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July 9


2 Chronicles 13:1-22
1. In the eighteenth year of King Jeroboam, Abijah began to reign over Judah.
2. He reigned for three years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Micaiah daughter of Uriel of Gibeah. Now there was war between Abijah and Jeroboam.
3. Abijah engaged in battle, having an army of valiant warriors, four hundred thousand picked men; and Jeroboam drew up his line of battle against him with eight hundred thousand picked mighty warriors.
4. Then Abijah stood on the slope of Mount Zemaraim that is in the hill country of Ephraim, and said, "Listen to me, Jeroboam and all Israel!
5. Do you not know that the LORD God of Israel gave the kingship over Israel forever to David and his sons by a covenant of salt?
6. Yet Jeroboam son of Nebat, a servant of Solomon son of David, rose up and rebelled against his lord;
7. and certain worthless scoundrels gathered around him and defied Rehoboam son of Solomon, when Rehoboam was young and irresolute and could not withstand them.
8. "And now you think that you can withstand the kingdom of the LORD in the hand of the sons of David, because you are a great multitude and have with you the golden calves that Jeroboam made as gods for you.
9. Have you not driven out the priests of the LORD, the descendants of Aaron, and the Levites, and made priests for yourselves like the peoples of other lands? Whoever comes to be consecrated with a young bull or seven rams becomes a priest of what are no gods.
10. But as for us, the LORD is our God, and we have not abandoned him. We have priests ministering to the LORD who are descendants of Aaron, and Levites for their service.
11. They offer to the LORD every morning and every evening burnt offerings and fragrant incense, set out the rows of bread on the table of pure gold, and care for the golden lampstand so that its lamps may burn every evening; for we keep the charge of the LORD our God, but you have abandoned him.
12. See, God is with us at our head, and his priests have their battle trumpets to sound the call to battle against you. O Israelites, do not fight against the LORD, the God of your ancestors; for you cannot succeed."
13. Jeroboam had sent an ambush around to come on them from behind; thus his troops were in front of Judah, and the ambush was behind them.
14. When Judah turned, the battle was in front of them and behind them. They cried out to the LORD, and the priests blew the trumpets.
15. Then the people of Judah raised the battle shout. And when the people of Judah shouted, God defeated Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah.
16. The Israelites fled before Judah, and God gave them into their hands.
17. Abijah and his army defeated them with great slaughter; five hundred thousand picked men of Israel fell slain.
18. Thus the Israelites were subdued at that time, and the people of Judah prevailed, because they relied on the LORD, the God of their ancestors.
19. Abijah pursued Jeroboam, and took cities from him: Bethel with its villages and Jeshanah with its villages and Ephron with its villages.
20. Jeroboam did not recover his power in the days of Abijah; the LORD struck him down, and he died.
21. But Abijah grew strong. He took fourteen wives, and became the father of twenty-two sons and sixteen daughters.
22. The rest of the acts of Abijah, his behavior and his deeds, are written in the story of the prophet Iddo.

2 Chronicles 14:1-15
1. So Abijah slept with his ancestors, and they buried him in the city of David. His son Asa succeeded him. In his days the land had rest for ten years.
2. Asa did what was good and right in the sight of the LORD his God.
3. He took away the foreign altars and the high places, broke down the pillars, hewed down the sacred poles,
4. and commanded Judah to seek the LORD, the God of their ancestors, and to keep the law and the commandment.
5. He also removed from all the cities of Judah the high places and the incense altars. And the kingdom had rest under him.
6. He built fortified cities in Judah while the land had rest. He had no war in those years, for the LORD gave him peace.
7. He said to Judah, "Let us build these cities, and surround them with walls and towers, gates and bars; the land is still ours because we have sought the LORD our God; we have sought him, and he has given us peace on every side." So they built and prospered.
8. Asa had an army of three hundred thousand from Judah, armed with large shields and spears, and two hundred eighty thousand troops from Benjamin who carried shields and drew bows; all these were mighty warriors.
9. Zerah the Ethiopian came out against them with an army of a million men and three hundred chariots, and came as far as Mareshah.
10. Asa went out to meet him, and they drew up their lines of battle in the valley of Zephathah at Mareshah.
11. Asa cried to the LORD his God, "O LORD, there is no difference for you between helping the mighty and the weak. Help us, O LORD our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this multitude. O LORD, you are our God; let no mortal prevail against you."
12. So the LORD defeated the Ethiopians before Asa and before Judah, and the Ethiopians fled.
13. Asa and the army with him pursued them as far as Gerar, and the Ethiopians fell until no one remained alive; for they were broken before the LORD and his army. The people of Judah carried away a great quantity of booty.
14. They defeated all the cities around Gerar, for the fear of the LORD was on them. They plundered all the cities; for there was much plunder in them.
15. They also attacked the tents of those who had livestock, and carried away sheep and goats in abundance, and camels. Then they returned to Jerusalem.

Psalms 81:1-5
1. Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob.
2. Raise a song, sound the tambourine, the sweet lyre with the harp.
3. Blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the full moon, on our festal day.
4. For it is a statute for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob.
5. He made it a decree in Joseph, when he went out over the land of Egypt. I hear a voice I had not known:

Proverbs 20:22-23
22. Do not say, "I will repay evil"; wait for the LORD, and he will help you.
23. Differing weights are an abomination to the LORD, and false scales are not good.

Acts 15:22-41
22. Then the apostles and the elders, with the consent of the whole church, decided to choose men from among their members and to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They sent Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, leaders among the brothers,
23. with the following letter: "The brothers, both the apostles and the elders, to the believers of Gentile origin in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia, greetings.
24. Since we have heard that certain persons who have gone out from us, though with no instructions from us, have said things to disturb you and have unsettled your minds,
25. we have decided unanimously to choose representatives and send them to you, along with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
26. who have risked their lives for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ.
27. We have therefore sent Judas and Silas, who themselves will tell you the same things by word of mouth.
28. For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to impose on you no further burden than these essentials:
29. that you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols and from blood and from what is strangled and from fornication. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell."
30. So they were sent off and went down to Antioch. When they gathered the congregation together, they delivered the letter.
31. When its members read it, they rejoiced at the exhortation.
32. Judas and Silas, who were themselves prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the believers.
33. After they had been there for some time, they were sent off in peace by the believers to those who had sent them.
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35. But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, and there, with many others, they taught and proclaimed the word of the Lord.
36. After some days Paul said to Barnabas, "Come, let us return and visit the believers in every city where we proclaimed the word of the Lord and see how they are doing."
37. Barnabas wanted to take with them John called Mark.
38. But Paul decided not to take with them one who had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not accompanied them in the work.
39. The disagreement became so sharp that they parted company; Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus.
40. But Paul chose Silas and set out, the believers commending him to the grace of the Lord.
41. He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.