The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday July 6, 2022 (NIV)

1 Chronicles 2:18-4:4

18 Caleb, Hezron’s son, had children with his wife Azubah, and with Jerioth. These were her sons: Jesher, Shobab, and Ardon. 19 After Azubah died, Caleb married Ephrath, who gave birth to Hur for him. 20 Hur was the father of Uri, and Uri was the father of Bezalel. 21 Later, Hezron had sexual relations with the daughter of Machir, Gilead’s father, whom he married when he was 60 years old, and she gave birth to Segub for him. 22 Segub was the father of Jair, who owned twenty-three towns in the land of Gilead, 23 but Geshur and Aram took Havvoth-jair from them, as well as Kenath and its villages, sixty towns.

All these were descendants of Machir, Gilead’s father. 24 After Hezron’s death, Caleb went to Ephrath.[a] Abijah, Hezron’s wife, bore him Ashhur, Tekoa’s father.

25 The family of Jerahmeel, Hezron’s oldest son: Ram his oldest, Bunah, Oren, Ozem, and Ahijah. 26 Jerahmeel had another wife named Atarah; she was the mother of Onam.

27 The family of Ram, Jerahmeel’s oldest son: Maaz, Jamin, and Eker.

28 Onam’s family: Shammai and Jada.

Shammai’s family: Nadab and Abishur. 29 Abishur’s wife’s name was Abihail, and she gave birth to Ahban and Molid for him.

30 Nadab’s family: Seled and Appaim, but Seled died without children.

31 Appaim’s family: Ishi.

Ishi’s family: Sheshan.

Sheshan’s family: Ahlai.

32 The family of Jada, Shammai’s brother: Jether and Jonathan, but Jether died without children.

33 Jonathan’s family: Peleth and Zaza. These were Jerahmeel’s descendants.

34 Sheshan had no sons, only daughters; but Sheshan had an Egyptian servant whose name was Jarha. 35 Sheshan gave his daughter in marriage to Jarha his servant, and she gave birth to Attai for him.

36 Attai was the father of Nathan, Nathan was the father of Zabad, 37 Zabad was the father of Ephlal, Ephlal was the father of Obed, 38 Obed was the father of Jehu, Jehu was the father of Azariah, 39 Azariah was the father of Helez, Helez was the father of Eleasah, 40 Eleasah was the father of Sismai, Sismai was the father of Shallum, 41 Shallum was the father of Jekamiah, and Jekamiah was the father of Elishama.

42 The family of Caleb, Jerahmeel’s brother: Mesha his oldest son and Ziph’s father; and his second son[b] Mareshah, Hebron’s father.

43 Hebron’s family: Korah, Tappuah, Rekem, and Shema. 44 Shema was the father of Raham, Jorkeam’s father; and Rekem was the father of Shammai.

45 Shammai’s son: Maon; Maon was Beth-zur’s father. 46 Ephah, Caleb’s secondary wife, gave birth to Haran, Moza, and Gazez. Haran was the father of Gazez.

47 Jahdai’s family: Regem, Jotham, Geshan, Pelet, Ephah, and Shaaph. 48 Maacah, Caleb’s secondary wife, gave birth to Sheber and Tirhanah. 49 She also gave birth to Shaaph, Madmannah’s father; and to Sheva, Machbenah and Gibea’s father. Caleb’s daughter was Achsah. 50 These were Caleb’s descendants.

The family of Hur, Ephrathah’s oldest son: Shobal, Kiriath-jearim’s father; 51 Salma, Bethlehem’s father; and Hareph, Beth-gader’s father.

52 Shobal, Kiriath-jearim’s father, had a family: Haroeh, and the ancestor of half of the Menuhoth.[c] 53 Kiriath-jearim’s clans: the Ithrites, the Puthites, the Shumathites, and the Mishraites. From these came the Zorathites and the Eshtaolites.

54 The family of Salma, Bethlehem’s father:[d] the Netophathites, Atroth-beth-joab, half of the Manahathites, and the Zorites.

55 The clans of the scribes who lived at Jabez: the Tirathites, the Shimeathites, and the Sucathites. They were Kenites who descended from Hammath, Beth-rechab’s father.

David’s line

This is David’s family born to him in Hebron: the oldest Amnon, with Ahinoam the Jezreelite; the second Daniel, with Abigail the Carmelite; the third Absalom son of Maacah, the daughter of Geshur’s King Talmai; the fourth Adonijah, Haggith’s son; the fifth Shephatiah, with Abital; the sixth Ithream, with his wife Eglah. Six were born to him in Hebron, where he reigned for seven and a half years. He also reigned in Jerusalem for thirty-three years. These were born to him in Jerusalem: Shimea, Shobab, Nathan, and Solomon—four from Bath-shua, Ammiel’s daughter; Ibhar, Eli-shama, Eliphelet, Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet—nine in all. This was all of David’s family, except for his secondary wives’ children. Tamar was their sister.

10 The descendants[e] of Solomon: Rehoboam, his son Abijah, his son Asa, his son Jehoshaphat, 11 his son Joram, his son Ahaziah, his son Joash, 12 his son Amaziah, his son Azariah, his son Jotham, 13 his son Ahaz, his son Hezekiah, his son Manasseh, 14 his son Amon, and his son Josiah.

15 Josiah’s family: the oldest Johanan, the second Jehoiakim, the third Zedekiah, and the fourth Shallum.

16 Jehoiakim’s family: his son Jeconiah and his son Zedekiah.

17 The family of Jeconiah the prisoner: Shealtiel his son; 18 Malchiram, Pedaiah, Shenazzar, Jekamiah, Hoshama, and Nedabiah.

19 Pedaiah’s family: Zerubbabel and Shimei.

Zerubbabel’s family:[f] Meshullam, Hananiah, and their sister Shelomith; 20 Hashubah, Ohel, Berechiah, Hasadiah, and Jushab-hesed—these five also.

21 Hananiah’s family:[g] Pelatiah, Jeshaiah, Rephaiah’s family, Arnan’s family, Obadiah’s family, and Shecaniah’s family.

22 Shecaniah’s family: Shemaiah and his family, Hattush, Igal, Bariah, Neariah, and Shaphat—six in all.

23 Neariah’s family: Elioenai, Hizkiah, and Azrikam—three in all.

24 Elioenai’s family: Hodaviah, Eliashib, Pelaiah, Akkub, Johanan, Delaiah, and Anani—seven in all.

Judah’s line

Judah’s family: Perez, Hezron, Caleb,[h] Hur, and Shobal.

Shobal’s son Reaiah was Jahath’s father, and Jahath was the father of Ahumai and Lahad. These were the Zorathite clans.

This was Etam’s family:[i] Jezreel, Ishma, and Idbash. Their sister’s name was Hazzelelponi. Penuel was Gedor’s father, and Ezer was Hushah’s father.

This was the family of Hur the oldest son of Ephrathah, Bethlehem’s father:


  1. 1 Chronicles 2:24 LXX, Vulg; MT in Caleb-ephrathah
  2. 1 Chronicles 2:42 Or the family of
  3. 1 Chronicles 2:52 Heb lacks the ancestor of.
  4. 1 Chronicles 2:54 Cf 2:51; Heb lacks father.
  5. 1 Chronicles 3:10 LXX, Syr; MT son
  6. 1 Chronicles 3:19 LXX, Syr; MT son
  7. 1 Chronicles 3:21 LXX, Syr, Tg; MT son
  8. 1 Chronicles 4:1 Cf 1 Chron 2:19; MT Carmi
  9. 1 Chronicles 4:3 LXX; MT father
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Acts 24

Paul’s trial before Felix

24 Five days later the high priest Ananias came down with some elders and a lawyer named Tertullus. They pressed charges against Paul before the governor. After the governor summoned Paul, Tertullus began to make his case against him. He declared, “Under your leadership, we have experienced substantial peace, and your administration has brought reforms to our nation. Always and everywhere, most honorable Felix, we acknowledge this with deep gratitude. I don’t want to take too much of your time, so I ask that you listen with your usual courtesy to our brief statement of the facts. We have found this man to be a troublemaker who stirs up riots among all the Jews throughout the empire. He’s a ringleader of the Nazarene faction and even tried to defile the temple. That’s when we arrested him.[a] By examining him yourself, you will be able to verify the allegations we are bringing against him.” The Jews reinforced the action against Paul, affirming the truth of these accusations.

10 The governor nodded at Paul, giving him permission to speak.

He responded, “I know that you have been judge over this nation for many years, so I gladly offer my own defense. 11 You can verify that I went up to worship in Jerusalem no more than twelve days ago. 12 They didn’t find me arguing with anyone in the temple or stirring up a crowd, whether in the synagogue or anywhere else in the city. 13 Nor can they prove to you the allegations they are now bringing against me. 14 I do admit this to you, that I am a follower of the Way, which they call a faction. Accordingly, I worship the God of our ancestors and believe everything set out in the Law and written in the Prophets. 15 The hope I have in God I also share with my accusers, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous. 16 On account of this, I have committed myself to maintaining a clear conscience before God and with all people. 17 After an absence of several years, I came to Jerusalem to bring gifts for the poor of my nation and to offer sacrifices. 18 When they found me in the temple, I was ritually pure. There was no crowd and no disturbance. 19 But there were some Jews from the province of Asia. They should be here making their accusations, if indeed they have something against me. 20 In their absence, have these people who are here declare what crime they found when I stood before the Jerusalem Council. 21 Perhaps it concerns this one statement that I blurted out when I was with them: ‘I am on trial before you today because of the resurrection of the dead.’”

22 Felix, who had an accurate understanding of the Way, adjourned the meeting. He said, “When Lysias the commander arrives from Jerusalem, I will decide this case.” 23 He arranged for a centurion to guard Paul. He was to give Paul some freedom, and his friends were not to be hindered in their efforts to provide for him.

Paul in custody

24 After several days, Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, and summoned Paul. He listened to him talk about faith in Christ Jesus. 25 When he spoke about upright behavior, self-control, and the coming judgment, Felix became fearful and said, “Go away for now! When I have time, I’ll send for you.” 26 At the same time, he was hoping that Paul would offer him some money, so he often sent for him and talked with him.

27 When two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus. Since Felix wanted to grant a favor to the Jews, he left Paul in prison.


  1. Acts 24:6 Critical editions of the Gk New Testament do not include We wanted to put him on trial according to our Law, but Lysias the commander arrived and took him from our hands with great force. Then he ordered his accusers to appear before you.
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Psalm 4

Psalm 4

For the music leader. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David.

Answer me when I cry out, my righteous God!
Set me free from my troubles!
Have mercy on me!
Listen to my prayer!

How long, you people,
will my reputation be insulted?
How long will you continue
to love what is worthless
and go after lies? Selah
Know this: the Lord takes
personal care of the faithful.
The Lord will hear me
when I cry out to him.
So be afraid, and don’t sin!
Think hard about it in your bed
and weep over it! Selah
Bring righteous offerings,
and trust the Lord!

Many people say,
“We can’t find goodness anywhere.
The light of your face has left us, Lord!”[a]
But you have filled my heart with more joy
than when their wheat and wine are everywhere!
I will lie down and fall asleep in peace
because you alone, Lord, let me live in safety.


  1. Psalm 4:6 Correction; MT Shine the light of your face on us, Lord!
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Proverbs 18:16-18

16 A gift opens the way
for access to important people.
17 The first person to testify seems innocent,
until the other comes and cross-examines him.
18 The dice settle conflicts
and keep strong opponents apart.

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