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Daily Bible Reading
August 8 - Bible-in-a-Year
The Book of the Law Found(a)
1 Josiah(b) was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. His mother's name was Jedidah daughter of Adaiah; she was from Bozkath.(c) 2 He did what was right(d) in the eyes of the Lord and followed completely the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right(e) or to the left.
3 In the eighteenth year of his reign, King Josiah sent the secretary, Shaphan(f) son of Azaliah, the son of Meshullam, to the temple of the Lord . He said: 4 "Go up to Hilkiah(g) the high priest and have him get ready the money that has been brought into the temple of the Lord , which the doorkeepers have collected(h) from the people. 5 Have them entrust it to the men appointed to supervise the work on the temple. And have these men pay the workers who repair(i) the temple of the Lord — 6 the carpenters, the builders and the masons. Also have them purchase timber and dressed stone to repair the temple.(j) 7 But they need not account for the money entrusted to them, because they are honest in their dealings."(k)
8 Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the secretary, "I have found the Book of the Law(l) in the temple of the Lord ." He gave it to Shaphan, who read it. 9 Then Shaphan the secretary went to the king and reported to him: "Your officials have paid out the money that was in the temple of the Lord and have entrusted it to the workers and supervisors at the temple." 10 Then Shaphan the secretary informed the king, "Hilkiah the priest has given me a book." And Shaphan read from it in the presence of the king.(m)
11 When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law,(n) he tore his robes. 12 He gave these orders to Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam(o) son of Shaphan, Akbor son of Micaiah, Shaphan the secretary and Asaiah the king's attendant:(p) 13 "Go and inquire(q) of the Lord for me and for the people and for all Judah about what is written in this book that has been found. Great is the Lord 's anger(r) that burns against us because those who have gone before us have not obeyed the words of this book; they have not acted in accordance with all that is written there concerning us."
14 Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, Akbor, Shaphan and Asaiah went to speak to the prophet(s) Huldah, who was the wife of Shallum son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe. She lived in Jerusalem, in the New Quarter.
15 She said to them, "This is what the Lord , the God of Israel, says: Tell the man who sent you to me, 16 ‘This is what the Lord says: I am going to bring disaster(t) on this place and its people, according to everything written in the book(u) the king of Judah has read. 17 Because they have forsaken(v) me and burned incense to other gods and aroused my anger by all the idols their hands have made,[a] my anger will burn against this place and will not be quenched.' 18 Tell the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire(w) of the Lord , ‘This is what the Lord , the God of Israel, says concerning the words you heard: 19 Because your heart was responsive and you humbled(x) yourself before the Lord when you heard what I have spoken against this place and its people—that they would become a curse[b](y) and be laid waste(z)—and because you tore your robes and wept in my presence, I also have heard you, declares the Lord . 20 Therefore I will gather you to your ancestors, and you will be buried in peace.(aa) Your eyes(ab) will not see all the disaster I am going to bring on this place.'"
So they took her answer back to the king.
Josiah Renews the Covenant(a)(b)(c)(d)
1 Then the king called together all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem. 2 He went up to the temple of the Lord with the people of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the priests and the prophets—all the people from the least to the greatest. He read(e) in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant,(f) which had been found in the temple of the Lord . 3 The king stood by the pillar(g) and renewed the covenant(h) in the presence of the Lord —to follow(i) the Lord and keep his commands, statutes and decrees with all his heart and all his soul, thus confirming the words of the covenant written in this book. Then all the people pledged themselves to the covenant.
4 The king ordered Hilkiah the high priest, the priests next in rank and the doorkeepers(j) to remove(k) from the temple of the Lord all the articles made for Baal and Asherah and all the starry hosts. He burned them outside Jerusalem in the fields of the Kidron Valley and took the ashes to Bethel. 5 He did away with the idolatrous priests appointed by the kings of Judah to burn incense on the high places of the towns of Judah and on those around Jerusalem—those who burned incense(l) to Baal, to the sun and moon, to the constellations and to all the starry hosts.(m) 6 He took the Asherah pole from the temple of the Lord to the Kidron Valley(n) outside Jerusalem and burned it there. He ground it to powder(o) and scattered the dust over the graves(p) of the common people.(q) 7 He also tore down the quarters of the male shrine prostitutes(r) that were in the temple of the Lord , the quarters where women did weaving for Asherah.
8 Josiah brought all the priests from the towns of Judah and desecrated the high places, from Geba(s) to Beersheba, where the priests had burned incense. He broke down the gateway at the entrance of the Gate of Joshua, the city governor, which was on the left of the city gate. 9 Although the priests of the high places did not serve(t) at the altar of the Lord in Jerusalem, they ate unleavened bread with their fellow priests.
10 He desecrated Topheth,(u) which was in the Valley of Ben Hinnom,(v) so no one could use it to sacrifice their son(w) or daughter in the fire to Molek. 11 He removed from the entrance to the temple of the Lord the horses that the kings of Judah(x) had dedicated to the sun. They were in the court[a] near the room of an official named Nathan-Melek. Josiah then burned the chariots dedicated to the sun.(y)
12 He pulled down(z) the altars the kings of Judah had erected on the roof(aa) near the upper room of Ahaz, and the altars Manasseh had built in the two courts(ab) of the temple of the Lord . He removed them from there, smashed them to pieces and threw the rubble into the Kidron Valley.(ac) 13 The king also desecrated the high places that were east of Jerusalem on the south of the Hill of Corruption—the ones Solomon(ad) king of Israel had built for Ashtoreth the vile goddess of the Sidonians, for Chemosh the vile god of Moab, and for Molek the detestable(ae) god of the people of Ammon.(af) 14 Josiah smashed(ag) the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles and covered the sites with human bones.(ah)
15 Even the altar(ai) at Bethel, the high place made by Jeroboam(aj) son of Nebat, who had caused Israel to sin—even that altar and high place he demolished. He burned the high place and ground it to powder, and burned the Asherah pole also. 16 Then Josiah(ak) looked around, and when he saw the tombs that were there on the hillside, he had the bones removed from them and burned on the altar to defile it, in accordance(al) with the word of the Lord proclaimed by the man of God who foretold these things.
17 The king asked, "What is that tombstone I see?"
The people of the city said, "It marks the tomb of the man of God who came from Judah and pronounced against the altar of Bethel the very things you have done to it."
18 "Leave it alone," he said. "Don't let anyone disturb his bones(am)." So they spared his bones and those of the prophet(an) who had come from Samaria.
19 Just as he had done at Bethel, Josiah removed all the shrines at the high places that the kings of Israel had built in the towns of Samaria and that had aroused the Lord 's anger. 20 Josiah slaughtered(ao) all the priests of those high places on the altars and burned human bones(ap) on them. Then he went back to Jerusalem.
21 The king gave this order to all the people: "Celebrate the Passover(aq) to the Lord your God, as it is written in this Book of the Covenant."(ar) 22 Neither in the days of the judges who led Israel nor in the days of the kings of Israel and the kings of Judah had any such Passover been observed. 23 But in the eighteenth year of King Josiah, this Passover was celebrated to the Lord in Jerusalem.(as)
24 Furthermore, Josiah got rid of the mediums and spiritists,(at) the household gods,(au) the idols and all the other detestable(av) things seen in Judah and Jerusalem. This he did to fulfill the requirements of the law written in the book that Hilkiah the priest had discovered in the temple of the Lord . 25 Neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned(aw) to the Lord as he did—with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength, in accordance with all the Law of Moses.(ax)
26 Nevertheless, the Lord did not turn away from the heat of his fierce anger,(ay) which burned against Judah because of all that Manasseh(az) had done to arouse his anger. 27 So the Lord said, "I will remove(ba) Judah also from my presence(bb) as I removed Israel, and I will reject(bc) Jerusalem, the city I chose, and this temple, about which I said, ‘My Name shall be there.'[b]"
28 As for the other events of Josiah's reign, and all he did, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah?
29 While Josiah was king, Pharaoh Necho(bd) king of Egypt went up to the Euphrates River to help the king of Assyria. King Josiah marched out to meet him in battle, but Necho faced him and killed him at Megiddo.(be) 30 Josiah's servants brought his body in a chariot(bf) from Megiddo to Jerusalem and buried him in his own tomb. And the people of the land took Jehoahaz son of Josiah and anointed him and made him king in place of his father.
Jehoahaz King of Judah(bg)
31 Jehoahaz(bh) was twenty-three years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months. His mother's name was Hamutal(bi) daughter of Jeremiah; she was from Libnah. 32 He did evil(bj) in the eyes of the Lord , just as his predecessors had done. 33 Pharaoh Necho put him in chains at Riblah(bk) in the land of Hamath(bl) so that he might not reign in Jerusalem, and he imposed on Judah a levy of a hundred talents[c] of silver and a talent[d] of gold. 34 Pharaoh Necho made Eliakim(bm) son of Josiah king in place of his father Josiah and changed Eliakim's name to Jehoiakim. But he took Jehoahaz and carried him off to Egypt, and there he died.(bn) 35 Jehoiakim paid Pharaoh Necho the silver and gold he demanded. In order to do so, he taxed the land and exacted the silver and gold from the people of the land according to their assessments.(bo)
Woe to Nineveh
1 Woe to the city of blood,(a)
full of lies,(b)
full of plunder,
never without victims!
2 The crack of whips,
the clatter of wheels,
and jolting chariots!
3 Charging cavalry,
and glittering spears!
piles of dead,
bodies without number,
people stumbling over the corpses(c)—
4 all because of the wanton lust of a prostitute,
alluring, the mistress of sorceries,(d)
who enslaved nations by her prostitution(e)
and peoples by her witchcraft.
5 "I am against(f) you," declares the
"I will lift your skirts(g) over your face.
I will show the nations your nakedness(h)
and the kingdoms your shame.
6 I will pelt you with filth,(i)
I will treat you with contempt(j)
and make you a spectacle.(k)
7 All who see you will flee(l) from you and say,
‘Nineveh(m) is in ruins(n)—who will mourn for her?'(o)
Where can I find anyone to comfort(p) you?"
8 Are you better than(q) Thebes,(r)
situated on the Nile,(s)
with water around her?
The river was her defense,
the waters her wall.
9 Cush[a](t) and Egypt were her boundless strength;
Put(u) and Libya(v) were among her allies.
10 Yet she was taken captive(w)
and went into exile.
Her infants were dashed(x) to pieces
at every street corner.
Lots(y) were cast for her nobles,
and all her great men were put in chains.(z)
11 You too will become drunk;(aa)
you will go into hiding(ab)
and seek refuge from the enemy.
12 All your fortresses are like fig trees
with their first ripe fruit;(ac)
when they are shaken,
the figs(ad) fall into the mouth of the eater.
13 Look at your troops—
they are all weaklings.(ae)
The gates(af) of your land
are wide open to your enemies;
fire has consumed the bars of your gates.(ag)
14 Draw water for the siege,(ah)
strengthen your defenses!(ai)
Work the clay,
tread the mortar,
repair the brickwork!
15 There the fire(aj) will consume you;
the sword(ak) will cut you down—
they will devour you like a swarm of locusts.
Multiply like grasshoppers,
multiply like locusts!(al)
16 You have increased the number of your merchants
till they are more numerous than the stars in the sky,
but like locusts(am) they strip the land
and then fly away.
17 Your guards are like locusts,(an)
your officials like swarms of locusts
that settle in the walls on a cold day—
but when the sun appears they fly away,
and no one knows where.
18 King of Assyria, your shepherds[b] slumber;(ao)
your nobles lie down to rest.(ap)
Your people are scattered(aq) on the mountains
with no one to gather them.
19 Nothing can heal you;(ar)
your wound is fatal.
All who hear the news about you
clap their hands(as) at your fall,
for who has not felt
your endless cruelty?(at)
1 There is no need(a) for me to write to you about this service(b) to the Lord's people.(c) 2 For I know your eagerness to help,(d) and I have been boasting(e) about it to the Macedonians, telling them that since last year(f) you in Achaia(g) were ready to give; and your enthusiasm has stirred most of them to action. 3 But I am sending the brothers(h) in order that our boasting about you in this matter should not prove hollow, but that you may be ready, as I said you would be.(i) 4 For if any Macedonians(j) come with me and find you unprepared, we—not to say anything about you—would be ashamed of having been so confident. 5 So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers(k) to visit you in advance and finish the arrangements for the generous gift you had promised. Then it will be ready as a generous gift,(l) not as one grudgingly given.(m)
6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.(n) 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give,(o) not reluctantly or under compulsion,(p) for God loves a cheerful giver.(q) 8 And God is able(r) to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need,(s) you will abound in every good work. 9 As it is written:
"They have freely scattered their gifts(t) to the poor;
their righteousness endures forever."[a](u)
10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food(v) will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.(w) 11 You will be enriched(x) in every way so that you can be generous(y) on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.(z)
12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs(aa) of the Lord's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.(ab) 13 Because of the service(ac) by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God(ad) for the obedience that accompanies your confession(ae) of the gospel of Christ,(af) and for your generosity(ag) in sharing with them and with everyone else. 14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 15 Thanks be to God(ah) for his indescribable gift!(ai)
the Week of Proper 21 / Ordinary 26