July 31

2 Kings 11

1Now when Athaliah, the mother of Ahaziah, saw that her son was dead, she had all the rest of the seed of the kingdom put to death.

2But Jehosheba, the daughter of King Joram, sister of Ahaziah, secretly took Joash, the son of Ahaziah, with the woman who took care of him, away from among the king’s sons who were put to death, and put him in the bedroom; and they kept him safe from Athaliah, so that he was not put to death.

3And for six years she kept him safe in the house of the Lord, while Athaliah was ruling over the land.

4Then in the seventh year, Jehoiada sent for the captains of hundreds of the Carians, and the armed men, and taking them into the house of the Lord, made an agreement with them, and made them take an oath in the house of the Lord, and let them see the king’s son.

5And he gave them orders, saying, This is what you are to do: the third part of you, who come in on the Sabbath and keep the watch of the king’s house,

6…

7And the two divisions of you, who go out on the Sabbath and keep the watch of the house of the Lord,

8Will make a circle round the king, every man being armed; and whoever comes inside your lines is to be put to death; keep with the king, when he goes out and when he comes in.

9And the captains of hundreds did as Jehoiada the priest gave them orders; every one took with him his men, those who came in and those who went out on the Sabbath, and they came in to Jehoiada the priest.

10And the priest gave to the captains of hundreds the spears and body-covers which had been King David’s, and which were kept in the house of the Lord.

11Then the armed men took up their positions, every man with his instruments of war in his hand, from the right side of the house to the left, round about the altar and the house.

12Then he made the king’s son come out, and put the crown on him and the arm-bands, and made him king, and put the holy oil on him; and they all, making sounds of joy with their hands, said, Long life to the king.

13Now Athaliah, hearing the noise made by the people, came to the people in the house of the Lord;

14And looking, she saw the king in his regular place by the pillar, and the captains and the horns near him; and all the people of the land giving signs of joy and sounding the horns. Then Athaliah, violently parting her robes, gave a cry, saying, Broken faith, broken faith!

15Then Jehoiada the priest gave orders to those who were placed in authority over the army, saying, Take her outside the lines, and let anyone who goes after her be put to death with the sword, for he said, Let her not be put to death in the house of the Lord.

16So they put their hands on her, and she went to the king’s house by the doorway of the horses, and there she was put to death.

17And Jehoiada made an agreement between the Lord and the king and the people, that they would be the Lord’s people; and in the same way between the king and the people.

18Then all the people of the land went to the house of Baal and had it pulled down: its altars and images were all broken to bits, and Mattan, the priest of Baal, they put to death before the altars. And the priest put overseers over the Lord’s house.

19Then he took the captains of hundreds, and the Carians, and the armed men, and all the people of the land; and they came down with the king from the house of the Lord, through the doorway of the armed men, to the king’s house. And he took his place on the seat of the kings.

20So all the people of the land were glad, and the town was quiet; and they had put Athaliah to death with the sword at the king’s house.

21And Jehoash was seven years old when he became king.

Micah 2

1A curse on the designers of evil, working on their beds! in the morning light they do it, because it is in their power.

2They have a desire for fields and take them by force; and for houses and take them away: they are cruel to a man and his family, even to a man and his heritage.

3For this cause the Lord has said, See, against this family I am purposing an evil from which you will not be able to take your necks away, and you will be weighted down by it; for it is an evil time.

4In that day this saying will be said about you, and this song of grief will be made: The heritage of my people is measured out, and there is no one to give it back; those who have made us prisoners have taken our fields from us, and complete destruction has come to us.

5For this cause you will have no one to make the decision by the measuring line in the meeting of the Lord.

6Let not words like these be dropped, they say: Shame and the curse will not come to the family of Jacob!

7Is the Lord quickly made angry? are these his doings? do not his words do good to his people Israel?

8As for you, you have become haters of those who were at peace with you: you take the clothing of those who go by without fear, and make them prisoners of war.

9The women of my people you have been driving away from their dearly loved children; from their young ones you are taking my glory for ever.

10Up! and go; for this is not your rest: because it has been made unclean, the destruction ordered will come on you.

11If a man came with a false spirit of deceit, saying, I will be a prophet to you of wine and strong drink: he would be the sort of prophet for this people.

12I will certainly make all of you, O Jacob, come together; I will get together the rest of Israel; I will put them together like the sheep in their circle: like a flock in their green field; they will be full of the noise of men.

13The opener of the way will go up before them: forcing their way out they will go on to the doorway and out through it: their king will go on before them, and the Lord at their head.

1 Corinthians 15:35-58

35But someone will say, How do the dead come back? and with what sort of body do they come?

36Foolish man, it is necessary for the seed which you put into the earth to undergo death in order that it may come to life again:

37And when you put it into the earth, you do not put in the body which it will be, but only the seed, of grain or some other sort of plant;

38But God gives it a body, as it is pleasing to him, and to every seed its special body.

39All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one flesh of men, another of beasts, another of birds, and another of fishes.

40And there are bodies of heaven and bodies of earth, but the glory of the one is different from that of the other.

41There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for the glory of one star is different from that of another.

42So is it with the coming back from the dead. It is planted in death; it comes again in life:

43It is planted in shame; it comes again in glory: feeble when it is planted, it comes again in power:

44It is planted a natural body; it comes again as a body of the spirit. If there is a natural body, there is equally a body of the spirit.

45And so it is said, The first man Adam was a living soul. The last Adam is a life-giving spirit.

46But that which is natural comes before that which is of the spirit.

47The first man is from the earth, and of the earth: the second man is from heaven.

48Those who are of the earth are like the man who was from the earth: and those who are of heaven are like the one from heaven.

49And in the same way as we have taken on us the image of the man from the earth, so we will take on us the image of the one from heaven.

50Now I say this, my brothers, that it is not possible for flesh and blood to have a part in the kingdom of God; and death may not have a part in life.

51See, I am giving you the revelation of a secret: we will not all come to the sleep of death, but we will all be changed.

52In a second, in the shutting of an eye, at the sound of the last horn: for at that sound the dead will come again, free for ever from the power of death, and we will be changed.

53For this body which comes to destruction will be made free from the power of death, and the man who is under the power of death will put on eternal life.

54But when this has taken place, then that which was said in the Writings will come true, Death is overcome by life.

55O death, where is your power? O death, where are your pains?

56The pain of death is sin; and the power of sin is the law:

57But praise be to God who gives us strength to overcome through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58For this cause, my dear brothers, be strong in purpose and unmoved, ever giving yourselves to the work of the Lord, because you are certain that your work is not without effect in the Lord.

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  1. Pingback: For I Know The Thoughts That I Think Towards You, Says The LORD, Thoughts Of Peace, And Not Of Evil, To Give You An Expected End « bummyla

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