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July 26 - Bible-in-a-Year
An Axhead Floats
1 The company(a) of the prophets said to Elisha, "Look, the place where we meet with you is too small for us. 2 Let us go to the Jordan, where each of us can get a pole; and let us build a place there for us to meet."
And he said, "Go."
3 Then one of them said, "Won't you please come with your servants?"
"I will," Elisha replied. 4 And he went with them.
They went to the Jordan and began to cut down trees. 5 As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron axhead fell into the water. "Oh no, my lord!" he cried out. "It was borrowed!"
6 The man of God asked, "Where did it fall?" When he showed him the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw(b) it there, and made the iron float. 7 "Lift it out," he said. Then the man reached out his hand and took it.
Elisha Traps Blinded Arameans
8 Now the king of Aram was at war with Israel. After conferring with his officers, he said, "I will set up my camp in such and such a place."
9 The man of God sent word to the king(c) of Israel: "Beware of passing that place, because the Arameans are going down there." 10 So the king of Israel checked on the place indicated by the man of God. Time and again Elisha warned(d) the king, so that he was on his guard in such places.
11 This enraged the king of Aram. He summoned his officers and demanded of them, "Tell me! Which of us is on the side of the king of Israel?"
12 "None of us, my lord the king(e)," said one of his officers, "but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom."
13 "Go, find out where he is," the king ordered, "so I can send men and capture him." The report came back: "He is in Dothan."(f) 14 Then he sent(g) horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city.
15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. "Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?" the servant asked.
16 "Don't be afraid,"(h) the prophet answered. "Those who are with us are more(i) than those who are with them."
17 And Elisha prayed, "Open his eyes, Lord , so that he may see." Then the Lord opened the servant's eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots(j) of fire all around Elisha.
18 As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the Lord , "Strike this army with blindness."(k) So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked.
19 Elisha told them, "This is not the road and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will lead you to the man you are looking for." And he led them to Samaria.
20 After they entered the city, Elisha said, " Lord , open the eyes of these men so they can see." Then the Lord opened their eyes and they looked, and there they were, inside Samaria.
21 When the king of Israel saw them, he asked Elisha, "Shall I kill them, my father?(l) Shall I kill them?"
22 "Do not kill them," he answered. "Would you kill those you have captured(m) with your own sword or bow? Set food and water before them so that they may eat and drink and then go back to their master." 23 So he prepared a great feast for them, and after they had finished eating and drinking, he sent them away, and they returned to their master. So the bands(n) from Aram stopped raiding Israel's territory.
Famine in Besieged Samaria
24 Some time later, Ben-Hadad(o) king of Aram mobilized his entire army and marched up and laid siege(p) to Samaria. 25 There was a great famine(q) in the city; the siege lasted so long that a donkey's head sold for eighty shekels[a] of silver, and a quarter of a cab[b] of seed pods[c](r) for five shekels.[d]
26 As the king of Israel was passing by on the wall, a woman cried to him, "Help me, my lord the king!"
27 The king replied, "If the Lord does not help you, where can I get help for you? From the threshing floor? From the winepress?" 28 Then he asked her, "What's the matter?"
She answered, "This woman said to me, ‘Give up your son so we may eat him today, and tomorrow we'll eat my son.' 29 So we cooked my son and ate(s) him. The next day I said to her, ‘Give up your son so we may eat him,' but she had hidden him."
30 When the king heard the woman's words, he tore(t) his robes. As he went along the wall, the people looked, and they saw that, under his robes, he had sackcloth(u) on his body. 31 He said, "May God deal with me, be it ever so severely, if the head of Elisha son of Shaphat remains on his shoulders today!"
32 Now Elisha was sitting in his house, and the elders(v) were sitting with him. The king sent a messenger ahead, but before he arrived, Elisha said to the elders, "Don't you see how this murderer(w) is sending someone to cut off my head?(x) Look, when the messenger comes, shut the door and hold it shut against him. Is not the sound of his master's footsteps behind him?" 33 While he was still talking to them, the messenger came down to him.
The king said, "This disaster is from the Lord . Why should I wait(y) for the Lord any longer?"
1 Elisha replied, "Hear the word of the Lord . This is what the Lord says: About this time tomorrow, a seah[a] of the finest flour will sell for a shekel[b] and two seahs[c] of barley for a shekel(a) at the gate of Samaria."
2 The officer on whose arm the king was leaning(b) said to the man of God, "Look, even if the Lord should open the floodgates(c) of the heavens, could this happen?"
"You will see it with your own eyes," answered Elisha, "but you will not eat(d) any of it!"
Jonah Flees From the Lord
1 The word of the Lord came to Jonah(a) son of Amittai:(b) 2 "Go to the great city of Nineveh(c) and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me."
3 But Jonah ran(d) away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish(e). He went down to Joppa,(f) where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord .(g)
4 Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up.(h) 5 All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship.(i)
But Jonah had gone below deck, where he lay down and fell into a deep sleep. 6 The captain went to him and said, "How can you sleep? Get up and call(j) on your god! Maybe he will take notice of us so that we will not perish."(k)
7 Then the sailors said to each other, "Come, let us cast lots to find out who is responsible for this calamity."(l) They cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah.(m) 8 So they asked him, "Tell us, who is responsible for making all this trouble for us? What kind of work do you do? Where do you come from? What is your country? From what people are you?"
9 He answered, "I am a Hebrew and I worship the Lord ,(n) the God of heaven,(o) who made the sea(p) and the dry land.(q)"
10 This terrified them and they asked, "What have you done?" (They knew he was running away from the Lord , because he had already told them so.)
11 The sea was getting rougher and rougher. So they asked him, "What should we do to you to make the sea calm down for us?"
12 "Pick me up and throw me into the sea," he replied, "and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you."(r)
13 Instead, the men did their best to row back to land. But they could not, for the sea grew even wilder than before.(s) 14 Then they cried out to the Lord , "Please, Lord , do not let us die for taking this man's life. Do not hold us accountable for killing an innocent man,(t) for you, Lord , have done as you pleased."(u) 15 Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm.(v) 16 At this the men greatly feared(w) the Lord , and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows(x) to him.
17 Now the Lord provided(y) a huge fish to swallow Jonah,(z) and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
Concerning Spiritual Gifts
1 Now about the gifts of the Spirit,(a) brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed.(b) 2 You know that when you were pagans,(c) somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols.(d) 3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus be cursed,"(e) and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord,"(f) except by the Holy Spirit.(g)
4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit(h) distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone(i) it is the same God(j) at work.
7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.(k) 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom,(l) to another a message of knowledge(m) by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith(n) by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing(o) by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers,(p) to another prophecy,(q) to another distinguishing between spirits,(r) to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a](s) and to still another the interpretation of tongues.[b] 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit,(t) and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
Unity and Diversity in the Body
12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body,(u) so it is with Christ.(v) 13 For we were all baptized(w) by[c] one Spirit(x) so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free(y)—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.(z) 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.(aa)
15 Now if the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed(ab) the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.(ac) 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.(ad)
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you!" And the head cannot say to the feet, "I don't need you!" 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
27 Now you are the body of Christ,(ae) and each one of you is a part of it.(af) 28 And God has placed in the church(ag) first of all apostles,(ah) second prophets,(ai) third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing,(aj) of helping, of guidance,(ak) and of different kinds of tongues.(al) 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues[d]?(am) Do all interpret? 31 Now eagerly desire(an) the greater gifts.
Love Is Indispensable
And yet I will show you the most excellent way.
the Week of Proper 12 / Ordinary 17