August 17

1 Chronicles 12

1Now these are the men who came to David at Ziklag, while he was still shut up, because of Saul, the son of Kish; they were among the strong men, his helpers in war.

2They were armed with bows, and were able to send stones, and arrows from the bow, with right hand or left: they were Saul’s brothers, of Benjamin.

3Ahiezer was their chief, then Joash, the sons of Shemaah the Gibeathite; and Jeziel and Pelet, the sons of Azmaveth; and Beracah and Jehu the Anathothite;

4And Ishmaiah the Gibeonite, a great man among the thirty, and their chief; and Jeremiah and Jehaziel and Johanan and Jozabad the Gederathite;

5Eluzai and Jerimoth and Bealiah and Shemariah and Shephatiah the Haruphite;

6Elkanah and Isshiah and Azarel and Joezer and Jashobeam, the Korahites;

7And Joelah and Zebadiah, the sons of Jeroham of Gedor.

8And some of the Gadites, siding with David, went to his strong place in the waste land, great and strong men, trained for war, expert in the use of arms, whose faces were like the faces of lions, and they were quick-footed like roes on the mountains;

9Ezer their chief, Obadiah the second, Eliab the third,

10Mishmannah the fourth, Jeremiah the fifth,

11Attai the sixth, Eliel the seventh,

12Johanan the eighth, Elzabad the ninth,

13Jeremiah the tenth, Machbannai the eleventh.

14These Gadites were captains of the army; the least of them was captain over a hundred men, and the greatest over a thousand.

15It was they who went over Jordan in the first month, when the river was overflowing, and put to flight all the people of the valleys, to the east and to the west.

16And some of the children of Benjamin and Judah came to David in his strong place.

17And David went out to them, and said to them, If you have come in peace to give me help, my heart will be united with yours; but if you have come to give me up to those who would take my life, though my hands are clean from wrongdoing, then may the God of our fathers see it and give you punishment.

18Then the spirit came on Amasai, who was chief of the captains, and he said, We are yours, David, we are on your side, O son of Jesse: may peace be with you and peace be with your helpers; for God is your helper. Then David took them into his army and made them captains of the band.

19And some of the men of Manasseh came over to David, when he went with the Philistines to the war against Saul, but he gave them no help: for the lords of the Philistines, after discussion, sent him away, saying, He will go back to his master Saul, at the price of our lives.

20Then when he went back to Ziklag, there came over to him, of the men of Manasseh, Adnah and Jozabad and Jediael and Michael and Jozabad and Elihu and Zillethai, captains of thousands from the armies of Manasseh.

21And they gave David help against the armed bands, for they were all great men of war, and captains in the army.

22And from day to day more supporters came to David, till he had a great army like the army of God.

23These are the numbers of the chiefs of the armed men, ready for war, who came to David at Hebron, to give the kingdom of Saul into his hands, as the Lord had said.

24There were six thousand, eight hundred spearmen of the children of Judah, armed for war;

25Seven thousand, one hundred of the children of Simeon, great men of war;

26Of the children of Levi, four thousand, six hundred.

27And Jehoiada, chief of the family of Aaron, and with him three thousand, seven hundred men;

28And Zadok, a young man, great and strong in war, with twenty-two captains from his father’s people.

29And of the children of Benjamin, the brothers of Saul, three thousand; for up to that time the greater part of them had been true to Saul.

30And of the children of Ephraim, twenty thousand, eight hundred great men of war, men of great name in their families.

31And from the half-tribe of Manasseh, eighteen thousand, listed by name, came to make David king.

32And of the children of Issachar, there were two hundred chiefs, men who had expert knowledge of the times and what it was best for Israel to do, and all their brothers were under their orders.

33Of Zebulun, there were fifty thousand men, who went out with the army, expert in ordering the fight, to give help with all sorts of arms; true-hearted men.

34And of Naphtali, a thousand captains with thirty-seven thousand spearmen.

35And of the Danites, twenty-eight thousand, six hundred, expert in ordering the fight.

36And of Asher, forty thousand who went out with the army, expert in ordering the fight.

37From the other side of Jordan, there were a hundred and twenty thousand of the Reubenites and the Gadites and the men of the half-tribe of Manasseh, armed with every sort of instrument of war.

38All these men of war, expert in ordering the fight, came to Hebron with the full purpose of making David king over all Israel; and all the rest of Israel were united in their desire to make David king.

39For three days they were there with David, feasting at his table, for their brothers had made ready food for them.

40And those who were near, as far as Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, came with food on asses and camels and mules and oxen, with meal for food and cakes of figs and masses of grapes, and wine and oil and oxen and sheep in great numbers, for there was joy in Israel.

Zechariah 2

1And lifting up my eyes, I saw a man with a measuring-line in his hand.

2And I said to him, Where are you going? And he said to me, To take the measure of Jerusalem, to see how wide and how long it is.

3And the angel who was talking to me went out, and another angel went out, and, meeting him,

4Said to him, Go quickly and say to this young man, Jerusalem will be an unwalled town, because of the great number of men and cattle in her.

5For I, says the Lord, will be a wall of fire round about her, and I will be the glory inside her.

6Ho, ho! go in flight from the land of the north, says the Lord: for I have sent you far and wide to the four winds of heaven, says the Lord.

7Ho! Zion, go in flight from danger, you who are living with the daughter of Babylon.

8For this is what the Lord of armies has said: In the way of glory he has sent me to the nations which have taken your goods: for anyone touching you is touching what is most dear to him.

9For at the shaking of my hand over them, their goods will be taken by those who were their servants: and you will see that the Lord of armies has sent me.

10Give songs of joy, O daughter of Zion: for I come, and I will make my resting-place among you, says the Lord.

11And a number of nations will be joined to the Lord in that day, and will become my people; and I will be living among you, and you will see that the Lord of armies has sent me to you.

12And Judah will be the Lord’s heritage in the holy land, and Jerusalem will again be his.

13Let all flesh be quiet and make no sound before the Lord: for he is awake and has come from his holy resting-place.

John 3:1-21

1Now there was among the Pharisees a man named Nicodemus, who was one of the rulers of the Jews.

2He came to Jesus by night and said to him, Rabbi, we are certain that you have come from God as a teacher, because no man would be able to do these signs which you do if God was not with him.

3Jesus said to him, Truly, I say to you, Without a new birth no man is able to see the kingdom of God.

4Nicodemus said to him, How is it possible for a man to be given birth when he is old? Is he able to go into his mother’s body a second time and come to birth again?

5Jesus said in answer, Truly, I say to you, If a man’s birth is not from water and from the Spirit, it is not possible for him to go into the kingdom of God.

6That which has birth from the flesh is flesh, and that which has birth from the Spirit is spirit.

7Do not be surprised that I say to you, It is necessary for you to have a second birth.

8The wind goes where its pleasure takes it, and the sound of it comes to your ears, but you are unable to say where it comes from and where it goes: so it is with everyone whose birth is from the Spirit.

9And Nicodemus said to him, How is it possible for these things to be?

10And Jesus, answering, said, Are you the teacher of Israel and have no knowledge of these things?

11Truly, I say to you, We say that of which we have knowledge; we give witness of what we have seen; and you do not take our witness to be true.

12If you have no belief when my words are about the things of earth, how will you have belief if my words are about the things of heaven?

13And no one has ever gone up to heaven but he who came down from heaven, the Son of man.

14As the snake was lifted up by Moses in the waste land, even so it is necessary for the Son of man to be lifted up:

15So that whoever has faith may have in him eternal life.

16For God had such love for the world that he gave his only Son, so that whoever has faith in him may not come to destruction but have eternal life.

17God did not send his Son into the world to be judge of the world; he sent him so that the world might have salvation through him.

18The man who has faith in him does not come up to be judged; but he who has no faith in him has been judged even now, because he has no faith in the name of the only Son of God.

19And this is the test by which men are judged: the light has come into the world and men have more love for the dark than for the light, because their acts are evil.

20The light is hated by everyone whose acts are evil and he does not come to the light for fear that his acts will be seen.

21But he whose life is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his acts have been done by the help of God.

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