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July 9


2 Chronicles 13:1-22
1. Abijah became king of Judah. It was in the 18th year of Jeroboam's rule over Israel.
2. Abijah ruled in Jerusalem for three years. His mother's name was Maacah. She was a daughter of Uriel. Uriel was from Gibeah. There was war between Abijah and Jeroboam.
3. Abijah went into battle with an army of 400,000 able fighting men. Jeroboam lined up his soldiers against them. He had 800,000 able troops.
4. Abijah stood on Mount Zemaraim. It's in the hill country of Ephraim. Abijah said, "Jeroboam and all you men of Israel, listen to me!
5. The Lord is the God of Israel. Don't you know that he has placed David and his sons after him on Israel's throne forever? The Lord made a covenant of salt with David. The salt means the covenant will last for all time to come.
6. "Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, was an official of David's son Solomon. But he refused to obey his master.
7. Some worthless and evil men gathered around him. They opposed Solomon's son Rehoboam. At that time Rehoboam was young. He couldn't make up his mind. He wasn't strong enough to stand up against those men.
8. "Now you plan to stand up against the kingdom of the Lord. His kingdom is in the hands of men in David's family line. It's true that you have a huge army. You have the golden calves that Jeroboam made to be your gods.
9. "But you drove out the priests of the Lord, the sons of Aaron. You also drove out the Levites. You appointed your own priests. That's what the people of other nations do. Anyone can come and set himself apart. All he has to do is sacrifice a young bull and seven rams. Then he becomes a priest of gods that aren't really gods at all!
10. "But the Lord is our God. We haven't deserted him. The priests who serve the Lord belong to the family line of Aaron. The Levites help them.
11. Every morning and evening the priests bring burnt offerings and sweet-smelling incense to the Lord. They set out the holy bread on the table. That table is 'clean.' They light the lamps on the gold lampstand every evening. "We always do what the Lord our God requires in his law. But you have deserted him.
12. God is with us. He's our leader. His priests will blow their trumpets. They will sound the battle cry against you. Men of Israel, don't fight against the Lord. He's the God of your people who lived long ago. You can't possibly succeed."
13. Jeroboam had sent some troops behind Judah's battle lines. He told them to hide and wait there. He and his men stayed in front of Judah's lines.
14. Judah turned and saw that they were being attacked from the front and from the back. Then they cried out to the Lord. The priests blew their trumpets.
15. The men of Judah shouted the battle cry. When they did, God drove Jeroboam and all of Israel's men away from Abijah and Judah.
16. The men of Israel ran away from them. God handed Israel over to Judah.
17. Abijah and his men wounded and killed large numbers of them. In fact, 500,000 of Israel's able men lay dead or wounded.
18. So at that time the men of Israel were brought under Judah's control. The men of Judah won the battle over them. That's because they trusted in the Lord. He's the God of their people.
19. Abijah chased Jeroboam. He took from him the towns of Bethel, Jeshanah and Ephron. He also took the villages that were around them.
20. Jeroboam didn't get his power back during the time of Abijah. In fact, the Lord struck him down. And he died.
21. But Abijah grew stronger. He got married to 14 wives. He had 22 sons and 16 daughters.
22. The other events of Abijah's rule are written down. The things he did and said are written in the notes of the prophet Iddo.

2 Chronicles 14:1-15
1. Abijah joined the members of his family who had already died. His body was buried in the City of David. His son Asa became the next king after him. While Asa was king, the country had peace and rest for ten years.
2. Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God.
3. He removed the altars where strange gods were worshiped. He took away the high places. He smashed the sacred stones. He cut down the poles that were used to worship the goddess Asherah.
4. He commanded Judah to worship the Lord, the God of their people. He commanded them to obey the Lord's laws and commands.
5. He removed the high places and incense altars from every town in Judah. The kingdom had peace and rest under him.
6. He built up the cities of Judah that had high walls around them. The land was at peace. No one was at war with Asa during those years. That's because the Lord gave him peace and rest.
7. "Let's build up our towns," Asa said to the people of Judah. "Let's put walls around them. Let's provide them with towers. Let's make them secure with gates that have heavy metal bars. The land still belongs to us. That's because we've trusted in the Lord our God. We trusted in him, and he has given us peace and rest on every side." So they built. And things went well for them.
8. Asa had an army of 300,000 men from Judah. They carried spears and large shields. There were 280,000 men from Benjamin. They were armed with bows and small shields. All of those men were brave soldiers.
9. Zerah marched out against them. He was from Cush. He had a huge army. He also had 300 chariots. They came all the way to Mareshah.
10. Asa went out to meet Zerah in battle. They took up their positions in the Valley of Zephathah. It's near Mareshah.
11. Then Asa called out to the Lord his God. He said, "Lord, there isn't anyone like you. You help the weak against the strong. Lord our God, help us. We trust in you. In your name we have come out to fight against this huge army. Lord, you are our God. Don't let mere men win the battle over you."
12. The Lord struck down the men of Cush for Asa and Judah. The Cushites ran away.
13. Asa and his army chased them all the way to Gerar. A large number of Cushites fell down wounded or dead. So they couldn't fight back. The Lord and his army crushed them. The men of Judah carried off a large amount of goods.
14. They attacked all of the villages around Gerar. The Lord had made the people in those villages afraid of him. The men of Judah took everything from all of the villages.
15. They also attacked the camps of those who took care of the herds. They carried off large numbers of sheep, goats and camels. Then they returned to Jerusalem.

Psalms 81:1-5
1. For the director of music. For gittith. A psalm of Asaph. Sing joyfully to God! He gives us strength. Give a loud shout to the God of Jacob!
2. Let the music begin. Play the tambourines. Play sweet music on harps and lyres.
3. Blow the ram's horn on the day of the New Moon Feast. Blow it again when the moon is full and the Feast of Booths begins.
4. This is an order given to Israel. It is a law of the God of Jacob.
5. He gave it as a covenant law for the people of Joseph when God went out to punish Egypt. There we heard a language we didn't understand.

Proverbs 20:22-23
22. Don't say, "I'll get even with you for the wrong you did to me!" Wait for the Lord, and he will save you.
23. The Lord hates weights that weigh things heavier or lighter than they really are. Scales that are not honest don't please him.

Acts 15:22-41
22. Then the apostles, the elders and the whole church decided what to do. They would choose some of their own men. They would send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. So they chose two leaders among the believers. Their names were Judas Barsabbas and Silas.
23. Here is the letter they sent with them. The apostles and elders, your brothers, are writing this letter. We are sending it to the non-Jewish believers in Antioch, Syria and Cilicia. Greetings.
24. We have heard that some of our people came to you and caused trouble. You were upset by what they said. But we had given them no authority to go.
25. So we all agreed to send our dear friends Barnabas and Paul to you. We chose some others to go with them.
26. Barnabas and Paul have put their lives in danger for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
27. So we are sending Judas and Silas with them. What they say will agree with this letter.
28. It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to give you a load that is too heavy. So here are a few basic rules.
29. Don't eat food that has been offered to statues of gods. Don't drink blood. Don't eat the meat of animals that have been choked to death. And don't commit sexual sins. You will do well to keep away from these things. Farewell.
30. The men were sent down to Antioch. There they gathered the church together. They gave the letter to them.
31. The people read it. They were glad for its message of hope.
32. Judas and Silas were prophets. They said many things to give strength and hope to the believers.
33. Judas and Silas stayed there for some time. Then the believers sent them away with the blessing of peace. They sent them back to those who had sent them out.
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35. Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch. There they and many others taught and preached the word of the Lord.
36. Some time later Paul spoke to Barnabas. "Let's go back to all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord," he said. "Let's visit the believers and see how they are doing."
37. Barnabas wanted to take John Mark with them.
38. But Paul didn't think it was wise to take him. Mark had deserted them in Pamphylia. He hadn't continued with them in their work.
39. Barnabas and Paul strongly disagreed with each other. So they went their separate ways. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus.
40. But Paul chose Silas. The believers asked the Lord to give his grace to Paul and Silas as they went.
41. Paul traveled through Syria and Cilicia. He gave strength to the churches there.