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Juni 23


1 Chronicles 9:1-44
1. SO ALL Israel was enrolled by genealogies; and they are written in the Book of the Kings of Israel. And Judah was carried away captive to Babylon for their unfaithfulness to God.
2. Now the first [of the returned exiles] to dwell again in their possessions in the cities of Israel were the priests, Levites, and the Nethinim [the temple servants].
3. In Jerusalem dwelt some of the people of Judah, Benjamin, Ephraim, and Manasseh:
4. Uthai son of Ammihud, the son of Omri, the son of Imri, the son of Bani, of the sons of Pharez son of Judah.
5. Of the Shilonites: Asaiah the firstborn and his sons.
6. Of the sons of Zerah: Jeuel and their kinsmen, 690.
7. Of the Benjamites: Sallu son of Meshullam, the son of Hodaviah, the son of Hassenuah;
8. Ibneiah son of Jeroham; Elah son of Uzzi, the son of Michri; and Meshullam son of Shephatiah, the son of Reuel, the son of Ibnijah;
9. And their kinsmen, according to their generations, 956. All these were heads of fathers' houses according to their fathers' houses.
10. Of the priests: Jedaiah; Jehoiarib; Jachin;
11. Azariah son of Hilkiah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son of Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, the chief officer of God's house;
12. And Adaiah son of Jeroham, the son of Pashhur, the son of Malchijah; Massai son of Adiel, the son of Jahzerah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Meshillemith, the son of Immer;
13. And their kinsmen, heads of their fathers' houses, 1,760--very able men for the work of the service of the house of God.
14. Of the Levites: Shemaiah son of Hasshub, the son of Azrikam, the son of Hashabiah, of the sons of Merari;
15. And Bakbakkar, Heresh, Galal, and Mattaniah son of Mica, the son of Zichri, the son of Asaph;
16. Obadiah son of Shemaiah, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun; and Berechiah son of Asa, the son of Elkanah, who dwelt in the villages of the Netophathites [near Jerusalem].
17. The gatekeepers were: Shallum, Akkub, Talmon, Ahiman, and their kinsmen, Shallum being the chief
18. Who hitherto was assigned to the king's east side gate. They were the gatekeepers of the camp of the Levites.
19. Shallum son of Kore, the son of Ebiasaph, the son of Korah, and his kinsmen of his father's house, the Korahites, were in charge of the work of the service, keepers of the thresholds of the Tent, as their fathers had been in charge of the camp of the Lord, keepers of the entrance.
20. Phinehas son of Eleazar was ruler over them in times past, and the Lord was with him.
21. Zechariah son of Meshelemiah was gatekeeper at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting.
22. All these chosen to be keepers at the thresholds were 212. These were enrolled by their genealogies in their villages [around Jerusalem], these men [whose grandfathers] David and Samuel the seer had established to their office of trust.
23. So they and their sons had oversight of the gates of the Lord's house, that is, the house of the tabernacle, by wards.
24. The gatekeepers were stationed on the four sides [of the house of the Lord]--on the east, west, north, and south.
25. Their brethren in their villages were to come in every seven days to be with them.
26. But these Levites, the four chief gatekeepers, were in charge of the chambers and treasuries of the house of God.
27. They lodged round about God's house, for the duty [of watching] was theirs, as well as the opening of the house every morning.
28. Some of them had charge of the serving utensils, being required to count them when they brought them in or took them out.
29. Some of them also were appointed over the furniture and over all the sacred utensils, as well as over the fine flour, wine, oil, frankincense, and spices.
30. Other sons of the priests prepared the ointment of spices.
31. Mattithiah, one of the Levites, the firstborn of Shallum the Korahite, was responsible for the things baked in pans.
32. Of their Kohathite kinsmen, some were to prepare the showbread every Sabbath.
33. These are the singers, heads of the fathers' houses of the Levites, dwelling in the temple chambers, free from other service because they were on duty day and night.
34. These were heads of fathers' houses of the Levites, according to their generations, chief men, who lived in Jerusalem.
35. In Gibeon dwelt the father of Gibeon, Jeiel, whose wife's name was Maacah,
36. His firstborn son Abdon, then Zur, Kish, Baal, Ner, Nadab,
37. Gedor, Ahio, Zechariah, and Mikloth.
38. Mikloth was the father of Shimeam. They also dwelt beside their brethren, opposite their kinsmen in Jerusalem.
39. Ner was the father of Kish, Kish of [King] Saul, Saul of Jonathan, Malchi-shua, Abinadab, and Esh-baal.
40. The son of Jonathan was Merib-baal (Mephibosheth); Merib-baal was the father of Micah.
41. The sons of Micah: Pithon, Melech, Tahrea, and Ahaz.
42. Ahaz was the father of Jarah, and Jarah of Alemeth, Azmaveth, and Zimri; Zimri was the father of Moza,
43. Moza of Binea; Rephaiah was his son, Eleasah his son, Azel his son.
44. Azel had six sons: Azrikam, Bocheru, Ishmael, Sheariah, Obadiah, and Hanan. These were the sons of Azel.

1 Chronicles 10:1-14
1. NOW THE Philistines fought against Israel; and the men of Israel fled from before them and fell slain on Mount Gilboa.
2. And the Philistines followed close after Saul and his sons and overtook them, and the Philistines slew Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malchi-shua, the sons of Saul.
3. And the battle raged about Saul, and the archers found and wounded him.
4. Then Saul said to his armor-bearer, Draw your sword and thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised come and abuse and make sport of me. But his armor-bearer would not, for he was terrified. So Saul took his own sword and fell on it.
5. When his armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he also fell on his sword and died.
6. So Saul died; he and his three sons and all his house died together.
7. And when all the men of Israel who were in the valley saw that the army had fled and that Saul and his sons were dead, they forsook their cities and fled; and the Philistines came and dwelt in them.
8. The next day, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, they found Saul and his sons fallen on Mount Gilboa.
9. They stripped [Saul] and took his head and his armor, and sent [them] round about in Philistia to carry the news to their idols and to the people.
10. And they put [Saul's] armor in the house of their gods and fastened his head in the temple of Dagon.
11. When all Jabesh-gilead heard all that the Philistines had done to Saul,
12. All the brave men arose, took away the bodies of Saul and his sons, brought them to Jabesh, and buried their bones under the oak in Jabesh; then they fasted seven days. [I Sam. 31:12.]
13. So Saul died for his trespass against the Lord [in sparing Amalek], for his unfaithfulness in not keeping God's word, and also for consulting [a medium with] a spirit of the dead to inquire pleadingly of it,
14. And inquired not so of the Lord [in earnest penitence]. Therefore the Lord slew him and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse. [I Sam. 28:6.]

Psalms 77:10-15
10. And I say, This [apparent desertion of Israel by God] is my appointed lot and trial, but I will recall the years of the right hand of the Most High [in loving-kindness extended toward us], for this is my grief, that the right hand of the Most High changes.
11. I will [earnestly] recall the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will [earnestly] remember the wonders [You performed for our fathers] of old.
12. I will meditate also upon all Your works and consider all Your [mighty] deeds.
13. Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary [in holiness, away from sin and guilt]. Who is a great God like our God?
14. You are the God Who does wonders; You have demonstrated Your power among the peoples.
15. You have with Your [mighty] arm redeemed Your people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

Proverbs 19:15-16
15. Slothfulness casts one into a deep sleep, and the idle person shall suffer hunger.
16. He who keeps the commandment [of the Lord] keeps his own life, but he who despises His ways shall die. [Luke 10:28; 11:28.]

Acts 6:1-15
1. NOW ABOUT this time, when the number of the disciples was greatly increasing, complaint was made by the Hellenists (the Greek-speaking Jews) against the [native] Hebrews because their widows were being overlooked and neglected in the daily ministration (distribution of relief).
2. So the Twelve [apostles] convened the multitude of the disciples and said, It is not seemly or desirable or right that we should have to give up or neglect [preaching] the Word of God in order to attend to serving at tables and superintending the distribution of food.
3. Therefore select out from among yourselves, brethren, seven men of good and attested character and repute, full of the [Holy] Spirit and wisdom, whom we may assign to look after this business and duty.
4. But we will continue to devote ourselves steadfastly to prayer and the ministry of the Word.
5. And the suggestion pleased the whole assembly, and they selected Stephen, a man full of faith (a strong and welcome belief that Jesus is the Messiah) and full of and controlled by the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte (convert) from Antioch.
6. These they presented to the apostles, who after prayer laid their hands on them.
7. And the message of God kept on spreading, and the number of disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem; and [besides] a large number of the priests were obedient to the faith [in Jesus as the Messiah, through Whom is obtained eternal salvation in the kingdom of God].
8. Now Stephen, full of grace (divine blessing and favor) and power (strength and ability) worked great wonders and signs (miracles) among the people.
9. However, some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (freed Jewish slaves), as it was called, and [of the synagogues] of the Cyrenians and of the Alexandrians and of those from Cilicia and [the province of] Asia, arose [and undertook] to debate and dispute with Stephen.
10. But they were not able to resist the intelligence and the wisdom and [the inspiration of] the Spirit with which and by Whom he spoke.
11. So they [secretly] instigated and instructed men to say, We have heard this man speak, using slanderous and abusive and blasphemous language against Moses and God.
12. [Thus] they incited the people as well as the elders and the scribes, and they came upon Stephen and arrested him and took him before the council (Sanhedrin).
13. And they brought forward false witnesses who asserted, This man never stops making statements against this sacred place and the Law [of Moses];
14. For we have heard him say that this Jesus the Nazarene will tear down and destroy this place, and will alter the institutions and usages which Moses transmitted to us.
15. Then all who sat in the council (Sanhedrin), as they gazed intently at Stephen, saw that his face had the appearance of the face of an angel.