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Bible in one year


May 29


1 Kings 5:1-18
1. King Hiram of Tyre had always been a loyal friend of David, so when he learned that David's son Solomon was the new king of Israel, Hiram sent ambassadors to congratulate him.
2. Then Solomon sent this message back to Hiram:
3. "You know that my father, David, was not able to build a Temple to honor the name of the LORD his God because of the many wars he waged with surrounding nations. He could not build until the LORD gave him victory over all his enemies.
4. But now the LORD my God has given me peace on every side, and I have no enemies and all is well.
5. So I am planning to build a Temple to honor the name of the LORD my God, just as he instructed my father that I should do. For the LORD told him, `Your son, whom I will place on your throne, will build the Temple to honor my name.'
6. Now please command that cedars from Lebanon be cut for me. Let my men work alongside yours, and I will pay your men whatever wages you ask. As you know, there is no one among us who can cut timber like you Sidonians!"
7. When Hiram received Solomon's message, he was very pleased and said, "Praise the LORD for giving David a wise son to be king of the great nation of Israel."
8. Then he sent this reply to Solomon: "I have received your message, and I will do as you have asked concerning the timber. I can supply you with both cedar and cypress.
9. My servants will bring the logs from the Lebanon mountains to the Mediterranean Sea and build them into rafts. We will float them along the coast to whatever place you choose. Then we will break the rafts apart and deliver the timber to you. You can pay me with food for my household."
10. So Hiram produced for Solomon as much cedar and cypress timber as he desired.
11. In return Solomon sent him an annual payment of 100,000 bushels of wheat for his household and 110,000 gallons of olive oil.
12. So the LORD gave great wisdom to Solomon just as he had promised. And Hiram and Solomon made a formal alliance of peace.
13. Then King Solomon enlisted 30,000 laborers from all Israel.
14. He sent them to Lebanon in shifts, 10,000 every month, so that each man would be one month in Lebanon and two months at home. Adoniram was in charge of this labor force.
15. Solomon also enlisted 70,000 common laborers, 80,000 stonecutters in the hill country,
16. and 3,600 foremen to supervise the work.
17. At the king's command, the stonecutters quarried and shaped costly blocks of stone for the foundation of the Temple.
18. Men from the city of Gebal helped Solomon's and Hiram's builders prepare the timber and stone for the Temple.

1 Kings 6:1-38
1. It was in midspring, during the fourth year of Solomon's reign, that he began the construction of the Temple of the LORD. This was 480 years after the people of Israel were delivered from their slavery in the land of Egypt.
2. The Temple that King Solomon built for the LORD was 90 feet long, 30 feet wide, and 45 feet high.
3. The foyer at the front of the Temple was 30 feet wide, running across the entire width of the Temple. It projected outward 15 feet from the front of the Temple.
4. Solomon also made narrow, recessed windows throughout the Temple.
5. A complex of rooms was built against the outer walls of the Temple, all the way around the sides and rear of the building.
6. The complex was three stories high, the bottom floor being 7 1/2 feet wide, the second floor 9 feet wide, and the top floor 10 1/2 feet wide. The rooms were connected to the walls of the Temple by beams resting on ledges built out from the wall. So the beams were not inserted into the walls themselves.
7. The stones used in the construction of the Temple were prefinished at the quarry, so the entire structure was built without the sound of hammer, ax, or any other iron tool at the building site.
8. The entrance to the bottom floor was on the south side of the Temple. There were winding stairs going up to the second floor, and another flight of stairs between the second and third floors.
9. After completing the Temple structure, Solomon put in a ceiling made of beams and planks of cedar.
10. As already stated, there was a complex of rooms on three sides of the building, attached to the Temple walls by cedar timbers. Each story of the complex was 7 1/2 feet high.
11. Then the LORD gave this message to Solomon:
12. "Concerning this Temple you are building, if you keep all my laws and regulations and obey all my commands, I will fulfill through you the promise I made to your father, David.
13. I will live among the people of Israel and never forsake my people."
14. So Solomon finished building the Temple.
15. The entire inside, from floor to ceiling, was paneled with wood. He paneled the walls and ceilings with cedar, and he used cypress for the floors.
16. He partitioned off an inner sanctuary--the Most Holy Place--at the far end of the Temple. It was 30 feet deep and was paneled with cedar from floor to ceiling.
17. The main room of the Temple, outside the Most Holy Place, was 60 feet long.
18. Cedar paneling completely covered the stone walls throughout the Temple, and the paneling was decorated with carvings of gourds and open flowers.
19. Solomon prepared the inner sanctuary in the rear of the Temple, where the Ark of the LORD's covenant would be placed.
20. This inner sanctuary was 30 feet long, 30 feet wide, and 30 feet high. Solomon overlaid its walls and ceiling with pure gold. He also overlaid the altar made of cedar.
21. Then he overlaid the rest of the Temple's interior with pure gold, and he made gold chains to protect the entrance to the Most Holy Place.
22. So he finished overlaying the entire Temple with gold, including the altar that belonged to the Most Holy Place.
23. Within the inner sanctuary Solomon placed two cherubim made of olive wood, each 15 feet tall.
24. The wingspan of each of the cherubim was 15 feet, each wing being 7 1/2 feet long.
25. The two cherubim were identical in shape and size;
26. each was 15 feet tall.
27. Solomon placed them side by side in the inner sanctuary of the Temple. Their outspread wings reached from wall to wall, while their inner wings touched at the center of the room.
28. He overlaid the two cherubim with gold.
29. All the walls of the inner sanctuary and the main room were decorated with carvings of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers.
30. The floor in both rooms was overlaid with gold.
31. For the entrance to the inner sanctuary, Solomon made double doors of olive wood with five-sided doorposts.
32. These doors were decorated with carvings of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers, and the doors were overlaid with gold.
33. Then he made four-sided doorposts of olive wood for the entrance to the Temple.
34. There were two folding doors of cypress wood, and each door was hinged to fold back upon itself.
35. These doors were decorated with carvings of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers, and the doors were overlaid with gold.
36. The walls of the inner courtyard were built so that there was one layer of cedar beams after every three layers of hewn stone.
37. The foundation of the LORD's Temple was laid in midspring of the fourth year of Solomon's reign.
38. The entire building was completed in every detail by midautumn of the eleventh year of his reign. So it took seven years to build the Temple.

Psalms 68:21-27
21. But God will smash the heads of his enemies, crushing the skulls of those who love their guilty ways.
22. The Lord says, "I will bring my enemies down from Bashan; I will bring them up from the depths of the sea.
23. You, my people, will wash your feet in their blood, and even your dogs will get their share!"
24. Your procession has come into view, O God--the procession of my God and King as he goes into the sanctuary.
25. Singers are in front, musicians are behind; with them are young women playing tambourines.
26. Praise God, all you people of Israel; praise the LORD, the source of Israel's life.
27. Look, the little tribe of Benjamin leads the way. Then comes a great throng of rulers from Judah and all the rulers of Zebulun and Naphtali.

Proverbs 17:13-15
13. If you repay evil for good, evil will never leave your house.
14. Beginning a quarrel is like opening a floodgate, so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
15. The LORD despises those who acquit the guilty and condemn the innocent.

John 10:24-42
24. The Jewish leaders surrounded him and asked, "How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly."
25. Jesus replied, "I have already told you, and you don't believe me. The proof is what I do in the name of my Father.
26. But you don't believe me because you are not part of my flock.
27. My sheep recognize my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
28. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them away from me,
29. for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. So no one can take them from me.
30. The Father and I are one."
31. Once again the Jewish leaders picked up stones to kill him.
32. Jesus said, "At my Father's direction I have done many things to help the people. For which one of these good deeds are you killing me?"
33. They replied, "Not for any good work, but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, have made yourself God."
34. Jesus replied, "It is written in your own law that God said to certain leaders of the people, 'I say, you are gods!'
35. And you know that the Scriptures cannot be altered. So if those people, who received God's message, were called 'gods,'
36. why do you call it blasphemy when the Holy One who was sent into the world by the Father says, 'I am the Son of God'?
37. Don't believe me unless I carry out my Father's work.
38. But if I do his work, believe in what I have done, even if you don't believe me. Then you will realize that the Father is in me, and I am in the Father."
39. Once again they tried to arrest him, but he got away and left them.
40. He went beyond the Jordan River to stay near the place where John was first baptizing.
41. And many followed him. "John didn't do miracles," they remarked to one another, "but all his predictions about this man have come true."
42. And many believed in him there.