August 31

2 Chronicles 5:2-14

2Then Solomon sent for all the responsible men of Israel, all the chiefs of the tribes and the heads of families of the children of Israel, to come to Jerusalem and take the ark of the Lord’s agreement up out of the town of David, which is Zion.

3And all the men of Israel came together to the king at the feast in the seventh month.

4All the responsible men of Israel came, and the Levites took up the ark.

5They took up the ark and the Tent of meeting and all the holy vessels which were in the Tent; all these the priests, the Levites, took up.

6And King Solomon and all the men of Israel who had come together there with him, were before the ark, making offerings of sheep and oxen more than might be numbered.

7And the priests took the ark of the Lord’s agreement and put it in its place, in the inner room of the house, in the most holy place, under the wings of the winged ones.

8For their wings were outstretched over the place where the ark was, covering the ark and its rods.

9The rods were so long that their ends were seen from the holy place before the inmost room; but they were not seen from outside; and there they are to this day.

10Nothing was in the ark but the two flat stones which Moses put there at Horeb, where the Lord made an agreement with the children of Israel when they came out of Egypt.

11Now when the priests had come out of the holy place, (for all the priests who were present had made themselves holy, not keeping to their divisions;

12And the Levites who made the music, all of them, Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and their sons and brothers, robed in fair linen, were in their places with their brass and corded instruments at the east side of the altar, and with them a hundred and twenty priests blowing horns;)

13And when the players on horns, and those who made melody in song, with one voice were sounding the praise and glory of the Lord; with loud voices and with wind instruments, and brass and corded instruments of music, praising the Lord and saying, He is good; his mercy is unchanging for ever: then the house was full of the cloud of the glory of the Lord,

14So that the priests were not able to keep their places to do their work because of the cloud; for the house of God was full of the glory of the Lord.

Malachi 2:10-16

10Have we not all one father? has not one God made us? why are we, every one of us, acting falsely to his brother, putting shame on the agreement of our fathers?

11Judah has been acting falsely, and a disgusting thing has been done in Jerusalem; for Judah has made unclean the holy place of the Lord which is dear to him, and has taken as his wife the daughter of a strange god.

12The Lord will have the man who does this cut off root and branch out of the tents of Jacob, and him who makes an offering to the Lord of armies.

13And this again you do: covering the altar of the Lord with weeping and with grief, so that he gives no more thought to the offering, and does not take it with pleasure from your hand.

14But you say, For what reason? Because the Lord has been a witness between you and the wife of your early years, to whom you have been untrue, though she is your friend and the wife to whom you have given your word.

15… So give thought to your spirit, and let no one be false to the wife of his early years.

16For I am against the putting away of a wife, says the Lord, the God of Israel, and against him who is clothed with violent acts, says the Lord of armies: so give thought to your spirit and do not be false in your acts.

John 8:48-59

48The Jews said to him in answer, Are we not right in saying that you are of Samaria and have an evil spirit?

49And this was the answer of Jesus: I have not an evil spirit; but I give honour to my Father and you do not give honour to me.

50I, however, am not in search of glory for myself: there is One who is searching for it and he is judge.

51Truly I say to you, If a man keeps my word he will never see death.

52The Jews said to him, Now we are certain that you have an evil spirit. Abraham is dead, and the prophets are dead; and you say, If a man keeps my word he will never see death.

53Are you greater than our father Abraham, who is dead? and the prophets are dead: who do you say that you are?

54Jesus said in answer, If I take glory for myself, my glory is nothing: it is my Father who gives me glory, of whom you say that he is your God.

55You have no knowledge of him, but I have knowledge of him; and if I said I have no knowledge of him I would be talking falsely like you: but I have full knowledge of him, and I keep his word.

56Your father Abraham was full of joy at the hope of seeing my day: he saw it and was glad.

57Then the Jews said to him, You are not fifty years old; have you seen Abraham?

58Jesus said to them, Truly I say to you, Before Abraham came into being, I am.

59So they took up stones to send at him: but Jesus got secretly out of their way and went out of the Temple.

August 30

2 Chronicles 2:17-18

17Then Solomon took the number of all the men from strange lands who were living in Israel, as his father David had done; there were a hundred and fifty-three thousand, six hundred.

18Seventy thousand he put to the work of transport, eighty thousand to cutting stone in the mountains, and three thousand, six hundred as overseers to put the people to work.

2 Chronicles 3

1Then Solomon made a start at building the house of the Lord on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem, where the Lord had been seen by his father David, in the place which David had made ready in the grain-floor of Ornan the Jebusite.

2The building was started in the second month in the fourth year of his rule.

3And Solomon put the base of the house of God in position; by the older measure it was sixty cubits long and twenty cubits wide.

4And the covered way in front of the house was twenty cubits long, as wide as the house, and a hundred and twenty cubits high, all plated inside with the best gold.

5And the greater house was roofed with cypress-wood, plated with the best gold and ornamented with designs of palm-trees and chains.

6And the house was made beautiful with stones of great value, and the gold was gold of Parvaim.

7All the house was plated with gold, the supports, the steps, the walls and the doors; and the walls were ornamented with designs of winged ones.

8And he made the most holy place; it was twenty cubits long, and twenty cubits wide, like the greater house, and was plated all over with the best gold; six hundred talents were used for it.

9And fifty shekels weight of gold was used for the nails. He had all the higher rooms plated with gold.

10And in the most holy place he made images of two winged beings, covering them with gold.

11Their outstretched wings were twenty cubits across; one wing, five cubits long, touching the wall of the house, and the other, of the same size, meeting the wing of the other winged one.

12And in the same way, the wings of the other, five cubits long, were stretched out, one touching the wall and the other meeting the wing of the first winged one.

13Their outstretched wings were twenty cubits across; they were placed upright on their feet, facing the inner part of the house.

14And he made the veil of blue and purple and red, of the best linen, worked with winged ones.

15And in front of the house he made two pillars, thirty-five cubits high, with crowns on the tops of them, five cubits high.

16And he made chains, like neck ornaments, and put them on the tops of the pillars, and a hundred apples on the chains.

17He put up the pillars in front of the Temple, one on the right side and one on the left, naming the one on the right Jachin and that on the left Boaz.

2 Chronicles 4

1Then he made a brass altar, twenty cubits long, twenty cubits wide and ten cubits high.

2And he made the great water-vessel of metal, round in form, measuring ten cubits across from edge to edge; it was five cubits high and thirty cubits round.

3And under it was a design of flowers all round it, ten to a cubit, circling the water-vessel in two lines; they were made from liquid metal at the same time as the water-vessel.

4It was supported on twelve oxen, three facing to the north, three to the west, three to the south, and three to the east, the water-vessel resting on top of them; their back parts were all turned to the middle of it.

5It was as thick as a man’s open hand, and the edge of it was curved like the edge of a cup, like a lily flower; it would take three thousand baths.

6And he made ten washing-vessels, putting five on the right side and five on the left; such things as were used in making the burned offering were washed in them; but the great water-vessel was to be used by the priests for washing themselves.

7And he made the ten gold supports for the lights, as directions had been given for them, and he put them in the Temple, five on the right side and five on the left.

8He made ten tables, and put them in the Temple, five on the right side and five on the left. And he made a hundred gold basins.

9Then he made the open space for the priests, and the great open space and its doors, plating the doors with brass.

10He put the great water-vessel on the right side of the house to the east, facing south.

11And Huram made all the pots and the spades and the basins. So he came to the end of all the work he did for King Solomon in the house of God:

12The two pillars, and the two crowns on the tops of the pillars, and the network covering the two cups of the crowns on the tops of the pillars;

13And the four hundred apples for the network, two lines of apples for the network covering the two cups of the crowns on the pillars.

14And he made the ten bases and the ten washing-vessels which were on the bases;

15The great water-vessel with the twelve oxen under it.

16All the pots and the spades and the meat-hooks and their vessels, which Huram, who was as his father, made for King Solomon for the house of the Lord, were of polished brass.

17The king made them of liquid metal in the lowland of Jordan, in the soft earth between Succoth and Zeredah.

18So Solomon made all these vessels, a very great store of them, and the weight of the brass used was not measured.

19And Solomon made all the vessels used in the house of God, the gold altar and the tables on which the holy bread was placed,

20And the supports for the lights with their lights, to be burning in the regular way in front of the inmost room, of the best gold;

21The flowers and the vessels for the lights and the instruments used for them, were all of gold; it was the best gold.

22The scissors and the basins and the spoons and the fire-trays, of the best gold; and the inner doors of the house, opening into the most holy place, and the doors of the Temple, were all of gold.

2 Chronicles 5:1

1So all the work which Solomon did for the house of the Lord was complete. And Solomon took the holy things which David his father had given, the silver and the gold and all the vessels, and put them in the store-houses of the house of God.

Malachi 1

1The word of the Lord to Israel by Malachi.

2You have been loved by me, says the Lord. But you say, Where was your love for us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? says the Lord: but Jacob was loved by me,

3And Esau was hated, and I sent destruction on his mountains, and gave his heritage to the beasts of the waste land.

4Though Edom says, We are crushed down but we will come back, building up the waste places; this is what the Lord of armies has said: They may put up buildings, but I will have them pulled down; and they will be named The land of evil-doing, and The people against whom the Lord keeps his wrath for ever.

5And your eyes will see it; and you will say, The Lord is great even outside the limits of Israel.

6A son gives honour to his father, and a servant has fear of his master: if then I am a father, where is my honour? and if I am a master, where is the fear of me? says the Lord of armies to you, O priests, who give no value to my name. And you say, How have we not given value to your name?

7You put unclean bread on my altar. And you say, How have we made it unclean? By your saying, The table of the Lord is of no value.

8And when you give what is blind for an offering, it is no evil! and when you give what is damaged and ill, it is no evil! Give it now to your ruler; will he be pleased with you, or will you have his approval? says the Lord of armies.

9And now, make request for the grace of God so that he may have mercy on us: this has been your doing: will he give his approval to any of you? says the Lord of armies.

10If only there was one among you who would see that the doors were shut, so that you might not put a light to the fire on my altar for nothing! I have no pleasure in you, says the Lord of armies, and I will not take an offering from your hands.

11For, from the coming up of the sun till its going down, my name is great among the Gentiles; and in every place the smell of burning flesh is offered to my name, and a clean offering: for my name is great among the Gentiles, says the Lord of armies.

12But you make it unholy by saying, The Lord’s table has become unclean, and his food is of no value.

13And you say, See, what a weariness it is! and you let out your breath at it, says the Lord of armies; and you have given what has been cut about by beasts, and what is damaged in its feet and ill; this is the offering you give: will this be pleasing to me from your hands? says the Lord.

14A curse on the false man who has a male in his flock, and takes his oath, and gives to the Lord a damaged thing: for I am a great King, says the Lord of armies, and my name is to be feared among the Gentiles.

Malachi 2:1-9

1And now, O you priests, this order is for you.

2If you will not give ear and take it to heart, to give glory to my name, says the Lord of armies, then I will send the curse on you and will put a curse on your blessing: truly, even now I have put a curse on it, because you do not take it to heart.

3See, I will have your arm cut off, and will put waste on your faces, even the waste from your feasts; and you will be taken away with it.

4And you will be certain that I have sent this order to you, so that it might be my agreement with Levi, says the Lord of armies.

5My agreement with him was on my side life and peace, and I gave them to him; on his side fear, and he had fear of me and gave honour to my name.

6True teaching was in his mouth, and no evil was seen on his lips: he was walking with me in peace and righteousness, turning numbers of people away from evil-doing.

7For it is right for the priest’s lips to keep knowledge, and for men to be waiting for the law from his mouth: for he is the servant sent from the Lord of armies.

8But you are turned out of the way; you have made the law hard for numbers of people; you have made the agreement of Levi of no value, says the Lord of armies.

9And so I have taken away your honour and made you low before all the people, even as you have not kept my ways, and have given no thought to me in using the law.

John 8:21-47

21Then he said to them again, I am going away and you will be looking for me, but death will overtake you in your sins. It is not possible for you to come where I am going.

22So the Jews said, Will he take his life? Is that why he says, Where I go it is not possible for you to come?

23And he said to them, You are of the earth; I am from heaven: you are of this world; I am not of this world.

24For this reason I said to you that death will overtake you in your sins: for if you have not faith that I am he, death will come to you while you are in your sins.

25Then they said to him, Who are you? Jesus said, What I said to you from the first.

26I have much to say about you and against you: but he who sent me is true and what he has said to me I say to the world.

27They did not see that his words were about the Father.

28So Jesus said, When the Son of man has been lifted up by you, then it will be clear to you who I am, and that I do nothing of myself, but say as the Father gave me teaching.

29He who sent me is with me; he has not gone from me, because at all times I do the things which are pleasing to him.

30When he said this a number came to have faith in him.

31Then Jesus said to the Jews who had faith in him, If you keep my word, then you are truly my disciples;

32And you will have knowledge of what is true, and that will make you free.

33They said to him in answer, We are Abraham’s seed and have never been any man’s servant: why do you say, You will become free?

34And this was the answer Jesus gave them: Truly I say to you, Everyone who does evil is the servant of sin.

35Now the servant does not go on living in the house for ever, but the son does.

36If then the son makes you free, you will be truly free.

37I am conscious that you are Abraham’s seed; but you have a desire to put me to death because my word has no place in you.

38I say the things which I have seen in my Father’s house: and you do the things which come to you from your father’s house.

39In answer they said to him, Our father is Abraham. Jesus said to them, If you were Abraham’s children you would do what Abraham did.

40But now you have a desire to put me to death, a man who has said to you what is true, as I had it from God: Abraham did not do that.

41You are doing the works of your father. They said to him, We are true sons of Abraham; we have one Father, who is God.

42Jesus said to them, If God was your Father you would have love for me, because it was from God I came and am here. I did not come of myself, but he sent me.

43Why are my words not clear to you? It is because your ears are shut to my teaching.

44You are the children of your father the Evil One and it is your pleasure to do his desires. From the first he was a taker of life; and he did not go in the true way because there is no true thing in him. When he says what is false, it is natural to him, for he is false and the father of what is false.

45But because I say what is true, you have no belief in me.

46Which of you is able truly to say that I am a sinner? If I say what is true, why have you no belief in me?

47He who is a child of God gives ear to the words of God: your ears are not open to them because you are not from God.

August 29

2 Chronicles 1

1And Solomon, the son of David, made himself strong in his kingdom, and the Lord his God was with him, and made him very great.

2And Solomon sent word to all Israel, to the captains of thousands and of hundreds and to the judges and to every chief in all Israel, heads of their families.

3Then Solomon, and all the men of Israel with him, went to the high place at Gibeon, because the Tent of meeting of God, which Moses, the servant of the Lord, had made in the waste land, was there.

4But the ark of God had been moved by David from Kiriath-jearim to the place which he had made ready for it, for he had put up a tent for it at Jerusalem.

5And the altar of brass which Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, had made, was there before the Tent of the Lord; and Solomon and all the people went to give worship there.

6And Solomon went up there to the brass altar before the Lord at the Tent of meeting, offering on it a thousand burned offerings.

7In that night God came to Solomon in a vision, and said to him, Say what I am to give you.

8And Solomon said to God, Great was your mercy to David my father, and you have made me king in his place.

9Now, O Lord God, let your word to David my father come true; for you have made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in number.

10Give me now wisdom and knowledge, so that I may go out and come in before this people: for who is able to be the judge of this great people of yours?

11And God said to Solomon, Because this was in your heart, and you did not make request for money, property, or honour, or for the destruction of your haters, or for long life; but you have made request for wisdom and knowledge for yourself, so that you may be the judge of my people over whom I have made you king:

12Wisdom and knowledge are given to you; and I will give you wealth and honour, such as no king has had before you or ever will have after you.

13So Solomon went back from the high place at Gibeon, from before the Tent of meeting, to Jerusalem; and he was king over Israel.

14And Solomon got together war-carriages and horsemen; he had one thousand, four hundred carriages and twelve thousand horsemen, which he kept, some in the carriage-towns and some with the king at Jerusalem.

15And the king made silver and gold as common as stones in Jerusalem, and cedar like the sycamore-trees of the lowland in number.

16And Solomon’s horses came out of Egypt; the king’s traders got them from Kue at a price.

17A war-carriage might be got from Egypt for six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse for a hundred and fifty: they got them at the same rate for all the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Aram.

2 Chronicles 2:1-16

1Now it was Solomon’s purpose to put up a house for the name of the Lord and a house for himself as king.

2And Solomon had seventy thousand men numbered for transport, and eighty thousand for cutting stone in the mountains, and three thousand, six hundred as overseers.

3And Solomon sent to Huram, king of Tyre, saying, As you did for my father David, sending him cedar-trees for the building of his house,

4See! I am building a house for the name of the Lord my God, to be made holy to him, where perfumes of sweet spices will be burned before him, and the holy bread will be placed at all times, and burned offerings will be offered morning and evening, on the Sabbaths and at the new moons, and on the regular feasts of the Lord our God. This is a law for ever to Israel.

5And the house which I am building is to be great, for our God is greater than all gods.

6But who may have strength enough to make a house for him, seeing that the heaven and the heaven of heavens are not wide enough to be his resting-place? who am I then to make a house for him? But I am building it only for the burning of perfume before him.

7So now send me an expert worker in gold and silver and brass and iron? in purple and red and blue, and in the cutting of all sorts of ornament, to be with the expert workmen who are here in Judah and in Jerusalem, whom my father David got together.

8And send me cedar-trees, cypress-trees and sandal-wood from Lebanon, for, to my knowledge, your servants are expert wood-cutters in Lebanon; and my servants will be with yours,

9To get trees for me in great numbers, for the house which I am building is to be great and a wonder.

10And I will give as food to your servants, the wood-cutters, twenty thousand measures of grain, and twenty thousand measures of barley and twenty thousand measures of wine and twenty thousand measures of oil.

11Then Huram, king of Tyre, sent Solomon an answer in writing, saying, Because of his love for his people the Lord has made you king over them.

12And Huram said, Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, maker of heaven and earth, who has given to David the king a wise son, full of wisdom and good sense, to be the builder of a house for the Lord and a house for himself as king.

13And now I am sending you a wise and expert man, Huram who is as my father,

14The son of a woman of the daughters of Dan, whose father was a man of Tyre, an expert worker in gold and silver and brass and iron, in stone and wood, in purple and blue and fair linen and red, trained in the cutting of every sort of ornament and the invention of every sort of design; let him be given a place among your expert workmen and those of my lord, your father David.

15So now let my lord send to his servants the grain and the oil and the wine as my lord has said;

16And we will have wood cut from Lebanon, as much as you have need of, and will send it to you on flat boats by sea to Joppa, and from there you may take it up to Jerusalem.

Zechariah 14

1See, a day of the Lord is coming when they will make division of your goods taken by force before your eyes.

2For I will get all the nations together to make war against Jerusalem; and the town will be overcome, and the goods taken from the houses, and the women taken by force: and half the town will go away as prisoners, and the rest of the people will not be cut off from the town.

3Then the Lord will go out and make war against those nations, as he did in the day of the fight.

4And in that day his feet will be on the Mount of Olives, which is opposite Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives will be parted in the middle to the east and to the west, forming a very great valley; and half the mountain will be moved to the north and half of it to the south.

5And the valley will be stopped … and you will go in flight as you went in flight from the earth-shock in the days of Uzziah, king of Judah: and the Lord my God will come, and all his holy ones with him.

6And in that day there will be no heat or cold or ice;

7And it will be unbroken day, such as the Lord has knowledge of, without change of day and night, and even at nightfall it will be light.

8And on that day living waters will go out from Jerusalem; half of them flowing to the sea on the east and half to the sea on the west: in summer and in winter it will be so.

9And the Lord will be King over all the earth: in that day there will be one Lord and his name one.

10And all the land will become like the Arabah, from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem; and she will be lifted up and be living in her place; from the doorway of Benjamin to the place of the first doorway, to the doorway of the angle, and from the tower of Hananel to the king’s wine-crushing places, men will be living in her.

11And there will be no more curse; but Jerusalem will be living without fear of danger.

12And this will be the disease which the Lord will send on all the peoples which have been warring against Jerusalem: their flesh will be wasted away while they are on their feet, their eyes will be wasted in their heads and their tongues in their mouths.

13And it will be on that day that a great fear will be sent among them from the Lord; and everyone will take his neighbour’s hand, and every man’s hand will be lifted against his neighbour’s.

14And even Judah will be fighting against Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the nations round about will be massed together, a great store of gold and silver and clothing.

15And the horses and the transport beasts, the camels and the asses and all the beasts in those tents will be attacked by the same disease.

16And it will come about that everyone who is still living, of all those nations who came against Jerusalem, will go up from year to year to give worship to the King, the Lord of armies, and to keep the feast of tents.

17And it will be that if any one of all the families of the earth does not go up to Jerusalem to give worship to the King, the Lord of armies, on them there will be no rain.

18And if the family of Egypt does not go up or come there, they will be attacked by the disease which the Lord will send on the nations:

19This will be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all the nations who do not go up to keep the feast of tents.

20On that day all the bells of the horses will be holy to the Lord, and the pots in the Lord’s house will be like the basins before the altar.

21And every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah will be holy to the Lord of armies: and all those who make offerings will come and take them for boiling their offerings: in that day there will be no more traders in the house of the Lord of armies.

John 8:1-20

1But Jesus went to the Mountain of Olives.

2And early in the morning he came again into the Temple and all the people came to him and he was seated teaching them.

3Now the scribes and Pharisees came, with a woman who had been taken in the act of sinning against the married relation;

4And putting her forward, they said to him, Master, this woman has been taken in the very act of sinning against the married relation.

5Now in the law Moses gave directions that such women were to be stoned; what do you say about it?

6They said this, testing him, so that they might have something against him. But Jesus, with his head bent down, made letters on the floor with his finger.

7But when they went on with their questions, he got up and said to them, Let him among you who is without sin be the first to send a stone at her.

8And again, with bent head, he made letters on the floor.

9And when his words came to their ears, they went out one by one, starting with the oldest even to the last, because they were conscious of what was in their hearts: and Jesus was there by himself with the woman before him.

10Then Jesus got up, and seeing nobody but the woman, he said to her, Where are the men who said things against you? did no one give a decision against you?

11And she said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said, And I do not give a decision against you: go, and never do wrong again.

12Then again Jesus said to them, I am the light of the world; he who comes with me will not be walking in the dark but will have the light of life.

13So the Pharisees said to him, The witness you give is about yourself: your witness is not true.

14Jesus said in answer, Even if I give witness about myself, my witness is true, because I have knowledge of where I came from and where I am going; but you have no knowledge of where I come from or of where I am going.

15You are judging from what you see; I am judging no man.

16Even if I am judging, my decision is right, because I am not by myself–with me is the Father who sent me.

17Even in your law it is said that the witness of two men is true.

18I give witness about myself and the Father who sent me gives witness about me.

19Then they said to him, Where is your Father? Jesus said in answer, You have no knowledge of me or of my Father: if you had knowledge of me you would have knowledge of my Father.

20Jesus said these words in the place where the offerings were stored, while he was teaching in the Temple: but no man took him because his time was still to come.

August 28

1 Chronicles 29

1And David the king said to all the people, Solomon my son, the only one who has been marked out by God, is still young and untested, and the work is great, for this great house is not for man, but for the Lord God.

2Now as far as I am able, I have made ready what is needed for the house of my God; the gold for the things of gold, and the silver for the silver things, and the brass for the brass things, iron for the things of iron, and wood for the things of wood; beryls and jewels to be framed, and stones of different colours for ornament; all sorts of stones of great price, and polished building-stone, as much as is needed and more.

3And because this house of God is dear to me, I give my private store of gold and silver to the house of my God, in addition to all I have got ready for the holy house;

4Even three thousand talents of gold of Ophir and seven thousand talents of the best silver, for plating the walls of the house:

5Gold for the gold things, and silver for the silver things, and for every sort of work to be done by the expert workmen. Who then will come forward, offering himself this day for the Lord’s work?

6Then the heads of families and the chiefs of the tribes of Israel, and the captains of thousands and of hundreds, with the controllers of the king’s business, freely gave themselves;

7And they gave for the use of the house of the Lord, five thousand talents and ten thousand darics of gold, and ten thousand talents of silver, and eighteen thousand talents of brass, and a hundred thousand talents of iron.

8And those who had stones of great price gave them to the store of the house of the Lord, under the care of Jehiel the Gershonite.

9Then the people were glad because their offerings were freely given, for with a true heart they freely gave what they had to the Lord; and David the king was full of joy.

10So David gave praise to the Lord before all the people; and David said, Praise be to you, O Lord the God of Israel, our father for ever and ever.

11Yours, O Lord, is the strength and the power and the glory, and the authority and the honour: for everything in heaven and on earth is yours; yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are lifted up as head over all.

12Wealth and honour come from you, and you are ruler over all, and in your hand is power and strength; it is in your power to make great, and to give strength to all.

13So now, our God, we give you praise, honouring the glory of your name.

14But who am I and what is my people, that we have power to give so freely in this way? for all things come from you, and what we have given you is yours.

15For we, as all our fathers were, are like men from a strange country before you, who have got a place for a time in the land; our days on the earth are like a shade, and there is no hope of going on.

16O Lord our God, all this store, which we have made ready for the building of a house for your holy name, comes from your hand and is yours.

17And I am conscious, my God, that you are the searcher of hearts, taking pleasure in righteousness. As for me, with an upright heart I have freely given all these things; and I have seen with joy your people who are here to make their offerings freely to you.

18O Lord, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers, keep this for ever in the deepest thoughts of your people, and let their hearts be fixed and true to you;

19And give to Solomon my son a true heart, to keep your orders, your rules, and your laws, and to do all these things, and to put up this great house for which I have made ready.

20And David said to all the people, Now give praise to the Lord your God. And all the people gave praise to the Lord, the God of their fathers, with bent heads worshipping the Lord and the king.

21And they made offerings to the Lord, and gave burned offerings to the Lord, on the day after, a thousand oxen, a thousand sheep, and a thousand lambs, with their drink offerings, and a great wealth of offerings for all Israel.

22And with great joy they made a feast before the Lord that day. And they made Solomon, the son of David, king a second time, putting the holy oil on him to make him holy to the Lord as ruler, and on Zadok as priest.

23So Solomon was put on the seat of the Lord as king in place of his father David, and everything went well for him; and all Israel was under his authority.

24And all the chiefs and the men of war and all the sons of King David put themselves under the authority of Solomon the king.

25And the Lord made Solomon great in the eyes of all Israel, clothing him with glory and honour such as no other king in Israel had had before him.

26Now David, the son of Jesse, was king over all Israel.

27For forty years he was ruling as king over Israel, seven years in Hebron and thirty-three years in Jerusalem.

28And he came to his end after a long life, full of days and great wealth and honour; and Solomon his son became king in his place.

29Now all the acts of David, first and last, are recorded in the words of Samuel the seer, and the words of Nathan the prophet, and the words of Gad the seer;

30Together with all his rule and his power, and the events which took place in his time, in Israel and in all the kingdoms of other lands.

Zechariah 13

1In that day there will be a fountain open to the family of David and to the people of Jerusalem, for sin and for that which is unclean.

2And it will come about on that day, says the Lord of armies, that I will have the names of the images cut off out of the land, and there will be no more memory of them: and I will send all the prophets and the unclean spirit away from the land.

3And if anyone goes on acting as a prophet, then his father and his mother who gave him life will say to him, You may not go on living, for you are saying what is false in the name of the Lord; and his father and his mother will put a sword through him when he does so.

4And it will come about in that day that the prophets will be shamed, every man on account of his vision, when he is talking as a prophet; and they will not put on a robe of hair for purposes of deceit:

5But he will say, I am no prophet, but a worker on the land; for I have been an owner of land from the time when I was young.

6And if anyone says to him, What are these wounds between your hands? then he will say, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.

7Awake! O sword, against the keeper of my flock, and against him who is with me, says the Lord of armies: put to death the keeper of the sheep, and the sheep will go in flight: and my hand will be turned against the little ones.

8And it will come about that in all the land, says the Lord, two parts of it will be cut off and come to an end; but the third will be still living there.

9And I will make the third part go through the fire, cleaning them as silver is made clean, and testing them as gold is tested: and they will make their prayer to me and I will give them an answer: I will say, It is my people; and they will say, The Lord is my God.

John 7:25-52

25Then some of the people of Jerusalem said, Is not this the man whose death is desired?

26And here he is talking openly and they say nothing to him! Is it possible that the rulers have knowledge that this is truly the Christ?

27However, it is clear to us where this man comes from: but when the Christ comes no one will have knowledge where he comes from.

28Then, when he was teaching in the Temple, Jesus said with a loud voice, You have knowledge of me and you have knowledge of where I come from; and I have not come of myself; but there is One who has sent me; he is true, but you have no knowledge of him.

29I have knowledge of him because I came from him and he sent me.

30Then they had a desire to take him: but no man put hands on him because his hour was still to come.

31And numbers of the people had belief in him, and they said, When the Christ comes will he do more signs than this man has done?

32This discussion of the people came to the ears of the Pharisees; and the chief priests and the Pharisees sent servants to take him.

33Then Jesus said, I will be with you a little longer and then I go to him who sent me.

34You will be looking for me, and you will not see me: and where I am you may not come.

35So the Jews said among themselves, To what place is he going where we will not see him? will he go to the Jews living among the Greeks and become the teacher of the Greeks?

36What is this saying of his, You will be looking for me and will not see me, and where I am you may not come?

37On the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus got up and said in a loud voice, If any man is in need of drink let him come to me and I will give it to him.

38He who has faith in me, out of his body, as the Writings have said, will come rivers of living water.

39This he said of the Spirit which would be given to those who had faith in him: the Spirit had not been given then, because the glory of Jesus was still to come.

40When these words came to their ears, some of the people said, This is certainly the prophet.

41Others said, This is the Christ. But others said, Not so; will the Christ come from Galilee?

42Do not the Writings say that the Christ comes of the seed of David and from Beth-lehem, the little town where David was?

43So there was a division among the people because of him.

44And some of them had a desire to take him; but no man put hands on him.

45Then the servants went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, Why have you not got him with you?

46The servants made answer, No man ever said things like this man.

47Then the Pharisees said to them, Have you, like the others, been given false ideas?

48Have any of the rulers belief in him, or any one of the Pharisees?

49But these people who have no knowledge of the law are cursed.

50Nicodemus–he who had come to Jesus before, being himself one of them–said to them,

51Is a man judged by our law before it has given him a hearing and has knowledge of what he has done?

52This was their answer: And do you come from Galilee? Make search and you will see that no prophet comes out of Galilee.

August 27

1 Chronicles 27

1Now the number of the children of Israel, that is, the heads of families, and the captains of thousands and of hundreds, and the men in authority who were servants of the king in anything to do with the divisions which came in and went out month by month through all the months of the year, in every division were twenty-four thousand.

2Over the first division for the first month was Ishbaal, the son of Zabdiel; and in his division were twenty-four thousand.

3He was of the sons of Perez, and the chief of all the captains of the army for the first month.

4And over the division for the second month was Eleazar, the son of Dodai the Ahohite, the ruler; and in his division were twenty-four thousand.

5The third captain of the army for the third month was Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada the priest; and in his division were twenty-four thousand.

6This is the same Benaiah who was the great man of the thirty, chief of the thirty; and in his division was Ammizabad his son.

7The fourth captain for the fourth month was Asahel, the brother of Joab, and Zebadiah his son after him; and in his division were twenty-four thousand.

8The fifth captain for the fifth month was Shamhuth the Izrahite; and in his division were twenty-four thousand.

9The sixth captain for the sixth month was Ira, the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite; and in his division were twenty-four thousand.

10The seventh captain for the seventh month was Helez the Pelonite, of the sons of Ephraim; and in his division were twenty-four thousand.

11The eighth captain for the eighth month was Sibbecai the Hushathite, of the Zerahites; and in his division were twenty-four thousand.

12The ninth captain for the ninth month was Abiezer the Anathothite, of the Benjamites; and in his division were twenty-four thousand.

13The tenth captain for the tenth month was Maharai the Netophathite, of the Zerahites; and in his division were twenty-four thousand.

14The eleventh captain for the eleventh month was Benaiah the Pirathonite, of the sons of Ephraim; and in his division were twenty-four thousand.

15The twelfth captain for the twelfth month was Heldai the Netophathite, of Othniel; and in his division were twenty-four thousand.

16And over the tribes of Israel: the ruler of the Reubenites was Eliezer, the son of Zichri; of the Simeonites, Shephatiah, the son of Maacah;

17Of Levi, Hashabiah, the son of Kemuel; of Aaron, Zadok;

18Of Judah, Elihu, one of the brothers of David; of Issachar, Omri, the son of Michael;

19Of Zebulun, Ishmaiah, the son of Obadiah; of Naphtali, Jerimoth, the son of Azriel;

20Of the children of Ephraim, Hoshea, the son of Azaziah; of the half-tribe of Manasseh, Joel, the son of Pedaiah;

21Of the half-tribe of Manasseh in Gilead, Iddo, the son of Zechariah; of Benjamin, Jaasiel, the son of Abner;

22Of Dan, Azarel, the son of Jeroham. These were the captains of the tribes of Israel.

23But David did not take the number of those who were under twenty years old, for the Lord had said that he would make Israel like the stars of heaven in number.

24The numbering was started by Joab, the son of Zeruiah, but he did not go on to the end; and because of it, wrath came on Israel and the number was not recorded in the history of King David.

25And Azmaveth, the son of Adiel, was controller of the king’s property; Jonathan, the son of Uzziah, had control of all store-houses in country places and in the towns and little towns and strong places;

26Ezri, the son of Chelub, had authority over the field-workers and farmers;

27Shimei the Ramathite was responsible for the vine-gardens; Zabdi the Shiphmite was responsible for the produce of the vine-gardens and for all the stores of wine;

28Baal-hanan the Gederite was responsible for the olive-trees and the sycamore-trees in the lowlands; and Joash for the stores of oil;

29And Shitrai the Sharonite was responsible for the herds in the grass-lands of Sharon, and Shaphat, the son of Adlai, for those in the valleys;

30Obil the Ishmaelite had control of the camels and Jehdeiah the Meronothite of the she-asses;

31The flocks were in the care of Jaziz the Hagarite. All these were the controllers of King David’s property.

32Now Jonathan, David’s father’s brother, expert in discussion, and a man of good sense, was a scribe; and Jehiel the son of Hachmoni, had the care of the king’s sons;

33And Ahithophel was the king’s expert in discussion and Hushai the Archite was the king’s friend.

34After Ahithophel was Jehoiada, the son of Benaiah, and Abiathar; and the captain of the king’s army was Joab.

1 Chronicles 28

1And David got together at Jerusalem all the rulers of Israel, the chiefs of the tribes and the captains of the divisions waiting on the king in turn, and the captains of thousands and the captains of hundreds and the controllers of all the goods and property of the king and his sons, with the unsexed servants and the great men of war.

2Then David the king got up and said, Give ear to me, my brothers and my people; it was my desire to put up a house, a resting-place for the ark of the Lord’s agreement, and for the foot-rest of our God; and I had got material ready for the building of it.

3But God said to me, You are not to be the builder of a house for my name, because you are a man of war and have taken life;

4Though the Lord, the God of Israel, took me out of all my father’s family, to be king over Israel for ever, marking out Judah to be chief, and, of the people of Judah, my father’s family; and among the sons of my father he was pleased to make me king over all Israel;

5And of all my sons (for the Lord has given me a great number of sons) he has made selection of Solomon to take his place on the seat of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel.

6And he said to me, Solomon your son will be the builder of my house and the open spaces round it; for I have taken him to be my son, and I will be his father.

7I will keep his kingdom in its place for ever, if he is strong at all times to do my orders and keep my rules, as at this day.

8So now, before the eyes of all Israel, the people of the Lord, and in the hearing of our God, keep and be true to the orders of the Lord your God; so that you may have this good land for yourselves and give it for a heritage to your children after you for ever.

9And you, Solomon my son, get knowledge of the God of your father, and be his servant with a true heart and with a strong desire, for the Lord is the searcher of all hearts, and has knowledge of all the designs of men’s thoughts; if you make search for him, he will be near you; but if you are turned away from him, he will give you up for ever.

10Now then, take note; for the Lord has made selection of you to be the builder of a house for the holy place. Be strong and do it.

11Then David gave to his son Solomon the design of the doorway of the house of God and of its houses and its store-houses, and the higher rooms and the inner rooms and the place for the mercy-seat;

12And the design of all he had in his heart for the outer squares of the house of the Lord, and for the rooms all round it, and for the store-houses of the house of the Lord, and for the store-houses for the holy things;

13And for the divisions of the priests and Levites, and for all the work in connection with the worship of the house of the Lord, and all the vessels used in the house of the Lord;

14Of gold, by weight, for the vessels of gold, for all the vessels of different uses; and silver for all the vessels of silver by weight, for vessels of different uses;

15And gold by weight for the light-supports and the vessels for the lights, the weight of gold needed for every support and every vessel for lights; and for the silver light-supports, the weight of silver needed for every support and for the different vessels as every one was to be used;

16And gold by weight for the tables for the holy bread for every table, and silver for the silver tables;

17Clear gold for the meat-hooks and the basins and the cups; for the gold basins, gold enough by weight for every basin; and silver by weight for every silver basin;

18And the best gold for the altar of perfumes; and gold for the design of the carriage, for the winged ones whose wings were outstretched covering the ark of the Lord’s agreement.

19All this, said David, the design for all these things, has been made dear to me in writing by the hand of the Lord.

20And David said to his son Solomon, Be strong and of a good heart and do your work; have no fear and do not be troubled, for the Lord God, my God, is with you; he will not give you up, and his face will not be turned away from you, till all the work necessary for the house of the Lord is complete.

21And see, there are the divisions of the priests and Levites for all the work of the house of God; and every trained and expert workman will be ready to do for you whatever is needed; and the captains and the people will be under your orders in everything.

Zechariah 12

1The word of the Lord about Israel. The Lord by whom the heavens are stretched out and the bases of the earth put in place, and the spirit of man formed inside him, has said:

2See, I will make Jerusalem a cup of shaking fear to all the peoples round about, when Jerusalem is shut in.

3And it will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a stone of great weight for all the peoples; all those who take it up will be badly wounded; and all the nations of the earth will come together against it.

4In that day, says the Lord, I will put fear into every horse and make every horseman go off his head: and my eyes will be open on the people of Judah, and I will make every horse of the peoples blind.

5And the families of Judah will say in their hearts, The people of Jerusalem have their strength in the Lord of armies, their God.

6In that day I will make the families of Judah like a pot with fire in it among trees, and like a flaming stick among cut grain; they will send destruction on all the peoples round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem will be living again in the place which is hers, that is, in Jerusalem.

7And the Lord will give salvation to the tents of Judah first, so that the glory of the family of David and the glory of the people of Jerusalem may not be greater than that of Judah.

8In that day the Lord will be a cover over the people of Jerusalem; and he who is feeble among them in that day will be as strong as David, and the family of David will be as God, as the angel of the Lord before them.

9And it will come about on that day that I will take in hand the destruction of all the nations who come against Jerusalem.

10And I will send down on the family of David and on the people of Jerusalem the spirit of grace and of prayer; and their eyes will be turned to the one who was wounded by their hands: and they will be weeping for him as for an only son, and their grief for him will be bitter, like the grief of one sorrowing for his oldest son.

11In that day there will be a great weeping in Jerusalem, like the weeping of Hadad-rimmon in the valley of Megiddon.

12And the land will give itself to weeping, every family separately; the family of David by themselves, and their wives by themselves; the family of Nathan by themselves, and their wives by themselves;

13The family of Levi by themselves, and their wives by themselves; the family of Shimei by themselves, and their wives by themselves;

14And all the other families by themselves, and their wives by themselves.

John 7:1-24

1After this, Jesus went from place to place in Galilee. He did not go about in Judaea, because the Jews were looking for a chance to put him to death.

2But the feast of the Jews, the feast of tents, was near.

3So his brothers said to him, Go away from here into Judaea so that your disciples may see the works which you do.

4Because no man does things secretly if he has a desire that men may have knowledge of him. If you do these things, let yourself be seen by all men.

5For even his brothers had no belief in him.

6Jesus said to them, My time is still to come, but any time is good for you.

7It is not possible for you to be hated by the world; but I am hated by it, because I give witness that what it does is evil.

8Go you up to the feast: I am not going up now to the feast because my time has not fully come.

9Having said these things to them, he still kept in Galilee.

10But after his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he went up, not publicly, but in secret.

11At the feast the Jews were looking for him and saying, Where is he?

12And there was much discussion about him among the mass of the people. Some said, He is a good man; but others said, No, he is giving people false ideas.

13But no man said anything about him openly for fear of the Jews.

14Now in the middle of the feast Jesus went up to the Temple and was teaching.

15Then the Jews were surprised and said, How has this man got knowledge of books? He has never been to school.

16Jesus gave them this answer: It is not my teaching, but his who sent me.

17If any man is ready to do God’s pleasure he will have knowledge of the teaching and of where it comes from–from God or from myself.

18The man whose words come from himself is looking for glory for himself, but he who is looking for the glory of him who sent him–that man is true and there is no evil in him.

19Did not Moses give you the law? Even so, not one of you keeps the law. Why have you a desire to put me to death?

20The people said in answer, You have an evil spirit: who has any desire to put you to death?

21This was the answer of Jesus: I have done one work and you are all surprised at it.

22Moses gave you circumcision–not that it comes from Moses, but from the fathers–and even on the Sabbath you give a child circumcision.

23If a child is given circumcision on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses may not be broken, why are you angry with me because I made a man completely well on the Sabbath?

24Let not your decisions be based on what you see, but on righteousness.

August 26

1 Chronicles 25

1Further, David and the chiefs of the servants of the holy place made selection of certain of the sons of Asaph and of Heman and of Jeduthun for the work of prophets, to make melody with corded instruments and brass; and the number of the men for the work they had to do was:

2Of the sons of Asaph: Zaccur and Joseph and Nethaniah and Asharelah, sons of Asaph; under the direction of Asaph, acting as a prophet under the orders of the king;

3Of Jeduthun: the six sons of Jeduthun, Gedaliah and Zeri and Jeshaiah, Hashabiah and Mattithiah; under the direction of their father Jeduthun who, acting as a prophet, with corded instruments gave praise and glory to the Lord.

4Of Heman, the sons of Heman: Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti and Romamti-ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, Mahazioth;

5All these were sons of Heman, the king’s seer in the words of God. And to make great his power God gave Heman fourteen sons and three daughters.

6All these, under the direction of their father, made music in the house of the Lord, with brass and corded instruments, for the worship of the house of God; Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman being under the orders of the king.

7And the number of them, with their brothers who were trained and expert in making melody to the Lord, was two hundred and eighty-eight.

8And selection was made of them for their special work, all having equal chances, small as well as great, the teacher as the learner.

9Now of the group of Asaph, the first name to come out was Joseph; the second Gedaliah; he and his brothers and sons were twelve?

10The third Zaccur, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

11The fourth Izri, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

12The fifth Nethaniah, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

13The sixth Bukkiah, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

14The seventh Jesharelah, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

15The eighth Jeshaiah, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

16The ninth Mattaniah, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

17The tenth Shimei, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

18The eleventh Azarel, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

19The twelfth Hashabiah, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

20The thirteenth Shubael, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

21The fourteenth Mattithiah, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

22The fifteenth Jeremoth, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

23The sixteenth Hananiah, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

24The seventeenth Joshbekashah, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

25The eighteenth Hanani, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

26The nineteenth Mallothi, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

27The twentieth Eliathah, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

28The twenty-first Hothir, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

29The twenty-second Giddalti, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

30The twenty-third Mahazioth, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

31The twenty-fourth Romamti-ezer, with his sons and his brothers, twelve.

1 Chronicles 26

1For the divisions of the door-keepers: of the Korahites, Meshelemiah, the son of Kore, of the sons of Ebiasaph.

2And Meshelemiah had sons: Zechariah the oldest, Jediael the second, Zebadiah the third, Jathniel the fourth,

3Elam the fifth, Jehohanan the sixth, Eliehoenai the seventh.

4And Obed-edom had sons: Shemaiah the oldest, Jehozabad the second, Joah the third, and Sacar the fourth, and Nethanel the fifth,

5Ammiel the sixth, Issachar the seventh, Peullethai the eighth; for the blessing of God was on him.

6And Shemaiah his son had sons, rulers over the family of their father, for they were able men.

7The sons of Shemaiah: Othni and Rephael and Obed, Elzabad, whose brothers were great men of war, Elihu and Semachiah.

8All these were sons of Obed-edom: they and their sons and their brothers, able men and strong for the work; sixty-two sons of Obed-edom.

9Meshelemiah had sons and brothers, eighteen able men.

10And Hosah, a son of the children of Merari, had sons: Shimri the chief (for though he was not the oldest, his father made him chief);

11Hilkiah the second, Tebaliah the third, Zechariah the fourth: Hosah had thirteen sons and brothers.

12Of these were the divisions of the door-keepers, men of authority, having responsible positions like their brothers to be servants in the house of the Lord.

13And the families were taken by the decision of the Lord for every door; the small family had the same chance as the great.

14And the care of the door on the east came out for Shelemiah. Then the name of Zechariah his son, a man wise in discussion, came out, and the door on the north was given to him.

15To Obed-edom, that on the south; and to his sons, the store-house.

16To Hosah, the door on the west, by the door of Shallecheth, at the footway which goes up, watch by watch.

17On the east were six Levites a day, and on the north and the south four a day, and for the store-house two and two.

18For the pillared way, on the west, four at the footway and two at the pillared way itself.

19These were the divisions of door-keepers, of the sons of the Korahites and of the sons of Merari.

20And the Levites their brothers were responsible for the stores of the house of God and the holy things.

21The sons of Ladan: sons of the Gershonites of the family of Ladan, heads of families of Ladan the Gershonite, Jehieli.

22The sons of Jehieli: Zetham and Joel, his brother, had the care of the stores of the house of the Lord.

23Of the Amramites, of the Izharites, of the Hebronites, of the Uzzielites:

24And Shebuel, the son of Gershom, the son of Moses, was controller of the stores.

25And his brothers: of Eliezer, Rehabiah his son, and Jeshaiah his son, and Joram his son, and Zichri his son, and Shelomoth his son.

26Shelomoth and his brothers were responsible for all the store of holy things which David the king and the heads of families, the captains of thousands and of hundreds, and the captains of the army, had given to the Lord.

27From the goods taken in war, they gave, as a holy offering, materials for the building of the house of the Lord.

28And everything Samuel the prophet and Saul, the son of Kish, and Abner, the son of Ner, and Joab, the son of Zeruiah, had made holy; whatever anyone had given, it was under the care of Shelomoth and his brothers.

29Of the Izharites, Chenaniah and his sons had to do all the public business of Israel, in relation to judges and men in authority.

30Of the Hebronites, Hashabiah and his brothers, seventeen hundred able men, were overseers of Israel on the other side of the Jordan, to the west, being responsible for all the work of the Lord’s house and for the work done by the king’s servants.

31Of the Hebronites, Jerijah was the chief of all the Hebronites, in their generations by families. In the fortieth year of the rule of David a search was made, and able men were seen among them at Jazer of Gilead.

32And his brothers were two thousand, seven hundred able men, heads of families, whom King David made overseers over the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh, in everything to do with God, and for the king’s business.

Zechariah 11

1Let your doors be open, O Lebanon, so that fire may be burning among your cedars.

2Give a cry of grief, O fir-tree, for the fall of the cedar, because the great ones have been made low: give cries of grief, O you oaks of Bashan, for the strong trees of the wood have come down.

3The sound of the crying of the keepers of the flock! for their glory is made waste: the sound of the loud crying of the young lions! for the pride of Jordan is made waste.

4This is what the Lord my God has said: Take care of the flock of death;

5Whose owners put them to death and have no sense of sin; and those who get a price for them say, May the Lord be praised for I have much wealth: and the keepers of the flock have no pity for them.

6For I will have no more pity for the people of the land, says the Lord; but I will give up everyone into his neighbour’s hand and into the hand of his king: and they will make the land waste, and I will not keep them safe from their hands.

7So I took care of the flock of death, for those who made profit out of the flock; and I took for myself two rods, naming one Beautiful, and the other Bands; and I took care of the flock.

8And in one month I put an end to the three keepers of the flock; for my soul was tired of them, and their souls were disgusted with me.

9And I said, I will not take care of you: If death comes to any, let death be its fate; if any is cut off, let it be cut off; and let the rest take one another’s flesh for food.

10And I took my rod Beautiful, cutting it in two, so that the Lord’s agreement, which he had made with all the peoples, might be broken.

11And it was broken on that day: and the sheep-traders, who were watching me, were certain that it was the word of the Lord.

12And I said to them, If it seems good to you, give me my payment; and if not, do not give it. So they gave me my payment by weight, thirty shekels of silver.

13And the Lord said to me, Put it into the store-house, the price at which I was valued by them. And I took the thirty shekels of silver and put them into the store-house in the house of the Lord.

14Then I took my other rod, the one named Bands, cutting it in two, so that the relation of brothers between Judah and Israel might be broken.

15And the Lord said to me, Take again the instruments of a foolish keeper of sheep.

16For see, I will put a sheep-keeper over the land, who will have no care for that which is cut off, and will not go in search of the wanderers, or make well what is broken, and he will not give food to that which is ill, but he will take for his food the flesh of the fat, and let their feet be broken.

17A curse on the foolish keeper who goes away from the flock! the sword will be on his arm and on his right eye: his arm will become quite dry and his eye will be made completely dark.
John 6:60-71
60Then, hearing this, a number of his disciples said, This is a hard saying; who is able to take in such teaching?

61When Jesus became conscious that his disciples were protesting about what he said, he said to them, Does this give you trouble?

62What then will you say if you see the Son of man going up to where he was before?

63The spirit is the life giver; the flesh is of no value: the words which I have said to you are spirit and they are life.

64But still some of you have no faith. For it was clear to Jesus from the first who they were who had no faith, and who it was who would be false to him.

65And he said, This is why I said to you, No man is able to come to me if he is not given the power to do so by the Father.

66Because of what he said, a number of the disciples went back and would no longer go with him.

67So Jesus said to the twelve, Have you a desire to go away?

68Then Simon Peter gave this answer: Lord, to whom are we to go? you have the words of eternal life;

69And we have faith and are certain that you are the Holy One of God.

70Then Jesus said, Did I not make a selection of you, the twelve, and one of you is a son of the Evil One?

71He was talking of Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. It was he who was to be false to Jesus–one of the twelve.

August 25

1 Chronicles 24

1Now the divisions into which the sons of Aaron were grouped were these: the sons of Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.

2But Nadab and Abihu came to their end before their father, and had no children; so Eleazar and Ithamar did the work of priests.

3And David, with Zadok of the sons of Eleazar, and Ahimelech of the sons of Ithamar, made distribution of them into their positions for their work.

4And there were more chiefs among the sons of Eleazar than among the sons of Ithamar; and this is how they were grouped: of the sons of Eleazar there were sixteen, all heads of families; and of the sons of Ithamar, heads of families, there were eight.

5So they were put into groups, by the Lord’s decision, one with another; for there were rulers of the holy place and rulers of the house of God among the sons of Eleazar and the sons of Ithamar.

6And Shemaiah, the son of Nethanel the scribe, who was a Levite, put down their names in writing, the king being present with the rulers, and Zadok the priest, and Ahimelech, the son of Abiathar, and the heads of families of the priests and the Levites; one family being taken for Eleazar and then one for Ithamar, and so on.

7Now the first name to come out was that of Jehoiarib; the second Jedaiah,

8The third Harim, the fourth Seorim,

9The fifth Malchijah, the sixth Mijamin,

10The seventh Hakkoz, the eighth Abijah,

11The ninth Jeshua, the tenth Shecaniah,

12The eleventh Eliashib, the twelfth Jakim,

13The thirteenth Huppah, the fourteenth Jeshebeab,

14The fifteenth Bilgah, the sixteenth Immer,

15The seventeenth Hezir, the eighteenth Happizzez,

16The nineteenth Pethahiah, the twentieth Jehezkel,

17The twenty-first Jachin, the twenty-second Gamul,

18The twenty-third Delaiah, the twenty-fourth Maaziah.

19So they were put into their different groups, to take their places in the house of the Lord, in agreement with the rules made by Aaron their father, as the Lord, the God of Israel, had given him orders.

20And of the rest of the sons of Levi: of the sons of Amram, Shubael; of the sons of Shubael, Jehdeiah.

21Of Rehabiah; of the sons of Rehabiah, Isshiah the chief.

22Of the Izharites, Shelomoth; of the sons of Shelomoth, Jahath.

23And the sons of Hebron: Jeriah the chief, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, Jekameam the fourth.

24The sons of Uzziel, Micah; of the sons of Micah, Shamir.

25The brother of Micah, Isshiah; of the sons of Isshiah, Zechariah.

26The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi; the sons of Jaaziah.

27The sons of Merari: of Jaaziah, Shoham and Zaccur and Ibri.

28Of Mahli: Eleazar, who had no sons.

29Of Kish: the sons of Kish, Jerahmeel.

30And the sons of Mushi: Mahli and Eder and Jerimoth. These were the sons of the Levites by their families.

31Selection was made of these in the same way as of their brothers the sons of Aaron, David the king being present, with Zadok, and Ahimelech, and the heads of families of the priests and of the Levites; the families of the chief in the same way as those of his younger brother.

Zechariah 10

1Make your request to the Lord for rain in the time of the spring rains, even to the Lord who makes the thunder-flames; and he will give them showers of rain, to every man grass in the field.

2For the images have said what is not true, and the readers of signs have seen deceit; they have given accounts of false dreams, they give comfort to no purpose: so they go out of the way like sheep, they are troubled because they have no keeper.

3My wrath is burning against the keepers of the flock, and I will send punishment on the he-goats: for the Lord of armies takes care of his flock, the people of Judah, and will make them like the horse of his pride in the fight.

4From him will come the keystone, from him the nail, from him the bow of war, from him will come every ruler;

5Together they will be like men of war, crushing down their haters into the earth of the streets in the fight; they will make war because the Lord is with them: and the horsemen will be shamed.

6And I will make the children of Judah strong, and I will be the saviour of the children of Joseph, and I will make them come back again, for I have had mercy on them: they will be as if I had not given them up: for I am the Lord their God and I will give them an answer.

7And Ephraim will be like a man of war, and their hearts will be glad as with wine; and their children will see it with joy; their hearts will be glad in the Lord.

8With the sound of the pipe I will get them together; for I have given the price to make them free: and they will be increased as they were increased.

9Though I had them planted among the peoples, they will keep me in mind in far countries: and they will take care of their children and will come back.

10And I will make them come back out of the land of Egypt, and will get them together out of Assyria; and I will take them into the land of Gilead, and it will not be wide enough for them.

11And they will go through the sea of Egypt, and all the deep waters of the Nile will become dry: and the pride of Assyria will be made low, and the power of Egypt will be taken away.

12And their strength will be in the Lord; and their pride will be in his name, says the Lord.

John 6:22-59

22The day after, the people who were on the other side of the sea saw that only one small boat had been there, that Jesus had not gone in that boat with the disciples, but that the disciples had gone away by themselves.

23Some other boats, however, came from Tiberias near to the place where they had taken the bread after the Lord had given praise.

24So when the people saw that Jesus was not there, or his disciples, they got into those boats and went over to Capernaum looking for Jesus.

25And when they came across him on the other side of the sea they said, Rabbi, when did you come here?

26Jesus, answering them, said, Truly I say to you, You come after me, not because you saw signs, but because you were given the bread and had enough.

27Let your work not be for the food which comes to an end, but for the food which goes on for eternal life, which the Son of man will give to you, for on him has God the Father put his mark.

28Then they said to him, How may we do the works of God?

29Jesus, answering, said to them, This is to do the work of God: to have faith in him whom God has sent.

30So they said, What sign do you give us, so that we may see and have faith in you? What do you do?

31Our fathers had the manna in the waste land, as the Writings say, He gave them bread from heaven.

32Jesus then said to them, Truly I say to you, What Moses gave you was not the bread from heaven; it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.

33The bread of God is the bread which comes down out of heaven and gives life to the world.

34Ah, Lord, they said, give us that bread for ever!

35And this was the answer of Jesus: I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never be in need of food, and he who has faith in me will never be in need of drink.

36But it is as I said to you: you have seen me, and still you have no faith.

37Whatever the Father gives to me will come to me; and I will not send away anyone who comes to me.

38For I have come down from heaven, not to do my pleasure, but the pleasure of him who sent me.

39And this is the pleasure of him who sent me, that I am not to let out of my hands anything which he has given me, but I am to give it new life on the last day.

40This, I say, is my Father’s pleasure, that everyone who sees the Son and has faith in him may have eternal life: and I will take him up on the last day.

41Now the Jews said bitter things about Jesus because of his words, I am the bread which came down from heaven.

42And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we have seen? How is it then that he now says, I have come down from heaven?

43Jesus made answer and said, Do not say things against me, one to another.

44No man is able to come to me if the Father who sent me does not give him the desire to come: and I will take him up from the dead on the last day.

45The writings of the prophets say, And they will all have teaching from God. Everyone whose ears have been open to the teaching of the Father comes to me.

46Not that anyone has ever seen the Father; only he who is from God, he has seen the Father.

47Truly I say to you, He who has faith in me has eternal life.

48I am the bread of life.

49Your fathers took the manna in the waste land–and they are dead.

50The bread which comes from heaven is such bread that a man may take it for food and never see death.

51I am the living bread which has come from heaven: if any man takes this bread for food he will have life for ever: and more than this, the bread which I will give is my flesh which I will give for the life of the world.

52Then the Jews had an angry discussion among themselves, saying, How is it possible for this man to give us his flesh for food?

53Then Jesus said to them, Truly I say to you, If you do not take the flesh of the Son of man for food, and if you do not take his blood for drink, you have no life in you.

54He who takes my flesh for food and my blood for drink has eternal life: and I will take him up from the dead at the last day.

55My flesh is true food and my blood is true drink.

56He who takes my flesh for food and my blood for drink is in me and I in him.

57As the living Father has sent me, and I have life because of the Father, even so he who takes me for his food will have life because of me.

58This is the bread which has come down from heaven. It is not like the food which your fathers had: they took of the manna, and are dead; but he who takes this bread for food will have life for ever.

59Jesus said these things in the Synagogue while he was teaching at Capernaum.

August 24

1 Chronicles 22:2-19

2And David gave orders to get together all the men from strange lands who were in the land of Israel; and he put stone-cutters to work, cutting stones for building the house of God.

3And he got together a great store of iron, for the nails for the doors and for the joins; and brass, more in weight than might be measured;

4And cedar-trees without number, for the Zidonians and the men of Tyre came with a great amount of cedar-trees for David.

5And David said, Solomon my son is young and untested, and the house which is to be put up for the Lord is to be very great, a thing of wonder and glory through all countries; so I will make ready what is needed for it. So David got ready a great store of material before his death.

6Then he sent for his son Solomon, and gave him orders for the building of a house for the Lord, the God of Israel.

7And David said to Solomon, My son, it was my desire to put up a house for the name of the Lord my God.

8But the word of the Lord came to me saying, You have taken lives without number and made great wars; I will not let you be the builder of a house for my name, because of the lives you have taken on the earth before my eyes.

9But you will have a son who will be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from wars on every side. His name will be Solomon, and in his time I will give Israel peace and quiet;

10He will be the builder of a house for my name; he will be to me a son, and I will be to him a father; and I will make the seat of his rule over Israel certain for ever.

11Now, my son, may the Lord be with you; and may you do well, and put up the house of the Lord your God, as he has said of you.

12Only may the Lord give you wisdom, and knowledge of his orders for Israel, so that you may keep the law of the Lord your God.

13And all will go well for you, if you take care to keep the laws and the rules which the Lord gave to Moses for Israel: be strong and take heart; have no fear and do not be troubled.

14Now see, poor though I am, I have got ready for the house of the Lord a hundred thousand talents of gold and a million talents of silver; and a weight of brass and iron greater than may be measured; and wood and stone have I made ready, and you may put more to it.

15And you have a great number of workmen, cutters and workers of stone and wood, and experts in every sort of work,

16In gold and silver and brass and iron more than may be numbered. Up! then, and to work; and may the Lord be with you.

17Then David gave orders to all the chiefs of Israel to give their help to Solomon his son, saying,

18Is not the Lord your God with you? and has he not given you rest on every side? for the Lord has given the people of the land into my hands, and the land is overcome before the Lord and before his people.

19Now give your heart and soul to the worship of the Lord your God; and get to work on the building of the holy place of the Lord God, so that you may put the ark of the Lord’s agreement and the holy vessels of God in the house which is to be made for the name of the Lord.

1 Chronicles 23

1Now David was old and full of days; and he made his son Solomon king over Israel.

2And he got together all the chiefs of Israel, with the priests and the Levites.

3And the Levites, all those of thirty years old and over, were numbered; and the number of them, by heads, man by man, was thirty-eight thousand.

4Of these, twenty-four thousand were to be overseers of the work of the house of the Lord, and six thousand were judges and men of authority;

5Four thousand were door-keepers; and four thousand gave praise to the Lord with the instruments which I made, said David, for giving praise.

6And David put them into divisions under the names of the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.

7Of the Gershonites: Ladan and Shimei.

8The sons of Ladan: Jehiel the chief, and Zetham and Joel, three.

9The sons of Shimei: Shelomoth and Haziel and Haran, three; these were the heads of the families of Ladan.

10And the sons of Shimei: Jahath, Zizah and Jeush and Beriah; these four were the sons of Shimei.

11Jahath was the chief and Zizah the second; but Jeush and Beriah had only a small number of sons, so they were grouped together as one family.

12The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel, four.

13The sons of Amram: Aaron and Moses; and Aaron was made separate and holy, he and his sons for ever, for the care of the most holy things and the burning of offerings before the Lord, to do his work and give blessings in his name for ever.

14And the sons of Moses, the man of God, were put into the list of the tribe of Levi.

15The sons of Moses: Gershom and Eliezer.

16The sons of Gershom: Shebuel the first.

17And the sons of Eliezer: Rehabiah the first; and Eliezer had no other sons, but Rehabiah had a great number.

18The sons of Izhar: Shelomith the first.

19The sons of Hebron: Jeriah the first, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, and Jekameam the fourth.

20The sons of Uzziel: Micah the first, and Isshiah the second.

21The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi; the sons of Mahli: Eleazar and Kish.

22And at his death Eleazar had no sons, but only daughters, and their relations, the sons of Kish, took them as wives.

23The sons of Mushi: Mahli and Eder and Jeremoth, three.

24These were the sons of Levi, grouped by families, the heads of the families of those who were numbered by name, by heads, all those of twenty years old and over who did the work of the house of the Lord.

25For David said, The Lord, the God of Israel, has given his people rest, and he has made his resting-place in Jerusalem for ever;

26And from now, there will be no need for the House of the Lord, and the vessels used in it, to be moved about by the Levites.

27So among the last acts of David was the numbering of the sons of Levi, from twenty years old and over.

28Their place was by the side of the sons of Aaron in all the work of the house of the Lord, in the open spaces and in the rooms, in the making clean of all the holy things, in doing all the work of the house of the Lord,

29The holy bread was in their care, and the crushed grain for the meal offering, of unleavened cakes or meal cooked over the fire or in water; they had control of all sorts of weights and measures;

30They had to take their places every morning to give praise and make melody to the Lord, and in the same way at evening;

31At every offering of burned offerings to the Lord, on Sabbaths, and at the new moons, and on the regular feasts, in the number ordered by the law, at all times before the Lord;

32And they had the care of the Tent of meeting and the holy place, under the direction of the sons of Aaron their brothers, for the work of the house of the Lord.

Zechariah 9

1A word of the Lord: The Lord has come to the land of Hadrach, and Damascus is his resting-place: for the towns of Aram are the Lord’s,

2As well as Hamath, which is by its limit, and Tyre and Zidon, because they are very wise.

3And Tyre made for herself a strong place, and got together silver like dust and the best gold like the earth of the streets.

4See, the Lord will take away her heritage, overturning her power in the sea; and she will be burned up with fire.

5Ashkelon will see it with fear, and Gaza, bent with pain; and Ekron, for her hope will be shamed: and the king will be cut off from Gaza, and Ashkelon will be unpeopled.

6And a mixed people will be living in Ashdod, and I will have the pride of the Philistines cut off.

7And I will take away his blood from his mouth, and his disgusting things from between his teeth; and some of his people will be kept for our God: and he will be as a family in Judah, and Ekron as one living in Jerusalem.

8And I will put my forces in position round my house, so that there may be no coming and going: and no cruel master will again go through them: for now I have seen his trouble.

9Be full of joy, O daughter of Zion; give a glad cry, O daughter of Jerusalem: see, your king comes to you: he is upright and has overcome; gentle and seated on an ass, on a young ass.

10And he will have the war-carriage cut off from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the bow of war will be cut off: and he will say words of peace to the nations: and his rule will be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.

11And as for you, because of the blood of your agreement, I have sent out your prisoners from the deep hole in which there is no water.

12And they will come back to you, O daughter of Zion, as prisoners of hope: today I say to you that I will give you back twice as much;

13For I have made Judah a bow bent for my use, I have made Ephraim the arrows of the bow; I will make your sons, O Zion, take up arms against your sons, O Greece, and will make you like the sword of a man of war.

14And the Lord will be seen over them, and his arrow will go out like the thunder-flame: and the Lord God, sounding the war-horn, will go in the storm-winds of the South.

15The Lord of armies will be a cover for them; and they will overcome, crushing under foot the armed men; they will take their blood for drink like wine: they will be full like the sides of the altar.

16And the Lord their God will be their saviour in that day, giving them food like the flock of his people: for they will be like the jewels of a crown shining over his land.

17For how good it is and how beautiful! grain will make the young men strong and new wine the virgins.

John 6:1-21

1After these things Jesus went away to the other side of the sea of Galilee–that is, the sea of Tiberias.

2And a great number of people went after him because they saw the signs which he did on those who were ill.

3Then Jesus went up the mountain and was seated there with his disciples.

4Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near.

5Lifting up his eyes, Jesus saw a great number of people coming to where he was, and he said to Philip, Where may we get bread for all these people?

6This he said, testing him: for he had no doubt what he himself would do.

7Philip made answer, Bread to the value of two hundred pence would not be enough even to give everyone a little.

8One of his disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to Jesus,

9There is a boy here with five barley cakes and two fishes: but what is that among such a number?

10Jesus said, Let the people be seated. Now there was much grass in that place. And those seated on the grass were about five thousand.

11Then Jesus took the cakes and having given praise to God, he gave them to the people who were seated, and the fishes in the same way, as much as they had need of.

12And when they had had enough, Jesus said to his disciples, Take up the broken bits which are over, so that nothing may be wasted.

13So they took them up: twelve baskets full of broken bits of the five cakes which were over after the people had had enough.

14And when the people saw the sign which he had done, they said, Truly, this is the prophet who is to come into the world.

15Now when Jesus saw that the people were about to come and take him by force to make him a king, he went away again up the mountain by himself.

16When evening came the disciples went down to the sea;

17And they took a boat and went across the sea in the direction of Capernaum. By then it was dark and still Jesus had not come to them.

18The sea was getting rough because of a strong wind which was blowing.

19After they had gone three or four miles they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near to the boat; and they had great fear.

20But he said to them, It is I, have no fear.

21Then they readily took him into the boat: and straight away the boat was at the land to which they were going.

August 23

1 Chronicles 20

1Now in the spring, at the time when kings go out to war, Joab went out at the head of the armed forces and made waste all the land of the Ammonites and put his men in position before Rabbah, shutting it in. But David was still at Jerusalem. And Joab took Rabbah and made it waste.

2And David took the crown of Milcom from off his head; its weight was a talent of gold and it had stones of great price in it; and it was put on David’s head, and he took a great store of goods from the town.

3And he took the people out of the town and put them to work with wood-cutting instruments, and iron grain-crushers, and axes. And this he did to all the towns of the children of Ammon. Then David and all the people went back to Jerusalem.

4Now after this there was war with the Philistines at Gezer; then Sibbecai the Hushathite put to death Sippai, one of the offspring of the Rephaim; and they were overcome.

5And again there was war with the Philistines; and Elhanan, the son of Jair, put to death Lahmi, the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the stem of whose spear was like a cloth-worker’s rod.

6And again there was war at Gath, where there was a very tall man, who had twenty-four fingers and toes, six fingers on his hands and six toes on his feet; he was one of the offspring of the Rephaim.

7And when he put shame on Israel, Jonathan, the son of Shimea, David’s brother, put him to death.

8These were of the offspring of the Rephaim in Gath; they came to their death by the hands of David and his servants.

1 Chronicles 21

1Now Satan, designing evil against Israel, put into David’s mind the impulse to take the number of Israel.

2And David said to Joab and the captains of the people, Now let all Israel, from Beer-sheba to Dan, be numbered; and give me word so that I may be certain of their number.

3And Joab said, May the Lord make his people a hundred times more in number than they are; but, my lord king, are they not all my lord’s servants? why would my lord have this done? why will he become a cause of sin to Israel?

4But the king’s word was stronger than Joab’s. So Joab went out and went through all Israel and came to Jerusalem.

5And Joab gave David the number of all the people; all the men of Israel, able to take up arms, were one million, one hundred thousand men; and those of Judah were four hundred and seventy thousand men, able to take up arms.

6But Levi and Benjamin were not numbered among them, for Joab was disgusted with the king’s order.

7And God was not pleased with this thing; so he sent punishment on Israel.

8Then David said to God, Great has been my sin in doing this; but now, be pleased to take away the sin of your servant, for I have done very foolishly.

9Then the word of the Lord came to Gad, David’s seer, saying,

10Go and say to David, The Lord says, Three things are offered to you: say which of them you will have, so that I may do it to you.

11So Gad came to David and said to him, The Lord says, Take whichever you will:

12Three years when there will not be enough food; or three months of war, when you will go in flight before your haters, being in great danger of the sword; or three days of the sword of the Lord, disease in the land, and the angel of the Lord taking destruction through all the land of Israel. Now give thought to the answer I am to take back to him who sent me.

13And David said to Gad, This is a hard decision for me to make: let me come into the hands of the Lord, for great are his mercies: let me not come into the hands of men.

14So the Lord sent disease on Israel, causing the death of seventy thousand men.

15And God sent an angel to Jerusalem for its destruction: and when he was about to do so, the Lord saw, and had regret for the evil, and said to the angel of destruction, It is enough; do no more. Now the angel of the Lord was by the grain-floor of Ornan the Jebusite.

16And David, lifting up his eyes, saw the angel of the Lord there between earth and heaven, with an uncovered sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the responsible men, clothed in haircloth, went down on their faces.

17And David said to God, Was it not I who gave the order for the people to be numbered? It is I who have done the sin and the great wrong; but these are only sheep; what have they done? let your hand, O Lord God, be lifted up against me and against my family, but not against your people to send disease on them.

18Then the angel of the Lord gave orders to Gad to say to David that he was to go and put up an altar to the Lord on the grain-floor of Ornan the Jebusite.

19And David went up, as Gad had said in the name of the Lord.

20And Ornan, turning back, saw the angel, and his four sons who were with him went to a secret place. Now Ornan was crushing his grain.

21And when David came, Ornan, looking, saw him, and came out from the grain-floor and went down on his face to the earth before him.

22Then David said to Ornan, Give me the place where this grain-floor is, so that I may put up an altar here to the Lord: let me have it for its full price; so that this disease may be stopped among the people.

23And Ornan said to David, Take it, and let my lord the king do what seems right to him. See, I give you the oxen for burned offerings and the grain-cleaning instruments for fire-wood, and the grain for the meal offering; I give it all.

24And King David said to Ornan, No; I will certainly give you the full price for it, because I will not take for the Lord what is yours, or give a burned offering without payment.

25So David gave Ornan six hundred shekels of gold by weight for the place.

26And David put up an altar there to the Lord, offering burned offerings and peace-offerings with prayers to the Lord; and he gave him an answer from heaven, sending fire on the altar of burned offering.

27Then the Lord gave orders to the angel, and he put back his sword into its cover.

28At that time, when David saw that the Lord had given him an answer on the grain-floor of Ornan the Jebusite, he made an offering there.

29For the House of the Lord, which Moses had made in the waste land, and the altar of burned offerings, were at that time in the high place at Gibeon.

30But David was not able to go before it to get directions from the Lord, so great was his fear of the sword of the angel of the Lord.

1 Chronicles 22:1

1Then David said, This is the house of the Lord God, and this is the altar for Israel’s burned offerings.

Zechariah 8

1And the word of the Lord of armies came to me, saying,

2These are the words of the Lord of armies: I am angry about the fate of Zion, I am angry about her with great wrath.

3This is what the Lord has said: I have come back to Zion, and will make my living-place in Jerusalem: and Jerusalem will be named The town of good faith; and the mountain of the Lord of armies The holy mountain.

4This is what the Lord of armies has said: There will again be old men and old women seated in the open spaces of Jerusalem, every man with his stick in his hand because he is so old.

5And the open spaces of the town will be full of boys and girls playing in its open spaces.

6This is what the Lord of armies has said: If this is a wonder to the rest of this people, is it a wonder to me? says the Lord of armies.

7This is what the Lord of armies has said: See, I will be the saviour of my people from the east country, and from the west country;

8And I will make them come and be living in Jerusalem and they will be to me a people and I will be to them a God, in good faith and in righteousness.

9This is what the Lord of armies has said: Let your hands be strong, you who are now hearing these words from the mouths of the prophets, that is to say, in the days when the base of the house of the Lord of armies has been put in place for the building of the house, that is the Temple.

10For before those days there was no payment for a man’s work, or for the use of a beast, and there was no peace for him who went out or him who came in, because of the attacker: for I had every man turned against his neighbour.

11But now I will not be to the rest of this people as I was in the past, says the Lord of armies.

12For I will let the seed of peace be planted; the vine will give her fruit and the land will give her increase and the heavens will give their dew; and I will give to the rest of this people all these things for their heritage.

13And it will come about that, as you were a curse among the nations, O children of Judah and children of Israel, so I will give you salvation and you will be a blessing: have no fear and let your hands be strong.

14For this is what the Lord of armies has said: As it was my purpose to do evil to you when your fathers made me angry, says the Lord of armies, and my purpose was not changed:

15So in these days it is again my purpose to do good to Jerusalem and to the children of Judah: have no fear.

16These are the things which you are to do: Let every man say what is true to his neighbour; and let your judging give peace in your towns.

17Let no one have any evil thought in his heart against his neighbour; and have no love for false oaths: for all these things are hated by me, says the Lord.

18And the word of the Lord of armies came to me, saying,

19This is what the Lord of armies has said: The times of going without food in the fourth month and in the fifth and the seventh and the tenth months, will be for the people of Judah times of joy and happy meetings; so be lovers of good faith and of peace.

20This is what the Lord of armies has said: It will again come about that when peoples and those living in great towns come,

21And the people of one town go to another and say, Let us certainly go with a request for grace from the Lord, and to give worship to the Lord of armies, then I will go with you.

22And great peoples and strong nations will come to give worship to the Lord of armies in Jerusalem and to make requests for grace from the Lord.

23This is what the Lord of armies has said: In those days, ten men from all the languages of the nations will put out their hands and take a grip of the skirt of him who is a Jew, saying, We will go with you, for it has come to our ears that God is with you.
John 5:19-47
19So Jesus made answer and said, Truly I say to you, The Son is not able to do anything himself; he is able to do only what he sees the Father doing; whatever the Father does the Son does it in the same way.

20For the Father has love for the Son and lets him see everything which he does: and he will let him see greater works than these so that you may be full of wonder.

21In the same way, as the Father gives life to the dead, even so the Son gives life to those to whom he is pleased to give it.

22The Father is not the judge of men, but he has given all decisions into the hands of the Son;

23So that all men may give honour to the Son even as they give honour to the Father. He who gives no honour to the Son gives no honour to the Father who sent him.

24Truly I say to you, The man whose ears are open to my word and who has faith in him who sent me, has eternal life; he will not be judged, but has come from death into life.

25Truly I say to you, The time is coming, it has even now come, when the voice of the Son of God will come to the ears of the dead, and those hearing it will have life.

26For even as the Father has life in himself, so he has given to the Son to have life in himself.

27And he has given him authority to be judge because he is the Son of man.

28Do not be surprised at this: for the time is coming when his voice will come to all who are in the place of the dead,

29And they will come out; those who have done good, into the new life; and those who have done evil, to be judged.

30Of myself I am unable to do anything: as the voice comes to me so I give a decision: and my decision is right because I have no desire to do what is pleasing to myself, but only what is pleasing to him who sent me.

31If I gave witness about myself, my witness would not be true.

32There is another who gives witness about me and I am certain that the witness he gives about me is true.

33You sent to John and he gave true witness.

34But I have no need of a man’s witness: I only say these things so that you may have salvation.

35He was a burning and shining light, and for a time you were ready to be happy in his light.

36But the witness which I have is greater than that of John: the work which the Father has given me to do, the very work which I am now doing, is a witness that the Father has sent me.

37And the Father himself who sent me has given witness about me. Not one of you has ever given ear to his voice; his form you have not seen.

38And you have not kept his word in your hearts, because you have not faith in him whom he has sent.

39You make search in the holy Writings, in the belief that through them you get eternal life; and it is those Writings which give witness about me.

40And still you have no desire to come to me so that you may have life.

41I do not take honour from men;

42But I have knowledge of you that you have no love for God in your hearts.

43I have come in my Father’s name, and your hearts are not open to me. If another comes with no other authority but himself, you will give him your approval.

44How is it possible for you to have faith while you take honour one from another and have no desire for the honour which comes from the only God?

45Put out of your minds the thought that I will say things against you to the Father: the one who says things against you is Moses, on whom you put your hopes.

46If you had belief in Moses you would have belief in me; for his writings are about me.

47If you have no belief in his writings, how will you have belief in my words?

August 22

1 Chronicles 18

1And it came about after this that David made an attack on the Philistines and overcame them, and took Gath with its daughter-towns out of the hands of the Philistines.

2And he overcame Moab, and the Moabites became his servants and gave him offerings.

3Then David overcame Hadadezer, king of Zobah, near Hamath, when he was going to make his power seen by the river Euphrates.

4And David took from him a thousand war-carriages and seven thousand horsemen and twenty thousand footmen: and he had the leg-muscles of all the horses cut, keeping only enough of them for a hundred war-carriages.

5And when the Aramaeans of Damascus came to the help of Hadadezer, king of Zobah, David put to the sword twenty-two thousand Aramaeans.

6Then David put armed forces in Damascus, and the Aramaeans became his servants and gave him offerings. And the Lord made David overcome wherever he went.

7And the gold body-covers of the servants of Hadadezer, David took to Jerusalem.

8And from Tibhath and from Cun, towns of Hadadezer, David took a great store of brass, of which Solomon made the great brass water-vessel and the brass pillars and vessels.

9Now when Tou, king of Hamath, had news that David had overcome all the army of Hadadezer, king of Zobah,

10He sent his son Hadoram to King David, to give him words of peace and blessing, because he had overcome Hadadezer in the fight, for Hadadezer had been at war with Tou; and he gave him all sorts of vessels of gold and silver and brass.

11These King David made holy to the Lord, together with the silver and gold he had taken from all nations; from Edom and Moab and from the children of Ammon and from the Philistines and from Amalek.

12And when he came back from putting to the sword eighteen thousand of the Edomites in the Valley of Salt,

13David put armed forces in all the towns of Edom; and all the Edomites became servants to David. The Lord made David overcome wherever he went.

14So David was king over all Israel, judging and giving right decisions for all his people.

15And Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief of the army; and Jehoshaphat, son of Ahilud, was keeper of the records.

16And Zadok, the son of Ahitub; and Ahimelech, the son of Abiathar, were priests; and Shavsha was the scribe;

17And Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and the sons of David were chief of those whose places were at the king’s side.

1 Chronicles 19

1Now it came about after this that death came to Nahash, the king of the children of Ammon, and his son became king in his place.

2And David said, I will be a friend to Hanun, the son of Nahash, because his father was a friend to me. So David sent men to him, to give him words of comfort on account of his father. And the servants of David came to Hanun, to the land of the children of Ammon, offering him comfort.

3But the chiefs of the children of Ammon said to Hanun, Does it seem to you that David is honouring your father, by sending comforters to you? is it not clear that these men have only come to go through the land and to make secret observation of it so that they may overcome it?

4So Hanun took David’s servants, and cutting off their hair and the skirts of their robes up to the middle, sent them away.

5Then certain men went and gave David word of what had been done to them. And he sent out with the purpose of meeting them; for the men were greatly shamed. And the king said, Keep where you are at Jericho till your hair is long again, and then come back.

6And when the children of Ammon saw that they had made themselves hated by David, Hanun and the children of Ammon sent a thousand talents of silver as payment for war-carriages and horsemen from Mesopotamia and Aram-maacah and Zobah.

7So with this money they got thirty-two thousand war-carriages, and the help of the king of Maacah and his people, who came and took up their position in front of Medeba. And the children of Ammon came together from their towns for the fight.

8And David, hearing of it, sent Joab with all the army of fighting-men.

9So the children of Ammon came out and put their forces in position on the way into the town; and the kings who had come were stationed by themselves in the field.

10Now when Joab saw that their forces were in position against him in front and at his back, he took all the best men of Israel, and put them in line against the Aramaeans;

11And the rest of the people he put in position against the children of Ammon with Abishai, his brother, at their head.

12And he said, If the Aramaeans are stronger and get the better of me, then come to my help; and if the children of Ammon get the better of you, I will come to your help.

13Take heart, and let us be strong for our people and for the towns of our God; and may the Lord do what seems good to him.

14So Joab and the people who were with him went forward into the fight against the Aramaeans, and they went in flight before him.

15And when the children of Ammon saw the flight of the Aramaeans, they themselves went in flight from Abishai, his brother, and came into the town. Then Joab came back to Jerusalem.

16And when the Aramaeans saw that Israel had overcome them, they sent men to get the Aramaeans who were on the other side of the River, with Shophach, the captain of Hadadezer’s army, at their head.

17And word of this was given to David; and he got all Israel together and went over Jordan and came to Helam and put his forces in position against them. And when David’s forces were in position against the Aramaeans, the fight was started.

18And the Aramaeans went in flight before Israel; and David put to the sword the men of seven thousand Aramaean war-carriages and forty thousand footmen, and put to death Shophach, the captain of the army.

19And when the servants of Hadadezer saw that they were overcome by Israel, they made peace with David and became his servants: and the Aramaeans would give no more help to the children of Ammon.

Zechariah 7

1And it came about in the fourth year of King Darius, that the word of the Lord came to Zechariah on the fourth day of the ninth month, the month Chislev.

2Now they of Beth-el had sent Sharezer and Regem-melech to make a request for grace from the Lord,

3And to say to the priests of the house of the Lord of armies and to the prophets, Am I to go on weeping in the fifth month, separating myself as I have done in past years?

4Then the word of the Lord of armies came to me, saying

5Say to all the people of the land and to the priests, When you went without food and gave yourselves to grief in the fifth and the seventh months for these seventy years, did you ever do it because of me?

6And when you are feasting and drinking, are you not doing it only for yourselves?

7Are not these the words which the Lord said to you by the earlier prophets, when Jerusalem was full of people and wealth, and the towns round about her and the South and the Lowland were peopled?

8And the word of the Lord came to Zechariah, saying,

9This is what the Lord of armies has said: Let your judging be upright and done in good faith, let every man have mercy and pity for his brother:

10Do not be hard on the widow, or the child without a father, on the man from a strange country, or on the poor; let there be no evil thought in your heart against your brother.

11But they would not give attention, turning their backs and stopping their ears from hearing;

12And they made their hearts like the hardest stone, so that they might not give ear to the law and the words which the Lord of armies had said by the earlier prophets: and there came great wrath from the Lord of armies.

13And it came about that as they would not give ear to his voice, so I would not give ear to their voice, says the Lord of armies:

14But with a storm-wind I sent them in flight among all the nations of whom they had no knowledge. So the land was waste after them, so that no man went through or came back: for they had made waste the desired land.

John 5:1-18

1After these things there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

2Now in Jerusalem near the sheep-market there is a public bath which in Hebrew is named Beth-zatha. It has five doorways.

3In these doorways there were a great number of people with different diseases: some unable to see, some without the power of walking, some with wasted bodies.

5One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years.

6When Jesus saw him there on the floor it was clear to him that he had been now a long time in that condition, and so he said to the man, Is it your desire to get well?

7The ill man said in answer, Sir, I have nobody to put me into the bath when the water is moving; and while I am on the way down some other person gets in before me.

8Jesus said to him, Get up, take your bed and go.

9And the man became well straight away, and took up his bed and went. Now that day was the Sabbath.

10So the Jews said to the man who had been made well, It is the Sabbath; and it is against the law for you to take up your bed.

11He said to them, But he who made me well, said to me, Take up your bed and go.

12Then they put to him the question: Who is the man who said to you, Take it up and go?

13Now he who had been made well had no knowledge who it was, Jesus having gone away because of the number of people who were in that place.

14After a time Jesus came across him in the Temple and said to him, See, you are well and strong; do no more sin for fear a worse thing comes to you.

15The man went away and said to the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.

16And for this reason the Jews were turned against Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath.

17But his answer was: My Father is still working even now, and so I am working.

18For this cause the Jews had an even greater desire to put Jesus to death, because not only did he not keep the Sabbath but he said God was his Father, so making himself equal with God.

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