August 31

2 Chronicles 5:2-14

2Then Solomon sent for all the responsible men of Israel, all the chiefs of the tribes and the heads of families of the children of Israel, to come to Jerusalem and take the ark of the Lord’s agreement up out of the town of David, which is Zion.

3And all the men of Israel came together to the king at the feast in the seventh month.

4All the responsible men of Israel came, and the Levites took up the ark.

5They took up the ark and the Tent of meeting and all the holy vessels which were in the Tent; all these the priests, the Levites, took up.

6And King Solomon and all the men of Israel who had come together there with him, were before the ark, making offerings of sheep and oxen more than might be numbered.

7And the priests took the ark of the Lord’s agreement and put it in its place, in the inner room of the house, in the most holy place, under the wings of the winged ones.

8For their wings were outstretched over the place where the ark was, covering the ark and its rods.

9The rods were so long that their ends were seen from the holy place before the inmost room; but they were not seen from outside; and there they are to this day.

10Nothing was in the ark but the two flat stones which Moses put there at Horeb, where the Lord made an agreement with the children of Israel when they came out of Egypt.

11Now when the priests had come out of the holy place, (for all the priests who were present had made themselves holy, not keeping to their divisions;

12And the Levites who made the music, all of them, Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and their sons and brothers, robed in fair linen, were in their places with their brass and corded instruments at the east side of the altar, and with them a hundred and twenty priests blowing horns;)

13And when the players on horns, and those who made melody in song, with one voice were sounding the praise and glory of the Lord; with loud voices and with wind instruments, and brass and corded instruments of music, praising the Lord and saying, He is good; his mercy is unchanging for ever: then the house was full of the cloud of the glory of the Lord,

14So that the priests were not able to keep their places to do their work because of the cloud; for the house of God was full of the glory of the Lord.

Malachi 2:10-16

10Have we not all one father? has not one God made us? why are we, every one of us, acting falsely to his brother, putting shame on the agreement of our fathers?

11Judah has been acting falsely, and a disgusting thing has been done in Jerusalem; for Judah has made unclean the holy place of the Lord which is dear to him, and has taken as his wife the daughter of a strange god.

12The Lord will have the man who does this cut off root and branch out of the tents of Jacob, and him who makes an offering to the Lord of armies.

13And this again you do: covering the altar of the Lord with weeping and with grief, so that he gives no more thought to the offering, and does not take it with pleasure from your hand.

14But you say, For what reason? Because the Lord has been a witness between you and the wife of your early years, to whom you have been untrue, though she is your friend and the wife to whom you have given your word.

15… So give thought to your spirit, and let no one be false to the wife of his early years.

16For I am against the putting away of a wife, says the Lord, the God of Israel, and against him who is clothed with violent acts, says the Lord of armies: so give thought to your spirit and do not be false in your acts.

John 8:48-59

48The Jews said to him in answer, Are we not right in saying that you are of Samaria and have an evil spirit?

49And this was the answer of Jesus: I have not an evil spirit; but I give honour to my Father and you do not give honour to me.

50I, however, am not in search of glory for myself: there is One who is searching for it and he is judge.

51Truly I say to you, If a man keeps my word he will never see death.

52The Jews said to him, Now we are certain that you have an evil spirit. Abraham is dead, and the prophets are dead; and you say, If a man keeps my word he will never see death.

53Are you greater than our father Abraham, who is dead? and the prophets are dead: who do you say that you are?

54Jesus said in answer, If I take glory for myself, my glory is nothing: it is my Father who gives me glory, of whom you say that he is your God.

55You have no knowledge of him, but I have knowledge of him; and if I said I have no knowledge of him I would be talking falsely like you: but I have full knowledge of him, and I keep his word.

56Your father Abraham was full of joy at the hope of seeing my day: he saw it and was glad.

57Then the Jews said to him, You are not fifty years old; have you seen Abraham?

58Jesus said to them, Truly I say to you, Before Abraham came into being, I am.

59So they took up stones to send at him: but Jesus got secretly out of their way and went out of the Temple.

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