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July 12


2 Chronicles 19:1-11
1. King Jehoshaphat of Judah returned in safety to his house in Jerusalem.
2. Jehu son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him and said to King Jehoshaphat, "Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the LORD? Because of this, wrath has gone out against you from the LORD.
3. Nevertheless, some good is found in you, for you destroyed the sacred poles out of the land, and have set your heart to seek God."
4. Jehoshaphat resided at Jerusalem; then he went out again among the people, from Beer-sheba to the hill country of Ephraim, and brought them back to the LORD, the God of their ancestors.
5. He appointed judges in the land in all the fortified cities of Judah, city by city,
6. and said to the judges, "Consider what you are doing, for you judge not on behalf of human beings but on the LORD's behalf; he is with you in giving judgment.
7. Now, let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take care what you do, for there is no perversion of justice with the LORD our God, or partiality, or taking of bribes."
8. Moreover in Jerusalem Jehoshaphat appointed certain Levites and priests and heads of families of Israel, to give judgment for the LORD and to decide disputed cases. They had their seat at Jerusalem.
9. He charged them: "This is how you shall act: in the fear of the LORD, in faithfulness, and with your whole heart;
10. whenever a case comes to you from your kindred who live in their cities, concerning bloodshed, law or commandment, statutes or ordinances, then you shall instruct them, so that they may not incur guilt before the LORD and wrath may not come on you and your kindred. Do so, and you will not incur guilt.
11. See, Amariah the chief priest is over you in all matters of the LORD; and Zebadiah son of Ishmael, the governor of the house of Judah, in all the king's matters; and the Levites will serve you as officers. Deal courageously, and may the LORD be with the good!"

2 Chronicles 20:1-37
1. After this the Moabites and Ammonites, and with them some of the Meunites, came against Jehoshaphat for battle.
2. Messengers came and told Jehoshaphat, "A great multitude is coming against you from Edom, from beyond the sea; already they are at Hazazon-tamar" (that is, En-gedi).
3. Jehoshaphat was afraid; he set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.
4. Judah assembled to seek help from the LORD; from all the towns of Judah they came to seek the LORD.
5. Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court,
6. and said, "O LORD, God of our ancestors, are you not God in heaven? Do you not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations? In your hand are power and might, so that no one is able to withstand you.
7. Did you not, O our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel, and give it forever to the descendants of your friend Abraham?
8. They have lived in it, and in it have built you a sanctuary for your name, saying,
9. 'If disaster comes upon us, the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house, and before you, for your name is in this house, and cry to you in our distress, and you will hear and save.'
10. See now, the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, whom you would not let Israel invade when they came from the land of Egypt, and whom they avoided and did not destroy--
11. they reward us by coming to drive us out of your possession that you have given us to inherit.
12. O our God, will you not execute judgment upon them? For we are powerless against this great multitude that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you."
13. Meanwhile all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.
14. Then the spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel son of Zechariah, son of Benaiah, son of Jeiel, son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the middle of the assembly.
15. He said, "Listen, all Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, and King Jehoshaphat: Thus says the LORD to you: 'Do not fear or be dismayed at this great multitude; for the battle is not yours but God's.
16. Tomorrow go down against them; they will come up by the ascent of Ziz; you will find them at the end of the valley, before the wilderness of Jeruel.
17. This battle is not for you to fight; take your position, stand still, and see the victory of the LORD on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.' Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, and the LORD will be with you."
18. Then Jehoshaphat bowed down with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down before the LORD, worshiping the LORD.
19. And the Levites, of the Kohathites and the Korahites, stood up to praise the LORD, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice.
20. They rose early in the morning and went out into the wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, "Listen to me, O Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem! Believe in the LORD your God and you will be established; believe his prophets."
21. When he had taken counsel with the people, he appointed those who were to sing to the LORD and praise him in holy splendor, as they went before the army, saying, "Give thanks to the LORD, for his steadfast love endures forever."
22. As they began to sing and praise, the LORD set an ambush against the Ammonites, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah, so that they were routed.
23. For the Ammonites and Moab attacked the inhabitants of Mount Seir, destroying them utterly; and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they all helped to destroy one another.
24. When Judah came to the watchtower of the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude; they were corpses lying on the ground; no one had escaped.
25. When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take the booty from them, they found livestock in great numbers, goods, clothing, and precious things, which they took for themselves until they could carry no more. They spent three days taking the booty, because of its abundance.
26. On the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Beracah, for there they blessed the LORD; therefore that place has been called the Valley of Beracah to this day.
27. Then all the people of Judah and Jerusalem, with Jehoshaphat at their head, returned to Jerusalem with joy, for the LORD had enabled them to rejoice over their enemies.
28. They came to Jerusalem, with harps and lyres and trumpets, to the house of the LORD.
29. The fear of God came on all the kingdoms of the countries when they heard that the LORD had fought against the enemies of Israel.
30. And the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet, for his God gave him rest all around.
31. So Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah. He was thirty-five years old when he began to reign; he reigned twenty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Azubah daughter of Shilhi.
32. He walked in the way of his father Asa and did not turn aside from it, doing what was right in the sight of the LORD.
33. Yet the high places were not removed; the people had not yet set their hearts upon the God of their ancestors.
34. Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, from first to last, are written in the Annals of Jehu son of Hanani, which are recorded in the Book of the Kings of Israel.
35. After this King Jehoshaphat of Judah joined with King Ahaziah of Israel, who did wickedly.
36. He joined him in building ships to go to Tarshish; they built the ships in Ezion-geber.
37. Then Eliezer son of Dodavahu of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, "Because you have joined with Ahaziah, the LORD will destroy what you have made." And the ships were wrecked and were not able to go to Tarshish.

Psalms 82:1-8
1. God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment:
2. "How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah
3. Give justice to the weak and the orphan; maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute.
4. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked."
5. They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk around in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
6. I say, "You are gods, children of the Most High, all of you;
7. nevertheless, you shall die like mortals, and fall like any prince."
8. Rise up, O God, judge the earth; for all the nations belong to you!

Proverbs 20:29-30
29. The glory of youths is their strength, but the beauty of the aged is their gray hair.
30. Blows that wound cleanse away evil; beatings make clean the innermost parts.

Acts 17:1-15
1. After Paul and Silas had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews.
2. And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three sabbath days argued with them from the scriptures,
3. explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Messiah to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, "This is the Messiah, Jesus whom I am proclaiming to you."
4. Some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women.
5. But the Jews became jealous, and with the help of some ruffians in the marketplaces they formed a mob and set the city in an uproar. While they were searching for Paul and Silas to bring them out to the assembly, they attacked Jason's house.
6. When they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some believers before the city authorities, shouting, "These people who have been turning the world upside down have come here also,
7. and Jason has entertained them as guests. They are all acting contrary to the decrees of the emperor, saying that there is another king named Jesus."
8. The people and the city officials were disturbed when they heard this,
9. and after they had taken bail from Jason and the others, they let them go.
10. That very night the believers sent Paul and Silas off to Beroea; and when they arrived, they went to the Jewish synagogue.
11. These Jews were more receptive than those in Thessalonica, for they welcomed the message very eagerly and examined the scriptures every day to see whether these things were so.
12. Many of them therefore believed, including not a few Greek women and men of high standing.
13. But when the Jews of Thessalonica learned that the word of God had been proclaimed by Paul in Beroea as well, they came there too, to stir up and incite the crowds.
14. Then the believers immediately sent Paul away to the coast, but Silas and Timothy remained behind.
15. Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens; and after receiving instructions to have Silas and Timothy join him as soon as possible, they left him.