August 16

1 Chronicles 10

1Now the Philistines were fighting against Israel; and the men of Israel went in flight before the Philistines, falling down wounded in Mount Gilboa.

2And the Philistines went hard after Saul and his sons, and put to death Jonathan and Abinadab and Malchi-shua, the sons of Saul.

3And the fight was going against Saul, and the archers came across him, and he was wounded by the archers.

4Then Saul said to the servant who had the care of his arms, Take your sword and put it through me, before these men without circumcision come and make sport of me. But his servant, full of fear, would not do so. Then Saul took out his sword, falling on it himself.

5And when his servant saw that Saul was dead, he did the same, and came to his death.

6So death overtook Saul and his three sons; all his family came to an end together.

7And when all the men of Israel who were in the valley saw that the men of Israel had gone in flight and that Saul and his sons were dead, they went in flight away from their towns; and the Philistines came and took them for themselves.

8Now the day after, when the Philistines came to take their goods from the dead, they saw Saul and his sons dead in Mount Gilboa.

9And they took everything off him, and took his head and his war-dress, and sent word into the land of the Philistines round about to give the news to their gods and to the people.

10And they put his war-dress in the house of their gods, and put up his head in the house of Dagon.

11And when the news came to Jabesh-gilead of what the Philistines had done to Saul,

12All the fighting-men came up and took away Saul’s body and the bodies of his sons, and took them to Jabesh, and put their bones to rest under the oak-tree in Jabesh, and took no food for seven days.

13So death came to Saul because of the sin which he did against the Lord, that is, because of the word of the Lord which he kept not; and because he went for directions to one who had an evil spirit,

14And not to the Lord: for this reason, he put him to death and gave the kingdom to David, the son of Jesse.

1 Chronicles 11

1Then all Israel came together to David at Hebron, and said, Truly, we are your bone and your flesh.

2In the past, when Saul was king, it was you who went at the head of Israel when they went out or came in; and the Lord your God said to you, You are to be the keeper of my people Israel, and their ruler.

3So all the responsible men of Israel came to the king at Hebron; and David made an agreement with them in Hebron before the Lord; and they put the holy oil on David and made him king over Israel, as the Lord had said by Samuel.

4Then David and all Israel went to Jerusalem (which is Jebus); and the Jebusites, the people of the land, were there.

5And the people of Jebus said to David, You will not come in here. But still, David took the strong place of Zion, which is the town of David.

6And David said, The first to overcome the Jebusites will be chief and captain. And Joab, the son of Zeruiah, went up first, and became chief.

7And David took the strong tower for his living-place, so it was named the town of David.

8And he took in hand the building of the town all round, starting from the Millo; and Joab put the rest of the town in order.

9And David became greater and greater in power, because the Lord of armies was with him.

10Now these are the chief of David’s men of war who were his strong supporters in the kingdom, and, with all Israel, made him king, as the Lord had said about Israel.

11This is the list of David’s men of war: Ishbaal, the son of a Hachmonite, the chief of the three: he put to death three hundred at one time with his spear.

12And after him was Eleazar, the son of Dodo the Ahohite, who was one of the three great fighters.

13He was with David at Pas-dammim, where the Philistines had come together for the fight, near a bit of land full of barley; and the people went in flight before the Philistines.

14And he took up his position in the middle of the bit of land, and kept back their attack, and overcame the Philistines; and the Lord gave a great salvation.

15And three of the thirty went down to David, to the rock, into the strong place of Adullam; and the army of the Philistines had taken up their position in the valley of Rephaim.

16At that time David had taken cover in the strong place, and an armed force of the Philistines was in Beth-lehem.

17And David, moved by a strong desire, said, If only someone would give me a drink of the water from the water-hole of Beth-lehem by the doorway into the town!

18So the three, forcing a way through the Philistine army, got water from the water-hole of Beth-lehem, by the doorway into the town, and took it back to David; but David would not take it, but made an offering of it, draining it out to the Lord,

19Saying, By my God, far be it from me to do this! How may I take as drink the life-blood of these men who have put their lives in danger? so he did not take it. These things did the three great men of war.

20And Abishai, the brother of Joab, was chief of the thirty, for he put to death three hundred with his spear, but he had not a name among the three.

21Of the thirty, he was the noblest, and was made their captain, but he was not equal to the first three.

22Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, a fighting-man of Kabzeel, had done great acts; he put to death two young lions going into their secret place; and he went down into a hole and put a lion to death in time of snow.

23And he made an attack on an Egyptian, a very tall man about five cubits high, armed with a spear like a cloth-worker’s rod; he went down to him with a stick, and pulling his spear out of the hand of the Egyptian, put him to death with that same spear.

24These were the acts of Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, who had a great name among the thirty men of war.

25He was honoured over the thirty, but he was not equal to the first three: and David put him over his servants.

26And these were the great men of war: Asahel, the brother of Joab, Elhanan, the son of Dodo of Beth-lehem,

27Shammoth the Harodite, Helez the Pelonite,

28Ira, the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, Abiezer the Anathothite,

29Sibbecai the Hushathite, Ilai the Ahohite,

30Maharai the Netophathite, Heled, the son of Baanah the Netophathite,

31Ithai, the son of Ribai of Gibeah, of the children of Benjamin, Benaiah the Pirathonite,

32Hurai of Nahale-gaash, Abiel the Arbathite,

33Azmaveth of Bahurim, Eliahba the Shaalbonite,

34The sons of Hashem the Gizonite, Jonathan, the son of Shage the Hararite,

35Ahiam, the son of Sacar the Hararite, Eliphal, the son of Ur,

36Hepher the Mecherathite, Ahijah the Pelonite,

37Hezro the Carmelite, Naarai, the son of Ezbai,

38Joel, the brother of Nathan, Mibhar, the son of Hagri,

39Zelek the Ammonite, and Naharai the Berothite, the servant who had the care of the arms of Joab, the son of Zeruiah;

40Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite,

41Uriah the Hittite, Zabad, the son of Ahlai,

42Adina, the son of Shiza the Reubenite, a chief of the Reubenites, and thirty with him;

43Hanan, the son of Maacah, and Joshaphat the Mithnite,

44Uzzia the Ashterathite, Shama and Jeiel, the sons of Hotham the Aroerite,

45Jediael, the son of Shimri, and Joha his brother, the Tizite,

46Eliel the Mahavite, and Jeribai and Joshaviah, the sons of Elnaam, and Ithmah the Moabite,

47Eliel and Obed, and Jaasiel the Mezobaite.

Zechariah 1

1In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet, saying,

2The Lord has been very angry with your fathers:

3And you are to say to them, These are the words of the Lord of armies: Come back to me, says the Lord of armies, and I will come back to you.

4Be not like your fathers, to whom the voice of the earlier prophets came, saying, Be turned now from your evil ways and from your evil doings: but they did not give ear to me or take note, says the Lord.

5Your fathers, where are they? and the prophets, do they go on living for ever?

6But my words and my orders, which I gave to my servants the prophets, have they not overtaken your fathers? and turning back they said, As it was the purpose of the Lord of armies to do to us, in reward for our ways and our doings, so has he done.

7On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month, the month Shebat, in the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet, saying,

8I saw in the night a man on a red horse, between the mountains in the valley, and at his back were horses, red, black, white, and of mixed colours.

9Then I said, O my lord, what are these? And the angel who was talking to me said to me, I will make clear to you what they are.

10And the man who was between the mountains, answering me, said, These are those whom the Lord has sent to go up and down through the earth.

11And the man who was between the mountains, answering, said to the angel of the Lord, We have gone up and down through the earth, and all the earth is quiet and at rest.

12Then the angel of the Lord, answering, said, O Lord of armies, how long will it be before you have mercy on Jerusalem and on the towns of Judah against which your wrath has been burning for seventy years?

13And the Lord gave an answer in good and comforting words to the angel who was talking to me.

14And the angel who was talking to me said to me, Let your voice be loud and say, These are the words of the Lord of armies: I am greatly moved about the fate of Jerusalem and of Zion.

15And I am very angry with the nations who are living untroubled: for when I was only a little angry, they made the evil worse.

16So this is what the Lord has said: I have come back to Jerusalem with mercies; my house is to be put up in her, says the Lord of armies, and a line is to be stretched out over Jerusalem.

17And again let your voice be loud and say, This is what the Lord of armies has said: My towns will again be overflowing with good things, and again the Lord will give comfort to Zion and take Jerusalem for himself.

18And lifting up my eyes I saw four horns.

19And I said to the angel who was talking to me, What are these? And he said to me, These are the horns which have sent Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem in flight.

20And the Lord gave me a vision of four metal-workers.

21Then I said, What have these come to do? And he said, These are the horns which sent Judah in flight, and kept him from lifting up his head: but these men have come to send fear on them and to put down the nations who are lifting up their horns against the land of Judah to send it in flight.

John 2

1On the third day two people were going to be married at Cana in Galilee. The mother of Jesus was there:

2And Jesus with his disciples came as guests.

3When they had not enough wine, the mother of Jesus said to him, They have no wine.

4Jesus said to her, Woman, this is not your business; my time is still to come.

5His mother said to the servants, Whatever he says to you, do it.

6Now six pots of stone, every one taking two or three firkins of water, were placed there for the purpose of washing, as is the way of the Jews.

7Jesus said to the servants, Make the pots full of water. And they made them full to the top.

8Then he said to them, Now take some, and give it to the master of the feast. So they took it to him.

9After tasting the water which had now become wine, the master of the feast (having no idea where it came from, though it was clear to the servants who took the water out) sent for the newly-married man,

10And said to him, Every man first puts out his best wine and when all have had enough he puts out what is not so good; but you have kept the good wine till now.

11This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee and let his glory be seen openly; and his disciples put their faith in him.

12After this he went down to Capernaum, with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples, and they were there not more than two or three days.

13The time of the Passover of the Jews was near and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

14And there in the Temple he saw men trading in oxen and sheep and doves, and he saw the changers of money in their seats:

15And he made a whip of small cords and put them all out of the Temple, with the sheep and the oxen, sending in all directions the small money of the changers and overturning their tables;

16And to those who were trading in doves he said, Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a market.

17And it came to the minds of the disciples that the Writings say, I am on fire with passion for your house.

18Then the Jews put this question to him: What sign of authority have you to give us, seeing that you do these things?

19And Jesus said to them, Send destruction on this Temple and I will put it up again in three days.

20The Jews said, The building of this Temple took forty-six years; and you will put it up in three days!

21But his words were about that holy building which was his body.

22So when he had come back again from the dead, the memory of these words came back to the disciples, and they had faith in the holy Writings and in the word which Jesus had said.

23Now while he was in Jerusalem at the feast of the Passover, a great number of people came to have faith in his name, after seeing the signs which he did.

24But Jesus did not have faith in them, because he had knowledge of them all.

25He had no need for any witness about man; for he himself had knowledge of what was in man.

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