July 15

1 Kings 15:33-34

33In the third year of the rule of Asa, king of Judah, Baasha, the son of Ahijah, became king over all Israel in Tirzah, and was king for twenty-four years.

34He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, copying the evil ways of Jeroboam and the sin which he made Israel do.

1 Kings 16

1And the word of the Lord came to Jehu, son of Hanani, protesting against Baasha and saying,

2Because I took you up out of the dust, and made you ruler over my people Israel; and you have gone in the ways of Jeroboam, and made my people Israel do evil, moving me to wrath by their sins;

3Truly, I will see that Baasha and all his family are completely brushed away; I will make your family like the family of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat.

4Anyone of the family of Baasha who comes to death in the town, will become food for the dogs; and he to whom death comes in the open country, will be food for the birds of the air.

5Now the rest of the acts of Baasha, and what he did, and his power, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel?

6And Baasha went to rest with his fathers, and was put into the earth at Tirzah; and Elah his son became king in his place.

7And the Lord sent his word against Baasha and his family by the mouth of the prophet Jehu, the son of Hanani, because of all the evil he did in the eyes of the Lord, moving him to wrath by the work of his hands, because he was like the family of Jeroboam, and because he put it to death.

8In the twenty-sixth year that Asa was king of Judah, Elah, the son of Baasha, became king of Israel in Tirzah, and he was king for two years.

9And his servant Zimri, captain of half his war-carriages, made secret designs against him: now he was in Tirzah, drinking hard in the house of Arza, controller of the king’s house in Tirzah.

10And Zimri went in and made an attack on him and put him to death, in the twenty-seventh year that Asa was king of Judah, and made himself king in his place.

11And straight away when he became king and took his place on the seat of the kingdom, he put to death all the family of Baasha: not one male child of his relations or his friends kept his life.

12So Zimri put to death all the family of Baasha, so that the word which the Lord said against him by the mouth of Jehu the prophet came about;

13Because of all the sins of Baasha, and the sins of Elah his son, which they did and made Israel do, moving the Lord, the God of Israel, to wrath by their foolish acts.

14Now the rest of the acts of Elah, and all he did, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel?

15In the twenty-seventh year of Asa, king of Judah, Zimri was king for seven days in Tirzah. Now the people were attacking Gibbethon in the land of the Philistines.

16And news came to the people in the tents that Zimri had made a secret design and had put the king to death: so all Israel made Omri, the captain of the army, king that day in the tents.

17Then Omri went up from Gibbethon, with all the army of Israel, and they made an attack on Tirzah, shutting in the town on every side.

18And when Zimri saw that the town was taken, he went into the inner room of the king’s house, and burning the house over his head, came to his end,

19Because of his sin in doing evil in the eyes of the Lord, in going in the way of Jeroboam and in his sin which he made Israel do.

20Now the rest of the acts of Zimri, and the secret design he made, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel?

21Then there was a division among the people of Israel; half the people were for making Tibni, son of Ginath, king, and half were supporting Omri.

22But the supporters of Omri overcame those who were on the side of Tibni, the son of Ginath; and death came to Tibni and to his brother Joram at that time: and Omri became king in the place of Tibni.

23In the thirty-first year of Asa, king of Judah, Omri became king over Israel, and he was king for twelve years; for six years he was ruling in Tirzah.

24He got the hill Samaria from Shemer for the price of two talents of silver, and he made a town there, building it on the hill and naming it Samaria, after Shemer the owner of the hill.

25And Omri did evil in the eyes of the Lord, even worse than all those before him,

26Copying all the evil ways of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, and all the sins he did and made Israel do, moving the Lord, the God of Israel, to wrath by their foolish ways.

27Now the rest of the acts which Omri did, and his great power, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel?

28So Omri went to rest with his fathers, and was put into the earth in Samaria; and Ahab his son became king in his place.

29In the thirty-eighth year that Asa was king of Judah, Ahab, the son of Omri, became king over Israel; and Ahab was king in Samaria for twenty-two years.

30And Ahab, the son of Omri, did evil in the eyes of the Lord, even worse than all who went before him.

31And as if copying the evil ways of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, was a small thing for him, he took as his wife Jezebel, daughter of Ethbaal, king of Zidon, and became a servant and worshipper of Baal.

32And he put up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal which he had made in Samaria.

33And Ahab made an image of Asherah and did more than all the kings of Israel before him to make the Lord, the God of Israel, angry.

34In his days Hiel made Jericho; he put its base in position at the price of Abiram, his oldest son, and he put its doors in place at the price of his youngest son Segub; even as the Lord had said by Joshua, the son of Nun.

Joel 3

1For in those days and in that time, when I let the fate of Judah and Jerusalem be changed,

2I will get together all the nations, and make them come down into the valley of Jehoshaphat; and there I will take up with them the cause of my people and of my heritage Israel, whom they have sent wandering among the nations, and of my land which has been parted by them.

3And they have put the fate of my people to the decision of chance: giving a boy for the price of a loose woman and a girl for a drink of wine.

4And further, what are you to me, O Tyre and Zidon and all the circle of Philistia? will you give me back any payment? and if you do, quickly and suddenly I will send it back on your head,

5For you have taken my silver and my gold, putting in the houses of your gods my beautiful and pleasing things.

6And the children of Judah and the children of Jerusalem you have given for a price to the sons of the Greeks, to send them far away from their land:

7See, I will have them moved from the place where you have sent them, and will let what you have done come back on your head;

8I will give your sons and your daughters into the hands of the children of Judah for a price, and they will give them for a price to the men of Sheba, a nation far off: for the Lord has said it.

9Give this out among the nations; make ready for war: get the strong men awake; let all the men of war come near, let them come up.

10Get your plough-blades hammered into swords, and your vine-knives into spears: let the feeble say, I am strong.

11Come quickly, all you nations round about, and get yourselves together there: make your strong ones come down, O Lord.

12Let the nations be awake, and come to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there I will be seated as judge of all the nations round about.

13Put in the blade, for the grain is ready: come, get you down, for the wine-crusher is full, the vessels are overflowing; for great is their evil-doing.

14Masses on masses in the valley of decision! for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.

15The sun and the moon have become dark, and the stars keep back their shining.

16And the Lord will be thundering from Zion, and his voice will be sounding from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth will be shaking: but the Lord will be a breastplate for his people and a strong place for the children of Israel.

17And you will be certain that I am the Lord your God, living in Zion, my holy mountain: and Jerusalem will be holy, and no strange person will ever again go through her.

18And it will come about in that day that the mountains will be dropping sweet wine, and the hills will be flowing with milk, and all the streams of Judah will be flowing with water; and a fountain will come out from the house of the Lord, watering the valley of acacia-trees.

19Egypt will be a waste and Edom a land of destruction, because of the evil done to the children of Judah, because they have let blood be drained out in their land without cause.

20But Judah will be peopled for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.

21And I will send punishment for their blood, for which punishment has not been sent, for the Lord is living in Zion.

1 Corinthians 3

1And the teaching I gave you, my brothers, was such as I was able to give, not to those who have the Spirit, but to those who are still in the flesh, even to children in Christ.

2I gave you milk and not meat, because you were, then, unable to take it, and even now you are not able;

3Because you are still in the flesh: for when there is envy and division among you, are you not still walking after the way of the flesh, even as natural men?

4For when one says, I am of Paul; and another says, I am of Apollos; are you not talking like natural men?

5What then is Apollos? and what is Paul? They are but servants who gave you the good news as God gave it to them.

6I did the planting, Apollos did the watering, but God gave the increase.

7So then the planter is nothing, and the waterer is nothing; but God who gives the increase.

8Now the planter and the waterer are working for the same end: but they will have their separate rewards in the measure of their work.

9For we are workers with God: you are God’s planting, God’s building.

10In the measure of the grace given to me, I, as a wise master-builder, have put the base in position, and another goes on building on it. But let every man take care what he puts on it.

11For there is no other base for the building but that which has been put down, which is Jesus Christ.

12But on the base a man may put gold, silver, stones of great price, wood, dry grass, cut stems;

13Every man’s work will be made clear in that day, because it will be tested by fire; and the fire itself will make clear the quality of every man’s work.

14If any man’s work comes through the test, he will have a reward.

15If the fire puts an end to any man’s work, it will be his loss: but he will get salvation himself, though as by fire.

16Do you not see that you are God’s holy house, and that the Spirit of God has his place in you?

17If anyone makes the house of God unclean, God will put an end to him; for the house of God is holy, and you are his house.

18Let no man have a false idea. If any man seems to himself to be wise among you, let him become foolish, so that he may be wise.

19For the wisdom of this world is foolish before God. As it is said in the holy Writings, He who takes the wise in their secret designs:

20And again, The Lord has knowledge of the reasonings of the wise, that they are nothing.

21So let no one take pride in men. For all things are yours;

22Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;

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