August 21

1 Chronicles 17

1Now when David was living in his house, he said to Nathan the prophet, See, I am living in a house of cedar-wood, but the ark of the Lord’s agreement is under the curtains of a tent.

2And Nathan said to David, Do whatever is in your heart, for God is with you.

3But that same night, the word of God came to Nathan, saying,

4Go and say to David my servant, The Lord says, You are not to make me a house for my living-place:

5For from the day when I took Israel up, till this day, I have had no house, but have gone from tent to tent, and from living-place to living-place.

6In all the places where I have gone with all Israel, did I ever say to any of the judges of Israel, whom I made the keepers of my people, Why have you not made for me a house of cedar?

7So now, say to my servant David, The Lord of armies says, I took you from the fields, from keeping sheep, so that you might be a ruler over my people Israel;

8And I have been with you wherever you went, cutting off before you all those who were against you; and I will make your name like the name of the greatest ones of the earth.

9And I will make a resting-place for my people Israel, planting them there, so that they may be in the place which is theirs and never again be moved; and never again will they be made waste by evil men, as they were at first,

10From the time when I put judges over my people Israel; and I will overcome all those who are against you; and I will make you great and the head of a line of kings.

11And when the time comes for you to go to your fathers, I will put in your place your seed after you, one of your sons, and I will make his kingdom strong.

12He will be the builder of my house, and I will make the seat of his authority certain for ever.

13I will be to him a father and he will be to me a son; and I will not take my mercy away from him as I took it from him who was before you;

14But I will make his place in my house and in my kingdom certain for ever; and the seat of his authority will never be overturned.

15So Nathan gave David an account of all these words and this vision.

16Then David the king went in and took his seat before the Lord, and said, Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my family, that you have been my guide till now?

17And this was only a small thing to you, O God; but your words have even been about the far-off future of your servant’s family, looking on me as on one of high position, O Lord God.

18What more may David say to you? for you have knowledge of your servant.

19O Lord, because of your servant, and from your heart, you have done all these great things and let them be seen.

20O Lord, there is no one like you, and no other God but you, as is clear from everything which has come to our ears.

21And what other nation in the earth, like your people Israel, did a god go out to take for himself, to be his people, making his name great and to be feared, driving out the nations from before your people whom you made free and took out of Egypt?

22For your people Israel you made yours for ever; and you, Lord, became their God.

23And now, Lord, let your words about your servant and about his family be made certain for ever, and do as you have said.

24So let your words be made certain and your name be made great, when men say, The Lord of armies is the God of Israel; and when the family of David your servant is made strong before you.

25For you, O my God, have let your servant see that you will make him head of a line of kings; and so it has come into your servant’s heart to make his prayer to you.

26And now, O Lord, you are God, and you have said you will give this good thing to your servant:

27And now you have been pleased to give your blessing to the family of your servant, so that it may go on for ever before you; you, O Lord, have given your blessing, and a blessing will be on it for ever.

Zechariah 6

1And again lifting up my eyes I saw four war-carriages coming out from between the two mountains; and the mountains were mountains of brass.

2In the first war-carriage were red horses; and in the second, black horses;

3And in the third, white horses; and in the fourth, horses of mixed colour.

4And I made answer and said to the angel who was talking to me, What are these, my lord?

5And the angel, answering, said to me, These go out to the four winds of heaven from their place before the Lord of all the earth.

6The carriage in which are the black horses goes in the direction of the north country; the white go to the west; and those of mixed colour go in the direction of the south country.

7And the red ones go to the east; and they made request that they might go up and down through the earth: and he said, Go up and down through the earth. So they went up and down through the earth.

8Then crying out to me, he said, See, those who are going to the north country have given rest to the spirit of the Lord in the north country.

9And the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

10Take the offerings of those who went away as prisoners, from Heldai, Tobijah, and Jedaiah, and from the family of Josiah, the son of Zephaniah, who have come from Babylon;

11And take silver and gold and make a crown and put it on the head of Zerubbabel;

12And say to him, These are the words of the Lord of armies: See, the man whose name is the Branch, under whom there will be fertile growth.

13And he will be the builder of the Temple of the Lord; and the glory will be his, and he will take his place as ruler on the seat of power; and Joshua will be a priest at his right hand, and between them there will be a design of peace.

14And the crown will be for grace to Heldai and Tobijah and Jedaiah and the son of Zephaniah, to keep their memory living in the house of the Lord.

15And those who are far away will come and be builders in the Temple of the Lord, and it will be clear to you that the Lord of armies has sent me to you.

John 4:43-54

43And after the two days he went on from there into Galilee.

44For Jesus himself said that a prophet has no honour in the country of his birth.

45So when he came into Galilee, the Galilaeans took him to their hearts because of the things which they had seen him do in Jerusalem at the feast–they themselves having been there at the feast.

46So he came to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. And there was a certain man of high position whose son was ill at Capernaum.

47When it came to his ears that Jesus had come from Judaea into Galilee, he went to him and made a request that he would come down to his son, who was near to death, and make him well.

48Then Jesus said to him, You will not have faith if you do not see signs and wonders.

49The man said, Sir, come down before my boy is dead.

50And Jesus said, Go in peace; your son is living. The man had faith in the word which Jesus said to him and went away.

51And while he was going down, his servants came to him and said, Your boy is living.

52So he put a question to them as to the hour when he became better; and they said to him, The disease went from him yesterday at the seventh hour.

53It was clear then to the father that this was the very time at which Jesus said to him, Your son is living. And he had faith in Jesus, he and all his family.

54Now this is the second sign which Jesus did after he had come out of Judaea into Galilee.

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