The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday June 11, 2024 (NIV)

1 Kings 8

Solomon’s Dedication of the Temple

At that time Solomon assembled the elders(A) of Israel,(B) all the tribal heads(C) and the ancestral leaders of the Israelites before him at Jerusalem in order to bring the ark of the Lord’s covenant from the city of David,(D) that is Zion.(E) So all the men of Israel were assembled in the presence of King Solomon in the month of Ethanim, which is the seventh month,[a] at the festival.(F)

All the elders(G) of Israel came, and the priests(H) picked up the ark.(I) The priests and the Levites brought the ark of the Lord, the tent of meeting,(J) and the holy utensils that were in the tent.(K) King Solomon and the entire congregation of Israel, who had gathered around him and were with him in front of the ark, were sacrificing sheep, goats, and cattle that could not be counted or numbered, because there were so many.(L) The priests brought the ark of the Lord’s covenant to its place, into the inner sanctuary of the temple, to the most holy place(M) beneath the wings of the cherubim. For the cherubim were spreading their wings over[b] the place of the ark, so that the cherubim covered the ark and its poles from above.(N) The poles were so long that their ends were seen from the holy place in front of the inner sanctuary, but they were not seen from outside the sanctuary; they are still there today.(O) Nothing was in the ark except the two stone tablets that Moses had put there at Horeb,[c](P) where the Lord made a covenant with the Israelites when they came out of the land of Egypt.(Q)

10 When the priests came out of the holy place, the cloud filled the Lord’s temple,(R) 11 and because of the cloud, the priests were not able to continue ministering, for the glory(S) of the Lord filled the temple.

12 Then Solomon said:

The Lord said that he would dwell in total darkness.(T)
13 I have indeed built an exalted temple(U) for you,
a place for your dwelling forever.(V)

14 The king turned around and blessed(W) the entire congregation of Israel while they were standing. 15 He said:

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel!
He spoke directly to my father David,
and he has fulfilled the promise(X) by his power.
He said,
16 “Since the day I brought my people Israel out of Egypt,(Y)
I have not chosen a city to build a temple in
among any of the tribes of Israel,
so that my name(Z) would be there.
But I have chosen David to rule my people Israel.”(AA)
17 My father David had his heart set
on building a temple for the name of the Lord, the God of Israel.(AB)
18 But the Lord said to my father David,
“Since your heart was set on building a temple for my name,
you have done well to have this desire.[d](AC)
19 Yet you are not the one to build it;
instead, your son, your own offspring,
will build it for my name.”(AD)
20 The Lord has fulfilled what he promised.
I have taken the place of my father David,(AE)
and I sit on the throne of Israel, as the Lord promised.(AF)
I have built the temple for the name of the Lord, the God of Israel.
21 I have provided a place there for the ark,
where the Lord’s covenant is
that he made with our ancestors
when he brought them out of the land of Egypt.(AG)

Solomon’s Prayer

22 Then Solomon stood(AH) before the altar of the Lord in front of the entire congregation of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven.(AI) 23 He said:

Lord God of Israel,
there is no God like you
in heaven above or on earth below,(AJ)
who keeps the gracious covenant
with your servants who walk before you
with all their heart.(AK)
24 You have kept what you promised
to your servant, my father David.
You spoke directly to him
and you fulfilled your promise by your power
as it is today.(AL)
25 Therefore, Lord God of Israel,
keep what you promised
to your servant, my father David:
You will never fail to have a man
to sit before me on the throne of Israel,(AM)
if only your sons take care to walk before me
as you have walked before me.(AN)
26 Now Lord[e] God of Israel,
please confirm what you promised
to your servant, my father David.(AO)
27 But will God indeed live on earth?
Even heaven, the highest heaven, cannot contain you,
much less this temple I have built.(AP)
28 Listen[f] to your servant’s prayer and his petition,(AQ)
Lord my God,
so that you may hear the cry and the prayer
that your servant prays before you today,
29 so that your eyes may watch over this temple night and day,(AR)
toward the place where you said,
“My name will be there,”(AS)
and so that you may hear the prayer
that your servant prays toward this place.
30 Hear the petition of your servant(AT)
and your people Israel,
which they pray toward this place.(AU)
May you hear in your dwelling place in heaven.
May you hear and forgive.
31 When a man sins against his neighbor
and is forced to take an oath,[g](AV)
and he comes to take an oath
before your altar in this temple,
32 may you hear in heaven and act.
May you judge your servants,
condemning the wicked man by bringing
what he has done on his own head
and providing justice for the righteous
by rewarding him according to his righteousness.(AW)
33 When your people Israel are defeated before an enemy,
because they have sinned against you,(AX)
and they return to you and praise your name,
and they pray and plead with you
for mercy in this temple,
34 may you hear in heaven
and forgive the sin of your people Israel.
May you restore them to the land
you gave their ancestors.(AY)
35 When the skies are shut and there is no rain,
because they have sinned against you,(AZ)
and they pray toward this place
and praise your name,
and they turn from their sins
because you are afflicting them,(BA)
36 may you hear in heaven
and forgive the sin of your servants
and your people Israel,
so that you may teach them to walk on the good way.(BB)
May you send rain on your land
that you gave your people for an inheritance.(BC)
37 When there is famine in the land,
when there is pestilence,
when there is blight or mildew, locust or grasshopper,(BD)
when their enemy besieges them
in the land and its cities,[h]
when there is any plague or illness,
38 every prayer or petition
that any person or that all your people Israel may have—
they each know their own affliction[i](BE)
as they spread out their hands toward this temple,(BF)
39 may you hear in heaven, your dwelling place,
and may you forgive, act, and give to everyone
according to all their ways, since you know each heart,
for you alone know every human heart,(BG)
40 so that they may fear(BH) you
all the days they live on the land(BI)
you gave our ancestors.
41 Even for the foreigner who is not of your people Israel
but has come from a distant land(BJ)
because of your name—
42 for they will hear of your great name,
strong hand,(BK) and outstretched arm,
and will come(BL) and pray toward this temple—
43 may you hear in heaven, your dwelling place,
and do according to all the foreigner asks.
Then all peoples of earth will know(BM) your name,
to fear you as your people Israel do
and to know that this temple I have built
bears your name.
44 When your people go out to fight against their enemies,[j]
wherever you send them,
and they pray to the Lord
in the direction of the city you have chosen(BN)
and the temple I have built for your name,
45 may you hear their prayer and petition in heaven
and uphold their cause.(BO)
46 When they sin against you—
for there is no one who does not sin(BP)
and you are angry with them
and hand them over to the enemy,
and their captors deport them to the enemy’s country(BQ)
whether distant or nearby—
47 and when they come to their senses[k]
in the land where they were deported
and repent and petition you in their captors’ land:
“We have sinned and done wrong;
we have been wicked,”(BR)
48 and when they return to you with all their heart and all their soul
in the land of their enemies who took them captive,(BS)
and when they pray to you in the direction of their land
that you gave their ancestors,
the city you have chosen,(BT)
and the temple I have built for your name,
49 may you hear in heaven, your dwelling place,
their prayer and petition and uphold their cause.
50 May you forgive your people
who sinned against you
and all their rebellions[l] against you,
and may you grant them compassion
before their captors,
so that they may treat them compassionately.(BU)
51 For they are your people and your inheritance;(BV)
you brought them out of Egypt,
out of the middle of an iron furnace.(BW)
52 May your eyes be open to your servant’s petition
and to the petition of your people Israel,
listening to them whenever they call to you.
53 For you, Lord God, have set them apart as your inheritance
from all peoples of the earth,
as you spoke through your servant Moses
when you brought our ancestors out of Egypt.(BX)

Solomon’s Blessing

54 When Solomon finished praying this entire prayer and petition to the Lord, he got up from kneeling before the altar of the Lord, with his hands spread out toward heaven,(BY) 55 and he stood and blessed the whole congregation of Israel(BZ) with a loud voice: 56 “Blessed be the Lord! He has given rest(CA) to his people Israel according to all he has said. Not one of all the good promises he made through his servant Moses has failed.(CB) 57 May the Lord our God be with us as he was with our ancestors. May he not abandon us or leave us(CC) 58 so that he causes us to be devoted[m] to him,(CD) to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commands, statutes, and ordinances, which he commanded our ancestors. 59 May my words with which I have made my petition before the Lord be near the Lord our God day and night. May he uphold his servant’s cause and the cause of his people Israel, as each day requires.(CE) 60 May all the peoples of the earth know that the Lord is God. There is no other!(CF) 61 Be wholeheartedly devoted to the Lord our God(CG) to walk in his statutes and to keep his commands, as it is today.”

62 The king and all Israel with him were offering sacrifices in the Lord’s presence. 63 Solomon offered a sacrifice of fellowship offerings to the Lord: twenty-two thousand cattle and one hundred twenty thousand sheep and goats.(CH) In this manner the king and all the Israelites dedicated(CI) the Lord’s temple.(CJ)

64 On the same day, the king consecrated the middle of the courtyard that was in front of the Lord’s temple because that was where he offered the burnt offering, the grain offering, and the fat of the fellowship offerings,(CK) since the bronze altar before the Lord was too small to accommodate the burnt offerings, the grain offerings, and the fat of the fellowship offerings.(CL)

65 Solomon and all Israel with him—a great assembly, from the entrance of Hamath[n](CM) to the Brook of Egypt(CN)—observed the festival at that time(CO) in the presence of the Lord our God, seven days, and seven more days—fourteen days.[o](CP) 66 On the fifteenth day[p] he sent the people away. So they blessed the king and went to their homes[q] rejoicing and with happy hearts for all the goodness that the Lord had done for his servant David and for his people Israel.(CQ)


  1. 8:2 = September–October
  2. 8:7 LXX; MT reads toward
  3. 8:9 = Sinai
  4. 8:18 Lit well because it was with your heart
  5. 8:26 Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr, Tg, Vg, 2Ch 6:16; other Hb mss omit Lord
  6. 8:28 Lit Turn
  7. 8:31 Lit and he lifts a curse against him to curse him
  8. 8:37 Lit land of its gates
  9. 8:38 Lit know in his heart of a plague
  10. 8:44 Some Hb mss, some ancient versions, 2Ch 6:34; other Hb mss read enemy
  11. 8:47 Lit they return to their heart
  12. 8:50 Lit rebellions that they have rebelled
  13. 8:58 Lit causes our hearts to be inclined
  14. 8:65 Or from Lebo-hamath
  15. 8:65 Temple dedication lasted seven days, and the Festival of Shelters lasted seven days.
  16. 8:66 Lit the eighth day
  17. 8:66 Lit tents

Cross references:

  1. 8:1 : Ex 3:16; Nm 11:16
  2. 8:1–11 : 2Ch 5:2–14
  3. 8:1 : Nm 1:5–16; 7:2
  4. 8:1 : 2Sm 5:7
  5. 8:1 : 2Sm 6:12–15,17
  6. 8:2 : Lv 23:34; Dt 16:13–15; 1Kg 8:65
  7. 8:3 : Nm 11:16
  8. 8:3 : Dt 31:9; Jos 3:3,6
  9. 8:3 : 2Sm 6:12,17
  10. 8:4 : 2Ch 1:3
  11. 8:4 : 2Ch 5:4–5
  12. 8:5 : 2Ch 1:6; 30:24
  13. 8:6 : 1Kg 6:19
  14. 8:6–7 : 1Kg 6:23–28
  15. 8:8 : Ex 25:13–15; 37:4–5
  16. 8:9 : Ex 25:21; Dt 10:5
  17. 8:9 : Ex 24:7–8; Dt 4:13
  18. 8:10 : Ex 40:34–35; 2Ch 7:1
  19. 8:11 : 2Ch 7:2; Ezk 10:4,18–19; 43:4–5
  20. 8:12 : Ex 20:21; Lv 16:2; Dt 5:22
  21. 8:13 : 2Sm 7:13
  22. 8:13 : Ps 132:14
  23. 8:14 : Ex 39:43; 2Sm 6:18; 1Kg 8:55
  24. 8:15 : 2Sm 7:15–16,25
  25. 8:16 : 2Sm 7:6; 1Ch 17:5
  26. 8:16 : Dt 12:5,11
  27. 8:16 : 1Sm 16:1; 2Sm 7:8
  28. 8:17 : 2Sm 7:2–3; 1Ch 22:7
  29. 8:18 : 2Ch 6:8
  30. 8:19 : 2Sm 7:12–13; 1Kg 5:5; Ac 7:47
  31. 8:20 : 2Sm 7:12
  32. 8:20 : 1Ch 28:5–6
  33. 8:21 : Dt 31:26; 1Kg 8:9
  34. 8:22–53 : 2Ch 6:12–42
  35. 8:22 : 1Kg 8:54; 2Ch 6:12
  36. 8:23 : 1Sm 2:2; 2Sm 7:22
  37. 8:23 : Dt 7:16; Neh 1:5; Dn 9:4
  38. 8:24 : 2Sm 7:15–16
  39. 8:25 : 1Kg 2:4; 9:5
  40. 8:25 : 1Kg 9:4–9; 2Ch 7:17–22
  41. 8:26 : 2Sm 7:25
  42. 8:27 : 2Ch 2:6; Ac 7:47; 17:24
  43. 8:28 : Php 4:6
  44. 8:29 : 2Ch 7:15; Neh 1:6
  45. 8:29 : Dt 12:11
  46. 8:30 : Neh 1:6; Dn 9:4
  47. 8:30 : Dn 6:10
  48. 8:31 : Ex 22:11; Jos 7:19; Jn 9:24
  49. 8:32 : Dt 25:1
  50. 8:33 : Lv 26:17,25,39
  51. 8:33–34 : Lv 26:40–42
  52. 8:35 : Dt 28:23–24
  53. 8:35 : Dt 30:1–3; Am 4:7–8
  54. 8:36 : 1Sm 12:23
  55. 8:36 : Dt 11:14; Jl 2:23
  56. 8:37 : Lv 26:16,25–26
  57. 8:38 : 2Ch 6:29
  58. 8:38 : Ex 9:29; 2Ch 6:29
  59. 8:39 : 1Sm 16:7; 1Ch 28:9
  60. 8:40 : Dt 6:13
  61. 8:40 : Dt 12:1
  62. 8:41 : Lv 24:22; Dt 10:18–19
  63. 8:42 : Dt 3:24
  64. 8:42 : 1Kg 10:1
  65. 8:43 : Jos 4:24; 1Sm 17:46
  66. 8:44 : Dt 12:11; 1Ch 5:20; 2Ch 14:11
  67. 8:45 : Ps 9:4; 140:12
  68. 8:46 : Rm 3:10,23; 1Jn 1:8
  69. 8:46 : Lv 26:33–34
  70. 8:47 : Lv 26:40–42; Neh 1:6; Dn 9:5
  71. 8:48 : Jr 29:10–14
  72. 8:48 : Dn 6:10
  73. 8:50 : 2Kg 25:28; 2Ch 30:9
  74. 8:51 : Ex 32:11; Dt 9:26,29
  75. 8:51 : Dt 4:20
  76. 8:53 : Ex 19:5–6; Dt 9:26–29
  77. 8:54 : 2Ch 6:12–13
  78. 8:55 : Nm 6:23–26; 2Sm 6:18
  79. 8:56 : Dt 12:10; 1Ch 22:18; Heb 3:18–19
  80. 8:56 : Jos 21:45; 23:15
  81. 8:57 : Dt 31:6; Jos 1:5; Heb 13:5
  82. 8:58 : Jos 24:23; Jr 31:33; Php 2:13
  83. 8:59 : Pr 30:8; Mt 6:11
  84. 8:60 : Dt 6:4; Jos 4:24; Mk 12:32
  85. 8:61 : Dt 6:5; 1Kg 9:4; 11:4
  86. 8:62–63 : 1Ch 29:21; 2Ch 7:4–5; Ezr 6:16–17
  87. 8:63 : Dt 20:5; Ezr 6:16; Neh 12:27
  88. 8:63 : 2Ch 7:5
  89. 8:64 : Lv 6–7
  90. 8:64 : 2Ch 7:7
  91. 8:65 : Nm 13:21; 34:8
  92. 8:65 : Gn 15:18
  93. 8:65 : Lv 23:36; 1Kg 8:2
  94. 8:65 : 2Ch 7:9
  95. 8:66 : 2Ch 7:10
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Acts 7:51-8:13

Resisting the Holy Spirit

51 “You stiff-necked(A) people with uncircumcised hearts and ears!(B) You are always resisting the Holy Spirit. As your ancestors did, you do also. 52 Which of the prophets did your ancestors not persecute?(C) They even killed those who foretold the coming of the Righteous One, whose betrayers and murderers(D) you have now become. 53 You received the law under the direction of angels(E) and yet have not kept it.”

The First Christian Martyr

54 When they heard these things, they were enraged[a] and gnashed their teeth at him. 55 Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven. He saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.(F) 56 He said, “Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” (G)

57 They yelled at the top of their voices, covered their ears, and together rushed against him. 58 They dragged him out of the city and began to stone(H) him. And the witnesses laid their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul.(I) 59 While they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!” (J) 60 He knelt down and cried out with a loud voice,(K) “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” And after saying this, he fell asleep.(L)

Saul the Persecutor

Saul agreed with putting him to death.

On that day a severe persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout the land of Judea and Samaria.(M) Devout men buried Stephen and mourned deeply over him. Saul,(N) however, was ravaging the church. He would enter house after house, drag off men and women, and put them in prison.(O)

Philip in Samaria

So those who were scattered went on their way preaching the word. Philip went down to a[b] city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah to them.(P) The crowds were all paying attention to what Philip said, as they listened and saw the signs he was performing. For unclean spirits, crying out with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed, and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed.(Q) So there was great joy in that city.

The Response of Simon

A man named Simon had previously practiced sorcery in that city and amazed the Samaritan people, while claiming to be somebody great.(R) 10 They all paid attention to him, from the least of them to the greatest, and they said, “This man is called the Great Power of God.”[c](S) 11 They were attentive to him because he had amazed them with his sorceries for a long time. 12 But when they believed Philip, as he proclaimed the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized.(T) 13 Even Simon himself believed. And after he was baptized, he followed Philip everywhere and was amazed as he observed the signs and great miracles(U) that were being performed.


  1. 7:54 Or were cut to the quick
  2. 8:5 Other mss read the
  3. 8:10 Or “This is the power of God called Great
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Psalm 129

Psalm 129

Protection of the Oppressed

A song of ascents.

Since my youth they have often attacked me—
let Israel say—
since my youth they have often attacked me,
but they have not prevailed against me.(A)
Plowmen plowed over my back;
they made their furrows long.(B)
The Lord is righteous;
he has cut the ropes of the wicked.(C)

Let all who hate Zion
be driven back in disgrace.(D)
Let them be like grass on the rooftops,
which withers before it grows up[a](E)
and can’t even fill the hands of the reaper
or the arms of the one who binds sheaves.(F)
Then none who pass by will say,
“May the Lord’s blessing be on you.
We bless you in the name of the Lord.”(G)


  1. 129:6 Or it can be pulled out
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Proverbs 17:1

17 Better a dry crust with peace
than a house full of feasting with strife.(A)

Cross references:

  1. 17:1 : Pr 15:17; 21:9,19; 25:24
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