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2 Samuel 21

There was a famine in the days of David for three years, year after year. And David inquired of Yahweh, and Yahweh said, "The bloodguilt is on Saul and on his household, because he killed the Gibeonites." So the king called the Gibeonites and spoke to them. Now the Gibeonites were not from the Israelites; they were from the remainder of the Amorites. Now the Israelites had sworn to them, but Saul tried to wipe them out in his zeal for the Israelites and Judah. So David asked the Gibeonites, "What can I do for you, and with what can I make amends that you may bless the inheritance of Yahweh?" Then the Gibeonites said to him, "It is not a matter for us of silver or gold with Saul or with his household. It is not for us to put to death anyone in Israel." He asked, "What are you saying that I should do for you all?" Then they said to the king, "The man who consumed us and who plotted against us so that we were destroyed from existing in all of the territory of Israel, let seven men from his sons be given over to us, and we will execute them before Yahweh in Gibeah of Saul, the chosen one of Yahweh." Then the king said, "I will give them over." But the king spared Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, because of the sworn oath of Yahweh which was between them, between David and Jonathan the son of Saul. So the king took two of the sons of Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, whom she bore to Saul, namely Armoni and Mephibosheth, and five of the sons of Michal the daughter of Saul whom she had borne to Adriel the son of Barzillai the Meholathite. He gave them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they executed them on the mountain in the presence of Yahweh, and the seven fell together. Now they were put to death in the days of the harvest, at the beginning of the harvest of barley.

Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took the sackcloth, and she spread it for herself on the rock at the beginning of the harvest until water gushed forth on them from heaven, but she did not allow the birds of heaven to rest on them by day nor the animals of the field by night. David was told about what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, the concubine of Saul, had done. So David left and took the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son from the rulers of Jabesh Gilead, who had stolen them from the public square of Beth Shan, where the Philistines hung them when the Philistines killed Saul on Gilboa. He brought up the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son from there, and they gathered the bones of the executed. And they buried the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son in the land of Benjamin at Zela, in the tomb of Kish his father. They did all that the king had commanded, and afterward God was entreated for the land.

There was war again for the Philistines with Israel, and David and his servants with him went down, and they fought the Philistines, and David grew weary. Now Yishbi in Nob, who was among the descendents of Raphah (now the weight of his spearhead was three hundredweight of bronze, and he was newly armed), said that he would kill David. But Abishai the son of Zeruiah helped him, and he attacked the Philistine and killed him. Then the men of David swore to him, saying, "You shall not go out with us any longer to the battle, so that you do not quench the lamp of Israel."

It happened afterward that there was again battle at Gob with the Philistines. Then Sibbecai the Hushathite killed Saph who was among the descendants of the Raphah.

There was again a battle with the Philistines at Gob. And Elhanan the son of Jaare-Oregim, the Bethlehemite, killed Goliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose spear was like the beam of a weaver.

Once again there was battle at Gath, and there was a man of great size. The fingers of his hand and the toes of his feet were six and six, twenty-four in number. He was also born to the Raphah. He taunted Israel but Jonathan the son of Shimei, the brother of David, killed him. These four were born for the Raphah in Gath, and they fell by the hand of David and by the hand of his servants.

2 Samuel 22

Then David spoke to Yahweh the words of this song, on the day Yahweh delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.

And he said:
    "Yahweh is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer.
I take refuge in God, my rock, my shield, and the strength of my salvation.
    My stronghold and my refuge, O my savior, you will save me from violence!
I call upon Yahweh who is praiseworthy,
    and I am saved from those who hate me.
For the breaker waves of death engulfed me;
    the currents of chaos overwhelmed me.
The ropes of Sheol entangled me;
    the snares of death confronted me.
In my distress I called upon Yahweh, and to my God I called.
    He heard my voice from his temple,
    and my cry for help was to his ears.
The earth heaved and shook,
    the foundations of heaven trembled and heaved
    because he was angry.
Smoke went up from his nostrils and fire from his mouth.
    Burning coals devoured, they burned from him.
He bowed the heavens and came down;
    a very thick cloud was under his feet.
He rode upon a cherub and flew;
    he was seen on the wings of the wind.
He put darkness as a canopy all around him,
    a collection of thick rain clouds.
From the brightness before him
    flamed burning coals of fire.
Yahweh thundered from heaven,
    and the Most High uttered his voice.
He sent arrows and he scattered them,
    lightning, and he directed them.
Then the channels of water of the sea were exposed,
    the foundations of the world,
    at the rebuke of Yawheh,
    from the blast of the breath of his nostrils.
He sent from a high position and took me;
    he drew me from mighty waters.
He delivered me from my strong enemies,
    from those who hate me, for they were mightier than I.
They approached me on the day of my disaster,
    but Yahweh was my support.
He brought me out to a spacious place.
    He delivered me because he delighted in me.
Yahweh rewarded me according to my righteousness,
    according to the cleanness of my hands he recompensed me.
For I have kept the ways of Yahweh;
    I have not acted wickedly against my God.
For all of his ordinances were before me,
    and I did not turn aside from his statutes.
I was blameless before him,
    and I kept myself from my iniquity.
Yahweh has recompensed me according to my righteousness,
    according to my cleanness before his eyes.
With the loyal, you act as loyal,
    and with the blameless, you show yourself blameless.
With the pure, you show yourself pure,
    but with the crooked, you appear as a fool.
Humble people you will deliver,
    but your eyes are on the haughty, whom you bring down.
For you, O Yahweh are my lamp,
    and Yahweh lightens my darkness.
For by you I can run a raid;
    by my God I can leap over a wall.
This God, his way is blameless;
    the promise of Yahweh is flawless.
    He is a shield to all who take refuge in him.
For who is God apart from Yahweh?
    And who is a rock apart from our God?
God is my strong refuge,
    he has fully opened my way.
He makes my feet like a doe deer,
    and on my high places he has set me.
He trains my hands for the war,
    so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
You have given me the shield of your salvation;
    your willingness to help has made me great.
You have broadened my steps beneath me;
    my ankles have not wobbled.
I pursued those who hate me, and I destroyed them.
    I did not turn back until finishing them.
I wiped them out and I smashed them;
    they did not get up; they fell under my feet.
You have girded me with physical strength for the battle;
    you caused those who rose up against me to kneel under me.
My enemies you cause to retreat from me;
    I destroy those who hate me.
They looked out, but there was no deliverer,
    even to Yahweh, but he did not answer them.
I beat them fine, like the dust of the earth;
    like the mire of the streets, I crushed them, I stamped them down.
You delivered me from the strife of my people;
    you preserved me as the head of the nations.
    A people I had not known served me.
Children of a foreign land came cringing to me;
    when they heard of me, they became obedient to me.
Children of a foreign land lost heart
    and came trembling from their strongholds.
Yahweh lives! Blessed be my rock!
    May God, the rock of my salvation, be exalted!
God does vengeance for me,
    bringing down peoples under me.
He brings me out from my enemies,
    and from those who rose up against me you lift me up,
    and from men of violence you rescue me.
Therefore I will extol you, Yahweh, among the nations!
    I will sing praises to your name!
He makes great salvation for his king
    and shows loyal love to his anointed one, David
    and to his descendants forever."

2 Samuel 23

These are the last words of David, the declaration of David the son of Jesse, and the declaration of the man exalted by the Most High, the anointed one of the God of Jacob and the darling of the songs of Israel. "The spirit of Yahweh speaks through me, and his word is upon my tongue. The God of Israel said to me, the rock of Israel has spoken; ‘He who rules over mankind rules righteously, in the fear of God. Like the light of the morning when the sun rises, shining with no clouds, bringing vegetation from the earth apart from rain.’ Yet not so is my house with God, for he made an everlasting covenant for me, arranging everything. He has secured all my deliverance, and all my desire he will cause to happen. But evil persons are like thorns cast aside; all of them, because they cannot be picked up in the hand. And if a man wants to touch them, he must use an iron instrument or the shaft of a spear; then they are consumed entirely with fire on the spot."

These are the names of the mighty warriors who were David’s: Josheb-Basshebeth a Tahkemonite was chief of three officers; first Adino, whose spear was against eight hundred slain on one occurrence. Next to him Eleazar, the son of Dodo the son of an Ahohite, was among the three mighty warriors with David when they defied the Philistines and they gathered there for the battle and the men of Israel withdrew. He stood up and struck down the Philistines until his hand grew tired and his hand clung to the sword, and Yahweh brought about a great victory on that day. Then the army returned back to him only for stripping the dead. Next to him was Shamma, the son of Agee the Hararite. When the Philistines assembled at Lehi, a plot of the field was there filled with lentils, and the army fled there from the presence of the Philistines. But he took a stand in the middle of the plot of land and defended it. He killed the Philistines, and Yahweh brought about a great victory. Then three of the thirty leaders went down and came to David at the time of the harvest to the cave of Adullam, while a group of the Philistines were camping in the valley of the Rephaim. Now at that time, David was in the stronghold, and a garrison of the Philistines was in Bethlehem at that same time. David said longingly, "Oh that someone would bring me a drink of water from the well of Bethlehem that is at the gate." So three of the mighty warriors broke into the camp of the Philistines, and they drew water from the well of Bethlehem that was at the gate, and they carried it and brought it to David. But he was not willing to drink it, but poured it out to Yahweh. He said, "Far be it from me before Yahweh that I should do this. Is this not the blood of the men who went at the risk of their lives?" So he was not willing to drink it. These things the three mighty warriors did. Now Abishai the brother of Joab the son of Zeruiah was himself the leader of the thirty. He was wielding his spear against three hundred slain and gained a name among the thirty. Among the thirty, is it not that he was honored and became a commander for them? But he did not come up to the three. Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of Ish-Hai, was a great man of deeds from Kabzeel. He struck down two sons of Ariel of Moab, and he went down and killed a lion in the middle of a pit on a snowy day. He also killed a good-looking Egyptian man, in whose hand was a spear. He went down against him with the staff and snatched the spear from the hand of the Egyptian and killed him with his spear. These things Benaiah the son of Jehoiada did and gained a name for himself among the three mighty warriors. He was honored more than the thirty, but he did not come up to the three. David appointed him in charge of his bodyguard.

Among the thirty were Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem, Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite, Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, Abiezer the Anathothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite, Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite, Heleb the son of Baanah the Netophathite, Ittai the son of Ribai from Gibeah of the sons of Benjamin, Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai from the wadis of Gaash, Abi-Albon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite, Eliahba the Shaalbonite, the sons of Jashen, Jonathan the son of Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the son of Sharar the Ararite, Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai the son of the Maacathite, Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite, Hezro the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite, Igal the son of Nathan from Zobah, Bani the Gadite, Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite, the carriers of the weapons of Joab the son of Zeruiah, Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite, Uriah the Hittite; in all, thirty-seven.

Psalm 18

For the music director. Of David, the servant of Yahweh,

who spoke to Yahweh the words of this song

when Yahweh delivered him from the hand of all his enemies,

and from the hand of Saul.

And he said:
"I love you, O Yahweh, my strength."
Yahweh is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
my God, my rock in whom I have taken refuge,
my shield and the horn of my deliverance, my stronghold.
I called upon Yahweh, who is worthy to be praised,
and I was saved from my enemies.
The ropes of death encircled me,
and streams of ruin overwhelmed me.
The ropes of Sheol surrounded me;
the snares of death confronted me.
In my trouble I called on Yahweh,
and to my God I cried for help.
He heard my voice from his temple,
and my cry for help
came up before his presence into his ears.
Then the earth shook and quaked,
and the foundations of the mountains trembled,
and they staggered because he was angry.
Smoke went forth from his nose,
and fire from his mouth consumed.
Burning coals blazed from him.
So he bowed the heavens and came down
with a thick cloud under his feet.
And he mounted a cherub and flew,
and he swooped down on wings of wind.
He made darkness his hiding place;
all about him his covering
was a darkness of waters, thick clouds.
From the brightness before him
his clouds passed over
with hail and coals of fire.
And Yahweh thundered from the heavens,
and the Most High uttered his voice
with hail and coals of fire.
And he shot his arrows and scattered them,
and many lightning bolts and routed them.
Then the channels of the sea became visible,
and the foundations of the world were uncovered
by your rebuke, O Yahweh,
by the blast of the wind of your nose.
He reached from on high; he seized me.
He drew me from many waters.
He delivered me from my strong enemy,
and from those who hated me
because they were stronger than I.
They confronted me on the day of disaster,
but Yahweh was my support.
So he brought me out to a spacious place.
He delivered me because he delighted in me.
Yahweh has rewarded me according to my righteousness;
According to the cleanness of my hands
he has repaid me.
Because I have kept the ways of Yahweh,
and have not acted wickedly against my God,
because all his ordinances are before me,
and his statutes I have not removed from me,
and I was blameless before him,
and I kept myself from my guilt.
Therefore Yahweh has repaid me according to my righteousness,
according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.
To the loyal you show yourself loyal.
To the blameless you show yourself blameless.
To the pure you show yourself pure.
but to the wicked you show yourself shrewd.
For you deliver humble people,
but haughty eyes you humiliate.
For you light my lamp;
Yahweh, my God, lights up my darkness.
For with you I can charge a troop,
and with my God I can scale a wall.
This God—his way is blameless.
The word of Yahweh is flawless.
He is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.
For who is God apart from Yahweh,
and who is a rock except our God?
The God who girded me with strength,
and made safe my way,
he made my feet like the deer’s,
and on my high places he makes me stand.
He trains my hands for war,
so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
You also gave me the shield of your salvation,
and your right hand supported me,
and your humility made me great.
You enlarged my step under me,
and my ankles did not slip.
I chased my enemies and overtook them;
I did not turn back until they were finished off.
I struck them and they were not able to stand up;
they fell under my feet.
And you girded me with strength for the battle;
those rising against me you made to kneel under me.
And you made my enemies turn their backs,
then I destroyed those who hated me.
They cried out but there was no rescuer,
even to Yahweh, but he did not answer them.
And I ground them like dust in the wind,
I emptied them out like mud of the streets.
You rescued me from strife with people;
you set me as head (over) nations.
People I did not know served me;
as soon as they heard, they obeyed me.
The children of a foreign land feigned obedience before me.
The children of a foreign land lost heart,
and they came trembling from their strongholds.
Yahweh lives, and blessed be my rock,
and may the God of my salvation be exalted—
the God who executed vengeance for me,
and subdued peoples under me,
who delivered me from my enemies.
Indeed, you exalted me higher than those who rose against me.
You delivered me from the man of violence.
Therefore I will give thanks to you among the nations, O Yahweh,
and I will sing the praise of your name:
the one who makes great victories for his king,
and who shows loyal love for his anointed,
to David and to his descendants forever.

Romans 3

Therefore, what is the advantage of the Jew, or what is the use of circumcision? Much in every way. For first, that they were entrusted with the oracles of God. What is the result if some refused to believe? Their unbelief will not nullify the faithfulness of God, will it? May it never be! But let God be true but every human being a liar, just as it is written,

"In order that you may be justified in your words,
    and may prevail when you are judged."

But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? God, who inflicts wrath, is not unjust, is he? (I am speaking according to a human perspective.) May it never be! For otherwise, how will God judge the world? But if by my lying, the truth of God abounded to his glory, why am I also still condemned as a sinner? And why not (as we are slandered, and as some affirm that we say), "Let us do evil, in order that good may come of it? Their condemnation is just!

What then? Do we have an advantage? Not at all. For we have already charged both Jews and Greeks are all under sin, just as it is written,

"There is no one righteous, not even one;
    there is no one who understands;
    there is no one who seeks God.
All have turned aside together; they have become worthless;
    There is no one who practices kindness;
    there is not even one.
Their throat is an opened grave;
    they deceive with their tongues;
the venom of asps is under their lips,
    whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.
Their feet are swift to shed blood;
    destruction and distress are in their paths,
and they have not known the way of peace.
    The fear of God is not before their eyes."

Now we know that whatever the law says, it speaks to those under the law, in order that every mouth may be closed and the whole world may become accountable to God. For by the works of the law no person will be declared righteous before him, for through the law comes knowledge of sin.

But now, apart from the law, the righteousness of God has been revealed, being testified about by the law and the prophets— that is, the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. For there is no distinction, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by his grace, through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus, whom God made publicly available as the mercy seat through faith in his blood, for a demonstration of his righteousness, because of the passing over of previously committed sins, in the forbearance of God, for the demonstration of his righteousness in the present time, so that he should be just and the one who justifies the person by faith in Jesus.

Therefore, where is boasting? It has been excluded. By what kind of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith. For we consider a person to be justified by faith apart from the works of the law. Or is God the God of the Jews only? Is he not also the God of the Gentiles? Yes, also of the Gentiles, since God is one, who will justify those who are circumcised by faith and those who are uncircumcised through faith. Therefore, do we nullify the law through faith? May it never be! But we uphold the law.

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The reading for today is 2 Samuel 21-23; Psalm 18; Romans 3. The reading for today is 2 Samuel 21-23; Psalm 18; Romans 3. 2 Samuel 21 There was a famine in the days of David for three years, year after year. And David inquired of Yahweh, and Yahweh said, The bloodguilt is on Saul and on his household, because he killed the Gibeonites. So the king called the Gibeonites and spoke to them. Now the Gibeonites were not from ... Continue reading Week 21, Day 4 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 23:41
Week 21, Day 3 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/21/3 Wed, 23 May 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/21/3 The reading for today is 2 Samuel 18-20; Psalm 34; Romans 2.

2 Samuel 18

Then David mustered the people who were with him, and he appointed over them commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds. David sent forth a third of the troops under the command of Joab, and a third under the command of Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, and the remaining third under the command of Ittai the Gittite. And the king said to the troops, "I, even I, will certainly go out with you." Then the troops said, "You will not go out, for if we must flee, then they will not care about us; even if half of us die, they will not care about us, but now, you are like ten thousand of us. And so then, it is better for us that you be in the city to help." The king said to them, "I will do what seems good in your eyes." So the king stood at the side of the gate while all of the troops went out by hundreds and by thousands. The king ordered Joab, Abishai, and Ittai, "With respect to the young man Absalom, deal gently for me." And all the troops heard when the king ordered all of the commanders concerning the matter of Absalom.

The army went out to the field to meet Israel, and the battle was fought in the forest of Ephraim. The army of Israel was defeated there before the servants of David, and the defeat there was great on that day: twenty thousand. The battle there was spreading over the surface of all the land, and the forest devoured more among the army than the sword did on that day. Absalom was found in the presence of the servants of David as he was riding on the mule. The mule went under the thicket of the great oak tree, and his head was caught in the tree. He was left hanging between heaven and earth, and the mule which was under him went on. When a certain man saw it, he told Joab, and he said, "Look, I saw Absalom hanging in the oak tree!" Then Joab said to the man who was telling him, "Look, if you saw, why did you not strike him down to the ground there? I would have gladly given you ten pieces of silver and a leather belt." The man said to Joab, "Even if I felt the weight of a thousand pieces of silver in my palms, I would not have sent my hand against the son of the king, for in our ears the king commanded you and Abishai and Ittai, ‘Whoever you may be, protect the young man Absalom.’ If I had dealt treacherously against his life, and there is not any matter hidden from the king, you would have presented yourself aloof." Joab said, "No longer will I wait in your presence." Then he took three spears in his hand and thrust them into the heart of Absalom while he was still alive in the oak tree. Then ten of the young men who bore the weapons of Joab surrounded him and struck and killed Absalom. Then Joab blew on the trumpet and the troops returned from pursuing after Israel, for Joab kept back the troops. They took Absalom and they threw him into the large pit in the forest and raised a very great heap of stones over him. Then all of Israel fled, each to his tent.

(Now Absalom had taken and set up for himself in his lifetime a stone pillar that is in the valley of the king, because he said, "I have no son in order to remember my name," and he called the stone pillar by his name. It is called the monument of Absalom until this day). Now Ahimaaz the son of Zadok said, "Please let me run and bring the good news to the king that Yahweh has vindicated him from the hand of his enemies." Joab said to him, "You will not be a man bringing good news this day! You may bring good news on another day, but today you will not be bringing good news because the king’s son is dead." Then Joab said to the Cushite, "Go, tell the king what you have seen"; then the Cushite bowed down to Joab and ran off. Then Ahimaaz the son of Zadok again said to Joab, "Come what may, please let me also run after the Cushite." Joab asked, "Why are you wanting to run, my son, when for you there is no messenger’s reward?" "Come what may, I want to run." He said to him, "Run," so Ahimaaz ran on the road on the plain, and he passed the Cushite.

Now David was sitting between the two gates, and the sentinel went up to the roof of the gate by the wall and he lifted up his eyes and watched, and look, a man was running by himself. The sentry called and told the king, and the king said, "If he is alone, good news is in his mouth." He kept coming closer. Then the sentinel saw another man running, so the sentinel called to the gatekeeper and said, "Look, a man running alone." The king said, "This one also is bringing good news." The sentinel said, "I am seeing that the running of the first is like the running of Ahimaaz the son of Zakok." The king said, "He is a good man; he will come, for good news." Then Ahimaaz called and said to the king, "Peace." He bowed down to the king with his face to the ground, and he said, "May Yahweh your God be blessed, who has delivered the men who raised their hand against my lord the king." The king said, "Is it peace for the young man Absalom?" Ahimaaz said, "I saw the great commotion when Joab the servant of the king sent your servant, but I do not know what it was all about." Then the king said, "Turn aside, take your place here," so he turned aside and waited. Suddenly the Cushite arrived and said, "May my lord the king receive the good news, for Yahweh has vindicated you today from the power of all who stood up against you." The king said to the Cushite, "Is it peace for the young man Absalom?" Then the Cushite answered, "May the enemies of my lord the king and all who rise up against you to harm you be like the young man!" The king was upset, and he went up to the upper room of the gate and wept. He said as he went, "My son, Absalom, my son, my son, Absalom. If only I had died instead of you, Absalom, my son, my son."

2 Samuel 19

And it was told to Joab that the king was weeping and he mourned over Absalom, so the victory turned to mourning on that day for all the army, because they had heard that day, "The king is grieving over his son." The army came secretly into the city on that day because the army was disgraced when they fled in the battle, and because the king had covered his face and cried with a loud voice, "My son, Absalom, Absalom, my son, my son."

Then Joab came to the king’s house and said, "Today you have humiliated the faces of all of your servants who have saved your life this day, and the life of your sons and your daughters, the life of your wives, and the life of your concubines, by loving those who hate you and hating those who love you. Indeed, you have made clear this day that you have no regard for your commanders or officers, for I have realized today that were Absalom alive, and all of us were dead, then that would have been right in your eyes! So then, get up and go out and speak kindly to your servants, for I swear by Yahweh, if you do not go out, no man will lodge this night with you, and this disaster will be greater for you than any disaster that has come upon you from your childhood until now!" So the king got up and he sat in the gate, and they told all the army, "Look, the king is sitting in the gate." Then all the army came before the king; whereas all of Israel had fled, each to his tent.

Then it happened that all the people were disputing among all the tribes of Israel, saying, "The king delivered us from the hand of our enemies, and he saved us from the hand of the Philistines, but now he has fled from the land because of Absalom. Now Absalom whom we anointed as king over us has died in the battle; so then, why are you taking no action to restore the king?" Then King David sent to Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, saying, "Speak to the elders of Judah: ‘Why are you last to bring back the king to his house? The talk of all Israel has come to the king in his house. My brothers, you are my bones and you are my flesh. Why should you be the last to bring back the king?’ To Amasa you shall say: ‘Are you not my bones and my flesh? May God punish me if you are not the commander of my army before me forever, in place of Joab.’" So he turned the heart of all the men of Judah as one man, and they sent word to the king, "Return, you and all your servants."

Then the king returned and he came to the Jordan; Judah had come to Gilgal to come to meet the king, to bring the king over the Jordan. Then Shimei the son of Gera, the son of the Benjaminite, who was from Bahurim quickly came down with the men of Judah to meet King David, and a thousand men were with him from Benjamin. Too, Ziba the servant of the household of Saul and fifteen of his sons and twenty of his servants were with him, and they rushed to the Jordan before the king. The crossing took place to bring the household of the king over and to do good in his eyes. Then Shimei the son of Gera fell before the king when he crossed over the Jordan, and he said to the king, "May not my lord hold me guilty, and may you not remember how your servant did wrong on the day that my lord the king went out from Jerusalem, by taking it to heart! For your servant knows that I have sinned; look, I have come this day as the first of all the house of Joseph to come down to meet my lord the king." Then Abishai the son of Zeruiah responded and said, "Because of this, should not Shimei be put to death, for he cursed the anointed one of Yahweh?" Then David said, "What is it to me or to you, sons of Zeruiah, that you should be an adversary today? Should anyone be put to death in Israel? Do I not know today that I am king over Israel?" Then the king said to Shimei, "You shall not die," and so the king swore to him.

Now, Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down to meet the king; he had not taken care of his feet nor trimmed his moustache nor washed his clothes from the day the king left until the day he came back in peace. It happened that when he came to Jerusalem to meet the king, the king said to him, "Why did you not come with me, Mephibosheth?" Then he said, "My lord the king, my servant deceived me, for your servant had said, ‘Let me saddle the donkey that I may ride on her and go with the king,’ for your servant is lame. But he slandered against your servant to my lord the king. My lord the king is like the angel of God; do as you see fit.." For there was no one in all the house of my father who were not doomed to death before my lord the king, but you set your servant among those who eat at your table. Do I have any righteousness any longer except to cry out to the king?" Then the king said to him, "Why should you speak any more about the matter? I have decided: you and Ziba shall divide the land." Then Mephibosheth said to the king, "Let him take the whole thing, since my lord the king has come safely to his house."

Then Barzillai the Gileadite came down from Rogelim and crossed with the king over the Jordan to escort him through the Jordan. Now Barzillai was very old, eighty years old. Now he had provided the king with food while he was staying at Mahanaim, for he was a very wealthy man. The king said to Barzillai, "You cross over with me, and I will provide for you to dwell with me in Jerusalem." Then Barzillai said to the king, "What are the days of the years of my life, that I should go with the king to Jerusalem? I am eighty years old today. Can I discern between good and bad? Or can your servant taste what I eat or what I drink? Or can I still hear the voice of singing men and women? Why should your servant be a burden any longer to my lord the king? Your servant shall go over the Jordan with the king a little way, but why should the king recompense me with this reward? Please let your servant return, and let me die in my city in the tomb of my father and my mother. Here is your servant Kimham; let him cross over with my lord the king, and do for him that which is good in your eyes." The king said, "Let Kimham go over with me, and I will do for him the good in your eyes, and all that you desire of me I will do for you."

Then all the people crossed over the Jordan, and the king crossed and kissed Barzillai and blessed him; then he returned to his place. The king went over to Gilgal, and Kimham went over with him. All the people of Judah went over with the king, and half of the people of Israel too. Suddenly, all the men of Israel were coming to the king. They said to the king, "Why have our brothers the men of Judah stolen away and brought the king and his household over the Jordan, with all the men of David?" Then all the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, "Because the king is my close relative! Why are you this angry over this matter? Have we by any means eaten anything from the king? Did we take by any means anything that was not ours?" Then the people of Israel answered the men of Judah and said, "I have ten times as much in the king, moreover in David I have more than you. Why did you treat me with contempt by not giving me first chance to bring back my king?" But the words of the men of Judah were fiercer than the word of the men of Israel.

2 Samuel 20

Now a man of wickedness was found there whose name was Sheba the son of Bichri, a Benjaminite. He blew the horn and said, "There is no share for us in David, and there is no inheritance for us in the son of Jesse; each to his tents, O Israel!" Then all the men of Israel went up from following after David, following instead after Sheba the son of Bicri, but the men of Judah stuck to their king from the Jordan up to Jerusalem. David went up to his house in Jerusalem, then the king took the ten concubines whom he had left to look after the house, and he put them under confinement. However, he provided for them, but he did not sleep with them. So they were confined until the day of their death, like a lifetime of widowhood.

Then the king said to Amasa, "Summon for me the men of Judah within three days, and be here yourself." So Amasa went to summon Judah, but he tarried more than the appointed time which he had set for him. Then David said to Abishai, "Now Sheba the son of Bicri will do us more harm than Absalom. You take the servants of your lord and pursue after him, lest he find fortified cities for himself and escape from us." Then the men of Joab, the Kerethites and the Pelethites, and all the mighty warriors went out after him; they went out from Jerusalem to pursue after Sheba the son of Bicri. They were near the big rock that is in Gibeon, and Amasa came before them. Joab was dressed in his military clothing, with a utility belt on him and a sword strapped to his waist in its scabbard. Now he went out, and it fell out. Then Joab said to Amasa, "Is it peace, O you my brother?" Then the right hand of Joab took hold of the beard of Amasa as if to kiss him. Now Amasa was not on his guard against the sword that was in Joab’s hand, and he struck him with it into the stomach, and his entrails poured out to the ground. He did not strike him again, and he died. Then Joab and Abishai his brother pursued after Sheba the son of Bicri. A young man stood over him, from the young men of Joab, and he said, "Whoever takes delight in Joab and whoever is for David, follow after Joab." Now Amasa was wallowing in the blood in the middle of the highway; when the man saw that all the people stood there, he turned Amasa over from the highway into the field, and he threw a garment over him because he had seen that all who had come by him had stopped. After he was removed from the highway, all the men passed by after Joab to pursue after Sheba the son of Bicri.

(He had passed through all the tribes of Israel to Abel and Beth Maacah; now all of the Berites had been treated badly, so they also followed after him.) And they came and besieged him in Abel Beth Maacah. They threw up a siege ramp against the city, and they stood against the ramparts. And all the army who were with Joab were battering to cause the wall to fall. Then a wise woman from the city called out, "Listen, listen! Please speak to Joab to come near here so that I may speak to you." Then he came near to her, and the woman asked, "Are you Joab?" And he said, "I am." Then she said to him, "Listen to the words of your servant." He said, "I am listening." Then she said, "In former times, they would always say, ‘By all means, let them inquire in Abel,’ and so they settled things. I am one of the faithful representatives of Israel. You are seeking to destroy a city and a mother in Israel. Why do you want to swallow the inheritance of Yahweh?" Then Joab answered and said, "Far be it, far be it from me that I should swallow or I should destroy. That is not the matter. But a man from the mountains of Ephraim, whose name is Sheba the son Bicri, has lifted up his hand against the king, against David. Give only him to us, and I will depart from the city." The woman said to Joab, "Look, his head is being thrown down to you over the wall." The woman went to all of the people with her wise plan, so they cut off the head of Sheba the son of Bicri and threw it to Joab. Then he blew the horn and dispersed from the city, each to his tent. Then Joab returned to Jerusalem to the king. Now Joab was over all the army of Israel and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Carites and over the Pelethites. Adoram was over the forced labor, and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was the recorder. Shiya was secretary, and Zadok and Abiathar were priests. Also Ira the Jairite was priest for David.

Psalm 34

Of David, when he pretended to be crazy in front of Abimelech

so that he drove him out, and so he departed.

I will bless Yahweh at all times;
his praise shall be in my mouth continually.
My soul makes its boast in Yahweh;
let the humble hear and be glad.
Magnify Yahweh with me,
and let us exalt his name together.
I sought Yahweh and he answered me,
and from all my terrors he delivered me.
They looked to him and were radiant,
and their faces shall not be ashamed.
This poor man called and Yahweh heard,
and saved him from all his troubles.
The angel of Yahweh encamps
around those who fear him,
and he rescues them.
Taste and see that Yahweh is good;
blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.
Fear Yahweh, you his saints,
for there is no lack for those who fear him.
The young lions are in want and suffer hunger,
but those who seek Yahweh will not lack for any good thing.
Come, you children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of Yahweh.
Who is the man who desires life,
who loves many days in order to see good?
Keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from speaking deceit.
Turn from evil and do good.
Seek peace and pursue it.
The eyes of Yahweh are toward the righteous,
and his ears toward their cry for help.
The face of Yahweh is against evildoers,
to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
They cry out and Yahweh hears
and delivers them from all of their troubles.
Yahweh is near to those who are heartbroken
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Many are the distresses of the righteous,
but Yahweh delivers him out of them all.
He protects all his bones;
not one of them is broken.
Evil will slay the wicked,
and those who hate the righteous will incur guilt.
Yahweh redeems the life of his servants,
and none who take refuge in him will incur guilt.

Romans 2

Therefore you are without excuse, O man, every one of you who passes judgment. For in that which you pass judgment on someone else, you condemn yourself, for you who are passing judgment are doing the same things. Now we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who do such things. But do you think this, O man who passes judgment on those who do such things, and who does the same things, that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you despise the wealth of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance? But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart, you are storing up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and of the revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who will reward each one according to his works: to those who, by perseverance in good work, seek glory and honor and immortality, eternal life, but to those who act from selfish ambition and who disobey the truth, but who obey unrighteousness, wrath and anger. There will be affliction and distress for every human being who does evil, of the Jew first and of the Greek, but glory and honor and peace to everyone who does good, to the Jew first and to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God.

For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be declared righteous. For whenever the Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature the things of the law, these, although they do not have the law, are a law to themselves, who show the work of the law written on their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts one after another accusing or even defending them on the day when God judges the secret things of people, according to my gospel, through Christ Jesus.

But if you call yourself a Jew and rely on the law and boast in God and know his will and approve the things that are superior, because you are instructed by the law, and are confident that you yourself are a guide of the blind, a light of those in darkness, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of the immature, having the embodiment of knowledge and of the truth in the law. Therefore, the one who teaches someone else, do you not teach yourself? The one who preaches not to steal, do you steal? The one who says not to commit adultery, do you commit adultery? The one who abhors idols, do you rob temples? Who boast in the law, by the transgression of the law you dishonor God! For just as it is written, "The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you."

For circumcision is of value if you do the law, but if you should be a transgressor of the law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision. Therefore, if the uncircumcised person follows the requirements of the law, will not his uncircumcision be credited for circumcision? And the uncircumcised person by nature who carries out the law will judge you who, though provided with the precise written code and circumcision are a transgressor of the law. For the Jew is not one outwardly, nor is circumcision outwardly, in the flesh. But the Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter, whose praise is not from people but from God.

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Week 21, Day 2 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/21/2 Tue, 22 May 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/21/2 The reading for today is 2 Samuel 15-17; Psalms 3; Psalm 63; Romans 1.

2 Samuel 15

It happened afterward that Absalom made himself a chariot with horses and fifty men running before him. Absalom used to rise early in the morning, and he stood beside the road at the gate; anyone who had a legal dispute to bring to the king for judgment Absalom would call to him and say, "Where are you from?" And he would say, "Your servant is from one of the tribes of Israel." Then Absalom would say to him, "Look, your case is good and right, but for you there is no hearing with the king." Then Absalom would say, "Oh, that someone would appoint me as judge in the land, that anyone might come to me who had a legal dispute or a case, and I would give him justice." It happened whenever anyone drew near to do obeisance to him, that he would stretch his hand and take hold of him and kiss him. Absalom did like this to all of Israel who came to the king for judgment; so Absalom stole the hearts of the people of Israel.

It happened at the end of four years that Absalom said to the king, "Please let me go and pay my vow which I have made to Yahweh in Hebron, for your servant made a vow while I was staying in Geshur in Aram, saying, ‘If Yahweh will indeed let me return to Jerusalem, then I will worship Yahweh.’" Then the king said to him, "Go in peace." So he got up and went to Hebron. Then Absalom sent scouts throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, "When you hear the sound of the trumpet, you shall shout ‘Absalom has become king in Hebron!’" Two hundred men from Jerusalem went with Absalom as invited guests, going in their innocence as they did not know anything. Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, the advisor of David, from his city Giloh, while he offered the sacrifices. The conspiracy grew in strength, and the people were going and increasing with Absalom.

Then the messenger came to David, saying, "The hearts of the men of Israel have gone after Absalom." Then David said to all his servants who were with him in Jerusalem, "Get up and let us flee, for there will be no escape for us from Absalom! Hurry to go, otherwise he will come quickly and overtake us! And he will bring disaster on us and evil! He will attack the city with the edge of the sword!" Then the servants of the king said to the king, "According to all that my lord the king chooses, your servants are ready to act!" The king went out with all his household following him, but the king left behind ten concubines to look after the house. So the king went out with all the people following him, and they stopped at the last house. All his servants were passing by him: all of the Kerethites and all of the Pelethites and all of the Gittites—six hundred men who had followed him from Gath—passing before the king. The king said to Ittai the Gittite, "Why are you also coming with us? Return and stay with the king, for you are a foreigner; moreover, you are an exile. You are far from your place. Yesterday when you came and today, I have caused you to wander by going with us. Now I am going to where I am going; return and let your brothers return. May loyal love and faithfulness be with you." But Ittai answered the king and said, "As Yahweh lives and my lord the king lives, surely in the place wherever my lord the king shall be, if for death or if for life, surely there your servant will be." Then David said to Ittai, "Go and pass over." So Ittai the Gittite passed over and all his men and all of the little children who were with him. All of the land was weeping with a loud voice as all the people were passing by and the king was crossing through the Wadi Kidron, and all the people were passing on the road to the wilderness.

Suddenly Zadok was there, and all of the Levites with him, carrying the ark of the covenant of God. They set the ark of God down, and Abiathar offered sacrifices until all the people passed out of the city. The king said to Zadok, "Let the ark of God return to the city. If I find favor in the eyes of Yawheh, he will let me return and let me see him in his dwelling place. But if he says, ‘I take no pleasure in you,’ then I am ready. Let him do to me that which is good in his eyes. Then the king said to Zadok the priest, "Are you a seer? Return to the city in peace, with Ahimaaz your son and Jonathan the son of Abiathar, your two sons with you. See, I am waiting at the fords of the wilderness until a word comes from you all to inform me." So Zadok and Abiathar returned the ark of God to Jerusalem and they remained there.

Now David was going up on the Ascent of the Olives, weeping as he went, with his head covered and going barefoot. All the people who were with him each covered their head and wept as they went. Now David was told, "Ahithophel was among the conspirators with Absalom." Then David said, "Please frustrate the counsel of Ahithophel, O Yahweh." It happened that as David was coming up to the summit where he used to worship God, suddenly Hushai the Arkite was there to meet him. His coat was torn and dirt was on his head. David said to him, "If you move on with me, you will be a burden to me, but if you want to return to the city and say to Absalom, ‘I am your servant, O king. I used to be a servant of your father, but from then and now I will be your servant,’ then you can frustrate the counsel of Ahithophel for me. Will not Zadok and Abiathar the priests be with you there? It shall be that all the words you hear from the house of the king you shall tell Zadok and Abiathar the priests. Look, there with them are their two sons, Ahimaaz of Zadok and Jonathan of Abiathar. You shall send to me by means of them all the words that you hear." So Hushai the friend of David came to the city as Absalom was entering Jerusalem.

2 Samuel 16

Now David passed a little from beyond the summit, and suddenly Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth was there to meet him with a pair of saddled donkeys; on them were two hundred loaves of bread and a hundred raisin cakes, with a hundred summer fruits and a skin of wine. The king said to Ziba, "What do you want to accomplish by bringing these?" And Ziba said, "The donkeys are for the king’s household to ride on; the bread and the summer fruit are for the young men to eat, and the wine is for the faint in the wilderness to drink. Then the king said, "Where is the son of your lord?" And Ziba said to the king, "He is living in Jerusalem for he said, ‘Today the house of Israel shall return the kingdom of my father to me.’" The king said to Ziba, "Look, all that was Mephibosheth’s is yours." Ziba said, "I hereby do obeisance; may I find favor in your eyes, my lord the king."

King David came up to Bahurim and suddenly a man from there was coming out from the family of the house of Saul, and his name was Shimei the son of Gera. He was cursing as he came out. And he threw stones at David and at all the servants of King David and at all the people and at all the mighty warriors on his right and on his left. Shimei said while cursing him, "Go out, go out, you man of bloodshed, you man of wickedness. Yahweh has returned on you all the blood of the household of Saul whom you have supplanted as king, and Yahweh has given the kingship into the hand of Absalom your son. Look, you are in disaster for you are a man of blood." Then Abishai the son of Zeruiah said to the king, "Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Please let me go over and take off his head." The king said, "What do we have in common, sons of Zeruiah? If he curses because Yahweh has said to him ‘Curse David,’ who can say, "Why have you done this?" David said to Abishai and to all his servants, "Look, my son who came out of my loins is seeking my life. Now as far as this Benjaminite, leave him alone and let him curse, for Yahweh has spoken to him. Perhaps Yahweh will look in my eye and repay good for me in place of his curse this day. Then David and his men went on the road, with Shimei going on the side of the hill beside him, cursing as he went. He threw stones beside him and threw dust in the air. When the king and all of the people who were with him arrived, he was weary, so he recovered there.

Now Absalom and all the people, the men of Israel, had come to Jerusalem, and Ahithophel was with him. When Hushai the Arkite the friend of David came to Absalom, Hushai said to Absalom, "Long live the king, long live the king!" Absalom said to Hushai, "This is your loyal love with your friend? Why did you not go with your friend?" Then Hushai said to Absalom, "No, rather, whom Yahweh and this people and all the men of Israel have chosen, to him I will be, and with him I will remain. Furthermore, for whom have I served? Is it not in the presence of his son that I have served before your father? So shall I serve you!" Then Absalom said to Ahithophel, "Give your advice. What shall we do?" And Ahithophel said to Absalom, "Go to the concubines of your father whom he left behind to watch over the house, then all of Israel will hear that you made yourself odious to your father, and all of your followers will be motivated!" Then they pitched a tent for Absalom on the roof, and he went in to the concubines of his father before the eyes of all Israel. The counsel that Ahithophel gave in those days was regarded as when a man inquired of the word of God, so all the counsel of Ahithophel was esteemed both by David and by Absalom.

2 Samuel 17

Then Ahithophel said to Absalom, "Please let me choose twelve thousand men, and I will set out and pursue after David tonight. I will come upon him while he is weary and weak. I will startle him, and all of the people who are with him will flee. Then I will strike down the king while he is alone. Then I will return all the people to you; when all have returned, the man whom you are seeking will be dead, but all the people will be safe." The word was right in the eyes of Absalom and in the eyes of all the elders of Israel. Then Absalom said, "Please call also for Hushai the Arkite, and let us hear what he has to say also." So Hushai came to Absalom, who said to him, "Shall we do according to this word that Ahithophel has spoken? If not, then you tell us." Then Hushai said to Absalom, "The counsel that Ahithophel gave is not good at this time." Hushai continued, "You know your father and his men, that they are mighty warriors and they are enraged as a bear robbed of her offspring in the field. Your father is a man of war, so he will not spend the night with the troops. Now he has hidden himself in one of the caves or in one of the places. At the moment he falls on them the first time, whoever hears the report will say, ‘There has been a defeat among the people who follow after Absalom.’ And he is also a valiant warrior, whose heart is like the heart of the lion. He will certainly melt with fear, for all Israel knows that your father is a mighty warrior and those who are with him are valiant warriors. I give the advice that all of Israel from Dan to Beersheba should be completely gathered to you, as the sand which is on the seashore for abundance, with you personally going into the battle. Then we will come to him in one of the places where he may be found, and we shall come upon him as the dew falls on the ground. He and all the men who are with him will not survive, not even one! Even if he withdraws to a city, all Israel will bring up ropes to that city, and they will drag him away to the valley until there is not even a pebble to be found." Then Absalom and all the men of Israel said, "The advice of Hushai the Arkite is better than the advice of Ahithophel." (Now Yahweh had ordained to frustrate the good counsel of Ahithophel in order for Yahweh to bring misery upon Absalom).

Hushai said to Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, "Thus and so Ahithophel advised Absalom and the elders of Israel, but thus and so I have advised. So then, send quickly and tell David, ‘Don’t spend the night at the fords of the wilderness! Moreover, by all means cross over lest the king and all the people who are with him be swallowed up.’" Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz were staying at En Rogel, so a servant girl used to go and tell them, then they would go and tell King David, for they were not able to be seen coming to the city. But a young man saw them and told Absalom, so both of them went quickly and came to the house of a man at Bahurim. Now he had a well in his courtyard, so they went down there. Then the woman took and spread a covering over the opening of the well; then she spread out dried grain on it, so nothing was discovered. When the servants of Absalom came to the woman at the house, they said, "Where are Ahimaaz and Jonathan?" And she said to them, "They crossed over the brook of water." So they searched but could not find them, so they returned to Jerusalem. After they left, they came up from the well and went and told King David. They said to David, "Set out and cross over the water quickly, for thus Ahithophel has advised against you." So David and all the people who were with him set out, and they crossed over the Jordan until morning light until there was no one missing who had not crossed over the Jordan. When Ahithophel saw that his advice was not followed, he saddled the donkey, and he set out and went up to his house in his city. After he set his house in order, he hanged himself, and he died and was buried in the tomb of his ancestors.

Now David had come to Mahanaim, and Absalom had crossed over the Jordan, he and all the men of Israel with him. Absalom had appointed Amasa in place of Joab over the army. Now Amasa was the son of a man whose name was Ithra the Israelite, who had married Abigail the daughter of Nahash the sister of Zeruiah, the mother of Joab. Israel and Absalom camped in the land of Gilead. Just as David had arrived in Mahanaim, Shobi the son of Nahash from Rabbah of the Ammonites and Makir the son of Ammiel from Lo Debar and Barzillai the Gileadite from Rogelim brought beds and basins and objects of pottery, as well as wheat, barley, flour, roasted grain, beans, lentils, honey, curds, sheep, cheese, and cattle for David and for the people who were with him to eat. For they had thought, "The troops are hungry and weary and thirsty in the wilderness."

Psalms 3

A psalm of David at his fleeing from the presence of Absalom, his son.

Yahweh, how many are my enemies;
many are rising against me.
Many are saying about my soul,
"There is no deliverance for him from God. Selah
But you, Yahweh, are a shield around me,
my glory and the one who lifts up my head.
With my voice I call to Yahweh
and he answers me from his holy hill. Selah
I lay down and slept;
I woke up because Yahweh sustains me.
I am not afraid of the ten thousands of people
who all around have set themselves against me.
Rise up, O Yahweh; deliver me, O my God;
for you strike all my enemies on the cheek.
The teeth of the wicked you break.
To Yahweh belongs deliverance;
may your blessing be over your people. Selah

Psalm 63

A psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.

O God, you are my God;
I will seek you diligently.
My soul thirsts for you; my flesh longs for you
as in a dry and weary land without water.
Thus I have seen you in the sanctuary,
beholding your strength and glory.
Because your loyal love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
So I will bless you while I live.
I will lift up my hands in your name.
My soul will be satisfied as with the best and richest food,
and with joyful lips my mouth will praise.
When I remember you on my bed,
I meditate on you in the night watches.
Because you have been my help,
therefore in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.
My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.
But as for them who seek my life for ruin,
they will go into the depths of the earth.
They who would deliver him to the sword
will become a portion for jackals.
However, the king will rejoice in God.
Everyone who swears an oath by him will boast,
because the mouth of the liars will be stopped.

Romans 1

Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised previously through his prophets in the holy scriptures, concerning his Son, who was born a descendant of David according to the flesh, who was declared Son of God in power according to the Holy Spirit by the resurrection from the dead of Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship for the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles on behalf of his name, among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ. To all those in Rome who are loved by God, called to be saints. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

First, I give thanks to my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being proclaimed in the whole world. For God, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, is my witness, how constantly I make mention of you, always asking in my prayers if somehow now at last I may succeed to come to you in the will of God. For I desire to see you, in order that I may impart some spiritual gift to you, in order to strengthen you, that is, to be encouraged together with you through our mutual faith, both yours and mine. Now I do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, that often I intended to come to you, and was prevented until now, in order that I might have some fruit among you also, just as also among the rest of the Gentiles. I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. Thus I am eager to proclaim the gospel also to you who are in Rome.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For the righteousness of God is revealed in it from faith to faith, just as it is written, "But the one who is righteous by faith will live."

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all impiety and unrighteousness of people, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what can be known about God is evident among them, for God made it clear to them. For from the creation of the world, his invisible attributes, both his eternal power and deity, are discerned clearly, being understood in the things created, so that they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their reasoning, and their senseless hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God with the likeness of an image of mortal human beings and birds and quadrupeds and reptiles.

Therefore God gave them over in the desires of their hearts to immorality, that their bodies would be dishonored among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God with a lie, and worshiped and served the creation rather than the Creator, who is blessed for eternity. Amen.

Because of this, God gave them over to degrading passions, for their females exchanged the natural relations for those contrary to nature, and likewise also the males, abandoning the natural relations with the female, were inflamed in their desire toward one another, males with males committing the shameless deed, and receiving in themselves the penalty that was necessary for their error. And just as they did not see fit to recognize God, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do the things that are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greediness, malice, full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malevolence. They are gossipers, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boasters, contrivers of evil, disobedient to parents, senseless, faithless, unfeeling, unmerciful, who, although they know the requirements of God, that those who do such things are worthy of death, not only do they do the same things, but also they approve of those who do them.

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The reading for today is 2 Samuel 15-17; Psalms 3; Psalm 63; Romans 1. The reading for today is 2 Samuel 15-17; Psalms 3; Psalm 63; Romans 1. 2 Samuel 15 It happened afterward that Absalom made himself a chariot with horses and fifty men running before him. Absalom used to rise early in the morning, and he stood beside the road at the gate; anyone who had a legal dispute to bring to the king for judgment Absalom would call to him and say, ... Continue reading Week 21, Day 2 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 22:42
Week 21, Day 1 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/21/1 Mon, 21 May 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/21/1 The reading for today is 2 Samuel 13-14; Acts 28.

2 Samuel 13

It happened afterwards that Absalom the son of David had a beautiful sister whose name was Tamar, and Amnon the son of David fell in love with her. And Amnon was so frustrated that he felt ill because of Tamar his sister, because she was a virgin, and it was too difficult in Amnon’s eyes to do anything with her. Now Amnon had a friend whose name was Jonadab the son of Shimeah, the brother of David. (Now Jonadab was a very crafty man.) And he said to him, "Why are you so sullen every morning, O son of the king? Will you not tell me?" And Amnon said to him, "I am in love with Tamar, the sister of my brother Absalom." Then Jonadab said to him, "Lie down on your bed and appear ill. If your father comes to see you, you shall say to him, ‘Please let Tamar my sister come and give me food to eat, and let her prepare the food before my eyes, in order that I may see it and eat from her hand.’" So Amnon lay down and pretended to be ill, and the king came to see him. Amnon said to the king, "Please let Tamar my sister come, and let her bake two cakes before my eyes that I may eat from her hand." So David sent to the house for Tamar, saying, "Please go to the house of Amnon your brother and prepare food for him." Tamar went to the house of Amnon her brother. Now he was lying down, and she took the dough and kneaded it and made cakes before his eyes, and she baked the cakes. Then she took the pan and poured it out before him, but he refused to eat. Then Amnon said, "Let all the men go out from me." So all the men went out from him. Then Amnon said to Tamar, "Bring the food to the private room that I may eat from your hand." So Tamar took the cakes which she had made and brought them to Amnon her brother in the private room. When she brought them near to him to eat, he took hold of her and said to her, "Come, lie with me, my sister!" Then Tamar said to him, "No, my brother! Do not force me, for such a thing has not been done in Israel. Do not do this disgraceful thing! As for me, where should I take my disgrace? You will be as one of the fools in Israel. So please, speak to the king, for he will not withhold me from you." But he was not willing to listen to her voice. He was stronger than she, and he forced her and lay with her.

Then Amnon hated her very deeply, for the hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love with which he had loved her. So Amnon said to her, "Get up and go." She said to him, "No, because this evil in sending me away is greater than the other you have done to me." But he was not willing to listen to her. Then he called his young man who was serving him and said, "Please send this woman from me to the outside, and bolt the door behind her!" Now there was a long-sleeved robe on her, for so they clothed the daughters of the king who were virgins, in robes. His servant put her outside, and he bolted the door behind her. Tamar put ashes on her head, and she tore the long-sleeved robe which was on her. She put her hand on her head, and she went away, crying out as she went. Absalom her brother said to her, "Was Amnon your brother with you? But now, my sister, be quiet; he is your brother. Do not take this matter to heart." So Tamar remained a desolate woman in the house of Absalom her brother.

Now King David heard all these things, and he became very angry. Absalom did not speak with Amnon either bad or good, for Absalom hated Amnon over the matter when he raped Tamar his sister. About two full years later, Absalom’s shearers were in Baal Hazor, which is near Ephraim, and Absalom summoned all the sons of the king. Then Absalom went to the king and said, "Look, here are your servant’s shearers; please let the king and his servants go with your servant. The king said to Absalom, "No my son, not all of us shall go, so that we not be a burden to you." And he urged him, but he was not willing to go, but he blessed him. So Absalom said, "But will you not let Amnon my brother go with us?" And the king said to him, "Why should he go with you?" But Absalom pressed him, so he sent Amnon with him and all of the sons of the king. Absalom commanded his servants, saying, "Please watch. At the moment the heart of Amnon is tipsy with wine, then I shall say to you, ‘Strike Amnon down,’ and you shall kill him! Don’t be afraid. Is it not I myself who has commanded you? Be courageous and be valiant! So Absalom’s servants did to Amnon just as Absalom commanded, and all the sons of the king got up, and each mounted his mule and fled.

While they were on the way, the message came to David, "Absalom has killed all the sons of the king, and not one of them was left." Then the king rose and tore his garments, and he lay on the ground, and all his servants standing by were tearing their garments. Then Jonadab the son of Shimeah, the brother of David, responded and said, "My lord should not think that all the young men, the sons of the king, are dead, because only Amnon is dead. Absalom was talking about it, as it was being determined from the day he raped Tamar his sister. So then, let not my lord the king set his heart on this matter, thinking, ‘All the sons of the king are dead,’ for only Amnon alone is dead."

So Absalom fled, and the young man who was keeping watch lifted up his eyes and saw, and there were many people coming from the road behind him from the side of the mountain. Jonadab said to the king, "Look, the sons of the king have come. According to the word of your servant, so it has come about." When he finished speaking, look, the sons of the king came and they lifted up their voice and wept. Also, the king and all his servants wept a very great weeping. Absalom fled and went to Talmai the son of Ammihur, the king of Geshur. David mourned over his son day after day. But Absalom had fled and went to Geshur, and he was there three years. King David longed to go out to Absalom, for he was consoled that Amnon had died.

2 Samuel 14

Joab the son of Zeruiah realized that the mind of the king was on Absalom. So Joab sent to Tekoa and took from there a wise woman, and he said to her, "Please pretend to mourn and put on garments of mourning. You should not anoint yourself with oil, and you must act like this woman who has been mourning over the dead for a long time. Then you must go to the king and speak to him according to this word." Thus Joab put the words in her mouth.

So the Tekoite woman spoke to the king, and she fell on her face to the ground and did obeisance. She said, "Help me, O king!" Then the king asked her, "What do you want?" And she said, "Truly I am a widow, and my husband is dead. Your servant had two sons, and they both fought in the open field, and there was no one to part them. One struck the other and killed him. And look, all of the family has risen up against your servant, and they said, ‘Give up the one who struck his brother, that we may kill him in exchange for the life of his brother whom he murdered. We will also wipe out the heir,’ and so they would put out my embers which remain, by not preserving for my husband a name and a remnant on the face of the earth."

Then the king said to the woman, "Go to your house, and I myself will give the command concerning you." The Tekoite woman said to the king, "On me, my lord the king, is the guilt, and on the house of my father, but the king on his throne is innocent." The king said, "Whoever has spoken to you, bring him to me, and he will not touch you again." Then she said, "Please may the king remember Yahweh your God, to prevent the increase of blood avengers who kill, so that they not wipe out my son." He said, "As Yahweh lives, surely not one hair shall fall from your son to the ground." The woman said, "Please let your servant speak a word to my lord the king." And he said, "Speak." The woman said, "But why have you plotted like this against the people of God? By speaking this word, he is guilty not to bring back his banished one. For we must certainly die, and we are as the waters spilled to the ground which cannot be gathered. God will not take a life but devises plans for a banished person not to be cast out from him. Now I have come to speak this word to my lord the king, because the people made me afraid, and your servant thought, ‘I will speak to the king, perhaps the king will grant the request of his servant. For the king will listen, to deliver his servant from the hand of the man who seeks to destroy me and my son together from the inheritance of God.’ Your servant also thought, ‘May the word of my lord the king bring rest, for as an angel of God, so is my lord the king, to sense what is good and what is bad.’ May Yahweh your God be with you." The king answered and said to the woman, "Please do not withhold from me a thing which I am about to ask you." The woman said, "Please let my lord the king speak." The king asked, "Was the hand of Joab with you in all of this?" The woman answered and said, "As your soul lives, my lord the king, surely one cannot go to the right or to the left from all that my lord the king has spoken. Yes, your servant Joab himself commanded me, and he put all of these words in the mouth of your servant. In order to change the situation, your servant Joab did this thing. But my lord has wisdom, as the wisdom of an angel of God, to know all that is on the earth." Then the king said to Joab, "Look, please, I will grant this thing. Go and bring back the young man Absalom." Joab fell with his face to the ground and did obeisance. And he blessed the king, and he said, "Today your servant knows that I have found favor in your eyes, my lord the king, in that the king has granted the request of his servant."

Then Joab got up and went to Geshur and brought Absalom to Jerusalem. The king said, "Let him go over to his house, and he may not see my face." So Absalom went over to his house, and did not see the face of the king. As far as Absalom, there was not a more handsome man in all of Israel to admire so much; from the sole of his foot up to his crown, there was no physical defect on him. When he shaved his head, it would happen every year, which he did because it was heavy on him, he would shave it off and weigh the hair of his head: two hundred shekels by the king’s weight. Three sons were born to Absalom and one daughter, whose name was Tamar. She was a woman beautiful of appearance. Absalom lived in Jerusalem two full years, but he did not see the face of the king. So Absalom sent for Joab, in order that he send him to the king, but he was not willing to go to him. He sent again a second time, but he was not willing to go. So he said to his servants, "Look at the tract of land of Joab next to mine, for he has barley plants there. Go, set it ablaze with fire." So the servants of Absalom set the tract of land ablaze with fire. Then Joab got up and went to Absalom, to the house, and said to him, "Why have your servants set my tract of land ablaze with fire?" Absalom said to Joab, "Look, I have sent to you, saying, ‘Come here that I may send you to the king to say, "Why have I come from Geshur? It would be better for me if I were still there."’ So then, let me see the face of the king; if there is guilt in me, then let him kill me." So Joab went to the king and he told him. Then he summoned Absalom, and he came to the king, and he bowed down to him with his face to the ground before the king. Then the king kissed Absalom.

Acts 28

And after we were brought safely through, then we found out that the island was called Malta. And the local inhabitants showed extraordinary kindness to us, for they lit a fire and welcomed us all, because of the rain that had begun and because of the cold. And when Paul had gathered a large number of sticks and was placing them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened itself on his hand. And when the local people saw the creature hanging from his hand, they began saying to one another, "Doubtless this man is a murderer whom, although he was rescued from the sea, Justice has not permitted to live!" He, in turn, shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm. But they were expecting that he was going to swell up or suddenly to fall down dead. So after they had waited for a long time and saw nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and began saying that he was a god.

Now in the regions around that place were fields belonging to the chief official of the island, named Publius, who welcomed us and entertained us hospitably for three days. And it happened that the father of Publius was lying down, afflicted with fever and dysentery. Paul went to him and after praying, he placed his hands on him and healed him. And after this had taken place, the rest of those on the island who had diseases were coming and being healed also. They also honored us with many honors, and when we were putting out to sea, they gave us the things we needed.

Now after three months we put out to sea in a ship that had wintered at the island, an Alexandrian one with the twin gods Castor and Pollux as its insignia. And putting in at Syracuse, we stayed there three days. From there we got underway and arrived at Rhegium, and after one day a south wind came up and on the second day we came to Puteoli, where we found brothers, and were implored to stay with them seven days. And in this way we came to Rome. And from there the brothers, when they heard the news about us, came to meet us as far as the Forum of Appius and Three Taverns. When he saw them, Paul gave thanks to God and took courage. And when we entered into Rome, Paul was allowed to stay by himself with the soldier who was guarding him.

Now it happened that after three days, he called together those who were the most prominent of the Jews. And when they had assembled, he said to them, "Men and brothers, although I had done nothing against our people or the customs of our fathers, from Jerusalem I was delivered as a prisoner into the hands of the Romans, who, when they had examined me, were wanting to release me, because there was no basis for an accusation worthy of death with me. But because the Jews objected, I was forced to appeal to Caesar (not as if I had any charge to bring against my own people). Therefore for this reason I have requested to see you and to speak with you, for because of the hope of Israel I am wearing this chain!" And they said to him, "We have received no letters about you from Judea, nor has any of the brothers come and reported or spoken anything evil about you. But we would like to hear from you what you think, for concerning this sect it is known to us that it is spoken against everywhere."

And when they had set a day with him, many more came to him at his lodging place, to whom he was explaining from early in the morning until evening, testifying about the kingdom of God and attempting to convince them about Jesus from both the law of Moses and the prophets. And some were convinced by what was said, but others refused to believe. So being in disagreement with one another, they began to leave after Paul made one statement: "The Holy Spirit spoke rightly through the prophet Isaiah to your fathers, saying,

‘Go to this people and say,
    "You will keep on hearing and will never understand,
and you will keep on seeing and will never perceive.
    For the heart of this people has become dull,
and with their ears they hear with difficulty,
    and they have shut their eyes,
lest they see with their eyes,
    and hear with their ears,
    and understand with their heart,
and turn, and I would heal them."’

Therefore let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles. They also will listen!"

So he stayed two whole years in his own rented house, and welcomed all who came to him, proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching the things concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness, without hindrance.

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The reading for today is 2 Samuel 13-14; Acts 28. The reading for today is 2 Samuel 13-14; Acts 28. 2 Samuel 13 It happened afterwards that Absalom the son of David had a beautiful sister whose name was Tamar, and Amnon the son of David fell in love with her. And Amnon was so frustrated that he felt ill because of Tamar his sister, because she was a virgin, and it was too difficult in Amnon’s ey ... Continue reading Week 21, Day 1 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 17:24
Week 20, Day 5 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/20/5 Fri, 18 May 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/20/5 The reading for today is 2 Samuel 11-12; 1 Chronicles 20; Psalm 51; Psalm 32; Acts 27.

2 Samuel 11

It came about in the spring, at the time kings go out, David sent Joab and his servants with him and all of Israel. They ravaged all of the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah, but David was remaining in Jerusalem. It happened late one afternoon that David got up from his bed and walked about on the roof of the king’s house, and he saw a woman bathing on her roof. Now the woman was very beautiful. David sent and inquired about the woman, and someone said, "Is this not Bathsheba the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?" Then David sent messengers and took her, and she came to him, and he slept with her. (Now she had been purifying herself from her uncleanness.) And she returned to her house. The woman became pregnant, and she sent and told David, and she said, "I am pregnant." So David sent to Joab, "Send Uriah the Hittite to me." So Joab sent Uriah to David. Uriah came to him, and David asked how Joab and the army fared and how the war was going. David said to Uriah, "Go down to your house, and wash your feet." So Uriah went out from the king’s house, and a gift from the king went out after him. But Uriah slept at the entrance of the king’s house with all the servants of his master and did not go down to his house. They told David, "Uriah did not go down to his house." David said to Uriah, "Are you not coming from a journey? Why did you not go down to your house?" Uriah said to David, "The ark and Israel and Judah are living in the booths; and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping on the surface of the open field; and I, shall I go to my house to eat and to drink and to sleep with my wife? By your life and the life of your soul, I surely will not do this thing." David said to Uriah, "Remain here today, and tomorrow I will send you away." So Uriah remained in Jerusalem on that day and the next. David invited him, and he ate and drank in his presence so that he became drunk, and he went out in the evening to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but he did not go down to his house. And it happened in the morning, David wrote a letter to Joab, and he sent it by the hand of Uriah. He had written in the letter, "Put Uriah in the front, in the face of the fiercest fighting, then draw back from behind him so that he may be struck down and die."

When Joab was besieging the city, he put Uriah toward the place which he knew there were valiant warriors. The men of the city came out and fought with Joab. Some from the army from the servants of David fell; Uriah the Hittite also died. Joab sent and told David all of the news of the battle. He instructed the messenger, saying, "As you are finishing to speak all the news of the battle to the king, if the anger of the king rises and he says to you, ‘Why did you go near the city to fight? Did you not know that they would shoot from atop the wall? Who killed Abimelech the son of Jerub-bosheth, if not a woman who threw an upper millstone on him from atop the wall and he died at Thebez? Why did you go near the wall?’ Then you shall say, ‘Your servant Uriah the Hittite also died.’" Then the messenger left, and he came and told David all that Joab had sent him to say. The messenger said to David, "Because the men overpowered us, the men came out to us in the field, but we forced them back to the entrance of the gate. The archers shot at your servant from atop the wall, and some of the servants of the king died; your servant Uriah the Hittite also died." Then David said to the messenger, "Thus you shall say to Joab, ‘Do not feel badly about this matter; now one and then another the sword will devour. Intensify your attack on the city and overthrow it.’" And he encouraged him. When the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned over her husband. When the mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his household, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing which David had done was evil in the eyes of Yahweh.

2 Samuel 12

So Yahweh sent Nathan to David, and he came to him and said, "Two men were in a certain city; one was rich and the other was poor. The rich man had very many flocks and herds, but the poor man had nothing except for one small ewe lamb which he had bought. He had nurtured her, and she grew up with him and with his children together. She used to eat from his morsel and drink from his cup, and she used to lie in his lap and became like a daughter for him. And a visitor came to the rich man, but he was reluctant to take from his flocks or from his herds to prepare a meal for the traveler when he came to him. So he took the ewe lamb of the poor man and prepared it for the man who had come to him." Then the anger of David was kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan, "As Yahweh lives, the man who has done this deserves to die! He shall restore the ewe lamb fourfold because he has done this thing, and because he had no pity." Then Nathan said to him, "You are the man! Thus says Yahweh the God of Israel: ‘I anointed you as king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. I gave you the household of your master and the women of your master into your lap. I also gave you the house of Israel and Judah; if that had been too little, I would have added to you much more. Why have you despised the word of Yahweh by doing evil in his eyes? Uriah the Hittite you have struck down with the sword, and his wife you have taken to yourself as wife! You have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites! So then, a sword will not turn away from your house forever, because you have despised me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife!’ Thus says Yahweh, ‘Look, I am going to raise up evil against you from within your house, and I will take your women before your eyes, and I will give them to your neighbor, and he shall sleep with your wives in broad daylight. Though you did this in secret, I will do this thing before all of Israel in broad daylight!’"

Then David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against Yahweh!" Nathan said to David, "Yahweh has also forgiven your sin; you shall not die. But because you have utterly scorned Yahweh in this matter, the son born for you will certainly die." Then Nathan went to his house, and Yahweh struck the child that the wife of Uriah bore for David, and he became ill. David pleaded with God on behalf of the boy and David fasted. He went to spend the night and lay upon the ground. The elders of his household stood over him to lift him up from the ground, but he was not willing, and he did not eat any food with them. It happened on the seventh day that the child died, and the servants of David were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they said, "Look, when the child was alive, we spoke to him, but he would not listen to our voice. How can we tell him, ‘The child is dead’? He may do something evil." When David saw that his servants were whispering together, he realized that the child was dead. Then David said to his servants, "Is the child dead?" And they said, "He is dead." David stood up from the ground and washed and anointed himself and changed his clothing. Then he went to the house of Yahweh and worshiped, and he went to his own house. He asked, so they served him food, and he ate. Then his servants said to him, "What is this thing that you have done? While the child was alive, you fasted and wept; now that the child has died, you get up and eat food!" He said, "When the child was still alive, I fasted and I wept because I thought, ‘Who knows? Yahweh may have mercy on me that the child will live.’ But now he is dead. Why should I be fasting? Am I able to return him again? I am going to him, but he cannot return to me." David consoled Bathsheba his wife, and he went to her and slept with her. She bore a son, and he called him Solomon, and Yahweh loved him. He sent word by the hand of Nathan the prophet, so he called him Jedidiah because of Yahweh.

And Joab fought against Rabbah of the Ammonites, and he captured the royal city. Then Joab sent messengers to David and said, "We have fought against Rabbah, and we captured the city of the waters. So then, gather the remainder of the army and encamp against the city and capture it, lest I capture the city and my name be proclaimed over it." So David gathered all of the army, and he went to Rabbah and fought against it and captured it. He took the crown of their king from his head. (Now its weight was a talent of gold, and there was a precious stone in it and it was put on David’s head.) He brought out the plunder of the city in great abundance. He also brought out the people who were in it and put them to the saws and to the iron picks and to the iron axes, and he sent them to the place of the brickmakers. Thus he used to do to all the cities of the Ammonites, and he and all of the army returned to Jerusalem.

1 Chronicles 20

And it happened that in the spring time of year, the time when kings go out to battle, Joab led the troops of the army and destroyed the land of the Ammonites. And he came and besieged Rabbah, but David remained in Jerusalem. And Joab struck Rabbah and destroyed it. And David took the crown of their king from his head and found it to weigh a talent of gold. And in it was a precious stone. Then it was placed upon the head of David. And he brought out the booty of the city, a large amount. And the people who were in it he brought out, and he set them to work with saws and iron implements and axes. Thus David did to all the cities of the Ammonites. Then David returned, and all the nation went with him.

And after this there arose a war in Gezer with the Philistines. Then Sibbecai the Hushathite struck down Sippai, one of the descendants of the Rephaim. And they were subdued. And again there was war with the Philistines. And Elhanan son of Jair struck down Lahmi, the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam. And again there was war in Gath. And there was a very tall man there, and he had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in all. He himself was also a descendant of the Rephaim. And he taunted Israel, but Jehonathan son of Shimea, brother of David, struck him down. These were born to the giants in Gath, and they fell by the hand of David and by the hand of his servants.

Psalm 51

For the music director. A psalm of David.

When Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.

Be gracious to me, O God, according to your loyal love.
According to your abundant mercies,
blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and from my sin cleanse me.
For I myself know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
Against you, only you, I have sinned
and have done this evil in your eyes,
so that you are correct when you speak,
you are blameless when you judge.
Behold, in iniquity I was born,
and in sin my mother conceived me.
Behold, you delight in truth in the inward parts,
and in the hidden parts you make me to know wisdom.
Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean.
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Make me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins,
and all my iniquities blot out.
Create a clean heart for me, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence,
and do not take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and with a willing spirit sustain me.
Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will turn back to you.
Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
the God of my salvation;
then my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will proclaim your praise.
For you do not delight in sacrifice or I would give it.
With a burnt offering you are not pleased.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
A broken and contrite heart,
O God, you will not despise.
Do good in your favor toward Zion.
Build the walls of Jerusalem.
Then you will delight in righteous sacrifices,
burnt offering and whole burnt offering.
Then bulls will be offered on your altar.

Psalm 32

Of David. A maskil.

Happy is he whose transgression is taken away,
whose sin is covered.
Happy is a person to whom Yahweh does not impute iniquity
and in whose spirit there is not deceit.
When I kept silent, my bones were worn out
due to my groaning all the day.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me.
My vigor was changed into the dry heat of summer. Selah
I made known my sin to you, and my iniquity I did not cover.
I said, "I will confess concerning my transgressions to Yahweh,"
and you took away the guilt of my sin. Selah
Therefore let all the faithful pray to you
at the time for finding you.
Surely at the flood of many waters they will not reach him.
You are my hiding place;
from trouble you preserve me.
With cries of deliverance you surround me. Selah
I will instruct you and teach you
in the way that you should go.
I will advise you with my eye upon you.
Do not be like a horse or like a mule, without understanding;
that needs his tackle—bridle and rein—for restraint
or he would not come near you.
Many are the pains of the wicked,
but for the one who trusts Yahweh
loyal love surrounds him.
Be glad in Yahweh and rejoice, you righteous,
and shout for joy, all you upright of heart.

Acts 27

And when it was decided that we would sail away to Italy, they handed over Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion named Julius of the Augustan Cohort. And we went aboard a ship from Adramyttium that was about to sail to the places along the coast of Asia and put out to sea. Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica, was with us. And on the next day, we put in at Sidon. And Julius, treating Paul kindly, allowed him to go to his friends to be cared for. And from there we put out to sea and sailed under the lee of Cyprus, because the winds were against us. And after we had sailed across the open sea along Cilicia and Pamphylia, we put in at Myra in Lycia. And there the centurion found an Alexandrian ship sailing for Italy and put us on board it. And sailing slowly, in many days and with difficulty we came to Cnidus. Because the wind did not permit us to go further, we sailed under the lee of Crete off Salmone. And sailing along its coast with difficulty, we came to a certain place called Fair Havens, near which was the town of Lasea.

And because considerable time had passed and the voyage was now dangerous because even the Fast was already over, Paul strongly recommended, saying to them, "Men, I perceive that the voyage is going to end with disaster and great loss, not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives!" But the centurion was convinced even more by the shipmaster and the shipowner than by what was said by Paul. And because the harbor was unsuitable for spending the winter in, the majority decided on a plan to put out to sea from there, if somehow they could arrive at Phoenix, a harbor of Crete facing toward the southwest and toward the northwest, to spend the winter there.

And when a southwest wind began to blow gently, because they thought they could accomplish their purpose, they weighed anchor and sailed close along Crete. But not long afterward a wind like a hurricane, called the northeaster, rushed down from it. And when the ship was caught and was not able to head into the wind, we gave way and were driven along. And running under the lee of a certain small island called Cauda, we were able with difficulty to get the ship’s boat under control. After hoisting it up, they made use of supports to undergird the ship. And because they were afraid lest they run aground on the Syrtis, they lowered the sea anchor and thus were driven along. And because we were violently battered by the storm, on the next day they began jettisoning the cargo, and on the third day they threw overboard the gear of the ship with their own hands. But when neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and with not a little bad weather confronting us, finally all hope was abandoned that we would be saved.

And because many were experiencing lack of appetite, at that time Paul stood up in their midst and said, "Men, you ought to have followed my advice not to put out to sea from Crete, and thus avoided this damage and loss! And now I urge you to cheer up, for there will be no loss of life from among you, but only of the ship. For this night an angel of the God whose I am and whom I serve came to me, saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul! It is necessary for you to stand before Caesar, and behold, God has graciously granted you all who are sailing with you.’ Therefore keep up your courage, men, for I believe God that it will be like this—according to the way it was told to me. But it is necessary that we run aground on some island."

And when the fourteenth night had come, as we were being driven in the Adriatic Sea about the middle of the night, the sailors suspected they were approaching some land. And taking soundings, they found twenty fathoms. So going on a little further and taking soundings again, they found fifteen fathoms. And because they were afraid lest somewhere we run aground against rough places, they threw down four anchors from the stern and prayed for day to come. And when the sailors were seeking to escape from the ship and were lowering the ship’s boat into the sea, pretending as if they were going to lay out anchors from the bow, Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, "Unless these men remain with the ship, you cannot be saved!" Then the soldiers cut away the ropes of the ship’s boat and let it fall away.

And until the day was about to come, Paul was urging them all to take some food, saying, "Today is the fourteenth day you have waited anxiously, and you have continued without eating, having taken nothing. Therefore I urge you to take some food, for this is necessary for your preservation. For not a hair from your head will be lost." And after he said these things and took bread, he gave thanks to God in front of them all, and after breaking it, he began to eat. So they all were encouraged and partook of food themselves. (Now we were in all two hundred seventy six persons on the ship.) And when they had eaten their fill of food, they lightened the ship by throwing the wheat into the sea.

Now when day came, they did not recognize the land, but they noticed a certain bay having a beach, onto which they decided to run the ship ashore if they could. And slipping the anchors, they left them in the sea, at the same time loosening the ropes of the steering oars. And hoisting the foresail to the wind that was blowing, they held course for the beach. But falling into a place of crosscurrents, they ran the ship aground. And the bow stuck fast and stayed immovable, but the stern was being broken up by the violence. Now the plan of the soldiers was that they would kill the prisoners lest any escape by swimming away, but the centurion, because he wanted to save Paul, prevented them from doing what they intended, and gave orders that those who were able to swim should jump in first to get to the land, and then the rest, some of whom floated on planks and some of whom on anything that was from the ship. And in this way all were brought safely to the land.

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The reading for today is 2 Samuel 11-12; 1 Chronicles 20; Psalm 51; Psalm 32; Acts 27. The reading for today is 2 Samuel 11-12; 1 Chronicles 20; Psalm 51; Psalm 32; Acts 27. 2 Samuel 11 It came about in the spring, at the time kings go out, David sent Joab and his servants with him and all of Israel. They ravaged all of the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah, but David was remaining in Jerusalem. It happened late one afternoon that David got up from his bed and walked about ... Continue reading Week 20, Day 5 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 20:28
Week 20, Day 4 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/20/4 Thu, 17 May 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/20/4 The reading for today is 2 Samuel 9-10; 1 Chronicles 18-19; Psalm 89; Acts 26.

2 Samuel 9

Then David said, "Is there still anyone who is left for the house of Saul that I may show loyal love to him for the sake of Jonathan?" Now Saul’s household had a servant whose name was Ziba, so they summoned him to David, and the king asked him, "Are you Ziba?" He said, "At your service!" Then the king said, "But is there still anyone of Saul’s household that I may show the loyal love of God with him?" And Ziba said to the king, "There is still a son of Jonathan who is lame in the feet." The king said to him, "Where is he?" And Ziba said to the king, "He is here in the house of Makir the son of Ammiel in Lo Debar." So King David sent and brought him from the house of Makir the son of Ammiel from Lo Debar. So Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David. And he fell on his face and did obeisance. David said, "Mephibosheth," and he said, "I am ready to serve you." Then David said to him, "Don’t be afraid, for I will certainly show loyal love to you for the sake of Jonathan your father, and I will restore to you all the lands of Saul your father. And you shall always eat food at my table." Then he did obeisance and said, "What is your servant that you have paid attention to the dead dog like me?"

David summoned Ziba the servant of Saul and said to him, "All that was Saul’s and all his household I have given to the son of your master. You shall till the land for him, you and your sons and your servants; you shall bring in the produce and it shall be food for the son of your master that he may eat. But Mephibosheth the son of your master may always eat food at my table." (Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty slaves.) Ziba said to the king, "According to all that my master the king commands his servant, so your servant will do." So Mephibosheth was eating at his table as one of the sons of the king. Now Mephibosheth had a young son whose name was Micah, and all of the dwelling of the household of Ziba became servants for Mephibosheth. And Mephibosheth was living in Jerusalem, because he was continually eating at the table of the king, even though he was lame in both of his feet.

2 Samuel 10

Afterwards the king of the Ammonites died, and his son Hanun ruled in his place. David said, "I will show loyal love with Hanun, the son of Nahash, as his father showed loyal love with me." So David sent to console him concerning his father, by the hand of his servants. And the servants of David came to the land of the Ammonites. But the commanders of the Ammonites said to Hanun their master, "In your opinion, is David honoring your father because he has sent condolences to you? Is it not in order to search the city, to spy it out, and to overthrow it that David sent his servants to you?" Then Hanun took the servants of David, and he shaved off half of their beards and cut their garments off in the middle up to their buttocks, then sent them away. When they told David, he sent to meet them, for the men were greatly ashamed. And the king said, "Remain in Jericho until your beards have grown, and then you can return."

When the Ammonites saw that they had become odious to David, the Ammonites sent word and hired Aram Beth-Rehob and Aram-Zobah, twenty thousand infantry; and they also hired the king of Maacah, a thousand men, and the men of Tob, twelve thousand men. When David heard, he sent Joab and all the army of mighty warriors. The Ammonites came out and drew up a battle formation at the entrance of the gate, but Aram-Zobah and Rehob and the men of Tob and Maacah were alone in the open field. When Joab saw that the battle was to be fought on two fronts, he chose from all the members of the elite troops of Israel and lined them up for battle to meet Aram. The rest of the army he placed into the hand of his brother Abishai, who arranged them in battle lines to meet the Ammonites. Then he said, "If Aram is stronger than I am, you must become my deliverer; but if the Ammonites are too strong for you, then I will come to rescue you. Be strong, and let us strengthen ourselves for the sake of the people and for the sake of the cities of our God. May Yahweh do what is good in his eyes. Joab and all the people who were with him moved forward into the battle against Aram, and they fled from before him. When the Ammonites saw that Aram had fled, they fled from before Abishai and entered the city. Then Joab returned from fighting against the Ammonites and came to Jerusalem.

When the Arameans saw that they were defeated before Israel, they gathered themselves together. Then Hadadezer sent and brought out the Arameans who were beyond the Euphrates, and they came to Helam. Now Shobach, the commander of the army of Hadadezer, was at their head. David was told, so he gathered all Israel and crossed over the Jordan and came to Helam. Aram arranged themselves in battle lines to meet David, and they fought with him. And Aram fled before Israel, and David killed from the Arameans seven hundred chariot teams and forty thousand horsemen. He struck down Shobach, the commander of his army, and he died there. When all the kings, the servants of Hadadezer, saw that he had been defeated before Israel, they made peace with Israel and served them, and Aram was afraid to help the Ammonites any longer.

1 Chronicles 18

And it happened that after David struck the Philistines and subdued them, he captured Gath and its villages out of the hand of the Philistines. And he struck Moab, and the Moabites became servants to David, bearing tribute. And David struck Hadadezer, king of Zobah-Hamath, as he set up his monument at the Euphrates River. And David captured from him one thousand chariots, seven thousand horsemen, and twenty thousand foot soldiers. And David hamstrung all the chariot horses but left one hundred of them to remain for chariots. And when the Arameans of Damascus came to help Hadadezer king of Zobah-Hamath, David struck down twenty-two thousand men of Aram. Then David set up garrisons in Aram of Damascus, and the Arameans became servants to David, bearing tribute. And Yahweh delivered David wherever he went. And David took small round shields of gold that were upon the servants of Hadadezer and brought them to Jerusalem. And from Tibhath and from Cun, cities of Hadadezer, David captured very much bronze. Solomon made the bronze sea with it along with the columns and objects of bronze.

And when Tou the king of Hamath heard that David had defeated the whole army of Hadadezer the king of Zobah, he sent Hadoram his son to King David to ask him for peace and to bless him because he had fought against Hadadezer and defeated him, for Tou had been at war with Hadadezer. And he brought with him all the objects of gold, silver, and bronze. King David dedicated these also to Yahweh, along with the silver and gold that he had taken from all the nations, from Edom, Moab, the sons of Ammon, the Philistines, and Amalek.

And Abishai son of Zeruiah defeated eighteen thousand of Edom in the Valley of Salt. And he put garrisons in Edom, and all Edom became servants to David. And Yahweh delivered David wherever he went.

So David reigned over all Israel, and he administered justice and righteousness to all his people. And Joab son of Zeruiah was over the army, and Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was recorder. And Zadok son of Ahitub and Abimelech son of Abiathar were priests, and Shavsha was secretary. And Benaiah son of Jehoiada was over the Kerethites and the Pelethites. And the sons of David were chief officials under the hand of the king.

1 Chronicles 19

And it happened that after this Nahash the king of the Ammonites died, and his son reigned in his place. And David said, "I will deal kindly with Hanun the son of Nahash because his father showed kindness to me." So David sent messengers to comfort him concerning his father. And the servants of David came to the land of the Ammonites, to Hanun, to comfort him. But the princes of the Ammonites said to Hanun, "Do you think because David sent comforters to you that David honors your father? Is it not for the purpose of exploring so as to overthrow and spy out the land that his servants have come to you?" So Hanun took the servants of David and shaved them and cut off their garments at the middle, up to the buttocks, and sent them away. And they went and told David concerning the men, and he inquired of them, for the men were very disgraced. And the king said, "Dwell in Jericho until your beards grow out; then return."

And when the Ammonites saw that they made themselves odious to David, Hanun and the Ammonites sent one thousand talents of silver to hire for themselves horses and chariots from Aram-Naharaim, Aram-Maacah, and Zobah. And they hired for themselves thirty-two thousand chariots and the king of Maacah and his people, and they came and encamped before Medeba. And the Ammonites were gathered from their cities and came to the battle. And when David heard, he sent Joab and the entire army of mighty warriors. And the Ammonites went out and took up positions for battle at the entrance of the city. And the kings who had come were alone in the field.

When Joab saw that there was a battle line against him at the front and the back, he chose from among the chosen men in Israel and arranged them to meet Aram. And the remainder of the people he put in the hand of Abishai his brother, and they were arranged to meet the Ammonites. And he said, "If Aram is too strong for me, then you must be a help to me, but if the Ammonites are too strong for you, then I will help you. Be strong! Let us strengthen ourselves on behalf of our people and on behalf of the cities of our God. And may Yahweh do what is good in his eyes." And Joab and the people who were with him drew near before Aram for battle, and they fled before him. And when the Ammonites saw that Aram had fled, they also fled before Abishai his brother, and they came to the city. Then Joab came to Jerusalem.

And when Aram saw that they were defeated before Israel, they sent messengers and brought out Aram, who was from beyond the Euphrates, with Shophach the commander of the army of Hadadezer before them. And when it was told to David, he gathered all Israel and crossed the Jordan. And he came to them and was arrayed against them. Then David was arrayed to meet Aram in battle, and they fought with him. And Aram fled before Israel. And David killed from Aram the men of seven thousand chariots and forty thousand foot soldiers, and he put to death Shophach the commander of the army. And when the servants of Hadadezer saw that they were defeated before Israel, they made peace with David and became servants to him. So Aram was no longer willing to help the Ammonites.

Psalm 89

A maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite.

I will sing forever of Yahweh’s acts of loyal love.
From generation to generation
I will make known your faithfulness with my mouth.
For I say, "Forever your loyal love is built up.
The heavens you have established with your faithfulness in them."
"I made a covenant with my chosen one;
I swore an oath to David my servant:
‘I will establish your descendants forever,
and I will build up your throne from generation to generation.’" Selah
And so the heavens will praise your wonderful deed, O Yahweh,
even your faithfulness, in the assembly of the holy ones.
For who in the sky is equal to Yahweh?
Who is like Yahweh among the sons of God,
a God feared greatly in the council of the holy ones,
and awesome above all surrounding him?
O Yahweh God of hosts,
who is mighty like you, O Yah,
with your faithfulness surrounding you?
You are ruling the surging of the sea.
When its waves rise, you yourself still them.
You yourself crushed Rahab like one who is slain;
you scattered your enemies with your strong arm.
The heavens are yours, the earth yours as well,
the world with its fullness, because you founded them.
North and south, you created them;
Tabor and Hermon shout joyfully over your name.
You have a mighty arm;
Your hand is strong; your right hand reaches high.
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne.
Loyal love and faithfulness come before your face.
Blessed are the people who know the joyful shout;
O Yahweh, they walk about in the light of your countenance.
In your name they rejoice all the day,
and in your righteousness they rise up.
For you are the glory of their strength,
and by your favor our horn rises up,
because our shield belongs to Yahweh,
and our king to the Holy One of Israel.
Formerly you spoke in a vision
to your faithful ones, and said,
"I have bestowed help on a mighty man;
I have exalted one chosen from the people.
I have found David, my servant.
With my holy oil I have anointed him,
with whom my hand will be steadfast.
Surely my arm will strengthen him.
The enemy will not deceive him,
and no evil man will afflict him.
But I will crush his adversaries before him,
and I will strike those who hate him.
And so my faithfulness
and my loyal love will be with him,
and in my name his horn will rise up.
And I will set his hand on the sea
and his right hand on the rivers.
He will call out to me, ‘You are my Father,
my God, and the rock of my salvation.’
I will also make him the firstborn,
the highest of the kings of the earth.
Forever I will keep my loyal love for him,
and my covenant will be reliable for him.
I will also establish his offspring forever,
and his throne as the days of the heavens.
If his sons forsake my law
and do not walk in my judgments,
if they defile my statutes
and do not keep my commandments,
then I will punish their transgression with a rod,
and their guilt with wounds.
But I will not break off my loyal love from him,
and I will not be false against my faithfulness.
I will not defile my covenant,
or alter what proceeded from my lips.
Once I have sworn by my holiness,
‘I will surely not lie to David,
His offspring will endure forever,
and his throne as the sun before me.
Like the moon it will be steadfast forever,
and like an enduring witness in the sky.’" Selah
But you have spurned and rejected;
you are very angry with your anointed one.
You have repudiated the covenant with your servant;
you have defiled his crown in the dirt.
You have broken down all his walls;
you have made his fortifications a ruin.
All passing along the road plunder him;
he has become a taunt to his neighbors.
You have raised the right hand of his adversaries.
You have made all his enemies rejoice.
You have also turned back the edge of his sword
and have not helped him stand his ground in the battle.
You have made his splendor to cease,
and cast his throne to the ground.
You have cut short the days of his youth;
you have covered him with shame. Selah
How long, O Yahweh? Will you hide yourself forever?
Will your wrath burn like fire forever?
Remember what my lifespan is.
Remember for what vanity
you have created all the children of humankind.
What man can live on and not see death?
Can he deliver his life from the power of Sheol? Selah
Where are your former acts of loyal love, O Lord,
that you swore to David by your faithfulness?
Remember, O Lord the taunting of your servants,
how I bear in my bosom the taunts of all the many peoples,
by which your enemies taunt, O Yahweh,
by which they taunt the steps of your anointed one.
Blessed be Yahweh forever.
Amen and Amen.

Acts 26

So Agrippa said to Paul, "It is permitted for you to speak for yourself." Then Paul extended his hand and began to defend himself:

"Concerning all the things of which I am accused by the Jews, King Agrippa, I consider myself fortunate that before you I am about to defend myself today, because you are especially acquainted with both all the customs and controversial questions with respect to the Jews. Therefore I beg you to listen to me with patience.

"Now all the Jews know my manner of life from my youth, that had taken place from the beginning among my own people and in Jerusalem, having known me for a long time, if they are willing to testify, that in accordance with the strictest party of our religion I lived as a Pharisee. And now I stand here on trial on the basis of hope in the promise made by God to our fathers, to which our twelve tribes hope to attain as they earnestly serve him night and day. Concerning this hope I am being accused by the Jews, O king! Why is it thought incredible by you people that God raises the dead? Indeed, I myself thought it was necessary to do many things opposed to the name of Jesus the Nazarene, which I also did in Jerusalem, and not only did I lock up many of the saints in prison, having received authority from the chief priests, but also when they were being executed, I cast my vote against them. And throughout all the synagogues I punished them often and tried to force them to blaspheme, and because I was enraged at them beyond measure, I was pursuing them even as far as to foreign cities. In this activity I was traveling to Damascus with the authority and full power of the chief priests. In the middle of the day along the road, O king, I saw a light from heaven, more than the brightness of the sun, shining around me and those who were traveling with me. And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Aramaic language, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads!’ So I said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. But get up and stand on your feet, because for this reason I have appeared to you, to appoint you a servant and witness both to the things in which you saw me and to the things in which I will appear to you, rescuing you from the people and from the Gentiles to whom I am sending you, to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a share among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’

"Therefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but to those in Damascus first, and in Jerusalem and all the region of Judea and to the Gentiles, I proclaimed that they should repent and turn to God, doing deeds worthy of repentance. On account of these things the Jews seized me in the temple courts and were attempting to kill me. Therefore I have experienced help from God until this day, and I stand here testifying to both small and great, saying nothing except what both the prophets and Moses have said were going to happen, that the Christ was to suffer and that as the first of the resurrection from the dead, he was going to proclaim light both to the people and to the Gentiles."

And as he was saying these things in his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, "You are out of your mind, Paul! Your great learning is driving you insane!" But Paul said, "I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, but am speaking words of truth and rationality. For the king knows about these things, to whom also I am speaking freely, for I am not convinced that these things in any way have escaped his notice, because this was not done in a corner. Do you believe the prophets, King Agrippa? I know that you believe." But Agrippa said to Paul, "In a short time are you persuading me to become a Christian?" And Paul replied, "I pray to God, whether in a short time or in a long time, not only you but also all those who are listening to me today may become such people as I also am, except for these bonds!"

Both the king and the governor got up, and Bernice and those who were sitting with them. And as they were going out, they were talking to one another, saying, "This man is not doing anything deserving death or imprisonment." And Agrippa said to Festus, "This man could have been released if he had not appealed to Caesar."

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The reading for today is 2 Samuel 9-10; 1 Chronicles 18-19; Psalm 89; Acts 26. The reading for today is 2 Samuel 9-10; 1 Chronicles 18-19; Psalm 89; Acts 26. 2 Samuel 9 Then David said, Is there still anyone who is left for the house of Saul that I may show loyal love to him for the sake of Jonathan? Now Saul’s household had a servant whose name was Ziba, so they summoned him to David, and the king asked him, Are you Ziba? He said, At your service! The ... Continue reading Week 20, Day 4 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 20:38
Week 20, Day 3 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/20/3 Wed, 16 May 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/20/3 The reading for today is 2 Samuel 7-8; 1 Chronicles 17; Psalm 132; Acts 25.

2 Samuel 7

It happened that the king settled in his house. (Now Yahweh had given rest to him from all his enemies all around.) And the king said to Nathan the prophet, "Look, please, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God is staying in the middle of the tent." Nathan said to the king, "Go and do all that is in your heart, for Yahweh is with you." But it happened that night, the word of Yahweh came to Nathan, saying, "Go and tell my servant David, ‘Thus says Yahweh: "Are you the one to build for me a house for my dwelling? For I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought up the Israelites from Egypt until this day; rather, I was going about in a tent and in a tabernacle. In all of my going about among all the Israelites, did I speak a word with one of the tribes of Israel whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, ‘Why did you not build me a cedar house?’"’ So then, thus you shall say to my servant David, ‘Thus says Yahweh of hosts, "I took you from the pasture from following the sheep to be a leader over my people, over Israel, and I have been with you everywhere you went. I have cut off all of your enemies from in front of you, and I will make a great name for you, as the name of the great ones who are on the earth. I will make a place for my people Israel, and I will plant them so that they can dwell in their own place. They will not tremble any longer, and the children of wickedness will not afflict them again, as in the former days. In the manner that I appointed judges over my people Israel, I will give you rest from all your enemies. And Yahweh declares to you that Yahweh will build a house for you. When your days are full and you lie down with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring after you who will go out from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He will build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be a father to him, and he will be a son for me, whom I will punish when he does wrong, with a rod of men and with blows of the human beings. But my loyal love shall not depart from him as I took it from Saul, whom I removed from before you. Your house and your kingdom shall endure forever before you; your throne shall be established forever."’"

According to all these words and according to all this vision, this Nathan spoke to David. Then King David went and sat before Yahweh and said, "Who am I, my lord Yahweh, and what is my house that you have brought me up to this place? Still, this was insignificant in your eyes, my lord Yahweh, and also you have spoken about the house of your servant from afar, and this may be the teaching of humans, my lord Yahweh. What more can David say to you? You know your servant, my lord Yahweh. Because of your word and according to your heart, you have done all of this great thing, in order to let your servant know. Therefore you are great, my lord Yahweh, for there is no one like you, and there is no god except you, in all that we have heard with our ears. Who is like your people, like Israel? Israel is the one nation on earth whose God led them, in order to redeem a people for himself, and to make a name for himself, and to do for you the great and awesome things for your land in the presence of your people whom he redeemed for himself from Egypt, from the nations and their gods. You have established your people Israel for yourself as a people forever, and you, O Yahweh, have become their God. So then, Yahweh God, the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house, confirm it forever, and do just as you have promised. Your name shall be great forever, and they will say, ‘Yahweh of hosts is God over Israel’; and the house of your servant David shall be established before you. For you, O Yahweh of hosts, are God of Israel! You have revealed to the ear of your servant, ‘I will build a house for you’; therefore your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you. Now, my Lord Yahweh, you alone are God, and your words are true. You have promised this good to your servant. So then, be content and bless the house of your servant to be forever in your presence, for you, my Lord Yahweh, have spoken, and because of your blessing, may the house of your servant be blessed forever."

2 Samuel 8

It happened afterwards that David attacked the Philistines and subdued them, and he took Metheg Ammah from the hands of the Philistines. When he defeated Moab, he measured them with the cord, making them lie on the ground. He measured two cords to kill and the third cord to let live. So Moab became servants of David, bringing tribute. Then David struck down Hadadezer the son of Rehob, king of Zobah, when he went to restore his monument at the Euphrates River. David captured from him one thousand and seven hundred horsemen and twenty thousand foot soldiers. David hamstrung all the chariot horses, but from them he spared a hundred chariot horses. When Aram of Damascus came to help Hadadezer, the king of Zobah, David killed twenty-two thousand men of Aram. David placed garrisons in Aram of Damascus, so Aram became servants of David, bringing tribute. Yahweh protected David everywhere he went.

David took the small round gold shields which had belonged to the servants of Hadadezer, and he brought them to Jerusalem. From Betah and from Berothai, the towns of Hadadezer, King David took very many bronze items.

When Toi, the king of Hamath, heard that David had defeated all the army of Hadadezer, Toi sent Joram his son to King David to greet him and to congratulate him because he had fought against Hadadezer and defeated him; for Hadadezer had often been at war with Toi. He brought with him objects of silver and objects of gold and objects of bronze. King David dedicated them also to Yahweh along with the silver and the gold that he had dedicated from all of the nations which he had subdued; from Aram and from Moab and from the Ammonites and from the Philistines and from Amalek and from the plunder of Hadadezer the son of Rehob, the king of Zobah. So David made a name for himself when he returned from defeating Aram in the Valley of Salt, eighteen thousand. He put garrisons in Edom; all over Edom he put garrisons, and all of Edom became servants of David. Yahweh protected David wherever he went.

David reigned over all of Israel, and he was administering justice and righteousness for all his people. Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the army, and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was secretary. Zadok the son of Ahitub and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar were priests and Seraiah was scribe. Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Kerethites and the Pelethites, and the sons of David were priests.

1 Chronicles 17

And as David lived in his house, David said to Nathan the prophet, "Look, I live in a house of cedar, but the ark of the covenant of Yahweh is under tent curtains." And Nathan said to David, "Whatever is in your heart, do, for God is with you."

And it happened that same night the word of God came to Nathan, saying, "Go and say to David my servant, ‘Thus says Yahweh, "You are not to build a house for me to live in, for I have not lived in a house from the day that I brought out Israel unto this day. I have been from tent to tent and from tabernacle to tabernacle. In every place I have moved about, did I say one word with the judges of Israel I commanded to shepherd my people, saying, ‘Why have you not built for me a house of cedar?’"’ So now, thus you shall say to my servant David, ‘Thus says Yahweh of hosts, "I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, to be leader over my people Israel, and I have been with you wherever you went and have cut down your enemies from before you and will make a name for you, like the name of the great ones on the earth. And I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and I will plant them, and they shall dwell in their place and be in anguish no longer. And wicked men will no longer wear them down as before, from the day that I commanded judges over my people Israel. And I will subdue your enemies, and I declare to you that Yahweh will build for you a house. And it shall be that when your days are fulfilled to go and sleep with your ancestors, then I will raise up your seed after you, who will be one of your sons, and I will establish his kingdom. He himself will build for me a house, and I will establish his throne forever. I myself will be a father to him, and he himself will be a son to me. And I will not remove my steadfast love from him as I took it away from whoever was before you. And I will establish him in my house and in my kingdom forever, and his throne will be established forever."’" According to all these words and according to all this revelation, thus did Nathan speak to David.

Then King David went and sat before Yahweh and said, "Who am I, O Yahweh God, and what is my house that you have brought me thus far? And this was a small matter in your eyes, O God. And you have spoken concerning the house of your servant for a long time and have shown me future generations to come, O Yahweh God. What more can David do to you for honoring your servant? Now you know your servant. O Yahweh, for the sake of your servant and according to your heart you have done all this greatness, to make known all these great things. O Yahweh, there is none like you, and there is no God except you, according to all that we have heard with our ears. And who is like your people Israel, the one nation upon earth whom God went to redeem for himself, to establish for you a reputation for great and awesome things, to drive out nations from before your people whom you redeemed from Egypt? And you made your people Israel an everlasting nation for yourself. And you, O Yahweh, became their God. So now, O Yahweh, let the word that you spoke to your servant and to his house be established forever, that you might do what you have spoken. And let your name be established and be magnified forever, saying, ‘Yahweh of hosts, the God of Israel, is Israel’s God, and may the house of David your servant be established before you.’ For you, my God, have informed your servant that you will build a house for him. Therefore, your servant has found courage to pray before you. So now, O Yahweh, you yourself are God, and you have spoken to your servant this good thing. And now may you begin to bless the house of your servant to continue forever before you, for you, O Yahweh, have blessed. And it will be blessed forever."

Psalm 132

A song of ascents.

O Yahweh, remember with regard to David
all his affliction.
How he swore to Yahweh,
he vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob:
"I will not enter into the tent of my house,
I will not go up to the couch of my bed,
I will give no sleep to my eyes,
no slumber to my eyelids,
until I find a place for Yahweh,
a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob."
Look, we heard of it in Ephrathah;
we found her in the fields of Jaar.
Let us go to his dwelling places;
Let us worship at his footstool.
Arise, O Yahweh, to your resting place,
you and your mighty ark.
Let your priests clothe themselves with righteousness,
and let your faithful sing for joy.
For the sake of your servant David,
do not turn away the face of your anointed one.
Yahweh swore in truth to David;
he will not turn back from it.
"One from the fruit of your body
I will set on your throne.
If your sons will heed my covenant
and my testimonies that I will teach them,
their sons also forever
will sit on your throne."
For Yahweh has chosen Zion;
he has desired it for his habitation.
"This is my resting place forever;
here I will dwell, for I have desired it.
I will bless its provisions abundantly;
I will satisfy its poor with bread.
I will also clothe its priests with salvation,
and its faithful will shout exuberantly for joy.
There I will cause a horn to grow for David;
I will set a lamp for my anointed one.
I will clothe his enemies with shame,
but on him his crown will flourish."

Acts 25

Now when Festus set foot in the province, after three days he went up to Jerusalem from Caesarea. And the chief priests and the most prominent men of the Jews brought charges against Paul to him, and were urging him, asking for a favor against him, that he summon him to Jerusalem, because they were preparing an ambush to do away with him along the way. Then Festus replied that Paul was being kept at Caesarea, and he himself was about to go there in a short time. So he said, "Let those among you who are prominent go down with me, and if there is any wrong in the man, let them bring charges against him."

And after he had stayed among them not more than eight or ten days, he went down to Caesarea. On the next day he sat down on the judgment seat and gave orders for Paul to be brought. And when he arrived, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, bringing many and serious charges that they were not able to prove, while Paul said in his defense, "Neither against the law of the Jews nor against the temple nor against Caesar have I sinned with reference to anything!" But Festus, because he wanted to do a favor for the Jews, answered and said to Paul, "Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem to be tried before me there concerning these things?" But Paul said, "I am standing before the judgment seat of Caesar, where it is necessary for me to be judged. I have done no wrong to the Jews, as you also know very well. If then I am doing wrong and have done anything deserving death, I am not trying to avoid dying. But if there is nothing true of the things which these people are accusing me, no one can give me up to them. I appeal to Caesar!" Then Festus, after discussing this with his council, replied, "You have appealed to Caesar—to Caesar you will go!"

Now after some days had passed, King Agrippa and Bernice arrived at Caesarea to welcome Festus. And while they were staying there many days, Festus laid out the case against Paul to the king, saying, "There is a certain man left behind by Felix as a prisoner, concerning whom when I was in Jerusalem the chief priests and the elders of the Jews presented evidence, asking for a sentence of condemnation against him. To them I replied that it was not the custom of the Romans to give up any man before the one who had been accused met his accusers face to face and received an opportunity for a defense concerning the accusation. Therefore, when they had assembled here, I made no delay; on the next day I sat down on the judgment seat and gave orders for the man to be brought. When they stood up, his accusers began bringing no charge concerning him of the evil deeds that I was suspecting, but they had some issues with him concerning their own religion, and concerning a certain Jesus, who was dead, whom Paul claimed to be alive. And because I was at a loss with regard to the investigation concerning these things, I asked if he was willing to go to Jerusalem and to be judged there concerning these things. But when Paul appealed that he be kept under guard for the decision of His Majesty the Emperor, I gave orders for him to be kept under guard until I could send him to Caesar." So Agrippa said to Festus, "I want to hear the man myself also." "Tomorrow," he said, "you will hear him."

So on the next day, Agrippa and Bernice came with great pageantry and entered into the audience hall, along with military tribunes and the most prominent men of the city. And when Festus gave the order, Paul was brought in. And Festus said, "King Agrippa and all who are present with us, you see this man about whom the whole population of the Jews appealed to me, both in Jerusalem and here, shouting that he must not live any longer. But I understood that he had done nothing deserving death himself, and when this man appealed to His Majesty the Emperor, I decided to send him. I do not have anything definite to write to my lord about him. Therefore I have brought him before you all—and especially before you, King Agrippa—so that after this preliminary hearing has taken place, I may have something to write. For it seems unreasonable to me to send a prisoner and not to indicate the charges against him."

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The reading for today is 2 Samuel 7-8; 1 Chronicles 17; Psalm 132; Acts 25. The reading for today is 2 Samuel 7-8; 1 Chronicles 17; Psalm 132; Acts 25. 2 Samuel 7 It happened that the king settled in his house. (Now Yahweh had given rest to him from all his enemies all around.) And the king said to Nathan the prophet, Look, please, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God is staying in the middle of the tent. Nathan said to the king, Go ... Continue reading Week 20, Day 3 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 16:53
Week 20, Day 2 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/20/2 Tue, 15 May 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/20/2 The reading for today is 1 Chronicles 14-16; Acts 24.

1 Chronicles 14

And Hiram, king of Tyre, sent messengers to David and cedar trees, masons, and carpenters to build a house for him. And David knew that Yahweh had established him as king over Israel and that his kingdom was highly exalted for the sake of his people Israel. And David took more wives in Jerusalem, and David fathered more sons and daughters. Now these are the names of the children who were born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, Ibhar, Elishua, Elpelet, Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, Elishama, Beeliada, and Eliphelet.

When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed as king over all Israel, all the Philistines went up to search for David. But David heard and went out from before them. Now the Philistines came and carried out a raid in the Valley of Rephaim. Then David inquired of God, saying, "Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will you put them into my hand?" And Yahweh said to him, "Go up. I will put them into your hand." And he went up to Baal-Perazim, and David struck them there. And David said, "God has burst out against my enemies by my hand like waters burst out." Therefore they will call the name of this place Baal-Perazim. And they abandoned their gods there. And David commanded, and they were burnt with fire. Then the Philistines carried out another raid in the valley. Then David inquired again of God. And God said to him, "You shall not go up after them. Go around from before them and come against them the opposite way of the balsam trees. And it shall be that when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then go out into battle, for God goes out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines." And David did as God commanded him, and they struck the camp of the Philistines from Gibeon to Gezer. And the fame of David went out through all the lands. And Yahweh put the fear of him upon all the nations.

1 Chronicles 15

And David built houses for himself in the city of David, and he established a place for the ark of God. And he pitched a tent for it. Then David ordered that none except the Levites should carry the ark of God, for Yahweh had chosen them to carry the ark of Yahweh and to serve him forever. And David gathered all Israel to Jerusalem to bring up the ark of Yahweh to its place that he had established for it. And David gathered the sons of Aaron and the Levites. Of the sons of Kohath: Uriel the chief and one hundred and twenty of his brothers. Of the sons of Merari: Asaiah the chief and two hundred and twenty of his brothers. Of the sons of Gershom: Joel the chief and one hundred and thirty of his brothers. Of the sons of Elizaphan: Shemaiah the chief and two hundred of his brothers. Of the sons of Hebron: Eliel the chief and eighty of his brothers. Of the sons of Uzziel: Amminadab the chief and one hundred and twelve of his brothers. Then David summoned Zadok and Abiathar the priests, and the Levites Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel, and Amminadab. And he said to them, "You are the heads of the families for the Levites. Sanctify yourselves and your brothers and bring up the ark of Yahweh, the God of Israel, to the place I have established for it. Because the first time you did not, and Yahweh our God burst out against us, for we did not care for it according to the law." Then the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves to bring up the ark of Yahweh, the God of Israel. And the sons of the Levites carried the ark of God according to what Moses commanded, according to the word of Yahweh, on their shoulders with the carrying poles upon them.

Then David ordered the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their brothers as singers with instruments of song, musical instruments, stringed instruments, and cymbals, raising their voices for joy. So the Levites appointed Heman son of Joel, and from his brothers, Asaph the son of Berekiah, and from the sons of Merari, their brothers, Ethan the son of Kushaiah; and with them their brothers of the second rank, Zechariah the son, Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, and the gatekeepers Obed-Edom and Jeiel. Now the singers, Heman, Asaph, and Ethan, were to sound bronze cymbals; Zechariah, Aziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah, and Benaiah were to play on harps according to Alamoth; and Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-Edom, Jeiel, and Azaziah were to play lyres, directing according to the Sheminith. And Kenaniah, chief of the Levites in singing, was to be an instructor in singing because he understood. And Berekiah and Elkanah were gatekeepers for the ark. And Shebaniah, Jehoshaphat, Nethanel, Amasai, Zechariah, Benaiah, and Elizezer the priests sounded the trumpets before the ark of God. And Obed-Edom and Jehiah were gatekeepers for the ark.

And it happened that David and the elders of Israel and the commanders of thousands went to bring up the ark of the covenant of Yahweh from the house of Obed-Edom with joy. And it happened that when God helped the Levites carrying the ark of the covenant of Yahweh, they sacrificed seven bulls and seven rams. Now David was clothed with a robe of fine linen; so also all the Levites who were carrying the ark, the singers, and Kenaniah the chief of the singing. And David wore a linen ephod. And all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of Yahweh with shouting, with the sound of a shofar, and with trumpets and cymbals, making loud music with musical instruments and stringed instruments.

And when the ark of the covenant of Yahweh came into the city of David, then Michal the daughter of Saul looked down from the window and saw the king, David, leaping and dancing. And she despised him in her heart.

1 Chronicles 16

And they brought the ark of God and set it inside the tent that David had pitched for it. And they offered burnt offerings and fellowship offerings before God. And when David had finished offering the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in the name of Yahweh. And he distributed to every man of Israel, both men and women, to each person a loaf of bread, a cake of dates, and a cake of raisins. Then he appointed some of the Levites as ministers before the ark of Yahweh, to invoke, thank, and praise Yahweh the God of Israel. Asaph was chief, and his second was Zechariah; Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-Edom, and Jeiel were on harps and lyres. And Asaph played on the cymbals. And Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests blew on the trumpets continually before the ark of the covenant of God. Then on that day David first appointed to give thanks to Yahweh by the hand of Asaph and his brothers.

Give thanks to Yahweh; call upon his name;
    make known his deeds among the nations!
Sing to him; sing praises to him;
    tell of his wondrous works!
Glory in his holy name;
    let the hearts of those seeking Yahweh rejoice!
Seek Yahweh and his strength;
    seek his face continually!
Remember his wonderful works that he has done,
    his wonders and the judgments of his mouth,
O offspring of Israel, his servant,
    O sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!
He is Yahweh our God;
    his judgments are in all the earth.
Remember his covenant forever,
    the word he commanded for a thousand generations,
that he made with Abraham,
    his sworn oath to Isaac.
And he confirmed it to Jacob as a statute,
    an everlasting covenant to Israel,
saying, "To you I will give the land of Canaan,
    the portion of your inheritance."
When you were few in number, little,
    and sojourners were in it,
when they wandered from nation to nation,
    and from one kingdom to another people,
he did not allow anyone to oppress them,
    and he rebuked kings on their account,
saying, "You must not touch my anointed
    nor do harm to my prophets!"
Sing to Yahweh, all the earth!
    Proclaim his salvation from day to day!
Proclaim his glory among the nations,
    his wondrous works among the peoples!
For Yahweh is great and greatly praised,
    and he is feared among all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are idols,
    but Yahweh made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before him;
    strength and joy are in his place.
Ascribe to Yahweh, O clans of the nations,
    ascribe to Yahweh glory and strength!
Ascribe to Yahweh the glory of his name!
    Lift up an offering and come before him!
    Bow down to Yahweh in the splendor of holiness!
Tremble before him, all the earth;
    surely the world shall not be shaken.
Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad,
    and let them tell the peoples, "Yahweh reigns!"
Let the sea roar and its fullness;
    let the field rejoice and all that is in it.
Then the trees of the forest shall sing for joy before Yahweh,
    for he comes to judge the earth.
Oh give thanks to Yahweh, for he is good;
    his loyal love is everlasting.
Then say, "Save us, O God of our salvation;
    gather us and rescue us from the nations
    that we may give thanks to your holy name
    and glory in your praise.
Blessed be Yahweh the God of Israel,
    from everlasting to everlasting!"

Then all the people said, "Amen!" and praised Yahweh.

So he left Asaph and his brothers there before the ark of the covenant of Yahweh to minister before the ark regularly as each day required, and he left Obed-Edom with his sixty-eight brothers. And Obed-Edom, the son of Jeduthun, and Hosah were gatekeepers. And he left Zadok the priest and his brothers the priests before the tabernacle of Yahweh at the high place which was at Gibeon to offer burnt offerings regularly to Yahweh on the altar of burnt offering, morning and evening, according to all that was written in the law of Yahweh that he commanded concerning Israel. And with them were Heman and Jeduthun and the remainder of those chosen, who were designated by name to give thanks to Yahweh, for his loyal love is everlasting. And Heman and Jeduthun with them had trumpets and cymbals for making music, along with instruments for the song of God. And the sons of Jeduthun were at the gate. Then all the people went each to his house, and David turned to bless his household.

Acts 24

And after five days the high priest Ananias came down with some elders and an attorney, a certain Tertullus, all of whom brought charges against Paul to the governor. And when he had been summoned, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, "We have experienced much peace through you, and reforms are taking place in this nation through your foresight. Both in every way and everywhere we acknowledge this, most excellent Felix, with all gratitude. But so that I may not impose on you for longer, I implore you to hear us briefly with your customary graciousness. For we have found this man to be a public menace and one who causes riots among all the Jews throughout the Roman Empire and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes, who even attempted to desecrate the temple, and we arrested him. When you yourself examine him you will be able to find out from him about all these things of which we are accusing him." And the Jews also joined in the attack, asserting these things were so.

And when the governor gestured for him to speak, Paul replied, "Because I know you have been a judge over this nation for many years, I defend myself cheerfully with respect to the things concerning myself. You can ascertain that it has not been more than twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem to worship. And neither did they find me arguing with anyone or making a crowd develop in the temple courts nor in the synagogues nor throughout the city. Nor can they prove the things to you concerning which they are now accusing me. But I do confess this to you, that according to the Way (which they call a sect), so I worship the God of our fathers, believing all things that are in accordance with the law and that are written in the prophets, having a hope in God which these men also themselves await: that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous. For this reason also I myself always do my best to have a clear conscience toward God and people. So after many years, I came to practice charitable giving and offerings to my people, in which they found me purified in the temple courts, not with a crowd or with a disturbance. But there are some Jews from Asia who ought to be present before you and bring charges against me, if they have anything against me, or these men themselves should say what crime they found when I stood before the Sanhedrin, other than concerning this one declaration that I shouted while standing there before them: ‘I am being judged before you today concerning the resurrection of the dead!’"

But Felix, because he understood the facts concerning the Way more accurately, put them off, saying, "When Lysias the military tribune comes down, I will decide your case." He ordered the centurion for him to be guarded and to have some freedom, and in no way to prevent any of his own people from serving him.

And after some days, when Felix arrived with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, he sent for Paul and listened to him concerning faith in Christ Jesus. And while he was discussing about righteousness and self control and the judgment that is to come, Felix became afraid and replied, "Go away for the present, and when I have an opportunity, I will summon you." At the same time he was also hoping that money would be given to him by Paul. For this reason also he sent for him as often as possible and talked with him. And when two years had passed, Felix received as successor Porcius Festus. And because he wanted to do a favor for the Jews, Felix left Paul behind as a prisoner.

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The reading for today is 1 Chronicles 14-16; Acts 24. The reading for today is 1 Chronicles 14-16; Acts 24. 1 Chronicles 14 And Hiram, king of Tyre, sent messengers to David and cedar trees, masons, and carpenters to build a house for him. And David knew that Yahweh had established him as king over Israel and that his kingdom was highly exalted for the sake of his people Israel. And David took more wives ... Continue reading Week 20, Day 2 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 14:40
Week 20, Day 1 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/20/1 Mon, 14 May 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/20/1 The reading for today is 2 Samuel 6; 1 Chronicles 13; Psalm 60; Acts 23.

2 Samuel 6

David again gathered all the chosen men in Israel, thirty thousand. David got up and went and all the people who were with him, from Baale-judah to bring up from there the ark of God which is called the name, the name of Yahweh of hosts, upon which the cherubim sit. They loaded the ark of God on a new utility cart, and they carried it from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. Now Uzza and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, were driving the new utility cart along. So they brought it out from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill with the ark of God, and Ahio was going before the ark. Now David and all the house of Israel were dancing before Yahweh, with all kinds of musical instruments made from ash trees, and with zithers, harps, tambourines, sistrums, and cymbals. When they came to the threshing floor of Nakon, Uzza reached out to the ark of God and took hold of it, because the oxen had stumbled. Then the anger of Yahweh was kindled against Uzza, and God struck him down there because of the indiscretion, and he died there beside the ark of God. David was angry because Yahweh had burst out against Uzza, and he called that place Perez-Uzza until this day. But David feared Yahweh on that day and said, "How can the ark of Yahweh come to me?" However, David was not willing to bring the ark of Yahweh to himself, to the city of David, so David caused it to turn to the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. So the ark of Yahweh remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite for three months, and Yahweh blessed Obed-Edom and all his household.

It was told to King David, "Yahweh has blessed the household of Obed-Edom and all that is his because of the ark of God." So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the city of David with jubilation. It happened that when the carriers of the ark of Yahweh had marched six steps that he sacrificed an ox and a fatling. Now David was dancing with all his might before Yahweh, and David was wearing a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel were bringing up the ark of Yahweh with shouts of joyful acclaim and with the sound of the trumpet. It happened that when the ark of Yahweh came into the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked down through the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before Yahweh, and she despised him in her heart.

They brought the ark of Yahweh and set it in its place in the middle of the tent which David had pitched for it. Then David offered up burnt offerings and fellowship offerings in the presence of Yahweh. When David had finished from the sacrificing of the burnt offerings and the fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in the name of Yahweh of hosts. Then he distributed to all the people, to all the multitude of Israel, from man to woman, to each: one ring-shaped piece of bread, one cake of dates, and one cake of raisins; and all the people went each to his house.

When David returned to bless his household, Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David. She said, "How the king of Israel honored himself today by uncovering himself before the eyes of the maids of his servants, as the total exposure of a worthless one." So David said to Michal, "In the presence of Yahweh who chose me over your father and over his household, to appoint me as leader over the people of Yahweh, over Israel, I have celebrated before Yahweh. I will demean myself again more than this, and I will be abased in my eyes, but with the maids whom you mentioned, with them I will be honored." So for Michal the daughter of Saul, she had no child until the day of her death.

1 Chronicles 13

And David consulted with the commanders of thousands and hundreds, with every leader. And David said to all the assembly of Israel, "If it seems good to you and before Yahweh our God, let us send word abroad to our brothers who remain in all the land of Israel and to the priests and Levites with them in the cities with their pasturelands that they might be gathered to us. Then let us bring around the ark of our God to us, for we did not seek it in the days of Saul." And all the assembly agreed to do so, for the word was pleasing in the eyes of all the people.

And David summoned all Israel from Shihor of Egypt up to Lebo-Hamath to bring the ark of God from Kiriath-Jearim. And David and all Israel went up to Baalah, Kiriath-Jearim of Judah, to bring up from there the ark of Yahweh God who is enthroned between the cherubim, which is called the name. And they carried the ark of God upon a new cart from the house of Abinadab, and Uzza and Ahio were driving the cart.

Now David and all Israel were celebrating before God with all their strength, and with songs, lyres, harps, tambourines, cymbals, and trumpets. And when they came to the threshing floor of Kidon, Uzza reached out his hand to hold the ark because the cattle had stumbled. And Yahweh was angry with Uzza, and he struck him down because he reached his hand upon the ark. And he died there before God. And David was angry because Yahweh had broken out in wrath against Uzza. And that place is called Perez Uzza unto this day. And David feared God on that day, saying, "How can I bring the ark of God home to me?" So David did not move the ark to himself into the city of David but diverted it to the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. And the ark of God remained with the household of Obed-Edom in his house three months. And Yahweh blessed the household of Obed-Edom and all that he had.

Psalm 60

For the music director, according to Shushan Eduth.

A miktam of David. To teach.

When he fought Mesopotamia and Aram Zobah, and Joab returned and struck Edom in the Valley of Salt, twelve thousand persons.

O God, you have rejected us. You have broken us.
You have been angry. Restore us!
You have made the land quake. You have split it open.
Heal its fissures, because it totters.
You have shown your people hard things;
You have given us wine that staggers.
You have rallied those who fear you round a banner
out of bowshot, Selah
so that your beloved ones may be rescued.
Save by your right hand and answer us.
God has spoken in his holiness,
"I will rejoice;
I will divide up Shechem,
and portion out the valley of Succoth.
Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine,
and Ephraim is the helmet for my head;
Judah is my scepter.
Moab is my washing pot;
over Edom, I will cast my sandal.
On account of me, O Philistia, raise a shout."
Who will bring me to the fortified city?
Who will lead me to Edom?
Have not you yourself rejected us, O God,
and not gone out with our armies, O God?
Give us help against the adversary,
for the help of humankind is futile.
Through God we will do valiantly,
and it is he who will tread down our enemies.

Acts 23

And looking intently at the Sanhedrin, Paul said, "Men and brothers, I have lived my life in all good conscience before God to this day." So the high priest Ananias ordered those standing near him to strike his mouth. Then Paul said to him, "God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall! And are you sitting there judging me according to the law, and acting contrary to the law do you order me to be struck?" And those who stood nearby said, "Are you reviling the high priest of God?" And Paul said, "I did not know, brothers, that he was high priest. For it is written, ‘You must not speak evil of a ruler of your people.’"

Now when Paul realized that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he shouted out in the Sanhedrin, "Men and brothers! I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees! I am being judged concerning the hope and the resurrection of the dead!" And when he said this, a dispute developed between the Pharisees and Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. (For the Sadducees say there is no resurrection or angel or spirit, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all.) And there was loud shouting, and some of the scribes from the party of the Pharisees stood up and contended sharply, saying, "We find nothing wrong with this man! But what if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?" And when the dispute became severe, the military tribune, fearing lest Paul be torn apart by them, ordered the detachment to go down, take him away from their midst, and bring him into the barracks. And the next night the Lord stood by him and said, "Have courage, for as you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome."

And when it was day, the Jews made a conspiracy and bound themselves under a curse, saying they would neither eat nor drink until they had killed Paul. Now there were more than forty who had made this conspiracy, who went to the chief priests and the elders and said, "We have bound ourselves under a curse to partake of nothing until we have killed Paul. Therefore, now you along with the Sanhedrin explain to the military tribune that he should bring him down to you, as if you were going to determine more accurately the things concerning him. And we are ready to do away with him before he comes near."

But when the son of Paul’s sister heard about the ambush, he came and entered into the barracks and reported it to Paul. So Paul called one of the centurions and said, "Bring this young man to the military tribune, because he has something to report to him." So he took him and brought him to the military tribune and said, "The prisoner Paul called me and asked me to bring this young man to you because he has something to tell you." And the military tribune, taking hold of his hand and withdrawing privately, asked, "What is it that you have to report to me?" And he said, "The Jews have agreed to ask you that you bring Paul down to the Sanhedrin tomorrow, as if they were going to inquire somewhat more accurately concerning him. You therefore do not be persuaded by them, because more than forty men of their number are lying in wait for him, who have bound themselves under a curse neither to eat nor to drink until they have done away with him. And now they are ready, waiting for you to agree." So the military tribune sent the young man away, directing him, "Tell no one that you have revealed these things to me."

And he summoned two of the centurions and said, "Make ready from the third hour of the night two hundred soldiers and seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen, in order that they may proceed as far as Caesarea. And provide mounts so that they can put Paul on them and bring him safely to Felix the governor." He wrote a letter that had this form:

Claudius Lysias.

To his excellency Governor Felix.

Greetings!

This man was seized by the Jews and was about to be killed by them when I came upon them with the detachment and rescued him, because I learned that he was a Roman citizen. And because I wanted to know the charge for which they were accusing him, I brought him down to their Sanhedrin. I found he was accused concerning controversial questions of their law, but having no charge deserving death or imprisonment. And when it was made known to me there would be a plot against the man, I sent him to you immediately, also ordering his accusers to speak against him before you.

Therefore the soldiers, in accordance with their orders, took Paul and brought him to Antipatris during the night. And on the next day they let the horsemen go on with him, and they returned to the barracks. The horsemen, when they came to Caesarea and delivered the letter to the governor, also presented Paul to him. So after reading the letter and asking what province he was from, and learning that he was from Cilicia, he said, "I will give you a hearing whenever your accusers arrive also," giving orders for him to be guarded in the praetorium of Herod.

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Week 19, Day 5 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/19/5 Fri, 11 May 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/19/5 The reading for today is 2 Samuel 3-5; 1 Chronicles 12; Psalm 122; Acts 22.

2 Samuel 3

The battle was prolonged between the house of Saul and the house of David, but David was growing stronger and stronger while the house of Saul was becoming weaker and weaker. And sons were born to David in Hebron; his firstborn was Amnon by Ahinoam from Jezreel. His second was Kileab by Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite; the third was Absalom the son of Maacah, who was the daughter of Talmai the king of Geshur. The fourth was Adonijah the son of Haggith; the fifth was Shephatiah the son of Abital. The sixth was Ithream by Eglah the wife of David. These were born to David in Hebron.

As the war between the house of Saul and the house of David was continuing, Abner was strengthening himself in the house of Saul. Saul had had a concubine, and her name was Rizpah the daughter of Aiah. Then Ish-Bosheth said to Abner, "Why did you have sex with my father’s concubine?" Abner became very angry at the words of Ish-Bosheth, and he said, "Am I the head of a dog which is for Judah today? Do I not continue to show loyal love with the house of Saul your father, to his brothers, and to his friends? I have not let you fall into the hands of David, yet you have accused me of sin with this woman today. Thus may God punish Abner, if I do not accomplish what Yahweh has sworn to David; specifically, to transfer the kingdom from the house of Saul and to establish the throne of David over Israel and over Judah from Dan to Beersheba!" And Ish-Bosheth was no longer able to answer Abner because he feared him.

Abner sent messengers to David where he was, saying, "To whom does the land belong? Make your covenant with me! Look, my hand is with you to bring all of Israel over to you!" He said, "Good. I will make a covenant with you. I am asking only one thing from you: You shall not see my face unless you bring Michal the daughter of Saul when you come to see me." Then David sent messengers to Ish-Bosheth the son of Saul, saying, "Give me my wife Michal whom I betrothed to myself for a hundred foreskins of the Philistines." So Ish-Bosheth sent and took her from her husband, from Paltiel the son of Laish. But her husband went with her, weeping all along after her as far as Bahurim. Then Abner said to him, "Go and return." So he returned.

The word of Abner came to the elders of Israel, saying, "For quite some time you were seeking David as king over you. So then, bring it about, because Yahweh had said to David, "Through the hand of David my servant I am about to save my people Israel from the hand of the Philistines and from the hand of all their enemies." Abner also spoke privately to Benjamin. Abner also went to speak to David in Hebron, all that was good in the eyes of Israel and in the eyes of all the house of Benjamin.

Then Abner came to David in Hebron and with him were twenty men. David had prepared a feast for Abner and for the men who were with him. And Abner said to David, "Let me get up and go and gather all of Israel to my lord the king, that they may make a covenant with you so you can reign over all which your soul desires." So David dismissed Abner, and he left in peace. And look, the servants of David and Joab came from the raid, and they brought much plunder with them. But Abner was not with David at Hebron, for he had dismissed him, and he had gone in peace. When Joab and all the army that was with him came, they told Joab, "Abner the son of Ner came to the king, and he sent him away, and he left in peace."

Then Joab came to the king and said, "What have you done? Abner came here to you? Why have you dismissed him that he actually went away? You know that Abner the son of Ner came to deceive you. He came to learn about your going out and coming in and to know all which you are doing." Then Joab went out from David, and he sent messengers after Abner, and they brought him back from Bor Hasirah, but David did not know it.

When Abner returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside to the middle of the gate to speak with him in private. Then he struck him in the stomach there and he died, for he had shed the blood of Asahel his brother. When David heard this afterwards, he said: "I and my kingdom are innocent before Yahweh forever for the blood of Abner the son of Ner. May the blood come down on the head of Joab and all the house of his father. May the house of Joab never lack one with a bodily discharge or one with leprosy or one who grasps the distaff or one who falls by the sword or one who is lacking food."

So Joab and Abishai, his brother, killed Abner because he had killed Asahel, their brother, at Gibeon in the battle. David said to Joab and to all the people who were with him, "Tear your clothing and put on sackcloth and mourn before Abner." Now King David was following after the bier. And they buried Abner at Hebron. And the king lifted up his voice and wept at the grave of Abner, and all the people wept. The king sang a lament for Abner and said, "Should Abner have died the death of a fool? Your hands were not tied and your feet were not in contact with bronze fetters. You have fallen as one who falls before sons of wickedness." Then all the people wept over him again. Then all the people came to give David food. Still on that day, David swore, "May God punish me if I taste food or anything before the sun goes down." All the people noticed, and it was good in their eyes, as everything that the king did was good in the eyes of all the people. Then all the people and all of Israel realized on that day that the king had not desired to kill Abner the son of Ner. Then the king said to his servants, "Did you not realize that a prince and a great man has fallen today in Israel? I am weak today even though anointed king, and these men, the sons of Zeruiah, are crueler than I am. May Yahweh pay them back for doing wickedness according to their own wickedness."

2 Samuel 4

When the son of Saul heard that Abner had died in Hebron, his courage failed and all of Israel was horrified. Two of the men, commanders of the raiding bands, were for the son of Saul. The name of one was Baanah, and the name of the other was Recab, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite from the descendants of Benjamin; also, Beeroth was regarded as belonging to Benjamin. The Beerothites fled to Gittaim, and they are resident aliens there until this day. (Now Jonathan the son of Saul had a son who was crippled in the feet. He was five years old when the message of Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel, and his nurse had picked him up and fled. It happened that as she was hurrying away to flee, he fell and became crippled. His name was Mephibosheth.) When the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Recab and Baanah, set out, they came at the heat of the day to the house of Ish-Bosheth while he was taking a noontime rest. They came as far as the middle of the house as if takers of wheat, and they struck him in the stomach. Then Recab and Baanah his brother escaped. When they had come into the house, he was lying on his couch in his bedchamber, and they attacked him and killed him. Then they beheaded him, and they took his head and went on the way of the Arabah all night. They brought the head of Ish-Bosheth to David at Hebron, and they said to the king, "Here is the head of Ish-Bosheth, the son of Saul your enemy, who sought your life. Yahweh has given to my lord the king vengeance this day on Saul and on his offspring." Then David answered Recab and Baanah his brother, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, and he said to them, "As Yahweh lives, who redeemed my soul from all trouble, when the one who told me, "Look, Saul is dead," thought that he was bringing good news, I seized him and killed him at Ziklag, which was as my giving the news back to him. How much more when wicked men kill a righteous man in his house, on his bed! So then, shall I not seek his lifeblood from your hand, so that I may destroy you from the earth?" Then David commanded the young men, and they killed them, and they cut off their hands and their feet, and they hung them at the pool at Hebron, but the head of Ish-Bosheth they took and buried in the grave of Abner at Hebron.

2 Samuel 5

So all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron, and they said, "Here we are, we are your flesh and blood. For some time, when Saul was king over us, you were leading Israel in and out. Yahweh had said to you, ‘You shall be the shepherd of my people Israel, and you will be the leader over Israel.’" All the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron in the presence of Yahweh; then they anointed David as king over Israel. David was thirty years old when he began to reign; he reigned forty years. He reigned over Judah at Hebron for seven years and six months; and he reigned over all Israel and Judah at Jerusalem for thirty-three years.

The king and his men went to Jerusalem, to the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land. They said to David, "You will not come here, for even the blind and the lame can turn you back, saying, ‘David cannot come here.’" David captured the fortress of Zion, the city of David. David had said, "On that day when we attack the Jebusites, one must attack the lame and the blind, those who hate the soul of David, by means of the water supply." For thus the blind and the lame would say, "He cannot come into the house." David occupied the fortress and called it the city of David. And David built all around it from the Millo and inward.

David continued growing stronger and stronger, and Yahweh the God of hosts was with him. So Hiram, the king of Tyre, sent messengers to David, along with cedar trees and craftsmen skilled in wood and in stone masonry, and they built a house for David. David realized that Yahweh had established him as king over Israel and that he had exalted his kingdom because of his people Israel. David took more concubines and wives from Jerusalem after he came from Hebron, and more sons and daughters were born to him. These are the names of the ones born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua and Shobab and Nathan and Solomon; Ibhar and Elishua and Nepheg and Japhia; Elishama and Eliada and Eliphelet.

When the Philistines heard that they had anointed David as king over Israel, all the Philistines went up to seek David, but David heard and went down to the stronghold. Now the Philistines had come, and they spread out in the Valley of Rephaim. And David inquired of Yahweh, saying, "Shall I go up to the Philistines? Will you give them into my hands?" Yahweh said to David, "Go up, for I will certainly give the Philistines into your hand." So David came to Baal Perazim and defeated them there; and David said, "Yahweh has burst through my enemies before me like the bursting of water." Therefore he called the name of that place Baal Perazim. They had left their idols there, so David and his men carried them away.

Once again the Philistines came up and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim. So David inquired of Yahweh, but he said, "You shall not go up. Rather, go around to their rear and come to them from opposite the balsam trees. And it shall be that when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then pay attention, for then Yahweh has gone out before you to strike down the army of the Philistines." So David did thus, just as Yahweh had commanded him, and he struck down the Philistines from Geba all the way to Gezer.

1 Chronicles 12

Now these are the ones who came to David at Ziklag while he was still shut up because of Saul, the son of Kish. And they were the mighty warriors helping with the war. They were armed with the bow, able to shoot right-handed or left-handed, slinging stones or shooting arrows with the bow; they were kinsmen of Saul from Benjamin. The leader was Ahiezer, then Jehoash, sons of Shemaah the Gibeonite; Jeiel and Pelet, sons of Azmaveth; Beracah; Jehu the Anathothite; Ishmaiah the Gibeonite, a mighty warrior among the thirty who was over the thirty; Jeremiah; Jahaziel; Johanan; Jozabad the Gederathite; Eluzai; Jerimoth; Bealiah; Shemariah; Shephatiah the Hariphite; Elkanah, Isshiah, Azarel, Joezer, and Jashobeam the Korahites; Joelah and Zebadiah, sons of Jeroham from the Gedor.

And from the Gadites, valiant mighty warriors, soldiers fit for war, expert with shield and spear, defected to David at the fortress toward the wilderness. And they had faces like lions and were swift as gazelles upon the mountains. Ezer the chief, Obadiah second, Eliab third, Mishmannah fourth, Jeremiah fifth, Attai sixth, Eliel seventh, Jehonan eighth, Elzabad ninth, Jeremiah tenth, Macbannai eleventh. These were the sons of Gad, leaders of the army. The smallest one was as a hundred, and the greatest as a thousand. These were they who crossed the Jordan in the first month, when it was filled over its banks. And they put to flight all who were in the valley to the east and to the west.

And some of the sons of Benjamin and from Judah came to the fortress, to David. And David went out to meet them and answered and said to them, "If you come in peace to me, to help me, my heart will be joined with you, but if you come to betray me to my adversaries, although there is no wrong on my hands, may the God of our fathers see and pass judgment." Then the Spirit came upon Amasai, chief of the thirty who said:

"We are yours, O David!
And we are with you, O son of Jesse!
Peace! Peace to you, and peace to those who help you,
for your God helps you."

So David appointed them as heads of the troops.

And some Manassites deserted to David when he came with the Philistines to the battle against Saul, but he did not help them, for the rulers of the Philistines sent him away upon counsel, saying, "He will desert to his master Saul at the cost of our heads." When he went to Ziklag some Manassites deserted to him: Adnah, Jehozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu, and Zillethai, heads of the thousands that were for Manasseh. And they themselves helped David against the troops, for all of them were mighty men of strength and were commanders in the army. Day in and day out they came to David to help him until there was a great army, like the army of God.

And these are the numbers of the chiefs of those prepared for the army who came to David at Hebron to turn the kingdom of Saul over to him according to the word of Yahweh. The sons of Judah bearing shield and spear: six thousand eight hundred armed troops. From the men of Simeon, mighty warriors of strength for war: seven thousand one hundred. From the Levites: four thousand six hundred. Jehoiada the chief officer of the house of Aaron, and with him, three thousand seven hundred. And Zadok, a young man, a mighty warrior of strength, and the house of his father: twenty-two commanders. From the men of Benjamin, kinsmen of Saul, three thousand, and even still the majority of them remained loyal to the house of Saul. And from the men of Ephraim: twenty thousand eight hundred mighty warriors of strength, famous men in the house of their fathers. And from the half-tribe of Manasseh: eighteen thousand who were designated by name to come to make David king. And from the men of Issachar: men who were skilled in understanding the times to know what Israel should do. Their chiefs were two hundred, and all their kinsmen were under their command. From Zebulun, those who went out armed, equipped for battle with all the weapons of war: fifty thousand to help David with singleness of purpose. From Naphtali: one thousand commanders; and those with them with shield and spear: thirty-seven thousand. From the Danites, those equipped for battle: twenty-eight thousand six hundred. And from Asher, those who went out armed and prepared for battle: forty thousand. And from beyond the Jordan, from the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh, with all their weapons of war for battle: one hundred and twenty thousand. All these were men of war arrayed in battle line with a whole heart. They came to Hebron to make David king over all Israel. Likewise, all the rest of Israel had one heart to make David king. And they were there with David three days, eating and drinking, for their kinsmen were prepared for them. And also their relatives, as far as Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, brought food on donkeys, on camels, on mules, and on oxen—provisions of flour, cakes of figs, raisin cakes, wine and oil, cattle and sheep in abundance, for there was great joy in Israel.

Psalm 122

A song of ascents. Of David.

I rejoiced in those who said to me,
"Let us go to the house of Yahweh."
Our feet are standing
within your gates, O Jerusalem—
Jerusalem that is built
as a city that is joined together,
where the tribes go up,
the tribes of Yah as a testimony for Israel,
to give thanks to the name of Yahweh.
For there the thrones sit for judgment,
thrones of David’s house.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
"May those who love you be at ease.
May peace be within your walls,
security within your palaces."
For the sake of my brothers and my friends,
I will say, "Peace be within you."
For the sake of the house of Yahweh our God,
I will seek your good.

Acts 22

"Men—brothers and fathers—listen to my defense to you now!" And when they heard that he was addressing them in the Aramaic language, they became even more silent. And he said, "I am a Jewish man born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, educated according to the exactness of the law received from our fathers, being zealous for God, just as all of you are today. I persecuted this Way to the death, tying up and delivering to prison both men and women, as indeed the high priest and the whole council of elders can testify about me, from whom also I received letters to the brothers in Damascus, and was traveling there to lead away those who were there also tied up to Jerusalem so that they could be punished.

"And it happened that as I was traveling and approaching Damascus around noon, suddenly a very bright light from heaven flashed around me, and I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ And I answered, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And he said to me, ‘I am Jesus the Nazarene whom you are persecuting.’ (Now those who were with me saw the light but did not hear the voice of the one who was speaking to me.) So I said, ‘What should I do, Lord?’ And the Lord said to me, ‘Get up and proceed to Damascus, and there it will be told to you about all the things that have been appointed for you to do.’ And as I could not see as a result of the brightness of that light, I arrived in Damascus led by the hand of those who were with me. And a certain Ananias, a devout man according to the law, well spoken of by all the Jews who live there, came to me and stood by me and said to me, ‘Brother Saul, regain your sight!’ And at that same time I looked up at him and saw him. And he said, ‘The God of our fathers has appointed you to know his will, and to see the Righteous One and to hear a voice from his mouth, because you will be a witness for him to all people of what you have seen and heard. And now why are you delaying? Get up, be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on his name!’

"And it happened that when I returned to Jerusalem and I was praying in the temple courts, I was in a trance, and saw him saying to me, ‘Hurry and depart quickly from Jerusalem, because they will not accept your testimony about me.’ And I said, ‘Lord, they themselves know that from synagogue to synagogue I was imprisoning and beating those who believed in you. And when the blood of your witness Stephen was being shed, I myself also was standing near and was approving, and was guarding the cloaks of those who were killing him.’ And he said to me, ‘Go, because I will send you far away to the Gentiles!’"

Now they were listening to him until this word, and they raised their voices, saying, "Away with such a man from the earth! For it is not fitting for him to live!" And while they were screaming and throwing off their cloaks and throwing dust into the air, the military tribune ordered him to be brought into the barracks, saying he was to be examined with a lash so that he could find out for what reason they were crying out against him in this way. But when they had stretched him out for the lash, Paul said to the centurion standing there, "Is it permitted for you to flog a man who is a Roman citizen and uncondemned?" And when the centurion heard this, he went to the military tribune and reported it, saying, "What are you about to do? For this man is a Roman citizen!" So the military tribune came and said to him, "Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?" And he said, "Yes." And the military tribune replied, "I acquired this citizenship for a large sum of money." And Paul said, "But I indeed was born a citizen. Then immediately those who were about to examine him kept away from him, and the military tribune also was afraid when he realized that he was a Roman citizen and that he had tied him up. But on the next day, because he wanted to know the true reason why he was being accused by the Jews, he released him and ordered the chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin to assemble, and he brought down Paul and had him stand before them.

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The reading for today is 2 Samuel 3-5; 1 Chronicles 12; Psalm 122; Acts 22. The reading for today is 2 Samuel 3-5; 1 Chronicles 12; Psalm 122; Acts 22. 2 Samuel 3 The battle was prolonged between the house of Saul and the house of David, but David was growing stronger and stronger while the house of Saul was becoming weaker and weaker. And sons were born to David in Hebron; his firstborn was Amnon by Ahinoam from Jezreel. His second was Kileab by A ... Continue reading Week 19, Day 5 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 22:43
Week 19, Day 4 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/19/4 Thu, 10 May 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/19/4 The reading for today is 2 Samuel 1-2; 1 Chronicles 11; Psalm 96; Psalm 106; Acts 21. ]]> The reading for today is 2 Samuel 1-2; 1 Chronicles 11; Psalm 96; Psalm 106; Acts 21. ... Continue reading Week 19, Day 4 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 26:07 Week 19, Day 3 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/19/3 Wed, 09 May 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/19/3 The reading for today is 1 Samuel 30-31; 1 Chronicles 10; Acts 20. ]]> The reading for today is 1 Samuel 30-31; 1 Chronicles 10; Acts 20. ... Continue reading Week 19, Day 3 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 13:21 Week 19, Day 2 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/19/2 Tue, 08 May 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/19/2 The reading for today is 1 Samuel 28-29; 1 Chronicles 9; Acts 19. ]]> The reading for today is 1 Samuel 28-29; 1 Chronicles 9; Acts 19. ... Continue reading Week 19, Day 2 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 18:38 Week 19, Day 1 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/19/1 Mon, 07 May 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/19/1 The reading for today is 1 Samuel 26-27; 1 Chronicles 8; Acts 18. ]]> The reading for today is 1 Samuel 26-27; 1 Chronicles 8; Acts 18. ... Continue reading Week 19, Day 1 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 14:23 Week 18, Day 5 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/18/5 Fri, 04 May 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/18/5 The reading for today is 1 Samuel 25; 1 Chronicles 7; Acts 17. ]]> The reading for today is 1 Samuel 25; 1 Chronicles 7; Acts 17. ... Continue reading Week 18, Day 5 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 16:07 Week 18, Day 4 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/18/4 Thu, 03 May 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/18/4 The reading for today is 1 Samuel 23-24; 1 Chronicles 6; Psalm 54; Acts 16. ]]> The reading for today is 1 Samuel 23-24; 1 Chronicles 6; Psalm 54; Acts 16. ... Continue reading Week 18, Day 4 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 21:48 Week 18, Day 3 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/18/3 Wed, 02 May 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/18/3 The reading for today is 1 Samuel 21-22; 1 Chronicles 5; Psalm 52; Acts 15. ]]> The reading for today is 1 Samuel 21-22; 1 Chronicles 5; Psalm 52; Acts 15. ... Continue reading Week 18, Day 3 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 17:26 Week 18, Day 2 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/18/2 Tue, 01 May 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/18/2 The reading for today is 1 Samuel 20; 1 Chronicles 4; Psalm 56; Psalm 57; Psalm 142; Acts 14. ]]> The reading for today is 1 Samuel 20; 1 Chronicles 4; Psalm 56; Psalm 57; Psalm 142; Acts 14. ... Continue reading Week 18, Day 2 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 19:57 Week 18, Day 1 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/18/1 Mon, 30 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/18/1 The reading for today is 1 Samuel 18-19; 1 Chronicles 3; Psalm 59; Acts 13. ]]> The reading for today is 1 Samuel 18-19; 1 Chronicles 3; Psalm 59; Acts 13. ... Continue reading Week 18, Day 1 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 21:11 Week 17, Day 5 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/17/5 Fri, 27 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/17/5 The reading for today is 1 Samuel 17; 1 Chronicles 2; Acts 12. ]]> The reading for today is 1 Samuel 17; 1 Chronicles 2; Acts 12. ... Continue reading Week 17, Day 5 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 19:50 Week 17, Day 4 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/17/4 Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/17/4 The reading for today is 1 Samuel 15-16; 1 Chronicles 1; Psalm 39; Acts 11. ]]> The reading for today is 1 Samuel 15-16; 1 Chronicles 1; Psalm 39; Acts 11. ... Continue reading Week 17, Day 4 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 20:45 Week 17, Day 3 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/17/3 Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/17/3 The reading for today is 1 Samuel 14; Psalm 124; Acts 10. ]]> The reading for today is 1 Samuel 14; Psalm 124; Acts 10. ... Continue reading Week 17, Day 3 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 16:23 Week 17, Day 2 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/17/2 Tue, 24 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/17/2 The reading for today is 1 Samuel 11-13; Psalm 38; Acts 9. ]]> The reading for today is 1 Samuel 11-13; Psalm 38; Acts 9. ... Continue reading Week 17, Day 2 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 19:57 Week 17, Day 1 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/17/1 Mon, 23 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/17/1 The reading for today is 1 Samuel 9-10; Acts 8. ]]> The reading for today is 1 Samuel 9-10; Acts 8. ... Continue reading Week 17, Day 1 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 14:27 Week 16, Day 5 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/16/5 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/16/5 The reading for today is 1 Samuel 6-8; Acts 7. ]]> The reading for today is 1 Samuel 6-8; Acts 7. ... Continue reading Week 16, Day 5 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 18:37 Week 16, Day 4 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/16/4 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/16/4 The reading for today is 1 Samuel 3-5; Psalm 23; Acts 6. ]]> The reading for today is 1 Samuel 3-5; Psalm 23; Acts 6. ... Continue reading Week 16, Day 4 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 13:15 Week 16, Day 3 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/16/3 Wed, 18 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/16/3 The reading for today is 1 Samuel 1-2; Psalm 120; Acts 5. ]]> The reading for today is 1 Samuel 1-2; Psalm 120; Acts 5. ... Continue reading Week 16, Day 3 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 17:42 Week 16, Day 2 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/16/2 Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/16/2 The reading for today is Ruth 3-4; Psalm 37; Acts 4. ]]> The reading for today is Ruth 3-4; Psalm 37; Acts 4. ... Continue reading Week 16, Day 2 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 16:15 Week 16, Day 1 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/16/1 Mon, 16 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/16/1 The reading for today is Ruth 1-2; Acts 3. ]]> The reading for today is Ruth 1-2; Acts 3. ... Continue reading Week 16, Day 1 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 11:38 Week 15, Day 5 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/15/5 Fri, 13 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/15/5 The reading for today is Judges 19-21; Acts 2. ]]> The reading for today is Judges 19-21; Acts 2. ... Continue reading Week 15, Day 5 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 19:50 Week 15, Day 4 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/15/4 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/15/4 The reading for today is Judges 17-18; Psalm 21; Acts 1. ]]> The reading for today is Judges 17-18; Psalm 21; Acts 1. ... Continue reading Week 15, Day 4 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 13:06 Week 15, Day 3 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/15/3 Wed, 11 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/15/3 The reading for today is Judges 12-16; Psalm 146; Luke 24. ]]> The reading for today is Judges 12-16; Psalm 146; Luke 24. ... Continue reading Week 15, Day 3 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 26:49 Week 15, Day 2 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/15/2 Tue, 10 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/15/2 The reading for today is Judges 9-11; Psalm 17; Luke 23. ]]> The reading for today is Judges 9-11; Psalm 17; Luke 23. ... Continue reading Week 15, Day 2 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 25:43 Week 15, Day 1 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/15/1 Mon, 09 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/15/1 The reading for today is Judges 7-8; Luke 22. ]]> The reading for today is Judges 7-8; Luke 22. ... Continue reading Week 15, Day 1 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 17:34 Week 14, Day 5 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/14/5 Fri, 06 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/14/5 The reading for today is Judges 4-6; Luke 21. ]]> The reading for today is Judges 4-6; Luke 21. ... Continue reading Week 14, Day 5 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 20:19 Week 14, Day 4 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/14/4 Thu, 05 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/14/4 The reading for today is Judges 1-3; Psalm 16; Luke 20. ]]> The reading for today is Judges 1-3; Psalm 16; Luke 20. ... Continue reading Week 14, Day 4 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 21:26 Week 14, Day 3 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/14/3 Wed, 04 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/14/3 The reading for today is Joshua 22-24; Psalm 116; Luke 19. ]]> The reading for today is Joshua 22-24; Psalm 116; Luke 19. ... Continue reading Week 14, Day 3 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 23:45 Week 14, Day 2 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/14/2 Tue, 03 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/14/2 The reading for today is Joshua 18-21; Psalm 15; Luke 18. ]]> The reading for today is Joshua 18-21; Psalm 15; Luke 18. ... Continue reading Week 14, Day 2 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 24:60 Week 14, Day 1 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/14/1 Mon, 02 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/14/1 The reading for today is Joshua 14-17; Luke 17. ]]> The reading for today is Joshua 14-17; Luke 17. ... Continue reading Week 14, Day 1 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 19:23 Week 13, Day 5 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/13/5 Fri, 30 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/13/5 The reading for today is Joshua 9-13; Luke 16. ]]> The reading for today is Joshua 9-13; Luke 16. ... Continue reading Week 13, Day 5 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 26:26 Week 13, Day 4 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/13/4 Thu, 29 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/13/4 The reading for today is Joshua 5-8; Psalm 14; Luke 15. ]]> The reading for today is Joshua 5-8; Psalm 14; Luke 15. ... Continue reading Week 13, Day 4 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 24:08 Week 13, Day 3 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/13/3 Wed, 28 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/13/3 The reading for today is Joshua 1-4; Psalm 143; Luke 14. ]]> The reading for today is Joshua 1-4; Psalm 143; Luke 14. ... Continue reading Week 13, Day 3 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 19:38 Week 13, Day 2 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/13/2 Tue, 27 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/13/2 The reading for today is Deuteronomy 32-34; Psalm 13; Luke 13. ]]> The reading for today is Deuteronomy 32-34; Psalm 13; Luke 13. ... Continue reading Week 13, Day 2 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 20:05 Week 13, Day 1 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/13/1 Mon, 26 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/13/1 The reading for today is Deuteronomy 27-31; Luke 12. ]]> The reading for today is Deuteronomy 27-31; Luke 12. ... Continue reading Week 13, Day 1 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 32:38 Week 12, Day 5 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/12/5 Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/12/5 The reading for today is Deuteronomy 23-26; Luke 11. ]]> The reading for today is Deuteronomy 23-26; Luke 11. ... Continue reading Week 12, Day 5 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 20:38 Week 12, Day 4 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/12/4 Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/12/4 The reading for today is Deuteronomy 19-22; Luke 10. ]]> The reading for today is Deuteronomy 19-22; Luke 10. ... Continue reading Week 12, Day 4 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 21:05 Week 12, Day 3 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/12/3 Wed, 21 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/12/3 The reading for today is Deuteronomy 15-18; Psalm 115; Luke 9. ]]> The reading for today is Deuteronomy 15-18; Psalm 115; Luke 9. ... Continue reading Week 12, Day 3 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 24:27 Week 12, Day 2 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/12/2 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/12/2 The reading for today is Deuteronomy 10-14; Psalm 5; Luke 8. ]]> The reading for today is Deuteronomy 10-14; Psalm 5; Luke 8. ... Continue reading Week 12, Day 2 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 29:03 Week 12, Day 1 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/12/1 Mon, 19 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/12/1 The reading for today is Deuteronomy 6-9; Luke 7. ]]> The reading for today is Deuteronomy 6-9; Luke 7. ... Continue reading Week 12, Day 1 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 22:35 Week 11, Day 5 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/11/5 Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/11/5 The reading for today is Deuteronomy 4-5; Luke 6. ]]> The reading for today is Deuteronomy 4-5; Luke 6. ... Continue reading Week 11, Day 5 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 20:56 Week 11, Day 4 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/11/4 Thu, 15 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/11/4 The reading for today is Deuteronomy 1-3; Psalm 36; Luke 5. ]]> The reading for today is Deuteronomy 1-3; Psalm 36; Luke 5. ... Continue reading Week 11, Day 4 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 26:07 Week 11, Day 3 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/11/3 Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/11/3 The reading for today is Numbers 34-36; Luke 4. ]]> The reading for today is Numbers 34-36; Luke 4. ... Continue reading Week 11, Day 3 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 17:27 Week 11, Day 2 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/11/2 Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/11/2 The reading for today is Numbers 30-33; Psalm 35; Luke 3. ]]> The reading for today is Numbers 30-33; Psalm 35; Luke 3. ... Continue reading Week 11, Day 2 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 28:48 Week 11, Day 1 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/11/1 Mon, 12 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/11/1 The reading for today is Numbers 26-29; Luke 2. ]]> The reading for today is Numbers 26-29; Luke 2. ... Continue reading Week 11, Day 1 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 26:52 Week 10, Day 5 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/10/5 Fri, 09 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/10/5 The reading for today is Numbers 22-25; Luke 1. ]]> The reading for today is Numbers 22-25; Luke 1. ... Continue reading Week 10, Day 5 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 26:04 Week 10, Day 4 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/10/4 Thu, 08 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/10/4 The reading for today is Numbers 19-21; Colossians 4. ]]> The reading for today is Numbers 19-21; Colossians 4. ... Continue reading Week 10, Day 4 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 16:20 Week 10, Day 3 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/10/3 Wed, 07 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/10/3 The reading for today is Numbers 15-18; Psalm 113; Colossians 3. ]]> The reading for today is Numbers 15-18; Psalm 113; Colossians 3. ... Continue reading Week 10, Day 3 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 24:30 Week 10, Day 2 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/10/2 Tue, 06 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/10/2 The reading for today is Numbers 12-14; Psalm 28; Colossians 2. ]]> The reading for today is Numbers 12-14; Psalm 28; Colossians 2. ... Continue reading Week 10, Day 2 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 17:24 Week 10, Day 1 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/10/1 Mon, 05 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/10/1 The reading for today is Numbers 8-11; Colossians 1. ]]> The reading for today is Numbers 8-11; Colossians 1. ... Continue reading Week 10, Day 1 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 20:04 Week 9, Day 5 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/9/5 Fri, 02 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/9/5 The reading for today is Numbers 6-7; Hebrews 13. ]]> The reading for today is Numbers 6-7; Hebrews 13. ... Continue reading Week 9, Day 5 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 18:39 Week 9, Day 4 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/9/4 Thu, 01 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/9/4 The reading for today is Numbers 3-5; Hebrews 12. ]]> The reading for today is Numbers 3-5; Hebrews 12. ... Continue reading Week 9, Day 4 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 22:50 Week 9, Day 3 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/9/3 Wed, 28 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/9/3 The reading for today is Numbers 1-2; Psalm 64; Hebrews 11. ]]> The reading for today is Numbers 1-2; Psalm 64; Hebrews 11. ... Continue reading Week 9, Day 3 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 18:34 Week 9, Day 2 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/9/2 Tue, 27 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/9/2 The reading for today is Leviticus 26-27; Psalm 112; Hebrews 10. ]]> The reading for today is Leviticus 26-27; Psalm 112; Hebrews 10. ... Continue reading Week 9, Day 2 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 18:48 Week 9, Day 1 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/9/1 Mon, 26 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/9/1 The reading for today is Leviticus 24-25; Psalm 81; Hebrews 9. ]]> The reading for today is Leviticus 24-25; Psalm 81; Hebrews 9. ... Continue reading Week 9, Day 1 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 16:41 Week 8, Day 5 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/8/5 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/8/5 The reading for today is Leviticus 21-23; Hebrews 8. ]]> The reading for today is Leviticus 21-23; Hebrews 8. ... Continue reading Week 8, Day 5 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 17:56 Week 8, Day 4 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/8/4 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/8/4 The reading for today is Leviticus 19-20; Hebrews 7. ]]> The reading for today is Leviticus 19-20; Hebrews 7. ... Continue reading Week 8, Day 4 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 14:40 Week 8, Day 3 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/8/3 Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/8/3 The reading for today is Leviticus 15-18; Psalm 31; Hebrews 6. ]]> The reading for today is Leviticus 15-18; Psalm 31; Hebrews 6. ... Continue reading Week 8, Day 3 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 24:18 Week 8, Day 2 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/8/2 Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/8/2 The reading for today is Leviticus 12-14; Psalm 111; Hebrews 5. ]]> The reading for today is Leviticus 12-14; Psalm 111; Hebrews 5. ... Continue reading Week 8, Day 2 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 25:00 Week 8, Day 1 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/8/1 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/8/1 The reading for today is Leviticus 8-11; Psalm 110; Hebrews 4. ]]> The reading for today is Leviticus 8-11; Psalm 110; Hebrews 4. ... Continue reading Week 8, Day 1 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 22:09 Week 7, Day 5 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/7/5 Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/7/5 The reading for today is Leviticus 4-7; Hebrews 3. ]]> The reading for today is Leviticus 4-7; Hebrews 3. ... Continue reading Week 7, Day 5 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 23:35 Week 7, Day 4 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/7/4 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/7/4 The reading for today is Leviticus 1-3; Psalm 27; Hebrews 2. ]]> The reading for today is Leviticus 1-3; Psalm 27; Hebrews 2. ... Continue reading Week 7, Day 4 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 13:29 Week 7, Day 3 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/7/3 Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/7/3 The reading for today is Exodus 38-40; Hebrews 1. ]]> The reading for today is Exodus 38-40; Hebrews 1. ... Continue reading Week 7, Day 3 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 18:03 Week 7, Day 2 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/7/2 Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/7/2 The reading for today is Exodus 35-37; Psalm 26; Philippians 4. ]]> The reading for today is Exodus 35-37; Psalm 26; Philippians 4. ... Continue reading Week 7, Day 2 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 17:30 Week 7, Day 1 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/7/1 Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/7/1 The reading for today is Exodus 32-34; Philippians 3. ]]> The reading for today is Exodus 32-34; Philippians 3. ... Continue reading Week 7, Day 1 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 18:27 Week 6, Day 5 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/6/5 Fri, 09 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/6/5 The reading for today is Exodus 28-31; Philippians 2. ]]> The reading for today is Exodus 28-31; Philippians 2. ... Continue reading Week 6, Day 5 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 25:52 Week 6, Day 4 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/6/4 Thu, 08 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/6/4 The reading for today is Exodus 25-27; Psalm 90; Philippians 1. ]]> The reading for today is Exodus 25-27; Psalm 90; Philippians 1. ... Continue reading Week 6, Day 4 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 19:19 Week 6, Day 3 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/6/3 Wed, 07 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/6/3 The reading for today is Exodus 22-24; Psalm 109; Ephesians 6. ]]> The reading for today is Exodus 22-24; Psalm 109; Ephesians 6. ... Continue reading Week 6, Day 3 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 18:57 Week 6, Day 2 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/6/2 Tue, 06 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/6/2 The reading for today is Exodus 19-21; Psalm 33; Ephesians 5. ]]> The reading for today is Exodus 19-21; Psalm 33; Ephesians 5. ... Continue reading Week 6, Day 2 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 18:20 Week 6, Day 1 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/6/1 Mon, 05 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/6/1 The reading for today is Exodus 16-18; Ephesians 4. ]]> The reading for today is Exodus 16-18; Ephesians 4. ... Continue reading Week 6, Day 1 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 16:04 Week 5, Day 5 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/5/5 Fri, 02 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/5/5 The reading for today is Exodus 13-15; Psalm 114; Ephesians 3. ]]> The reading for today is Exodus 13-15; Psalm 114; Ephesians 3. ... Continue reading Week 5, Day 5 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 16:28 Week 5, Day 4 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/5/4 Thu, 01 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/5/4 The reading for today is Exodus 10-12; Ephesians 2. ]]> The reading for today is Exodus 10-12; Ephesians 2. ... Continue reading Week 5, Day 4 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 18:15 Week 5, Day 3 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/5/3 Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/5/3 The reading for today is Exodus 7-9; Psalm 105; Ephesians 1. ]]> The reading for today is Exodus 7-9; Psalm 105; Ephesians 1. ... Continue reading Week 5, Day 3 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 21:45 Week 5, Day 2 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/5/2 Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/5/2 The reading for today is Exodus 4-6; Galatians 6. ]]> The reading for today is Exodus 4-6; Galatians 6. ... Continue reading Week 5, Day 2 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 16:35 Week 5, Day 1 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/5/1 Mon, 29 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/5/1 The reading for today is Exodus 1-3; Galatians 5. ]]> The reading for today is Exodus 1-3; Galatians 5. ... Continue reading Week 5, Day 1 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 13:59 Week 4, Day 5 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/4/5 Fri, 26 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/4/5 The reading for today is Genesis 49-50; Galatians 4. ]]> The reading for today is Genesis 49-50; Galatians 4. ... Continue reading Week 4, Day 5 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 13:21 Week 4, Day 4 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/4/4 Thu, 25 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/4/4 The reading for today is Genesis 47-48; Psalm 25; Galatians 3. ]]> The reading for today is Genesis 47-48; Psalm 25; Galatians 3. ... Continue reading Week 4, Day 4 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 16:18 Week 4, Day 3 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/4/3 Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/4/3 The reading for today is Genesis 45-46; Psalm 108; Galatians 2. ]]> The reading for today is Genesis 45-46; Psalm 108; Galatians 2. ... Continue reading Week 4, Day 3 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 14:14 Week 4, Day 2 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/4/2 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/4/2 The reading for today is Genesis 43-44; Psalm 24; Galatians 1. ]]> The reading for today is Genesis 43-44; Psalm 24; Galatians 1. ... Continue reading Week 4, Day 2 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 16:39 Week 4, Day 1 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/4/1 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/4/1 The reading for today is Genesis 41-42; Mark 16. ]]> The reading for today is Genesis 41-42; Mark 16. ... Continue reading Week 4, Day 1 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 17:04 Week 3, Day 5 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/3/5 Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/3/5 The reading for today is Genesis 38-40; Mark 15. ]]> The reading for today is Genesis 38-40; Mark 15. ... Continue reading Week 3, Day 5 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 18:16 Week 3, Day 4 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/3/4 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/3/4 The reading for today is Genesis 35-37; Psalm 12; Mark 14. ]]> The reading for today is Genesis 35-37; Psalm 12; Mark 14. ... Continue reading Week 3, Day 4 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 25:00 Week 3, Day 3 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/3/3 Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/3/3 The reading for today is Genesis 32-34; Psalm 145; Mark 13. ]]> The reading for today is Genesis 32-34; Psalm 145; Mark 13. ... Continue reading Week 3, Day 3 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 19:54 Week 3, Day 2 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/3/2 Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/3/2 The reading for today is Genesis 30-31; Psalm 11; Mark 12. ]]> The reading for today is Genesis 30-31; Psalm 11; Mark 12. ... Continue reading Week 3, Day 2 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 22:04 Week 3, Day 1 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/3/1 Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/3/1 The reading for today is Genesis 28-29; Mark 11. ]]> The reading for today is Genesis 28-29; Mark 11. ... Continue reading Week 3, Day 1 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 13:06 Week 2, Day 5 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/2/5 Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/2/5 The reading for today is Genesis 26-27; Mark 10. ]]> The reading for today is Genesis 26-27; Mark 10. ... Continue reading Week 2, Day 5 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 19:48 Week 2, Day 4 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/2/4 Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/2/4 The reading for today is Genesis 24-25; Psalm 4; Mark 9. ]]> The reading for today is Genesis 24-25; Psalm 4; Mark 9. ... Continue reading Week 2, Day 4 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 22:27 Week 2, Day 3 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/2/3 Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/2/3 The reading for today is Genesis 21-23; Psalm 107; Mark 8. ]]> The reading for today is Genesis 21-23; Psalm 107; Mark 8. ... Continue reading Week 2, Day 3 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 20:13 Week 2, Day 2 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/2/2 Tue, 09 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/2/2 The reading for today is Genesis 19-20; Psalm 1; Mark 7. ]]> The reading for today is Genesis 19-20; Psalm 1; Mark 7. ... Continue reading Week 2, Day 2 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 16:45 Week 2, Day 1 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/2/1 Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/2/1 The reading for today is Genesis 16-18; Mark 6. ]]> The reading for today is Genesis 16-18; Mark 6. ... Continue reading Week 2, Day 1 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 19:16 Week 1, Day 5 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/1/5 Fri, 05 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/1/5 The reading for today is Genesis 12-15; Psalm 148; Mark 5. ]]> The reading for today is Genesis 12-15; Psalm 148; Mark 5. ... Continue reading Week 1, Day 5 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 19:37 Week 1, Day 4 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/1/4 Thu, 04 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/1/4 The reading for today is Genesis 9-11; Mark 4. ]]> The reading for today is Genesis 9-11; Mark 4. ... Continue reading Week 1, Day 4 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 17:35 Week 1, Day 3 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/1/3 Wed, 03 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/1/3 The reading for today is Genesis 6-8; Psalm 104; Mark 3. ]]> The reading for today is Genesis 6-8; Psalm 104; Mark 3. ... Continue reading Week 1, Day 3 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 19:31 Week 1, Day 2 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/1/2 Tue, 02 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/1/2 The reading for today is Genesis 3-5; Mark 2. ]]> The reading for today is Genesis 3-5; Mark 2. ... Continue reading Week 1, Day 2 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 16:04 Week 1, Day 1 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/1/1 Mon, 01 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/1/1 The reading for today is Genesis 1-2; Psalm 19; Mark 1. ]]> The reading for today is Genesis 1-2; Psalm 19; Mark 1. ... Continue reading Week 1, Day 1 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 19:39