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July 13


2 Chronicles 21:1-20
1. When Jehoshaphat died, he was buried with his ancestors in the City of David. Then his son Jehoram became the next king.
2. Jehoram's brothers--the other sons of Jehoshaphat--were Azariah, Jehiel, Zechariah, Azariahu, Michael, and Shephatiah.
3. Their father had given each of them valuable gifts of silver, gold, and costly items, and also the ownership of some of Judah's fortified cities. However, Jehoram became king because he was the oldest.
4. But when Jehoram had become solidly established as king, he killed all his brothers and some of the other leaders of Israel.
5. Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years.
6. But Jehoram followed the example of the kings of Israel and was as wicked as King Ahab, for he had married one of Ahab's daughters. So Jehoram did what was evil in the LORD's sight.
7. But the LORD was not willing to destroy David's dynasty, for he had made a covenant with David and promised that his descendants would continue to rule forever.
8. During Jehoram's reign, the Edomites revolted against Judah and crowned their own king.
9. So Jehoram went to attack Edom with his full army and all his chariots. The Edomites surrounded him and his charioteers, but he escaped at night under cover of darkness.
10. Edom has been independent from Judah to this day. The town of Libnah revolted about that same time, because Jehoram had abandoned the LORD, the God of his ancestors.
11. He had built pagan shrines in the hill country of Judah and had led the people of Jerusalem and Judah to give themselves to pagan gods.
12. Then Elijah the prophet wrote Jehoram this letter: "This is what the LORD, the God of your ancestor David, says: You have not followed the good example of your father, Jehoshaphat, or your grandfather King Asa of Judah.
13. Instead, you have been as evil as the kings of Israel. You have led the people of Jerusalem and Judah to worship idols, just as King Ahab did in Israel. And you have even killed your own brothers, men who were better than you.
14. So now the LORD is about to strike you, your people, your children, your wives, and all that is yours with a heavy blow.
15. You yourself will be stricken with a severe intestinal disease until it causes your bowels to come out."
16. Then the LORD stirred up the Philistines and the Arabs, who lived near the Ethiopians, to attack Jehoram.
17. They marched against Judah, broke down its defenses, and carried away everything of value in the royal palace, including his sons and his wives. Only his youngest son, Ahaziah, was spared.
18. It was after this that the LORD struck Jehoram with the severe intestinal disease.
19. In the course of time, at the end of two years, the disease caused his bowels to come out, and he died in agony. His people did not build a great fire to honor him at his funeral as they had done for his ancestors.
20. Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years. No one was sorry when he died. He was buried in the City of David, but not in the royal cemetery.

2 Chronicles 22:1-12
1. Then the people of Jerusalem made Ahaziah, Jehoram's youngest son, their next king. The marauding bands of Arabs had killed all the older sons. So Ahaziah son of Jehoram reigned as king of Judah.
2. Ahaziah was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem one year. His mother was Athaliah, a granddaughter of King Omri of Israel.
3. Ahaziah also followed the evil example of King Ahab's family, for his mother encouraged him in doing wrong.
4. He did what was evil in the LORD's sight, just as Ahab had done. After the death of his father, members of Ahab's family became his advisers, and they led him to ruin.
5. Following their evil advice, Ahaziah made an alliance with King Joram, the son of King Ahab of Israel. They went out to fight King Hazael of Aram at Ramoth-gilead, and the Arameans wounded Joram in the battle.
6. Joram returned to Jezreel to recover from his wounds, and King Ahaziah of Judah went to Jezreel to visit him.
7. But this turned out to be a fatal mistake, for God had decided to punish Ahaziah. It was during this visit that Ahaziah went out with Joram to meet Jehu son of Nimshi, whom the LORD had appointed to end the dynasty of Ahab.
8. While Jehu was executing judgment against the family of Ahab, he happened to meet some of Judah's officials and Ahaziah's relatives who were attending Ahaziah. So Jehu killed them all.
9. Then Jehu's men searched for Ahaziah, and they found him hiding in the city of Samaria. They brought him to Jehu, who killed him. Ahaziah was given a decent burial because the people said, "He was the grandson of Jehoshaphat--a man who sought the LORD with all his heart." None of the surviving members of Ahaziah's family was capable of ruling the kingdom.
10. When Athaliah, the mother of King Ahaziah of Judah, learned that her son was dead, she set out to destroy the rest of Judah's royal family.
11. 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. She put Joash and his nurse in a bedroom. In this way, Jehosheba, the wife of Jehoiada the priest, hid the child so that Athaliah could not murder him.
12. Joash remained hidden in the Temple of God for six years while Athaliah ruled over the land.

Psalms 83:1-8
1. O God, don't sit idly by, silent and inactive!
2. Don't you hear the tumult of your enemies? Don't you see what your arrogant enemies are doing?
3. They devise crafty schemes against your people, laying plans against your precious ones.
4. "Come," they say, "let us wipe out Israel as a nation. We will destroy the very memory of its existence."
5. This was their unanimous decision. They signed a treaty as allies against you--
6. these Edomites and Ishmaelites, Moabites and Hagrites,
7. Gebalites, Ammonites, and Amalekites, and people from Philistia and Tyre.
8. Assyria has joined them, too, and is allied with the descendants of Lot.

Proverbs 21:1-1
1. The king's heart is like a stream of water directed by the LORD; he turns it wherever he pleases.

Acts 17:16-34
16. While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was deeply troubled by all the idols he saw everywhere in the city.
17. He went to the synagogue to debate with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and he spoke daily in the public square to all who happened to be there.
18. He also had a debate with some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers. When he told them about Jesus and his resurrection, they said, "This babbler has picked up some strange ideas." Others said, "He's pushing some foreign religion."
19. Then they took him to the Council of Philosophers. "Come and tell us more about this new religion," they said.
20. "You are saying some rather startling things, and we want to know what it's all about."
21. (It should be explained that all the Athenians as well as the foreigners in Athens seemed to spend all their time discussing the latest ideas.)
22. So Paul, standing before the Council, addressed them as follows: "Men of Athens, I notice that you are very religious,
23. for as I was walking along I saw your many altars. And one of them had this inscription on it--'To an Unknown God.' You have been worshiping him without knowing who he is, and now I wish to tell you about him.
24. "He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn't live in man-made temples,
25. and human hands can't serve his needs--for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need there is.
26. From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand which should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries.
27. "His purpose in all of this was that the nations should seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him--though he is not far from any one of us.
28. For in him we live and move and exist. As one of your own poets says, 'We are his offspring.'
29. And since this is true, we shouldn't think of God as an idol designed by craftsmen from gold or silver or stone.
30. God overlooked people's former ignorance about these things, but now he commands everyone everywhere to turn away from idols and turn to him.
31. For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead."
32. When they heard Paul speak of the resurrection of a person who had been dead, some laughed, but others said, "We want to hear more about this later."
33. That ended Paul's discussion with them,
34. but some joined him and became believers. Among them were Dionysius, a member of the Council, a woman named Damaris, and others.