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May 30


1 Kings 7:1-51
1. His own palace Solomon completed after thirteen years of construction.
2. He built the hall called the Forest of Lebanon one hundred cubits long, fifty wide, and thirty high; it was supported by four rows of cedar columns, with cedar capitals upon the columns.
3. Moreover, it had a ceiling of cedar above the beams resting on the columns; these beams numbered forty-five, fifteen to a row.
4. There were three window frames at either end, with windows in strict alignment.
5. The posts of all the doorways were rectangular, and the doorways faced each other, three at either end.
6. The porch of the columned hall he made fifty cubits long and thirty wide. The porch extended the width of the columned hall, and there was a canopy in front.
7. He also built the vestibule of the throne where he gave judgment-- that is, the tribunal; it was paneled with cedar from floor to ceiling beams.
8. His living quarters were in another court, set in deeper than the tribunal and of the same construction. A palace like this tribunal was built for Pharaoh's daughter, whom Solomon had married.
9. All these buildings were of fine stones, hewn to size and trimmed front and back with a saw, from the foundation to the bonding course.
10. (The foundation was made of fine, large blocks, some ten cubits and some eight cubits.
11. Above were fine stones hewn to size, and cedar wood.)
12. The great court was enclosed by three courses of hewn stones and a bonding course of cedar beams. So also were the inner court of the temple of the LORD and the temple porch.
13. King Solomon had Hiram brought from Tyre.
14. He was a bronze worker, the son of a widow from the tribe of Naphtali; his father had been from Tyre. He was endowed with skill, understanding, and knowledge of how to produce any work in bronze. He came to King Solomon and did all his metal work.
15. Two hollow bronze columns were cast, each eighteen cubits high and twelve cubits in circumference; their metal was of four fingers' thickness.
16. There were also two capitals cast in bronze, to place on top of the columns, each of them five cubits high.
17. Two pieces of network with a chainlike mesh were made to cover the (nodes of the) capitals on top of the columns, one for each capital.
18. Four hundred pomegranates were also cast; two hundred of them in a double row encircled the piece of network on each of the two capitals.
19. The capitals on top of the columns were finished wholly in a lotus pattern
20. above the level of the nodes and their enveloping network.
21. The columns were then erected adjacent to the porch of the temple, one to the right, called Jachin, and the other to the left, called Boaz.
22. Thus the work on the columns was completed.
23. The sea was then cast; it was made with a circular rim, and measured ten cubits across, five in height, and thirty in circumference.
24. Under the brim, gourds encircled it, ten to the cubit all the way around; the gourds were in two rows and were cast in one mold with the sea.
25. This rested on twelve oxen, three facing north, three facing west, three facing south, and three facing east, with their haunches all toward the center, where the sea was set upon them.
26. It was a handbreadth thick, and its brim resembled that of a cup, being lily-shaped. Its capacity was two thousand measures.
27. Ten stands were also made of bronze, each four cubits long, four wide, and three high.
28. When these stands were constructed, panels were set within the framework.
29. On the panels between the frames there were lions, oxen, and cherubim; and on the frames likewise, above and below the lions and oxen, there were wreaths in relief.
30. Each stand had four bronze wheels and bronze axles.
31. This was surmounted by a crown one cubit high within which was a rounded opening to provide a receptacle a cubit and a half in depth. There was carved work at the opening, on panels that were angular, not curved.
32. The four wheels were below the paneling, and the axletrees of the wheels and the stand were of one piece. Each wheel was a cubit and a half high.
33. The wheels were constructed like chariot wheels; their axles, fellies, spokes, and hubs were all cast. The four legs of each stand had cast braces, which were under the basin; they had wreaths on each side.
34. These four braces, extending to the corners of each stand, were of one piece with the stand.
35. On top of the stand there was a raised collar half a cubit high, with supports and panels which were of one piece with the top of the stand.
36. On the surfaces of the supports and on the panels, wherever there was a clear space, cherubim, lions, and palm trees were carved, as well as wreaths all around.
37. This was how the ten stands were made, all of the same casting, the same size, the same shape.
38. Ten bronze basins were then made, each four cubits in diameter with a capacity of forty measures, one basin for the top of each of the ten stands.
39. The stands were placed, five on the south side of the temple and five on the north. The sea was placed off to the southeast from the south side of the temple.
40. When Hiram made the pots, shovels, and bowls, he therewith completed all his work for King Solomon in the temple of the LORD:
41. two columns, two nodes for the capitals on top of the columns, two pieces of network covering the nodes for the capitals on top of the columns,
42. four hundred pomegranates in double rows on both pieces of network that covered the two nodes of the capitals where they met the columns,
43. ten stands, ten basins on the stands,
44. one sea, twelve oxen supporting the sea,
45. pots, shovels, and bowls. All these articles which Hiram made for King Solomon in the temple of the LORD were of burnished bronze.
46. The king had them cast in the neighborhood of the Jordan, in the clayey ground between Succoth and Zarethan.
47. Solomon did not weigh all the articles because they were so numerous; the weight of the bronze, therefore, was not determined.
48. Solomon had all the articles made for the interior of the temple of the LORD: the golden altar; the golden table on which the showbread lay;
49. the lampstands of pure gold, five to the right and five to the left before the sanctuary, with their flowers, lamps, and tongs of gold;
50. basins, snuffers, bowls, cups, and fire pans of pure gold; and hinges of gold for the doors of the inner room, or holy of holies, and for the doors of the outer room, the nave.
51. When all the work undertaken by King Solomon in the temple of the LORD was completed, he brought in the dedicated offerings of his father David, putting the silver, gold, and other articles in the treasuries of the temple of the LORD.

1 Kings 8:1-66
1. At the order of Solomon, the elders of Israel and all the leaders of the tribes, the princes in the ancestral houses of the Israelites, came to King Solomon in Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the LORD'S covenant from the city of David (which is Zion).
2. All the men of Israel assembled before King Solomon during the festival in the month of Ethanim (the seventh month).
3. When all the elders of Israel had arrived, the priests took up the ark;
4. they carried the ark of the LORD and the meeting tent with all the sacred vessels that were in the tent. (The priests and Levites carried them.)
5. King Solomon and the entire community of Israel present for the occasion sacrificed before the ark sheep and oxen too many to number or count.
6. The priests brought the ark of the covenant of the LORD to its place beneath the wings of the cherubim in the sanctuary, the holy of holies of the temple.
7. The cherubim had their wings spread out over the place of the ark, sheltering the ark and its poles from above.
8. The poles were so long that their ends could be seen from that part of the holy place adjoining the sanctuary; however, they could not be seen beyond. (They have remained there to this day.)
9. There was nothing in the ark but the two stone tablets which Moses had put there at Horeb, when the LORD made a covenant with the Israelites at their departure from the land of Egypt.
10. When the priests left the holy place, the cloud filled the temple of the LORD
11. so that the priests could no longer minister because of the cloud, since the LORD'S glory had filled the temple of the LORD.
12. Then Solomon said, "The LORD intends to dwell in the dark cloud;
13. I have truly built you a princely house, a dwelling where you may abide forever."
14. The king turned and greeted the whole community of Israel as they stood.
15. He said to them: "Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who with his own mouth made a promise to my father David and by his hand has brought it to fulfillment. It was he who said,
16. 'Since the day I brought my people Israel out of Egypt, I have not chosen a city out of any tribe of Israel for the building of a temple to my honor; but I choose David to rule my people Israel.'
17. When my father David wished to build a temple to the honor of the LORD, the God of Israel,
18. the LORD said to him, 'In wishing to build a temple to my honor, you do well.
19. It will not be you, however, who will build the temple; but the son who will spring from you, he shall build the temple to my honor.'
20. And now the LORD has fulfilled the promise that he made: I have succeeded my father David and sit on the throne of Israel, as the LORD foretold, and I have built this temple to honor the LORD, the God of Israel.
21. I have provided in it a place for the ark in which is the covenant of the LORD, which he made with our fathers when he brought them out of the land of Egypt."
22. Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of the whole community of Israel, and stretching forth his hands toward heaven,
23. he said, "LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below; you keep your covenant of kindness with your servants who are faithful to you with their whole heart.
24. You have kept the promise you made to my father David, your servant. You who spoke that promise, have this day, by your own power, brought it to fulfillment.
25. Now, therefore, LORD, God of Israel, keep the further promise you made to my father David, your servant, saying, 'You shall always have someone from your line to sit before me on the throne of Israel, provided only that your descendants look to their conduct so that they live in my presence, as you have lived in my presence.'
26. Now, LORD, God of Israel, may this promise which you made to my father David, your servant, be confirmed.
27. "Can it indeed be that God dwells among men on earth? If the heavens and the highest heavens cannot contain you, how much less this temple which I have built!
28. Look kindly on the prayer and petition of your servant, O LORD, my God, and listen to the cry of supplication which I, your servant, utter before you this day.
29. May your eyes watch night and day over this temple, the place where you have decreed you shall be honored; may you heed the prayer which I, your servant, offer in this place.
30. Listen to the petitions of your servant and of your people Israel which they offer in this place. Listen from your heavenly dwelling and grant pardon.
31. "If a man sins against his neighbor and is required to take an oath sanctioned by a curse, when he comes and takes the oath before your altar in this temple,
32. listen in heaven; take action and pass judgment on your servants. Condemn the wicked and punish him for his conduct, but acquit the just and establish his innocence.
33. "If your people Israel sin against you and are defeated by an enemy, and if then they return to you, praise your name, pray to you, and entreat you in this temple,
34. listen in heaven and forgive the sin of your people Israel, and bring them back to the land you gave their fathers.
35. "If the sky is closed, so that there is no rain, because they have sinned against you and you afflict them, and if then they repent of their sin, and pray, and praise your name in this place,
36. listen in heaven and forgive the sin of your servant and of your people Israel, teaching them the right way to live and sending rain upon this land of yours which you have given to your people as their heritage.
37. "If there is famine in the land or pestilence; or if blight comes, or mildew, or a locust swarm, or devouring insects; if an enemy of your people besieges them in one of their cities; whatever plague or sickness there may be,
38. if then any one (of your entire people Israel) has remorse of conscience and offers some prayer or petition, stretching out his hands toward this temple,
39. listen from your heavenly dwelling place and forgive. You who alone know the hearts of all men, render to each one of them according to his conduct; knowing their hearts, so treat them
40. that they may fear you as long as they live on the land you gave our fathers.
41. "To the foreigner, likewise, who is not of your people Israel, but comes from a distant land to honor you
42. (since men will learn of your great name and your mighty hand and your outstretched arm), when he comes and prays toward this temple,
43. listen from your heavenly dwelling. Do all that the foreigner asks of you, that all the peoples of the earth may know your name, may fear you as do your people Israel, and may acknowledge that this temple which I have built is dedicated to your honor.
44. "Whatever the direction in which you may send your people forth to war against their enemies, if they pray to you, O LORD, toward the city you have chosen and the temple I have built in your honor,
45. listen in heaven to their prayer and petition, and defend their cause.
46. "When they sin against you (for there is no man who does not sin), and in your anger against them you deliver them to the enemy, so that their captors deport them to a hostile land, far or near,
47. may they repent in the land of their captivity and be converted. If then they entreat you in the land of their captors and say, 'We have sinned and done wrong; we have been wicked';
48. if with their whole heart and soul they turn back to you in the land of the enemies who took them captive, pray to you toward the land you gave their fathers, the city you have chosen, and the temple I have built in your honor,
49. listen from your heavenly dwelling.
50. Forgive your people their sins and all the offenses they have committed against you, and grant them mercy before their captors, so that these will be merciful to them.
51. For they are your people and your inheritance, whom you brought out of Egypt, from the midst of an iron furnace.
52. "Thus may your eyes be open to the petition of your servant and to the petition of your people Israel. Hear them whenever they call upon you,
53. because you have set them apart among all the peoples of the earth for your inheritance, as you declared through your servant Moses when you brought our fathers out of Egypt, O Lord GOD."
54. When Solomon finished offering this entire prayer of petition to the LORD, he rose from before the altar of the LORD, where he had been kneeling with his hands outstretched toward heaven.
55. He stood and blessed the whole community of Israel, saying in a loud voice:
56. "Blessed be the LORD who has given rest to his people Israel, just as he promised. Not a single word has gone unfulfilled of the entire generous promise he made through his servant Moses.
57. May the LORD, our God, be with us as he was with our fathers and may he not forsake us nor cast us off.
58. May he draw our hearts to himself, that we may follow him in everything and keep the commands, statutes, and ordinances which he enjoined on our fathers.
59. May this prayer I have offered to the LORD, our God, be present to him day and night, that he may uphold the cause of his servant and of his people Israel as each day requires,
60. that all the peoples of the earth may know the LORD is God and there is no other.
61. You must be wholly devoted to the LORD, our God, observing his statutes and keeping his commandments, as on this day."
62. The king and all Israel with him offered sacrifices before the LORD.
63. Solomon offered as peace offerings to the LORD twenty-two thousand oxen and one hundred twenty thousand sheep. Thus the king and all the Israelites dedicated the temple of the LORD.
64. On that day the king consecrated the middle of the court facing the temple of the LORD; he offered there the holocausts, the cereal offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings, because the bronze altar before the LORD was too small to hold these offerings.
65. On this occasion Solomon and all the Israelites, who had assembled in large numbers from Labo of Hamath to the Wadi of Egypt, celebrated the festival before the LORD, our God, for seven days.
66. On the eighth day he dismissed the people, who bade the king farewell and went to their homes, rejoicing and happy over all the blessings the LORD had given to his servant David and to his people Israel.

Psalms 68:28-35
28. In the lead is Benjamin, few in number; there the princes of Judah, a large throng, the princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali, too.
29. Summon again, O God, your power, the divine power you once showed for us.
30. Show it from your temple on behalf of Jerusalem, that kings may bring you tribute.
31. Roar at the wild beast of the reeds, the herd of mighty bulls, the lords of nations; scatter the nations that delight in war.
32. Exact rich tribute from lower Egypt, from upper Egypt, gold and silver; make Ethiopia extend its hands to God.
33. You kingdoms of the earth, sing to God; chant the praises of the Lord, Selah
34. Who rides the heights of the ancient heavens, whose voice is thunder, mighty thunder.
35. Confess the power of God, whose majesty protects Israel, whose power is in the sky.

Proverbs 17:16-17
16. Of what use in the fool's hand are the means to buy wisdom, since he has no mind for it?
17. He who is a friend is always a friend, and a brother is born for the time of stress.

John 11:1-29
1. Now a man was ill, Lazarus from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.
2. Mary was the one who had anointed the Lord with perfumed oil and dried his feet with her hair; it was her brother Lazarus who was ill.
3. So the sisters sent word to him, saying, "Master, the one you love is ill."
4. When Jesus heard this he said, "This illness is not to end in death, but is for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it."
5. Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
6. So when he heard that he was ill, he remained for two days in the place where he was.
7. Then after this he said to his disciples, "Let us go back to Judea."
8. The disciples said to him, "Rabbi, the Jews were just trying to stone you, and you want to go back there?"
9. Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours in a day? If one walks during the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.
10. But if one walks at night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him."
11. He said this, and then told them, "Our friend Lazarus is asleep, but I am going to awaken him."
12. So the disciples said to him, "Master, if he is asleep, he will be saved."
13. But Jesus was talking about his death, while they thought that he meant ordinary sleep.
14. So then Jesus said to them clearly, "Lazarus has died.
15. And I am glad for you that I was not there, that you may believe. Let us go to him."
16. So Thomas, called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples, "Let us also go to die with him."
17. When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.
18. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, only about two miles away.
19. And many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother.
20. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary sat at home.
21. Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.
22. (But) even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you."
23. Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise."
24. Martha said to him, "I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day."
25. Jesus told her, "I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live,
26. and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"
27. She said to him, "Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world."
28. When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary secretly, saying, "The teacher is here and is asking for you."
29. As soon as she heard this, she rose quickly and went to him.