July 4

1 Kings 4

1Now Solomon was king over all Israel.

2And these were his chief men: Azariah, the son of Zadok, was the priest;

3Elihoreph and Ahijah, the sons of Shisha, were scribes; Jehoshaphat, the son of Ahilud, was the recorder;

4Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, was head of the army; Zadok and Abiathar were priests;

5Azariah, the son of Nathan, was over those in authority in the different divisions of the country; Zabud, the son of Nathan, was priest and the king’s friend;

6Ahishar was controller of the king’s house; Adoniram, the son of Abda, was overseer of the forced work.

7And Solomon put twelve overseers over all Israel, to be responsible for the stores needed for the king and those of his house; every man was responsible for one month in the year.

8And these are their names: … the son of Hur in the hill country of Ephraim;

9… the son of Deker in Makaz and Shaalbim and Beth-shemesh and Elonbeth-hanan;

10… the son of Hesed in Arubboth; Socoh and all the land of Hepher were under his control;

11… the son of Abinadab in all Naphath-dor; his wife was Taphath, the daughter of Solomon.

12Baana, the son of Ahilud, in Taanach and Megiddo, and all Beth-shean which is by the side of Zarethan, under Jezreel, from Beth-shean to Abel-meholah, as far as the far side of Jokmeam;

13… the son of Geber in Ramoth-gilead; he had the towns of Jair, the son of Manasseh, which are in Gilead, and the country of Argob, which is in Bashan, sixty great towns with walls and locks of brass.

14Ahinadab, the son of Iddo, in Mahanaim;

15Ahimaaz in Naphtali; he took Basemath, the daughter of Solomon, as his wife;

16Baana, the son of Hushai, in Asher and Aloth;

17Jehoshaphat, the son of Paruah, in Issachar;

18Shimei, the son of Ela, in Benjamin;

19Geber, the son of Uri, in the land of Gilead, the country of Sihon, king of the Amorites, and Og, king of Bashan; and one overseer had authority over all the overseers who were in the land.

20Judah and Israel were as great in number as the sand by the seaside, and they took their food and drink with joy in their hearts.

21And Solomon was ruler over all the kingdoms from the River to the land of the Philistines, and as far as the edge of Egypt; men gave him offerings and were his servants all the days of his life.

22And the amount of Solomon’s food for one day was thirty measures of crushed grain and sixty measures of meal;

23Ten fat oxen and twenty oxen from the fields, and a hundred sheep, in addition to harts and gazelles and roes and fat fowls.

24For he had authority over all the country on this side of the River, from Tiphsah to Gaza, over all the kings on this side of the River; and he had peace round him on every side.

25So Judah and Israel were living safely, every man under his vine and his fig-tree, from Dan as far as Beer-sheba, all the days of Solomon.

26And Solomon had four thousand boxed-off spaces for horses for his carriages, and twelve thousand horsemen.

27And those overseers, every man in his month, saw that food was produced for Solomon and all his guests, they took care that nothing was overlooked.

28And they took grain and dry grass for the horses and the carriage-horses, to the right place, every man as he was ordered.

29And God gave Solomon a great store of wisdom and good sense, and a mind of wide range, as wide as the sand by the seaside.

30And Solomon’s wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the people of the East and all the wisdom of Egypt.

31For he was wiser than all men, even than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman and Calcol and Darda, the sons of Mahol; and he had a great name among all the nations round about.

32He was the maker of three thousand wise sayings, and of songs to the number of a thousand and five.

33He made sayings about all plants, from the cedar in Lebanon to the hyssop hanging on the wall; and about all beasts and birds and fishes and the small things of the earth.

34People came from every nation to give ear to the wisdom of Solomon, from all the kings of the earth who had word of his wisdom.

1 Kings 5

1Now Hiram, king of Tyre, hearing that Solomon had been made king in place of his father, sent his servants to him; for Hiram had ever been a friend to David.

2And Solomon sent back word to Hiram, saying,

3You have knowledge that David my father was not able to make a house for the name of the Lord his God, because of the wars which were round him on every side, till the Lord put all those who were against him under his feet.

4But now the Lord my God has given me rest on every side; no one is making trouble, and no evil is taking place.

5And so it is my purpose to make a house for the name of the Lord my God, as he said to David my father, Your son, whom I will make king in your place, will be the builder of a house for my name.

6So now, will you have cedar-trees from Lebanon cut down for me, and my servants will be with your servants; and I will give you payment for your servants at whatever rate you say; for it is common knowledge that we have no such wood-cutters among us as the men of Zidon.

7And these words of Solomon made Hiram glad, and he said, Now may the Lord be praised who has given to David a wise son to be king over this great people.

8Then Hiram sent to Solomon, saying; The words you sent have been given to me: I will do all your desire in the question of cedar-wood and cypress-wood.

9My men will take them down from Lebanon to the sea, where I will have them corded together to go by sea to whatever place you say, and I will have them cut up there so that you may take them away; as for payment, it will be enough if you give me food for my people.

10So Hiram gave Solomon all the cedar-wood and cypress-wood he had need of;

11And Solomon gave Hiram twenty thousand measures of grain, as food for his people, and twenty measures of clear oil; this he did every year.

12Now the Lord had given Solomon wisdom, as he had said to him; and there was peace between Hiram and Solomon, and they made an agreement together.

13Then King Solomon got together men for the forced work through all Israel, thirty thousand men in number;

14And sent them to Lebanon in bands of ten thousand every month: for a month they were working in Lebanon and for two months in their country, and Adoniram was in control of them.

15Then he had seventy thousand for the work of transport, and eighty thousand stone-cutters in the mountains;

16In addition to the chiefs of the responsible men put by Solomon to oversee the work, three thousand and three hundred in authority over the workmen.

17By the king’s orders great stones, stones of high price, were cut out, so that the base of the house might be made of squared stone.

18Solomon’s builders and Hiram’s builders did the work of cutting them, and put edges on them, and got the wood and the stone ready for the building of the house.

Hosea 7:3-16

3In their sin they make a king for themselves, and rulers in their deceit.

4They are all untrue; they are like a burning oven; the bread-maker does not make up the fire from the time when the paste is mixed till it is leavened.

5On the day of our king, the rulers made him ill with the heat of wine; his hand was stretched out with the men of pride.

6For they have made their hearts ready like an oven, while they are waiting secretly; their wrath is sleeping all night; in the morning it is burning like a flaming fire.

7They are all heated like an oven, and they put an end to their judges; all their kings have been made low; not one among them makes prayer to me.

8Ephraim is mixed with the peoples; Ephraim is a cake not turned.

9Men from other lands have made waste his strength, and he is not conscious of it; grey hairs have come on him here and there, and he has no knowledge of it.

10And the pride of Israel gives an answer to his face; but for all this, they have not gone back to the Lord their God, or made search for him.

11And Ephraim is like a foolish dove, without wisdom; they send out their cry to Egypt, they go to Assyria.

12When they go, my net will be stretched out over them; I will take them like the birds of heaven, I will give them punishment, I will take them away in the net for their sin.

13May trouble be theirs! for they have gone far away from me; and destruction, for they have been sinning against me; I was ready to be their saviour, but they said false words against me.

14And they have not made prayer to me in their hearts, but they make loud cries on their beds; they are cutting themselves for food and wine, they are turned against me.

15Though I have given training and strength to their arms, they have evil designs against me.

16They have gone to what is of no value; they are like a false bow; their captains will come to destruction by the sword, and their ruler by my wrath; for this, the land of Egypt will make sport of them.

Mark 12:28-44

28And one of the scribes came, and hearing their argument together, and seeing that he had given them a good answer, put the question to him, Which law is the first of all?

29Jesus said in answer, The first is, Give ear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord;

30And you are to have love for the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.

31The second is this, Have love for your neighbour as for yourself. There is no other law greater than these.

32And the scribe said to him, Truly, Master, you have well said that he is one, and there is no other but he:

33And to have love for him with all the heart, and with all the mind, and with all the strength, and to have the same love for his neighbour as for himself, is much more than all forms of offerings.

34And when Jesus saw that he gave a wise answer, he said to him, You are not far from the kingdom of God. And every man after that was in fear of questioning him any more.

35And Jesus, when he was teaching in the Temple, said, How do the scribes say that the Christ is the Son of David?

36David himself said in the Holy Spirit, The Lord said to my Lord, Be seated at my right hand, till I put those who are against you under your feet.

37David himself gives him the name of Lord; and how then is he his son? And the common people gave ear to him gladly.

38And in his teaching he said, Be on your watch against the scribes, whose pleasure it is to go about in long robes and be respected in the market-places,

39And to have the chief seats in the Synagogues and the first places at feasts;

40Who take away the property of widows, and before the eyes of men make long prayers; these will be judged more hardly.

41And he took a seat by the place where the money was kept, and saw how the people put money into the boxes: and a number who had wealth put in much.

42And there came a poor widow, and she put in two little bits of money, which make a farthing.

43And he made his disciples come to him, and said to them, Truly I say to you, This poor widow has put in more than all those who are putting money into the box:

44Because they all put in something out of what they had no need for; but she out of her need put in all she had, even all her living.

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