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)


  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)


  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)


  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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