June 29

2 Samuel 23

1Now these are the last words of David. David, the son of Jesse, says, the man who was lifted up on high, the man on whom the God of Jacob put the holy oil, the loved one of Israel’s songs, says:

2The spirit of the Lord had voice through me, his word was on my tongue.

3The God of Israel said, the word of the Rock of Israel came to me: When an upright king is ruling over men, when he is ruling in the fear of God,

4It is as the light of the morning, when the sun comes up, a morning without clouds; making young grass come to life from the earth.

5For is not my house so with God? For he has made with me an eternal agreement, ordered in all things and certain: as for all my salvation and all my desire, will he not give it increase?

6But the evil-doers, all of them, will be like thorns to be pushed away, because they may not be gripped in the hand:

7But anyone touching them has to be armed with iron and the rod of a spear; and they will be burned with fire, every one of them.

8These are the names of David’s men of war: Ishbaal the Hachmonite, chief of the three; his axe was lifted up against eight hundred put to death at one time.

9After him was Eleazar, the son of Dodai the Ahohite, one of the three great fighters, who was with David in Pas-dammim when the Philistines came together there for the fight; and when the men of Israel had gone in flight,

10He was with David and went on fighting the Philistines till his hand became tired and stiff from gripping his sword: and that day the Lord gave a great salvation, and the people came back after him only to take the goods of the Philistines.

11After him was Shammah, the son of Ela the Hararite. And the Philistines came together in Lehi, where there was a bit of land full of seed; and the people went in flight from the Philistines.

12But he kept his place in the middle of the bit of land, and kept back their attack and overcame the Philistines: and the Lord gave a great salvation.

13And three of the thirty went down at the start of the grain-cutting, and they came to David at the strong place of Adullam; and the band of Philistines had taken up their position in the valley of Rephaim.

14And at that time David had taken cover in the strong place, and an armed force of the Philistines was in Beth-lehem.

15And David, moved by a strong desire, said, If only someone would give me a drink of water from the water-hole of Beth-lehem, by the doorway into the town!

16And the three men, forcing their way through the Philistine army, got water from the water-hole of Beth-lehem, by the doorway into the town, and took it back to David: but he would not take it, but, draining it out, made an offering of it to the Lord.

17And he said, Far be it from me, O Lord, to do this; how may I take as my drink the life-blood of men who have put their lives in danger? So he would not take it. These things did the three great men of war.

18And Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief of the thirty. He put to death three hundred with his spear, and he got for himself a name among the thirty.

19Was he not the noblest of the thirty? so he was made their captain: but he was not equal to the first three.

20And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, a fighting man of Kabzeel, had done great acts; he put to death the two sons of Ariel of Moab: he went down into a hole and put a lion to death in time of snow:

21And he made an attack on an Egyptian, a tall man: and the Egyptian had a spear in his hand; but he went down to him with a stick, and pulling the spear out of the hands of the Egyptian, put him to death with that same spear.

22These were the acts of Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, who had a great name among the thirty men of war.

23He was honoured over the rest of the thirty, but he was not equal to the first three. And David put him over the fighting men who kept him safe.

24Asahel, the brother of Joab, was one of the thirty; and Elhanan, the son of Dodai, of Beth-lehem,

25Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite,

26Helez the Paltite, Ira, the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite,

27Abiezer the Anathothite, Sibbecai the Hushathite,

28Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite,

29Heldai, the son of Baanah the Netophathite, Ittai, the son of Ribai of Gibeah of the children of Benjamin,

30Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai of the valleys of Gaash,

31Abiel the Arbathite, Azmaveth of Bahurim,

32Eliahba the Shaalbonite, Jashen the Gunite,

33Jonathan, the son of Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam, the son of Sharar the Hararite,

34Eliphelet, the son of Ahasbai the Maacathite, Eliam, the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite,

35Hezrai the Carmelite, Paarai the Archite,

36Igal, the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gadite,

37Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite, who had the care of the arms of Joab, son of Zeruiah,

38Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite,

39Uriah the Hittite: thirty-seven in number.

Hosea 3

1And the Lord said to me, Give your love again to a woman who has a lover and is false to her husband, even as the Lord has love for the children of Israel, though they are turned to other gods and are lovers of grape-cakes.

2So I got her for myself for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer and a half of barley;

3And I said to her, You are to be mine for a long space of time; you are not to be false to me, and no other man is to have you for his wife; and so will I be to you.

4For the children of Israel will for a long time be without king and without ruler, without offerings and without pillars, and without ephod or images.

5And after that, the children of Israel will come back and go in search of the Lord their God and David their king; and they will come in fear to the Lord and to his mercies in the days to come.

Mark 10:1-31

1And he got up, and went into the country of Judaea on the other side of Jordan: and great numbers of people came together to him again; and, as was his way, he gave them teaching.

2And Pharisees came to him, testing him with the question, Is it right for a man to put away his wife?

3And he said to them in answer, What did Moses say you were to do?

4And they said to him, Moses let us give her a statement in writing, and be free from her.

5But Jesus said to them, Because of your hard hearts he gave you this law.

6But from the first, male and female made he them.

7For this cause will a man go away from his father and mother, and be joined to his wife;

8And the two will become one flesh; so that they are no longer two, but one flesh.

9Let not that which has been joined together by God be parted by man.

10And in the house the disciples put questions to him again about this thing.

11And he said to them, Whoever puts away his wife and takes another, is false to his wife;

12And if she herself puts away her husband and takes another, she is false to her husband.

13And they took to him little children, so that he might put his hands on them: and the disciples said sharp words to them.

14And when Jesus saw it, he was angry, and said to them, Let the little children come to me, and do not keep them away; for of such is the kingdom of God.

15Truly I say to you, Whoever does not put himself under the kingdom of God like a little child, will not come into it at all.

16And he took them in his arms, and gave them a blessing, putting his hands on them.

17And while he was going out into the way, a man came running to him, and went down on his knees, saying, Good Master, what have I to do so that I may have eternal life?

18And Jesus said to him, Why do you say I am good? no one is good but one, and that is God.

19You have knowledge of what is said in the law, Do not put any one to death, Do not be untrue in married life, Do not take what is not yours, Do not give false witness, Do not get money by deceit, Give honour to your father and mother.

20And he said to him, Master, all these laws I have kept from the time when I was young.

21And Jesus, looking on him and loving him, said, There is one thing needed: go, get money for your goods, and give it to the poor, and you will have wealth in heaven: and come with me.

22But his face became sad at the saying, and he went away sorrowing: for he was one who had much property.

23And Jesus, looking round about, said to his disciples, How hard it is for those who have wealth to come into the kingdom of God!

24And the disciples were full of wonder at his words. But Jesus said to them again, Children, how hard it is for those who put faith in wealth to come into the kingdom of God!

25It is simpler for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a man of wealth to come into the kingdom of God.

26And they were greatly surprised, saying to him, Who then may have salvation?

27Jesus, looking on them, said, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for all things are possible with God.

28Peter said to him, See, we have given up everything, and come after you.

29Jesus said, Truly I say to you, There is no man who has given up house, or brothers, or sisters, or mother, or father, or children, or land, because of me and the good news,

30Who will not get a hundred times as much now in this time, houses, and brothers, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and land–though with great troubles; and, in the world to come, eternal life.

31But a great number who are first will be last: and those who are last will be first.

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