July 30

2 Kings 10

1Now there were in Samaria seventy of Ahab’s sons. And Jehu sent letters to Samaria, to the rulers of the town, and to the responsible men, and to those who had the care of the sons of Ahab, saying,

2Straight away, when you get this letter, seeing that your master’s sons are with you, and that you have carriages and horses and a walled town and arms;

3Take the best and most upright of your master’s sons, and make him king in his father’s place, and put up a fight for your master’s family.

4But they were full of fear, and said, The two kings have gone down before him: how may we keep our place?

5So the controller of the king’s house, with the ruler of the town, and the responsible men, and those who had the care of Ahab’s sons, sent to Jehu, saying, We are your servants and will do all your orders; we will not make any man king; do whatever seems best to you.

6Then he sent them a second letter, saying, If you are on my side, and if you will do my orders, come to me at Jezreel by this time tomorrow, with the heads of your master’s sons. Now the king’s seventy sons were with the great men of the town, who had the care of them.

7And when the letter came to them, they took the king’s sons and put them to death, all the seventy, and put their heads in baskets and sent them to him at Jezreel.

8And a man came and said to him, They have come with the heads of the king’s sons. And he said, Put them down in two masses at the doorway of the town till the morning.

9And in the morning he went out and, stopping, said to all the people there, You are upright men: it is true that I made designs against my master, and put him to death; but who is responsible for the death of all these?

10You may be certain that nothing which the Lord has said about the family of Ahab will be without effect; for the Lord has done what he said by his servant Elijah.

11So Jehu put to death all the rest of the seed of Ahab in Jezreel, and all his relations and his near friends and his priests, till there were no more of them.

12Then he got up and came to Samaria. And he was at the meeting-place of the keepers of sheep, by the way,

13When he came across the brothers of Ahaziah, king of Judah, and said, Who are you? And they said, We are the brothers of Ahaziah, king of Judah; we are going down to see the children of the king and of the queen.

14And he said, Take them living. So they took them living, and put them to death in the water-hole of Beth-eked; of the forty-two men he put every one to death;

15And when he had gone away from there, he came across Jehonadab, the son of Rechab: and he said good-day to him, and said to him, Is your heart true to mine, as mine is to yours? And Jehonadab in answer said, It is; and Jehu said, If it is, give me your hand. And he gave him his hand, and he made him come up into his carriage.

16And he said, Come with me and see how I am on fire for the Lord’s cause. So he made him go with him in his carriage.

17And when he came to Samaria, he put to death all those of Ahab’s family who were still in Samaria, till there were no more of them, as the Lord had said to Elijah.

18Then Jehu got all the people together and said to them, Ahab was Baal’s servant in a small way, but Jehu will be his servant on a great scale.

19Now send for all the prophets of Baal and all his servants and all his priests, to come to me; let no one keep away: for I have a great offering to make to Baal; anyone who is not present, will be put to death. This Jehu did with deceit, his purpose being the destruction of the servants of Baal.

20And Jehu said, Let there be a special holy meeting for the worship of Baal. So a public statement was made.

21And Jehu sent out through all Israel; and all the servants of Baal came, not one kept away. And they came into the house of Baal, so that it was full from end to end.

22And Jehu said to him who kept the robes, Get out robes for all the servants of Baal. So he got out robes for them.

23And Jehu, with Jehonadab, the son of Rechab, went into the house of Baal; and he said to the servants of Baal, Make a search with care, to see that no servant of the Lord is with you, but only servants of Baal.

24Then they went in to make offerings and burned offerings. Now Jehu had put eighty men outside, and said to them, If any man whom I give into your hands gets away, the life of him who lets him go will be the price of his life.

25Then when the burned offering was ended, straight away Jehu said to the armed men and the captains, Go in and put them to death; let not one come out. So they put them to the sword; and, pulling the images to the earth, they went into the holy place of the house of Baal.

26And they took out the image of Asherah from the house of Baal, and had it burned.

27The altar of Baal was pulled down and the house of Baal was broken up and made an unclean place, as it is to this day.

28So Jehu put an end to the worship of Baal in Israel.

29But Jehu did not keep himself from all the sins of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, and the evil he made Israel do; the gold oxen were still in Beth-el and in Dan.

30And the Lord said to Jehu, Because you have done well in doing what is right in my eyes and effecting all my purpose for the family of Ahab, your sons will be kings of Israel to the fourth generation.

31But Jehu did not take care to keep the law of the Lord with all his heart: he did not keep himself from the sin which Jeroboam did and made Israel do.

32In those days the Lord was angry first with Israel; and Hazael made attacks on all the land of Israel,

33East of Jordan, in all the land of Gilead, the Gadites and the Reubenites and the Manassites, from Aroer by the valley of the Arnon, all Gilead and Bashan.

34Now the rest of the acts of Jehu, and all he did, and his great power, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel?

35And Jehu went to rest with his fathers, and was put into the earth in Samaria. And Jehoahaz his son became king in his place.

36And the time of Jehu’s rule over Israel in Samaria was twenty-eight years.

Micah 1

1The word of the Lord which came to Micah the Morashtite, in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah: his vision about Samaria and Jerusalem.

2Give ear, you peoples, all of you; give attention, O earth and everything in it: let the Lord God be witness against you, the Lord from his holy Temple.

3For see, the Lord is coming out from his place, and will come down, stepping on the high places of the earth.

4And the mountains will be turned to water under him, and the deep valleys will be broken open, like wax before the fire, like waters flowing down a slope.

5All this is because of the wrongdoing of Jacob and the sins of the children of Israel. What is the wrongdoing of Jacob? is it not Samaria? and what are the high places of Judah? are they not Jerusalem?

6So I will make Samaria into a field and the plantings of a vine-garden: I will send its stones falling down into the valley, uncovering its bases.

7And all her pictured images will be hammered into bits, and all the payments for her loose ways will be burned with fire, and all the images of her gods I will make waste: for with the price of a loose woman she got them together, and as the price of a loose woman will they be given back.

8For this I will be full of sorrow and give cries of grief; I will go uncovered and unclothed: I will give cries of grief like the jackals and will be in sorrow like the ostriches.

9For her wounds may not be made well: for it has come even to Judah, stretching up to the doorway of my people, even to Jerusalem.

10Give no word of it in Gath, let there be no weeping at all: at Beth-le-aphrah be rolling in the dust.

11Be uncovered and go away, you who are living in Shaphir: the one living in Zaanan has not come out of her town; Beth-ezel is taken away from its base, even from its resting-place.

12For the one living in Maroth is waiting for good: for evil has come down from the Lord to the doorways of Jerusalem.

13Let the war-carriage be yoked to the quick-running horse, you who are living in Lachish: she was the first cause of sin to the daughter of Zion; for the wrongdoings of Israel were seen in you.

14For this cause give a parting offering to Moresheth-gath: the daughter of Achzib will be a deceit to the king of Israel.

15Even now will the taker of your heritage come to you, you who are living in Mareshah: the glory of Israel will come to destruction for ever.

16Let your head be uncovered and your hair cut off in sorrow for the children of your delight: let the hair be pulled from your head like an eagle’s; for they have been taken away from you as prisoners.

1 Corinthians 15:1-34

1Now I am going to make clear to you, my brothers, what the good news was which I gave to you, and which you took, and on which your faith is based,

2By which you have salvation; that is to say, the form in which it was given to you, if it is fixed in your minds, and if your faith in it is not without effect.

3For I gave to you first of all what was handed down to me, how Christ underwent death for our sins, as it says in the Writings;

4And he was put in the place of the dead; and on the third day he came back from the dead, as it says in the Writings;

5And he was seen by Cephas; then by the twelve;

6Then by more than five hundred brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, but some are sleeping;

7Then he was seen by James; then by all the Apostles.

8And last of all, as by one whose birth was out of the right time, he was seen by me.

9For I am the least of the Apostles, having no right to be named an Apostle, because of my cruel attacks on the church of God.

10But by the grace of God, I am what I am: and his grace which was given to me has not been for nothing; for I did more work than all of them; though not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

11If then it is I who am the preacher, or they, this is our word, and to this you have given your faith.

12Now if the good news says that Christ came back from the dead, how do some of you say that there is no coming back from the dead?

13But if there is no coming back from the dead, then Christ has not come back from the dead:

14And if Christ did not come again from the dead, then our good news and your faith in it are of no effect.

15Yes, and we are seen to be false witnesses of God; because we gave witness of God that by his power Christ came again from the dead: which is not true if there is no coming back from the dead.

16For if it is not possible for the dead to come to life again, then Christ has not come to life again:

17And if that is so, your faith is of no effect; you are still in your sins.

18And, in addition, the dead in Christ have gone to destruction.

19If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most unhappy.

20But now Christ has truly come back from the dead, the first-fruits of those who are sleeping.

21For as by man came death, so by man there is a coming back from the dead.

22For as in Adam death comes to all, so in Christ will all come back to life.

23But every man in his right order: Christ the first-fruits; then those who are Christ’s at his coming.

24Then comes the end, when he will give up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he will have put an end to all rule and to all authority and power.

25For his rule will go on till he has put all those who are against him under his feet.

26The last power to come to an end is death.

27For, as it says, He has put all things under his feet. But when he says, All things are put under him, it is clear that it is not said about him who put all things under him.

28And when all things have been put under him, then will the Son himself be under him who put all things under him, so that God may be all in all.

29Again, what will they do who are given baptism for the dead? if the dead do not come back at all, why are people given baptism for them?

30And why are we in danger every hour?

31Yes, truly, by your pride in me, my brothers in Christ Jesus our Lord, my life is one long death.

32If, after the way of men, I was fighting with beasts at Ephesus, what profit is it to me? If the dead do not come to life again, let us take our pleasure in feasting, for tomorrow we come to an end.

33Do not be tricked by false words: evil company does damage to good behaviour.

34Be awake to righteousness and keep yourselves from sin; for some have no knowledge of God: I say this to put you to shame.

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