July 7

1 Kings 8

1Then Solomon sent for all the responsible men of Israel, and all the chiefs of the tribes, and the heads of families of the children of Israel, to come to him in Jerusalem to take the ark of the Lord’s agreement up out of the town of David, which is Zion.

2And all the men of Israel came together to King Solomon at the feast, in the month Ethanim, the seventh month.

3And all the responsible men of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark.

4They took up the ark of the Lord, and the Tent of meeting, and all the holy vessels which were in the Tent; all these the priests and the Levites took up.

5And King Solomon and all the men of Israel who had come together there, were with him before the ark, making offerings of sheep and oxen more than might be numbered.

6And the priests took the ark of the agreement of the Lord and put it in its place in the inner room of the house, in the most holy place, under the wings of the winged ones.

7For their wings were outstretched over the place where the ark was, covering the ark and its rods.

8The rods were so long that their ends were seen from the holy place, in front of the inmost room; but they were not seen from outside: and there they are to this day.

9There was nothing in the ark but the two flat stones which Moses put there at Horeb, where the Lord made an agreement with the children of Israel when they came out of the land of Egypt.

10Now when the priests had come out of the holy place, the house of the Lord was full of the cloud,

11So that the priests were not able to keep their places to do their work because of the cloud, for the house of the Lord was full of the glory of the Lord.

12Then Solomon said, O Lord, to the sun you have given the heaven for a living-place, but your living-place was not seen by men;

13So I have made for you a living-place, a house in which you may be for ever present.

14Then, turning his face about, the king gave a blessing to all the men of Israel; and they were all on their feet together.

15And he said, Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, who himself gave his word to David my father, and with his strong hand has made his word come true, saying,

16From the day when I took my people Israel out of Egypt, no town in all the tribes of Israel has been marked out by me for the building of a house for the resting-place of my name; but I made selection of David to be king over my people Israel.

17Now it was in the heart of David my father to put up a house for the name of the Lord, the God of Israel.

18But the Lord said to David my father, You did well to have in your heart the desire to make a house for my name;

19But you yourself will not be the builder of my house; but your son, the offspring of your body, he it is who will put up a house for my name.

20And the Lord has made his word come true; for I have taken my father David’s place on the seat of the kingdom of Israel, as the Lord gave his word; and I have made a house for the name of the Lord, the God of Israel.

21In it I have made a place for the ark, in which is the agreement which the Lord made with our fathers, when he took them out of the land of Egypt.

22Then Solomon took his place before the altar of the Lord, all the men of Israel being present, and stretching out his hands to heaven,

23Said, O Lord, the God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven or on the earth; keeping faith and mercy unchanging for your servants, while they go in your ways with all their hearts.

24And you have kept the word which you gave to your servant David, my father; with your mouth you said it and with your hand you have made it come true this day.

25So now, O Lord, the God of Israel, let your word to your servant David, my father, come true, when you said, You will never be without a man to take his place on the seat of the kingdom of Israel before me, if only your children give attention to their ways, walking before me as you have done.

26So now, O God of Israel, it is my prayer that you will make your word come true which you said to your servant David, my father.

27But is it truly possible that God may be housed on earth? see, heaven and the heaven of heavens are not wide enough to be your resting-place; how much less this house which I have made!

28Still, let your heart be turned to the prayer of your servant, O Lord God, and to his prayer for grace; give ear to the cry and the prayer which your servant sends up to you this day;

29That your eyes may be open to this house night and day, to this place of which you have said, My name will be there; hearing the prayer which your servant may make, turning to this place.

30Give ear to the prayers of your servant, and the prayers of your people Israel, when they make their prayers, turning to this place; give ear in heaven your living-place, and hearing, have mercy.

31If a man does wrong to his neighbour, and has to take an oath, and comes before your altar to take his oath in this house:

32Then let your ear be open in heaven, and be the judge of your servants, giving your decision against the wrongdoer, so that punishment for his sins may come on his head; and, by your decision, keeping from evil him who has done no wrong.

33When your people Israel are overcome in war, because of their sin against you; if they are turned to you again, honouring your name, making prayers to you and requesting your grace in this house:

34Then give ear in heaven, and let the sin of your people Israel have forgiveness, and take them back again into the land which you gave to their fathers.

35When heaven is shut up and there is no rain, because of their sin against you; if they make prayers with their faces turned to this place, honouring your name and turning away from their sin when you send trouble on them:

36Then give ear in heaven, so that the sin of your servants, and of your people Israel, may have forgiveness, when you make clear to them the good way in which they are to go; and send rain on your land which you have given to your people for their heritage.

37If there is no food in the land, or if there is disease, or if the fruits of the earth are damaged through heat or water, locust or worm; if their towns are shut in by their attackers; whatever trouble, whatever disease there may be:

38Whatever prayer or request for your grace is made by any man, or by all your people Israel, whatever his trouble may be, whose hands are stretched out to this house:

39Give ear in heaven your living-place, acting in mercy; and give to every man whose secret heart is open to you, the reward of all his ways; for you, and you only, have knowledge of the hearts of all the children of men:

40So that they may give you worship all the days of their life in the land which you gave to our fathers.

41And as for the man from a strange land, who is not of your people Israel; when he comes from a far country because of the glory of your name:

42(For they will have news of your great name and your strong hand and your out-stretched arm;) when he comes to make his prayer, turning to this house:

43Give ear in heaven your living-place, and give him his desire, whatever it may be; so that all the peoples of the earth may have knowledge of your name, worshipping you as do your people Israel, and that they may see that this house which I have put up is truly named by your name.

44If your people go out to war against their attackers, by whatever way you may send them, if they make their prayer to the Lord, turning their faces to this town of yours and to this house which I have made for your name:

45Give ear in heaven to their prayer and their cry for grace, and see right done to them.

46If they do wrong against you, (for no man is without sin,) and you are angry with them and give them up into the power of those who are fighting against them, so that they take them away as prisoners into a strange land, far off or near;

47And if they take thought, in the land where they are prisoners, and are turned again to you, crying out in prayer to you in that land, and saying, We are sinners, we have done wrong, we have done evil;

48And with all their heart and soul are turned again to you, in the land of those who took them prisoners, and make their prayer to you, turning their eyes to this land which you gave to their fathers, and to the town which you took for yourself, and the house which I made for your name:

49Then give ear to their prayer and to their cry in heaven your living-place, and see right done to them;

50Answering with forgiveness the people who have done wrong against you, and overlooking the evil which they have done against you; let those who made them prisoners be moved with pity for them, and have pity on them;

51For they are your people and your heritage, which you took out of Egypt, out of the iron fireplace;

52Let your eyes be open to your servant’s prayer for grace and to the prayer of your people Israel, hearing them when their cry comes to you.

53For you made them separate from all the peoples of the earth, to be your heritage, as you said by Moses your servant, when you took our fathers out of Egypt, O Lord God.

54Then Solomon, after making all these prayers and requests for grace to the Lord, got up from his knees before the altar of the Lord, where his hands had been stretched out in prayer to heaven;

55And, getting on his feet, he gave a blessing to all the men of Israel, saying with a loud voice,

56Praise be to the Lord who has given rest to his people Israel, as he gave them his word to do; every word of all his oath, which he gave by the hand of Moses his servant, has come true.

57Now may the Lord our God be with us as he was with our fathers; let him never go away from us or give us up;

58Turning our hearts to himself, guiding us to go in all his ways, to keep his orders and his laws and his decisions, which he gave to our fathers.

59And may these my words, the words of my prayer to the Lord, be before the Lord our God day and night, so that he may see right done to his servant and to his people Israel, day by day as we have need.

60So that all the peoples of the earth may see that the Lord is God, and there is no other.

61Then let your hearts be without sin before the Lord our God, walking in his laws and keeping his orders as at this day.

62Now the king, and all Israel with him, were making offerings before the Lord.

63And Solomon gave to the Lord for peace-offerings, twenty-two thousand oxen and a hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the children of Israel kept the feast of the opening of the Lord’s house.

64The same day the king made holy the middle of the open square in front of the house of the Lord, offering there the burned offering and the meal offering and the fat of the peace-offerings; for there was not room on the brass altar of the Lord for the burned offerings and the meal offerings and the fat of the peace-offerings.

65So Solomon and all Israel with him, a very great meeting, (for the people had come together from the way into Hamath to the river of Egypt,) kept the feast at that time before the Lord our God, for two weeks, even fourteen days.

66And on the eighth day he sent the people away, and, blessing the king, they went to their tents full of joy and glad in their hearts, because of all the good which the Lord had done to David his servant and to Israel his people.

Hosea 9:17

17My God will give them up because they did not give ear to him; they will be wandering among the nations.

Hosea 10

1Israel is a branching vine, full of fruit; as his fruit is increased, so the number of his altars is increased; as the land is fair, so they have made fair pillars.

2Their mind is taken away; now they will be made waste: he will have their altars broken down, he will give their pillars to destruction.

3Now, truly, they will say, We have no king, we have no fear of the Lord; and the king, what is he able to do for us?

4Their words are foolish; they make agreements with false oaths, so punishment will come up like a poison-plant in a ploughed field.

5The people of Samaria will be full of fear because of the ox of Beth-aven; its people will have sorrow for it, and its priests will give cries of grief for its glory, for the glory has gone in flight.

6And they will take it to Assyria and give it to the great king; shame will come on Ephraim, and Israel will be shamed because of its image.

7As for Samaria, her king is cut off, like mist on the water.

8And the high places of Aven, the sin of Israel, will come to destruction; thorns and waste plants will come up on their altars; they will say to the mountains, Be a cover over us; and to the hills, Come down on us.

9O Israel, you have done evil from the days of Gibeah; there they took up their position, so that the fighting against the children of evil might not overtake them in Gibeah.

10I will come and give them punishment; and the peoples will come together against them when I give them the reward of their two sins.

11And Ephraim is a trained cow, taking pleasure in crushing the grain; but I have put a yoke on her fair neck; I will put a horseman on the back of Ephraim; Judah will be working the plough, Jacob will be turning up the earth.

12Put in the seed of righteousness, get in your grain in mercy, let your unploughed earth be turned up: for it is time to make search for the Lord, till he comes and sends righteousness on you like rain.

13You have been ploughing sin, you have got in a store of evil, the fruit of deceit has been your food: for you put faith in your way, in the number of your men of war.

14So a great outcry will go up from among your people, and all your strong places will be broken, as Beth-arbel was broken by Shalman in the day of war, as the mother was broken on the rocks with her children.

15So will Beth-el do to you because of your evil-doing; at dawn will the king of Israel be cut off completely.

Mark 14:1-31

1It was now two days before the feast of the Passover and the unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes made designs how they might take him by deceit and put him to death:

2But they said, Not while the feast is going on, for fear there may be trouble among the people.

3And while he was in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, seated at table, there came a woman with a bottle of perfumed oil of great price; and when the bottle was broken she put the perfume on his head.

4But some of them were angry among themselves, saying, For what purpose has this oil been wasted?

5We might have got more than three hundred pence for it, and given the money to the poor. And they said things against her among themselves.

6But Jesus said, Let her be; why are you troubling her? she has done a kind act to me.

7The poor you have ever with you, and whenever you have the desire you may do them good: but me you have not for ever.

8She has done what she was able: she has put oil on my body to make it ready for its last resting-place.

9And truly I say to you, Wherever the good news goes out through all the earth, what this woman has done will be talked of in memory of her.

10And Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went away to the chief priests, so that he might give him up to them.

11And hearing what he said, they were glad, and gave him their word to make him a payment of money. And he took thought how he might best give him up to them.

12And on the first day of unleavened bread, when the Passover lamb is put to death, his disciples said to him, Where are we to go and make ready for you to take the Passover meal?

13And he sent two of his disciples, and said to them, Go into the town, and there will come to you a man with a vessel of water: go after him;

14And wherever he goes in, say to the owner of the house, The Master says, Where is my guest-room, where I may take the Passover with my disciples?

15And he will take you up himself to a great room with a table and seats: there make ready for us.

16And the disciples went out and came into the town, and saw that it was as he had said: and they made ready the Passover.

17And when it was evening he came with the twelve.

18And while they were seated taking food, Jesus said, Truly I say to you, One of you will be false to me, one who is taking food with me.

19They were sad, and said to him one by one, Is it I?

20And he said to them, It is one of the twelve, one who is putting his bread with me into the same plate.

21The Son of man goes, even as the Writings say of him: but cursed is that man through whom the Son of man is given up! It would have been well for that man if he had never been given birth.

22And while they were taking food, he took bread, and after blessing it, he gave the broken bread to them, and said, Take it: this is my body.

23And he took a cup, and when he had given praise, he gave it to them: and they all had a drink from it.

24And he said to them, This is my blood of the testament, which is given for men.

25Truly I say to you, I will take no more of the fruit of the vine till the day when I take it new in the kingdom of God.

26And after a song of praise to God they went out to the Mountain of Olives.

27And Jesus said to them, You will all be turned away from me: for it is in the Writings, I will put the keeper of the sheep to death, and the sheep will be put to flight.

28But after I have come back from the dead, I will go before you into Galilee.

29But Peter said to him, Though the others may be turned away from you, I will not.

30And Jesus said to him, Truly, I say to you that you, today, even this night, before the cock’s second cry, will say three times that you have no knowledge of me.

31But he said with passion, If I have to be put to death with you, I will not be false to you. And they all said the same.

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