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July 13

2 Chronicles 21:1-20
1. Jehoshaphat joined the members of his family who had already died. His body was buried in the family tomb in the City of David. His son Jehoram became the next king after him.
2. Jehoram's brothers, the sons of Jehoshaphat, were Azariah, Jehiel, Zechariah, Azariahu, Michael and Shephatiah. All of them were sons of Jehoshaphat, the king of Israel.
3. Their father had given them many gifts. He had given them silver, gold and articles of value. He had also given them cities in Judah that had high walls around them. But he had made Jehoram king. That's because Jehoram was his oldest son.
4. Jehoram made his position secure over his father's kingdom. Then he killed all of his brothers with his sword. He also killed some of the princes of Israel.
5. Jehoram was 32 years old when he became king. He ruled in Jerusalem for eight years.
6. He followed the ways of the kings of Israel, just as the royal family of Ahab had done. In fact, he got married to a daughter of Ahab. Jehoram did what was evil in the sight of the Lord.
7. But the Lord didn't want to destroy the royal family of David. That's because the Lord had made a covenant with him. He had promised to keep the lamp of David's kingdom burning brightly for him and his children after him forever.
8. When Jehoram was king over Judah, Edom refused to remain under Judah's control. They set up their own king.
9. So Jehoram went to Edom. He took his officers and all of his chariots with him. The men of Edom surrounded him and his chariot commanders. But he got up at night and fought his way out.
10. To this very day Edom has refused to remain under Judah's control. At that same time, Libnah also refused to remain under the control of Judah. That's because Jehoram had deserted the Lord, the God of his people.
11. He had also built high places on the hills of Judah. He had caused the people of Jerusalem to worship other gods. They weren't faithful to the Lord. Jehoram had led Judah down the wrong path.
12. Jehoram received a letter from the prophet Elijah. It said, "The Lord is the God of your father David. The Lord says, 'You have not followed the ways of your own father Jehoshaphat or of Asa, the king of Judah.
13. Instead, you have followed the ways of the kings of Israel. You have led Judah and the people of Jerusalem to worship other gods, just as the royal family of Ahab did. Also, you have murdered your own brothers. They were members of your own family. They were better men than you are.
14. " 'So now I am about to strike your people down with a heavy blow. I will strike down your sons, your wives and everything that belongs to you.
15. And you yourself will be very sick for a long time. The sickness will finally cause your insides to come out.' "
16. The Lord stirred up the anger of the Philistines against Jehoram. He also stirred up the anger of the Arabs. They lived near the people of Cush.
17. The Philistines and Arabs attacked Judah. They went in and carried off all of the goods they found in the king's palace. They also took his sons and wives. The only son he had left was Ahaziah. He was the youngest son.
18. After all of that, the Lord made Jehoram very sick. He couldn't be healed.
19. After he had been sick for two years, the sickness caused his insides to come out. He died in great pain. His people didn't make a fire in his honor, as they had done for the kings who ruled before him.
20. Jehoram was 32 years old when he became king. He ruled in Jerusalem for eight years. No one was sorry when he passed away. His body was buried in the City of David. But it wasn't placed in the tombs of the kings.

2 Chronicles 22:1-12
1. The people of Jerusalem made Ahaziah king in place of Jehoram. Ahaziah was Jehoram's youngest son. Robbers had come with the Arabs into Jehoram's camp. The robbers had killed all of his older sons. So Ahaziah, the king of Judah, began to rule. He was the son of Jehoram.
2. Ahaziah was 22 years old when he became king. He ruled in Jerusalem for one year. His mother's name was Athaliah. She was a granddaughter of Omri.
3. Ahaziah also followed the ways of the royal family of Ahab. That's because Ahaziah's mother gave him bad advice. She told him to do what was wrong.
4. So he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, just as the family of Ahab had done. After Ahaziah's father died, the members of Ahab's family became his advisers. That's what destroyed him.
5. He also followed their advice when he joined forces with Joram, the king of Israel. They went to war against Hazael at Ramoth Gilead. Joram was the son of Ahab. Hazael was king of Aram. The soldiers of Aram wounded Joram.
6. So he returned to Jezreel to give his wounds time to heal. His enemies had wounded him at Ramoth in his battle against Hazael, the king of Aram. Ahaziah, the son of Jehoram, went down to Jezreel. He went there to see Joram. That's because Joram had been wounded. Ahaziah was king of Judah. Joram was the son of Ahab.
7. Through Ahaziah's visit to Joram, God caused Ahaziah to fall from power. When Ahaziah arrived, he rode out with Joram to meet Jehu, the son of Nimshi. The Lord had anointed Jehu to destroy the royal family of Ahab.
8. So Jehu punished Ahab's family, just as the Lord had told him to. While he was doing it, he found the princes of Judah and the sons of Ahaziah's relatives. They had been serving Ahaziah. So Jehu killed them.
9. Then he went to look for Ahaziah. Jehu's men captured him while he was hiding in Samaria. Ahaziah was brought to Jehu and put to death. People buried his body, because they said, "He was a grandson of Jehoshaphat, who followed the Lord with all his heart." So no one in the royal family of Ahaziah was powerful enough to keep the kingdom.
10. Athaliah was Ahaziah's mother. She saw that her son was dead. So she began to wipe out the whole royal house of Judah.
11. But Jehosheba went and got Joash, the son of Ahaziah. She was the daughter of King Jehoram. She stole Joash away from among the royal princes. All of them were about to be murdered. She put Joash and his nurse in a bedroom. Jehosheba, the daughter of King Jehoram, was the wife of the priest Jehoiada. She was also Ahaziah's sister. So Jehosheba hid the child from Athaliah. That's why Athaliah couldn't kill him.
12. The child remained hidden with the priest and his wife at God's temple for six years. Athaliah ruled over the land during that time.

Psalms 83:1-8
1. A song. A psalm of Asaph. God, don't keep silent. God, don't keep quiet. Don't be still.
2. See how your enemies are getting ready for action. See how they are rising up against you.
3. They make clever plans against your people. They make evil plans against those you love.
4. "Come," they say. "Let's destroy that whole nation. Then the name of Israel won't be remembered anymore."
5. All of them agree on the evil plans they have made. They join forces against you.
6. Their forces include the people of Edom, Ishmael, Moab and Hagar.
7. They also include the people of Byblos, Ammon, Amalek, Philistia and Tyre.
8. Even Assyria has joined them to give strength to the people of Moab and Ammon. Selah

Proverbs 21:1-1
1. The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord. He directs it like a stream of water anywhere he pleases.

Acts 17:16-34
16. Paul was waiting for Silas and Timothy in Athens. He was very upset to see that the city was full of statues of gods.
17. So he went to the synagogue. There he talked with Jews and with Greeks who worshiped God. Each day he spoke with anyone who happened to be in the market place.
18. A group of Epicurean and Stoic thinkers began to argue with him. Some of them asked, "What is this fellow chattering about?" Others said, "He seems to be telling us about gods we've never heard of." They said this because Paul was preaching the good news about Jesus. He was telling them that Jesus had risen from the dead.
19. They took him to a meeting of the Areopagus. There they said to him, "What is this new teaching you're giving us?
20. You have some strange ideas. We've never heard them before. We want to know what they mean."
21. All the people of Athens spent their time talking about and listening to the latest ideas. People from other lands who lived there did the same.
22. Then Paul stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus. He said, "Men of Athens! I see that you are very religious in every way.
23. As I walked around, I looked carefully at the things you worship. I even found an altar with ~to an unknown god= written on it. Now I am going to tell you about this 'unknown god' that you worship.
24. "He is the God who made the world. He also made everything in it. He is the Lord of heaven and earth. He doesn't live in temples built by hands.
25. He is not served by human hands. He doesn't need anything. He himself gives life and breath to all people. He also gives them everything else they have.
26. From one man he made all the people of the world. Now they live all over the earth. He decided exactly when they should live. And he decided exactly where they should live.
27. God did this so that people would seek him. Then perhaps they would reach out for him and find him. They would find him even though he is not far from any of us.
28. 'In him we live and move and exist.' As some of your own poets have also said, 'We are his children.'
29. "Yes, we are God's children. So we shouldn't think that God is made out of gold or silver or stone. He isn't a statue planned and made by clever people.
30. In the past, God didn't judge people for what they didn't know. But now he commands all people everywhere to turn away from their sins.
31. He has set a day when he will judge the world fairly. He has appointed a man to be its judge. God has proved this to all people by raising that man from the dead."
32. When they heard Paul talk about the dead rising, some of them made fun of it. But others said, "We want to hear you speak about this again."
33. So Paul left the meeting of the Areopagus.
34. A few men became followers of Paul and believed in Jesus. Dionysius was one of them. He was a member of the Areopagus. A woman named Damaris also became a believer. And so did some others.