Several months ago I decided to record myself reading all of the New Testament, but after only two uploads, I was unable to continue such efforts with any regularity. Today, I am pleased to announce the release of three more books from the World English Bible. These include Philippians, Colossians, and 2 Timothy.
They are all of the New Testament books that are four chapters in length, and their combined total of audio comes out to being 35 minutes and 16 seconds. There are many highlights that I could share from these works; In fact, I’m rather fond of Paul’s shorter writings. Philippians has the distinction of being one of his most positive and encouraging. It includes his famous teachings on rejoicing always, praying in everything, and thinking on those things that are good and virtuous (Phil. 4:4-9).
Paul’s next epistle is Colossians, which contains many warnings against false teachers. Instead of being deluded by persuasive speech and robbed through philosophy and vain deceit, he reminds his readers to, “As therefore you received Christ Jesus, the Lord, walk in him, rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, even as you were taught, abounding in it in thanksgiving” (Col. 2:6-7). This is important to stress because it is only through Him that we can be redeemed and forgiven of our sins (Col. 1:9-14).
Finally, there is the letter of 2 Timothy. Through it, the apostle encourages his younger brother to be strong and faithful. He instructs him to flee youthful lusts and turn away from those who are consumed with such wickedness (2 Tim. 2:22; 3:1-7). In addition to that, it features a heavy emphasis on the need to teach others, including one’s own family, and how the Holy Scriptures can make one wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus (2 Tim. 3:14-17).
As you listen to my recordings, you may notice that Philippians and Colossians are read at a rather fast pace, while 2 Timothy is a little slower. The reason for this is because I was trying to be consistent with how much time I left between commas and periods across different books. This began with my last series of readings. As I prepared this release, it became abundantly obvious that editing each MP3 file like that was incredibly time consuming. As such, I was much less strict in how I modified the pauses in 2 Timothy. This was so I could complete it a little faster. My future recordings will be at a similar rate of speed as that one for the same reason.
The next series of releases will be from the five-chapter books, such as 1 Thessalonians and James. I’m going to upload them one book at a time so that they will be made available at a much faster rate than before. Seven months was way too long!
Note: These audio recordings were updated on April 17, 2021. Several months after doing these, I decided to increase the amount of time between pauses in the text. This made it so that these 12 chapters increased in length from 35 minutes and 16 seconds to 35 minutes and 40 seconds. The information listed below has been updated to reflect this change, along with the link to the new zip file. The old zip files are no longer available on this website. The samples linked below are from the old version of these files.
Audio Recordings in Brief
Books Included: Philippians, Colossians, and 2 Timothy (ntreadbyjlh03v2.zip)
File Size: 24.7 MB
Duration of Recordings: 35 minutes and 40 seconds
Books Recorded: 3 of 27
Chapters Recorded: 12 of 260
Samples Available: Philippians Chapter 1 and 2 Timothy Chapter 2.
Totals for All Recordings
Duration of All Recordings: 1 hour, 7 minutes, and 33 seconds
All Books Recorded: 10 of 27
All Chapters Recorded: 25 of 260
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