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Daily Bible Reading

August 19 - Bible-in-a-Year


1 Chronicles 15:1-16:6

Chapter 15

The Ark Brought to Jerusalem(a)

1 After David had constructed buildings for himself in the City of David, he prepared(b) a place for the ark of God and pitched(c) a tent for it. 2 Then David said, "No one but the Levites(d) may carry(e) the ark of God, because the Lord chose them to carry the ark of the Lord and to minister(f) before him forever."

3 David assembled all Israel(g) in Jerusalem to bring up the ark of the Lord to the place he had prepared for it. 4 He called together the descendants of Aaron and the Levites:(h)

5 From the descendants of Kohath,

Uriel(i) the leader and 120 relatives;

6 from the descendants of Merari,

Asaiah the leader and 220 relatives;

7 from the descendants of Gershon,[a]

Joel the leader and 130 relatives;

8 from the descendants of Elizaphan,(j)

Shemaiah the leader and 200 relatives;

9 from the descendants of Hebron,(k)

Eliel the leader and 80 relatives;

10 from the descendants of Uzziel,

Amminadab the leader and 112 relatives.

11 Then David summoned Zadok(l) and Abiathar(m) the priests, and Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel and Amminadab the Levites. 12 He said to them, "You are the heads of the Levitical families; you and your fellow Levites are to consecrate(n) yourselves and bring up the ark of the Lord , the God of Israel, to the place I have prepared for it. 13 It was because you, the Levites,(o) did not bring it up the first time that the Lord our God broke out in anger against us.(p) We did not inquire of him about how to do it in the prescribed way.(q)" 14 So the priests and Levites consecrated themselves in order to bring up the ark of the Lord , the God of Israel. 15 And the Levites carried the ark of God with the poles on their shoulders, as Moses had commanded(r) in accordance with the word of the Lord .(s)

16 David(t) told the leaders of the Levites(u) to appoint their fellow Levites as musicians(v) to make a joyful sound with musical instruments: lyres, harps and cymbals.(w)

17 So the Levites appointed Heman(x) son of Joel; from his relatives, Asaph(y) son of Berekiah; and from their relatives the Merarites,(z) Ethan son of Kushaiah; 18 and with them their relatives next in rank: Zechariah,[b] Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-Edom(aa) and Jeiel,[c] the gatekeepers.

19 The musicians Heman,(ab) Asaph and Ethan were to sound the bronze cymbals; 20 Zechariah, Jaaziel,[d] Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah and Benaiah were to play the lyres according to alamoth,[e] 21 and Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-Edom, Jeiel and Azaziah were to play the harps, directing according to sheminith.[f] 22 Kenaniah the head Levite was in charge of the singing; that was his responsibility because he was skillful at it.

23 Berekiah and Elkanah were to be doorkeepers for the ark. 24 Shebaniah, Joshaphat, Nethanel, Amasai, Zechariah, Benaiah and Eliezer the priests were to blow trumpets(ac) before the ark of God. Obed-Edom and Jehiah were also to be doorkeepers for the ark.

25 So David and the elders of Israel and the commanders of units of a thousand went to bring up the ark(ad) of the covenant of the Lord from the house of Obed-Edom, with rejoicing. 26 Because God had helped the Levites who were carrying the ark of the covenant of the Lord , seven bulls and seven rams(ae) were sacrificed. 27 Now David was clothed in a robe of fine linen, as were all the Levites who were carrying the ark, and as were the musicians, and Kenaniah, who was in charge of the singing of the choirs. David also wore a linen ephod.(af) 28 So all Israel(ag) brought up the ark of the covenant of the Lord with shouts,(ah) with the sounding of rams' horns(ai) and trumpets, and of cymbals, and the playing of lyres and harps.

29 As the ark of the covenant of the Lord was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David dancing and celebrating, she despised him in her heart.

Chapter 16

Ministering Before the Ark(a)(b)(c)

1 They brought the ark of God and set it inside the tent that David had pitched(d) for it, and they presented burnt offerings and fellowship offerings before God. 2 After David had finished sacrificing the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he blessed(e) the people in the name of the Lord . 3 Then he gave a loaf of bread, a cake of dates and a cake of raisins(f) to each Israelite man and woman.

4 He appointed some of the Levites to minister(g) before the ark of the Lord , to extol,[a] thank, and praise the Lord , the God of Israel: 5 Asaph was the chief, and next to him in rank were Zechariah, then Jaaziel,[b] Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-Edom and Jeiel. They were to play the lyres and harps, Asaph was to sound the cymbals, 6 and Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests were to blow the trumpets regularly before the ark of the covenant of God.

Zechariah 4

Chapter 4

The Gold Lampstand and the Two Olive Trees

1 Then the angel who talked with me returned and woke(a) me up, like someone awakened from sleep.(b) 2 He asked me, "What do you see?"(c)

I answered, "I see a solid gold lampstand(d) with a bowl at the top and seven lamps(e) on it, with seven channels to the lamps. 3 Also there are two olive trees(f) by it, one on the right of the bowl and the other on its left."

4 I asked the angel who talked with me, "What are these, my lord?"

5 He answered, "Do you not know what these are?"

"No, my lord," I replied.(g)

6 So he said to me, "This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:(h) ‘Not(i) by might nor by power,(j) but by my Spirit,'(k) says the Lord Almighty.

7 "What are you, mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground.(l) Then he will bring out the capstone(m) to shouts(n) of ‘God bless it! God bless it!'"

8 Then the word of the Lord came to me: 9 "The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation(o) of this temple; his hands will also complete it.(p) Then you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me(q) to you.

10 "Who dares despise the day(r) of small things,(s) since the seven eyes(t) of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone[a] in the hand of Zerubbabel?"(u)

11 Then I asked the angel, "What are these two olive trees(v) on the right and the left of the lampstand?"

12 Again I asked him, "What are these two olive branches beside the two gold pipes that pour out golden oil?"

13 He replied, "Do you not know what these are?"

"No, my lord," I said.

14 So he said, "These are the two who are anointed(w) to[b] serve the Lord of all the earth."

John 4:1-26

Chapter 4

Jesus Talks With a Samaritan Woman

1 Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John(a) 2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. 3 So he left Judea(b) and went back once more to Galilee.

4 Now he had to go through Samaria.(c) 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph.(d) 6 Jacob's well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, "Will you give me a drink?"(e) 8 (His disciples had gone into the town(f) to buy food.)

9 The Samaritan woman said to him, "You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan(g) woman. How can you ask me for a drink?" (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a])

10 Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water."(h)

11 "Sir," the woman said, "you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well(i) and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?"

13 Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst.(j) Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water(k) welling up to eternal life."(l)

15 The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water so that I won't get thirsty(m) and have to keep coming here to draw water."

16 He told her, "Go, call your husband and come back."

17 "I have no husband," she replied.

Jesus said to her, "You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true."

19 "Sir," the woman said, "I can see that you are a prophet.(n) 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain,(o) but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem."(p)

21 "Woman," Jesus replied, "believe me, a time is coming(q) when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.(r) 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know;(s) we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.(t) 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come(u) when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit(v) and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit,(w) and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth."

25 The woman said, "I know that Messiah" (called Christ)(x) "is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us."

26 Then Jesus declared, "I, the one speaking to you—I am he."(y)

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