July 9

1 Kings 10

1Now the queen of Sheba, hearing great things of Solomon, came to put his wisdom to the test with hard questions.

2And she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with camels weighted down with spices, and stores of gold and jewels: and when she came to Solomon she had talk with him of everything in her mind.

3And Solomon gave her answers to all her questions; there was no secret which the king did not make clear to her.

4And when the queen of Sheba had seen all the wisdom of Solomon, and the house which he had made,

5And the food at his table, and all his servants seated there, and those who were waiting on him in their places, and their robes, and his wine-servants, and the burned offerings which he made in the house of the Lord, there was no more spirit in her.

6And she said to the king, The account which was given to me in my country of your acts and your wisdom was true.

7But I had no faith in what was said about you, till I came and saw for myself; and now I see that it was not half the story; your wisdom and your wealth are much greater than they said.

8Happy are your wives, happy are these your servants whose place is ever before you, hearing your words of wisdom.

9May the Lord your God be praised, whose pleasure it was to put you on the seat of the kingdom of Israel; because the Lord’s love for Israel is eternal, he has made you king, to be their judge in righteousness.

10And she gave the king a hundred and twenty talents of gold, and a great store of spices and jewels: never again was such a wealth of spices seen as that which the queen of Sheba gave King Solomon.

11And the sea-force of Hiram, in addition to gold from Ophir, came back with much sandal-wood and jewels.

12And from the sandal-wood the king made pillars for the house of the Lord, and for the king’s house, and instruments of music for the makers of melody: never has such sandal-wood been seen to this day.

13And King Solomon gave the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatever she made request for, in addition to what he gave her freely from the impulse of his heart. So she went back to her country, she and her servants.

14Now the weight of gold which came to Solomon in one year was six hundred and sixty-six talents;

15In addition to what came to him from the business of the traders, and from all the kings of the Arabians, and from the rulers of the country.

16And Solomon made two hundred body-covers of hammered gold, every one having six hundred shekels of gold in it.

17And he made three hundred smaller body-covers of hammered gold, with three pounds of gold in every cover: and the king put them in the house of the Woods of Lebanon.

18Then the king made a great ivory seat, plated with the best gold.

19There were six steps going up to it, and the top of it was round at the back, there were arms on the two sides of the seat, and two lions by the side of the arms;

20And twelve lions were placed on the one side and on the other side on the six steps: there was nothing like it in any kingdom.

21And all King Solomon’s drinking-vessels were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the Woods of Lebanon were of the best gold; not one was of silver, for no one gave a thought to silver in the days of King Solomon.

22For the king had Tarshish-ships at sea with the ships of Hiram; once every three years the Tarshish-ships came with gold and silver and ivory and monkeys and peacocks.

23And King Solomon was greater than all the kings of the earth in wealth and in wisdom.

24And from all over the earth they came to see Solomon and to give ear to his wisdom, which God had put in his heart.

25And everyone took with him an offering, vessels of silver and vessels of gold, and robes, and coats of metal, and spices, and horses, and beasts of transport, regularly year by year.

26And Solomon got together war-carriages and horsemen; he had one thousand, four hundred carriages and twelve thousand horsemen, whom he kept, some in the carriage-towns and some with the king at Jerusalem.

27And the king made silver as common as stones in Jerusalem and cedars like the sycamore-trees of the lowlands in number.

28And Solomon’s horses came from Egypt and from Kue; the king’s traders got them at a price from Kue.

29A war-carriage might be got from Egypt for six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse for a hundred and fifty; they got them at the same rate for all the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Aram.

Hosea 11:12

12The deceit of Ephraim and the false words of Israel are about me on every side. …

Hosea 12

1Ephraim’s food is the wind, and he goes after the east wind: deceit and destruction are increasing day by day; they make an agreement with Assyria, and take oil into Egypt.

2The Lord has a cause against Judah, and will give punishment to Jacob for his ways; he will give him the reward of his acts.

3In the body of his mother he took his brother by the foot, and in his strength he was fighting with God;

4He had a fight with the angel and overcame him; he made request for grace to him with weeping; he came face to face with him in Beth-el and there his words came to him;

5Even the Lord, the God of armies; the Lord is his name.

6So then, come back to your God; keep mercy and right, and be waiting at all times on your God.

7As for Canaan, the scales of deceit are in his hands; he takes pleasure in twisted ways.

8And Ephraim said, Now I have got wealth and much property; in all my works no sin may be seen in me.

9But I am the Lord your God from the land of Egypt; I will give you tents for your living-places again as in the days of the holy meeting.

10My word came to the ears of the prophets and I gave them visions in great number, and by the mouths of the prophets I made use of comparisons.

11In Gilead there is evil. They are quite without value; in Gilgal they make offerings of oxen; truly their altars are like masses of stones in the hollows of a ploughed field.

12And Jacob went in flight into the field of Aram, and Israel became a servant for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep.

13And by a prophet the Lord made Israel come up out of Egypt, and by a prophet he was kept safe.

14I have been bitterly moved to wrath by Ephraim; so that his blood will be on him, and the Lord will make his shame come back on him.

Mark 15:1-20

1And the first thing in the morning the chief priests, with those in authority and the scribes and all the Sanhedrin, had a meeting, and put cords round Jesus, and took him away, and gave him up to Pilate.

2And Pilate put a question to him, Are you the King of the Jews? And he, answering, said to him, You say so.

3And the chief priests said a number of things against him.

4And Pilate again put a question, Do you say nothing in answer? see how much evil they say you have done.

5But Jesus gave no more answers, so that Pilate was full of wonder.

6Now at the feast every year he let one prisoner go free at their request.

7And there was one named Barabbas, in prison with those who had gone against the government and in the fight had taken life.

8And the people went up, requesting him to do as he had done for them in other years.

9And Pilate said in answer to them, Is it your desire that I let the King of the Jews go free?

10For he saw that the chief priests had given him up through envy.

11But the people were moved by the chief priests to make him let Barabbas go free.

12And Pilate again said in answer to them, What then am I to do to him to whom you give the name of the King of the Jews?

13And they said again loudly, To the cross with him!

14And Pilate said to them, Why, what evil has he done? But their cry was the louder, To the cross!

15And Pilate, desiring to do what was pleasing to the people, let Barabbas go free, and gave up Jesus, when he had been whipped, to be put to death on the cross.

16And the men of the army took him away into the square in front of the building which is the Praetorium, and they got together all the band.

17And they put a purple robe on him, and twisting a crown of thorns, they put it on him;

18And, as if honouring him, they said, Long life to the King of the Jews!

19And they gave him blows on the head with a stick and put shame on him and, going down on their knees, gave him worship.

20And when they had made sport of him, they took the purple robe off him and put his clothing on him. And they took him out to put him to death on the cross.

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