1 Kings 14
1At that time Abijah, the son of Jeroboam, became ill.
2And Jeroboam said to his wife, Now come, put on different clothing so that you may not seem to be the wife of Jeroboam, and go to Shiloh; see, Ahijah is there, the prophet who said I would be king over this people.
3And take with you ten cakes of bread and dry cakes and a pot of honey, and go to him: he will give you word of what is to become of the child.
4So Jeroboam’s wife did so, and got up and went to Shiloh and came to the house of Ahijah. Now Ahijah was unable to see, because he was very old.
5And the Lord had said to Ahijah, The wife of Jeroboam is coming to get news from you about her son, who is ill; give her such and such an answer; for she will make herself seem to be another woman.
6Then Ahijah, hearing the sound of her footsteps coming in at the door, said, Come in, O wife of Jeroboam; why do you make yourself seem like another? for I am sent to you with bitter news.
7Go, say to Jeroboam, These are the words of the Lord, the God of Israel: Though I took you from among the people, lifting you up to be a ruler over my people Israel,
8And took the kingdom away by force from the seed of David and gave it to you, you have not been like my servant David, who kept my orders, and was true to me with all his heart, doing only what was right in my eyes.
9But you have done evil more than any before you, and have made for yourself other gods, and images of metal, moving me to wrath, and turning your back on me.
10So I will send evil on the line of Jeroboam, cutting off from his family every male child, those who are shut up and those who go free in Israel; the family of Jeroboam will be brushed away like a man brushing away waste till it is all gone.
11Those of the family of Jeroboam who come to death in the town, will become food for the dogs; and those on whom death comes in the open country, will be food for the birds of the air; for the Lord has said it.
12Up, then! go back to your house; and in the hour when your feet go into the town, the death of the child will take place.
13And all Israel will put his body to rest, weeping over him, because he only of the family of Jeroboam will be put into his resting-place in the earth; for of all the family of Jeroboam, in him only has the Lord, the God of Israel, seen some good.
14And the Lord will put up a king over Israel who will send destruction on the family of Jeroboam in that day;
15And even now the hand of the Lord has come down on Israel, shaking it like a river-grass in the water; and, uprooting Israel from this good land, which he gave to their fathers, he will send them this way and that on the other side of the River; because they have made for themselves images, moving the Lord to wrath.
16And he will give Israel up because of the sins which Jeroboam has done and made Israel do.
17Then Jeroboam’s wife got up and went away and came to Tirzah; and when she came to the doorway of the house, death came to the child.
18And all Israel put his body to rest, weeping over him, as the Lord had said by his servant Ahijah the prophet.
19Now the rest of the acts of Jeroboam, how he made war and how he became king, are recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel.
20And Jeroboam was king for twenty-two years, and was put to rest with his fathers, and Nadab his son became king in his place.
21And Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, was king in Judah. Rehoboam was forty-one years old when he became king, and he was king for seventeen years in Jerusalem, the town which the Lord had made his out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there; his mother’s name was Naamah, an Ammonite woman.
22And Judah did evil in the eyes of the Lord, and made him more angry than their fathers had done by their sins.
23For they made high places and upright stones and wood pillars on every high hill and under every green tree;
24And more than this, there were those in the land who were used for sex purposes in the worship of the gods, doing the same disgusting crimes as the nations which the Lord had sent out before the children of Israel.
25Now in the fifth year of King Rehoboam, Shishak, king of Egypt, came up against Jerusalem;
26And took away all the stored wealth from the house of the Lord, and from the king’s house, and all the gold body-covers which Solomon had made.
27So in their place King Rehoboam had other body-covers made of brass, and gave them into the care of the captains of the armed men who were stationed at the door of the king’s house.
28And whenever the king went into the house of the Lord, the armed men went with him taking the body-covers, and then took them back to their room.
29Now the rest of the acts of Rehoboam, and all he did, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Judah?
30And there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all their days.
31And Rehoboam went to rest with his fathers, and was put into the earth with his fathers in the town of David; his mother’s name was Naamah, an Ammonite woman. And Abijam his son became king in his place.
1Let the horn be sounded in Zion, and a war-cry in my holy mountain; let all the people of the land be troubled: for the day of the Lord is coming;
2For a day of dark and deep shade is near, a day of cloud and black night: like a black cloud a great and strong people is covering the mountains; there has never been any like them and will not be after them again, from generation to generation.
3Before them fire sends destruction, and after them flame is burning: the land is like the garden of Eden before them, and after them an unpeopled waste; truly, nothing has been kept safe from them.
4Their form is like the form of horses, and they are running like war-horses.
5Like the sound of war-carriages they go jumping on the tops of the mountains; like the noise of a flame of fire burning up the grain-stems, like a strong people lined up for the fight.
6At their coming the people are bent with pain: all faces become red together.
7They are running like strong men, they go over the wall like men of war; every man goes straight on his way, their lines are not broken.
8No one is pushing against another; everyone goes straight on his way: bursting through the sword points, their order is not broken.
9They make a rush on the town, running on the wall; they go up into the houses and in through the windows like a thief.
10The earth is troubled before them and the heavens are shaking: the sun and the moon have become dark, and the stars keep back their shining:
11And the Lord is thundering before his forces; for very great is his army; for he is strong who gives effect to his word: for the day of the Lord is great and greatly to be feared, and who has strength against it?
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
18For the word of the cross seems foolish to those who are on the way to destruction; but to us who are on the way to salvation it is the power of God.
19As it says in the holy Writings, I will put an end to the wisdom of the wise, and will put on one side the designs of those who have knowledge.
20Where is the wise? where is he who has knowledge of the law? where is the man of this world who has a love of discussion? has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
21For because, by the purpose of God, the world, with all its wisdom, had not the knowledge of God, it was God’s pleasure, by so foolish a thing as preaching, to give salvation to those who had faith in him.
22Seeing that the Jews make request for signs, and the Greeks are looking for knowledge:
23But we give the good news of Christ on the cross, a hard thing to the Jews, and a foolish thing to the Gentiles;
24But to those of God’s selection, Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power and the wisdom of God.
25Because what seems foolish in God is wiser than men; and what seems feeble in God is stronger than men.
26For you see God’s design for you, my brothers, that he has not taken a great number of the wise after the flesh, not the strong, not the noble:
27But God made selection of the foolish things of this world so that he might put the wise to shame; and the feeble things that he might put to shame the strong;
28And the low things of the world, and the things without honour, did God make selection of, yes, even the things which are not, so that he might make as nothing the things which are:
29So that no flesh might have glory before God.
30But God has given you a place in Christ Jesus, through whom God has given us wisdom and righteousness and salvation, and made us holy:
31So that, as it is said in the holy Writings, Whoever has a desire for glory, let his glory be in the Lord.