June 16

2 Samuel 6

1And David got together all the fighting-men of Israel to the number of thirty thousand;

2And David, and all the people who were with him, went to Baal of Judah to get the ark of God, over which the holy name is named, the name of the Lord of armies, whose place is between the winged ones.

3And they put the ark of God on a new cart and took it out of the house of Abinadab which was on the hill: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, were the drivers of the cart.

4And Uzzah went by the side of the ark, while Ahio went before it.

5And David and all the men of Israel made melody before the Lord with all their power, with songs and with corded instruments and instruments of brass.

6And when they came to Nacon’s grain-floor, Uzzah put his hand on the ark of God to keep it safe in its place, for the oxen were out of control.

7And the wrath of the Lord, burning against Uzzah, sent destruction on him because he had put his hand on the ark, and death came to him there by the ark of God.

8And David was angry because of the Lord’s outburst of wrath against Uzzah: and he gave that place the name Perez-uzzah, which is its name to this day.

9And such was David’s fear of the Lord that day, that he said, How may I let the ark of God come to me?

10So David did not let the ark of the Lord come back to him to the town of David: but had it turned away and put into the house of Obed-edom the Gittite.

11And the ark of the Lord was in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite for three months: and the Lord sent a blessing on Obed-edom and all his family.

12And they said to King David, The blessing of the Lord is on the family of Obed-edom and on all he has, because of the ark of God. And David went and took the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into the town of David with joy.

13And when those who were lifting the ark of the Lord had gone six steps, he made an offering of an ox and a fat young beast.

14And David, clothed in a linen ephod, was dancing before the Lord with all his strength.

15So David and all the men of Israel took up the ark of the Lord with cries of joy and sounding of horns.

16And when the ark of the Lord came into the town of David, Michal, Saul’s daughter, looking out of the window, saw King David dancing and jumping before the Lord; and to her mind he seemed foolish.

17And they took in the ark of the Lord, and put it in its place inside the tent which David had put up for it: and David made burned offerings and peace-offerings to the Lord.

18And after David had made the burned offerings and the peace-offerings, he gave the people a blessing in the name of the Lord of armies.

19And he gave to every man and woman among all the people, among all the masses of Israel, a cake of bread and a measure of wine and a cake of dry grapes. Then all the people went away, every man to his house.

20Then David came back to give a blessing to his family. And Michal, Saul’s daughter, came out to him and said, How full of glory was the king of Israel today, who let himself be seen uncovered by his servant-girls like a foolish person uncovering himself without shame!

21And David said to Michal, I was dancing before the Lord, who put me over your father and all his sons, to make me a ruler over the people of the Lord, over his people Israel: and I will go on playing before the Lord;

22And I will do even worse than this, and make myself even lower in your eyes: but the servant-girls of whom you were talking will give me honour.

23And Michal, Saul’s daughter, had no child till the day of her death.

Daniel 3

1Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, sixty cubits high and six cubits wide: he put it up in the valley of Dura, in the land of Babylon.

2And Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to get together all the captains, the chiefs, the rulers, the wise men, the keepers of public money, the judges, the overseers, and all the rulers of the divisions of the country, to come to see the unveiling of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had put up.

3Then the captains, the chiefs, the rulers, the wise men, the keepers of public money, the judges, the overseers, and all the rulers of the divisions of the country, came together to see the unveiling of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had put up; and they took their places before the image which Nebuchadnezzar had put up.

4Then one of the king’s criers said in a loud voice, To you the order is given, O peoples, nations, and languages,

5That when the sound of the horn, pipe, harp, trigon, psaltery, bagpipe, and all sorts of instruments, comes to your ears, you are to go down on your faces in worship before the image of gold which Nebuchadnezzar the king has put up:

6And anyone not falling down and worshipping will that same hour be put into a burning and flaming fire.

7So at that time, all the people, when the sound of the horn, pipe, harp, trigon, psaltery, and all sorts of instruments, came to their ears, went down on their faces in worship before the image of gold which Nebuchadnezzar the king had put up.

8At that time certain Chaldaeans came near and made a statement against the Jews.

9They made answer and said to Nebuchadnezzar the king, O King, have life for ever.

10You, O King, have given an order that every man, when the sound of the horn, pipe, harp, trigon, psaltery, bagpipe, and all sorts of instruments, comes to his ears, is to go down on his face in worship before the image of gold:

11And anyone not falling down and worshipping is to be put into a burning and flaming fire.

12There are certain Jews whom you have put over the business of the land of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego; these men have not given attention to you, O King: they are not servants of your gods or worshippers of the gold image which you have put up.

13Then Nebuchadnezzar in his wrath and passion gave orders for Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego to be sent for. Then they made these men come in before the king.

14Nebuchadnezzar made answer and said to them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, that you will not be servants of my god or give worship to the image of gold which I have put up?

15Now if you are ready, on hearing the sound of the horn, pipe, harp, trigon, psaltery, bagpipe, and all sorts of instruments, to go down on your faces in worship before the image which I have made, it is well: but if you will not give worship, that same hour you will be put into a burning and flaming fire; and what god is there who will be able to take you out of my hands?

16Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, answering Nebuchadnezzar the king, said, There is no need for us to give you an answer to this question.

17If our God, whose servants we are, is able to keep us safe from the burning and flaming fire, and from your hands, O King, he will keep us safe.

18But if not, be certain, O King, that we will not be the servants of your gods, or give worship to the image of gold which you have put up.

19Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of wrath, and the form of his face was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego: and he gave orders that the fire was to be heated up seven times more than it was generally heated.

20And he gave orders to certain strong men in his army to put cords on Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego and put them into the burning and flaming fire.

21Then these men had cords put round them as they were, in their coats, their trousers, their hats, and their clothing, and were dropped into the burning and flaming fire.

22And because the king’s order was not to be put on one side, and the heat of the fire was so great, the men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego were burned to death by the flame of the fire.

23And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, with the cords about them, went down into the burning and flaming fire.

24Then King Nebuchadnezzar, full of fear and wonder, got up quickly, and said to his wise men, Did we not put three men in cords into the fire? and they made answer and said to the king, True, O King.

25He made answer and said, Look! I see four men loose, walking in the middle of the fire, and they are not damaged; and the form of the fourth is like a son of the gods.

26Then Nebuchadnezzar came near the door of the burning and flaming fire: he made answer and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, you servants of the Most High God, come out and come here. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego came out of the fire.

27And the captains, the chiefs, and the rulers, and the king’s wise men who had come together, saw these men, over whose bodies the fire had no power, and not a hair of their heads was burned, and their coats were not changed, and there was no smell of fire about them.

28Nebuchadnezzar made answer and said, Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, who has sent his angel and kept his servants safe who had faith in him, and who put the king’s word on one side and gave up their bodies to the fire, so that they might not be servants or worshippers of any other god but their God.

29And it is my decision that any people, nation, or language saying evil against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, will be cut to bits and their houses made waste: because there is no other god who is able to give salvation such as this.

30Then the king gave Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego even greater authority in the land of Babylon.

Mark 3:1-19

1And he went again into the Synagogue; and there was a man there whose hand was dead.

2And they were watching him to see if he would make him well on the Sabbath day, so that they might have something against him.

3And he said to the man, Get up and come forward.

4And he said to them, Is it right to do good on the Sabbath or to do evil? to give life or to put to death? But they said nothing.

5And looking round on them he was angry, being sad because of their hard hearts; and he said to the man, Put out your hand. And he put it out, and his hand was made well.

6And the Pharisees went out, and straight away made designs with the Herodians about how they might put him to death.

7And Jesus went away with his disciples to the sea, and a great number from Galilee came after him: and from Judaea,

8And from Jerusalem, and from Idumaea, and the other side of Jordan, and the country about Tyre and Sidon, a great number, hearing what great things he did, came to him.

9And he made a request to his disciples to have a little boat ready for him, so that he might not be crushed by the people;

10For he had made such a great number well that all those who were diseased were falling down before him for the purpose of touching him.

11And the unclean spirits, whenever they saw him, went down before him, crying out, and saying, You are the Son of God.

12And he gave them special orders not to say who he was.

13And he went up into the mountain, and sent for those whom it was his pleasure to have with him: and they went to him.

14And he took twelve to be with him, so that he might send them out as preachers,

15And give them the power of driving out evil spirits:

16To Simon he gave the second name of Peter;

17And to James, the son of Zebedee, and John, the brother of James, he gave the second name of Boanerges, which is, Sons of thunder:

18And Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Zealot;

19And Judas Iscariot, who was false to him.

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