July 26

2 Kings 6

1Now the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, There is not room enough for us in the place where we are living under your care;

2So let us go to Jordan, and let everyone get to work cutting boards, and we will make a living-place for ourselves there. And he said to them, Go, then.

3And one of them said, Be pleased to go with your servants. And he said, I will go.

4So he went with them. And when they came to Jordan, they got to work cutting down trees.

5But one of them, while cutting a board, let the head of his axe go into the water; and he gave a cry, and said, This is a bad business, my master, for it is another’s.

6And the man of God said, Where did it go in? and when he saw the place where it had gone into the water, cutting a stick, he put it into the water, and the iron came up to the top of the water.

7Then he said, Take it up. So he put out his hand and took it.

8At that time the king of Aram was making war against Israel; and he had a meeting with the chiefs of his army and said, I will be waiting in secret in some named place.

9And the man of God sent to the king of Israel, saying, Take care to keep away from that place, for the Aramaeans are waiting there in secret.

10So the king of Israel sent to the place where the man of God had said there was danger, and kept clear of it more than once.

11And at this, the mind of the king of Aram was greatly troubled, and he sent for his servants and said to them, Will you not make clear to me which of us is helping the king of Israel?

12And one of them said, Not one of us, my lord king; but Elisha, the prophet in Israel, gives the king of Israel news of the words you say even in your bedroom.

13Then he said, Go and see where he is, so that I may send and get him. And news came to him that he was in Dothan.

14So he sent there horses and carriages and a great army; and they came by night, circling the town.

15Now the servant of the man of God, having got up early and gone out, saw an army with horses and carriages of war all round the town. And the servant said to him, O my master, what are we to do?

16And he said in answer, Have no fear; those who are with us are more than those who are with them.

17Then Elisha made a prayer to the Lord, saying, Lord, let his eyes be open so that he may see. And the Lord made the young man’s eyes open; and he saw that all the mountain was full of horses and carriages of fire round Elisha.

18Now when the Aramaeans came down to Elisha, he made a prayer to the Lord saying, Lord, make this people blind. And he made them blind at Elisha’s request.

19And Elisha said to them, This is not the way, and this is not the town: come after me so that I may take you to the man you are searching for. And he took them to Samaria.

20And when they had come into Samaria, Elisha said, Lord, let the eyes of these men be open so that they may see. And the Lord made their eyes open, and they saw that they were in the middle of Samaria.

21And the king of Israel, when he saw them, said to Elisha, My father, am I to put them to the sword?

22But he said in answer, You are not to put them to death; have you any right to put to death those whom you have not taken prisoner with your sword and your bow? put bread and water before them, so that they may have food and drink and go to their master.

23So he made ready a great feast for them, and when they had had food and drink, he sent them away and they went back to their master. And no more bands of Aramaeans came into the land of Israel.

24Now after this, Ben-hadad, king of Aram, got together all his army and went up to make an attack on Samaria, shutting the town in on all sides with his forces.

25And they became very short of food in Samaria; for they kept it shut in till the price of an ass’s head was eighty shekels of silver, and a small measure of doves’ droppings was five shekels of silver.

26And when the king of Israel was going by on the wall, a woman came crying out to him, and said, Help! my lord king.

27And he said, If the Lord does not give you help, where am I to get help for you? from the grain-floor or the grape-crusher?

28And the king said to her, What is troubling you? And she said in answer, This woman said to me, Give your son to be our food today, and we will have my son tomorrow.

29So, boiling my son, we had a meal of him; and on the day after I said to her, Now give your son for our food; but she has put her son in a secret place.

30Then the king, hearing what the woman said, took his robes in his hands, violently parting them; and, while he was walking on the wall, the people, looking, saw that under his robe he had haircloth on his flesh.

31Then he said, May God’s punishment come on me if Elisha, the son of Shaphat, keeps his head on his body after this day.

32But Elisha was in his house, and the responsible men were seated there with him; and before the king got there, Elisha said to those who were with him, Do you see how this cruel and violent man has sent to take away my life?

33While he was still talking to them, the king came down and said, This evil is from the Lord; why am I to go on waiting any longer for the Lord?

2 Kings 7:1-2

1Then Elisha said, Give ear to the word of the Lord: the Lord says, Tomorrow, about this time, a measure of good meal will be offered for the price of a shekel and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the market-place of Samaria.

2Then the captain whose arm was supporting the king said to the man of God, Even if the Lord made windows in heaven, would such a thing be possible? And he said, Your eyes will see it, but you will not have a taste of the food.

Jonah 1

1And the word of the Lord came to Jonah, the son of Amittai, saying,

2Up! go to Nineveh, that great town, and let your voice come to it; for their evil-doing has come up before me.

3And Jonah got up to go in flight to Tarshish, away from the Lord; and he went down to Joppa, and saw there a ship going to Tarshish: so he gave them the price of the journey and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish, away from the Lord.

4And the Lord sent out a great wind on to the sea and there was a violent storm in the sea, so that the ship seemed in danger of being broken.

5Then the sailors were full of fear, every man crying to his god; and the goods in the ship were dropped out into the sea to make the weight less. But Jonah had gone down into the inmost part of the ship where he was stretched out in a deep sleep.

6And the ship’s captain came to him and said to him, What are you doing sleeping? Up! say a prayer to your God, if by chance God will give a thought to us, so that we may not come to destruction.

7And they said to one another, Come, let us put this to the decision of chance and see on whose account this evil has come on us. So they did so, and Jonah was seen to be the man.

8Then they said to him, Now make clear to us what is your work, and where you come from? what is your country, and who are your people?

9And he said to them, I am a Hebrew, a worshipper of the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.

10And the men were in great fear, and they said to him, What is this you have done? For the men had knowledge of his flight from the Lord because he had not kept it from them.

11And they said to him, What are we to do to you so that the sea may become calm for us? For the sea was getting rougher and rougher.

12And he said to them, Take me up and put me into the sea, and the sea will become calm for you: for I am certain that because of me this great storm has come on you.

13And the men were working hard to get back to the land, but they were not able to do so: for the sea got rougher and rougher against them.

14So, crying to the Lord, they said, Give ear to our prayer, O Lord, give ear, and do not let destruction overtake us because of this man’s life; do not put on us the sin of taking life without cause: for you, O Lord, have done what seemed good to you.

15So they took Jonah up and put him into the sea: and the sea was no longer angry.

16Then great was the men’s fear of the Lord; and they made an offering to the Lord and took oaths to him.

17And the Lord made ready a great fish to take Jonah into its mouth; and Jonah was inside the fish for three days and three nights.

1 Corinthians 12

1But about the things of the spirit, my brothers, it is not right for you to be without teaching.

2You are conscious that when you were Gentiles, in whatever way you were guided, you went after images without voice or power.

3So it is my desire for you to be clear about this; that no one is able to say by the Spirit of God that Jesus is cursed; and no one is able to say that Jesus is Lord, but by the Holy Spirit.

4Now there are different qualities given to men, but the same Spirit.

5And there are different sorts of servants, but the same Lord.

6And there are different operations, but the same God, who is working all things in all.

7But to every man some form of the Spirit’s working is given for the common good.

8For to one are given words of wisdom through the Spirit; and to another words of knowledge through the same Spirit:

9To another faith in the same Spirit; and to another the power of taking away disease, by the one Spirit;

10And to another the power of working wonders; and to another the prophet’s word; and to another the power of testing spirits; to another different sorts of tongues; and to another the power of making clear the sense of the tongues:

11But all these are the operations of the one and the same Spirit, giving to every man separately as his pleasure is.

12For as the body is one, and has a number of parts, and all the parts make one body, so is Christ.

13For through the baptism of the one Spirit we were all formed into one body, Jews or Greeks, servants or free men, and were all made full of the same Spirit.

14For the body is not one part, but a number of parts.

15If the foot says, Because I am not the hand, I am not a part of the body; it is no less a part of the body.

16And if the ear says, Because I am not the eye, I am not a part of the body; it is a part of the body all the same.

17If all the body was an eye, where would be the hearing? if all was hearing, where would be the smelling?

18But now God has put every one of the parts in the body as it was pleasing to him.

19And if they were all one part, where would the body be?

20But now they are all different parts, but one body.

21And the eye may not say to the hand, I have no need of you: or again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.

22No, those parts which seem to be feeble are the more necessary;

23And to those parts of the body which seem to have less honour we give all the more honour; and to those parts of the body which are a cause of shame to us we give the greater respect;

24But those parts of the body which are beautiful have no need of such care: and so the body has been joined together by God in such a way as to give more honour to those parts which had need of it;

25So that there might be no division in the body; but all the parts might have the same care for one another.

26And if there is pain in one part of the body, all the parts will be feeling it; or if one part is honoured, all the parts will be glad.

27Now you are the body of Christ, and every one of you the separate parts of it.

28And God has put some in the church, first, Apostles; second, prophets; third, teachers; then those with wonder-working powers, then those with the power of taking away disease, helpers, wise guides, users of strange tongues.

29Are all Apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? have all the power of working wonders?

30Are all able to take away disease? have all the power of tongues? are all able to give their sense?

31But let your desires be turned to the more important things given by the Spirit. And now I am pointing out to you an even better way.

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