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Saturday: Luke 11-12
Sunday: Ephesians 1-3
Monday: Leviticus 4-6
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
The Books of History
I Kings 14-18
Wednesday: Psalms 72-74
Thursday: Proverbs 5-6
Friday: Ezekiel 7-12

1 Kings 14

1
At that time Abijah the son of Jeroboam became sick.
2
Jeroboam said to his wife, "Arise now, and disguise yourself so that they will not know that you are the wife of Jeroboam, and go to Shiloh; behold, Ahijah the prophet is there, who spoke concerning me that I would be king over this people.
3
" Take ten loaves with you, some cakes and a jar of honey, and go to him. He will tell you what will happen to the boy.'
4
Jeroboam's wife did so, and arose and went to Shiloh, and came to the house of Ahijah. Now Ahijah could not see, for his eyes were dim because of his age.
5
Now the LORD had said to Ahijah, "Behold, the wife of Jeroboam is coming to inquire of you concerning her son, for he is sick. You shall say thus and thus to her, for it will be when she arrives that she will pretend to be another woman.'
6
When Ahijah heard the sound of her feet coming in the doorway, he said, "Come in, wife of Jeroboam, why do you pretend to be another woman? For I am sent to you with a harsh message.
7
"Go, say to Jeroboam, "Thus says the LORD God of Israel, " Because I exalted you from among the people and made you leader over My people Israel,
8
and tore the kingdom away from the house of David and gave it to you yet you have not been like My servant David, who kept My commandments and who followed Me with all his heart, to do only that which was right in My sight;
9
you also have done more evil than all who were before you, and have gone and made for yourself other gods and molten images to provoke Me to anger, and have cast Me behind your back
10
therefore behold, I am bringing calamity on the house of Jeroboam, and will cut off from Jeroboam every male person, both bond and free in Israel, and I will make a clean sweep of the house of Jeroboam, as one sweeps away dung until it is all gone.
11
" Anyone belonging to Jeroboam who dies in the city the dogs will eat. And he who dies in the field the birds of the heavens will eat; for the LORD has spoken it.'
12
"Now you, arise, go to your house. When your feet enter the city the child will die.
13
"All Israel shall mourn for him and bury him, for he alone of Jeroboam's family will come to the grave, because in him something good was found toward the LORD God of Israel in the house of Jeroboam.
14
"Moreover, the LORD will raise up for Himself a king over Israel who will cut off the house of Jeroboam this day and from now on.
15
"For the LORD will strike Israel, as a reed is shaken in the water; and He will uproot Israel from this good land which He gave to their fathers, and will scatter them beyond the Euphrates River, because they have made their Asherim, provoking the LORD to anger.
16
"He will give up Israel on account of the sins of Jeroboam, which he committed and with which he made Israel to sin.'
17
Then Jeroboam's wife arose and departed and came to Tirzah. As she was entering the threshold of the house, the child died.
18
All Israel buried him and mourned for him, according to the word of the LORD which He spoke through His servant Ahijah the prophet.
19
Now the rest of the acts of Jeroboam, how he made war and how he reigned, behold, they are written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel.
20
The time that Jeroboam reigned was twenty-two years; and he slept with his fathers, and Nadab his son reigned in his place.
21
Now Rehoboam the son of Solomon reigned in Judah. Rehoboam was forty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the LORD had chosen from all the tribes of Israel to put His name there. And his mother's name was Naamah the Ammonitess.
22
Judah did evil in the sight of the LORD, and they provoked Him to jealousy more than all that their fathers had done, with the sins which they committed.
23
For they also built for themselves high places and sacred pillars and Asherim on every high hill and beneath every luxuriant tree.
24
There were also male cult prostitutes in the land. They did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD dispossessed before the sons of Israel.
25
Now it happened in the fifth year of King Rehoboam, that Shishak the king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem.
26
He took away the treasures of the house of the LORD and the treasures of the king's house, and he took everything, even taking all the shields of gold which Solomon had made.
27
So King Rehoboam made shields of bronze in their place, and committed them to the care of the commanders of the guard who guarded the doorway of the king's house.
28
Then it happened as often as the king entered the house of the LORD, that the guards would carry them and would bring them back into the guards' room.
29
Now the rest of the acts of Rehoboam and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah?
30
There was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam continually.
31
And Rehoboam slept with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the city of David; and his mother's name was Naamah the Ammonitess. And Abijam his son became king in his place. 15

1 Kings 15

1
Now in the eighteenth year of King Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, Abijam became king over Judah.
2
He reigned three years in Jerusalem; and his mother's name was Maacah the daughter of Abishalom.
3
He walked in all the sins of his father which he had committed before him; and his heart was not wholly devoted to the LORD his God, like the heart of his father David.
4
But for David's sake the LORD his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem, to raise up his son after him and to establish Jerusalem;
5
because David did what was right in the sight of the LORD, and had not turned aside from anything that He commanded him all the days of his life, except in the case of Uriah the Hittite.
6
There was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all the days of his life.
7
Now the rest of the acts of Abijam and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? And there was war between Abijam and Jeroboam.
8
And Abijam slept with his fathers and they buried him in the city of David; and Asa his son became king in his place.
9
So in the twentieth year of Jeroboam the king of Israel, Asa began to reign as king of Judah.
10
He reigned forty-one years in Jerusalem; and his mother's name was Maacah the daughter of Abishalom.
11
Asa did what was right in the sight of the LORD, like David his father.
12
He also put away the male cult prostitutes from the land and removed all the idols which his fathers had made.
13
He also removed Maacah his mother from being queen mother, because she had made a horrid image as an Asherah; and Asa cut down her horrid image and burned it at the brook Kidron.
14
But the high places were not taken away; nevertheless the heart of Asa was wholly devoted to the LORD all his days.
15
He brought into the house of the LORD the dedicated things of his father and his own dedicated things: silver and gold and utensils.
16
Now there was war between Asa and Baasha king of Israel all their days.
17
Baasha king of Israel went up against Judah and fortified Ramah in order to prevent anyone from going out or coming in to Asa king of Judah.
18
Then Asa took all the silver and the gold which were left in the treasuries of the house of the LORD and the treasuries of the king's house, and delivered them into the hand of his servants. And King Asa sent them to Ben-hadad the son of Tabrimmon, the son of Hezion, king of Aram, who lived in Damascus, saying,
19
"Let there be a treaty between you and me, as between my father and your father. Behold, I have sent you a present of silver and gold; go, break your treaty with Baasha king of Israel so that he will withdraw from me.'
20
So Ben-hadad listened to King Asa and sent the commanders of his armies against the cities of Israel, and conquered Ijon, Dan, Abel-beth-maacah and all Chinneroth, besides all the land of Naphtali.
21
When Baasha heard of it, he ceased fortifying Ramah and remained in Tirzah.
22
Then King Asa made a proclamation to all Judahnone was exemptand they carried away the stones of Ramah and its timber with which Baasha had built. And King Asa built with them Geba of Benjamin and Mizpah.
23
Now the rest of all the acts of Asa and all his might and all that he did and the cities which he built, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? But in the time of his old age he was diseased in his feet.
24
And Asa slept with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the city of David his father; and Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his place.
25
Now Nadab the son of Jeroboam became king over Israel in the second year of Asa king of Judah, and he reigned over Israel two years.
26
He did evil in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the way of his father and in his sin which he made Israel sin.
27
Then Baasha the son of Ahijah of the house of Issachar conspired against him, and Baasha struck him down at Gibbethon, which belonged to the Philistines, while Nadab and all Israel were laying siege to Gibbethon.
28
So Baasha killed him in the third year of Asa king of Judah and reigned in his place.
29
It came about as soon as he was king, he struck down all the household of Jeroboam. He did not leave to Jeroboam any persons alive, until he had destroyed them, according to the word of the LORD, which He spoke by His servant Ahijah the Shilonite,
30
and because of the sins of Jeroboam which he sinned, and which he made Israel sin, because of his provocation with which he provoked the LORD God of Israel to anger.
31
Now the rest of the acts of Nadab and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel?
32
There was war between Asa and Baasha king of Israel all their days.
33
In the third year of Asa king of Judah, Baasha the son of Ahijah became king over all Israel at Tirzah, and reigned twenty-four years.
34
He did evil in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the way of Jeroboam and in his sin which he made Israel sin. 16

1 Kings 16

1
Now the word of the LORD came to Jehu the son of Hanani against Baasha, saying,
2
"Inasmuch as I exalted you from the dust and made you leader over My people Israel, and you have walked in the way of Jeroboam and have made My people Israel sin, provoking Me to anger with their sins,
3
behold, I will consume Baasha and his house, and I will make your house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
4
" Anyone of Baasha who dies in the city the dogs will eat, and anyone of his who dies in the field the birds of the heavens will eat.'
5
Now the rest of the acts of Baasha and what he did and his might, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel?
6
And Baasha slept with his fathers and was buried in Tirzah, and Elah his son became king in his place.
7
Moreover, the word of the LORD through the prophet Jehu the son of Hanani also came against Baasha and his household, both because of all the evil which he did in the sight of the LORD, provoking Him to anger with the work of his hands, in being like the house of Jeroboam, and because he struck it.
8
In the twenty-sixth year of Asa king of Judah, Elah the son of Baasha became king over Israel at Tirzah, and reigned two years.
9
His servant Zimri, commander of half his chariots, conspired against him. Now he was at Tirzah drinking himself drunk in the house of Arza, who was over the household at Tirzah.
10
Then Zimri went in and struck him and put him to death in the twenty-seventh year of Asa king of Judah, and became king in his place.
11
It came about when he became king, as soon as he sat on his throne, that he killed all the household of Baasha; he did not leave a single male, neither of his relatives nor of his friends.
12
Thus Zimri destroyed all the household of Baasha, according to the word of the LORD, which He spoke against Baasha through Jehu the prophet,
13
for all the sins of Baasha and the sins of Elah his son, which they sinned and which they made Israel sin, provoking the LORD God of Israel to anger with their idols.
14
Now the rest of the acts of Elah and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel?
15
In the twenty-seventh year of Asa king of Judah, Zimri reigned seven days at Tirzah. Now the people were camped against Gibbethon, which belonged to the Philistines.
16
The people who were camped heard it said, "Zimri has conspired and has also struck down the king.' Therefore all Israel made Omri, the commander of the army, king over Israel that day in the camp.
17
Then Omri and all Israel with him went up from Gibbethon and besieged Tirzah.
18
When Zimri saw that the city was taken, he went into the citadel of the king's house and burned the king's house over him with fire, and died,
19
because of his sins which he sinned, doing evil in the sight of the LORD, walking in the way of Jeroboam, and in his sin which he did, making Israel sin.
20
Now the rest of the acts of Zimri and his conspiracy which he carried out, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel?
21
Then the people of Israel were divided into two parts: half of the people followed Tibni the son of Ginath, to make him king; the other half followed Omri.
22
But the people who followed Omri prevailed over the people who followed Tibni the son of Ginath. And Tibni died and Omri became king.
23
In the thirty-first year of Asa king of Judah, Omri became king over Israel and reigned twelve years; he reigned six years at Tirzah.
24
He bought the hill Samaria from Shemer for two talents of silver; and he built on the hill, and named the city which he built Samaria, after the name of Shemer, the owner of the hill.
25
Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD, and acted more wickedly than all who were before him.
26
For he walked in all the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat and in his sins which he made Israel sin, provoking the LORD God of Israel with their idols.
27
Now the rest of the acts of Omri which he did and his might which he showed, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel?
28
So Omri slept with his fathers and was buried in Samaria; and Ahab his son became king in his place.
29
Now Ahab the son of Omri became king over Israel in the thirty-eighth year of Asa king of Judah, and Ahab the son of Omri reigned over Israel in Samaria twenty-two years.
30
Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD more than all who were before him.
31
It came about, as though it had been a trivial thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he married Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonians, and went to serve Baal and worshiped him.
32
So he erected an altar for Baal in the house of Baal which he built in Samaria.
33
Ahab also made the Asherah. Thus Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel than all the kings of Israel who were before him.
34
In his days Hiel the Bethelite built Jericho; he laid its foundations with the loss of Abiram his firstborn, and set up its gates with the loss of his youngest son Segub, according to the word of the LORD, which He spoke by Joshua the son of Nun. 17

1 Kings 17

1
Now Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the settlers of Gilead, said to Ahab, " As the LORD, the God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, surely there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.'
2
The word of the LORD came to him, saying,
3
"Go away from here and turn eastward, and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan.
4
"It shall be that you will drink of the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to provide for you there.'
5
So he went and did according to the word of the LORD, for he went and lived by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan.
6
The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he would drink from the brook.
7
It happened after a while that the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land.
8
Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying,
9
"Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and stay there; behold, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.'
10
So he arose and went to Zarephath, and when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks; and he called to her and said, "Please get me a little water in a jar, that I may drink.'
11
As she was going to get it, he called to her and said, "Please bring me a piece of bread in your hand.'
12
But she said, " As the LORD your God lives, I have no bread, only a handful of flour in the bowl and a little oil in the jar; and behold, I am gathering a few sticks that I may go in and prepare for me and my son, that we may eat it and die.'
13
Then Elijah said to her, "Do not fear; go, do as you have said, but make me a little bread cake from it first and bring it out to me, and afterward you may make one for yourself and for your son.
14
"For thus says the LORD God of Israel, "The bowl of flour shall not be exhausted, nor shall the jar of oil be empty, until the day that the LORD sends rain on the face of the earth.'
15
So she went and did according to the word of Elijah, and she and he and her household ate for many days.
16
The bowl of flour was not exhausted nor did the jar of oil become empty, according to the word of the LORD which He spoke through Elijah.
17
Now it came about after these things that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, became sick; and his sickness was so severe that there was no breath left in him.
18
So she said to Elijah, " What do I have to do with you, O man of God? You have come to me to bring my iniquity to remembrance and to put my son to death!'
19
He said to her, "Give me your son.' Then he took him from her bosom and carried him up to the upper room where he was living, and laid him on his own bed.
20
He called to the LORD and said, "O LORD my God, have You also brought calamity to the widow with whom I am staying, by causing her son to die?'
21
Then he stretched himself upon the child three times, and called to the LORD and said, "O LORD my God, I pray You, let this child's life return to him.'
22
The LORD heard the voice of Elijah, and the life of the child returned to him and he revived.
23
Elijah took the child and brought him down from the upper room into the house and gave him to his mother; and Elijah said, "See, your son is alive.'
24
Then the woman said to Elijah, " Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the LORD in your mouth is truth.' 18

1 Kings 18

1
Now it happened after many days that the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year, saying, "Go, show yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the face of the earth.'
2
So Elijah went to show himself to Ahab. Now the famine was severe in Samaria.
3
Ahab called Obadiah who was over the household. (Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly;
4
for when Jezebel destroyed the prophets of the LORD, Obadiah took a hundred prophets and hid them by fifties in a cave, and provided them with bread and water.)
5
Then Ahab said to Obadiah, "Go through the land to all the springs of water and to all the valleys; perhaps we will find grass and keep the horses and mules alive, and not have to kill some of the cattle.'
6
So they divided the land between them to survey it; Ahab went one way by himself and Obadiah went another way by himself.
7
Now as Obadiah was on the way, behold, Elijah met him, and he recognized him and fell on his face and said, "Is this you, Elijah my master?'
8
He said to him, "It is I. Go, say to your master, "Behold, Elijah is here.'
9
He said, "What sin have I committed, that you are giving your servant into the hand of Ahab to put me to death?
10
" As the LORD your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom where my master has not sent to search for you; and when they said, "He is not here,' he made the kingdom or nation swear that they could not find you.
11
"And now you are saying, "Go, say to your master, "Behold, Elijah is here.'
12
"It will come about when I leave you that the Spirit of the LORD will carry you where I do not know; so when I come and tell Ahab and he cannot find you, he will kill me, although I your servant have feared the LORD from my youth.
13
" Has it not been told to my master what I did when Jezebel killed the prophets of the LORD, that I hid a hundred prophets of the LORD by fifties in a cave, and provided them with bread and water?
14
"And now you are saying, "Go, say to your master, "Behold, Elijah is here'; he will then kill me.'
15
Elijah said, " As the LORD of hosts lives, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself to him today.'
16
So Obadiah went to meet Ahab and told him; and Ahab went to meet Elijah.
17
When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, "Is this you, you troubler of Israel?'
18
He said, "I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father's house have, because you have forsaken the commandments of the LORD and you have followed the Baals.
19
"Now then send and gather to me all Israel at Mount Carmel, together with 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of the Asherah, who eat at Jezebel's table.'
20
So Ahab sent a message among all the sons of Israel and brought the prophets together at Mount Carmel.
21
Elijah came near to all the people and said, " How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.' But the people did not answer him a word.
22
Then Elijah said to the people, "I alone am left a prophet of the LORD, but Baal's prophets are 450 men.
23
"Now let them give us two oxen; and let them choose one ox for themselves and cut it up, and place it on the wood, but put no fire under it; and I will prepare the other ox and lay it on the wood, and I will not put a fire under it.
24
"Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the LORD, and the God who answers by fire, He is God.' And all the people said, " That is a good idea.'
25
So Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, "Choose one ox for yourselves and prepare it first for you are many, and call on the name of your god, but put no fire under it.'
26
Then they took the ox which was given them and they prepared it and called on the name of Baal from morning until noon saying, "O Baal, answer us.' But there was no voice and no one answered. And they leaped about the altar which they made.
27
It came about at noon, that Elijah mocked them and said, "Call out with a loud voice, for he is a god; either he is occupied or gone aside, or is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and needs to be awakened.'
28
So they cried with a loud voice and cut themselves according to their custom with swords and lances until the blood gushed out on them.
29
When midday was past, they raved until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice; but there was no voice, no one answered, and no one paid attention.
30
Then Elijah said to all the people, "Come near to me.' So all the people came near to him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD which had been torn down.
31
Elijah took twelve stones according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the LORD had come, saying, " Israel shall be your name.'
32
So with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD, and he made a trench around the altar, large enough to hold two measures of seed.
33
Then he arranged the wood and cut the ox in pieces and laid it on the wood. And he said, "Fill four pitchers with water and pour it on the burnt offering and on the wood.'
34
And he said, "Do it a second time,' and they did it a second time. And he said, "Do it a third time,' and they did it a third time.
35
The water flowed around the altar and he also filled the trench with water.
36
At the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet came near and said, " O LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, today let it be known that You are God in Israel and that I am Your servant and I have done all these things at Your word.
37
"Answer me, O LORD, answer me, that this people may know that You, O LORD, are God, and that You have turned their heart back again.'
38
Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
39
When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, " The LORD, He is God; the LORD, He is God.'
40
Then Elijah said to them, "Seize the prophets of Baal; do not let one of them escape.' So they seized them; and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.
41
Now Elijah said to Ahab, "Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of the roar of a heavy shower.'
42
So Ahab went up to eat and drink. But Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he crouched down on the earth and put his face between his knees.
43
He said to his servant, "Go up now, look toward the sea.' So he went up and looked and said, "There is nothing.' And he said, "Go back' seven times.
44
It came about at the seventh time, that he said, "Behold, a cloud as small as a man's hand is coming up from the sea.' And he said, "Go up, say to Ahab, " Prepare your chariot and go down, so that the heavy shower does not stop you.'
45
In a little while the sky grew black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy shower. And Ahab rode and went to Jezreel.
46
Then the hand of the LORD was on Elijah, and he girded up his loins and outran Ahab to Jezreel. 19

Scripture taken from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © The Lockman Foundation 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995. Used by permission.

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