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June 9


2 Kings 5:1-27
1. The king of Aram had high admiration for Naaman, the commander of his army, because through him the LORD had given Aram great victories. But though Naaman was a mighty warrior, he suffered from leprosy.
2. Now groups of Aramean raiders had invaded the land of Israel, and among their captives was a young girl who had been given to Naaman's wife as a maid.
3. One day the girl said to her mistress, "I wish my master would go to see the prophet in Samaria. He would heal him of his leprosy."
4. So Naaman told the king what the young girl from Israel had said.
5. "Go and visit the prophet," the king told him. "I will send a letter of introduction for you to carry to the king of Israel." So Naaman started out, taking as gifts 750 pounds of silver, 150 pounds of gold, and ten sets of clothing.
6. The letter to the king of Israel said: "With this letter I present my servant Naaman. I want you to heal him of his leprosy."
7. When the king of Israel read it, he tore his clothes in dismay and said, "This man sends me a leper to heal! Am I God, that I can kill and give life? He is only trying to find an excuse to invade us again."
8. But when Elisha, the man of God, heard about the king's reaction, he sent this message to him: "Why are you so upset? Send Naaman to me, and he will learn that there is a true prophet here in Israel."
9. So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and waited at the door of Elisha's house.
10. But Elisha sent a messenger out to him with this message: "Go and wash yourself seven times in the Jordan River. Then your skin will be restored, and you will be healed of leprosy."
11. But Naaman became angry and stalked away. "I thought he would surely come out to meet me!" he said. "I expected him to wave his hand over the leprosy and call on the name of the LORD his God and heal me!
12. Aren't the Abana River and Pharpar River of Damascus better than all the rivers of Israel put together? Why shouldn't I wash in them and be healed?" So Naaman turned and went away in a rage.
13. But his officers tried to reason with him and said, "Sir, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, wouldn't you have done it? So you should certainly obey him when he says simply to go and wash and be cured!"
14. So Naaman went down to the Jordan River and dipped himself seven times, as the man of God had instructed him. And his flesh became as healthy as a young child's, and he was healed!
15. Then Naaman and his entire party went back to find the man of God. They stood before him, and Naaman said, "I know at last that there is no God in all the world except in Israel. Now please accept my gifts."
16. But Elisha replied, "As surely as the LORD lives, whom I serve, I will not accept any gifts." And though Naaman urged him to take the gifts, Elisha refused.
17. Then Naaman said, "All right, but please allow me to load two of my mules with earth from this place, and I will take it back home with me. From now on I will never again offer any burnt offerings or sacrifices to any other god except the LORD.
18. However, may the LORD pardon me in this one thing. When my master the king goes into the temple of the god Rimmon to worship there and leans on my arm, may the LORD pardon me when I bow, too."
19. "Go in peace," Elisha said. So Naaman started home again.
20. But Gehazi, Elisha's servant, said to himself, "My master should not have let this Aramean get away without accepting his gifts. As surely as the LORD lives, I will chase after him and get something from him."
21. So Gehazi set off after him. When Naaman saw him running after him, he climbed down from his chariot and went to meet him. "Is everything all right?" Naaman asked.
22. "Yes," Gehazi said, "but my master has sent me to tell you that two young prophets from the hill country of Ephraim have just arrived. He would like 75 pounds of silver and two sets of clothing to give to them."
23. "By all means, take 150 pounds of silver," Naaman insisted. He gave him two sets of clothing, tied up the money in two bags, and sent two of his servants to carry the gifts for Gehazi.
24. But when they arrived at the hill, Gehazi took the gifts from the servants and sent the men back. Then he hid the gifts inside the house.
25. When he went in to his master, Elisha asked him, "Where have you been, Gehazi?I haven't been anywhere," he replied.
26. But Elisha asked him, "Don't you realize that I was there in spirit when Naaman stepped down from his chariot to meet you? Is this the time to receive money and clothing and olive groves and vineyards and sheep and oxen and servants?
27. Because you have done this, you and your children and your children's children will suffer from Naaman's leprosy forever." When Gehazi left the room, he was leprous; his skin was as white as snow.

2 Kings 6:1-33
1. One day the group of prophets came to Elisha and told him, "As you can see, this place where we meet with you is too small.
2. Let's go down to the Jordan River, where there are plenty of logs. There we can build a new place for us to meet.All right," he told them, "go ahead."
3. "Please come with us," someone suggested. "I will," he said.
4. When they arrived at the Jordan, they began cutting down trees.
5. But as one of them was chopping, his ax head fell into the river. "Ah, my lord!" he cried. "It was a borrowed ax!"
6. "Where did it fall?" the man of God asked. When he showed him the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw it into the water. Then the ax head rose to the surface and floated.
7. "Grab it," Elisha said to him. And the man reached out and grabbed it.
8. When the king of Aram was at war with Israel, he would confer with his officers and say, "We will mobilize our forces at such and such a place."
9. But immediately Elisha, the man of God, would warn the king of Israel, "Do not go near that place, for the Arameans are planning to mobilize their troops there."
10. So the king of Israel would send word to the place indicated by the man of God, warning the people there to be on their guard. This happened several times.
11. The king of Aram became very upset over this. He called in his officers and demanded, "Which of you is the traitor? Who has been informing the king of Israel of my plans?"
12. "It's not us, my lord," one of the officers replied. "Elisha, the prophet in Israel, tells the king of Israel even the words you speak in the privacy of your bedroom!"
13. The king commanded, "Go and find out where Elisha is, and we will send troops to seize him." And the report came back: "Elisha is at Dothan."
14. So one night the king of Aram sent a great army with many chariots and horses to surround the city.
15. When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. "Ah, my lord, what will we do now?" he cried out to Elisha.
16. "Don't be afraid!" Elisha told him. "For there are more on our side than on theirs!"
17. Then Elisha prayed, "O LORD, open his eyes and let him see!" The LORD opened his servant's eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.
18. As the Aramean army advanced toward them, Elisha prayed, "O LORD, please make them blind." And the LORD did as Elisha asked.
19. Then Elisha went out and told them, "You have come the wrong way! This isn't the right city! Follow me, and I will take you to the man you are looking for." And he led them to Samaria.
20. As soon as they had entered Samaria, Elisha prayed, "O LORD, now open their eyes and let them see." And the LORD did, and they discovered that they were in Samaria.
21. When the king of Israel saw them, he shouted to Elisha, "My father, should I kill them?"
22. "Of course not!" Elisha told him. "Do we kill prisoners of war? Give them food and drink and send them home again to their master."
23. So the king made a great feast for them and then sent them home to their king. After that, the Aramean raiders stayed away from the land of Israel.
24. Some time later, however, King Ben-hadad of Aram mobilized his entire army and besieged Samaria.
25. As a result there was a great famine in the city. After a while even a donkey's head sold for two pounds of silver, and a cup of dove's dung cost about two ounces of silver.
26. One day as the king of Israel was walking along the wall of the city, a woman called to him, "Please help me, my lord the king!"
27. "If the LORD doesn't help you, what can I do?" he retorted. "I have neither food nor wine to give you."
28. But then the king asked, "What is the matter?" She replied, "This woman proposed that we eat my son one day and her son the next.
29. So we cooked my son and ate him. Then the next day I said, `Kill your son so we can eat him,' but she had hidden him."
30. When the king heard this, he tore his clothes in despair. And as the king walked along the wall, the people could see that he was wearing sackcloth underneath next to his skin.
31. "May God kill me if I don't execute Elisha son of Shaphat this very day," the king vowed.
32. Elisha was sitting in his house at a meeting with the leaders of Israel when the king sent a messenger to summon him. But before the messenger arrived, Elisha said to the leaders, "A murderer has sent a man to kill me. When he arrives, shut the door and keep him out. His master will soon follow him."
33. While Elisha was still saying this, the messenger arrived. And the king said, "It is the LORD who has brought this trouble on us! Why should I wait any longer for the LORD?"

Psalms 72:1-7
1. Give justice to the king, O God, and righteousness to the king's son.
2. Help him judge your people in the right way; let the poor always be treated fairly.
3. May the mountains yield prosperity for all, and may the hills be fruitful, because the king does what is right.
4. Help him to defend the poor, to rescue the children of the needy, and to crush their oppressors.
5. May he live as long as the sun shines, as long as the moon continues in the skies. Yes, forever!
6. May his reign be as refreshing as the springtime rains--like the showers that water the earth.
7. May all the godly flourish during his reign. May there be abundant prosperity until the end of time.

Proverbs 18:10-11
10. The name of the LORD is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.
11. The rich think of their wealth as an impregnable defense; they imagine it is a high wall of safety.

John 18:1-18
1. After saying these things, Jesus crossed the Kidron Valley with his disciples and entered a grove of olive trees.
2. Judas, the betrayer, knew this place, because Jesus had gone there many times with his disciples.
3. The leading priests and Pharisees had given Judas a battalion of Roman soldiers and Temple guards to accompany him. Now with blazing torches, lanterns, and weapons, they arrived at the olive grove.
4. Jesus fully realized all that was going to happen to him. Stepping forward to meet them, he asked, "Whom are you looking for?"
5. "Jesus of Nazareth," they replied. "I am he," Jesus said. Judas was standing there with them when Jesus identified himself.
6. And as he said, "I am he," they all fell backward to the ground!
7. Once more he asked them, "Whom are you searching for?" And again they replied, "Jesus of Nazareth."
8. "I told you that I am he," Jesus said. "And since I am the one you want, let these others go."
9. He did this to fulfill his own statement: "I have not lost a single one of those you gave me."
10. Then Simon Peter drew a sword and slashed off the right ear of Malchus, the high priest's servant.
11. But Jesus said to Peter, "Put your sword back into its sheath. Shall I not drink from the cup the Father has given me?"
12. So the soldiers, their commanding officer, and the Temple guards arrested Jesus and tied him up.
13. First they took him to Annas, the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year.
14. Caiaphas was the one who had told the other Jewish leaders, "Better that one should die for all."
15. Simon Peter followed along behind, as did another of the disciples. That other disciple was acquainted with the high priest, so he was allowed to enter the courtyard with Jesus.
16. Peter stood outside the gate. Then the other disciple spoke to the woman watching at the gate, and she let Peter in.
17. The woman asked Peter, "Aren't you one of Jesus' disciples?No," he said, "I am not."
18. The guards and the household servants were standing around a charcoal fire they had made because it was cold. And Peter stood there with them, warming himself.