July 10

1 Kings 11

1Now a number of strange women were loved by Solomon, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites:

2The nations of which the Lord had said to the children of Israel, You are not to take wives from them and they are not to take wives from you; or they will certainly make you go after their gods: to these Solomon was united in love.

3He had seven hundred wives, daughters of kings, and three hundred other wives; and through his wives his heart was turned away.

4For it came about that when Solomon was old, his heart was turned away to other gods by his wives; and his heart was no longer true to the Lord his God as the heart of his father David had been.

5For Solomon went after Ashtoreth, the goddess of the Zidonians, and Milcom, the disgusting god of the Ammonites.

6And Solomon did evil in the eyes of the Lord, not walking in the Lord’s ways with all his heart as David his father did.

7Then Solomon put up a high place for Chemosh, the disgusting god of Moab, in the mountain before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the disgusting god worshipped by the children of Ammon.

8And so he did for all his strange wives, who made offerings with burning of perfumes to their gods.

9And the Lord was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had twice come to him in a vision;

10And had given him orders about this very thing, that he was not to go after other gods; but he did not keep the orders of the Lord.

11So the Lord said to Solomon, Because you have done this, and have not kept my agreement and my laws, which I gave you, I will take the kingdom away from you by force and will give it to your servant.

12I will not do it in your life-time, because of your father David, but I will take it from your son.

13Still I will not take all the kingdom from him; but I will give one tribe to your son, because of my servant David, and because of Jerusalem, the town of my selection.

14So the Lord sent Hadad the Edomite to make trouble for Solomon: he was of the king’s seed in Edom.

15And when David had sent destruction on Edom, and Joab, the captain of the army, had gone to put the dead into the earth, and had put to death every male in Edom;

16(For Joab and all Israel were there six months till every male in Edom had been cut off;)

17Hadad, being still a young boy, went in flight to Egypt, with certain Edomites, servants of his father;

18And they went on from Midian and came to Paran; and, taking men from Paran with them, they came to Egypt, to Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who gave him a house and gave orders for his food and gave him land.

19Now Hadad was very pleasing to Pharaoh, so that he gave him the sister of his wife, Tahpenes the queen, for his wife.

20And the sister of Tahpenes had a son by him, Genubath, whom Tahpenes took care of in Pharaoh’s house; and Genubath was living in Pharaoh’s house among Pharaoh’s sons.

21Now when Hadad had news in Egypt that David had been put to rest with his fathers, and that Joab, the captain of the army, was dead, he said to Pharaoh, Send me back to my country.

22But Pharaoh said to him, What have you been short of while you have been with me, that you are desiring to go back to your country? And he said, Nothing; but even so, send me back.

23And God sent another trouble-maker, Rezon, the son of Eliada, who had gone in flight from his lord, Hadadezer, king of Zobah:

24He got some men together and made himself captain of a band of outlaws; and went to Damascus and became king there.

25He was a trouble to Israel all through the days of Solomon. And this is the damage Hadad did: he was cruel to Israel while he was ruler over Edom.

26And there was Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, an Ephraimite from Zeredah, a servant of Solomon, whose mother was Zeruah, a widow; and his hand was lifted up against the king.

27The way in which his hand came to be lifted up against the king was this: Solomon was building the Millo and making good the damaged parts of the town of his father David;

28And Jeroboam was an able and responsible man; and Solomon saw that he was a good worker and made him overseer of all the work given to the sons of Joseph.

29Now at that time, when Jeroboam was going out of Jerusalem, the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite came across him on the road; now Ahijah had put on a new robe; and the two of them were by themselves in the open country.

30And Ahijah took his new robe in his hands, parting it violently into twelve.

31And he said to Jeroboam, Take ten of the parts, for this is what the Lord has said: See, I will take the kingdom away from Solomon by force, and will give ten tribes to you;

32(But one tribe will be his, because of my servant David, and because of Jerusalem, the town which, out of all the tribes of Israel, I have made mine,)

33Because they are turned away from me to the worship of Ashtoreth, the goddess of the Zidonians, and Chemosh, the god of Moab, and Milcom, the god of the Ammonites; they have not been walking in my ways or doing what is right in my eyes or keeping my laws and my decisions as his father David did.

34But I will not take the kingdom from him; I will let him be king all the days of his life, because of David my servant, in whom I took delight because he kept my orders and my laws.

35But I will take the kingdom from his son, and give it to you.

36And one tribe I will give to his son, so that David my servant may have a light for ever burning before me in Jerusalem, the town which I have made mine to put my name there.

37And you I will take, and you will be king over Israel, ruling over whatever is the desire of your soul.

38And if you give attention to the orders I give you, walking in my ways and doing what is right in my eyes and keeping my laws and my orders as David my servant did; then I will be with you, building up for you a safe house, as I did for David, and I will give Israel to you.

39(So that I may send trouble for this on the seed of David, but not for ever.)

40And Solomon was looking for a chance to put Jeroboam to death; but he went in flight to Egypt, to Shishak, king of Egypt, and was in Egypt till the death of Solomon.

41Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, and all he did, and his wisdom, are they not recorded in the book of the acts of Solomon?

42And the time Solomon was king in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years.

43And Solomon went to rest with his fathers, and was put into the earth in the town of David his father: and Solomon went to rest with his fathers and Rehoboam his son became king in his place.

Hosea 13

1When the words of my law came from Ephraim, he was lifted up in Israel; but when he did evil through the Baal, death overtook him.

2And now their sins are increased; they have made themselves a metal image, false gods from their silver, after their designs, all of them the work of the metal-workers; they say of them, Let them give offerings, let men give kisses to the oxen.

3So they will be like the morning cloud, like the dew which goes early away, like the dust of the grain which the wind is driving out of the crushing-floor, like smoke going up from the fireplace.

4But I am the Lord your God, from the land of Egypt; you have knowledge of no other God and there is no saviour but me.

5I had knowledge of you in the waste land where no water was.

6When I gave them food they were full, and their hearts were full of pride, and they did not keep me in mind.

7So I will be like a lion to them; as a cruel beast I will keep watch by the road;

8I will come face to face with them like a bear whose young ones have been taken from her, and their inmost hearts will be broken; there the dogs will make a meal of them; they will be wounded by the beasts of the field.

9I have sent destruction on you, O Israel; who will be your helper?

10Where is your king, that he may be your saviour? and all your rulers, that they may take up your cause? of whom you said, Give me a king and rulers.

11I have given you a king, because I was angry, and have taken him away in my wrath.

12The wrongdoing of Ephraim is shut up; his sin is put away in secret.

13The pains of a woman in childbirth will come on him: he is an unwise son, for at this time it is not right for him to keep his place when children come to birth.

14I will give the price to make them free from the power of the underworld, I will be their saviour from death: O death! where are your pains? O underworld! where is your destruction? my eyes will have no pity.

15Though he gives fruit among his brothers, an east wind will come, the wind of the Lord coming up from the waste land, and his spring will become dry, his fountain will be without water: it will make waste the store of all the vessels of his desire.

16Samaria will be made waste, for she has gone against her God: they will be cut down by the sword, their little children will be broken on the rocks, their women who are with child will be cut open.

Mark 15:21-47

21And they made one, Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus, who was going by, coming from the country, go with them, so that he might take his cross.

22And they took him to the place named Golgotha, which is, Dead Man’s Head.

23And they gave him wine mixed with myrrh; but he did not take it.

24And he was nailed to the cross; and they made a division of his clothing among them, putting to the decision of chance what everyone was to take.

25And it was the third hour when they put him on the cross.

26And the statement of his crime was put in writing on the cross, THE KING OF THE JEWS.

27And they put two thieves on crosses with him, one on his right side, and one on his left.

29And those who went by made sport of him, shaking their heads, and saying, Ha! you who give the Temple to destruction, and put it up again in three days,

30Keep yourself from death, and come down from the cross.

31In the same way the chief priests, laughing at him among themselves with the scribes, said, A saviour of others, he has no salvation for himself.

32Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross, so that we may see and have belief. And those who were put on crosses with him said evil things against him.

33And when the sixth hour had come, it was dark over all the land till the ninth hour.

34And at the ninth hour, Jesus said in a loud voice, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, My God, my God, why are you turned away from me?

35And some of those who were near, hearing it, said, See, he is crying to Elijah.

36And one of them went quickly and, getting a sponge full of bitter wine, put it on a rod, and gave it to him for drink, saying, Let be; let us see if Elijah will come to take him down.

37And Jesus gave a loud cry, and gave up his spirit.

38And the curtain of the Temple was parted in two from end to end.

39And when the captain, who was near, saw how he gave up his spirit, he said, Truly this man was a son of God.

40And there were women watching from a distance: among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary, the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome,

41Who went with him when he was in Galilee and took care of him; and a number of other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.

42And when it was evening, because it was the time of getting ready, that is, the day before the Sabbath,

43There came Joseph of Arimathaea, a responsible man in high honour, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God; and he went in to Pilate without fear, and made a request for the body of Jesus.

44And Pilate was surprised that he was dead; and, sending for the captain, he put a question to see if he had been dead for long.

45And when he had news of it from the captain, he let Joseph have the body.

46And he got a linen cloth and, taking him down, put the linen cloth round him, and put him in a place for the dead which had been cut out of a rock; and a stone was rolled against the door.

47And Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of Joses, saw where he was put.

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