June 26

2 Samuel 19

1And word was given to Joab that the king was weeping and sorrowing for Absalom.

2And the salvation of that day was changed to sorrow for all the people: for it was said to the people, The king is in bitter grief for his son.

3And the people made their way back to the town quietly and secretly, as those who are shamed go secretly when they go in flight from the war.

4But the king, covering his face, gave a great cry, O my son Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son!

5And Joab came into the house to the king and said, Today you have put to shame the faces of all your servants who even now have kept you and your sons and your daughters and your wives and all your women safe from death;

6For your haters, it seems, are dear to you, and your friends are hated. For you have made it clear that captains and servants are nothing to you: and now I see that if Absalom was living and we had all been dead today, it would have been right in your eyes.

7So get up now, and go out and say some kind words to your servants; for, by the Lord, I give you my oath, that if you do not go out, not one of them will keep with you tonight; and that will be worse for you than all the evil which has overtaken you from your earliest years.

8Then the king got up and took his seat near the town-door. And word was given to all the people that the king was in the public place: and all the people came before the king. Now all the men of Israel had gone back in flight to their tents.

9And through all the tribes of Israel the people were having arguments, saying, The king made us safe from the hands of those who were against us and made us free from the hands of the Philistines; and now he has gone in flight from the land, because of Absalom.

10And Absalom, whom we made a ruler over us, is dead in the fight. So now why do you say nothing about getting the king back? And word of what all Israel was saying came to the king.

11And King David sent word to Zadok and Abiathar, the priests, Say to the responsible men of Judah, Why are you the last to take steps to get the king back to his house?

12You are my brothers, my bone and my flesh; why are you the last to get the king back again?

13And say to Amasa, Are you not my bone and my flesh? May God’s punishment be on me, if I do not make you chief of the army before me at all times in place of Joab!

14And the hearts of the men of Judah were moved like one man; so that they sent to the king, saying, Come back, with all your servants.

15So the king came back, and came as far as Jordan. And Judah came to Gilgal, meeting the king there, to take him back with them over Jordan.

16And Shimei, the son of Gera, the Benjamite from Bahurim, got up quickly and went down with the men of Judah for the purpose of meeting King David;

17And with him a thousand men of Benjamin, and Ziba, the servant of Saul, with his fifteen sons and twenty servants, came rushing to Jordan before the king,

18And kept going across the river to take the people of the king’s house over, and to do whatever was desired by the king. And Shimei, the son of Gera, went down on his face in the dust before the king, when he was about to go over Jordan,

19And said to him, Let me not be judged as a sinner in your eyes, O my lord, and do not keep in mind the wrong I did on the day when my lord the king went out of Jerusalem, or take it to heart.

20For your servant is conscious of his sin: and so, as you see, I have come today, the first of all the sons of Joseph, for the purpose of meeting my lord the king.

21But Abishai, the son of Zeruiah, said, Is not death the right fate for Shimei, because he has been cursing the one marked by the holy oil?

22And David said, What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah, that you put yourselves against me today? is it right for any man in Israel to be put to death today? for I am certain today that I am king in Israel.

23So the king said to Shimei, You will not be put to death. And the king gave him his oath.

24And Mephibosheth, the son of Saul’s son, came down for the purpose of meeting the king; his feet had not been cared for or his hair cut or his clothing washed from the day when the king went away till the day when he came back in peace.

25Now when he had come from Jerusalem to see the king, the king said to him, Why did you not come with me, Mephibosheth?

26And he said in answer, Because of the deceit of my servant, my lord king: for I, your servant, said to him, You are to make ready an ass and on it I will go with the king, for your servant has not the use of his feet.

27He has given you a false account of me: but my lord the king is like the angel of God: do then whatever seems good to you.

28For all my father’s family were only dead men before my lord the king: and still you put your servant among those whose place is at the king’s table. What right then have I to say anything more to the king?

29And the king said, Say nothing more about these things. I say, Let there be a division of the land between Ziba and you.

30And Mephibosheth said, Let him take it all, now that my lord the king has come back to his house in peace!

31And Barzillai the Gileadite came down from Rogelim; and he went on as far as Jordan with the king to take him across Jordan.

32Now Barzillai was a very old man, as much as eighty years old: and he had given the king everything he had need of, while he was at Mahanaim, for he was a very great man.

33And the king said to Barzillai, Come over with me, and I will take care of you in Jerusalem.

34And Barzillai said to the king, How much of my life is still before me, for me to go up to Jerusalem with the king?

35I am now eighty years old: good and bad are the same to me; have meat and drink any taste for me now? am I able to take pleasure in the voices of men or women in song? why then am I to be a trouble to my lord the king?

36Your servant’s desire was only to take the king over Jordan; why is the king to give me such a reward?

37Let your servant now go back again, so that when death comes to me, it may be in my town and by the resting-place of my father and mother. But here is your servant Chimham: let him go with my lord the king, and do for him what seems good to you.

38And the king said in answer, Let Chimham go over with me, and I will do for him whatever seems good to you: and whatever your desire is, I will do it for you.

39Then all the people went over Jordan, and the king went over: and the king gave Barzillai a kiss, with his blessing; and he went back to his place.

40So the king went over to Gilgal, and Chimham went with him: and all the people of Judah, as well as half the people of Israel, took the king on his way.

41Then the men of Israel came to the king and said, Why have our countrymen of Judah taken you away in secret and come over Jordan with the king and all his family, because all his people are David’s men?

42And all the men of Judah gave this answer to the men of Israel, Because the king is our near relation: why then are you angry about this? have we taken any of the king’s food, or has he given us any offering?

43And in answer to the men of Judah, the men of Israel said, We have ten parts in the king, and we are the first in order of birth: why did you make nothing of us? and were we not the first to make suggestions for getting the king back? And the words of the men of Judah were more violent than the words of the men of Israel.

Daniel 12

1And at that time Michael will take up his place, the great angel, who is the supporter of the children of your people: and there will be a time of trouble, such as there never was from the time there was a nation even till that same time: and at that time your people will be kept safe, everyone who is recorded in the book.

2And a number of those who are sleeping in the dust of the earth will come out of their sleep, some to eternal life and some to eternal shame.

3And those who are wise will be shining like the light of the outstretched sky; and those by whom numbers have been turned to righteousness will be like the stars for ever and ever.

4But as for you, O Daniel, let the words be kept secret and the book rolled up and kept shut till the time of the end: numbers will be going out of the way and troubles will be increased.

5Then I, Daniel, looking, saw two others, one at the edge of the river on this side and one at the edge of the river on that side.

6And I said to the man clothed in linen, who was over the waters of the river, How long will it be to the end of these wonders?

7Then in my hearing the man clothed in linen, who was over the river, lifting up his right hand and his left hand to heaven, took an oath by him who is living for ever that it would be a time, times, and a half; and when the power of the crusher of the holy people comes to an end, all these things will be ended.

8And the words came to my ears, but the sense of them was not clear to me: then I said, O my lord, what is the sense of these things?

9And he said, Go on your way, Daniel: for the words are secret and shut up till the time of the end;

10Till a number are tested and make themselves clean; and the evil-doers will do evil; for not one of the evil-doers will have knowledge; but all will be made clear to those who are wise.

11And from the time when the regular burned offering is taken away, and an unclean thing causing fear is put up, there will be a thousand, two hundred and ninety days.

12A blessing will be on the man who goes on waiting, and comes to the thousand, three hundred and thirty-five days.

13But you, go on your way and take your rest: for you will be in your place at the end of the days.

Mark 8:1-21

1In those days again, when there was a great mass of people and they had no food, he made his disciples come to him and said to them,

2I have pity for these people because they have been with me now three days, and have no food;

3If I send them away to their houses with no food, they will be overcome by weariness on the way; and some of them have come from far.

4And his disciples said in answer, How will it be possible to get enough bread for these men here in a waste place?

5And he put the question, How much bread have you? And they said, Seven cakes.

6And he made the people be seated on the earth: and he took the seven cakes and, having given praise, he gave the broken bread to his disciples to put before them; and they put it before the people.

7And they had some small fishes; and blessing them he had them put before the people in the same way.

8And they took the food, and had enough; and they took up seven baskets full of the broken bits.

9And there were about four thousand people: and he sent them away.

10And he got into the boat with his disciples straight away, and came into the country of Dalmanutha.

11And the Pharisees came out and put questions to him, requesting from him a sign from heaven, testing him.

12And he was very sad in spirit, and said, Why is this generation looking for a sign? truly, I say to you, No sign will be given to this generation.

13And he went away from them, and again got into the boat and went across to the other side.

14And they had taken no thought to get bread; and they had only one cake of bread with them in the boat.

15And he said to them, Take care to be on the watch against the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.

16And they said to one another, We have no bread.

17And Jesus, hearing it, said to them, Why are you reasoning among yourselves because you have no bread? do you still not see, and is it still not clear to you? are your hearts so hard?

18Having eyes, do you not see? and having ears, have you no hearing? and have you no memory?

19When I made a division of the five cakes of bread among the five thousand, what number of baskets full of broken bits did you take up? They said to him, Twelve.

20And when the seven among the four thousand, what number of baskets full of broken bits did you take up? And they said to him, Seven.

21And he said to them, Is it still not clear to you?

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