July 14

1 Kings 15:1-32

1Now in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, Abijam became king over Judah.

2For three years he was king in Jerusalem: and his mother’s name was Maacah, the daughter of Abishalom.

3And he did the same sins which his father had done before him: his heart was not completely true to the Lord his God, like the heart of David his father.

4But because of David, the Lord gave him a light in Jerusalem, making his sons king after him, so that Jerusalem might be safe;

5Because David did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, and never in all his life went against his orders, but only in the question of Uriah the Hittite.

6…

7Now the rest of the acts of Abijam, and all he did, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Judah? And there was war between Abijam and Jeroboam.

8Then Abijam went to rest with his fathers, and they put him into the earth in the town of David: and Asa his son became king in his place.

9In the twentieth year that Jeroboam was king of Israel, Asa became king over Judah.

10And he was king for forty-one years in Jerusalem; his mother’s name was Maacah, the daughter of Abishalom.

11Asa did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as David his father did.

12Those used for sex purposes in the worship of the gods he sent out of the country, and he took away all the images which his fathers had made.

13And he would not let Maacah his mother be queen, because she had made a disgusting image for Asherah; and Asa had the image cut down and burned by the stream Kidron.

14The high places, however, were not taken away: but still the heart of Asa was true to the Lord all his life.

15He took into the house of the Lord all the things which his father had made holy, and those which he himself had made holy, silver and gold and vessels.

16Now there was war between Asa and Baasha, king of Israel, all their days.

17And Baasha, king of Israel, went up against Judah, building Ramah, so that no one was able to go out or in to Asa, king of Judah.

18Then Asa took all the silver and gold which was still stored in the Lord’s house, and in the king’s house, and sent them, in the care of his servants, to Ben-hadad, son of Tabrimmon, son of Rezon, king of Aram, at Damascus, saying,

19Let there be an agreement between me and you as there was between my father and your father: see, I have sent you an offering of silver and gold; go and put an end to your agreement with Baasha, king of Israel, so that he may give up attacking me.

20So Ben-hadad did as King Asa said, and sent the captains of his armies against the towns of Israel, attacking Ijon and Dan and Abel-beth-maacah, and all Chinneroth as far as all the land of Naphtali.

21And Baasha, hearing of it, put a stop to the building of Ramah, and was living in Tirzah.

22Then King Asa got all Judah together, making every man come; and they took away the stones and the wood with which Baasha was building Ramah, and King Asa made use of them for building Geba in the land of Benjamin, and Mizpah.

23Now the rest of the acts of Asa, and his power, and all he did, and the towns of which he was the builder, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Judah? But when he was old he had a disease of the feet.

24So Asa went to rest with his fathers and was put into the earth in the town of David his father: and Jehoshaphat his son became king in his place.

25Nadab, the son of Jeroboam, became king over Israel in the second year that Asa was king of Judah; and he was king of Israel for two years.

26He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, copying the evil ways of his father, and the sin which he did and made Israel do.

27And Baasha, the son of Ahijah, of the family of Issachar, made a secret design against him, attacking him at Gibbethon, a town of the Philistines; for Nadab and the armies of Israel were making war on Gibbethon.

28In the third year of the rule of Asa, king of Judah, Baasha put him to death, and became king in his place.

29And straight away when he became king, he sent destruction on all the offspring of Jeroboam; there was not one living person of all the family of Jeroboam whom he did not put to death, so the word of the Lord, which he said by his servant Ahijah the Shilonite, came about;

30Because of the sins which Jeroboam did and made Israel do, moving the Lord, the God of Israel, to wrath.

31Now the rest of the acts of Nadab, and all he did, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel?

32And there was war between Asa and Baasha, king of Israel, all their days.

Joel 2:12-32

12But even now, says the Lord, come back to me with all your heart, keeping from food, with weeping and with sorrow:

13Let your hearts be broken, and not your clothing, and come back to the Lord your God: for he is full of grace and pity, slow to be angry and great in mercy, ready to be turned from his purpose of punishment.

14May it not be that he will again let his purpose be changed and let a blessing come after him, even a meal offering and a drink offering for the Lord your God?

15Let a horn be sounded in Zion, let a time be fixed for going without food, have a holy meeting:

16Get the people together, make the mass of the people holy, send for the old men, get together the children and babies at the breast: let the newly married man come out of his room and the bride from her tent.

17Let the priests, the servants of the Lord, be weeping between the covered way and the altar, and let them say, Have mercy on your people, O Lord, do not give up your heritage to shame, so that the nations become their rulers: why let them say among the peoples, Where is their God?

18Then the Lord had a care for the honour of his land and had pity on his people.

19And the Lord made answer and said to his people, See, I will send you grain and wine and oil in full measure: and I will no longer let you be shamed among the nations:

20I will send the one from the north far away from you, driving him into a dry and waste land, with his front to the sea of the east and his back to the sea of the west, and the smell of him will go up, even his evil smell will go up.

21Have no fear, O land; be glad with great joy; for the Lord has done great things.

22Have no fear, you beasts of the field, for the grass-lands of the waste are becoming green, for the trees are producing fruit, the fig-tree and the vine give out their strength.

23Be glad, then, you children of Zion, and have joy in the Lord your God: for he gives you food in full measure, making the rain come down for you, the early and the late rain as at the first.

24And the floors will be full of grain, and the crushing-places overflowing with wine and oil.

25I will give back to you the years which were food for the locust, the plant-worm, the field-fly, and the worm, my great army which I sent among you.

26You will have food in full measure, and give praise to the name of the Lord your God, who has done wonders for you:

27And you will be certain that I am in Israel, and that I am the Lord your God, and there is no other: and my people will never be shamed.

28And after that, it will come about, says the Lord, that I will send my spirit on all flesh; and your sons and your daughters will be prophets, your old men will have dreams, your young men will see visions:

29And on the servants and the servant-girls in those days I will send my spirit.

30And I will let wonders be seen in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and pillars of smoke.

31The sun will be made dark and the moon turned to blood, before the great day of the Lord comes, a day to be feared.

32And it will be that whoever makes his prayer to the name of the Lord will be kept safe: for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem some will be kept safe, as the Lord has said, and will be among the small band marked out by the Lord.

1 Corinthians 2

1And when I came to you, my brothers, I did not come with wise words of knowledge, putting before you the secret of God.

2For I had made the decision to have knowledge of nothing among you but only of Jesus Christ on the cross.

3And I was with you without strength, in fear and in doubt.

4And in my preaching there were no honeyed words of wisdom, but I was dependent on the power of the Spirit to make it clear to you:

5So that your faith might be based not on man’s wisdom but on the power of God.

6But still we have wisdom for those who are complete in knowledge, though not the wisdom of this world, and not of the rulers of this world, who are coming to nothing:

7But we give the news of the secret wisdom of God, which he had kept in store before the world came into existence, for our glory;

8Of which not one of the rulers of this world had knowledge: for if they had, they would not have put the Lord of glory on the cross:

9But as it says in the holy Writings, Things which the eye saw not, and which had not come to the ears or into the heart of man, such things as God has made ready for those who have love for him.

10But God has given us the revelation of these things through his Spirit, for the Spirit makes search into all things, even the deep things of God.

11For who has knowledge of the things of a man but the spirit of the man which is in him? in the same way, no one has knowledge of the things of God but the Spirit of God.

12But we have not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which comes from God, so that we may have knowledge of the things which are freely given to us by God.

13And these are the things which we say, not in the language of man’s wisdom, but in words given to us by the Spirit, judging the things of the spirit by the help of the Spirit.

14For the natural man is not able to take in the things of the Spirit of God: for they seem foolish to him, and he is not able to have knowledge of them, because such knowledge comes only through the Spirit.

15But he who has the Spirit, though judging all things, is himself judged by no one.

16For who has knowledge of the mind of the Lord, so as to be his teacher? But we have the mind of Christ.

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