Bible in one year

July 2

1 Chronicles 28:1-21
1. David gathered all the leaders of the Israelites and commanded them to come to Jerusalem. David called all the leaders of the tribes, the commanders of the army groups serving the king, the captains, the generals, the officials taking care of the property and animals that belonged to the king and his sons, the king's important officials, the powerful heroes, and all the brave soldiers.
2. King David stood up and said, "Listen to me, my brothers and my people. In my heart I wanted to build a place to keep the Box of the Lord's Agreement. I wanted to build a place that would be God's footstool. And I made the plans for building that house for God.
3. But God said to me, 'No David, you must not build a house for my name. You must not do that because you are a soldier, and you have killed many men.'
4. "The Lord, the God of Israel, chose the tribe of Judah to lead the twelve tribes of Israel. Then from that tribe, the Lord chose my father's family. And from that family, God chose me to be the king of Israel forever. God wanted to make me king of Israel.
5. The Lord has given me many sons. And from all those sons, he chose Solomon to be the new king of Israel. But really, Israel is the Lord's kingdom.
6. The Lord said to me, 'David, your son Solomon will build my Temple and the area around it, because I have chosen Solomon to be my son, and I will be his father.
7. Solomon is obeying my laws and commands now. If he continues to obey my laws, I will make Solomon's kingdom strong forever.'"
8. David said, "Now, in front of all Israel and God, I tell you these things: Be careful to obey all the commands of the Lord your God. Then you can keep this good land and pass it on to your descendants forever.
9. "And you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father. Serve God with a pure heart. Be happy to serve him, because the Lord knows what is in everyone's heart. He knows what you are thinking. If you go to him for help, you will get an answer. But if you turn away from him, he will leave you forever.
10. Solomon, you must understand that the Lord has chosen you to build his holy place—the Temple. Be strong and finish the job."
11. Then David gave his son Solomon the plans for building the Temple. They included plans for the porch around the Temple, its buildings, its storerooms, its upper rooms, its inside rooms, and the room for the mercy-cover.
12. David had made plans for all parts of the Temple. He gave them to Solomon. David gave him all the plans for the yard around the Lord's Temple, and for all the rooms around it. He gave him the plans for the Temple storerooms and for the storerooms where they kept the holy things used in the Temple.
13. David told Solomon about the groups of the priests and Levites. He told Solomon about all the work of serving in the Lord's Temple and about all the things to be used in the Temple service.
14. David told Solomon how much gold and silver should be used to make all the things to be used in the Temple.
15. There were plans for gold lamps and lampstands, and there were plans for silver lamps and lampstands. David told Solomon how much gold or silver to use for each lampstand and its lamps. The different lampstands were to be used where needed.
16. David told how much gold should be used for each table for the holy bread. He told how much silver should be used for the silver tables.
17. He told how much pure gold should be used to make the forks, sprinkling bowls, and pitchers. He told how much gold should be used to make each gold dish, and how much silver should be used to make each silver dish.
18. He told how much pure gold should be used for the altar of incense. David also gave Solomon the plans for {God's} chariot—the mercy-cover with the Cherub angels spreading their wings over the Box of the Lord's Agreement. The Cherub angels were made of gold.
19. David said, "All these plans were written with the Lord guiding me. He helped me understand everything in the plans."
20. David also said to his son Solomon, "Be strong and brave and finish this work. Don't be afraid, because the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will help you until all the work is finished. He will not leave you. You will build the Lord's Temple.
21. The groups of the priests and Levites are ready for all the work on God's Temple. Every skilled worker is ready to help you with all the work. The officials and all the people will obey every command you give."

1 Chronicles 29:1-30
1. King David said to all the Israelites who were gathered together, "God chose my son Solomon. Solomon is young and does not know all that he needs to do this work. But the work is very important. This house isn't for people; this house is for the Lord God.
2. I have done my best to make plans to build my God's Temple. I have given gold for the things made of gold. I have given silver for the things made of silver. I have given bronze for the things made of bronze. I have given iron for the things made of iron. I have given wood for the things made of wood. I have also given onyx stones for the settings, mosaic tiles, all kinds of valuable stones in many different colors, and white marble stones. I have given many of these things for the building of the Lord's Temple.
3. I am making a special gift of gold and silver things for my God's Temple. I am doing this because I really want the Temple of my God to be built. I am giving all these things to build this holy Temple.
4. I have given 110 tons of pure gold from Ophir. I have given 263 tons of pure silver. The silver is for covering the walls of the buildings in the Temple.
5. I have given gold and silver for all the things made of gold and silver. I have given gold and silver so that skilled men can make all different kinds of things for the Temple. Now, how many of you Israelites are ready to give yourselves to the Lord today?"
6. The family leaders, the leaders of the tribes of Israel, the generals, the captains, and the officials responsible for the king's work, were all ready and gave their valuable things.
7. These are the things they gave for God's house: 190 tons of gold; 375 tons of silver; 675 tons of bronze; and 3750 tons of iron.
8. People who had valuable stones gave them to the Lord's Temple. Jehiel took care of the valuable stones. He was from the Gershon family.
9. The people were very happy because their leaders were happy to give so much. The leaders were happy to give freely from good hearts. King David was also very happy.
10. Then David praised the Lord in front of all of the people who were gathered together. David said: "Lord, the God of Israel, our Father, may you be praised forever and ever!
11. Greatness, power, glory, victory, and honor belong to you, because everything in heaven and on earth belongs to you! The kingdom belongs to you, Lord! You are the Head, the Ruler over everything.
12. Riches and honor come from you. You rule everything. You have the power and strength in your hand! And in your hand is the power to make anyone great and powerful!
13. Now, our God, we thank you, and we praise your glorious name!
14. All these things didn't come from me and my people. All these things come from you. We are only giving back to you things that came from you.
15. We are only strangers traveling through this world like our ancestors. Our time on earth is like a passing shadow, and we cannot stop it.
16. Lord our God, we gathered all these things to build your Temple. We build it to honor your name. But all these things have come from you. Everything belongs to you.
17. My God, I know that you test people, and that you are happy when people do what is right. I gladly give you all these things with a pure, honest heart. I see your people gathered here, and I see that they are happy about giving these things to you.
18. Lord, you are the God of our ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Please help your people plan the right things. Help them be loyal and true to you.
19. And help my son Solomon be true to you. Help him always obey your commands, laws, and rules. Help Solomon to do these things. and help him build this capital city that I have planned."
20. Then David said to all the group of people gathered together, "Now give praise to the Lord your God." So all the people gave praise to the Lord God, the God their ancestors worshiped. They bowed to the ground to give honor to the Lord and to the king.
21. The next day the people made sacrifices to the Lord. They offered burnt offerings to him. They offered 1000 bulls, 1000 rams, 1000 lambs, and the drink offerings that go with them. They offered many sacrifices for all the Israelites.
22. That day the people were very happy as they ate and drank there together with the Lord. And they made David's son Solomon king the second time. They anointed Solomon to be king, and they anointed Zadok to be priest. They did this in the place where the Lord was.
23. Then Solomon sat on the Lord's throne as king. Solomon took his father's place. He was very successful. All the Israelites obeyed him.
24. All the leaders, soldiers, and all of King David's sons accepted Solomon as king and obeyed him.
25. The Lord made Solomon very great. All the Israelites knew that the Lord was making him great. He gave Solomon the honor that a king should have. No king in Israel before Solomon had such honor.
26. David son of Jesse was king over all Israel for 40 years. He was king in the city of Hebron for seven years. Then he was king in the city of Jerusalem for 33 years.
28. David died when he was old. He had lived a good, long life and had many riches and honors. His son Solomon became the new king after him.
29. The things that King David did, from beginning to end, are in the books written by Samuel the seer, Nathan the prophet, and Gad the seer.
30. Those writings tell all about what David did as king of Israel. They tell about David's power and what happened to him and to Israel and to all the kingdoms around them.

Psalms 78:67-72
67. Then the Lord rejected Joseph's family. He did not accept Ephraim's family.
68. No, he chose the tribe of Judah, and he chose Mount Zion, the place he loves.
69. He built his holy Temple high on that mountain. Like the earth, God built his Temple to last forever.
70. He chose David to be his special servant. He took him from the sheep pens.
71. He took him away from the job of caring for sheep and gave him the job of caring for the descendants of Jacob—Israel, his chosen people.
72. And David led them with a pure heart and guided them very wisely.

Proverbs 20:6-7
6. You might call many people your "friends," but it is hard to find someone who can really be trusted.
7. When people live good, honest lives, their children are blessed.

Acts 10:24-28
24. The next day they came to the city of Caesarea. Cornelius was waiting for them and had already gathered his relatives and close friends at his house.
25. When Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him. He fell down at Peter's feet and worshiped him.
26. But Peter told him to get up. Peter said, "Stand up! I am only a man like you."
27. Peter continued talking with Cornelius. Then Peter went inside and saw a large group of people gathered there.
28. Peter said to the people, "You understand that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit anyone who is not a Jew. But God has shown me that I should not consider anyone unfit or say they are not pure.