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Bible Reading Plan
Daily Bible Reading
August 29 - Bible-in-a-Year
Solomon Asks for Wisdom(a)(b)
1 Solomon son of David established(c) himself firmly over his kingdom, for the Lord his God was with(d) him and made him exceedingly great.(e)
2 Then Solomon spoke to all Israel(f)—to the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, to the judges and to all the leaders in Israel, the heads of families— 3 and Solomon and the whole assembly went to the high place at Gibeon,(g) for God's tent of meeting(h) was there, which Moses(i) the Lord 's servant had made in the wilderness. 4 Now David had brought up the ark(j) of God from Kiriath Jearim to the place he had prepared for it, because he had pitched a tent(k) for it in Jerusalem. 5 But the bronze altar(l) that Bezalel(m) son of Uri, the son of Hur, had made was in Gibeon in front of the tabernacle of the Lord ; so Solomon and the assembly inquired(n) of him there. 6 Solomon went up to the bronze altar before the Lord in the tent of meeting and offered a thousand burnt offerings on it.
7 That night God appeared(o) to Solomon and said to him, "Ask for whatever you want me to give you."
8 Solomon answered God, "You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me(p) king in his place. 9 Now, Lord God, let your promise(q) to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth.(r) 10 Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead(s) this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?"
11 God said to Solomon, "Since this is your heart's desire and you have not asked for wealth,(t) possessions or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, 12 therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honor,(u) such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.(v)"
13 Then Solomon went to Jerusalem from the high place at Gibeon, from before the tent of meeting. And he reigned over Israel.
14 Solomon accumulated chariots(w) and horses; he had fourteen hundred chariots and twelve thousand horses,[a] which he kept in the chariot cities and also with him in Jerusalem. 15 The king made silver and gold(x) as common in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar as plentiful as sycamore-fig trees in the foothills. 16 Solomon's horses were imported from Egypt and from Kue[b]—the royal merchants purchased them from Kue at the current price. 17 They imported a chariot(y) from Egypt for six hundred shekels[c] of silver, and a horse for a hundred and fifty.[d] They also exported them to all the kings of the Hittites and of the Arameans.
Preparations for Building the Temple(a)
1 [a]Solomon gave orders to build a temple(b) for the Name of the Lord and a royal palace for himself.(c) 2 He conscripted 70,000 men as carriers and 80,000 as stonecutters in the hills and 3,600 as foremen over them.(d)
3 Solomon sent this message to Hiram[b](e) king of Tyre:
"Send me cedar logs(f) as you did for my father David when you sent him cedar to build a palace to live in. 4 Now I am about to build a temple(g) for the Name of the Lord my God and to dedicate it to him for burning fragrant incense(h) before him, for setting out the consecrated bread(i) regularly, and for making burnt offerings(j) every morning and evening and on the Sabbaths,(k) at the New Moons(l) and at the appointed festivals of the Lord our God. This is a lasting ordinance for Israel.
5 "The temple I am going to build will be great,(m) because our God is greater than all other gods.(n) 6 But who is able to build a temple for him, since the heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain him?(o) Who then am I(p) to build a temple for him, except as a place to burn sacrifices before him?
7 "Send me, therefore, a man skilled to work in gold and silver, bronze and iron, and in purple, crimson and blue yarn, and experienced in the art of engraving, to work in Judah and Jerusalem with my skilled workers,(q) whom my father David provided.
8 "Send me also cedar, juniper and algum[c] logs from Lebanon, for I know that your servants are skilled in cutting timber there. My servants will work with yours 9 to provide me with plenty of lumber, because the temple I build must be large and magnificent. 10 I will give your servants, the woodsmen who cut the timber, twenty thousand cors[d] of ground wheat, twenty thousand cors[e] of barley, twenty thousand baths[f] of wine and twenty thousand baths of olive oil.(r)"
11 Hiram king of Tyre replied by letter to Solomon:
"Because the Lord loves(s) his people, he has made you their king."
12 And Hiram added:
"Praise be to the Lord , the God of Israel, who made heaven and earth!(t) He has given King David a wise son, endowed with intelligence and discernment, who will build a temple for the Lord and a palace for himself.
13 "I am sending you Huram-Abi,(u) a man of great skill, 14 whose mother was from Dan(v) and whose father was from Tyre. He is trained(w) to work in gold and silver, bronze and iron, stone and wood, and with purple and blue(x) and crimson yarn and fine linen. He is experienced in all kinds of engraving and can execute any design given to him. He will work with your skilled workers and with those of my lord, David your father.
15 "Now let my lord send his servants the wheat and barley and the olive oil(y) and wine he promised, 16 and we will cut all the logs from Lebanon that you need and will float them as rafts by sea down to Joppa.(z) You can then take them up to Jerusalem."
The Lord Comes and Reigns
1 A day of the Lord (a) is coming, Jerusalem, when your possessions(b) will be plundered and divided up within your very walls.
2 I will gather all the nations(c) to Jerusalem to fight against it;(d) the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped.(e) Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city.(f) 3 Then the Lord will go out and fight(g) against those nations, as he fights on a day of battle.(h) 4 On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives,(i) east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split(j) in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south. 5 You will flee by my mountain valley, for it will extend to Azel. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake[a](k) in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come,(l) and all the holy ones with him.(m)
6 On that day there will be neither sunlight(n) nor cold, frosty darkness. 7 It will be a unique(o) day—a day known only to the Lord —with no distinction between day and night.(p) When evening comes, there will be light.(q)
8 On that day living water(r) will flow(s) out from Jerusalem, half of it east(t) to the Dead Sea and half of it west to the Mediterranean Sea, in summer and in winter.(u)
9 The Lord will be king(v) over the whole earth.(w) On that day there will be one Lord , and his name the only name.(x)
10 The whole land, from Geba(y) to Rimmon,(z) south of Jerusalem, will become like the Arabah. But Jerusalem will be raised up(aa) high from the Benjamin Gate(ab) to the site of the First Gate, to the Corner Gate,(ac) and from the Tower of Hananel(ad) to the royal winepresses, and will remain in its place.(ae) 11 It will be inhabited;(af) never again will it be destroyed. Jerusalem will be secure.(ag)
12 This is the plague with which the Lord will strike(ah) all the nations that fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths.(ai) 13 On that day people will be stricken by the Lord with great panic.(aj) They will seize each other by the hand and attack one another.(ak) 14 Judah(al) too will fight at Jerusalem. The wealth of all the surrounding nations will be collected(am)—great quantities of gold and silver and clothing. 15 A similar plague(an) will strike the horses and mules, the camels and donkeys, and all the animals in those camps.
16 Then the survivors(ao) from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship(ap) the King,(aq) the Lord Almighty, and to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles.(ar) 17 If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship(as) the King, the Lord Almighty, they will have no rain.(at) 18 If the Egyptian people do not go up and take part, they will have no rain. The Lord [b] will bring on them the plague(au) he inflicts on the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles.(av) 19 This will be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles.(aw)
20 On that day holy to the Lord (ax) will be inscribed on the bells of the horses, and the cooking pots(ay) in the Lord 's house will be like the sacred bowls(az) in front of the altar. 21 Every pot in Jerusalem and Judah will be holy(ba) to the Lord Almighty, and all who come to sacrifice will take some of the pots and cook in them. And on that day(bb) there will no longer be a Canaanite[c](bc) in the house(bd) of the Lord Almighty.(be)
1 1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.(a)
2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them.(b) 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women.(c) Now what do you say?" 6 They were using this question as a trap,(d) in order to have a basis for accusing him.(e)
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone(f) at her."(g) 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?"
11 "No one, sir," she said.
"Then neither do I condemn you,"(h) Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin."(i)
Dispute Over Jesus' Testimony
12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am(j) the light of the world.(k) Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."(l)
13 The Pharisees challenged him, "Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid."(m)
14 Jesus answered, "Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going.(n) But you have no idea where I come from(o) or where I am going. 15 You judge by human standards;(p) I pass judgment on no one.(q) 16 But if I do judge, my decisions are true, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me.(r) 17 In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is true.(s) 18 I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me."(t)
19 Then they asked him, "Where is your father?"
"You do not know me or my Father,"(u) Jesus replied. "If you knew me, you would know my Father also."(v) 20 He spoke these words while teaching(w) in the temple courts near the place where the offerings were put.(x) Yet no one seized him, because his hour had not yet come.(y)
the Week of Proper 21 / Ordinary 26