August 29

2 Chronicles 1

1And Solomon, the son of David, made himself strong in his kingdom, and the Lord his God was with him, and made him very great.

2And Solomon sent word to all Israel, to the captains of thousands and of hundreds and to the judges and to every chief in all Israel, heads of their families.

3Then Solomon, and all the men of Israel with him, went to the high place at Gibeon, because the Tent of meeting of God, which Moses, the servant of the Lord, had made in the waste land, was there.

4But the ark of God had been moved by David from Kiriath-jearim to the place which he had made ready for it, for he had put up a tent for it at Jerusalem.

5And the altar of brass which Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, had made, was there before the Tent of the Lord; and Solomon and all the people went to give worship there.

6And Solomon went up there to the brass altar before the Lord at the Tent of meeting, offering on it a thousand burned offerings.

7In that night God came to Solomon in a vision, and said to him, Say what I am to give you.

8And Solomon said to God, Great was your mercy to David my father, and you have made me king in his place.

9Now, O Lord God, let your word to David my father come true; for you have made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in number.

10Give me now wisdom and knowledge, so that I may go out and come in before this people: for who is able to be the judge of this great people of yours?

11And God said to Solomon, Because this was in your heart, and you did not make request for money, property, or honour, or for the destruction of your haters, or for long life; but you have made request for wisdom and knowledge for yourself, so that you may be the judge of my people over whom I have made you king:

12Wisdom and knowledge are given to you; and I will give you wealth and honour, such as no king has had before you or ever will have after you.

13So Solomon went back from the high place at Gibeon, from before the Tent of meeting, to Jerusalem; and he was king over Israel.

14And Solomon got together war-carriages and horsemen; he had one thousand, four hundred carriages and twelve thousand horsemen, which he kept, some in the carriage-towns and some with the king at Jerusalem.

15And the king made silver and gold as common as stones in Jerusalem, and cedar like the sycamore-trees of the lowland in number.

16And Solomon’s horses came out of Egypt; the king’s traders got them from Kue at a price.

17A war-carriage might be got from Egypt for six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse for a hundred and fifty: they got them at the same rate for all the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Aram.

2 Chronicles 2:1-16

1Now it was Solomon’s purpose to put up a house for the name of the Lord and a house for himself as king.

2And Solomon had seventy thousand men numbered for transport, and eighty thousand for cutting stone in the mountains, and three thousand, six hundred as overseers.

3And Solomon sent to Huram, king of Tyre, saying, As you did for my father David, sending him cedar-trees for the building of his house,

4See! I am building a house for the name of the Lord my God, to be made holy to him, where perfumes of sweet spices will be burned before him, and the holy bread will be placed at all times, and burned offerings will be offered morning and evening, on the Sabbaths and at the new moons, and on the regular feasts of the Lord our God. This is a law for ever to Israel.

5And the house which I am building is to be great, for our God is greater than all gods.

6But who may have strength enough to make a house for him, seeing that the heaven and the heaven of heavens are not wide enough to be his resting-place? who am I then to make a house for him? But I am building it only for the burning of perfume before him.

7So now send me an expert worker in gold and silver and brass and iron? in purple and red and blue, and in the cutting of all sorts of ornament, to be with the expert workmen who are here in Judah and in Jerusalem, whom my father David got together.

8And send me cedar-trees, cypress-trees and sandal-wood from Lebanon, for, to my knowledge, your servants are expert wood-cutters in Lebanon; and my servants will be with yours,

9To get trees for me in great numbers, for the house which I am building is to be great and a wonder.

10And I will give as food to your servants, the wood-cutters, twenty thousand measures of grain, and twenty thousand measures of barley and twenty thousand measures of wine and twenty thousand measures of oil.

11Then Huram, king of Tyre, sent Solomon an answer in writing, saying, Because of his love for his people the Lord has made you king over them.

12And Huram said, Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, maker of heaven and earth, who has given to David the king a wise son, full of wisdom and good sense, to be the builder of a house for the Lord and a house for himself as king.

13And now I am sending you a wise and expert man, Huram who is as my father,

14The son of a woman of the daughters of Dan, whose father was a man of Tyre, an expert worker in gold and silver and brass and iron, in stone and wood, in purple and blue and fair linen and red, trained in the cutting of every sort of ornament and the invention of every sort of design; let him be given a place among your expert workmen and those of my lord, your father David.

15So now let my lord send to his servants the grain and the oil and the wine as my lord has said;

16And we will have wood cut from Lebanon, as much as you have need of, and will send it to you on flat boats by sea to Joppa, and from there you may take it up to Jerusalem.

Zechariah 14

1See, a day of the Lord is coming when they will make division of your goods taken by force before your eyes.

2For I will get all the nations together to make war against Jerusalem; and the town will be overcome, and the goods taken from the houses, and the women taken by force: and half the town will go away as prisoners, and the rest of the people will not be cut off from the town.

3Then the Lord will go out and make war against those nations, as he did in the day of the fight.

4And in that day his feet will be on the Mount of Olives, which is opposite Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives will be parted in the middle to the east and to the west, forming a very great valley; and half the mountain will be moved to the north and half of it to the south.

5And the valley will be stopped … and you will go in flight as you went in flight from the earth-shock in the days of Uzziah, king of Judah: and the Lord my God will come, and all his holy ones with him.

6And in that day there will be no heat or cold or ice;

7And it will be unbroken day, such as the Lord has knowledge of, without change of day and night, and even at nightfall it will be light.

8And on that day living waters will go out from Jerusalem; half of them flowing to the sea on the east and half to the sea on the west: in summer and in winter it will be so.

9And the Lord will be King over all the earth: in that day there will be one Lord and his name one.

10And all the land will become like the Arabah, from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem; and she will be lifted up and be living in her place; from the doorway of Benjamin to the place of the first doorway, to the doorway of the angle, and from the tower of Hananel to the king’s wine-crushing places, men will be living in her.

11And there will be no more curse; but Jerusalem will be living without fear of danger.

12And this will be the disease which the Lord will send on all the peoples which have been warring against Jerusalem: their flesh will be wasted away while they are on their feet, their eyes will be wasted in their heads and their tongues in their mouths.

13And it will be on that day that a great fear will be sent among them from the Lord; and everyone will take his neighbour’s hand, and every man’s hand will be lifted against his neighbour’s.

14And even Judah will be fighting against Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the nations round about will be massed together, a great store of gold and silver and clothing.

15And the horses and the transport beasts, the camels and the asses and all the beasts in those tents will be attacked by the same disease.

16And it will come about that everyone who is still living, of all those nations who came against Jerusalem, will go up from year to year to give worship to the King, the Lord of armies, and to keep the feast of tents.

17And it will be that if any one of all the families of the earth does not go up to Jerusalem to give worship to the King, the Lord of armies, on them there will be no rain.

18And if the family of Egypt does not go up or come there, they will be attacked by the disease which the Lord will send on the nations:

19This will be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all the nations who do not go up to keep the feast of tents.

20On that day all the bells of the horses will be holy to the Lord, and the pots in the Lord’s house will be like the basins before the altar.

21And every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah will be holy to the Lord of armies: and all those who make offerings will come and take them for boiling their offerings: in that day there will be no more traders in the house of the Lord of armies.

John 8:1-20

1But Jesus went to the Mountain of Olives.

2And early in the morning he came again into the Temple and all the people came to him and he was seated teaching them.

3Now the scribes and Pharisees came, with a woman who had been taken in the act of sinning against the married relation;

4And putting her forward, they said to him, Master, this woman has been taken in the very act of sinning against the married relation.

5Now in the law Moses gave directions that such women were to be stoned; what do you say about it?

6They said this, testing him, so that they might have something against him. But Jesus, with his head bent down, made letters on the floor with his finger.

7But when they went on with their questions, he got up and said to them, Let him among you who is without sin be the first to send a stone at her.

8And again, with bent head, he made letters on the floor.

9And when his words came to their ears, they went out one by one, starting with the oldest even to the last, because they were conscious of what was in their hearts: and Jesus was there by himself with the woman before him.

10Then Jesus got up, and seeing nobody but the woman, he said to her, Where are the men who said things against you? did no one give a decision against you?

11And she said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said, And I do not give a decision against you: go, and never do wrong again.

12Then again Jesus said to them, I am the light of the world; he who comes with me will not be walking in the dark but will have the light of life.

13So the Pharisees said to him, The witness you give is about yourself: your witness is not true.

14Jesus said in answer, Even if I give witness about myself, my witness is true, because I have knowledge of where I came from and where I am going; but you have no knowledge of where I come from or of where I am going.

15You are judging from what you see; I am judging no man.

16Even if I am judging, my decision is right, because I am not by myself–with me is the Father who sent me.

17Even in your law it is said that the witness of two men is true.

18I give witness about myself and the Father who sent me gives witness about me.

19Then they said to him, Where is your Father? Jesus said in answer, You have no knowledge of me or of my Father: if you had knowledge of me you would have knowledge of my Father.

20Jesus said these words in the place where the offerings were stored, while he was teaching in the Temple: but no man took him because his time was still to come.

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