July 27

2 Kings 7:3-20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jonah 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1 Corinthians 13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 26

2 Kings 6

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2 Kings 7:1-2

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

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

Jonah 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1 Corinthians 12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 25

2 Kings 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obadiah 1

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

1 Corinthians 11:17-34

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 24

2 Kings 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amos 9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1 Corinthians 11:1-16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 23

2 Kings 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amos 8

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1 Corinthians 10

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

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

3And they all took the same holy food;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 22

2 Kings 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2 Kings 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amos 7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1 Corinthians 9

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

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

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

4Have we no right to take food and drink?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 21

1 Kings 22

1Now for three years there was no war between Aram and Israel.

2And it came about in the third year, that Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, came down to the king of Israel.

3And the king of Israel said to his servants, Do you not see that Ramoth-gilead is ours? and we are doing nothing to get it back from the hands of the king of Aram.

4And he said to Jehoshaphat, Will you go with me to Ramoth-gilead to make war? And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, I am as you are: my people as your people, my horses as your horses.

5Then Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, Let us now get directions from the Lord.

6So the king of Israel got all the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said to them, Am I to go to Ramoth-gilead to make war or not? And they said, Go up: for the Lord will give it into the hands of the king.

7But Jehoshaphat said, Is there no other prophet of the Lord here from whom we may get directions?

8And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, There is still one man by whom we may get directions from the Lord, Micaiah, son of Imlah; but I have no love for him, for he is a prophet of evil to me and not of good. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.

9Then the king of Israel sent for one of his unsexed servants and said, Go quickly and come back with Micaiah, the son of Imlah.

10Now the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, were seated on their seats of authority, dressed in their robes, by the doorway into Samaria; and all the prophets were acting as prophets before them.

11And Zedekiah, the son of Chenaanah, made himself horns of iron and said, The Lord says, Pushing back the Aramaeans with these, you will put an end to them completely.

12And all the prophets said the same thing, saying, Go up to Ramoth-gilead, and it will go well for you, for the Lord will give it into the hands of the king.

13Now the servant who had gone to get Micaiah said to him, See now, all the prophets with one voice are saying good things to the king; so let your words be like theirs and say good things.

14And Micaiah said, By the living Lord, whatever the Lord says to me I will say.

15When he came to the king, the king said to him, Micaiah, are we to go to Ramoth-gilead to make war or not? And in answer he said, Go up, and it will go well for you; and the Lord will give it into the hands of the king.

16Then the king said to him, Have I not, again and again, put you on your oath to say nothing to me but what is true in the name of the Lord?

17Then he said, I saw all Israel wandering on the mountains like sheep without a keeper; and the Lord said, These have no master: let them go back, every man to his house in peace.

18And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, Did I not say that he would not be a prophet of good but of evil?

19And he said, Give ear now to the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord seated on his seat of power, with all the army of heaven in their places round him at his right hand and at his left.

20And the Lord said, How may Ahab be tricked into going up to Ramoth-gilead to his death? And one said one thing and one another.

21Then a spirit came forward and took his place before the Lord and said, I will get him to do it by a trick.

22And the Lord said, How? And he said, I will go out and be a spirit of deceit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Your trick will have its effect on him: go out and do so.

23And now, see, the Lord has put a spirit of deceit in the mouth of all these your prophets; and the Lord has said evil against you.

24Then Zedekiah, the son of Chenaanah, came near and gave Micaiah a blow on the side of the face, saying, Where is the spirit of the Lord whose word is in you?

25And Micaiah said, Truly, you will see on that day when you go into an inner room to keep yourself safe.

26And the king of Israel said, Take Micaiah and send him back to Amon, the ruler of the town, and to Joash, the king’s son;

27And say, It is the king’s order that this man is to be put in prison and given prison food till I come again in peace.

28And Micaiah said, If you come back at all in peace, the Lord has not sent his word by me.

29So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, went up to Ramoth-gilead.

30And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, I will make a change in my clothing, so that I do not seem to be the king, and will go into the fight; but do you put on your robes. So the king of Israel made a change in his dress and went into the fight.

31Now the king of Aram had given orders to the thirty-two captains of his war-carriages, saying, Make no attack on small or great, but only on the king of Israel.

32So when the captains of the war-carriages saw Jehoshaphat, they said, Truly, this is the king of Israel; and turning against him, they came round him, but Jehoshaphat gave a cry.

33And when the captains of the war-carriages saw that he was not the king of Israel, they went back from going after him.

34And a certain man sent an arrow from his bow without thought of its direction, and gave the king of Israel a wound where his breastplate was joined to his clothing; so he said to the driver of his war-carriage, Go to one side and take me away out of the army, for I am badly wounded.

35But the fight became more violent while the day went on; and the king was supported in his war-carriage facing the Aramaeans, and the floor of the carriage was covered with the blood from his wound, and by evening he was dead.

36And about sundown a cry went up from all parts of the army, saying, Let every man go back to his town and his country, for the king is dead.

37And they came to Samaria, and put the king’s body to rest in Samaria.

38And the war-carriage was washed by the pool of Samaria, which was the bathing-place of the loose women, and the dogs were drinking his blood there, as the Lord had said.

39Now the rest of the acts of Ahab, and all he did, and his ivory house, and all the towns of which he was the builder, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel?

40So Ahab was put to rest with his fathers; and Ahaziah his son became king in his place.

41And Jehoshaphat, the son of Asa, became king over Judah in the fourth year of Ahab’s rule over Israel.

42Jehoshaphat was thirty-five years old when he became king, and he was king for twenty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Azubah, the daughter of Shilhi.

43He did as Asa his father had done, not turning away from it, but doing what was right in the eyes of the Lord; but the high places were not taken away: the people went on making offerings and burning them in the high places.

44And Jehoshaphat made peace with the king of Israel.

45Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, and his great power, and how he went to war, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Judah?

46He put an end to the rest of those who were used for sex purposes in the worship of the gods, all those who were still in the land in the time of his father Asa.

47At that time there was no king in Edom;

48And the representative of King Jehoshaphat made a Tarshish-ship to go to Ophir for gold, but it did not go, because it was broken at Ezion-geber.

49Then Ahaziah, the son of Ahab, said to Jehoshaphat, Let my men go with yours in the ships. But Jehoshaphat would not let them.

50Then Jehoshaphat went to rest with his fathers, and his body was put into the earth in the town of David his father; and Jehoram his son became king in his place.

51Ahaziah, the son of Ahab, became king over Israel in Samaria in the seventeenth year of the rule of Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, and he was king over Israel for two years.

52He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, going in the ways of his father and his mother, and in the ways of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, who made Israel do evil.

53He was a servant and worshipper of Baal, moving the Lord, the God of Israel, to wrath, as his father had done.

Amos 6

1Sorrow to those who are resting in comfort in Zion, and to those who have no fear of danger in the mountain of Samaria, the noted men of the chief of the nations, to whom the people of Israel come!

2Go on to Calneh and see; and from there go to Hamath the great; then go down to Gath of the Philistines: are you better than these kingdoms? or is your land wider than theirs?

3You who put far away the evil day, causing the rule of the violent to come near;

4Who are resting on beds of ivory, stretched out on soft seats, feasting on lambs from the flock and young oxen from the cattle-house;

5Making foolish songs to the sound of corded instruments, and designing for themselves instruments of music, like David;

6Drinking wine in basins, rubbing themselves with the best oils; but they have no grief for the destruction of Joseph.

7So now they will go away prisoners with the first of those who are made prisoners, and the loud cry of those who were stretched out will come to an end.

8The Lord God has taken an oath by himself, says the Lord, the God of armies: the pride of Jacob is disgusting to me, and I have hate for his great houses: so I will give up the town with everything in it.

9Then it will come about that if there are still ten men in a house, death will overtake them.

10And when a man’s relation, even the one who is responsible for burning his body, lifting him up to take his bones out of the house, says to him who is in the inmost part of the house, Is there still anyone with you? and he says, No; then he will say, Keep quiet, for the name of the Lord may not be named.

11For see, at the order of the Lord the great house will be full of cracks and the little house will be broken.

12Is it possible for horses to go running on the rock? may the sea be ploughed with oxen? for the right to be turned by you into poison, and the fruit of righteousness into a bitter plant?

13You whose joy is in a thing of no value, who say, Have we not taken for ourselves horns by the strength which is ours?

14For see, I will send against you a nation, O Israel, says the Lord, the God of armies, ruling you cruelly from the way into Hamath as far as the stream of the Arabah.

1 Corinthians 8

1Now about things offered to images: we all seem to ourselves to have knowledge. Knowledge gives pride, but love gives true strength.

2If anyone seems to himself to have knowledge, so far he has not the right sort of knowledge about anything;

3But if anyone has love for God, God has knowledge of him.

4So, then, as to the question of taking food offered to images, we are certain that an image is nothing in the world, and that there is no God but one.

5For though there are those who have the name of gods, in heaven or on earth, as there are a number of gods and a number of lords,

6There is for us only one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we are for him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and we have our being through him.

7Still, all men have not that knowledge: but some, being used till now to the image, are conscious that they are taking food which has been offered to the image; and because they are not strong in the faith, their minds are troubled.

8But God’s approval of us is not based on the food we take: if we do not take it we are no worse for it; and if we take it we are no better.

9But take care that this power of yours does not give cause for trouble to the feeble.

10For if a man sees you, who have knowledge, taking food as a guest in the house of an image, will it not give him, if he is feeble, the idea that he may take food offered to images?

11And so, through your knowledge, you are the cause of destruction to your brother, for whom Christ underwent death.

12And in this way, doing evil to the brothers, and causing trouble to those whose faith is feeble, you are sinning against Christ.

13For this reason, if food is a cause of trouble to my brother, I will give up taking meat for ever, so that I may not be a cause of trouble to my brother.

July 20

1 Kings 21

1Now Naboth the Jezreelite had a vine-garden in Jezreel, near the house of Ahab, king of Samaria.

2And Ahab said to Naboth, Give me your vine-garden so that I may have it for a garden of sweet plants, for it is near my house; and let me give you a better vine-garden in exchange, or, if it seems good to you, let me give you its value in money.

3But Naboth said to Ahab, By the Lord, far be it from me to give you the heritage of my fathers.

4So Ahab came into his house bitter and angry because Naboth the Jezreelite had said to him, I will not give you the heritage of my fathers. And stretching himself on the bed with his face turned away, he would take no food.

5But Jezebel, his wife, came to him and said, Why is your spirit so bitter that you have no desire for food?

6And he said to her, Because I was talking to Naboth the Jezreelite, and I said to him, Let me have your vine-garden for a price, or, if it is pleasing to you, I will give you another vine-garden for it: and he said, I will not give you my vine-garden.

7Then Jezebel, his wife, said, Are you now the ruler of Israel? Get up, take food, and let your heart be glad; I will give you the vine-garden of Naboth the Jezreelite.

8So she sent a letter in Ahab’s name, stamped with his stamp, to the responsible men and the chiefs who were in authority with Naboth.

9And in the letter she said, Let a time of public sorrow be fixed, and put Naboth at the head of the people;

10And get two good-for-nothing persons to come before him and give witness that he has been cursing God and the king. Then take him out and have him stoned to death.

11So the responsible men and the chiefs who were in authority in his town, did as Jezebel had said in the letter she sent them.

12They gave orders for a day of public sorrow, and put Naboth at the head of the people.

13And the two good-for-nothing persons came in and took their seats before him and gave witness against Naboth, in front of the people, saying, Naboth has been cursing God and the king. Then they took him outside the town and had him stoned to death.

14And they sent word to Jezebel, saying, Naboth has been stoned and is dead.

15Then Jezebel, hearing that Naboth had been stoned and was dead, said to Ahab, Get up and take as your heritage the vine-garden of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he would not give you for money, for Naboth is no longer living but is dead.

16So Ahab, hearing that Naboth was dead, went down to the vine-garden of Naboth the Jezreelite to take it as his heritage.

17And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,

18Go down to Ahab, king of Israel, in Samaria; see, he is in the vine-garden of Naboth the Jezreelite, where he has gone to take it as his heritage.

19Say to him, The Lord says, Have you put a man to death and taken his heritage? Then say to him, The Lord says, In the place where dogs have been drinking the blood of Naboth, there will your blood become the drink of dogs.

20And Ahab said to Elijah, Have you come face to face with me, O my hater? And he said, I have come to you because you have given yourself up to do evil in the eyes of the Lord.

21See, I will send evil on you and put an end to you completely, cutting off from Ahab every male child, him who is shut up and him who goes free in Israel;

22And I will make your family like the family of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, and like the family of Baasha, the son of Ahijah, because you have made me angry, and have made Israel do evil.

23And of Jezebel the Lord said, Jezebel will become food for dogs in the heritage of Jezreel.

24Any man of the family of Ahab who comes to his death in the town will become food for the dogs; and he who comes to his death in the open country will be food for the birds of the air.

25(There was no one like Ahab, who gave himself up to do evil in the eyes of the Lord, moved to it by Jezebel his wife.

26He did a very disgusting thing in going after false gods, doing all the things the Amorites did, whom the Lord sent out before the children of Israel.)

27Hearing these words, Ahab, in great grief, put haircloth on his flesh and went without food, sleeping in haircloth, and going about quietly.

28Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,

29Do you see how Ahab has made himself low before me? because he has made himself low before me, I will not send the evil in his life-time, but in his son’s time I will send the evil on his family.

Amos 5

1Give ear to this word, my song of sorrow over you, O children of Israel.

2The virgin of Israel has been made low, never again to be lifted up: she is stretched out by herself on her land; there is no one to put her on her feet again.

3For these are the words of the Lord God: The town which was able to send out a thousand, will have only a hundred; and that which sent out a hundred, will have only ten, in Israel.

4For these are the words of the Lord to the children of Israel: Let your hearts be turned to me, so that you may have life:

5Do not be looking for help to Beth-el, and do not go to Gilgal, or make your way to Beer-sheba: for Gilgal will certainly be taken prisoner, and Beth-el will come to nothing.

6Go to the Lord for help so that you may have life; for fear that he may come like fire bursting out in the family of Joseph, causing destruction, and there will be no one to put it out in Beth-el.

7You who make the work of judging a bitter thing, crushing down righteousness to the earth;

8Go for help to him who makes Orion and the Pleiades, by whom the deep dark is turned into morning, who makes the day black with night; whose voice goes out to the waters of the sea, sending them out over the face of the earth: the Lord is his name;

9Who sends sudden destruction on the strong, so that destruction comes on the walled town.

10They have hate for him who makes protest against evil in the public place, and he whose words are upright is disgusting to them.

11So because the poor man is crushed under your feet, and you take taxes from him of grain: you have made for yourselves houses of cut stone, but you will not take your rest in them; the fair vine-gardens planted by your hands will not give you wine.

12For I have seen how your evil-doing is increased and how strong are your sins, you troublers of the upright, who take rewards and do wrong to the cause of the poor in the public place.

13So the wise will say nothing in that time; for it is an evil time.

14Go after good and not evil, so that life may be yours: and so the Lord, the God of armies, will be with you, as you say.

15Be haters of evil and lovers of good, and let right be done in the public place: it may be that the Lord, the God of armies, will have mercy on the rest of Joseph.

16So these are the words of the Lord, the God of armies, the Lord: There will be weeping in all the open spaces; and in all the streets they will say, Sorrow! sorrow! and they will get in the farmer to the weeping, and the makers of sad songs to give cries of grief.

17In all the vine-gardens there will be cries of grief: for I will go through among you, says the Lord.

18Sorrow to you who are looking for the day of the Lord! what is the day of the Lord to you? it is dark and not light.

19As if a man, running away from a lion, came face to face with a bear; or went into the house and put his hand on the wall and got a bite from a snake.

20Will not the day of the Lord be dark and not light? even very dark, with no light shining in it?

21Your feasts are disgusting to me, I will have nothing to do with them; I will take no delight in your holy meetings.

22Even if you give me your burned offerings and your meal offerings, I will not take pleasure in them: I will have nothing to do with the peace-offerings of your fat beasts.

23Take away from me the noise of your songs; my ears are shut to the melody of your instruments.

24But let the right go rolling on like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

25Did you come to me with offerings of beasts and meal offerings in the waste land for forty years, O Israel?

26Truly, you will take up Saccuth your king and Kaiwan your images, the star of your god, which you made for yourselves.

27And I will send you away as prisoners farther than Damascus, says the Lord, whose name is the God of armies.

1 Corinthians 7:25-40

25Now about virgins I have no orders from the Lord: but I give my opinion as one to whom the Lord has given mercy to be true to him.

26In my opinion then, because of the present trouble, it is good for a man to keep as he is.

27If you are married to a wife, make no attempt to get free from her: if you are free from a wife, do not take a wife.

28If you get married it is not a sin; and if an unmarried woman gets married it is not a sin. But those who do so will have trouble in the flesh. But I will not be hard on you.

29But I say this, my brothers, the time is short; and from now it will be wise for those who have wives to be as if they had them not;

30And for those who are in sorrow, to give no signs of it; and for those who are glad, to give no signs of joy; and for those who are getting property, to be as if they had nothing;

31And for those who make use of the world, not to be using it fully; for this world’s way of life will quickly come to an end.

32But it is my desire for you to be free from cares. The unmarried man gives his mind to the things of the Lord, how he may give pleasure to the Lord:

33But the married man gives his attention to the things of this world, how he may give pleasure to his wife.

34And the wife is not the same as the virgin. The virgin gives her mind to the things of the Lord, so that she may be holy in body and in spirit: but the married woman takes thought for the things of the world, how she may give pleasure to her husband.

35Now I say this for your profit; not to make things hard for you, but because of what is right, and so that you may be able to give all your attention to the things of the Lord.

36But if, in any man’s opinion, he is not doing what is right for his virgin, if she is past her best years, and there is need for it, let him do what seems right to him; it is no sin; let them be married.

37But the man who is strong in mind and purpose, who is not forced but has control over his desires, does well if he comes to the decision to keep her a virgin.

38So then, he who gets married to his virgin does well, and he who keeps her unmarried does better.

39It is right for a wife to be with her husband as long as he is living; but when her husband is dead, she is free to be married to another; but only to a Christian.

40But it will be better for her to keep as she is, in my opinion: and it seems to me that I have the Spirit of God.

July 19

1 Kings 20

1Now Ben-hadad, king of Aram, got all his army together, and thirty-two kings with him, and horses and carriages of war; he went up and made war on Samaria, shutting it in.

2And he sent representatives into the town to Ahab, king of Israel;

3And they said to him, Ben-hadad says, Your silver and your gold are mine; and your wives and children are mine.

4And the king of Israel sent him an answer saying, As you say, my lord king, I am yours with all I have.

5Then the representatives came back again, and said, These are the words of Ben-hadad: I sent to you saying, Give up to me your silver and your gold, your wives and your children;

6But I will send my servants to you tomorrow about this time, to make a search through your house and the houses of your people, and everything which is pleasing in your eyes they will take away in their hands.

7Then the king of Israel sent for all the responsible men of the land, and said, Now will you take note and see the evil purpose of this man: he sent for my wives and my children, my silver and my gold, and I did not keep them back.

8And all the responsible men and the people said to him, Do not give attention to him or do what he says.

9So he said to the representatives of Ben-hadad, Say to my lord the king, All the orders you sent the first time I will do; but this thing I may not do. And the representatives went back with this answer.

10Then Ben-hadad sent to him, saying, May the gods’ punishment be on me if there is enough of the dust of Samaria for all the people at my feet to take some in their hands.

11And the king of Israel said in answer, Say to him, The time for loud talk is not when a man is putting on his arms, but when he is taking them off.

12Now when this answer was given to Ben-hadad, he was drinking with the kings in the tents, and he said to his men, Take up your positions. So they put themselves in position for attacking the town.

13Then a prophet came up to Ahab, king of Israel, and said, The Lord says, Have you seen all this great army? See, I will give it into your hands today, and you will see that I am the Lord.

14And Ahab said, By whom? And he said, The Lord says, By the servants of the chiefs who are over the divisions of the land. Then he said, By whom is the fighting to be started? And he made answer, By you.

15Then he got together the servants of all the chiefs who were over the divisions of the land, two hundred and thirty-two of them; and after them, he got together all the people, all the children of Israel, seven thousand.

16And in the middle of the day they went out. But Ben-hadad was drinking in the tents with the thirty-two kings who were helping him.

17And the servants of the chiefs who were over the divisions of the land went forward first; and when Ben-hadad sent out, they gave him the news, saying, Men have come out from Samaria.

18And he said, If they have come out for peace, take them living, and if they have come out for war, take them living.

19So the servants of the chiefs of the divisions of the land went out of the town, with the army coming after them.

20And every one of them put his man to death, and the Aramaeans went in flight with Israel after them; and Ben-hadad, king of Aram, got away safely on a horse with his horsemen.

21And the king of Israel went out and took the horses and the war-carriages, and made great destruction among the Aramaeans.

22Then the prophet came up to the king of Israel, and said to him, Now make yourself strong, and take care what you do, or a year from now the king of Aram will come up against you again.

23Then the king of Aram’s servants said to him, Their god is a god of the hills; that is why they were stronger than we: but if we make an attack on them in the lowlands, we will certainly be stronger than they.

24This is what you have to do: take away the kings from their positions, and put captains in their places;

25And get together another army like the one which came to destruction, horse for horse, and carriage for carriage; and let us make war on them in the lowlands, and certainly we will be stronger than they. And he gave ear to what they said, and did so.

26So, a year later, Ben-hadad got the Aramaeans together and went up to Aphek to make war on Israel.

27And the children of Israel got themselves together, and food was made ready and they went against them; the tents of the children of Israel were like two little flocks of goats before them, but all the country was full of the Aramaeans.

28And a man of God came up and said to the king of Israel, The Lord says, Because the Aramaeans have said, The Lord is a god of the hills and not of the valleys; I will give all this great army into your hands, and you will see that I am the Lord.

29Now the two armies kept their positions facing one another for seven days. And on the seventh day the fight was started; and the children of Israel put to the sword a hundred thousand Aramaean footmen in one day.

30But the rest went in flight to Aphek, into the town, where a wall came down on the twenty-seven thousand who were still living. And Ben-hadad went in flight into the town, into an inner room.

31Then his servants said to him, It is said that the kings of Israel are full of mercy: let us then put on haircloth, and cords on our heads, and go to the king of Israel; it may be that he will give you your life.

32So they put on haircloth, and cords on their heads, and came to the king of Israel and said, Your servant Ben-hadad says, Let me now keep my life. And he said, Is he still living? he is my brother.

33Now the men took it as a sign, and quickly took up his words; and they said, Ben-hadad is your brother. Then he said, Go and get him. So Ben-hadad came out to him and he made him get up into his carriage.

34And Ben-hadad said to him, The towns my father took from your father I will give back; and you may make streets for yourself in Damascus as my father did in Samaria. And as for me, at the price of this agreement you will let me go. So he made an agreement with him and let him go.

35And a certain man of the sons of the prophets said to his neighbour by the word of the Lord, Give me a wound. But the man would not.

36Then he said to him, Because you have not given ear to the voice of the Lord, straight away when you have gone from me a lion will put you to death. And when he had gone, straight away a lion came rushing at him and put him to death.

37Then he came across another man, and said, Give me a wound. And the man gave him a blow wounding him.

38So the prophet went away, and pulling his head-band over his eyes to keep his face covered, took his place by the road waiting for the king.

39And when the king went by, crying out to him he said, Your servant went out into the fight; and a man came out to me with another man and said, Keep this man: if by any chance he gets away, your life will be the price of his life, or you will have to give a talent of silver in payment.

40But while your servant was turning this way and that, he was gone. Then the king of Israel said to him, You are responsible; you have given the decision against yourself.

41Then he quickly took the head-band from his eyes; and the king of Israel saw that he was one of the prophets.

42And he said to him, These are the words of the Lord: Because you have let go from your hands the man whom I had put to the curse, your life will be taken for his life, and your people for his people.

43Then the king of Israel went back to his house, bitter and angry, and came to Samaria.

Amos 4:4-13

4Come to Beth-el and do evil; to Gilgal, increasing the number of your sins; come with your offerings every morning and your tenths every three days:

5Let that which is leavened be burned as a praise-offering, let the news of your free offerings be given out publicly; for this is pleasing to you, O children of Israel, says the Lord.

6But in all your towns I have kept food from your teeth, and in all your places there has been need of bread: and still you have not come back to me, says the Lord.

7And I have kept back the rain from you, when it was still three months before the grain-cutting: I sent rain on one town and kept it back from another: one part was rained on, and the part where there was no rain became a waste.

8So two or three towns went wandering to one town looking for water, and did not get enough: and still you have not come back to me, says the Lord.

9I have sent destruction on your fields by burning and disease: the increase of your gardens and your vine-gardens, your fig-trees and your olive-trees, has been food for worms: and still you have not come back to me, says the Lord.

10I have sent disease among you, as it was in Egypt: I have put your young men to the sword, and have taken away your horses; I have made the evil smell from your tents come up to your noses: and still you have not come back to me, says the Lord.

11And I have sent destruction among you, as when God sent destruction on Sodom and Gomorrah, and you were like a burning stick pulled out of the fire: and still you have not come back to me, says the Lord.

12So this is what I will do to you, O Israel: and because I will do this to you, be ready for a meeting with your God, O Israel.

13For see, he who gave form to the mountains and made the wind, giving knowledge of his purpose to man, who makes the morning dark, and is walking on the high places of the earth: the Lord, the God of armies, is his name.

1 Corinthians 7:1-24

1Now, as to the things in your letter to me: It is good for a man to have nothing to do with a woman.

2But because of the desires of the flesh, let every man have his wife, and every woman her husband.

3Let the husband give to the wife what is right; and let the wife do the same to the husband.

4The wife has not power over her body, but the husband; and in the same way the husband has not power over his body, but the wife.

5Do not keep back from one another what is right, but only for a short time, and by agreement, so that you may give yourselves to prayer, and come together again; so that Satan may not get the better of you through your loss of self-control.

6But this I say as my opinion, and not as an order of the Lord.

7It is my desire that all men might be even as I am. But every man has the power of his special way of life given him by God, one in this way and one in that.

8But I say to the unmarried and to the widows, It is good for them to be even as I am.

9But if they have not self-control let them get married; for married life is better than the burning of desire.

10But to the married I give orders, though not I but the Lord, that the wife may not go away from her husband

11(Or if she goes away from him, let her keep unmarried, or be united to her husband again); and that the husband may not go away from his wife.

12But to the rest I say, and not the Lord; If a brother has a wife who is not a Christian, and it is her desire to go on living with him, let him not go away from her.

13And if a woman has a husband who is not a Christian, and it is his desire to go on living with her, let her not go away from her husband.

14For the husband who has not faith is made holy through his Christian wife, and the wife who is not a Christian is made holy through the brother: if not, your children would be unholy, but now are they holy.

15But if the one who is not a Christian has a desire to go away, let it be so: the brother or the sister in such a position is not forced to do one thing or the other: but it is God’s pleasure that we may be at peace with one another.

16For how may you be certain, O wife, that you will not be the cause of salvation to your husband? or you, O husband, that you may not do the same for your wife?

17Only, as the Lord has given to a man, and as is the purpose of God for him, so let him go on living. And these are my orders for all the churches.

18If any man who is a Christian has had circumcision, let him keep so; and if any man who is a Christian has not had circumcision, let him make no change.

19Circumcision is nothing, and its opposite is nothing, but only doing the orders of God is of value.

20Let every man keep the position in which he has been placed by God.

21If you were a servant when you became a Christian, let it not be a grief to you; but if you have a chance to become free, make use of it.

22For he who was a servant when he became a Christian is the Lord’s free man; and he who was free when he became a Christian is the Lord’s servant.

23It is the Lord who has made payment for you: be not servants of men.

24My brothers, let every man keep in that condition which is the purpose of God for him.

July 18

1 Kings 19

1Ahab gave Jezebel news of all Elijah had done, and how he had put all the prophets to death with the sword.

2Then Jezebel sent a servant to Elijah, saying, May the gods’ punishment be on me if I do not make your life like the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.

3And he got up, fearing for his life, and went in flight, and came to Beer-sheba in Judah, parting there from his servant;

4While he himself went a day’s journey into the waste land, and took a seat under a broom-plant, desiring for himself only death; for he said, It is enough: now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my fathers.

5And stretching himself on the earth, he went to sleep under the broom-plant; but an angel, touching him, said to him, Get up and have some food.

6And looking up, he saw by his head a cake cooked on the stones and a bottle of water. So he took food and drink and went to sleep again.

7And the angel of the Lord came again a second time, and touching him said, Get up and have some food, or the journey will be overmuch for your strength.

8So he got up and took food and drink, and in the strength of that food he went on for forty days and nights, to Horeb, the mountain of God.

9And there he went into a hole in the rock for the night; then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, What are you doing here, Elijah?

10And he said, I have been burning for the honour of the Lord, the God of armies; for the children of Israel have not kept your agreement; they have made destruction of your altars, and have put your prophets to death with the sword: till I, even I, am the only one living; and now they are attempting to take away my life.

11Then he said, Go out and take your place on the mountain before the Lord. Then the Lord went by, and mountains were parted by the force of a great wind, and rocks were broken before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind there was an earth-shock, but the Lord was not in the earth-shock.

12And after the earth-shock a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire, the sound of a soft breath.

13And Elijah, hearing it, went out, covering his face with his robe, and took his place in the opening of the hole. And there a voice came to him saying, What are you doing here, Elijah?

14And he said, I have been burning for the honour of the Lord, the God of armies; for the children of Israel have not kept your agreement; they have had your altars broken down, and have put your prophets to death with the sword: till I, even I, am the only one living; and now they are attempting to take away my life.

15And the Lord said to him, Go back on your way through the waste land to Damascus; and when you come there, put the holy oil on Hazael to make him king over Aram;

16And on Jehu, son of Nimshi, making him king over Israel; and on Elisha, the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah, to be prophet in your place.

17And it will come about that the man who gets away safe from the sword of Hazael, Jehu will put to death; and whoever gets away safe from the sword of Jehu, Elisha will put to death.

18But I will keep safe seven thousand in Israel, all those whose knees have not been bent to Baal, and whose mouths have given him no kisses.

19So he went away from there and came across Elisha, the son of Shaphat, ploughing with twelve yoke of oxen, he himself walking with the twelfth; and Elijah went up to him and put his robe on him.

20And letting the oxen be where they were, he came running after Elijah, and said, Only let me give a kiss to my father and mother, and then I will come after you. But he said to him, Go back again; for what have I done to you?

21And he went back, and took the oxen and put them to death, and cooking their flesh with the yokes of the oxen, he gave the people a feast. Then he got up and went after Elijah and became his servant.

Amos 3:3-15

3Is it possible for two to go walking together, if not by agreement?

4Will a lion give his loud cry in the woodland when no food is there? will the voice of the young lion be sounding from his hole if he has taken nothing?

5Is it possible for a bird to be taken in a net on the earth where no net has been put for him? will the net come up from the earth if it has taken nothing at all?

6If the horn is sounded in the town will the people not be full of fear? will evil come on a town if the Lord has not done it?

7Certainly the Lord will do nothing without making clear his secret to his servants, the prophets.

8The cry of the lion is sounding; who will not have fear? The Lord God has said the word; is it possible for the prophet to keep quiet?

9Give out the news in the great houses of Assyria and in the land of Egypt, and say, Come together on the mountains of Samaria, and see what great outcries are there, and what cruel acts are done in it.

10For they have no knowledge of how to do what is right, says the Lord, who are storing up violent acts and destruction in their great houses.

11For this reason, says the Lord, an attacker will come, shutting in the land on every side; and your strength will come down and your great houses will be made waste.

12These are the words of the Lord: As the keeper of sheep takes out of the mouth of the lion two legs or part of an ear; so will the children of Israel be made safe, who are resting in Samaria on seats of honour or on the silk cushions of a bed.

13Give ear now, and give witness against the family of Jacob, says the Lord God, the God of armies;

14For in the day when I give Israel punishment for his sins, I will send punishment on the altars of Beth-el, and the horns of the altar will be cut off and come down to the earth.

15And I will send destruction on the winter house with the summer house; the ivory houses will be falling down and the great houses will come to an end, says the Lord.

Amos 4:1-3

1Give ear to this word, you cows of Bashan, who are in the hill of Samaria, by whom the poor are kept down, and those in need are crushed; who say to their lords, Get out the wine and give us drink.

2The Lord God has taken an oath by his holy name, that the days are coming when they will take you away with hooks, and the rest of you with fish-hooks.

3And you will go out through the broken places, every one going straight before her, and you will be sent into Harmon, says the Lord.

1 Corinthians 6

1How is it, that if any one of you has a cause at law against another, he takes it before a Gentile judge and not before the saints?

2Is it not certain that the saints will be the judges of the world? if then the world will be judged by you, are you unable to give a decision about the smallest things?

3Is it not certain that we are to be the judges of angels? how much more then of the things of this life?

4If then there are questions to be judged in connection with the things of this life, why do you put them in the hands of those who have no position in the church?

5I say this to put you to shame. Is there not among you one wise man who may be able to give a decision between his brothers?

6But a brother who has a cause at law against another takes it before Gentile judges.

7More than this, it is not to your credit to have causes at law with one another at all. Why not put up with wrong? why not undergo loss?

8So far from doing this, you yourselves do wrong and take your brothers’ property.

9Have you not knowledge that evil-doers will have no part in the kingdom of God? Have no false ideas about this: no one who goes after the desires of the flesh, or gives worship to images, or is untrue when married, or is less than a man, or makes a wrong use of men,

10Or is a thief, or the worse for drink, or makes use of strong language, or takes by force what is not his, will have any part in the kingdom of God.

11And such were some of you; but you have been washed, you have been made holy, you have been given righteousness in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

12I am free to do all things; but not all things are wise. I am free to do all things; but I will not let myself come under the power of any.

13Food is for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will put an end to them together. But the body is not for the desires of the flesh, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body:

14And God who made the Lord Jesus come back from the dead will do the same for us by his power.

15Do you not see that your bodies are part of the body of Christ? how then may I take what is a part of the body of Christ and make it a part of the body of a loose woman? such a thing may not be.

16Or do you not see that he who is joined to a loose woman is one body with her? for God has said, The two of them will become one flesh.

17But he who is united to the Lord is one spirit.

18Keep away from the desires of the flesh. Every sin which a man does is outside of the body; but he who goes after the desires of the flesh does evil to his body.

19Or are you not conscious that your body is a house for the Holy Spirit which is in you, and which has been given to you by God? and you are not the owners of yourselves;

20For a payment has been made for you: let God be honoured in your body.

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