July 24

2 Kings 4

1Now a certain woman, the wife of one of the sons of the prophets, came crying to Elisha and said, Your servant my husband is dead; and to your knowledge he was a worshipper of the Lord; but now, the creditor has come to take my two children as servants in payment of his debt.

2Then Elisha said to her, What am I to do for you? say now, what have you in the house? And she said, Your servant has nothing in the house but a pot of oil.

3Then he said, Go out to all your neighbours and get vessels, a very great number of them.

4Then go in, and, shutting the door on yourself and your sons, put oil into all these vessels, putting on one side the full ones.

5So she went away, and when the door was shut on her and her sons, they took the vessels to her and she put oil into them.

6And when all the vessels were full, she said to her son, Get me another vessel. And he said, There are no more. And the flow of oil was stopped.

7So she came to the man of God and gave him word of what she had done. And he said, Go and get money for the oil and make payment of your debt, and let the rest be for the needs of yourself and your sons.

8Now there came a day when Elisha went to Shunem, and there was a woman of high position living there, who made him come in and have a meal with her. And after that, every time he went by, he went into her house for a meal.

9And she said to her husband, Now I see that this is a holy man of God, who comes by day after day.

10So let us make a little room on the wall; and put a bed there for him, and a table and a seat and a light; so that when he comes to us, he will be able to go in there.

11Now one day, when he had gone there, he went into the little room and took his rest there.

12And he said to Gehazi, his servant, Send for this Shunammite. So in answer to his voice she came before him.

13And he said to him, Now say to her, See, you have taken all this trouble for us; what is to be done for you? will you have any request made for you to the king or the captain of the army? But she said, I am living among my people.

14So he said, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi made answer, Still there is this, she has no son and her husband is old.

15Then he said, Send for her. And in answer to his voice she took her place at the door.

16And Elisha said, At this time in the coming year you will have a son in your arms. And she said, No, my lord, O man of God, do not say what is false to your servant.

17Then the woman became with child and gave birth to a son at the time named, in the year after, as Elisha had said to her.

18Now one day, when the child was older, he went out to his father to where the grain was being cut.

19And he said to his father, My head, my head! And the father said to a servant, Take him in to his mother.

20And he took him in to his mother, and she took him on her knees and kept him there till the middle of the day, when his life went from him.

21Then she went up and put him on the bed of the man of God, shutting the door on him, and went out.

22And she said to her husband, Send me one of the servants and one of the asses so that I may go quickly to the man of God and come back again.

23And he said, Why are you going to him today? it is not a new moon or a Sabbath. But she said, It is well.

24Then she made the ass ready and said to her servant, Keep driving on; do not make a stop without orders from me.

25So she went, and came to Mount Carmel, to the man of God. And when the man of God saw her coming in his direction, he said to Gehazi, his servant, See, there is the Shunammite;

26Go quickly to her, and on meeting her say to her, Are you well? and your husband and the child, are they well? And she said in answer, All is well.

27And when she came to where the man of God was on the hill, she put her hands round his feet; and Gehazi came near with the purpose of pushing her away; but the man of God said, Let her be, for her soul is bitter in her; and the Lord has kept it secret from me, and has not given me word of it.

28Then she said, Did I make a request to my lord for a son? did I not say, Do not give me false words?

29Then he said to Gehazi, Make yourself ready, and take my stick in your hand, and go: if you come across anyone on the way, give him no blessing, and if anyone gives you a blessing, give him no answer. And put my stick on the child’s face.

30But the mother of the child said, As the Lord is living and as your soul is living, I will not go back without you. So he got up and went with her.

31And Gehazi went on before them and put the stick on the child’s face; but there was no voice, and no one gave attention. So he went back, and meeting him gave him the news, saying, The child is not awake.

32And when Elisha came into the house he saw the child dead, stretched on his bed.

33So he went in, and shutting the door on the two of them, made prayer to the Lord.

34Then he got up on the bed, stretching himself out on the child, and put his mouth on the child’s mouth, his eyes on his eyes and his hands on his hands; and the child’s body became warm.

35Then he came back, and after walking once through the house and back, he went up, stretching himself out on the child seven times; and the child’s eyes became open.

36And he gave orders to Gehazi, and said, Send for the Shunammite. And she came in answer to his voice. And he said, Take up your son.

37And she came in, and went down on her face to the earth at his feet; then she took her son in her arms and went out.

38And Elisha went back to Gilgal, now there was very little food in the land; and the sons of the prophets were seated before him. And he said to his servant, Put the great pot on the fire, and make soup for the sons of the prophets.

39And one went out into the field to get green plants and saw a vine of the field, and pulling off the fruit of it till the fold of his robe was full, he came back and put the fruit, cut up small, into the pot of soup, having no idea what it was.

40Then they gave the men soup from the pot. And while they were drinking the soup, they gave a cry, and said, O man of God, there is death in the pot; and they were not able to take any more food.

41But he said, Get some meal. And he put it into the pot, and said, Now give it to the people so that they may have food. And there was nothing bad in the pot.

42Now a man came from Baal-shalishah with an offering of first-fruits for the man of God, twenty barley cakes and garden fruit in his bag. And he said, Give these to the people for food.

43But his servant said, How am I to put this before a hundred men? But he said, Give it to the people for food; for the Lord says, There will be food for them and some over.

44So he put it before them, and they had a meal and there was more than enough, as the Lord had said.

Amos 9

1I saw the Lord stationed by the side of the altar, giving blows to the tops of the pillars so that the doorsteps were shaking: and he said, I will let all of them be broken with earth-shocks; I will put the last of them to the sword: if any one of them goes in flight he will not get away, not one of them will be safe.

2Even if they go deep into the underworld, my hand will take them up from there; if they go up to heaven, I will get them down:

3Though they take cover on the top of Carmel, I will go in search of them and get them out; though they keep themselves from my eyes in the bed of the sea, I will give orders to the great snake there and he will give them a bite:

4And though they are taken away as prisoners by their attackers, even there will I give orders to the sword to put them to death: my eyes will be fixed on them for evil and not for good.

5For the Lord, the God of armies, is he at whose touch the land is turned to water, and everyone in it will be given up to sorrow; all of it will be overflowing like the River, and will go down again like the River of Egypt;

6It is he who makes his rooms in the heaven, basing his arch on the earth; whose voice goes out to the waters of the sea, and sends them flowing over the face of the earth; the Lord is his name.

7Are you not as the children of the Ethiopians to me, O children of Israel? says the Lord. Have I not taken Israel up out of the land of Egypt, and the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Aramaeans from Kir?

8See, the eyes of the Lord are on the evil kingdom, and I will put an end to it in all the earth; but I will not send complete destruction on Jacob, says the Lord.

9For see, I will give orders, and I will have Israel moved about among all the nations, as grain is moved about by the shaking of the tray, but not the smallest seed will be dropped on the earth.

10All those sinners among my people will be put to the sword who say, Evil will not overtake us or come face to face with us.

11In that day I will put up the tent of David which has come down, and make good its broken places; and I will put up again his damaged walls, building it up as in the past;

12So that the rest of Edom may be their heritage, and all the nations who have been named by my name, says the Lord, who is doing this.

13See, the days will come, says the Lord, when the ploughman will overtake him who is cutting the grain, and the crusher of the grapes him who is planting seed; and sweet wine will be dropping from the mountains, and the hills will be turned into streams of wine.

14And I will let the fate of my people Israel be changed, and they will be building up again the waste towns and living in them; they will again be planting vine-gardens and taking the wine for their drink; and they will make gardens and get the fruit of them.

15And I will have them planted in their land, and never again will they be uprooted from their land which I have given them, says the Lord your God.

1 Corinthians 11:1-16

1So take me for your example, even as I take Christ for mine.

2Now I am pleased to see that you keep me in memory in all things, and that you give attention to the teaching which was handed down from me to you.

3But it is important for you to keep this fact in mind, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man, and the head of Christ is God.

4Every man who takes part in prayer, or gives teaching as a prophet, with his head covered, puts shame on his head.

5But every woman who does so with her head unveiled, puts shame on her head: for it is the same as if her hair was cut off.

6For if a woman is not veiled, let her hair be cut off; but if it is a shame to a woman to have her hair cut off, let her be veiled.

7For it is not right for a man to have his head covered, because he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.

8For the man did not come from the woman, but the woman from the man.

9And the man was not made for the woman, but the woman for the man.

10For this reason it is right for the woman to have a sign of authority on her head, because of the angels.

11But the woman is not separate from the man, and the man is not separate from the woman in the Lord.

12For as the woman is from the man, so the man is through the woman; but all things are from God.

13Be judges yourselves of the question: does it seem right for a woman to take part in prayer unveiled?

14Does it not seem natural to you that if a man has long hair, it is a cause of shame to him?

15But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given to her for a covering.

16But if any man will not be ruled in this question, this is not our way of doing things, and it is not done in the churches of God.

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