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Daily Bible Reading
August 27 - Old & New Testament
The Temple's Furnishings(a)
1 He made a bronze altar(b) twenty cubits long, twenty cubits wide and ten cubits high.[a] 2 He made the Sea(c) of cast metal, circular in shape, measuring ten cubits from rim to rim and five cubits[b] high. It took a line of thirty cubits[c] to measure around it. 3 Below the rim, figures of bulls encircled it—ten to a cubit.[d] The bulls were cast in two rows in one piece with the Sea.
4 The Sea stood on twelve bulls, three facing north, three facing west, three facing south and three facing east.(d) The Sea rested on top of them, and their hindquarters were toward the center. 5 It was a handbreadth[e] in thickness, and its rim was like the rim of a cup, like a lily blossom. It held three thousand baths.[f]
6 He then made ten basins(e) for washing and placed five on the south side and five on the north. In them the things to be used for the burnt offerings(f) were rinsed, but the Sea was to be used by the priests for washing.
7 He made ten gold lampstands(g) according to the specifications(h) for them and placed them in the temple, five on the south side and five on the north.
8 He made ten tables(i) and placed them in the temple, five on the south side and five on the north. He also made a hundred gold sprinkling bowls.(j)
9 He made the courtyard(k) of the priests, and the large court and the doors for the court, and overlaid the doors with bronze. 10 He placed the Sea on the south side, at the southeast corner.
11 And Huram also made the pots and shovels and sprinkling bowls.
So Huram finished(l) the work he had undertaken for King Solomon in the temple of God:
12 the two pillars;
the two bowl-shaped capitals on top of the pillars;
the two sets of network decorating the two bowl-shaped capitals on top of the pillars;
13 the four hundred pomegranates for the two sets of network (two rows of pomegranates for each network, decorating the bowl-shaped capitals on top of the pillars);
14 the stands(m) with their basins;
15 the Sea and the twelve bulls under it;
16 the pots, shovels, meat forks and all related articles.
All the objects that Huram-Abi(n) made for King Solomon for the temple of the Lord were of polished bronze. 17 The king had them cast in clay molds in the plain of the Jordan between Sukkoth(o) and Zarethan.[g] 18 All these things that Solomon made amounted to so much that the weight of the bronze(p) could not be calculated.
19 Solomon also made all the furnishings that were in God's temple:
the golden altar;
the tables(q) on which was the bread of the Presence;
20 the lampstands(r) of pure gold with their lamps, to burn in front of the inner sanctuary as prescribed;
21 the gold floral work and lamps and tongs (they were solid gold);
22 the pure gold wick trimmers, sprinkling bowls, dishes(s) and censers;(t) and the gold doors of the temple: the inner doors to the Most Holy Place and the doors of the main hall.
1 When all the work Solomon had done for the temple of the Lord was finished,(a) he brought in the things his father David had dedicated(b)—the silver and gold and all the furnishings—and he placed them in the treasuries of God's temple.
The Ark Brought to the Temple(c)
2 Then Solomon summoned to Jerusalem the elders of Israel, all the heads of the tribes and the chiefs of the Israelite families, to bring up the ark(d) of the Lord 's covenant from Zion, the City of David. 3 And all the Israelites(e) came together to the king at the time of the festival in the seventh month.
4 When all the elders of Israel had arrived, the Levites took up the ark, 5 and they brought up the ark and the tent of meeting and all the sacred furnishings in it. The Levitical priests(f) carried them up; 6 and King Solomon and the entire assembly of Israel that had gathered about him were before the ark, sacrificing so many sheep and cattle that they could not be recorded or counted.
7 The priests then brought the ark(g) of the Lord 's covenant to its place in the inner sanctuary of the temple, the Most Holy Place, and put it beneath the wings of the cherubim. 8 The cherubim(h) spread their wings over the place of the ark and covered the ark and its carrying poles. 9 These poles were so long that their ends, extending from the ark, could be seen from in front of the inner sanctuary, but not from outside the Holy Place; and they are still there today. 10 There was nothing in the ark except(i) the two tablets(j) that Moses had placed in it at Horeb, where the Lord made a covenant with the Israelites after they came out of Egypt.
11 The priests then withdrew from the Holy Place. All the priests who were there had consecrated themselves, regardless of their divisions.(k) 12 All the Levites who were musicians(l)—Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun and their sons and relatives—stood on the east side of the altar, dressed in fine linen and playing cymbals, harps and lyres. They were accompanied by 120 priests sounding trumpets.(m) 13 The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the Lord . Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang:
"He is good;
his love endures forever."(n)
Then the temple of the Lord was filled with the cloud,(o) 14 and the priests could not perform(p) their service because of the cloud,(q) for the glory(r) of the Lord filled the temple of God.
1 Then Solomon said, "The Lord has said that he would dwell in a dark cloud;(a) 2 I have built a magnificent temple for you, a place for you to dwell forever.(b)"
3 While the whole assembly of Israel was standing there, the king turned around and blessed them. 4 Then he said:
"Praise be to the Lord , the God of Israel, who with his hands has fulfilled what he promised with his mouth to my father David. For he said, 5 ‘Since the day I brought my people out of Egypt, I have not chosen a city in any tribe of Israel to have a temple built so that my Name might be there, nor have I chosen anyone to be ruler over my people Israel. 6 But now I have chosen Jerusalem(c) for my Name(d) to be there, and I have chosen David(e) to rule my people Israel.'
7 "My father David had it in his heart(f) to build a temple for the Name of the Lord , the God of Israel. 8 But the Lord said to my father David, ‘You did well to have it in your heart to build a temple for my Name. 9 Nevertheless, you are not the one to build the temple, but your son, your own flesh and blood—he is the one who will build the temple for my Name.'
10 "The Lord has kept the promise he made. I have succeeded David my father and now I sit on the throne of Israel, just as the Lord promised, and I have built the temple for the Name of the Lord , the God of Israel. 11 There I have placed the ark, in which is the covenant(g) of the Lord that he made with the people of Israel."
Solomon's Prayer of Dedication(h)(i)
12 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in front of the whole assembly of Israel and spread out his hands. 13 Now he had made a bronze platform,(j) five cubits long, five cubits wide and three cubits high,[a] and had placed it in the center of the outer court. He stood on the platform and then knelt down(k) before the whole assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven. 14 He said:
" Lord , the God of Israel, there is no God like you(l) in heaven or on earth—you who keep your covenant of love(m) with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way. 15 You have kept your promise to your servant David my father; with your mouth you have promised(n) and with your hand you have fulfilled it—as it is today.
16 "Now, Lord , the God of Israel, keep for your servant David my father the promises you made to him when you said, ‘You shall never fail(o) to have a successor to sit before me on the throne of Israel, if only your descendants are careful in all they do to walk before me according to my law,(p) as you have done.' 17 And now, Lord , the God of Israel, let your word that you promised your servant David come true.
18 "But will God really dwell(q) on earth with humans? The heavens,(r) even the highest heavens, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built! 19 Yet, Lord my God, give attention to your servant's prayer and his plea for mercy. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence. 20 May your eyes(s) be open toward this temple day and night, this place of which you said you would put your Name(t) there. May you hear(u) the prayer your servant prays toward this place. 21 Hear the supplications of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven, your dwelling place; and when you hear, forgive.(v)
22 "When anyone wrongs their neighbor and is required to take an oath(w) and they come and swear the oath before your altar in this temple, 23 then hear from heaven and act. Judge between your servants, condemning(x) the guilty and bringing down on their heads what they have done, and vindicating the innocent by treating them in accordance with their innocence.
24 "When your people Israel have been defeated(y) by an enemy because they have sinned against you and when they turn back and give praise to your name, praying and making supplication before you in this temple, 25 then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your people Israel and bring them back to the land you gave to them and their ancestors.
26 "When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain(z) because your people have sinned against you, and when they pray toward this place and give praise to your name and turn from their sin because you have afflicted them, 27 then hear from heaven and forgive(aa) the sin of your servants, your people Israel. Teach them the right way to live, and send rain on the land you gave your people for an inheritance.
28 "When famine(ab) or plague comes to the land, or blight or mildew, locusts or grasshoppers, or when enemies besiege them in any of their cities, whatever disaster or disease may come, 29 and when a prayer or plea is made by anyone among your people Israel—being aware of their afflictions and pains, and spreading out their hands toward this temple— 30 then hear from heaven, your dwelling place. Forgive,(ac) and deal with everyone according to all they do, since you know their hearts (for you alone know the human heart),(ad) 31 so that they will fear you(ae) and walk in obedience to you all the time they live in the land you gave our ancestors.
32 "As for the foreigner who does not belong to your people Israel but has come(af) from a distant land because of your great name and your mighty hand(ag) and your outstretched arm—when they come and pray toward this temple, 33 then hear from heaven, your dwelling place. Do whatever the foreigner(ah) asks of you, so that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and fear you, as do your own people Israel, and may know that this house I have built bears your Name.
34 "When your people go to war against their enemies,(ai) wherever you send them, and when they pray(aj) to you toward this city you have chosen and the temple I have built for your Name, 35 then hear from heaven their prayer and their plea, and uphold their cause.
36 "When they sin against you—for there is no one who does not sin(ak)—and you become angry with them and give them over to the enemy, who takes them captive(al) to a land far away or near; 37 and if they have a change of heart(am) in the land where they are held captive, and repent and plead with you in the land of their captivity and say, ‘We have sinned, we have done wrong and acted wickedly'; 38 and if they turn back to you with all their heart and soul in the land of their captivity where they were taken, and pray toward the land you gave their ancestors, toward the city you have chosen and toward the temple I have built for your Name; 39 then from heaven, your dwelling place, hear their prayer and their pleas, and uphold their cause. And forgive(an) your people, who have sinned against you.
40 "Now, my God, may your eyes be open and your ears attentive(ao) to the prayers offered in this place.
41 "Now arise,(ap)
God, and come to your resting place,(aq)
you and the ark of your might.
May your priests,(ar) Lord God, be clothed with salvation,
may your faithful people rejoice in your goodness.(as)
42 Lord God, do not reject your anointed one.(at)
Remember the great love(au) promised to David your servant."
1 Paul, an apostle(a) of Christ Jesus by the will of God,(b) and Timothy(c) our brother,
To the church of God(d) in Corinth,(e) together with all his holy people throughout Achaia:(f)
2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.(g)
Praise to the God of All Comfort
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,(h) the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us(i) in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ,(j) so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation;(k) if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings,(l) so also you share in our comfort.
8 We do not want you to be uninformed,(m) brothers and sisters,[a] about the troubles we experienced(n) in the province of Asia.(o) We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God,(p) who raises the dead.(q) 10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril,(r) and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope(s) that he will continue to deliver us, 11 as you help us by your prayers.(t) Then many will give thanks(u) on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.
Paul's Change of Plans
12 Now this is our boast: Our conscience(v) testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity[b](w) and godly sincerity.(x) We have done so, relying not on worldly wisdom(y) but on God's grace. 13 For we do not write you anything you cannot read or understand. And I hope that, 14 as you have understood us in part, you will come to understand fully that you can boast of us just as we will boast of you in the day of the Lord Jesus.(z)
15 Because I was confident of this, I wanted to visit you(aa) first so that you might benefit twice.(ab) 16 I wanted to visit you on my way(ac) to Macedonia(ad) and to come back to you from Macedonia, and then to have you send me on my way(ae) to Judea.(af) 17 Was I fickle when I intended to do this? Or do I make my plans in a worldly manner(ag) so that in the same breath I say both "Yes, yes" and "No, no"?
18 But as surely as God is faithful,(ah) our message to you is not "Yes" and "No." 19 For the Son of God,(ai) Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silas[c](aj) and Timothy(ak)—was not "Yes" and "No," but in him it has always(al) been "Yes." 20 For no matter how many promises(am) God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen"(an) is spoken by us to the glory of God.(ao) 21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm(ap) in Christ. He anointed(aq) us, 22 set his seal(ar) of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.(as)
23 I call God as my witness(at)—and I stake my life on it—that it was in order to spare you(au) that I did not return to Corinth. 24 Not that we lord it over(av) your faith, but we work with you for your joy, because it is by faith you stand firm.(aw)
the Week of Proper 21 / Ordinary 26