The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday January 25, 2023 (NIV)

Genesis 50:1 - Exodus 2:10

50 Then Joseph (A)fell on his father's face and wept over him and kissed him. And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to (B)embalm his father. So the physicians embalmed Israel. Forty days were required for it, for that is how many are required for embalming. And the Egyptians (C)wept for him seventy days.

And when the days of weeping for him were past, Joseph spoke to the household of Pharaoh, saying, (D)“If now I have found favor in your eyes, please speak in the ears of Pharaoh, saying, ‘My father made me swear, saying, “I am about to die: in my tomb (E)that I hewed out for myself in the land of Canaan, there shall you bury me.” Now therefore, let me please go up and bury my father. Then I will return.’” And Pharaoh answered, “Go up, and bury your father, as he made you swear.” So Joseph went up to bury his father. With him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his household, and all the elders of the land of Egypt, as well as all the household of Joseph, his brothers, and his father's household. Only their children, their flocks, and their herds were left (F)in the land of Goshen. And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen. It was a very great company. 10 When they came to the threshing floor of Atad, which is beyond the Jordan, (G)they lamented there with a very great and grievous lamentation, and he (H)made a mourning for his father seven days. 11 When the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning on the threshing floor of Atad, they said, “This is a grievous mourning by the Egyptians.” Therefore the place was named Abel-mizraim;[a] it is beyond the Jordan. 12 Thus his sons did for him as he had commanded them, 13 for (I)his sons carried him to the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave of the field at Machpelah, to the east of Mamre, which Abraham (J)bought with the field from Ephron the Hittite to possess as a burying place. 14 After he had buried his father, Joseph returned to Egypt with his brothers and all who had gone up with him to bury his father.

God's Good Purposes

15 When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.” 16 So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this command before he died: 17 ‘Say to Joseph, “Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.”’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of (K)the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18 His brothers also came and (L)fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.” 19 But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for (M)am I in the place of God? 20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but (N)God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people[b] should be kept alive, as they are today. 21 So do not fear; (O)I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

The Death of Joseph

22 So Joseph remained in Egypt, he and his father's house. Joseph lived 110 years. 23 And Joseph saw Ephraim's children (P)of the third generation. The (Q)children also of Machir the son of Manasseh were (R)counted as Joseph's own.[c] 24 And Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die, but (S)God will visit you and bring you up out of this land to the land (T)that he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.” 25 Then (U)Joseph made the sons of Israel swear, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here.” 26 So Joseph died, being 110 years old. They (V)embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.

Israel Increases Greatly in Egypt

(W)These are the names of the sons of Israel who came to Egypt with Jacob, each with his household: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin, Dan and Naphtali, Gad and Asher. All the descendants of Jacob were (X)seventy persons; Joseph was already in Egypt. Then (Y)Joseph died, and all his brothers and all that generation. (Z)But the people of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly; they multiplied and grew exceedingly strong, so that the land was filled with them.

Pharaoh Oppresses Israel

Now there arose a new king over Egypt, (AA)who did not know Joseph. And he said to his people, “Behold, (AB)the people of Israel are too many and too mighty for us. 10 (AC)Come, (AD)let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and, if war breaks out, they join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land.” 11 Therefore they set taskmasters over them (AE)to afflict them with heavy (AF)burdens. They built for Pharaoh (AG)store cities, Pithom and (AH)Raamses. 12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad. And the Egyptians were in dread of the people of Israel. 13 So they ruthlessly made the people of Israel (AI)work as slaves 14 and (AJ)made their lives bitter with hard service, in mortar and brick, and in all kinds of work in the field. In all their work they ruthlessly made them work as slaves.

15 Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, 16 “When you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women and see them on the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall kill him, but if it is a daughter, she shall live.” 17 But the midwives (AK)feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but let the male children live. 18 So the king of Egypt called the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this, and let the male children live?” 19 The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women, for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife comes to them.” 20 (AL)So God dealt well with the midwives. And the people multiplied and grew very strong. 21 And because the midwives feared God, (AM)he gave them families. 22 Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, (AN)“Every son that is born to the Hebrews[d] you shall cast into (AO)the Nile, but you shall let every daughter live.”

The Birth of Moses

Now a (AP)man from the house of Levi went and took as his wife a Levite woman. The woman conceived and bore a son, and (AQ)when she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him three months. When she could hide him no longer, she took for him a basket made of bulrushes[e] and daubed it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in it and placed it among the (AR)reeds by the river bank. And (AS)his sister stood at a distance to know what would be done to him. Now the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her young women walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her servant woman, and she took it. When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby was crying. She took pity on him and said, “This is one of the Hebrews' children.” Then his sister said to Pharaoh's daughter, “Shall I go and call you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?” And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, “Go.” So the girl went and called the child's mother. And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him. 10 When the child grew older, she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter, and he became (AT)her son. She named him Moses, “Because,” she said, “I (AU)drew him out of the water.”[f]


  1. Genesis 50:11 Abel-mizraim means mourning (or meadow) of Egypt
  2. Genesis 50:20 Or a numerous people
  3. Genesis 50:23 Hebrew were born on Joseph's knees
  4. Exodus 1:22 Samaritan, Septuagint, Targum; Hebrew lacks to the Hebrews
  5. Exodus 2:3 Hebrew papyrus reeds
  6. Exodus 2:10 Moses sounds like the Hebrew for draw out

Cross references:

  1. Genesis 50:1 : ch. 46:4
  2. Genesis 50:2 : ver. 26; [2 Chr. 16:14; Mark 16:1; Luke 23:56; John 19:39, 40]
  3. Genesis 50:3 : [ver. 10; Num. 20:29; Deut. 34:8; 1 Sam. 31:13; Job 2:13]
  4. Genesis 50:4 : ch. 47:29; See ch. 33:15
  5. Genesis 50:5 : 2 Chr. 16:14; Isa. 22:16; Matt. 27:60
  6. Genesis 50:8 : See ch. 45:10
  7. Genesis 50:10 : [2 Sam. 1:17; Acts 8:2]
  8. Genesis 50:10 : [ver. 3]
  9. Genesis 50:13 : ch. 49:29, 30; [Acts 7:16]
  10. Genesis 50:13 : ch. 23:16
  11. Genesis 50:17 : ch. 49:25
  12. Genesis 50:18 : [ch. 37:7, 10]
  13. Genesis 50:19 : ch. 30:2; [2 Kgs. 5:7]
  14. Genesis 50:20 : ch. 45:5, 7
  15. Genesis 50:21 : ch. 45:11; 47:12
  16. Genesis 50:23 : [Job 42:16; Ps. 128:6]
  17. Genesis 50:23 : Num. 32:39; 1 Chr. 7:14, 15
  18. Genesis 50:23 : [ch. 30:3]
  19. Genesis 50:24 : ch. 15:14; 46:4; 48:21; Ex. 3:16, 17; [Heb. 11:22]
  20. Genesis 50:24 : ch. 15:18; 26:3; 28:13; 35:12; 46:4
  21. Genesis 50:25 : Ex. 13:19; Josh. 24:32
  22. Genesis 50:26 : See ver. 2
  23. Exodus 1:1 : For ver. 1-4, see Gen. 35:23-26; 46:8-26
  24. Exodus 1:5 : Gen. 46:27; Deut. 10:22
  25. Exodus 1:6 : Gen. 50:26
  26. Exodus 1:7 : Deut. 26:5; Acts 7:17; [Gen. 46:3]
  27. Exodus 1:8 : Cited Acts 7:18
  28. Exodus 1:9 : Ps. 105:24
  29. Exodus 1:10 : Ps. 83:3, 4
  30. Exodus 1:10 : Ps. 105:25; Acts 7:19
  31. Exodus 1:11 : ch. 3:7; Gen. 15:13; Deut. 26:6
  32. Exodus 1:11 : ch. 2:11; 5:4, 5; 6:6, 7; Ps. 81:6
  33. Exodus 1:11 : [2 Chr. 16:4]
  34. Exodus 1:11 : [ch. 12:37; Gen. 47:11]
  35. Exodus 1:13 : See ch. 5:7-19
  36. Exodus 1:14 : [ch. 2:23; 6:9; Num. 20:15; Acts 7:19, 34]
  37. Exodus 1:17 : Prov. 16:6; [Dan. 3:16-18; 6:13; Acts 5:29]
  38. Exodus 1:20 : [Eccles. 8:12]
  39. Exodus 1:21 : [1 Sam. 2:35; 2 Sam. 7:11, 27; 1 Kgs. 2:24; 11:38; Ps. 127:1]
  40. Exodus 1:22 : Acts 7:19
  41. Exodus 1:22 : Gen. 41:1
  42. Exodus 2:1 : ch. 6:20; Num. 26:59; 1 Chr. 23:14
  43. Exodus 2:2 : Acts 7:20; Heb. 11:23
  44. Exodus 2:3 : ver. 5; Isa. 19:6
  45. Exodus 2:4 : ch. 15:20; Num. 26:59
  46. Exodus 2:10 : Acts 7:21; [Heb. 11:24]
  47. Exodus 2:10 : 2 Sam. 22:17; Ps. 18:16
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Matthew 16:13-17:9

Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ

13 (A)Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say (B)John the Baptist, others say (C)Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, (D)“You are (E)the Christ, (F)the Son of (G)the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, (H)“Blessed are you, (I)Simon Bar-Jonah! For (J)flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, (K)but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, (L)you are Peter, and (M)on this rock[a] I will build my church, and (N)the gates of (O)hell[b] shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you (P)the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and (Q)whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed[c] in heaven.” 20 (R)Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.

Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection

21 (S)From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that (T)he must go to Jerusalem and (U)suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on (V)the third day be raised. 22 And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord![d] This shall never happen to you.” 23 But he turned and said to Peter, (W)“Get behind me, Satan! You are (X)a hindrance[e] to me. For you (Y)are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus

24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him (Z)deny himself and (AA)take up his cross and follow me. 25 For (AB)whoever would save his life[f] will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For (AC)what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or (AD)what shall a man give in return for his soul? 27 (AE)For the Son of Man is going to come with (AF)his angels in the glory of his Father, and (AG)then he will repay each person according to what he has done. 28 Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not (AH)taste death (AI)until they see the Son of Man (AJ)coming in his kingdom.”

The Transfiguration

17 (AK)And after six days Jesus took with him (AL)Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was (AM)transfigured before them, and (AN)his face shone like the sun, and (AO)his clothes became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for (AP)Elijah.” He was still speaking when, behold, (AQ)a bright cloud overshadowed them, and (AR)a voice from the cloud said, (AS)“This is my beloved Son,[g] with whom I am well pleased; (AT)listen to him.” When (AU)the disciples heard this, (AV)they fell on their faces and were terrified. But Jesus came and (AW)touched them, saying, “Rise, and (AX)have no fear.” And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.

(AY)And as they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, (AZ)“Tell no one the vision, until the Son of Man is raised from the dead.”


  1. Matthew 16:18 The Greek words for Peter and rock sound similar
  2. Matthew 16:18 Greek the gates of Hades
  3. Matthew 16:19 Or shall have been bound… shall have been loosed
  4. Matthew 16:22 Or “[May God be] merciful to you, Lord!”
  5. Matthew 16:23 Greek stumbling block
  6. Matthew 16:25 The same Greek word can mean either soul or life, depending on the context; twice in this verse and twice in verse 26
  7. Matthew 17:5 Or my Son, my (or the) Beloved

Cross references:

  1. Matthew 16:13 : For ver. 13-16, see Mark 8:27-29; Luke 9:18-20
  2. Matthew 16:14 : ch. 14:2; Mark 6:14; Luke 9:7
  3. Matthew 16:14 : Mark 6:15; Luke 9:8; [ch. 17:10; Mark 9:11; John 1:21]
  4. Matthew 16:16 : John 11:27
  5. Matthew 16:16 : See ch. 1:17
  6. Matthew 16:16 : See ch. 14:33
  7. Matthew 16:16 : Deut. 5:26; Josh. 3:10; Ps. 42:2; Jer. 10:10; Dan. 6:20; Hos. 1:10; Acts 14:15; 2 Cor. 3:3; 1 Tim. 4:10
  8. Matthew 16:17 : [ch. 13:16]
  9. Matthew 16:17 : [John 1:42; 21:15-17]
  10. Matthew 16:17 : 1 Cor. 15:50; Gal. 1:16 (Gk.); Eph. 6:12; Heb. 2:14
  11. Matthew 16:17 : 1 Cor. 2:10; 12:3; [ch. 11:25; John 6:45]
  12. Matthew 16:18 : [ch. 10:2; John 1:42]
  13. Matthew 16:18 : Eph. 2:20; Rev. 21:14; [ch. 7:24]
  14. Matthew 16:18 : Job 38:17; Isa. 38:10
  15. Matthew 16:18 : See ch. 11:23
  16. Matthew 16:19 : [Isa. 22:22; Rev. 1:18; 3:7]
  17. Matthew 16:19 : [ch. 18:18; John 20:23]
  18. Matthew 16:20 : Mark 8:30; Luke 9:21; [ch. 17:9]; See ch. 12:16
  19. Matthew 16:21 : For ver. 21-28, see Mark 8:31–9:1; Luke 9:22-27; [ch. 17:12, 22, 23; 20:17-19]
  20. Matthew 16:21 : ch. 20:18; [Luke 13:33]
  21. Matthew 16:21 : ch. 17:12, 22, 23; Luke 24:7
  22. Matthew 16:21 : See ch. 27:63; John 2:19
  23. Matthew 16:23 : [ch. 4:10]
  24. Matthew 16:23 : See ch. 13:41
  25. Matthew 16:23 : Rom. 8:5; Phil. 3:19; Col. 3:2; [Phil. 2:5]
  26. Matthew 16:24 : [2 Tim. 2:12, 13]
  27. Matthew 16:24 : See ch. 10:38, 39
  28. Matthew 16:25 : [See ver. 24 above]; See ch. 10:38, 39
  29. Matthew 16:26 : [Luke 12:20]
  30. Matthew 16:26 : [Ps. 49:7, 8]
  31. Matthew 16:27 : ch. 24:30; 25:31; 26:64; Dan. 7:10, 13; Zech. 14:5; John 1:51; Acts 1:11; 1 Thess. 1:10; 4:16; Jude 14; Rev. 1:7; [Deut. 33:2]
  32. Matthew 16:27 : ch. 13:41
  33. Matthew 16:27 : Rom. 2:6; 14:12; 2 Cor. 5:10; Heb. 9:27; 1 Pet. 1:17; Rev. 2:23; 20:12; 22:12; See Acts 10:42; 1 Cor. 3:8
  34. Matthew 16:28 : John 8:52; Heb. 2:9
  35. Matthew 16:28 : [ch. 10:23; 23:36; 24:34]
  36. Matthew 16:28 : Luke 23:42
  37. Matthew 17:1 : For ver. 1-8, see Mark 9:2-8; Luke 9:28-36
  38. Matthew 17:1 : ch. 26:37; Mark 5:37
  39. Matthew 17:2 : [2 Cor. 3:18 (Gk.)]
  40. Matthew 17:2 : Rev. 1:16; 10:1
  41. Matthew 17:2 : Dan. 7:9; [ch. 28:3; Ps. 104:2]
  42. Matthew 17:4 : [Mal. 4:5]
  43. Matthew 17:5 : 2 Pet. 1:17; [Ex. 24:15, 16]
  44. Matthew 17:5 : 2 Pet. 1:17; [Ex. 24:15, 16]
  45. Matthew 17:5 : See ch. 3:17
  46. Matthew 17:5 : Acts 3:22
  47. Matthew 17:6 : 2 Pet. 1:18
  48. Matthew 17:6 : [Gen. 17:3; Ezek. 1:28; Rev. 1:17]
  49. Matthew 17:7 : Dan. 8:18; 10:10, 18
  50. Matthew 17:7 : ch. 14:27
  51. Matthew 17:9 : For ver. 9-13, see Mark 9:9-13
  52. Matthew 17:9 : See ch. 8:4; 12:16
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Psalm 21

The King Rejoices in the Lord's Strength

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

21 O Lord, in your (A)strength the king rejoices,
and in your (B)salvation how greatly he exults!
You have (C)given him his heart's desire
and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah
For you (D)meet him with rich blessings;
you set (E)a crown of (F)fine gold upon his head.
He asked life of you; you (G)gave it to him,
(H)length of days forever and ever.
His (I)glory is great through your salvation;
(J)splendor and majesty you bestow on him.
For you make him most blessed forever;[a]
you make him glad with the (K)joy of your presence.
For the king trusts in the Lord,
and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be (L)moved.

Your hand will (M)find out all your enemies;
your right hand will find out those who hate you.
You will make them as (N)a blazing oven
when you appear.
The Lord will swallow them up in his (O)wrath,
and (P)fire will consume them.
10 You (Q)will destroy their (R)descendants from the earth,
and their offspring from among the children of man.
11 Though they plan evil against you,
though they (S)devise mischief, they will not succeed.
12 For you will put them (T)to flight;
you will (U)aim at their faces with your bows.

13 Be exalted, O Lord, in your strength!
We will sing and praise your power.


  1. Psalm 21:6 Or make him a source of blessing forever
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Proverbs 5:1-6

Warning Against Adultery

(A)My son, be attentive to my wisdom;
(B)incline your ear to my understanding,
that you may keep (C)discretion,
and your lips may (D)guard knowledge.
For the lips of (E)a forbidden[a] woman drip honey,
and her speech[b] is (F)smoother than oil,
but in the end she is (G)bitter as (H)wormwood,
(I)sharp as (J)a two-edged sword.
Her feet (K)go down to death;
her steps follow the path to[c] Sheol;
she (L)does not ponder the path of life;
her ways wander, and she does not know it.


  1. Proverbs 5:3 Hebrew strange; also verse 20
  2. Proverbs 5:3 Hebrew palate
  3. Proverbs 5:5 Hebrew lay hold of
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