The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday May 22, 2020 (NIV)

2 Samuel 1:1-2:11

Responses to Saul’s Death

After the death of Saul,(A) David returned from defeating the Amalekites(B) and stayed at Ziklag two days. On the third day a man with torn clothes and dust on his head(C) came from Saul’s camp. When he came to David, he fell to the ground and paid homage. David asked him, “Where have you come from?”

He replied to him, “I’ve escaped from the Israelite camp.”

“What was the outcome? Tell me,” David asked him.

“The troops fled from the battle,” he answered. “Many of the troops have fallen and are dead. Also, Saul and his son Jonathan are dead.”(D)

David asked the young man who had brought him the report, “How do you know Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?”

“I happened to be on Mount Gilboa,”(E) he replied, “and there was Saul, leaning on his spear. At that very moment the chariots and the cavalry were closing in on him. When he turned around and saw me, he called out to me, so I answered: I’m at your service. He asked me, ‘Who are you?’ I told him: I’m an Amalekite.(F) Then he begged me, ‘Stand over me and kill me, for I’m mortally wounded,[a] but my life still lingers.’(G) 10 So I stood over him and killed him because I knew that after he had fallen he couldn’t survive. I took the crown that was on his head and the armband that was on his arm, and I’ve brought them here to my lord.”

11 Then David took hold of his clothes and tore them,(H) and all the men with him did the same. 12 They mourned, wept, and fasted until the evening(I) for those who died by the sword—for Saul, his son Jonathan, the Lord’s people, and the house of Israel.

13 David inquired of the young man who had brought him the report, “Where are you from?”

“I’m the son of a resident alien,” he said. “I’m an Amalekite.”

14 David questioned him, “How is it that you were not afraid to lift your hand to destroy the Lord’s anointed?” (J) 15 Then David summoned one of his servants and said, “Come here and kill him!” The servant struck him, and he died.(K) 16 For David had said to the Amalekite, “Your blood is on your own head(L) because your own mouth testified against you by saying, ‘I killed the Lord’s anointed.’”

17 David sang the following lament(M) for Saul and his son Jonathan, 18 and he ordered that the Judahites be taught The Song of the Bow. It is written in the Book of Jashar:[b](N)

19 The splendor of Israel lies slain on your heights.
How the mighty have fallen!
20 Do not tell it in Gath,
don’t announce it in the marketplaces of Ashkelon,
or the daughters of the Philistines will rejoice,(O)
and the daughters of the uncircumcised will celebrate.
21 Mountains of Gilboa,
let no dew or rain be on you,
or fields of offerings,[c]
for there the shield of the mighty was defiled(P)
the shield of Saul, no longer anointed with oil.(Q)
22 Jonathan’s bow never retreated,
Saul’s sword never returned unstained,[d]
from the blood of the slain,
from the flesh[e] of the mighty.
23 Saul and Jonathan,
loved and delightful,
they were not parted in life or in death.
They were swifter than eagles, stronger than lions.
24 Daughters of Israel, weep for Saul,
who clothed you in scarlet, with luxurious things,
who decked your garments with gold ornaments.(R)
25 How the mighty have fallen in the thick of battle!
Jonathan lies slain on your heights.
26 I grieve for you, Jonathan, my brother.
You were such a friend to me.
Your love for me was more wondrous
than the love of women.(S)
27 How the mighty have fallen
and the weapons of war have perished!

David, King of Judah

Some time later, David inquired of the Lord:(T) “Should I go to one of the towns of Judah?”

The Lord answered him, “Go.”

Then David asked, “Where should I go?”

“To Hebron,”(U) the Lord replied.

So David went there with his two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelite and Abigail, the widow of Nabal the Carmelite.(V) In addition, David brought the men who were with him, each one with his family, and they settled in the towns near Hebron.(W) Then the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah.(X) They told David, “It was the men of Jabesh-gilead who buried Saul.”(Y)

David sent messengers to the men of Jabesh-gilead and said to them, “The Lord bless you because you have shown this kindness to Saul your lord when you buried him. Now, may the Lord show kindness and faithfulness to you, and I will also show the same goodness to you because you have done this deed. Therefore, be strong[f] and valiant, for though Saul your lord is dead, the house of Judah has anointed me king over them.”

Abner son of Ner, commander of Saul’s army,(Z) took Saul’s son Ish-bosheth[g][h] and moved him to Mahanaim. He made him king over Gilead, Asher, Jezreel, Ephraim, Benjamin—over all Israel. 10 Saul’s son Ish-bosheth was forty years old when he became king over Israel; he reigned for two years. The house of Judah, however, followed David. 11 The length of time that David was king in Hebron over the house of Judah was seven years and six months.(AA)


  1. 1:9 LXX reads for terrible darkness has taken hold of me
  2. 1:18 Or of the Upright
  3. 1:21 LXX reads firstfruits
  4. 1:22 Lit empty
  5. 1:22 Lit fat
  6. 2:7 Lit Therefore, strengthen your hands
  7. 2:8 Some LXX mss read Ishbaal; 1Ch 8:33; 9:39
  8. 2:8 = Man of Shame
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John 12:20-50

Jesus Predicts His Crucifixion

20 Now some Greeks were among those who went up to worship at the festival. 21 So they came to Philip,(A) who was from Bethsaida(B) in Galilee,(C) and requested of him, “Sir,(D) we want to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went and told Andrew;(E) then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus.

23 Jesus replied to them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man(F) to be glorified. 24 Truly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat(G) falls to the ground and dies, it remains by itself. But if it dies, it produces much fruit.(H) 25 The one who loves his life will lose it,(I) and the one who hates(J) his life(K) in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves me, he must follow me. Where I am, there my servant(L) also will be.(M) If anyone serves me, the Father will honor(N) him.

27 “Now my soul is troubled. What should I say—Father, save me(O) from this hour? But that is why I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name.”[a](P)

Then a voice(Q) came from heaven: (R) “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.”(S)

29 The crowd standing there heard it and said it was thunder. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.”

30 Jesus responded, “This voice came, not for me, but for you.(T) 31 Now is the judgment of this world.(U) Now the ruler of this world(V) will be cast out.(W) 32 As for me, if I am lifted up[b] from the earth I will draw all people to myself.”(X) 33 He said this to indicate what kind of death he was about to die.(Y)

34 Then the crowd replied to him, “We have heard from the law that the Messiah will remain forever.(Z) So how can you say, ‘The Son of Man(AA) must be lifted up’? Who is this Son of Man?”

35 Jesus answered, “The light will be with you only a little longer.(AB) Walk while you have the light(AC) so that darkness doesn’t overtake you.(AD) The one who walks in darkness doesn’t know where he’s going.(AE) 36 While you have the light,(AF) believe in the light so that you may become children of light.” Jesus said this, then went away and hid from them.(AG)

Isaiah’s Prophecies Fulfilled

37 Even though he had performed so many signs in their presence, they did not believe in him. 38 This was to fulfill(AH) the word of Isaiah(AI) the prophet, who said:[c]

Lord, who has believed our message?
And to whom has the arm(AJ) of the Lord been revealed?[d](AK)

39 This is why they were unable to believe, because Isaiah also said:

40 He has blinded(AL) their eyes
and hardened their hearts,(AM)
so that they would not see with their eyes
or understand with their hearts,
and turn,(AN)
and I would heal them.[e](AO)

41 Isaiah said these things because[f] he saw his glory(AP) and spoke about him.

42 Nevertheless, many did believe in him even among the rulers,(AQ) but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, so that they would not be banned from the synagogue. 43 For they loved human praise(AR) more than praise from God.(AS)

A Summary of Jesus’s Mission

44 Jesus cried out, “The one who believes in me(AT) believes not in me, but in him who sent me. 45 And the one who sees me sees him(AU) who sent me. 46 I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me would not remain in darkness. 47 If anyone hears my words and doesn’t keep(AV) them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world(AW) but to save the world.(AX) 48 The one who rejects me(AY) and doesn’t receive my sayings has this as his judge: [g] The word I have spoken will judge him on the last day.(AZ) 49 For I have not spoken on my own, but the Father(BA) himself who sent me has given me a command to say everything I have said. 50 I know that his command is eternal life.(BB) So the things that I speak, I speak just as the Father has told me.”(BC)


  1. 12:28 Other mss read your Son
  2. 12:32 Or exalted, also in v. 34
  3. 12:38 Lit which he said
  4. 12:38 Is 53:1
  5. 12:40 Is 6:10
  6. 12:41 Other mss read when
  7. 12:48 Lit has the one judging him
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Psalm 118:19-29

19 Open the gates of righteousness for me;
I will enter through them
and give thanks to the Lord.(A)
20 This is the Lord’s gate;
the righteous will enter through it.(B)
21 I will give thanks to you
because you have answered me
and have become my salvation.(C)
22 The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.(D)
23 This came from the Lord;
it is wondrous in our sight.(E)
24 This is the day the Lord has made;
let’s rejoice and be glad in it.(F)

25 Lord, save us!
Lord, please grant us success!(G)
26 He who comes in the name
of the Lord is blessed.(H)
From the house of the Lord we bless you.(I)
27 The Lord is God and has given us light.
Bind the festival sacrifice with cords
to the horns of the altar.(J)
28 You are my God, and I will give you thanks.
You are my God; I will exalt you.(K)
29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his faithful love endures forever.(L)

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Proverbs 15:27-28

27 The one who profits dishonestly(A) troubles his household,
but the one who hates bribes will live.(B)

28 The mind of the righteous person thinks before answering,(C)
but the mouth of the wicked blurts out evil things.(D)

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