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July 7

2 Chronicles 9:1-30
1. When the queen of Sheba heard of Solomon's reputation, she came to Jerusalem to test him with hard questions. She arrived with a large group of attendants and a great caravan of camels loaded with spices, huge quantities of gold, and precious jewels.
2. When she met with Solomon, they talked about everything she had on her mind. Solomon answered all her questions; nothing was too hard for him to explain to her.
3. When the queen of Sheba realized how wise Solomon was, and when she saw the palace he had built,
4. she was breathless. She was also amazed at the food on his tables, the organization of his officials and their splendid clothing, the cup-bearers and their robes, and the burnt offerings Solomon made at the Temple of the LORD.
5. She exclaimed to the king, "Everything I heard in my country about your achievements and wisdom is true!
6. I didn't believe it until I arrived here and saw it with my own eyes. Truly I had not heard the half of it! Your wisdom is far greater than what I was told.
7. How happy these people must be! What a privilege for your officials to stand here day after day, listening to your wisdom!
8. The LORD your God is great indeed! He delights in you and has placed you on the throne to rule for him. Because God loves Israel so much and desires this kingdom to last forever, he has made you king so you can rule with justice and righteousness."
9. Then she gave the king a gift of nine thousand pounds of gold, and great quantities of spices and precious jewels. Never before had there been spices as fine as those the queen of Sheba gave to Solomon.
10. (When the crews of Hiram and Solomon brought gold from Ophir, they also brought rich cargoes of almug wood and precious jewels.
11. The king used the almug wood to make steps for the Temple of the LORD and the royal palace, and to construct harps and lyres for the musicians. Never before had there been such beautiful instruments in Judah.)
12. King Solomon gave the queen of Sheba whatever she asked for--gifts of greater value than the gifts she had given him. Then she and all her attendants left and returned to their own land.
13. Each year Solomon received about 25 tons of gold.
14. This did not include the additional revenue he received from merchants and traders. All the kings of Arabia and the governors of the land also brought gold and silver to Solomon.
15. King Solomon made two hundred large shields of hammered gold, each containing over 15 pounds of gold.
16. He also made three hundred smaller shields of hammered gold, each containing about 7 1/2 pounds of gold. The king placed these shields in the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon.
17. Then the king made a huge ivory throne and overlaid it with pure gold.
18. The throne had six steps, and there was a footstool of gold attached to it. On both sides of the seat were armrests, with the figure of a lion standing on each side of the throne.
19. Solomon made twelve other lion figures, one standing on each end of each of the six steps. No other throne in all the world could be compared with it!
20. All of King Solomon's drinking cups were solid gold, as were all the utensils in the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon. They were not 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 the sailors sent by Hiram. Once every three years the ships returned, loaded down with gold, silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks.
22. So King Solomon became richer and wiser than any other king in all the earth.
23. Kings from every nation came to visit him and to hear the wisdom God had given him.
24. Year after year, everyone who came to visit brought him gifts of silver and gold, clothing, weapons, spices, horses, and mules.
25. Solomon had four thousand stalls for his chariot horses and twelve thousand horses. He stationed many of them in the chariot cities, and some near him in Jerusalem.
26. He ruled over all the kings from the Euphrates River to the land of the Philistines and the border of Egypt.
27. The king made silver as plentiful in Jerusalem as stones. And valuable cedarwood was as common as the sycamore wood that grows in the foothills of Judah.
28. Solomon's horses were imported from Egypt and many other countries.
29. The rest of the events of Solomon's reign, from beginning to end, are recorded in The Record of Nathan the Prophet and in The Prophecy of Ahijah from Shiloh, and also in The Visions of Iddo the Seer, concerning Jeroboam son of Nebat.
30. Solomon ruled in Jerusalem over all Israel for forty years.

2 Chronicles 10:1-19
1. Rehoboam went to Shechem, where all Israel had gathered to make him king.
2. When Jeroboam son of Nebat heard of Solomon's death, he returned from Egypt, for he had fled to Egypt to escape from King Solomon.
3. The leaders of Israel sent for Jeroboam, and he and all Israel went together to speak with Rehoboam.
4. "Your father was a hard master," they said. "Lighten the harsh labor demands and heavy taxes that your father imposed on us. Then we will be your loyal subjects."
5. Rehoboam replied, "Come back in three days for my answer." So the people went away.
6. Then King Rehoboam went to discuss the matter with the older men who had counseled his father, Solomon. "What is your advice?" he asked. "How should I answer these people?"
7. The older counselors replied, "If you are good to the people and show them kindness and do your best to please them, they will always be your loyal subjects."
8. But Rehoboam rejected the advice of the elders and instead asked the opinion of the young men who had grown up with him and who were now his advisers.
9. "What is your advice?" he asked them. "How should I answer these people who want me to lighten the burdens imposed by my father?"
10. The young men replied, "This is what you should tell those complainers: `My little finger is thicker than my father's waist--if you think he was hard on you, just wait and see what I'll be like!
11. Yes, my father was harsh on you, but I'll be even harsher! My father used whips on you, but I'll use scorpions!'"
12. Three days later, Jeroboam and all the people returned to hear Rehoboam's decision, just as the king had requested.
13. But Rehoboam spoke harshly to them, for he rejected the advice of the older counselors
14. and followed the counsel of his younger advisers. He told the people, "My father was harsh on you, but I'll be even harsher! My father used whips on you, but I'll use scorpions!"
15. So the king paid no attention to the people's demands. This turn of events was the will of God, for it fulfilled the prophecy of the LORD spoken to Jeroboam son of Nebat by the prophet Ahijah from Shiloh.
16. When all Israel realized that the king had rejected their request, they shouted, "Down with David and his dynasty! We have no share in Jesse's son! Let's go home, Israel! Look out for your own house, O David!" So all Israel returned home.
17. But Rehoboam continued to rule over the Israelites who lived in the towns of Judah.
18. King Rehoboam sent Adoniram, who was in charge of the labor force, to restore order, but the Israelites stoned him to death. When this news reached King Rehoboam, he quickly jumped into his chariot and fled to Jerusalem.
19. The northern tribes of Israel have refused to be ruled by a descendant of David to this day.

Psalms 80:7-13
7. Turn us again to yourself, O God Almighty. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved.
8. You brought us from Egypt as though we were a tender vine; you drove away the pagan nations and transplanted us into your land.
9. You cleared the ground for us, and we took root and filled the land.
10. The mountains were covered with our shade; the mighty cedars were covered with our branches.
11. We spread our branches west to the Mediterranean Sea, our limbs east to the Euphrates River.
12. But now, why have you broken down our walls so that all who pass may steal our fruit?
13. The boar from the forest devours us, and the wild animals feed on us.

Proverbs 20:16-18
16. Be sure to get collateral from anyone who guarantees the debt of a stranger. Get a deposit if someone guarantees the debt of a foreigner.
17. Stolen bread tastes sweet, but it turns to gravel in the mouth.
18. Plans succeed through good counsel; don't go to war without the advice of others.

Acts 14:1-28
1. In Iconium, Paul and Barnabas went together to the synagogue and preached with such power that a great number of both Jews and Gentiles believed.
2. But the Jews who spurned God's message stirred up distrust among the Gentiles against Paul and Barnabas, saying all sorts of evil things about them.
3. The apostles stayed there a long time, preaching boldly about the grace of the Lord. The Lord proved their message was true by giving them power to do miraculous signs and wonders.
4. But the people of the city were divided in their opinion about them. Some sided with the Jews, and some with the apostles.
5. A mob of Gentiles and Jews, along with their leaders, decided to attack and stone them.
6. When the apostles learned of it, they fled for their lives. They went to the region of Lycaonia, to the cities of Lystra and Derbe and the surrounding area,
7. and they preached the Good News there.
8. While they were at Lystra, Paul and Barnabas came upon a man with crippled feet. He had been that way from birth, so he had never walked.
9. He was listening as Paul preached, and Paul noticed him and realized he had faith to be healed.
10. So Paul called to him in a loud voice, "Stand up!" And the man jumped to his feet and started walking.
11. When the listening crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in their local dialect, "These men are gods in human bodies!"
12. They decided that Barnabas was the Greek god Zeus and that Paul, because he was the chief speaker, was Hermes.
13. The temple of Zeus was located on the outskirts of the city. The priest of the temple and the crowd brought oxen and wreaths of flowers, and they prepared to sacrifice to the apostles at the city gates.
14. But when Barnabas and Paul heard what was happening, they tore their clothing in dismay and ran out among the people, shouting,
15. "Friends, why are you doing this? We are merely human beings like yourselves! We have come to bring you the Good News that you should turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them.
16. In earlier days he permitted all the nations to go their own ways,
17. but he never left himself without a witness. There were always his reminders, such as sending you rain and good crops and giving you food and joyful hearts."
18. But even so, Paul and Barnabas could scarcely restrain the people from sacrificing to them.
19. Now some Jews arrived from Antioch and Iconium and turned the crowds into a murderous mob. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, apparently dead.
20. But as the believers stood around him, he got up and went back into the city. The next day he left with Barnabas for Derbe.
21. After preaching the Good News in Derbe and making many disciples, Paul and Barnabas returned again to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch of Pisidia,
22. where they strengthened the believers. They encouraged them to continue in the faith, reminding them that they must enter into the Kingdom of God through many tribulations.
23. Paul and Barnabas also appointed elders in every church and prayed for them with fasting, turning them over to the care of the Lord, in whom they had come to trust.
24. Then they traveled back through Pisidia to Pamphylia.
25. They preached again in Perga, then went on to Attalia.
26. Finally, they returned by ship to Antioch of Syria, where their journey had begun and where they had been committed to the grace of God for the work they had now completed.
27. Upon arriving in Antioch, they called the church together and reported about their trip, telling all that God had done and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles, too.
28. And they stayed there with the believers in Antioch for a long time.