Bible in one year

July 7

2 Chronicles 9:1-30
1. The queen of Sheba heard about how famous Solomon was. So she came to Jerusalem to test him with hard questions. She arrived with a very large group of attendants. Her camels were carrying spices, huge amounts of gold, and valuable jewels. She came to Solomon and asked him about everything she wanted to know.
2. He answered all of her questions. There wasn't anything that was too hard for him to explain to her.
3. So the queen of Sheba saw how wise Solomon was. She saw the palace he had built.
4. She saw the food that was on his table. She saw his officials sitting there. She saw the robes of the servants who waited on everyone. She saw the robes the wine tasters were wearing. And she saw the burnt offerings Solomon sacrificed at the Lord's temple. She could hardly believe everything she had seen.
5. She said to the king, "Back in my own country I heard a report about you. I heard about how much you had accomplished. I also heard about how wise you are. Everything I heard is true.
6. But I didn't believe what people were saying. So I came to see for myself. And now I believe it! You are twice as wise as people say you are. The report I heard doesn't even begin to tell the whole story about you.
7. "How happy your men must be! How happy your officials must be! They always get to serve you and hear the wise things you say.
8. "May the Lord your God be praised. He must take great delight in you. He placed you on his throne as king. He put you there to rule for him. Your God loves Israel very much. He longs to take good care of them forever. That's why he has made you king over them. He knows that you will do what is fair and right."
9. She gave the king four and a half tons of gold. She also gave him huge amounts of spices and valuable jewels. There had never been as many spices as the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.
10. The servants of Hiram and those of Solomon brought gold from Ophir. They also brought algumwood and valuable jewels.
11. The king used the algumwood to make steps for the Lord's temple and the royal palace. He also used it to make harps and lyres for those who played the music. No one had ever seen that much algumwood in Judah before.
12. King Solomon gave the queen of Sheba everything she wanted and asked for. In fact, he gave her more than she had brought to him. Then she left. She returned to her own country with her attendants.
13. Each year Solomon received 25 tons of gold.
14. That didn't include the money that was brought in by business and trade. All of the kings of Arabia also brought gold and silver to Solomon. So did the governors of Israel.
15. King Solomon made 200 large shields out of hammered gold. Each one weighed seven and a half pounds.
16. He also made 300 small shields out of hammered gold. Each one weighed almost four pounds. The king put all of the shields in the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon.
17. Then he made a large throne. It was decorated with ivory. It was covered with pure gold.
18. The throne had six steps. A gold stool for the king's feet was connected to it. The throne had armrests on both sides of the seat. A statue of a lion stood on each side of the throne.
19. Twelve lions stood on the six steps. There was one at each end of each step. Nothing like that throne had ever been made for any other kingdom.
20. All of King Solomon's cups were made out of gold. All of the articles that were used in the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon were made out of pure gold. Nothing was made out of silver. When Solomon was king, silver wasn't considered to be worth very much.
21. He had many ships that carried goods to be traded. The crews of those ships were made up of Hiram's men. Once every three years the ships returned. They brought gold, silver, ivory, apes and baboons.
22. King Solomon was richer than all of the other kings on earth. He was also wiser than they were.
23. All of these kings wanted to meet Solomon in person. They wanted to see for themselves how wise God had made him.
24. Year after year, everyone who came to him brought a gift. They brought articles that were made out of silver and gold. They brought robes, weapons and spices. They also brought horses and mules.
25. Solomon had 4,000 spaces where he kept his horses and chariots. He had 12,000 horses. He kept some of his horses and chariots in the chariot cities. He kept the others with him in Jerusalem.
26. Solomon ruled over all of the kings from the Euphrates River to the land of the Philistines. He ruled all the way to the border of Egypt.
27. The king made silver as common in Jerusalem as stones. He made cedar wood as common there as sycamore-fig trees in the western hills.
28. Solomon got horses from Egypt. He also got them from many other countries.
29. The other events of Solomon's rule from beginning to end are written down. They are written in the records of the prophet Nathan. They are written in the prophecy of Ahijah. He was from Shiloh. They are also written in the records of the visions of the prophet Iddo about Jeroboam. Jeroboam was the son of Nebat.
30. Solomon ruled in Jerusalem over the whole nation of Israel for 40 years.

2 Chronicles 10:1-19
1. Rehoboam went to Shechem. All of the people of Israel had gone there to make him king.
2. Jeroboam heard about it. He was the son of Nebat. Jeroboam was in Egypt at that time. He had gone there for safety. He wanted to get away from King Solomon. But now he returned from Egypt.
3. So the people sent for Jeroboam. He and all of the people went to Rehoboam. They said to him,
4. "Your father put a heavy load on our shoulders. But now make our hard work easier. Make the heavy load on us lighter. Then we'll serve you."
5. Rehoboam answered, "Come back to me in three days." So the people went away.
6. Then King Rehoboam asked the elders for advice. They had served his father Solomon while he was still living. Rehoboam asked them, "What advice can you give me? How should I answer these people?"
7. They replied, "Be kind to them. Please them. Give them what they are asking for. Then they'll always serve you."
8. But Rehoboam didn't accept the advice the elders gave him. He asked for advice from the young men who had grown up with him and were now serving him.
9. He asked them, "What's your advice? How should I answer these people? They said to me, 'Make the load your father put on our shoulders lighter.' "
10. The young men who had grown up with him gave their answer. They replied, "The people have said to you, 'Your father put a heavy load on our shoulders. Make it lighter.' Tell them, 'My little finger is stronger than my father's legs.
11. My father put a heavy load on your shoulders. But I'll make it even heavier. My father beat you with whips. But I'll beat you with bigger whips.' "
12. Three days later Jeroboam and all of the people returned to Rehoboam. That's because the king had said, "Come back to me in three days."
13. The king answered them in a mean way. He didn't accept the advice of the elders.
14. Instead, he followed the advice of the young men. He said, "My father put a heavy load on your shoulders. But I'll make it even heavier. My father beat you with whips. But I'll beat you with bigger whips."
15. So the king didn't listen to the people. That's because God had planned it that way. What the Lord had said through Ahijah came true. Ahijah had spoken the Lord's message to Jeroboam, the son of Nebat. Ahijah was from Shiloh.
16. All of the people of Israel saw that the king refused to listen to them. So they answered the king. They said, "We don't have any share in David's royal family. We don't have any share in Jesse's son. People of Israel, let's go back to our homes. David's royal family, take care of your own kingdom!" So all of the people of Israel went home.
17. But Rehoboam still ruled over the Israelites who were living in the towns of Judah.
18. Adoniram was in charge of those who were forced to work hard for King Rehoboam. The king sent him out among the Israelites. But they killed him by throwing stones at him. Rehoboam was able to get away in his chariot. He escaped to Jerusalem.
19. Israel has refused to follow the royal family of David to this very day.

Psalms 80:7-13
7. God who rules over all, make us new again. Let your face smile on us with favor. Then we will be saved.
8. You brought Israel out of Egypt. Israel was like a vine. After you drove the nations out of Canaan, you planted the vine in their land.
9. You prepared the ground for it. It took root and spread out over the whole land.
10. The mountains were covered with its shade. The shade of its branches covered the mighty cedar trees.
11. Your vine sent its branches out all the way to the Mediterranean Sea. They reached as far as the Euphrates River.
12. Why have you broken down the walls around your vine? Now all who pass by it can pick its grapes.
13. Wild pigs from the forest destroy it. The creatures of the field feed on it.

Proverbs 20:16-18
16. Take the coat of one who puts up money for what a stranger owes. Hold it until you get paid back if he does it for a woman who commits adultery.
17. Food gained by cheating tastes sweet to a man. But he will end up with a mouth full of sand.
18. Make plans by asking for guidance. If you go to war, get good advice.

Acts 14:1-28
1. At Iconium, Paul and Barnabas went into the Jewish synagogue as usual. They spoke there with great power. Large numbers of Jews and non-Jews became believers.
2. But the Jews who refused to believe stirred up those who weren't Jews. They poisoned their minds against the two men and the new believers.
3. So Paul and Barnabas spent a lot of time there. They spoke boldly for the Lord. He gave them the ability to do miraculous signs and wonders. In this way the Lord showed that they were telling the truth about his grace.
4. The people of the city did not agree with each other. Some were on the side of the Jews. Others were on the side of the apostles.
5. Jews and non-Jews alike planned to treat Paul and Barnabas badly. Their leaders agreed. They planned to kill them by throwing stones at them.
6. But Paul and Barnabas found out about the plan. They escaped to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbe and to the surrounding area.
7. There they continued to preach the good news.
8. In Lystra there sat a man who couldn't walk. He hadn't been able to use his feet since the day he was born.
9. He listened as Paul spoke. Paul looked right at him. He saw that the man had faith to be healed.
10. So he called out, "Stand up on your feet!" Then the man jumped up and began to walk.
11. The crowd saw what Paul had done. They shouted in the Lycaonian language. "The gods have come down to us in human form!" they exclaimed.
12. They called Barnabas Zeus. Paul was the main speaker. So they called him Hermes.
13. Just outside the city was the temple of the god Zeus. The priest of Zeus brought bulls and wreaths to the city gates. He and the crowd wanted to offer sacrifices to Paul and Barnabas.
14. But the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard about this. So they tore their clothes. They rushed out into the crowd. They shouted,
15. "Why are you men doing this? We are only human, just like you. We are bringing you good news. Turn away from these worthless things. Turn to the living God. He is the one who made the heavens and the earth and the sea. He made everything in them.
16. In the past, he let all nations go their own way.
17. But he has given proof of what he is like. He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven. He gives you crops in their seasons. He provides you with plenty of food. He fills your hearts with joy."
18. Paul and Barnabas told them all these things. But they had trouble keeping the crowd from offering sacrifices to them.
19. Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium. They won the crowd over to their side. They threw stones at Paul. They thought he was dead, so they dragged him out of the city.
20. The believers gathered around Paul. Then he got up and went back into the city. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derbe.
21. Paul and Barnabas preached the good news in the city of Derbe. They won large numbers of followers. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch.
22. There they helped the believers gain strength. They told them to remain true to what they had been taught. "We must go through many hard times to enter God's kingdom," they said.
23. Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church. The elders had trusted in the Lord. Paul and Barnabas prayed and fasted. They placed the elders in the Lord's care.
24. After going through Pisidia, Paul and Barnabas came into Pamphylia.
25. They preached the word in Perga. Then they went down to Attalia.
26. From Attalia they sailed back to Antioch. That was where they had been committed to God's grace. They had now completed the work God had given them to do.
27. When they arrived at Antioch, they gathered the church together. They reported all that God had done through them. They told how he had opened the way for non-Jews to believe.
28. And they stayed there a long time with the believers.