August 27

1 Chronicles 27

1Now the number of the children of Israel, that is, the heads of families, and the captains of thousands and of hundreds, and the men in authority who were servants of the king in anything to do with the divisions which came in and went out month by month through all the months of the year, in every division were twenty-four thousand.

2Over the first division for the first month was Ishbaal, the son of Zabdiel; and in his division were twenty-four thousand.

3He was of the sons of Perez, and the chief of all the captains of the army for the first month.

4And over the division for the second month was Eleazar, the son of Dodai the Ahohite, the ruler; and in his division were twenty-four thousand.

5The third captain of the army for the third month was Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada the priest; and in his division were twenty-four thousand.

6This is the same Benaiah who was the great man of the thirty, chief of the thirty; and in his division was Ammizabad his son.

7The fourth captain for the fourth month was Asahel, the brother of Joab, and Zebadiah his son after him; and in his division were twenty-four thousand.

8The fifth captain for the fifth month was Shamhuth the Izrahite; and in his division were twenty-four thousand.

9The sixth captain for the sixth month was Ira, the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite; and in his division were twenty-four thousand.

10The seventh captain for the seventh month was Helez the Pelonite, of the sons of Ephraim; and in his division were twenty-four thousand.

11The eighth captain for the eighth month was Sibbecai the Hushathite, of the Zerahites; and in his division were twenty-four thousand.

12The ninth captain for the ninth month was Abiezer the Anathothite, of the Benjamites; and in his division were twenty-four thousand.

13The tenth captain for the tenth month was Maharai the Netophathite, of the Zerahites; and in his division were twenty-four thousand.

14The eleventh captain for the eleventh month was Benaiah the Pirathonite, of the sons of Ephraim; and in his division were twenty-four thousand.

15The twelfth captain for the twelfth month was Heldai the Netophathite, of Othniel; and in his division were twenty-four thousand.

16And over the tribes of Israel: the ruler of the Reubenites was Eliezer, the son of Zichri; of the Simeonites, Shephatiah, the son of Maacah;

17Of Levi, Hashabiah, the son of Kemuel; of Aaron, Zadok;

18Of Judah, Elihu, one of the brothers of David; of Issachar, Omri, the son of Michael;

19Of Zebulun, Ishmaiah, the son of Obadiah; of Naphtali, Jerimoth, the son of Azriel;

20Of the children of Ephraim, Hoshea, the son of Azaziah; of the half-tribe of Manasseh, Joel, the son of Pedaiah;

21Of the half-tribe of Manasseh in Gilead, Iddo, the son of Zechariah; of Benjamin, Jaasiel, the son of Abner;

22Of Dan, Azarel, the son of Jeroham. These were the captains of the tribes of Israel.

23But David did not take the number of those who were under twenty years old, for the Lord had said that he would make Israel like the stars of heaven in number.

24The numbering was started by Joab, the son of Zeruiah, but he did not go on to the end; and because of it, wrath came on Israel and the number was not recorded in the history of King David.

25And Azmaveth, the son of Adiel, was controller of the king’s property; Jonathan, the son of Uzziah, had control of all store-houses in country places and in the towns and little towns and strong places;

26Ezri, the son of Chelub, had authority over the field-workers and farmers;

27Shimei the Ramathite was responsible for the vine-gardens; Zabdi the Shiphmite was responsible for the produce of the vine-gardens and for all the stores of wine;

28Baal-hanan the Gederite was responsible for the olive-trees and the sycamore-trees in the lowlands; and Joash for the stores of oil;

29And Shitrai the Sharonite was responsible for the herds in the grass-lands of Sharon, and Shaphat, the son of Adlai, for those in the valleys;

30Obil the Ishmaelite had control of the camels and Jehdeiah the Meronothite of the she-asses;

31The flocks were in the care of Jaziz the Hagarite. All these were the controllers of King David’s property.

32Now Jonathan, David’s father’s brother, expert in discussion, and a man of good sense, was a scribe; and Jehiel the son of Hachmoni, had the care of the king’s sons;

33And Ahithophel was the king’s expert in discussion and Hushai the Archite was the king’s friend.

34After Ahithophel was Jehoiada, the son of Benaiah, and Abiathar; and the captain of the king’s army was Joab.

1 Chronicles 28

1And David got together at Jerusalem all the rulers of Israel, the chiefs of the tribes and the captains of the divisions waiting on the king in turn, and the captains of thousands and the captains of hundreds and the controllers of all the goods and property of the king and his sons, with the unsexed servants and the great men of war.

2Then David the king got up and said, Give ear to me, my brothers and my people; it was my desire to put up a house, a resting-place for the ark of the Lord’s agreement, and for the foot-rest of our God; and I had got material ready for the building of it.

3But God said to me, You are not to be the builder of a house for my name, because you are a man of war and have taken life;

4Though the Lord, the God of Israel, took me out of all my father’s family, to be king over Israel for ever, marking out Judah to be chief, and, of the people of Judah, my father’s family; and among the sons of my father he was pleased to make me king over all Israel;

5And of all my sons (for the Lord has given me a great number of sons) he has made selection of Solomon to take his place on the seat of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel.

6And he said to me, Solomon your son will be the builder of my house and the open spaces round it; for I have taken him to be my son, and I will be his father.

7I will keep his kingdom in its place for ever, if he is strong at all times to do my orders and keep my rules, as at this day.

8So now, before the eyes of all Israel, the people of the Lord, and in the hearing of our God, keep and be true to the orders of the Lord your God; so that you may have this good land for yourselves and give it for a heritage to your children after you for ever.

9And you, Solomon my son, get knowledge of the God of your father, and be his servant with a true heart and with a strong desire, for the Lord is the searcher of all hearts, and has knowledge of all the designs of men’s thoughts; if you make search for him, he will be near you; but if you are turned away from him, he will give you up for ever.

10Now then, take note; for the Lord has made selection of you to be the builder of a house for the holy place. Be strong and do it.

11Then David gave to his son Solomon the design of the doorway of the house of God and of its houses and its store-houses, and the higher rooms and the inner rooms and the place for the mercy-seat;

12And the design of all he had in his heart for the outer squares of the house of the Lord, and for the rooms all round it, and for the store-houses of the house of the Lord, and for the store-houses for the holy things;

13And for the divisions of the priests and Levites, and for all the work in connection with the worship of the house of the Lord, and all the vessels used in the house of the Lord;

14Of gold, by weight, for the vessels of gold, for all the vessels of different uses; and silver for all the vessels of silver by weight, for vessels of different uses;

15And gold by weight for the light-supports and the vessels for the lights, the weight of gold needed for every support and every vessel for lights; and for the silver light-supports, the weight of silver needed for every support and for the different vessels as every one was to be used;

16And gold by weight for the tables for the holy bread for every table, and silver for the silver tables;

17Clear gold for the meat-hooks and the basins and the cups; for the gold basins, gold enough by weight for every basin; and silver by weight for every silver basin;

18And the best gold for the altar of perfumes; and gold for the design of the carriage, for the winged ones whose wings were outstretched covering the ark of the Lord’s agreement.

19All this, said David, the design for all these things, has been made dear to me in writing by the hand of the Lord.

20And David said to his son Solomon, Be strong and of a good heart and do your work; have no fear and do not be troubled, for the Lord God, my God, is with you; he will not give you up, and his face will not be turned away from you, till all the work necessary for the house of the Lord is complete.

21And see, there are the divisions of the priests and Levites for all the work of the house of God; and every trained and expert workman will be ready to do for you whatever is needed; and the captains and the people will be under your orders in everything.

Zechariah 12

1The word of the Lord about Israel. The Lord by whom the heavens are stretched out and the bases of the earth put in place, and the spirit of man formed inside him, has said:

2See, I will make Jerusalem a cup of shaking fear to all the peoples round about, when Jerusalem is shut in.

3And it will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a stone of great weight for all the peoples; all those who take it up will be badly wounded; and all the nations of the earth will come together against it.

4In that day, says the Lord, I will put fear into every horse and make every horseman go off his head: and my eyes will be open on the people of Judah, and I will make every horse of the peoples blind.

5And the families of Judah will say in their hearts, The people of Jerusalem have their strength in the Lord of armies, their God.

6In that day I will make the families of Judah like a pot with fire in it among trees, and like a flaming stick among cut grain; they will send destruction on all the peoples round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem will be living again in the place which is hers, that is, in Jerusalem.

7And the Lord will give salvation to the tents of Judah first, so that the glory of the family of David and the glory of the people of Jerusalem may not be greater than that of Judah.

8In that day the Lord will be a cover over the people of Jerusalem; and he who is feeble among them in that day will be as strong as David, and the family of David will be as God, as the angel of the Lord before them.

9And it will come about on that day that I will take in hand the destruction of all the nations who come against Jerusalem.

10And I will send down on the family of David and on the people of Jerusalem the spirit of grace and of prayer; and their eyes will be turned to the one who was wounded by their hands: and they will be weeping for him as for an only son, and their grief for him will be bitter, like the grief of one sorrowing for his oldest son.

11In that day there will be a great weeping in Jerusalem, like the weeping of Hadad-rimmon in the valley of Megiddon.

12And the land will give itself to weeping, every family separately; the family of David by themselves, and their wives by themselves; the family of Nathan by themselves, and their wives by themselves;

13The family of Levi by themselves, and their wives by themselves; the family of Shimei by themselves, and their wives by themselves;

14And all the other families by themselves, and their wives by themselves.

John 7:1-24

1After this, Jesus went from place to place in Galilee. He did not go about in Judaea, because the Jews were looking for a chance to put him to death.

2But the feast of the Jews, the feast of tents, was near.

3So his brothers said to him, Go away from here into Judaea so that your disciples may see the works which you do.

4Because no man does things secretly if he has a desire that men may have knowledge of him. If you do these things, let yourself be seen by all men.

5For even his brothers had no belief in him.

6Jesus said to them, My time is still to come, but any time is good for you.

7It is not possible for you to be hated by the world; but I am hated by it, because I give witness that what it does is evil.

8Go you up to the feast: I am not going up now to the feast because my time has not fully come.

9Having said these things to them, he still kept in Galilee.

10But after his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he went up, not publicly, but in secret.

11At the feast the Jews were looking for him and saying, Where is he?

12And there was much discussion about him among the mass of the people. Some said, He is a good man; but others said, No, he is giving people false ideas.

13But no man said anything about him openly for fear of the Jews.

14Now in the middle of the feast Jesus went up to the Temple and was teaching.

15Then the Jews were surprised and said, How has this man got knowledge of books? He has never been to school.

16Jesus gave them this answer: It is not my teaching, but his who sent me.

17If any man is ready to do God’s pleasure he will have knowledge of the teaching and of where it comes from–from God or from myself.

18The man whose words come from himself is looking for glory for himself, but he who is looking for the glory of him who sent him–that man is true and there is no evil in him.

19Did not Moses give you the law? Even so, not one of you keeps the law. Why have you a desire to put me to death?

20The people said in answer, You have an evil spirit: who has any desire to put you to death?

21This was the answer of Jesus: I have done one work and you are all surprised at it.

22Moses gave you circumcision–not that it comes from Moses, but from the fathers–and even on the Sabbath you give a child circumcision.

23If a child is given circumcision on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses may not be broken, why are you angry with me because I made a man completely well on the Sabbath?

24Let not your decisions be based on what you see, but on righteousness.

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