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June 5


1 Kings 19:1-21
1. Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword.
2. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, "So may the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life like the life of one of them by this time tomorrow."
3. Then he was afraid; he got up and fled for his life, and came to Beer-sheba, which belongs to Judah; he left his servant there.
4. But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a solitary broom tree. He asked that he might die: "It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life, for I am no better than my ancestors."
5. Then he lay down under the broom tree and fell asleep. Suddenly an angel touched him and said to him, "Get up and eat."
6. He looked, and there at his head was a cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. He ate and drank, and lay down again.
7. The angel of the LORD came a second time, touched him, and said, "Get up and eat, otherwise the journey will be too much for you."
8. He got up, and ate and drank; then he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb the mount of God.
9. At that place he came to a cave, and spent the night there. Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"
10. He answered, "I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away."
11. He said, "Go out and stand on the mountain before the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by." Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake;
12. and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence.
13. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"
14. He answered, "I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away."
15. Then the LORD said to him, "Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus; when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael as king over Aram.
16. Also you shall anoint Jehu son of Nimshi as king over Israel; and you shall anoint Elisha son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah as prophet in your place.
17. Whoever escapes from the sword of Hazael, Jehu shall kill; and whoever escapes from the sword of Jehu, Elisha shall kill.
18. Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him."
19. So he set out from there, and found Elisha son of Shaphat, who was plowing. There were twelve yoke of oxen ahead of him, and he was with the twelfth. Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle over him.
20. He left the oxen, ran after Elijah, and said, "Let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you." Then Elijah said to him, "Go back again; for what have I done to you?"
21. He returned from following him, took the yoke of oxen, and slaughtered them; using the equipment from the oxen, he boiled their flesh, and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out and followed Elijah, and became his servant.

1 Kings 20:1-43
1. King Ben-hadad of Aram gathered all his army together; thirty-two kings were with him, along with horses and chariots. He marched against Samaria, laid siege to it, and attacked it.
2. Then he sent messengers into the city to King Ahab of Israel, and said to him: "Thus says Ben-hadad:
3. Your silver and gold are mine; your fairest wives and children also are mine."
4. The king of Israel answered, "As you say, my lord, O king, I am yours, and all that I have."
5. The messengers came again and said: "Thus says Ben-hadad: I sent to you, saying, 'Deliver to me your silver and gold, your wives and children';
6. nevertheless I will send my servants to you tomorrow about this time, and they shall search your house and the houses of your servants, and lay hands on whatever pleases them, and take it away."
7. Then the king of Israel called all the elders of the land, and said, "Look now! See how this man is seeking trouble; for he sent to me for my wives, my children, my silver, and my gold; and I did not refuse him."
8. Then all the elders and all the people said to him, "Do not listen or consent."
9. So he said to the messengers of Ben-hadad, "Tell my lord the king: All that you first demanded of your servant I will do; but this thing I cannot do." The messengers left and brought him word again.
10. Ben-hadad sent to him and said, "The gods do so to me, and more also, if the dust of Samaria will provide a handful for each of the people who follow me."
11. The king of Israel answered, "Tell him: One who puts on armor should not brag like one who takes it off."
12. When Ben-hadad heard this message-- now he had been drinking with the kings in the booths-- he said to his men, "Take your positions!" And they took their positions against the city.
13. Then a certain prophet came up to King Ahab of Israel and said, "Thus says the LORD, Have you seen all this great multitude? Look, I will give it into your hand today; and you shall know that I am the LORD."
14. Ahab said, "By whom?" He said, "Thus says the LORD, By the young men who serve the district governors." Then he said, "Who shall begin the battle?" He answered, "You."
15. Then he mustered the young men who serve the district governors, two hundred thirty-two; after them he mustered all the people of Israel, seven thousand.
16. They went out at noon, while Ben-hadad was drinking himself drunk in the booths, he and the thirty-two kings allied with him.
17. The young men who serve the district governors went out first. Ben-hadad had sent out scouts, and they reported to him, "Men have come out from Samaria."
18. He said, "If they have come out for peace, take them alive; if they have come out for war, take them alive."
19. But these had already come out of the city: the young men who serve the district governors, and the army that followed them.
20. Each killed his man; the Arameans fled and Israel pursued them, but King Ben-hadad of Aram escaped on a horse with the cavalry.
21. The king of Israel went out, attacked the horses and chariots, and defeated the Arameans with a great slaughter.
22. Then the prophet approached the king of Israel and said to him, "Come, strengthen yourself, and consider well what you have to do; for in the spring the king of Aram will come up against you."
23. The servants of the king of Aram said to him, "Their gods are gods of the hills, and so they were stronger than we; but let us fight against them in the plain, and surely we shall be stronger than they.
24. Also do this: remove the kings, each from his post, and put commanders in place of them;
25. and muster an army like the army that you have lost, horse for horse, and chariot for chariot; then we will fight against them in the plain, and surely we shall be stronger than they." He heeded their voice, and did so.
26. In the spring Ben-hadad mustered the Arameans and went up to Aphek to fight against Israel.
27. After the Israelites had been mustered and provisioned, they went out to engage them; the people of Israel encamped opposite them like two little flocks of goats, while the Arameans filled the country.
28. A man of God approached and said to the king of Israel, "Thus says the LORD: Because the Arameans have said, 'The LORD is a god of the hills but he is not a god of the valleys,' therefore I will give all this great multitude into your hand, and you shall know that I am the LORD."
29. They encamped opposite one another seven days. Then on the seventh day the battle began; the Israelites killed one hundred thousand Aramean foot soldiers in one day.
30. The rest fled into the city of Aphek; and the wall fell on twenty-seven thousand men that were left. Ben-hadad also fled, and entered the city to hide.
31. His servants said to him, "Look, we have heard that the kings of the house of Israel are merciful kings; let us put sackcloth around our waists and ropes on our heads, and go out to the king of Israel; perhaps he will spare your life."
32. So they tied sackcloth around their waists, put ropes on their heads, went to the king of Israel, and said, "Your servant Ben-hadad says, 'Please let me live.'" And he said, "Is he still alive? He is my brother."
33. Now the men were watching for an omen; they quickly took it up from him and said, "Yes, Ben-hadad is your brother." Then he said, "Go and bring him." So Ben-hadad came out to him; and he had him come up into the chariot.
34. Ben-hadad said to him, "I will restore the towns that my father took from your father; and you may establish bazaars for yourself in Damascus, as my father did in Samaria." The king of Israel responded, "I will let you go on those terms." So he made a treaty with him and let him go.
35. At the command of the LORD a certain member of a company of prophets said to another, "Strike me!" But the man refused to strike him.
36. Then he said to him, "Because you have not obeyed the voice of the LORD, as soon as you have left me, a lion will kill you." And when he had left him, a lion met him and killed him.
37. Then he found another man and said, "Strike me!" So the man hit him, striking and wounding him.
38. Then the prophet departed, and waited for the king along the road, disguising himself with a bandage over his eyes.
39. As the king passed by, he cried to the king and said, "Your servant went out into the thick of the battle; then a soldier turned and brought a man to me, and said, 'Guard this man; if he is missing, your life shall be given for his life, or else you shall pay a talent of silver.'
40. While your servant was busy here and there, he was gone." The king of Israel said to him, "So shall your judgment be; you yourself have decided it."
41. Then he quickly took the bandage away from his eyes. The king of Israel recognized him as one of the prophets.
42. Then he said to him, "Thus says the LORD, 'Because you have let the man go whom I had devoted to destruction, therefore your life shall be for his life, and your people for his people.'"
43. The king of Israel set out toward home, resentful and sullen, and came to Samaria.

Psalms 70:1-5
1. Be pleased, O God, to deliver me. O LORD, make haste to help me!
2. Let those be put to shame and confusion who seek my life. Let those be turned back and brought to dishonor who desire to hurt me.
3. Let those who say, "Aha, Aha!" turn back because of their shame.
4. Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you. Let those who love your salvation say evermore, "God is great!"
5. But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O LORD, do not delay!

Proverbs 18:1-2
1. The one who lives alone is self-indulgent, showing contempt for all who have sound judgment.
2. A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing personal opinion.

John 14:1-31
1. "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me.
2. In my Father's house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?
3. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.
4. And you know the way to the place where I am going."
5. Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?"
6. Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
7. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him."
8. Philip said to him, "Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied."
9. Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'?
10. Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works.
11. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves.
12. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.
13. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.
15. "If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
16. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.
17. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.
18. "I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you.
19. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live.
20. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.
21. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them."
22. Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, "Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?"
23. Jesus answered him, "Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.
24. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.
25. "I have said these things to you while I am still with you.
26. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.
27. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.
28. You heard me say to you, 'I am going away, and I am coming to you.' If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I.
29. And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe.
30. I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me;
31. but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us be on our way.