June 23

2 Samuel 16

1And when David had gone a little way past the top of the slope, Ziba, the servant of Mephibosheth, came to him, with two asses on which were two hundred cakes of bread and a hundred stems of dry grapes and a hundred summer fruits and a skin of wine.

2And David said to Ziba, What is your reason for this? And Ziba said, The asses are for the use of the king’s people, and the bread and the fruit are food for the young men; and the wine is for drink for those who are overcome by weariness in the waste land.

3And the king said, And where is your master’s son? And Ziba said, He is still at Jerusalem: for he said, Today Israel will give back to me the kingdom of my father.

4Then the king said to Ziba, Truly everything which was Mephibosheth’s is yours. And Ziba said, I give honour to my lord, may I have grace in your eyes, my lord, O king!

5And when King David came to Bahurim, a man of Saul’s family named Shimei, the son of Gera, came out from there, calling curses after him.

6And he sent stones at David and at all the king’s servants and at all the people and at all the men of war by his side, on the right hand and on the left.

7And Shimei said, with curses, Be gone, be gone, you man of blood, you good-for-nothing:

8The Lord has sent punishment on you for all the blood of the family of Saul, whose kingdom you have taken; and the Lord has given the kingdom to Absalom, your son: now you yourself are taken in your evil, because you are a man of blood.

9Then Abishai, the son of Zeruiah, said to the king, Is this dead dog to go on cursing my lord the king? let me go over and take off his head.

10And the king said, What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? Let him go on cursing, for the Lord has said, Put a curse on David, and who then may say, Why have you done so?

11And David said to Abishai and to all his servants, You see how my son, the offspring of my body, has made designs against my life: how much more then may this Benjamite do so? Let him be, and let him go on cursing; for the Lord has given him orders.

12It may be that the Lord will take note of my wrongs, and give me back good in answer to his cursing of me today.

13So David and his men went on their way: and Shimei went by the hillside parallel with them, cursing and sending stones and dust at him.

14And the king and his people came tired to Jordan, and took their rest there.

15And Absalom and the men of Israel came to Jerusalem, and Ahithophel was with him.

16Then Hushai the Archite, David’s friend, came to Absalom and said, Long life to the king, long life to the king!

17And Absalom said, Is this your love for your friend? why did you not go with your friend?

18And Hushai said to Absalom, Not so; I am for that man whom the Lord and this people and all the men of Israel have taken as king, and I will take my place with him.

19And more than this! where is my place as a servant? is it not before his son? as I have been your father’s servant, so will I be yours.

20Then Absalom said to Ahithophel, Give your opinion now, what are we to do?

21And Ahithophel said to Absalom, Go in to your father’s women who are here looking after his house; then all Israel will have the news that you are hated by your father, and the hands of your supporters will be strong.

22So they put up the tent for Absalom on the top of the house, and Absalom went in to his father’s women before the eyes of all Israel.

23In those days the opinions of Ahithophel were valued as highly as if through him a man might get direction from God; so were they valued by David as much as by Absalom.

Daniel 10

1In the third year of Cyrus, king of Persia, a secret was unfolded to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar; and the thing was true, even a hard work: and he had knowledge of it, and the vision was clear to him.

2In those days I, Daniel, gave myself up to grief for three full weeks.

3I had no pleasing food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, and I put no oil on my body till three full weeks were ended.

4And on the twenty-fourth day of the first month I was by the side of the great river;

5And lifting up my eyes I saw the form of a man clothed in a linen robe, and round him there was a band of gold, of the best gold:

6And his body was like the beryl, and his face had the look of a thunder-flame, and his eyes were like burning lights, and his arms and feet like the colour of polished brass, and the sound of his voice was like the sound of an army.

7And I, Daniel, was the only one who saw the vision, for the men who were with me did not see it; but a great shaking came on them and they went in flight to take cover.

8So I was by myself, and I saw this great vision, and all my strength went from me; and the colour went from my face.

9But the sound of his words came to my ears, and on hearing his voice I went into a deep sleep with my face to the earth.

10Then a hand gave me a touch, awaking me, and putting me on my knees and my hands.

11And he said to me, O Daniel, you man dearly loved, take in the sense of the words I say to you and get up on to your feet: for to you I am now sent; and when he had said this to me I got on to my feet, shaking with fear.

12Then he said to me, Have no fear, Daniel; for from the first day when you gave your heart to getting wisdom and making yourself poor in spirit before your God, your words have come to his ears: and I have come because of your words.

13But the angel of the kingdom of Persia put himself against me for twenty-one days; but Michael, one of the chief angels, came to my help; and when I came he was still there with the angel of the kings of Persia.

14Now I have come to give you knowledge of the fate of your people in the later days; for there is still a vision for the days.

15And after he had said these words to me, I kept my face turned to the earth and was unable to say anything.

16Then one whose form was like the sons of men put his finger on my lips; and opening my mouth, I said to him who was before me, O my lord, because of the vision my pains have come on me, and I have no more strength.

17For how may this servant of my lord have talk with my lord? for, as for me, straight away my strength went from me and there was no breath in my body.

18Then again one having the form of a man put his hand on me and gave me strength.

19And he said to me, O man greatly loved, have no fear: peace be with you, be strong and let your heart be lifted up. And at his words I became strong, and said, Let my lord say on, for you have given me strength.

20Then he said, It is clear to you why I have come to you. And now I will give you an account of what is recorded in the true writings:

21But I am going back to make war with the angel of Persia, and when I am gone, the angel of Greece will come. And there is no one on my side against these, but Michael, your angel.

Mark 6:30-56

30And the twelve came together to Jesus; and they gave him an account of all the things they had done, and all they had been teaching.

31And he said to them, Come away by yourselves to a quiet place, and take a rest for a time. Because there were a great number coming and going, and they had no time even for food.

32And they went away in the boat to a waste place by themselves.

33And the people saw them going, and a number of them, having knowledge who they were, went running there together on foot from all the towns, and got there before them.

34And he got out, and saw a great mass of people, and he had pity on them, because they were like sheep without a keeper: and he gave them teaching about a number of things.

35And at the end of the day, his disciples came to him and said, This place is waste land, and it is late:

36Send them away, so that they may go into the country and small towns round about, and get some food for themselves.

37But he said to them in answer, Give them food yourselves. And they said to him, Are we to go and get bread for two hundred pence, and give it to them?

38And he said to them, How much bread have you? go and see. And when they had seen, they said, Five cakes of bread and two fishes.

39And he made them all be seated in groups on the green grass.

40And they were placed in groups, by hundreds and by fifties.

41And he took the five cakes of bread and the two fishes and, looking up to heaven, he said words of blessing over them; and when the cakes were broken, he gave them to the disciples to put before the people; and he made division of the two fishes among them all.

42And they all took of the food and had enough.

43And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken bits and of the fishes.

44And those who took of the bread were five thousand men.

45And straight away he made his disciples get into the boat, and go before him to the other side to Beth-saida, while he himself sent the people away.

46And after he had sent them away, he went up into a mountain for prayer.

47And by evening, the boat was in the middle of the sea, and he by himself on the land.

48And seeing that they had trouble in getting their boat through the water, because the wind was against them, about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea; and he would have gone past them;

49But they, when they saw him walking on the sea, took him for a spirit, and gave a loud cry:

50For they all saw him, and were troubled. But straight away he said to them, Take heart, it is I, have no fear.

51And he went to them into the boat, and the wind went down, and they were full of wonder in themselves;

52For it was not clear to them about the bread; but their hearts were hard.

53And when they had gone across, they came to Gennesaret, and got their boat to land.

54And when they had got out of the boat, the people quickly had news of him,

55And went running through all the country round about, and took on their beds those who were ill, to where it was said that he was.

56And wherever he went, into small towns, or great towns, or into the country, they took those who were ill into the market-places, requesting him that they might put their hands even on the edge of his robe: and all those who did so were made well.

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