05/22/2022 DAB Transcript

2 Samuel 1:1-2:11, John 12:20-50, Psalms 118:19-29, Proverbs 15:27-28

Today is the 22nd day of May welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I am Brian and it’s wonderful to be here with you today, this day that begins another week. And, so, we open the door to it and open our hearts to it and look upon it. It’s all out there in the future and it’s our story to tell in the adventure of life that we are on with the Lord and with each other as we move day by day step-by-step through the Scriptures. And, so, this week we will read from the New English translation. And of course, like every day we pick up right where we left off. It just so happens the that we left off yesterday by concluding the book of first Samuel, which brings us to the book of second Samuel.

Introduction to second Samuel:

And we went through all of this when we started first Samuel, about how first and second Samuel and first and second Kings were all one text originally and have been broken apart over the years for reference. And, so, we know who Samuel is. We know his story. We know how he became the final judge of Israel and how he was a prophet of God that anointed Israel’s first king. Saul. And then we spent a good portion of the book of first Samuel, focusing in on that first king, king Saul and his character. But part of the story of King Saul is the intertwining of David in his life and how that really unsettles him because Samuel anoints David as the king to replace Saul, which means Saul will not have a dynasty and he will not have an heir to sit upon his throne. This very, very much destabilizes Saul and then Samuel dies. And in a pretty dramatic fashion just as we reached the conclusion of first Samuel we see Saul go to a medium bring Samuel up from the dead and Samuel tells Saul that the kingdom indeed has been stripped from him, and that tomorrow he and his sons will be where he is, which means they will have left human life and reached the conclusion of their earthly journey, which is what happened the following day in a battle with the Philistines. So, now as we turn the page and move into second Samuel Israel has no King. And we may know that David becomes the second king of Israel. We may know that, but it doesn’t just happen by default. And, so, whereas first Samuel gave us a really intimate glimpse into the life of King Saul second Samuel puts the same kind of focus on the soon to be king, David. And, so, we will have a sharp contrast between Saul and David as if we haven’t already. But we will be able to focus in on the character and integrity of David. And as with Saul, there is a lot for us to learn about ourselves in the coming pages. And, so, with that we begin. Second Samuel chapter 1 verse 1 through 2 verse 11.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word. We thank You for this new week that we are entering into, and we thank You for this new territory as we begin to focus our attention in second Samuel on the life of David. We invite Your Holy Spirit to come. May we drink deeply, and may we learn much as we continue into the pages that are in front of us. Come Holy Spirit and plant what we’ve read in the past week into our hearts as we continually ask that we are continually planting goodness inside of us, so that in due time we will continually be harvesting the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. Come Jesus we pray. In Your mighty name, we ask. Amen.

Community Prayer and Praise:

Good morning I’m Christy from Kentucky, the other Christy. I just heard from the teacher, soccer coach, mom, wife that is overwhelmed and burdened and my first thought was gratitude. Father God, I just thank You that we have teachers that know where their strength comes from, that no to reach out in prayer. Lord, I thank You for these godly women that are teaching our children, that are coaching our children. Lord she is overwhelmed. Lord, I ask that You give her the grace to have moments of time to rest in Your presence and to seek You and to allow You just to flood her with love and comfort and to know that You’re in this with her. Lord, I ask that You place a hedge of protection around her marriage, her family and all those girls that she’s coaching and her students. Lord, I ask that no flaming arrows have any lasting effects. Lord, I just praise You and I thank You for this woman. Just continue to give her strength in Your wisdom in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Hi this is My Heart Belongs to Jesus from Minnesota. First time calling in been listening for three years. I have four daughters and five sons. Kelly your prayer request today just touched my heart. You’re on a journey with your daughters and it will be a bumpy road. All four of my daughters have gone through a time or going through a time where a space that they had a hard time respecting or loving me. As a mom, man this is painful, and I can hear that pain in your voice. Keep praying for them. I know that’s hard but don’t show anger towards them. Have a humble heart. Be gentle with them. Let them see that God is the most important thing in your life. Trust the Lord and when you struggle trusting God, ask Him to help you. Beg Him for wisdom. And on a side note, I would recommend charging your daughter for rent. I’ve had four and soon to be five children back home for seasons of their lives. I’ve had each one of them pay according to their ability. They may not have liked it and I might not feel comfortable asking them, but it helps them move forward as independents. Them…they are adults, and we need to help them see that they’re adults. And by giving them an opportunity to pay rent it helps them in that stage. And it might also help you in your financial ability. You might see it as a blessing. As far as Tony, I just want to say thank you for all of your…poems are so insightful. There’s a young man who I know lost his mum a few years ago and taking care of his brother. You are still on my heart, and I still remember your mother and what a sweet woman she was. I thank you guys all. I really do pray for you, and I’m just blessed to be a part of this whole family around the Global Campfire. Thank you so much again. I appreciate all of you. Have a blessed day. My Heart Belongs to Jesus.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday May 22, 2022 (NIV)

2 Samuel 1:1-2:11

David Learns of the Deaths of Saul and Jonathan

After the death of Saul,[a] when David had returned from defeating the Amalekites,[b] he stayed at Ziklag[c] for two days. On the third day a man arrived from the camp of Saul with his clothes torn and dirt on his head.[d] When he approached David, the man[e] threw himself to the ground.[f]

David asked him, “Where are you coming from?” He replied, “I have escaped from the camp of Israel.” David inquired, “How were things going?[g] Tell me!” He replied, “The people fled from the battle and many of them[h] fell dead.[i] Even Saul and his son Jonathan are dead!” David said to the young man[j] who was telling him this, “How do you know that Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?”[k] The young man[l] said, “I just happened to be on Mount Gilboa and came across Saul leaning on his spear for support. The chariots and leaders of the horsemen were in hot pursuit of him. When he turned around and saw me, he called out to me. I answered, ‘Here I am!’ He asked me, ‘Who are you?’ I told him, ‘I’m[m] an Amalekite.’ He said to me, ‘Stand over me and finish me off![n] I’m very dizzy,[o] even though I’m still alive.’[p] 10 So I stood over him and put him to death, since I knew that he couldn’t live in such a condition.[q] Then I took the crown which was on his head and the[r] bracelet which was on his arm. I have brought them here to my lord.”[s]

11 David then grabbed his own clothes[t] and tore them, as did all the men who were with him. 12 They lamented and wept and fasted until evening because Saul, his son Jonathan, the Lord’s army, and the house of Israel had fallen by the sword.

13 David said to the young man who told this to him, “Where are you from?” He replied, “I am an Amalekite, the son of a resident foreigner.”[u] 14 David replied to him, “How is it that you were not afraid to reach out your hand to destroy the Lord’s anointed?” 15 Then David called one of the soldiers[v] and said, “Come here and strike him down!” So he struck him down, and he died. 16 David said to him, “Your blood be on your own head! Your own mouth has testified against you, saying ‘I have put the Lord’s anointed to death.’”

David’s Tribute to Saul and Jonathan

17 Then David chanted this lament over Saul and his son Jonathan. 18 (He gave instructions that the people of Judah should be taught “The Bow.”[w] Indeed, it is written down in the Scroll of the Upright One.)[x]

19 “The beauty[y] of Israel lies slain on your high places!
How the mighty have fallen!
20 Don’t report it in Gath,
don’t spread the news in the streets of Ashkelon,[z]
or the daughters of the Philistines will rejoice,
the daughters of the uncircumcised will celebrate!
21 O mountains of Gilboa,
may there be no dew or rain on you, nor fields of grain offerings![aa]
For it was there that the shield of warriors was defiled;[ab]
the shield of Saul lies neglected without oil.[ac]
22 From the blood of the slain, from the fat of warriors,
the bow of Jonathan was not turned away.
The sword of Saul never returned[ad] empty.
23 Saul and Jonathan were greatly loved[ae] during their lives,
and not even in their deaths were they separated.
They were swifter than eagles, stronger than lions.
24 O daughters of Israel, weep over Saul,
who clothed you in scarlet[af] as well as jewelry,
who put gold jewelry on your clothes.
25 How the warriors have fallen
in the midst of battle!
Jonathan lies slain on your high places!
26 I grieve over you, my brother Jonathan.
You were very dear to me.
Your love was more special to me than the love of women.
27 How the warriors have fallen!
The weapons of war[ag] are destroyed!

David is Anointed King

Afterward David inquired of the Lord, “Should I go up to one of the cities of Judah?” The Lord told him, “Go up.” David asked, “Where should I go?” The Lord replied,[ah] “To Hebron.” So David went up, along with his two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelite and Abigail, formerly the wife of Nabal the Carmelite. David also brought along the men who were with him, each with his family. They settled in the cities[ai] of Hebron. The men of Judah came and there they anointed David as king over the people[aj] of Judah.

David was told,[ak] “The people[al] of Jabesh Gilead are the ones who buried Saul.” So David sent messengers to the people of Jabesh Gilead and told them, “May you be blessed by the Lord because you have shown this kindness[am] to your lord Saul by burying him. Now may the Lord show you true kindness![an] I also will reward you,[ao] because you have done this deed. Now be courageous[ap] and prove to be valiant warriors, for your lord Saul is dead. The people of Judah have anointed me as king over them.”

David’s Army Clashes with the Army of Saul

Now Abner son of Ner, the general in command of Saul’s army, had taken Saul’s son Ish Bosheth[aq] and had brought him to Mahanaim. He appointed him king over Gilead, the Geshurites,[ar] Jezreel, Ephraim, Benjamin, and all Israel. 10 Ish Bosheth son of Saul was forty years old when he began to rule over Israel. He ruled two years. However, the people[as] of Judah followed David. 11 David was king in Hebron over the people of Judah for seven-and-a-half years.[at]

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Samuel 1:1 sn This chapter is closely linked to 1 Sam 31. It should be kept in mind that 1 and 2 Samuel were originally a single book, not separate volumes. Whereas in English Bible tradition the books of Samuel, Kings, Chronicles, and Ezra-Nehemiah are each regarded as two separate books, this was not the practice in ancient Hebrew tradition. Early canonical records, for example, counted them as single books respectively. The division into two books goes back to the Greek translation of the OT and was probably initiated because of the cumbersome length of copies due to the Greek practice (unlike that of Hebrew) of writing vowels. The present division into two books can be a little misleading in terms of perceiving the progression of the argument of the book; in some ways it is preferable to treat the books of 1-2 Samuel in a unified fashion.
  2. 2 Samuel 1:1 sn The Amalekites were a nomadic people who inhabited Judah and the Transjordan. They are mentioned in Gen 36:15-16 as descendants of Amalek who in turn descended from Esau. In Exod 17:8-16 they are described as having acted in a hostile fashion toward Israel as the Israelites traveled to Canaan from Egypt. In David’s time the Amalekites were viewed as dangerous enemies who raided, looted, and burned Israelite cities (see 1 Sam 30).
  3. 2 Samuel 1:1 sn Ziklag was a city in the Negev which had been given to David by Achish king of Gath. For more than a year David used it as a base from which he conducted military expeditions (see 1 Sam 27:5-12). According to 1 Sam 30:1-19, Ziklag was destroyed by the Amalekites while Saul fought the Philistines.
  4. 2 Samuel 1:2 sn Tearing one’s clothing and throwing dirt on one’s head were outward expressions of grief in the ancient Near East, where such demonstrable reactions were a common response to tragic news.
  5. 2 Samuel 1:2 tn Heb “he”; the referent (the man mentioned at the beginning of v. 2) has been specified in the translation to avoid confusion as to who fell to the ground.
  6. 2 Samuel 1:2 tn Heb “he fell to the ground and did obeisance.”
  7. 2 Samuel 1:4 tn Heb “What was the word?”
  8. 2 Samuel 1:4 tn Heb “from the people.”
  9. 2 Samuel 1:4 tn Heb “fell and died.”
  10. 2 Samuel 1:5 tn In v. 2 he is called simply a “man.” The word used here in v. 5 (so also in vv. 6, 13, 15), though usually referring to a young man or servant, may in this context designate a “fighting” man, i.e., a soldier.
  11. 2 Samuel 1:5 tc Instead of the MT “who was recounting this to him, ‘How do you know that Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?’” the Syriac Peshitta reads “declare to me how Saul and his son Jonathan died.”
  12. 2 Samuel 1:6 tc The translation follows the Syriac Peshitta and one ms of the LXX; MT adds “who was telling him this.”
  13. 2 Samuel 1:8 tc The present translation reads with the Qere and many medieval Hebrew mss “and I said,” rather than the Kethib which has “and he said.” See the LXX, Syriac Peshitta, and Vulgate, all of which have the first person.
  14. 2 Samuel 1:9 tn As P. K. McCarter (II Samuel [AB], 59) points out, the Polel of the verb מוּת (mut, “to die”) “refers to dispatching or ‘finishing off’ someone already wounded and near death.” Cf. NLT “put me out of my misery.”
  15. 2 Samuel 1:9 tn Heb “the dizziness has seized me.” On the meaning of the Hebrew noun translated “dizziness,” see P. K. McCarter, II Samuel (AB), 59-60. The point seems to be that he is unable to kill himself because he is weak and disoriented.
  16. 2 Samuel 1:9 tn The Hebrew text here is grammatically very awkward (Heb “because all still my life in me”). Whether the broken construct phrase is due to the fact that the alleged speaker is in a confused state of mind as he is on the verge of dying, or whether the MT has sustained a defect in the transmission process, is not entirely clear. The former seems likely, although P. K. McCarter understands the MT to be the result of conflation of two shorter forms of text (P. K. McCarter, II Samuel [AB], 57, n. 9). Early translators also struggled with the verse, apparently choosing to leave part of the Hebrew text untranslated. For example, the Lucianic recension of the LXX lacks “all,” while other witnesses (namely, one medieval Hebrew ms, codices A and B of the LXX, and the Syriac Peshitta) lack “still.”
  17. 2 Samuel 1:10 tn Heb “after his falling”; NAB “could not survive his wound”; CEV “was too badly wounded to live much longer.”
  18. 2 Samuel 1:10 tc The MT lacks the definite article, but this is may be due to textual transmission error. It is preferable to read the א (alef) of אֶצְעָדָה (ʾetsʿadah) as a ה (he) giving הַצְּעָדָה (hatseʿadah). There is no reason to think that the soldier confiscated from Saul’s dead body only one of two or more bracelets that he was wearing (cf. NLT “one of his bracelets”).
  19. 2 Samuel 1:10 sn The claims that the soldier is making here seem to contradict the story of Saul’s death as presented in 1 Sam 31:3-5. In that passage it appears that Saul took his own life, not that he was slain by a passerby who happened on the scene. Some scholars account for the discrepancy by supposing that conflicting accounts have been brought together in the MT. However, it is likely that the young man is here fabricating the account in a self-serving way so as to gain favor with David, or so he supposes. He probably had come across Saul’s corpse, stolen the crown and bracelet from the body, and now hopes to curry favor with David by handing over to him these emblems of Saul’s royalty. But in so doing the Amalekite greatly miscalculated David’s response to this alleged participation in Saul’s death. The consequence of his lies will instead be his own death.
  20. 2 Samuel 1:11 tc The present translation follows the Qere and many medieval Hebrew mss in reading “his garments,” rather than “his garment,” the reading of the Kethib.
  21. 2 Samuel 1:13 sn Hebrew has more than one word for foreigners. Since the Amalekites were obviously not Israelites and were “inhabitants of the land” (1 Sam 27:8), adding the description ger (גֵּר) must carry more significance than just “foreigner” and “resident.” In Mosaic Law the ger (גֵּר) could join the covenant, be circumcised, offer sacrifices to the Lord, celebrate the festivals with Israel, were given equal protection under the law, and received some social welfare along with the Levites. (See notes at Exod 12:19 and Deut 29:11.) These ger (גֵּר) appear to be converts or naturalized citizens with minimally different rights (they could not own land, just houses). The young man is probably positioning himself as someone loyal to Israel, consistent the description that he came from the camp of Saul/Israel (vss 2-3). He certainly would not want to be considered one of the Amalekites that David had just fought against (vs 1). This may also explain David’s expectation that he should know better than to slay the Lord’s anointed (as Saul’s armor-bearer would not do in the true account in 1 Sam 31:4).
  22. 2 Samuel 1:15 tn Heb “young men.”
  23. 2 Samuel 1:18 tn Heb “be taught the bow.” The reference to “the bow” is very difficult here. Some interpreters (e.g., S. R. Driver, P. K. McCarter, Jr.) suggest deleting the word from the text (cf. NAB, TEV), but there does not seem to be sufficient evidence for doing so. Others (cf. KJV) understand the reference to be elliptical, meaning “the use of the bow.” The verse would then imply that with the deaths of Saul and Jonathan having occurred, a period of trying warfare is about to begin, requiring adequate preparation for war on the part of the younger generation. Various other views may also be found in the secondary literature. However, it seems best to understand the word here to be a reference to the name of a song (i.e., “The Bow”), most likely the poem that follows in vv. 19-27 (cf. ASV, NASB, NRSV, CEV, NLT); NIV “this lament of the bow.”
  24. 2 Samuel 1:18 sn The Scroll of the Upright One (or The Book of Yashar) is a noncanonical writing which has not been preserved. Mentioned here and in Josh 10:12-13, it apparently was “a collection of ancient national poetry” (so BDB 449 s.v. יָשָׁר).
  25. 2 Samuel 1:19 sn The word beauty is used figuratively here to refer to Saul and Jonathan.
  26. 2 Samuel 1:20 sn The cities of Gath and Ashkelon are mentioned here by synecdoche of part for the whole. As major Philistine cities they in fact represent all of Philistia. The point is that when the sad news of fallen Israelite leadership reaches the Philistines, it will be for these enemies of Israel the occasion of great joy rather than grief.
  27. 2 Samuel 1:21 tc Instead of the MT’s “fields of grain offerings” the Lucianic recension of the LXX reads “your high places are mountains of death.” Cf. the Old Latin montes mortis (“mountains of death”).
  28. 2 Samuel 1:21 tn This is the only biblical occurrence of the Niphal of the verb גָּעַל (gaʿal). This verb usually has the sense of “to abhor” or “loathe.” But here it seems to refer to the now dirty and unprotected condition of a previously well-maintained instrument of battle.
  29. 2 Samuel 1:21 tc It is preferable to read here Hebrew מָשׁוּחַ (mashuakh) with many Hebrew mss, rather than מָשִׁיחַ (mashiakh) of the MT. Although the Syriac Peshitta understands the statement to pertain to Saul, the point here is not that Saul is not anointed. Rather, it is the shield of Saul that lies discarded and is no longer anointed. In ancient Near Eastern practice a warrior’s shield that was in normal use would have to be anointed regularly in order to ensure that the leather did not become dry and brittle. Like other warriors of his day Saul would have carefully maintained his tools of trade. But now that he is dead, the once-cared-for shield of the mighty warrior lies sadly discarded and woefully neglected, a silent but eloquent commentary on how different things are now compared to the way they were during Saul’s lifetime.
  30. 2 Samuel 1:22 tn The Hebrew imperfect verbal form is used here to indicate repeated past action.
  31. 2 Samuel 1:23 tn Heb “beloved and dear.”
  32. 2 Samuel 1:24 sn Clothing of scarlet was expensive and beyond the financial reach of most people.
  33. 2 Samuel 1:27 sn The expression weapons of war may here be a figurative way of referring to Saul and Jonathan.
  34. 2 Samuel 2:1 tn Heb “he said.” The referent (the Lord) has been specified in the translation for clarity and for stylistic reasons.
  35. 2 Samuel 2:3 tc The expression “the cities of Hebron” is odd; we would expect the noun to be in the singular, if used at all. Although the Syriac Peshitta has the expected reading “in Hebron,” the MT is clearly the more difficult reading and should probably be retained here.
  36. 2 Samuel 2:4 tn Heb “house.”
  37. 2 Samuel 2:4 tn Heb “and they told David.” The subject appears to be indefinite, allowing one to translate the verb as passive with David as subject.
  38. 2 Samuel 2:4 tn Heb “men.”
  39. 2 Samuel 2:5 tn Or “loyalty.”
  40. 2 Samuel 2:6 tn Or “loyalty and devotion.”
  41. 2 Samuel 2:6 tn Heb “will do with you this good.”
  42. 2 Samuel 2:7 tn Heb “let your hands be strong.”
  43. 2 Samuel 2:8 sn The name Ish Bosheth means in Hebrew “man of shame.” It presupposes an earlier form such as Ish Baal (“man of the Lord”), with the word “baal” being used of Israel’s God. But because the Canaanite storm god was named “Baal,” that part of the name was later replaced with the word “shame.”
  44. 2 Samuel 2:9 tc The MT here reads “the Ashurite,” but this is problematic if it is taken to mean “the Assyrian.” Ish Bosheth’s kingdom obviously was not of such proportions as to extend to Assyria. The Syriac Peshitta and the Vulgate render the word as “the Geshurite,” while the Targum has “of the house of Ashur.” We should probably emend the Hebrew text to read “the Geshurite.” The Geshurites lived in the northeastern part of the land of Palestine.
  45. 2 Samuel 2:10 tn Heb “house.”
  46. 2 Samuel 2:11 tn Heb “And the number of the days in which David was king in Hebron over the house of Judah was seven years and six months.”
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John 12:20-50

Seekers

20 Now some Greeks[a] were among those who had gone up to worship at the feast. 21 So these approached Philip,[b] who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and requested,[c] “Sir, we would like to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went and told Andrew, and they both[d] went and told Jesus. 23 Jesus replied,[e] “The time[f] has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.[g] 24 I tell you the solemn truth,[h] unless a kernel of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains by itself alone.[i] But if it dies, it produces[j] much grain.[k] 25 The one who loves his life[l] destroys[m] it, and the one who hates his life in this world guards[n] it for eternal life. 26 If anyone wants to serve me, he must follow[o] me, and where I am, my servant will be too.[p] If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

27 “Now my soul is greatly distressed. And what should I say? ‘Father, deliver me[q] from this hour’?[r] No, but for this very reason I have come to this hour.[s] 28 Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven,[t] “I have glorified it,[u] and I will glorify it[v] again.” 29 The crowd that stood there and heard the voice[w] said that it had thundered. Others said that an angel had spoken to him.[x] 30 Jesus said,[y] “This voice has not come for my benefit[z] but for yours. 31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world[aa] will be driven out.[ab] 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people[ac] to myself.” 33 (Now he said this to indicate clearly what kind of death he was going to die.)[ad]

34 Then the crowd responded,[ae] “We have heard from the law that the Christ[af] will remain forever.[ag] How[ah] can you say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this Son of Man?” 35 Jesus replied,[ai] “The light is with you for a little while longer.[aj] Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you.[ak] The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. 36 While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become sons of light.”[al] When Jesus had said these things, he went away and hid himself from them.

The Outcome of Jesus’ Public Ministry Foretold

37 Although Jesus[am] had performed[an] so many miraculous signs before them, they still refused to believe in him, 38 so that the word[ao] of the prophet Isaiah would be fulfilled. He said,[ap]Lord, who has believed our message, and to whom has the arm of the Lord[aq] been revealed?[ar] 39 For this reason they could not believe,[as] because again Isaiah said,

40 He has blinded their eyes
and hardened their heart,[at]
so that they would not see with their eyes
and understand with their heart,[au]
and turn to me,[av] and I would heal them.”[aw]

41 Isaiah said these things because he saw Christ’s[ax] glory, and spoke about him.

42 Nevertheless, even among the rulers[ay] many believed in him, but because of the Pharisees[az] they would not confess Jesus to be the Christ,[ba] so that they would not be put out of[bb] the synagogue.[bc] 43 For they loved praise[bd] from men more than praise[be] from God.

Jesus’ Final Public Words

44 But Jesus shouted out,[bf] “The one who believes in me does not believe in me, but in the one who sent me,[bg] 45 and the one who sees me sees the one who sent me.[bh] 46 I have come as a light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in darkness. 47 If anyone[bi] hears my words and does not obey them,[bj] I do not judge him. For I have not come to judge the world, but to save the world.[bk] 48 The one who rejects me and does not accept[bl] my words has a judge;[bm] the word[bn] I have spoken will judge him at the last day. 49 For I have not spoken from my own authority,[bo] but the Father himself who sent me has commanded me[bp] what I should say and what I should speak. 50 And I know that his commandment is eternal life.[bq] Thus the things I say, I say just as the Father has told me.”[br]

Footnotes:

  1. John 12:20 sn These Greeks (῞Ελληνές τινες, hellēnes tines) who had come up to worship at the feast were probably “God-fearers” rather than proselytes in the strict sense. Had they been true proselytes, they would probably not have been referred to as Greeks any longer. Many came to worship at the major Jewish festivals without being proselytes to Judaism, for example, the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8:27, who could not have been a proselyte if he were physically a eunuch.
  2. John 12:21 sn These Greeks approached Philip, although it is not clear why they did so. Perhaps they identified with his Greek name (although a number of Jews from border areas had Hellenistic names at this period). By see it is clear they meant “speak with,” since anyone could “see” Jesus moving through the crowd. The author does not mention what they wanted to speak with Jesus about.
  3. John 12:21 tn Grk “and were asking him, saying.” The participle λέγοντες (legontes) is redundant in contemporary English and has not been translated here.
  4. John 12:22 tn Grk “Andrew and Philip”; because a repetition of the proper names would be redundant in contemporary English style, the phrase “they both” has been substituted in the translation.
  5. John 12:23 tn Grk “Jesus answered them, saying.” The participle λέγων (legōn) is redundant in contemporary English and has not been translated here.
  6. John 12:23 tn Grk “the hour.”
  7. John 12:23 sn Jesus’ reply, the time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified, is a bit puzzling. As far as the author’s account is concerned, Jesus totally ignores these Greeks and makes no further reference to them whatsoever. It appears that his words are addressed to Andrew and Philip, but in fact they must have had a wider audience, including possibly the Greeks who had wished to see him in the first place. The words the time has come recall all the previous references to “the hour” throughout the Fourth Gospel (see the note on time in 2:4). There is no doubt, in light of the following verse, that Jesus refers to his death here. On his pathway to glorification lies the cross, and it is just ahead.
  8. John 12:24 tn Grk “Truly, truly, I say to you.”
  9. John 12:24 tn Or “it remains only a single kernel.”
  10. John 12:24 tn Or “bears.”
  11. John 12:24 tn Grk “much fruit.”
  12. John 12:25 tn Or “soul.”
  13. John 12:25 tn Or “loses.” Although the traditional English translation of ἀπολλύει (apolluei) in John 12:25 is “loses,” the contrast with φυλάξει (phulaxei, “keeps” or “guards”) in the second half of the verse favors the meaning “destroy” here.
  14. John 12:25 tn Or “keeps.”
  15. John 12:26 tn As a third person imperative in Greek, ἀκολουθείτω (akoloutheitō) is usually translated “let him follow me.” This could be understood by the modern English reader as merely permissive, however (“he may follow me if he wishes”). In this context there is no permissive sense, but rather a command, so the translation “he must follow me” is preferred.
  16. John 12:26 tn Grk “where I am, there my servant will be too.”
  17. John 12:27 tn Or “save me.”
  18. John 12:27 tn Or “this occasion.”sn Father, deliver me from this hour. It is now clear that Jesus’ hour has come—the hour of his return to the Father through crucifixion, death, resurrection, and ascension (see 12:23). This will be reiterated in 13:1 and 17:1. Jesus states (employing words similar to those of Ps 6:4) that his soul is troubled. What shall his response to his imminent death be? A prayer to the Father to deliver him from that hour? No, because it is on account of this very hour that Jesus has come. His sacrificial death has always remained the primary purpose of his mission into the world. Now, faced with the completion of that mission, shall he ask the Father to spare him from it? The expected answer is no.
  19. John 12:27 tn Or “this occasion.”
  20. John 12:28 tn Or “from the sky” (see note on 1:32).
  21. John 12:28 tn “It” is not in the Greek text. Direct objects were often omitted in Greek when clear from the context.
  22. John 12:28 tn “It” is not in the Greek text. Direct objects were often omitted in Greek when clear from the context.
  23. John 12:29 tn “The voice” is not in the Greek text. Direct objects were often omitted in Greek when clear from the context.
  24. John 12:29 tn Grk “Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” The direct discourse in the second half of v. 29 was converted to indirect discourse in the translation to maintain the parallelism with the first half of the verse, which is better in keeping with English style.
  25. John 12:30 tn Grk “Jesus answered and said.”
  26. John 12:30 tn Or “for my sake.”
  27. John 12:31 sn The ruler of this world is a reference to Satan.
  28. John 12:31 tn Or “will be thrown out.” This translation regards the future passive ἐκβληθήσεται (ekblēthēsetai) as referring to an event future to the time of speaking.sn The phrase driven out must refer to Satan’s loss of authority over this world. This must be in principle rather than in immediate fact, since 1 John 5:19 states that the whole world (still) lies in the power of the evil one (a reference to Satan). In an absolute sense the reference is proleptic. The coming of Jesus’ hour (his crucifixion, death, resurrection, and exaltation to the Father) marks the end of Satan’s domain and brings about his defeat, even though that defeat has not been ultimately worked out in history yet and awaits the consummation of the age.
  29. John 12:32 tn Grk “all.” The word “people” is not in the Greek text but is supplied for stylistic reasons and for clarity (cf. KJV “all men”).
  30. John 12:33 sn This is a parenthetical note by the author.
  31. John 12:34 tn Grk “Then the crowd answered him.”
  32. John 12:34 tn Or “the Messiah” (Both Greek “Christ” and Hebrew and Aramaic “Messiah” mean “one who has been anointed”).sn See the note on Christ in 1:20.
  33. John 12:34 tn Probably an allusion to Ps 89:35-37. It is difficult to pinpoint the passage in the Mosaic law to which the crowd refers. The ones most often suggested are Pss 89:36-37; 110:4, Isa 9:7, Ezek 37:25, and Dan 7:14. None of these passages are in the Pentateuch per se, but “law” could in common usage refer to the entire OT (compare Jesus’ use in John 10:34). Of the passages mentioned, Ps 89:36-37 is the most likely candidate. This verse speaks of David’s “seed” remaining forever. Later in the same psalm, v. 51 speaks of the “anointed” (Messiah), and the psalm was interpreted messianically in both the NT (Acts 13:22, Rev 1:5; 3:14) and in the rabbinic literature (Genesis Rabbah 97).
  34. John 12:34 tn Grk “And how”; the conjunction καί (kai, “and”) has been left untranslated here for improved English style.
  35. John 12:35 tn Grk “Then Jesus said to them.”
  36. John 12:35 tn Grk “Yet a little while the light is with you.”
  37. John 12:35 sn The warning Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you operates on at least two different levels: (1) To the Jewish people in Jerusalem to whom Jesus spoke, the warning was a reminder that there was only a little time left for them to accept him as their Messiah. (2) To those later individuals to whom the Fourth Gospel was written, and to every person since, the words of Jesus are also a warning: There is a finite, limited time in which each individual has opportunity to respond to the Light of the world (i.e., Jesus); after that comes darkness. One’s response to the Light decisively determines one’s judgment for eternity.
  38. John 12:36 tn The idiom “sons of light” means essentially “people characterized by light,” that is, “people of God.”sn The expression sons of light refers to men and women to whom the truth of God has been revealed and who are therefore living according to that truth, thus, “people of God.”
  39. John 12:37 tn Grk “he”; the referent (Jesus) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
  40. John 12:37 tn Or “done.”
  41. John 12:38 tn Or “message.”
  42. John 12:38 tn Grk “who said.”
  43. John 12:38 tn “The arm of the Lord” is an idiom for “God’s great power” (as exemplified through Jesus’ miraculous signs). This response of unbelief is interpreted by the author as a fulfillment of the prophetic words of Isaiah (Isa 53:1). The phrase ὁ βραχίων κυρίου (ho brachiōn kuriou) is a figurative reference to God’s activity and power which has been revealed in the sign-miracles which Jesus has performed (compare the previous verse).
  44. John 12:38 sn A quotation from Isa 53:1.
  45. John 12:39 sn The author explicitly states here that Jesus’ Jewish opponents could not believe, and quotes Isa 6:10 to show that God had in fact blinded their eyes and hardened their heart. This OT passage was used elsewhere in the NT to explain Jewish unbelief: Paul’s final words in Acts (28:26-27) are a quotation of this same passage, which he uses to explain why the Jewish people have not accepted the gospel he has preached. A similar passage (Isa 29:10) is quoted in a similar context in Rom 11:8.
  46. John 12:40 tn Or “closed their mind.”
  47. John 12:40 tn Or “their mind.”
  48. John 12:40 tn One could also translate στραφῶσιν (straphōsin) as “repent” or “change their ways,” but both of these terms would be subject to misinterpretation by the modern English reader. The idea is one of turning back to God, however. The words “to me” are not in the Greek text, but are implied.
  49. John 12:40 sn A quotation from Isa 6:10.
  50. John 12:41 tn Grk “his”; the referent (Christ) has been specified in the translation for clarity. The referent supplied here is “Christ” rather than “Jesus” because it involves what Isaiah saw. It is clear that the author presents Isaiah as having seen the preincarnate glory of Christ, which was the very revelation of the Father (see John 1:18; John 14:9).sn Because he saw Christs glory. The glory which Isaiah saw in Isa 6:3 was the glory of Yahweh (typically rendered as “Lord” in the OT). Here John speaks of the prophet seeing the glory of Christ since in the next clause and spoke about him, “him” can hardly refer to Yahweh, but must refer to Christ. On the basis of statements like 1:14 in the prologue, the author probably put no great distinction between the two. Since the author presents Jesus as fully God (cf. John 1:1), it presents no problem to him to take words originally spoken by Isaiah of Yahweh himself and apply them to Jesus.
  51. John 12:42 sn The term rulers here denotes members of the Sanhedrin, the highest legal, legislative, and judicial body among the Jews. Note the same word (“ruler”) is used to describe Nicodemus in 3:1.
  52. John 12:42 sn See the note on Pharisees in 1:24.
  53. John 12:42 tn The words “Jesus to be the Christ” are not in the Greek text, but are implied (see 9:22). As is often the case in Greek, the direct object is omitted for the verb ὡμολόγουν (hōmologoun). Some translators supply an ambiguous “it,” or derive the implied direct object from the previous clause “believed in him” so that the rulers would not confess “their faith” or “their belief.” However, when one compares John 9:22, which has many verbal parallels to this verse, it seems clear that the content of the confession would have been “Jesus is the Christ (i.e., Messiah).”sn See the note on Christ in 1:20.
  54. John 12:42 tn Or “be expelled from.”
  55. John 12:42 sn Cf. John 9:22. See the note on synagogue in 6:59.
  56. John 12:43 tn Grk “the glory.”
  57. John 12:43 tn Grk “the glory.”
  58. John 12:44 tn Grk “shouted out and said.”
  59. John 12:44 sn The one who sent me refers to God the Father.
  60. John 12:45 sn Cf. John 1:18 and 14:9.
  61. John 12:47 tn Grk “And if anyone”; the conjunction καί (kai, “and”) has been left untranslated here for improved English style.
  62. John 12:47 tn Or “guard them,” “keep them.”
  63. John 12:47 sn Cf. John 3:17.
  64. John 12:48 tn Or “does not receive.”
  65. John 12:48 tn Grk “has one who judges him.”
  66. John 12:48 tn Or “message.”
  67. John 12:49 tn Grk “I have not spoken from myself.”
  68. John 12:49 tn Grk “has given me commandment.”
  69. John 12:50 tn Or “his commandment results in eternal life.”
  70. John 12:50 tn Grk “The things I speak, just as the Father has spoken to me, thus I speak.”
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Psalm 118:19-29

19 Open for me the gates of the just king’s temple.[a]
I will enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.
20 This is the Lord’s gate—
the godly enter through it.
21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me,
and have become my deliverer.
22 The stone that the builders discarded[b]
has become the cornerstone.[c]
23 This is the Lord’s work.
We consider it amazing![d]
24 This is the day the Lord has brought about.[e]
We will be happy and rejoice in it.
25 Please, Lord, deliver!
Please, Lord, grant us success![f]
26 May the one who comes in the name of the Lord[g] be blessed.
We will pronounce blessings on you[h] in the Lord’s temple.[i]
27 The Lord is God, and he has delivered us.[j]
Tie the offering[k] with ropes
to the horns of the altar.[l]
28 You are my[m] God, and I will give you thanks.
You are my God and I will praise you.
29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good
and his loyal love endures.[n]

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 118:19 tn Heb “the gates of justice.” The gates of the Lord’s temple are referred to here, as v. 20 makes clear. They are called “gates of justice” because they are the entrance to the just king’s palace. This has been specified in the translation for clarity.
  2. Psalm 118:22 tn Or “rejected.”
  3. Psalm 118:22 tn Heb “the head of the corner.”sn The metaphor of the stone…the builders discarded describes the way in which God’s deliverance reversed the psalmist’s circumstances. When he was in distress, he was like a stone which was discarded by builders as useless, but now that he has been vindicated by God, all can see that he is of special importance to God, like the cornerstone of the building.
  4. Psalm 118:23 tn Heb “it is amazing in our eyes.” The use of the plural pronoun here and in vv. 24-27 suggests that the psalmist may be speaking for the entire nation. However, it is more likely that vv. 22-27 are the people’s response to the psalmist’s thanksgiving song (see especially v. 26). They rejoice with him because his deliverance on the battlefield (see vv. 10-12) had national repercussions.
  5. Psalm 118:24 tn Heb “this is the day the Lord has made.” Though sometimes applied in a general way, this statement in its context refers to the day of deliverance which the psalmist and people celebrate.
  6. Psalm 118:25 sn A petition for deliverance and success seems odd in a psalm thanking God for deliverance, but it is not unique (see Ps 9:19-20). The people ask God to continue to intervene for them as he has for the psalmist.
  7. Psalm 118:26 sn The people refer here to the psalmist, who enters the Lord’s temple to thank him publicly (see vv. 19-21), as the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
  8. Psalm 118:26 tn The pronominal suffix is second masculine plural, but the final mem (ם) is probably dittographic (note the mem [מ] at the beginning of the following form) or enclitic, in which case the suffix may be taken as second masculine singular, referring to the psalmist.
  9. Psalm 118:26 tn Heb “from the house of the Lord.”
  10. Psalm 118:27 tn Heb “and he has given us light.” This may be an elliptical expression, with “his face” being implied as the object (see Num 6:25; Pss 31:16; 67:1; 80:3, 7, 19). In this case, “his face has given us light” = “he has smiled on us,” or “he has shown us his favor.” Another option (the one reflected in the translation) is that “light” here symbolizes divine blessing in the form of deliverance. “Light” is often used as a metaphor for deliverance and the life/blessings it brings. See Pss 37:6; 97:11; 112:4; Isa 49:6; 51:4; Mic 7:8. Some prefer to repoint the preterite form וַיָּאֶר (vayyaʾer, “he made light”) as a jussive וְיָאֵר (veyaʾer; “may he make light [for us]”).
  11. Psalm 118:27 tn The Hebrew noun חַג (khag) normally means “festival,” but here it apparently refers metonymically to an offering made at the festival. BDB 291 s.v. חַג 2 interprets the word in this way here, citing as comparable the use of later Hebrew חֲגִיגָה, which can refer to both a festival and a festival offering (see Jastrow 424 s.v. חֲגִיגָה).
  12. Psalm 118:27 tn The second half of v. 27 has been translated and interpreted in a variety of ways. For a survey of major views, see L. C. Allen, Psalms 101-150 (WBC), 122.
  13. Psalm 118:28 sn You are my God. The psalmist speaks again (see v. 21), responding to the words of the worshipers (vv. 22-27).
  14. Psalm 118:29 tn Or “is forever.”
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Proverbs 15:27-28

27 The one who is greedy for gain[a] troubles[b] his household,[c]
but whoever hates bribes[d] will live.
28 The heart[e] of the righteous considers[f] how[g] to answer,[h]
but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.[i]

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 15:27 tn Heb “the one who gains.” The phrase בּוֹצֵעַ בָּצַע (botseaʿ batsaʿ) is a participle followed by its cognate accusative. This refers to a person who is always making the big deal, getting the larger cut, or in a hurry to get rich. The verb, though, makes it clear that the gaining of a profit is by violence and usually unjust, since the root has the idea of “cut off; break off; gain by violence.” The line is contrasted with hating bribes, and so the gain in this line may be through bribery.
  2. Proverbs 15:27 sn The participle “troubles” (עֹכֵר, ʿokher) can have the connotation of making things difficult for the family, or completely ruining the family (cf. NAB). In Josh 7:1 Achan took some of the “banned things” and was put to death: Because he “troubled Israel,” the Lord would “trouble” him (take his life, Josh 7:25).
  3. Proverbs 15:27 tn Heb “his house.”
  4. Proverbs 15:27 tn Heb “gifts” (so KJV). Gifts can be harmless enough, but in a setting like this the idea is that the “gift” is in exchange for some “profit [or, gain].” Therefore they are bribes (cf. ASV, NAB, NASB, NIV, NRSV, NLT), and to be hated or rejected. Abram, for example, would not take anything that the king of Sodom had to offer, “lest [he] say, “I have made Abram rich” (Gen 14:22-24).
  5. Proverbs 15:28 tn Or “mind.” The term לֵב (lev) can refer to the “mind” or “heart” and represent a person’s thinking, feeling, or will.
  6. Proverbs 15:28 tn The verb יֶהְגֶּה (yehgeh) means “to muse; to meditate; to consider; to study.” It also involves planning, such as with the wicked “planning” a vain thing (Ps 2:1, which is contrasted with the righteous who “meditate” in the law [1:2]).
  7. Proverbs 15:28 tn The word “how” is supplied in the translation for stylistic reasons.
  8. Proverbs 15:28 tc The LXX reads: “the hearts of the righteous meditate faithfulness.”sn The advice of the proverb is to say less but better things. The wise—here called the righteous—are cautious in how they respond to others. They think about it (heart = mind) before speaking.
  9. Proverbs 15:28 sn The form is plural. What they say (the “mouth” is a metonymy of cause) is any range of harmful things.
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5/21/2022 DAB Transcript

1 Samuel 29:1-31:13, John 11:55-12:19, Psalm 118:1-18, Proverbs 15:24-26

Today is the 21st day of May, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and it is great to be here with you, as we bring to close another week together and do what we do every day, gather around the Global Campfire to take that next step forward and that next step leads us back into the book of first Samuel, that we have been navigating. And that’s pretty dramatic. Saul has well, he’s gone to a medium and conjured Samuel, who is informed him that he basically, has a day to live and that Israel is about to fall in battle to the Philistines. Meanwhile, David who was been running for his life from Saul has essentially defected to the Philistines, he’s kind of pretending to be a Philistine but he has been conscripted into the army and he is expected to fight with the Philistines, as a Philistine against Israel. And so, we have plenty of drama to go around. We’ve been reading from the Christian Standard Bible this week, which is what we do today. First Samuel 29, 30 and 31 and with today’s reading, we will conclude the book of first Samuel.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word and another day and another week. And as we bring the book of first Samuel to a close and prepare to move forward into second Samuel and so, as we move from Saul’s life and David’s life, we thank You for where we are, we thank You for all that we’ve learned about character and integrity and all that we have learned and observed about the fear of man. Holy Spirit, come into all that we’ve read this week. Call it back into our minds and plant it deep in our hearts as we continue to navigate forward so, that we can recall what we have learned and put it into practice. We thank You for Your word, we thank You for the gift that it is. We love You and we worship You and we pray these things in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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Prayer and Encouragements:

Hey everyone, this is Gabe Fee 50 and I’m just calling to pray over Justin, who called in on May 12th, about just having fear and anxiety in his job and brother, I’m in the same boat as you are. I’ve been at my job for about two years now and the beginning stress of it I would have panic attacks in my car each and every day before every shift. And it was really rough. And it’s, this job still gives me fear, I don’t have as many panic attacks but it’s really forced me to just lean on the Lord and trust in Him and trust in His grace and His power, each and every day. And so, I just wanna pray that for you as well, Justin, that you may trust in the Lord with this job. That you are in His hands and if it’s in His will be at this job just be in this season in your life then may He bless you with His mercy and His grace and comfort. And may He provide you with what you need to get through this job. And if it’s His will for you to not work there, then I just pray He may bless with you with clarity and open eyes and ears to see any other opportunities or doors that may open up for you. I hear you man, I know where you’re coming from and it’s tough, it’s hard. But just trust in the Lord and I just pray that He may bless you with all these things and thanks for the call. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Hi Daily Audio Bible family, I sure love and appreciate you all. And this is Rosie, I’m calling from Northern British Columbia. Just listened to Kelly’s prayer request, Kelly from South Carolina. Kelly, I work in the school system too and this has been a year, like no year. I’m just sorry for all you’re going through. And I just wanted to pray for you. So, Lord, I just lift up my sister Kelly to you, I thank you for her heart of love for her family and Lord, for the job that she does. Lord, we just agree that she’s blessed in what she does. Lord, I thank You that in her, feelings of overwhelming and feelings of weakness Lord. We lift her up to find her strength. She finds her perfect strength in her weakness. And Lord, I just bless Kelly with peace in her heart. I bless her with the mind of Christ, whether it be the beautiful thing to think of, the mind of Christ, wow. Clear thinking, peaceful thinking, organizational thinking, just thoughts full of love, thoughts full of trust. So, I just thank you for Kelly and give her the strength to finish out the year well. We just pray Lord, together, we agree Lord, that everything is gonna come into line for Kelly and her family. Your love for her is just gonna bless her and provide for her all that she needs. In your glorious victory in Jesus, thank you, thank you Lord. In Jesus name.

Good morning, Daily Audio Bible community. I don’t have a handle so I’m just gonna go with MC from Fullertin. And I am calling in for prayer requests for, to pray over my anxiety, my work-related anxiety. I want to get a new job and a new career. I’m an older person and I’m in a current job that doesn’t seem suited for my personality type and my skills. And the skills I do have aren’t appreciated and recognized in this job. And lately I have had miscommunication with my boss and she sees me as someone that is a hindrance, I feel. And the communication I was having with her wasn’t against her, it was a barrier that I was experiencing. And I, I don’t under-, I think this a deeper indication of something more prevalent. I need to get a new job basically, and I have a lot of fear around that, I haven’t looked for a job in 15 years. I’m a widow. And I’ve held onto this job so that I could take care of my husband but now that he’s passed, I wanna start anew. I’m just, I’m afraid of change. I just want to do what God wants me to do and I just don’t know what that is anymore. And so, please pray for me.

This is Saved by Grace from California and this prayer is for Kelly from South Carolina. Kelly, I just want to lift you up in prayer. I too am a nurse and I’m a mother of 4 daughters. And I know the struggles that can come as being a parent of daughters and I just want you to know that God is with you. He has never left you; He will never leave you, nor forsake you. And the enemy wants you to think that you are in this all alone but you are not. My prayer for you, is that you would not grow weary in well doing, that through these challenges that God is placing before you, that you show to all the image of Christ that lives and dwells within you. Father God, I just lift up my sister to you, Lord. I plea the blood of Jesus over her and her circumstances. I pray Father that You give her favor in the eyes of everyone that walks through her pathway. I pray for relationships to be healed, restored and renewed between her and her daughters. I pray You give her wisdom and discernment as she speaks those…those words to her children. I pray for financial blessings to be poured upon her, Father God. Open the storehouses of heaven and pour upon her such a blessing, Father, that she will not have room to even hold it. I thank You, Father, that You hear us, that You love us and that You would never leave us, nor for sake us. These things, I pray in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday May 21, 2022 (NIV)

1 Samuel 29-31

Philistines Reject David

29 The Philistines(A) brought all their military units together at Aphek(B) while Israel was camped by the spring in Jezreel.(C) As the Philistine leaders were passing in review with their units of hundreds and thousands, David and his men(D) were passing in review behind them with Achish. Then the Philistine commanders asked, “What are these Hebrews doing here?”

Achish answered the Philistine commanders, “That is David, servant of King Saul of Israel. He has been with me a considerable period of time.[a] From the day he defected until today, I’ve found no fault with him.”(E)

The Philistine commanders, however, were enraged with Achish and told him, “Send that man back and let him return to the place you assigned him.(F) He must not go down with us into battle only to become our adversary during the battle.(G) What better way could he ingratiate himself with his master than with the heads of our men? Isn’t this the David they sing about during their dances:

Saul has killed his thousands,
but David his tens of thousands?” (H)

So Achish summoned David and told him, “As the Lord lives, you are an honorable man. I think it is good[b] to have you fighting[c] in this unit with me, because I have found no fault in you from the day you came to me until today.(I) But the leaders don’t think you are reliable. Now go back quietly and you won’t be doing anything the Philistine leaders think is wrong.”

“But what have I done?” (J) David replied to Achish. “From the first day I entered your service until today, what have you found against your servant to keep me from going to fight against the enemies of my lord the king?”

Achish answered David, “I’m convinced that you are as reliable as an angel of God.(K) But the Philistine commanders have said, ‘He must not go into battle with us.’(L) 10 So get up early in the morning, you and your masters’ servants who came with you.[d](M) When you’ve all gotten up early, go as soon as it’s light.” 11 So David and his men got up early in the morning to return to the land of the Philistines. And the Philistines went up to Jezreel.

David’s Defeat of the Amalekites

30 David and his men(N) arrived in Ziklag(O) on the third day. The Amalekites(P) had raided the Negev and attacked and burned Ziklag. They also had kidnapped the women and everyone[e] in it from youngest to oldest. They had killed no one but had carried them off(Q) as they went on their way.

When David and his men arrived at the town, they found it burned. Their wives, sons, and daughters had been kidnapped. David and the troops with him wept loudly until they had no strength left to weep. David’s two wives,(R) Ahinoam the Jezreelite and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite, had also been kidnapped. David was in an extremely difficult position because the troops talked about stoning him,(S) for they were all very bitter over the loss of their sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God.(T)

David said to the priest Abiathar son of Ahimelech, “Bring me the ephod.”(U) So Abiathar brought it to him, and David asked the Lord,(V) “Should I pursue these raiders? Will I overtake them?” (W)

The Lord replied to him, “Pursue them, for you will certainly overtake them and rescue the people.”(X)

So David and the six hundred men with him(Y) went. They came to the Wadi Besor, where some stayed behind.(Z) 10 David and four hundred of the men continued the pursuit, while two hundred stopped because they were too exhausted to cross the Wadi Besor.

11 David’s men found an Egyptian in the open country and brought him to David. They gave him some bread to eat and water to drink. 12 Then they gave him some pressed figs and two clusters of raisins. After he ate he revived,(AA) for he hadn’t eaten food or drunk water for three days and three nights.

13 Then David said to him, “Who do you belong to? Where are you from?”

“I’m an Egyptian, the slave of an Amalekite man,” he said. “My master abandoned me when I got sick three days ago. 14 We raided the south country of the Cherethites,(AB) the territory of Judah, and the south country of Caleb,(AC) and we burned Ziklag.”(AD)

15 David then asked him, “Will you lead me to these raiders?”

He said, “Swear to me by God that you won’t kill me or turn me over to my master, and I will lead you to them.”

16 So he led him, and there were the Amalekites, spread out over the entire area, eating, drinking, and celebrating because of the great amount of plunder(AE) they had taken from the land of the Philistines and the land of Judah. 17 David slaughtered them from twilight until the evening of the next day.(AF) None of them escaped, except four hundred young men who got on camels and fled.(AG)

18 David recovered everything the Amalekites had taken; he also rescued his two wives. 19 Nothing of theirs was missing from the youngest to the oldest, including the sons and daughters, and all the plunder the Amalekites had taken. David got everything back.(AH) 20 He took all the flocks and herds, which were driven ahead of the other livestock, and the people shouted, “This is David’s plunder!” (AI)

21 When David came to the two hundred men who had been too exhausted to go with him and had been left at the Wadi Besor,(AJ) they came out to meet him and to meet the troops with him. When David approached the men, he greeted them, 22 but all the corrupt and worthless men among those who had gone with David argued, “Because they didn’t go with us, we will not give any of the plunder we recovered to them except for each man’s wife and children. They may take them and go.”

23 But David said, “My brothers, you must not do this with what the Lord has given us. He protected us and handed over to us the raiders who came against us. 24 Who can agree to your proposal? The share of the one who goes into battle is to be the same as the share of the one who remains with the supplies. They will share equally.”(AK) 25 And it has been so from that day forward. David established this policy[f] as a law and an ordinance for Israel and it still continues today.

26 When David came to Ziklag, he sent some of the plunder to his friends, the elders of Judah, saying, “Here is a gift for you(AL) from the plunder of the Lord’s enemies.”(AM) 27 He sent gifts[g] to those in Bethel,(AN) in Ramoth of the Negev,(AO) and in Jattir;(AP) 28 to those in Aroer,(AQ) in Siphmoth,(AR) and in Eshtemoa;(AS) 29 to those in Racal, in the towns of the Jerahmeelites,(AT) and in the towns of the Kenites;(AU) 30 to those in Hormah,(AV) in Bor-ashan,(AW) and in Athach; 31 to those in Hebron,(AX) and to those in all the places where David and his men had roamed.(AY)

The Death of Saul and His Sons

31 The Philistines fought against Israel,(AZ) and Israel’s men fled from them and were killed on Mount Gilboa.(BA) The Philistines pursued Saul and his sons and killed his sons, Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malchishua. When the battle intensified against Saul,(BB) the archers found him and severely wounded him.[h] Then Saul said to his armor-bearer,(BC) “Draw your sword and run me through with it, or these uncircumcised men(BD) will come and run me through and torture me!” But his armor-bearer would not do it because he was terrified. Then Saul took his sword and fell on it.(BE) When his armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he also fell on his own sword and died with him. So on that day, Saul died together with his three sons, his armor-bearer, and all his men.

When the men of Israel on the other side of the valley and on the other side of the Jordan saw that Israel’s men had fled and that Saul and his sons were dead, they abandoned the cities and fled. So the Philistines came and settled in them.

The next day when the Philistines came to strip the slain, they found Saul and his three sons dead on Mount Gilboa. They cut off Saul’s head, stripped off his armor, and sent messengers throughout the land of the Philistines to spread the good news(BF) in the temples of their idols(BG) and among the people. 10 Then they put his armor in the temple of the Ashtoreths(BH) and hung his body(BI) on the wall of Beth-shan.(BJ)

11 When the residents of Jabesh-gilead(BK) heard what the Philistines had done to Saul, 12 all their brave men(BL) set out, journeyed all night, and retrieved the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Beth-shan. When they arrived at Jabesh, they burned the bodies there.(BM) 13 Afterward, they took their bones and buried them under the tamarisk tree(BN) in Jabesh(BO) and fasted seven days.

Footnotes:

  1. 29:3 Hb obscure
  2. 29:6 Lit It was good in my eyes
  3. 29:6 Lit you going out and coming in
  4. 29:10 LXX adds and go to the place I appointed you to. Don’t take this evil matter to heart, for you are good before me.
  5. 30:2 LXX; MT omits and everyone
  6. 30:25 this policy supplied for clarity
  7. 30:27 He sent gifts supplied for clarity
  8. 31:3 LXX reads and he was wounded under the ribs
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John 11:55-12:19

55 Now the Jewish Passover(A) was near, and many went up to Jerusalem(B) from the country to purify themselves before the Passover. 56 They were looking for Jesus and asking one another as they stood in the temple,(C) “What do you think? He won’t come to the festival,(D) will he?” 57 The chief priests(E) and the Pharisees had given orders that if anyone knew where he was, he should report it so that they could arrest him.

The Anointing at Bethany

12 Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany(F) where Lazarus[a] was, the one Jesus had raised from the dead.(G) So(H) they gave a dinner for him there; Martha(I) was serving them, and Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with him. Then Mary took a pound of perfume, pure and expensive nard, anointed Jesus’s feet, and wiped his feet with her hair.(J) So the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

Then one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot(K) (who was about to betray him), said, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold for three hundred denarii[b](L) and given to the poor?” He didn’t say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief.(M) He was in charge of the money-bag and would steal part of what was put in it.

Jesus answered, “Leave her alone; she has kept it for the day of my burial.(N) For you always have the poor with you,(O) but you do not always have me.”

The Decision to Kill Lazarus

Then a large crowd of the Jews learned he was there. They came not only because of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, the one he had raised from the dead.(P) 10 But the chief priests had decided to kill Lazarus also, 11 because he was the reason many of the Jews were deserting them[c] and believing in Jesus.

The Triumphal Entry

12 The(Q) next day, when the large crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13 they took palm branches(R) and went out to meet him. They kept shouting:

“Hosanna!(S)
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord[d](T) —the King of Israel!” (U)

14 Jesus found a young donkey(V) and sat on it, just as it is written:

15 Do not be afraid,(W)
Daughter Zion. Look, your King is coming,
sitting on a donkey’s colt.[e](X)

16 His disciples did not understand these things at first. However, when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him(Y) and that they had done these things to him.

17 Meanwhile, the crowd, which had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb(Z) and raised him from the dead, continued to testify.[f] 18 This is also why the crowd met him, because they heard he had done this sign. 19 Then the Pharisees said to one another, “You see? You’ve accomplished nothing. Look, the world has gone after him!” (AA)

Footnotes:

  1. 12:1 Other mss read Lazarus who died
  2. 12:5 A denarius = one day’s wage
  3. 12:11 Lit going away
  4. 12:13 Ps 118:25–26
  5. 12:15 Zch 9:9
  6. 12:17 Other mss read Meanwhile the crowd, which had been with him, continued to testify that he had called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead.
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Psalm 118:1-18

Psalm 118

Thanksgiving for Victory

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his faithful love endures forever.(A)
Let Israel say,
“His faithful love endures forever.”(B)
Let the house of Aaron say,
“His faithful love endures forever.”(C)
Let those who fear the Lord say,
“His faithful love endures forever.”(D)

I called to the Lord in distress;(E)
the Lord answered me
and put me in a spacious place.[a](F)
The Lord is for me; I will not be afraid.
What can a mere mortal do to me?(G)
The Lord is my helper;
therefore, I will look in triumph on those who hate me.(H)

It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in humanity.(I)
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in nobles.(J)

10 All the nations surrounded me;
in the name of the Lord I destroyed them.(K)
11 They surrounded me, yes, they surrounded me;
in the name of the Lord I destroyed them.(L)
12 They surrounded me like bees;(M)
they were extinguished like a fire among thorns;
in the name of the Lord I destroyed them.(N)
13 They[b] pushed me hard to make me fall,
but the Lord helped me.(O)
14 The Lord is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.(P)

15 There are shouts of joy and victory
in the tents of the righteous:
“The Lord’s right hand performs valiantly!(Q)
16 The Lord’s right hand is raised.
The Lord’s right hand performs valiantly!” (R)
17 I will not die, but I will live
and proclaim what the Lord has done.(S)
18 The Lord disciplined me severely
but did not give me over to death.(T)

Footnotes:

  1. 118:5 Or answered me with freedom
  2. 118:13 Lit You
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Proverbs 15:24-26

24 For the prudent the path of life leads upward,
so that he may avoid going down to Sheol.

25 The Lord tears apart the house of the proud,
but he protects the widow’s territory.(A)

26 The Lord detests the plans of the one who is evil,
but pleasant words are pure.(B)

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05/20/2020 DAB Transcript

1 Samuel 26:1-28:25, John 11:1-54, Psalms 117:1-2, Proverbs 15:22-23

Today is the 20th day of May welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian and it is awesome to be here with you today as we gather in the place that we gather, around the Global Campfire. And we come here to do what we do every day, take the next step forward together. And that next step forward for a while now has led us back into the book of first Samuel, which is what we will continue to do today. In yesterday’s reading David spared King Saul’s life because King Saul had come to use the bathroom in a cave that David was hiding in but he spared his life and the king went back in repentance. And, so, let’s see how that plays out. First Samuel chapters 26, 27 and 28 today.

Commentary:

Okay. So, in the Gospel of John, we have the story of the raising of Lazarus today, a very very famous story and the life of Jesus and a really interesting if not peculiar your story until we take a closer look. So, let's…let’s start at the end so…because we…we just read this. So, we know Lazarus rises from the dead after he had been in the tomb for four days but let’s start looking at this after that. So, people from the village and people from the nearby towns and villages are there in the village and they see this happen and according to the gospel of John, many believe in him, as you can imagine. Like if you’re standing there at the tomb and a dead person rises to life you’re probably going to consider something or another, if not outright believe that God has sent this person, at a minimum, and that maybe this is the Messiah, maybe this is God incarnate. But not everybody who saw it believed. Some went back and reported to the Pharisees in Jerusalem what was going on, which caused a counsel to come together where ultimately, they decide that Jesus must die. So, in response to God raising a fellow Hebrew from the dead He must die, because if he doesn’t stop all these signs, then everybody’s going to believe in him and that’s going to destroy life as they know it. Their tenuous relationship with the Romans will be undone and the Romans will squash the Hebrews and outlaw the Hebrew culture, which is exactly the opposite of what they are trying to hold together. Now let’s go back into the story. We know from the Gospels that that Martha and Mary and Lazarus are friends of Jesus and that He sees them and spends time with them. And, so, when Mary and Martha send word to Jesus that their friend Lazarus is sick it takes a minute for that word to get to Jesus because they couldn’t pick up the phone. Like, there were no cell towers around to text anybody anything or post anything to social media, so they had to send word. And Jesus wasn’t exactly nearby, because we already know that the Jewish elite, the religious leaders are plotting to kill Jesus. And we’ve watched Jesus get into skirmishes where people are trying to stone him and it’s happening on a regular basis at this point. And, so, Jesus now has to withdraw away from the Jewish people, away from His own people because there’s all kinds of stuff brewing and He’s not safe to just move around anymore. And, so, word gets to Jesus where He is and He tells His disciples that Lazarus is sick. And they don’t want to leave. Like, you can tell right in the Gospel of John like they’re not excited to go back to Judea. They’re not excited to get back around the Jewish people who want to kill them, but eventually Jesus tells them, let’s go back to Judea again. And they said, and I quote from the Gospel of John, “Rabbi just now the Jews tried to stone You and You’re going there again?” And, so, we get a glimpse into what the holdup is. But ultimately, Jesus tells them he’s going to wake Lazarus up. And they’re like, well if he’s asleep he’s gonna get better and he tells him Lazarus is dead and I’m going back. And, so, one of His disciples, Thomas says, let’s go to that we may die with him, right? So, we can see that they knew and felt they were in danger because people were plotting to kill them. And, so, we can see before and after this event, the raising of Lazarus, people wanted to kill them. But Jesus returns. And by the way, Bethany, where this happens is on the Mount of Olives. It is literally just a couple of miles from Jerusalem. Would’ve been just a couple of miles away from the temple. So, it’s not as if Jesus was visiting some far-flung backwater village where Lazarus lived but He didn’t want to go there because the Jews wanted to kill him. He was going right back into the thick of it. And then the story turns quite personal because He’s on the path walking back to Bethany. Word moves ahead of Him that the Teacher is coming into the village. Martha jumps up and runs to find Him and she sees Him, and she falls down before Him and the words that fall from her lips are so human, so identifiable, so like us. “Jesus, if you had just been here, He wouldn’t have died.” Oh…now were in the story because that’s all of us. How many hundreds if not thousands of times have, we not had that sentiment if not those exact words? If You had just shown up. If You had just been here that wouldn’t have happened. If you would have just been here this wouldn’t be happening to me. And Jesus talks to her about Lazarus rising. And she’s like she knows he’s gonna rise at the last day. And Jesus is speaking to her about believing, believing Him back. In fact, He says, “I am the resurrection and the life, the one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live.” And it’s as if Martha doesn't…it’s just not quite registering. She’s like, yup…yes Lord, I believe you’re the Messiah. And then after this scene we see Martha going back to her sister Mary and saying that the Teacher’s looking for you. And, so, Mary comes and she runs out to Jesus, and she does the same thing. “If you had just been here, this wouldn’t have happened.” And, so, Jesus is standing there and there are villagers…villagers around and there’s Mary and Martha and they’re weeping bitter tears of suffering and loss and the people around are crying and it is just such a rich human moment of loss, and it’s in that moment that we have the shortest verse in the Bible, “Jesus wept.” Jesus, wept along with them. Which is interesting because He wept along with them even though He knew what was going to happen in like a few minutes. And He asked where Lazarus was laid and they lead Him to the tomb and then He asks for the stone to be rolled away from the tomb, which is like a precursor to the resurrection of Jesus Himself. But He’s asking them…for them to roll away the stone. And Martha comes and she’s like, he…stinks though. Like, Jesus he’s been in there like four days. So, if we roll away the stone he stinks. And the Gospel of John tells us Jesus, sort of state of mind. He was deeply moved in His spirit and troubled. And again, it’s like, what is that all about? He knows what’s about to happen. Even going back to the original Greek here we find that anger is a part of what Jesus is feeling. What is He mad about? What is He troubled over? We get glimpses when He asks for the stone to be rolled away and Martha comes to tell Him that her brother is dead and decaying. And then Jesus says, and I quote, “didn’t I tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” And, so, maybe that’s part of what’s troubling Jesus. Just didn’t have to be that way, all of the tears and suffering and loss, all of the grief and pain, all of the injustice, all of the ways of mankind. It was never supposed to be like that. And it didn’t have to be that way if they would just believe. He had been on earth moving around the countryside, revealing the kingdom of heaven, healing the brokenhearted, setting the captive free, restoring sight to the blind, opening up deaf ears and speaking of the kingdom, revealing that there is another way to do this human thing, a better way, a way that it was intended to be. All you have to do is believe. And in response so many are conspiring to kill him. And now He is among His friends, saying believe, just believe. So, they roll away the stone and Jesus calls Lazarus forth. And Lazarus appears in the entrance to the cave and the shock and awe of that moment must have been iconic to say the least. In response to Lazarus appearing in the open…opening of the grave alive and still bound up in his grave clothes…well I quote from John, “many of the Jews who came to Mary and saw what he did believed in Him, but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.” So, in the face of this we look at Jesus and we who believe, we believe in Jesus, but we look at this scene and go, what else would the Lord have needed to do? Like he had shown and revealed what the power of the kingdom was, to heal what is broken and restore what has been taken and lost. He has told them that the way that they’re living is backward to the way that we were intended and created to live, that there was a better way, a better way, a way we were made. And some believed and others plotted to kill him. So, when you hear this story do you believe? Do you believe? Do you believe it? Because this story encapsulates our own story and the story of our faith. That which has died can live, even though it has died. So, think about it. Like, let’s bring this really near to ourselves. What has died in you? What has died in you because it was beaten to death by life, or it was broken by betrayal or you gave your heart and it didn’t work out and so you lost your heart? Here’s where it gets really personal. Could what has died in you live again even though it has died? What if we began to hear the echoes of Jesus, “and I tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” The thing is, like our faith doesn’t work without resurrection in it. If Jesus died on a cross and did not rise…I mean, that was the linchpin, that was the thing that completely transformed the apostle, Paul. And we have not gotten into Paul’s letters yet. We will. But Paul or Saul was a Pharisee. He would’ve been in on this kind of conversation if they happened at the same time. Like, he would’ve been there saying, this guy has to die because Paul was persecuting the people who believed until he met the resurrected Christ, which changed everything. The story of our faith is from death to life. What has died can live even though it has a died. And, so, let’s give some thought to the things that have died within us and truly consider, do we believe that even we are moving from death to life?

Song:

Lazarus – Sanctus Real

Lord I was dead, buried deep
These weary bones were fast asleep
I heard Your voice calling me
This heart of stone began to beat

Up from my past
Up from the grave
I’ll never be the same
Oh I’ll never be the same

My testimony
From death to life
You fill me up with holy fire
My testimony
Out of the dust
You raise me up like Lazarus
Like Lazarus

You lift my head, open my eyes
It’s like seeing for the first time
Into my lungs You breathe new life
You say my name, I come alive

Up from my past
Up from the grave
I’ll never be the same
Oh I’ll never be the same

My testimony
From death to life
You fill me up with holy fire
My testimony
Out of the dust
You raise me up like Lazarus
Like Lazarus

New heart
New soul
New eyes
I’ve been resurrected
New start
New bones
New life

I’ve been resurrected
I’ve been resurrected
I’ve been resurrected

My testimony
From death to life
You fill me up with holy fire
My testimony
Out of the dust
You raise me up like Lazarus
Like Lazarus

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday May 20, 2022 (NIV)

1 Samuel 26-28

David Again Spares Saul

26 Then the Ziphites came to Saul at Gibeah saying, “David is hiding on the hill of Hachilah opposite Jeshimon.”(A) So Saul, accompanied by three thousand of the fit young men of Israel,(B) went immediately to the Wilderness of Ziph to search for David there. Saul camped beside the road at the hill of Hachilah(C) opposite Jeshimon. David was living in the wilderness and discovered Saul had come there after him.(D) So David sent out spies and knew for certain that Saul had come. Immediately, David went to the place where Saul had camped. He saw the place where Saul and Abner son of Ner,(E) the commander of his army, were lying down. Saul was lying inside the inner circle of the camp with the troops camped around him. Then David asked Ahimelech the Hethite(F) and Joab’s brother Abishai(G) son of Zeruiah, “Who will go with me into the camp(H) to Saul?”

“I’ll go with you,” answered Abishai.

That night, David and Abishai came to the troops, and Saul was lying there asleep in the inner circle of the camp with his spear stuck in the ground by his head. Abner and the troops were lying around him. Then Abishai said to David, “Today God has delivered your enemy to you. Let me thrust the spear through him into the ground just once. I won’t have to strike him twice!”

But David said to Abishai, “Don’t destroy him, for who can lift a hand against the Lord’s anointed and be innocent?” (I) 10 David added, “As the Lord lives, the Lord will certainly strike him down:(J) either his day will come and he will die, or he will go into battle and perish. 11 However, as the Lord is my witness, I will never lift my hand against the Lord’s anointed.(K) Instead, take the spear and the water jug by his head, and let’s go.”

12 So David took the spear and the water jug by Saul’s head, and they went their way. No one saw them, no one knew, and no one woke up; they all remained asleep because a deep sleep from the Lord(L) came over them. 13 David crossed to the other side and stood on top of the mountain at a distance; there was a considerable space between them. 14 Then David shouted to the troops and to Abner son of Ner, “Aren’t you going to answer, Abner?”

“Who are you who calls to the king?” Abner asked.

15 David called to Abner, “You’re a man, aren’t you? Who in Israel is your equal? So why didn’t you protect your lord the king when one of the people came to destroy him? 16 What you have done is not good. As the Lord lives, all of you deserve to die[a] since you didn’t protect your lord, the Lord’s anointed.(M) Now look around; where are the king’s spear and water jug that were by his head?”

17 Saul recognized David’s voice and asked, “Is that your voice, my son David?” (N)

“It is my voice, my lord and king,” David said. 18 Then he continued, “Why is my lord pursuing his servant? What have I done? What crime have I committed?(O) 19 Now, may my lord the king please hear the words of his servant: If it is the Lord who has incited you against me,(P) then may he accept an offering.(Q) But if it is people,(R) may they be cursed in the presence of the Lord, for today they have banished me from sharing in the inheritance of the Lord, saying,(S) ‘Go and worship other gods.’ 20 So don’t let my blood fall to the ground far from the Lord’s presence, for the king of Israel has come out to search for a single flea,(T) like one who pursues a partridge in the mountains.”

21 Saul responded, “I have sinned.(U) Come back, my son David, I will never harm you again because today you considered my life precious. I have been a fool! I’ve committed a grave error.”

22 David answered, “Here is the king’s spear; have one of the young men come over and get it. 23 The Lord will repay every man for his righteousness(V) and his loyalty. I wasn’t willing to lift my hand against the Lord’s anointed, even though the Lord handed you over to me today.(W) 24 Just as I considered your life valuable today, so may the Lord consider my life valuable(X) and rescue me from all trouble.”(Y)

25 Saul said to him, “You are blessed, my son David. You will certainly do great things and will also prevail.”(Z) Then David went on his way, and Saul returned home.(AA)

David Flees to Ziklag

27 David said to himself, “One of these days I’ll be swept away by Saul. There is nothing better for me than to escape immediately to the land of the Philistines.(AB) Then Saul will give up searching for me everywhere in Israel, and I’ll escape from him.” So David set out with his six hundred men(AC) and went over to Achish son of Maoch,(AD) the king of Gath. David and his men stayed with Achish in Gath. Each man had his family with him,(AE) and David had his two wives: Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail of Carmel,(AF) Nabal’s widow. When it was reported to Saul that David had fled to Gath, he no longer searched for him.

Now David said to Achish, “If I have found favor with you, let me be given a place in one of the outlying towns, so I can live there. Why should your servant live in the royal city with you?” That day Achish gave Ziklag(AG) to him, and it still belongs to the kings of Judah today. The length of time that David stayed in Philistine territory amounted to a year and four months.(AH)

David and his men went up and raided the Geshurites,(AI) the Girzites,[b] and the Amalekites.(AJ) From ancient times they had been the inhabitants of the region through Shur(AK) as far as the land of Egypt. Whenever David attacked the land, he did not leave a single person alive, either man or woman, but he took flocks, herds, donkeys, camels, and clothing.(AL) Then he came back to Achish, 10 who inquired, “Where did you raid today?” [c](AM)

David replied, “The south country of Judah,” “The south country of the Jerahmeelites,”(AN) or “The south country of the Kenites.”(AO)

11 David did not let a man or woman live to be brought to Gath, for he said, “Or they will inform on us and say, ‘This is what David did.’” This was David’s custom during the whole time he stayed in the Philistine territory. 12 So Achish trusted David, thinking, “Since he has made himself repulsive to his people Israel, he will be my servant forever.”

Saul and the Medium

28 At that time, the Philistines(AP) gathered their military units into one army to fight against Israel. So Achish said to David, “You know, of course, that you and your men must march out in the army[d] with me.”

David replied to Achish, “Good, you will find out what your servant can do.”

So Achish said to David, “Very well, I will appoint you as my permanent bodyguard.”(AQ)

By this time Samuel had died,(AR) all Israel had mourned for him and buried him in Ramah, his city,(AS) and Saul had removed the mediums and spiritists from the land.(AT) The Philistines gathered and camped at Shunem. So Saul gathered all Israel, and they camped at Gilboa. When Saul saw the Philistine camp, he was afraid and his heart pounded. He inquired of the Lord, but the Lord did not answer him in dreams or by the Urim or by the prophets.(AU) Saul then said to his servants, “Find me a woman who is a medium, so I can go and consult her.”

His servants replied, “There is a woman at En-dor(AV) who is a medium.”(AW)

Saul disguised himself(AX) by putting on different clothes and set out with two of his men. They came to the woman at night, and Saul said, “Consult a spirit for me.(AY) Bring up for me the one I tell you.”(AZ)

But the woman said to him, “You surely know what Saul has done,(BA) how he has cut off the mediums and spiritists from the land. Why are you setting a trap for me to get me killed?”

10 Then Saul swore to her by the Lord: “As surely as the Lord lives, no punishment will come to you[e] from this.”

11 “Who is it that you want me to bring up for you?” the woman asked.

“Bring up Samuel for me,” he answered.

12 When the woman saw Samuel, she screamed, and then she asked Saul, “Why did you deceive me? You are Saul!”

13 But the king said to her, “Don’t be afraid. What do you see?”

“I see a spirit form[f] coming up out of the earth,” the woman answered.

14 Then Saul asked her, “What does he look like?”

“An old man is coming up,” she replied. “He’s wearing a robe.”(BB) Then Saul knew that it was Samuel, and he knelt low with his face to the ground and paid homage.(BC)

15 “Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?” Samuel asked Saul.

“I’m in serious trouble,” replied Saul. “The Philistines are fighting against me and God has turned away from me.(BD) He doesn’t answer me anymore,(BE) either through the prophets or in dreams. So I’ve called on you to tell me what I should do.”

16 Samuel answered, “Since the Lord has turned away from you and has become your enemy, why are you asking me? 17 The Lord has done[g] exactly what he said through me: The Lord has torn the kingship out of your hand and given it to your neighbor David.(BF) 18 You did not obey the Lord and did not carry out his burning anger against Amalek;(BG) therefore the Lord has done this to you today. 19 The Lord will also hand Israel over to the Philistines along with you. Tomorrow you and your sons will be with me,[h](BH) and the Lord will hand Israel’s army over to the Philistines.”

20 Immediately, Saul fell flat on the ground. He was terrified by Samuel’s words and was also weak because he had not eaten anything all day and all night. 21 The woman came over to Saul, and she saw that he was terrified and said to him, “Look, your servant has obeyed you. I took my life in my hands(BI) and did what you told me to do. 22 Now please listen to your servant. Let me set some food in front of you. Eat and it will give you strength so you can go on your way.”

23 He refused, saying, “I won’t eat,” but when his servants and the woman urged him, he listened to them.(BJ) He got up off the ground and sat on the bed.(BK)

24 The woman had a fattened calf at her house, and she quickly slaughtered it.(BL) She also took flour, kneaded it, and baked unleavened bread. 25 She served it to Saul and his servants, and they ate. Afterward, they got up and left that night.

Footnotes:

  1. 26:16 Lit you are sons of death
  2. 27:8 Alt Hb tradition reads Gezerites
  3. 27:10 Some Hb mss, Syr, Tg; LXX, Vg, DSS read “Against whom did you raid today?”
  4. 28:1 DSS, LXX read battle
  5. 28:10 Or lives, you will not incur guilt
  6. 28:13 Or a god, or a divine being
  7. 28:17 Some Hb, some LXX mss, Vg read done to you
  8. 28:19 LXX reads sons will fall
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John 11:1-54

Lazarus Dies at Bethany

11 Now a man was sick, Lazarus from Bethany,(A) the village of Mary and her sister Martha.(B) Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair,(C) and it was her brother Lazarus who was sick. So the sisters sent a message to him: “Lord, the one you love is sick.”

When Jesus heard it, he said, “This sickness will not end in death but is for the glory of God,(D) so that the Son of God(E) may be glorified through it.” Now Jesus loved Martha, her sister, and Lazarus. So when he heard that he was sick, he stayed two more days in the place where he was. Then after that, he said to the disciples, “Let’s go to Judea(F) again.”

“Rabbi,”(G) the disciples told him, “just now the Jews tried to stone you,(H) and you’re going there again?”

“Aren’t there twelve hours in a day?” Jesus answered. “If anyone walks during the day, he doesn’t stumble, because he sees the light of this world.(I) 10 But if anyone walks during the night,(J) he does stumble, because the light is not in him.”

11 He said this, and then he told them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep,(K) but I’m on my way to wake him up.”

12 Then the disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will get well.”

13 Jesus, however, was speaking about his death, but they thought he was speaking about natural sleep. 14 So Jesus then told them plainly, “Lazarus has died. 15 I’m glad for you that I wasn’t there so that you may believe. But let’s go to him.”

16 Then Thomas(L) (called “Twin”[a]) said to his fellow disciples, “Let’s go too so that we may die with him.”

The Resurrection and the Life

17 When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb(M) four days. 18 Bethany was near Jerusalem(N) (less than two miles[b] away). 19 Many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother.

20 As soon as Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him, but Mary remained seated in the house. 21 Then Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother wouldn’t have died. 22 Yet even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.”

23 “Your brother will rise(O) again,” Jesus told her.

24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”(P)

25 Jesus said to her, “I am(Q) the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me,(R) even if he dies, will live.(S) 26 Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.(T) Do you believe this?”

27 “Yes, Lord,” she told him, “I believe you are the Messiah,(U) the Son(V) of God, who comes into the world.”(W)

Jesus Shares the Sorrow of Death

28 Having said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, saying in private, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.”

29 As soon as Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him.(X) 30 Jesus had not yet come into the village but was still in the place where Martha had met him. 31 The Jews who were with her in the house consoling her saw that Mary got up quickly and went out. They followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb(Y) to cry there.

32 As soon as Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet(Z) and told him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother wouldn’t have died!”

33 When Jesus saw her crying, and the Jews who had come with her crying, he was deeply moved[c] in his spirit(AA) and troubled. 34 “Where have you put him?” he asked.

“Lord,” they told him, “come and see.”

35 Jesus wept.(AB)

36 So the Jews said, “See how he loved(AC) him!” 37 But some of them said, “Couldn’t he who opened the blind man’s eyes(AD) also have kept this man from dying?”

The Seventh Sign: Raising Lazarus from the Dead

38 Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it.(AE) 39 “Remove the stone,” Jesus said.

Martha, the dead man’s sister, told him, “Lord, there is already a stench because he has been dead four days.”

40 Jesus said to her, “Didn’t I tell you that if you believed you would see the glory(AF) of God?”(AG)

41 So they removed the stone. Then Jesus raised his eyes and said, “Father, I thank(AH) you that you heard me.(AI) 42 I know that you always hear me, but because of the crowd standing here I said this, so that they may believe you sent(AJ) me.” 43 After he said this, he shouted with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out bound hand and foot with linen strips and with his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unwrap him and let him go.”

The Plot to Kill Jesus

45 Therefore, many of the Jews who came to Mary and saw what he did believed in him.(AK) 46 But some of them went to the Pharisees(AL) and told them what Jesus had done.

47 So the chief priests and the Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin(AM) and were saying, “What are we going to do since this man is doing many signs? 48 If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans(AN) will come and take away both our place and our nation.”

49 One of them, Caiaphas,(AO) who was high priest(AP) that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all! 50 You’re not considering that it is to your[d] advantage that one man should die for the people rather than the whole nation perish.”(AQ) 51 He did not say this on his own, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus was going to die(AR) for the nation, 52 and not for the nation only, but also to unite the scattered children(AS) of God. 53 So from that day on they plotted to kill him.(AT)

54 Jesus therefore no longer walked openly(AU) among the Jews but departed from there to the countryside near the wilderness,(AV) to a town called Ephraim, and he stayed there with the disciples.

Footnotes:

  1. 11:16 Gk Didymus
  2. 11:18 Lit fifteen stadia; one stadion = 600 feet
  3. 11:33 Or angry, also in v. 38
  4. 11:50 Other mss read to our
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Psalm 117

Psalm 117

Universal Call to Praise

Praise the Lord, all nations!
Glorify him, all peoples!(A)
For his faithful love to us is great;
the Lord’s faithfulness endures forever.(B)
Hallelujah!

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Proverbs 15:22-23

22 Plans fail when there is no counsel,
but with many advisers they succeed.(A)

23 A person takes joy in giving an answer;[a]
and a timely word—how good that is!(B)

Footnotes:

  1. 15:23 Lit in an answer of his mouth
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5/19/2022 DAB Transcript

1 Samuel 24:1-25:44, John 10:22-42, Psalm 116:1-19, Proverbs 15:20-21

Today is the 19th day of May, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It is wonderful to be here with you today, what a joy, we can gather like this, every day around the Global Campfire. No matter what’s going on: up or down. No matter what kind of experiences we are having: high or low. There’s a place for us and the Scriptures are here for us, to inform us and guide and counsel us. And so, it’s wonderful, truly, truly, wonderful to be here with you today, as we take the next step forward, which will lead us back into the book of first Samuel. And we have certainly covered a lot of ground in first Samuel and met some very, very key figures, not the least of which is the prophet Samuel but also Israel’s first King Saul, as well as the shepherd boy who killed the giant became a national hero, David. And then the intertwining of David and Saul’s lives. Saul, is so intimidated and threatened by David. Although, David is doing nothing to be intimidating or threatening. He’s trying to be a loyal servant to the king but the king has determined that David must die and he is gotten very erratic in his attempts to kill David. Samuel has anointed David as the next king, which certainly motivates Saul about his own family and his own dynasty. And so, Saul, basically feels like, he can’t rest, he can’t stop looking over his shoulder until David is not breathing and is no longer a part of his story. So, let’s see where this story leads us today, first Samuel chapters 24 and 25.

Commentary:

Okay so, as we continue our journey through first Samuel, one of the things that with like a little to no fanfare at all, the Bible simply tells us Samuel died. So, that happened today, the prophet Samuel, the final judge of Israel, the judge that would sort of transition the people into the monarchy, into the time of the kings, has died. Meanwhile, King Saul would like David to go ahead and be dead also. And he has heard news the David is hiding in the caves of En-gedi and so he gets 3,000 troops to follow him in pursuit of David, to locate him down at En-gedi. So, basically, En-gedi is still place and it can still be visited until this very day and there’s a beautiful little waterfall there and it’s a serene place, it’s in the middle of the desert. So, it’s freshwater in the desert, which is pretty hard to come by. En-gedi is like, I think 18 miles from Jerusalem. So, Jerusalem is like at a high point in elevation and its terrain and geography and just climate, very, very different than En-gedi, which is an 18-mile walk, pretty much all downhill, to the west of Jerusalem, down to the, basically, to the banks of the Dead Sea. And the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth in elevation; super arid, very much the desert out there. But there are caves all over that region. In fact, it’s not that far from En-gedi that we…we find the caves of say Qumran and Qumran is not in the Bible, but it’s where the Dead Sea Scrolls have been found and discovered and so there are caves all throughout the region. David’s hiding in a cave near En-gedi and we see some remarkable things happen. Every time I read the story, it’s like, it’s like a movie in my mind right. Saul, the king of Israel as 3,000 troops with him who are all men and they’re in the middle of the desert and the king needs to go to the bathroom. And he doesn’t need to just, you know, quickly take a pee, basically. The Bible says like, he needs a little bit of privacy. So, we can probably put two-and-two together, if we want to make a pun of this. And he is, you know, using the cave for some number two business. It just happens to be the same cave that David and some of his men are hiding in. And so, in my mind’s eye, anyway, that’s a pretty awkward situation, that you’re hiding and trying to be really, really quiet in the cave, while the king is doing his business, thinking that he’s alone. And of course, David’s men are like this is a sign from God, you, your enemy has been clearly delivered into your hand. Like, it couldn’t be any better than this or any easier than this. He’ll be dad before any of those 3,000 troops outside of the cave, even have a clue what is going on. It’s just the David won’t kill the king, even though the king wants to kill David, the king is the king. The king is the anointed one of God to lead the people, he’s not going to be the one to kill the King. But he is willing to cut off the edge of his robe and so, once Saul has finished whatever Saul is doing in the cave and leaves the cave, then David eventually gets up and steps over whatever Saul was doing and goes to the mouth of the cave, to call out King Saul, which he does. And it is in that moment, that Saul knows, he should be dead and that his life has been spared and that his life has been spared by someone he is trying to kill. So, if we haven’t started to notice yet and we probably have, but we should be noticing a clear contrast between the character of Saul and his disposition and that of David, who is very different. And first Samuel is leading us to begin to realize this, and if were looking for it, we will see it, continually. David’s character is very different than Saul’s character and we’re starting to notice it, as we read the story. But we also need to know that everybody starting to notice this, everybody’s who’s around David notices David’s character. So, is it a ruse, is he just faking it to try to stay alive? Or does he have deep and true character, like does he really not want Saul dead because he’s God’s anointed, or is this a manipulative move, right, to make himself the victim. Well, the people are figuring this out, just like we’re figuring this out, as we continue down this path in first Samuel. And so, if we haven’t noticed, in the story, the contrast between Saul and David, let’s begin to pay attention, as we continue the journey, because the people are watching and it’s profoundly important of the story that they are watching and we’ll see this develop in the coming days.

Prayer:

And so Father, we thank You for another day, another step forward, another chance to be together around the Global Campfire, another opportunity to see the next chapters in the stories that we are reading right now and we are seeing this contrast, we are seeing what a person who is profoundly afraid of people and deeply enmeshed in their own image, in how people perceive them. But we are also watching deep character in David, who knows that the King wants him dead, but who also knows You and is clinging to You for dear life. And so, we thank You for all that we’ve been able to learn in Saul’s life and David’s life until this point, as we look at our own lives. And we ask that this continue, that You continue to show us where paths lead and that You continue to show us what path we are on and that You continue to pull us forward on the narrow path, one that leads to life. We pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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Prayer and Encouragements:

Good morning, Daily Audio Bible. I’m calling from Arizona; my name is Vicki. My story is that my husband passed away four years ago, my son passed away 4 and a half. And I am calling today because today is the day that my husband passed away. And you know, I just want to testify that God is good in the midst of everything that you have to walk through, that He will be there to hold your hand and He’ll make a way where there doesn’t seem to be a way. But also, that to testify that I need prayer, that, it’s not always easy and today is not one of my best days and I just really would covet your prayers. I’m just struggling, just struggling. So, it is like, I know God loves me and I know the truth and I’m clinging to the hem of His garment today, just like that woman needed healing. I just pray God would heal me from everything that needs to be healed. In Jesus name. Amen. Thank you, thank you. Amen.

Dear DAB family, it’s your sister Ashley from California. When God’s Yellow Flower called a few weeks ago and then recently while she was in the hospital about having the ox in the manger, producing an abundant crop, which Brian had talked about from Proverbs 14:4, it stuck with me. One thing that came to mind was almost every morning, I take out the trash. What a metaphor for my walk. Recently, the trials I had been encountering, seemed to be revealing the trash or crap in my heart. I get so discouraged by it but I remember what Susan said, that crap or trash, needs to be surrendered to God and put your, put the cross on top of that crap. He’s not afraid of getting His hands dirty. He can take the punch of our anger. He asks for our WHOLE heart. So, I’m giving this pep talk to myself, thanking Susan, God’s Precious Yellow Flower and Brian and hopefully encouraging anyone else out there. If you are exhausted, angry and feel like there’s trash that needs to be taken out, Jesus will come and collect. He can heal, He will give you rest, He can make beauty out of the ashes. Just come to Him for help and He will meet you. Susan, God’s Yellow Flower, I am praying for you, for your recovery from your surgery. God Bless you sister, then you for your in sight and wisdom and being such a faithful member of this community. Alright, DAB family, I love you, love your sister Ashley from California.

Hey DAB family, my name is David Robertson from Muphreysborough, Tennessee. I’ve been hanging around the Global Campfire for around the last 13 years. I was so inspired by Brian’s reading today of the book of John of the blind man that had been healed and it really gave me courage and inspiration to reach out to this community, to ask you if you would, please pray for me on battling blindness. I have an incurable eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa or RP and medical science says they can’t help me at all. And my vision is fading fast and before it’s going, going, gone, I’d love to reach out to this community, my tribe, my people, who love God and love the word of God, and ask you if you would kindly pray for me in agreement that Jesus would heal me. I sure do thank you and I promise I’ll get back on here and give a praise report after this happens, this miracle happens. Thank you so much.

Michigan, and if you would, I’d like you to pray with me for Hannah in the UK, who is suffering from anorexia nervosa. I want you to visualize everybody, sliding your hands under this little girl and lifting as I high as you can. We’re going to life her high up to our Lord, and when your arms get tired, others are gonna come round and they’re gonna hold our arms. And we’re gonna lift her up for as long as it takes so no evil can touch her and we’re gonna stand in the gap for her and her family and lift her up. I can’t imagine what their family is going through but we are going to raise this baby up to our Lord and I know He will hear our prayers. So, thank you family for praying with me. And let’s keep Hannah in our prayers and lift each other up as well. I love you all, bye.

Good morning Daily Bible Audio, this is Jesus calling from South Florida. I was listening to the podcast yesterday. I’m calling to pray for a sister that goes by the name of Alex Faith from Canada. My sister, I ask in supplication that I heard that you had prayed for a son who is going through difficult times. You were also praying for your husband. And I want to tell you with an open heart keep praying for your son. I was also, in my teenage years led stray by the ways of this world. Everybody rejected me and __ me and pushing me to my lonesome state. But it was one angel who always prayed for me and those prayers pulled me out of the dark holes and that’s the prayer of a mother. My mother never ceased praying. My mother was always there when everybody __. So, I want to tell you my sister, By the Faith from Canada, continue to pray. Pray over the life of your son, over the life of your husband, that in your home there will be peace, there will be healing in the name of Jesus. And the blood of Christ will cover every corner of your home, protecting you and guarding you. As you step into life and a brand-new day. My sister, Violent Faith from Canada, the Lord is with you. You are righteous women, you’re a mother and your prayers are powerful. So, I pray in this moment that the Holy Spirit would continue to move to everyone in your home that would bring your son to a place of peace. And that it would give your husband the leadership needed to guide his family. All things are possible with God, I am a witness of miracles. And that miracle happened.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday May 19, 2022 (NIV)

1 Samuel 24-25

David Spares Saul

24 When Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines,(A) he was told, “David is in the wilderness near En-gedi.”(B) So Saul took three thousand of Israel’s fit young men(C) and went to look for David and his men in front of the Rocks of the Wild Goats. When Saul came to the sheep pens along the road, a cave was there, and he went in to relieve himself.[a](D) David and his men were staying in the recesses of the cave,(E) so they said to him, “Look, this is the day the Lord told you about: ‘I will hand your enemy over to you so you can do to him whatever you desire.’” Then David got up and secretly cut off the corner of Saul’s robe.

Afterward, David’s conscience bothered[b](F) him because he had cut off the corner of Saul’s robe.[c] He said to his men, “As the Lord is my witness, I would never do such a thing to my lord, the Lord’s anointed.(G) I will never lift my hand against him, since he is the Lord’s anointed.”(H) With these words David persuaded[d] his men, and he did not let them rise up against Saul.

Then Saul left the cave and went on his way. After that, David got up, went out of the cave, and called to Saul, “My lord the king!” When Saul looked behind him, David knelt low with his face to the ground and paid homage.(I) David said to Saul, “Why do you listen to the words of people who say, ‘Look, David intends to harm you’? 10 You can see with your own eyes that the Lord handed you over to me today in the cave.(J) Someone advised me to kill you,(K) but I[e][f] took pity on you and said: I won’t lift my hand against my lord, since he is the Lord’s anointed. 11 Look, my father!(L) Look at the corner of your robe in my hand, for I cut it off, but I didn’t kill you. Recognize[g] that I’ve committed no crime or rebellion. I haven’t sinned against you even though you are hunting me down to take my life.(M)

12 “May the Lord judge between me and you, and may the Lord take vengeance on you for me, but my hand will never be against you.(N) 13 As the old proverb says, ‘Wickedness comes from wicked people.’(O) My hand will never be against you. 14 Who has the king of Israel come after? What are you chasing after? A dead dog? A single flea?(P) 15 May the Lord be judge and decide between you and me. May he take notice and plead my case and deliver[h] me from you.”(Q)

16 When David finished saying these things to him, Saul replied, “Is that your voice, David my son?” (R) Then Saul wept aloud 17 and said to David, “You are more righteous than I, for you have done what is good to me though I have done what is evil to you.(S) 18 You yourself have told me today what good you did for me: when the Lord handed me over to you, you didn’t kill me.(T) 19 When a man finds his enemy, does he let him go unharmed?[i](U) May the Lord repay you with good for what you’ve done for me today.

20 “Now I know for certain you will be king, and the kingdom of Israel will be established[j] in your hand.(V) 21 Therefore swear to me by the Lord that you will not cut off my descendants or wipe out my name from my father’s family.”(W) 22 So David swore to Saul. Then Saul went back home, and David and his men went up to the stronghold.(X)

David, Nabal, and Abigail

25 Samuel died,(Y) and all Israel assembled to mourn for him,(Z) and they buried him by his home in Ramah.(AA) David then went down to the Wilderness of Paran.[k](AB)

A man in Maon(AC) had a business in Carmel;(AD) he was a very rich man with three thousand sheep and one thousand goats and was shearing his sheep in Carmel. The man’s name was Nabal, and his wife’s name, Abigail. The woman was intelligent and beautiful, but the man, a Calebite,(AE) was harsh and evil in his dealings.

While David was in the wilderness, he heard that Nabal was shearing sheep, so David sent ten young men instructing them, “Go up to Carmel, and when you come to Nabal, greet him[l] in my name. Then say this: ‘Long life to you,[m] and peace to you, peace to your family, and peace to all that is yours.(AF) I hear that you are shearing.[n] When your shepherds were with us, we did not harass them, and nothing of theirs was missing the whole time they were in Carmel.(AG) Ask your young men, and they will tell you. So let my young men find favor with you, for we have come on a feast[o] day.(AH) Please give whatever you have on hand to your servants and to your son David.’”

David’s young men went and said all these things to Nabal on David’s behalf,[p] and they waited.[q] 10 Nabal asked them, “Who is David?(AI) Who is Jesse’s son? Many slaves these days are running away from their masters. 11 Am I supposed to take my bread, my water, and my meat that I butchered for my shearers and give them to these men? I don’t know where they are from.”

12 David’s young men retraced their steps. When they returned to him, they reported all these words. 13 He said to his men, “All of you, put on your swords!” So each man put on his sword, and David also put on his sword. About four hundred men followed David while two hundred stayed with the supplies.(AJ)

14 One of Nabal’s young men informed Abigail, Nabal’s wife, “Look, David sent messengers from the wilderness to greet our master,(AK) but he screamed at them. 15 The men treated us very well. When we were in the field, we weren’t harassed(AL) and nothing of ours was missing the whole time we were living among them. 16 They were a wall around us, both day and night,(AM) the entire time we were with them herding the sheep. 17 Now consider carefully[r] what you should do, because there is certain to be trouble for our master and his entire family. He is such a worthless fool nobody can talk to him!”

18 Abigail hurried, taking two hundred loaves of bread, two clay jars of wine, five butchered sheep, a bushel[s] of roasted grain, one hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of pressed figs, and loaded them on donkeys.(AN) 19 Then she said to her male servants, “Go ahead of me. I will be right behind you.”(AO) But she did not tell her husband, Nabal.

20 As she rode the donkey down a mountain pass hidden from view, she saw David and his men coming toward her and met them. 21 David had just said, “I guarded everything that belonged to this man in the wilderness for nothing. He was not missing anything, yet he paid me back evil for good. 22 May God punish me[t] and do so severely(AP) if I let any of his males[u] survive until morning.”(AQ)

23 When Abigail saw David, she quickly got off the donkey and knelt down with her face to the ground and paid homage to David.(AR) 24 She knelt at his feet and said, “The guilt is mine, my lord, but please let your servant speak to you directly. Listen to the words of your servant. 25 My lord should pay no attention to this worthless fool Nabal, for he lives up to his name:[v] His name means ‘stupid,’ and stupidity is all he knows.[w] I, your servant, didn’t see my lord’s young men whom you sent. 26 Now my lord, as surely as the Lord lives and as you yourself live—it is the Lord who kept you from participating in bloodshed and avenging yourself(AS) by your own hand—may your enemies and those who intend to harm my lord be like Nabal.(AT) 27 Let this gift(AU) your servant has brought to my lord be given to the young men who follow my lord. 28 Please forgive your servant’s offense,(AV) for the Lord is certain to make a lasting dynasty for my lord(AW) because he fights the Lord’s battles.(AX) Throughout your life, may evil[x] not be found in you.(AY)

29 “Someone is pursuing you and intends to take your life. My lord’s life is tucked safely in the place[y] where the Lord your God protects the living, but he is flinging away your enemies’ lives like stones from a sling.(AZ) 30 When the Lord does for my lord all the good he promised you and appoints you ruler over Israel,(BA) 31 there will not be remorse or a troubled conscience for my lord because of needless bloodshed or my lord’s revenge. And when the Lord does good things for my lord, may you remember me your servant.”(BB)

32 Then David said to Abigail, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,(BC) who sent you to meet me today! 33 May your discernment be blessed, and may you be blessed. Today you kept me from participating in bloodshed and avenging myself by my own hand.(BD) 34 Otherwise, as surely as the Lord God of Israel lives, who prevented me from harming you, if you had not come quickly to meet me, Nabal wouldn’t have had any males[z] left by morning light.” 35 Then David accepted what she had brought him and said, “Go home in peace.(BE) See, I have heard what you said and have granted your request.”(BF)

36 Then Abigail went to Nabal, and there he was in his house, holding a feast fit for a king.(BG) Nabal’s heart was cheerful,[aa] and he was very drunk, so she didn’t say anything[ab] to him(BH) until morning light.

37 In the morning when Nabal sobered up,[ac] his wife told him about these events. His heart died[ad] and he became a stone. 38 About ten days later, the Lord struck Nabal dead.(BI)

39 When David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, “Blessed be the Lord who championed my cause against Nabal’s insults(BJ) and restrained his servant from doing evil.(BK) The Lord brought Nabal’s evil deeds back on his own head.”(BL)

Then David sent messengers to speak to Abigail about marrying him. 40 When David’s servants came to Abigail at Carmel, they said to her, “David sent us to bring you to him as a wife.”

41 She stood up, paid homage with her face to the ground,(BM) and said, “Here I am, your servant, a slave to wash the feet of my lord’s servants.”(BN) 42 Then Abigail got up quickly, and with her five female servants accompanying her, rode on the donkey following David’s messengers.(BO) And so she became his wife.

43 David also married Ahinoam of Jezreel,(BP) and the two of them became his wives. 44 But Saul gave his daughter Michal, David’s wife, to Palti(BQ) son of Laish, who was from Gallim.(BR)

Footnotes:

  1. 24:3 Lit to cover his feet
  2. 24:5 Lit David’s heart struck
  3. 24:5 Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr, Vg; other Hb mss omit robe
  4. 24:7 Or restrained
  5. 24:10 LXX, Syr, Tg; MT reads she or it
  6. 24:10 Or my eye
  7. 24:11 Lit Know and see
  8. 24:15 Lit render a verdict for
  9. 24:19 Lit go on a good way
  10. 24:20 Or will flourish
  11. 25:1 LXX reads to Maon
  12. 25:5 Or Nabal, ask him for peace
  13. 25:6 Lit ‘To life
  14. 25:7 Lit you have shearers
  15. 25:8 Lit good
  16. 25:9 Lit name
  17. 25:9 LXX reads and he became arrogant
  18. 25:17 Lit Now know and see
  19. 25:18 Lit sheep, five seahs
  20. 25:22 LXX; MT reads David’s enemies
  21. 25:22 Lit of those of his who are urinating against the wall
  22. 25:25 Lit for as is his name is, so he is
  23. 25:25 Lit and foolishness is with him
  24. 25:28 Or trouble
  25. 25:29 Lit bundle
  26. 25:34 Lit had anyone urinating against a wall
  27. 25:36 Lit Nabal’s heart was good on him
  28. 25:36 Lit anything at all
  29. 25:37 Lit when the wine had gone out of Nabal
  30. 25:37 Lit Then his heart died within him

Cross references:

  1. 24:1 : 1Sm 23:28–29
  2. 24:1 : 1Sm 23:19
  3. 24:2 : 1Sm 13:2; 26:2
  4. 24:3 : Jdg 3:24
  5. 24:3 : Ps 57; Ps 142
  6. 24:5 : 2Sm 24:10
  7. 24:6 : 1Sm 26:9–11
  8. 24:6 : 1Sm 10:1
  9. 24:8 : 1Sm 25:23–24; 1Kg 1:31
  10. 24:10 : Ps 7:3–4
  11. 24:10 : 1Sm 24:4
  12. 24:11 : 2Kg 5:13
  13. 24:11 : 1Sm 23:14,23; 26:20
  14. 24:12 : 1Sm 26:10–11,23
  15. 24:13 : Mt 7:16–20; Lk 6:43–45
  16. 24:14 : 1Sm 26:20; 2Sm 9:8
  17. 24:15 : Ps 35:1
  18. 24:16 : 1Sm 26:17
  19. 24:17 : 1Sm 26:21
  20. 24:18 : 1Sm 26:23
  21. 24:19 : 1Sm 23:17; Pr 16:29
  22. 24:20 : 1Sm 13:14; 16:1–13
  23. 24:21 : Gn 21:23; 1Sm 20:14–17; 2Sm 21:6–8
  24. 24:22 : 1Sm 23:29
  25. 25:1 : 1Sm 28:3
  26. 25:1 : Dt 34:8
  27. 25:1 : 2Kg 21:18; 2Ch 33:20
  28. 25:1 : Gn 21:21; Nm 10:12; 13:3
  29. 25:2 : 1Sm 23:24
  30. 25:2 : Jos 15:55
  31. 25:3 : Jos 15:13; 1Sm 30:14
  32. 25:6 : 1Ch 12:18
  33. 25:7 : 1Sm 23:24–25; 25:15–16
  34. 25:8 : Neh 8:10–12
  35. 25:10 : Jdg 9:28
  36. 25:13 : 1Sm 23:13; 30:9–10
  37. 25:14 : 1Sm 13:10; 15:13
  38. 25:15 : 1Sm 25:7,21
  39. 25:16 : Ex 14:22
  40. 25:18 : 2Sm 16:1; 1Ch 12:40
  41. 25:19 : Gn 32:16,20
  42. 25:22 : 1Sm 3:17; 20:13
  43. 25:22 : 1Kg 14:10
  44. 25:23 : 1Sm 20:41
  45. 25:26 : Heb 10:30
  46. 25:26 : 2Sm 18:32
  47. 25:27 : Gn 33:11; 1Sm 30:26
  48. 25:28 : 1Sm 25:24
  49. 25:28 : 1Sm 2:35; 22:14; 2Sm 7:11,16
  50. 25:28 : 1Sm 18:17
  51. 25:28 : 1Sm 24:11; Ps 7:3
  52. 25:29 : Jr 10:18
  53. 25:30 : 1Sm 13:14
  54. 25:31 : Gn 40:14; 1Sm 25:30
  55. 25:32 : Ex 18:10
  56. 25:33 : 1Sm 25:26
  57. 25:35 : 1Sm 20:42; 2Kg 5:19
  58. 25:35 : Gn 19:21
  59. 25:36 : 2Sm 13:23
  60. 25:36 : 1Sm 25:19
  61. 25:38 : 1Sm 26:10
  62. 25:39 : 1Sm 24:15
  63. 25:39 : 1Sm 25:26,34
  64. 25:39 : 2Sm 3:28–29
  65. 25:41 : 1Sm 25:23
  66. 25:41 : Mk 1:7
  67. 25:42 : Gn 24:61–67
  68. 25:43 : Jos 15:56
  69. 25:44 : 1Sm 18:27; 2Sm 3:14–15
  70. 25:44 : Is 10:30
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John 10:22-42

Jesus at the Festival of Dedication

22 Then the Festival of Dedication took place in Jerusalem, and it was winter. 23 Jesus was walking in the temple in Solomon’s Colonnade.(A) 24 The Jews surrounded him and asked, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense?[a] If you are the Messiah,(B) tell us plainly.”[b](C)

25 “I did tell you and you don’t believe,” Jesus answered them. “The works(D) that I do in my Father’s name testify about me. 26 But you don’t believe because you are not of my sheep.[c](E) 27 My sheep hear my voice, I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life,(F) and they will never perish.(G) No one will snatch(H) them out of my hand. 29 My Father,(I) who has given them to me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”(J)

Renewed Efforts to Stone Jesus

31 Again the Jews picked up rocks to stone him.(K)

32 Jesus replied, “I have shown you many good works(L) from the Father. For which of these works are you stoning me?”

33 “We aren’t stoning(M) you for a good work,” the Jews answered, “but for blasphemy, because you—being a man—make yourself God.”

34 Jesus answered them, “Isn’t it written in your law,[d] I said, you are gods?[e](N) 35 If he called those to whom the word(O) of God came ‘gods’—and the Scripture(P) cannot be broken— 36 do you say, ‘You are blaspheming’ to the one the Father set apart and sent into the world, because I said: I am the Son of God?(Q) 37 If I am not doing my Father’s works,(R) don’t believe me. 38 But if I am doing them and you don’t believe me, believe the works. This way you will know and understand[f] that the Father is in me and I in the Father.”(S) 39 Then they were trying again to seize him,(T) but he escaped their grasp.(U)

Many beyond the Jordan Believe in Jesus

40 So he departed again across the Jordan(V) to the place where John(W) had been baptizing earlier, and he remained there. 41 Many came to him(X) and said, “John never did a sign, but everything John said about this man was true.” 42 And many believed in him there.

Footnotes:

  1. 10:24 Lit “How long are you taking away our life?
  2. 10:24 Or openly, or publicly
  3. 10:26 Other mss add just as I told you
  4. 10:34 Other mss read in the scripture
  5. 10:34 Ps 82:6
  6. 10:38 Other mss read know and believe
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Psalm 116

Psalm 116

Thanks to God for Deliverance

I love the Lord because he has heard
my appeal for mercy.(A)
Because he has turned his ear to me,
I will call out to him as long as I live.(B)

The ropes of death were wrapped around me,
and the torments of Sheol overcame me;
I encountered trouble and sorrow.(C)
Then I called on the name of the Lord:
Lord, save me!” (D)

The Lord is gracious and righteous;
our God is compassionate.(E)
The Lord guards the inexperienced;
I was helpless, and he saved me.(F)
Return to your rest, my soul,
for the Lord has been good to you.(G)
For you, Lord, rescued me from death,
my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling.(H)
I will walk before the Lord
in the land of the living.(I)
10 I believed, even when I said,
“I am severely oppressed.”(J)
11 In my alarm I said,
“Everyone is a liar.”(K)

12 How can I repay the Lord
for all the good he has done for me?(L)
13 I will take the cup of salvation
and call on the name of the Lord.(M)
14 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people.(N)

15 The death of his faithful ones
is valuable in the Lord’s sight.(O)
16 Lord, I am indeed your servant;
I am your servant, the son of your female servant.
You have loosened my bonds.(P)

17 I will offer you a thanksgiving sacrifice
and call on the name of the Lord.(Q)
18 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people,(R)
19 in the courts of the Lord’s house—
within you, Jerusalem.(S)
Hallelujah!

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Proverbs 15:20-21

20 A wise son brings joy to his father,
but a foolish man despises his mother.(A)

21 Foolishness brings joy to one without sense,
but a person with understanding walks a straight path.(B)

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05/18/2022 DAB Transcript

1 Samuel 22:1-23:29, John 10:1-21, Psalms 115:1-18, Proverbs 15:18-19

Today is the 18th day of May welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I am Brian and it is wonderful to be here with you together as we take the next step forward on the journey that we have embarked upon, the one that takes us through this year together, the one that takes us through the Bible together. And, so, let’s dive in. We’ve been working our way through the book of first Samuel, which is what we will continue to do today. And since the arrival of this young man named David who has become a national hero, we have watched king Saul, Israel’s first king become more and more unstable, which is certainly making David’s life incredibly unstable because he has to look…well he has to look in all directions, like he’s gotta stay on guard at all times because Saul has tried to kill him a number of times. So, let’s pick up the story. We’re reading from the Christian Standard Bible this week. First Samuel chapters 22 and 23 today.

Commentary:

Okay. So, as we continue to move through the book of first Samuel, we continue to see the downward slide of Saul and really mental health issues. Like, he’s super paranoid and really kind of unhinged. We read of David. Once he knew that Saul would not stop until he was dead and he knew he was going to become a fugitive and he knew he had to go on the run. So, he went to the priest Ahimelech and got some supplies including the sword of Goliath and then went on the run, fleeing for his life hiding in place to place, wherever he can to stay alive. Eventually Saul, the king finds out that David has visited Ahimelech. And of course, Saul has it in his mind that nobody cares about him. Everybody’s being loyal and conspiring against the king and being loyal to David. And, so, Saul has Ahimelech and his entire household brought before the king. Accusations are made and an entire priestly family is executed. People who had nothing to do with it at all. 85 priests wearing their linen priestly robes are killed, which is…certainly that kind of news is going to spread throughout the land, which only further destabilizes Saul. And, so, we see David hiding places like the cave of the Adullam which is a place or hiding in the caves of En-Gedi which is actually a place near the Dead Sea. So, he’s moving all over the place to stay alive even though Saul the king is obsessed with killing him. And it’s becoming a problem. Saul is deteriorating.

Then when we flip over into the New Testament into the gospel of John, Jesus is talking and He’s talking about shepherding and sheep and being a shepherd and a sheep pen or sheepfold and how anybody who jumps over the wall to be among the sheep that doesn’t come in through the gate is a thief and a robber and that a true shepherd would enter the gate and call to the sheep and the sheep would hear his voice, and they would follow him. And Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd and I know my own and my own know me.” And it’s in our reading today that we come across a very, very quotable, very famous passage of Scripture. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.” This very quoted, very famous verse of Scripture comes from a larger context of a conversation that Jesus is having about being the good Shepherd. And that passage that we quote all the time, “the thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy.” That passage is one of the most concise statements in Scripture about the context of our lives. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.” The contrast about what the thief wants and what the Lord wants is pretty clear. Why we would at times find ourselves following after a thief who has come to steal, kill and destroy is a great mystery, but God’s intention toward us, “I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance” gives us clarity on what God’s intention is for us. So, the question then becomes if we are the sheep of his pasture if we are sheep, which voice are we following out of the sheepfold because Jesus said, “my sheep know my voice”.

Prayer:

Father as we do every day, we invite You into all of this. It’s pretty clear that if we are one of Your sheep we should know Your voice and follow You. It’s also pretty clear that we navigate ourselves in places that are clearly not where You’re going and find ourselves in positions that are clearly not godly or Christlike. And, so, at times, there is a disconnect somewhere. And maybe that’s because we’ve stopped paying attention to who we’re listening to. Holy Spirit help us to examine that today. Help us to see that in our lives today and to consider where that sort of erratic back-and-forth will lead us. We’re seeing the extremes of it in King Saul’s life. And, so, we are grateful for these examples that show us what can happen and where roads go. We don’t want to be on that road. We want to be on the narrow path that leads to life, which will never happen if we are not following where You are leading. And, so, Holy Spirit come. We humble ourselves before You. We repent for listening to other voices and following them. May we hear Your voice and know You and follow You. We ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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Community Prayer and Praise:

Good morning DAB family my name is Kelly from South Carolina. I’m a nurse, I my high school teacher. I teach Health Science to high school kids. I am also the high school soccer coach and mother of three daughters and wife and I just really need prayers from y'all. Been a really overwhelming year. I’ve had some pretty significant issues with all of the girls at one point or another just things that really made me doubt myself. Just recently the oldest who’s 23 moved back home and really that is for the best but it’s been a major adjustment. So, everybody is living back at home. She came home with a brand-new puppy that she’s not hardly around to help with because of her job. So, that’s been in a new strain as well. But marriage has been under pressure just because of everything. My husband made a pretty significant job change years back and it really really strapped us financially. It was what he thought he needed to do at the time but without really a plan in place. And I struggle not to be resentful with that because we just can’t even make hands meet most of the time. And all that being said now here facing end of school year which is exciting but also very stressful to get everything wrapped up and just feel like I’m drowning. Can’t hardly keep my head above water and I just really need some prayer. I’ve tried to call in in the past. That wouldn’t work right. I think Satan just got the better of me and I gave up and didn’t even try again because I was frustrated. So, just want you to know I listen every day. I love you all. You bring smiles to my face. You bring tears to my eyes. I consider you family. And I just hope that you’ll pray for me. See you soon or talk to you soon.

You let me see a baby deer that was grazing beside the road
you’ve given me tremendous strength father to help me bear my load
not just me but my parents too
all my relationships have become just like new
buzzards are circling overhead there’s a carcass down below
life and death are always there no matter where you go
the Suns are marvel of bright orange light
it’s getting dark it’s almost night
my music has been turned off but inside I still sing
praises to you father and Jesus Christ our king
still no matter where I go your love for me you always show
insects crickets birds and frogs
sing from fields and hollow logs
jets leave contrails as they fly
and orange sherbet is the color of the sky
there’s a crescent moon but still no stars
and for the last 40 minutes I’ve heard absolutely no cars
it’s getting dark I should go home
but there’s a part of me father that just loves to room
and study your wonders as they unfold
that last ray of sunlight was the greenest purple gold
now that’s a color that Crayola could never design
with all their substantial but much limited mind
who in their manifold awareness always trying to think outside the box
something is stalking me it looks like a fox
forgive me and my father I sometimes detach
I try to think like the world but my thoughts just don’t match
I try to live holly and be a vessel for you
I desire your fellowship in all that I do
my music my garden my writings my life
you’ve even shown me lately how to live above the strife
the things that I’m lacking I can live without
because the Kingdom of God is why life’s really about
I sometimes get lonely but thy will be done
I’m back in my yard now and that bike ride was fun

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Hello siblings. Psych! It’s your girl Val in Vegas. I know you guys thought I was someone else initially. I just gotta say shout out, shout out, shout out to everybody. I love peoples greetings how they come on and how they leave. But more importantly in this May 15th I gotta say the number one thing I love about this community, we pray. We pray. We pray for each other. We pray for ourselves. We pray for people we don’t know. But the bottom line is we pray. And you all know what, that’s the most powerful tool that we have. Please keep praying for me. I pray for this community every day. You all mean so much to me. So, let’s pray. Heavenly Father on this day Lord God May 15th, 2022 Lord everybody listening to this whatever they need right now Lord God I need You to rain on them. Give them a blessing Lord. How about a suddenly and immediately Lord. God I just want to thank You for this community and all the prayer warriors Lord. The ones that we hear are the ones that we don’t hear because oh I know there’s some people that are on their knees praying for this community that have never called in. Thank You. Please keep praying. God, we love You. We thank You for the ability to commune and to pray Lord. Oh God thank You for the knowledge of prayer. Thank You, Jesus. Now you all go, and you make it a great day. I love you it’s. It’s Val in Vegas. Until next time.

Hello everyone, I am listening to the Daily Audio Bible on May 15th from Maryland. I just heard some people call in that just really touched me. I heard from Justin who shared about work burnout and anxiety. I heard from Jesus in Florida who’s been calling recently to share encouragement and just pray for people which has been encouraging to hear and also from a guy, Michael in North Carolina who shared that he’s been dwelling in his sinful nature for the past few weeks and doesn’t like that and is seeking a grateful heart. And I really relate with these things. So, just thank you for calling in and asking for prayer and just sharing. And I would just like to pray with you guys now. Lord, thank You for the Daily Audio Bible and thank You for today’s message. Thank You for the opportunity to hear people stories as well. Lift up Justin to You and Michael as well. And You know each of these gentlemen’s respective situations. I just place these situations; I place these people in Your hands and ask that You would guide them right now through what they’re walking through and help them to set their hearts and their minds on You and to walk in the path that You would lead them on. I just pray that You would help them too maybe just live into the relationship You offer us through Jesus and that it would be a blessing to You and to people around them as well. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

I’m calling to pray for Philippians 4:6 who is desperate for God’s love and wants guidance as how to navigate dating and job hunting. Lord heavenly Father I thank You oh God. I thank You oh God for Philippians 4:6 oh God. And I thank You oh  God that she has called and she has requested prayer oh God because You are a God who is concerned about everything that we are concerned about oh God, even the small things. Lord, You have said that we are to cast our cares upon You because You care for us oh God. Oh Lord You have said in Your word the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord. God, I pray that You will rest in her during this time. Lord, I pray that she oh Lord will rest in Your love, on Your love oh God and be guided by You and all that she does. Holy Spirit have Your way. Holy Spirit encompass her with Your love oh God even now that she would know that You are there and that You care for her. Oh God I pray that You will give her good success in job hunting. God, I pray that You would lead her to the one job that You have for her. God, I pray that You would open her eyes at the right timing and for the person that You have desired for her life. Oh Lord, You will do it oh God because You were the one who makes everything beautiful in Your time. So, Lord, have Your way. Be upon our sister. Oh God give her a surety and guidance oh God and confirmation through You as she reads Your word and be comforted oh God. Have Your way oh God. May she not be dismayed or discouraged but may she stand firm on Your promises and on Your word in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday May 18, 2022 (NIV)

1 Samuel 22-23

Saul’s Increasing Paranoia

22 So David left Gath and took refuge in the cave of Adullam.(A) When David’s brothers and his father’s whole family heard, they went down and joined him there. In addition, every man who was desperate, in debt, or discontented rallied around him, and he became their leader. About four hundred men were with him.(B)

From there David went to Mizpeh of Moab where he said to the king of Moab, “Please let my father and mother stay with you until I know what God will do for me.” So he left them in the care of the king of Moab, and they stayed with him the whole time David was in the stronghold.

Then the prophet Gad(C) said to David, “Don’t stay in the stronghold. Leave and return to the land of Judah.” So David left and went to the forest of Hereth.

Saul heard that David and his men had been discovered. At that time Saul was in Gibeah, sitting under the tamarisk tree(D) at the high place. His spear was in his hand, and all his servants were standing around him. Saul said to his servants, “Listen, men of Benjamin: Is Jesse’s son going to give all of you fields and vineyards? Do you think he’ll make all of you commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds?(E) That’s why all of you have conspired against me! Nobody tells me when my own son makes a covenant with Jesse’s son.(F) None of you cares about me(G) or tells me that my son has stirred up my own servant to wait in ambush for me, as is the case today.”

Then Doeg the Edomite,(H) who was in charge of Saul’s servants, answered, “I saw Jesse’s son come to Ahimelech son of Ahitub at Nob.(I) 10 Ahimelech inquired of the Lord for him(J) and gave him provisions.(K) He also gave him the sword of Goliath the Philistine.”(L)

Slaughter of the Priests

11 The king sent messengers to summon the priest Ahimelech son of Ahitub, and his father’s whole family, who were priests in Nob. All of them came to the king. 12 Then Saul said, “Listen, son of Ahitub!”

“I’m at your service,(M) my lord,” he said.

13 Saul asked him, “Why did you and Jesse’s son conspire against me? You gave him bread and a sword and inquired of God for him, so he could rise up against me and wait in ambush, as is the case today.”(N)

14 Ahimelech replied to the king, “Who among all your servants is as faithful as David?(O) He is the king’s son-in-law, captain of your bodyguard, and honored in your house. 15 Was today the first time I inquired of God for him?(P) Of course not! Please don’t let the king make an accusation against your servant or any of my father’s family, for your servant didn’t have any idea[a] about all this.”

16 But the king said, “You will die, Ahimelech—you and your father’s whole family!”

17 Then the king ordered the guards standing by him, “Turn and kill the priests of the Lord(Q) because they sided with David. For they knew he was fleeing, but they didn’t tell me.” But the king’s servants would not lift a hand to execute the priests of the Lord.

18 So the king said to Doeg, “Go and execute the priests!” So Doeg the Edomite went and executed the priests himself. On that day, he killed eighty-five men(R) who wore linen ephods.(S) 19 He also struck down Nob, the city of the priests, with the sword—both men and women, infants and nursing babies, oxen, donkeys, and sheep.(T)

20 However, one of the sons of Ahimelech son of Ahitub escaped. His name was Abiathar,(U) and he fled to David.(V) 21 Abiathar told David that Saul had killed the priests of the Lord. 22 Then David said to Abiathar, “I knew that Doeg the Edomite(W) was there that day and that he was sure to report to Saul. I myself am responsible for[b] the lives of everyone in your father’s family. 23 Stay with me. Don’t be afraid, for the one who wants to take my life wants to take your life.(X) You will be safe with me.”

Deliverance at Keilah

23 It was reported to David, “Look, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah(Y) and raiding the threshing floors.”

So David inquired of the Lord:(Z) “Should I launch an attack against these Philistines?”

The Lord answered David, “Launch an attack against the Philistines and rescue Keilah.”

But David’s men said to him, “Look, we’re afraid here in Judah; how much more if we go to Keilah against the Philistine forces!”

Once again, David inquired of the Lord, and the Lord answered him, “Go at once to Keilah, for I will hand the Philistines over to you.”(AA) Then David and his men went to Keilah, fought against the Philistines, drove their livestock away, and inflicted heavy losses on them. So David rescued the inhabitants of Keilah. Abiathar son of Ahimelech fled to David at Keilah, and he brought an ephod with him.

When it was reported to Saul that David had gone to Keilah, he said, “God has handed him over to me, for he has trapped himself by entering a town with barred gates.” Then Saul summoned all the troops to go to war at Keilah and besiege David and his men.

When David learned that Saul was plotting evil against him, he said to the priest Abiathar,(AB) “Bring the ephod.”(AC)

10 Then David said, “Lord God of Israel, your servant has reliable information that Saul intends to come to Keilah and destroy the town because of me. 11 Will the citizens of Keilah hand me over to him? Will Saul come down as your servant has heard? Lord God of Israel, please tell your servant.”

The Lord answered, “He will come down.”

12 Then David asked, “Will the citizens of Keilah hand me and my men over to Saul?”

“They will,”(AD) the Lord responded.

13 So David and his men, numbering about six hundred,(AE) left Keilah at once and moved from place to place.(AF) When it was reported to Saul that David had escaped from Keilah, he called off the expedition. 14 David then stayed in the wilderness strongholds and in the hill country of the Wilderness of Ziph.(AG) Saul searched for him every day, but God did not hand David over to him.(AH)

A Renewed Covenant

15 David was in the Wilderness of Ziph in Horesh when he saw that Saul had come out to take his life. 16 Then Saul’s son Jonathan came to David in Horesh and encouraged him in his faith[c] in God,(AI) 17 saying, “Don’t be afraid, for my father Saul will never lay a hand on you. You yourself will be king over Israel,(AJ) and I’ll be your second-in-command. Even my father Saul knows it is true.”(AK) 18 Then the two of them made a covenant in the Lord’s presence.(AL) Afterward, David remained in Horesh, while Jonathan went home.

David’s Narrow Escape

19 Some Ziphites(AM) came up to Saul at Gibeah and said, “Isn’t it true that David is hiding among us in the strongholds in Horesh on the hill of Hachilah south of Jeshimon? 20 So now, whenever the king wants to come down, let him come down. As for us, we will be glad to hand him over to the king.”(AN)

21 “May you be blessed by the Lord,” replied Saul, “for you have shown concern for me.(AO) 22 Go and check again. Investigate[d] where he goes[e] and who has seen him there; they tell me he is extremely cunning. 23 Investigate[f] all the places where he hides. Then come back to me with accurate information, and I’ll go with you. If it turns out he really is in the region, I’ll search for him among all the clans[g] of Judah.” 24 So they went to Ziph ahead of Saul.

Now David and his men were in the wilderness near Maon(AP) in the Arabah south of Jeshimon, 25 and Saul and his men went to look for him. When David was told about it, he went down to the rock and stayed in the Wilderness of Maon. Saul heard of this and pursued David there.

26 Saul went along one side of the mountain and David and his men went along the other side. Even though David was hurrying to get away from Saul, Saul and his men were closing in on David and his men to capture them.(AQ) 27 Then a messenger came to Saul saying, “Come quickly, because the Philistines have raided the land!” 28 So Saul broke off his pursuit of David and went to engage the Philistines. Therefore, that place was named the Rock of Separation. 29 From there David went up and stayed in the strongholds of En-gedi.(AR)

Footnotes:

  1. 22:15 Lit didn’t know a thing, small or large
  2. 22:22 LXX, Syr, Vg; MT reads I myself turn in
  3. 23:16 Lit and strengthened his hand
  4. 23:22 Lit Know and see
  5. 23:22 Lit watch his place where his foot will be
  6. 23:23 Lit See and know
  7. 23:23 Or thousands
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John 10:1-21

The Good Shepherd

10 “Truly I tell you, anyone who doesn’t enter the sheep pen by the gate but climbs in some other way is a thief and a robber.(A) The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd(B) of the sheep.(C) The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought all his own outside, he goes ahead of them. The sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will never follow a stranger; instead they will run away from him, because they don’t know the voice of strangers.” Jesus gave them this figure of speech, but they did not understand(D) what he was telling them.

Jesus said again, “Truly I tell you, I am(E) the gate for the sheep.(F) All who came before me[a] are thieves and robbers, but the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the gate. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will come in and go out and find pasture. 10 A thief comes only to steal(G) and kill and destroy.(H) I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.

11 “I am the good shepherd.(I) The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.(J) 12 The hired hand, since he is not the shepherd and doesn’t own the sheep, leaves them[b] and runs away when he sees a wolf(K) coming. The wolf then snatches and scatters them. 13 This happens because he is a hired hand and doesn’t care about the sheep.

14 “I am the good shepherd. I know my own, and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me, and I know the Father.(L) I lay down my life(M) for the sheep. 16 But I have other sheep(N) that are not from this sheep pen; I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. Then there will be one flock, one shepherd.(O) 17 This is why the Father loves me,(P) because I lay down my life(Q) so that I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own. I have the right to lay it down, and I have the right to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.”(R)

19 Again the Jews were divided(S) because of these words. 20 Many of them were saying, “He has a demon(T) and he’s crazy. Why do you listen to him?” 21 Others were saying, “These aren’t the words of someone who is demon-possessed. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?” (U)

Footnotes:

  1. 10:8 Other mss omit before me
  2. 10:12 Lit leaves the sheep
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Psalm 115

Psalm 115

Glory to God Alone

Not to us, Lord, not to us,
but to your name give glory
because of your faithful love, because of your truth.(A)
Why should the nations say,
“Where is their God?” (B)
Our God is in heaven
and does whatever he pleases.(C)

Their idols are silver and gold,
made by human hands.(D)
They have mouths but cannot speak,
eyes, but cannot see.
They have ears but cannot hear,
noses, but cannot smell.(E)
They have hands but cannot feel,
feet, but cannot walk.(F)
They cannot make a sound with their throats.(G)
Those who make them are[a] just like them,
as are all who trust in them.(H)

Israel,[b] trust in the Lord!(I)
He is their help and shield.(J)
10 House of Aaron, trust in the Lord!(K)
He is their help and shield.(L)
11 You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord!(M)
He is their help and shield.
12 The Lord remembers us and will bless us.
He will bless the house of Israel;
he will bless the house of Aaron;(N)
13 he will bless those who fear the Lord
small and great alike.(O)

14 May the Lord add to your numbers,
both yours and your children’s.(P)
15 May you be blessed by the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.(Q)
16 The heavens are the Lord’s,[c]
but the earth he has given to the human race.(R)
17 It is not the dead who praise the Lord,
nor any of those descending into the silence of death.(S)
18 But we will bless the Lord,
both now and forever.(T)
Hallelujah!

Footnotes:

  1. 115:8 Or May those who make them become
  2. 115:9 Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr read House of Israel
  3. 115:16 Lit the Lord’s heavens
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Proverbs 15:18-19

18 A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict,(A)
but one slow to anger(B) calms strife.

19 A slacker’s way is like a thorny hedge,
but the path of the upright is a highway.(C)

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