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June 15


2 Kings 17:1-41
1. In the twelfth year of Ahaz, king of Judah, Hoshea, son of Elah, began his nine-year reign over Israel in Samaria.
2. He did evil in the sight of the LORD, yet not to the extent of the kings of Israel before him.
3. Shalmaneser, king of Assyria, advanced against him, and Hoshea became his vassal and paid him tribute.
4. But the king of Assyria found Hoshea guilty of conspiracy for sending envoys to the king of Egypt at Sais, and for failure to pay the annual tribute to his Assyrian overlord.
5. For this, the king of Assyria arrested and imprisoned Hoshea; he then occupied the whole land and attacked Samaria, which he besieged for three years.
6. In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria took Samaria, and deported the Israelites to Assyria, settling them in Halah, at the Habor, a river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.
7. This came about because the Israelites sinned against the LORD, their God, who had brought them up from the land of Egypt, from under the domination of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and because they venerated other gods.
8. They followed the rites of the nations whom the LORD had cleared out of the way of the Israelites (and the kings of Israel whom they set up).
9. They adopted unlawful practices toward the LORD, their God. They built high places in all their settlements, the watchtowers as well as the walled cities.
10. They set up pillars and sacred poles for themselves on every high hill and under every leafy tree.
11. There, on all the high places, they burned incense like the nations whom the LORD had sent into exile at their coming. They did evil things that provoked the LORD,
12. and served idols, although the LORD had told them, "You must not do this."
13. And though the LORD warned Israel and Judah by every prophet and seer, "Give up your evil ways and keep my commandments and statutes, in accordance with the entire law which I enjoined on your fathers and which I sent you by my servants the prophets,"
14. they did not listen, but were as stiff-necked as their fathers, who had not believed in the LORD, their God.
15. They rejected his statutes, the covenant which he had made with their fathers, and the warnings which he had given them. The vanity they pursued, they themselves became: they followed the surrounding nations whom the LORD had commanded them not to imitate.
16. They disregarded all the commandments of the LORD, their God, and made for themselves two molten calves; they also made a sacred pole and worshiped all the host of heaven, and served Baal.
17. They immolated their sons and daughters by fire, practiced fortune-telling and divination, and sold themselves into evil doing in the LORD'S sight, provoking him
18. till, in his great anger against Israel, the LORD put them away out of his sight. Only the tribe of Judah was left.
19. Even the people of Judah, however, did not keep the commandments of the LORD, their God, but followed the rites practiced by Israel.
20. So the LORD rejected the whole race of Israel. He afflicted them and delivered them over to plunderers, finally casting them out from before him.
21. When he tore Israel away from the house of David, they made Jeroboam, son of Nebat, king; he drove the Israelites away from the LORD, causing them to commit a great sin.
22. The Israelites imitated Jeroboam in all the sins he committed, nor would they desist from them.
23. Finally, the LORD put Israel away out of his sight as he had foretold through all his servants, the prophets; and Israel went into exile from their native soil to Assyria, an exile lasting to the present.
24. The king of Assyria brought people from Babylon, Cuthah, Avva, Hamath, and Sepharvaim, and settled them in the cities of Samaria in place of the Israelites. They took possession of Samaria and dwelt in its cities.
25. When they first settled there, they did not venerate the LORD, so he sent lions among them that killed some of their number.
26. A report reached the king of Assyria: "The nations whom you deported and settled in the cities of Samaria do not know how to worship the God of the land, and he has sent lions among them that are killing them, since they do not know how to worship the God of the land."
27. The king of Assyria gave the order, "Send back one of the priests whom I deported, to go there and settle, to teach them how to worship the God of the land."
28. So one of the priests who had been deported from Samaria returned and settled in Bethel, and taught them how to venerate the LORD.
29. But these peoples began to make their own gods in the various cities in which they were living; in the shrines on the high places which the Samarians had made, each people set up gods.
30. Thus the Babylonians made Marduk and his consort; the men of Cuth made Nergal; the men of Hamath made Ashima;
31. the men of Avva made Nibhaz and Tartak; and the men of Sepharvaim immolated their children by fire to their city gods, King Hadad and his consort Anath.
32. They also venerated the LORD, choosing from their number priests for the high places, who officiated for them in the shrines on the high places.
33. But, while venerating the LORD, they served their own gods, following the worship of the nations from among whom they had been deported.
34. To this day they worship according to their ancient rites. (They did not venerate the LORD nor observe the statutes and regulations, the law and commandments, which the LORD enjoined on the descendants of Jacob, whom he had named Israel.
35. When he made a covenant with them, he commanded them: "You must not venerate other gods, nor worship them, nor serve them, nor offer sacrifice to them.
36. The LORD, who brought you up from the land of Egypt with great power and outstretched arm: him shall you venerate, him shall you worship, and to him shall you sacrifice.
37. You must be careful to observe forever the statutes and regulations, the law and commandment, which he wrote for you, and you must not venerate other gods.
38. The covenant which I made with you, you must not forget; you must not venerate other gods.
39. But the LORD, your God, you must venerate; it is he who will deliver you from the power of all your enemies."
40. They did not listen, however, but continued in their earlier manner.)
41. Thus these nations venerated the LORD, but also served their idols. And their sons and grandsons, to this day, are doing as their fathers did.

2 Kings 18:1-37
1. In the third year of Hoshea, son of Elah, king of Israel, Hezekiah, son of Ahaz, king of Judah, began to reign.
2. He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Abi, daughter of Zechariah.
3. He pleased the LORD, just as his forefather David had done.
4. It was he who removed the high places, shattered the pillars, and cut down the sacred poles. He smashed the bronze serpent called Nehushtan which Moses had made, because up to that time the Israelites were burning incense to it.
5. He put his trust in the LORD, the God of Israel; and neither before him nor after him was there anyone like him among all the kings of Judah.
6. Loyal to the LORD, Hezekiah never turned away from him, but observed the commandments which the LORD had given Moses.
7. The LORD was with him, and he prospered in all that he set out to do. He rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him.
8. He also subjugated the watchtowers and walled cities of the Philistines, all the way to Gaza and its territory.
9. In the fourth year of King Hezekiah, which was the seventh year of Hoshea, son of Elah, king of Israel, Shalmaneser, king of Assyria, attacked Samaria, laid siege to it,
10. and after three years captured it. In the sixth year of Hezekiah, the ninth year of Hoshea, king of Israel, Samaria was taken.
11. The king of Assyria then deported the Israelites to Assyria and settled them in Halah, at the Habor, a river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.
12. This came about because they had not heeded the warning of the LORD, their God, but violated his covenant, not heeding and not fulfilling the commandments of Moses, the servant of the LORD.
13. In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, Sennacherib, king of Assyria, went on an expedition against all the fortified cities of Judah and captured them.
14. Hezekiah, king of Judah, sent this message to the king of Assyria at Lachish: "I have done wrong. Leave me, and I will pay whatever tribute you impose on me." The king of Assyria exacted three hundred talents of silver and thirty talents of gold from Hezekiah, king of Judah.
15. Hezekiah paid him all the funds there were in the temple of the LORD and in the palace treasuries.
16. He broke up the door panels and the uprights of the temple of the LORD which he himself had ordered to be overlaid with gold, and gave the gold to the king of Assyria.
17. The king of Assyria sent the general, the lord chamberlain, and the commander from Lachish with a great army to King Hezekiah at Jerusalem. They went up, and on their arrival in Jerusalem, stopped at the conduit of the upper pool on the highway of the fuller's field.
18. They called for the king, who sent out to them Eliakim, son of Hilkiah, the master of the palace; Shebnah the scribe; and the herald Joah, son of Asaph.
19. The commander said to them, "Tell Hezekiah, 'Thus says the great king, the king of Assyria: On what do you base this confidence of yours?
20. Do you think mere words substitute for strategy and might in war? On whom, then, do you rely, that you rebel against me?
21. This Egypt, the staff on which you rely, is in fact a broken reed which pierces the hand of anyone who leans on it. That is what Pharaoh, king of Egypt, is to all who rely on him.
22. But if you say to me, We rely on the LORD, our God, is not he the one whose high places and altars Hezekiah has removed, commanding Judah and Jerusalem to worship before this altar in Jerusalem?'
23. "Now, make a wager with my lord, the king of Assyria: I will give you two thousand horses if you can put riders on them.
24. How then can you repulse even one of the least servants of my lord, relying as you do on Egypt for chariots and horsemen?
25. Was it without the LORD'S will that I have come up to destroy this place? The LORD said to me, 'Go up and destroy that land!'"
26. Then Eliakim, son of Hilkiah, and Shebnah and Joah said to the commander: "Please speak to your servants in Aramaic; we understand it. Do not speak to us in Judean within earshot of the people who are on the wall."
27. But the commander replied: "Was it to your master and to you that my lord sent me to speak these words? Was it not rather to the men sitting on the wall, who, with you, will have to eat their own excrement and drink their urine?"
28. Then the commander stepped forward and cried out in a loud voice in Judean, "Listen to the words of the great king, the king of Assyria.
29. Thus says the king: 'Do not let Hezekiah deceive you, since he cannot deliver you out of my hand.
30. Let not Hezekiah induce you to rely on the LORD, saying, The LORD will surely save us; this city will not be handed over to the king of Assyria.
31. Do not listen to Hezekiah, for the king of Assyria says: Make peace with me and surrender! Then each of you will eat of his own vine and of his own fig-tree, and drink the water of his own cistern,
32. until I come to take you to a land like your own, a land of grain and wine, of bread and orchards, of olives, oil and fruit syrup. Choose life, not death. Do not listen to Hezekiah when he would seduce you by saying, The LORD will rescue us.
33. Has any of the gods of the nations ever rescued his land from the hand of the king of Assyria?
34. Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Avva? Where are the gods of the land of Samaria?
35. Which of the gods for all these lands ever rescued his land from my hand? Will the LORD then rescue Jerusalem from my hand?'"
36. But the people remained silent and did not answer him one word, for the king had ordered them not to answer him.
37. Then the master of the palace, Eliakim, son of Hilkiah, Shebnah the scribe, and the herald Joah, son of Asaph, came to Hezekiah with their garments torn, and reported to him what the commander had said.

Psalms 74:1-8
1. A maskil of Asaph. I Why, God, have you cast us off forever? Why does your anger burn against the sheep of your pasture?
2. Remember your flock that you gathered of old, the tribe you redeemed as your very own. Remember Mount Zion where you dwell.
3. Turn your steps toward the utter ruins, toward the sanctuary devastated by the enemy.
4. Your foes roared triumphantly in your shrine; they set up their own tokens of victory.
5. They hacked away like foresters gathering boughs, swinging their axes in a thicket of trees.
6. They smashed all your engraved work, pounded it with hammer and pick.
7. They set your sanctuary on fire; the abode of your name they razed and profaned.
8. They said in their hearts, "Destroy them all! Burn all the shrines of God in the land!"

Proverbs 18:22-24
22. He who finds a wife finds happiness; it is a favor he receives from the LORD.
23. The poor man implores, but the rich man answers harshly.
24. Some friends bring ruin on us, but a true friend is more loyal than a brother.

Acts 1:1-26
1. In the first book, Theophilus, I dealt with all that Jesus did and taught
2. until the day he was taken up, after giving instructions through the holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen.
3. He presented himself alive to them by many proofs after he had suffered, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.
4. While meeting with them, he enjoined them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for "the promise of the Father about which you have heard me speak;
5. for John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the holy Spirit."
6. When they had gathered together they asked him, "Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?"
7. He answered them, "It is not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has established by his own authority.
8. But you will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
9. When he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight.
10. While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going, suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them.
11. They said, "Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven."
12. Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day's journey away.
13. When they entered the city they went to the upper room where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.
14. All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
15. During those days Peter stood up in the midst of the brothers (there was a group of about one hundred and twenty persons in the one place). He said,
16. "My brothers, the scripture had to be fulfilled which the holy Spirit spoke beforehand through the mouth of David, concerning Judas, who was the guide for those who arrested Jesus.
17. He was numbered among us and was allotted a share in this ministry.
18. He bought a parcel of land with the wages of his iniquity, and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle, and all his insides spilled out.
19. This became known to everyone who lived in Jerusalem, so that the parcel of land was called in their language 'Akeldama,' that is, Field of Blood.
20. For it is written in the Book of Psalms: 'Let his encampment become desolate, and may no one dwell in it.' And: 'May another take his office.'
21. Therefore, it is necessary that one of the men who accompanied us the whole time the Lord Jesus came and went among us,
22. beginning from the baptism of John until the day on which he was taken up from us, become with us a witness to his resurrection."
23. So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias.
24. Then they prayed, "You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen
25. to take the place in this apostolic ministry from which Judas turned away to go to his own place."
26. Then they gave lots to them, and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was counted with the eleven apostles.