June 24

2 Samuel 17

1Then Ahithophel said to Absalom, Let me take out twelve thousand men and this very night I will go after David:

2And I will come up with him when he is tired and feeble, and make him full of fear: and all the people with him will go in flight; and I will make an attack on the king only:

3And I will make all the people come back to you as a bride comes back to her husband: it is the life of only one man you are going after; so all the people will be at peace.

4And the saying was pleasing to Absalom and to the responsible men of Israel.

5Then Absalom said, Now send for Hushai the Archite, and let us give ear to what he has to say.

6And when Hushai came, Absalom said to him, This is what Ahithophel has said: are we to do as he says? if not, what is your suggestion?

7And Hushai said to Absalom, Ahithophel’s idea is not a good one at this time.

8Hushai said further, You have knowledge of your father and his men, that they are men of war, and that their feelings are bitter, like those of a bear in the field whose young ones have been taken from her: and your father is a man of war, and will not take his night’s rest with the people;

9But he will certainly have taken cover now in some hole or secret place; and if some of our people, at the first attack, are overcome, then any hearing of it will say, There is destruction among the people who are on Absalom’s side.

10Then even the strongest, whose heart is like the heart of a lion, will become like water; for all Israel is conscious that your father is a man of war, and those who are with him are strong and without fear.

11But my suggestion is that all Israel, from Dan as far as Beer-sheba, comes together to you, a great army like the sands of the sea in number; and that you yourself go out among them.

12Then we will come on him in some place, wherever he may be, falling on him as the dew comes on the earth: and of him and all the men who are with him not one will get away with his life.

13And if he has gone into some town, then let all Israel take strong cords to that town, and we will have it pulled into the valley, till not one small stone is to be seen there.

14Then Absalom and all the men of Israel said, Hushai’s suggestion is better than that of Ahithophel. For it was the purpose of the Lord to make the wise designs of Ahithophel without effect, so that the Lord might send evil on Absalom.

15Then Hushai said to Zadok and Abiathar, the priests, This is the suggestion made by Ahithophel to Absalom and the responsible men of Israel, and this is what I said to them.

16So now send the news quickly to David, and say, Do not take your night’s rest by the way across the river to the waste land, but be certain to go over; or the king and all the people with him will come to destruction.

17Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz were waiting by En-rogel; and a servant-girl went from time to time and gave them news and they went with the news to King David, for it was not wise for them to let themselves be seen coming into the town.

18But a boy saw them, and gave word of it to Absalom: so the two of them went away quickly, and came to the house of a man in Bahurim who had a water-hole in his garden, and they went down into it.

19And a woman put a cover over the hole, and put crushed grain on top of it, and no one had any knowledge of it.

20And Absalom’s servants came to the woman at the house and said, Where are Ahimaaz and Jonathan? And the woman said to them, They have gone from here to the stream. And after searching for them, and seeing nothing of them, they went back to Jerusalem.

21Then after the servants had gone away, they came up out of the water-hole and went to give King David the news; and they said, Get up and go quickly over the water, for such and such are Ahithophel’s designs against you.

22So David and all the people who were with him went up over Jordan: when dawn came, every one of them had gone over Jordan.

23Now when Ahithophel saw that his suggestion was not acted on, he got his ass ready, and went back to his house, to the town where he came from, and having put his house in order, he put himself to death by hanging; so he came to his end and was put in the resting-place of his father.

24And David came to Mahanaim. And Absalom, with all the men of Israel, went over Jordan.

25And Absalom put Amasa at the head of the army in place of Joab. Now Amasa was the son of a man named Ithra the Ishmaelite, who had been the lover of Abigail, the daughter of Jesse, sister of Zeruiah, Joab’s mother.

26And Israel and Absalom put up their tents in the land of Gilead.

27Now when David had come to Mahanaim, Shobi, the son of Nahash of Rabbah, the Ammonite, and Machir, the son of Ammiel of Lo-debar, and Barzillai the Gileadite of Rogelim,

28Came with beds and basins and pots, and grain and meal, and all sorts of dry foods,

29And honey and butter and sheep and milk-cheeses, for David and his people: for they said, This people is in the waste land, needing food and drink and rest.

Daniel 11:1-19

1And as for me, in the first year of Darius the Mede I was on his side to make his position safe and make him strong.

2And now I will make clear to you what is true. There are still three kings to come in Persia, and the fourth will have much greater wealth than all of them: and when he has become strong through his wealth, he will put his forces in motion against all the kingdoms of Greece.

3And a strong king will come to power, ruling with great authority and doing whatever is his pleasure.

4And when he has become strong, his kingdom will be broken and parted to the four winds of heaven; but not to his offspring, for it will be uprooted; and his kingdom will be for the others and not for these: but not with the same authority as his.

5And the king of the south will be strong, but one of his captains will be stronger than he and will be ruler; and his rule will be a great rule.

6And at the end of years they will be joined together; and the daughter of the king of the south will come to the king of the north to make an agreement: but she will not keep the strength of her arm; and his offspring will not keep their place; but she will be uprooted, with those who were the cause of her coming, and her son, and he who took her in those times.

7But out of a branch from her roots one will come up to take his place, who will come against the army, forcing his way into the strong place of the king of the north, and he will take them in hand and overcome them:

8And their gods and their metal images and their fair vessels of silver and gold he will take away into the south; and for some years he will keep away from the king of the north.

9And he will come into the kingdom of the king of the south, but he will go back to his land.

10And his son will make war, and will get together an army of great forces, and he will make an attack on him, overflowing and going past: and he will again take the war even to his strong place.

11And the king of the south will be moved with wrath, and will come out and make war on him, on this same king of the north: and he will get together a great army, but the army will be given into his hand.

12And the army will be taken away, and his heart will be uplifted: he will be the cause of the downfall of tens of thousands, but he will not be strong.

13And again the king of the north will get together an army greater than the first; and he will make an attack on him at the end of years, with a great army and much wealth.

14In those times, a number will take up arms against the king of the south: and the children of the violent among your people will be lifting themselves up to make the vision come true; but it will be their downfall.

15So the king of the north will come, and put up earthworks and take a well-armed town: and the forces of the king of the south will make an attempt to keep their position, even the best of his army, but they will not have strength to do so.

16And he who comes against him will do his pleasure, and no one will be able to keep his place before him: he will take up his position in the beautiful land and in his hand there will be destruction.

17And it will be his purpose to come with the strength of all his kingdom, but in place of this he will make an agreement with him; and he will give him the daughter of women to send destruction on it; but this will not take place or come about.

18After this, his face will be turned to the islands, and he will take a number of them: but a chief, by his destruction, will put an end to the shame offered by him; and more than this, he will make his shame come back on him.

19Then his face will be turned to the strong places of his land: but his way will be stopped, causing his downfall, and he will not be seen again.

Mark 7:1-13

1And there came together to him the Pharisees and certain of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem,

2And had seen that some of his disciples took their bread with unclean, that is, unwashed, hands.

3Now the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not take food without washing their hands with care, keeping the old rule which has been handed down to them:

4And when they come from the market-place, they take no food till their hands are washed; and a number of other orders there are, which have been handed down to them to keep–washings of cups and pots and brass vessels.

5And the Pharisees and the scribes put the question to him, Why do your disciples not keep the rules of the fathers, but take their bread with unwashed hands?

6And he said, Well did Isaiah say of you, you false ones: These people give me honour with their lips, but their heart is far from me.

7But their worship is to no purpose, while they give as their teaching the rules of men.

8For, turning away from the law of God, you keep the rules of men.

9And he said to them, Truly you put on one side the law of God, so that you may keep the rules which have been handed down to you.

10For Moses said, Give honour to your father and mother, and, He who says evil of father or mother, let him have the punishment of death:

11But you say, If a man says to his father or his mother, That by which you might have had profit from me is Corban, that is to say, Given to God,

12You no longer let him do anything for his father or his mother;

13Making the word of God of no effect by your rule, which you have given: and a number of other such things you do.

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