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June 7


2 Kings 1:1-18
1. After Ahab's death, Moab rebelled against Israel.
2. Ahaziah had fallen through the lattice of his roof terrace at Samaria and had been injured. So he sent out messengers with the instructions: "Go and inquire of Baalzebub, the god of Ekron, whether I shall recover from this injury."
3. Meanwhile, the angel of the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite: "Go, intercept the messengers of Samaria's king, and ask them, 'Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going to inquire of Baalzebub, the god of Ekron?'
4. For this, the LORD says: 'You shall not leave the bed upon which you lie; instead, you shall die.'" And with that, Elijah departed.
5. The messengers then returned to Ahaziah, who asked them. "Why have you returned?"
6. "A man came up to us," they answered, "who said to us, 'Go back to the king who sent you and tell him: The LORD says, Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are sending to inquire of Baalzebub, the god of Ekron? For this you shall not leave the bed upon which you lie; instead, you shall die.'"
7. The king asked them, "What was the man like who came up to you and said these things to you?"
8. "Wearing a hairy garment," they replied, "with a leather girdle about his loins." "It is Elijah the Tishbite!" he exclaimed.
9. Then the king sent a captain with his company of fifty men after Elijah. The prophet was seated on a hilltop when he found him. "Man of God," he ordered, "the king commands you to come down."
10. "If I am a man of God," Elijah answered the captain, "may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men." And fire came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty men.
11. Ahaziah sent another captain with his company of fifty men after Elijah. "Man of God," he called out to Elijah, "the king commands you to come down immediately."
12. "If I am a man of God," Elijah answered him, "may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men." And divine fire came down from heaven, consuming him and his fifty men.
13. Again, for the third time, Ahaziah sent a captain with his company of fifty men. When the third captain arrived, he fell to his knees before Elijah, pleading with him. "Man of God," he implored him, "let my life and the lives of these fifty men, your servants, count for something in your sight!
14. Already fire has come down from heaven, consuming two captains with their companies of fifty men. But now, let my life mean something to you!"
15. Then the angel of the LORD said to Elijah, "Go down with him; you need not be afraid of him."
16. So Elijah left and went down with him and stated to the king: "Thus says the LORD: 'Because you sent messengers to inquire of Baalzebub, the god of Ekron, you shall not leave the bed upon which you lie; instead you shall die.'"
17. Ahaziah died in fulfillment of the prophecy of the LORD spoken by Elijah. Since he had no son, his brother Joram succeeded him as king, in the second year of Jehoram, son of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah.
18. The rest of the acts of Ahaziah are recorded in the book of chronicles of the kings of Israel.

2 Kings 2:1-25
1. When the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind, he and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal.
2. "Stay here, please," Elijah said to Elisha. "The LORD has sent me on to Bethel." "As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live," Elisha replied, "I will not leave you." So they went down to Bethel,
3. where the guild prophets went out to Elisha and asked him, "Do you know that the LORD will take your master from over you today?" "Yes, I know it," he replied. "Keep still."
4. Then Elijah said to him, "Stay here, please, Elisha, for the LORD has sent me on to Jericho." "As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live," Elisha replied, "I will not leave you."
5. They went on to Jericho, where the guild prophets approached Elisha and asked him, "Do you know that the LORD will take your master from over you today?" "Yes, I know it," he replied. "Keep still."
6. Elijah said to Elisha, "Please stay here; the LORD has sent me on to the Jordan." "As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live," Elisha replied, "I will not leave you." And so the two went on together.
7. Fifty of the guild prophets followed, and when the two stopped at the Jordan, stood facing them at a distance.
8. Elijah took his mantle, rolled it up and struck the water, which divided, and both crossed over on dry ground.
9. When they had crossed over, Elijah said to Elisha, "Ask for whatever I may do for you, before I am taken from you." Elisha answered, "May I receive a double portion of your spirit."
10. "You have asked something that is not easy," he replied. "Still, if you see me taken up from you, your wish will be granted; otherwise not."
11. As they walked on conversing, a flaming chariot and flaming horses came between them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind.
12. When Elisha saw it happen he cried out, "My father! my father! Israel's chariots and drivers!" But when he could no longer see him, Elisha gripped his own garment and tore it in two.
13. Then he picked up Elijah's mantle which had fallen from him, and went back and stood at the bank of the Jordan.
14. Wielding the mantle which had fallen from Elijah, he struck the water in his turn and said, "Where is the LORD, the God of Elijah?" When Elisha struck the water it divided and he crossed over.
15. The guild prophets in Jericho, who were on the other side, saw him and said, "The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha." They went to meet him, bowing to the ground before him.
16. "Among your servants are fifty brave men," they said. "Let them go in search of your master. Perhaps the spirit of the LORD has carried him away to some mountain or some valley." "Do not send them," he answered.
17. However, they kept urging him, until he was embarrassed and said, "Send them." So they sent the fifty men, who searched for three days without finding him.
18. When they returned to Elisha in Jericho, where he was staying, he said to them, "Did I not tell you not to go?"
19. Once the inhabitants of the city complained to Elisha, "The site of the city is fine indeed, as my lord can see, but the water is bad and the land unfruitful."
20. "Bring me a new bowl," Elisha said, "and put salt into it." When they had brought it to him,
21. he went out to the spring and threw salt into it, saying, "Thus says the LORD, 'I have purified this water. Never again shall death or miscarriage spring from it.'"
22. And the water has stayed pure even to this day, just as Elisha prophesied.
23. From there Elisha went up to Bethel. While he was on the way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him. "Go up, baldhead," they shouted, "go up, baldhead!"
24. The prophet turned and saw them, and he cursed them in the name of the LORD. Then two she-bears came out of the woods and tore forty-two of the children to pieces.
25. From there he went to Mount Carmel, and thence he returned to Samaria.

Psalms 71:9-16
9. Do not cast me aside in my old age; as my strength fails, do not forsake me.
10. For my enemies speak against me; they watch and plot against me.
11. They say, "God has abandoned that one Pursue, seize the wretch! No one will come to the rescue!"
12. God, do not stand far from me; my God, hasten to help me.
13. Bring to a shameful end those who attack me; Cover with contempt and scorn those who seek my ruin.
14. I will always hope in you and add to all your praise.
15. My mouth shall proclaim your just deeds, day after day your acts of deliverance, though I cannot number them all.
16. I will speak of the mighty works of the Lord; O GOD, I will tell of your singular justice.

Proverbs 18:6-8
6. The fool's lips lead him into strife, and his mouth provokes a beating.
7. The fool's mouth is his ruin; his lips are a snare to his life.
8. The words of a talebearer are like dainty morsels that sink into one's inmost being.

John 16:1-33
1. "I have told you this so that you may not fall away.
2. They will expel you from the synagogues; in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God.
3. They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me.
4. I have told you this so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you. "I did not tell you this from the beginning, because I was with you.
5. But now I am going to the one who sent me, and not one of you asks me, 'Where are you going?'
6. But because I told you this, grief has filled your hearts.
7. But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.
8. And when he comes he will convict the world in regard to sin and righteousness and condemnation:
9. sin, because they do not believe in me;
10. righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will no longer see me;
11. condemnation, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.
12. "I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.
13. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming.
14. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.
15. Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.
16. "A little while and you will no longer see me, and again a little while later and you will see me."
17. So some of his disciples said to one another, "What does this mean that he is saying to us, 'A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me,' and 'Because I am going to the Father'?"
18. So they said, "What is this 'little while' (of which he speaks)? We do not know what he means."
19. Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, "Are you discussing with one another what I said, 'A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me'?
20. Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.
21. When a woman is in labor, she is in anguish because her hour has arrived; but when she has given birth to a child, she no longer remembers the pain because of her joy that a child has been born into the world.
22. So you also are now in anguish. But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.
23. On that day you will not question me about anything. Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.
24. Until now you have not asked anything in my name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.
25. "I have told you this in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures but I will tell you clearly about the Father.
26. On that day you will ask in my name, and I do not tell you that I will ask the Father for you.
27. For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have come to believe that I came from God.
28. I came from the Father and have come into the world. Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father."
29. His disciples said, "Now you are talking plainly, and not in any figure of speech.
30. Now we realize that you know everything and that you do not need to have anyone question you. Because of this we believe that you came from God."
31. Jesus answered them, "Do you believe now?
32. Behold, the hour is coming and has arrived when each of you will be scattered to his own home and you will leave me alone. But I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
33. I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world."