August 1

2 Kings 12

 

1In the seventh year of Jehu’s rule, Jehoash became king; and he was ruling for forty years in Jerusalem; his mother’s name was Zibiah of Beer-sheba.

 

2Jehoash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all his days, because he was guided by the teaching of Jehoiada the priest.

 

3But the high places were not taken away; the people went on making offerings and burning them in the high places.

 

4And Jehoash said to the priests, All the money of the holy things, which comes into the house of the Lord, (the amount fixed for every man’s payment,) and all the money given by any man freely from the impulse of his heart,

 

5Let the priests take, every man from his friends and neighbours, to make good what is damaged in the house, wherever it is to be seen.

 

6But in the twenty-third year of King Jehoash, the priests had not made good the damaged parts of the house.

 

7Then King Jehoash sent for Jehoiada the priest, and the other priests, and said to them, Why have you not made good what is damaged in the house? now take no more money from your neighbours, but give it for the building up of the house.

 

8So the priests made an agreement to take no more money from the people, and not to make good what was damaged in the house.

 

9But Jehoiada the priest took a chest, and making a hole in the cover of it, put it by the altar, on the right side when one comes into the house of the Lord; and the priests who kept the door put in it regularly all the money which was taken into the house of the Lord.

 

10And when they saw that there was much money in the chest, the king’s scribe and the high priest came and put it in bags, noting the amount of all the money there was in the house of the Lord.

 

11And the money which was measured out they gave regularly to those who were responsible for overseeing the work, and these gave it in payment to the woodworkers and the builders who were working on the house of the Lord,

 

12And to the wall-builders and the stone-cutters, and to get wood and cut stone for building up the broken parts of the house of the Lord, and for everything needed to put the house in good order.

 

13But the money was not used for making silver cups or scissors or basins or wind-instruments or any vessels of gold or silver for the house of the Lord;

 

14But it was all given to the workmen who were building up the house.

 

15And they did not get any statement of accounts from the men to whom the money was given for the workmen, for they made use of it with good faith.

 

16The money of the offerings for error and the sin-offerings was not taken into the house of the Lord; it was the priests’.

 

17Then Hazael, king of Aram, went up against Gath and took it; and his purpose was to go up to Jerusalem.

 

18Then Jehoash, king of Judah, took all the holy things which Jehoshaphat and Jehoram and Ahaziah his fathers, the kings of Judah, had given to the Lord, together with the things he himself had given, and all the gold in the Temple store and in the king’s house, and sent it to Hazael, king of Aram; and he went away from Jerusalem.

 

19Now the rest of the acts of Joash, and all he did, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel?

 

20And his servants made a secret design and put Joash to death at the house of Millo on the way down to Silla.

 

21And Jozacar, the son of Shimeath, and Jehozabad, the son of Shomer, his servants, came to him and put him to death; and they put him into the earth with his fathers in the town of David; and Amaziah his son became king in his place.

2 Kings 13

 

 

1In the twenty-third year of Joash, the son of Ahaziah, king of Judah, Jehoahaz, the son of Jehu, became king over Israel in Samaria, ruling for seventeen years.

 

2He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, copying the sins of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, which he did and made Israel do; he did not keep himself from them.

 

3So the wrath of the Lord was burning against Israel, and he gave them up into the power of Hazael, king of Aram, and into the power of Ben-hadad, the son of Hazael, again and again.

 

4Then Jehoahaz made prayer to the Lord, and the Lord gave ear to him, for he saw how cruelly Israel was crushed by the king of Aram.

 

5(And the Lord gave Israel a saviour, so that they became free from the hands of the Aramaeans; and the children of Israel were living in their tents as in the past.

 

6But still they did not give up the sin of Jeroboam, which he made Israel do, but went on with it; and there was an image of Asherah in Samaria.)

 

7For out of all his army, Jehoahaz had only fifty horsemen and ten carriages and ten thousand footmen; the king of Aram had given them up to destruction, crushing them like dust.

 

8Now the rest of the acts of Jehoahaz, and all he did, and his great power, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel?

 

9And Jehoahaz went to rest with his fathers, and was put into the earth in Samaria; and Joash his son became king in his place.

 

10In the thirty-seventh year of the rule of Joash, king of Judah, Joash, the son of Jehoahaz, became king over Israel in Samaria, ruling for sixteen years.

 

11He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, not turning away from the sin of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, which he did and made Israel do, but he went on with it.

 

12Now the rest of the acts of Joash, and all he did, and the force with which he went to war against Amaziah, king of Judah, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel?

 

13And Joash went to rest with his fathers and Jeroboam took his place as king; and Joash was put into the earth in Samaria with the kings of Israel.

 

14Now Elisha became ill with the disease which was the cause of his death: and Joash, king of Israel, came down to him, and weeping over him said, My father, my father, the war-carriages of Israel and its horsemen!

 

15Then Elisha said to him, Take bow and arrows: and he took bow and arrows.

 

16And he said to the king of Israel, Put your hand on the bow: and he put his hand on it; and Elisha put his hands on the king’s hands.

 

17Then he said; Let the window be open to the east: and he got it open. Then Elisha said, Let the arrow go; and he let it go. And he said, The Lord’s arrow of salvation, of salvation over Aram; for you will overcome the Aramaeans in Aphek and put an end to them.

 

18And he said, Take the arrows: and he took them. And he said to the king of Israel, Send them down into the earth; and he did so three times and no more.

 

19Then the man of God was angry with him and said, If you had done it five or six times, then you would have overcome Aram completely; but now you will only overcome them three times.

 

20And death came to Elisha and they put his body into the earth. Now in the spring of the year, armed bands of Moabites frequently came, overrunning the land.

 

21And while they were putting a dead man into the earth, they saw a band coming; and they put the man quickly into the place where Elisha’s body was; and the dead man, on touching Elisha’s bones, came to life again, and got up on his feet.

 

22And Israel was crushed under the power of Hazael, king of Aram, all the days of Jehoahaz.

 

23But the Lord was kind to them and had pity on them, caring for them, because of his agreement with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; he would not put them to destruction or send them away from before his face till now.

 

24Then Hazael, king of Aram, came to his end; and Ben-hadad his son became king in his place.

 

25And Jehoash, the son of Jehoahaz, took again from Ben-hadad, the son of Hazael, the towns which he had taken from Jehoahaz his father in war. Three times Jehoash overcame him and got back the towns of Israel.

Micah 3

 

 

1And I said, Give ear, now, you heads of Jacob and rulers of the people of Israel: is it not for you to have knowledge of what is right?

 

2You who are haters of good and lovers of evil, pulling off their skin from them and their flesh from their bones;

 

3Like meat they take the flesh of my people for their food, skinning them and crushing their bones, yes, cutting them up as if for the pot, like flesh inside the cooking-pot.

 

4Then they will be crying to the Lord for help, but he will not give them an answer: yes, he will keep his face veiled from them at that time, because their acts have been evil.

 

5This is what the Lord has said about the prophets by whom my people have been turned from the right way; who, biting with their teeth, say, Peace; and if anyone puts nothing in their mouths they make ready for war against him.

 

6For this cause it will be night for you, without a vision; and it will be dark for you, without knowledge of the future; the sun will go down over the prophets, and the day will be black over them.

 

7And the seers will be shamed, and the readers of the future will be at a loss, all of them covering their lips; for there is no answer from God.

 

8But I truly am full of the spirit of the Lord, with power of judging and with strength to make clear to Jacob his wrongdoing and to Israel his sin.

 

9Then give ear to this, you heads of the children of Jacob, you rulers of the children of Israel, hating what is right, twisting what is straight.

 

10They are building up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with evil-doing.

 

11Its heads take rewards for judging, and the priests take payment for teaching, and the prophets get silver for reading the future: but still, supporting themselves on the Lord, they say, Is not the Lord among us? no evil will overtake us.

 

12For this reason, Zion will be ploughed like a field because of you, and Jerusalem will become a mass of broken walls, and the mountain of the house like a high place in the woods.

1 Corinthians 16

 

 

1Now about the giving of money for the saints, as I gave orders to the churches of Galatia, so do you.

 

2On the first day of the week, let every one of you put by him in store, in measure as he has done well in business, so that it may not be necessary to get money together when I come.

 

3And when I come, I will send the men of your selection with letters to take the money you have got together to Jerusalem.

 

4And if it is possible for me to go there, they will go with me.

 

5But I will come to you after I have gone through Macedonia, for that is my purpose;

 

6But I may be with you for a time, or even for the winter, so that you may see me on my way, wherever I go.

 

7For it is not my desire to see you now, on my way; because it is my hope to be with you for some time, if that is the Lord’s pleasure.

 

8But I will be at Ephesus till Pentecost;

 

9For a great and important door there is open to me, and there are a number of people against me.

 

10Now if Timothy comes, see that he is with you without fear; because he is doing the Lord’s work, even as I am:

 

11See then that he has the honour which is right. But send him on his way in peace, so that he may come to me: for I am looking for him with the brothers.

 

12But as for Apollos, the brother, I had a great desire for him to come to you with the brothers, but it was not his pleasure to come now; but he will come when he has a chance.

 

13Be on the watch, unmoved in the faith, and be strong like men.

 

14Let all you do be done in love.

 

15Now I make my request to you, my brothers, for you have knowledge that the house of Stephanas is the first-fruits of Achaia, and that they have made themselves the servants of the saints,

 

16That you put yourselves under such, and under everyone who is helping the Lord’s work.

 

17And I am glad of the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus: for they have done what was needed to make your work complete.

 

18For they gave comfort to my spirit and to yours: for which cause give respect to such people.

 

19The churches of Asia send their love to you. So do Aquila and Prisca, with the church which is in their house.

 

20All the brothers send their love to you. Give one another a holy kiss.

 

21I, Paul, send you these words of love in my writing.

 

22If any man has not love for the Lord, let him be cursed. Maran atha (our Lord comes).

 

23The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

 

24My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. So be it.

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