June 20: Proverbs 21; 2Chronicles 1-5:1

Song for Today:
Good All the Time
Good All the Time
My Redeemer is Faithful and True

from Proverbs 21

Solomon the son of David established himself in his kingdom, and the LORD his God was with him and made him exceedingly great.
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God answered Solomon, “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked for possessions, wealth, honor, or the life of those who hate you, and have not even asked for long life, but have asked for wisdom and knowledge for yourself that you may govern my people over whom I have made you king, wisdom and knowledge are granted to you. I will also give you riches, possessions, and honor, such as none of the kings had who were before you, and none after you shall have the like.”
from 2Chronicles 1

Now Solomon purposed to build a temple for the name of the LORD, and a royal palace for himself.
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The house that I am to build will be great, for our God is greater than all gods. But who is able to build him a house, since heaven, even highest heaven, cannot contain him? Who am I to build a house for him, except as a place to make offerings before him?
from 2Chronicles 2

Solomon began to build the house of the LORD in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the LORD had appeared to David his father, at the place that David had appointed, on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.
from 2Chronicles 3

Hiram also made…
from 1Chronicles 4

Thus all the work that Solomon did for the house of the LORD was finished.
from 1Chronicles 5
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June 19: Proverbs 20 1Chronicles 27-29

Song for Today:
Faith of our Fathers

Seekers of your Heart

It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife,
but every fool will be quarreling.
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Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love,
but a faithful man who can find?
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The righteous who walks in his integrity—
blessed are his children after him!
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Who can say, “I have made my heart pure;
I am clean from my sin”?
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Do not say, “I will repay evil”;
wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you.
from Proverbs 20

This is the number of the people of Israel, the heads of fathers’ houses, the commanders of thousands and hundreds, and their officers who served the king in all matters concerning the divisions that came and went, month after month throughout the year, each division numbering 24,000:..
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…All these were stewards of King David’s property.
from 1Chronicles 27

David assembled at Jerusalem all the officials of Israel…
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Then King David rose to his feet and said:..
And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever. Be careful now, for the LORD has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong and do it.”
from 1Chronicles 28

And David the king said to all the assembly, “Solomon my son, whom alone God has chosen, is young and inexperienced, and the work is great, for the palace will not be for man but for the LORD God. So I have provided for the house of my God, so far as I was able,..
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Then the people rejoiced because they had given willingly, for with a whole heart they had offered freely to the LORD. David the king also rejoiced greatly.
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Blessed are you, O LORD, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever. Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.
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they made Solomon the son of David king the second time, and they anointed him as prince for the LORD, and Zadok as priest.
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Thus David the son of Jesse reigned over all Israel. The time that he reigned over Israel was forty years. He reigned seven years in Hebron and thirty-three years in Jerusalem. Then he died at a good age, full of days, riches, and honor. And Solomon his son reigned in his place.
from 1Chronicles 29
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June 18: Proverbs 189 1Chronicles 23-26

Song for Today:
Master, The Tempest Is Raging

Hear My Prayer

Desire without knowledge is not good,
and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way.
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Good sense makes one slow to anger,
and it is his glory to overlook an offense.
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The fear of the LORD leads to life,
and whoever has it rests satisfied;
he will not be visited by harm.
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Cease to hear instruction, my son,
and you will stray from the words of knowledge.
from Proverbs 19

When David was old and full of days, he made Solomon his son king over Israel.
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These were the sons of Levi by their fathers’ houses, the heads of fathers’ houses as they were listed according to the number of the names of the individuals from twenty years old and upward who were to do the work for the service of the house of the LORD.
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Thus they were to keep charge of the tent of meeting and the sanctuary, and to attend the sons of Aaron, their brothers, for the service of the house of the LORD.
from 1Chronicles 23

The divisions of the sons of Aaron were these…
from 1Chronicles 24

David and the chiefs of the service also set apart for the service the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who prophesied with lyres, with harps, and with cymbals. The list of those who did the work and of their duties was:..
from 1Chronicles 25

As for the divisions of the gatekeepers:..
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And of the Levites, Ahijah had charge of the treasuries of the house of God and the treasuries of the dedicated gifts…
from 1Chronicles 26
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June 17: Proverbs 18; 1Chronicles 20-22

Song for Today:
Angels Watching Over Me

Ten Thousand Angles Cried

When God Ran

Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire;
he breaks out against all sound judgment.
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A fool takes no pleasure in understanding,
but only in expressing his opinion.
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When wickedness comes, contempt comes also,
and with dishonor comes disgrace.
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It is not good to be partial to the wicked
or to deprive the righteous of justice.
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The name of the LORD is a strong tower;
the righteous man runs into it and is safe.
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Before destruction a man’s heart is haughty,
but humility comes before honor.
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He who finds a wife finds a good thing
and obtains favor from the LORD.
from Proverbs 18

These were descended from the giants in Gath, and they fell by the hand of David and b
from 1Chronicles 20

Then Satan stood against Israel and incited David to number Israel.
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God was displeased with this thing, and he struck Israel. And David said to God, “I have sinned greatly in that I have done this thing. But now, please take away the iniquity of your servant, for I have acted very foolishly.” And the LORD spoke to Gad, David’s seer, saying, “Go and say to David, ‘Thus says the LORD, Three things I offer you; choose one of them, that I may do it to you.’” So Gad came to David and said to him, “Thus says the LORD, ‘Choose what you will: either three years of famine, or three months of devastation by your foes while the sword of your enemies overtakes you, or else three days of the sword of the LORD, pestilence on the land, with the angel of the LORD destroying throughout all the territory of Israel.’ Now decide what answer I shall return to him who sent me.” Then David said to Gad, “I am in great distress. Let me fall into the hand of the LORD, for his mercy is very great, but do not let me fall into the hand of man.”
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So the LORD sent a pestilence on Israel, and 70,000 men of Israel fell. And God sent the angel to Jerusalem to destroy it, but as he was about to destroy it, the LORD saw, and he relented from the calamity. And he said to the angel who was working destruction, “It is enough; now stay your hand.”
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David said to God, “Was it not I who gave command to number the people? It is I who have sinned and done great evil. But these sheep, what have they done? Please let your hand, O LORD my God, be against me and against my father’s house. But do not let the plague be on your people.”
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David paid Ornan 600 shekels of gold by weight for the site. And David built there an altar to the LORD and presented burnt offerings and peace offerings and called on the LORD, and the LORD answered him with fire from heaven upon the altar of burnt offering. Then the LORD commanded the angel, and he put his sword back into its sheath.
from 1Chronicles 21

Then David said, “Here shall be the house of the LORD God and here the altar of burnt offering for Israel.”
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David said, “Solomon my son is young and inexperienced, and the house that is to be built for the LORD must be exceedingly magnificent, of fame and glory throughout all lands. I will therefore make preparation for it.” So David provided materials in great quantity before his death.
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Then he called for Solomon his son and charged him to build a house for the LORD, the God of Israel. David said to Solomon, “My son, I had it in my heart to build a house to the name of the LORD my God. But the word of the LORD came to me, saying, ‘You have shed much blood and have waged great wars. You shall not build a house to my name, because you have shed so much blood before me on the earth. Behold, a son shall be born to you who shall be a man of rest. I will give him rest from all his surrounding enemies. For his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quiet to Israel in his days. He shall build a house for my name. He shall be my son, and I will be his father, and I will establish his royal throne in Israel forever.’
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may the LORD grant you discretion and understanding, that when he gives you charge over Israel you may keep the law of the LORD your God. Then you will prosper if you are careful to observe the statutes and the rules that the LORD commanded Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Fear not; do not be dismayed.
from 1Chronicles 22
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June 16: Proverbs 17; 1Chronicles 17-19

<strong>Song for Today:</strong>

Good Things Just Take Time

Give Me Oil In My Lamp

Our Father

Better is a dry morsel with quiet
than a house full of feasting with strife.
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The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold,
and the LORD tests hearts.
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The beginning of strife is like letting out water,
so quit before the quarrel breaks out.
He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous
are both alike an abomination to the LORD.
from Proverbs 17

I declare to you that the LORD will build you a house. When your days are fulfilled to walk with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever. I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. I will not take my steadfast love from him, as I took it from him who was before you, but I will confirm him in my house and in my kingdom forever, and his throne shall be established forever.’” In accordance with all these words, and in accordance with all this vision, Nathan spoke to David.
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There is none like you, O LORD, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
from 1Chronicles 17

And the LORD gave victory to David wherever he went.
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David reigned over all Israel, and he administered justice and equity to all his people.
from 1Chronicles 18

When Joab saw that the battle was set against him both in front and in the rear, he chose some of the best men of Israel and arrayed them against the Syrians. The rest of his men he put in the charge of Abishai his brother, and they were arrayed against the Ammonites. And he said, “If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you shall help me, but if the Ammonites are too strong for you, then I will help you. Be strong, and let us use our strength for our people and for the cities of our God, and may the LORD do what seems good to him.” So Joab and the people who were with him drew near before the Syrians for battle, and they fled before him. And when the Ammonites saw that the Syrians fled, they likewise fled before Abishai, Joab’s brother, and entered the city
from 1Chronicles 19
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June 15: Proverbs 16; 1Chronicles 13-16

Song for Today:
You Never Let Go

King of the Ages

All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,
but the LORD weighs the spirit.
Commit your work to the LORD,
and your plans will be established.
The LORD has made everything for its purpose,
even the wicked for the day of trouble.
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By steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for,
and by the fear of the LORD one turns away from evil.
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Pride goes before destruction,
and a haughty spirit before a fall.
It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor
than to divide the spoil with the proud.
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Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good,
and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.
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Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty,
and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
from Proverbs 16

David and all Israel went up to Baalah, that is, to Kiriath-jearim that belongs to Judah, to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the name of the LORD who sits enthroned above the cherubim. And they carried the ark of God on a new cart, from the house of Abinadab, and Uzzah and Ahio were driving the cart. And David and all Israel were celebrating before God with all their might, with song and lyres and harps and tambourines and cymbals and trumpets.
And when they came to the threshing floor of Chidon, Uzzah put out his hand to take hold of the ark, for the oxen stumbled. And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah, and he struck him down because he put out his hand to the ark, and he died there before God. And David was angry because the LORD had broken out against Uzzah. And that place is called Perez-uzza to this day. And David was afraid of God that day, and he said, “How can I bring the ark of God home to me?” So David did not take the ark home into the city of David, but took it aside to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite. And the ark of God remained with the household of Obed-edom in his house three months. And the LORD blessed the household of Obed-edom and all that he had.
from 1Chronicles 13

Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, also masons and carpenters to build a house for him. And David knew that the LORD had established him as king over Israel, and that his kingdom was highly exalted for the sake of his people Israel.
And David took more wives in Jerusalem, and David fathered more sons and daughters. These are the names of the children born to him in Jerusalem:..
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David did as God commanded him, and they struck down the Philistine army from Gibeon to Gezer. And the fame of David went out into all lands, and the LORD brought the fear of him upon all nations.
from 1Chronicles 14

David built houses for himself in the city of David. And he prepared a place for the ark of God and pitched a tent for it. Then David said that no one but the Levites may carry the ark of God, for the LORD had chosen them to carry the ark of the LORD and to minister to him forever. And David assembled all Israel at Jerusalem to bring up the ark of the LORD to its place, which he had prepared for it
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“You are the heads of the fathers’ houses of the Levites. Consecrate yourselves, you and your brothers, so that you may bring up the ark of the LORD, the God of Israel, to the place that I have prepared for it. Because you did not carry it the first time, the LORD our God broke out against us, because we did not seek him according to the rule.” So the priests and the Levites consecrated themselves to bring up the ark of the LORD, the God of Israel. And the Levites carried the ark of God on their shoulders with the poles, as Moses had commanded according to the word of the LORD.
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Chenaniah, leader of the Levites in music, should direct the music, for he understood it.
from 1Chronicles 15

Then he appointed some of the Levites as ministers before the ark of the LORD, to invoke, to thank, and to praise the LORD, the God of Israel. Asaph was the chief, and second to him were Zechariah, Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-edom, and Jeiel, who were to play harps and lyres; Asaph was to sound the cymbals, and Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests were to blow trumpets regularly before the ark of the covenant of God. Then on that day David first appointed that thanksgiving be sung to the LORD by Asaph and his brothers.
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Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name;
make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
tell of all his wondrous works!
Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!
Seek the LORD and his strength;
seek his presence continually!
Remember the wondrous works that he has done,
his miracles and the judgments he uttered,
O offspring of Israel his servant,
children of Jacob, his chosen ones!
He is the LORD our God;
his judgments are in all the earth.
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Sing to the LORD, all the earth!
Tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!
For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised,
and he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,
but the LORD made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and joy are in his place.
Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples,
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!
Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
bring an offering and come before him!
Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness;
tremble before him, all the earth;
yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice,
and let them say among the nations, “The LORD reigns!”
Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it!
Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy
before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth.
Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!
from 1Chronicles 16
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June 14: Proverbs 15; 1Chronicles 11-12

Song for Today:
There is Power in the Blood

Spirit Song

A soft answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.
The tongue of the wise commends knowledge,
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but the mouths of fools pour out folly.
The eyes of the LORD are in every place,
keeping watch on the evil and the good.
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A gentle tongue is a tree of life,
but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
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Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the LORD;
how much more the hearts of the children of man!
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A scoffer does not like to be reproved;
he will not go to the wise.
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Better is a little with the fear of the LORD
than great treasure and trouble with it.
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The fear of the LORD is instruction in wisdom,
and humility comes before honor.
from Proverbs 15

Then all Israel gathered together to David at Hebron and said, “Behold, we are your bone and flesh. In times past, even when Saul was king, it was you who led out and brought in Israel. And the LORD your God said to you, ‘You shall be shepherd of my people Israel, and you shall be prince over my people Israel.’” So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the LORD. And they anointed David king over Israel, according to the word of the LORD by Samuel.
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This is an account of David’s mighty men:..
from 1Chronicles 11

Now these are the men who came to David at Ziklag, while he could not move about freely because of Saul the son of Kish. And they were among the mighty men who helped him in war. They were bowmen and could shoot arrows and sling stones with either the right or the left hand; they were Benjaminites, Saul’s kinsmen.
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the Spirit clothed Amasai, chief of the thirty, and he said,
“We are yours, O David,
and with you, O son of Jesse!
Peace, peace to you,
and peace to your helpers!
For your God helps you.”
Then David received them and made them officers of his troops.
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These are the numbers of the divisions of the armed troops who came to David in Hebron to turn the kingdom of Saul over to him, according to the word of the LORD.
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men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do
from 1Chronicles 12
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June 13: Proverbs 14; 1Chronicles 7-10

Song for Today:
Teach Me Thy Way O Lord

Heart of Worship

Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean,
but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.
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There is a way that seems right to a man,
but its end is the way to death.
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The simple believes everything,
but the prudent gives thought to his steps.
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love and faithfulness.
In all toil there is profit,
but mere talk tends only to poverty.
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In the fear of the LORD one has strong confidence,
and his children will have a refuge.
The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life,
that one may turn away from the snares of death.
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Righteousness exalts a nation,
but sin is a reproach to any people.
from Proverbs 14

The sons of Issachar:..
The sons of Benjamin:..
The sons of Naphtali:..
The sons of Manasseh:..
The sons of Ephraim:.. the sons of Joseph the son of Israel.
The sons of Asher:..
from 1Chronicles 7

Benjamin fathered…
from 1Chronicles 8

So all Israel was recorded in genealogies, and these are written in the Book of the Kings of Israel. And Judah was taken into exile in Babylon because of their breach of faith. Now the first to dwell again in their possessions in their cities were Israel, the priests, the Levites, and the temple servants. And some of the people of Judah, Benjamin, Ephraim, and Manasseh lived in Jerusalem:
from 1Chronicles 9

the Philistines fought against Israel, and the men of Israel fled before the Philistines and fell slain on Mount Gilboa. And the Philistines overtook Saul and his sons, and the Philistines struck down Jonathan and Abinadab and Malchi-shua, the sons of Saul. The battle pressed hard against Saul, and the archers found him, and he was wounded by the archers. Then Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword and thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised come and mistreat me.” But his armor-bearer would not, for he feared greatly. Therefore Saul took his own sword and fell upon it. And when his armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he also fell upon his sword and died.
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So Saul died for his breach of faith. He broke faith with the LORD in that he did not keep the command of the LORD, and also consulted a medium, seeking guidance. He did not seek guidance from the LORD. Therefore the LORD put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse.
from 1Chronicles 10
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June 12: Proverbs 13; 1Chronicles 4-6

Song for Today:
Near the Cross

Blessings

Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life;
he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
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Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself,
but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded.
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The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,
that one may turn away from the snares of death.
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A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children,
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The fallow ground of the poor would yield much food,
but it is swept away through injustice.
from Proverbs 13

The sons of Judah:..
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The sons of Simeon:..
from 1Chronicles 4

The sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel (for he was the firstborn, but because he defiled his father’s couch, his birthright was given to the sons of Joseph the son of Israel, so that he could not be enrolled as the oldest son; though Judah became strong among his brothers and a chief came from him, yet the birthright belonged to Joseph), the sons of Reuben, the firstborn of Israel:..
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The sons of Gad…
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The members of the half-tribe of Manasseh…
from 1Chronicles 5

The sons of Levi:..
from 1Chronicles 6
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June 11: Proverbs 12; 1Chronicles 1-3

Song for Today:
In The Sweet By and By

You Deserve the Glory

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
but he who hates reproof is stupid.
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Better to be lowly and have a servant
than to play the great man and lack bread.
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Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,
but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.
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From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good,
and the work of a man’s hand comes back to him.
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There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts,
but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
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Truthful lips endure forever,
but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
from Proverbs 12

Abraham fathered Isaac. The sons of Isaac: Esau and Israel.
from 1Chronicles 1

These are the sons of Israel:..
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Nahshon fathered Salmon, Salmon fathered Boaz, Boaz fathered Obed, Obed fathered Jesse. Jesse fathered Eliab his firstborn, Abinadab the second, Shimea the third, Nethanel the fourth, Raddai the fifth, Ozem the sixth, David the seventh.
from 1Chronicles 2

These are the sons of David who were born to him in Hebron:..
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These were born to him in Jerusalem:..
from 1Chronicles 3
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