July 17

1 Kings 18

1Now after a long time, the word of the Lord came to Elijah, in the third year, saying, Go and let Ahab see you, so that I may send rain on the earth.

2So Elijah went to let Ahab see him. Now there was no food to be had in Samaria.

3And Ahab sent for Obadiah, the controller of the king’s house. (Now Obadiah had the fear of the Lord before him greatly;

4For when Jezebel was cutting off the prophets of the Lord, Obadiah took a hundred of them, and kept them secretly in a hole in the rock, fifty at a time, and gave them bread and water.)

5And Ahab said to Obadiah, Come, let us go through all the country, to all the fountains of water and all the rivers, and see if there is any grass to be had for the horses and the transport beasts, so that we may be able to keep some of the beasts from destruction.

6So they went through all the country, covering it between them; Ahab went in one direction by himself, and Obadiah went in another by himself.

7And while Obadiah was on his way, he came face to face with Elijah; and seeing who it was, he went down on his face and said, Is it you, my lord Elijah?

8And Elijah in answer said, It is I; now go and say to your lord, Elijah is here.

9And he said, What sin have I done, that you would give up your servant into the hand of Ahab, and be the cause of my death?

10By the life of the Lord your God, there is not a nation or kingdom where my lord has not sent in search of you; and when they said, He is not here; he made them take an oath that they had not seen you.

11And now you say, Go, say to your lord, Elijah is here.

12And straight away, when I have gone from you, the spirit of the Lord will take you away, I have no idea where, so that when I come and give word to Ahab, and he sees you not, he will put me to death: though I, your servant, have been a worshipper of the Lord from my earliest years.

13Has my lord not had word of what I did when Jezebel was putting the Lord’s prophets to death? how I kept a hundred of them in a secret hole in the rock, fifty at a time, and gave them bread and water?

14And now you say, Go and say to your Lord, Elijah is here; and he will put me to death.

15And Elijah said, By the life of the Lord of armies, whose servant I am, I will certainly let him see me today.

16So Obadiah went to Ahab and gave him the news; and Ahab went to see Elijah.

17And when he saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, Is it you, you troubler of Israel?

18Then he said in answer, I have not been troubling Israel, but you and your family; because, turning away from the orders of the Lord, you have gone after the Baals.

19Now send, and get Israel together before me at Mount Carmel, with the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal who get their food at Jezebel’s table.

20So Ahab sent for all the children of Israel, and got the prophets together at Mount Carmel.

21And Elijah came near to all the people and said, How long will you go on balancing between two opinions? if the Lord is God, then give worship to him; but if Baal, give worship to him. And the people said not a word in answer.

22Then Elijah said to the people, I, even I, am the only living prophet of the Lord; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men.

23Now, let them give us two oxen; and let them take one for themselves, and have it cut up, and put it on the wood, but put no fire under it; I will get the other ox ready, and put it on the wood, and put no fire under it.

24And do you make prayers to your god, and I will make a prayer to the Lord: and it will be clear that the one who gives an answer by fire is God. And all the people in answer said, It is well said.

25Then Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, Take one ox for yourselves and get it ready first, for there are more of you; and make your prayers to your god, but put no fire under.

26So they took the ox which was given them, and made it ready, crying out to Baal from morning till the middle of the day, and saying, O Baal, give ear to us. But there was no voice and no answer. And they were jumping up and down before the altar they had made.

27And in the middle of the day, Elijah made sport of them, saying, Give louder cries, for he is a god; he may be deep in thought, or he may have gone away for some purpose, or he may be on a journey, or by chance he is sleeping and has to be made awake.

28So they gave loud cries, cutting themselves with knives and swords, as was their way, till the blood came streaming out all over them.

29And from the middle of the day they went on with their prayers till the time of the offering; but there was no voice, or any answer, or any who gave attention to them.

30Then Elijah said to all the people, Come near to me; and all the people came near. And he put up again the altar of the Lord which had been broken down.

31And Elijah took twelve stones, the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the Lord had said, Israel will be your name:

32And with the stones he made an altar to the name of the Lord; and he made a deep drain all round the altar, great enough to take two measures of seed.

33And he put the wood in order, and, cutting up the ox, put it on the wood. Then he said, Get four vessels full of water and put it on the burned offering and on the wood. And he said, Do it a second time, and they did it a second time;

34And he said, Do it a third time, and they did it a third time.

35And the water went all round the altar, till the drain was full.

36Then at the time of the offering, Elijah the prophet came near and said, O Lord, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Israel, let it be seen this day that you are God in Israel, and that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things by your order.

37Give me an answer, O Lord, give me an answer, so that this people may see that you are God, and that you have made their hearts come back again.

38Then the fire of the Lord came down, burning up the offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and drinking up the water in the drain.

39And when the people saw it, they all went down on their faces, and said, The Lord, he is God, the Lord, he is God.

40And Elijah said to them, Take the prophets of Baal, let not one of them get away. So they took them, and Elijah made them go down to the stream Kishon, and put them to death there.

41Then Elijah said to Ahab, Up! take food and drink, for there is a sound of much rain.

42So Ahab went up to have food and drink, while Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he went down on the earth, putting his face between his knees.

43And he said to his servant, Go now, and take a look in the direction of the sea. And he went up, and after looking said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times; and he went seven times.

44And the seventh time he said, I see a cloud coming up out of the sea, as small as a man’s hand. Then he said, Go up and say to Ahab, Get your carriage ready and go down or the rain will keep you back.

45And after a very little time, the heaven became black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab went in his carriage to Jezreel.

46And the hand of the Lord was on Elijah; and he made himself strong, and went running before Ahab till they came to Jezreel.

Amos 2

1These are the words of the Lord: For three crimes of Moab, and for four, I will not let its fate be changed; because he had the bones of the king of Edom burned to dust.

2And I will send a fire on Moab, burning up the great houses of Kerioth: and death will come on Moab with noise and outcries and the sound of the horn:

3And I will have the judge cut off from among them, and all their captains I will put to death with him, says the Lord.

4These are the words of the Lord: For three crimes of Judah, and for four, I will not let its fate be changed; because they have given up the law of the Lord, and have not kept his rules; and their false ways, in which their fathers went, have made them go out of the right way.

5And I will send a fire on Judah, burning up the great houses of Jerusalem.

6These are the words of the Lord: For three crimes of Israel, and for four, I will not let its fate be changed; because they have given the upright man for silver, and the poor for the price of two shoes;

7Crushing the head of the poor, and turning the steps of the gentle out of the way: and a man and his father go in to the same young woman, putting shame on my holy name:

8By every altar they are stretched on clothing taken from those who are in their debt, drinking in the house of their god the wine of those who have made payment for wrongdoing.

9Though I sent destruction on the Amorite before them, who was tall as the cedar and strong as the oak-tree, cutting off his fruit from on high and his roots from under the earth.

10And I took you up out of the land of Egypt, guiding you for forty years in the waste land, so that you might take for your heritage the land of the Amorite.

11And some of your sons I made prophets, and some of your young men I made separate for myself. Is it not even so, O children of Israel? says the Lord.

12But to those who were separate you gave wine for drink; and to the prophets you said, Be prophets no longer.

13See, I am crushing you down, as one is crushed under a cart full of grain.

14And flight will be impossible for the quick-footed, and the force of the strong will become feeble, and the man of war will not get away safely:

15And the bowman will not keep his place; he who is quick-footed will not get away safely: and the horseman will not keep his life.

16And he who is without fear among the fighting men will go in flight without his clothing in that day, says the Lord.

Amos 3:1-2

1Give ear to this word which the Lord has said against you, O children of Israel, against all the family which I took up out of the land of Egypt, saying,

2You only of all the families of the earth have I taken care of: for this reason I will send punishment on you for all your sins.

1 Corinthians 5

1It is said, in fact, that there is among you a sin of the flesh, such as is not seen even among the Gentiles, that one of you has his father’s wife.

2And in place of feeling sorrow, you are pleased with yourselves, so that he who has done this thing has not been sent away from among you.

3For I myself, being present in spirit though not in body, have come to a decision about him who has done this thing;

4In the name of our Lord Jesus, when you have come together with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus,

5That this man is to be handed over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may have forgiveness in the day of the Lord Jesus.

6This pride of yours is not good. Do you not see that a little leaven makes a change in all the mass?

7Take away, then, the old leaven, so that you may be a new mass, even as you are without leaven. For Christ has been put to death as our Passover.

8Let us then keep the feast, not with old leaven, and not with the leaven of evil thoughts and acts, but with the unleavened bread of true thoughts and right feelings.

9In my letter I said to you that you were not to keep company with those who go after the desires of the flesh;

10But I had not in mind the sinners who are outside the church, or those who have a desire for and take the property of others, or those who give worship to images; for it is not possible to keep away from such people without going out of the world completely:

11But the sense of my letter was that if a brother had the name of being one who went after the desires of the flesh, or had the desire for other people’s property, or was in the way of using violent language, or being the worse for drink, or took by force what was not his, you might not keep company with such a one, or take food with him.

12For it is no business of mine to be judging those who are outside; but it is yours to be judging those who are among you;

13As for those who are outside, God is their judge. So put away the evil man from among you.

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