August 26

1 Chronicles 25

1Further, David and the chiefs of the servants of the holy place made selection of certain of the sons of Asaph and of Heman and of Jeduthun for the work of prophets, to make melody with corded instruments and brass; and the number of the men for the work they had to do was:

2Of the sons of Asaph: Zaccur and Joseph and Nethaniah and Asharelah, sons of Asaph; under the direction of Asaph, acting as a prophet under the orders of the king;

3Of Jeduthun: the six sons of Jeduthun, Gedaliah and Zeri and Jeshaiah, Hashabiah and Mattithiah; under the direction of their father Jeduthun who, acting as a prophet, with corded instruments gave praise and glory to the Lord.

4Of Heman, the sons of Heman: Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti and Romamti-ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, Mahazioth;

5All these were sons of Heman, the king’s seer in the words of God. And to make great his power God gave Heman fourteen sons and three daughters.

6All these, under the direction of their father, made music in the house of the Lord, with brass and corded instruments, for the worship of the house of God; Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman being under the orders of the king.

7And the number of them, with their brothers who were trained and expert in making melody to the Lord, was two hundred and eighty-eight.

8And selection was made of them for their special work, all having equal chances, small as well as great, the teacher as the learner.

9Now of the group of Asaph, the first name to come out was Joseph; the second Gedaliah; he and his brothers and sons were twelve?

10The third Zaccur, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

11The fourth Izri, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

12The fifth Nethaniah, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

13The sixth Bukkiah, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

14The seventh Jesharelah, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

15The eighth Jeshaiah, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

16The ninth Mattaniah, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

17The tenth Shimei, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

18The eleventh Azarel, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

19The twelfth Hashabiah, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

20The thirteenth Shubael, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

21The fourteenth Mattithiah, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

22The fifteenth Jeremoth, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

23The sixteenth Hananiah, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

24The seventeenth Joshbekashah, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

25The eighteenth Hanani, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

26The nineteenth Mallothi, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

27The twentieth Eliathah, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

28The twenty-first Hothir, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

29The twenty-second Giddalti, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

30The twenty-third Mahazioth, with his sons and his brothers, twelve;

31The twenty-fourth Romamti-ezer, with his sons and his brothers, twelve.

1 Chronicles 26

1For the divisions of the door-keepers: of the Korahites, Meshelemiah, the son of Kore, of the sons of Ebiasaph.

2And Meshelemiah had sons: Zechariah the oldest, Jediael the second, Zebadiah the third, Jathniel the fourth,

3Elam the fifth, Jehohanan the sixth, Eliehoenai the seventh.

4And Obed-edom had sons: Shemaiah the oldest, Jehozabad the second, Joah the third, and Sacar the fourth, and Nethanel the fifth,

5Ammiel the sixth, Issachar the seventh, Peullethai the eighth; for the blessing of God was on him.

6And Shemaiah his son had sons, rulers over the family of their father, for they were able men.

7The sons of Shemaiah: Othni and Rephael and Obed, Elzabad, whose brothers were great men of war, Elihu and Semachiah.

8All these were sons of Obed-edom: they and their sons and their brothers, able men and strong for the work; sixty-two sons of Obed-edom.

9Meshelemiah had sons and brothers, eighteen able men.

10And Hosah, a son of the children of Merari, had sons: Shimri the chief (for though he was not the oldest, his father made him chief);

11Hilkiah the second, Tebaliah the third, Zechariah the fourth: Hosah had thirteen sons and brothers.

12Of these were the divisions of the door-keepers, men of authority, having responsible positions like their brothers to be servants in the house of the Lord.

13And the families were taken by the decision of the Lord for every door; the small family had the same chance as the great.

14And the care of the door on the east came out for Shelemiah. Then the name of Zechariah his son, a man wise in discussion, came out, and the door on the north was given to him.

15To Obed-edom, that on the south; and to his sons, the store-house.

16To Hosah, the door on the west, by the door of Shallecheth, at the footway which goes up, watch by watch.

17On the east were six Levites a day, and on the north and the south four a day, and for the store-house two and two.

18For the pillared way, on the west, four at the footway and two at the pillared way itself.

19These were the divisions of door-keepers, of the sons of the Korahites and of the sons of Merari.

20And the Levites their brothers were responsible for the stores of the house of God and the holy things.

21The sons of Ladan: sons of the Gershonites of the family of Ladan, heads of families of Ladan the Gershonite, Jehieli.

22The sons of Jehieli: Zetham and Joel, his brother, had the care of the stores of the house of the Lord.

23Of the Amramites, of the Izharites, of the Hebronites, of the Uzzielites:

24And Shebuel, the son of Gershom, the son of Moses, was controller of the stores.

25And his brothers: of Eliezer, Rehabiah his son, and Jeshaiah his son, and Joram his son, and Zichri his son, and Shelomoth his son.

26Shelomoth and his brothers were responsible for all the store of holy things which David the king and the heads of families, the captains of thousands and of hundreds, and the captains of the army, had given to the Lord.

27From the goods taken in war, they gave, as a holy offering, materials for the building of the house of the Lord.

28And everything Samuel the prophet and Saul, the son of Kish, and Abner, the son of Ner, and Joab, the son of Zeruiah, had made holy; whatever anyone had given, it was under the care of Shelomoth and his brothers.

29Of the Izharites, Chenaniah and his sons had to do all the public business of Israel, in relation to judges and men in authority.

30Of the Hebronites, Hashabiah and his brothers, seventeen hundred able men, were overseers of Israel on the other side of the Jordan, to the west, being responsible for all the work of the Lord’s house and for the work done by the king’s servants.

31Of the Hebronites, Jerijah was the chief of all the Hebronites, in their generations by families. In the fortieth year of the rule of David a search was made, and able men were seen among them at Jazer of Gilead.

32And his brothers were two thousand, seven hundred able men, heads of families, whom King David made overseers over the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh, in everything to do with God, and for the king’s business.

Zechariah 11

1Let your doors be open, O Lebanon, so that fire may be burning among your cedars.

2Give a cry of grief, O fir-tree, for the fall of the cedar, because the great ones have been made low: give cries of grief, O you oaks of Bashan, for the strong trees of the wood have come down.

3The sound of the crying of the keepers of the flock! for their glory is made waste: the sound of the loud crying of the young lions! for the pride of Jordan is made waste.

4This is what the Lord my God has said: Take care of the flock of death;

5Whose owners put them to death and have no sense of sin; and those who get a price for them say, May the Lord be praised for I have much wealth: and the keepers of the flock have no pity for them.

6For I will have no more pity for the people of the land, says the Lord; but I will give up everyone into his neighbour’s hand and into the hand of his king: and they will make the land waste, and I will not keep them safe from their hands.

7So I took care of the flock of death, for those who made profit out of the flock; and I took for myself two rods, naming one Beautiful, and the other Bands; and I took care of the flock.

8And in one month I put an end to the three keepers of the flock; for my soul was tired of them, and their souls were disgusted with me.

9And I said, I will not take care of you: If death comes to any, let death be its fate; if any is cut off, let it be cut off; and let the rest take one another’s flesh for food.

10And I took my rod Beautiful, cutting it in two, so that the Lord’s agreement, which he had made with all the peoples, might be broken.

11And it was broken on that day: and the sheep-traders, who were watching me, were certain that it was the word of the Lord.

12And I said to them, If it seems good to you, give me my payment; and if not, do not give it. So they gave me my payment by weight, thirty shekels of silver.

13And the Lord said to me, Put it into the store-house, the price at which I was valued by them. And I took the thirty shekels of silver and put them into the store-house in the house of the Lord.

14Then I took my other rod, the one named Bands, cutting it in two, so that the relation of brothers between Judah and Israel might be broken.

15And the Lord said to me, Take again the instruments of a foolish keeper of sheep.

16For see, I will put a sheep-keeper over the land, who will have no care for that which is cut off, and will not go in search of the wanderers, or make well what is broken, and he will not give food to that which is ill, but he will take for his food the flesh of the fat, and let their feet be broken.

17A curse on the foolish keeper who goes away from the flock! the sword will be on his arm and on his right eye: his arm will become quite dry and his eye will be made completely dark.
John 6:60-71
60Then, hearing this, a number of his disciples said, This is a hard saying; who is able to take in such teaching?

61When Jesus became conscious that his disciples were protesting about what he said, he said to them, Does this give you trouble?

62What then will you say if you see the Son of man going up to where he was before?

63The spirit is the life giver; the flesh is of no value: the words which I have said to you are spirit and they are life.

64But still some of you have no faith. For it was clear to Jesus from the first who they were who had no faith, and who it was who would be false to him.

65And he said, This is why I said to you, No man is able to come to me if he is not given the power to do so by the Father.

66Because of what he said, a number of the disciples went back and would no longer go with him.

67So Jesus said to the twelve, Have you a desire to go away?

68Then Simon Peter gave this answer: Lord, to whom are we to go? you have the words of eternal life;

69And we have faith and are certain that you are the Holy One of God.

70Then Jesus said, Did I not make a selection of you, the twelve, and one of you is a son of the Evil One?

71He was talking of Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. It was he who was to be false to Jesus–one of the twelve.

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One comment

  1. thehouseofjudas

    How long are people going to prolong the presence of that old devil, duality, on earth by maintaining that Jesus and Judas are two separate individuals? For in reality they are the two most redoubtable of cosmic archetypes ever to lodge themselves in the collective subconscious. And they are not distinct from one another either, but are one, even as Jesus proclaimed that he and the Father are one, but the Father (Judas), is greater.

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