27 May 2016

Today's Readings and Stuff -- Friday, 27 May 2016

Two weeks ago, we had SNOW here.  Today we are well into the 80's and have been there for most of the week.  Ohio.  What more needs to be said.

Wife was "watching" great-niece yesterday.  So she's been recuperating from that ever since.  She's up on her feet now, but has been horizontal for most of the last 28 hours.  Foot was swelled up, black/bruised, and paid was great.   The new podiatrist we saw this week gave (well, sold) her some special insoles to try.  Appears that they made things worse.  He made mention of some totally custom ones that could be arranged, for a "mere" $400 or so, all of it out of our limited funds.  Meaning that it ain't gonna happen, can't.  We simply do not have it.  So we'll continue "our' routine of massages, pain pills, moisturizer on the whole area, and elevation so much as is possible.

She sent me down to the "local" market to get some items that were suddenly needed.  Niece's husband next door very kindly put new brake pads on the front wheels of our ancient vehicle last night.  VERY grateful.  Very.  The grinding sound is gone.  Good!  But now we have an odd vibration in the front end when making low speed turns, and if you hit a rough spot on the road there's some very noticeable vibration in the steering wheel.  Not good, I think.  And they (he and niece) had to work late tonight and are leaving in the morning for a 3-day weekend at a camp site that his family has right at a state park.  So no chance to consult with him.  Have to wait until he gets home Monday night (and then has to work Tuesday morning).  So we shall see, and I'll do no driving until  Sunday morning en route to church services. 

Can't miss church Sunday.  This is a very small and aging congregation.  But there are FOUR baptisms scheduled for Sunday morning.  Not sure of who all, but two of them are teens.  Can't miss that -- haven't seen the baptistry used for a year.  Good sign, I hope.

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The Old Testament reading is chapters 20, 21, and 22 of  1st Chronicles.


1
And it came to pass, that after the year was expired, at the time that kings go out to battle, Joab led forth the power of the army, and wasted the country of the children of Ammon, and came and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried at Jerusalem. And Joab smote Rabbah, and destroyed it.
2
And David took the crown of their king from off his head, and found it to weigh a talent of gold, and there were precious stones in it; and it was set upon David's head: and he brought also exceeding much spoil out of the city.
3
And he brought out the people that were in it, and cut them with saws, and with harrows of iron, and with axes. Even so dealt David with all the cities of the children of Ammon. And David and all the people returned to Jerusalem.
4
And it came to pass after this, that there arose war at Gezer with the Philistines; at which time Sibbechai the Hushathite slew Sippai, that was of the children of the giant: and they were subdued.
5
And there was war again with the Philistines; and Elhanan the son of Jair slew Lahmi the brother of Goliath the Gittite, whose spear staff was like a weaver's beam.
6
And yet again there was war at Gath, where was a man of great stature, whose fingers and toes were four and twenty, six on each hand, and six on each foot and he also was the son of the giant.
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But when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimea David's brother slew him.
8
These were born unto the giant in Gath; and they fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.


1
And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.
2
And David said to Joab and to the rulers of the people, Go, number Israel from Beersheba even to Dan; and bring the number of them to me, that I may know it.
3
And Joab answered, The LORD make his people an hundred times so many more as they be: but, my lord the king, are they not all my lord's servants? why then doth my lord require this thing? why will he be a cause of trespass to Israel?
4
Nevertheless the king's word prevailed against Joab. Wherefore Joab departed, and went throughout all Israel, and came to Jerusalem.
5
And Joab gave the sum of the number of the people unto David. And all they of Israel were a thousand thousand and an hundred thousand men that drew sword: and Judah was four hundred threescore and ten thousand men that drew sword.
6
But Levi and Benjamin counted he not among them: for the king's word was abominable to Joab.
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And God was displeased with this thing; therefore he smote Israel.
8
And David said unto God, I have sinned greatly, because I have done this thing: but now, I beseech thee, do away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly.
9
And the LORD spake unto Gad, David's seer, saying,
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Go and tell David, saying, Thus saith the LORD, I offer thee three things: choose thee one of them, that I may do it unto thee.
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So Gad came to David, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Choose thee
12
Either three years' famine; or three months to be destroyed before thy foes, while that the sword of thine enemies overtaketh thee; or else three days the sword of the LORD, even the pestilence, in the land, and the angel of the LORD destroying throughout all the coasts of Israel. Now therefore advise thyself what word I shall bring again to him that sent me.
13
And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let me fall now into the hand of the LORD; for very great are his mercies: but let me not fall into the hand of man.
14
So the LORD sent pestilence upon Israel: and there fell of Israel seventy thousand men.
15
And God sent an angel unto Jerusalem to destroy it: and as he was destroying, the LORD beheld, and he repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed, It is enough, stay now thine hand. And the angel of the LORD stood by the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite.
16
And David lifted up his eyes, and saw the angel of the LORD stand between the earth and the heaven, having a drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders of Israel, who were clothed in sackcloth, fell upon their faces.
17
And David said unto God, Is it not I that commanded the people to be numbered? even I it is that have sinned and done evil indeed; but as for these sheep, what have they done? let thine hand, I pray thee, O LORD my God, be on me, and on my father's house; but not on thy people, that they should be plagued.
18
Then the angel of the LORD commanded Gad to say to David, that David should go up, and set up an altar unto the LORD in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite.
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And David went up at the saying of Gad, which he spake in the name of the LORD.
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And Ornan turned back, and saw the angel; and his four sons with him hid themselves. Now Ornan was threshing wheat.
21
And as David came to Ornan, Ornan looked and saw David, and went out of the threshingfloor, and bowed himself to David with his face to the ground.
22
Then David said to Ornan, Grant me the place of this threshingfloor, that I may build an altar therein unto the LORD: thou shalt grant it me for the full price: that the plague may be stayed from the people.
23
And Ornan said unto David, Take it to thee, and let my lord the king do that which is good in his eyes: lo, I give thee the oxen also for burnt offerings, and the threshing instruments for wood, and the wheat for the meat offering; I give it all.
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And king David said to Ornan, Nay; but I will verily buy it for the full price: for I will not take that which is thine for the LORD, nor offer burnt offerings without cost.
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So David gave to Ornan for the place six hundred shekels of gold by weight.
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And David built there an altar unto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings, and called upon the LORD; and he answered him from heaven by fire upon the altar of burnt offering.
27
And the LORD commanded the angel; and he put up his sword again into the sheath thereof.
28
At that time when David saw that the LORD had answered him in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite, then he sacrificed there.
29
For the tabernacle of the LORD, which Moses made in the wilderness, and the altar of the burnt offering, were at that season in the high place at Gibeon.
30
But David could not go before it to enquire of God: for he was afraid because of the sword of the angel of the LORD.


1
Then David said, This is the house of the LORD God, and this is the altar of the burnt offering for Israel.
2
And David commanded to gather together the strangers that were in the land of Israel; and he set masons to hew wrought stones to build the house of God.
3
And David prepared iron in abundance for the nails for the doors of the gates, and for the joinings; and brass in abundance without weight;
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Also cedar trees in abundance: for the Zidonians and they of Tyre brought much cedar wood to David.
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And David said, Solomon my son is young and tender, and the house that is to be builded for the LORD must be exceeding magnificent, of fame and of glory throughout all countries: I will therefore now make preparation for it. So David prepared abundantly before his death.
6
Then he called for Solomon his son, and charged him to build an house for the LORD God of Israel.
7
And David said to Solomon, My son, as for me, it was in my mind to build an house unto the name of the LORD my God:
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But the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build an house unto my name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in my sight.
9
Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days.
10
He shall build an house for my name; and he shall be my son, and I will be his father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel for ever.
11
Now, my son, the LORD be with thee; and prosper thou, and build the house of the LORD thy God, as he hath said of thee.
12
Only the LORD give thee wisdom and understanding, and give thee charge concerning Israel, that thou mayest keep the law of the LORD thy God.
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Then shalt thou prosper, if thou takest heed to fulfil the statutes and judgments which the LORD charged Moses with concerning Israel: be strong, and of good courage; dread not, nor be dismayed.
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Now, behold, in my trouble I have prepared for the house of the LORD an hundred thousand talents of gold, and a thousand thousand talents of silver; and of brass and iron without weight; for it is in abundance: timber also and stone have I prepared; and thou mayest add thereto.
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Moreover there are workmen with thee in abundance, hewers and workers of stone and timber, and all manner of cunning men for every manner of work.
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Of the gold, the silver, and the brass, and the iron, there is no number. Arise therefore, and be doing, and the LORD be with thee.
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David also commanded all the princes of Israel to help Solomon his son, saying,
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Is not the LORD your God with you? and hath he not given you rest on every side? for he hath given the inhabitants of the land into mine hand; and the land is subdued before the LORD, and before his people.
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Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God; arise therefore, and build ye the sanctuary of the LORD God, to bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and the holy vessels of God, into the house that is to be built to the name of the LORD.






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The New Testament reading is verses 22-42 in the 10th chapter in the Gospel of John.


22
And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.
23
And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch.
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Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.
25
Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me.
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But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.
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My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
28
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
29
My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.
30
I and my Father are one.
31
Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.
32
Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?
33
The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.
34
Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?
35
If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;
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Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?
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If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.
38
But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.
39
Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand,
40
And went away again beyond Jordan into the place where John at first baptized; and there he abode.
41
And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true.
42
And many believed on him there.


22 May 2016

Today's Readings and Stuff -- Sunday, 22 May 2016

Last night was another cold one.  Not, I haste to say, as cold as the week before, which led to SNOW last Sunday.  No, not that cold, but like the two nights before it, well into the 30's!  Meaning windows shut and the heat on.  Not what I hoped to be having in the later part of May, for pity sake!  And yet, we are told it may -- MAY, I say -- get into the lower 80's later this week.  My sense of trust in the reliability of the weathercasters has been at a very low point for quite some time.  We shall see.

Dear Wife has been passed out on the recliner for the last few hours.  Rather limits my ability to to much of anything that looks active.  But the rest is good for her.

Other than that, a quiet day.  Decent crowd at church services this morning, and we are planning a baptismal service next Sunday, with four baptisms scheduled.  We shall rejoice to see that.

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The Old Testament reading is chapters 6 and 7 of 1st Chronicles.  Sometimes we need to take a look back, to take some "back bearings" to understand how we got to where we are.


1
The sons of Levi; Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
2
And the sons of Kohath; Amram, Izhar, and Hebron, and Uzziel.
3
And the children of Amram; Aaron, and Moses, and Miriam. The sons also of Aaron; Nadab, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.
4
Eleazar begat Phinehas, Phinehas begat Abishua,
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And Abishua begat Bukki, and Bukki begat Uzzi,
6
And Uzzi begat Zerahiah, and Zerahiah begat Meraioth,
7
Meraioth begat Amariah, and Amariah begat Ahitub,
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And Ahitub begat Zadok, and Zadok begat Ahimaaz,
9
And Ahimaaz begat Azariah, and Azariah begat Johanan,
10
And Johanan begat Azariah, (he it is that executed the priest's office in the temple that Solomon built in Jerusalem:)
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And Azariah begat Amariah, and Amariah begat Ahitub,
12
And Ahitub begat Zadok, and Zadok begat Shallum,
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And Shallum begat Hilkiah, and Hilkiah begat Azariah,
14
And Azariah begat Seraiah, and Seraiah begat Jehozadak,
15
And Jehozadak went into captivity, when the LORD carried away Judah and Jerusalem by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar.
16
The sons of Levi; Gershom, Kohath, and Merari.
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And these be the names of the sons of Gershom; Libni, and Shimei.
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And the sons of Kohath were, Amram, and Izhar, and Hebron, and Uzziel.
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The sons of Merari; Mahli, and Mushi. And these are the families of the Levites according to their fathers.
20
Of Gershom; Libni his son, Jahath his son, Zimmah his son,
21
Joah his son, Iddo his son, Zerah his son, Jeaterai his son.
22
The sons of Kohath; Amminadab his son, Korah his son, Assir his son,
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Elkanah his son, and Ebiasaph his son, and Assir his son,
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Tahath his son, Uriel his son, Uzziah his son, and Shaul his son.
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And the sons of Elkanah; Amasai, and Ahimoth.
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As for Elkanah: the sons of Elkanah; Zophai his son, and Nahath his son,
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Eliab his son, Jeroham his son, Elkanah his son.
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And the sons of Samuel; the firstborn Vashni, and Abiah.
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The sons of Merari; Mahli, Libni his son, Shimei his son, Uzza his son,
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Shimea his son, Haggiah his son, Asaiah his son.
31
And these are they whom David set over the service of song in the house of the LORD, after that the ark had rest.
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And they ministered before the dwelling place of the tabernacle of the congregation with singing, until Solomon had built the house of the LORD in Jerusalem: and then they waited on their office according to their order.
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And these are they that waited with their children. Of the sons of the Kohathites: Heman a singer, the son of Joel, the son of Shemuel,
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The son of Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Eliel, the son of Toah,
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The son of Zuph, the son of Elkanah, the son of Mahath, the son of Amasai,
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The son of Elkanah, the son of Joel, the son of Azariah, the son of Zephaniah,
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The son of Tahath, the son of Assir, the son of Ebiasaph, the son of Korah,
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The son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, the son of Israel.
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And his brother Asaph, who stood on his right hand, even Asaph the son of Berachiah, the son of Shimea,
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The son of Michael, the son of Baaseiah, the son of Malchiah,
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The son of Ethni, the son of Zerah, the son of Adaiah,
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The son of Ethan, the son of Zimmah, the son of Shimei,
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The son of Jahath, the son of Gershom, the son of Levi.
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And their brethren the sons of Merari stood on the left hand: Ethan the son of Kishi, the son of Abdi, the son of Malluch,
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The son of Hashabiah, the son of Amaziah, the son of Hilkiah,
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The son of Amzi, the son of Bani, the son of Shamer,
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The son of Mahli, the son of Mushi, the son of Merari, the son of Levi.
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Their brethren also the Levites were appointed unto all manner of service of the tabernacle of the house of God.
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But Aaron and his sons offered upon the altar of the burnt offering, and on the altar of incense, and were appointed for all the work of the place most holy, and to make an atonement for Israel, according to all that Moses the servant of God had commanded.
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And these are the sons of Aaron; Eleazar his son, Phinehas his son, Abishua his son,
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Bukki his son, Uzzi his son, Zerahiah his son,
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Meraioth his son, Amariah his son, Ahitub his son,
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Zadok his son, Ahimaaz his son.
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Now these are their dwelling places throughout their castles in their coasts, of the sons of Aaron, of the families of the Kohathites: for theirs was the lot.
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And they gave them Hebron in the land of Judah, and the suburbs thereof round about it.
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But the fields of the city, and the villages thereof, they gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh.
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And to the sons of Aaron they gave the cities of Judah, namely, Hebron, the city of refuge, and Libnah with her suburbs, and Jattir, and Eshtemoa, with their suburbs,
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And Hilen with her suburbs, Debir with her suburbs,
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And Ashan with her suburbs, and Bethshemesh with her suburbs:
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And out of the tribe of Benjamin; Geba with her suburbs, and Alemeth with her suburbs, and Anathoth with her suburbs. All their cities throughout their families were thirteen cities.
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And unto the sons of Kohath, which were left of the family of that tribe, were cities given out of the half tribe, namely, out of the half tribe of Manasseh, by lot, ten cities.
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And to the sons of Gershom throughout their families out of the tribe of Issachar, and out of the tribe of Asher, and out of the tribe of Naphtali, and out of the tribe of Manasseh in Bashan, thirteen cities.
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Unto the sons of Merari were given by lot, throughout their families, out of the tribe of Reuben, and out of the tribe of Gad, and out of the tribe of Zebulun, twelve cities.
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And the children of Israel gave to the Levites these cities with their suburbs.
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And they gave by lot out of the tribe of the children of Judah, and out of the tribe of the children of Simeon, and out of the tribe of the children of Benjamin, these cities, which are called by their names.
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And the residue of the families of the sons of Kohath had cities of their coasts out of the tribe of Ephraim.
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And they gave unto them, of the cities of refuge, Shechem in mount Ephraim with her suburbs; they gave also Gezer with her suburbs,
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And Jokmeam with her suburbs, and Bethhoron with her suburbs,
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And Aijalon with her suburbs, and Gathrimmon with her suburbs:
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And out of the half tribe of Manasseh; Aner with her suburbs, and Bileam with her suburbs, for the family of the remnant of the sons of Kohath.
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Unto the sons of Gershom were given out of the family of the half tribe of Manasseh, Golan in Bashan with her suburbs, and Ashtaroth with her suburbs:
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And out of the tribe of Issachar; Kedesh with her suburbs, Daberath with her suburbs,
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And Ramoth with her suburbs, and Anem with her suburbs:
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And out of the tribe of Asher; Mashal with her suburbs, and Abdon with her suburbs,
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And Hukok with her suburbs, and Rehob with her suburbs:
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And out of the tribe of Naphtali; Kedesh in Galilee with her suburbs, and Hammon with her suburbs, and Kirjathaim with her suburbs.
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Unto the rest of the children of Merari were given out of the tribe of Zebulun, Rimmon with her suburbs, Tabor with her suburbs:
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And on the other side Jordan by Jericho, on the east side of Jordan, were given them out of the tribe of Reuben, Bezer in the wilderness with her suburbs, and Jahzah with her suburbs,
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Kedemoth also with her suburbs, and Mephaath with her suburbs:
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And out of the tribe of Gad; Ramoth in Gilead with her suburbs, and Mahanaim with her suburbs,
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And Heshbon with her suburbs, and Jazer with her suburbs.


1
Now the sons of Issachar were, Tola, and Puah, Jashub, and Shimrom, four.
2
And the sons of Tola; Uzzi, and Rephaiah, and Jeriel, and Jahmai, and Jibsam, and Shemuel, heads of their father's house, to wit, of Tola: they were valiant men of might in their generations; whose number was in the days of David two and twenty thousand and six hundred.
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And the sons of Uzzi; Izrahiah: and the sons of Izrahiah; Michael, and Obadiah, and Joel, Ishiah, five: all of them chief men.
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And with them, by their generations, after the house of their fathers, were bands of soldiers for war, six and thirty thousand men: for they had many wives and sons.
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And their brethren among all the families of Issachar were valiant men of might, reckoned in all by their genealogies fourscore and seven thousand.
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The sons of Benjamin; Bela, and Becher, and Jediael, three.
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And the sons of Bela; Ezbon, and Uzzi, and Uzziel, and Jerimoth, and Iri, five; heads of the house of their fathers, mighty men of valor; and were reckoned by their genealogies twenty and two thousand and thirty and four.
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And the sons of Becher; Zemira, and Joash, and Eliezer, and Elioenai, and Omri, and Jerimoth, and Abiah, and Anathoth, and Alameth. All these are the sons of Becher.
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And the number of them, after their genealogy by their generations, heads of the house of their fathers, mighty men of valor, was twenty thousand and two hundred.
10
The sons also of Jediael; Bilhan: and the sons of Bilhan; Jeush, and Benjamin, and Ehud, and Chenaanah, and Zethan, and Tharshish, and Ahishahar.
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All these the sons of Jediael, by the heads of their fathers, mighty men of valor, were seventeen thousand and two hundred soldiers, fit to go out for war and battle.
12
Shuppim also, and Huppim, the children of Ir, and Hushim, the sons of Aher.
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The sons of Naphtali; Jahziel, and Guni, and Jezer, and Shallum, the sons of Bilhah.
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The sons of Manasseh; Ashriel, whom she bare: (but his concubine the Aramitess bare Machir the father of Gilead:
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And Machir took to wife the sister of Huppim and Shuppim, whose sister's name was Maachah;) and the name of the second was Zelophehad: and Zelophehad had daughters.
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And Maachah the wife of Machir bare a son, and she called his name Peresh; and the name of his brother was Sheresh; and his sons were Ulam and Rakem.
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And the sons of Ulam; Bedan. These were the sons of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh.
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And his sister Hammoleketh bare Ishod, and Abiezer, and Mahalah.
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And the sons of Shemidah were, Ahian, and Shechem, and Likhi, and Aniam.
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And the sons of Ephraim; Shuthelah, and Bered his son, and Tahath his son, and Eladah his son, and Tahath his son,
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And Zabad his son, and Shuthelah his son, and Ezer, and Elead, whom the men of Gath that were born in that land slew, because they came down to take away their cattle.
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And Ephraim their father mourned many days, and his brethren came to comfort him.
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And when he went in to his wife, she conceived, and bare a son, and he called his name Beriah, because it went evil with his house.
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(And his daughter was Sherah, who built Bethhoron the nether, and the upper, and Uzzensherah.)
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And Rephah was his son, also Resheph, and Telah his son, and Tahan his son.
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Laadan his son, Ammihud his son, Elishama his son.
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Non his son, Jehoshuah his son.
28
And their possessions and habitations were, Bethel and the towns thereof, and eastward Naaran, and westward Gezer, with the towns thereof; Shechem also and the towns thereof, unto Gaza and the towns thereof:
29
And by the borders of the children of Manasseh, Bethshean and her towns, Taanach and her towns, Megiddo and her towns, Dor and her towns. In these dwelt the children of Joseph the son of Israel.
30
The sons of Asher; Imnah, and Isuah, and Ishuai, and Beriah, and Serah their sister.
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And the sons of Beriah; Heber, and Malchiel, who is the father of Birzavith.
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And Heber begat Japhlet, and Shomer, and Hotham, and Shua their sister.
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And the sons of Japhlet; Pasach, and Bimhal, and Ashvath. These are the children of Japhlet.
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And the sons of Shamer; Ahi, and Rohgah, Jehubbah, and Aram.
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And the sons of his brother Helem; Zophah, and Imna, and Shelesh, and Amal.
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The sons of Zophah; Suah, and Harnepher, and Shual, and Beri, and Imrah,
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Bezer, and Hod, and Shamma, and Shilshah, and Ithran, and Beera.
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And the sons of Jether; Jephunneh, and Pispah, and Ara.
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And the sons of Ulla; Arah, and Haniel, and Rezia.
40
All these were the children of Asher, heads of their father's house, choice and mighty men of valor, chief of the princes. And the number throughout the genealogy of them that were apt to the war and to battle was twenty and six thousand men.





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The New Testament reading is verses 21-36 in the 8th chapter of the Gospel of John.

21
Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come.
22
Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself? because he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come.
23
And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.
24
I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.
25
Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning.
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I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him.
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They understood not that he spake to them of the Father.
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Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.
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And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.
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As he spake these words, many believed on him.
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Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
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And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
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They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
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Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
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And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.
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If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

21 May 2016

Today's Readings and Stuff -- Saturday, 21 May 2016

Been rainy and dreary and cold, well, chilly at least, all day.  Not much fun. 

Wife's being affected by the nasty weather fronts coming through: almost like she has a barometer built in. Which, given the issues with her joints, might not be too far off.  So I'd the official "warm up leftovers to provide lunch and dinner" person.  Frequently the case, actually.

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The Old Testament reading today is chapters 3, 4, and 5 of 1st Chronicles.  Some of this amplifies on some of the sections of the books previous to this.


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Now these were the sons of David, which were born unto him in Hebron; the firstborn Amnon, of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; the second Daniel, of Abigail the Carmelitess:
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The third, Absalom the son of Maachah the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur: the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith:
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The fifth, Shephatiah of Abital: the sixth, Ithream by Eglah his wife.
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These six were born unto him in Hebron; and there he reigned seven years and six months: and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years.
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And these were born unto him in Jerusalem; Shimea, and Shobab, and Nathan, and Solomon, four, of Bathshua the daughter of Ammiel:
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Ibhar also, and Elishama, and Eliphelet,
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And Nogah, and Nepheg, and Japhia,
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And Elishama, and Eliada, and Eliphelet, nine.
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These were all the sons of David, beside the sons of the concubines, and Tamar their sister.
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And Solomon's son was Rehoboam, Abia his son, Asa his son, Jehoshaphat his son,
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Joram his son, Ahaziah his son, Joash his son,
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Amaziah his son, Azariah his son, Jotham his son,
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Ahaz his son, Hezekiah his son, Manasseh his son,
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Amon his son, Josiah his son.
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And the sons of Josiah were, the firstborn Johanan, the second Jehoiakim, the third Zedekiah, the fourth Shallum.
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And the sons of Jehoiakim: Jeconiah his son, Zedekiah his son.
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And the sons of Jeconiah; Assir, Salathiel his son,
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Malchiram also, and Pedaiah, and Shenazar, Jecamiah, Hoshama, and Nedabiah.
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And the sons of Pedaiah were, Zerubbabel, and Shimei: and the sons of Zerubbabel; Meshullam, and Hananiah, and Shelomith their sister:
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And Hashubah, and Ohel, and Berechiah, and Hasadiah, Jushabhesed, five.
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And the sons of Hananiah; Pelatiah, and Jesaiah: the sons of Rephaiah, the sons of Arnan, the sons of Obadiah, the sons of Shechaniah.
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And the sons of Shechaniah; Shemaiah: and the sons of Shemaiah; Hattush, and Igeal, and Bariah, and Neariah, and Shaphat, six.
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And the sons of Neariah; Elioenai, and Hezekiah, and Azrikam, three.
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And the sons of Elioenai were, Hodaiah, and Eliashib, and Pelaiah, and Akkub, and Johanan, and Dalaiah, and Anani, seven.


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The sons of Judah; Pharez, Hezron, and Carmi, and Hur, and Shobal.
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And Reaiah the son of Shobal begat Jahath; and Jahath begat Ahumai, and Lahad. These are the families of the Zorathites.
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And these were of the father of Etam; Jezreel, and Ishma, and Idbash: and the name of their sister was Hazelelponi:
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And Penuel the father of Gedor, and Ezer the father of Hushah. These are the sons of Hur, the firstborn of Ephratah, the father of Bethlehem.
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And Ashur the father of Tekoa had two wives, Helah and Naarah.
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And Naarah bare him Ahuzam, and Hepher, and Temeni, and Haahashtari. These were the sons of Naarah.
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And the sons of Helah were, Zereth, and Jezoar, and Ethnan.
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And Coz begat Anub, and Zobebah, and the families of Aharhel the son of Harum.
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And Jabez was more honorable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow.
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And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.
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And Chelub the brother of Shuah begat Mehir, which was the father of Eshton.
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And Eshton begat Bethrapha, and Paseah, and Tehinnah the father of Irnahash. These are the men of Rechah.
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And the sons of Kenaz; Othniel, and Seraiah: and the sons of Othniel; Hathath.
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And Meonothai begat Ophrah: and Seraiah begat Joab, the father of the valley of Charashim; for they were craftsmen.
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And the sons of Caleb the son of Jephunneh; Iru, Elah, and Naam: and the sons of Elah, even Kenaz.
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And the sons of Jehaleleel; Ziph, and Ziphah, Tiria, and Asareel.
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And the sons of Ezra were, Jether, and Mered, and Epher, and Jalon: and she bare Miriam, and Shammai, and Ishbah the father of Eshtemoa.
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And his wife Jehudijah bare Jered the father of Gedor, and Heber the father of Socho, and Jekuthiel the father of Zanoah. And these are the sons of Bithiah the daughter of Pharaoh, which Mered took.
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And the sons of his wife Hodiah the sister of Naham, the father of Keilah the Garmite, and Eshtemoa the Maachathite.
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And the sons of Shimon were, Amnon, and Rinnah, Benhanan, and Tilon. And the sons of Ishi were, Zoheth, and Benzoheth.
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The sons of Shelah the son of Judah were, Er the father of Lecah, and Laadah the father of Mareshah, and the families of the house of them that wrought fine linen, of the house of Ashbea,
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And Jokim, and the men of Chozeba, and Joash, and Saraph, who had the dominion in Moab, and Jashubilehem. And these are ancient things.
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These were the potters, and those that dwelt among plants and hedges: there they dwelt with the king for his work.
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The sons of Simeon were, Nemuel, and Jamin, Jarib, Zerah, and Shaul:
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Shallum his son, Mibsam his son, Mishma his son.
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And the sons of Mishma; Hamuel his son, Zacchur his son, Shimei his son.
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And Shimei had sixteen sons and six daughters: but his brethren had not many children, neither did all their family multiply, like to the children of Judah.
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And they dwelt at Beersheba, and Moladah, and Hazarshual,
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And at Bilhah, and at Ezem, and at Tolad,
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And at Bethuel, and at Hormah, and at Ziklag,
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And at Bethmarcaboth, and Hazarsusim, and at Bethbirei, and at Shaaraim. These were their cities unto the reign of David.
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And their villages were, Etam, and Ain, Rimmon, and Tochen, and Ashan, five cities:
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And all their villages that were round about the same cities, unto Baal. These were their habitations, and their genealogy.
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And Meshobab, and Jamlech, and Joshah, the son of Amaziah,
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And Joel, and Jehu the son of Josibiah, the son of Seraiah, the son of Asiel,
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And Elioenai, and Jaakobah, and Jeshohaiah, and Asaiah, and Adiel, and Jesimiel, and Benaiah,
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And Ziza the son of Shiphi, the son of Allon, the son of Jedaiah, the son of Shimri, the son of Shemaiah;
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These mentioned by their names were princes in their families: and the house of their fathers increased greatly.
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And they went to the entrance of Gedor, even unto the east side of the valley, to seek pasture for their flocks.
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And they found fat pasture and good, and the land was wide, and quiet, and peaceable; for they of Ham had dwelt there of old.
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And these written by name came in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and smote their tents, and the habitations that were found there, and destroyed them utterly unto this day, and dwelt in their rooms: because there was pasture there for their flocks.
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And some of them, even of the sons of Simeon, five hundred men, went to mount Seir, having for their captains Pelatiah, and Neariah, and Rephaiah, and Uzziel, the sons of Ishi.
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And they smote the rest of the Amalekites that were escaped, and dwelt there unto this day.


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Now the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel, (for he was the firstborn; but forasmuch as he defiled his father's bed, his birthright was given unto the sons of Joseph the son of Israel: and the genealogy is not to be reckoned after the birthright.
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For Judah prevailed above his brethren, and of him came the chief ruler; but the birthright was Joseph's:)
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The sons, I say, of Reuben the firstborn of Israel were, Hanoch, and Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi.
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The sons of Joel; Shemaiah his son, Gog his son, Shimei his son,
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Micah his son, Reaia his son, Baal his son,
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Beerah his son, whom Tilgathpilneser king of Assyria carried away captive: he was prince of the Reubenites.
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And his brethren by their families, when the genealogy of their generations was reckoned, were the chief, Jeiel, and Zechariah,
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And Bela the son of Azaz, the son of Shema, the son of Joel, who dwelt in Aroer, even unto Nebo and Baalmeon:
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And eastward he inhabited unto the entering in of the wilderness from the river Euphrates: because their cattle were multiplied in the land of Gilead.
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And in the days of Saul they made war with the Hagarites, who fell by their hand: and they dwelt in their tents throughout all the east land of Gilead.
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And the children of Gad dwelt over against them, in the land of Bashan unto Salcah:
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Joel the chief, and Shapham the next, and Jaanai, and Shaphat in Bashan.
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And their brethren of the house of their fathers were, Michael, and Meshullam, and Sheba, and Jorai, and Jachan, and Zia, and Heber, seven.
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These are the children of Abihail the son of Huri, the son of Jaroah, the son of Gilead, the son of Michael, the son of Jeshishai, the son of Jahdo, the son of Buz;
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Ahi the son of Abdiel, the son of Guni, chief of the house of their fathers.
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And they dwelt in Gilead in Bashan, and in her towns, and in all the suburbs of Sharon, upon their borders.
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All these were reckoned by genealogies in the days of Jotham king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam king of Israel.
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The sons of Reuben, and the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh, of valiant men, men able to bear buckler and sword, and to shoot with bow, and skillful in war, were four and forty thousand seven hundred and threescore, that went out to the war.
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And they made war with the Hagarites, with Jetur, and Nephish, and Nodab.
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And they were helped against them, and the Hagarites were delivered into their hand, and all that were with them: for they cried to God in the battle, and he was intreated of them; because they put their trust in him.
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And they took away their cattle; of their camels fifty thousand, and of sheep two hundred and fifty thousand, and of asses two thousand, and of men an hundred thousand.
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For there fell down many slain, because the war was of God. And they dwelt in their steads until the captivity.
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And the children of the half tribe of Manasseh dwelt in the land: they increased from Bashan unto Baalhermon and Senir, and unto mount Hermon.
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And these were the heads of the house of their fathers, even Epher, and Ishi, and Eliel, and Azriel, and Jeremiah, and Hodaviah, and Jahdiel, mighty men of valor, famous men, and heads of the house of their fathers.
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And they transgressed against the God of their fathers, and went a whoring after the gods of the people of the land, whom God destroyed before them.
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And the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria, and the spirit of Tilgathpilneser king of Assyria, and he carried them away, even the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh, and brought them unto Halah, and Habor, and Hara, and to the river Gozan, unto this day.




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The New Testament reading is verses 1-20 of the 8th chapter in the Gospel of John.


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Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.
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And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.
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And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
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They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
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Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
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This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
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So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
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And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
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And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
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When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
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She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
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Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
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The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true.
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Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go.
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Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man.
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And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me.
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It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true.
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I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.
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Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.
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These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come.