August 18

1 Chronicles 13

1Then David had discussions with the captains of thousands and the captains of hundreds and with every chief.

2And David said to all the men of Israel who had come together there, If it seems good to you and if it is the purpose of the Lord our God, let us send to all the rest of our brothers, everywhere in the land of Israel, and to the priests and the Levites in their towns and the country round them, and get them to come together here to us;

3And let us get back for ourselves the ark of our God: for in the days of Saul we did not go to it for directions.

4And all the people said they would do so, for it seemed right to them.

5So David sent for all Israel to come together, from Shihor, the river of Egypt, as far as the way into Hamath, to get the ark of God from Kiriath-jearim.

6And David went up, with all Israel, to Baalah, that is, to Kiriath-jearim in Judah, to get up from there the ark of God, over which the holy Name is named, the name of the Lord whose place is between the winged ones.

7And they put the ark of God on a new cart, and took it out of the house of Abinadab; and Uzza and Ahio were the drivers of the cart.

8Then David and all Israel made melody before God with all their strength, with songs and corded instruments of music, and with brass instruments and horns.

9And when they came to the grain-floor of Chidon, Uzza put out his hand to keep the ark in its place, for the oxen were slipping.

10And the wrath of the Lord, burning against Uzza, sent destruction on him because he had put his hand on the ark, and death came to him there before God.

11And David was angry because of the Lord’s outburst of wrath against Uzza, and he gave that place the name Perez-uzza, to this day.

12And so great was David’s fear of God that day, that he said, How may I let the ark of God come to me?

13So David did not let the ark come back to him to the town of David, but had it turned away and put into the house of Obed-edom the Gittite.

14And the ark of God was in the house of Obed-edom for three months; and the Lord sent a blessing on the house of Obed-edom and on all he had.

1 Chronicles 14

1And Hiram, king of Tyre, sent men to David with cedar-trees, and stoneworkers and woodworkers for the building of his house.

2And David saw that the Lord had made his position safe as king over Israel, lifting up his kingdom on high because of his people Israel.

3And while he was living in Jerusalem, David took more wives and became the father of more sons and daughters.

4These are the names of the children he had in Jerusalem: Shammua and Shobab, Nathan and Solomon

5And Ibhar and Elishua and Elpelet

6And Nogah and Nepheg and Japhia

7And Elishama and Beeliada and Eliphelet.

8And when the Philistines had news that David had been made king over all Israel, they went up in search of David, and David, hearing of it, went out against them.

9Now the Philistines had come, and had gone out in every direction in the valley of Rephaim.

10And David, desiring directions from God, said, Am I to go up against the Philistines? and will you give them into my hands? And the Lord said, Go up; for I will give them into your hands.

11So they went up to Baal-perazim, and David overcame them there, and David said, God has let the forces fighting against me be broken by my hand, as a wall is broken down by rushing water; so they gave that place the name of Baal-perazim.

12And the Philistines did not take their images with them in their flight; and at David’s orders they were burned with fire.

13Then the Philistines again went out in every direction in the valley.

14And David went for directions to God; and God said to him, You are not to go up after them; but, turning away from them, come face to face with them opposite the spice-trees.

15And at the sound of footsteps in the tops of the trees, go out to the fight, for God has gone out before you to overcome the army of the Philistines.

16And David did as the Lord had said; and they overcame the army of the Philistines, attacking them from Gibeon as far as Gezer.

17And David’s name was honoured in all lands; and the Lord put the fear of him on all nations.

Zechariah 3

1And he let me see Joshua, the high priest, in his place before the angel of the Lord, and the Satan at his right hand ready to take up a cause against him.

2And the Lord said to the Satan, May the Lord’s word be sharp against you, O Satan, the word of the Lord who has taken Jerusalem for himself: is this not a burning branch pulled out of the fire?

3Now Joshua was clothed in unclean robes, and he was in his place before the angel.

4And he made answer and said to those who were there before him, Take the unclean robes off him, and let him be clothed in clean robes;

5And let them put a clean head-dress on his head. So they put a clean head-dress on his head, clothing him with clean robes: and to him he said, See, I have taken your sin away from you.

6And the angel of the Lord made a statement to Joshua, and said,

7These are the words of the Lord of armies: If you will go in my ways and keep what I have put in your care, then you will be judge over my Temple and have the care of my house, and I will give you the right to come in among those who are there.

8Give ear now, O Joshua, the high priest, you and your friends who are seated before you; for these are men who are a sign: for see, I will let my servant the Branch be seen.

9For see, the stone which I have put before Joshua; on one stone are seven eyes: see, the design cut on it will be my work, says the Lord of armies, and I will take away the sin of that land in one day.

10In that day, says the Lord of armies, you will be one another’s guests under the vine and under the fig-tree.

John 3:22-36

22After these things Jesus and his disciples went into the land of Judaea, and there he was with them for some time, giving baptism.

23Now John was then giving baptism at Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there; and people came and were given baptism.

24For at this time John had not been put into prison.

25Then a question came up between John’s disciples and a Jew about washing.

26And they went to John and said to him, Rabbi, the man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan, the man to whom you gave witness, is now giving baptism, and everyone is going to him.

27And this was John’s answer: A man is unable to have anything if it is not given to him from heaven.

28You yourselves give witness that I said, I am not the Christ. What I said was, I am sent before the Christ.

29He who has the bride is the husband: but the husband’s friend, whose place is by his side and whose ears are open to him, is full of joy because of the husband’s voice: such is my joy, and it is complete.

30He has to become greater while I become less.

31He who comes from heaven is greater than all others: he who comes from earth is of the earth, and of the earth are his words: he who comes from heaven is over all.

32He gives witness of what he has seen and of what has come to his ears; and no man takes his witness as true.

33He who so takes his witness has made clear his faith that God is true.

34For he whom God has sent says God’s words; and God does not give him the Spirit by measure.

35The Father has love for the Son and has put all things into his hands.

36He who has faith in the Son has eternal life; but he who has not faith in the Son will not see life; God’s wrath is resting on him.

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