July 3

1 Kings 3

1Solomon became the son-in-law of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and took Pharaoh’s daughter as his wife, keeping her in the town of David, till the house he was building for himself, and the house of the Lord and the wall round Jerusalem, were complete.

2But all this time the people were making their offerings in the high places, because no house had been put up to the name of the Lord till those days.

3And Solomon, in his love for the Lord, kept the laws of David his father; but he made offerings and let them go up in smoke on the high places.

4And the king went to Gibeon to make an offering there, because that was the chief high place: it was Solomon’s way to make a thousand burned offerings on that altar.

5In Gibeon, Solomon had a vision of the Lord in a dream by night; and God said to him, Say what I am to give you.

6And Solomon said, Great was your mercy to David my father, as his life before you was true and upright and his heart was true to you; and you have kept for him this greatest mercy, a son to take his place this day.

7And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in the place of David my father; and I am only a young boy, with no knowledge of how to go out or come in.

8And your servant has round him the people of your selection, a people so great that they may not be numbered, and no account of them may be given.

9Give your servant, then, a wise heart for judging your people, able to see what is good and what evil; for who is able to be the judge of this great people?

10Now these words and Solomon’s request were pleasing to the Lord.

11And God said to him, Because your request is for this thing, and not for long life for yourself or for wealth or for the destruction of your haters, but for wisdom to be a judge of causes;

12I have done as you said: I have given you a wise and far-seeing heart, so that there has never been your equal in the past, and never will there be any like you in the future.

13And with this I have given you what you made no request for: wealth and honour, so that no king was ever your equal.

14And if you go on in my ways, keeping my laws and my orders as your father David did, I will give you a long life.

15And Solomon, awakening, saw that it was a dream; then he came to Jerusalem, where he went before the ark of the agreement of the Lord, offering burned offerings and peace-offerings; and he made a feast for all his servants.

16Then two loose women of the town came and took their places before the king;

17And one of them said, O my lord, I and this woman are living in the same house; and I gave birth to a child by her side in the house.

18And three days after the birth of my child, this woman had a child: we were together, no other-person was with us in the house but we two only.

19In the night, this woman, sleeping on her child, was the cause of its death.

20And she got up in the middle of the night and took my son from my side while your servant was sleeping; and she took it in her arms and put her dead child in my arms.

21And when I got up to give my child the breast, I saw that it was dead; but in the morning, looking at it with care, I saw that it was not my son.

22And the other woman said, No; but the living child is my son and the dead one yours. But the first said, No; the dead child is your son and the living one mine. So they kept on talking before the king.

23Then the king said, One says, The living child is my son, and yours is the dead: and the other says, Not so; but your son is the dead one and mine is the living.

24Then he said, Get me a sword. So they went and put a sword before the king.

25And the king said, Let the living child be cut in two and one half given to one woman and one to the other.

26Then the mother of the living child came forward, for her heart went out to her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the child; do not on any account put it to death. But the other woman said, It will not be mine or yours; let it be cut in two.

27Then the king made answer and said, Give her the child, and do not put it to death; she is the mother of it.

28And news of this decision which the king had made went through all Israel; and they had fear of the king, for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to give decisions.

Hosea 6

1Come, let us go back to the Lord; for he has given us wounds and he will make us well; he has given blows and he will give help.

2After two days he will give us life, and on the third day he will make us get up, and we will be living before him.

3And let us have knowledge, let us go after the knowledge of the Lord; his going out is certain as the dawn, his decisions go out like the light; he will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain watering the earth.

4O Ephraim, what am I to do to you? O Judah, what am I to do to you? For your love is like a morning cloud, and like the dew which goes early away.

5So I have had it cut in stones; I gave them teaching by the words of my mouth;

6Because my desire is for mercy and not offerings; for the knowledge of God more than for burned offerings.

7But like a man, they have gone against the agreement; there they were false to me.

8Gilead is a town of evil-doers, marked with blood.

9And like a band of thieves waiting for a man, so are the priests watching secretly the way of those going quickly to Shechem, for they are working with an evil design.

10In Israel I have seen a very evil thing; there false ways are seen in Ephraim, Israel is unclean;

11And Judah has put up disgusting images for himself.

Hosea 7:1-2

1When my desire was for the fate of my people to be changed and to make Israel well, then the sin of Ephraim was made clear, and the evil-doing of Samaria; for their ways are false, and the thief comes into the house, while the band of outlaws takes property by force in the streets.

2And they do not say to themselves that I keep in mind all their sin; now their evil acts come round them on every side; they are before my face.

Mark 12:1-27

1And he gave them teaching in the form of stories. A man had a vine-garden planted, and put a wall about it, and made a place for crushing out the wine, and put up a tower, and let it out to field-workers, and went into another country.

2And when the time came, he sent a servant to get from the workmen some of the fruit of the garden.

3And they took him, and gave him blows, and sent him away with nothing.

4And again he sent to them another servant; and they gave him wounds on the head, and were very cruel to him.

5And he sent another; and they put him to death: and a number of others, whipping some, and putting some to death.

6He still had one, a dearly loved son: he sent him last to them, saying, They will have respect for my son.

7But those workmen said among themselves, This is he who will one day be the owner of the property; come, let us put him to death, and the heritage will be ours.

8And they took him and put him to death, pushing his body out of the garden.

9What then will the master of the garden do? He will come and put the workmen to death, and will give the garden into the hands of others.

10Have you not seen this which is in the Writings: The stone which the builders put on one side, the same was made the chief stone of the building:

11This was the Lord’s doing, and it is a wonder in our eyes?

12And they made attempts to take him; but they were in fear of the people, because they saw that the story was against them; and they went away from him.

13Then they sent to him certain of the Pharisees and the Herodians, so that they might make use of his words to take him by a trick.

14And when they had come, they said to him, Master, we are certain that you are true, and have no fear of anyone: you have no respect for a man’s position, but you are teaching the true way of God: Is it right to give taxes to Caesar or not?

15Are we to give or not to give? But he, conscious of their false hearts, said to them, Why do you put me to the test? give me a penny, so that I may see it.

16And they gave him one. And he said to them, Whose is this image and name on it? And they said to him, Caesar’s.

17And Jesus said to them, Give to Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and to God the things which are God’s. And they were full of wonder at him.

18And there came to him Sadducees, who say there is no coming back from the dead; and they put a question to him, saying,

19Master, in the law Moses says, If a man’s brother comes to his end, and has a wife still living and no child, it is right for his brother to take his wife, and get a family for his brother.

20There were seven brothers: and the first took a wife, and at his death there were no offspring;

21And the second took her, and at his death there were no offspring; and the third the same:

22And all the seven had no seed. Last of all the woman herself came to her death.

23In the future life, when they come back from the dead, whose wife will she be? for the seven had her for a wife.

24Jesus said to them, Is not this the reason for your error, that you have no knowledge of the holy Writings or of the power of God?

25When they come back from the dead, they do not get married, but are like the angels in heaven.

26But as to the dead coming back to life; have you not seen in the book of Moses, about the burning thorn-tree, how God said to him, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?

27He is not the God of the dead, but of the living: you are greatly in error.

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