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Daily Bible Reading
August 30 - Bible-in-a-Year
17 Solomon took a census of all the foreigners(aa) residing in Israel, after the census(ab) his father David had taken; and they were found to be 153,600. 18 He assigned(ac) 70,000 of them to be carriers and 80,000 to be stonecutters in the hills, with 3,600 foremen over them to keep the people working.
Solomon Builds the Temple(a)
1 Then Solomon began to build(b) the temple of the Lord (c) in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord had appeared to his father David. It was on the threshing floor of Araunah[a](d) the Jebusite, the place provided by David. 2 He began building on the second day of the second month in the fourth year of his reign.(e)
3 The foundation Solomon laid for building the temple of God was sixty cubits long and twenty cubits wide[b](f) (using the cubit of the old standard). 4 The portico at the front of the temple was twenty cubits[c] long across the width of the building and twenty[d] cubits high.
He overlaid the inside with pure gold. 5 He paneled the main hall with juniper and covered it with fine gold and decorated it with palm tree(g) and chain designs. 6 He adorned the temple with precious stones. And the gold he used was gold of Parvaim. 7 He overlaid the ceiling beams, doorframes, walls and doors of the temple with gold, and he carved cherubim(h) on the walls.
8 He built the Most Holy Place,(i) its length corresponding to the width of the temple—twenty cubits long and twenty cubits wide. He overlaid the inside with six hundred talents[e] of fine gold. 9 The gold nails(j) weighed fifty shekels.[f] He also overlaid the upper parts with gold.
10 For the Most Holy Place he made a pair(k) of sculptured cherubim and overlaid them with gold. 11 The total wingspan of the cherubim was twenty cubits. One wing of the first cherub was five cubits[g] long and touched the temple wall, while its other wing, also five cubits long, touched the wing of the other cherub. 12 Similarly one wing of the second cherub was five cubits long and touched the other temple wall, and its other wing, also five cubits long, touched the wing of the first cherub. 13 The wings of these cherubim(l) extended twenty cubits. They stood on their feet, facing the main hall.[h]
14 He made the curtain(m) of blue, purple and crimson yarn and fine linen, with cherubim(n) worked into it.
15 For the front of the temple he made two pillars,(o) which together were thirty-five cubits[i] long, each with a capital(p) five cubits high. 16 He made interwoven chains[j](q) and put them on top of the pillars. He also made a hundred pomegranates(r) and attached them to the chains. 17 He erected the pillars in the front of the temple, one to the south and one to the north. The one to the south he named Jakin[k] and the one to the north Boaz.[l]
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.
1 A prophecy:(a) The word(b) of the Lord to Israel through Malachi.[a]
Israel Doubts God's Love
2 "I have loved(c) you," says the Lord .
"But you ask,(d) ‘How have you loved us?'
"Was not Esau Jacob's brother?" declares the Lord . "Yet I have loved Jacob,(e) 3 but Esau I have hated,(f) and I have turned his hill country into a wasteland(g) and left his inheritance to the desert jackals.(h)"
4 Edom(i) may say, "Though we have been crushed, we will rebuild(j) the ruins."
But this is what the Lord Almighty says: "They may build, but I will demolish.(k) They will be called the Wicked Land, a people always under the wrath of the Lord .(l) 5 You will see it with your own eyes and say, ‘Great(m) is the Lord —even beyond the borders of Israel!'(n)
Breaking Covenant Through Blemished Sacrifices
6 "A son honors his father,(o) and a slave his master.(p) If I am a father, where is the honor due me? If I am a master, where is the respect(q) due me?" says the Lord Almighty.(r)
"It is you priests who show contempt for my name.
"But you ask,(s) ‘How have we shown contempt for your name?'
7 "By offering defiled food(t) on my altar.
"But you ask,(u) ‘How have we defiled you?'
"By saying that the Lord 's table(v) is contemptible. 8 When you offer blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice lame or diseased animals,(w) is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased(x) with you? Would he accept you?" says the Lord Almighty.(y)
9 "Now plead with God to be gracious to us. With such offerings(z) from your hands, will he accept(aa) you?"—says the Lord Almighty.
10 "Oh, that one of you would shut the temple doors,(ab) so that you would not light useless fires on my altar! I am not pleased(ac) with you," says the Lord Almighty, "and I will accept(ad) no offering(ae) from your hands. 11 My name will be great(af) among the nations,(ag) from where the sun rises to where it sets.(ah) In every place incense(ai) and pure offerings(aj) will be brought to me, because my name will be great among the nations," says the Lord Almighty.
12 "But you profane it by saying, ‘The Lord's table(ak) is defiled,' and, ‘Its food(al) is contemptible.' 13 And you say, ‘What a burden!'(am) and you sniff at it contemptuously,(an)" says the Lord Almighty.
"When you bring injured, lame or diseased animals and offer them as sacrifices,(ao) should I accept them from your hands?"(ap) says the Lord . 14 "Cursed is the cheat who has an acceptable male in his flock and vows to give it, but then sacrifices a blemished animal(aq) to the Lord. For I am a great king,(ar)" says the Lord Almighty,(as) "and my name is to be feared(at) among the nations.(au)
Additional Warning to the Priests
1 "And now, you priests, this warning is for you.(a) 2 If you do not listen,(b) and if you do not resolve to honor(c) my name," says the Lord Almighty, "I will send a curse(d) on you, and I will curse your blessings.(e) Yes, I have already cursed them, because you have not resolved to honor me.
3 "Because of you I will rebuke your descendants[a]; I will smear on your faces the dung(f) from your festival sacrifices, and you will be carried off with it.(g) 4 And you will know that I have sent you this warning so that my covenant with Levi(h) may continue," says the Lord Almighty. 5 "My covenant was with him, a covenant(i) of life and peace,(j) and I gave them to him; this called for reverence(k) and he revered me and stood in awe of my name. 6 True instruction(l) was in his mouth and nothing false was found on his lips. He walked(m) with me in peace(n) and uprightness,(o) and turned many from sin.(p)
7 "For the lips of a priest(q) ought to preserve knowledge, because he is the messenger(r) of the Lord Almighty and people seek instruction from his mouth.(s) 8 But you have turned from the way(t) and by your teaching have caused many to stumble;(u) you have violated the covenant(v) with Levi,"(w) says the Lord Almighty. 9 "So I have caused you to be despised(x) and humiliated(y) before all the people, because you have not followed my ways but have shown partiality(z) in matters of the law."(aa)
21 Once more Jesus said to them, "I am going away, and you will look for me, and you will die(z) in your sin. Where I go, you cannot come."(aa)
22 This made the Jews ask, "Will he kill himself? Is that why he says, ‘Where I go, you cannot come' ?"
23 But he continued, "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.(ab) 24 I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he,(ac) you will indeed die in your sins."
25 "Who are you?" they asked.
"Just what I have been telling you from the beginning," Jesus replied. 26 "I have much to say in judgment of you. But he who sent me is trustworthy,(ad) and what I have heard from him I tell the world."(ae)
27 They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father. 28 So Jesus said, "When you have lifted up[a] the Son of Man,(af) then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me.(ag) 29 The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone,(ah) for I always do what pleases him."(ai) 30 Even as he spoke, many believed in him.(aj)
Dispute Over Whose Children Jesus' Opponents Are
31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching,(ak) you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."(al)
33 They answered him, "We are Abraham's descendants(am) and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?"
34 Jesus replied, "Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.(an) 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.(ao) 36 So if the Son sets you free,(ap) you will be free indeed. 37 I know that you are Abraham's descendants. Yet you are looking for a way to kill me,(aq) because you have no room for my word. 38 I am telling you what I have seen in the Father's presence,(ar) and you are doing what you have heard from your father.[b]"(as)
39 "Abraham is our father," they answered.
"If you were Abraham's children,"(at) said Jesus, "then you would[c] do what Abraham did. 40 As it is, you are looking for a way to kill me,(au) a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God.(av) Abraham did not do such things. 41 You are doing the works of your own father."(aw)
"We are not illegitimate children," they protested. "The only Father we have is God himself."(ax)
42 Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me,(ay) for I have come here from God.(az) I have not come on my own;(ba) God sent me.(bb) 43 Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. 44 You belong to your father, the devil,(bc) and you want to carry out your father's desires.(bd) He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.(be) 45 Yet because I tell the truth,(bf) you do not believe me! 46 Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don't you believe me? 47 Whoever belongs to God hears what God says.(bg) The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God."
the Week of Proper 21 / Ordinary 26