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Bible in one year


May 28


1 Kings 3:1-28
1. Solomon made an alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt by marrying Pharaoh's daughter. Solomon brought her to the city of David until he finished building his palace, the LORD's temple, and the wall surrounding Jerusalem.
2. However, the people were sacrificing on the high places, because until that time a temple for the LORD's name had not been built.
3. Solomon loved the LORD by walking in the statutes of his father David, but he also sacrificed and burned incense on the high places.
4. The king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there because it was the most famous high place. He offered 1,000 burnt offerings on that altar.
5. At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream at night. God said, "Ask. What should I give you?"
6. And Solomon replied, "You have shown great and faithful love to Your servant, my father David, because he walked before You in faithfulness, righteousness, and integrity. You have continued this great and faithful love for him by giving him a son to sit on his throne, as it is today.
7. "LORD my God, You have now made Your servant king in my father David's place. Yet I am just a youth with no experience in leadership.
8. Your servant is among Your people You have chosen, a people too numerous to be numbered or counted.
9. So give Your servant an obedient heart to judge Your people and to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?"
10. Now it pleased the Lord that Solomon had requested this.
11. So God said to him, "Because you have requested this and did not ask for long life or riches for yourself, or the death of your enemies, but you asked discernment for yourself to understand justice,
12. I will therefore do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has never been anyone like you before and never will be again.
13. In addition, I will give you what you did not ask for: both riches and honor, so that no man in any kingdom will be your equal during your entire life.
14. If you walk in My ways and keep My statutes and commandments just as your father David did, I will give you a long life."
15. Then Solomon woke up and realized it had been a dream. He went to Jerusalem, stood before the ark of the Lord's covenant, and offered burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. Then he held a feast for all his servants.
16. Then two women who were prostitutes came to the king and stood before him.
17. One woman said, "Please my lord, this woman and I live in the same house, and I had a baby while she was in the house.
18. On the third day after I gave birth, she also had a baby and we were alone. No one else was with us in the house; just the two of us were there.
19. During the night this woman's son died because she lay on him.
20. She got up in the middle of the night and took my son from my side while your servant was asleep. She laid him at her breast, and she put her dead son in my arms.
21. When I got up in the morning to nurse my son, I discovered he was dead. That morning, when I looked closely at him I realized that he was not the son I gave birth to."
22. "No," the other woman said. "My son is the living one; your son is the dead one." The first woman said, "No, your son is the dead one; my son is the living one." So they argued before the king.
23. The king replied, "This woman says, 'This is my son who is alive, and your son is dead,' but that woman says, 'No, your son is dead, and my son is alive.'"
24. The king continued, "Bring me a sword." So they brought the sword to the king.
25. Solomon said, "Cut the living boy in two and give half to one and half to the other."
26. The woman whose son was alive spoke to the king because she felt great compassion for her son. "My lord, give her the living baby," she said, "but please don't have him killed!" But the other one said, "He will not be mine or yours. Cut [him in two]!"
27. The king responded, "Give the living baby to the first woman, and don't kill him. She is his mother."
28. All Israel heard about the judgment the king had given, and they stood in awe of the king because they saw that God's wisdom was in him to carry out justice.

1 Kings 4:1-34
1. King Solomon ruled over Israel,
2. and these were his officials: Azariah son of Zadok, priest;
3. Elihoreph and Ahijah the sons of Shisha, secretaries; Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud, historian;
4. Benaiah son of Jehoiada, in charge of the army; Zadok and Abiathar, priests;
5. Azariah son of Nathan, in charge of the deputies; Zabud son of Nathan, a priest and adviser to the king;
6. Ahishar, in charge of the palace; and Adoniram son of Abda, in charge of forced labor.
7. Solomon had 12 deputies for all Israel. They provided food for the king and his household; each one made provision for one month out of the year.
8. These were their names: Ben-hur, in the hill country of Ephraim;
9. Ben-deker, in Makaz, Shaalbim, Beth-shemesh, and Elon-beth-hanan;
10. Ben-hesed, in Arubboth (he had Socoh and the whole land of Hepher);
11. Ben-abinadab, in all Naphath-dor (Taphath daughter of Solomon was his wife);
12. Baana son of Ahilud, in Taanach, Megiddo, and all Beth-shean which is beside Zarethan below Jezreel, from Beth-shean to Abel-meholah, as far as the other side of Jokmeam;
13. Ben-geber, in Ramoth-gilead (he had the villages of Jair son of Manasseh, which are in Gilead, and he had the region of Argob, which is in Bashan, 60 great cities with walls and bronze bars);
14. Ahinadab son of Iddo, [in] Mahanaim;
15. Ahimaaz, in Naphtali (he also had married a daughter of Solomon-- Basemath);
16. Baana son of Hushai, in Asher and Bealoth;
17. Jehoshaphat son of Paruah, in Issachar;
18. Shimei son of Ela, in Benjamin;
19. Geber son of Uri, in the land of Gilead, the country of Sihon king of the Amorites and of Og king of Bashan. There was one deputy in the land of Judah.
20. Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand by the sea; [they were] eating, drinking, and rejoicing.
21. Solomon ruled over all the kingdoms from the Euphrates River to the land of the Philistines and as far as the border of Egypt. They offered tribute and served Solomon all the days of his life.
22. Solomon's provisions for one day were 150 bushels of fine flour and 300 bushels of meal,
23. 10 fattened oxen, 20 range oxen, and 100 sheep, besides deer, gazelles, roebucks, and pen-fed poultry,
24. for he had dominion over everything west of the Euphrates from Tiphsah to Gaza and over all the kings west of the Euphrates. He had peace on all his surrounding borders.
25. Throughout Solomon's [reign], Judah and Israel lived in safety from Dan to Beer-sheba, each man under his own vine and his own fig tree.
26. Solomon had 40,000 stalls of horses for his chariots, and 12,000 horsemen.
27. Each of those deputies for a month in turn provided food for King Solomon and for everyone who came to King Solomon's table. They neglected nothing.
28. Each man brought the barley and the straw for the chariot teams and the other horses to the required place according to his assignment.
29. God gave Solomon wisdom, very great insight, and understanding as [vast] as the sand on the seashore.
30. Solomon's wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the people of the East, greater than all the wisdom of Egypt.
31. He was wiser than anyone-- wiser than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, Calcol, and Darda, sons of Mahol. His reputation extended to all the surrounding nations.
32. Solomon composed 3,000 proverbs, and his songs numbered 1,005.
33. He described trees, from the cedar in Lebanon to the hyssop growing out of the wall. He also taught about animals, birds, reptiles, and fish.
34. People came from everywhere, [sent] by every king on earth who had heard of his wisdom, to listen to Solomon's wisdom.

Psalms 68:15-20
15. Mount Bashan is God's towering mountain; Mount Bashan is a mountain of many peaks.
16. Why gaze with envy, you mountain peaks, at the mountain God desired for His dwelling? The LORD will live [there] forever!
17. God's chariots are tens of thousands, thousands and thousands; the Lord is among them in the sanctuary as He was at Sinai.
18. You ascended to the heights, taking away captives; You received gifts from people, even from the rebellious, so that the LORD God might live [there].
19. May the Lord be praised! Day after day He bears our burdens; God is our salvation. Selah
20. Our God is a God of salvation, and escape from death belongs to the Lord God.

Proverbs 17:10-12
10. A rebuke cuts into a perceptive person more than a hundred lashes into a fool.
11. An evil man seeks only rebellion; a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
12. Better for a man to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his foolishness.

John 10:1-23
1. "I assure you: Anyone who doesn't enter the sheep pen by the door but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber.
2. The one who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
3. The doorkeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
4. When he has brought all his own outside, he goes ahead of them. The sheep follow him because they recognize his voice.
5. They will never follow a stranger; instead they will run away from him, because they don't recognize the voice of strangers."
6. Jesus gave them this illustration, but they did not understand what He was telling them.
7. So Jesus said again, "I assure you: I am the door of the sheep.
8. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep didn't listen to them.
9. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will come in and go out and find pasture.
10. A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and have it in abundance.
11. "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
12. The hired man, since he is not the shepherd and doesn't own the sheep, leaves them and runs away when he sees a wolf coming. The wolf then snatches and scatters them.
13. [This happens] because he is a hired man and doesn't care about the sheep.
14. "I am the good shepherd. I know My own sheep, and they know Me,
15. as the Father knows Me, and I know the Father. I lay down My life for the sheep.
16. But I have other sheep that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will listen to My voice. Then there will be one flock, one shepherd.
17. This is why the Father loves Me, because I am laying down My life so I may take it up again.
18. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down on My own. I have the right to lay it down, and I have the right to take it up again. I have received this command from My Father."
19. Again a division took place among the Jews because of these words.
20. Many of them were saying, "He has a demon and He's crazy! Why do you listen to Him?"
21. Others were saying, "These aren't the words of someone demon-possessed. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?"
22. Then the Festival of Dedication took place in Jerusalem, and it was winter.
23. Jesus was walking in the temple complex in Solomon's Colonnade.