Tagged: Moab

October 27

Psalms 117

1Let all the nations give praise to the Lord: let all the people give him praise.

2For great is his mercy to us, and his faith is unchanging for ever. Praise be to the Lord.

Isaiah 25

1O Lord, you are my God; I will give praise to you, I will give honour to your name; for you have done great acts of power; your purposes in the past have been made true and certain in effect.

2For you have made a town a waste place: a strong town a mass of broken walls; the tower of the men of pride has come to an end; it will never be put up again.

3For this cause will the strong people give glory to you, the town of the cruel ones will be in fear of you.

4For you have been a strong place for the poor and the crushed in their trouble, a safe place from the storm, a shade from the heat, when the wrath of the cruel ones is like a winter storm.

5As heat by the shade of a cloud, the noise of the men of pride has been made quiet by you; as heat by the shade of a cloud, the song of the cruel ones has been stopped.

6And in this mountain will the Lord of armies make for all peoples a feast of good things, a feast of wines long stored, of good things sweet to the taste, of wines long kept and tested.

7And in this mountain he will put an end to the shade covering the face of all peoples, and the veil which is stretched over all nations.

8He has put an end to death for ever; and the Lord God will take away all weeping; and he will put an end to the shame of his people in all the earth: for the Lord has said it.

9And in that day it will be said, See, this is our God; we have been waiting for him, and he will be our saviour: this is the Lord in whom is our hope; we will be glad and have delight in his salvation.

10For in this mountain will the hand of the Lord come to rest, and Moab will be crushed down in his place, even as the dry stems of the grain are crushed under foot in the waste place.

11And if he puts out his hands, like a man stretching out his hands in swimming, the Lord will make low his pride, however expert his designs.

12And the strong tower of your walls has been broken by him, made low, and crushed even to the dust.

Isaiah 26

1In that day will this song be made in the land of Judah: We have a strong town; he will make salvation our walls and towers.

2Let the doors be open, so that the upright nation which keeps faith may come in.

3The man whose heart is unmoved you will keep in peace, because his hope is in you.

4Let your hope be in the Lord for ever: for the Lord Jah is an unchanging Rock.

5For he has made low those who are lifted up, all the people of the town of pride: he makes it low, crushing it down to the earth; he makes it low in the dust.

6It will be crushed under the feet of the poor and the steps of those who are in need.

7The way of the good man is straight; the road of the upright is made smooth by you.

8We have been waiting for you, O Lord; the desire of our soul is for the memory of your name.

9In the night the desire of my soul has been for you; early will my spirit be searching for you; for when your punishments come on the earth, the people of the world will get the knowledge of righteousness.

10Even if you are kind to the evil-doer, he will not go after righteousness; even in the land of the upright he will still go on in his wrongdoing, and will not see the glory of the Lord.

11Lord, your hand is lifted up, but they do not see: let them see … yes, your haters will be burned up in the fire.

12Lord, you will give us peace: for all our works are the outcome of your purpose.

13O Lord, our God, other lords than you have had rule over us; but in you only is our salvation, and no other name will we take on our lips.

14The dead will not come back to life: their spirits will not come back to earth; for this cause you have sent destruction on them, so that the memory of them is dead.

15You have made the nation great, O Lord, you have made it great; glory is yours: you have made wide the limits of the land.

16Lord, in trouble our eyes have been turned to you, we sent up a prayer when your punishment was on us.

17As a woman with child, whose time is near, is troubled, crying out in her pain; so have we been before you, O Lord.

18We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have given birth to wind; no salvation has come to the earth through us, and no children have come into the world.

19Your dead will come back; their dead bodies will come to life again. Those in the dust, awaking from their sleep, will send out a song; for your dew is a dew of light, and the earth will give birth to the shades.

20Come, my people, into your secret places, and let your doors be shut: keep yourself safe for a short time, till his wrath is over.

21For the Lord is coming out of his place to send punishment on the people of the earth for their evil-doing: the earth will let the blood drained out on her be seen, and will keep her dead covered no longer.

2 Thessalonians 1

1Paul and Silvanus and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

2Grace to you and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3It is right for us to give praise to God at all times for you, brothers, because of the great increase of your faith, and the wealth of your love for one another;

4So that we ourselves take pride in you in the churches of God for your untroubled mind and your faith in all the troubles and sorrows which you are going through;

5Which is a clear sign of the decision which God in his righteousness has made; to give you a part in his kingdom, for which you have undergone this pain;

6For it is an act of righteousness on God’s part to give trouble as their reward to those who are troubling you,

7And to you who are troubled, rest with us, when the Lord Jesus comes from heaven with the angels of his power in flames of fire,

8To give punishment to those who have no knowledge of God, and to those who do not give ear to the good news of our Lord Jesus:

9Whose reward will be eternal destruction from the face of the Lord and from the glory of his strength,

10At his coming, when he will have glory in his saints, and will be a cause of wonder in all those who had faith (because our witness among you had effect) in that day.

11For this reason, you are ever in our prayers, that you may seem to our God such as may have a part in his purpose and that by his power he will make all his good purpose, and the work of faith, complete;

12So that glory may be given to the name of our Lord Jesus through you, and you may have glory in him, by the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

September 11

2 Chronicles 20

1Now after this, the children of Moab and the children of Ammon, and with them some of the Meunim, made war against Jehoshaphat.

2And they came to Jehoshaphat with the news, saying, A great army is moving against you from Edom across the sea; and now they are in Hazazon-tamar (which is En-gedi).

3Then Jehoshaphat, in his fear, went to the Lord for directions, and gave orders all through Judah for the people to go without food.

4And Judah came together to make prayer for help from the Lord; from every town of Judah they came to give worship to the Lord.

5And Jehoshaphat took his place in the meeting of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord in front of the new open space,

6And said, O Lord, the God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? are you not ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? and in your hands are power and strength so that no one is able to keep his place against you.

7Did you not, O Lord our God, after driving out the people of this land before your people Israel, give it to the seed of Abraham, your friend, for ever?

8And they made it their living-place, building there a holy house for your name, and saying,

9If evil comes on us, the sword, or punishment, or disease, or need of food, we will come to this house and to you, (for your name is in this house,) crying to you in our trouble, and you will give us salvation in answer to our cry.

10And now, see, the children of Ammon and Moab and the people of Mount Seir, whom you kept Israel from attacking when they came out of Egypt, so that turning to one side they did not send destruction on them:

11See now, how as our reward they have come to send us out of your land which you have given us as our heritage.

12O our God, will you not be their judge? for our strength is not equal to this great army which is coming against us; and we are at a loss what to do: but our eyes are on you.

13And all Judah were waiting before the Lord, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.

14Then, before all the meeting, the spirit of the Lord came on Jahaziel, the son of Zechariah, son of Benaiah, son of Jeiel, son of Mattaniah, a Levite and one of the family of Asaph;

15And he said, Give ear, O Judah, and you people of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat: the Lord says to you, Have no fear and do not be troubled on account of this great army; for the fight is not yours but God’s.

16Go down against them tomorrow: see, they are coming up by the slope of Ziz; at the end of the valley, before the waste land of Jeruel, you will come face to face with them.

17There will be no need for you to take up arms in this fight; put yourselves in position, and keep where you are, and you will see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: have no fear and do not be troubled: go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you.

18Then Jehoshaphat went down with his face to the earth, and all Judah and the people of Jerusalem gave worship to the Lord, falling down before him.

19And the Levites, the children of the Kohathites and the Korahites, got to their feet and gave praise to the Lord, the God of Israel, with a loud voice.

20And early in the morning they got up and went out to the waste land of Tekoa: and when they were going out, Jehoshaphat took his station and said to them, Give ear to me, O Judah and you people of Jerusalem: have faith in the Lord your God and you will be safe; have faith in his prophets and all will go well for you.

21And after discussion with the people, he put in their places those who were to make melody to the Lord, praising him in holy robes, while they went at the head of the army, and saying, May the Lord be praised, for his mercy is unchanging for ever.

22And at the first notes of song and praise the Lord sent a surprise attack against the children of Ammon and Moab and the people of Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were overcome.

23And the children of Ammon and Moab made an attack on the people of Mount Seir with a view to their complete destruction; and when they had put an end to the people of Seir, everyman’s hand was turned against his neighbour for his destruction.

24And Judah came to the watchtower of the waste land, and looking in the direction of the army, they saw only dead bodies stretched on the earth; no living man was to be seen.

25And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take their goods from them, they saw beasts in great numbers, and wealth and clothing and things of value, more than they were able to take away; all this they took for themselves, and they were three days getting it away, there was so much.

26On the fourth day they all came together in the Valley of Blessing, and there they gave blessing to the Lord; for which cause that place has been named the Valley of Blessing to this day.

27Then all the men of Judah and Jerusalem went back, with Jehoshaphat at their head, coming back to Jerusalem with joy; for the Lord had made them glad over their haters.

28So they came to Jerusalem with corded instruments and wind-instruments into the house of the Lord.

29And the fear of God came on all the kingdoms of the lands, when they had news of how the Lord made war on those who came against Israel.

30So the kingdom of Jehoshaphat was quiet, for the Lord gave him rest on every side.

31And Jehoshaphat was king over Judah: he was thirty-five years old when he became king, and he was ruling for twenty-five years in Jerusalem: his mother’s name was Azubah, the daughter of Shilhi.

32He went in the ways of his father Asa, not turning away, but doing right in the eyes of the Lord.

33The high places, however, were not taken away, and the hearts of the people were still not true to the God of their fathers.

34Now as for the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first and last, they are recorded in the words of Jehu, the son of Hanani, which were put in the book of the kings of Israel.

35After this Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, became friends with Ahaziah, king of Israel, who did much evil:

36Together they made ships to go to Tarshish, building them in Ezion-geber.

37Then the word of Eliezer the prophet, the son of Dodavahu of Mareshah, came against Jehoshaphat, saying, Because you have let yourself be joined with Ahaziah, the Lord has sent destruction on your works. And the ships were broken and were not able to go to Tarshish.

2 Chronicles 21:1

1And Jehoshaphat went to rest with his fathers, and his body was put into the earth in the town of David. And Jehoram his son became king in his place.

Psalms 78:56-72

56But they were bitter against the Most High God, testing him, and not keeping his laws;

57Their hearts were turned back and untrue like their fathers; they were turned to one side like a twisted bow.

58They made him angry with their high places; moving him to wrath with their images.

59When this came to God’s ears he was very angry, and gave up Israel completely;

60So that he went away from the holy place in Shiloh, the tent which he had put among men;

61And he let his strength be taken prisoner, and gave his glory into the hands of his hater.

62He gave his people up to the sword, and was angry with his heritage.

63Their young men were burned in the fire; and their virgins were not praised in the bride-song.

64Their priests were put to death by the sword, and their widows made no weeping for them.

65Then was the Lord like one awaking from sleep, and like a strong man crying out because of wine.

66His haters were turned back by his blows and shamed for ever.

67And he put the tent of Joseph on one side, and took not the tribe of Ephraim;

68But he took the tribe of Judah for himself, and the mountain of Zion, in which he had pleasure.

69And he made his holy place like the high heaven, like the earth which is fixed by him for ever.

70He took David to be his servant, taking him from the place of the flocks;

71From looking after the sheep which were giving milk, he took him to give food to Jacob his people, and to Israel his heritage.

72So he gave them food with an upright heart, guiding them by the wisdom of his hands.

John 14:1-14

1Let not your heart be troubled: have faith in God and have faith in me.

2In my Father’s house are rooms enough; if it was not so, would I have said that I am going to make ready a place for you?

3And if I go and make ready a place for you, I will come back again and will take you to be with me, so that you may be where I am.

4And you all have knowledge of where I am going, and of the way to it.

5Thomas said, Lord, we have no knowledge of where you are going; how may we have knowledge of the way?

6Jesus said to him, I am the true and living way: no one comes to the Father but by me.

7If you had knowledge of me, you would have knowledge of my Father: you have knowledge of him now and have seen him.

8Philip said to him, Lord, let us see the Father, and we have need of nothing more.

9Jesus said to him, Philip, have I been with you all this time, and still you have no knowledge of me? He who has seen me has seen the Father. Why do you say, Let us see the Father?

10Have you not faith that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words which I say to you, I say not from myself: but the Father who is in me all the time does his works.

11Have faith that I am in the Father and that the Father is in me: at least, have faith in me because of what I do.

12Truly I say to you, He who puts his faith in me will do the very works which I do, and he will do greater things than these, because I am going to my Father.

13And whatever request you make in my name, that I will do, so that the Father may have glory in the Son.

14If you make any request to me in my name, I will do it.

January 12

Genesis 19

1And at nightfall the two angels came to Sodom; and Lot was seated at the way into the town: and when he saw them he got up and came before them, falling down on his face to the earth.

2And he said, My masters, come now into your servant’s house and take your rest there for the night, and let your feet be washed; and early in the morning you may go on your way. And they said, Not so, but we will take our night’s rest in the street.

3But he made his request more strongly, so they went with him into his house; and he got food ready for them, and made unleavened bread, of which they took.

4But before they had gone to bed, the men of the town, all the men of Sodom, came round the house, young and old, from every part of the town;

5And crying out to Lot, they said, Where are the men who came to your house this night? Send them out to us, so that we may take our pleasure with them.

6And Lot went out to them in the doorway, shutting the door after him.

7And he said, My brothers, do not this evil.

8See now, I have two unmarried daughters; I will send them out to you so that you may do to them whatever seems good to you: only do nothing to these men, for this is why they have come under the shade of my roof.

9And they said, Give way there. This one man, they said, came here from a strange country, and will he now be our judge? now we will do worse to you than to them; and pushing violently against Lot, they came near to get the door broken in.

10But the men put out their hands and took Lot into the house to them, shutting the door again.

11But the men who were outside the door they made blind, all of them, small and great, so that they were tired out with looking for the door.

12Then the men said to Lot, Are there any others of your family here? sons-in-law or sons or daughters, take them all out of this place;

13For we are about to send destruction on this place, because a great outcry against them has come to the ears of the Lord; and the Lord has sent us to put an end to the town.

14And Lot went out and said to his sons-in-law, who were married to his daughters, Come, let us go out of this place, for the Lord is about to send destruction on the town. But his sons-in-law did not take him seriously.

15And when morning came, the angels did all in their power to make Lot go, saying, Get up quickly and take your wife and your two daughters who are here, and go, for fear that you come to destruction in the punishment of the town.

16But while he was waiting, the men took him and his wife and his daughters by the hand, for the Lord had mercy on them, and put them outside the town.

17And when they had put them out, he said, Go for your life, without looking back or waiting in the lowland; go quickly to the mountain or you will come to destruction.

18And Lot said to them, Not so, O my Lord;

19See now, your servant has had grace in your eyes and great is your mercy in keeping my life from destruction, but I am not able to get as far as the mountain before evil overtakes me and death;

20This town, now, is near, and it is a little one: O, let me go there (is it not a little one?) so that my life may be safe.

21And he said, See, I have given you your request in this one thing more: I will not send destruction on this town.

22Go there quickly, for I am not able to do anything till you have come there. For this reason, the town was named Zoar.

23The sun was up when Lot came to Zoar.

24Then the Lord sent fire and flaming smoke raining down from heaven on Sodom and Gomorrah.

25And he sent destruction on those towns, with all the lowland and all the people of those towns and every green thing in the land.

26But Lot’s wife, looking back, became a pillar of salt.

27And Abraham got up early in the morning and went to the place where he had been talking with the Lord:

28And looking in the direction of Sodom and Gomorrah and the lowland, he saw the smoke of the land going up like the smoke of an oven.

29So it came about that when God sent destruction on the towns of the lowland, he kept his word to Abraham, and sent Lot safely away when he put an end to the towns where he was living.

30Then Lot went up out of Zoar to the mountain, and was living there with his two daughters, for fear kept him from living in Zoar: and he and his daughters made their living-place in a hole in the rock.

31And the older daughter said to her sister, Our father is old, and there is no man to be a husband to us in the natural way:

32Come, let us give our father much wine, and we will go into his bed, so that we may have offspring by our father,

33And that night they made their father take much wine; and the older daughter went into his bed; and he had no knowledge of when she went in or when she went away.

34And on the day after, the older daughter said to the younger, Last night I was with my father; let us make him take much wine this night again, and do you go to him, so that we may have offspring by our father.

35And that night again they made their father take much wine; and the younger daughter went into his bed; and he had no knowledge of when she went in or when she went away.

36And so the two daughters of Lot were with child by their father.

37And the older daughter had a son, and she gave him the name Moab: he is the father of the Moabites to this day.

38And the younger had a son and gave him the name Ben-ammi: from him come the children of Ammon to this day.

Psalms 12

For the chief music-maker on the Sheminith. A Psalm. Of David.

1 Send help, Lord, for mercy has come to an end; there is no more faith among the children of men.

2Everyone says false words to his neighbour: their tongues are smooth in their talk, and their hearts are full of deceit.

3The smooth lips and the tongue of pride will be cut off by the Lord.

4They have said, With our tongues will we overcome; our lips are ours: who is lord over us?

5Because of the crushing of the poor and the weeping of those in need, now will I come to his help, says the Lord; I will give him the salvation which he is desiring.

6The words of the Lord are true words: like silver tested by fire and burned clean seven times.

7You will keep them, O Lord, you will keep them safe from this generation for ever.

8The sinners are walking on every side, and evil is honoured among the children of men.

Luke 11:1-28

1And it came about that he was in prayer in a certain place, and when he came to an end, one of his disciples said to him, Lord, will you give us teaching about prayer, as John did to his disciples?

2And he said to them, When you say your prayers, say, Father, may your name be kept holy and your kingdom come.

3Give us every day bread for our needs.

4May we have forgiveness for our sins, as we make free all those who are in debt to us. And let us not be put to the test.

5And he said to them, Which of you, having a friend, would go to him in the middle of the night and say to him, Friend, let me have three cakes of bread;

6Because a friend of mine has come to me on a journey, and I have nothing to put before him;

7And he, from inside the house, would say in answer, Do not be a trouble to me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; it is not possible for me to get up and give to you?

8I say to you, Though he will not get up and give to him, because he is his friend, still, if he keeps on making his request, he will get up and give him as much as he has need of.

9And I say to you, Make requests, and they will be answered; what you are searching for, you will get; when you give the sign, the door will be open to you.

10For to everyone who makes a request, it will be given; and he who is searching will get his desire; and to him who gives the sign, the door will be open.

11And which of you, being a father, will give a stone to his son, who makes request for bread? or for a fish, will give him a snake?

12Or for an egg, will give him a scorpion?

13If, then, you who are evil are able to give good things to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who make request to him?

14And he was sending an evil spirit out of a man who was without the power of talking. And it came about that when the spirit had gone the man had the power of talking; and the people were full of wonder.

15But some of them said, He sends out evil spirits by Beelzebul, the ruler of evil spirits.

16And others, testing him, were looking for a sign from heaven from him.

17But he, having knowledge of their thoughts, said to them, Every kingdom in which there is division is made waste; and a house in which there is division comes to destruction.

18If, then, Satan is at war with himself, how will he keep his kingdom? because you say that I send evil spirits out of men by the help of Beelzebul.

19And if I, by Beelzebul, send out evil spirits, by whose help do your sons send them out? so let them be your judges.

20But if I, by the finger of God, send out evil spirits, then the kingdom of God has overtaken you.

21When the strong man armed keeps watch over his house, then his goods are safe:

22But when one who is stronger makes an attack on him and overcomes him, he takes away his instruments of war, in which he had put his faith, and makes division of his goods.

23He who is not with me is against me, and he who will not give me help in getting people together is driving them away.

24The unclean spirit, when he has gone out of a man, goes through dry places, looking for rest; and when he does not get it, he says, I will go back to my house from which I came.

25And when he comes, he sees that it has been made fair and clean.

26Then he goes and gets seven other spirits more evil than himself, and they go in, and take their places there: and the last condition of that man is worse than the first.

27And it came about that when he said these things, a certain woman among the people said in a loud voice, Happy is the body which gave you birth, and the breasts from which you took milk.

28But he said, More happy are they who give hearing to the word of God and keep it.

December 18

Isaiah 53

1Who would have had faith in the word which has come to our ears, and to whom had the arm of the Lord been unveiled?

2For his growth was like that of a delicate plant before him, and like a root out of a dry place: he had no grace of form, to give us pleasure;

3Men made sport of him, turning away from him; he was a man of sorrows, marked by disease; and like one from whom men’s faces are turned away, he was looked down on, and we put no value on him.

4But it was our pain he took, and our diseases were put on him: while to us he seemed as one diseased, on whom God’s punishment had come.

5But it was for our sins he was wounded, and for our evil doings he was crushed: he took the punishment by which we have peace, and by his wounds we are made well.

6We all went wandering like sheep; going every one of us after his desire; and the Lord put on him the punishment of us all.

7Men were cruel to him, but he was gentle and quiet; as a lamb taken to its death, and as a sheep before those who take her wool makes no sound, so he said not a word.

8They took away from him help and right, and who gave a thought to his fate? for he was cut off from the land of the living: he came to his death for the sin of my people.

9And they put his body into the earth with sinners, and his last resting-place was with the evil-doers, though he had done no wrong, and no deceit was in his mouth.

10And the Lord was pleased … see a seed, long life, … will do well in his hand. …

11… made clear his righteousness before men … had taken their sins on himself.

12For this cause he will have a heritage with the great, and he will have a part in the goods of war with the strong, because he gave up his life, and was numbered with the evil-doers; taking on himself the sins of the people, and making prayer for the wrongdoers.

Ezekiel 25

1And the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

2Son of man, let your face be turned to the children of Ammon, and be a prophet against them:

3And say to the children of Ammon, Give ear to the word of the Lord; this is what the Lord has said: Because you said, Aha! against my holy place when it was made unclean, and against the land of Israel when it was made waste, and against the people of Judah when they were taken away as prisoners;

4For this cause I will give you up to the children of the east for their heritage, and they will put their tent-circles in you and make their houses in you; they will take your fruit for their food and your milk for their drink.

5And I will make Rabbah a place for housing camels, and the children of Ammon a resting-place for flocks: and you will be certain that I am the Lord.

6For the Lord has said, Because you have made sounds of joy with your hands, stamping your feet, and have been glad, putting shame with all your soul on the land of Israel;

7For this cause my hand has been stretched out against you, and I will give up your goods to be taken by the nations; I will have you cut off from the peoples and will put an end to you among the countries: I will give you up to destruction; and you will be certain that I am the Lord.

8This is what the Lord has said: Because Moab and Seir are saying, See, the people of Judah are like all the nations;

9For this cause, I will let the side of Moab be uncovered, and his towns on every side, the glory of the land, Beth-jeshimoth, Baal-meon and as far as Kiriathaim.

10To the children of the east I have given her for a heritage, as well as the children of Ammon, so that there may be no memory of her among the nations:

11And I will be the judge of Moab; and they will see that I am the Lord.

12This is what the Lord has said: Because Edom has taken his payment from the people of Judah, and has done great wrong in taking payment from them;

13The Lord has said, My hand will be stretched out against Edom, cutting off from it man and beast: and I will make it waste, from Teman even as far as Dedan they will be put to the sword.

14I will take payment from Edom because of my people Israel; and I will take Edom in hand in my wrath and in my passion: and they will have experience of my reward, says the Lord.

15This is what the Lord has said: Because the Philistines have taken payment, with the purpose of causing shame and destruction with unending hate;

16The Lord has said, See, my hand will be stretched out against the Philistines, cutting off the Cherethites and sending destruction on the rest of the sea-land.

17And I will take great payment from them with acts of wrath; and they will be certain that I am the Lord when I send my punishment on them.

Ezekiel 26

1Now in the eleventh year, on the first day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

2Son of man, because Tyre has said against Jerusalem, Aha, she who was the doorway of the peoples is broken; she is turned over to them; she who was full is made waste;

3For this cause the Lord has said, See, I am against you, O Tyre, and will send up a number of nations against you as the sea sends up its waves.

4And they will give the walls of Tyre to destruction and have its towers broken: and I will take even her dust away from her, and make her an uncovered rock

5She will be a place for the stretching out of nets in the middle of the sea; for I have said it, says the Lord: and her goods will be given over to the nations.

6And her daughters in the open country will be put to the sword: and they will be certain that I am the Lord.

7For this is what the Lord has said: See, I will send up from the north Nebuchadrezzar, king of Babylon, king of kings, against Tyre, with horses and war-carriages and with an army and great numbers of people.

8He will put to the sword your daughters in the open country: he will make strong walls against you and put up an earthwork against you, arming himself for war against you.

9He will put up his engines of war against your walls, and your towers will be broken down by his axes.

10Because of the number of his horses you will be covered with their dust: your walls will be shaking at the noise of the horsemen and of the wheels and of the war-carriages, when he comes through your doorways, as into a town which has been broken open.

11Your streets will be stamped down by the feet of his horses: he will put your people to the sword, and will send down the pillars of your strength to the earth.

12They will take by force all your wealth and go off with the goods with which you do trade: they will have your walls broken down and all the houses of your desire given up to destruction: they will put your stones and your wood and your dust deep in the water.

13I will put an end to the noise of your songs, and the sound of your instruments of music will be gone for ever.

14I will make you an uncovered rock: you will be a place for the stretching out of nets; there will be no building you up again: for I the Lord have said it, says the Lord.

15This is what the Lord has said to Tyre: Will not the sea-lands be shaking at the sound of your fall, when the wounded give cries of pain, when men are put to the sword in you?

16Then all the rulers of the sea will come down from their high seats, and put away their robes and take off their clothing of needlework: they will put on the clothing of grief, they will take their seats on the earth, shaking with fear every minute and overcome with wonder at you.

17And they will send up a song of grief for you, and say to you, What destruction has come on you, how are you cut off from the sea, the noted town, which was strong in the sea, she and her people, causing the fear of them to come on all the dry land!

18Now the sea-lands will be shaking in the day of your fall; and all the ships on the sea will be overcome with fear at your going.

19For this is what the Lord has said: I will make you a waste town, like the towns which are unpeopled; when I make the deep come upon you, covering you with great waters.

20Then I will make you go down with those who go down into the underworld, to the people of the past, causing your living-place to be in the deepest parts of the earth, in places long unpeopled, with those who go down into the deep, so that there will be no one living in you; and you will have no glory in the land of the living.

21I will make you a thing of fear, and you will come to an end: even if you are looked for, you will not be seen again for ever, says the Lord.

Colossians 1:1-23

1Paul, an Apostle of Jesus Christ, by the purpose of God, and Timothy our brother,

2To the saints and true brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.

3We give praise to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, making prayer for you at all times,

4After hearing of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which you have for all the saints,

5Through the hope which is in store for you in heaven; knowledge of which was given to you before in the true word of the good news,

6Which has come to you; and which in all the world is giving fruit and increase, as it has done in you from the day when it came to your ears and you had true knowledge of the grace of God;

7As it was given to you by Epaphras, our well-loved helper, who is a true servant of Christ for us,

8And who, himself, made clear to us your love in the Spirit.

9For this reason, we, from the day when we had word of it, keep on in prayer for you, that you may be full of the knowledge of his purpose, with all wisdom and experience of the Spirit,

10Living uprightly in the approval of the Lord, giving fruit in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

11Full of strength in the measure of the great power of his glory, so that you may undergo all troubles with joy;

12Giving praise to the Father who has given us a part in the heritage of the saints in light;

13Who has made us free from the power of evil and given us a place in the kingdom of the Son of his love;

14In whom we have our salvation, the forgiveness of sins:

15Who is the image of the unseen God coming into existence before all living things;

16For by him all things were made, in heaven and on earth, things seen and things unseen, authorities, lords, rulers, and powers; all things were made by him and for him;

17He is before all things, and in him all things have being.

18And he is the head of the body, the church: the starting point of all things, the first to come again from the dead; so that in all things he might have the chief place.

19For God in full measure was pleased to be in him;

20Through him uniting all things with himself, having made peace through the blood of his cross; through him, I say, uniting all things which are on earth or in heaven.

21And you, who in the past were cut off and at war with God in your minds through evil works, he has now made one

22In the body of his flesh through death, so that you might be holy and without sin and free from all evil before him:

23If you keep yourselves safely based in the faith, not moved from the hope of the good news which came to you, and which was given to every living being under heaven; of which I, Paul, was made a servant.

November 26

Psalms 142

Maschil. Of David. A prayer when he was in the hole of the rock.

1 The sound of my cry went up to the Lord; with my voice I made my prayer for grace to the Lord.

2I put all my sorrows before him; and made clear to him all my trouble.

3When my spirit is overcome, your eyes are on my goings; nets have been secretly placed in the way in which I go.

4Looking to my right side, I saw no man who was my friend: I had no safe place; no one had any care for my soul.

5I have made my cry to you, O Lord; I have said, You are my safe place, and my heritage in the land of the living.

6Give ear to my cry, for I am made very low: take me out of the hands of my haters, for they are stronger than I.

7Take my soul out of prison, so that I may give praise to your name: the upright will give praise because of me; for you have given me a full reward.

Jeremiah 47

1The word of the Lord which came to Jeremiah the prophet about the Philistines, before Pharaoh’s attack on Gaza.

2This is what the Lord has said: See, waters are coming up out of the north, and will become an overflowing stream, overflowing the land and everything in it, the town and those who are living in it; and men will give a cry, and all the people of the land will be crying out in pain.

3At the noise of the stamping of the feet of his war-horses, at the rushing of his carriages and the thunder of his wheels, fathers will give no thought to their children, because their hands are feeble;

4Because of the day which is coming with destruction on all the Philistines, cutting off from Tyre and Zidon the last of their helpers: for the Lord will send destruction on the Philistines, the rest of the sea-land of Caphtor.

5The hair is cut off from the head of Gaza; Ashkelon has come to nothing; the last of the Anakim are deeply wounding themselves.

6O sword of the Lord, how long will you have no rest? put yourself back into your cover; be at peace, be quiet.

7How is it possible for it to be quiet, seeing that the Lord has given it orders? against Ashkelon and against the sea-land he has given it directions.

Jeremiah 48

1Of Moab. The Lord of armies, the God of Israel, has said: Sorrow on Nebo, for it has been made waste; Kiriathaim has been put to shame and is taken: the strong place is put to shame and broken down.

2The praise of Moab has come to an end; as for Heshbon, evil has been designed against her; come, let us put an end to her as a nation. But your mouth will be shut, O Madmen; the sword will go after you.

3There is the sound of crying from Horonaim, wasting and great destruction;

4Moab is broken; her cry has gone out to Zoar.

5For by the slope of Luhith they will go up, weeping all the way; for on the way down to Horonaim the cry of destruction has come to their ears.

6Go in flight, get away with your lives, and let your faces be turned to Aroer in the Arabah.

7For because you have put your faith in your strong places, you, even you, will be taken: and Chemosh will go out as a prisoner, his priests and his rulers together.

8And the attacker will come against every town, not one will be safe; and the valley will be made waste, and destruction will come to the lowland, as the Lord has said.

9Put up a pillar for Moab, for she will come to a complete end: and her towns will become a waste, without anyone living in them.

10Let him be cursed who does the Lord’s work half-heartedly; let him be cursed who keeps back his sword from blood.

11From his earliest days, Moab has been living in comfort; like wine long stored he has not been drained from vessel to vessel, he has never gone away as a prisoner: so his taste is still in him, his smell is unchanged.

12So truly, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will send to him men who will have him turned over till there is no more wine in his vessels, and his wine-skins will be completely broken.

13And Moab will be shamed on account of Chemosh, as the children of Israel were shamed on account of Beth-el their hope.

14How say you, We are men of war and strong fighters?

15He who makes Moab waste has gone up against her; and the best of her young men have gone down to their death, says the King, whose name is the Lord of armies.

16The fate of Moab is near, and trouble is coming on him very quickly.

17All you who are round about him, give signs of grief for him, and all you who have knowledge of his name, say, How is the strong rod broken, even the beautiful branch!

18Come down from your glory, O people of Dibon, and take your seat in the place of the waste; for the attacker of Moab has gone up against you, sending destruction on your strong places.

19O daughter of Aroer, take your station by the way, on the watch: questioning him who is in flight, and her who has got away safe, say, What has been done?

20Moab has been put to shame, she is broken: make loud sounds of grief, crying out for help; give the news in Arnon, that Moab has been made waste.

21And punishment has come on the lowlands; on Holon and Jahzah, and on Mephaath,

22And on Dibon, and on Nebo, and on Beth-diblathaim,

23And on Kiriathaim, and on Beth-gamul, and on Beth-meon,

24And on Kerioth, and on Bozrah, and on all the towns of the land of Moab, far and near.

25The horn of Moab is cut off, and his arm is broken, says the Lord.

26Make him full of wine, for his heart has been lifted up against the Lord: and Moab will be rolling in the food he was not able to keep down, and everyone will be making sport of him.

27For did you not make sport of Israel? was he taken among thieves? for whenever you were talking about him, you were shaking your head over him.

28O people of Moab, go away from the towns and take cover in the rock; be like the dove of the Arabah, which makes her living-place in holes.

29We have had word of the pride of Moab, how great it is; how he is lifted up in pride; and his great opinion of himself, and that his heart is lifted up.

30I have knowledge of his wrath, says the Lord, that it is nothing; his high-sounding words have done nothing.

31For this cause I will give cries of grief for Moab, crying out for Moab, even for all of it; I will be sorrowing for the men of Kir-heres.

32My weeping for you, O vine of Sibmah, will be more than the weeping of Jazer: your branches have gone over the sea, stretching even to Jazer: destruction has come down on your summer fruits and your cut grapes.

33All joy is gone; no longer are they glad for the fertile field and for the land of Moab; I have made the wine come to an end from the crushing vessels: no longer will the grapes be crushed with the sound of glad voices.

34The cry of Heshbon comes even to Elealeh; to Jahaz their voice is sounding; from Zoar even to Horonaim and to Eglath-shelishiyah: for the waters of Nimrim will become dry.

35And I will put an end in Moab, says the Lord, to him who is making offerings in the high place and burning perfumes to his gods.

36So my heart is sounding for Moab like the sound of pipes, and my heart is sounding like pipes for the men of Kir-heres: for the wealth he has got for himself has come to an end.

37For everywhere the hair of the head and the hair of the face is cut off: on every hand there are wounds, and haircloth on every body.

38On all the house-tops of Moab and in its streets there is weeping everywhere; for Moab has been broken like a vessel in which there is no pleasure, says the Lord.

39How is it broken down! how is Moab’s back turned in shame! so Moab will be a cause of sport and of fear to everyone round about him.

40For the Lord has said, See, he will come like an eagle in flight, stretching out his wings against Moab.

41Kerioth is taken, and the strong places have been forced, and the hearts of Moab’s men of war in that day will be like the heart of a woman in birth-pains.

42And Moab will come to an end as a people, because he has been lifting himself up against the Lord.

43Fear and death and the net have come on you, O people of Moab, says the Lord.

44He who goes in flight from the fear will be overtaken by death; and he who gets free from death will be taken in the net: for I will make this come on Moab, even the year of their punishment, says the Lord.

45Those who went in flight from the fear are waiting under the shade of Heshbon: for a fire has gone out from Heshbon and a flame from the house of Sihon, burning up the pride of Moab and the crown of the head of the violent ones.

46Sorrow is yours, O Moab! the people of Chemosh are overcome: for your sons have been taken away as prisoners, and your daughters made servants.

47But still, I will let the fate of Moab be changed in the last days, says the Lord.

Galatians 1

1Paul, an Apostle (not from men, and not through man, but through Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who made him come back from the dead),

2And all the brothers who are with me, to the churches of Galatia:

3Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ,

4Who gave himself for our sins, so that he might make us free from this present evil world, after the purpose of our God and Father:

5To whom be the glory for ever and ever. So be it.

6I am surprised that you are being so quickly turned away from him whose word came to you in the grace of Christ, to good news of a different sort;

7Which is not another sort: only there are some who give you trouble, desiring to make changes in the good news of Christ.

8But even if we, or an angel from heaven, were to be a preacher to you of good news other than that which we have given you, let there be a curse on him.

9As we have said before, so say I now again, If any man is a preacher to you of any good news other than that which has been given to you, let there be a curse on him.

10Am I now using arguments to men, or God? or is it my desire to give men pleasure? if I was still pleasing men, I would not be a servant of Christ.

11Because I say to you, my brothers, that the good news of which I was the preacher is not man’s.

12For I did not get it from man, and I was not given teaching in it, but it came to me through revelation of Jesus Christ.

13For news has come to you of my way of life in the past in the Jews’ religion, how I was cruel without measure to the church of God, and did great damage to it:

14And I went farther in the Jews’ religion than a number of my generation among my countrymen, having a more burning interest in the beliefs handed down from my fathers.

15But when it was the good pleasure of God, by whom I was marked out even from my mother’s body, through his grace,

16To give the revelation of his Son in me, so that I might give the news of him to the Gentiles; then I did not take the opinion of flesh and blood,

17And I went not up to Jerusalem to those who were Apostles before me; but I went away into Arabia, and again I came back to Damascus.

18Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Cephas, and was there with him fifteen days.

19But of the other Apostles I saw only James, the Lord’s brother.

20Now God is witness that the things which I am writing to you are true.

21Then I came to the parts of Syria and Cilicia.

22And the churches of Judaea which were in Christ still had no knowledge of my face or person:

23Only it came to their ears that he who at one time was cruel to us is now preaching the faith which before had been attacked by him;

24And they gave glory to God in me.

August 22

1 Chronicles 18

1And it came about after this that David made an attack on the Philistines and overcame them, and took Gath with its daughter-towns out of the hands of the Philistines.

2And he overcame Moab, and the Moabites became his servants and gave him offerings.

3Then David overcame Hadadezer, king of Zobah, near Hamath, when he was going to make his power seen by the river Euphrates.

4And David took from him a thousand war-carriages and seven thousand horsemen and twenty thousand footmen: and he had the leg-muscles of all the horses cut, keeping only enough of them for a hundred war-carriages.

5And when the Aramaeans of Damascus came to the help of Hadadezer, king of Zobah, David put to the sword twenty-two thousand Aramaeans.

6Then David put armed forces in Damascus, and the Aramaeans became his servants and gave him offerings. And the Lord made David overcome wherever he went.

7And the gold body-covers of the servants of Hadadezer, David took to Jerusalem.

8And from Tibhath and from Cun, towns of Hadadezer, David took a great store of brass, of which Solomon made the great brass water-vessel and the brass pillars and vessels.

9Now when Tou, king of Hamath, had news that David had overcome all the army of Hadadezer, king of Zobah,

10He sent his son Hadoram to King David, to give him words of peace and blessing, because he had overcome Hadadezer in the fight, for Hadadezer had been at war with Tou; and he gave him all sorts of vessels of gold and silver and brass.

11These King David made holy to the Lord, together with the silver and gold he had taken from all nations; from Edom and Moab and from the children of Ammon and from the Philistines and from Amalek.

12And when he came back from putting to the sword eighteen thousand of the Edomites in the Valley of Salt,

13David put armed forces in all the towns of Edom; and all the Edomites became servants to David. The Lord made David overcome wherever he went.

14So David was king over all Israel, judging and giving right decisions for all his people.

15And Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief of the army; and Jehoshaphat, son of Ahilud, was keeper of the records.

16And Zadok, the son of Ahitub; and Ahimelech, the son of Abiathar, were priests; and Shavsha was the scribe;

17And Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and the sons of David were chief of those whose places were at the king’s side.

1 Chronicles 19

1Now it came about after this that death came to Nahash, the king of the children of Ammon, and his son became king in his place.

2And David said, I will be a friend to Hanun, the son of Nahash, because his father was a friend to me. So David sent men to him, to give him words of comfort on account of his father. And the servants of David came to Hanun, to the land of the children of Ammon, offering him comfort.

3But the chiefs of the children of Ammon said to Hanun, Does it seem to you that David is honouring your father, by sending comforters to you? is it not clear that these men have only come to go through the land and to make secret observation of it so that they may overcome it?

4So Hanun took David’s servants, and cutting off their hair and the skirts of their robes up to the middle, sent them away.

5Then certain men went and gave David word of what had been done to them. And he sent out with the purpose of meeting them; for the men were greatly shamed. And the king said, Keep where you are at Jericho till your hair is long again, and then come back.

6And when the children of Ammon saw that they had made themselves hated by David, Hanun and the children of Ammon sent a thousand talents of silver as payment for war-carriages and horsemen from Mesopotamia and Aram-maacah and Zobah.

7So with this money they got thirty-two thousand war-carriages, and the help of the king of Maacah and his people, who came and took up their position in front of Medeba. And the children of Ammon came together from their towns for the fight.

8And David, hearing of it, sent Joab with all the army of fighting-men.

9So the children of Ammon came out and put their forces in position on the way into the town; and the kings who had come were stationed by themselves in the field.

10Now when Joab saw that their forces were in position against him in front and at his back, he took all the best men of Israel, and put them in line against the Aramaeans;

11And the rest of the people he put in position against the children of Ammon with Abishai, his brother, at their head.

12And he said, If the Aramaeans are stronger and get the better of me, then come to my help; and if the children of Ammon get the better of you, I will come to your help.

13Take heart, and let us be strong for our people and for the towns of our God; and may the Lord do what seems good to him.

14So Joab and the people who were with him went forward into the fight against the Aramaeans, and they went in flight before him.

15And when the children of Ammon saw the flight of the Aramaeans, they themselves went in flight from Abishai, his brother, and came into the town. Then Joab came back to Jerusalem.

16And when the Aramaeans saw that Israel had overcome them, they sent men to get the Aramaeans who were on the other side of the River, with Shophach, the captain of Hadadezer’s army, at their head.

17And word of this was given to David; and he got all Israel together and went over Jordan and came to Helam and put his forces in position against them. And when David’s forces were in position against the Aramaeans, the fight was started.

18And the Aramaeans went in flight before Israel; and David put to the sword the men of seven thousand Aramaean war-carriages and forty thousand footmen, and put to death Shophach, the captain of the army.

19And when the servants of Hadadezer saw that they were overcome by Israel, they made peace with David and became his servants: and the Aramaeans would give no more help to the children of Ammon.

Zechariah 7

1And it came about in the fourth year of King Darius, that the word of the Lord came to Zechariah on the fourth day of the ninth month, the month Chislev.

2Now they of Beth-el had sent Sharezer and Regem-melech to make a request for grace from the Lord,

3And to say to the priests of the house of the Lord of armies and to the prophets, Am I to go on weeping in the fifth month, separating myself as I have done in past years?

4Then the word of the Lord of armies came to me, saying

5Say to all the people of the land and to the priests, When you went without food and gave yourselves to grief in the fifth and the seventh months for these seventy years, did you ever do it because of me?

6And when you are feasting and drinking, are you not doing it only for yourselves?

7Are not these the words which the Lord said to you by the earlier prophets, when Jerusalem was full of people and wealth, and the towns round about her and the South and the Lowland were peopled?

8And the word of the Lord came to Zechariah, saying,

9This is what the Lord of armies has said: Let your judging be upright and done in good faith, let every man have mercy and pity for his brother:

10Do not be hard on the widow, or the child without a father, on the man from a strange country, or on the poor; let there be no evil thought in your heart against your brother.

11But they would not give attention, turning their backs and stopping their ears from hearing;

12And they made their hearts like the hardest stone, so that they might not give ear to the law and the words which the Lord of armies had said by the earlier prophets: and there came great wrath from the Lord of armies.

13And it came about that as they would not give ear to his voice, so I would not give ear to their voice, says the Lord of armies:

14But with a storm-wind I sent them in flight among all the nations of whom they had no knowledge. So the land was waste after them, so that no man went through or came back: for they had made waste the desired land.

John 5:1-18

1After these things there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

2Now in Jerusalem near the sheep-market there is a public bath which in Hebrew is named Beth-zatha. It has five doorways.

3In these doorways there were a great number of people with different diseases: some unable to see, some without the power of walking, some with wasted bodies.

5One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years.

6When Jesus saw him there on the floor it was clear to him that he had been now a long time in that condition, and so he said to the man, Is it your desire to get well?

7The ill man said in answer, Sir, I have nobody to put me into the bath when the water is moving; and while I am on the way down some other person gets in before me.

8Jesus said to him, Get up, take your bed and go.

9And the man became well straight away, and took up his bed and went. Now that day was the Sabbath.

10So the Jews said to the man who had been made well, It is the Sabbath; and it is against the law for you to take up your bed.

11He said to them, But he who made me well, said to me, Take up your bed and go.

12Then they put to him the question: Who is the man who said to you, Take it up and go?

13Now he who had been made well had no knowledge who it was, Jesus having gone away because of the number of people who were in that place.

14After a time Jesus came across him in the Temple and said to him, See, you are well and strong; do no more sin for fear a worse thing comes to you.

15The man went away and said to the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.

16And for this reason the Jews were turned against Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath.

17But his answer was: My Father is still working even now, and so I am working.

18For this cause the Jews had an even greater desire to put Jesus to death, because not only did he not keep the Sabbath but he said God was his Father, so making himself equal with God.

July 23

2 Kings 3

1And Jehoram, the son of Ahab, became king over Israel in Samaria in the eighteenth year of the rule of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah; and he was king for twelve years.

2He did evil in the eyes of the Lord; but not like his father and his mother, for he put away the stone pillar of Baal which his father had made.

3But still he did the same sins which Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, did and made Israel do; he went on in them.

4Now Mesha, king of Moab, was a sheep-farmer; and he gave regularly to the king of Israel the wool from a hundred thousand lambs and a hundred thousand sheep.

5But when Ahab was dead, the king of Moab got free from the authority of the king of Israel.

6At that time, King Jehoram went out from Samaria and got all Israel together in fighting order.

7And he sent to Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, saying, The king of Moab has got free from my authority: will you go with me to make war on Moab? And he said, I will go with you: I am as you are, my people as your people, and my horses as your horses.

8And he said, Which way are we to go? And he said in answer, By the waste land of Edom.

9So the king of Israel went with the king of Judah and the king of Edom by a roundabout way for seven days: and there was no water for the army or for the beasts they had with them.

10And the king of Israel said, Here is trouble: for the Lord has got these three kings together to give them into the hands of Moab.

11But Jehoshaphat said, Is there no prophet of the Lord here, through whom we may get directions from the Lord? And one of the king of Israel’s men said in answer, Elisha, the son of Shaphat, is here, who was servant to Elijah.

12And Jehoshaphat said, The word of the Lord is with him. So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.

13But Elisha said to the king of Israel, What have I to do with you? go to the prophets of your father and your mother. And the king of Israel said, No; for the Lord has got these three kings together to give them up into the hands of Moab.

14Then Elisha said, By the life of the Lord of armies whose servant I am, if it was not for the respect I have for Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, I would not give a look at you, or see you.

15But now, get me a player of music, and it will come about that while the man is playing, the hand of the Lord will come on me and I will give you the word of the Lord: and they got a player of music, and while the man was playing, the hand of the Lord was on him.

16And he said, The Lord says, I will make this valley full of water-holes.

17For the Lord says, Though you see no wind or rain, the valley will be full of water, and you and your armies and your beasts will have drink.

18And this will be only a small thing to the Lord: in addition he will give the Moabites into your hands.

19And you are to put every walled town to destruction, cutting down every good tree, and stopping up every water-spring, and making all the good land rough with stones.

20Now in the morning, about the time when the offering was made, they saw water flowing from the direction of Edom till the country was full of water.

21Now all Moab, hearing that the kings had come to make war against them, got together all who were able to take up arms and went forward to the edge of the country.

22And early in the morning they got up, when the sun was shining on the water, and they saw the water facing them as red as blood.

23Then they said, This is blood: it is clear that destruction has come on the kings; they have been fighting one another: now come, Moab, let us take their goods.

24But when they came to the tents of Israel, the Israelites came out and made a violent attack on the Moabites, so that they went in flight before them; and they went forward still attacking them;

25Pulling down the towns, covering every good field with stones, stopping up all the water-springs, and cutting down all the good trees; they went on driving Moab before them till only in Kir-hareseth were there any Moabites; and the fighting-men went round the town raining stones on it.

26And when the king of Moab saw that the fight was going against him, he took with him seven hundred men armed with swords, with the idea of forcing a way through to the king of Aram, but they were not able to do so.

27Then he took his oldest son, who would have been king after him, offering him as a burned offering on the wall. So there was great wrath against Israel; and they went away from him, back to their country.

Amos 8

1This is what the Lord God let me see: and I saw a basket of summer fruit.

2And he said, Amos, what do you see? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then the Lord said to me, The end has come to my people Israel; never again will my eyes be shut to their sin.

3And the songs of the king’s house will be cries of pain in that day, says the Lord God: great will be the number of the dead bodies, and everywhere they will put them out without a word.

4Give ear to this, you who are crushing the poor, and whose purpose is to put an end to those who are in need in the land,

5Saying, When will the new moon be gone, so that we may do trade in grain? and the Sabbath, so that we may put out in the market the produce of our fields? making the measure small and the price great, and trading falsely with scales of deceit;

6Getting the poor for silver, and him who is in need for the price of two shoes, and taking a price for the waste parts of the grain.

7The Lord has taken an oath by the pride of Jacob, Truly I will ever keep in mind all their works.

8Will not the land be shaking with fear because of this, and everyone in it have sorrow? and all of it will be overflowing like the River; and it will be troubled and go down again like the River of Egypt.

9And it will come about in that day, says the Lord God, that I will make the sun go down in the middle of the day, and I will make the earth dark in daylight:

10Your feasts will be turned into sorrow and all your melody into songs of grief; everyone will be clothed with haircloth, and the hair of every head will be cut; I will make the weeping like that for an only son, and the end of it like a bitter day.

11See, the days are coming, says the Lord God, when I will send times of great need on the land, not need of food or desire for water, but for hearing the words of the Lord.

12And they will go wandering from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, running here and there in search of the word of the Lord, and they will not get it.

13In that day the fair virgins and the young men will be feeble from need of water.

14Those who make their oaths by the sin of Samaria and say, By the life of your God, O Dan; and, By the living way of Beer-sheba; even they will go down, never again to be lifted up.

1 Corinthians 10

1For it is my desire, my brothers, that you may keep in mind how all our fathers were under the cloud, and they all went through the sea;

2And they all had baptism from Moses in the cloud and in the sea;

3And they all took the same holy food;

4And the same holy drink: for they all took of the water from the holy rock which came after them: and the rock was Christ.

5But with most of them God was not pleased: for they came to their end in the waste land.

6Now these things were for an example to us, so that our hearts might not go after evil things, as they did.

7Then do not go after false gods, as some of them did; as it is said in the holy Writings, After resting and feasting, the people got up to take their pleasure.

8Again, let us not give way to the desires of the flesh, as some of them did, of whom twenty-three thousand came to their end in one day.

9And let us not put the Lord to the test, as some of them did, and came to their death by snakes.

10And do not say evil things against the Lord, as some of them did, and destruction overtook them.

11Now these things were done as an example; and were put down in writing for our teaching, on whom the last days have come.

12So let him who seems to himself to be safe go in fear of a fall.

13You have been put to no test but such as is common to man: and God is true, who will not let any test come on you which you are not able to undergo; but he will make with the test a way out of it, so that you may be able to go through it.

14For this cause, my dear brothers, give no worship to false gods.

15What I am saying is for wise men, do you be the judges of it.

16The cup of blessing which we take, does it not give us a part in the blood of Christ? and is not the broken bread a taking part in the body of Christ?

17Because we, being a number of persons, are one bread, we are one body: for we all take part in the one bread.

18See Israel after the flesh: do not those who take as food the offerings of the altar take a part in the altar?

19Do I say, then, that what is offered to images is anything, or that the image is anything?

20What I say is that the things offered by the Gentiles are offered to evil spirits and not to God; and it is not my desire for you to have any part with evil spirits.

21It is not possible for you, at the same time, to take the cup of the Lord and the cup of evil spirits; you may not take part in the table of the Lord and the table of evil spirits.

22Or may we be the cause of envy to the Lord? are we stronger than he?

23We are free to do all things, but there are things which it is not wise to do. We are free to do all things, but not all things are for the common good.

24Let a man give attention not only to what is good for himself, but equally to his neighbour’s good.

25Whatever meat may be had at the public market, take as food without question of right or wrong;

26For the earth is the Lord’s and all things in it.

27If a Gentile makes a feast for you, and you are pleased to go as a guest, take whatever is put before you, without question of right or wrong.

28But if anyone says to you, This food has been used as an offering, do not take it, on account of him who said it, and on account of his sense of right and wrong:

29Right and wrong, I say, not for you, but for the other man; for the fact that I am free is not dependent on another man’s sense of right or wrong.

30But if I give praise to God for the food which I take, let no man say evil of me for that reason.

31So then, if it is a question of food or drink, or any other thing, whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

32Give no cause of trouble to Jews, or to Greeks, or to the church of God.

33Even as I give way to all men in all things, not looking for profit for myself, but for the good of others, that they may get salvation.