June 25

2 Samuel 18

1And David had the people who were with him numbered, and he put over them captains of thousands and captains of hundreds.

2And David sent the people out, a third of them under the orders of Joab, and a third under the orders of Abishai, son of Zeruiah, Joab’s brother, and a third under Ittai the Gittite. And the king said to the people, And I myself will certainly go out with you.

3But the people said, It is better for you not to go out: for if we are put to flight, they will not give a thought to us, and if death overtakes half of us, it will be nothing to them: but you are of more value than ten thousand of us: so it is better for you to be ready to come to our help from this town.

4And the king said to them, I will do whatever seems best to you. So the king took his place by the door of the town, and all the people went out by hundreds and by thousands.

5And the king gave orders to Joab and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Because of me, be gentle to the young man Absalom. And this order about Absalom was given in the hearing of all the people.

6So the people went out into the field against Israel, and the fight took place in the woods of Ephraim.

7And the people of Israel were overcome there by the servants of David, and there was a great destruction that day, and twenty thousand men were put to the sword.

8And the fighting went on over all the face of the country: and the woods were responsible for more deaths than the sword.

9And Absalom came across some of David’s men. And Absalom was seated on his mule, and the mule went under the thick branches of a great tree, and his head became fixed in the tree and he was lifted up between earth and heaven, and the beast under him went on.

10And a certain man saw it and said to Joab, I saw Absalom hanging in a tree.

11And Joab said to the man who had given him the news, If you saw this, why did you not put your sword through him, and I would have given you ten bits of silver and a band for your robe?

12And the man said to Joab, Even if you gave me a thousand bits of silver, I would not put out my hand against the king’s son: for in our hearing the king gave orders to you and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Take care that the young man Absalom is not touched.

13And if I had falsely put him to death (and nothing may be kept secret from the king), you would have had nothing to do with me.

14Then Joab said, I would have made it safe for you. And he took three spears in his hand, and put them through Absalom’s heart, while he was still living, in the branches of the tree.

15And ten young men, servants of Joab, came round Absalom and put an end to him.

16And Joab had the horn sounded, and the people came back from going after Israel, for Joab kept them back.

17And they took Absalom’s body and put it into a great hole in the wood, and put a great mass of stones over it: and every man of Israel went in flight to his tent.

18Now Absalom, before his death, had put up for himself a pillar in the king’s valley, naming it after himself; for he said, I have no son to keep my name in memory: and to this day it is named Absalom’s pillar.

19Then Ahimaaz, the son of Zadok, said, Let me go and give the king news of how the Lord has done right in his cause against those who took up arms against him.

20And Joab said, You will take no news today; another day you may give him the news, but you will take no news today, because the king’s son is dead.

21Then Joab said to the Cushite, Go and give the king word of what you have seen. And the Cushite, making a sign of respect to Joab, went off running.

22Then Ahimaaz, the son of Zadok, said to Joab again, Whatever may come of it, let me go after the Cushite. And Joab said, Why have you a desire to go, my son, seeing that you will get no reward for your news?

23Whatever may come of it, he said, I will go. Then he said to him, Go. So Ahimaaz went running by the lowland road and overtook the Cushite.

24Now David was seated between the two town doors; and the watchman went up to the roof of the doorways, on the wall, and, lifting up his eyes, saw a man running by himself.

25And the watchman gave news of it to the king. And the king said, If he is coming by himself, then he has news. And the man was travelling quickly, and came near.

26Then the watchman saw another man running: and crying out in the direction of the door he said, Here is another man running by himself. And the king said, He, like the other, comes with news.

27And the watchman said, It seems to me that the running of the first is like the running of Ahimaaz, the son of Zadok. And the king said, He is a good man, and his news will be good.

28And Ahimaaz, crying out to the king, said, It is well. And falling down before the king, with his face to the earth, he said, May the Lord your God be praised, who has given up the men who took up arms against my lord the king!

29And the king said, Is it well with the young man Absalom? And Ahimaaz said in answer, When Joab sent me, your servant, I saw a great outcry going on, but I had no knowledge of what it was.

30And the king said, Get back and take your place here. So turning to one side, he took his place there.

31And then the Cushite came and said, I have news for my lord the king: today the Lord has done right in your cause against all those who took up arms against you.

32And the king said to the Cushite, Is the young man Absalom safe? And the Cushite said in answer, May all the king’s haters and those who do evil against the king, be as that young man is!

33Then the king was much moved, and went up into the room over the door, weeping, and saying, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! if only my life might have been given for yours, O Absalom, my son, my son!

Daniel 11:20-45

20Then his place will be taken by one who will send out a man with the glory of a king to get wealth together; but after a short time destruction will overtake him, but not in wrath or in the fight.

21And his place will be taken by a low person, to whom the honour of the kingdom had not been given: but he will come in time of peace and will get the kingdom by fair words.

22And his forces will be completely taken away from before him and broken; and even the ruler of the agreement will have the same fate.

23And from the time when they make an agreement with him, he will be working falsely: for he will take up arms suddenly with a small force,

24Against fertile places, and will make waste a part of the country; and he will do what his fathers have not done, or his fathers’ fathers; he will make distribution among them of goods taken in war and by force, and of property: he will even make designs against the strong places for a time.

25And he will put in motion his power and his strength against the king of the south with a great army; and the king of the south will go to war with a very great and strong army: but he will be forced to give way, because of their designs against him;

26And his fears will overcome him and be the cause of his downfall, and his army will come to complete destruction, and a great number will be put to the sword.

27And as for these two kings, their hearts will be fixed on doing evil and they will say false words at one table; but it will come to nothing: for the end will be at the time fixed.

28And he will go back to his land with great wealth; and his heart will be against the holy agreement; and he will do his pleasure and go back to his land.

29At the time fixed he will come back and come into the south; but in the later time it will not be as it was before.

30For those who go out from the west will come against him, and he will be in fear and will go back, full of wrath against the holy agreement; and he will do his pleasure: and he will go back and be united with those who have given up the holy agreement.

31And armies sent by him will take up their position and they will make unclean the holy place, even the strong place, and take away the regular burned offering and put in its place an unclean thing causing fear.

32And those who do evil against the agreement will be turned to sin by his fair words: but the people who have knowledge of their God will be strong and do well.

33And those who are wise among the people will be the teachers of the mass of the people: but they will come to their downfall by the sword and by the flame, being made prisoners and undergoing loss for a long time.

34Now at the time of their downfall they will have a little help, but numbers will be joined to them in the town, and in their separate heritages.

35And some of those who are wise will have wisdom in testing themselves and making themselves clean, till the time of the end: for it is still for the fixed time.

36And the king will do his pleasure; he will put himself on high, lifting himself over every god, and saying things to be wondered at against the God of gods; and all will be well for him till the wrath is complete; for what has been purposed will be done.

37He will have no respect for the gods of his fathers or for the god desired by women; he will have no respect for any god: for he will put himself on high over all.

38But in place of this he will give honour to the god of armed places, and to a god of whom his fathers had no knowledge he will give honour with gold and silver and jewels and things to be desired.

39And he will make use of the people of a strange god to keep his strongest places; to those whom he takes note of he will give high honour: and he will make them rulers over the mass of the people, and will make division of the land for a price.

40And at the time of the end, the king of the south will make an attack on him: and the king of the north will come against him like a storm-wind, with war-carriages and horsemen and numbers of ships; and he will go through many lands like overflowing waters.

41And he will come into the beautiful land, and tens of thousands will be overcome: but these will be kept from falling into his hands: Edom and Moab and the chief of the children of Ammon.

42And his hand will be stretched out on the countries: and the land of the south will not be safe from him.

43But he will have power over the stores of gold and silver, and over all the valued things of the south: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians will be at his steps.

44But he will be troubled by news from the east and from the north; and he will go out in great wrath, to send destruction on, and put an end to, great numbers.

45He will put the tents of his great house between the sea and the beautiful holy mountain: but he will come to his end with no helper.

Mark 7:14-37

14And turning to the people again, he said to them, Give ear to me all of you, and let my words be clear to you:

15There is nothing outside the man which, going into him, is able to make him unclean: but the things which come out of the man are those which make the man unclean.

17And when he had gone into the house away from all the people, his disciples put questions to him about the saying.

18And he said to them, Have even you so little wisdom? Do you not see that whatever goes into a man from outside is not able to make him unclean,

19Because it goes not into the heart but into the stomach, and goes out with the waste? He said this, making all food clean.

20And he said, That which comes out of the man, that makes the man unclean.

21Because from inside, from the heart of men, come evil thoughts and unclean pleasures,

22The taking of goods and of life, broken faith between husband and wife, the desire of wealth, wrongdoing, deceit, sins of the flesh, an evil eye, angry words, pride, foolish acts:

23All these evil things come from inside, and make the man unclean.

24And he went away from there to the country of Tyre and Sidon. And he went into a house, desiring that no man might have knowledge of it: and he was not able to keep it secret.

25But a woman, whose little daughter had an unclean spirit, having had news of him, came straight away and went down at his feet.

26Now the woman was a Greek, a Syro-phoenician by birth: and she made a request to him that he would send the evil spirit out of her daughter.

27And he said to her, Let the children first have their food: for it is not right to take the children’s bread and give it to the dogs.

28But she said to him in answer, Yes, Lord: even the dogs under the table take the bits dropped by the children.

29And he said to her, For this saying go your way; the evil spirit has gone out of your daughter.

30And she went away to her house, and saw the child on the bed, and the evil spirit gone out.

31And again he went out from Tyre, and came through Sidon to the sea of Galilee, through the country of Decapolis.

32And they came to him with one who had no power of hearing and had trouble in talking; and they made a request to him to put his hands on him.

33And he took him on one side from the people privately, and put his fingers into his ears, and he put water from his mouth on the man’s tongue with his finger;

34And looking up to heaven, he took a deep breath, and said to him, Ephphatha, that is, Be open.

35And his ears became open, and the band of his tongue was made loose, and his words became clear.

36And he gave them orders not to give news of it to anyone; but the more he made this request, so much the more they made it public.

37And they were overcome with wonder, saying, He has done all things well: he even gives back the power of hearing and the power of talking to those who have been without them.

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