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Daily Readings for August 31
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1.Now Naaman, captain of the army of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honorable, because by him Yahweh had given victory to Syria: he was also a mighty man of valor, but he was a leper. 2.The Syrians had gone out in bands, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maiden; and she waited on Naaman's wife. 3.She said to her mistress, "I wish that my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! Then he would heal him of his leprosy."
4.Someone went in, and told his lord, saying, "The maiden who is from the land of Israel said this."
5.The king of Syria said, "Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel."
He departed, and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand pieces of gold, and ten changes of clothing. 6.He brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying, "Now when this letter has come to you, behold, I have sent Naaman my servant to you, that you may heal him of his leprosy."
7.It happened, when the king of Israel had read the letter, that he tore his clothes, and said, "Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man sends to me to heal a man of his leprosy? But please consider and see how he seeks a quarrel against me."
8.It was so, when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, "Why have you torn your clothes? Let him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel."
9.So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariots, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha. 10.Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, "Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall come again to you, and you shall be clean."
11.But Naaman was angry, and went away, and said, "Behold, I thought, 'He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of Yahweh his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leper.' 12.Aren't Abanah and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn't I wash in them, and be clean?" So he turned and went away in a rage.
13.His servants came near, and spoke to him, and said, "My father, if the prophet had asked you do some great thing, wouldn't you have done it? How much rather then, when he says to you, 'Wash, and be clean?'"
14.Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. 15.He returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him; and he said, "See now, I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel. Now therefore, please take a gift from your servant."
16.But he said, "As Yahweh lives, before whom I stand, I will receive none."
He urged him to take it; but he refused. 17.Naaman said, "If not, then, please let there be given to your servant two mules' burden of earth; for your servant will from now on offer neither burnt offering nor sacrifice to other gods, but to Yahweh. 18.In this thing may Yahweh pardon your servant: when my master goes into the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he leans on my hand, and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon. When I bow myself in the house of Rimmon, may Yahweh pardon your servant in this thing."
19.He said to him, "Go in peace."
So he departed from him a little way. 20.But Gehazi the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, "Behold, my master has spared this Naaman the Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought. As Yahweh lives, I will run after him, and take something from him."
21.So Gehazi followed after Naaman. When Naaman saw one running after him, he came down from the chariot to meet him, and said, "Is all well?"
22.He said, "All is well. My master has sent me, saying, 'Behold, even now two young men of the sons of the prophets have come to me from the hill country of Ephraim. Please give them a talent of silver and two changes of clothing.'"
23.Naaman said, "Be pleased to take two talents." He urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of clothing, and laid them on two of his servants; and they carried them before him. 24.When he came to the hill, he took them from their hand, and stored them in the house. Then he let the men go, and they departed. 25.But he went in, and stood before his master. Elisha said to him, "Where did you come from, Gehazi?"
He said, "Your servant went nowhere."
26.He said to him, "Didn't my heart go with you, when the man turned from his chariot to meet you? Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and olive groves and vineyards, and sheep and cattle, and male servants and female servants? 27.Therefore the leprosy of Naaman will cling to you and to your seed forever."
He went out from his presence a leper, as white as snow.
1.How the city sits solitary, that was full of people! She has become as a widow, who was great among the nations! She who was a princess among the provinces has become tributary! 2.She weeps bitterly in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks; among all her lovers she has none to comfort her: All her friends have dealt treacherously with her; they are become her enemies. 3.Judah is gone into captivity because of affliction, and because of great servitude; she dwells among the nations, she finds no rest: all her persecutors overtook her within the straits. 4.The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn assembly; all her gates are desolate, her priests do sigh: her virgins are afflicted, and she herself is in bitterness. 5.Her adversaries are become the head, her enemies prosper; for Yahweh1 has afflicted her for the multitude of her transgressions: her young children are gone into captivity before the adversary. 6.From the daughter of Zion all her majesty is departed: her princes are become like harts that find no pasture, they are gone without strength before the pursuer. 7.Jerusalem remembers in the days of her affliction and of her miseries all her pleasant things that were from the days of old: when her people fell into the hand of the adversary, and no one helped her, The adversaries saw her, they mocked at her desolations. 8.Jerusalem has grievously sinned; therefore she has become as an unclean thing; all who honored her despise her, because they have seen her nakedness: yes, she sighs, and turns backward. 9.Her filthiness was in her skirts; she didn't remember her latter end; therefore is she come down wonderfully; she has no comforter: see, Yahweh, my affliction; for the enemy has magnified himself. 10.The adversary has spread out his hand on all her pleasant things: for she has seen that the nations are entered into her sanctuary, concerning whom you commanded that they should not enter into your assembly. 11.All her people sigh, they seek bread; they have given their pleasant things for food to refresh the soul: look, Yahweh, and see; for I am become abject.
12.Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? Look, and see if there be any sorrow like my sorrow, which is brought on me, With which Yahweh has afflicted [me] in the day of his fierce anger. 13.From on high has he sent fire into my bones, and it prevails against them; He has spread a net for my feet, he has turned me back: He has made me desolate and faint all the day. 14.The yoke of my transgressions is bound by his hand; They are knit together, they have come up on my neck; he has made my strength to fail: The Lord2 has delivered me into their hands, against whom I am not able to stand. 15.The Lord has set at nothing all my mighty men in the midst of me; He has called a solemn assembly against me to crush my young men: The Lord has trodden as in a winepress the virgin daughter of Judah. 16.For these things I weep; my eye, my eye runs down with water; Because the comforter who should refresh my soul is far from me: My children are desolate, because the enemy has prevailed. 17.Zion spreads forth her hands; there is none to comfort her; Yahweh has commanded concerning Jacob, that those who are around him should be his adversaries: Jerusalem is among them as an unclean thing. 18.Yahweh is righteous; for I have rebelled against his commandment: Please hear all you peoples, and see my sorrow: My virgins and my young men are gone into captivity. 19.I called for my lovers, [but] they deceived me: My priests and my elders gave up the spirit in the city, While they sought them food to refresh their souls.
20.See, Yahweh; for I am in distress; my heart is troubled; My heart is turned within me; for I have grievously rebelled: Abroad the sword bereaves, at home there is as death. 21.They have heard that I sigh; there is none to comfort me; All my enemies have heard of my trouble; they are glad that you have done it: You will bring the day that you have proclaimed, and they shall be like me. 22.Let all their wickedness come before you; Do to them, as you have done to me for all my transgressions: For my sighs are many, and my heart is faint.
1.Follow after love, and earnestly desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. 2.For he who speaks in another language speaks not to men, but to God; for no one understands; but in the Spirit he speaks mysteries. 3.But he who prophesies speaks to men for their edification, exhortation, and consolation. 4.He who speaks in another language edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the assembly. 5.Now I desire to have you all speak with other languages, but rather that you would prophesy. For he is greater who prophesies than he who speaks with other languages, unless he interprets, that the assembly may be built up.
6.But now, brothers,14 if I come to you speaking with other languages, what would I profit you, unless I speak to you either by way of revelation, or of knowledge, or of prophesying, or of teaching? 7.Even things without life, giving a voice, whether pipe or harp, if they didn't give a distinction in the sounds, how would it be known what is piped or harped? 8.For if the trumpet gave an uncertain sound, who would prepare himself for war? 9.So also you, unless you uttered by the tongue words easy to understand, how would it be known what is spoken? For you would be speaking into the air. 10.There are, it may be, so many kinds of sounds in the world, and none of them is without meaning. 11.If then I don't know the meaning of the sound, I would be to him who speaks a foreigner, and he who speaks would be a foreigner to me. 12.So also you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, seek that you may abound to the building up of the assembly. 13.Therefore let him who speaks in another language pray that he may interpret. 14.For if I pray in another language, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.
15.What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also. I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. 16.Otherwise if you bless with the spirit, how will he who fills the place of the unlearned say the "Amen" at your giving of thanks, seeing he doesn't know what you say? 17.For you most certainly give thanks well, but the other person is not built up. 18.I thank my God, I speak with other languages more than you all. 19.However in the assembly I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I might instruct others also, than ten thousand words in another language.
20.Brothers, don't be children in thoughts, yet in malice be babies, but in thoughts be mature. 21.In the law it is written, "By men of strange languages and by the lips of strangers I will speak to this people. Not even thus will they hear me, says the Lord."15 22.Therefore other languages are for a sign, not to those who believe, but to the unbelieving; but prophesying is for a sign, not to the unbelieving, but to those who believe. 23.If therefore the whole assembly is assembled together and all speak with other languages, and unlearned or unbelieving people come in, won't they say that you are crazy? 24.But if all prophesy, and someone unbelieving or unlearned comes in, he is reproved by all, and he is judged by all. 25.And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed. So he will fall down on his face and worship God, declaring that God is among you indeed.
26.What is it then, brothers? When you come together, each one of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has another language, has an interpretation. Let all things be done to build each other up. 27.If any man speaks in another language, let it be two, or at the most three, and in turn; and let one interpret. 28.But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in the assembly, and let him speak to himself, and to God. 29.Let the prophets speak, two or three, and let the others discern. 30.But if a revelation is made to another sitting by, let the first keep silent. 31.For you all can prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be exhorted. 32.The spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets, 33.for God is not a God of confusion, but of peace.
As in all the assemblies of the saints, 34.let your wives keep silent in the assemblies, for it has not been permitted for them to speak; but let them be in subjection, as the law also says. 35.If they desire to learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home, for it is shameful for a woman to chatter in the assembly. 36.What? Was it from you that the word of God went out? Or did it come to you alone? 37.If any man thinks himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him recognize the things which I write to you, that they are the commandment of the Lord. 38.But if anyone is ignorant, let him be ignorant. 39.Therefore, brothers, desire earnestly to prophesy, and don't forbid speaking with other languages. 40.Let all things be done decently and in order.