August 20

1 Chronicles 16:7-43

7Then on that day David first made the giving of praise to the Lord the work of Asaph and his brothers.

😯 give praise to the Lord; give honour to his name, talking of his doings among the peoples.

9Let your voice be sounded in songs and melody; let all your thoughts be of the wonder of his works.

10Have glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who are searching after the Lord be glad.

11Let your search be for the Lord and for his strength; let your hearts ever be turned to him.

12Keep in mind the great works which he has done; his wonders, and the decisions of his mouth;

13O you seed of Israel his servant, you children of Jacob, his loved ones.

14He is the Lord our God: he is judge of all the earth.

15He has kept his agreement in mind for ever, the word which he gave for a thousand generations;

16The agreement which he made with Abraham, and his oath to Isaac;

17And he gave it to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an eternal agreement;

18Saying, To you will I give the land of Canaan, the measured line of your heritage:

19When you were still small in number, and strange in the land;

20When they went about from one nation to another, and from one kingdom to another people;

21He would not let anyone do them wrong; he even kept back kings because of them,

22Saying, Put not your hand on those who have been marked with my holy oil, and do my prophets no wrong.

23Make songs to the Lord, all the earth; give the good news of his salvation day by day.

24Make clear his glory to the nations, and his wonders to all the peoples.

25For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised; and he is more to be feared than all other gods.

26For all the gods of the nations are false gods; but the Lord made the heavens.

27Honour and glory are before him: strength and joy are in his holy place.

28Give to the Lord, O you families of the peoples, give to the Lord glory and strength.

29Give to the Lord the glory of his name; take with you an offering and come before him; give worship to the Lord in holy robes.

30Be in fear before him, all the earth: the world is ordered so that it may not be moved.

31Let the heavens have joy and let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, The Lord is King.

32Let the sea be thundering with all its waters; let the field be glad, and everything which is in it;

33Then let all the trees of the wood be sounding with joy before the Lord, for he is come to be the judge of the earth.

34O give praise to the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy is unchanging for ever.

35And say, Be our saviour, O God of our salvation, and let us come back, and give us salvation from the nations, so that we may give honour to your holy name and have glory in your praise.

36Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, for ever and for ever. And all the people said, So be it; and gave praise to the Lord.

37So he made Asaph and his brothers keep their places there before the ark of the agreement of the Lord, to do whatever had to be done before the ark at all times day by day:

38And Obed-edom, the son of Jeduthun, and Hosah, with their brothers, sixty-eight of them, to be door-keepers:

39And Zadok the priest, with his brothers the priests, before the House of the Lord in the high place at Gibeon;

40To give burned offerings to the Lord on the altar of burned offerings morning and evening, every day, as it is ordered in the law of the Lord which he gave to Israel;

41And with them Heman and Jeduthun, and the rest who were marked out by name to give praise to the Lord, for his mercy is unchanging for ever;

42And Heman and Jeduthun had horns and brass instruments sounding loudly, and instruments of music for the songs of God; and the sons of Jeduthun were to be at the door.

43And all the people went away, every man to his house; and David went back to give a blessing to his family.

Zechariah 5

1Then again lifting up my eyes I saw a roll in flight through the air.

2And he said to me, What do you see? And I said, A roll going through the air; it is twenty cubits long and ten cubits wide.

3Then he said to me, This is the curse which goes out over the face of all the land: for long enough has every thief gone without punishment, and long enough has every taker of false oaths gone without punishment.

4And I will send it out, says the Lord of armies, and it will go into the house of the thief and into the house of him who takes a false oath by my name: and it will be in his house, causing its complete destruction, with its woodwork and its stones.

5And the angel who was talking to me went out and said to me, Let your eyes be lifted up now, and see the ephah which is going out.

6And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephah which is going out. And he said further, This is their evil-doing in all the land.

7And I saw a round cover of lead lifted up; and a woman was seated in the middle of the ephah.

8And he said, This is Sin; and pushing her down into the ephah, he put the weight of lead on the mouth of it.

9And lifting up my eyes I saw two women coming out, and the wind was in their wings; and they had wings like the wings of a stork: and they took the ephah, lifting it up between earth and heaven.

10And I said to the angel who was talking to me, Where are they taking the ephah?

11And he said to me, To make a house for her in the land of Shinar: and they will make a place ready, and put her there in the place which is hers.

John 4:27-42

27At that point the disciples came back, and they were surprised to see him talking to a woman; but not one of them said to him, What is your purpose? or, Why are you talking to her?

28Then the woman put down her water-pot and went into the town, and said to the people,

29Come and see a man who has been talking to me of everything I ever did! Is it possible that this is the Christ?

30So they went out of the town and came to him.

31While this was taking place, the disciples were saying to Jesus, Master, take some food.

32But he said to them, I have food of which you have no knowledge.

33So the disciples said one to another, Did anyone give him food?

34Jesus said, My food is to do the pleasure of him who sent me and to make his work complete.

35You would say, Four months from now is the time of the grain-cutting. Take a look, I say to you, at the fields; they are even now white for cutting.

36He who does the cutting now has his reward; he is getting together fruit for eternal life, so that he who did the planting and he who gets in the grain may have joy together.

37In this the saying is a true one, One does the planting, and another gets in the grain.

38I sent you to get in grain which you had no hand in planting: other men did that work, and you take the reward.

39Now a number of the people of that town had faith in him because of the woman’s witness: He has been talking to me of everything I ever did.

40So when the people came to him they made request to him to be among them for a time, and he was there two days.

41And a great number more of them came to have faith in him because of what he himself said.

42And they said to the woman, Now we have faith, but not because of your story: we ourselves have given ear to his words, and we are certain that he is truly the Saviour of the world.

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