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June 9


2 Kings 5:1-27
1. Naaman, the army commander of the king of Aram, was highly esteemed and respected by his master, for through him the LORD had brought victory to Aram. But valiant as he was, the man was a leper.
2. Now the Arameans had captured from the land of Israel in a raid a little girl, who became the servant of Naaman's wife.
3. "If only my master would present himself to the prophet in Samaria," she said to her mistress, "he would cure him of his leprosy."
4. Naaman went and told his lord just what the slave girl from the land of Israel had said.
5. "Go," said the king of Aram. "I will send along a letter to the king of Israel." So Naaman set out, taking along ten silver talents, six thousand gold pieces, and ten festal garments.
6. To the king of Israel he brought the letter, which read: "With this letter I am sending my servant Naaman to you, that you may cure him of his leprosy."
7. When he read the letter, the king of Israel tore his garments and exclaimed: "Am I a god with power over life and death, that this man should send someone to me to be cured of leprosy? Take note! You can see he is only looking for a quarrel with me!"
8. When Elisha, the man of God, heard that the king of Israel had torn his garments, he sent word to the king: "Why have you torn your garments? Let him come to me and find out that there is a prophet in Israel."
9. Naaman came with his horses and chariots and stopped at the door of Elisha's house.
10. The prophet sent him the message: "Go and wash seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will heal, and you will be clean."
11. But Naaman went away angry, saying, "I thought that he would surely come out and stand there to invoke the LORD his God, and would move his hand over the spot, and thus cure the leprosy.
12. Are not the rivers of Damascus, the Abana and the Pharpar, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be cleansed?" With this, he turned about in anger and left.
13. But his servants came up and reasoned with him. "My father," they said, "if the prophet had told you to do something extraordinary, would you not have done it? All the more now, since he said to you, 'Wash and be clean,' should you do as he said."
14. So Naaman went down and plunged into the Jordan seven times at the word of the man of God. His flesh became again like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
15. He returned with his whole retinue to the man of God. On his arrival he stood before him and said, "Now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel. Please accept a gift from your servant."
16. "As the LORD lives whom I serve, I will not take it," Elisha replied; and despite Naaman's urging, he still refused.
17. Naaman said: "If you will not accept, please let me, your servant, have two mule-loads of earth, for I will no longer offer holocaust or sacrifice to any other god except to the LORD.
18. But I trust the LORD will forgive your servant this: when my master enters the temple of Rimmon to worship there, then I, too, as his adjutant, must bow down in the temple of Rimmon. May the LORD forgive your servant this."
19. "Go in peace," Elisha said to him.
20. Naaman had gone some distance when Gehazi, the servant of Elisha, the man of God, thought to himself: "My master was too easy with this Aramean Naaman, not accepting what he brought. As the LORD lives, I will run after him and get something out of him."
21. So Gehazi hurried after Naaman. Aware that someone was running after him, Naaman alighted from his chariot to wait for him. "Is everything all right?" he asked.
22. "Yes," Gehazi replied, "but my master sent me to say, 'Two young men have just come to me, guild prophets from the hill country of Ephraim. Please give them a talent of silver and two festal garments.'"
23. "Please take two talents," Naaman said, and pressed them upon him. He tied up these silver talents in bags and gave them, with the two festal garments, to two of his servants, who carried them before Gehazi.
24. When they reached the hill, Gehazi took what they had, carried it into the house, and sent the men on their way.
25. He went in and stood before Elisha his master, who asked him, "Where have you been, Gehazi?" He answered, "Your servant has not gone anywhere."
26. But Elisha said to him: "Was I not present in spirit when the man alighted from his chariot to wait for you? Is this a time to take money or to take garments, olive orchards or vineyards, sheep or cattle, male or female servants?
27. The leprosy of Naaman shall cling to you and your descendants forever." And Gehazi left Elisha, a leper white as snow.

2 Kings 6:1-33
1. The guild prophets once said to Elisha: "There is not enough room for us to continue to live here with you.
2. Let us go to the Jordan, where by getting one beam apiece we can build ourselves a place to live." "Go," Elisha said.
3. "Please agree to accompany your servants," one of them requested. "Yes, I will come," he replied.
4. So he went with them, and when they arrived at the Jordan they began to fell trees.
5. While one of them was felling a tree trunk, the iron axhead slipped into the water. "O master," he cried out, "it was borrowed!"
6. "Where did it fall?" asked the man of God. When he pointed out the spot, Elisha cut off a stick, threw it into the water, and brought the iron to the surface.
7. "Pick it up," he said. And the man reached down and grasped it.
8. When the king of Aram was waging war on Israel, he would make plans with his servants to attack a particular place.
9. But the man of God would send word to the king of Israel, "Be careful! Do not pass by this place, for Aram will attack there."
10. So the king of Israel would send word to the place which the man of God had indicated, and alert it; then they would be on guard. This happened several times.
11. Greatly disturbed over this, the king of Aram called together his officers. "Will you not tell me," he asked them, "who among us is for the king of Israel?"
12. "No one, my lord king," answered one of the officers. "The Israelite prophet Elisha can tell the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom."
13. "Go, find out where he is," he said, "so that I may take him captive." Informed that Elisha was in Dothan,
14. he sent there a strong force with horses and chariots. They arrived by night and surrounded the city.
15. Early the next morning, when the attendant of the man of God arose and went out, he saw the force with its horses and chariots surrounding the city. "Alas!" he said to Elisha. "What shall we do, my lord?"
16. "Do not be afraid," Elisha answered. "Our side outnumbers theirs."
17. Then he prayed, "O LORD, open his eyes, that he may see." And the LORD opened the eyes of the servant, so that he saw the mountainside filled with horses and fiery chariots around Elisha.
18. When the Arameans came down to get him, Elisha prayed to the LORD, "Strike this people blind, I pray you." And in answer to the prophet's prayer the LORD struck them blind.
19. Then Elisha said to them: "This is the wrong road, and this is the wrong city. Follow me! I will take you to the man you want." And he led them to Samaria.
20. When they entered Samaria, Elisha prayed, "O LORD, open their eyes that they may see." The LORD opened their eyes, and they saw that they were inside Samaria.
21. When the king of Israel saw them, he asked, "Shall I kill them, my father?"
22. "You must not kill them," replied Elisha. "Do you slay those whom you have taken captive with your sword or bow? Serve them bread and water. Let them eat and drink, and then go back to their master."
23. The king spread a great feast for them. When they had eaten and drunk he sent them away, and they went back to their master. No more Aramean raiders came into the land of Israel.
24. After this, Ben-hadad, king of Aram, mustered his whole army and laid siege to Samaria.
25. Because of the siege the famine in Samaria was so severe that an ass's head sold for eighty pieces of silver, and a fourth of a kab of wild onion for five pieces of silver.
26. One day, as the king of Israel was walking on the city wall, a woman cried out to him, "Help, my lord king!"
27. "No," he replied, "the LORD help you! Where could I find help for you: from the threshing floor or the winepress?"
28. Then the king asked her, "What is your trouble?" She replied: "This woman said to me, 'Give up your son that we may eat him today; then tomorrow we will eat my son.'
29. So we boiled my son and ate him. The next day I said to her, 'Now give up your son that we may eat him.' But she hid her son."
30. When the king heard the woman's words, he tore his garments. And as he was walking on the wall, the people saw that he was wearing sackcloth underneath, next to his skin.
31. "May God do thus and so to me," the king exclaimed, "if the head of Elisha, son of Shaphat, stays on him today!"
32. Meanwhile, Elisha was sitting in his house in conference with the elders. The king had sent a man ahead before he himself should come to him. Elisha had said to the elders: "Do you know that this son of a murderer is sending someone to cut off my head? When the messenger comes, see that you close the door and hold it fast against him. His master's footsteps are echoing behind him."
33. While Elisha was still speaking, the king came down to him and said, "This evil is from the LORD. Why should I trust in the LORD any longer?"

Psalms 72:1-7
1. Of Solomon.
2. I O God, give your judgment to the king; your justice to the son of kings; That he may govern your people with justice, your oppressed with right judgment,
3. That the mountains may yield their bounty for the people, and the hills great abundance,
4. That he may defend the oppressed among the people, save the poor and crush the oppressor.
5. May he live as long as the sun endures, like the moon, through all generations.
6. May he be like rain coming down upon the fields, like showers watering the earth,
7. That abundance may flourish in his days, great bounty, till the moon be no more.

Proverbs 18:10-11
10. The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the just man runs to it and is safe.
11. The rich man's wealth is his strong city; he fancies it a high wall.

John 18:1-18
1. When he had said this, Jesus went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley to where there was a garden, into which he and his disciples entered.
2. Judas his betrayer also knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples.
3. So Judas got a band of soldiers and guards from the chief priests and the Pharisees and went there with lanterns, torches, and weapons.
4. Jesus, knowing everything that was going to happen to him, went out and said to them, "Whom are you looking for?"
5. They answered him, "Jesus the Nazorean." He said to them, "I AM." Judas his betrayer was also with them.
6. When he said to them, "I AM," they turned away and fell to the ground.
7. So he again asked them, "Whom are you looking for?" They said, "Jesus the Nazorean."
8. Jesus answered, "I told you that I AM. So if you are looking for me, let these men go."
9. This was to fulfill what he had said, "I have not lost any of those you gave me."
10. Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it, struck the high priest's slave, and cut off his right ear. The slave's name was Malchus.
11. Jesus said to Peter, "Put your sword into its scabbard. Shall I not drink the cup that the Father gave me?"
12. So the band of soldiers, the tribune, and the Jewish guards seized Jesus, bound him,
13. and brought him to Annas first. He was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year.
14. It was Caiaphas who had counseled the Jews that it was better that one man should die rather than the people.
15. Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus. Now the other disciple was known to the high priest, and he entered the courtyard of the high priest with Jesus.
16. But Peter stood at the gate outside. So the other disciple, the acquaintance of the high priest, went out and spoke to the gatekeeper and brought Peter in.
17. Then the maid who was the gatekeeper said to Peter, "You are not one of this man's disciples, are you?" He said, "I am not."
18. Now the slaves and the guards were standing around a charcoal fire that they had made, because it was cold, and were warming themselves. Peter was also standing there keeping warm.