June 22

2 Samuel 15

1Now after this, Absalom got for himself a carriage and horses, and fifty runners to go before him.

2And Absalom got up early, morning after morning, and took his place at the side of the public meeting-place: and when any man had a cause which had to come to the king to be judged, then Absalom, crying out to him, said, What is your town? and he would say, Your servant is of one of the tribes of Israel.

3And Absalom would say to him, See, your cause is true and right; but no man has been named by the king to give you a hearing.

4And more than this, Absalom said, If only I was made judge in the land, so that every man who has any cause or question might come to me, and I would give a right decision for him!

5And if any man came near to give him honour, he took him by the hand and gave him a kiss.

6And this Absalom did to everyone in Israel who came to the king to have his cause judged: so Absalom, like a thief, took away the hearts of the men of Israel.

7Now at the end of four years, Absalom said to the king, Let me go to Hebron and give effect to the oath which I made to the Lord:

8For while I was living in Geshur in Aram, your servant made an oath, saying, If ever the Lord lets me come back to Jerusalem, I will give him worship in Hebron.

9And the king said to him, Go in peace. So he got up and went to Hebron.

10But Absalom at the same time sent watchers through all the tribes of Israel to say, At the sound of the horn you are to say, Absalom is king in Hebron.

11And with Absalom, at his request, went two hundred men from Jerusalem, who were completely unconscious of his designs.

12And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, one of David’s helpers, from Giloh his town, while he was making the offerings. And the design against David became strong, for more and more people were joined to Absalom.

13And one came to David and said, The hearts of the men of Israel have gone after Absalom.

14And David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, Come, let us go in flight, or not one of us will be safe from Absalom: let us go without loss of time, or he will overtake us quickly and send evil on us, and put the town to the sword.

15And the king’s servants said to the king, See, your servants are ready to do whatever the king says is to be done.

16So the king went out, taking with him all the people of his house, but for ten of his women, who were to take care of the house.

17And the king went out, and all his servants went after him, and made a stop at the Far House.

18And all the people went on by his side; and all the Cherethites and all the Pelethites and all the men of Ittai of Gath, six hundred men who came after him from Gath, went on before the king.

19Then the king said to Ittai the Gittite, Why are you coming with us? go back and keep with the king: for you are a man of another country, you are far from the land of your birth.

20It was only yesterday you came to us; why then am I to make you go up and down with us? for I have to go where I may; go back then, and take your countrymen with you, and may the Lord’s mercy and good faith be with you.

21And Ittai the Gittite in answer said, By the living Lord, and by the life of my lord the king, in whatever place my lord the king may be, for life or death, there will your servant be.

22And David said to Ittai, Go forward, then. And Ittai the Gittite went on, with all his men and all the little ones he had with him.

23And there was great weeping in all the country when all the people went through; and the king himself was waiting in the Kidron valley and all the people went by him in the direction of the olive-tree on the edge of the waste land.

24Then Zadok came, and Abiathar, and with them the ark of God’s agreement: and they put down the ark of God, till all the people from the town had gone by.

25And the king said to Zadok, Take the ark of God back into the town: if I have grace in the eyes of the Lord, he will let me come back and see it and his House again:

26But if he says, I have no delight in you: then, here I am; let him do to me what seems good to him.

27The king said further to Zadok the priest, See, you and Abiathar are to go back to the town in peace, with your two sons, Ahimaaz, your son, and Jonathan, the son of Abiathar.

28See, I will be waiting at the way across the river, in the waste land, till I get news from you.

29So Zadok and Abiathar took the ark of God back to Jerusalem, and did not go away from there.

30And David went up the slopes of the Mount of Olives weeping all the way, with his head covered and no shoes on his feet: and all the people who were with him, covering their heads, went up weeping.

31And word came to David, saying, Ahithophel is among those who are joined to Absalom. And David said, O Lord, let the wisdom of Ahithophel be made foolish.

32Now when David had come to the top of the slope, where they gave worship to God, Hushai the Archite came to him in great grief with dust on his head:

33David said to him, If you go on with me, you will be a trouble to me:

34But if you go back to the town and say to Absalom, I will be your servant, O king; as in the past I have been your father’s servant, so now I will be yours: then you will be able to keep Ahithophel’s designs against me from being put into effect.

35And have you not there Zadok and Abiathar the priests? so whatever comes to your ears from the king’s house, give word of it to Zadok and Abiathar the priests.

36See, they have with them their two sons, Ahimaaz, Zadok’s son, and Jonathan, the son of Abiathar; by them you may send word to me of everything which comes to your ears.

37So Hushai, David’s friend, went into the town, and Absalom came to Jerusalem.

Daniel 9

1In the first year of Darius, the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, who was made king over the kingdom of the Chaldaeans;

2In the first year of his rule, I, Daniel, saw clearly from the books the number of years given by the word of the Lord to the prophet Jeremiah, in which the making waste of Jerusalem was to be complete, that is, seventy years.

3And turning my face to the Lord God, I gave myself up to prayer, requesting his grace, going without food, in haircloth and dust.

4And I made prayer to the Lord my God, putting our sins before him, and said, O Lord, the great God, greatly to be feared. keeping your agreement and mercy with those who have love for you and do your orders;

5We are sinners, acting wrongly and doing evil; we have gone against you, turning away from your orders and from your laws:

6We have not given ear to your servants the prophets, who said words in your name to our kings and our rulers and our fathers and all the people of the land.

7O Lord, righteousness is yours, but shame is on us, even to this day; and on the men of Judah and the people of Jerusalem, and on all Israel, those who are near and those who are far off, in all the countries where you have sent them because of the sin which they have done against you.

😯 Lord, shame is on us, on our kings and our rulers and our fathers, because of our sin against you.

9With the Lord our God are mercies and forgiveness, for we have gone against him;

10And have not given ear to the voice of the Lord our God to go in the way of his laws which he put before us by the mouth of his servants the prophets.

11And all Israel have been sinners against your law, turning away so as not to give ear to your voice: and the curse has been let loose on us, and the oath recorded in the law of Moses, the servant of God, for we have done evil against him.

12And he has given effect to his words which he said against us and against those who were our judges, by sending a great evil on us: for under all heaven there has not been done what has been done to Jerusalem.

13As it was recorded in the law of Moses, all this evil has come on us: but we have made no prayer for grace from the Lord our God that we might be turned from our evil doings and come to true wisdom.

14So the Lord has been watching over this evil and has made it come on us: for the Lord our God is upright in all his acts which he has done, and we have not given ear to his voice.

15And now, O Lord our God, who took your people out of the land of Egypt with a strong hand and made a great name for yourself even to this day; we are sinners, we have done evil.

16O Lord, because of your righteousness, let your wrath and your passion be turned away from your town Jerusalem, your holy mountain: because, through our sins and the evil-doing of our fathers, Jerusalem and your people have become a cause of shame to all who are round about us.

17And now, give ear, O our God, to the prayer of your servant and to his request for grace, and let your face be shining on your holy place which is made waste, because of your servants, O Lord.

18O my God, let your ear be turned and give hearing; let your eyes be open and see how we have been made waste and the town which is named by your name: for we are not offering our prayers before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercies.

19O Lord, give ear; O Lord, have forgiveness; O Lord, take note and do; let there be no more waiting; for the honour of your name, O my God, because your town and your people are named by your name.

20And while I was still saying these words in prayer, and putting my sins and the sins of my people Israel before the Lord, and requesting grace from the Lord my God for the holy mountain of my God;

21Even while I was still in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at first when my weariness was great, put his hand on me about the time of the evening offering.

22And teaching me and talking to me he said, O Daniel, I have come now to give you wisdom.

23At the first word of your prayer a word went out, and I have come to give you knowledge; for you are a man dearly loved: so give thought to the word and let the vision be clear to you.

24Seventy weeks have been fixed for your people and your holy town, to let wrongdoing be complete and sin come to its full limit, and for the clearing away of evil-doing and the coming in of eternal righteousness: so that the vision and the word of the prophet may be stamped as true, and to put the holy oil on a most holy place.

25Have then the certain knowledge that from the going out of the word for the building again of Jerusalem till the coming of a prince, on whom the holy oil has been put, will be seven weeks: in sixty-two weeks its building will be complete, with square and earthwork.

26And at the end of the times, even after the sixty-two weeks, one on whom the holy oil has been put will be cut off and have no …; and the town and the holy place will be made waste together with a prince; and the end will come with an overflowing of waters, and even to the end there will be war; the making waste which has been fixed.

27And a strong order will be sent out against the great number for one week; and so for half of the week the offering and the meal offering will come to an end; and in its place will be an unclean thing causing fear; till the destruction which has been fixed is let loose on him who has made waste.

Mark 6:1-29

1And he went away from there, and came into his country; and his disciples went with him.

2And when the Sabbath day had come, he was teaching in the Synagogue; and a number of people hearing him were surprised, saying, From where did this man get these things? and, What is the wisdom given to this man, and what are these works of power done by his hands?

3Is not this the woodworker, the son of Mary, and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were bitter against him.

4And Jesus said to them, A prophet is nowhere without honour, but in his country, and among his relations, and in his family.

5And he was unable to do any work of power there, but only to put his hands on one or two persons who were ill, and make them well.

6And he was greatly surprised because they had no faith. And he went about the country places teaching.

7And he gave orders to the twelve, and sent them out two by two; and he gave them authority over the unclean spirits;

8And he said that they were to take nothing for their journey, but a stick only; no bread, no bag, no money in their pockets;

9They were to go with common shoes on their feet, and not to take two coats.

10And he said to them, Wherever you go into a house, make that your resting-place till you go away.

11And whatever place will not take you in and will not give ear to you, when you go away, put off the dust from your feet as a witness against them.

12And they went out, preaching the need for a change of heart in men.

13And they sent out a number of evil spirits, and put oil on a great number who were ill, and made them well.

14And king Herod had news of him, because his name was on the lips of all; and he said, John the Baptist has come back from the dead, and for this reason these powers are working in him.

15But others said, It is Elijah. And others said, It is a prophet, even like one of the prophets.

16But Herod, when he had news of it, said, John, whom I put to death, has come back from the dead.

17For Herod himself had sent men out to take John and put him in prison, because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, whom he had taken for himself.

18For John said to Herod, It is wrong for you to have your brother’s wife.

19And Herodias was bitter against him, desiring to put him to death; but she was not able;

20For Herod was in fear of John, being conscious that he was an upright and holy man, and kept him safe. And hearing him, he was much troubled; and he gave ear to him gladly.

21And the chance came when Herod on his birthday gave a feast to his lords, and the high captains, and the chief men of Galilee;

22And when the daughter of Herodias herself came in and did a dance, Herod and those who were at table with him were pleased with her; and the king said to the girl, Make a request for anything and I will give it you.

23And he took an oath, saying to her, Whatever is your desire I will give it to you, even half of my kingdom.

24And she went out and said to her mother, What is my request to be? And she said, The head of John the Baptist.

25And she came in quickly to the king, and said, My desire is that you give me straight away on a plate the head of John the Baptist.

26And the king was very sad; but because of his oaths, and those who were with him at table, he would not say ‘No’ to her.

27And straight away the king sent out one of his armed men, and gave him an order to come back with the head: and he went and took off John’s head in prison,

28And came back with the head on a plate, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother.

29And when his disciples had news of it, they came and took up his body, and put it in its last resting-place.

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