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June 1

1 Kings 11:1-43
1. King Solomon loved many foreign women, including the daughter of Pharaoh and women from Moab, Ammon, Edom, Sidon, and the Hittites.
2. In the past the Lord had said to the Israelites, "You must not marry people from other nations. If you do, they will cause you to follow their gods." But Solomon fell in love with these women.
3. He had 700 wives who were the daughters of leaders from other nations. He also had 300 slave women who were like wives to him. His wives caused him to turn away from God.
4. When Solomon was old, his wives caused him to follow other gods, so he did not follow the Lord completely as his father David did.
5. Solomon worshiped Ashtoreth, the goddess of Sidon and Milcom, the horrible god of the Ammonites.
6. So Solomon did what the Lord said was wrong. He did not follow the Lord completely as his father David did.
7. On the mountain next to Jerusalem, Solomon built a place for worshiping Chemosh, that horrible idol of the Moabites. On the same mountain, Solomon built a place for worshiping Molech, that horrible idol of the Ammonites.
8. Solomon did the same thing for all of his other foreign wives who burned incense and gave sacrifices to their gods.
9. So Solomon did not remain faithful to the Lord, the God of Israel, even though God had appeared to him twice. The Lord became angry with him.
10. He had told Solomon that he must not follow other gods, but Solomon did not obey the Lord's command.
11. So the Lord said to Solomon, "You have chosen to break your agreement with me. You have not obeyed my commands. So I promise that I will tear your kingdom away from you and give it to one of your servants.
12. But I loved your father David, so I will not take your kingdom away from you while you are alive. I will wait until your son becomes king, then I will take it from him.
13. Still, I will not tear away all the kingdom from your son. I will leave him one tribe to rule. I will do this for my servant David and for Jerusalem, the city I chose."
14. Then the Lord raised up Hadad the Edomite to become Solomon's enemy. Hadad was from the royal family of Edom.
15. This is how it happened. In the past David fought against Edom, Joab was the commander of David's army. Joab went to Edom to bury his dead soldiers. While there Joab killed all the Edomite men who were still alive.
16. Joab and the men of Israel stayed in Edom for six months until they killed all of the men of Edom.
17. At the time Hadad was only a young boy. He and some of his father's servants ran away to Egypt.
18. They left Midian and went to Paran. In Paran some other people joined them and the whole group went to Egypt. They went to Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, and asked for help. Pharaoh gave Hadad a house, some land, and food to eat.
19. Pharaoh liked Hadad so much that he gave Hadad a wife. She was Pharaoh's sister-in-law. (Pharaoh's wife was Queen Tahpenes.)
20. Hadad and the sister of Tahpenes had a son named Genubath. Queen Tahpenes let Genubath grow up in Pharaoh's house with his children.
21. In Egypt Hadad heard that David had died and that Joab, the commander of the army, was dead. So Hadad said to Pharaoh, "Let me go home to my own country."
22. But Pharaoh answered, "I have given you everything you need here. Why do you want to go back to your own country?" Hadad answered, "Please, just let me go home."
23. God also raised up another man to become one of Solomon's enemies. This man was Rezon, son of Eliada. Rezon ran away from his master, King Hadadezer of Zobah.
24. After David defeated the army of Zobah, Rezon gathered some men and became the leader of a small army. He went to Damascus and stayed there to rule from Damascus.
25. Rezon became the king of Aram. He was an enemy of Israel throughout Solomon's life and added to the trouble that Hadad created for Israel.
26. There was also another person who became an enemy of Solomon. He was Jeroboam son of Nebat. He was an Ephraimite from the town of Zeredah. His mother was a widow named Zeruah. He was one of Solomon's servants, but he rebelled against the king.
27. This is the story about how Jeroboam turned against the king. Solomon was building the Millo and repairing the wall around the city of David, his father.
28. Jeroboam was a free man. Solomon saw that this young man was a skilled worker, so he made him the supervisor over all of the workers from the tribe of Joseph.
29. One day as Jeroboam was leaving Jerusalem, the prophet Ahijah from Shiloh met him on the road. They were alone out in the country, and Ahijah was wearing a new coat.
30. Ahijah took his new coat and tore it into twelve pieces.
31. Then he said to Jeroboam, "Take ten pieces of this coat for yourself because the Lord, the God of Israel, says: 'I will tear the kingdom away from Solomon, and I will give you ten of the tribes.
32. I will let David's family keep only one tribe. I will do this because of my servant David and because of Jerusalem, the city that I chose from among all the tribes of Israel.
33. I will take the kingdom from Solomon because he stopped following me and began worshiping Ashtoreth, the goddess of Sidon, Chemosh, the god of Moab, and Milcom, the god of the Ammonites. Solomon stopped following my ways and doing what I say is right. He does not obey my laws and commands as his father David did.
34. So I will take the kingdom away from Solomon's family. I chose David because he obeyed all my laws and commands. So for my servant David, I will let Solomon be the king for the rest of his life.
35. But Jeroboam, I will take the ten tribes away from his son and give them to you.
36. I will let Solomon's son keep one tribe to rule over. I will do this for my servant David, so he will always have someone to rule near me in Jerusalem, the city that I chose to be my own.
37. But I will make you king of Israel. You will rule over everything you want.
38. If you live right and obey all my commands as David did, I will be with you and make your family a family of kings, just as I did for David. And you will have Israel as your kingdom.
39. I will punish David's descendants because of what Solomon did, but not forever.'"
40. Solomon tried to kill Jeroboam, but Jeroboam ran away to Egypt. He went to King Shishak of Egypt and stayed there until Solomon died.
41. Everything else Solomon did, from the beginning to the end, is written in the book, The History of Solomon.
42. Solomon ruled in Jerusalem over all Israel for 40 years.
43. Then he died and was buried in the city of David, his father. Then Solomon's son, Rehoboam, became the next king after him.

1 Kings 12:1-33
1. Jeroboam son of Nebat was still in Egypt where he had run away from Solomon. When he heard about Solomon's death, he returned to his city, Zeredah, in the hills of Ephraim. Rehoboam and all of the Israelites went to Shechem to make him the king. The people said to Rehoboam,
4. "Your father forced us to work very hard. Now, make it easier for us. Stop the heavy work that your father forced us to do and we will serve you."
5. Rehoboam answered, "Come back to me in three days, and I will answer you." So the people left.
6. There were some older men who had helped Solomon make decisions when he was alive. So King Rehoboam asked these men what he should do. He said, "How do you think I should answer the people?"
7. They answered, "If you are like a servant to them today, they will sincerely serve you. If you speak kindly to them, they will always work for you."
8. But Rehoboam did not listen to the advice from the older men. He asked the young men who were his friends.
9. Rehoboam asked them, "The people said, 'Give us easier work than your father gave us.' How do you think I should answer them? What should I tell them?"
10. Then the young men who grew up with him answered, "Those people came to you and said, 'Your father forced us to work very hard. Now make our work easier.' So you should tell them, 'My little finger is stronger than my father's whole body.
11. My father forced you to work hard, but I will make you work much harder! My father punished you with whips, but I will punish you with whips that have sharp metal tips.'"
12. Three days later, Jeroboam and all the people came back as Rehoboam had said.
13. King Rehoboam did not listen to the advice from the older men, and he was rude to the people.
14. He did what his friends told him to do and said, "My father forced you to work hard, but I will make you work much harder! My father punished you with whips, but I will punish you with whips that have sharp metal tips."
15. So the king did not do what the people wanted. The Lord caused this to happen. He did this in order to keep the promise he made to Jeroboam son of Nebat when he sent the prophet Ahijah from Shiloh to speak to him.
16. The Israelites saw that the new king refused to listen to them, so they said to him, "We are not part of David's family are we? We don't get any of Jesse's land do we? So people of Israel, let's go home and let David's son rule his own people!" So the Israelites went home.
17. But Rehoboam still ruled over the Israelites who lived in the cities of Judah.
18. A man named Adoniram was one of the men who directed the workers. King Rehoboam sent Adoniram to talk to the people, but the Israelites threw stones at him until he died. King Rehoboam ran to his chariot and escaped to Jerusalem.
19. So Israel rebelled against the family of David, and this is how things are even today.
20. When all the Israelites heard that Jeroboam had come back, they called him to a meeting and made him king over all Israel. The tribe of Judah was the only tribe that continued to follow the family of David.
21. Rehoboam went back to Jerusalem and gathered together an army of 180,000 men from the families of Judah and the tribe of Benjamin. Rehoboam wanted to go fight against the Israelites and take back his kingdom.
22. But the Lord spoke to a man of God named Shemaiah. He said,
23. "Talk to Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to men of Judah and Benjamin.
24. Say to them, 'The Lord says that you must not go to war against your brothers. Everyone, go home! I made all this happen.'" So all the men in Rehoboam's army obeyed the Lord and went home.
25. Jeroboam rebuilt the city of Shechem, in the hill country of Ephraim, and lived there. Later he went to the city of Penuel and rebuilt it.
26. Jeroboam said to himself, "If the people keep going to Jerusalem to offer sacrifices at the Lord's Temple, someday they will want to be ruled by their old masters. They will want to be ruled by King Rehoboam of Judah. And then they will kill me."
28. So the king asked his advisors what to do. They gave him their advice, and King Jeroboam made two golden calves. He said to the people, "You don't have to go to Jerusalem to worship anymore. Israel, these are the gods that brought you out of Egypt."
29. King Jeroboam put one golden calf in Bethel and the other one in the city of Dan.
30. What a terrible sin this was, because the Israelites started going to the cities of Dan and Bethel to worship the calves.
31. Jeroboam also built temples at the high places and chose priests from among the different tribes of Israel. (He did not choose priests only from the tribe of Levi.)
32. Then King Jeroboam started a new festival that was like the festival in Judah, but it was on the 15 day of the eighth month. At this time the king offered sacrifices on the altar at Bethel. He and the priests he chose offered the sacrifices to the calves that he had set up at the high places he had made.
33. So King Jeroboam chose his own time for a festival for the Israelites, the 15 day of the eighth month. And during that time he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the altar he had built at Bethel.

Psalms 69:5-15
5. God, you know my faults. I cannot hide my sins from you.
6. My Lord God All-Powerful, don't let me embarrass your followers. God of Israel, don't let me bring disgrace to those who worship you.
7. My face is covered with shame. I carry this shame for you.
8. My own brothers treat me like a stranger. They act as if I came from a foreign land.
9. My strong devotion to your Temple is destroying me. Those who insult you are also insulting me.
10. When I spend time crying and fasting, they make fun of me.
11. When I wear sackcloth to show my sorrow, they tell jokes about me.
12. They talk about me in public places. The beer drinkers make up songs about me.
13. As for me, Lord, this is my prayer to you: Please accept me! God, I want you to answer me with love. I know I can trust you to save me.
14. Pull me from the mud, and don't let me sink down deeper. Save me from those who hate me. Save me from this deep water.
15. Don't let the waves drown me. Don't let the deep sea swallow me or the grave close its mouth on me.

Proverbs 17:20-22
20. Crooks will not profit from their crimes, and those who plan to cause trouble will be trapped when it comes.
21. A man who has a fool for a son will be disappointed. A fool brings no joy to his father.
22. Happiness is good medicine, but sorrow is a disease.

John 12:1-26
1. Six days before the Passover festival, Jesus went to Bethany. That is where Lazarus lived, the man Jesus raised from death.
2. There they had a dinner for Jesus. Martha served the food, and Lazarus was one of the people eating with Jesus.
3. Mary brought in a pint of expensive perfume made of pure nard. She poured the perfume on Jesus' feet. Then she wiped his feet with her hair. And the sweet smell from the perfume filled the whole house.
4. Judas Iscariot, one of Jesus' followers, was there—the one who would later hand Jesus over to his enemies. Judas said,
5. "That perfume was worth a full year's pay. It should have been sold, and the money should have been given to the poor people."
6. But Judas did not really care about the poor. He said this because he was a thief. He was the one who kept the money bag for the group of followers. And he often stole money from the bag.
7. Jesus answered, "Don't stop her. It was right for her to save this perfume for today—the day for me to be prepared for burial.
8. You will always have those who are poor with you. But you will not always have me."
9. Many of the Jews heard that Jesus was in Bethany, so they went there to see him. They also went there to see Lazarus, the one Jesus raised from death.
10. So the leading priests made plans to kill Lazarus too.
11. Because of him, many Jews were leaving them and believing in Jesus. That is why they wanted to kill Lazarus too.
12. The next day the people in Jerusalem heard that Jesus was coming there. These were the crowds of people who had come to the Passover festival.
13. They took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Jesus. They shouted, "'Praise Him!' 'Welcome! God bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord!' God bless the King of Israel!"
14. Jesus found a donkey and rode on it, as the Scriptures say,
15. "Do not be afraid, people of Zion! Look! Your king is coming. He is riding on a young donkey."
16. The followers of Jesus did not understand at that time what was happening. But after he was raised to glory, they understood that this was written about him. Then they remembered that they had done these things for him.
17. There were many people with Jesus when he raised Lazarus from death and told him to come out of the tomb. Now they were telling others about what Jesus did.
18. That's why so many people went out to meet him—because they had heard about this miraculous sign he did.
19. So the Pharisees said to each other, "Look! Our plan is not working. The people are all following him!"
20. There were some Greeks there too. These were some of the people who went to Jerusalem to worship at the Passover festival.
21. They went to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee. They said, "Sir, we want to meet Jesus."
22. Philip went and told Andrew. Then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus.
23. Jesus said to them, "The time has come for the Son of Man to receive his glory.
24. It is a fact that a grain of wheat must fall to the ground and die before it can grow and produce much more wheat. If it never dies, it will never be more than a single seed.
25. Whoever loves the life they have now will lose it. But whoever is willing to give up their life in this world will keep it. They will have eternal life.
26. Whoever serves me must follow me. My servants must be with me everywhere I am. My Father will give honor to anyone who serves me.