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July 8


2 Chronicles 11:1-23
1. When Rehoboam came to Jerusalem, he assembled one hundred eighty thousand chosen troops of the house of Judah and Benjamin to fight against Israel, to restore the kingdom to Rehoboam.
2. But the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah the man of God:
3. Say to King Rehoboam of Judah, son of Solomon, and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin,
4. "Thus says the LORD: You shall not go up or fight against your kindred. Let everyone return home, for this thing is from me." So they heeded the word of the LORD and turned back from the expedition against Jeroboam.
5. Rehoboam resided in Jerusalem, and he built cities for defense in Judah.
6. He built up Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,
7. Beth-zur, Soco, Adullam,
8. Gath, Mareshah, Ziph,
9. Adoraim, Lachish, Azekah,
10. Zorah, Aijalon, and Hebron, fortified cities that are in Judah and in Benjamin.
11. He made the fortresses strong, and put commanders in them, and stores of food, oil, and wine.
12. He also put large shields and spears in all the cities, and made them very strong. So he held Judah and Benjamin.
13. The priests and the Levites who were in all Israel presented themselves to him from all their territories.
14. The Levites had left their common lands and their holdings and had come to Judah and Jerusalem, because Jeroboam and his sons had prevented them from serving as priests of the LORD,
15. and had appointed his own priests for the high places, and for the goat-demons, and for the calves that he had made.
16. Those who had set their hearts to seek the LORD God of Israel came after them from all the tribes of Israel to Jerusalem to sacrifice to the LORD, the God of their ancestors.
17. They strengthened the kingdom of Judah, and for three years they made Rehoboam son of Solomon secure, for they walked for three years in the way of David and Solomon.
18. Rehoboam took as his wife Mahalath daughter of Jerimoth son of David, and of Abihail daughter of Eliab son of Jesse.
19. She bore him sons: Jeush, Shemariah, and Zaham.
20. After her he took Maacah daughter of Absalom, who bore him Abijah, Attai, Ziza, and Shelomith.
21. Rehoboam loved Maacah daughter of Absalom more than all his other wives and concubines (he took eighteen wives and sixty concubines, and became the father of twenty-eight sons and sixty daughters).
22. Rehoboam appointed Abijah son of Maacah as chief prince among his brothers, for he intended to make him king.
23. He dealt wisely, and distributed some of his sons through all the districts of Judah and Benjamin, in all the fortified cities; he gave them abundant provisions, and found many wives for them.

2 Chronicles 12:1-16
1. When the rule of Rehoboam was established and he grew strong, he abandoned the law of the LORD, he and all Israel with him.
2. In the fifth year of King Rehoboam, because they had been unfaithful to the LORD, King Shishak of Egypt came up against Jerusalem
3. with twelve hundred chariots and sixty thousand cavalry. A countless army came with him from Egypt-- Libyans, Sukkiim, and Ethiopians.
4. He took the fortified cities of Judah and came as far as Jerusalem.
5. Then the prophet Shemaiah came to Rehoboam and to the officers of Judah, who had gathered at Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said to them, "Thus says the LORD: You abandoned me, so I have abandoned you to the hand of Shishak."
6. Then the officers of Israel and the king humbled themselves and said, "The LORD is in the right."
7. When the LORD saw that they humbled themselves, the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah, saying: "They have humbled themselves; I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some deliverance, and my wrath shall not be poured out on Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak.
8. Nevertheless they shall be his servants, so that they may know the difference between serving me and serving the kingdoms of other lands."
9. So King Shishak of Egypt came up against Jerusalem; he took away the treasures of the house of the LORD and the treasures of the king's house; he took everything. He also took away the shields of gold that Solomon had made;
10. but King Rehoboam made in place of them shields of bronze, and committed them to the hands of the officers of the guard, who kept the door of the king's house.
11. Whenever the king went into the house of the LORD, the guard would come along bearing them, and would then bring them back to the guardroom.
12. Because he humbled himself the wrath of the LORD turned from him, so as not to destroy them completely; moreover, conditions were good in Judah.
13. So King Rehoboam established himself in Jerusalem and reigned. Rehoboam was forty-one years old when he began to reign; he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city that the LORD had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel to put his name there. His mother's name was Naamah the Ammonite.
14. He did evil, for he did not set his heart to seek the LORD.
15. Now the acts of Rehoboam, from first to last, are they not written in the records of the prophet Shemaiah and of the seer Iddo, recorded by genealogy? There were continual wars between Rehoboam and Jeroboam.
16. Rehoboam slept with his ancestors and was buried in the city of David; and his son Abijah succeeded him.

Psalms 80:14-19
14. Turn again, O God of hosts; look down from heaven, and see; have regard for this vine,
15. the stock that your right hand planted.
16. They have burned it with fire, they have cut it down; may they perish at the rebuke of your countenance.
17. But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand, the one whom you made strong for yourself.
18. Then we will never turn back from you; give us life, and we will call on your name.
19. Restore us, O LORD God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

Proverbs 20:19-21
19. A gossip reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with a babbler.
20. If you curse father or mother, your lamp will go out in utter darkness.
21. An estate quickly acquired in the beginning will not be blessed in the end.

Acts 15:1-21
1. Then certain individuals came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, "Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved."
2. And after Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to discuss this question with the apostles and the elders.
3. So they were sent on their way by the church, and as they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, they reported the conversion of the Gentiles, and brought great joy to all the believers.
4. When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they reported all that God had done with them.
5. But some believers who belonged to the sect of the Pharisees stood up and said, "It is necessary for them to be circumcised and ordered to keep the law of Moses."
6. The apostles and the elders met together to consider this matter.
7. After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, "My brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that I should be the one through whom the Gentiles would hear the message of the good news and become believers.
8. And God, who knows the human heart, testified to them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he did to us;
9. and in cleansing their hearts by faith he has made no distinction between them and us.
10. Now therefore why are you putting God to the test by placing on the neck of the disciples a yoke that neither our ancestors nor we have been able to bear?
11. On the contrary, we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will."
12. The whole assembly kept silence, and listened to Barnabas and Paul as they told of all the signs and wonders that God had done through them among the Gentiles.
13. After they finished speaking, James replied, "My brothers, listen to me.
14. Simeon has related how God first looked favorably on the Gentiles, to take from among them a people for his name.
15. This agrees with the words of the prophets, as it is written,
16. 'After this I will return, and I will rebuild the dwelling of David, which has fallen; from its ruins I will rebuild it, and I will set it up,
17. so that all other peoples may seek the Lord-- even all the Gentiles over whom my name has been called. Thus says the Lord, who has been making these things
18. known from long ago.'
19. Therefore I have reached the decision that we should not trouble those Gentiles who are turning to God,
20. but we should write to them to abstain only from things polluted by idols and from fornication and from whatever has been strangled and from blood.
21. For in every city, for generations past, Moses has had those who proclaim him, for he has been read aloud every sabbath in the synagogues."