August 28

1 Chronicles 29

1And David the king said to all the people, Solomon my son, the only one who has been marked out by God, is still young and untested, and the work is great, for this great house is not for man, but for the Lord God.

2Now as far as I am able, I have made ready what is needed for the house of my God; the gold for the things of gold, and the silver for the silver things, and the brass for the brass things, iron for the things of iron, and wood for the things of wood; beryls and jewels to be framed, and stones of different colours for ornament; all sorts of stones of great price, and polished building-stone, as much as is needed and more.

3And because this house of God is dear to me, I give my private store of gold and silver to the house of my God, in addition to all I have got ready for the holy house;

4Even three thousand talents of gold of Ophir and seven thousand talents of the best silver, for plating the walls of the house:

5Gold for the gold things, and silver for the silver things, and for every sort of work to be done by the expert workmen. Who then will come forward, offering himself this day for the Lord’s work?

6Then the heads of families and the chiefs of the tribes of Israel, and the captains of thousands and of hundreds, with the controllers of the king’s business, freely gave themselves;

7And they gave for the use of the house of the Lord, five thousand talents and ten thousand darics of gold, and ten thousand talents of silver, and eighteen thousand talents of brass, and a hundred thousand talents of iron.

8And those who had stones of great price gave them to the store of the house of the Lord, under the care of Jehiel the Gershonite.

9Then the people were glad because their offerings were freely given, for with a true heart they freely gave what they had to the Lord; and David the king was full of joy.

10So David gave praise to the Lord before all the people; and David said, Praise be to you, O Lord the God of Israel, our father for ever and ever.

11Yours, O Lord, is the strength and the power and the glory, and the authority and the honour: for everything in heaven and on earth is yours; yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are lifted up as head over all.

12Wealth and honour come from you, and you are ruler over all, and in your hand is power and strength; it is in your power to make great, and to give strength to all.

13So now, our God, we give you praise, honouring the glory of your name.

14But who am I and what is my people, that we have power to give so freely in this way? for all things come from you, and what we have given you is yours.

15For we, as all our fathers were, are like men from a strange country before you, who have got a place for a time in the land; our days on the earth are like a shade, and there is no hope of going on.

16O Lord our God, all this store, which we have made ready for the building of a house for your holy name, comes from your hand and is yours.

17And I am conscious, my God, that you are the searcher of hearts, taking pleasure in righteousness. As for me, with an upright heart I have freely given all these things; and I have seen with joy your people who are here to make their offerings freely to you.

18O Lord, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers, keep this for ever in the deepest thoughts of your people, and let their hearts be fixed and true to you;

19And give to Solomon my son a true heart, to keep your orders, your rules, and your laws, and to do all these things, and to put up this great house for which I have made ready.

20And David said to all the people, Now give praise to the Lord your God. And all the people gave praise to the Lord, the God of their fathers, with bent heads worshipping the Lord and the king.

21And they made offerings to the Lord, and gave burned offerings to the Lord, on the day after, a thousand oxen, a thousand sheep, and a thousand lambs, with their drink offerings, and a great wealth of offerings for all Israel.

22And with great joy they made a feast before the Lord that day. And they made Solomon, the son of David, king a second time, putting the holy oil on him to make him holy to the Lord as ruler, and on Zadok as priest.

23So Solomon was put on the seat of the Lord as king in place of his father David, and everything went well for him; and all Israel was under his authority.

24And all the chiefs and the men of war and all the sons of King David put themselves under the authority of Solomon the king.

25And the Lord made Solomon great in the eyes of all Israel, clothing him with glory and honour such as no other king in Israel had had before him.

26Now David, the son of Jesse, was king over all Israel.

27For forty years he was ruling as king over Israel, seven years in Hebron and thirty-three years in Jerusalem.

28And he came to his end after a long life, full of days and great wealth and honour; and Solomon his son became king in his place.

29Now all the acts of David, first and last, are recorded in the words of Samuel the seer, and the words of Nathan the prophet, and the words of Gad the seer;

30Together with all his rule and his power, and the events which took place in his time, in Israel and in all the kingdoms of other lands.

Zechariah 13

1In that day there will be a fountain open to the family of David and to the people of Jerusalem, for sin and for that which is unclean.

2And it will come about on that day, says the Lord of armies, that I will have the names of the images cut off out of the land, and there will be no more memory of them: and I will send all the prophets and the unclean spirit away from the land.

3And if anyone goes on acting as a prophet, then his father and his mother who gave him life will say to him, You may not go on living, for you are saying what is false in the name of the Lord; and his father and his mother will put a sword through him when he does so.

4And it will come about in that day that the prophets will be shamed, every man on account of his vision, when he is talking as a prophet; and they will not put on a robe of hair for purposes of deceit:

5But he will say, I am no prophet, but a worker on the land; for I have been an owner of land from the time when I was young.

6And if anyone says to him, What are these wounds between your hands? then he will say, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.

7Awake! O sword, against the keeper of my flock, and against him who is with me, says the Lord of armies: put to death the keeper of the sheep, and the sheep will go in flight: and my hand will be turned against the little ones.

8And it will come about that in all the land, says the Lord, two parts of it will be cut off and come to an end; but the third will be still living there.

9And I will make the third part go through the fire, cleaning them as silver is made clean, and testing them as gold is tested: and they will make their prayer to me and I will give them an answer: I will say, It is my people; and they will say, The Lord is my God.

John 7:25-52

25Then some of the people of Jerusalem said, Is not this the man whose death is desired?

26And here he is talking openly and they say nothing to him! Is it possible that the rulers have knowledge that this is truly the Christ?

27However, it is clear to us where this man comes from: but when the Christ comes no one will have knowledge where he comes from.

28Then, when he was teaching in the Temple, Jesus said with a loud voice, You have knowledge of me and you have knowledge of where I come from; and I have not come of myself; but there is One who has sent me; he is true, but you have no knowledge of him.

29I have knowledge of him because I came from him and he sent me.

30Then they had a desire to take him: but no man put hands on him because his hour was still to come.

31And numbers of the people had belief in him, and they said, When the Christ comes will he do more signs than this man has done?

32This discussion of the people came to the ears of the Pharisees; and the chief priests and the Pharisees sent servants to take him.

33Then Jesus said, I will be with you a little longer and then I go to him who sent me.

34You will be looking for me, and you will not see me: and where I am you may not come.

35So the Jews said among themselves, To what place is he going where we will not see him? will he go to the Jews living among the Greeks and become the teacher of the Greeks?

36What is this saying of his, You will be looking for me and will not see me, and where I am you may not come?

37On the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus got up and said in a loud voice, If any man is in need of drink let him come to me and I will give it to him.

38He who has faith in me, out of his body, as the Writings have said, will come rivers of living water.

39This he said of the Spirit which would be given to those who had faith in him: the Spirit had not been given then, because the glory of Jesus was still to come.

40When these words came to their ears, some of the people said, This is certainly the prophet.

41Others said, This is the Christ. But others said, Not so; will the Christ come from Galilee?

42Do not the Writings say that the Christ comes of the seed of David and from Beth-lehem, the little town where David was?

43So there was a division among the people because of him.

44And some of them had a desire to take him; but no man put hands on him.

45Then the servants went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, Why have you not got him with you?

46The servants made answer, No man ever said things like this man.

47Then the Pharisees said to them, Have you, like the others, been given false ideas?

48Have any of the rulers belief in him, or any one of the Pharisees?

49But these people who have no knowledge of the law are cursed.

50Nicodemus–he who had come to Jesus before, being himself one of them–said to them,

51Is a man judged by our law before it has given him a hearing and has knowledge of what he has done?

52This was their answer: And do you come from Galilee? Make search and you will see that no prophet comes out of Galilee.

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