have been split apart and sent to different regions or cities. Things aren’t gonna be the same again. But then there’s these names, these names in the book of Chronicles, and they’re there as a testament, as a witness to the people that were there and who they were and how they all lined up together to be this common family, the children of Israel. And, so, let’s dive in. First Chronicles chapter 1 verse 1 through 2:17. And we’ll read from the English Standard Version this week.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word as we do every day because it is the context for why we are even here, and the centerpiece for why there is a community around this Global Campfire. And, so, we are grateful for Your word and the rhythm that it brings into our lives, day by day step-by-step forward. Certainly, forward in time, forward through a year, forward to life, but forward in life as well as we learn and grow and deepen our understanding and press into deeper depths of relationship with You. And, so, we are grateful. And as we move into this shiny sparkly new week, we invite Your Holy Spirit to lead and guide our steps in all that we do and all that we say and all that we think. Come Jesus we ask. In Your mighty name, we ask. Amen.

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07/04/2020 DAB Transcript

2 Kings 23:31-25:30, Acts 22:17-23:10, Psalms 2:1-12, Proverbs 18:13

Today is the 4th day of July welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian it’s great to be here with you today. Happy 4th of July. It’s a major national holiday in the United States, Independence Day. It also happens to be my wife Jill’s birthday, so she gets a grand celebration every year. So, happy birthday, Jill. And here we are at the end of…end of another week together. And this week…this week transitioned us from one month to another and we’ll spend our first full week in the month of July, beginning tomorrow. But we are here and let’s take the next step forward. We’re reading from the Christian Standard Bible this week. Second Kings chapter 23 verse 31 through 25 verse 30.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word. We thank You for another week together in Your word. We thank You for bringing us safely and successfully into this, the 7th month of the year and Father we thank You for our freedoms and I…I thank You for the birth of the little baby who would become a girl who would become a woman and would one day become a wife, my wife, and I thank You for her. And Father as we move forward into this month fully in the coming week, we invite Your Holy Spirit to lead and guide us. Direct our steps, direct our thoughts and emotions, direct our intentions, guide our wills. We surrender to You. We throw our hands up in surrender, and worship. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com is the website, its home base, its where you find out what’s going on around here. It’s the 4th of July so it’s like a major national holiday in the United States. It’s my wife’s birthday as I mentioned earlier. So, that's…that’s for sure what’s going on, at least in my neck of the woods and I certainly wish Jill a happy birthday. I don’t think any of this would here without…without my wife. The greatest things in my life have to do with her. So, I am personally grateful. And, so, those of us in United States we’re takin’ a day, but then in a couple of days from now, Tuesday the 7th of July, we as a community take a day and it’s called the long walk.

And we’ve talking about it so your pretty aware of what’s going on, but it’s a long walk that I’m looking forward to. I…I think we are all probably generally on the same page. Like I’m more worn out halfway through the year then I remember just because it’s been so strange. And I went into the year and thinking, just this year of “Vision”, it’s 2020, we’re gonna see clear. And I, you know, you come into that with preconceived notions and I feel like actually we’re…we’re opening our eyes. Like we’re seeing things and in ways that we haven’t before. It just hasn’t been easy. And, so, this 7th of July just to have a day to walk, to pray, to contemplate, to rejuvenate, to enjoy the beauty of God’s creation that unfolds before us all of the time, constantly, but we’re rarely paying attention to have that, to regroup, resettle, refocus the move into the second half of the year is very valuable thing this year.

And I’ve been talking about the resource that releases on the 7th of July in time for the long walk, it’s called Heart, a contemplative journey. And it really is a conversation starter, a way of moving into the long walk, a way of acknowledging and opening our hearts to the emotions that we’ve been feeling and invite God into those things. Allowing Him to speak into those things is gonna be really helpful. So, that’s available for preorder now. It releases on the 7th of July in time for the long walk. It’ll just be there waiting for you. So, at the iTunes store at the Google Play store just search for Heart, a contemplative journey or you can search for my name and be able to find there. So, those are the things that are coming up and I’m really looking forward, actually really looking forward to Tuesday. So, make plans to take some time. Go for a long walk with God.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday July 5, 2020 (NIV)

1 Chronicles 1:1-2:17

From Adam to Abraham

[a] (A)Adam, Seth, Enosh; (B)Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared; Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech; Noah, (C)Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

(D)The sons of Japheth: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras. The sons of Gomer: Ashkenaz, Riphath,[b] and Togarmah. The sons of Javan: Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and Rodanim.

(E)The sons of Ham: Cush, Egypt, Put, and Canaan. The sons of Cush: Seba, Havilah, Sabta, Raamah, and Sabteca. The sons of Raamah: Sheba and Dedan. 10 Cush fathered Nimrod. He was the first on earth to be a mighty man.[c]

11 (F)Egypt fathered Ludim, Anamim, Lehabim, Naphtuhim, 12 Pathrusim, Casluhim (from whom the Philistines came), and Caphtorim.

13 Canaan fathered Sidon his firstborn and Heth, 14 and the Jebusites, the Amorites, the Girgashites, 15 the Hivites, the Arkites, the Sinites, 16 the Arvadites, the Zemarites, and the Hamathites.

17 (G)The sons of Shem: Elam, Asshur, Arpachshad, Lud, and Aram. And the sons of Aram:[d] Uz, Hul, Gether, and Meshech. 18 Arpachshad fathered Shelah, and Shelah fathered Eber. 19 To Eber were born two sons: the name of the one was Peleg[e] (for in his days the earth was divided), and his brother's name was Joktan. 20 Joktan fathered Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah, 21 Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, 22 Obal,[f] Abimael, Sheba, 23 Ophir, Havilah, and Jobab; all these were the sons of Joktan.

24 (H)Shem, Arpachshad, Shelah; 25 Eber, Peleg, Reu; 26 Serug, Nahor, Terah; 27 Abram, that is, Abraham.

From Abraham to Jacob

28 The sons of Abraham: (I)Isaac and (J)Ishmael. 29 (K)These are their genealogies: the firstborn of Ishmael, Nebaioth, and Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, 30 Mishma, Dumah, Massa, Hadad, Tema, 31 Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah. These are the sons of Ishmael. 32 (L)The sons of Keturah, Abraham's concubine: she bore Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah. The sons of Jokshan: Sheba and Dedan. 33 The sons of Midian: Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah. All these were the descendants of Keturah.

34 Abraham fathered (M)Isaac. The sons of Isaac: (N)Esau and (O)Israel. 35 (P)The sons of Esau: Eliphaz, Reuel, Jeush, Jalam, and Korah. 36 The sons of Eliphaz: Teman, Omar, Zepho, Gatam, Kenaz, and of Timna,[g] Amalek. 37 The sons of Reuel: Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah.

38 (Q)The sons of Seir: Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah, Dishon, Ezer, and Dishan. 39 The sons of Lotan: Hori and Hemam;[h] and Lotan's sister was Timna. 40 The sons of Shobal: Alvan,[i] Manahath, Ebal, Shepho,[j] and Onam. The sons of Zibeon: Aiah and Anah. 41 The son[k] of Anah: Dishon. The sons of Dishon: Hemdan,[l] Eshban, Ithran, and Cheran. 42 The sons of Ezer: Bilhan, Zaavan, and Akan.[m] The sons of Dishan: Uz and Aran.

43 (R)These are the kings who reigned in the land of Edom before any king reigned over the people of Israel: Bela the son of Beor, the name of his city being Dinhabah. 44 Bela died, and Jobab the son of Zerah of (S)Bozrah reigned in his place. 45 Jobab died, and Husham of the land of the (T)Temanites reigned in his place. 46 Husham died, and Hadad the son of Bedad, who defeated Midian in the country of Moab, reigned in his place, the name of his city being Avith. 47 Hadad died, and Samlah of Masrekah reigned in his place. 48 Samlah died, and Shaul of Rehoboth on the Euphrates[n] reigned in his place. 49 Shaul died, and Baal-hanan, the son of Achbor, reigned in his place. 50 Baal-hanan died, and Hadad reigned in his place, the name of his city being Pai; and his wife's name was Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred, the daughter of Mezahab. 51 And Hadad died.

The chiefs of Edom were: chiefs Timna, Alvah, Jetheth, 52 Oholibamah, Elah, Pinon, 53 Kenaz, Teman, Mibzar, 54 Magdiel, and Iram; these are the chiefs of Edom.

A Genealogy of David

These are the sons of (U)Israel: (V)Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, (W)Issachar, Zebulun, (X)Dan, (Y)Joseph, (Z)Benjamin, (AA)Naphtali, (AB)Gad, and Asher. (AC)The sons of Judah: (AD)Er, Onan and Shelah; these three Bath-shua the Canaanite bore to him. Now Er, Judah's firstborn, was evil in the sight of the Lord, and he put him to death. His daughter-in-law (AE)Tamar also bore him Perez and Zerah. Judah had five sons in all.

The (AF)sons of Perez: Hezron and Hamul. The sons of Zerah: Zimri, Ethan, Heman, Calcol, and Dara, five in all. The son[o] of Carmi: Achan, the troubler of Israel, who (AG)broke faith in the matter of the devoted thing; and Ethan's son was Azariah.

The sons of Hezron that were born to him: Jerahmeel, (AH)Ram, and (AI)Chelubai. 10 (AJ)Ram fathered Amminadab, and (AK)Amminadab fathered (AL)Nahshon, prince of the sons of Judah. 11 Nahshon fathered (AM)Salmon,[p] Salmon fathered (AN)Boaz, 12 Boaz fathered Obed, (AO)Obed fathered Jesse. 13 (AP)Jesse fathered Eliab his firstborn, Abinadab the second, (AQ)Shimea the third, 14 Nethanel the fourth, Raddai the fifth, 15 Ozem the sixth, (AR)David the seventh. 16 And their sisters were Zeruiah and Abigail. (AS)The sons of Zeruiah: Abishai, Joab, and Asahel, three. 17 (AT)Abigail bore Amasa, and the father of Amasa was (AU)Jether the Ishmaelite.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Chronicles 1:1 Many names in these genealogies are spelled differently in other biblical books
  2. 1 Chronicles 1:6 Septuagint; Hebrew Diphath
  3. 1 Chronicles 1:10 Or He began to be a mighty man on the earth
  4. 1 Chronicles 1:17 Septuagint; Hebrew lacks And the sons of Aram
  5. 1 Chronicles 1:19 Peleg means division
  6. 1 Chronicles 1:22 Septuagint, Syriac (compare Genesis 10:28); Hebrew Ebal
  7. 1 Chronicles 1:36 Septuagint (compare Genesis 36:12); Hebrew lacks and of
  8. 1 Chronicles 1:39 Septuagint (compare Genesis 36:22); Hebrew Homam
  9. 1 Chronicles 1:40 Septuagint (compare Genesis 36:23); Hebrew Alian
  10. 1 Chronicles 1:40 Septuagint (compare Genesis 36:23); Hebrew Shephi
  11. 1 Chronicles 1:41 Hebrew sons
  12. 1 Chronicles 1:41 Septuagint (compare Genesis 36:26); Hebrew Hamran
  13. 1 Chronicles 1:42 Septuagint (compare Genesis 36:27); Hebrew Jaakan
  14. 1 Chronicles 1:48 Hebrew the River
  15. 1 Chronicles 2:7 Hebrew sons
  16. 1 Chronicles 2:11 Septuagint (compare Ruth 4:21); Hebrew Salma

Cross references:

  1. 1 Chronicles 1:1 : Gen. 4:25, 26; 5:3, 6
  2. 1 Chronicles 1:2 : For ver. 2-4, see Gen. 5:9-32
  3. 1 Chronicles 1:4 : Gen. 6:10; 9:18
  4. 1 Chronicles 1:5 : For ver. 5-7, see Gen. 10:2-4
  5. 1 Chronicles 1:8 : For ver. 8-10, see Gen. 10:6-8
  6. 1 Chronicles 1:11 : For ver. 11-16, see Gen. 10:10-18
  7. 1 Chronicles 1:17 : For ver. 17-23, see Gen. 10:22-29
  8. 1 Chronicles 1:24 : For ver. 24, 27, see Gen. 11:10-26; Luke 3:34-36
  9. 1 Chronicles 1:28 : Gen. 21:2, 3
  10. 1 Chronicles 1:28 : Gen. 16:11, 15
  11. 1 Chronicles 1:29 : For ver. 29-31, see Gen. 25:13-16
  12. 1 Chronicles 1:32 : For ver. 32, 33, see Gen. 25:1-4
  13. 1 Chronicles 1:34 : [See ver. 28 above]; Gen. 21:2, 3
  14. 1 Chronicles 1:34 : Gen. 25:25, 26
  15. 1 Chronicles 1:34 : Gen. 32:28
  16. 1 Chronicles 1:35 : For ver. 35-37, see Gen. 36:4, 5, 9-13
  17. 1 Chronicles 1:38 : For ver. 38-42, see Gen. 36:20-28
  18. 1 Chronicles 1:43 : For ver. 43-54, see Gen. 36:31-43
  19. 1 Chronicles 1:44 : Isa. 34:6; 63:1
  20. 1 Chronicles 1:45 : Gen. 36:11; Job 2:11; Jer. 49:7, 20; Ezek. 25:13
  21. 1 Chronicles 2:1 : ch. 1:34
  22. 1 Chronicles 2:1 : Gen. 29:32-35
  23. 1 Chronicles 2:1 : Gen. 30:18-20
  24. 1 Chronicles 2:2 : Gen. 30:6
  25. 1 Chronicles 2:2 : Gen. 30:22-24
  26. 1 Chronicles 2:2 : Gen. 35:18
  27. 1 Chronicles 2:2 : Gen. 30:8
  28. 1 Chronicles 2:2 : Gen. 30:10-13
  29. 1 Chronicles 2:3 : Gen. 38:2-5; 46:12
  30. 1 Chronicles 2:3 : Gen. 38:7
  31. 1 Chronicles 2:4 : Gen. 38:11, 14, 29, 30; Ruth 4:12; Matt. 1:3
  32. 1 Chronicles 2:5 : Gen. 46:12; Ruth 4:18
  33. 1 Chronicles 2:7 : Josh. 6:18; 7:1
  34. 1 Chronicles 2:9 : Ruth 4:19; Matt. 1:3, 4
  35. 1 Chronicles 2:9 : [ver. 13, 42]
  36. 1 Chronicles 2:10 : [See ver. 9 above]; Ruth 4:19; Matt. 1:3, 4
  37. 1 Chronicles 2:10 : Ruth 4:19; Matt. 1:4
  38. 1 Chronicles 2:10 : Num. 1:7; 2:3
  39. 1 Chronicles 2:11 : [Ruth 4:20, 21; Matt. 1:4]
  40. 1 Chronicles 2:11 : Ruth 4:21, 22; Matt. 1:5, 6
  41. 1 Chronicles 2:12 : [See ver. 11 above]; Ruth 4:21, 22; Matt. 1:5, 6
  42. 1 Chronicles 2:13 : 1 Sam. 16:6, 8; 17:13
  43. 1 Chronicles 2:13 : [1 Sam. 16:9; 17:13]
  44. 1 Chronicles 2:15 : [1 Sam. 16:10; 17:12, 14]
  45. 1 Chronicles 2:16 : 2 Sam. 2:18
  46. 1 Chronicles 2:17 : [2 Sam. 17:25]
  47. 1 Chronicles 2:17 : [2 Sam. 17:25]
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Acts 23:11-35

11 (A)The following night (B)the Lord stood by him and said, (C)“Take courage, for (D)as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must (E)testify also in Rome.”

A Plot to Kill Paul

12 When it was day, (F)the Jews made a plot and (G)bound themselves by an oath neither to eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. 13 There were more than forty who made this conspiracy. 14 They went to the chief priests and elders and said, “We have strictly bound ourselves by an oath to taste no food till we have killed Paul. 15 Now therefore you, along with the council, give notice to the tribune to bring him down to you, as though you were going to determine his case more exactly. And we are ready to kill him before he comes near.”

16 Now the son of Paul's sister heard of their ambush, so he went and entered (H)the barracks and told Paul. 17 Paul called one of the centurions and said, “Take this young man to the tribune, for he has something to tell him.” 18 So he took him and brought him to the tribune and said, “Paul (I)the prisoner called me and asked me to bring this young man to you, as he has something to say to you.” 19 The tribune took him by the hand, and going aside asked him privately, “What is it that you have to tell me?” 20 And he said, (J)“The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul down to the council tomorrow, as though they were going to inquire somewhat more closely about him. 21 But do not be persuaded by them, for more than forty of their men are lying in ambush for him, who (K)have bound themselves by an oath neither to eat nor drink till they have killed him. And now they are ready, waiting for your consent.” 22 So the tribune dismissed the young man, charging him, “Tell no one that you have informed me of these things.”

Paul Sent to Felix the Governor

23 Then he called two of the centurions and said, “Get ready two hundred soldiers, with seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen to go as far as Caesarea at the third hour of the night.[a] 24 Also provide mounts for Paul to ride and bring him safely to (L)Felix (M)the governor.” 25 And he wrote a letter to this effect:

26 “Claudius Lysias, to (N)his Excellency the governor Felix, (O)greetings. 27 (P)This man was seized by the Jews and (Q)was about to be killed by them (R)when I came upon them with the soldiers and rescued him, (S)having learned that he was a Roman citizen. 28 And (T)desiring to know the charge for which they were accusing him, I brought him down to their council. 29 I found that he was being accused (U)about questions of their law, but (V)charged with nothing deserving death or imprisonment. 30 (W)And when it was disclosed to me (X)that there would be a plot against the man, I sent him to you at once, (Y)ordering his accusers also to state before you what they have against him.”

31 So the soldiers, according to their instructions, took Paul and brought him by night to Antipatris. 32 And on the next day they returned to (Z)the barracks, letting the horsemen go on with him. 33 When they had come to Caesarea and delivered the letter to the governor, they presented Paul also before him. 34 On reading the letter, he asked what (AA)province he was from. And when he learned (AB)that he was from Cilicia, 35 he said, “I will give you a hearing (AC)when your accusers arrive.” And he commanded him to be guarded in Herod's (AD)praetorium.

Footnotes:

  1. Acts 23:23 That is, 9 p.m.
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Psalm 3

Save Me, O My God

A Psalm of David, (A)when he fled from Absalom his son.

O Lord, (B)how many are my foes!
Many are (C)rising against me;
many are saying of my soul,
(D)“There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah[a]

But you, O Lord, are (E)a shield (F)about me,
my glory, and (G)the lifter of my head.
I (H)cried aloud to the Lord,
and he (I)answered me from his (J)holy hill. Selah

I (K)lay down and slept;
I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.
I (L)will not be afraid of many thousands of people
who have (M)set themselves against me all around.

(N)Arise, O Lord!
Save me, O my God!
For you (O)strike all my enemies on the cheek;
you (P)break the teeth of the wicked.

(Q)Salvation belongs to the Lord;
your blessing be on your people! Selah

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 3:2 The meaning of the Hebrew word Selah, used frequently in the Psalms, is uncertain. It may be a musical or liturgical direction
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Proverbs 18:14-15

14 A man's spirit will endure sickness,
but (A)a crushed spirit who can bear?
15 An intelligent heart acquires knowledge,
and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

Cross references:

  1. Proverbs 18:14 : ch. 15:13
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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday July 4, 2020 (NIV)

2 Kings 23:31-25:30

Judah’s King Jehoahaz

31 Jehoahaz(A) was(B) twenty-three years old when he became king, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hamutal(C) daughter of Jeremiah; she was from Libnah. 32 He did what was evil in the Lord’s sight just as his ancestors had done.(D) 33 Pharaoh Neco imprisoned him at Riblah(E) in the land of Hamath(F) to keep him from reigning in Jerusalem, and he imposed on the land a fine of seventy-five hundred pounds[a] of silver and seventy-five pounds[b] of gold.

Judah’s King Jehoiakim

34 Then(G) Pharaoh Neco made Eliakim(H) son of Josiah king in place of his father Josiah and changed Eliakim’s name to Jehoiakim.(I) But Neco took Jehoahaz and went to Egypt, and he died there.(J) 35 So Jehoiakim gave the silver and the gold to Pharaoh, but at Pharaoh’s command he taxed the land to give it. He exacted the silver and the gold from the common people, each according to his assessment,(K) to give it to Pharaoh Neco.

36 Jehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Zebidah daughter of Pedaiah; she was from Rumah. 37 He did what was evil(L) in the Lord’s sight just as his ancestors had done.

Jehoiakim’s Rebellion and Death

24 During(M) Jehoiakim’s reign,(N) King Nebuchadnezzar(O) of Babylon(P) attacked.(Q) Jehoiakim became his vassal for three years, and then he turned and rebelled against him. The Lord sent Chaldean, Aramean,(R) Moabite,(S) and Ammonite raiders against Jehoiakim. He sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the Lord he had spoken through his servants the prophets.(T) Indeed, this happened to Judah at the Lord’s command to remove them from his presence.(U) It was because of the sins of Manasseh, according to all he had done,(V) and also because of all the innocent blood he had shed. He had filled Jerusalem with innocent blood,(W) and the Lord was not willing to forgive.

The rest of the events of Jehoiakim’s reign, along with all his accomplishments, are written in the Historical Record of Judah’s Kings.(X) Jehoiakim rested with his ancestors, and his son Jehoiachin became king in his place.(Y)

Now the king of Egypt did not march out of his land again,(Z) for the king of Babylon took everything that had belonged to the king of Egypt,(AA) from the Brook of Egypt to the Euphrates River.(AB)

Judah’s King Jehoiachin

Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he became king, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Nehushta daughter of Elnathan; she was from Jerusalem.(AC) He did what was evil in the Lord’s sight just as his father had done.

Deportations to Babylon

10 At that time(AD) the servants of King Nebuchadnezzar(AE) of Babylon marched up to Jerusalem, and the city came under siege. 11 King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came to the city while his servants were besieging it. 12 King Jehoiachin of Judah, along with his mother, his servants, his commanders, and his officials,[c] surrendered to the king of Babylon.(AF)

So the king of Babylon took him captive in the eighth year of his reign. 13 He also carried off from there all the treasures of the Lord’s temple and the treasures of the king’s palace, and he cut into pieces all the gold articles that King Solomon of Israel had made(AG) for the Lord’s sanctuary, just as the Lord had predicted.(AH) 14 He deported all Jerusalem and all the commanders and all the best soldiers(AI)—ten thousand captives(AJ) including all the craftsmen and metalsmiths.(AK) Except for the poorest people of the land,(AL) no one remained.

15 Nebuchadnezzar deported Jehoiachin to Babylon. He took the king’s mother, the king’s wives, his officials, and the leading men of the land into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon.(AM) 16 The king of Babylon brought captive into Babylon all seven thousand of the best soldiers and one thousand craftsmen and metalsmiths—all strong and fit for war. 17 And the king of Babylon made Mattaniah, Jehoiachin’s[d] uncle, king in his place and changed his name to Zedekiah.(AN)

Judah’s King Zedekiah

18 Zedekiah(AO) was twenty-one years old when he became king,(AP) and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hamutal(AQ) daughter of Jeremiah; she was from Libnah. 19 Zedekiah did what was evil in the Lord’s sight just as Jehoiakim had done.(AR) 20 Because of the Lord’s anger,(AS) it came to the point in Jerusalem and Judah that he finally banished them from his presence.(AT) Then Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.(AU)

Nebuchadnezzar’s Siege of Jerusalem

25 In the ninth year(AV) of Zedekiah’s reign,(AW) on the tenth day of the tenth month, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon advanced against Jerusalem with his entire army.(AX) They laid siege to the city and built a siege wall against it all around.(AY) The city was under siege until King Zedekiah’s eleventh year.

By the ninth day of the fourth month the famine was so severe in the city that the common people had no food.(AZ) Then the city was broken into,(BA) and all the warriors fled(BB) at night by way of the city gate between the two walls near the king’s garden,(BC) even though the Chaldeans surrounded the city. As the king made his way along the route to the Arabah,(BD) the Chaldean army pursued him and overtook him in the plains of Jericho. Zedekiah’s entire army left him and scattered.(BE) The Chaldeans seized the king(BF) and brought him up to the king of Babylon(BG) at Riblah,(BH) and they passed sentence on him. They slaughtered Zedekiah’s sons before his eyes. Finally, the king of Babylon blinded Zedekiah, bound him in bronze chains, and took him to Babylon.(BI)

Jerusalem Destroyed

On(BJ) the seventh day of the fifth month—which was the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon—Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guards, a servant of the king of Babylon, entered Jerusalem.(BK) He burned the Lord’s temple,(BL) the king’s palace,(BM) and all the houses of Jerusalem; he burned down(BN) all the great houses. 10 The whole Chaldean army with the captain of the guards tore down the walls(BO) surrounding Jerusalem. 11 Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guards, deported the rest of the people who remained in the city, the deserters who had defected to the king of Babylon, and the rest of the population.(BP) 12 But the captain of the guards left some of the poorest of the land to be vinedressers and farmers.(BQ)

13 Now(BR) the Chaldeans broke into pieces the bronze pillars(BS) of the Lord’s temple, the water carts, and the bronze basin,[e](BT) which were in the Lord’s temple, and carried the bronze to Babylon.(BU) 14 They also took the pots, shovels, wick trimmers, dishes, and all the bronze articles used in the priests’ service.(BV) 15 The captain of the guards took away the firepans and sprinkling basins—whatever was gold or silver.(BW)

16 As for the two pillars, the one basin, and the water carts that Solomon had made for the Lord’s temple, the weight of the bronze of all these articles was beyond measure.(BX) 17 One pillar was twenty-seven feet[f] tall and had a bronze capital on top of it. The capital, encircled by a grating and pomegranates of bronze, stood five feet[g] high. The second pillar was the same, with its own grating.(BY)

18 The captain of the guards(BZ) also took away Seraiah(CA) the chief priest, Zephaniah(CB) the priest of the second rank, and the three doorkeepers. 19 From the city he took a court official[h] who had been appointed over the warriors; five trusted royal aides[i](CC) found in the city; the secretary of the commander of the army, who enlisted the people of the land for military duty; and sixty men from the common people[j] who were found within the city. 20 Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guards, took them and brought them to the king of Babylon at Riblah.(CD) 21 The king of Babylon put them to death at Riblah in the land of Hamath. So Judah went into exile from its land.(CE)

Gedaliah Made Governor

22 King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon appointed Gedaliah(CF) son of Ahikam, son of Shaphan, over the rest of the people he left in the land of Judah.(CG) 23 When all the commanders of the armies—they and their men—heard that the king of Babylon had appointed Gedaliah, they came to Gedaliah at Mizpah.(CH) The commanders included Ishmael son of Nethaniah, Johanan son of Kareah, Seraiah son of Tanhumeth the Netophathite, and Jaazaniah son of the Maacathite—they and their men.(CI) 24 Gedaliah swore an oath to them and their men, assuring them, “Don’t be afraid of the servants of the Chaldeans. Live in the land and serve the king of Babylon, and it will go well for you.”(CJ)

25 In the seventh month, however, Ishmael son of Nethaniah, son of Elishama, of the royal family, came with ten men and struck down Gedaliah, and he died. Also, they killed the Judeans and the Chaldeans who were with him at Mizpah.(CK) 26 Then all the people, from the youngest to the oldest, and the commanders of the army, left and went to Egypt, for they were afraid of the Chaldeans.(CL)

Jehoiachin Pardoned

27 On(CM) the twenty-seventh day of the twelfth month of the thirty-seventh year of the exile of Judah’s King Jehoiachin, in the year Evil-merodach became king of Babylon, he pardoned King Jehoiachin(CN) of Judah and released him[k] from prison.(CO) 28 He spoke kindly(CP) to him and set his throne over the thrones of the kings who were with him in Babylon.(CQ) 29 So Jehoiachin changed his prison clothes, and he dined regularly in the presence of the king of Babylon for the rest of his life.(CR) 30 As for his allowance, a regular allowance(CS) was given to him by the king, a portion for each day, for the rest of his life.

Footnotes:

  1. 23:33 Lit 100 talents
  2. 23:33 Lit one talent
  3. 24:12 Or eunuchs
  4. 24:17 Lit his
  5. 25:13 Lit sea
  6. 25:17 Lit 18 cubits
  7. 25:17 Lit three cubits
  8. 25:19 Or eunuch
  9. 25:19 Lit five men who look on the king’s face
  10. 25:19 Lit the people of the land
  11. 25:27 and released him supplied for clarity

Cross references:

  1. 23:31 : 1Ch 3:15; Jr 22:11
  2. 23:31–33 : 2Ch 36:2–3
  3. 23:31 : 2Kg 24:18
  4. 23:32 : 2Kg 21:2–7
  5. 23:33 : 2Kg 25:6
  6. 23:33 : 1Kg 8:65
  7. 23:34–37 : 2Ch 36:4–5
  8. 23:34 : 1Ch 3:15
  9. 23:34 : 2Kg 24:17; 2Ch 36:4
  10. 23:34 : Jr 22:11–12; Ezk 19:3–4
  11. 23:35 : Ex 30:12–16; Lv 27:2–8
  12. 23:37 : Jr 22:13–19; 36:1–26
  13. 24:1–6 : 2Ch 36:6–8
  14. 24:1 : 2Kg 23:26–27
  15. 24:1 : 2Kg 24:10–11; Dn 1:1
  16. 24:1 : 2Kg 20:14
  17. 24:1 : Jr 35:11
  18. 24:2 : 2Kg 6:23
  19. 24:2 : 2Kg 13:20
  20. 24:2 : 2Kg 23:27
  21. 24:3 : 2Kg 18:25
  22. 24:3 : 2Kg 23:26
  23. 24:4 : 2Kg 21:16
  24. 24:5 : 2Kg 23:28
  25. 24:5–6 : Jr 22:18–19
  26. 24:7 : Jr 37:5–7
  27. 24:7 : Jr 46:2
  28. 24:7 : Gn 15:18; 1Kg 4:21; Is 27:12
  29. 24:8–9 : 2Ch 36:9; Jr 22:24–30
  30. 24:10–17 : 2Ch 36:10
  31. 24:10 : 2Kg 24:1; Dn 1:1
  32. 24:12 : 2Kg 25:27; Jr 22:24–30
  33. 24:13 : 1Kg 7:48–50
  34. 24:13 : 2Kg 20:16–18; Is 39:5–7
  35. 24:14 : Jr 24:1
  36. 24:14 : Jr 52:28
  37. 24:14 : Jr 24:1; 29:2
  38. 24:14 : 2Kg 25:12
  39. 24:15 : 2Ch 36:10; Jr 22:24–28
  40. 24:17 : 1Ch 3:15; 2Ch 36:11; Jr 1:3
  41. 24:18 : Jr 27:1; 28:1
  42. 24:18–20 : 2Ch 36:11–12; Jr 52:1–3
  43. 24:18 : 2Kg 23:31
  44. 24:19 : 2Kg 23:37
  45. 24:20 : Dt 4:26; 29:27; 2Kg 23:26
  46. 24:20 : 2Kg 13:23
  47. 24:20 : 2Ch 36:13; Ezk 17:15
  48. 25:1 : Jr 32:1
  49. 25:1–7 : Jr 39:1–7; 52:4–11
  50. 25:1 : Jr 21:2; 34:1–2; Ezk 24:2
  51. 25:1 : Ezk 21:22
  52. 25:3 : 2Kg 6:24–25; Lm 4:9–10
  53. 25:4 : Jr 39:2
  54. 25:4 : Ezk 33:21
  55. 25:4 : Neh 3:15
  56. 25:4 : Dt 2:8
  57. 25:5 : Lv 26:36; Ezk 12:14; 17:21
  58. 25:6 : Jr 34:21–22
  59. 25:6 : Jr 32:4
  60. 25:6 : Nm 34:11; 2Kg 23:33; Jr 52:9
  61. 25:7 : Jr 39:6–7; Ezk 12:13
  62. 25:8–12 : Jr 39:8–10; 52:12–16
  63. 25:8 : 2Kg 24:12; Jr 39:9; 52:12
  64. 25:9 : 1Kg 9:8; 2Ch 36:19
  65. 25:9 : Jr 39:8; Am 2:5
  66. 25:9 : Jr 17:27
  67. 25:10 : 2Kg 24:13; Neh 1:3; Jr 50:15
  68. 25:11 : 2Ch 36:20; Jr 5:19; 39:1–9
  69. 25:12 : 2Kg 24:14; Jr 39:10; 40:7
  70. 25:13–21 : Jr 52:17–27
  71. 25:13 : 2Kg 20:17; 2Ch 36:18; Jr 52:17
  72. 25:13 : 1Kg 7:23; 2Ch 4:2–4
  73. 25:13 : Jr 27:19–22
  74. 25:14 : Ex 27:3; 1Kg 7:47–50; 2Ch 4:16
  75. 25:15 : 2Kg 24:13; Jr 15:13; 20:5
  76. 25:16 : 1Kg 7:47
  77. 25:17 : 1Kg 7:15–22
  78. 25:18 : Jr 39:9–13; 52:12–16,24
  79. 25:18 : 1Ch 6:14; Ezr 7:1
  80. 25:18 : Jr 21:1; 29:25,29
  81. 25:19 : Jr 52:25
  82. 25:20 : 2Kg 23:33
  83. 25:21 : Dt 28:63–64; 2Kg 23:27
  84. 25:22 : Jr 39:14; 40:7–9
  85. 25:22 : Is 1:9; Jr 40:5
  86. 25:23 : Jos 18:26
  87. 25:23 : Jr 40:7–8
  88. 25:24 : Jr 40:9
  89. 25:25 : Jr 41:1–2
  90. 25:26 : Is 30:2; Jr 43:4–7
  91. 25:27–30 : Jr 52:31–34
  92. 25:27 : 2Kg 24:12
  93. 25:27 : Gn 40:13,20
  94. 25:28 : 1Kg 8:50
  95. 25:28 : Ezr 5:5; 7:6,28
  96. 25:29 : 2Sm 9:7
  97. 25:30 : Gn 43:34; Neh 12:47
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Acts 22:17-23:10

17 “After I returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, I fell into a trance(A) 18 and saw him telling me, ‘Hurry and get out of Jerusalem quickly, because they will not accept your testimony about me.’

19 “But I said, ‘Lord, they know that in synagogue after synagogue I had those who believed in you imprisoned and beaten.(B) 20 And when the blood of your witness Stephen was being shed, I stood there giving approval[a] and guarding the clothes of those who killed him.’(C)

21 “He said to me, ‘Go, because I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’(D)

Paul’s Roman Protection

22 They listened to him up to this point. Then they raised their voices, shouting, “Wipe this man off the face of the earth! He should not be allowed to live!” (E)

23 As they were yelling and flinging aside their garments and throwing dust into the air,(F) 24 the commander ordered him to be brought into the barracks, directing that he be interrogated with the scourge to discover the reason they were shouting against him like this. 25 As they stretched him out for the lash, Paul said to the centurion standing by, “Is it legal for you to scourge a man who is a Roman citizen and is uncondemned?” (G)

26 When the centurion heard this, he went and reported to the commander, saying, “What are you going to do? For this man is a Roman citizen.”

27 The commander came and said to him, “Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?”

“Yes,” he said.

28 The commander replied, “I bought this citizenship for a large amount of money.”

“But I was born a citizen,” Paul said.

29 So those who were about to examine him withdrew from him immediately. The commander too was alarmed when he realized Paul was a Roman citizen and he had bound him.(H)

Paul before the Sanhedrin

30 The next day, since he wanted to find out exactly why Paul was being accused by the Jews, he released him[b] and instructed the chief priests and all the Sanhedrin to convene.(I) He brought Paul down and placed him before them.

23 Paul looked straight at the Sanhedrin and said, “Brothers, I have lived my life before God in all good conscience(J) to this day.” The high priest Ananias ordered those who were standing next to him to strike him on the mouth.(K) Then Paul said to him, “God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall! You are sitting there judging me according to the law, and yet in violation of the law are you ordering me to be struck?” (L)

Those standing nearby said, “Do you dare revile God’s high priest?”

“I did not know, brothers, that he was the high priest,” replied Paul. “For it is written, You must not speak evil of a ruler of your people.[c](M) When Paul realized that one part of them were Sadducees and the other part were Pharisees, he cried out in the Sanhedrin, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees.(N) I am being judged because of the hope of the resurrection of the dead!” (O) When he said this, a dispute broke out between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. For the Sadducees say there is no resurrection,(P) and neither angel nor spirit, but the Pharisees affirm them all.

The shouting grew loud, and some of the scribes of the Pharisees’(Q) party got up and argued vehemently, “We find nothing evil in this man.(R) What if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?” [d](S)

10 When the dispute became violent, the commander feared that Paul might be torn apart by them and ordered the troops to go down, take him away from them, and bring him into the barracks.(T)

Footnotes:

  1. 22:20 Other mss add of his murder
  2. 22:30 Other mss add from his chains
  3. 23:5 Ex 22:28
  4. 23:9 Other mss add Let us not fight God.
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Psalm 2

Psalm 2

Coronation of the Son

Why(A) do the nations rage(B)
and the peoples plot in vain?(C)
The kings of the earth take their stand,(D)
and the rulers conspire together
against the Lord and his Anointed One:[a](E)
“Let’s tear off their chains
and throw their ropes off of us.”(F)

The one enthroned[b] in heaven laughs;
the Lord ridicules them.(G)
Then he speaks to them in his anger
and terrifies them in his wrath:(H)
“I have installed my king
on Zion, my holy mountain.”(I)

I will declare the Lord’s decree.
He said to me, “You are my Son;[c]
today I have become your Father.(J)
Ask of me,
and I will make the nations your inheritance
and the ends of the earth your possession.(K)
You will break them with an iron scepter;
you will shatter them like pottery.”(L)

10 So now, kings, be wise;
receive instruction, you judges of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with reverential awe
and rejoice with trembling.(M)
12 Pay homage to[d] the Son or he will be angry
and you will perish in your rebellion,[e](N)
for his anger may ignite at any moment.(O)
All who take refuge in him are happy.(P)

Footnotes:

  1. 2:2 Or anointed one
  2. 2:4 Lit who sits
  3. 2:7 Or son, also in v. 12
  4. 2:12 Lit Kiss
  5. 2:12 Lit perish in the way
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Proverbs 18:13

13 The one who gives an answer before he listens—
this is foolishness and disgrace for him.(A)

Cross references:

  1. 18:13 : Pr 15:28
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07/03/2020 DAB Transcript

2 Kings 22:3-23:30, Acts 21:37-22:16, Psalms 1:1-6, Proverbs 18:11-12

Today is the 3rd day of July welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian it’s great to be here with you today as we continue the journey that we set sail on so many months ago. And now we’re out in the middle. We’re out in the deep. And, yeah, the second half of the year has some depths for us. So, let’s get to it. We are in the book of second Kings in the Old Testament, and we’ll be finishing up second Kings in the next couple of days. But today we’re reading from the Christian Standard Bible. Second Kings 22:3 through 23:30.

Commentary:

Okay. So, in the Old Testament, the book of second Kings today we read of the King Josiah and of his phenomenal, like very, very comprehensive reforms in the land of Judah. This came because the book of the law was found. So, it’s interesting. The book of the law had been hidden in the temple because the temple and been used for all kinds of things for a while, even bringing other deity worship, like idol worship into the temple. So, king Josiah’s having the temple repaired and the book of the law is found and its read in his presence and he has it read in everyone’s presence, essentially saying, “this is the direction we’re gonna head into. We’re gonna obey the law. We’re gonna obey the law that was given as our origin story, one of the things that pulled us together and knit us together as a people.” And, so, we read of him moving throughout the land and destroying the worship of any false God and restoring the worship of the God of Israel to the people.

Then we get into the New Testament, the book of Acts. We traveled with Paul all the way back to Jerusalem. Then we saw what the fuss was about yesterday because he…he gets arrested and we didn’t get much further than him getting arrested today. He had to be carried out by the guards because the people were trying to get at him. So, all we did was basically get to the steps of the barracks where Paul is having a conversation with a one of the officers that had taken him into custody and they think he’s somebody else but he’s like, “no, I’m actually a citizen and I want to address the people.” That’s where we are right now. Paul has waived his hands on the steps and this mob that’s been trying to get at him even to kill him hushes and then he begins to speak to them in Aramaic and they hush even more, and he begins to tell his testimony. This is where we see Paul was a Pharisee, he grew up in Jerusalem, he studied under Gamaliel, he was very very strict, he was very very much against the way of Jesus until he met Jesus. That’s essentially what he’s sharing today and we will continue with his testimony tomorrow.

And then in the Proverbs we read, “before his downfall a person’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.” In other translations we find instead of pride, haughtiness. A person’s heart is haughty before his downfall. What we’re essentially pressing into in Proverbs is the arrogance that we can feel when we feel as if we are in control, like that we…like everything’s going our way and we have made it that way and we are in control and then we look around at everybody else who isn’t, like everybody else whose…whose struggling and things we’ve mastered and our heart grows proud and we then demand honor. And this leads us to a downfall. Conversely, as the Proverbs does, we flip the coin and find out if we had just been humble in the first place honor would’ve come without our pride and arrogance and demands and suppressing people and looking down on people, which is only gonna lead to our own downfall. So, the trick here then is, if we want to be honorable then we have to be first humble.

Prayer:

Father, we invite You into that. If we want to be honorable, we need to first be humble. And we are instructed in Your Word to humble ourselves under Your mighty hand so that in due season You will raise us up. And, so, all we can do right now is to say it. But even as we say it, we begin to shift our hearts posture. We humble ourselves before You God. We humble ourselves before our brothers and sisters. We repent of our arrogance. We repent of the constant feeling of competition, that we’ve got to be doing better than somebody else to even have an identity. We don’t have to be anything. We are Your children. We have it all already. We are just unaware of it. So, come Holy Spirit. May we walk in humility today and may that be honorable in Your site. We ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday July 3, 2020 (NIV)

2 Kings 22:3-23:30

Josiah Repairs the Temple

In the eighteenth year of King Josiah, the king sent the court secretary Shaphan son of Azaliah, son of Meshullam, to the Lord’s temple,(A) saying, “Go up to the high priest Hilkiah so that he may total up the silver brought into the Lord’s temple—the silver the doorkeepers have collected from the people.(B) It is to be given to those doing the work—those who oversee the Lord’s temple. They in turn are to give it to the workmen in the Lord’s temple to repair the damage.(C) They are to give it to the carpenters, builders, and masons to buy timber and quarried stone to repair the temple.(D) But no accounting is to be required from them for the silver given to them since they work with integrity.”(E)

The Book of the Law Found

The high priest Hilkiah told the court secretary Shaphan, “I have found the book of the law(F) in the Lord’s temple,” and he gave the book to Shaphan, who read it.

Then the court secretary Shaphan went to the king and reported,[a] “Your servants have emptied out the silver that was found in the temple and have given it to those doing the work—those who oversee the Lord’s temple.” 10 Then the court secretary Shaphan told the king, “The priest Hilkiah has given me a book,” and Shaphan read it in the presence of the king.(G)

11 When the king heard the words of the book of the law, he tore his clothes.(H) 12 Then he commanded the priest Hilkiah, Ahikam(I) son of Shaphan, Achbor(J) son of Micaiah, the court secretary Shaphan, and the king’s servant Asaiah, 13 “Go and inquire of the Lord for me, for the people, and for all Judah about the words in this book that has been found. For great is the Lord’s wrath that is kindled against us because our ancestors have not obeyed the words of this book in order to do everything written about us.”(K)

Huldah’s Prophecy of Judgment

14 So(L) the priest Hilkiah, Ahikam, Achbor, Shaphan, and Asaiah went to the prophetess(M) Huldah, wife of Shallum son of Tikvah,(N) son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe. She lived in Jerusalem in the Second District.(O) They spoke with her.

15 She said to them, “This is what the Lord God of Israel says: Say to the man who sent you to me, 16 ‘This is what the Lord says: I am about to bring disaster on this place and on its inhabitants, fulfilling[b] all the words of the book that the king of Judah has read,(P) 17 because they have abandoned me and burned incense to other gods in order to anger me with all the work of their hands. My wrath will be kindled against this place, and it will not be quenched.’(Q) 18 Say this to the king of Judah who sent you to inquire of the Lord: ‘This is what the Lord God of Israel says: As for the words that you heard,(R) 19 because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before the Lord(S) when you heard what I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants, that they would become a desolation and a curse,(T) and because you have torn your clothes and wept before me, I myself have heard’—this is the Lord’s declaration. 20 ‘Therefore, I will indeed gather you to your ancestors, and you will be gathered to your grave in peace.(U) Your eyes will not see all the disaster that I am bringing on this place.’”

Then they reported[c] to the king.

Covenant Renewal

23 So the king sent messengers,(V) and they gathered all the elders(W) of Judah and Jerusalem to him. Then the king went to the Lord’s temple with all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, as well as the priests and the prophets—all the people from the youngest to the oldest. He read in their hearing all the words of the book of the covenant(X) that had been found in the Lord’s temple.(Y) Next, the king stood by the pillar[d](Z) and made a covenant(AA) in the Lord’s presence to follow the Lord and to keep his commands, his decrees, and his statutes with all his heart and with all his soul(AB) in order to carry out the words of this covenant that were written in this book; all the people agreed to[e] the covenant.(AC)

Josiah’s Reforms

Then the king commanded the high priest Hilkiah(AD) and the priests of the second rank(AE) and the doorkeepers to bring out of the Lord’s sanctuary all the articles made for Baal, Asherah, and all the stars in the sky.(AF) He burned them outside Jerusalem in the fields of the Kidron and carried their ashes to Bethel.(AG) Then he did away with the idolatrous priests the kings of Judah had appointed to burn incense at the high places(AH) in the cities of Judah and in the areas surrounding Jerusalem. They had burned incense to Baal, and to the sun, moon, constellations, and all the stars in the sky.(AI) He brought out the Asherah pole(AJ) from the Lord’s temple to the Kidron Valley outside Jerusalem. He burned it at the Kidron Valley,(AK) beat it to dust,(AL) and threw its dust on the graves of the common people.[f](AM) He also tore down the houses of the male cult prostitutes(AN) that were in the Lord’s temple, in which the women were weaving tapestries[g] for Asherah.(AO)

Then Josiah brought all the priests from the cities of Judah, and he defiled the high places(AP) from Geba(AQ) to Beer-sheba,(AR) where the priests had burned incense. He tore down the high places of the city gates at the entrance of the gate of Joshua the governor of the city (on the left at the city gate). The priests of the high places, however, did not come up to the altar of the Lord in Jerusalem; instead, they ate unleavened bread with their fellow priests.(AS)

10 He defiled Topheth,(AT) which is in Ben Hinnom Valley,(AU) so that no one could sacrifice his son or daughter in the fire[h](AV) to Molech.(AW) 11 He did away with the horses that the kings of Judah had dedicated to the sun. They had been at the entrance of the Lord’s temple in the precincts by the chamber of Nathan-melech, the eunuch. He also burned the chariots of the sun.(AX)

12 The king tore down the altars that the kings of Judah had made on the roof(AY) of Ahaz’s upper chamber.(AZ) He also tore down the altars that Manasseh had made(BA) in the two courtyards of the Lord’s temple. Then he smashed them[i] there and threw their dust into the Kidron Valley. 13 The king also defiled the high places that were across from Jerusalem, to the south of the Mount of Destruction, which King Solomon of Israel had built for Ashtoreth, the abhorrent idol of the Sidonians; for Chemosh, the abhorrent idol of Moab; and for Milcom, the detestable idol of the Ammonites.(BB) 14 He broke the sacred pillars into pieces,(BC) cut down the Asherah poles,(BD) then filled their places with human bones.

15 He even tore down the altar at Bethel(BE) and the high place(BF) that had been made by Jeroboam son of Nebat, who caused Israel to sin. He burned the high place, crushed it to dust, and burned the Asherah.(BG) 16 As Josiah turned, he saw the tombs there on the mountain. He sent someone to take the bones out of the tombs, and he burned them on the altar.(BH) He defiled it according to the word of the Lord proclaimed by the man of God[j] who proclaimed these things.(BI) 17 Then he said, “What is this monument I see?”

The men of the city told him, “It is the tomb of the man of God who came from Judah and proclaimed these things that you have done to the altar at Bethel.”(BJ)

18 So he said, “Let him rest. Don’t let anyone disturb his bones.” So they left his bones undisturbed with the bones of the prophet who came from Samaria.(BK)

19 Josiah also removed all the shrines of the high places that were in the cities of Samaria, which the kings of Israel had made to anger the Lord.(BL) Josiah did the same things to them that he had done at Bethel. 20 He slaughtered on the altars all the priests of those high places,(BM) and he burned human bones on the altars.(BN) Then he returned to Jerusalem.

Passover Observed

21 The king commanded all the people, “Observe the Passover of the Lord your God as written in the book of the covenant.”(BO) 22 No such Passover had ever been observed from the time of the judges who judged Israel through the entire time of the kings of Israel and Judah. 23 But in the eighteenth year of King Josiah, the Lord’s Passover was observed in Jerusalem.(BP)

Further Zeal for the Lord

24 In addition, Josiah eradicated the mediums, the spiritists,(BQ) household idols,(BR) images, and all the abhorrent things(BS) that were seen in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem. He did this in order to carry out the words of the law that were written in the book that the priest Hilkiah found in the Lord’s temple.(BT) 25 Before him there was no king like him who turned to the Lord with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength(BU) according to all the law of Moses, and no one like him arose after him.(BV)

26 In spite of all that, the Lord did not turn from the fury of his intense burning anger, which burned against Judah because of all the affronts with which Manasseh had angered him.(BW) 27 For the Lord had said, “I will also remove Judah from my presence just as I have removed Israel.(BX) I will reject this city Jerusalem, that I have chosen, and the temple about which I said, ‘My name will be there.’”(BY)

Josiah’s Death

28 The rest of the events of Josiah’s reign,(BZ) along with all his accomplishments, are written in the Historical Record of Judah’s Kings. 29 During his reign, Pharaoh Neco king of Egypt(CA) marched up to help the king of Assyria at the Euphrates River. King Josiah went to confront him, and at Megiddo(CB) when Neco saw him he killed him. 30 From Megiddo his servants carried his dead body in a chariot, brought him into Jerusalem, and buried him in his own tomb.(CC) Then the common people[k] took Jehoahaz son of Josiah, anointed him, and made him king in place of his father.(CD)

Footnotes:

  1. 22:9 Lit and returned a word to the king and said
  2. 22:16 fulfilling supplied for clarity
  3. 22:20 Lit returned a word
  4. 23:3 2Ch 34:31 reads platform
  5. 23:3 Lit people took a stand in
  6. 23:6 Lit the sons of the people
  7. 23:7 Or clothing
  8. 23:10 Lit could make his son or daughter pass through the fire
  9. 23:12 Text emended; MT reads he ran from
  10. 23:16 LXX adds when Jeroboam stood by the altar of the feast. And he turned and raised his eyes to the tomb of the man of God
  11. 23:30 Lit the people of the land, also in v. 35

Cross references:

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

Paul’s Defense before the Jerusalem Mob

37 As he was about to be brought into the barracks, Paul said to the commander, “Am I allowed to say something to you?”

He replied, “You know how to speak Greek? 38 Aren’t you the Egyptian who started a revolt some time ago and led four thousand men of the Assassins into the wilderness?” (A)

39 Paul said, “I am a Jewish man from Tarsus of Cilicia,(B) a citizen of an important city. Now I ask you, let me speak to the people.”

40 After he had given permission, Paul stood on the steps and motioned with his hand to the people. When there was a great hush, he addressed them in Aramaic:[a](C)

22 “Brothers and fathers, listen now to my defense before you.” When they heard that he was addressing them in Aramaic,[b] they became even quieter.(D) He(E) continued, “I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia but brought up in this city, educated at the feet of Gamaliel(F) according to the strictness of our ancestral law. I was zealous for God, just as all of you are today.(G) I persecuted this Way(H) to the death, arresting and putting both men and women in jail,(I) as both the high priest and the whole council of elders can testify about me. After I received letters from them to the brothers, I traveled to Damascus to arrest those who were there and bring them to Jerusalem to be punished.(J)

Paul’s Testimony

“As(K) I was traveling and approaching Damascus, about noon an intense light from heaven suddenly flashed around me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’

“I answered, ‘Who are you, Lord?’

“He said to me, ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, the one you are persecuting.’ Now those who were with me saw the light,[c] but they did not hear the voice of the one who was speaking to me.(L)

10 “I said, ‘What should I do, Lord?’

“The Lord told me, ‘Get up and go into Damascus, and there you will be told everything that you have been assigned to do.’

11 “Since I couldn’t see because of the brightness of the light,[d] I was led by the hand by those who were with me, and went into Damascus.(M) 12 Someone named Ananias, a devout man according to the law, who had a good reputation with all the Jews living there,(N) 13 came and stood by me and said, ‘Brother Saul, regain your sight.’ And in that very hour I looked up and saw him. 14 And he said, ‘The God of our ancestors has appointed(O) you to know his will, to see(P) the Righteous One,(Q) and to hear the words from his mouth, 15 since you will be a witness for him to all people of what you have seen and heard.(R) 16 And now, why are you delaying? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins,(S) calling on his name.’(T)

Footnotes:

  1. 21:40 Or Hebrew
  2. 22:2 Or Hebrew
  3. 22:9 Other mss add and were afraid
  4. 22:11 Lit the glory of that light
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Psalm 1

Psalm 1

The Two Ways

How happy is the one who does not
walk in the advice of the wicked
or stand in the pathway with sinners
or sit in the company of mockers!(A)
Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction,
and he meditates on it day and night.(B)
He is like a tree planted beside flowing streams[a]
that bears its fruit in its season,(C)
and its leaf does not wither.(D)
Whatever he does prospers.(E)

The wicked are not like this;
instead, they are like chaff that the wind blows away.(F)
Therefore the wicked will not stand up in the judgment,(G)
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,(H)
but the way of the wicked leads to ruin.(I)

Footnotes:

  1. 1:3 Or beside irrigation channels
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Proverbs 18:11-12

11 The wealth of the rich is his fortified city;
in his imagination it is like a high wall.(A)

12 Before his downfall a person’s heart is proud,(B)
but humility comes before honor.(C)

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday July 2, 2020 (NIV)

2 Kings 20:1-22:2

Hezekiah’s Illness and Recovery

20 In those days(A) Hezekiah became terminally ill.(B) The prophet Isaiah(C) son of Amoz came and said to him, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Set your house in order, for you are about to die; you will not recover.’”(D)

Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall(E) and prayed to the Lord, “Please, Lord, remember(F) how I have walked before you faithfully and wholeheartedly and have done what pleases you.”[a](G) And Hezekiah wept bitterly.(H)

Isaiah had not yet gone out of the inner courtyard when the word of the Lord came to him: “Go back and tell Hezekiah, the leader(I) of my people, ‘This is what the Lord God of your ancestor David says: I have heard your prayer;(J) I have seen your tears. Look, I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the Lord’s temple. I will add fifteen years to your life. I will rescue you and this city from the grasp of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.’”(K)

Then Isaiah said, “Bring a lump of pressed figs.” So they brought it and applied it to his infected skin, and he recovered.(L)

Hezekiah had asked Isaiah, “What is the sign(M) that the Lord will heal me and that I will go up to the Lord’s temple on the third day?”

Isaiah said, “This is the sign(N) to you from the Lord that he will do what he has promised: Should the shadow go ahead ten steps or go back ten steps?”

10 Then Hezekiah answered, “It’s easy for the shadow to lengthen ten steps. No, let the shadow go back ten steps.” 11 So the prophet Isaiah called out to the Lord, and he brought the shadow[b] back the ten steps it had descended on the stairway of Ahaz.[c](O)

Hezekiah’s Folly

12 At that time(P) Merodach-baladan[d] son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a gift to Hezekiah since he heard that he had been sick. 13 Hezekiah listened to the letters and showed the envoys his whole treasure house—the silver, the gold, the spices, and the precious oil—and his armory, and everything that was found in his treasuries. There was nothing in his palace and in all his realm that Hezekiah did not show them.(Q)

14 Then the prophet Isaiah came to King Hezekiah and asked him, “Where did these men come from and what did they say to you?”

Hezekiah replied, “They came from a distant country, from Babylon.”

15 Isaiah asked, “What have they seen in your palace?”

Hezekiah answered, “They have seen everything in my palace. There isn’t anything in my treasuries that I didn’t show them.”

16 Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord: 17 ‘Look, the days are coming when everything in your palace and all that your predecessors have stored up until today will be carried off to Babylon; nothing will be left,’(R) says the Lord. 18 ‘Some of your descendants—who come from you, whom you father—will be taken away,(S) and they will become eunuchs[e] in the palace of the king of Babylon.’”(T)

19 Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The word of the Lord that you have spoken is good,”(U) for he thought, “Why not, if there will be peace and security during my lifetime?”

Hezekiah’s Death

20 The rest of the events of Hezekiah’s reign, along with all his might and how he made the pool(V) and the tunnel and brought water into the city,(W) are written in the Historical Record of Judah’s Kings.(X) 21 Hezekiah rested with his ancestors, and his son Manasseh became king in his place.(Y)

Judah’s King Manasseh

21 Manasseh(Z) was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hephzibah.(AA) He did what was evil in the Lord’s sight,(AB) imitating the detestable practices of the nations that the Lord had dispossessed before the Israelites.(AC) He rebuilt the high places that his father Hezekiah had destroyed(AD) and reestablished the altars for Baal. He made an Asherah,(AE) as King Ahab of Israel had done;(AF) he also bowed in worship to all the stars in the sky(AG) and served them. He built altars in the Lord’s temple,(AH) where the Lord had said, “Jerusalem is where I will put my name.”(AI) He built altars to all the stars in the sky(AJ) in both courtyards of the Lord’s temple.(AK) He sacrificed his son in the fire,[f](AL) practiced witchcraft and divination, and consulted mediums and spiritists.(AM) He did a huge amount of evil in the Lord’s sight, angering him.(AN)

Manasseh set up the carved image of Asherah, which he made, in the temple that the Lord had spoken about to David and his son Solomon: “I will establish my name forever in this temple and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel.(AO) I will never again cause the feet of the Israelites to wander from the land I gave to their ancestors if only they will be careful to do all I have commanded them—the whole law that my servant Moses commanded them.”(AP) But they did not listen; Manasseh caused them to stray so that they did worse evil than the nations the Lord had destroyed before the Israelites.(AQ)

10 The Lord said through his servants the prophets, 11 “Since King Manasseh of Judah has committed all these detestable acts(AR)—worse evil than the Amorites(AS) who preceded him had done—and by means of his idols has also caused Judah to sin, 12 this is what the Lord God of Israel says: ‘I am about to bring such a disaster on Jerusalem and Judah that everyone who hears about it will shudder.[g](AT) 13 I will stretch over Jerusalem the measuring line used on Samaria and the mason’s level used on the house of Ahab,(AU) and I will wipe(AV) Jerusalem clean as one wipes a bowl—wiping it and turning it upside down. 14 I will abandon the remnant(AW) of my inheritance and hand them over to their enemies. They will become plunder and spoil to all their enemies, 15 because they have done what is evil in my sight and have angered me from the day their ancestors came out of Egypt until today.’”(AX)

16 Manasseh also shed so much innocent blood that he filled Jerusalem with it from one end to another.(AY) This was in addition to his sin that he caused Judah to commit, so that they did what was evil in the Lord’s sight.

Manasseh’s Death

17 The rest(AZ) of the events of Manasseh’s reign, along with all his accomplishments and the sin that he committed, are written in the Historical Record of Judah’s Kings.(BA) 18 Manasseh rested with his ancestors and was buried in the garden of his own house, the garden of Uzza. His son Amon became king in his place.

Judah’s King Amon

19 Amon was twenty-two years old when he became king,(BB) and he reigned two years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Meshullemeth daughter of Haruz; she was from Jotbah. 20 He did what was evil in the Lord’s sight, just as his father Manasseh had done.(BC) 21 He walked in all the ways his father had walked; he served the idols his father had served, and he bowed in worship to them.(BD) 22 He abandoned the Lord God of his ancestors(BE) and did not walk in the ways of the Lord.(BF)

23 Amon’s servants conspired against him and put the king to death in his own house.(BG) 24 The common people[h] killed(BH) all who had conspired against King Amon, and they made his son Josiah(BI) king in his place.

25 The rest of the events of Amon’s reign, along with his accomplishments, are written in the Historical Record of Judah’s Kings. 26 He was buried in his tomb in the garden of Uzza, and his son Josiah became king in his place.

Judah’s King Josiah

22 Josiah(BJ) was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jedidah the daughter of Adaiah; she was from Bozkath.(BK) He did what was right in the Lord’s sight and walked in all the ways of his ancestor David;(BL) he did not turn to the right or the left.(BM)

Footnotes:

  1. 20:3 Lit what is good in your eyes
  2. 20:11 Lit shadow on the steps
  3. 20:11 Tg, Vg; DSS read on the steps of Ahaz’s roof chamber; Is 38:8
  4. 20:12 Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr, Tg, some Vg mss, Is 39:1; other Hb mss read Berodach-baladan
  5. 20:18 Or court officials
  6. 21:6 Lit He made his son pass through the fire
  7. 21:12 Lit about it, his two ears will tingle; Hb obscure
  8. 21:24 Lit The people of the land
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Acts 21:18-36

18 The following day Paul went in with us to James, and all the elders were present.(A) 19 After greeting them, he reported in detail what God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry.(B)

20 When they heard it, they glorified God and said, “You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are who have believed, and they are all zealous(C) for the law. 21 But they have been informed about you—that you are teaching all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to abandon Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children or to live according to our customs.(D) 22 So what is to be done?[a] They will certainly hear that you’ve come. 23 Therefore do what we tell you: We have four men who have made a vow. 24 Take these men, purify yourself along with them, and pay for them to get their heads shaved. Then everyone will know that what they were told about you amounts to nothing, but that you yourself are also careful about observing the law.(E) 25 With regard to the Gentiles who have believed, we have written a letter containing our decision that[b] they should keep themselves from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from what is strangled, and from sexual immorality.”

The Riot in the Temple

26 So the next day, Paul took the men, having purified himself along with them, and entered the temple, announcing the completion of the purification days when the offering would be made for each of them.(F) 27 When the seven days were nearly over, some Jews from the province of Asia saw him in the temple, stirred up the whole crowd, and seized him,(G) 28 shouting, “Fellow Israelites, help! This is the man who teaches everyone everywhere against our people, our law, and this place. What’s more, he also brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place.”(H) 29 For they had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian in the city with him, and they supposed that Paul had brought him into the temple.(I)

30 The whole city was stirred up, and the people rushed together. They seized Paul, dragged him out of the temple, and at once the gates were shut.(J)

31 As they were trying to kill him, word went up to the commander of the regiment that all Jerusalem was in chaos. 32 Taking along soldiers and centurions, he immediately ran down to them. Seeing the commander and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul. 33 Then the commander approached, took him into custody, and ordered him to be bound with two chains.(K) He asked who he was and what he had done. 34 Some in the crowd were shouting one thing and some another. Since he was not able to get reliable information because of the uproar, he ordered him to be taken into the barracks.(L) 35 When Paul got to the steps, he had to be carried by the soldiers because of the violence of the crowd, 36 for the mass of people followed, yelling, “Get rid of him!” (M)

Footnotes:

  1. 21:22 Other mss add A multitude has to come together, since
  2. 21:25 Other mss add they should observe no such thing, except that
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Psalm 150

Psalm 150

Praise the Lord

Hallelujah!
Praise God in his sanctuary.
Praise him in his mighty expanse.(A)
Praise him for his powerful acts;(B)
praise him for his abundant greatness.(C)

Praise him with the blast of a ram’s horn;(D)
praise him with harp and lyre.(E)
Praise him with tambourine and dance;(F)
praise him with strings and flute.(G)
Praise him with resounding cymbals;
praise him with clashing cymbals.(H)

Let everything that breathes praise the Lord.(I)
Hallelujah!

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Proverbs 18:9-10

The one who is lazy in his work
is brother to a vandal.[a](A)

10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower;(B)
the righteous run to it and are protected.[b](C)

Footnotes:

  1. 18:9 Lit master of destruction
  2. 18:10 Lit raised high
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