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July 8


2 Chronicles 11:1-23
1. On his arrival in Jerusalem Rehoboam gathered together the house of Judah and Benjamin, a hundred and eighty thousand seasoned warriors, to have them fight against Israel and restore the kingdom to him.
2. However, the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah, a man of God:
3. "Say to Rehoboam, son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all the Israelites in Judah and Benjamin:
4. 'Thus says the LORD: You must not march out to fight against your brothers. Let every man return home, for what has occurred I have brought about.'" They obeyed this message of the LORD and gave up the expedition against Jeroboam.
5. Rehoboam took up residence in Jerusalem and built fortified cities in Judah.
6. He built up Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,
7. Beth-zur, Soco, Adullam,
8. Gath, Mareshah, Ziph,
9. Adoraim, Lachish, Azekah,
10. Zorah, Aijalon, and Hebron; these were fortified cities in Judah and Benjamin.
11. Then he strengthened the fortifications and put commanders in them, with supplies of food, oil and wine.
12. In every city were shields and spears, and he made them very strong. Thus Judah and Benjamin remained his.
13. Now the priests and Levites throughout Israel presented themselves to him from all parts of their land,
14. for the Levites left their assigned pasture lands and their holdings and came to Judah and Jerusalem, because Jeroboam and his sons repudiated them as priests of the LORD.
15. In their place, he himself appointed priests for the high places and satyrs and calves he had made.
16. After them, all those of the Israelite tribes who firmly desired to seek the LORD, the God of Israel, came to Jerusalem to sacrifice to the LORD, the God of their fathers.
17. Thus they strengthened the kingdom of Judah and made Rehoboam, son of Solomon, prevail for three years; for they walked in the way of David and Solomon three years.
18. Rehoboam took to himself as wife Mahalath, daughter of Jerimoth, son of David and of Abihail, daughter of Eliab, son of Jesse.
19. She bore him sons: Jehush, Shemariah and Zaham.
20. After her, he married Maacah, daughter of Absalom, who bore him Abijah, Attai, Ziza and Shelomith.
21. Rehoboam loved Maacah, daughter of Absalom, more than all his other wives and concubines; he had taken eighteen wives and sixty concubines, and he fathered twenty-eight sons and sixty daughters.
22. Rehoboam constituted Abijah, son of Maacah, commander among his brothers, for he intended to make him king.
23. He acted prudently, distributing various of his sons throughout all the districts of Judah and Benjamin, in all the fortified cities; and he furnished them with copious provisions and sought an abundance of wives for them.

2 Chronicles 12:1-16
1. After Rehoboam had consolidated his rule and had become powerful, he abandoned the law of the LORD, he and all Israel with him.
2. Thus it happened that in the fifth year of King Rehoboam, Shishak, king of Egypt, attacked Jerusalem, for they had been unfaithful to the LORD.
3. He came up with twelve hundred chariots and sixty thousand horsemen, and there was no counting the army that came with him from Egypt-- Libyans, Sukkites and Ethiopians.
4. They captured the fortified cities of Judah and came as far as Jerusalem.
5. Then Shemaiah the prophet came to Rehoboam and the commanders of Judah who had gathered at Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said to them: "Thus says the LORD: 'You have abandoned me, and therefore I have abandoned you to the power of Shishak.'"
6. However, the commanders of Israel and the king humbled themselves saying, "The LORD is just."
7. When the LORD saw that they had humbled themselves, the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah: "Because they have humbled themselves, I will not destroy them; I will give them some deliverance, and my wrath shall not be poured out upon Jerusalem through Shishak.
8. But they shall be his servants, that they may know what it is to serve me and what it is to serve earthly kingdoms."
9. Therefore Shishak, king of Egypt, attacked Jerusalem and carried off the treasures of the temple of the LORD and of the king's palace. He took everything, including the gold bucklers that Solomon had made.
10. (To replace them, King Rehoboam made bronze bucklers, which he entrusted to the officers of the guard on duty at the entrance of the royal palace.
11. Whenever the king visited the temple of the LORD, the troops would come bearing them, and then they would return them to the guardroom.)
12. Because he had humbled himself, the anger of the LORD turned from him so that it did not destroy him completely; and in Judah, moreover, good deeds were found.
13. King Rehoboam consolidated his power in Jerusalem and continued to rule; he was forty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city in which, out of all the tribes of Israel, the LORD chose to be honored. Rehoboam's mother was named Naamah, an Ammonite.
14. He did evil, for he had not truly resolved to seek the LORD.
15. The acts of Rehoboam, first and last, are written, as is well known, in the history of Shemaiah the prophet and of Iddo the seer (his family record). There was war continually between Rehoboam and Jeroboam.
16. Rehoboam rested with his ancestors; he was buried in the City of David. His son Abijah succeeded him as king.

Psalms 80:14-19
14. The boar from the forest strips the vine; the beast of the field feeds upon it.
15. Turn again, LORD of hosts; look down from heaven and see; Attend to this vine,
16. the shoot your right hand has planted.
17. Those who would burn or cut it down-- may they perish at your rebuke.
18. May your help be with the man at your right hand, with the one whom you once made strong.
19. Then we will not withdraw from you; revive us, and we will call on your name.

Proverbs 20:19-21
19. A newsmonger reveals secrets; so have nothing to do with a babbler!
20. If one curses his father or mother, his lamp will go out at the coming of darkness.
21. Possessions gained hastily at the outset will in the end not be blessed.

Acts 15:1-21
1. Some who had come down from Judea were instructing the brothers, "Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice, you cannot be saved."
2. Because there arose no little dissension and debate by Paul and Barnabas with them, it was decided that Paul, Barnabas, and some of the others should go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and presbyters about this question.
3. They were sent on their journey by the church, and passed through Phoenicia and Samaria telling of the conversion of the Gentiles, and brought great joy to all the brothers.
4. When they arrived in Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church, as well as by the apostles and the presbyters, and they reported what God had done with them.
5. But some from the party of the Pharisees who had become believers stood up and said, "It is necessary to circumcise them and direct them to observe the Mosaic law."
6. The apostles and the presbyters met together to see about this matter.
7. After much debate had taken place, Peter got up and said to them, "My brothers, you are well aware that from early days God made his choice among you that through my mouth the Gentiles would hear the word of the gospel and believe.
8. And God, who knows the heart, bore witness by granting them the holy Spirit just as he did us.
9. He made no distinction between us and them, for by faith he purified their hearts.
10. Why, then, are you now putting God to the test by placing on the shoulders of the disciples a yoke that neither our ancestors nor we have been able to bear?
11. On the contrary, we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they."
12. The whole assembly fell silent, and they listened while Paul and Barnabas described the signs and wonders God had worked among the Gentiles through them.
13. After they had fallen silent, James responded, "My brothers, listen to me.
14. Symeon has described how God first concerned himself with acquiring from among the Gentiles a people for his name.
15. The words of the prophets agree with this, as is written:
16. 'After this I shall return and rebuild the fallen hut of David; from its ruins I shall rebuild it and raise it up again,
17. so that the rest of humanity may seek out the Lord, even all the Gentiles on whom my name is invoked. Thus says the Lord who accomplishes these things,
18. known from of old.'
19. It is my judgment, therefore, that we ought to stop troubling the Gentiles who turn to God,
20. but tell them by letter to avoid pollution from idols, unlawful marriage, the meat of strangled animals, and blood.
21. For Moses, for generations now, has had those who proclaim him in every town, as he has been read in the synagogues every sabbath."