June 27

2 Samuel 20

1Now by chance there was present a good-for-nothing person named Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he, sounding the horn, said, We have no part in David, or any interest in the son of Jesse: let every man go to his tent, O Israel.

2So all the men of Israel, turning away from David, went after Sheba, the son of Bichri: but the men of Judah were true to their king, going with him from Jordan as far as Jerusalem.

3And David came to his house at Jerusalem: and the king took the ten women to whom he had given the care of the house, and had them shut up, and gave them the necessaries of life, but did not go near them. So they were shut up till the day of their death, living as widows.

4Then the king said to Amasa, Get all the men of Judah together, and in three days be here yourself.

5So Amasa went to get all the men of Judah together, but he took longer than the time David had given him.

6And David said to Abishai, Sheba, the son of Bichri, will do us more damage than Absalom did; so take some of your lord’s servants and go after him, before he makes himself safe in the walled towns, and gets away before our eyes.

7So there went after Abishai, Joab and the Cherethites and the Pelethites and all the fighting-men; they went out of Jerusalem to overtake Sheba, the son of Bichri.

8When they were at the great stone which is in Gibeon, Amasa came face to face with them. Now Joab had on his war-dress, and round him a band from which his sword was hanging in its cover; and while he was walking, it came out, falling to the earth.

9And Joab said to Amasa, Is it well, my brother? And with his right hand he took him by the hair of his chin to give him a kiss.

10But Amasa did not see danger from the sword which was now in Joab’s left hand, and Joab put it through his stomach so that his inside came out on to the earth, and he did not give him another blow. So Joab and his brother Abishai went on after Sheba, the son of Bichri.

11And one of Joab’s young men, taking his place at Amasa’s side, said, Whoever is for Joab and for David, let him go after Joab!

12And Amasa was stretched out in a pool of blood in the middle of the highway. And when the man saw that all the people were stopping, he took Amasa out of the highway and put him in a field, with a cloth over him, when he saw that everyone who went by came to a stop.

13When he had been taken off the road, all the people went on after Joab in search of Sheba, the son of Bichri.

14And Sheba went through all the tribes of Israel, to Abel of Beth-maacah; and all the Bichrites came together and went in after him.

15And Joab and his men got him shut up in Abel of Beth-maacah, and put up an earthwork against the town: and all Joab’s men did their best to get the wall broken down.

16Then a wise woman got up on the wall, and crying out from the town, said, Give ear, give ear; say now to Joab, Come near, so that I may have talk with you.

17And he came near, and the woman said, Are you Joab? And he said in answer, I am. Then she said, Give ear to your servant’s words. And he said, I am giving ear.

18Then she said, In the old days, there was a saying, Let them put the question in Abel and in Dan, saying, Has what was ordered by men of good faith in Israel ever come to an end?

19Your purpose is the destruction of a mother-town in Israel: why would you put an end to the heritage of the Lord?

20And Joab, answering her, said, Far, far be it from me to be a cause of death or destruction;

21Not so: but a man of the hill-country of Ephraim, Sheba, son of Bichri, by name, has taken up arms against the king, against David: give up this man only, and I will go away from the town. And the woman said to Joab, His head will be dropped over the wall to you.

22Then the woman in her wisdom had talk with all the town. And they had Sheba’s head cut off and sent out to Joab. And he had the horn sounded, and sent them all away from the town, every man to his tent. And Joab went back to Jerusalem to the king.

23Now Joab was over all the army; and Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, was at the head of the Cherethites and the Pelethites;

24And Adoram was overseer of the forced work; and Jehoshaphat, the son of Ahilud, was the recorder;

25And Sheva was the scribe, and Zadok and Abiathar were priests;

26And in addition, Ira the Jairite was a priest to David.

2 Samuel 21

1In the days of David they were short of food for three years, year after year; and David went before the Lord for directions. And the Lord said, On Saul and on his family there is blood, because he put the Gibeonites to death.

2Then the king sent for the Gibeonites; (now the Gibeonites were not of the children of Israel, but were the last of the Amorites, to whom the children of Israel had given an oath; but Saul, in his passion for the children of Israel and Judah, had made an attempt on their lives:)

3So David said to the Gibeonites, What may I do for you? how am I to make up to you for your wrongs, so that you may give a blessing to the heritage of the Lord?

4And the Gibeonites said to him, It is not a question of silver and gold between us and Saul or his family; and it is not in our power to put to death any man in Israel. And he said, Say, then, what am I to do for you?

5And they said to the king, As for the man by whom we were wasted, and who made designs against us to have us completely cut off from the land of Israel,

6Let seven men of his family be given up to us and we will put an end to them by hanging them before the Lord in Gibeon, on the hill of the Lord. And the king said, I will give them.

7But the king did not give up Mephibosheth, the son of Saul’s son Jonathan, because of the Lord’s oath made between David and Jonathan, the son of Saul.

8But the king took Armoni and Mephibosheth, the two sons of Saul to whom Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah, had given birth; and the five sons of Saul’s daughter Merab, whose father was Adriel, the son of Barzillai the Meholathite:

9And he gave them up to the Gibeonites, and they put them to death, hanging them on the mountain before the Lord; all seven came to their end together in the first days of the grain-cutting, at the start of the cutting of the barley.

10And Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah, took haircloth, placing it on the rock as a bed for herself, from the start of the grain-cutting till rain came down on them from heaven; and she did not let the birds of the air come near them by day, or the beasts of the field by night.

11And news was given to David of what Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah, one of Saul’s wives, had done.

12And David went and took the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan from the men of Jabesh-gilead, who had taken them away secretly from the public place of Beth-shan, where the Philistines had put them, hanging up the bodies there on the day when they put Saul to death in Gilboa:

13And he took the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan from that place; and they got together the bones of those who had been put to death by hanging.

14And they put them with the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan in the resting-place of Kish, his father, in Zela in the country of Benjamin; they did all the king had given them orders to do. And after that, God gave ear to their prayers for the land.

15And the Philistines went to war again with Israel; and David went down with his people, and while they were at Gob they had a fight with the Philistines:

16And there came against David one of the offspring of the Rephaim, whose spear was three hundred shekels of brass in weight, and having a new sword, he made an attempt to put David to death.

17But Abishai, the son of Zeruiah, came to his help, and, turning on the Philistine, gave him his death-blow. Then David’s men took an oath, and said, Never again are you to go out with us to the fight, so that you may not put out the light of Israel.

18Now after this there was war with the Philistines again at Gob, and Sibbecai the Hushathite put to death Saph, one of the offspring of the Rephaim.

19And again there was war with the Philistines at Gob, and Elhanan, the son of Jair the Beth-lehemite, put to death Goliath the Gittite, the stem of whose spear was like a cloth-worker’s rod.

20And again there was war at Gath, where there was a very tall man, who had twenty-four fingers and toes, six fingers on his hands and six toes on his feet; he was one of the offspring of the Rephaim.

21And when he was purposing to put shame on Israel, Jonathan, the son of Shimei, David’s brother, put him to death.

22These four were of the offspring of the Rephaim in Gath; and they came to their end by the hands of David and his servants.

Hosea 1

1The word of the Lord which came to Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam, the son of Joash, king of Israel.

2The start of the word of the Lord by Hosea: And the Lord said to Hosea, Go, take for yourself a wife of loose ways, and children of the same, for the land has been untrue to the Lord.

3So he took as his wife Gomer, the daughter of Diblaim, and she gave birth to a son.

4And the Lord said to him, Give him the name of Jezreel, for after a little time I will send punishment for the blood of Jezreel on the line of Jehu, and put an end to the kingdom of Israel.

5And in that day I will let the bow of Israel be broken in the valley of Jezreel.

6And after that she gave birth to a daughter. And the Lord said, Give her the name Lo-ruhamah; for I will not again have mercy on Israel, to give them forgiveness.

7But I will have mercy on Judah and will give them salvation by the Lord their God, but not by the bow or the sword or by fighting or by horses or horsemen.

8Now when Lo-ruhamah had been taken from the breast, the woman gave birth to a son.

9And the Lord said, Give him the name Lo-ammi; for you are not my people, and I will not be your God.

10But still the number of the children of Israel will be like the sand of the sea, which may not be measured or numbered; and in place of its being said to them, You are not my people, it will be said to them, You are the sons of the living God

11And the children of Israel and the children of Judah will come together and take for themselves one head, and will go up from the land, for great will be the day of Jezreel.

Hosea 2:1

1Say to your brothers, Ammi; and to your sisters, Ruhamah.

Mark 8:22-38

22And they came to Beth-saida. And they took a blind man to him, requesting him to put his hands on him.

23And he took the blind man by the hand, and went with him out of the town; and when he had put water from his mouth on his eyes, and put his hands on him, he said, Do you see anything?

24And looking up, he said, I see men; I see them like trees, walking.

25Then again he put his hands on his eyes; and looking hard, he was able to see, and saw all things clearly.

26And he sent him away to his house, saying, Do not even go into the town.

27And Jesus went out, with his disciples, into the little towns round Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he put a question to his disciples, saying, Who do men say that I am?

28And they made answer, John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but others, One of the prophets.

29And he said to them, But who do you say I am? Peter said in answer, You are the Christ.

30And he put them under orders not to say this of him to anyone.

31And teaching them, he said that the Son of man would have to undergo much, and be hated by those in authority, and the chief priests, and the scribes, and be put to death, and after three days come back from the dead.

32And he said this openly. And Peter took him, and was protesting.

33But he, turning about, and seeing his disciples, said sharply to Peter, Get out of my way, Satan: for your mind is not on the things of God, but on the things of men.

34And turning to the mass of people with his disciples, he said to them, If any man has the desire to come after me, let him give up all other desires, and take up his cross and come after me.

35Whoever has a desire to keep his life, will have it taken from him; and whoever gives up his life because of me and the good news, will keep it.

36What profit has a man if he gets all the world with the loss of his life?

37And what would a man give in exchange for his life?

38Whoever has a feeling of shame because of me and my words in this false and evil generation, the Son of man will have a feeling of shame because of him, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

Mark 9:1

1And he said to them, Truly I say to you, There are some here who will have no taste of death till they see the kingdom of God come with power.

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