July 6

1 Kings 7

1Solomon was thirteen years building a house for himself till it was complete.

2And he made the house of the Woods of Lebanon, which was a hundred cubits long and fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high, resting on four lines of cedar-wood pillars with cedar-wood supports on the pillars.

3And it was covered with cedar over the forty-five supports which were on the pillars, fifteen in a line.

4There were three lines of window-frames, window facing window in every line.

5And all the doors and windows had square frames, with the windows facing one another in three lines.

6And he made a covered room of pillars, fifty cubits long and thirty cubits wide, and … with steps before it.

7Then he made a covered room for his high seat when he gave decisions; this was the covered room of judging; it was covered with cedar-wood from floor to roof.

8And the house for his living-place, the other open square in the covered room, was made in the same way. And then he made a house like it for Pharaoh’s daughter, whom Solomon had taken as his wife.

9All these buildings were made, inside and out, from base to crowning stone, and outside to the great walled square, of highly priced stone, cut to different sizes with cutting-instruments.

10And the base was of great masses of highly priced stone, some ten cubits and some eight cubits square.

11Overhead were highly priced stones cut to measure, and cedar-wood.

12The great outer square all round was walled with three lines of squared stones and a line of cedar-wood boards, round about the open square inside the house of the Lord and the covered room of the king’s house.

13Then King Solomon sent and got Hiram from Tyre.

14He was the son of a widow of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in brass; he was full of wisdom and knowledge and an expert worker in brass. He came to King Solomon and did all his work for him.

15He it was who made the two brass pillars; the first pillar was eighteen cubits high, and a line of twelve cubits went round it; and the second was the same.

16And he made the two crowns to be put on the tops of the pillars, of brass made soft in the fire; the crowns were five cubits high.

17There were nets of open-work for the crowns on the tops of the pillars, a net of open-work for one and a net of open-work for the other.

18And he made ornaments of apples; and two lines of apples all round over the network, covering the crowns of the pillars, the two crowns in the same way.

19The crowns on the tops of the pillars were ornamented with a design of flowers, and were four cubits across.

20And there were crowns on the two pillars near the round part by the network, and there were two hundred apples in lines round every crown.

21He put up the pillars at the doorway of the Temple, naming the one on the right Jachin, and that on the left Boaz.

22The tops of the pillars had a design of flowers; and the work of making the pillars was complete.

23And he made a great metal water-vessel ten cubits across from edge to edge, five cubits high and thirty cubits round.

24And under the edge of it, circling it all round for ten cubits, were two lines of flower buds, made together with it from liquid metal.

25It was supported on twelve oxen, with their back parts turned to the middle of it, three of them facing to the north, three to the west, three to the south, and three to the east; the vessel was resting on top of them.

26It was as thick as a man’s open hand, and was curved like the edge of a cup, like the flower of a lily: it would take two thousand baths.

27And he made ten wheeled bases of brass; every one four cubits long, four cubits wide, and three cubits high.

28And the bases were made in this way; their sides were square, fixed in a framework;

29And on the square sides between the frames were lions, oxen, and winged ones; and the same on the frame; and over and under the lions and the oxen and the winged ones were steps.

30Every base had four wheels of brass, turning on brass rods, and their four angles had angle-plates under them; the angle-plates under the base were of metal, and there were ornaments at the side of every one.

31The mouth of it inside the angle-plate was one cubit across; it was round like a pillar, a cubit and a half across; it had designs cut on it; the sides were square, not round.

32The four wheels were under the frames, and the rods on which the wheels were fixed were in the base; the wheels were a cubit and a half high.

33The wheels were made like carriage-wheels, the rods on which they were fixed, the parts forming their edges, their rods and the middle points of them, were all formed out of liquid metal.

34And there were four angle-plates at the four angles of every base, forming part of the structure of the base.

35And at the top of the base there was a round vessel, half a cubit high;

36In the spaces of the flat sides and on the frames of them, he made designs of winged ones, lions, and palm-trees, with ornamented edges all round.

37All the ten bases were made in this way, after the same design, of the same size and form.

38And he made ten brass washing-vessels, everyone taking forty baths, and measuring four cubits; one vessel was placed on every one of the ten bases.

39And he put the bases by the house, five on the right side and five on the left; and he put the great water-vessel on the right side of the house, to the east, facing south.

40And Hiram made the pots and spades and the basins. So Hiram came to the end of all the work he did for King Solomon in the house of the Lord:

41The two pillars and the two cups of the crowns which were on the tops of the two pillars; and the network covering the two cups of the crowns on the tops of the pillars,

42And the four hundred apples for the network, two lines of apples for every network, covering the two cups of the crowns on the pillars;

43And the ten bases, with the ten washing-vessels on them;

44And the great water-vessel, with the twelve oxen under it;

45And the pots and the spades and the basins; all the vessels which Hiram made for King Solomon, for the house of the Lord, were of polished brass.

46He made them of liquid metal in the lowland of Jordan, at the way across the river, at Adama, between Succoth and Zarethan.

47The weight of all these vessels was not measured, because there was such a number of them; it was not possible to get the weight of the brass.

48And Solomon had all the vessels made for use in the house of the Lord: the altar of gold and the gold table on which the holy bread was placed;

49And the supports for the lights, five on the right side and five on the left before the inmost room, of clear gold; and the flowers and the lights and all the instruments of gold;

50And the cups and the scissors and the basins and the spoons and the fire-trays, all of gold; and the pins on which the doors were turned, the doors of the inner house, the most holy place, and the doors of the Temple, all of gold.

51So all the work King Solomon had done in the house of the Lord was complete. Then Solomon took the holy things which David his father had given, the silver and the gold and all the vessels, and put them in the store-houses of the house of the Lord.

Hosea 9:1-16

1Have no joy, O Israel, and do not be glad like the nations; for you have been untrue to your God; your desire has been for the loose woman’s reward on every grain-floor.

2The grain-floor and the place where the grapes are crushed will not give them food; there will be no new wine for them.

3They will have no resting-place in the Lord’s land, but Ephraim will go back to Egypt, and they will take unclean food in Assyria.

4They will give no wine offering to the Lord, they will not make offerings ready for him; their bread will be like the bread of those in sorrow; all who take it will be unclean, because their bread will be only for their desire, it will not come into the house of the Lord.

5What will you do on the day of worship, and on the day of the feast of the Lord?

6For see, they are going away into Assyria; Egypt will get them together, Memphis will be their last resting-place; their fair silver vessels will be covered over with field plants, and thorns will come up in their tents.

7The days of punishment, the days of reward are come; Israel will be put to shame; the prophet is foolish, the man who has the spirit is off his head, because of your great sin.

8There is great hate against the watchman of Ephraim, the people of my God; as for the prophet, there is a net in all his ways, and hate in the house of his God.

9They have gone deep in evil as in the days of Gibeah; he will keep in mind their wrongdoing, he will give them punishment for their sins.

10I made discovery of Israel as of grapes in the waste land; I saw your fathers as the first-fruits of the fig-tree in her early fruit time; but they came to Baal-peor, and made themselves holy to the thing of shame, and became disgusting like that to which they gave their love.

11As for Ephraim, their glory will go in flight like a bird: there will be no birth and no one with child and no giving of life.

12Even though their children have come to growth I will take them away, so that not a man will be there; for their evil-doing will be complete and they will be put to shame because of it.

13As I have seen a beast whose young have been taken from her, so Ephraim will give birth to children only for them to be put to death.

14O Lord, what will you give them? Give them bodies which may not give birth and breasts without milk.

15All their evil-doing is in Gilgal; there I had hate for them; because of their evil-doing I will send them out of my house; they will no longer be dear to me; all their rulers are uncontrolled.

16The rod has come on Ephraim, their root is dry, let them have no fruit; even though they give birth, I will put to death the dearest fruit of their bodies.

Mark 13:14-37

14But when you see the unclean thing which makes destruction, in the place where it has no right to be (let this be clear to the reader), then let those who are in Judaea go quickly to the mountains:

15And let him who is on the house-top not go down, or go in, to take anything out of his house:

16And let not him who is in the field go back to take his coat.

17And it will be hard for women who are with child and for her who has a baby at the breast in those days.

18And say a prayer that it may not be in the winter.

19For in those days there will be sorrow, such as there has not been from the time when God made the world till now, and will not ever be again.

20And if the Lord had not made the time short, no flesh would have been kept from destruction; but because of the saints he has made the time short.

21And then if any man says to you, See, here is Christ; or, See, there; have no faith in it:

22Because there will be false Christs and false prophets, and they will give signs and wonders in the hope of turning even the saints from the true way.

23But take care; see, I have made all things clear to you before the time.

24But in those days, after that time of trouble, the sun will be made dark and the moon will not give her light,

25And the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers which are in the heavens will be moved.

26And then they will see the Son of man coming in clouds with great power and glory.

27And then he will send out the angels, and will get together his saints from the four winds, from the farthest part of the earth to the farthest part of heaven.

28Take an example from the fig-tree: when its branches become soft and put out their leaves, you see that the summer is near;

29Even so, when you see these things taking place, you may be certain that he is near, even at the doors.

30Truly, I say to you, This generation will not come to an end till all these things are complete.

31Heaven and earth will come to an end, but my words will not come to an end.

32But of that day or that hour no one has knowledge, not even the angels in heaven, or the Son, but the Father.

33Take care, keep watch with prayer: for you are not certain when the time will be.

34It is as when a man who is in another country for a time, having gone away from his house, and given authority to his servants and to everyone his work, gives the porter an order to keep watch.

35So you are to keep watch: because you are not certain when the master of the house is coming, in the evening, or in the middle of the night, or at the cock’s cry, or in the morning;

36For fear that, coming suddenly, he sees you sleeping.

37And what I say to you, I say to all, Keep watch.

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