July 31

2 Kings 11

1Now when Athaliah, the mother of Ahaziah, saw that her son was dead, she had all the rest of the seed of the kingdom put to death.

2But Jehosheba, the daughter of King Joram, sister of Ahaziah, secretly took Joash, the son of Ahaziah, with the woman who took care of him, away from among the king’s sons who were put to death, and put him in the bedroom; and they kept him safe from Athaliah, so that he was not put to death.

3And for six years she kept him safe in the house of the Lord, while Athaliah was ruling over the land.

4Then in the seventh year, Jehoiada sent for the captains of hundreds of the Carians, and the armed men, and taking them into the house of the Lord, made an agreement with them, and made them take an oath in the house of the Lord, and let them see the king’s son.

5And he gave them orders, saying, This is what you are to do: the third part of you, who come in on the Sabbath and keep the watch of the king’s house,

6…

7And the two divisions of you, who go out on the Sabbath and keep the watch of the house of the Lord,

8Will make a circle round the king, every man being armed; and whoever comes inside your lines is to be put to death; keep with the king, when he goes out and when he comes in.

9And the captains of hundreds did as Jehoiada the priest gave them orders; every one took with him his men, those who came in and those who went out on the Sabbath, and they came in to Jehoiada the priest.

10And the priest gave to the captains of hundreds the spears and body-covers which had been King David’s, and which were kept in the house of the Lord.

11Then the armed men took up their positions, every man with his instruments of war in his hand, from the right side of the house to the left, round about the altar and the house.

12Then he made the king’s son come out, and put the crown on him and the arm-bands, and made him king, and put the holy oil on him; and they all, making sounds of joy with their hands, said, Long life to the king.

13Now Athaliah, hearing the noise made by the people, came to the people in the house of the Lord;

14And looking, she saw the king in his regular place by the pillar, and the captains and the horns near him; and all the people of the land giving signs of joy and sounding the horns. Then Athaliah, violently parting her robes, gave a cry, saying, Broken faith, broken faith!

15Then Jehoiada the priest gave orders to those who were placed in authority over the army, saying, Take her outside the lines, and let anyone who goes after her be put to death with the sword, for he said, Let her not be put to death in the house of the Lord.

16So they put their hands on her, and she went to the king’s house by the doorway of the horses, and there she was put to death.

17And Jehoiada made an agreement between the Lord and the king and the people, that they would be the Lord’s people; and in the same way between the king and the people.

18Then all the people of the land went to the house of Baal and had it pulled down: its altars and images were all broken to bits, and Mattan, the priest of Baal, they put to death before the altars. And the priest put overseers over the Lord’s house.

19Then he took the captains of hundreds, and the Carians, and the armed men, and all the people of the land; and they came down with the king from the house of the Lord, through the doorway of the armed men, to the king’s house. And he took his place on the seat of the kings.

20So all the people of the land were glad, and the town was quiet; and they had put Athaliah to death with the sword at the king’s house.

21And Jehoash was seven years old when he became king.

Micah 2

1A curse on the designers of evil, working on their beds! in the morning light they do it, because it is in their power.

2They have a desire for fields and take them by force; and for houses and take them away: they are cruel to a man and his family, even to a man and his heritage.

3For this cause the Lord has said, See, against this family I am purposing an evil from which you will not be able to take your necks away, and you will be weighted down by it; for it is an evil time.

4In that day this saying will be said about you, and this song of grief will be made: The heritage of my people is measured out, and there is no one to give it back; those who have made us prisoners have taken our fields from us, and complete destruction has come to us.

5For this cause you will have no one to make the decision by the measuring line in the meeting of the Lord.

6Let not words like these be dropped, they say: Shame and the curse will not come to the family of Jacob!

7Is the Lord quickly made angry? are these his doings? do not his words do good to his people Israel?

8As for you, you have become haters of those who were at peace with you: you take the clothing of those who go by without fear, and make them prisoners of war.

9The women of my people you have been driving away from their dearly loved children; from their young ones you are taking my glory for ever.

10Up! and go; for this is not your rest: because it has been made unclean, the destruction ordered will come on you.

11If a man came with a false spirit of deceit, saying, I will be a prophet to you of wine and strong drink: he would be the sort of prophet for this people.

12I will certainly make all of you, O Jacob, come together; I will get together the rest of Israel; I will put them together like the sheep in their circle: like a flock in their green field; they will be full of the noise of men.

13The opener of the way will go up before them: forcing their way out they will go on to the doorway and out through it: their king will go on before them, and the Lord at their head.

1 Corinthians 15:35-58

35But someone will say, How do the dead come back? and with what sort of body do they come?

36Foolish man, it is necessary for the seed which you put into the earth to undergo death in order that it may come to life again:

37And when you put it into the earth, you do not put in the body which it will be, but only the seed, of grain or some other sort of plant;

38But God gives it a body, as it is pleasing to him, and to every seed its special body.

39All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one flesh of men, another of beasts, another of birds, and another of fishes.

40And there are bodies of heaven and bodies of earth, but the glory of the one is different from that of the other.

41There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for the glory of one star is different from that of another.

42So is it with the coming back from the dead. It is planted in death; it comes again in life:

43It is planted in shame; it comes again in glory: feeble when it is planted, it comes again in power:

44It is planted a natural body; it comes again as a body of the spirit. If there is a natural body, there is equally a body of the spirit.

45And so it is said, The first man Adam was a living soul. The last Adam is a life-giving spirit.

46But that which is natural comes before that which is of the spirit.

47The first man is from the earth, and of the earth: the second man is from heaven.

48Those who are of the earth are like the man who was from the earth: and those who are of heaven are like the one from heaven.

49And in the same way as we have taken on us the image of the man from the earth, so we will take on us the image of the one from heaven.

50Now I say this, my brothers, that it is not possible for flesh and blood to have a part in the kingdom of God; and death may not have a part in life.

51See, I am giving you the revelation of a secret: we will not all come to the sleep of death, but we will all be changed.

52In a second, in the shutting of an eye, at the sound of the last horn: for at that sound the dead will come again, free for ever from the power of death, and we will be changed.

53For this body which comes to destruction will be made free from the power of death, and the man who is under the power of death will put on eternal life.

54But when this has taken place, then that which was said in the Writings will come true, Death is overcome by life.

55O death, where is your power? O death, where are your pains?

56The pain of death is sin; and the power of sin is the law:

57But praise be to God who gives us strength to overcome through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58For this cause, my dear brothers, be strong in purpose and unmoved, ever giving yourselves to the work of the Lord, because you are certain that your work is not without effect in the Lord.

July 30

2 Kings 10

1Now there were in Samaria seventy of Ahab’s sons. And Jehu sent letters to Samaria, to the rulers of the town, and to the responsible men, and to those who had the care of the sons of Ahab, saying,

2Straight away, when you get this letter, seeing that your master’s sons are with you, and that you have carriages and horses and a walled town and arms;

3Take the best and most upright of your master’s sons, and make him king in his father’s place, and put up a fight for your master’s family.

4But they were full of fear, and said, The two kings have gone down before him: how may we keep our place?

5So the controller of the king’s house, with the ruler of the town, and the responsible men, and those who had the care of Ahab’s sons, sent to Jehu, saying, We are your servants and will do all your orders; we will not make any man king; do whatever seems best to you.

6Then he sent them a second letter, saying, If you are on my side, and if you will do my orders, come to me at Jezreel by this time tomorrow, with the heads of your master’s sons. Now the king’s seventy sons were with the great men of the town, who had the care of them.

7And when the letter came to them, they took the king’s sons and put them to death, all the seventy, and put their heads in baskets and sent them to him at Jezreel.

8And a man came and said to him, They have come with the heads of the king’s sons. And he said, Put them down in two masses at the doorway of the town till the morning.

9And in the morning he went out and, stopping, said to all the people there, You are upright men: it is true that I made designs against my master, and put him to death; but who is responsible for the death of all these?

10You may be certain that nothing which the Lord has said about the family of Ahab will be without effect; for the Lord has done what he said by his servant Elijah.

11So Jehu put to death all the rest of the seed of Ahab in Jezreel, and all his relations and his near friends and his priests, till there were no more of them.

12Then he got up and came to Samaria. And he was at the meeting-place of the keepers of sheep, by the way,

13When he came across the brothers of Ahaziah, king of Judah, and said, Who are you? And they said, We are the brothers of Ahaziah, king of Judah; we are going down to see the children of the king and of the queen.

14And he said, Take them living. So they took them living, and put them to death in the water-hole of Beth-eked; of the forty-two men he put every one to death;

15And when he had gone away from there, he came across Jehonadab, the son of Rechab: and he said good-day to him, and said to him, Is your heart true to mine, as mine is to yours? And Jehonadab in answer said, It is; and Jehu said, If it is, give me your hand. And he gave him his hand, and he made him come up into his carriage.

16And he said, Come with me and see how I am on fire for the Lord’s cause. So he made him go with him in his carriage.

17And when he came to Samaria, he put to death all those of Ahab’s family who were still in Samaria, till there were no more of them, as the Lord had said to Elijah.

18Then Jehu got all the people together and said to them, Ahab was Baal’s servant in a small way, but Jehu will be his servant on a great scale.

19Now send for all the prophets of Baal and all his servants and all his priests, to come to me; let no one keep away: for I have a great offering to make to Baal; anyone who is not present, will be put to death. This Jehu did with deceit, his purpose being the destruction of the servants of Baal.

20And Jehu said, Let there be a special holy meeting for the worship of Baal. So a public statement was made.

21And Jehu sent out through all Israel; and all the servants of Baal came, not one kept away. And they came into the house of Baal, so that it was full from end to end.

22And Jehu said to him who kept the robes, Get out robes for all the servants of Baal. So he got out robes for them.

23And Jehu, with Jehonadab, the son of Rechab, went into the house of Baal; and he said to the servants of Baal, Make a search with care, to see that no servant of the Lord is with you, but only servants of Baal.

24Then they went in to make offerings and burned offerings. Now Jehu had put eighty men outside, and said to them, If any man whom I give into your hands gets away, the life of him who lets him go will be the price of his life.

25Then when the burned offering was ended, straight away Jehu said to the armed men and the captains, Go in and put them to death; let not one come out. So they put them to the sword; and, pulling the images to the earth, they went into the holy place of the house of Baal.

26And they took out the image of Asherah from the house of Baal, and had it burned.

27The altar of Baal was pulled down and the house of Baal was broken up and made an unclean place, as it is to this day.

28So Jehu put an end to the worship of Baal in Israel.

29But Jehu did not keep himself from all the sins of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, and the evil he made Israel do; the gold oxen were still in Beth-el and in Dan.

30And the Lord said to Jehu, Because you have done well in doing what is right in my eyes and effecting all my purpose for the family of Ahab, your sons will be kings of Israel to the fourth generation.

31But Jehu did not take care to keep the law of the Lord with all his heart: he did not keep himself from the sin which Jeroboam did and made Israel do.

32In those days the Lord was angry first with Israel; and Hazael made attacks on all the land of Israel,

33East of Jordan, in all the land of Gilead, the Gadites and the Reubenites and the Manassites, from Aroer by the valley of the Arnon, all Gilead and Bashan.

34Now the rest of the acts of Jehu, and all he did, and his great power, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel?

35And Jehu went to rest with his fathers, and was put into the earth in Samaria. And Jehoahaz his son became king in his place.

36And the time of Jehu’s rule over Israel in Samaria was twenty-eight years.

Micah 1

1The word of the Lord which came to Micah the Morashtite, in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah: his vision about Samaria and Jerusalem.

2Give ear, you peoples, all of you; give attention, O earth and everything in it: let the Lord God be witness against you, the Lord from his holy Temple.

3For see, the Lord is coming out from his place, and will come down, stepping on the high places of the earth.

4And the mountains will be turned to water under him, and the deep valleys will be broken open, like wax before the fire, like waters flowing down a slope.

5All this is because of the wrongdoing of Jacob and the sins of the children of Israel. What is the wrongdoing of Jacob? is it not Samaria? and what are the high places of Judah? are they not Jerusalem?

6So I will make Samaria into a field and the plantings of a vine-garden: I will send its stones falling down into the valley, uncovering its bases.

7And all her pictured images will be hammered into bits, and all the payments for her loose ways will be burned with fire, and all the images of her gods I will make waste: for with the price of a loose woman she got them together, and as the price of a loose woman will they be given back.

8For this I will be full of sorrow and give cries of grief; I will go uncovered and unclothed: I will give cries of grief like the jackals and will be in sorrow like the ostriches.

9For her wounds may not be made well: for it has come even to Judah, stretching up to the doorway of my people, even to Jerusalem.

10Give no word of it in Gath, let there be no weeping at all: at Beth-le-aphrah be rolling in the dust.

11Be uncovered and go away, you who are living in Shaphir: the one living in Zaanan has not come out of her town; Beth-ezel is taken away from its base, even from its resting-place.

12For the one living in Maroth is waiting for good: for evil has come down from the Lord to the doorways of Jerusalem.

13Let the war-carriage be yoked to the quick-running horse, you who are living in Lachish: she was the first cause of sin to the daughter of Zion; for the wrongdoings of Israel were seen in you.

14For this cause give a parting offering to Moresheth-gath: the daughter of Achzib will be a deceit to the king of Israel.

15Even now will the taker of your heritage come to you, you who are living in Mareshah: the glory of Israel will come to destruction for ever.

16Let your head be uncovered and your hair cut off in sorrow for the children of your delight: let the hair be pulled from your head like an eagle’s; for they have been taken away from you as prisoners.

1 Corinthians 15:1-34

1Now I am going to make clear to you, my brothers, what the good news was which I gave to you, and which you took, and on which your faith is based,

2By which you have salvation; that is to say, the form in which it was given to you, if it is fixed in your minds, and if your faith in it is not without effect.

3For I gave to you first of all what was handed down to me, how Christ underwent death for our sins, as it says in the Writings;

4And he was put in the place of the dead; and on the third day he came back from the dead, as it says in the Writings;

5And he was seen by Cephas; then by the twelve;

6Then by more than five hundred brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, but some are sleeping;

7Then he was seen by James; then by all the Apostles.

8And last of all, as by one whose birth was out of the right time, he was seen by me.

9For I am the least of the Apostles, having no right to be named an Apostle, because of my cruel attacks on the church of God.

10But by the grace of God, I am what I am: and his grace which was given to me has not been for nothing; for I did more work than all of them; though not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

11If then it is I who am the preacher, or they, this is our word, and to this you have given your faith.

12Now if the good news says that Christ came back from the dead, how do some of you say that there is no coming back from the dead?

13But if there is no coming back from the dead, then Christ has not come back from the dead:

14And if Christ did not come again from the dead, then our good news and your faith in it are of no effect.

15Yes, and we are seen to be false witnesses of God; because we gave witness of God that by his power Christ came again from the dead: which is not true if there is no coming back from the dead.

16For if it is not possible for the dead to come to life again, then Christ has not come to life again:

17And if that is so, your faith is of no effect; you are still in your sins.

18And, in addition, the dead in Christ have gone to destruction.

19If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most unhappy.

20But now Christ has truly come back from the dead, the first-fruits of those who are sleeping.

21For as by man came death, so by man there is a coming back from the dead.

22For as in Adam death comes to all, so in Christ will all come back to life.

23But every man in his right order: Christ the first-fruits; then those who are Christ’s at his coming.

24Then comes the end, when he will give up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he will have put an end to all rule and to all authority and power.

25For his rule will go on till he has put all those who are against him under his feet.

26The last power to come to an end is death.

27For, as it says, He has put all things under his feet. But when he says, All things are put under him, it is clear that it is not said about him who put all things under him.

28And when all things have been put under him, then will the Son himself be under him who put all things under him, so that God may be all in all.

29Again, what will they do who are given baptism for the dead? if the dead do not come back at all, why are people given baptism for them?

30And why are we in danger every hour?

31Yes, truly, by your pride in me, my brothers in Christ Jesus our Lord, my life is one long death.

32If, after the way of men, I was fighting with beasts at Ephesus, what profit is it to me? If the dead do not come to life again, let us take our pleasure in feasting, for tomorrow we come to an end.

33Do not be tricked by false words: evil company does damage to good behaviour.

34Be awake to righteousness and keep yourselves from sin; for some have no knowledge of God: I say this to put you to shame.

July 29

2 Kings 9

1And Elisha the prophet sent for one of the sons of the prophets, and said to him, Make yourself ready for a journey, and take this bottle of oil in your hand, and go to Ramoth-gilead.

2And when you get there, go in search of Jehu, the son of Jehoshaphat, the son of Nimshi; and go in and make him get up from among his brothers, and take him to an inner room.

3Then take the bottle and put the oil on his head, and say, The Lord says, I have put the holy oil on you to make you king over Israel. Then, opening the door, go in flight, without waiting.

4So the young prophet went to Ramoth-gilead.

5And when he came, he saw the captains of the army seated together; and he said, I have something to say to you, O captain. And Jehu said, To which of us? And he said, To you, O captain.

6And he got up and went into the house; then he put the holy oil on his head and said to him, The Lord, the God of Israel, says, I have made you king over the people of the Lord, over Israel.

7You are to see that the family of Ahab your master is cut off, so that I may take from Jezebel payment for the blood of my servants the prophets, and for the blood of all the servants of the Lord.

8For the family of Ahab will come to an end; every male of Ahab’s family will be cut off, he who is shut up and he who goes free in Israel.

9I will make the family of Ahab like that of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, and Baasha, the son of Ahijah.

10And Jezebel will become food for the dogs in the heritage of Jezreel, and there will be no one to put her body into the earth. Then, opening the door, he went in flight.

11Then Jehu came out again to the servants of his lord, and one said to him, Is all well? why did this man, who is off his head, come to you? And he said to them, You have knowledge of the man and of his talk.

12And they said, That is not true; now give us his story. Then he said, This is what he said to me: The Lord says, I have made you king over Israel.

13Then straight away everyone took his robe and put it under him on the top of the steps, and, sounding the horn, they said, Jehu is king.

14So Jehu, the son of Jehoshaphat, the son of Nimshi, made designs against Joram. (Now Joram and all the army of Israel were keeping watch on Ramoth-gilead because of Hazael, king of Aram:

15But King Joram had gone back to Jezreel to get well from the wounds which the Aramaeans had given him when he was fighting against Hazael, king of Aram.) And Jehu said, If this is your purpose, then let no one get away and go out of the town to give news of it in Jezreel.

16So Jehu got into his carriage and went to Jezreel, for Joram was ill in bed there; and Ahaziah, king of Judah, had come down to see Joram.

17And the watchman on the tower in Jezreel saw Jehu and his band coming, and said, I see a band of people. And Joram said, Send out a horseman to them, and let him say, Is it peace?

18So a horseman went out to them and said, The king says, Is it peace? And Jehu said, What have you to do with peace? come after me. And the watchman gave them word, saying, The horseman went up to them, but has not come back.

19Then he sent out a second horseman, who came up to them and said, The king says, Is it peace? And Jehu said in answer, What have you to do with peace? come after me.

20And the watchman gave them word, saying, He went up to them and has not come back again; and the driving is like the driving of Jehu, son of Nimshi, for he is driving violently.

21Then Joram said, Make ready. So they made his carriage ready; and Joram, king of Israel, with Ahaziah, king of Judah, went out in their carriages for the purpose of meeting Jehu; and they came face to face with him at the field of Naboth the Jezreelite.

22Now when Joram saw Jehu he said, Is it peace, Jehu? And he said in answer, What peace is possible while all the land is full of the disgusting sins of your mother Jezebel, and her secret arts?

23Then Joram, turning his horses in flight, said to Ahaziah, Broken faith, O Ahaziah!

24Then Jehu took his bow in his hand, and with all his strength sent an arrow, wounding Joram between the arms; and the arrow came out at his heart, and he went down on his face in his carriage.

25Then Jehu said to Bidkar, his captain, Take him up, and put him in the field of Naboth the Jezreelite: for is not that day in your memory when you and I together on our horses were going after Ahab, his father, and the Lord put this fate on him, saying:

26I saw the blood of Naboth and of his sons yesterday; and I will give you full payment in this field, says the Lord? So now, take him and put him in this field, as the Lord said.

27Now when Ahaziah, king of Judah, saw this, he went in flight by the way of the garden house. And Jehu came after him and said, Put him to death in the same way; and they gave him a death-wound in his carriage, on the slope up to Gur, by Ibleam; and he went in flight to Megiddo, where death came to him.

28And his servants took him in a carriage to Jerusalem, and put him into the earth with his fathers in the town of David.

29(In the eleventh year of the rule of Joram, the son of Ahab, Ahaziah became king over Judah.)

30And when Jehu came to Jezreel, Jezebel had news of it; and, painting her eyes and dressing her hair with ornaments, she put her head out of the window.

31And when Jehu was coming into the town, she said, Is all well, O Zimri, taker of your master’s life?

32Then, looking up to the window, he said, Who is on my side, who? and two or three unsexed servants put out their heads.

33And he said, Take her and put her out of the window. So they sent her down with force, and her blood went in a shower on the wall and on the horses; and she was crushed under their feet.

34And he came in, and took food and drink; then he said, Now see to this cursed woman, and put her body into the earth, for she is a king’s daughter.

35And they went out to put her body into the earth, but nothing of her was to be seen, only the bones of her head, and her feet, and parts of her hands.

36So they came back and gave him word of it. And he said, This is what the Lord said by his servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, In the heritage of Jezreel the flesh of Jezebel will become food for dogs;

37And the dead body of Jezebel will be like waste dropped on the face of the earth in the heritage of Jezreel; so that they will not be able to say, This is Jezebel.

Jonah 4

1But this seemed very wrong to Jonah, and he was angry.

2And he made prayer to the Lord and said, O Lord, is this not what I said when I was still in my country? This is why I took care to go in flight to Tarshish: for I was certain that you were a loving God, full of pity, slow to be angry and great in mercy, and ready to be turned from your purpose of evil.

3So now, O Lord, give ear to my prayer and take my life from me; for death is better for me than life.

4And the Lord said, Have you any right to be angry?

5Then Jonah went out of the town, and took his seat on the east side of the town and made himself a roof of branches and took his seat under its shade till he saw what would become of the town.

6And the Lord God made a vine come up over Jonah to give him shade over his head. And Jonah was very glad because of the vine.

7But early on the morning after, God made ready a worm for the destruction of the vine, and it became dry and dead.

8Then when the sun came up, God sent a burning east wind: and so great was the heat of the sun on his head that Jonah was overcome, and, requesting death for himself, said, Death is better for me than life.

9And the Lord said to Jonah, Have you any right to be angry about the vine? And he said, I have a right to be truly angry.

10And the Lord said, You had pity on the vine, for which you did no work and for the growth of which you were not responsible; which came up in a night and came to an end in a night;

11And am I not to have mercy on Nineveh, that great town, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons without the power of judging between right and left, as well as much cattle?

1 Corinthians 14:26-40

26What is it then, my brothers? when you come together everyone has a holy song, or a revelation, or a tongue, or is giving the sense of it. Let everything be done for the common good.

27If any man makes use of a tongue, let it not be more than two, or at the most three, and in turn; and let someone give the sense:

28But if there is no one to give the sense, let him keep quiet in the church; and let his words be to himself and to God.

29And let the prophets give their words, but not more than two or three, and let the others be judges of what they say.

30But if a revelation is given to another who is seated near, let the first be quiet.

31For you may all be prophets in turn so that all may get knowledge and comfort;

32And the spirits of the prophets are controlled by the prophets;

33For God is not a God whose ways are without order, but a God of peace; as in all the churches of the saints.

34Let women keep quiet in the churches: for it is not right for them to be talking; but let them be under control, as it says in the law.

35And if they have a desire for knowledge about anything, let them put questions to their husbands privately: for talking in the church puts shame on a woman.

36What? was it from you that the word of God went out? or did it only come in to you?

37If any man seems to himself to be a prophet or to have the Spirit, let him take note of the things which I am writing to you, as being the word of the Lord.

38But if any man is without knowledge, let him be so.

39So then, my brothers, let it be your chief desire to be prophets; but let no one be stopped from using tongues.

40Let all things be done in the right and ordered way.

July 28

2 Kings 8

1Now Elisha had said to the woman whose son he had given back to life, Go now, with all the people of your house, and get a living-place for yourselves wherever you are able; for by the word of the Lord, there will be great need of food in the land; and this will go on for seven years.

2So the woman got up and did as the man of God said; and she and the people of her house were living in the land of the Philistines for seven years.

3And when the seven years were ended, the woman came back from the land of the Philistines and went to the king with a request for her house and her land.

4Now the king was talking with Gehazi, the servant of the man of God, saying, Now, give me an account of all the great things Elisha has done.

5And while he was giving the king the story of how Elisha had given life to the dead, the woman whose son had come back to life came to the king with a request for her house and her land. And Gehazi said, My lord king, this is the woman and this is her son, whose life Elisha gave back to him.

6And in answer to the king’s questions, the woman gave him all the story. So the king gave orders to one of his unsexed servants, saying, Give her back all her property, and all the produce of her fields from the day when she went away from the land up till now.

7And Elisha came to Damascus; and Ben-hadad, king of Aram, was ill; and they said to him, The man of God has come.

8Then the king said to Hazael, Take an offering with you, and go to see the man of God and get directions from the Lord by him, saying, Am I going to get better from my disease?

9So Hazael went to see him, taking with him forty camels with offerings on their backs of every sort of good thing from Damascus; and when he came before him, he said, Your son Ben-hadad, king of Aram, has sent me to you, saying, Will I get better from this disease?

10And Elisha said to him, Go, say to him, You will certainly get better; but the Lord has made it clear to me that only death is before him.

11And he kept his eyes fixed on him till he was shamed, and the man of God was overcome with weeping.

12And Hazael said, Why is my lord weeping? Then he said in answer, Because I see the evil which you will do to the children of Israel: burning down their strong towns, putting their young men to death with the sword, smashing their little ones against the stones, and cutting open the women who are with child.

13And Hazael said, How is it possible that your servant, who is only a dog, will do this great thing? And Elisha said, The Lord has made it clear to me that you will be king over Aram.

14Then he went away from Elisha and came in to his master, who said to him, What did Elisha say to you? And his answer was, He said that you would certainly get well.

15Now on the day after, Hazael took the bed-cover, and making it wet with water, put it over Ben-hadad’s face, causing his death: and Hazael became king in his place.

16In the fifth year of Joram, the son of Ahab, king of Israel, Jehoram, the son of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, became king.

17He was thirty-two years old when he became king; and he was ruling in Jerusalem for eight years.

18He went in the ways of the kings of Israel, as the family of Ahab did: for the daughter of Ahab was his wife; and he did evil in the eyes of the Lord.

19But it was not the Lord’s purpose to send destruction on Judah, because of David his servant, to whom he had given his word that he would have a light for ever.

20In his time, Edom made themselves free from the rule of Judah, and took a king for themselves.

21Then Joram went over to Zair, with all his war-carriages; … made an attack by night on the Edomites, whose forces were all round him, … the captains of the war-carriages; and the people went in flight to their tents.

22So Edom made themselves free from the rule of Judah to this day. And at the same time, Libnah made itself free.

23Now the rest of the acts of Joram, and all he did, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Judah?

24And Joram went to rest with his fathers and was put into the earth with his fathers in the town of David: and Ahaziah his son became king in his place.

25In the twelfth year that Joram, the son of Ahab, was king of Israel, Ahaziah, the son of Jehoram, king of Judah, became king;

26Ahaziah was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he was ruling in Jerusalem for one year. His mother’s name was Athaliah, the daughter of Omri, king of Israel.

27He went in the ways of the family of Ahab, and did evil in the eyes of the Lord as the family of Ahab did, for he was a son-in-law of the family of Ahab.

28He went with Joram, the son of Ahab, to make war on Hazael, king of Aram, at Ramoth-gilead: and Joram was wounded by the Aramaeans.

29So King Joram went back to Jezreel to get well from the wounds which the bowmen had given him at Ramah, when he was fighting against Hazael, king of Aram. And Ahaziah, the son of Jehoram, king of Judah, went down to see Joram, the son of Ahab, in Jezreel, because he was ill.

Jonah 3

1And the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying,

2Up! go to Nineveh, that great town, and give it the word which I have given you.

3So Jonah got up and went to Nineveh as the Lord had said. Now Nineveh was a very great town, three days’ journey from end to end.

4And Jonah first of all went a day’s journey into the town, and crying out said, In forty days destruction will overtake Nineveh.

5And the people of Nineveh had belief in God; and a time was fixed for going without food, and they put on haircloth, from the greatest to the least.

6And the word came to the king of Nineveh, and he got up from his seat of authority, and took off his robe, and covering himself with haircloth, took his seat in the dust.

7And he had it given out in Nineveh, By the order of the king and his great men, no man or beast, herd or flock, is to have a taste of anything; let them have no food or water:

8And let man and beast be covered with haircloth, and let them make strong prayers to God: and let everyone be turned from his evil way and the violent acts of their hands.

9Who may say that God will not be turned, changing his purpose and turning away from his burning wrath, so that destruction may not overtake us?

10And God saw what they did, how they were turned from their evil way; and God’s purpose was changed as to the evil which he said he would do to them, and he did it not.

1 Corinthians 14:1-25

1Go after love; still desiring to have the things which the Spirit gives, but most of all that you may have the prophet’s power.

2For he who makes use of tongues is not talking to men but to God; because no one has the sense of what he is saying; but in the Spirit he is talking of secret things.

3But the word of the prophet gives men knowledge and comfort and strength.

4He who makes use of tongues may do good to himself; but he who gives the prophet’s word does good to the church.

5Now though it is my desire for you all to have the power of tongues, it would give me more pleasure to be hearing the prophet’s word from you; for this is a greater thing than using tongues, if the sense is not given at the same time, for the good of the church.

6But, now, my brothers, if I come to you using tongues, what profit will it be to you, if I do not give you a revelation, or knowledge, or the word of the prophet, or teaching?

7Even things without life, having a voice, such as a music-pipe or other instrument, if they do not give out different sounds, who may be certain what is being played?

8For if the war-horn gives out an uncertain note, who will get ready for the fight?

9So if you, in using a strange tongue, say words which have no sense, how will anyone take in what you are saying? for you will be talking to the air.

10There are, it may be, a number of different voices in the world, and no voice is without sense.

11But if the sense of the voice is not clear to me, I am like a man from a strange country to him who is talking, and he will be the same to me.

12So if you are desiring the things which the Spirit gives, let your minds be turned first to the things which are for the good of the church.

13For this reason, let the man who has the power of using tongues make request that he may, at the same time, be able to give the sense.

14For if I make use of tongues in my prayers, my spirit makes the prayer, but not my mind.

15What then? let my prayer be from the spirit, and equally from the mind; let my song be from the spirit, and equally from mind.

16For if you give a blessing with the spirit, how will the man who has no knowledge say, So be it, after your prayer, seeing that he has not taken in what you are saying?

17For your giving of the blessing is certainly well done, but of no profit to the man without knowledge.

18I give praise to God that I am able to make use of tongues more than you all:

19But in the church it would be better for me to make use of five words of which the sense was clear, so that others might have profit, than ten thousand words in a strange tongue.

20My brothers, do not be children in mind: in evil be as little children, but in mind be of full growth.

21In the law it is said, By men of other tongues and by strange lips will my words come to this people; and not even so will they give ear to me, says the Lord.

22For this reason tongues are for a sign, not to those who have faith, but to those who have not: but the prophet’s word is for those who have faith, and not for the rest who have not.

23If, then, the church has come together, and all are using tongues, and there come in men without knowledge or faith, will they not say that you are unbalanced?

24But if all are teaching as prophets, and a man without faith or knowledge comes in, he is tested by all, he is judged by all;

25The secrets of his heart are made clear; and he will go down on his face and give worship to God, saying that God is truly among you.

July 27

2 Kings 7:3-20

3Now there were four lepers seated at the doorway into the town: and they said to one another, Why are we waiting here for death?

4If we say, We will go into the town, there is no food in the town, and we will come to our end there; and if we go on waiting here, death will come to us. Come then, let us give ourselves up to the army of Aram: if they let us go on living, then life will be ours; and if they put us to death, then death will be ours.

5So in the half light they got up to go to the tents of Aram; but when they came to the outer line of tents, there was no one there.

6For the Lord had made the sound of carriages and horses, and the noise of a great army, come to the ears of the Aramaeans, so that they said to one another, Truly, the king of Israel has got the kings of the Hittites and of the Egyptians for a price to make an attack on us.

7So they got up and went in flight, in the half light, without their tents or their horses or their asses or any of their goods; they went in flight, fearing for their lives.

8And when those lepers came to the outer line of tents, they went into one tent, and had food and drink, and took from it silver and gold and clothing, which they put in a secret place; then they came back and went into another tent from which they took more goods, which they put away in a secret place.

9Then they said to one another, We are not doing right. Today is a day of good news, and we say nothing: if we go on waiting here till the morning, punishment will come to us. So let us go and give the news to those of the king’s house.

10So they came in, and, crying out to the door-keepers of the town, they gave them the news, saying, We came to the tents of the Aramaeans, and there was no one there and no voice of man, only the horses and the asses in their places, and the tents as they were.

11Then the door-keepers, crying out, gave the news to those inside the king’s house.

12Then the king got up in the night and said to his servants, This is my idea of what the Aramaeans have done to us. They have knowledge that we are without food; and so they have gone out of their tents, and are waiting secretly in the open country, saying, When they come out of the town, we will take them living and get into the town.

13And one of his servants said in answer, Send men and let them take five of the horses which we still have in the town; if they keep their lives they will be the same as those of Israel who are still living here; if they come to their death they will be the same as all those of Israel who have gone to destruction: let us send and see.

14So they took two horsemen; and the king sent them after the army of the Aramaeans, saying, Go and see.

15And they went after them as far as Jordan; and all the road was covered with clothing and vessels dropped by the Aramaeans in their flight. So those who were sent went back and gave the news to the king.

16Then the people went out and took the goods from the tents of the Aramaeans. So a measure of good meal was to be had for the price of a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, as the Lord had said.

17And the king gave authority to that captain, on whose arm he was supported, to have control over the doorway into the town; but he was crushed to death there under the feet of the people, as the man of God had said when the king went down to him.

18So the words of the man of God came true, which he said to the king: Two measures of barley will be offered for the price of a shekel and a measure of good meal for a shekel, tomorrow about this time in the market-place of Samaria.

19And that captain said to the man of God, Even if the Lord made windows in heaven, would such a thing be possible? And he said to him, Your eyes will see it, but you will not have a taste of the food.

20And such was his fate; for he was crushed to death under the feet of the people, in the doorway into the town.

Jonah 2

1Then Jonah made prayer to the Lord his God from the inside of the fish, and said,

2In my trouble I was crying to the Lord, and he gave me an answer; out of the deepest underworld I sent up a cry, and you gave ear to my voice.

3For you have put me down into the deep, into the heart of the sea; and the river was round about me; all your waves and your rolling waters went over me.

4And I said, I have been sent away from before your eyes; how may I ever again see your holy Temple?

5The waters were circling round me, even to the neck; the deep was about me; the sea-grass was twisted round my head.

6I went down to the bases of the mountains; as for the earth, her walls were about me for ever: but you have taken up my life from the underworld, O Lord my God.

7When my soul in me was overcome, I kept the memory of the Lord: and my prayer came in to you, into your holy Temple.

8The worshippers of false gods have given up their only hope.

9But I will make an offering to you with the voice of praise; I will give effect to my oaths. Salvation is the Lord’s.

10And at the Lord’s order, the fish sent Jonah out of its mouth on to the dry land.

1 Corinthians 13

1If I make use of the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am like sounding brass, or a loud-tongued bell.

2And if I have a prophet’s power, and have knowledge of all secret things; and if I have all faith, by which mountains may be moved from their place, but have not love, I am nothing.

3And if I give all my goods to the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it is of no profit to me.

4Love is never tired of waiting; love is kind; love has no envy; love has no high opinion of itself, love has no pride;

5Love’s ways are ever fair, it takes no thought for itself; it is not quickly made angry, it takes no account of evil;

6It takes no pleasure in wrongdoing, but has joy in what is true;

7Love has the power of undergoing all things, having faith in all things, hoping all things.

8Though the prophet’s word may come to an end, tongues come to nothing, and knowledge have no more value, love has no end.

9For our knowledge is only in part, and the prophet’s word gives only a part of what is true:

10But when that which is complete is come, then that which is in part will be no longer necessary.

11When I was a child, I made use of a child’s language, I had a child’s feelings and a child’s thoughts: now that I am a man, I have put away the things of a child.

12For now we see things in a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now my knowledge is in part; then it will be complete, even as God’s knowledge of me.

13But now we still have faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

July 26

2 Kings 6

1Now the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, There is not room enough for us in the place where we are living under your care;

2So let us go to Jordan, and let everyone get to work cutting boards, and we will make a living-place for ourselves there. And he said to them, Go, then.

3And one of them said, Be pleased to go with your servants. And he said, I will go.

4So he went with them. And when they came to Jordan, they got to work cutting down trees.

5But one of them, while cutting a board, let the head of his axe go into the water; and he gave a cry, and said, This is a bad business, my master, for it is another’s.

6And the man of God said, Where did it go in? and when he saw the place where it had gone into the water, cutting a stick, he put it into the water, and the iron came up to the top of the water.

7Then he said, Take it up. So he put out his hand and took it.

8At that time the king of Aram was making war against Israel; and he had a meeting with the chiefs of his army and said, I will be waiting in secret in some named place.

9And the man of God sent to the king of Israel, saying, Take care to keep away from that place, for the Aramaeans are waiting there in secret.

10So the king of Israel sent to the place where the man of God had said there was danger, and kept clear of it more than once.

11And at this, the mind of the king of Aram was greatly troubled, and he sent for his servants and said to them, Will you not make clear to me which of us is helping the king of Israel?

12And one of them said, Not one of us, my lord king; but Elisha, the prophet in Israel, gives the king of Israel news of the words you say even in your bedroom.

13Then he said, Go and see where he is, so that I may send and get him. And news came to him that he was in Dothan.

14So he sent there horses and carriages and a great army; and they came by night, circling the town.

15Now the servant of the man of God, having got up early and gone out, saw an army with horses and carriages of war all round the town. And the servant said to him, O my master, what are we to do?

16And he said in answer, Have no fear; those who are with us are more than those who are with them.

17Then Elisha made a prayer to the Lord, saying, Lord, let his eyes be open so that he may see. And the Lord made the young man’s eyes open; and he saw that all the mountain was full of horses and carriages of fire round Elisha.

18Now when the Aramaeans came down to Elisha, he made a prayer to the Lord saying, Lord, make this people blind. And he made them blind at Elisha’s request.

19And Elisha said to them, This is not the way, and this is not the town: come after me so that I may take you to the man you are searching for. And he took them to Samaria.

20And when they had come into Samaria, Elisha said, Lord, let the eyes of these men be open so that they may see. And the Lord made their eyes open, and they saw that they were in the middle of Samaria.

21And the king of Israel, when he saw them, said to Elisha, My father, am I to put them to the sword?

22But he said in answer, You are not to put them to death; have you any right to put to death those whom you have not taken prisoner with your sword and your bow? put bread and water before them, so that they may have food and drink and go to their master.

23So he made ready a great feast for them, and when they had had food and drink, he sent them away and they went back to their master. And no more bands of Aramaeans came into the land of Israel.

24Now after this, Ben-hadad, king of Aram, got together all his army and went up to make an attack on Samaria, shutting the town in on all sides with his forces.

25And they became very short of food in Samaria; for they kept it shut in till the price of an ass’s head was eighty shekels of silver, and a small measure of doves’ droppings was five shekels of silver.

26And when the king of Israel was going by on the wall, a woman came crying out to him, and said, Help! my lord king.

27And he said, If the Lord does not give you help, where am I to get help for you? from the grain-floor or the grape-crusher?

28And the king said to her, What is troubling you? And she said in answer, This woman said to me, Give your son to be our food today, and we will have my son tomorrow.

29So, boiling my son, we had a meal of him; and on the day after I said to her, Now give your son for our food; but she has put her son in a secret place.

30Then the king, hearing what the woman said, took his robes in his hands, violently parting them; and, while he was walking on the wall, the people, looking, saw that under his robe he had haircloth on his flesh.

31Then he said, May God’s punishment come on me if Elisha, the son of Shaphat, keeps his head on his body after this day.

32But Elisha was in his house, and the responsible men were seated there with him; and before the king got there, Elisha said to those who were with him, Do you see how this cruel and violent man has sent to take away my life?

33While he was still talking to them, the king came down and said, This evil is from the Lord; why am I to go on waiting any longer for the Lord?

2 Kings 7:1-2

1Then Elisha said, Give ear to the word of the Lord: the Lord says, Tomorrow, about this time, a measure of good meal will be offered for the price of a shekel and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the market-place of Samaria.

2Then the captain whose arm was supporting the king said to the man of God, Even if the Lord made windows in heaven, would such a thing be possible? And he said, Your eyes will see it, but you will not have a taste of the food.

Jonah 1

1And the word of the Lord came to Jonah, the son of Amittai, saying,

2Up! go to Nineveh, that great town, and let your voice come to it; for their evil-doing has come up before me.

3And Jonah got up to go in flight to Tarshish, away from the Lord; and he went down to Joppa, and saw there a ship going to Tarshish: so he gave them the price of the journey and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish, away from the Lord.

4And the Lord sent out a great wind on to the sea and there was a violent storm in the sea, so that the ship seemed in danger of being broken.

5Then the sailors were full of fear, every man crying to his god; and the goods in the ship were dropped out into the sea to make the weight less. But Jonah had gone down into the inmost part of the ship where he was stretched out in a deep sleep.

6And the ship’s captain came to him and said to him, What are you doing sleeping? Up! say a prayer to your God, if by chance God will give a thought to us, so that we may not come to destruction.

7And they said to one another, Come, let us put this to the decision of chance and see on whose account this evil has come on us. So they did so, and Jonah was seen to be the man.

8Then they said to him, Now make clear to us what is your work, and where you come from? what is your country, and who are your people?

9And he said to them, I am a Hebrew, a worshipper of the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.

10And the men were in great fear, and they said to him, What is this you have done? For the men had knowledge of his flight from the Lord because he had not kept it from them.

11And they said to him, What are we to do to you so that the sea may become calm for us? For the sea was getting rougher and rougher.

12And he said to them, Take me up and put me into the sea, and the sea will become calm for you: for I am certain that because of me this great storm has come on you.

13And the men were working hard to get back to the land, but they were not able to do so: for the sea got rougher and rougher against them.

14So, crying to the Lord, they said, Give ear to our prayer, O Lord, give ear, and do not let destruction overtake us because of this man’s life; do not put on us the sin of taking life without cause: for you, O Lord, have done what seemed good to you.

15So they took Jonah up and put him into the sea: and the sea was no longer angry.

16Then great was the men’s fear of the Lord; and they made an offering to the Lord and took oaths to him.

17And the Lord made ready a great fish to take Jonah into its mouth; and Jonah was inside the fish for three days and three nights.

1 Corinthians 12

1But about the things of the spirit, my brothers, it is not right for you to be without teaching.

2You are conscious that when you were Gentiles, in whatever way you were guided, you went after images without voice or power.

3So it is my desire for you to be clear about this; that no one is able to say by the Spirit of God that Jesus is cursed; and no one is able to say that Jesus is Lord, but by the Holy Spirit.

4Now there are different qualities given to men, but the same Spirit.

5And there are different sorts of servants, but the same Lord.

6And there are different operations, but the same God, who is working all things in all.

7But to every man some form of the Spirit’s working is given for the common good.

8For to one are given words of wisdom through the Spirit; and to another words of knowledge through the same Spirit:

9To another faith in the same Spirit; and to another the power of taking away disease, by the one Spirit;

10And to another the power of working wonders; and to another the prophet’s word; and to another the power of testing spirits; to another different sorts of tongues; and to another the power of making clear the sense of the tongues:

11But all these are the operations of the one and the same Spirit, giving to every man separately as his pleasure is.

12For as the body is one, and has a number of parts, and all the parts make one body, so is Christ.

13For through the baptism of the one Spirit we were all formed into one body, Jews or Greeks, servants or free men, and were all made full of the same Spirit.

14For the body is not one part, but a number of parts.

15If the foot says, Because I am not the hand, I am not a part of the body; it is no less a part of the body.

16And if the ear says, Because I am not the eye, I am not a part of the body; it is a part of the body all the same.

17If all the body was an eye, where would be the hearing? if all was hearing, where would be the smelling?

18But now God has put every one of the parts in the body as it was pleasing to him.

19And if they were all one part, where would the body be?

20But now they are all different parts, but one body.

21And the eye may not say to the hand, I have no need of you: or again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.

22No, those parts which seem to be feeble are the more necessary;

23And to those parts of the body which seem to have less honour we give all the more honour; and to those parts of the body which are a cause of shame to us we give the greater respect;

24But those parts of the body which are beautiful have no need of such care: and so the body has been joined together by God in such a way as to give more honour to those parts which had need of it;

25So that there might be no division in the body; but all the parts might have the same care for one another.

26And if there is pain in one part of the body, all the parts will be feeling it; or if one part is honoured, all the parts will be glad.

27Now you are the body of Christ, and every one of you the separate parts of it.

28And God has put some in the church, first, Apostles; second, prophets; third, teachers; then those with wonder-working powers, then those with the power of taking away disease, helpers, wise guides, users of strange tongues.

29Are all Apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? have all the power of working wonders?

30Are all able to take away disease? have all the power of tongues? are all able to give their sense?

31But let your desires be turned to the more important things given by the Spirit. And now I am pointing out to you an even better way.

July 25

2 Kings 5

1Now Naaman, chief of the army of the king of Aram, was a man of high position with his master, and greatly respected, because by him the Lord had given salvation to Aram; but he was a leper.

2Now the Aramaeans had gone out in bands, and taken prisoner from Israel a little girl, who became servant to Naaman’s wife.

3And she said to her master’s wife, If only my lord would go to the prophet in Samaria, he would make him well.

4And someone went and said to his lord, This is what the girl from the land of Israel says.

5So the king of Aram said, Go then; and I will send a letter to the king of Israel. And he went, taking with him ten talents of silver and six thousand shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothing.

6And he took the letter to the king of Israel, in which the king of Aram had said, See, I have sent my servant Naaman to you to be made well, for he is a leper.

7But the king of Israel, after reading the letter, was greatly troubled and said, Am I God, to give death and life? why does this man send a leper to me to be made well? is it not clear that he is looking for a cause of war?

8Now Elisha, the man of God, hearing that the king of Israel had done this, sent to the king, saying, Why are you troubled? send the man to me, so that he may see that there is a prophet in Israel.

9So Naaman, with all his horses and his carriages, came to the door of Elisha’s house.

10And Elisha sent a servant to him, saying, Go to Jordan, and after washing seven times in its waters your flesh will be well again and you will be clean.

11But Naaman was angry and went away and said, I had the idea that he would come out to see such an important person as I am, and make prayer to the Lord his God, and with a wave of his hand over the place make the leper well.

12Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not be washed in them and become clean? So turning, he went away in wrath.

13Then his servants came to him and said, If the prophet had given you orders to do some great thing, would you not have done it? how much more then, when he says to you, Be washed and become clean?

14Then he went down seven times into the waters of Jordan, as the man of God had said; and his flesh became like the flesh of a little child again, and he was clean.

15Then he went back to the man of God, with all his train, and, taking his place before him, said, Now I am certain that there is no God in all the earth, but only in Israel: now then, take an offering from me.

16But he said, By the life of the Lord whose servant I am, I will take nothing from you. And he did his best to make him take it but he would not.

17Then Naaman said, If you will not, then let there be given to your servant as much earth as two beasts are able to take on their backs; because from now on, your servant will make no offering or burned offering to other gods, but only to the Lord.

18But may your servant have the Lord’s forgiveness for this one thing: when my master goes into the house of Rimmon for worship there, supported on my arm, and my head is bent in the house of Rimmon; when his head is bent in the house of Rimmon, may your servant have the Lord’s forgiveness for this thing.

19And he said to him, Go in peace. And he went from him some distance.

20But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha, the man of God, said, Now my master has taken nothing from Naaman, this Aramaean, of what he would have given him: by the living Lord, I will go after him and get something from him.

21So Gehazi went after Naaman. And when Naaman saw him running after him, he got down from his carriage and went back to him and said, Is all well?

22And he said, All is well: but my master has sent me, saying, Even now, two young men of the sons of the prophets have come to me from the hill-country of Ephraim; will you give me a talent of silver and two changes of clothing for them?

23And Naaman said, Be good enough to take two talents. And forcing him to take them, he put two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of clothing, and gave them to his two servants to take before him.

24When he came to the hill, he took them from their hands, and put them away in the house; and he sent the men away, and they went.

25Then he came in and took his place before his master. And Elisha said to him, Where have you come from, Gehazi? And he said, Your servant went nowhere.

26And he said to him, Did not my heart go with you, when the man got down from his carriage and went back to you? Is this a time for getting money, and clothing, and olive-gardens and vine-gardens, and sheep and oxen, and men-servants and women-servants?

27Because of what you have done, the disease of Naaman the leper will take you in its grip, and your seed after you, for ever. And he went out from before him a leper as white as snow.

Obadiah 1

1The vision of Obadiah. This is what the Lord has said about Edom: We have had word from the Lord, and a representative has been sent among the nations, saying, Up! and let us make war against her.

1 Corinthians 11:17-34

17But in giving you this order, there is one thing about which I am not pleased: it is that when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse.

18For first of all, it has come to my ears that when you come together in the church, there are divisions among you, and I take the statement to be true in part.

19For divisions are necessary among you, in order that those who have God’s approval may be clearly seen among you.

20But now, when you come together, it is not possible to take the holy meal of the Lord:

21For when you take your food, everyone takes his meal before the other; and one has not enough food, and another is the worse for drink.

22What? have you not houses to take your meals in? or have you no respect for the church of God, putting the poor to shame? What am I to say to you? am I to give you praise? certainly not.

23For it was handed down to me from the Lord, as I gave it to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night when Judas was false to him, took bread,

24And when it had been broken with an act of praise, he said, This is my body which is for you: do this in memory of me.

25In the same way, with the cup, after the meal, he said, This cup is the new testament in my blood: do this, whenever you take it, in memory of me.

26For whenever you take the bread and the cup you give witness to the Lord’s death till he comes.

27If, then, anyone takes the bread or the cup of the Lord in the wrong spirit, he will be responsible for the body and blood of the Lord.

28But let no man take of the bread and the cup without testing himself.

29For a man puts himself in danger, if he takes part in the holy meal without being conscious that it is the Lord’s body.

30For this cause a number of you are feeble and ill, and a number are dead.

31But if we were true judges of ourselves, punishment would not come on us.

32But if punishment does come, it is sent by the Lord, so that we may be safe when the world is judged.

33So then, my brothers, when you come together to the holy meal of the Lord, let there be waiting for one another.

34If any man is in need of food, let him take his meal in his house; so that you may not come together to your damage. And the rest I will put in order when I come.

July 24

2 Kings 4

1Now a certain woman, the wife of one of the sons of the prophets, came crying to Elisha and said, Your servant my husband is dead; and to your knowledge he was a worshipper of the Lord; but now, the creditor has come to take my two children as servants in payment of his debt.

2Then Elisha said to her, What am I to do for you? say now, what have you in the house? And she said, Your servant has nothing in the house but a pot of oil.

3Then he said, Go out to all your neighbours and get vessels, a very great number of them.

4Then go in, and, shutting the door on yourself and your sons, put oil into all these vessels, putting on one side the full ones.

5So she went away, and when the door was shut on her and her sons, they took the vessels to her and she put oil into them.

6And when all the vessels were full, she said to her son, Get me another vessel. And he said, There are no more. And the flow of oil was stopped.

7So she came to the man of God and gave him word of what she had done. And he said, Go and get money for the oil and make payment of your debt, and let the rest be for the needs of yourself and your sons.

8Now there came a day when Elisha went to Shunem, and there was a woman of high position living there, who made him come in and have a meal with her. And after that, every time he went by, he went into her house for a meal.

9And she said to her husband, Now I see that this is a holy man of God, who comes by day after day.

10So let us make a little room on the wall; and put a bed there for him, and a table and a seat and a light; so that when he comes to us, he will be able to go in there.

11Now one day, when he had gone there, he went into the little room and took his rest there.

12And he said to Gehazi, his servant, Send for this Shunammite. So in answer to his voice she came before him.

13And he said to him, Now say to her, See, you have taken all this trouble for us; what is to be done for you? will you have any request made for you to the king or the captain of the army? But she said, I am living among my people.

14So he said, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi made answer, Still there is this, she has no son and her husband is old.

15Then he said, Send for her. And in answer to his voice she took her place at the door.

16And Elisha said, At this time in the coming year you will have a son in your arms. And she said, No, my lord, O man of God, do not say what is false to your servant.

17Then the woman became with child and gave birth to a son at the time named, in the year after, as Elisha had said to her.

18Now one day, when the child was older, he went out to his father to where the grain was being cut.

19And he said to his father, My head, my head! And the father said to a servant, Take him in to his mother.

20And he took him in to his mother, and she took him on her knees and kept him there till the middle of the day, when his life went from him.

21Then she went up and put him on the bed of the man of God, shutting the door on him, and went out.

22And she said to her husband, Send me one of the servants and one of the asses so that I may go quickly to the man of God and come back again.

23And he said, Why are you going to him today? it is not a new moon or a Sabbath. But she said, It is well.

24Then she made the ass ready and said to her servant, Keep driving on; do not make a stop without orders from me.

25So she went, and came to Mount Carmel, to the man of God. And when the man of God saw her coming in his direction, he said to Gehazi, his servant, See, there is the Shunammite;

26Go quickly to her, and on meeting her say to her, Are you well? and your husband and the child, are they well? And she said in answer, All is well.

27And when she came to where the man of God was on the hill, she put her hands round his feet; and Gehazi came near with the purpose of pushing her away; but the man of God said, Let her be, for her soul is bitter in her; and the Lord has kept it secret from me, and has not given me word of it.

28Then she said, Did I make a request to my lord for a son? did I not say, Do not give me false words?

29Then he said to Gehazi, Make yourself ready, and take my stick in your hand, and go: if you come across anyone on the way, give him no blessing, and if anyone gives you a blessing, give him no answer. And put my stick on the child’s face.

30But the mother of the child said, As the Lord is living and as your soul is living, I will not go back without you. So he got up and went with her.

31And Gehazi went on before them and put the stick on the child’s face; but there was no voice, and no one gave attention. So he went back, and meeting him gave him the news, saying, The child is not awake.

32And when Elisha came into the house he saw the child dead, stretched on his bed.

33So he went in, and shutting the door on the two of them, made prayer to the Lord.

34Then he got up on the bed, stretching himself out on the child, and put his mouth on the child’s mouth, his eyes on his eyes and his hands on his hands; and the child’s body became warm.

35Then he came back, and after walking once through the house and back, he went up, stretching himself out on the child seven times; and the child’s eyes became open.

36And he gave orders to Gehazi, and said, Send for the Shunammite. And she came in answer to his voice. And he said, Take up your son.

37And she came in, and went down on her face to the earth at his feet; then she took her son in her arms and went out.

38And Elisha went back to Gilgal, now there was very little food in the land; and the sons of the prophets were seated before him. And he said to his servant, Put the great pot on the fire, and make soup for the sons of the prophets.

39And one went out into the field to get green plants and saw a vine of the field, and pulling off the fruit of it till the fold of his robe was full, he came back and put the fruit, cut up small, into the pot of soup, having no idea what it was.

40Then they gave the men soup from the pot. And while they were drinking the soup, they gave a cry, and said, O man of God, there is death in the pot; and they were not able to take any more food.

41But he said, Get some meal. And he put it into the pot, and said, Now give it to the people so that they may have food. And there was nothing bad in the pot.

42Now a man came from Baal-shalishah with an offering of first-fruits for the man of God, twenty barley cakes and garden fruit in his bag. And he said, Give these to the people for food.

43But his servant said, How am I to put this before a hundred men? But he said, Give it to the people for food; for the Lord says, There will be food for them and some over.

44So he put it before them, and they had a meal and there was more than enough, as the Lord had said.

Amos 9

1I saw the Lord stationed by the side of the altar, giving blows to the tops of the pillars so that the doorsteps were shaking: and he said, I will let all of them be broken with earth-shocks; I will put the last of them to the sword: if any one of them goes in flight he will not get away, not one of them will be safe.

2Even if they go deep into the underworld, my hand will take them up from there; if they go up to heaven, I will get them down:

3Though they take cover on the top of Carmel, I will go in search of them and get them out; though they keep themselves from my eyes in the bed of the sea, I will give orders to the great snake there and he will give them a bite:

4And though they are taken away as prisoners by their attackers, even there will I give orders to the sword to put them to death: my eyes will be fixed on them for evil and not for good.

5For the Lord, the God of armies, is he at whose touch the land is turned to water, and everyone in it will be given up to sorrow; all of it will be overflowing like the River, and will go down again like the River of Egypt;

6It is he who makes his rooms in the heaven, basing his arch on the earth; whose voice goes out to the waters of the sea, and sends them flowing over the face of the earth; the Lord is his name.

7Are you not as the children of the Ethiopians to me, O children of Israel? says the Lord. Have I not taken Israel up out of the land of Egypt, and the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Aramaeans from Kir?

8See, the eyes of the Lord are on the evil kingdom, and I will put an end to it in all the earth; but I will not send complete destruction on Jacob, says the Lord.

9For see, I will give orders, and I will have Israel moved about among all the nations, as grain is moved about by the shaking of the tray, but not the smallest seed will be dropped on the earth.

10All those sinners among my people will be put to the sword who say, Evil will not overtake us or come face to face with us.

11In that day I will put up the tent of David which has come down, and make good its broken places; and I will put up again his damaged walls, building it up as in the past;

12So that the rest of Edom may be their heritage, and all the nations who have been named by my name, says the Lord, who is doing this.

13See, the days will come, says the Lord, when the ploughman will overtake him who is cutting the grain, and the crusher of the grapes him who is planting seed; and sweet wine will be dropping from the mountains, and the hills will be turned into streams of wine.

14And I will let the fate of my people Israel be changed, and they will be building up again the waste towns and living in them; they will again be planting vine-gardens and taking the wine for their drink; and they will make gardens and get the fruit of them.

15And I will have them planted in their land, and never again will they be uprooted from their land which I have given them, says the Lord your God.

1 Corinthians 11:1-16

1So take me for your example, even as I take Christ for mine.

2Now I am pleased to see that you keep me in memory in all things, and that you give attention to the teaching which was handed down from me to you.

3But it is important for you to keep this fact in mind, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man, and the head of Christ is God.

4Every man who takes part in prayer, or gives teaching as a prophet, with his head covered, puts shame on his head.

5But every woman who does so with her head unveiled, puts shame on her head: for it is the same as if her hair was cut off.

6For if a woman is not veiled, let her hair be cut off; but if it is a shame to a woman to have her hair cut off, let her be veiled.

7For it is not right for a man to have his head covered, because he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.

8For the man did not come from the woman, but the woman from the man.

9And the man was not made for the woman, but the woman for the man.

10For this reason it is right for the woman to have a sign of authority on her head, because of the angels.

11But the woman is not separate from the man, and the man is not separate from the woman in the Lord.

12For as the woman is from the man, so the man is through the woman; but all things are from God.

13Be judges yourselves of the question: does it seem right for a woman to take part in prayer unveiled?

14Does it not seem natural to you that if a man has long hair, it is a cause of shame to him?

15But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given to her for a covering.

16But if any man will not be ruled in this question, this is not our way of doing things, and it is not done in the churches of God.

July 23

2 Kings 3

1And Jehoram, the son of Ahab, became king over Israel in Samaria in the eighteenth year of the rule of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah; and he was king for twelve years.

2He did evil in the eyes of the Lord; but not like his father and his mother, for he put away the stone pillar of Baal which his father had made.

3But still he did the same sins which Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, did and made Israel do; he went on in them.

4Now Mesha, king of Moab, was a sheep-farmer; and he gave regularly to the king of Israel the wool from a hundred thousand lambs and a hundred thousand sheep.

5But when Ahab was dead, the king of Moab got free from the authority of the king of Israel.

6At that time, King Jehoram went out from Samaria and got all Israel together in fighting order.

7And he sent to Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, saying, The king of Moab has got free from my authority: will you go with me to make war on Moab? And he said, I will go with you: I am as you are, my people as your people, and my horses as your horses.

8And he said, Which way are we to go? And he said in answer, By the waste land of Edom.

9So the king of Israel went with the king of Judah and the king of Edom by a roundabout way for seven days: and there was no water for the army or for the beasts they had with them.

10And the king of Israel said, Here is trouble: for the Lord has got these three kings together to give them into the hands of Moab.

11But Jehoshaphat said, Is there no prophet of the Lord here, through whom we may get directions from the Lord? And one of the king of Israel’s men said in answer, Elisha, the son of Shaphat, is here, who was servant to Elijah.

12And Jehoshaphat said, The word of the Lord is with him. So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.

13But Elisha said to the king of Israel, What have I to do with you? go to the prophets of your father and your mother. And the king of Israel said, No; for the Lord has got these three kings together to give them up into the hands of Moab.

14Then Elisha said, By the life of the Lord of armies whose servant I am, if it was not for the respect I have for Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, I would not give a look at you, or see you.

15But now, get me a player of music, and it will come about that while the man is playing, the hand of the Lord will come on me and I will give you the word of the Lord: and they got a player of music, and while the man was playing, the hand of the Lord was on him.

16And he said, The Lord says, I will make this valley full of water-holes.

17For the Lord says, Though you see no wind or rain, the valley will be full of water, and you and your armies and your beasts will have drink.

18And this will be only a small thing to the Lord: in addition he will give the Moabites into your hands.

19And you are to put every walled town to destruction, cutting down every good tree, and stopping up every water-spring, and making all the good land rough with stones.

20Now in the morning, about the time when the offering was made, they saw water flowing from the direction of Edom till the country was full of water.

21Now all Moab, hearing that the kings had come to make war against them, got together all who were able to take up arms and went forward to the edge of the country.

22And early in the morning they got up, when the sun was shining on the water, and they saw the water facing them as red as blood.

23Then they said, This is blood: it is clear that destruction has come on the kings; they have been fighting one another: now come, Moab, let us take their goods.

24But when they came to the tents of Israel, the Israelites came out and made a violent attack on the Moabites, so that they went in flight before them; and they went forward still attacking them;

25Pulling down the towns, covering every good field with stones, stopping up all the water-springs, and cutting down all the good trees; they went on driving Moab before them till only in Kir-hareseth were there any Moabites; and the fighting-men went round the town raining stones on it.

26And when the king of Moab saw that the fight was going against him, he took with him seven hundred men armed with swords, with the idea of forcing a way through to the king of Aram, but they were not able to do so.

27Then he took his oldest son, who would have been king after him, offering him as a burned offering on the wall. So there was great wrath against Israel; and they went away from him, back to their country.

Amos 8

1This is what the Lord God let me see: and I saw a basket of summer fruit.

2And he said, Amos, what do you see? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then the Lord said to me, The end has come to my people Israel; never again will my eyes be shut to their sin.

3And the songs of the king’s house will be cries of pain in that day, says the Lord God: great will be the number of the dead bodies, and everywhere they will put them out without a word.

4Give ear to this, you who are crushing the poor, and whose purpose is to put an end to those who are in need in the land,

5Saying, When will the new moon be gone, so that we may do trade in grain? and the Sabbath, so that we may put out in the market the produce of our fields? making the measure small and the price great, and trading falsely with scales of deceit;

6Getting the poor for silver, and him who is in need for the price of two shoes, and taking a price for the waste parts of the grain.

7The Lord has taken an oath by the pride of Jacob, Truly I will ever keep in mind all their works.

8Will not the land be shaking with fear because of this, and everyone in it have sorrow? and all of it will be overflowing like the River; and it will be troubled and go down again like the River of Egypt.

9And it will come about in that day, says the Lord God, that I will make the sun go down in the middle of the day, and I will make the earth dark in daylight:

10Your feasts will be turned into sorrow and all your melody into songs of grief; everyone will be clothed with haircloth, and the hair of every head will be cut; I will make the weeping like that for an only son, and the end of it like a bitter day.

11See, the days are coming, says the Lord God, when I will send times of great need on the land, not need of food or desire for water, but for hearing the words of the Lord.

12And they will go wandering from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, running here and there in search of the word of the Lord, and they will not get it.

13In that day the fair virgins and the young men will be feeble from need of water.

14Those who make their oaths by the sin of Samaria and say, By the life of your God, O Dan; and, By the living way of Beer-sheba; even they will go down, never again to be lifted up.

1 Corinthians 10

1For it is my desire, my brothers, that you may keep in mind how all our fathers were under the cloud, and they all went through the sea;

2And they all had baptism from Moses in the cloud and in the sea;

3And they all took the same holy food;

4And the same holy drink: for they all took of the water from the holy rock which came after them: and the rock was Christ.

5But with most of them God was not pleased: for they came to their end in the waste land.

6Now these things were for an example to us, so that our hearts might not go after evil things, as they did.

7Then do not go after false gods, as some of them did; as it is said in the holy Writings, After resting and feasting, the people got up to take their pleasure.

8Again, let us not give way to the desires of the flesh, as some of them did, of whom twenty-three thousand came to their end in one day.

9And let us not put the Lord to the test, as some of them did, and came to their death by snakes.

10And do not say evil things against the Lord, as some of them did, and destruction overtook them.

11Now these things were done as an example; and were put down in writing for our teaching, on whom the last days have come.

12So let him who seems to himself to be safe go in fear of a fall.

13You have been put to no test but such as is common to man: and God is true, who will not let any test come on you which you are not able to undergo; but he will make with the test a way out of it, so that you may be able to go through it.

14For this cause, my dear brothers, give no worship to false gods.

15What I am saying is for wise men, do you be the judges of it.

16The cup of blessing which we take, does it not give us a part in the blood of Christ? and is not the broken bread a taking part in the body of Christ?

17Because we, being a number of persons, are one bread, we are one body: for we all take part in the one bread.

18See Israel after the flesh: do not those who take as food the offerings of the altar take a part in the altar?

19Do I say, then, that what is offered to images is anything, or that the image is anything?

20What I say is that the things offered by the Gentiles are offered to evil spirits and not to God; and it is not my desire for you to have any part with evil spirits.

21It is not possible for you, at the same time, to take the cup of the Lord and the cup of evil spirits; you may not take part in the table of the Lord and the table of evil spirits.

22Or may we be the cause of envy to the Lord? are we stronger than he?

23We are free to do all things, but there are things which it is not wise to do. We are free to do all things, but not all things are for the common good.

24Let a man give attention not only to what is good for himself, but equally to his neighbour’s good.

25Whatever meat may be had at the public market, take as food without question of right or wrong;

26For the earth is the Lord’s and all things in it.

27If a Gentile makes a feast for you, and you are pleased to go as a guest, take whatever is put before you, without question of right or wrong.

28But if anyone says to you, This food has been used as an offering, do not take it, on account of him who said it, and on account of his sense of right and wrong:

29Right and wrong, I say, not for you, but for the other man; for the fact that I am free is not dependent on another man’s sense of right or wrong.

30But if I give praise to God for the food which I take, let no man say evil of me for that reason.

31So then, if it is a question of food or drink, or any other thing, whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

32Give no cause of trouble to Jews, or to Greeks, or to the church of God.

33Even as I give way to all men in all things, not looking for profit for myself, but for the good of others, that they may get salvation.

July 22

2 Kings 1

1After the death of Ahab, Moab made itself free from the authority of Israel.

2Now Ahaziah had a fall from the window of his room in Samaria, and was ill. And he sent men, and said to them, Put a question to Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, about the outcome of my disease, to see if I will get well or not.

3But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, Go now, and, meeting the men sent by the king of Samaria, say to them, Is it because there is no God in Israel, that you are going to get directions from Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron?

4Give ear then to the words of the Lord: You will never again get down from the bed on to which you have gone up, but death will certainly come to you. Then Elijah went away.

5And the men he had sent came back to the king; and he said to them, Why have you come back?

6And they said to him, On our way we had a meeting with a man who said, Go back to the king who sent you and say to him, The Lord says, Is it because there is no God in Israel that you send to put a question to Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron? For this reason, you will not come down from the bed on to which you have gone up, but death will certainly come to you.

7And he said to them, What sort of a man was it who came and said these words to you?

8And they said in answer, He was a man clothed in a coat of hair, with a leather band about his body. Then he said, It is Elijah the Tishbite.

9Then the king sent to him a captain of fifty with his fifty men; and he went up to him where he was seated on the top of a hill, and said to him, O man of God, the king has said, Come down.

10And Elijah in answer said to the captain of fifty, If I am a man of God, may fire come down from heaven on you and on your fifty men, and put an end to you. Then fire came down from heaven and put an end to him and his fifty men.

11Then the king sent another captain of fifty with his fifty men; and he said to Elijah, O man of God, the king says, Come down quickly.

12And Elijah in answer said, If I am a man of God, may fire come down from heaven on you and on your fifty men, and put an end to you. And the fire of God came down from heaven, and put an end to him and his fifty men.

13Then he sent a third captain of fifty with his fifty men; and the third captain of fifty went up, and falling on his knees before Elijah, requesting mercy of him, said, O man of God, let my life and the life of these your fifty servants be of value to you.

14For fire came down from heaven and put an end to the first two captains of fifty and their fifties; but now let my life be of value in your eyes.

15Then the angel of the Lord said to Elijah, Go down with him; have no fear of him. So he got up and went down with him to the king.

16And he said to him, This is the word of the Lord: Because you sent men to put a question to Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, for this reason you will never again get down from the bed on to which you have gone up, but death will certainly come to you.

17So death came to him, as the Lord had said by the mouth of Elijah. And Jehoram became king in his place in the second year of the rule of Jehoram, son of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah; because he had no son.

18Now the rest of the acts of Ahaziah, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel?

2 Kings 2

1Now when the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a great wind, Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.

2And Elijah said to Elisha, Come no farther for the Lord has sent me to Beth-el. But Elisha said, As the Lord is living and as your soul is living, I will not be parted from you. So they went down to Beth-el.

3And at Beth-el the sons of the prophets came out to Elisha and said, Has it been made clear to you that the Lord is going to take away your master from over you today? And he said, Yes, I have knowledge of it: say no more.

4Then Elijah said to him, Come no farther, for the Lord has sent me to Jericho. But he said, As the Lord is living and as your soul is living, I will not be parted from you. So they went on to Jericho.

5And at Jericho the sons of the prophets came up to Elisha and said to him, Has it been made clear to you that the Lord is going to take away your master from over you today? And he said in answer, Yes, I have knowledge of it: say no more.

6Then Elijah said to him, Come no farther, for the Lord has sent me to Jordan. But he said, As the Lord is living and as your soul is living, I will not be parted from you. So they went on together.

7And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went out and took their places facing them a long way off, while the two of them were by the edge of Jordan.

8Then Elijah took off his robe, and, rolling it up, gave the water a blow with it, and the waters were parted, flowing back this way and that, so that they went over on dry land.

9And when they had come to the other side, Elijah said to Elisha, Say what you would have me do for you before I am taken from you. And Elisha said, Be pleased to let a special measure of your spirit be on me.

10And he said, You have made a hard request: still, if you see me when I am taken from you, you will get your desire; but if not, it will not be so.

11And while they went on their way, going on talking together, suddenly there were carriages and horses of fire separating them from one another and Elijah went up to heaven in a great wind.

12And when Elisha saw it he gave a cry, My father, my father, the carriages of Israel and its horsemen! And he saw him no longer; and he was full of grief.

13Then he took up Elijah’s robe, which had been dropped from him, and went back till he came to the edge of Jordan.

14And he took Elijah’s robe, which had been dropped from him, and giving the water a blow with it, said, Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah? and at his blow the waters were parted this way and that; and Elisha went over.

15And when the sons of the prophets who were facing him at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah is resting on Elisha. And they came out to him, and went down on the earth before him.

16And they said, Your servants have with us here fifty strong men; be pleased to let them go in search of Elijah; for it may be that the spirit of the Lord has taken him up and put him down on some mountain or in some valley. But he said, Do not send them.

17But when they kept on requesting him, he was shamed and said, Send, then. So they sent fifty men; but after searching for three days, they came back without having seen him.

18And they came back to him, while he was still at Jericho; and he said to them, Did I not say to you, Go not?

19Now the men of the town said to Elisha, You see that the position of this town is good; but the water is bad, causing the young of the cattle to come to birth dead.

20So he said, Get me a new vessel, and put salt in it; and they took it to him.

21Then he went out to the spring from which the water came, and put salt in it, and said, The Lord says, Now I have made this water sweet; no longer will it be death-giving or unfertile.

22And the water was made sweet again to this day, as Elisha said.

23Then from there he went up to Beth-el; and on his way, some little boys came out from the town and made sport of him, crying, Go up, old no-hair! go up, old no-hair!

24And turning back, he saw them, and put a curse on them in the name of the Lord. And two she-bears came out of the wood and put forty-two of the children to death.

25From there he went to Mount Carmel, and came back from there to Samaria.

Amos 7

1This is what the Lord God let me see: and I saw that, when the growth of the late grass was starting, he made locusts; it was the late growth after the king’s cutting was done.

2And it came about that after they had taken all the grass of the land, I said, O Lord God, have mercy: how will Jacob be able to keep his place? for he is small.

3The Lord, changing his purpose about this, said, It will not be.

4This is what the Lord let me see: and I saw that the Lord God sent for a great fire to be the instrument of his punishment; and, after burning up the great deep, it was about to put an end to the Lord’s heritage.

5Then said I, O Lord God, let there be an end: how will Jacob be able to keep his place? for he is small.

6The Lord, changing his purpose about this, said, And this will not be.

7This is what he let me see: and I saw the Lord stationed by a wall made straight by a weighted line, and he had a weighted line in his hand.

8And the Lord said to me, Amos, what do you see? And I said, A weighted line. Then the Lord said, See, I will let down a weighted line among my people Israel; never again will my eyes be shut to their sin:

9And the high places of Isaac will be unpeopled, and the holy places of Israel will be made waste; and I will come up against the family of Jeroboam with the sword.

10Then Amaziah, the priest of Beth-el, sent to Jeroboam, king of Israel, saying, Amos has made designs against you among the people of Israel: the land is troubled by his words.

11For Amos has said, Jeroboam will be put to the sword, and Israel will certainly be taken away as a prisoner out of his land.

12And Amaziah said to Amos, O seer, go in flight into the land of Judah, and there get your living by working as a prophet:

13But be a prophet no longer at Beth-el: for it is the holy place of the king, and the king’s house.

14Then Amos in answer said to Amaziah, I am no prophet, or one of the sons of the prophets; I am a herdman and one who takes care of sycamore-trees:

15And the Lord took me from the flock, and the Lord said to me, Go, be a prophet to my people Israel.

16Now then, give ear to the word of the Lord: You say, Be no prophet to Israel, and say not a word against the people of Isaac.

17So this is what the Lord has said: Your wife will be a loose woman in the town, and your sons and your daughters will be put to the sword, and your land will be cut up into parts by a line; and you yourself will come to your end in an unclean land, and Israel will certainly be taken away a prisoner out of his land.

1 Corinthians 9

1Am I not free? am I not an Apostle? have I not seen Jesus our Lord? are you not my work in the Lord?

2If to others I am not an Apostle, at least I am one to you: for the fact that you are Christians is the sign that I am an Apostle.

3My answer to those who are judging me is this.

4Have we no right to take food and drink?

5Have we no right to take about with us a Christian wife, like the rest of the Apostles, and the brothers of the Lord, and Cephas?

6Or I only and Barnabas, have we no right to take a rest from work?

7Who ever goes to war without looking to someone to be responsible for his payment? who puts in vines and does not take the fruit of them? or who takes care of sheep without drinking of their milk?

8Am I talking as a man? does not the law say the same?

9For it says in the law of Moses, It is not right to keep the ox from taking the grain when he is crushing it. Is it for the oxen that God is giving orders?

10Or has he us in mind? Yes, it was said for us; because it is right for the ploughman to do his ploughing in hope, and for him who is crushing the grain to do his work hoping for a part in the fruits of it.

11If we have been planting the things of the Spirit for you, does it seem a great thing for you to give us a part in your things of this world?

12If others have a part in this right over you, have we not even more? But we did not make use of our right, so that we might put nothing in the way of the good news of Christ.

13Do you not see that the servants of the holy things get their living from the Temple, and the servants of the altar have their part in the food which is offered on the altar?

14Even so did the Lord give orders that the preachers of the good news might get their living from the good news.

15But I have not made use of any of these things: and I am not writing this in the hope that it may be so for me: for it would be better for me to undergo death, than for any man to make this pride of mine of no effect.

16For if I am a preacher of the good news, I have no cause for pride in this; because I am forced to do so, for a curse is on me if I do not.

17But if I do it gladly, I have a reward; and if not, I am under orders to do it.

18What then is my reward? This, that when I am giving the good news, I may give it without payment, not making use of my rights as a preacher of the good news.

19For though I was free from all men, I made myself a servant to all, so that more might have salvation.

20And to the Jews I was as a Jew, so that I might give the good news to them; to those under the law I was the same, not as being myself under the law, but so that I might give the good news to those under the law.

21To those without the law I was as one without the law, not as being without law to God, but as under law to Christ, so that I might give the good news to those without the law.

22To the feeble, I was as one who is feeble, so that they might have salvation: I have been all things to all men, so that some at least might have salvation.

23And I do all things for the cause of the good news, so that I may have a part in it.

24Do you not see that in a running competition all take part, but only one gets the reward? So let your minds be fixed on the reward.

25And every man who takes part in the sports has self-control in all things. Now they do it to get a crown which is of this world, but we for an eternal crown.

26So then I am running, not uncertainly; so I am fighting, not as one who gives blows in the air:

27But I give blows to my body, and keep it under control, for fear that, after having given the good news to others, I myself might not have God’s approval.

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