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July 6

2 Chronicles 7:1-22
1. When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from the sky and burned up the burnt offering and the sacrifices. The Glory of the Lord filled the Temple.
2. The priests could not enter the Lord's Temple because the Glory of the Lord filled it.
3. When all the Israelites saw the fire come down from heaven and the Glory of the Lord on the Temple, they bowed their faces down low to the ground on the pavement. They worshiped and thanked the Lord. They sang the song, The Lord Is Good. His Faithful Love Will Last Forever.
4. Then King Solomon and all the Israelites offered sacrifices to the Lord.
5. King Solomon offered 22,000 bulls and 120,000 sheep. So the king and the people showed that they had dedicated the Temple to the Lord.
6. The priests stood ready to do their work. The Levites stood with the instruments they would use to play music to the Lord. King David made these instruments to use in giving thanks to the Lord. The priests and Levites sang the song, Praise the Lord Because His Faithful Love Will Last Forever. The priests blew their trumpets as they stood across from the Levites. And all the Israelites were standing.
7. King Solomon also dedicated the yard in front of the Temple. He offered burnt offerings, grain offerings, and the fat from the animals that were used as fellowship offerings. King Solomon made these offerings there in the yard. He did this because the bronze altar in front of the Lord was too small to hold them all.
8. So there at the Temple, King Solomon and all the people of Israel celebrated the festival. People came from as far away as Hamath Pass in the north and the border of Egypt in the south. This huge crowd of people who ate, drank, and enjoyed themselves together with the Lord for seven days.
9. On the eighth day they had a holy meeting because they had celebrated for seven days. They made the altar holy and it was to be used only for worshiping the Lord. And they celebrated the festival for seven days.
10. On the 23 day of the seventh month Solomon told the people to go home. All the people thanked the king, said goodbye, and went home. They were happy because of all the good things that the Lord had done for David his servant and for his people Israel.
11. So Solomon finished building the Lord's Temple and his own palace. Solomon built everything that he wanted to build.
12. Then the Lord appeared to Solomon at night and said to him, "Solomon, I have heard your prayer, and I have chosen this place for myself to be a house for sacrifices.
13. When I close the sky so that there is no rain, or command the locusts to destroy the land, or send sicknesses to my people
14. and if my people who are called by my name become humble and pray, and look for me, and turn away from their evil ways, then I will hear them from heaven. I will forgive their sin and heal their land.
15. Now, my eyes are open, and my ears will pay attention to the prayers prayed in this place.
16. I have chosen this Temple, and I have made it a holy place. So I will be honored there forever. I will watch over it and think of it always.
17. You must serve me with a pure and honest heart, just as your father David did. You must obey my laws and do everything that I commanded you. If you obey all I have commanded, and if you obey my laws and rules,
18. then I will make you a strong king and your kingdom will be great. That is the agreement I made with David your father when I told him that Israel would always be ruled by one of his descendants.
19. "But if you don't obey my laws and commands that I gave you, and if you worship other gods and serve them,
20. then I will take the Israelites out from my land that I gave them. And I will leave this Temple that I have made holy for my name. I will make this Temple something that all the nations will speak evil about.
21. Everyone who sees it will be amazed. They will ask, 'Why did the Lord do this terrible thing to this land and to this temple?'
22. People will say, 'This happened because they left the Lord their God. He brought their ancestors out of Egypt, but they decided to follow other gods. They began to worship and to serve those gods. That is why the Lord caused all these bad things to happen to them.'"

2 Chronicles 8:1-18
1. It took 20 years for King Solomon to build the Lord's Temple and the king's palace.
2. Then Solomon rebuilt the towns that Hiram gave him and then moved Israelites into those towns to live there.
3. After this Solomon went to Hamath of Zobah and captured it.
4. He also built the town of Tadmor in the desert. He built all the towns in Hamath to store things in.
5. He rebuilt the towns of Upper Beth Horon and Lower Beth Horon. He made them into strong forts with strong walls, gates, and bars in the gates.
6. He also rebuilt the town of Baalath and all the other towns where he stored things. He built all the cities where the chariots were kept and the horse riders lived. Solomon built all he wanted in Jerusalem, Lebanon, and in all the country where he was king.
7. There were many people left in the land who were not Israelites. There were Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. The Israelites had not been able to destroy them, but Solomon forced them to work for him as slaves. They are still slaves today.
9. Solomon did not force any of the Israelites to be his slaves. They were soldiers, government officials, officers, captains, and chariot commanders and drivers.
10. There were 250 supervisors over Solomon's projects. They supervised the men.
11. Solomon brought Pharaoh's daughter up from the City of David to the house he built for her. He said, "My wife must not live in King David's palace because the places where the Box of the Agreement has been are holy places."
12. Then Solomon offered burnt offerings to the Lord on the Lord's altar. He built that altar in front of the Temple porch.
13. Solomon offered sacrifices every day the way Moses commanded. Sacrifices were to be offered on Sabbath days, during New Moon celebrations, and at the three yearly festivals. The three yearly festivals were the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the Festival of Weeks, and the Festival of Shelters.
14. Solomon followed his father David's instructions. He chose the groups of priests for their service and the Levites for their duties. The Levites were to lead the praise and help the priests from day to day to do what needed to be done in the Temple service. And he chose the gatekeepers by their groups to serve at each gate. This is the way David, the man of God, instructed.
15. The Israelites did not change or disobey any of Solomon's instructions to the priests and Levites. They did not change any of the instructions, even in the way they should keep the valuable things.
16. So Solomon completed his work on the Lord's Temple. Work began the day they laid the foundation and continued without stopping until the day the Temple was finished.
17. King Solomon also built ships at Ezion Geber. This town is near Elath on the shore of the Red Sea, in the land of Edom.
18. Hiram sent ships to Solomon. Hiram's own men sailed the ships. They were skilled at sailing on the sea. His men went with Solomon's servants to Ophir and brought back 17 tons of gold to King Solomon.

Psalms 80:1-6
1. To the director: To the tune of "Lilies of the Agreement." One of Asaph's songs of praise. Shepherd of Israel, listen to us. You lead your people like sheep. You sit on your throne above the Cherub angels. Let us see you.
2. Shepherd of Israel, show your greatness to the tribes of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh. Come and save your people.
3. God, accept us again. Smile down on us and save us!
4. Lord God All-Powerful, when will you listen to our prayers? How long will you be angry with us?
5. Instead of bread and water, you gave your people tears.
6. You made us the target of everyone's hatred. Our enemies make fun of us.

Proverbs 20:15-15
15. The right knowledge can bring you gold, pearls, and other expensive things.

Acts 13:26-52
26. "My brothers, sons in the family of Abraham, and you other people who also worship the true God, listen! The news about this salvation has been sent to us.
27. The Jews living in Jerusalem and their leaders did not realize that Jesus was the Savior. The words the prophets wrote about him were read every Sabbath day, but they did not understand. They condemned Jesus. When they did this, they made the words of the prophets come true.
28. They could not find any real reason why Jesus should die, but they asked Pilate to kill him.
29. "These Jews did all the bad things that the Scriptures said would happen to Jesus. Then they took Jesus down from the cross and put him in a tomb.
30. But God raised him up from death!
31. After this, for many days, those who had gone with Jesus from Galilee to Jerusalem saw him. They are now his witnesses to our people.
32. "We tell you the Good News about the promise God made to our ancestors.
33. We are their descendants, and God has made this promise come true for us. God did this by raising Jesus from death. We also read about this in Psalm 2: 'You are my Son. Today I have become your Father.'
34. God raised Jesus from death. Jesus will never go back to the grave and become dust. So God said, 'I will give you the true and holy promises that I made to David.'
35. But in another Psalm it says, 'You will not let your Holy One rot in the grave.'
36. David did God's will during the time he lived. Then he died and was buried like all his ancestors. And his body did rot in the grave!
37. But the one God raised from death did not rot in the grave.
38. Brothers, understand what we are telling you. You can have forgiveness of your sins through this Jesus. The Law of Moses could not free you from your sins. But you can be made right with God if you believe in Jesus.
40. So be careful! Don't let what the prophets said happen to you:
41. 'Listen, you people who doubt! You can wonder, but then go away and die; because during your time, I will do something that you will not believe. You will not believe it, even if someone explains it to you!'"
42. As Paul and Barnabas were leaving the synagogue, the people asked them to come again on the next Sabbath day and tell them more about these things.
43. After the meeting, many of the people followed Paul and Barnabas, including many Jews and people who had changed their religion to be like Jews and worship the true God. Paul and Barnabas encouraged them to continue trusting in God's grace.
44. On the next Sabbath day, almost all the people in the city came together to hear the word of the Lord.
45. When the Jews there saw all these people, they became very jealous. Shouting insults, they argued against everything Paul said.
46. But Paul and Barnabas spoke very boldly. They said, "We had to tell God's message to you Jews first, but you refuse to listen. You have made it clear that you are not worthy of having eternal life. So we will now go to those who are not Jews.
47. This is what the Lord told us to do: 'I have made you a light for the other nations, to show people all over the world the way to be saved.'"
48. When the non-Jewish people heard Paul say this, they were happy. They gave honor to the message of the Lord, and many of them believed it. These were the ones chosen to have eternal life.
49. And so the message of the Lord was being told throughout the whole country.
50. But the Jews there caused some of the important religious women and the leaders of the city to be angry and turn against Paul and Barnabas and throw them out of town.
51. So Paul and Barnabas shook the dust off their feet. Then they went to the city of Iconium.
52. But the Lord's followers in Antioch were happy and filled with the Holy Spirit.