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Daily Readings for July 24
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2Samuel 10

 

1.It happened after this, that the king of the children of Ammon died, and Hanun his son reigned in his place. 2.David said, "I will show kindness to Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father showed kindness to me." So David sent by his servants to comfort him concerning his father. David's servants came into the land of the children of Ammon.

3.But the princes of the children of Ammon said to Hanun their lord, "Do you think that David honors your father, in that he has sent comforters to you? Hasn't David sent his servants to you to search the city, and to spy it out, and to overthrow it?" 4.So Hanun took David's servants, and shaved off the one half of their beards, and cut off their garments in the middle, even to their buttocks, and sent them away. 5.When they told it to David, he sent to meet them; for the men were greatly ashamed. The king said, "Wait at Jericho until your beards have grown, and then return."

6.When the children of Ammon saw that they were become odious to David, the children of Ammon sent and hired the Syrians of Beth Rehob, and the Syrians of Zobah, twenty thousand footmen, and the king of Maacah with one thousand men, and the men of Tob twelve thousand men. 7.When David heard of it, he sent Joab, and all the army of the mighty men. 8.The children of Ammon came out, and put the battle in array at the entrance of the gate: and the Syrians of Zobah and of Rehob, and the men of Tob and Maacah, were by themselves in the field. 9.Now when Joab saw that the battle was set against him before and behind, he chose of all the choice men of Israel, and put them in array against the Syrians: 10.The rest of the people he committed into the hand of Abishai his brother; and he put them in array against the children of Ammon. 11.He said, "If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you shall help me; but if the children of Ammon are too strong for you, then I will come and help you. 12.Be courageous, and let us be strong for our people, and for the cities of our God; and Yahweh do that which seems good to him." 13.So Joab and the people who were with him drew near to the battle against the Syrians: and they fled before him. 14.When the children of Ammon saw that the Syrians had fled, they likewise fled before Abishai, and entered into the city. Then Joab returned from the children of Ammon, and came to Jerusalem. 15.When the Syrians saw that they were defeated by Israel, they gathered themselves together. 16.Hadadezer sent, and brought out the Syrians who were beyond the River: and they came to Helam, with Shobach the captain of the army of Hadadezer at their head. 17.It was told David; and he gathered all Israel together, and passed over the Jordan, and came to Helam. The Syrians set themselves in array against David, and fought with him. 18.The Syrians fled before Israel; and David killed of the Syrians seven hundred charioteers, and forty thousand horsemen, and struck Shobach the captain of their army, so that he died there. 19.When all the kings who were servants to Hadadezer saw that they were defeated before Israel, they made peace with Israel, and served them. So the Syrians feared to help the children of Ammon any more.

 

Jeremiah 14

 

1.The word of Yahweh that came to Jeremiah concerning the drought. 2.Judah mourns, and its gates languish, they sit in black on the ground; and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up. 3.Their nobles send their little ones to the waters: they come to the cisterns, and find no water; they return with their vessels empty; they are disappointed and confounded, and cover their heads. 4.Because of the ground which is cracked, because no rain has been in the land, the plowmen are disappointed, they cover their heads. 5.Yes, the hind also in the field calves, and forsakes her young, because there is no grass. 6.The wild donkeys stand on the bare heights, they pant for air like jackals; their eyes fail, because there is no herbage. 7.Though our iniquities testify against us, work for your name's sake, Yahweh; for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against you. 8.You hope of Israel, its Savior in the time of trouble, why should you be as a foreigner in the land, and as a wayfaring man who turns aside to stay for a night? 9.Why should you be like a scared man, as a mighty man who can't save? Yet you, Yahweh, are in the midst of us, and we are called by your name; don't leave us. 10.Thus says Yahweh to this people, Even so have they loved to wander; they have not refrained their feet: therefore Yahweh does not accept them; now he will remember their iniquity, and visit their sins. 11.Yahweh said to me, Don't pray for this people for their good. 12.When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and meal offering, I will not accept them; but I will consume them by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence. 13.Then I said, Ah, Lord Yahweh! behold, the prophets tell them, You shall not see the sword, neither shall you have famine; but I will give you assured peace in this place. 14.Then Yahweh said to me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name; I didn't send them, neither have I commanded them, neither spoke I to them: they prophesy to you a lying vision, and divination, and a thing of nothing, and the deceit of their own heart. 15.Therefore thus says Yahweh concerning the prophets who prophesy in my name, and I didn't send them, yet they say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land: By sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed. 16.The people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword; and they shall have none to bury them--them, their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters: for I will pour their wickedness on them. 17.You shall say this word to them, Let my eyes run down with tears night and day, and let them not cease; for the virgin daughter of my people is broken with a great breach, with a very grievous wound. 18.If I go forth into the field, then, behold, the slain with the sword! and if I enter into the city, then, behold, those who are sick with famine! for both the prophet and the priest go about in the land, and have no knowledge. 19.Have you utterly rejected Judah? has your soul loathed Zion? why have you struck us, and there is no healing for us? We looked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of healing, and behold, dismay! 20.We acknowledge, Yahweh, our wickedness, and the iniquity of our fathers; for we have sinned against you. 21.Do not abhor us, for your name's sake; do not disgrace the throne of your glory: remember, don't break your covenant with us. 22.Are there any among the vanities of the nations that can cause rain? or can the sky give showers? Aren't you he, Yahweh our God? therefore we will wait for you; for you have made all these things.

 

Matthew 25

 

1."Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2.Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3.Those who were foolish, when they took their lamps, took no oil with them, 4.but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5.Now while the bridegroom delayed, they all slumbered and slept. 6.But at midnight there was a cry, 'Behold! The bridegroom is coming! Come out to meet him!' 7.Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.121 8.The foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' 9.But the wise answered, saying, 'What if there isn't enough for us and you? You go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.' 10.While they went away to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. 11.Afterward the other virgins also came, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open to us.' 12.But he answered, 'Most certainly I tell you, I don't know you.' 13.Watch therefore, for you don't know the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.

14."For it is like a man, going into another country, who called his own servants, and entrusted his goods to them. 15.To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one; to each according to his own ability. Then he went on his journey. 16.Immediately he who received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. 17.In the same way, he also who got the two gained another two. 18.But he who received the one went away and dug in the earth, and hid his lord's money.

19."Now after a long time the lord of those servants came, and reconciled accounts with them. 20.He who received the five talents came and brought another five talents, saying, 'Lord, you delivered to me five talents. Behold, I have gained another five talents besides them.'

21."His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things, I will set you over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.'

22."He also who got the two talents came and said, 'Lord, you delivered to me two talents. Behold, I have gained another two talents besides them.'

23."His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things, I will set you over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.'

24."He also who had received the one talent came and said, 'Lord, I knew you that you are a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter. 25.I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the earth. Behold, you have what is yours.'

26."But his lord answered him, 'You wicked and slothful servant. You knew that I reap where I didn't sow, and gather where I didn't scatter. 27.You ought therefore to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received back my own with interest. 28.Take away therefore the talent from him, and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29.For to everyone who has will be given, and he will have abundance, but from him who doesn't have, even that which he has will be taken away. 30.Throw out the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'

31."But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32.Before him all the nations will be gathered, and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33.He will set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34.Then the King will tell those on his right hand, 'Come, blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35.for I was hungry, and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me drink. I was a stranger, and you took me in. 36.I was naked, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you visited me. I was in prison, and you came to me.'

37."Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry, and feed you; or thirsty, and give you a drink? 38.When did we see you as a stranger, and take you in; or naked, and clothe you? 39.When did we see you sick, or in prison, and come to you?'

40."The King will answer them, 'Most certainly I tell you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers122, you did it to me.' 41.Then he will say also to those on the left hand, 'Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels; 42.for I was hungry, and you didn't give me food to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me no drink; 43.I was a stranger, and you didn't take me in; naked, and you didn't clothe me; sick, and in prison, and you didn't visit me.'

44."Then they will also answer, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and didn't help you?'

45."Then he will answer them, saying, 'Most certainly I tell you, inasmuch as you didn't do it to one of the least of these, you didn't do it to me.' 46.These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."

 

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