The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday September 23, 2022 (NIV)

Isaiah 41:17-43:13

17 The poor and the needy seek water, but there is none;
their tongues are parched with thirst.
I will answer them.(A)
I am the Lord, the God of Israel. I will not abandon them.
18 I will open rivers on the barren heights,(B)
and springs in the middle of the plains.
I will turn the desert into a pool
and dry land into springs.(C)
19 I will plant cedar, acacia, myrtle, and olive trees
in the wilderness.(D)
I will put juniper, elm, and cypress trees together
in the desert,
20 so that all may see and know,
consider and understand,
that the hand of the Lord has done this,(E)
the Holy One of Israel has created(F) it.

21 “Submit your case,” says the Lord.
“Present your arguments,” says Jacob’s King.
22 “Let them come and tell us
what will happen.(G)
Tell us the past events,
so that we may reflect on them
and know the outcome,
or tell us the future.
23 Tell us the coming events,(H)
then we will know that you are gods.
Indeed, do something good or bad,
then we will be in awe[a] when we see it.
24 Look, you are nothing(I)
and your work is worthless.
Anyone who chooses you is detestable.

25 “I have stirred up one from the north,(J) and he has come,
one from the east(K) who invokes my[b] name.(L)
He will march over rulers as if they were mud,
like a potter who treads the clay.
26 Who told about this from the beginning,
so that we might know,
and from times past,
so that we might say, ‘He is right’?
No one announced it,
no one told it,
no one heard your words.
27 I was the first to say to Zion,[c]
‘Look! Here they are!’
And I gave Jerusalem a herald with good news.(M)
28 When I look, there is no one;
there is no counselor among them;
when I ask them, they have nothing to say.(N)
29 Look, all of them are a delusion;[d]
their works are nonexistent;
their images are wind and emptiness.

The Servant’s Mission

42 “This(O) is my servant;(P) I strengthen him,
this is my chosen one;(Q) I delight in him.(R)
I have put my Spirit on him;(S)
he will bring justice[e] to the nations.(T)
He will not cry out or shout
or make his voice heard in the streets.
He will not break a bruised reed,
and he will not put out a smoldering wick;
he will faithfully bring justice.
He will not grow weak or be discouraged
until he has established justice on earth.
The coasts and islands will wait for his instruction.”(U)

This is what God, the Lord, says—
who created the heavens and stretched them out,(V)
who spread out the earth and what comes from it,(W)
who gives breath to the people on it
and spirit to those who walk on it(X)
“I am the Lord. I have called you
for a righteous purpose,[f](Y)
and I will hold you by your hand.(Z)
I will watch over you, and I will appoint you
to be a covenant for the people(AA)
and a light to the nations,(AB)
in order to open blind eyes,(AC)
to bring out prisoners from the dungeon,(AD)
and those sitting in darkness from the prison house.
I am the Lord. That is my name,
and I will not give my glory to another(AE)
or my praise to idols.
The past events have indeed happened.
Now I declare new events;(AF)
I announce them to you before they occur.”

A Song of Praise

10 Sing a new song to the Lord;(AG)
sing his praise from the ends of the earth,
you who go down to the sea with all that fills it,(AH)
you coasts and islands with your[g] inhabitants.
11 Let the desert and its cities shout,
the settlements where Kedar dwells cry aloud.(AI)
Let the inhabitants of Sela sing for joy;(AJ)
let them cry out from the mountaintops.
12 Let them give glory to the Lord
and declare his praise in the coasts and islands.
13 The Lord advances like a warrior;
he stirs up his zeal like a soldier.(AK)
He shouts, he roars aloud,
he prevails over his enemies.

14 “I have kept silent from ages past;
I have been quiet and restrained myself.(AL)
But now, I will groan like a woman in labor,(AM)
gasping breathlessly.
15 I will lay waste mountains and hills
and dry up all their vegetation.
I will turn rivers into islands
and dry up marshes.(AN)
16 I will lead the blind by a way they did not know;(AO)
I will guide them on paths they have not known.
I will turn darkness to light in front of them(AP)
and rough places into level ground.(AQ)
This is what I will do for them,
and I will not abandon them.(AR)
17 They will be turned back and utterly ashamed—
those who trust in an idol
and say to a cast image,
‘You are our gods!’ (AS)

Israel’s Blindness and Deafness

18 “Listen, you deaf!
Look, you blind, so that you may see.(AT)
19 Who is blind but my servant,(AU)
or deaf like my messenger I am sending?
Who is blind like my dedicated one,[h]
or blind like the servant of the Lord?
20 Though seeing many things,[i] you pay no attention.
Though his ears are open, he does not listen.”(AV)

21 Because of his righteousness, the Lord was pleased
to magnify his instruction and make it glorious.
22 But this is a people plundered and looted,
all of them trapped in holes
or imprisoned in dungeons.
They have become plunder(AW)
with no one to rescue them
and loot, with no one saying, “Give it back!”
23 Who among you will hear this?
Let him listen and obey in the future.
24 Who gave Jacob to the robber,[j]
and Israel to the plunderers?
Was it not the Lord?
Have we not sinned against him?
They were not willing to walk in his ways,
and they would not listen to his instruction.
25 So he poured out his furious anger
and the power of war on Jacob.
It surrounded him with fire, but he did not know it;
it burned him, but he didn’t take it to heart.(AX)

Restoration of Israel

43 Now this is what the Lord says—
the one who created you, Jacob,
and the one who formed you, Israel(AY)
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;(AZ)
I have called you by your name; you are mine.(BA)
When you pass through the waters,(BB)
I will be with you,(BC)
and the rivers will not overwhelm you.
When you walk through the fire,(BD)
you will not be scorched,
and the flame will not burn you.
For I am the Lord your God,(BE)
the Holy One of Israel, and your Savior.(BF)
I have given Egypt as a ransom for you,
Cush and Seba in your place.
Because you are precious in my sight(BG)
and honored, and I love you,(BH)
I will give people in exchange for you
and nations instead of your life.
Do not fear, for I am with you;
I will bring your descendants from the east,(BI)
and gather you from the west.(BJ)
I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back!’
Bring my sons from far away,(BK)
and my daughters from the ends of the earth(BL)
everyone who bears my name
and is created for my glory.
I have formed them; indeed, I have made them.”

Bring out a people who are blind, yet have eyes,(BM)
and are deaf, yet have ears.
All the nations are gathered together,
and the peoples are assembled.(BN)
Who among them can declare this,(BO)
and tell us the former things?
Let them present their witnesses
to vindicate themselves,
so that people may hear and say, “It is true.”
10 “You are my witnesses”(BP)
this is the Lord’s declaration—
“and my servant whom I have chosen,(BQ)
so that you may know and believe me
and understand that I am he.(BR)
No god was formed before me,
and there will be none after me.(BS)
11 I—I am the Lord.
Besides me, there is no Savior.(BT)
12 I alone declared, saved, and proclaimed—
and not some foreign god[k] among you.
So you are my witnesses”—
this is the Lord’s declaration—
“and[l] I am God.(BU)
13 Also, from today on I am he alone,
and none can rescue from my power.(BV)
I act, and who can reverse it?” (BW)


  1. 41:23 DSS read we may hear
  2. 41:25 DSS read his
  3. 41:27 Lit First to Zion
  4. 41:29 DSS, Syr read are nothing
  5. 42:1 DSS read his justice
  6. 42:6 Or you by my righteousness; lit you in righteousness
  7. 42:10 Lit their
  8. 42:19 Hb obscure
  9. 42:20 Alt Hb tradition reads You see many things;
  10. 42:24 Lit to loot
  11. 43:12 Lit not a foreigner
  12. 43:12 Or that

Cross references:

  1. 41:17 : Is 43:20; 44:3; 49:10; 55:1
  2. 41:18 : Is 30:25
  3. 41:18 : Ps 107:35; Is 35:6–7; 43:19
  4. 41:19 : Is 35:1; 55:13; 60:13
  5. 41:20 : Jb 12:9; Is 66:14
  6. 41:20 : Is 4:5
  7. 41:22 : Is 44:7–8; 45:21; 46:10
  8. 41:23 : Is 42:9; 45:3; Jn 13:19
  9. 41:24 : Ps 115:8; Is 44:9; 1Co 8:4
  10. 41:25 : Jr 50:3
  11. 41:25 : Is 41:2; 46:11
  12. 41:25 : Ezr 1:2–4
  13. 41:27 : Is 40:9; 44:28; 52:7; Nah 1:15
  14. 41:28 : Is 46:7
  15. 42:1–4 : Mt 12:18–21
  16. 42:1 : Is 49:3–7; 50:10
  17. 42:1 : Is 41:8–9; Lk 9:35; 23:35; 1Pt 2:4,6
  18. 42:1 : Mt 3:17; 17:5; Mk 1:11; Lk 3:22; 2Pt 1:17
  19. 42:1 : Nm 11:16–17; 1Sm 16:13; Ps 33:6; 139:7; Is 11:2; 40:7; 59:21; Lk 4:18–21
  20. 42:1 : Is 2:4; 51:4–5
  21. 42:4 : Is 11:11; 24:15; 42:10,12; 49:1; 51:5; 60:9; 66:19
  22. 42:5 : Ps 104:2; Is 40:22
  23. 42:5 : Ps 136:6; Is 34:1
  24. 42:5 : Jb 12:10; 33:4; Is 57:16; Dn 5:23; Ac 17:25
  25. 42:6 : Is 5:7,16; 9:7; 11:4–5; 32:1; 41:2; 45:8,13; 51:5–8; 56:1; 60:21; Jr 23:5–6
  26. 42:6 : Is 41:10,13
  27. 42:6 : Is 49:8
  28. 42:6 : Is 49:6
  29. 42:7 : Ac 26:17–18
  30. 42:7 : Is 35:5; 49:9; 61:1; Heb 2:14–15
  31. 42:8 : Ex 20:3–5; Is 48:11
  32. 42:9 : Is 43:19; 48:3,6; Rv 21:4
  33. 42:10 : Ps 33:3; 96:1; 98:1; 144:9
  34. 42:10 : Ps 96:11; 98:7
  35. 42:11 : Is 21:16; 60:7
  36. 42:11 : Is 16:1
  37. 42:13 : Is 9:7; 26:11; 37:32; 59:17
  38. 42:14 : Ps 50:21; Is 57:11; 62:1; 64:12; 65:6
  39. 42:14 : Is 13:8
  40. 42:15 : Is 44:27; 50:2; Nah 1:4–6
  41. 42:16 : Is 29:18; 30:21; 32:3; Jr 31:8–9; Lk 1:78–79
  42. 42:16 : Eph 5:8
  43. 42:16 : Is 40:4; Lk 3:5
  44. 42:16 : Jos 1:5; Ps 94:14; Is 41:17; Heb 13:5
  45. 42:17 : Ps 97:7; Is 1:29; 44:9,11; 45:16
  46. 42:18 : Is 35:5
  47. 42:19 : Is 41:8–9; 43:10; 44:1–2,21; 45:4; 48:20; 49:3; 54:17; Ezk 28:25; 37:25; Lk 1:54
  48. 42:20 : Rm 2:21–23
  49. 42:22 : Dt 1:39; Jr 2:14; Ezk 34:8; 36:4
  50. 42:25 : Is 29:13; 47:7; 57:1; Jr 12:11; Hs 7:9
  51. 43:1 : Is 43:7,15,21; 44:2,21,24
  52. 43:1 : Is 44:22–23; 48:20
  53. 43:1 : Gn 32:28; Is 45:3–4
  54. 43:2 : Ps 66:12; Is 8:7–8
  55. 43:2 : Dt 31:6,8,23; Jos 1:5; 3:7; Jr 1:8; 30:11; 46:28
  56. 43:2 : Is 29:6; 30:27–29; Dn 3:25,27
  57. 43:3 : Ex 20:2; Is 41:13
  58. 43:3 : Is 19:20; 43:11; 45:15,21; 49:26; 60:16; 63:8
  59. 43:4 : 2Kg 1:13–14; Ps 36:7; 72:14; Pr 3:15; Is 28:16
  60. 43:4 : Is 63:9
  61. 43:5 : Is 41:8; 61:9
  62. 43:5 : Is 49:12
  63. 43:6 : 2Co 6:18
  64. 43:6 : Is 45:22
  65. 43:8 : Is 6:9; 42:19; Ezk 12:2
  66. 43:9 : Is 34:1; 41:1
  67. 43:9 : Is 41:22–23,26
  68. 43:10 : Is 44:8; Ac 1:8
  69. 43:10 : Is 41:8
  70. 43:10 : Is 41:4
  71. 43:10 : Is 44:6,8; 45:5–6
  72. 43:11 : Is 43:3; 45:21; Hs 13:4
  73. 43:12 : Ps 46:10; 50:7; Is 45:22; 46:9
  74. 43:13 : Dt 32:39; Jn 10:28–29
  75. 43:13 : Jb 9:12; Is 14:27
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Ephesians 2

From Death to Life

And you were dead(A) in your trespasses and sins in which you previously walked according to the ways of this world,(B) according to the ruler of the power of the air,(C) the spirit(D) now working in the disobedient.[a] We too all previously lived among them in our fleshly(E) desires, carrying out the inclinations(F) of our flesh and thoughts, and we were by nature children under wrath(G) as the others were also. But God, who is rich in mercy,(H) because of his great love(I) that he had for us,[b] made us alive(J) with Christ even though we were dead(K) in trespasses. You are saved by grace! He also raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus,(L) so that in the coming ages(M) he might display the immeasurable riches(N) of his grace through his kindness(O) to us in Christ Jesus. For you are saved by grace(P) through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— not from works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created(Q) in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time(R) for us to do.

Unity in Christ

11 So, then, remember that at one time you were Gentiles in the flesh—called “the uncircumcised” by those called “the circumcised,”(S) which is done in the flesh by human hands.(T) 12 At that time you were without Christ, excluded from the citizenship of Israel, and foreigners to the covenants of promise,(U) without hope(V) and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus, you who were far away have been brought near by the blood(W) of Christ. 14 For he is our peace, who made both groups one(X) and tore down the dividing wall of hostility. In his flesh, 15 he made of no effect the law consisting of commands and expressed in regulations, so that he might create(Y) in himself one(Z) new man from the two, resulting in peace. 16 He did this so that he might reconcile both to God in one body(AA) through the cross by which he put the hostility to death.[c] 17 He came and proclaimed the good news(AB) of peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.(AC) 18 For through him we both have access(AD) in one Spirit to the Father.(AE) 19 So, then, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with the saints, and members of God’s household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets,(AF) with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building, being put together,(AG) grows into a holy temple in the Lord.(AH) 22 In him you are also being built together(AI) for God’s dwelling(AJ) in the Spirit.


  1. 2:2 Lit sons of disobedience
  2. 2:4 Lit love with which he loved us
  3. 2:16 Or death in himself
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Psalm 67

Psalm 67

All Will Praise God

For the choir director: with stringed instruments. A psalm. A song.

May God be gracious to us and bless us;
may he make his face shine upon us(A)Selah
so that your way may be known on earth,
your salvation among all nations.(B)

Let the peoples praise you, God;
let all the peoples praise you.(C)
Let the nations rejoice and shout for joy,
for you judge the peoples with fairness
and lead the nations on earth.(D)Selah
Let the peoples praise you, God,
let all the peoples praise you.(E)

The earth has produced its harvest;
God, our God, blesses us.(F)
God will bless us,
and all the ends of the earth will fear him.(G)

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Proverbs 23:29-35

29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow?
Who has conflicts? Who has complaints?
Who has wounds for no reason?(A)
Who has red eyes?
30 Those who linger over wine;
those who go looking for mixed wine.(B)
31 Don’t gaze at wine because it is red,(C)
because it gleams in the cup
and goes down smoothly.(D)
32 In the end it bites like a snake
and stings like a viper.
33 Your eyes will see strange things,
and you will say absurd things.[a](E)
34 You’ll be like someone sleeping out at sea
or lying down on the top of a ship’s mast.
35 “They struck me, but[b] I feel no pain!
They beat me, but I didn’t know it!(F)
When will I wake up?
I’ll look for another drink.”(G)


  1. 23:33 Or will speak perversities, or inverted things
  2. 23:35 LXX, Syr, Tg, Vg read me,” you will say, “but
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