August 12

1 Chronicles 3

1Now these were David’s sons, whose birth took place in Hebron: the oldest Amnon, by Ahinoam of Jezreel; the second Daniel, by Abigail the Carmelite woman;

2The third Absalom, the son of Maacah, the daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur; the fourth Adonijah, the son of Haggith;

3The fifth Shephatiah, by Abital; the sixth Ithream, by Eglah his wife.

4He had six sons in Hebron; he was ruling there for seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem for thirty-three years.

5And in Jerusalem he had four sons, Shimea and Shobab and Nathan and Solomon, by Bath-shua, the daughter of Ammiel;

6And Ibhar and Elishama and Eliphelet

7And Nogah and Nepheg and Japhia

8And Elishama and Eliada and Eliphelet, nine.

9All these were the sons of David, in addition to the sons of his servant-wives; and Tamar was their sister.

10And Solomon’s son was Rehoboam, Abijah was his son, Asa his son, Jehoshaphat his son,

11Joram his son, Ahaziah his son, Joash his son,

12Amaziah his son, Azariah his son, Jotham his son,

13Ahaz his son, Hezekiah his son, Manasseh his son,

14Amon his son, Josiah his son.

15And the sons of Josiah: the oldest Johanan, the second Jehoiakim, the third Zedekiah, the fourth Shallum.

16And the sons of Jehoiakim: Jeconiah his son, Zedekiah his son.

17And the sons of Jeconiah, who was taken prisoner: Shealtiel his son,

18And Malchiram and Pedaiah and Shenazzar, Jekamiah, Hoshama and Nedabiah.

19And the sons of Pedaiah: Zerubbabel and Shimei; and the sons of Zerubbabel: Meshullam and Hananiah; and Shelomith was their sister;

20And Hashubah and Ohel and Berechiah and Hasadiah, Jushab-hesed, five.

21And the sons of Hananiah: Pelatiah and Jeshaiah; the sons of Rephaiah, the sons of Arnan, the sons of Obadiah, the sons of Shecaniah.

22And the sons of Shecaniah: Shemaiah; and the sons of Shemaiah: Hattush and Igal and Bariah and Neariah and Shaphat, six.

23And the sons of Neariah: Elioenai and Hizkiah and Azrikam, three.

24And the sons of Elioenai: Hodaviah and Eliashib and Pelaiah and Akkub and Johanan and Delaiah and Anani, seven.

1 Chronicles 4

1The sons of Judah: Perez, Hezron and Carmi and Hur and Shobal.

2And Reaiah, the son of Shobal, was the father of Jahath; and Jahath was the father of Ahumai and Lahad. These are the families of the Zorathites.

3And these were the sons of Hur, the father of Etam: Jezreel and Ishma and Idbash, and the name of their sister was Hazzelelponi;

4And Penuel, the father of Gedor, and Ezer, the father of Hushah. These are the sons of Hur, the oldest son of Ephrathah, the father of Beth-lehem.

5And Ashhur, the father of Tekoa, had two wives, Helah and Naarah.

6And Naarah had Ahuzzam by him, and Hepher and Temeni and Haahashtari. These were the sons of Naarah.

7And the sons of Helah were Zereth, Izhar and Ethnan.

8And Koz was the father of Anub and Zobebah, and the families of Aharhel the son of Harum.

9And Jabez was honoured more than his brothers; but his mother had given him the name Jabez, saying, Because I gave birth to him with sorrow.

10And Jabez made a prayer to the God of Israel, saying, If only you would truly give me a blessing, and make wider the limits of my land, and let your hand be with me, and keep me from evil, so that I may not be troubled by it! And God gave him his desire.

11And Chelub, the brother of Shuhah, was the father of Mehir, who was the father of Eshton.

12And Eshton was the father of Bethrapha and Paseah and Tehinnah, the father of Ir-nahash. These are the men of Recah.

13And the sons of Kenaz: Othniel and Seraiah; and the sons of Othniel: Hathath.

14And Meonothai was the father of Ophrah; and Seraiah was the father of Joab, the father of Ge-harashim; they were expert workmen.

15And the sons of Caleb, the son of Jephunneh: Iru, Elah, and Naam; and the son of Elah: Kenaz.

16And the sons of Jehallelel: Ziph and Ziphah, Tiria and Asarel.

17And the sons of Ezrah: Jether and Mered and Epher and Jalon; and these are the sons of Bithiah, the daughter of Pharaoh, the wife of Mered. And she became the mother of Miriam and Shammai and Ishbah, the father of Eshtemoa.

18And his wife, a woman of the tribe of Judah, became the mother of Jered, the father of Gedor, and Heber, the father of Soco, and Jekuthiel, the father of Zanoah.

19And the sons of the wife of Hodiah, the sister of Naham, were the father of Keilah the Garmite, and Eshtemoa the Maacathite.

20And the sons of Shimon: Amnon and Rinnah, Ben-hanan and Tilon. And the sons of Ishi: Zoheth; and the son of Zoheth. …

21The sons of Shelah, the son of Judah: Er, the father of Lecah, and Laadah, the father of Mareshah, and the families of those who made delicate linen, of the family of Ashbea;

22And Jokim, and the men of Cozeba, and Joash and Saraph, who were rulers in Moab, and went back to Beth-lehem. And the records are very old.

23These were the potters, and the people living among planted fields with walls round them; they were there to do the king’s work.

24The sons of Simeon: Nemuel and Jamin, Jarib, Zerah, Shaul;

25Shallum his son, Mibsam his son, Mishma his son.

26And the sons of Mishma: Hammuel his son, Zaccur his son, Shimei his son.

27And Shimei had sixteen sons and six daughters, but his brothers had only a small number of children, and their family was not as fertile as the children of Judah.

28And they were living at Beer-sheba and Moladah and Hazar-shual,

29And at Bilhah, and at Ezem, and at Tolad,

30And at Bethuel, and at Hormah, and at Ziklag,

31And at Beth-marcaboth, and at Hazarsusim, and at Beth-biri, and at Shaaraim. These were their towns till David became king.

32And their small towns were Etam, Ain, Rimmon, and Tochen and Ashan, five towns;

33And all the small places round these towns, as far as Baalath-beer, the high place of the South. These were their living-places, and they have lists of their generations.

34And Meshobab and Jamlech and Joshah, the son of Amaziah,

35And Joel and Jehu, the son of Joshibiah, the son of Seraiah, the son of Asiel,

36And Elioenai and Jaakobah and Jeshohaiah and Asaiah and Adiel and Jesimiel and Benaiah,

37And Ziza, the son of Shiphi, the son of Allon, the son of Jedaiah, the son of Shimri, the son of Shemaiah;

38These, whose names are given, were chiefs in their families, and their families became very great in number.

39And they went to the opening into Gedor, as far as the east side of the valley, in search of grass-land for their flocks.

40And they came to some good fertile grass-land, in a wide quiet country of peace-loving people; for the people who were living there before were of the offspring of Ham.

41And these whose names are given came in the days of Hezekiah, king of Judah, and made an attack on the Meunim who were living there, and put an end to them to this day, and took their place, because there was grass there for their flocks.

42And some of them, five hundred of the sons of Simeon, went to the hill-country of Seir, with Pelatiah and Neariah and Rephaiah and Uzziel, the sons of Ishi, at their head.

43And they put to death the rest of the Amalekites who had got away safely, and made it their living-place to this day.

Zephaniah 1

1The word of the Lord which came to Zephaniah, the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah, in the days of Josiah, the son of Amon, king of Judah.

2I will take away everything from the face of the earth, says the Lord.

3I will take away man and beast; I will take away the birds of the heaven and the fishes of the sea; causing the downfall of the evil-doers, and cutting man off from the face of the earth, says the Lord.

4And my hand will be stretched out on Judah and on all the people of Jerusalem, cutting off the name of the Baal from this place, and the name of the false priests,

5And the worshippers of the army of heaven on the house-tops, and the Lord’s worshippers who take oaths by Milcom,

6And those who are turned back from going after the Lord, and those who have not made prayer to the Lord or got directions from him.

7Let there be no sound before the Lord God: for the day of the Lord is near: for the Lord has made ready an offering, he has made his guests holy.

8And it will come about in the day of the Lord’s offering, that I will send punishment on the rulers and the king’s sons and all who are clothed in robes from strange lands.

9And in that day I will send punishment on all those who come jumping over the doorstep and make their master’s house full of violent behaviour and deceit.

10And in that day, says the Lord, there will be the sound of a cry from the fish doorway, and an outcry from the new town, and a great thundering from the hills, and cries of grief from the people of the Hollow;

11Because of the downfall of all the people of Canaan: all those who were weighted down with silver have been cut off.

12And it will come about at that time, that I will go searching through Jerusalem with lights; and I will send punishment on the men who have become like wine stored over-long, who say to themselves, The Lord will not do good and will not do evil.

13And their wealth will be violently taken away, and their houses will be made waste: they will go on building houses and never living in them, and planting vine-gardens but not drinking the wine from them.

14The great day of the Lord is near, it is near and coming very quickly; the bitter day of the Lord is near, coming on more quickly than a man of war.

15That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and sorrow, a day of wasting and destruction, a day of dark night and deep shade, a day of cloud and thick dark.

16A day of sounding the horn and the war-cry against the walled towns and the high towers.

17And I will send trouble on men so that they will go about like the blind, because they have done evil against the Lord: and their blood will be drained out like dust, and their strength like waste.

18Even their silver and their gold will not be able to keep them safe in the day of the Lord’s wrath; but all the land will be burned up in the fire of his bitter wrath: for he will put an end, even suddenly, to all who are living in the land.

2 Corinthians 13

1This is the third time that I am coming to you. From the mouth of two or three witnesses will every word be made certain.

2I said before, and still say it before I come, as being present for the second time, though I am still away from you, to those who have done wrong before, and to all the others, that if I come again I will not have pity;

3Seeing that you are looking for a sign of Christ giving out his word in me; who is not feeble in relation to you, but is strong in you:

4For he was feeble in that he was put to death on the cross, but he is living by the power of God. And we are feeble in him, but we will be living with him through the power of God in relation to you.

5Make a test of yourselves, if you are in the faith; make certain of yourselves. Or are you not conscious in yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you, if you are truly Christ’s?

6But it is my hope that you will have no doubt that we are truly Christ’s.

7Now our prayer to God is that you may do no evil; not in order that it may be put to our credit, but so that you may do what is right, whatever we may seem.

8Because we are able to do nothing against what is true, but only for it.

9For we are glad when we are feeble and you are strong: and this is our prayer, even that you may be made complete.

10For this cause I am writing these things while I am away, so that there may be need for me, when I am present, to make use of sharp measures, by the authority which the Lord has given me for building up and not for destruction.

11Let this be my last word, brothers; be glad; be complete; be comforted; be of the same mind; be at peace with one another: and the God of love and peace will be with you.

12Give one another a holy kiss.

13All the saints send their love to you.

14The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the harmony of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.

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