June 14

2 Samuel 3:2-39

2While David was in Hebron he became the father of sons: the oldest was Amnon, son of Ahinoam of Jezreel;

3And the second, Chileab, whose mother was Abigail, the wife of Nabal the Carmelite; and the third, Absalom, son of Maacah, the daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur;

4And the fourth, Adonijah, the son of Haggith; and the fifth, Shephatiah, the son of Abital;

5And the sixth, Ithream, whose mother was David’s wife Eglah. These were the sons of David, whose birth took place in Hebron.

6Now while there was war between Saul’s people and David’s people, Abner was making himself strong among the supporters of Saul.

7Now Saul had among his wives a woman named Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah: and Ish-bosheth said to Abner, Why have you taken my father’s wife?

8And Abner was very angry at the words of Ish-bosheth, and he said, Am I a dog’s head of Judah? I am this day doing all in my power for the cause of your father Saul and for his brothers and his friends, and have not given you up into the hands of David, and now you say I have done wrong with a woman.

9May God’s punishment be on Abner, if I do not for David as the Lord in his oath has said,

10And if I do not take away the kingdom from the family of Saul and make David ruler over Israel and Judah from Dan as far as Beer-sheba!

11And so great was Ish-bosheth’s fear of Abner that he was not able to say a word in answer.

12And Abner sent men to David at Hebron, saying, Make an agreement with me, and I will give you my support in getting all Israel on your side.

13And he said, It is well; I will make an agreement with you, but on one condition, which is, that when you come before me, Saul’s daughter Michal is to come with you; till she comes you will not see my face.

14And David sent men to Saul’s son Ish-bosheth, saying, Give me back Michal, my wife, whom I made mine for the price of the private parts of a hundred Philistines.

15So Ish-bosheth sent and took her from her husband Paltiel, the son of Laish.

16And her husband went with her as far as Bahurim, weeping while he went. Then Abner said to him, Go back. And he went back.

17Then Abner had a talk with the chief men of Israel, saying, In the past it was your desire to make David your king: so now, do it:

18For the Lord has said of David, By the hand of my servant David I will make my people Israel safe from the Philistines, and from all who are against them.

19And Abner said the same things to Benjamin: and he went to David in Hebron to make clear to him what seemed good to Israel and to all the people of Benjamin.

20So Abner, with twenty men, came to Hebron, to David. And David made a feast for Abner and the men who were with him.

21And Abner said to David, Now I will go, and make all Israel come to my lord the king, so that they may make an agreement with you, and your kingdom may be as wide as your heart’s desire. Then David sent Abner away and he went in peace.

22Now the servants of David and Joab had been out attacking a band of armed men, and they came back with a great store of goods taken in the fight: but Abner was no longer in Hebron with David, for he had sent him away and he had gone in peace.

23When Joab and his men came, news was given them that Abner, the son of Ner, had come to the king, who had let him go away again in peace.

24Then Joab came to the king, and said, What have you done? when Abner came to you why did you send him away and let him go?

25Is it not clear to you that Abner, the son of Ner, came with deceit to get knowledge of your going out and your coming in and of all you are doing?

26And when Joab had come out from David, he sent men after Abner, and they overtook him at the water-spring of Sirah, and made him come back with them: but David had no knowledge of it.

27And when Abner was back in Hebron, Joab took him on one side by the doorway of the town to have a word with him quietly, and there he gave him a wound in the stomach, causing his death in payment for the death of his brother Asahel.

28And when David had word of it he said, May I and my kingdom be clear for ever in the eyes of the Lord from the blood of Abner, the son of Ner:

29May it come on the head of Joab and all his father’s family: among the men of Joab’s family may there ever be some who are diseased or lepers, or who do the work of women, or are put to the sword, or are wasted from need of food!

30So Joab and Abishai his brother put Abner to death, because he had put to death their brother Asahel in the fight at Gibeon.

31And David said to Joab and all the people who were with him, Go in grief and put haircloth about you, in sorrow for Abner. And King David went after the dead body.

32And they put Abner’s body to rest in Hebron; and the king and all the people were weeping loudly by the resting-place of Abner’s body.

33And the king made a song of grief for Abner and said, Was the death of Abner to be like the death of a foolish man?

34Your hands were free, your feet were not chained: like the downfall of a man before evil men, so was your fall. And the weeping of the people over him went on again.

35And the people came to make David take food, while it was still day, but David with an oath said, May God’s punishment be on me if I take a taste of bread or any other thing till the sun has gone down!

36And all the people took note of it and were pleased: like everything the king did, it was pleasing to the people.

37So it was clear to Israel and to all the people on that day that the king was not responsible for the death of Abner, the son of Ner.

38And the king said to his servants, Do you not see that a chief and a great man has come to his end today in Israel?

39While I, though I am crowned king, have little strength, and these men, the sons of Zeruiah, are out of my control: may the Lord give to the evil-doer the reward of his evil-doing!

Daniel 2:1-23

1In the second year of the rule of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; and his spirit was troubled and his sleep went from him.

2Then the king gave orders that the wonder-workers, and the users of secret arts, and those who made use of evil powers, and the Chaldaeans, were to be sent for to make clear to the king his dreams. So they came and took their places before the king.

3And the king said to them, I have had a dream, and my spirit is troubled by the desire to have the dream made clear to me.

4Then the Chaldaeans said to the king in the Aramaean language, O King, have life for ever: give your servants an account of your dream, and we will make clear to you the sense of it.

5The king made answer and said to the Chaldaeans, This is my decision: if you do not make clear to me the dream and the sense of it, you will be cut in bits and your houses made waste.

6But if you make clear the dream and the sense of it, you will have from me offerings and rewards and great honour: so make clear to me the dream and the sense of it.

7A second time they said in answer, Let the king give his servants an account of his dream, and we will make clear the sense.

8The king made answer and said, I am certain that you are attempting to get more time, because you see that my decision is fixed;

9That if you do not make my dream clear to me there is only one fate for you: for you have made ready false and evil words to say before me till the times are changed: so give me an account of the dream, and I will be certain that you are able to make the sense of it clear.

10Then the Chaldaeans said to the king in answer, There is not a man on earth able to make clear the king’s business; for no king, however great his power, has ever made such a request to any wonder-worker or user of secret arts or Chaldaean.

11The king’s request is a very hard one, and there is no other who is able to make it clear to the king, but the gods, whose living-place is not with flesh.

12Because of this the king was angry and full of wrath, and gave orders for the destruction of all the wise men of Babylon.

13So the order went out that the wise men were to be put to death; and they were looking for Daniel and his friends to put them to death.

14Then Daniel gave an answer with wisdom and good sense to Arioch, the captain of the king’s armed men, who had gone out to put to death the wise men of Babylon;

15He made answer and said to Arioch, O captain of the king, why is the king’s order so cruel? Then Arioch gave Daniel an account of the business.

16And Daniel went in and made a request to the king to give him time and he would make clear the sense of his dream to the king.

17And Daniel went to his house and gave his friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah the news:

18So that they might make a request for the mercy of the God of heaven in the question of this secret; so that Daniel and his friends might not come to destruction with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.

19Then the secret was made clear to Daniel in a vision of the night. And Daniel gave blessing to the God of heaven.

20And Daniel said in answer, May the name of God be praised for ever and ever: for wisdom and strength are his:

21By him times and years are changed: by him kings are taken away and kings are lifted up: he gives wisdom to the wise, and knowledge to those whose minds are awake:

22He is the unveiler of deep and secret things: he has knowledge of what is in the dark, and the light has its living-place with him.

23I give you praise and worship, O God of my fathers, who have given me wisdom and strength, and have now made clear to me what we were requesting from you: for you have given us knowledge of the king’s business.

Mark 1:21-45

21And they came to Capernaum; and on the Sabbath he went into the Synagogue and gave teaching.

22And they were full of wonder at his teaching, because he gave it as one having authority, and not like the scribes.

23And there was in their Synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he gave a cry,

24Saying, What have we to do with you, Jesus of Nazareth? have you come to put an end to us? I see well who you are, the Holy One of God.

25And Jesus said to him sharply, Be quiet, and come out of him.

26And the unclean spirit, shaking him violently, and crying with a loud voice, came out of him.

27And they were all greatly surprised, so that they put questions to one another, saying, What is this? a new teaching! with authority he gives orders even to the unclean spirits, and they do what he says.

28And news of him went out quickly everywhere into all parts of Galilee round about.

29And when they came out of the Synagogue, they went into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.

30Now Simon’s wife’s mother was ill, with a burning heat; and they gave him word of her:

31And he came and took her by the hand, lifting her up; and she became well, and took care of their needs.

32And in the evening, at sundown, they took to him all who were diseased, and those who had evil spirits.

33And all the town had come together at the door.

34And a number, who were ill with different diseases, he made well, and sent out evil spirits; but he did not let the evil spirits say anything, because they had knowledge of him.

35And in the morning, a long time before daylight, he got up and went out to a quiet place, and there he gave himself up to prayer.

36And Simon and those who were with him came after him.

37And when they came up with him, they said to him, Everyone is looking for you.

38And he said to them, Let us go to other parts into the nearest towns, so that I may give teaching there, because for this purpose I came.

39And he went into their Synagogues in every part of Galilee, preaching and driving out evil spirits.

40And a leper came to him and, going down on his knees before him, made a request, saying, If it is your pleasure, you have the power to make me clean.

41And being moved with pity, he put out his hand, and touching him said to him, It is my pleasure; be made clean.

42And straight away the disease went from him, and he was made clean.

43And he sent him away, saying to him very sharply,

44See that you say nothing to any man: but go and let the priest see you, and make yourself clean by an offering of the things ordered by Moses, for a witness to them.

45But he went out, and made it public, giving an account of it everywhere, so that Jesus was no longer able to go openly into a town, but was outside in the waste land; and they came to him from every part.

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