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July 7


2 Chronicles 9:1-30
1. When the queen of Sheba heard of Solomon's fame, she came to Jerusalem to test him with hard questions. Arriving with a very great caravan-with camels carrying spices, large quantities of gold, and precious stones-she came to Solomon and talked with him about all she had on her mind.
2. Solomon answered all her questions; nothing was too hard for him to explain to her.
3. When the queen of Sheba saw the wisdom of Solomon, as well as the palace he had built,
4. the food on his table, the seating of his officials, the attending servants in their robes, the cupbearers in their robes and the burnt offerings he made at the temple of the LORD, she was overwhelmed.
5. She said to the king, "The report I heard in my own country about your achievements and your wisdom is true.
6. But I did not believe what they said until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not even half the greatness of your wisdom was told me; you have far exceeded the report I heard.
7. How happy your men must be! How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom!
8. Praise be to the LORD your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on his throne as king to rule for the LORD your God. Because of the love of your God for Israel and his desire to uphold them forever, he has made you king over them, to maintain justice and righteousness."
9. Then she gave the king 120 talents of gold, large quantities of spices, and precious stones. There had never been such spices as those the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.
10. (The men of Hiram and the men of Solomon brought gold from Ophir; they also brought algumwood and precious stones.
11. The king used the algumwood to make steps for the temple of the LORD and for the royal palace, and to make harps and lyres for the musicians. Nothing like them had ever been seen in Judah.)
12. King Solomon gave the queen of Sheba all she desired and asked for; he gave her more than she had brought to him. Then she left and returned with her retinue to her own country.
13. The weight of the gold that Solomon received yearly was 666 talents,
14. not including the revenues brought in by merchants and traders. Also all the kings of Arabia and the governors of the land brought gold and silver to Solomon.
15. King Solomon made two hundred large shields of hammered gold; six hundred bekas of hammered gold went into each shield.
16. He also made three hundred small shields of hammered gold, with three hundred bekas of gold in each shield. The king put them in the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon.
17. Then the king made a great throne inlaid with ivory and overlaid with pure gold.
18. The throne had six steps, and a footstool of gold was attached to it. On both sides of the seat were armrests, with a lion standing beside each of them.
19. Twelve lions stood on the six steps, one at either end of each step. Nothing like it had ever been made for any other kingdom.
20. All King Solomon's goblets were gold, and all the household articles in the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon were pure gold. Nothing was made of silver, because silver was considered of little value in Solomon's day.
21. The king had a fleet of trading ships manned by Hiram's men. Once every three years it returned, carrying gold, silver and ivory, and apes and baboons.
22. King Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth.
23. All the kings of the earth sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart.
24. Year after year, everyone who came brought a gift-articles of silver and gold, and robes, weapons and spices, and horses and mules.
25. Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand horses, which he kept in the chariot cities and also with him in Jerusalem.
26. He ruled over all the kings from the River to the land of the Philistines, as far as the border of Egypt.
27. The king made silver as common in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar as plentiful as sycamore-fig trees in the foothills.
28. Solomon's horses were imported from Egypt and from all other countries.
29. As for the other events of Solomon's reign, from beginning to end, are they not written in the records of Nathan the prophet, in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite and in the visions of Iddo the seer concerning Jeroboam son of Nebat?
30. Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years.

2 Chronicles 10:1-19
1. Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all the Israelites had gone there to make him king.
2. When Jeroboam son of Nebat heard this (he was in Egypt, where he had fled from King Solomon), he returned from Egypt.
3. So they sent for Jeroboam, and he and all Israel went to Rehoboam and said to him:
4. "Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but now lighten the harsh labor and the heavy yoke he put on us, and we will serve you."
5. Rehoboam answered, "Come back to me in three days." So the people went away.
6. Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who had served his father Solomon during his lifetime. "How would you advise me to answer these people?" he asked.
7. They replied, "If you will be kind to these people and please them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your servants."
8. But Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders gave him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him.
9. He asked them, "What is your advice? How should we answer these people who say to me, 'Lighten the yoke your father put on us'?"
10. The young men who had grown up with him replied, "Tell the people who have said to you, 'Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but make our yoke lighter'-tell them, 'My little finger is thicker than my father's waist.
11. My father laid on you a heavy yoke; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions.'"
12. Three days later Jeroboam and all the people returned to Rehoboam, as the king had said, "Come back to me in three days."
13. The king answered them harshly. Rejecting the advice of the elders,
14. he followed the advice of the young men and said, "My father made your yoke heavy; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions."
15. So the king did not listen to the people, for this turn of events was from God, to fulfill the word the LORD had spoken to Jeroboam son of Nebat through Ahijah the Shilonite.
16. When all Israel saw that the king refused to listen to them, they answered the king: "What share do we have in David, what part in Jesse's son? To your tents, O Israel! Look after your own house, O David!" So all the Israelites went home.
17. But as for the Israelites who were living in the towns of Judah, Rehoboam still ruled over them.
18. King Rehoboam sent out Adoniram, who was in charge of forced labor, but the Israelites stoned him to death. King Rehoboam, however, managed to get into his chariot and escape to Jerusalem.
19. So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day.

Psalms 80:7-13
7. Restore us, O God Almighty; make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.
8. You brought a vine out of Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it.
9. You cleared the ground for it, and it took root and filled the land.
10. The mountains were covered with its shade, the mighty cedars with its branches.
11. It sent out its boughs to the Sea, its shoots as far as the River.
12. Why have you broken down its walls so that all who pass by pick its grapes?
13. Boars from the forest ravage it and the creatures of the field feed on it.

Proverbs 20:16-18
16. Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger; hold it in pledge if he does it for a wayward woman.
17. Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man, but he ends up with a mouth full of gravel.
18. Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage war, obtain guidance.

Acts 14:1-28
1. At Iconium Paul and Barnabas went as usual into the Jewish synagogue. There they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Gentiles believed.
2. But the Jews who refused to believe stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers.
3. So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to do miraculous signs and wonders.
4. The people of the city were divided; some sided with the Jews, others with the apostles.
5. There was a plot afoot among the Gentiles and Jews, together with their leaders, to mistreat them and stone them.
6. But they found out about it and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbe and to the surrounding country,
7. where they continued to preach the good news.
8. In Lystra there sat a man crippled in his feet, who was lame from birth and had never walked.
9. He listened to Paul as he was speaking. Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed
10. and called out, "Stand up on your feet!" At that, the man jumped up and began to walk.
11. When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, "The gods have come down to us in human form!"
12. Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes because he was the chief speaker.
13. The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought bulls and wreaths to the city gates because he and the crowd wanted to offer sacrifices to them.
14. But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of this, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting:
15. "Men, why are you doing this? We too are only men, human like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made heaven and earth and sea and everything in them.
16. In the past, he let all nations go their own way.
17. Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy."
18. Even with these words, they had difficulty keeping the crowd from sacrificing to them.
19. Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead.
20. But after the disciples had gathered around him, he got up and went back into the city. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derbe.
21. They preached the good news in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch,
22. strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. "We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God," they said.
23. Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.
24. After going through Pisidia, they came into Pamphylia,
25. and when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia.
26. From Attalia they sailed back to Antioch, where they had been committed to the grace of God for the work they had now completed.
27. On arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.
28. And they stayed there a long time with the disciples.