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July 7


2 Chronicles 9:1-30
1. The queen of Sheba heard of Solomon's fame, so she came to test Solomon with difficult questions at Jerusalem with a very large retinue, with camels bearing spices, gold in abundance, and precious stones. She came to Solomon and spoke with him about everything that was on her mind.
2. So Solomon answered all her questions; nothing was too difficult for Solomon to explain to her.
3. When the queen of Sheba observed Solomon's wisdom, the palace he had built,
4. the food at his table, his servants' residence, his attendants' service and their attire, his cupbearers and their attire, and the burnt offerings he offered at the LORD's temple, it took her breath away.
5. She said to the king, "The report I heard in my own country about your words and about your wisdom is true.
6. But I didn't believe their reports until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, I was not even told half of your great wisdom! You far exceed the report I heard.
7. How happy are your men. How happy are these servants of yours, who always stand in your presence hearing your wisdom.
8. May the LORD your God be praised! He delighted in you and put you on his throne as king for the LORD your God. Because Your God loved Israel enough to establish them forever, He has set you over them as king to carry out justice and righteousness."
9. Then she gave the king four and a half tons of gold, a great quantity of spices, and precious stones. There never were such spices as those the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.
10. In addition, Hiram's servants and Solomon's servants who brought gold from Ophir also brought algum wood and precious stones.
11. The king made the algum wood into walkways for the LORD's temple and for the king's palace and into harps and lyres for the singers. Never before had anything like them been seen in the land of Judah.
12. King Solomon gave the queen of Sheba her every desire, whatever she asked-- far more than she had brought the king. Then she, along with her servants, returned to her own country.
13. The weight of gold that came to Solomon annually was 25 tons,
14. besides what was brought by the merchants and traders. All the Arabian kings and governors of the land also brought gold and silver to Solomon.
15. King Solomon made 200 large shields of hammered gold; 15 pounds of hammered gold went into each shield.
16. He made 300 small shields of hammered gold; about eight pounds of gold went into each shield. The king put them in the House of the Forest of Lebanon.
17. The king also made a large ivory throne and overlaid it with pure gold.
18. The throne had six steps; there was a footstool covered in gold for the throne, armrests on either side of the seat, and two lions standing beside the armrests.
19. Twelve lions were standing there on the six steps, one at each end. Nothing like it had ever been made in any other kingdom.
20. All of King Solomon's drinking cups were gold, and all the utensils of the House of the Forest of Lebanon were pure gold. There was no silver, since it was considered as nothing in Solomon's time,
21. for the king's ships kept going to Tarshish with Hiram's servants, and once every three years the ships of Tarshish would arrive bearing gold, silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks.
22. King Solomon surpassed all the kings of the world in riches and wisdom.
23. All the kings of the world wanted an audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart.
24. Each of them would bring his own gift-- items of silver and gold, clothing, weapons, spices, and horses and mules-- as an annual tribute.
25. Solomon had 4,000 stalls for horses and chariots, and 12,000 horsemen. He stationed them in the chariot cities and with the king in Jerusalem.
26. He ruled over all the kings from the Euphrates River to the land of the Philistines and as far as the border of Egypt.
27. The king made silver as common in Jerusalem as stones, and he made cedar as abundant as sycamore in the Judean foothills.
28. They were bringing horses for Solomon from Egypt and from all the countries.
29. The remaining events of Solomon's [reign], from beginning to end, are written about in the Events of Nathan the Prophet, the Prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, and the Visions of Iddo the Seer concerning Jeroboam son of Nebat.
30. Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel for 40 years.

2 Chronicles 10:1-19
1. Then Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all Israel had gone to Shechem to make him king.
2. When Jeroboam son of Nebat heard [about it]-- for he was in Egypt where he had fled from King Solomon's presence-- Jeroboam returned from Egypt.
3. So they summoned him. Then Jeroboam and all Israel came and spoke to Rehoboam:
4. "Your father made our yoke harsh. Therefore, lighten your father's harsh service and the heavy yoke he put on us, and we will serve you."
5. Rehoboam replied, "Return to me in three days." So the people left.
6. Then King Rehoboam consulted with the elders who had served his father Solomon when he was alive, asking, "How do you advise me to respond to this people?"
7. They replied, "If you will be kind to these people and please them by speaking kind words to them, they will be your servants forever."
8. But he rejected the advice of the elders who had advised him and consulted with the young men who had grown up with him, the ones serving him.
9. He asked them, "What message do you advise we send back to this people who said to me, 'Lighten the yoke your father put on us'?"
10. Then the young men who had grown up with him told him, "This is what you should say to the people who said to you, 'Your father made our yoke heavy, but you, make it lighter on us!' This is what you should say to them: 'My little finger is thicker than my father's loins.
11. Now therefore, my father burdened you with a heavy yoke, but I will add to your yoke; my father disciplined you with whips, but I, with barbed whips.'"
12. So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, just as the king had ordered, saying, "Return to me on the third day."
13. Then the king answered them harshly. King Rehoboam rejected the elders' advice
14. and spoke to them according to the young men's advice, saying, "My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to it; my father disciplined you with whips, but I, with barbed whips."
15. The king did not listen to the people because the turn of events came from God, in order that the LORD might carry out His word that He had spoken through Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam son of Nebat.
16. When all Israel saw that the king had not listened to them, the people answered the king: What portion do we have in David? We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse. Israel, each man to your tent; David, look after your own house now! So all Israel went to their tents.
17. But as for the Israelites living in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.
18. Then King Rehoboam sent Hadoram, who was in charge of the forced labor, but the Israelites stoned him to death. However, King Rehoboam managed to get up into the chariot to flee to Jerusalem.
19. Israel is in rebellion against the house of David until today.

Psalms 80:7-13
7. Restore us, God of Hosts; look [on us] with favor, and we will be saved.
8. You uprooted a vine from Egypt; You drove out the nations and planted it.
9. You cleared [a place] for it; it took root and filled the land.
10. The mountains were covered by its shade, and the mighty cedars with its branches.
11. It sent out sprouts toward the Sea and shoots toward the River.
12. Why have You broken down its walls so that all who pass by pick its fruit?
13. The boar from the forest gnaws at it, and creatures of the field feed on it.

Proverbs 20:16-18
16. Take his garment, for he has put up security for a stranger; get collateral if it is for foreigners.
17. Food gained by fraud is sweet to a man, but afterwards his mouth is full of gravel.
18. Finalize plans through counsel, and wage war with sound guidance.

Acts 14:1-28
1. The same thing happened in Iconium; they entered the Jewish synagogue and spoke in such a way that a great number of both Jews and Greeks believed.
2. But the Jews who refused to believe stirred up and poisoned the minds of the Gentiles against the brothers.
3. So they stayed there for some time and spoke boldly, in reliance on the Lord, who testified to the message of His grace by granting that signs and wonders be performed through them.
4. But the people of the city were divided, some siding with the Jews and some with the apostles.
5. When an attempt was made by both the Gentiles and Jews, with their rulers, to assault and stone them,
6. they found out about it and fled to the Lycaonian towns called Lystra and Derbe, and to the surrounding countryside.
7. And there they kept evangelizing.
8. In Lystra a man without strength in his feet, lame from birth, and who had never walked, sat
9. and heard Paul speaking. After observing him closely and seeing that he had faith to be healed,
10. [Paul] said in a loud voice, "Stand up straight on your feet!" And he jumped up and started to walk around.
11. When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they raised their voices, saying in the Lycaonian language, "The gods have come down to us in the form of men!"
12. And they started to call Barnabas, Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the main speaker.
13. Then the priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the town, brought oxen and garlands to the gates. He, with the crowds, intended to offer sacrifice.
14. The apostles Barnabas and Paul tore their robes when they heard this and rushed into the crowd, shouting:
15. "Men! Why are you doing these things? We are men also, with the same nature as you, and we are proclaiming good news to you, that you should turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and everything in them.
16. In past generations He allowed all the nations to go their own way,
17. although He did not leave Himself without a witness, since He did good: giving you rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, and satisfying your hearts with food and happiness."
18. Even though they said these things, they barely stopped the crowds from sacrificing to them.
19. Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and when they had won over the crowds and stoned Paul, they dragged him out of the city, thinking he was dead.
20. After the disciples surrounded him, he got up and went into the town. The next day he left with Barnabas for Derbe.
21. After they had evangelized that town and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, to Iconium, and to Antioch,
22. strengthening the hearts of the disciples by encouraging them to continue in the faith, and by telling them, "It is necessary to pass through many troubles on our way into the kingdom of God."
23. When they had appointed elders in every church and prayed with fasting, they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed.
24. Then they passed through Pisidia and came to Pamphylia.
25. After they spoke the message in Perga, they went down to Attalia.
26. From there they sailed back to Antioch where they had been entrusted to the grace of God for the work they had completed.
27. After they arrived and gathered the church together, they reported everything God had done with them, and that He had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.
28. And they spent a considerable time with the disciples.