August 22

1 Chronicles 18

1And it came about after this that David made an attack on the Philistines and overcame them, and took Gath with its daughter-towns out of the hands of the Philistines.

2And he overcame Moab, and the Moabites became his servants and gave him offerings.

3Then David overcame Hadadezer, king of Zobah, near Hamath, when he was going to make his power seen by the river Euphrates.

4And David took from him a thousand war-carriages and seven thousand horsemen and twenty thousand footmen: and he had the leg-muscles of all the horses cut, keeping only enough of them for a hundred war-carriages.

5And when the Aramaeans of Damascus came to the help of Hadadezer, king of Zobah, David put to the sword twenty-two thousand Aramaeans.

6Then David put armed forces in Damascus, and the Aramaeans became his servants and gave him offerings. And the Lord made David overcome wherever he went.

7And the gold body-covers of the servants of Hadadezer, David took to Jerusalem.

8And from Tibhath and from Cun, towns of Hadadezer, David took a great store of brass, of which Solomon made the great brass water-vessel and the brass pillars and vessels.

9Now when Tou, king of Hamath, had news that David had overcome all the army of Hadadezer, king of Zobah,

10He sent his son Hadoram to King David, to give him words of peace and blessing, because he had overcome Hadadezer in the fight, for Hadadezer had been at war with Tou; and he gave him all sorts of vessels of gold and silver and brass.

11These King David made holy to the Lord, together with the silver and gold he had taken from all nations; from Edom and Moab and from the children of Ammon and from the Philistines and from Amalek.

12And when he came back from putting to the sword eighteen thousand of the Edomites in the Valley of Salt,

13David put armed forces in all the towns of Edom; and all the Edomites became servants to David. The Lord made David overcome wherever he went.

14So David was king over all Israel, judging and giving right decisions for all his people.

15And Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief of the army; and Jehoshaphat, son of Ahilud, was keeper of the records.

16And Zadok, the son of Ahitub; and Ahimelech, the son of Abiathar, were priests; and Shavsha was the scribe;

17And Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and the sons of David were chief of those whose places were at the king’s side.

1 Chronicles 19

1Now it came about after this that death came to Nahash, the king of the children of Ammon, and his son became king in his place.

2And David said, I will be a friend to Hanun, the son of Nahash, because his father was a friend to me. So David sent men to him, to give him words of comfort on account of his father. And the servants of David came to Hanun, to the land of the children of Ammon, offering him comfort.

3But the chiefs of the children of Ammon said to Hanun, Does it seem to you that David is honouring your father, by sending comforters to you? is it not clear that these men have only come to go through the land and to make secret observation of it so that they may overcome it?

4So Hanun took David’s servants, and cutting off their hair and the skirts of their robes up to the middle, sent them away.

5Then certain men went and gave David word of what had been done to them. And he sent out with the purpose of meeting them; for the men were greatly shamed. And the king said, Keep where you are at Jericho till your hair is long again, and then come back.

6And when the children of Ammon saw that they had made themselves hated by David, Hanun and the children of Ammon sent a thousand talents of silver as payment for war-carriages and horsemen from Mesopotamia and Aram-maacah and Zobah.

7So with this money they got thirty-two thousand war-carriages, and the help of the king of Maacah and his people, who came and took up their position in front of Medeba. And the children of Ammon came together from their towns for the fight.

8And David, hearing of it, sent Joab with all the army of fighting-men.

9So the children of Ammon came out and put their forces in position on the way into the town; and the kings who had come were stationed by themselves in the field.

10Now when Joab saw that their forces were in position against him in front and at his back, he took all the best men of Israel, and put them in line against the Aramaeans;

11And the rest of the people he put in position against the children of Ammon with Abishai, his brother, at their head.

12And he said, If the Aramaeans are stronger and get the better of me, then come to my help; and if the children of Ammon get the better of you, I will come to your help.

13Take heart, and let us be strong for our people and for the towns of our God; and may the Lord do what seems good to him.

14So Joab and the people who were with him went forward into the fight against the Aramaeans, and they went in flight before him.

15And when the children of Ammon saw the flight of the Aramaeans, they themselves went in flight from Abishai, his brother, and came into the town. Then Joab came back to Jerusalem.

16And when the Aramaeans saw that Israel had overcome them, they sent men to get the Aramaeans who were on the other side of the River, with Shophach, the captain of Hadadezer’s army, at their head.

17And word of this was given to David; and he got all Israel together and went over Jordan and came to Helam and put his forces in position against them. And when David’s forces were in position against the Aramaeans, the fight was started.

18And the Aramaeans went in flight before Israel; and David put to the sword the men of seven thousand Aramaean war-carriages and forty thousand footmen, and put to death Shophach, the captain of the army.

19And when the servants of Hadadezer saw that they were overcome by Israel, they made peace with David and became his servants: and the Aramaeans would give no more help to the children of Ammon.

Zechariah 7

1And it came about in the fourth year of King Darius, that the word of the Lord came to Zechariah on the fourth day of the ninth month, the month Chislev.

2Now they of Beth-el had sent Sharezer and Regem-melech to make a request for grace from the Lord,

3And to say to the priests of the house of the Lord of armies and to the prophets, Am I to go on weeping in the fifth month, separating myself as I have done in past years?

4Then the word of the Lord of armies came to me, saying

5Say to all the people of the land and to the priests, When you went without food and gave yourselves to grief in the fifth and the seventh months for these seventy years, did you ever do it because of me?

6And when you are feasting and drinking, are you not doing it only for yourselves?

7Are not these the words which the Lord said to you by the earlier prophets, when Jerusalem was full of people and wealth, and the towns round about her and the South and the Lowland were peopled?

8And the word of the Lord came to Zechariah, saying,

9This is what the Lord of armies has said: Let your judging be upright and done in good faith, let every man have mercy and pity for his brother:

10Do not be hard on the widow, or the child without a father, on the man from a strange country, or on the poor; let there be no evil thought in your heart against your brother.

11But they would not give attention, turning their backs and stopping their ears from hearing;

12And they made their hearts like the hardest stone, so that they might not give ear to the law and the words which the Lord of armies had said by the earlier prophets: and there came great wrath from the Lord of armies.

13And it came about that as they would not give ear to his voice, so I would not give ear to their voice, says the Lord of armies:

14But with a storm-wind I sent them in flight among all the nations of whom they had no knowledge. So the land was waste after them, so that no man went through or came back: for they had made waste the desired land.

John 5:1-18

1After these things there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

2Now in Jerusalem near the sheep-market there is a public bath which in Hebrew is named Beth-zatha. It has five doorways.

3In these doorways there were a great number of people with different diseases: some unable to see, some without the power of walking, some with wasted bodies.

5One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years.

6When Jesus saw him there on the floor it was clear to him that he had been now a long time in that condition, and so he said to the man, Is it your desire to get well?

7The ill man said in answer, Sir, I have nobody to put me into the bath when the water is moving; and while I am on the way down some other person gets in before me.

8Jesus said to him, Get up, take your bed and go.

9And the man became well straight away, and took up his bed and went. Now that day was the Sabbath.

10So the Jews said to the man who had been made well, It is the Sabbath; and it is against the law for you to take up your bed.

11He said to them, But he who made me well, said to me, Take up your bed and go.

12Then they put to him the question: Who is the man who said to you, Take it up and go?

13Now he who had been made well had no knowledge who it was, Jesus having gone away because of the number of people who were in that place.

14After a time Jesus came across him in the Temple and said to him, See, you are well and strong; do no more sin for fear a worse thing comes to you.

15The man went away and said to the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.

16And for this reason the Jews were turned against Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath.

17But his answer was: My Father is still working even now, and so I am working.

18For this cause the Jews had an even greater desire to put Jesus to death, because not only did he not keep the Sabbath but he said God was his Father, so making himself equal with God.

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