July 11

1 Kings 12:1-31

1And Rehoboam went to Shechem, where all Israel had come together to make him king,

2And, hearing of it, Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, who was still in Egypt, where he had gone in flight from Solomon, and was living there, came back to his town Zeredah, in the hill-country of Ephraim;

3And all the men of Israel came to Rehoboam and said,

4Your father put a hard yoke on us: if you will make the conditions under which your father kept us down less cruel, and the weight of the yoke he put on us less hard, then we will be your servants.

5And he said to them, Go away for three days and then come back to me again. So the people went away.

6Then King Rehoboam took the opinion of the old men who had been with Solomon his father when he was living, and said, In your opinion, what answer am I to give to this people?

7And they said to him, If you will be a servant to this people today, caring for them and giving them a gentle answer, then they will be your servants for ever.

8But he gave no attention to the opinion of the old men, and went to the young men of his generation who were waiting before him:

9And said to them, What is your opinion? What answer are we to give to this people who have said to me, Make less the weight of the yoke which your father put on us?

10And the young men of his generation said to him, This is the answer to give to the people who came to you saying, Your father put a hard yoke on us; will you make it less? say to them, My little finger is thicker than my father’s body;

11If my father put a hard yoke on you, I will make it harder: my father gave you punishment with whips, but I will give you blows with snakes.

12So all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, as the king had given orders, saying, Come back to me the third day.

13And the king gave them a rough answer, giving no attention to the suggestion of the old men;

14But giving them the answer put forward by the young men, saying, My father made your yoke hard, but I will make it harder; my father gave you punishment with whips, but I will give it with snakes.

15So the king did not give ear to the people; and this came about by the purpose of the Lord, so that what he had said by Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam, son of Nebat, might be effected.

16And when all Israel saw that the king would give no attention to them, the people in answer said to the king, What part have we in David? what is our heritage in the son of Jesse? to your tents, O Israel; now see to your people, David. So Israel went away to their tents.

17(But Rehoboam was still king over those of the children of Israel who were living in the towns of Judah.)

18Then King Rehoboam sent Adoniram, the overseer of the forced work; and he was stoned to death by all Israel. And King Rehoboam went quickly and got into his carriage to go in flight to Jerusalem.

19So Israel was turned away from the family of David to this day.

20Now when all Israel had news that Jeroboam had come back, they sent for him to come before the meeting of the people, and made him king over Israel: not one of them was joined to the family of David but only the tribe of Judah.

21When Rehoboam came to Jerusalem, he got together all the men of Judah and the tribe of Benjamin, a hundred and eighty thousand of his best fighting-men, to make war against Israel and get the kingdom back for Rehoboam, the son of Solomon.

22But the word of God came to Shemaiah, the man of God, saying,

23Say to Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all the men of Judah and Benjamin and the rest of the people:

24The Lord has said, You are not to go to war against your brothers, the children of Israel; go back, every man to his house, because this thing is my purpose. So they gave ear to the word of the Lord, and went back, as the Lord had said.

25Then Jeroboam made the town of Shechem in the hill-country of Ephraim a strong place, and was living there; and from there he went out and did the same to Penuel.

26And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now the kingdom will go back to the family of David:

27If the people go up to make offerings in the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, their heart will be turned again to their lord, to Rehoboam, king of Judah; and they will put me to death and go back to Rehoboam, king of Judah.

28So after taking thought the king made two oxen of gold; and he said to the people, You have been going up to Jerusalem long enough; see! these are your gods, O Israel, who took you out of the land of Egypt.

29And he put one in Beth-el and the other in Dan.

30And this became a sin in Israel; for the people went to give worship to the one at Beth-el, and to the other at Dan.

31And he made places for worship at the high places, and made priests, who were not Levites, from among all the people.

Hosea 14

1O Israel, come back to the Lord your God; for your evil-doing has been the cause of your fall.

2Take with you words, and come back to the Lord; say to him, Let there be forgiveness for all wrongdoing, so that we may take what is good, and give in payment the fruit of our lips.

3Assyria will not be our salvation; we will not go on horses; we will not again say to the work of our hands, You are our gods; for in you there is mercy for the child who has no father.

4I will put right their errors; freely will my love be given to them, for my wrath is turned away from him.

5I will be as the dew to Israel; he will put out flowers like a lily, and send out his roots like Lebanon.

6His branches will be stretched out, he will be beautiful as the olive-tree and sweet-smelling as Lebanon.

7They will come back and have rest in his shade; their life will be made new like the grain, and they will put out flowers like the vine; his name will be like the wine of Lebanon.

8As for Ephraim, what has he to do with false gods any longer? I have given an answer and I will keep watch over him; I am like a branching fir-tree, from me comes your fruit.

9He who is wise will see these things; he who has good sense will have knowledge of them. For the ways of the Lord are straight, and the upright will go in them, but sinners will be falling in them.

Mark 16

1And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of James, and Salome, got spices, so that they might come and put them on him.

2And very early after dawn on the first day of the week, they came at the time of the coming up of the sun to the place where the body had been put.

3And they were saying among themselves, Who will get the stone rolled away from the door for us?

4And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back; and it was of great size.

5And when they went in, they saw a young man seated on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were full of wonder.

6And he said to them, Do not be troubled: you are looking for Jesus, the Nazarene, who has been put to death on the cross; he has come back from the dead; he is not here: see, the place where they put him!

7But go, say to his disciples and to Peter, He goes before you into Galilee: there you will see him, as he said to you.

8And they went out quickly from the place, because fear and great wonder had come on them: and they said nothing to anyone, because they were full of fear that …

9Now when he came back from the dead early on the first day of the week, he went first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had sent out seven evil spirits.

10She went and gave news of it to those who had been with him, while they were sorrowing and weeping.

11And they, when it came to their ears that he was living, and had been seen by her, had no belief in it.

12And after these things he was seen in another form by two of them, while they were walking on their way into the country.

13And they went away and gave news of it to the rest; and they had no belief in what was said.

14And later he was seen by the eleven themselves while they were taking food; and he said sharp words to them because they had no faith and their hearts were hard, and because they had no belief in those who had seen him after he had come back from the dead.

15And he said to them, Go into all the world, and give the good news to everyone.

16He who has faith and is given baptism will get salvation; but he who has not faith will be judged.

17And these signs will be with those who have faith: in my name they will send out evil spirits; and they will make use of new languages;

18They will take up snakes, and if there is poison in their drink, it will do them no evil; they will put their hands on those who are ill, and they will get well.

19So then the Lord Jesus, after he had said these words to them, was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God.

20And they went out, preaching everywhere, the Lord working with them, and giving witness to the word by the signs which came after. So be it.

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