June 28

2 Samuel 22

1And David made a song to the Lord in these words, on the day when the Lord made him free from the hands of all his haters, and from the hand of Saul:

2And he said, The Lord is my Rock, my walled town, and my saviour, even mine;

3My God, my Rock, in him will I put my faith; my breastplate, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my safe place; my saviour, who keeps me safe from the violent man.

4I will send up my cry to the Lord, who is to be praised; so will I be made safe from those who are against me.

5For the waves of death came round me, and the seas of evil put me in fear;

6The cords of hell were round me: the nets of death came on me.

7In my trouble my voice went up to the Lord, and my cry to my God: my voice came to his hearing in his holy Temple, and my prayer came to his ears.

8Then the earth was moved with a violent shock; the bases of heaven were moved and shaking, because he was angry.

9There went up a smoke from his nose, and a fire of destruction from his mouth: coals were lighted by it.

10The heavens were bent, so that he might come down; and it was dark under his feet.

11And he went through the air, seated on a storm-cloud: going quickly on the wings of the wind.

12And he made the dark his tent round him, a mass of waters, thick clouds of the skies.

13Before his shining light his dark clouds went past, raining ice and coals of fire.

14The Lord made thunder in the heavens, and the voice of the Highest was sounding out.

15And he sent out his arrows, driving them in all directions; by his flames of fire they were troubled.

16Then the deep beds of the sea were seen, and the bases of the world were uncovered, because of the Lord’s wrath, because of the breath of his mouth.

17He sent from on high, he took me, pulling me out of great waters.

18He made me free from my strong hater, from those who were against me, because they were stronger than I.

19They came on me in the day of my trouble: but the Lord was my support.

20He took me out into a wide place; he was my saviour because he had delight in me.

21The Lord gives me the reward of my righteousness, because my hands are clean before him.

22For I have kept the ways of the Lord; I have not been turned away in sin from my God.

23For all his decisions were before me, and I did not put away his laws from me.

24And I was upright before him, and I kept myself from sin.

25Because of this the Lord has given me the reward of my righteousness, because my hands are clean in his eyes.

26On him who has mercy you will have mercy; to the upright you will be upright;

27He who is holy will see that you are holy; but to the man whose way is not straight you will be a hard judge.

28For you are the saviour of those who are in trouble; but your eyes are on men of pride, to make them low.

29For you are my light, O Lord; and the Lord will make the dark bright for me.

30By your help I have made a way through the wall which was shutting me in: by the help of my God I have gone over a wall.

31As for God, his way is all good: the word of the Lord is tested; he is a safe cover for all those who put their faith in him.

32For who is God but the Lord? and who is a Rock but our God?

33God puts a strong band about me, guiding me in a straight way.

34He makes my feet like roes’ feet, and puts me on high places.

35He makes my hands expert in war, so that a bow of brass is bent by my arms.

36You have given me the breastplate of your salvation, and your mercy has made me great.

37You have made my steps wide under me, so that my feet make no slip.

38I go after my haters and overtake them; not turning back till they are all overcome.

39I have sent destruction on them and given them wounds, so that they are not able to get up: they are stretched under my feet.

40For I have been armed by you with strength for the fight: you have made low under me those who came out against me.

41By you their backs are turned in flight, so that my haters are cut off.

42They were crying out, but there was no one to come to their help: even to the Lord, but he gave them no answer.

43Then they were crushed as small as the dust of the earth, stamped down under my feet like the waste of the streets.

44You have made me free from the fightings of my people; you have made me the head of the nations: a people of whom I had no knowledge will be my servants.

45Men of other countries will, with false hearts, put themselves under my authority: from the time when my name comes to their ears, they will be ruled by me.

46They will be wasted away, they will come out of their secret places shaking with fear.

47The Lord is living; praise be to my Rock, and let the God of my salvation be honoured:

48It is God who sends punishment on my haters, and puts peoples under my rule.

49He makes me free from my haters: I am lifted up over those who come up against me: you have made me free from the violent man.

50Because of this I will give you praise, O Lord, among the nations, and will make a song of praise to your name.

51Great salvation does he give to his king; he has mercy on the king of his selection, David, and on his seed for ever.

Hosea 2:2-23

2Take up the cause against your mother, take it up, for she is not my wife, and I am not her husband; let her put away her loose ways from her face, and her false ways from between her breasts;

3For fear that I may take away her robe from her, making her uncovered as in the day of her birth; making her like a waste place and a dry land, causing her death through need of water.

4And I will have no mercy on her children, for they are the children of her loose ways.

5For their mother has been untrue; she who gave them birth has done things of shame, for she said, I will go after my lovers, who give me my bread and my water, my wool and my linen, my oil and my wine.

6For this cause I will put thorns in her road, building up a wall round her so that she may not go on her way.

7And if she goes after her lovers she will not overtake them; if she makes search for them she will not see them; then will she say, I will go back to my first husband, for then it was better for me than now.

8For she had no knowledge that it was I who gave her the grain and the wine and the oil, increasing her silver and gold which they gave to the Baal.

9So I will take away again my grain in its time and my wine, and I will take away my wool and my linen with which her body might have been covered.

10And now I will make her shame clear before the eyes of her lovers, and no one will take her out of my hand.

11And I will put an end to all her joy, her feasts, her new moons, and her Sabbaths, and all her regular meetings.

12And I will make waste her vines and her fig-trees, of which she has said, These are the payments which my lovers have made to me; and I will make them a waste of trees, and the beasts of the field will take them for food.

13And I will give her punishment for the days of the Baals, to whom she has been burning perfumes, when she made herself fair with her nose-rings and her jewels, and went after her lovers, giving no thought to me, says the Lord.

14For this cause I will make her come into the waste land and will say words of comfort to her.

15And I will give her vine-gardens from there, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope; and she will give her answer there as in the days when she was young, and as in the time when she came up out of the land of Egypt.

16And in that day, says the Lord, you will say to me, Ishi; and you will never again give me the name of Baali;

17For I will take away the names of the Baals out of her mouth, and never again will she say their names.

18And in that day I will make an agreement for them with the beasts of the field and the birds of heaven and the things which go low on the earth; I will put an end to the bow and the sword and war in all the land, and will make them take their rest in peace.

19And I will take you as my bride for ever; truly, I will take you as my bride in righteousness and in right judging, in love and in mercies.

20I will take you as my bride in good faith, and you will have knowledge of the Lord.

21And it will be, in that day, says the Lord, that I will give an answer to the heavens, and the heavens to the earth;

22And the earth will give its answer to the grain and the wine and the oil, and they will give an answer to Jezreel;

23And I will put her as seed in the earth, and I will have mercy on her to whom no mercy was given; and I will say to those who were not my people, You are my people, and they will say, My God.

Mark 9:2-50

2And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and made them go up with him into a high mountain by themselves: and he was changed in form before them:

3And his clothing became shining, very white, as no cleaner on earth would make it.

4And there came before them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus.

5And Peter said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tents; one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.

6Because he was not certain what to say, for they were in great fear.

7And a cloud came over them; and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my dearly loved Son, give ear to him.

8And suddenly looking round about, they saw no one any longer, but Jesus only with themselves.

9And while they were coming down from the mountain, he gave them orders not to give word to any man of the things they had seen, till the Son of man had come back from the dead.

10And they kept the saying, questioning among themselves what the coming back from the dead might be.

11And they put a question to him, saying, Why do the scribes say that Elijah has to come first?

12And he said to them, Truly, Elijah does come first, and puts all things in order; and how is it said in the Writings that the Son of man will go through much sorrow and be made as nothing?

13But I say to you that Elijah has come, and they have done to him whatever they were pleased to do, even as the Writings say about him.

14And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great mass of people about them, and scribes questioning them.

15And straight away all the people, when they saw him, were full of wonder, and running to him, gave him worship.

16And he said, What are you questioning them about?

17And one of the number said to him in answer, Master, I came to you with my son, who has in him a spirit which takes away his power of talking;

18And wherever it takes him, it puts him down violently, streaming at the lips and twisted with pain; and his strength goes from him; and I made a request to your disciples to send it out, and they were not able.

19And he said to them in answer, O generation without faith, how long will I have to be with you? how long will I put up with you? let him come to me.

20And they took him to him: and when he saw him, the spirit in him straight away became violent; and he went down on the earth, rolling about and streaming at the lips.

21And Jesus questioning the father said, How long has he been like this? And he said, From a child.

22And frequently it has sent him into the fire and into the water, for his destruction; but if you are able to do anything, have pity on us, and give us help.

23And Jesus said to him, If you are able! All things are possible to him who has faith.

24Straight away the father of the child gave a cry, saying, I have faith; make my feeble faith stronger.

25And when Jesus saw that the people came running together, he gave orders to the unclean spirit, saying to him, You, spirit, who are the cause of his loss of voice and hearing, I say to you, come out of him, and never again go into him.

26And after crying out and shaking him violently, it came out: and the child became like one dead; so that most of them said, He is dead.

27But Jesus took him by the hand, lifting him up; and he got up.

28And when he had gone into the house, his disciples said to him privately, Why were we unable to send it out?

29And he said to them, Nothing will make this sort come out but prayer.

30And they went out from there, through Galilee; and it was his desire that no man might have knowledge of it;

31For he was giving his disciples teaching, and saying to them, The Son of man is given up into the hands of men, and they will put him to death; and when he is dead, after three days he will come back from the dead.

32But the saying was not clear to them, and they were in fear of questioning him about it.

33And they came to Capernaum: and when he was in the house, he put the question to them, What were you talking about on the way?

34But they said nothing: because they had had an argument between themselves on the way, about who was the greatest.

35And seating himself, he made the twelve come to him; and he said to them, If any man has the desire to be first, he will be last of all and servant of all.

36And he took a little child, and put him in the middle of them; and taking him in his arms, he said to them,

37Whoever will give honour to one such little child in my name, gives honour to me: and whoever gives honour to me, gives honour not to me, but to him who sent me.

38John said to him, Master, we saw one driving out evil spirits in your name: and we said that he might not, because he is not one of us.

39But Jesus said, Say not so: for there is no man who will do a great work in my name, and be able at the same time to say evil of me.

40He who is not against us is for us.

41Whoever gives you a cup of water, because you are Christ’s, truly I say to you, he will in no way be without his reward.

42And whoever is a cause of trouble to one of these little ones who have faith in me, it would be better for him if a great stone was put round his neck and he was dropped into the sea.

43And if your hand is a cause of trouble to you, let it be cut off; it is better for you to go into life with one hand than to have two hands and go into hell, into the eternal fire.

45And if your foot is a cause of trouble to you, let it be cut off: it is better for you to go into life with one foot than to have two feet and go into hell.

47And if your eye is a cause of trouble to you, take it out: it is better for you to go into the kingdom of God with one eye than, having two eyes, to go into hell,

48Where their worm is ever living and the fire is not put out.

49Everyone will be salted with fire.

50Salt is good; but if the taste goes from it, how will you make it salt again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace one with another.

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