The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday April 10, 2020 (NIV)

Deuteronomy 34 - Joshua 2

Moses’s Death

34 Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah,(A) which faces Jericho, and the Lord showed him all the land: Gilead as far as Dan, all of Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Mediterranean[a] Sea, the Negev, and the plain in the Valley of Jericho, the City of Palms, as far as Zoar. The Lord then said to him, “This is the land I promised Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’(B) I have let you see it with your own eyes, but you will not cross into it.”

So Moses the servant of the Lord(C) died there in the land of Moab, according to the Lord’s word. He buried him[b] in the valley(D) in the land of Moab facing Beth-peor, and no one to this day knows where his grave is.(E) Moses was one hundred twenty years old when he died; his eyes were not weak, and his vitality had not left him. The Israelites wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days.(F) Then the days of weeping and mourning for Moses came to an end.(G)

Joshua son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom(H) because Moses had laid his hands on him.(I) So the Israelites obeyed him and did as the Lord had commanded Moses.(J) 10 No prophet has arisen again in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face.(K) 11 He was unparalleled for all the signs and wonders the Lord sent him to do against the land of Egypt—to Pharaoh, to all his officials, and to all his land, 12 and for all the mighty acts of power[c] and terrifying deeds that Moses performed in the sight of all Israel.(L)

Encouragement of Joshua

After the death of Moses(M) the Lord’s servant, the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun,(N) Moses’s assistant: “Moses my servant is dead.(O) Now you and all the people prepare to cross over the Jordan(P) to the land I am giving the Israelites. I have given you every place where the sole of your foot treads,(Q) just as I promised Moses. Your territory will be from the wilderness and Lebanon(R) to the great river, the Euphrates River—all the land of the Hittites(S)—and west to the Mediterranean Sea.[d](T) No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live.(U) I will be with you, just as I was with Moses. I will not leave you or abandon you.(V)

“Be strong and courageous,(W) for you will distribute the land I swore to their fathers to give them as an inheritance.(X) Above all, be strong and very courageous to observe carefully the whole instruction my servant Moses commanded you.(Y) Do not turn from it to the right or the left, so that you will have success wherever you go. This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth;(Z) you are to meditate on[e] it day and night so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do.(AA) Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous?(AB) Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua Prepares the People

10 Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people: 11 “Go through the camp and tell the people, ‘Get provisions ready for yourselves, for within three days you will be crossing the Jordan to go in and take possession of the land the Lord your God is giving you to inherit.’”(AC)

12 Joshua said to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh:(AD) 13 “Remember what Moses the Lord’s servant commanded you when he said, ‘The Lord your God will give you rest, and he will give you this land.’(AE) 14 Your wives, dependents, and livestock may remain in the land Moses gave you on this side of the Jordan. But your best soldiers must cross over in battle formation[f] ahead of your brothers and help them 15 until the Lord gives your brothers rest, as he has given you, and they too possess the land the Lord your God is giving them. You may then return to the land of your inheritance(AF) and take possession of what Moses the Lord’s servant(AG) gave you on the east side of the Jordan.”

16 They answered Joshua, “Everything you have commanded us we will do, and everywhere you send us we will go. 17 We will obey you, just as we obeyed Moses in everything. Certainly the Lord your God will be with you, as he was with Moses.(AH) 18 Anyone who rebels against your order and does not obey your words in all that you command him, will be put to death. Above all, be strong and courageous!” (AI)

Spies Sent to Jericho

Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two men as spies(AJ) from the Acacia Grove,[g] saying, “Go and scout the land, especially Jericho.” So they left, and they came to the house of a prostitute named Rahab,(AK) and stayed there.

The king of Jericho was told, “Look, some of the Israelite men have come here tonight to investigate the land.” Then the king of Jericho sent word to Rahab and said, “Bring out the men who came to you and entered your house,(AL) for they came to investigate the entire land.”

But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them.(AM) So she said, “Yes, the men did come to me, but I didn’t know where they were from. At nightfall, when the city gate was about to close, the men went out, and I don’t know where they were going. Chase after them quickly, and you can catch up with them!” But she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them(AN) among the stalks of flax that she had arranged on the roof. The men pursued them along the road to the fords of the Jordan, and as soon as they left to pursue them, the city gate was shut.

The Promise to Rahab

Before the men fell asleep, she went up on the roof and said to them, “I know that the Lord has given you this land(AO) and that the terror of you has fallen on us,(AP) and everyone who lives in the land is panicking because of you.[h](AQ) 10 For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt,(AR) and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two Amorite kings you completely destroyed(AS) across the Jordan. 11 When we heard this, we lost heart,(AT) and everyone’s courage failed[i] because of you,(AU) for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on earth below.(AV) 12 Now please swear to me by the Lord that you will also show kindness to my father’s family,[j] because I showed kindness to you.(AW) Give me a sure sign[k] 13 that you will spare the lives of my father, mother, brothers, sisters, and all who belong to them, and save us from death.”

14 The men answered her, “We will give our lives for yours. If you don’t report our mission, we will show kindness and faithfulness to you when the Lord gives us the land.”

15 Then she let them down by a rope through the window, since she lived in a house that was built into the wall of the city. 16 “Go to the hill country so that the men pursuing you won’t find you,” she said to them. “Hide there for three days until they return; afterward, go on your way.”

17 The men said to her, “We will be free from this oath you made us swear, 18 unless, when we enter the land, you tie this scarlet cord to the window through which you let us down. Bring your father, mother, brothers, and all your father’s family into your house. 19 If anyone goes out the doors of your house, his death will be his own fault,[l](AX) and we will be innocent. But if anyone with you in the house should be harmed,[m] his death will be our fault.[n] 20 And if you report our mission, we are free from the oath you made us swear.”

21 “Let it be as you say,” she replied, and she sent them away. After they had gone, she tied the scarlet cord to the window.

22 So the two men went into the hill country and stayed there three days until the pursuers had returned. They searched all along the way, but did not find them. 23 Then the men returned, came down from the hill country, and crossed the Jordan. They went to Joshua son of Nun and reported everything that had happened to them. 24 They told Joshua, “The Lord has handed over the entire land to us. Everyone who lives in the land is also panicking because of us.”[o]


  1. 34:2 Lit Western
  2. 34:6 Or he was buried
  3. 34:12 Lit the strong hand
  4. 1:4 Lit and to the Great Sea, the going down of the sun
  5. 1:8 Or to recite
  6. 1:14 Or over armed
  7. 2:1 Or from Shittim
  8. 2:9 Or land panics at your approach
  9. 2:11 Lit and spirit no longer remained in anyone
  10. 2:12 Lit my father’s house
  11. 2:12 Or a sign of truth
  12. 2:19 Lit his blood on his head
  13. 2:19 Lit if a hand should be on him
  14. 2:19 Lit his blood on our heads
  15. 2:24 Or land also panics at our approach

Cross references:

  1. 34:1-4 : Dt 3:27; 32:48; Jos 13:20
  2. 34:4 : Gn 12:7; 15:18-20; 26:3; 35:12; Ex 33:1; 1Kg 4:24
  3. 34:5 : Jos 24:29; Jdg 2:8; 2Sm 3:18; 7:5,8; 1Kg 11:13; 14:8; 2Kg 18:12; 19:34; 21:8; Jb 1:8; 42:8; Is 20:3; 41:8-9; 42:1; 44:1; 52:13; 53:11
  4. 34:6 : Nm 21:20
  5. 34:6 : Jd 9
  6. 34:8 : Nm 20:29
  7. 34:8 : Mt 17:3
  8. 34:9 : Ex 28:3; 31:3-6; 1Kg 4:29; 5:12; 7:14; 2Ch 1:10-12; Is 11:2; Ac 6:3; Eph 1:17
  9. 34:9 : Nm 11:16-30; 27:18; 1Sm 10:1,10; 16:13
  10. 34:9 : Nm 26:65; 27:15-23; 34:17; Dt 1:38; 3:28; 31:3-8,14-23
  11. 34:10 : Ex 33:11
  12. 34:12 : Ex 7:3; Dt 4:34; 6:22; 7:19; 26:8; 29:3; Neh 9:10; Ps 78:43; 105:27
  13. 1:1 : Dt 34:5
  14. 1:1 : Ex 17:8-13; 33:11; Nm 13:8,16; 14:6-9; 27:18-23; Dt 31:2-8; 1Ch 7:20,27
  15. 1:2 : Dt 34:5-8
  16. 1:2 : Jos 1:11
  17. 1:3-5 : Dt 11:24-25
  18. 1:4 : Gn 15:18; Nm 34:3
  19. 1:4 : Gn 10:15; 15:19-21
  20. 1:4 : Dt 11:24; 1Kg 4:21,24-25; 8:65
  21. 1:5 : Dt 7:24
  22. 1:5 : Dt 31:6-8; Heb 13:5
  23. 1:6 : Jos 1:18; 10:25; 1Kg 2:2-3; 1Ch 22:13; 28:20; Ps 27:14; 31:24
  24. 1:6 : Gn 15:18; Ex 32:13; Dt 15:4
  25. 1:7 : Dt 5:32; 20:1-2; 21:1-3
  26. 1:8 : Dt 31:24; Jos 8:34
  27. 1:8 : Dt 29:9; Ps 1:1-3
  28. 1:9 : Dt 31:7-8; Jos 10:25
  29. 1:11 : Jos 3:2
  30. 1:12 : Nm 32:20-22
  31. 1:13-15 : Dt 3:18-20
  32. 1:15 : Jos 22:4
  33. 1:15 : Jos 1:1
  34. 1:17 : Jos 1:5,9
  35. 1:18 : Dt 31:7; Jos 1:6-7,9; 10:25
  36. 2:1 : Gn 42:9; Nm 13:2,16-17; Jos 7:2; Jdg 18:2
  37. 2:1 : Heb 11:31; Jms 2:25
  38. 2:3 : Gn 19:5
  39. 2:4 : 2Sm 17:19
  40. 2:6 : Jms 2:25
  41. 2:9 : Nm 20:24; Jos 9:24
  42. 2:9 : Ex 15:16; 23:27; Ezr 3:3; Jb 9:34; 13:21; Is 33:18; Jr 50:38
  43. 2:9 : Ex 15:15; Jos 2:24; 1Sm 14:16
  44. 2:10 : Ex 14:21-30
  45. 2:10 : Nm 21:23-30,33-35; Dt 2:32-34; 3:1-3; Jos 6:21
  46. 2:11 : Dt 1:28; 20:8; Jos 5:1; 7:5; 2Sm 17:10; Is 13:7; 19:1; Ezk 21:7; Nah 2:10
  47. 2:11 : Jos 5:1; 7:5; Ps 22:14; Is 13:7; 19:1
  48. 2:11 : Dt 4:39; 1Kg 8:23
  49. 2:12 : Gn 21:23; Jdg 1:24; 2Sm 2:5; 10:2
  50. 2:19 : Mt 27:25
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Luke 13:22-14:6

The Narrow Way

22 He went through one town and village after another, teaching and making his way to Jerusalem.(A) 23 “Lord,” someone asked him, “are only a few people going to be saved?” (B)

He said to them, 24 “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door,(C) because I tell you, many will try to enter and won’t be able 25 once the homeowner gets up and shuts the door.(D) Then you will stand outside and knock on the door, saying, ‘Lord, open up for us!’ He will answer you, ‘I don’t know you or where you’re from.’ 26 Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ 27 But he will say, ‘I tell you, I don’t know you or where you’re from. Get away from me,(E) all you evildoers!’ 28 There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth(F) in that place,(G) when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in the kingdom of God,(H) but yourselves thrown out. 29 They will come from east and west, from north and south, to share the banquet[a] in the kingdom of God. 30 Note this: Some who are last will be first, and some who are first will be last.”(I)

Jesus and Herod Antipas

31 At that time some Pharisees came and told him, “Go, get out of here. Herod(J) wants to kill you.”(K)

32 He said to them, “Go tell that fox, ‘Look, I’m driving out demons and performing healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will complete my work.’[b](L) 33 Yet it is necessary that I(M) travel today, tomorrow, and the next day, because it is not possible for a prophet(N) to perish(O) outside of Jerusalem.

Jesus’s Lamentation over Jerusalem

34 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem,(P) who kills the prophets and stones(Q) those who are sent to her.(R) How often I wanted to gather your children(S) together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings,(T) but you were not willing!(U) 35 See, your house is abandoned to you.(V) I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when[c] you say,’ Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord’!”[d](W)

A Sabbath Controversy

14 One Sabbath, when he went in to eat[e] at the house of one of the leading Pharisees,(X) they were watching him closely.(Y) There in front of him was a man whose body was swollen with fluid. In response, Jesus asked the law experts(Z) and the Pharisees, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?”(AA) But they kept silent. He took the man, healed him, and sent him away. And to them, he said, “Which of you whose son or ox falls into a well, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?”(AB) They could find no answer to these things.


  1. 13:29 Lit recline at the table
  2. 13:32 Lit I will be finished
  3. 13:35 Other mss omit the time comes when
  4. 13:35 Ps 118:26
  5. 14:1 Lit eat bread
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Psalm 79

Psalm 79

Faith amid Confusion

A psalm of Asaph.(A)

God, the nations have invaded your inheritance,
desecrated your holy temple,
and turned Jerusalem into ruins.(B)
They gave the corpses of your servants
to the birds of the sky for food,
the flesh of your faithful ones
to the beasts of the earth.(C)
They poured out their blood
like water all around Jerusalem,
and there was no one to bury them.(D)
We have become an object of reproach
to our neighbors,
a source of mockery and ridicule
to those around us.(E)

How long, Lord? Will you be angry forever?
Will your jealousy keep burning like fire?(F)
Pour out your wrath on the nations
that don’t acknowledge you,
on the kingdoms that don’t call on your name,(G)
for they have devoured Jacob
and devastated his homeland.(H)
Do not hold past iniquities[a] against us;
let your compassion come to us quickly,
for we have become very weak.(I)

God of our salvation, help us(J)
for the glory of your name.
Rescue us and atone for our sins,
for your name’s sake.(K)
10 Why should the nations ask,
“Where is their God?” (L)
Before our eyes,
let vengeance for the shed blood of your servants
be known among the nations.(M)
11 Let the groans of the prisoners reach you;
according to your great power,
preserve those condemned to die.(N)

12 Pay back sevenfold to our neighbors(O)
the reproach they have hurled at you, Lord.(P)
13 Then we, your people, the sheep of your pasture,(Q)
will thank you forever;
we will declare your praise
to generation after generation.(R)


  1. 79:8 Or hold the sins of past generations
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Proverbs 12:26

26 A righteous person is careful in dealing with his neighbor,[a]
but the ways of the wicked lead them astray.(A)


  1. 12:26 Or person guides his neighbor

Cross references:

  1. 12:26 : Pr 14:22
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