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June 12


2 Kings 11:1-21
1. When Athaliah, the mother of King Ahaziah of Judah, learned that her son was dead, she set out to destroy the rest of the royal family.
2. But Ahaziah's sister Jehosheba, the daughter of King Jehoram, took Ahaziah's infant son, Joash, and stole him away from among the rest of the king's children, who were about to be killed. Jehosheba put Joash and his nurse in a bedroom to hide him from Athaliah, so the child was not murdered.
3. Joash and his nurse remained hidden in the Temple of the LORD for six years while Athaliah ruled over the land.
4. In the seventh year of Athaliah's reign, Jehoiada the priest summoned the commanders, the Carite mercenaries, and the guards to come to the Temple of the LORD. He made a pact with them and made them swear an oath of loyalty there in the LORD's Temple; then he showed them the king's son.
5. Jehoiada told them, "This is what you must do. A third of you who are on duty on the Sabbath are to guard the royal palace itself.
6. Another third of you are to stand guard at the Sur Gate. And the final third must stand guard behind the palace guard. These three groups will all guard the palace.
7. The other two units who are off duty on the Sabbath must stand guard for the king at the LORD's Temple.
8. Form a bodyguard for the king and keep your weapons in hand. Any unauthorized person who approaches you must be killed. Stay right beside the king at all times."
9. So the commanders did everything just as Jehoiada the priest ordered. The commanders took charge of the men reporting for duty that Sabbath, as well as those who were going off duty. They brought them all to Jehoiada the priest,
10. and he supplied them with the spears and shields that had once belonged to King David and were stored in the Temple of the LORD.
11. The guards stationed themselves around the king, with their weapons ready. They formed a line from the south side of the Temple around to the north side and all around the altar.
12. Then Jehoiada brought out Joash, the king's son, and placed the crown on his head. He presented Joash with a copy of God's covenant and proclaimed him king. They anointed him, and all the people clapped their hands and shouted, "Long live the king!"
13. When Athaliah heard all the noise made by the guards and the people, she hurried to the LORD's Temple to see what was happening.
14. And she saw the newly crowned king standing in his place of authority by the pillar, as was the custom at times of coronation. The officers and trumpeters were surrounding him, and people from all over the land were rejoicing and blowing trumpets. When Athaliah saw all this, she tore her clothes in despair and shouted, "Treason! Treason!"
15. Then Jehoiada the priest ordered the commanders who were in charge of the troops, "Take her out of the Temple, and kill anyone who tries to rescue her. Do not kill her here in the Temple of the LORD."
16. So they seized her and led her out to the gate where horses enter the palace grounds, and she was killed there.
17. Then Jehoiada made a covenant between the LORD and the king and the people that they would be the LORD's people. He also made a covenant between the king and the people.
18. And all the people of the land went over to the temple of Baal and tore it down. They demolished the altars and smashed the idols to pieces, and they killed Mattan the priest of Baal in front of the altars. Jehoiada the priest stationed guards at the Temple of the LORD.
19. Then the commanders, the Carite mercenaries, the guards, and all the people of the land escorted the king from the Temple of the LORD. They went through the gate of the guards and into the palace, and the king took his seat on the royal throne.
20. So all the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was peaceful because Athaliah had been killed at the king's palace.
21. Joash was seven years old when he became king.

2 Kings 12:1-21
1. Joash began to rule over Judah in the seventh year of King Jehu's reign in Israel. He reigned in Jerusalem forty years. His mother was Zibiah, from Beersheba.
2. All his life Joash did what was pleasing in the LORD's sight because Jehoiada the priest instructed him.
3. Yet even so, he did not destroy the pagan shrines, and the people still offered sacrifices and burned incense there.
4. One day King Joash said to the priests, "Collect all the money brought as a sacred offering to the LORD's Temple, whether it is a regular assessment, a payment of vows, or a voluntary gift.
5. Let the priests take some of that money to pay for whatever repairs are needed at the Temple."
6. But by the twenty-third year of Joash's reign, the priests still had not repaired the Temple.
7. So King Joash called for Jehoiada and the other priests and asked them, "Why haven't you repaired the Temple? Don't use any more gifts for your own needs. From now on, it must all be spent on getting the Temple into good condition."
8. So the priests agreed not to collect any more money from the people, and they also agreed not to undertake the repairs of the Temple themselves.
9. Then Jehoiada the priest bored a hole in the lid of a large chest and set it on the right-hand side of the altar at the entrance of the Temple of the LORD. The priests guarding the entrance put all of the people's contributions into the chest.
10. Whenever the chest became full, the court secretary and the high priest counted the money that had been brought to the LORD's Temple and put it into bags.
11. Then they gave the money to the construction supervisors, who used it to pay the people working on the LORD's Temple--the carpenters, the builders,
12. the masons, and the stonecutters. They also used the money to buy timber and cut stone for repairing the LORD's Temple, and they paid any other expenses related to the Temple's restoration.
13. The money brought to the Temple was not used for making silver cups, lamp snuffers, basins, trumpets, or other articles of gold or silver for the Temple of the LORD.
14. It was paid out to the workmen, who used it for the Temple repairs.
15. No accounting was required from the construction supervisors, because they were honest and faithful workers.
16. However, the money that was contributed for guilt offerings and sin offerings was not brought into the LORD's Temple. It was given to the priests for their own use.
17. About this time King Hazael of Aram went to war against Gath and captured it. Then he turned to attack Jerusalem.
18. King Joash collected all the sacred objects that Jehoshaphat, Jehoram, and Ahaziah, the previous kings of Judah, had dedicated, along with what he himself had dedicated. He sent them all to Hazael, along with all the gold in the treasuries of the LORD's Temple and the royal palace. So Hazael called off his attack on Jerusalem.
19. The rest of the events in Joash's reign and all his deeds are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Judah.
20. But his officers plotted against him and assassinated him at Beth-millo on the road to Silla.
21. The assassins were Jozabad son of Shimeath and Jehozabad son of Shomer--both trusted advisers. Joash was buried with his ancestors in the City of David. Then his son Amaziah became the next king.

2 Kings 13:1-25
1. Jehoahaz son of Jehu began to rule over Israel in the twenty-third year of King Joash's reign in Judah. He reigned in Samaria seventeen years.
2. But he did what was evil in the LORD's sight. He followed the example of Jeroboam son of Nebat, continuing the sins of idolatry that Jeroboam son of Nebat had led Israel to commit.
3. So the LORD was very angry with Israel, and he allowed King Hazael of Aram and his son Ben-hadad to defeat them time after time.
4. Then Jehoahaz prayed for the LORD's help, and the LORD heard his prayer. The LORD could see how terribly the king of Aram was oppressing Israel.
5. So the LORD raised up a deliverer to rescue the Israelites from the tyranny of the Arameans. Then Israel lived in safety again as they had in former days.
6. But they continued to sin, following the evil example of Jeroboam. They even set up an Asherah pole in Samaria.
7. Finally, Jehoahaz's army was reduced to fifty mounted troops, ten chariots, and ten thousand foot soldiers. The king of Aram had killed the others like they were dust under his feet.
8. The rest of the events in Jehoahaz's reign and all his deeds, including the extent of his power, are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Israel.
9. When Jehoahaz died, he was buried in Samaria with his ancestors. Then his son Jehoash became the next king.
10. Jehoash son of Jehoahaz began to rule over Israel in the thirty-seventh year of King Joash's reign in Judah. He reigned in Samaria sixteen years.
11. But he did what was evil in the LORD's sight. He refused to turn from the sins of idolatry that Jeroboam son of Nebat had led Israel to commit.
12. The rest of the events in Jehoash's reign and all his deeds, including the extent of his power and his war with King Amaziah of Judah, are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Israel.
13. When Jehoash died, he was buried with his ancestors in Samaria. Then his son Jeroboam II became the next king.
14. When Elisha was in his last illness, King Jehoash of Israel visited him and wept over him. "My father! My father! The chariots and charioteers of Israel!" he cried.
15. Elisha told him, "Get a bow and some arrows." And the king did as he was told.
16. Then Elisha told the king of Israel to put his hand on the bow, and Elisha laid his own hands on the king's hands.
17. Then he commanded, "Open that eastern window," and he opened it. Then he said, "Shoot!" So he did. Then Elisha proclaimed, "This is the LORD's arrow, full of victory over Aram, for you will completely conquer the Arameans at Aphek.
18. Now pick up the other arrows and strike them against the ground." So the king picked them up and struck the ground three times.
19. But the man of God was angry with him. "You should have struck the ground five or six times!" he exclaimed. "Then you would have beaten Aram until they were entirely destroyed. Now you will be victorious only three times."
20. Then Elisha died and was buried. Groups of Moabite raiders used to invade the land each spring.
21. Once when some Israelites were burying a man, they spied a band of these raiders. So they hastily threw the body they were burying into the tomb of Elisha. But as soon as the body touched Elisha's bones, the dead man revived and jumped to his feet!
22. King Hazael of Aram had oppressed Israel during the entire reign of King Jehoahaz.
23. But the LORD was gracious to the people of Israel, and they were not totally destroyed. He pitied them because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. And to this day he still has not completely destroyed them or banished them from his presence.
24. King Hazael of Aram died, and his son Ben-hadad became the next king.
25. Then Jehoash son of Jehoahaz recaptured from Ben-hadad son of Hazael the towns that Hazael had taken from Jehoash's father, Jehoahaz. Jehoash defeated Ben-hadad on three occasions, and so recovered the Israelite towns.

Psalms 73:1-9
1. Truly God is good to Israel, to those whose hearts are pure.
2. But as for me, I came so close to the edge of the cliff! My feet were slipping, and I was almost gone.
3. For I envied the proud when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness.
4. They seem to live such a painless life; their bodies are so healthy and strong.
5. They aren't troubled like other people or plagued with problems like everyone else.
6. They wear pride like a jeweled necklace, and their clothing is woven of cruelty.
7. These fat cats have everything their hearts could ever wish for!
8. They scoff and speak only evil; in their pride they seek to crush others.
9. They boast against the very heavens, and their words strut throughout the earth.

Proverbs 18:16-17
16. Giving a gift works wonders; it may bring you before important people!
17. Any story sounds true until someone sets the record straight.

John 19:23-42
23. When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they divided his clothes among the four of them. They also took his robe, but it was seamless, woven in one piece from the top.
24. So they said, "Let's not tear it but throw dice to see who gets it." This fulfilled the Scripture that says, "They divided my clothes among themselves and threw dice for my robe." So that is what they did.
25. Standing near the cross were Jesus' mother, and his mother's sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene.
26. When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, "Woman, he is your son."
27. And he said to this disciple, "She is your mother." And from then on this disciple took her into his home.
28. Jesus knew that everything was now finished, and to fulfill the Scriptures he said, "I am thirsty."
29. A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips.
30. When Jesus had tasted it, he said, "It is finished!" Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
31. The Jewish leaders didn't want the victims hanging there the next day, which was the Sabbath (and a very special Sabbath at that, because it was the Passover), so they asked Pilate to hasten their deaths by ordering that their legs be broken. Then their bodies could be taken down.
32. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the two men crucified with Jesus.
33. But when they came to Jesus, they saw that he was dead already, so they didn't break his legs.
34. One of the soldiers, however, pierced his side with a spear, and blood and water flowed out.
35. This report is from an eyewitness giving an accurate account; it is presented so that you also can believe.
36. These things happened in fulfillment of the Scriptures that say, "Not one of his bones will be broken,"
37. and "They will look on him whom they pierced."
38. Afterward Joseph of Arimathea, who had been a secret disciple of Jesus (because he feared the Jewish leaders), asked Pilate for permission to take Jesus' body down. When Pilate gave him permission, he came and took the body away.
39. Nicodemus, the man who had come to Jesus at night, also came, bringing about seventy-five pounds of embalming ointment made from myrrh and aloes.
40. Together they wrapped Jesus' body in a long linen cloth with the spices, as is the Jewish custom of burial.
41. The place of crucifixion was near a garden, where there was a new tomb, never used before.
42. And so, because it was the day of preparation before the Passover and since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.