July 12

1 Kings 12:32-33

32And Jeroboam gave orders for a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like the feast which is kept in Judah, and he went up to the altar. And in the same way, in Beth-el, he gave offerings to the oxen which he had made, placing in Beth-el the priests of the high places he had made.

33He went up to the altar he had made in Beth-el on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, the month fixed by him at his pleasure; and he gave orders for a feast for the people of Israel, and went up to the altar, and there he made the smoke of his offerings go up.

1 Kings 13

1Then a man of God came from Judah by the order of the Lord to Beth-el, where Jeroboam was by the altar, burning offerings.

2And by the order of the Lord he made an outcry against the altar, saying, O altar, altar, the Lord has said, From the seed of David will come a child, named Josiah, and on you he will put to death the priests of the high places, who are burning offerings on you, and men’s bones will be burned on you.

3The same day he gave them a sign, saying, This is the sign which the Lord has given: See, the altar will be broken and the burned waste on it overturned.

4Then the king, hearing the man of God crying out against the altar at Beth-el, put out his hand from the altar, saying, Take him prisoner. And his hand, stretched out against him, became dead, and he had no power of pulling it back.

5And the altar was broken and the burned waste on it overturned; this was the sign which the man of God had given by the word of the Lord.

6Then the king made answer and said to the man of God, Make a prayer now for the grace of the Lord your God, and for me, that my hand may be made well. And in answer to the prayer of the man of God, the king’s hand was made well again, as it was before.

7And the king said to the man of God, Come with me to my house for food and rest, and I will give you a reward.

8But the man of God said to the king, Even if you gave me half of all you have, I would not go in with you, and I would not take food or a drink of water in this place;

9For so I was ordered by the word of the Lord, who said, You are not to take food or a drink of water, and you are not to go back the way you came.

10So he went another way, and not by the way he came to Beth-el.

11Now there was an old prophet living in Beth-el; and one of his sons came and gave him word of all the man of God had done that day in Beth-el, and they gave their father an account of the words he had said to the king.

12Then their father said to them, Which way did he go? Now his sons had seen which way the man of God who came from Judah had gone.

13So the prophet said to his sons, Make ready an ass for me. So they made an ass ready, and he got on it,

14And went after the man of God, and came up with him while he was seated under an oak-tree. And he said to him, Are you the man of God who came from Judah? And he said, I am.

15Then he said to him, Come back to the house with me and have a meal.

16But he said, I may not go back with you or go into your house; and I will not take food or a drink of water with you in this place;

17For the Lord said to me, You are not to take food or water there, or go back again by the way you came.

18Then he said to him, I am a prophet like you; and an angel said to me by the word of the Lord, Take him back with you and give him food and water. But he said false words to him.

19So he went back with him, and had a meal in his house and a drink of water.

20But while they were seated at the table, the word of the Lord came to the prophet who had taken him back;

21And crying out to the man of God who came from Judah, he said, The Lord says, Because you have gone against the voice of the Lord, and have not done as you were ordered by the Lord,

22But have come back, and have taken food and water in this place where he said you were to take no food or water; your dead body will not be put to rest with your fathers.

23Now after the meal he made ready the ass for him, for the prophet whom he had taken back.

24And he went on his way; but on the road a lion came rushing at him and put him to death; and his dead body was stretched in the road with the ass by its side, and the lion was there by the body.

25And some men, going by, saw the body stretched out in the road with the lion by its side; and they came and gave news of it in the town where the old prophet was living.

26Then the prophet who had made him come back, hearing it, said, It is the man of God, who went against the word of the Lord; that is why the Lord has given him to the lion to be wounded to death, as the Lord said.

27And he said to his sons, Make ready the ass for me. And they did so.

28And he went and saw the dead body stretched out in the road with the ass and the lion by its side: the lion had not taken the body for its food or done any damage to the ass.

29Then the prophet took up the body of the man of God and put it on the ass and took it back; and he came to the town to put the body to rest with weeping.

30And he put the body in the resting-place made ready for himself, weeping and sorrowing over it, saying, O my brother!

31And when he had put it to rest, he said to his sons, When I am dead, then you are to put my body into the earth with the body of this man of God, and put me by his bones so that my bones may be kept safe with his bones.

32For the outcry he made by the word of the Lord against the altar in Beth-el and against all the houses of the high places in the towns of Samaria, will certainly come about.

33After this Jeroboam, not turning back from his evil ways, still made priests for his altars from among all the people; he made a priest of anyone desiring it, so that there might be priests of the high places.

34And this became a sin in the family of Jeroboam, causing it to be cut off and sent to destruction from the face of the earth.

Joel 1

1The word of the Lord which came to Joel, the son of Pethuel.

2Give ear to this, you old men, and take note, you people of the land. Has this ever been in your days, or in the days of your fathers?

3Give the story of it to your children, and let them give it to their children, and their children to another generation.

4What the worm did not make a meal of, has been taken by the locust; and what the locust did not take, has been food for the plant-worm; and what the plant-worm did not take, has been food for the field-fly.

5Come out of your sleep, you who are overcome with wine, and give yourselves to weeping; give cries of sorrow, all you drinkers of wine, because of the sweet wine; for it has been cut off from your mouths.

6For a nation has come up over my land, strong and without number; his teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he has the back teeth of a great lion.

7By him my vine is made waste and my fig-tree broken: he has taken all its fruit and sent it down to the earth; its branches are made white.

8Make sounds of grief like a virgin dressed in haircloth for the husband of her early years.

9The meal offering and the drink offering have been cut off from the house of the Lord; the priests, the Lord’s servants, are sorrowing.

10The fields are wasted, the land has become dry; for the grain is wasted, the new wine is kept back, the oil is poor.

11The farmers are shamed, the workers in the vine-gardens give cries of grief, for the wheat and the barley; for the produce of the fields has come to destruction.

12The vine has become dry and the fig-tree is feeble; the pomegranate and the palm-tree and the apple-tree, even all the trees of the field, are dry: because joy has gone from the sons of men.

13Put haircloth round you and give yourselves to sorrow, you priests; give cries of grief, you servants of the altar: come in, and, clothed in haircloth, let the night go past, you servants of my God: for the meal offering and the drink offering have been kept back from the house of your God.

14Let a time be fixed for going without food, have a holy meeting, let the old men, even all the people of the land, come together to the house of the Lord your God, crying out to the Lord.

15Sorrow for the day! for the day of the Lord is near, and as destruction from the Ruler of all it will come.

16Is not food cut off before our eyes? joy and delight from the house of our God?

17The grains have become small and dry under the spade; the store-houses are made waste, the grain-stores are broken down; for the grain is dry and dead.

18What sounds of pain come from the beasts! the herds of cattle are at a loss because there is no grass for them; even the flocks of sheep are no longer to be seen.

19O Lord, my cry goes up to you: for fire has put an end to the grass-lands of the waste, and all the trees of the field are burned with its flame.

20The beasts of the field are turning to you with desire: for the water-streams are dry and fire has put an end to the grass-lands of the waste.

1 Corinthians 1:1-17

1Paul, an Apostle of Jesus Christ by the purpose of God, and Sosthenes the brother,

2To the church of God which is in Corinth, to those who have been made holy in Christ Jesus, saints by the selection of God, with all those who in every place give honour to the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours:

3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

4I give praise to my God for you at all times, because of the grace of God which has been given to you in Christ Jesus;

5So that in him you have wealth in all things, in word and in knowledge of every sort;

6Even as the witness of the Christ has been made certain among you:

7So that having every grace you are living in the hope of the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ;

8Who will give you strength to the end, to be free from all sin in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

9God is true, through whom you have been given a part with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

10Now I make request to you, my brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you will all say the same thing, and that there may be no divisions among you, so that you may be in complete agreement, in the same mind and in the same opinion.

11Because it has come to my knowledge, through those of the house of Chloe, that there are divisions among you, my brothers.

12That is, that some of you say, I am of Paul; some say, I am of Apollos; some say, I am of Cephas; and some say, I am Christ’s.

13Is there a division in Christ? was Paul nailed to the cross for you? or were you given baptism in the name of Paul?

14I give praise to God that not one of you had baptism from me, but Crispus and Gaius;

15So that no one may be able to say that you had baptism in my name.

16And I gave baptism to the house of Stephanas; but I am not certain that any others had baptism from me.

17For Christ sent me, not to give baptism, but to be a preacher of the good news: not with wise words, for fear that the cross of Christ might be made of no value.

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