July 27

2 Kings 7:3-20

3Now there were four lepers seated at the doorway into the town: and they said to one another, Why are we waiting here for death?

4If we say, We will go into the town, there is no food in the town, and we will come to our end there; and if we go on waiting here, death will come to us. Come then, let us give ourselves up to the army of Aram: if they let us go on living, then life will be ours; and if they put us to death, then death will be ours.

5So in the half light they got up to go to the tents of Aram; but when they came to the outer line of tents, there was no one there.

6For the Lord had made the sound of carriages and horses, and the noise of a great army, come to the ears of the Aramaeans, so that they said to one another, Truly, the king of Israel has got the kings of the Hittites and of the Egyptians for a price to make an attack on us.

7So they got up and went in flight, in the half light, without their tents or their horses or their asses or any of their goods; they went in flight, fearing for their lives.

8And when those lepers came to the outer line of tents, they went into one tent, and had food and drink, and took from it silver and gold and clothing, which they put in a secret place; then they came back and went into another tent from which they took more goods, which they put away in a secret place.

9Then they said to one another, We are not doing right. Today is a day of good news, and we say nothing: if we go on waiting here till the morning, punishment will come to us. So let us go and give the news to those of the king’s house.

10So they came in, and, crying out to the door-keepers of the town, they gave them the news, saying, We came to the tents of the Aramaeans, and there was no one there and no voice of man, only the horses and the asses in their places, and the tents as they were.

11Then the door-keepers, crying out, gave the news to those inside the king’s house.

12Then the king got up in the night and said to his servants, This is my idea of what the Aramaeans have done to us. They have knowledge that we are without food; and so they have gone out of their tents, and are waiting secretly in the open country, saying, When they come out of the town, we will take them living and get into the town.

13And one of his servants said in answer, Send men and let them take five of the horses which we still have in the town; if they keep their lives they will be the same as those of Israel who are still living here; if they come to their death they will be the same as all those of Israel who have gone to destruction: let us send and see.

14So they took two horsemen; and the king sent them after the army of the Aramaeans, saying, Go and see.

15And they went after them as far as Jordan; and all the road was covered with clothing and vessels dropped by the Aramaeans in their flight. So those who were sent went back and gave the news to the king.

16Then the people went out and took the goods from the tents of the Aramaeans. So a measure of good meal was to be had for the price of a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, as the Lord had said.

17And the king gave authority to that captain, on whose arm he was supported, to have control over the doorway into the town; but he was crushed to death there under the feet of the people, as the man of God had said when the king went down to him.

18So the words of the man of God came true, which he said to the king: Two measures of barley will be offered for the price of a shekel and a measure of good meal for a shekel, tomorrow about this time in the market-place of Samaria.

19And that captain said to the man of God, Even if the Lord made windows in heaven, would such a thing be possible? And he said to him, Your eyes will see it, but you will not have a taste of the food.

20And such was his fate; for he was crushed to death under the feet of the people, in the doorway into the town.

Jonah 2

1Then Jonah made prayer to the Lord his God from the inside of the fish, and said,

2In my trouble I was crying to the Lord, and he gave me an answer; out of the deepest underworld I sent up a cry, and you gave ear to my voice.

3For you have put me down into the deep, into the heart of the sea; and the river was round about me; all your waves and your rolling waters went over me.

4And I said, I have been sent away from before your eyes; how may I ever again see your holy Temple?

5The waters were circling round me, even to the neck; the deep was about me; the sea-grass was twisted round my head.

6I went down to the bases of the mountains; as for the earth, her walls were about me for ever: but you have taken up my life from the underworld, O Lord my God.

7When my soul in me was overcome, I kept the memory of the Lord: and my prayer came in to you, into your holy Temple.

8The worshippers of false gods have given up their only hope.

9But I will make an offering to you with the voice of praise; I will give effect to my oaths. Salvation is the Lord’s.

10And at the Lord’s order, the fish sent Jonah out of its mouth on to the dry land.

1 Corinthians 13

1If I make use of the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am like sounding brass, or a loud-tongued bell.

2And if I have a prophet’s power, and have knowledge of all secret things; and if I have all faith, by which mountains may be moved from their place, but have not love, I am nothing.

3And if I give all my goods to the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it is of no profit to me.

4Love is never tired of waiting; love is kind; love has no envy; love has no high opinion of itself, love has no pride;

5Love’s ways are ever fair, it takes no thought for itself; it is not quickly made angry, it takes no account of evil;

6It takes no pleasure in wrongdoing, but has joy in what is true;

7Love has the power of undergoing all things, having faith in all things, hoping all things.

8Though the prophet’s word may come to an end, tongues come to nothing, and knowledge have no more value, love has no end.

9For our knowledge is only in part, and the prophet’s word gives only a part of what is true:

10But when that which is complete is come, then that which is in part will be no longer necessary.

11When I was a child, I made use of a child’s language, I had a child’s feelings and a child’s thoughts: now that I am a man, I have put away the things of a child.

12For now we see things in a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now my knowledge is in part; then it will be complete, even as God’s knowledge of me.

13But now we still have faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

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