DBRP Categories Explained

You can access the Categores through the Episodes menu at this site, and from the menu button on the upper left in our DBRP listening app.

Blog Posts are text-only posts like this one, and they hold the most important information about the DBRP. The About link in this site’s menu will give you a directory of these posts.

The main categories for Bible readings are:

GNT devotional Bible readings and NLT devotional Bible readings

The podcasts of the whole Good News Translation we done in 2016. And the podcasts of the whole New Living Translation were first made in 2014 and some of them were revised and improved in 2015 and 2017.

NET devotional Bible readings is a series that I have just started. These podcasts follow the same Digging Deeper Daily reading plan, but there are two parts to each episode. The first part has a plain number (like 001, 002, etc.) and the second part has a number followed by the letter C. The plain numbered episodes follow my normal pattern of 22 minute podcasts? three readings and a prayer. The podcasts numbered 001C, 002C, etc., contain extended comments on the readings, which I hope will help you to dig deeper.

JoySightings are for fun! This is where I share my love of parables, and especially those of Safed the Sage. I also have recorded the allegorical Tales of the Kingdom and Tales of the Restoration by David and Karen Mains. The two books by the Mains are great for grade school children, and adults enjoy them too! The parables of Safed are delightful, but they contain King James-styled English that can be difficult for children.

News Posts are audio podcasts where I share information about such things as changes in our listening apps, community information of note, and news about our family and our mission work.

Joy of Translating is a series I began with four podcasts on the translation of Mark 1-2. The episodes include my own translation of those chapters, and more in-depth commentary about the challenges of translating the Bible. I’ll get back to this project someday!

Devotional Bible readings is the category I first used from 2014 to 2016. I don’t recommend you use this category. If you are searching for an episode from that time frame that has not been re-released this year in the GNT or NLT categories, it would be easier to search for the episode you want by number (such as _365, or NL-DBRP_365, etc.). 

 

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About our reading plan

What’s special about the Digging Deeper reading plan?

 It is important to consider what plan to follow in reading the Bible! I find I can’t share about this without telling my age and sounding like I am boasting, so here goes: I will soon be 66 and have read the whole Bible yearly for the last 46 years. I know from experience that some reading plans are not fun to follow. That is why I designed this plan to be practical and doable? taking only 20 minutes per day to finish the whole Bible in a year. And these things make the DBRP plan unique and interesting:

  • I like a plan that gives you something from the New Testament every day. I have arranged the New Testament books according to chronological and thematic considerations and with the Gospels spread out during the year. My goal was to help the reader see correspondences between the Old and New Testaments and follow themes in the New Testament. For instance, the Gospel written for the Jewish audience? Matthew, is followed by NT letters directed to the same audience.
  • In the first half of the year, the DBRP plan tells the Old Testament story in its logical and chronological order? which is also the ordering given in the Bible. In the second half of the year, some retelling of history (starting with 1st Chronicles) is mixed in with the major prophets of Jeremiah and Ezekiel? so that correspondences between what was foretold and the fulfillment are more easily seen.
  • Each day there is a reading from Old Testament poetry, and those books are taken in Bible order starting with Job and ending with Isaiah.
  • Cohesion and Seeing Correspondences: The DBRP plan begins the year with the Bible’s oldest book (Job), plus the story of the beginning of the world (Genesis), and the earliest written Gospel (Mark). At the end of the year, stunning correspondences can be seen between the minor prophets, Isaiah, and the book of Revelation. If you listen to the podcasts, I give brief introductions to each reading? reminding you of what has gone before and pointing out correspondences that show the amazing unity in God’s Word.
  • Convenience: The integration of our Digging Deeper Daily reading plan in the YouVersion Bible reading app makes it easy to keep track of your reading progress using any smart device. Our own DBRP podcast app for Android and Apple devices makes it easy to automate listening to the podcasts. See how to get the DBRP app for your device by scrolling down on the landing page of this site. The Bible app and the listening app make it easy to do what you want? whether that be to just read the plan, just listen to the podcasts, or do both at the same time.shot 08

You can listen to the DBRP using two translations.

I (Phil) read the  Good News Translation (GNT) for the 2016 podcasts. This is one of my favorite translations and it has excellent scholarly backing. The GNT New Testament  translation was first published under the name of Today’s English Version in 1966? when I was 16. This translation meant a lot to me in my teenage years and after, and I want to share this with my grand kids. The GNT has been very helpful in my own translation work in Indonesia, and it has influenced every other Bible translation published since 1970. In the podcast readings, I have made minor changes to the GNT based on my Bible translation experience, and these are documented in the episode notes. The GNT series of podcasts have file names like this: DBRP_001.mp3 (for the first episode). There are several GNT in YouVersion. The one I am reading from is the USA version, GNTD.

In the 2014-2015 podcasts I read the New Living Translation (NLT). The NLT translation is my all-time favorite. It conveys the meaning of the original texts in modern, clear, and natural language. In the NLT podcast series, I made minor changes to the NLT based on my Bible translation experience, and these are documented in the episode notes. If you listen to the NLT podcast series, the file names are like this: 2015DBRP_001.mp3 (for the first episode).

Both the GNT and the NLT are meaning based translations, which makes them easy to understand for podcast listeners. For more information about how the GNT and NLT compare to other translations, please see the bottom of the Shovels page.

In 2017, choose episodes that have names starting with GN- for the GNT podcast series. The GNT series have a yellow icon. The NLT series of podcasts have names starting with NL- and the episode icons are dark blue.

 

 

 

 

 

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NE-DBRP_001C Comments

Comments on NE podcast 001

Hi! This is NE series number 001C. That means it is the first in a series of daily Bible reading podcasts that will eventually? Lord willing, cover the whole New English Translation Bible. The C at the end of the number stands for Comments. I am assuming that you will have already listened to the NE-DBRP_001 podcast where I read the portions in the NET that we will discuss here, or that you have your digital or paper copy of the NET Bible open, so that you can read the verses and footnotes being discussed. All my podcasts are hosted at dailybiblereading.info.

Let’s pray first: Our Lord and our God, we pray that you would open our minds to understand more about who You are and how you have revealed yourself in this amazing book, the Bible. Amen.

Let’s open to Genesis 1. Before I give some of my comments, I want to just highlight a few of the NET’s footnotes that I think are particularly important. If you have time to look in the episode notes, you will find that I will often list and make annotations about some of the footnotes that I don’t have time to discuss in the podcasts.

Genesis

NET Footnotes for special mention:

Gen. 1:14 footnote for signs: That footnote mentions that Hebrews word for ‘seasons’ is often used for religious celebrations in the OT. Some translations make that meaning of the word explicit. If that meaning is actually what the Lord and Moses had in mind (and I consider that very likely), then it points to an amazing thing: Even as early as day 4, God was planning for man to worship Him in religious celebrations.

2:8 See the note on the meaning of Eden.

2:17 you shall surely die.

2:18 There is a hugely important footnote on the meaning of ‘companion’. The translation of ‘companion’ for the position of the man’s wife seems to me much better than the traditional translation of ‘helpmeet/helper’. But I am not so sure that I like the other main word in that phrase: ‘corresponds to him’. I would like to suggest that some of you look at this, and let’s make a thread in the Digging Deeper Facebook group that has Genesis 2:18 in the text, so we can be searched for.

2:24 The last footnote is interesting on the translation of “unites with his wife, and they become a new family.” I prefer the NLT on this verse: “This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.”

NET Translation notes:

Gen. 1:5 ?[Evening came, marking the end of the first day, and then the morning of a new day dawned. //There was evening, and there was morning, marking the first day.]

[Similarly in verse 8, 13, 19, 23, and 31.]

2:5 Now [there was a time when] no shrub of the field had yet grown on the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground.

2:19 “The LORD God [had] formed out of the ground every living animal of the field and every bird of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them, and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.”
Gen. 2:24 [NLT This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.//NET That is why a man leaves his father and mother and unites with his wife, and they become a new family.]

Here are my comments for our reading in Genesis 1-2:

There is no way that I can plumb the depths of these two chapters for you. Instead, I will try to point out some of the deep things, and suggest that you do some digging. By digging, I mean firstly, meditation. Spend time prayerfully considering what God’s Word says, and check out your questions and hypotheses with good Bible study materials. I call there ‘shovels’ at our web site. Starting in Genesis 1, we’re swimming in deep water, and no matter how good a swimmer you are, it would be best for you to have a life jacket on. (I’m using the life jacket as a figure for reliable Bible study materials.) If you find that you are the only person that has come up with your new theory, then look closer. There is probably a good reason people don’t hold your opinion. Any time you proudly suppose that you are right and all the experts are wrong, you’ve lost your life jacket, your raft has disappeared, and you don’t know which direction to take to return to land.

Let’s take a brief look at how this amazing book begins. The text says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was without shape and empty, and darkness was over the surface of the watery deep, but the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the water. God said, “Let there be light.” And there was light!”

If you are like me, you imagine a golden horizon with a sun shining brightly above it and reflecting the water of the ocean. But that just shows how tied we are to the world we inhabit. Look closer and you find that it really is impossible to imagine this scene! The sun has not yet been created, and there is no such thing as a horizon. There is no atmosphere. The horizon is created on the second day, and the sun as we know it appears on the 4th day.

footnote: While preparing these comments, I took our car to our mechanic. He’s a brother in Christ, and in his waiting room I noticed a card from the organization AnswersInGenesis.org. I noticed an interesting article that I thought some of you would like: Top 15 Illustration Problems in Genesis 1?11

Many understand that the first sentence (God created the heavens and the earth) is a summary sentence covering the first chapter, rather than that creation being part of the events of the first day. Actually I think we can include it in the first day, and I have a slightly different take on this than the NET footnote. (Note that I won’t talk about how long I think that ‘day’ is here. I will always try to avoid controversies in these podcasts.) But look closer. There is no sun and moon yet. The main markers of time, and perhaps even concept of ‘time’ for this world are not yet present. What we have here is God inventing ‘light’. Ponder for a moment: What are the things that must be in place before there can be something called ‘light’? I’m talking of more than ‘darkness’, but abstract things like truth, and the perception of reality (God saw that the light was good), and plans for how light will be produced, and what will be done in the light and in the darkness. Remember that God doesn’t need light. He has perfect vision in the dark. Everything we read about here is in preparation for life and humankind.

And then, appearing almost as a given in the story, there are two things predating light called earth and water. I am reminded of what a High School chemistry teacher (Max Hamilton) who taught one Sunday in my Jr. High Sunday School class that one reason he believed in God was because of water. That lesson was one of the few that were memorable to me. One of his reasons was that water turns out to be important that it expands when it freezes, and almost everything else contracts when frozen. And water can turn to vapor. Water is the stuff of life. As God is trying to give a general picture to us finite humans about how life will be created, I think it is cool that the account He provides for us starts with water.

If we try to understand this account more like we think Moses would have, remember that he would not have known about how planets and outer space works. His world was flat. So by the words, “God created the heavens,” Moses would have included much more than planets, asteroids, and stars in outer space. He would have thought more about the realms containing spiritual life that are outside our understanding and outside our world. The word ‘heavens’ is plural because the ancients posited layers of the spiritual world above our earth? with the dwelling place of God always in the top layer. The Bible also speaks of at least one layer below the world. And we will see later in Genesis, there are spirit beings that were already present before the six days of this world’s creation. There is organization in the spirit realms, which the New Testament calls principalities and powers, and these things predate our world.

For us in the modern world who think of our planet differently than Moses did, where are those spiritual realms and beings? We have no place to put them! Several years ago, I was helped by reading a book by Hugh Ross, who is an astrophysicist. Ross pointed out that we humans live in three dimensions, plus let’s add ‘time’ and call it a fourth dimension. In order for God to create our 4 dimensions, He has to exist in more than 4 dimensions. To help us understand, I? being in three dimensions, can easily create a two dimensional drawing of a man on a piece of paper. Were my two dimensional man able to think, he would have no capacity to grasp how his creator (me) could have the third dimension of depth. So we also cannot comprehend how God might have maybe seven dimensions. Even though I cannot really understand all this, to me it is helpful. The existence of other dimensions gives a place where I can mentally hang the existence of other spiritual beings? even rulers and hierarchies, that are outside of this world. And it helps explain how such beings could suddenly make appearances in our world in the stories of the Bible.

A second thing that astrophysicists have figured out is that the movements of the planets are like a large complicated clock. They can use computer models to tick backwards through time to the point that they can show where the stars were around the time Jesus would have been born. And when astrophysicists go backwards as far as they can go, guess what they have come up with?! All the heavenly lights came on at the same time.

Now let me speak just a bit about the amazing quality of this narrative attributed to Moses. Just from a secular literary point of view, this is amazing! Ancient literature outside of the Bible has nothing that can compare to this. In fact, starting with Genesis and throughout the Bible, we find beautiful and powerfully expressive literature written by 40 authors weaving an epic story with a cohesive message that has been deemed believable throughout the ages? right to the present. This is not the stuff of folk tales passed on verbally from Adam to Noah and on down to Moses. Folk tales always are rather simple-minded and improbable. We worked in Indonesia with the Orya people. One of their charming stories is about Yakla Zi Bak who climbed a tall coconut palm in the village of Orya and became the sun. Not long after, another boy from that village climbed a coconut palm and shot an arrow into one of the sun’s eyes. If he hadn’t put out one of the eyes, the heat from the sun would scorch the earth. After that, the boy just kept on going up and became the moon. The Bible is not a collection of folk tales, and it is? by the way, much better literature than the Al Koran of Islam. The Bible is supernaturally good literature. Moses didn’t get this creation narrative from his mind, from oral tradition, or from any books of ancient Egyptian wisdom. He must have received this as a direct revelation from God Himself. As I said above, this book tells us what God wants us to know about our beginnings.

Now let’s consider our reading in Job 1.

JOB

NET Footnotes to note:
Job first heading and sn (study note) #2. You can see the footnotes in the Youversion app, but I recommend also registering for an account at Lumina.bible.org. Take a look at Constable’s notes for the beginning of Job. I think that the idea that the author of Job might be Elihu is ingenious.

*Job 1:1 Uz Notice that Job is called a man in the ‘east’ in verse 3. East of what? The location is stated relative to Israel.

 

*Job 1:6 There is a footnote about ‘the sons of God’. These would include those spirit beings I just mentioned in my comments above.

Job 1:21 the name of the LORD. I will discuss this in the comments below.

 

Phil’s NET Translation notes:

Job. 1:20 Then Job got up and tore his robe [to show his sorrow]. He shaved his head, and then he threw himself down with his face to the ground.
21 [NLT96 “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be stripped of everything when I die [and return to the earth]. //NET He said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will return there.] ?

  • Let’s discuss what we see in both Genesis and Job about who God is. In Genesis 1, God is referred to as ‘elohim’, the Hebrew word for God. The same word is used for both false and the one true Elohim. In Genesis 2:4, the writer (Moses) begins to refer to God as ‘Yahweh elohim’. Yahweh is of course the name that God revealed to Moses at the burning bush.
    It is important that you the Old Testament reader know the convention for most Bibles and which is discussed in the preface to our Bibles. Yahweh is translated as ‘the LORD’, with LORD in capital letters. But in order for that to look nice, the typesetters use a smaller font for the ORD so that it doesn’t stick out too much on the page. Hebrew has another word for Lord which can be used of humans or of the Lord God, and that word is ‘adonai’.
    So why do most of our best Bibles not print ‘Yahweh’? This is because the Jews built a hedge around the command to not take the name of Yahweh in vain by never pronouncing The Name. Instead they said the word ‘adonai’ just mentioned, which means Lord. This practice was so carefully adhered to that when the Hebrew alphabet started to be written with vowels around the year 600 AD, the scribes wrote YHWH with the vowel points for adonai (three vowels instead of two). This is why an eventual wrong pronunciation came about for those not understanding this that went from Yahowah to Jehovah in English. In actual fact, because the Jews never ever allowed themselves to pronounce God’s name, and because Hebrew vowels were not written, no one alive can really know the exact pronunciation that Moses heard at the burning bush.
    There is something about this that only a Bible translator would notice. There are times in Hebrew poetry when the writer is speaking to God and uses God’s name. The writer might say, “Yahweh is merciful.” But if Yahweh is translated as ‘the LORD’, then that sentence would be translated as “The LORD is merciful.” What would have been taken as talking to Yahweh suddenly gets understood by English readers as talking impersonally about ‘the Lord’. Please just keep this in mind, because it will come up in our poetry readings.

My Comments on Job 1:

I have already explained why many scholars believe that? while the story of Job is set in the time of Abraham, it was most likely written in Israel, perhaps during David’s or Solomon’s reign.

  • The author has taken pains to show that Job’s life was perfect. The number 7 in Scripture is the number of perfection. It is God’s number, and that number is often used symbolically. (Let’s see, who determined that our week would be 7 days long?) Job had 7,000 sheep and 7 sons. Three is another symbolic number, and that number comes up again and again also. Job’s three friends arrive to comfort him, they sit in stunned silence for seven days. If that was a few hours, we would conclude that this was the middle-eastern custom of the day, but 7 days is clearly hyperbole. The writer was perhaps working from a legend, but he was creating this exaggeratedly perfect picture in order to enhance the main question he wants us to ponder. And part of what he was implying is this: You think you’re so good! But you’re no where close to Job!
  • Job had a regular practice of giving sacrifices for the sins of his children. The word used is to ‘sanctify’ them, or to restore their holiness. Only someone blessed with riches could do this so lavishly as Job. The tradition of giving sacrifices like those of Abel (Adam’s second son) before the flood, and that which is seen in Noah’s sacrifices after the flood continued to the time of Job and the patriarch Abraham. Early and so-called primitive cultures all over the world know about sacrifices. If mankind just evolved from monkeys, I don’t think this would be true. There is something hardwired into mankind that has led all cultures at one time or another to feel the need to make sacrifices to deities. If this book’s author lived after the birth of the nation of Israel (as I have posited), we will note that he never slips up and talks about sacrifices or other religious practices using Jewish terminology. He keeps the story true to the time period in which it set.
  • So the author doesn’t mention the Ten Commandments. But what is the sin Job fears committing the most? It is to ‘curse God’ in one’s ‘heart’. (1:5, 22; 2:9-10) All the way through God’s Word, we find that God knows exactly what is in each person’s heart. Job believed that sin could not be hidden from God’s sight. Many cultures and religions have gods like the Greek god Zeus. Sure, he’s powerful, and able to throw lightning bolts. But he was not the creator, and he can be fooled. Only Judaism and Christianity believe in a sovereign creator God that knows our hearts and thoughts. As Heb. 4:13 we read, “no creature is hidden from God, but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must render an account.”

footnote: Here is a translation of the Greek creation myth. This other article gives better background.
There is an interesting article by Peter Guirguis entitled 5 Ways the Christian God is Different Than Zeus, Thor, Shiva, and Other Dumb gods.

Now let’s consider our reading in Mark 1a:

So far this podcast has been about things that set the foundation for what we will be reading through the rest of the Bible. So I will continue to give some things that I hope will be useful for the rest of our journey.

You that are reading along in the NET text will note that I make some modifications based on my Bible translation experience. These modifications are always listed in the episode notes. I think a good Bible translation should follow the grammar of the target language. Things often go wrong when we force English to follow the Greek word order. Most of the time, the NET gives us grammatical English. Mark 1:1 in the NET says this: “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” And I know you will say, “Well I didn’t hear anything ungrammatical!” The part that really is ungrammatical is ‘Jesus Christ’. In English we never call our president Trump President. We call him President Trump. We don’t say Jones Dr., the grammatical order is Dr. Jones. Titles always, ALWAYS come first, and Christ is a title. It means anointed one. And in Greek Kristus is simply a translation of the Hebrew word Mesias. In the Old Testament we will find that three kinds of important people were anointed: prophets, priests, and kings. Jesus is the perfect anointed one, or Mesias, or Kristus, because he is all three. So every time the NET says ‘Jesus Christ’, I will read the reverse. As I said, things go wrong when we break grammar rules in a translation. And I can hear listeners saying, “Well what could be wrong with calling our Savior Jesus Christ?” Well, what goes wrong in this case is that there really are people in the world that think ‘Christ’ was Jesus’ family name. I have heard pastors teach that sometimes the New Testament highlights Jesus’ title by putting it first, but in other times the order ‘Jesus Christ’ just became Jesus’ name. This is false. It’s just a tiny example of how not following normal target language grammar rules in a Bible translation can lead to wrong teaching. In today’s world, we need to work hard to remind everyone that Christ is a title that shows Jesus is the King of Salvation that God promised to send to us.

There’s something else in verse 1, and it is also a translation difficulty that points to something we need to know: If you ever read the preface to the KJV, you will find that the translators said that they made an effort to avoid ecclesiastical language? in other words, churchy language. We have such a word in the NET for Mark 1:1 that I just read, the word ‘gospel’. I’m telling you the ‘gospel’ truth that the word ‘gospel’ is definitely one of today’s churchy terms? and one that the average man on the street does not know the meaning of. Perhaps we might expand that. I think a lot of the churched people of today would have a hard time writing a good definition of ‘gospel’. I’m not going to fully define it for you now, because the NT is designed in such a way as to expand your understanding of the term as you keep reading. But I’ll tell you this: The word ‘gospel’ does not come from the Greek word ?????????? which was translated into old English as ‘godspel’? and which means ‘good tidings’. So let’s just call it the Good News. As you read the four Gospels in the NT and beyond them, you will grow in your understanding of why the Good News is good!

There is Bad News also that it is important to notice. It is the little word ‘sin’. Remember how even God noticed Job’s unusually determined efforts to be clear of sin. And now in Mark, the Good News starts out with symbolic language pointing to getting your life right (“Prepare the way for the Lord,” or we could say, “Prepare to meet the Lord”). And the direct preaching starting in chapter 1 is ‘repent’. This imperative verb ?????????? means to change your way of thinking. John’s message was, “[Repent/Change your way of thinking] and be baptized,” and Jesus’ first message was, “[Repent/Change your way of thinking] and believe the Good News.” Then we read that before people were baptized, they confessed their sins. Consider this: These days, pastors who read books on how to grow their congregation into a mega-church will be told to never mention sin or turning away from it. Any pastor or church leader who follows that advice is turning away from giving people the full message of the Good News. In order for the Good News to be good, we have to understand the Bad News. The bad news is that you and I are broken and that we have been infected with a fatal disease? the one we will hear about in Genesis 3. Now, many people have desired to see a revival of spiritual values in my country and all other countries. If you look at the revivals that have occurred in the USA and Europe in past centuries, guess what? They all start out with the supernatural and amazing thing that we read about in John’s ministry: People supernaturally came under conviction about their sinning, and they repented and confessed their sins.

Again, for the Good News to be good, we must understand the bad news.

I will close by quoting from the closing paragraph of Greg Koukl’s July Solid Ground newsletter:

From Greg Koukl’s July Solid Ground newsletter:

I will close with this word from former slave trader turned hymnist and pastor, John Newton, taken from his first public service at St. Mary Woolnoth, London, December 19, 1779. His text was “…speaking the truth in love?” from Eph. 4:15:

The Bible is the grand repository of the truths that will be the business and the pleasure of my life to set before you. It is the complete system of divine truth to which nothing can be added and from which nothing can be taken with impunity. Every attempt to disguise or soften any branch of this truth in order to accommodate it to the prevailing taste around us either to avoid the displeasure or court the favor of our fellow mortals must be an affront to the majesty of God and an act of treachery to men. My conscience bears me witness that I mean to speak the truth among you.

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GN-DBRP_205 JER.7 JER.8 PSA.141 JHN.19.14-42

JEREMIAH 7-8:
In this and several other prophetic books, it is important to observe where quotes begin and end, and who is speaking. The section headings are also very helpful to our understanding. Modern translators and editors use the heading to help modern readers understand such things as ancient poetic imagery.

Yesterday’s reading had this ironic statement spoken by the Lord:

5:19 When they ask why I did all these things, tell them, Jeremiah, that just as they turned away from me and served foreign gods in their own land, so they will serve strangers in a land that is not theirs.”

 PSALM 141:
David received the answer to his prayer in verse 5, if this was written before his affair with Bathsheba. Nathan did what David prayed for here. This psalm contains gems that are well worth digging for and meditating on.

JOHN 19b:
I believe that John saw, and wanted us to feel, the extreme irony in many events that we have read. The ironic events and statements also didn’t happen by accident. It was not an accident that the mob who came to arrest Jesus stumbled back and fell when he said, “I am He.” That was? and still is, a sign from God. All of the statements of Pilate and the chief priests drip with irony which they could not see, but which we can. “I find no fault with this man!” “Behold your king!” “We have no king but Caesar!” “What is truth?” “Don’t release him, we want Barabbas!”

GNT Translation notes:
John 19:30 [After Jesus tasted//Jesus drank] the wine and said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
31 Then the Jewish authorities asked Pilate to allow them to break the legs of the men who had been crucified, [so that they would die quickly and their bodies could be taken//and to take the bodies] down from the crosses. They requested this because it was Friday, and they did not want the bodies to stay on the crosses on the Sabbath, since the coming Sabbath was especially holy.
35 ([I,] The one who saw this happen [have now//has] spoken of it, so that you also may believe. What [I//he] said is true, and [I know that I speak//he knows that he speaks] the truth.)

NLT Translation notes:
Jer. 7:8 “‘Don’t be fooled into thinking that you will never suffer because the Temple is here. [That’s/It’s] a lie!
11 Don’t you yourselves admit that this Temple, which bears my name, has become a den of thieves? Surely I see all the evil going on [here/there]. I, the LORD, have spoken!
====
John 19:3″Hail[ to you,!] King of the Jews!” they mocked, as they slapped him across the face.
12 Then Pilate tried to release him, but the Jewish leaders shouted, “If you release this man, you are no ‘friend of [the high king] Caesar.’b Anyone who declares himself a king is a rebel against Caesar.”
24 So they said, “Rather than tearing it apart, let’s throw dicee for it.” This fulfilled the Scripture that says, “They divided my garments among themselves and threw dice for my clothing.”f So that is what they did [(without knowing they were fulfilling Scripture)].
26 When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, [there/here] is your son.”
[Here and in verse 27, the literal Greek is “See-imperative.” It is a matter of interpretation whether in the first instance Jesus could be saying, “See what I have become,” or, “Look at that guy next to you. He is your son.” The difference would be a nod of the head or a motion of Jesus’ eyes. I think that Jesus’ intention was correctly interpreted by John in 27b.]
27 And he said to this disciple, “[That/Here] is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home.
31 It was the day of preparation, and the Jewish leaders didn’t want the bodies hanging there the next day, which was the Sabbath (and a very special Sabbath, because it was the Passover). So they asked Pilate to hasten [the deaths of the crucified men//their deaths] by ordering that their legs be broken. Then their bodies could be taken down.
35 ([John writes a parenthetical comment:] This report is from an eyewitness giving an accurate account. [I speak/He speaks] the truth so that you also can believe.)

 

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NL-DBRP_205 JER.7 JER.8 PSA.141 JHN.19.14-42

JEREMIAH 7-8:
In this and several other prophetic books, it is important to observe where quotes begin and end, and who is speaking. The section headings are also very helpful to our understanding. Modern translators and editors use the heading to help modern readers understand such things as ancient poetic imagery.

Yesterday’s reading had this ironic statement spoken by the Lord:

5:19 When they ask why I did all these things, tell them, Jeremiah, that just as they turned away from me and served foreign gods in their own land, so they will serve strangers in a land that is not theirs.”

 PSALM 141:
David received the answer to his prayer in verse 5, if this was written before his affair with Bathsheba. Nathan did what David prayed for here. This psalm contains gems that are well worth digging for and meditating on.

JOHN 19b:
I believe that John saw, and wanted us to feel, the extreme irony in many events that we have read. The ironic events and statements also didn’t happen by accident. It was not an accident that the mob who came to arrest Jesus stumbled back and fell when he said, “I am He.” That was? and still is, a sign from God. All of the statements of Pilate and the chief priests drip with irony which they could not see, but which we can. “I find no fault with this man!” “Behold your king!” “We have no king but Caesar!” “What is truth?” “Don’t release him, we want Barabbas!”

GNT Translation notes:
John 19:30 [After Jesus tasted//Jesus drank] the wine and said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
31 Then the Jewish authorities asked Pilate to allow them to break the legs of the men who had been crucified, [so that they would die quickly and their bodies could be taken//and to take the bodies] down from the crosses. They requested this because it was Friday, and they did not want the bodies to stay on the crosses on the Sabbath, since the coming Sabbath was especially holy.
35 ([I,] The one who saw this happen [have now//has] spoken of it, so that you also may believe. What [I//he] said is true, and [I know that I speak//he knows that he speaks] the truth.)

NLT Translation notes:
Jer. 7:8 “‘Don’t be fooled into thinking that you will never suffer because the Temple is here. [That’s/It’s] a lie!
11 Don’t you yourselves admit that this Temple, which bears my name, has become a den of thieves? Surely I see all the evil going on [here/there]. I, the LORD, have spoken!
====
John 19:3″Hail[ to you,!] King of the Jews!” they mocked, as they slapped him across the face.
12 Then Pilate tried to release him, but the Jewish leaders shouted, “If you release this man, you are no ‘friend of [the high king] Caesar.’b Anyone who declares himself a king is a rebel against Caesar.”
24 So they said, “Rather than tearing it apart, let’s throw dicee for it.” This fulfilled the Scripture that says, “They divided my garments among themselves and threw dice for my clothing.”f So that is what they did [(without knowing they were fulfilling Scripture)].
26 When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, [there/here] is your son.”
[Here and in verse 27, the literal Greek is “See-imperative.” It is a matter of interpretation whether in the first instance Jesus could be saying, “See what I have become,” or, “Look at that guy next to you. He is your son.” The difference would be a nod of the head or a motion of Jesus’ eyes. I think that Jesus’ intention was correctly interpreted by John in 27b.]
27 And he said to this disciple, “[That/Here] is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home.
31 It was the day of preparation, and the Jewish leaders didn’t want the bodies hanging there the next day, which was the Sabbath (and a very special Sabbath, because it was the Passover). So they asked Pilate to hasten [the deaths of the crucified men//their deaths] by ordering that their legs be broken. Then their bodies could be taken down.
35 ([John writes a parenthetical comment:] This report is from an eyewitness giving an accurate account. [I speak/He speaks] the truth so that you also can believe.)

 

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DBRP_204News_and_Changes

Hello and greetings! I’m thankful that you are listening to my news. In this episode I will tell you about

  • Changes to the DBRP web site, and our new web address
  • A new feature soon to appear on our DBRP listening app
  • What?! Now Phil has a secretary?!
  • Changing the way the NET podcast will be structured and re-releasing the first episode
  • Answers to prayer
  • And news from our family.

Our main Internet address is dailybiblereading.info. Today we have a second Internet address with a very different format where you can also access the DBRP episodes, and that is dailybiblereading.xyz. (The first part of the address is identical, and just the part after the dot is different.) So why in the world would I make a new site and address?! What you see at the .info site is a WordPress site that I created. It has served us pretty well, and there are about 60 listeners accessing it daily. But there is a new and improved automatically generated web page supplied by our podcast publisher that really is better than our .info site. The .xyz site has the new web site, and I invite you to try it out. Here are some advantages in the new site:

  • It has a more unified structure and appearance with our dedicated DBRP listening app.
  • It is much easier with the new .xyz site to access the different Categories of our podcasts. Those categories include NL podcasts (New Living), GN (Good News) podcasts, Parables (which contains the JoySighting series), and also the News podcasts like this one, which are under the Information category.
  • You can now leave comments about any podcast using the .xyz web site. And very soon, the DBRP listening apps will be updated and you will be able to leave a comment right from within the app.

That comment feature is really cool! The comments that you listeners can now leave via the .xyz site in the future with the listening app, use a Facebook plugin. You will be able to choose if you want your post to just stay in the DBRP web site and listening app, or? if you check a box, your comment will also be posted to Facebook. This will provide a way to say something about any episode to other listeners who access that same episode. Also, if you post to your own Facebook timeline, your post will encourage your friends to listen to that episode. But for asking questions or sharing with the DBRP listening community, visiting our Digging Deeper Facebook group directly would be better. The link to the group is here in the episode notes, and will soon be prominently linked at the .xyz site.

I am sure that a few of the legacy .info site’s users will not want to learn how to use the new .xyz site! So I am going to keep the legacy web site still available. However, one week from now, the two web pages are going to switch places. The NEW site will take the default spot and occupy the .info address. If you want to keep on using the old web site, you will find a link to it right in the landing area of the new-looking .info site.

I haven’t had a secretary since 1981, when I was a music instructor at what is now Cornerstone University. And back then in that job, I couldn’t keep the student assigned to help me busy. But now I have a secretary, and for me, that will take some getting used to. Her name is Vicky Pool, and she has recently joined our Facebook group as Victoria Pool. Vicky is a member of our church, and she is legally blind. Smart use of adaptive technology enables her to help me. Vicky is volunteering her time as a service to the Lord, and I’m just praising the Lord for her help! And this leads naturally to another topic: I have asked Vicky to promote the use of these Bible reading podcasts with various communities connecting blind and legally blind people. If any of you have any ideas or links to such groups, please make a post in the Digging Deeper Facebook group, or send a Facebook message to Victoria Pool.

I want to give a shout out to Doug Pack and Carol Visser from the Facebook group, and thank them for helping me to look critically at the new NE series of podcasts, which are for the New English Translation. The NET is a translation that has a vast amount of footnotes, and it is a great translation to use for Digging Deeper. So I thought that I might encourage more digging, by digging deeper myself? making longer podcasts including more of my comments. Instead of around 22 minutes, the first NE podcast was 50 minutes long. I think it was Carol who said that some people with shorter commutes might be tempted to try to fast forward in the listening app while driving. We don’t want that. In an effort to give something to the normal commuting DBRP listener and also to those special people who want to dig deeper, the NE series will be released in two parts like this: The first part will have a plain three digit number, and the second part will have the same number plus a letter C. The re-released first episode will be named NE-DBRP_001 and will contain the regular 22 minute podcast, structured just like the GN and NL podcast series. BUT, another podcast will be released with the same name and number, but with a C at the end? NE-DRRP_001C. The C stands for Comments. That 001C podcast will probably be 50 or 60 minutes long, even though it will not contain the Scripture readings. If you decide to listen to a podcast with a C following the number, listen to the plain numbered postcast first, or have your Bible reading app open.

Your voice could be included in the NE podcast series! If you would like to read a portion, or several portions of the NET Bible for the podcasts, please contact my secretary, Victoria Pool, via a Facebook message. The most difficult thing in this will be getting good enough quality recordings of you reading, without background noises.

Recently we have been given some huge answers to prayer for our Bible translation work in Indonesia. Our big long-term prayer request is to finish the Plain Indonesian Old Testament draft (not the final product, just a good draft) sometime in the year 2020. We cannot meet this goal unless we have more people helping us. There are three amazing answers to prayer that have come recently:

  • We won’t meet our goal if I am the only consultant-level person working with the team. The Lord has now brought someone willing to help us who has 17 years of Bible translation and translation consulting experience in Indonesia. The arrangements are not all in place yet, but please pray that nothing will hinder this person from joining our team and taking over about half of my load. In fact, please pray that the Lord will bring several more qualified people to join us.
  • We also need more Indonesians to join our translation team to create that first draft of the Old Testament. I send out a prayer bulletin each month in the Indonesian language, and this month I included a letter from Paula? one of the members of our translation team. She gave a very frank testimony about her personal struggles just prior to joining our translation team. How could she endure the stares and whispers? And could such a person as her be a Bible translator? How could she make any progress going forward if she was always looking back? After a season of prayer and reading God’s Word, she was blessed by Ephesians 1:3-14. She understood that God loved her and chose her from before the creation of this world, that she is now part of the people made holy by God, that through Jesus she has been adopted as God’s child, and that the Holy Spirit is her guarantee of all this. Now, several years later, she is the most productive member of our team. She created the rough draft of 11 chapters of the OT last month. In my prayer bulletin, just after her testimony, I commented that the work of Bible translation is not done by angels, but by ordinary Christians who have weaknesses. Guess what! We now have five new people who are taking our online Bible translation course. Please pray that at least 3 of them will finish the course by the first week of September and join our team. My next trip to Indonesia starts in the second week of September.
  • In a string of the most unlikely coincidences, the Lord has supplied the funds to bring our translation team together for a week of meetings. We now have funds to add another full time employee for managing the checking of our Old Testament drafts. And we have the funds to expand our office in Jakarta and rent a good satellite Internet connection for our translation coordinator? who lives in a rural part of West Kalimantan.

We have some very big prayer requests, and the Lord is answering them!

Paula (a single parent) with her children

In my last news podcast (number 172) I mentioned that I was putting pictures in the episode notes. But I didn’t realize that our DBRP listening apps won’t show you the pictures. But our two web sites (dailybiblereading.info and .xyz) show you the pictures. This time I will include a picture of Paula’s family, and pictures from Gale, who is currently in East Africa visiting our daughter Rachel.

Rachel is wrapping up her service in East Africa next month. Her health does not support her living there long-term. Please pray that the Lord will increase her monthly financial support, so that she can move to Dallas and work in the home office of Pioneer Bible Translators. Being able to better control her diet in the USA, she anticipates being able to work full time in Dallas managing financial accounting for projects and grants in several PBT branches.

Monkeys in Rachel’s yard.

Our daughter Hannah (with Brandon and three children) have moved to Jakarta. I will be able to read books to three of our grandkids (Ava, Joel, and Devan) on my trips there! Brandon is managing a learning center to help the children of Middle-eastern refugees that get stuck in Jakarta. The web site for the Roshan Learning Center is linked in the episode notes. The work of the Roshan Learning Center is sponsored by the church I attend in Jakarta. I also link here a very beautiful video describing this ministry.

I seldom have mentioned our son David. He and Jen with their children Luke and Laura, are a blessing to us here in our home town of Siloam Springs, AR. It is so neat to worship in the same church with them. David is one of the principals of Solve, a company that makes applications for managing and interpreting large sets of data.

The theme of this podcast has kind of been Changes: Changes in our web site, changes in the NE podcasts, changes in where our kids live and are ministering, and changes due to God answering our prayers. There is a song entitled Changes that was on a cassette tape sent to us by a dear friend when our kids were young. Our kids would often go to sleep listening to this informally recorded performance. The cassette only listed the name James Croggert, but I have never been able to find out who he is, or was. If anyone knows about him, please contact me! This was probably recorded around 1986 in the Chicago area. There is a charming, self-taught musical style to the recordings. The words to the song Changes are in the episode notes, and this podcast will close with that song transfered from that well-used cassette tape.

YOU, dear friend, are one of those ‘faces carrying Sonshine’ mentioned in the third verse. And may the Lord bless you ‘real good’!

Changes coming upon us,
He keeps moving, moving around us.
Gotta keep dancing, knowing He loves us,
Gotta keep joy in our hearts.

He knows all of our needs and
He will meet them following his plan.
Even the changes turning in his hand
Soon will be part of it all.

So we enter a new time,
There are places where it’s a hard climb.
But there are faces carrying Son-shine
Warming our path as we go.

Sometimes we may be lonely,
It’s a hard job making us holy.
But in the long run there will be glory?
Glory to rival the sun.

Gale’s picture of sunrise on the coast

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GN-DBRP_204 JER.5 JER.6 PSA.140 JHN.18.28-40 JHN.19.1-27

JEREMIAH 5-6:
God, speaking through the prophets, frequently says how he feels about idolatry. He considers it just like the faithlessness of a wayward wife. It is moving that Jeremiah could so clearly see what would happen? the anguish of the people when his prophecies are fulfilled and they will be attacked by armies from the north.

 PSALM 140:
This is a prayer for anyone who fears the imminent attack of wicked enemies.

 JOHN 19a:
The chapter break here interrupts the story of Jesus’ trial before Pilate. Jesus has already told Pilate that he is a king, but his kingdom is not of this world. Then when Jesus said, “I was born and came into the world for this one purpose, to speak about the truth. Whoever belongs to the truth listens to me.”? Pilate asked his famous rhetorical question,

38″And what is truth?”

 Then Pilate went back outside to the people and said to them, “I cannot find any reason to condemn him.

39 But according to the custom you have, I always set free a prisoner for you during the Passover. Do you want me to set free for you the king of the Jews?”
40 They answered him with a shout, “No, not him! We want Barabbas!” (Barabbas was a bandit.)

NLT Translation notes:
Jer. 5:6 I said to [You/the] LORD, “You are my God!”
Listen, O LORD, to my cries for mercy!
11 Don’t let [these] liars prosper here in our land.
Cause great disasters to fall on [those violent men//the violent].
12 But I know [that You, Lord//the LORD] will help those they persecute;
[You/he] will give justice to the poor.
====
John 19:3 “Hail[ to you,!] King of the Jews!” they mocked, as they slapped him across the face.
12 Then Pilate tried to release him, but the Jewish leaders shouted, “If you release this man, you are no ‘friend of [the high king] Caesar.’ Anyone who declares himself a king is a rebel against Caesar.”
24 So they said, “Rather than tearing it apart, let’s throw dice for it.” This fulfilled the Scripture that says, “They divided my garments among themselves and threw dice for my clothing.” So that is what they did [(without knowing they were fulfilling Scripture)].
26 When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, [there/here] is your son.”

[Here and in verse 27, the literal Greek is “See-imperative.” It is a matter of interpretation whether in the first instance Jesus could be saying, “See what I have become,” or, “Look at that guy next to you. He is your son.” The difference would be a nod of the head or a motion of Jesus’ eyes. I think that Jesus’ intention was correctly interpreted by John in 27b.]
27 And he said to this disciple, “[That/Here] is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home.
31 It was the day of preparation, and the Jewish leaders didn’t want the bodies hanging there the next day, which was the Sabbath (and a very special Sabbath, because it was the Passover). So they asked Pilate to hasten [the deaths of the crucified men//their deaths] by ordering that their legs be broken. Then their bodies could be taken down.
35 ([John writes a parenthetical comment:] This report is from an eyewitness giving an accurate account. [I speak/He speaks] the truth so that you also can believe.)
37 and “They will look on the one they [have] pierced.”

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JEREMIAH 5-6:
God, speaking through the prophets, frequently says how he feels about idolatry. He considers it just like the faithlessness of a wayward wife. It is moving that Jeremiah could so clearly see what would happen? the anguish of the people when his prophecies are fulfilled and they will be attacked by armies from the north.

 PSALM 140:
This is a prayer for anyone who fears the imminent attack of wicked enemies.

 JOHN 19a:
The chapter break here interrupts the story of Jesus’ trial before Pilate. Jesus has already told Pilate that he is a king, but his kingdom is not of this world. Then when Jesus said, “I was born and came into the world for this one purpose, to speak about the truth. Whoever belongs to the truth listens to me.”? Pilate asked his famous rhetorical question,

38″And what is truth?”

 Then Pilate went back outside to the people and said to them, “I cannot find any reason to condemn him.

39 But according to the custom you have, I always set free a prisoner for you during the Passover. Do you want me to set free for you the king of the Jews?”
40 They answered him with a shout, “No, not him! We want Barabbas!” (Barabbas was a bandit.)

NLT Translation notes:
Jer. 5:6 I said to [You/the] LORD, “You are my God!”
Listen, O LORD, to my cries for mercy!
11 Don’t let [these] liars prosper here in our land.
Cause great disasters to fall on [those violent men//the violent].
12 But I know [that You, Lord//the LORD] will help those they persecute;
[You/he] will give justice to the poor.
====
John 19:3 “Hail[ to you,!] King of the Jews!” they mocked, as they slapped him across the face.
12 Then Pilate tried to release him, but the Jewish leaders shouted, “If you release this man, you are no ‘friend of [the high king] Caesar.’ Anyone who declares himself a king is a rebel against Caesar.”
24 So they said, “Rather than tearing it apart, let’s throw dice for it.” This fulfilled the Scripture that says, “They divided my garments among themselves and threw dice for my clothing.” So that is what they did [(without knowing they were fulfilling Scripture)].
26 When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, [there/here] is your son.”

[Here and in verse 27, the literal Greek is “See-imperative.” It is a matter of interpretation whether in the first instance Jesus could be saying, “See what I have become,” or, “Look at that guy next to you. He is your son.” The difference would be a nod of the head or a motion of Jesus’ eyes. I think that Jesus’ intention was correctly interpreted by John in 27b.]
27 And he said to this disciple, “[That/Here] is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home.
31 It was the day of preparation, and the Jewish leaders didn’t want the bodies hanging there the next day, which was the Sabbath (and a very special Sabbath, because it was the Passover). So they asked Pilate to hasten [the deaths of the crucified men//their deaths] by ordering that their legs be broken. Then their bodies could be taken down.
35 ([John writes a parenthetical comment:] This report is from an eyewitness giving an accurate account. [I speak/He speaks] the truth so that you also can believe.)
37 and “They will look on the one they [have] pierced.”

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GN-DBRP_203 JER.3 JER.4 PSA.139 JHN.18.19-40

JEREMIAH 3-4:
From yesterday’s reading I highlight 1:12, where God says, “I am watching to see that my words come true.” In Hebrew the word ‘watching’ is a play on words.

Yesterday we also read Jeremiah 2:13, which is one of the most frequently quoted verses from this book. Look at it in context starting at verse 11:

Jer. 2:11 No other nation has ever changed its gods,
even though they were not real.
But my people have exchanged me,
the God who has brought them honor,
for gods that can do nothing for them.
12 And so I command the sky to shake with horror,
to be amazed and astonished,
13 for my people have committed two sins:
they have turned away from me,
the spring of fresh water,
and they have dug cisterns,
cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all.

PSALM 139:
What a contrast with what we just read! Our God searches us out and knows all about us. This psalm has been a great comfort to many.

JOHN 18b:
Jesus knew he was walking inexorably to the cross. To me it is interesting that in Jesus’ short time with the governor of the land, he brought the focus to the concept of ‘truth’.

GNT Translation notes:
Jer. 4:2 [NLT Then when you swear by my name, saying,
‘As surely as the LORD lives,’
you could do so
with truth, justice, and righteousness.
Then you would be a blessing to the nations of the world,
and all people would come and praise [Me//my name[//GNT it will be right for you to swear by my name. Then all the nations will ask me to bless them, and they will praise me.”]
[I was going to bet that the NLT added the words, “As surely as the Lord lives” in order that the idea of ‘swear’ing not be taken in the sense of taking the name of the Lord in vain. That can also be called ‘swearing’ in English. But I find that my assumption was wrong! It seems that GNT left out the Hebrew words ‘YHWH live’, and even literal versions translate the two words like NLT. I think this may be one of the few places where one could defensibly say that GNT made a mistake, and the CEV translators must have simply have followed it without checking the Hebrew.]
====
Ps. 139:18 If I counted them, they would be more than the grains of sand. [And] When I awake, I am still with you.
====
John 18:33 Pilate went back into the palace and called Jesus.[and asked him,] “[So,] Are you the king of the Jews?” [0//he asked him.]
37 So Pilate asked him, “Are you a king, then?”
Jesus answered, “[NIV You are right in saying I am a king.//You say that I am a king.] I was born and came into the world for this one purpose, to speak about the truth. Whoever belongs to the truth listens to me.”
38 “And what is truth?” Pilate asked.
Then Pilate went back outside to the people and said to them, “I cannot find any reason to condemn him.

NLT Translation notes:
Jer. 4:2 Then when you swear by my name, saying,
‘As surely as the LORD lives,’
you could do so
with truth, justice, and righteousness.
Then you would be a blessing to the nations of the world,
and all people would come and praise [Me//my name].”
====
John 18:22 Then one of the Temple guards standing nearby slapped Jesus across the face. [He snapped,] “Is that the way to answer the high priest?” [/he demanded.]
24 Then (retired high priest) Annas bound Jesus and sent him to Caiaphas, the (current) high priest.
28 Jesus’ trial before Caiaphas ended in the early hours of the morning. Then he was taken to the headquarters of the Roman governor.f His accusers didn’t go inside because it would defile them, and [they would not be able//they wouldn’t be allowed to] celebrate the Passover.
30 [The Jewish leaders replied,] “We wouldn’t have handed him over to you if he weren’t a criminal!” [/they retorted].
35 [Pilato snapped back,] “Am I a Jew?” [/Pilate retorted.] “Your own people and their leading priests brought you to me for trial. Why? What have you done?”

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