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July 23, 2014

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Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

The Holy Spirit has come to dwell within us as the "first installment of everything he will give us" (2 Corinthians 1:22), or as the guarantee of our eternal inheritance (2 Corinthians 5:5). He is the "down payment" of our heavenly inheritance, where we will receive the full manifestation of our sonship and adoption (Romans 8:19).

All that happens to us in this life is "training for reigning," mere preparation for the time when we will rule and reign with Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit within us is our Helper, the One preparing us to reign with Christ. When we encounter spiritual attacks, the Holy Spirit helps us to pray and overcome. Therefore, everything we are going through now is simply maturing us and preparing us for dominion in eternity.

If we have identified with Christ's sufferings and fought life through, the eternal day will come when we will share His glory. We will be seated on thrones with Him. "I will invite everyone who is victorious to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne" (Revelation 3:21).

2 Chronicles 8:11-10:19

11 Solomon brought Pharaoh’s daughterS 1Ki 3:1 up from the City of David to the palace he had built for her, for he said, “My wife must not live in the palace of David king of Israel, because the places the ark of the Lord has entered are holy.”

12 On the altarS 1Ki 8:64; 2Ch 15:8 of the Lord that he had built in front of the portico, Solomon sacrificed burnt offerings to the Lord,13 according to the daily requirementS Ex 29:38 for offerings commanded by Moses for the Sabbaths,Nu 28:9 the New MoonsS Nu 10:10 and the threeS Ex 23:14 annual festivals—the Festival of Unleavened Bread,S Ex 12:17; Nu 28:16-25 the Festival of WeeksS Ex 23:16 and the Festival of Tabernacles.Nu 29:12-38; Ne 8:1714 In keeping with the ordinance of his father David, he appointed the divisionsS 1Ch 24:1 of the priests for their duties, and the LevitesS 1Ch 25:1 to lead the praise and to assist the priests according to each day’s requirement. He also appointed the gatekeepersS 1Ch 9:17 by divisions for the various gates, because this was what David the man of GodNe 12:24, 36 had ordered.S 1Ch 23:6; Ne 12:4515 They did not deviate from the king’s commands to the priests or to the Levites in any matter, including that of the treasuries.

16 All Solomon’s work was carried out, from the day the foundation of the temple of the Lord was laid until its completion. So the temple of the Lord was finished.

17 Then Solomon went to Ezion Geber and Elath on the coast of Edom.18 And Hiram sent him ships commanded by his own men, sailors who knew the sea. These, with Solomon’s men, sailed to Ophir and brought back four hundred and fifty talentsThat is, about 17 tons or about 15 metric tons of gold,2Ch 9:9 which they delivered to King Solomon.

The Queen of Sheba Visits Solomon9:1-12pp — 1Ki 10:1-13

When the queen of ShebaS Ge 10:7; Eze 23:42; Mt 12:42; Lk 11:31 heard of Solomon’s fame, she came to Jerusalem to test him with hard questions. Arriving with a very great caravan—with camels carrying spices, large quantities of gold, and precious stones—she came to Solomon and talked with him about all she had on her mind.Solomon answered all her questions; nothing was too hard for him to explain to her.When the queen of Sheba saw the wisdom of Solomon,1Ki 5:12 as well as the palace he had built,the food on his table, the seating of his officials, the attending servants in their robes, the cupbearers in their robes and the burnt offerings he made atOr and the ascent by which he went up to the temple of the Lord, she was overwhelmed.

She said to the king, “The report I heard in my own country about your achievements and your wisdom is true.But I did not believe what they said until I came2Ch 6:32 and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not even half the greatness of your wisdom was told me; you have far exceeded the report I heard.How happy your people must be! How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom!Praise be to the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on his throneS 1Ki 2:12; S 1Ch 17:14; 2Ch 13:8 as king to rule for the Lord your God. Because of the love of your God for Israel and his desire to uphold them forever, he has made you king2Ch 2:11 over them, to maintain justice and righteousness.”

Then she gave the king 120 talentsThat is, about 4 1/2 tons or about 4 metric tons of gold,2Ch 8:18 large quantities of spices, and precious stones. There had never been such spices as those the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.

10 (The servants of Hiram and the servants of Solomon brought gold from Ophir;2Ch 8:18 they also brought algumwoodProbably a variant of almugwood and precious stones.11 The king used the algumwood to make steps for the temple of the Lord and for the royal palace, and to make harps and lyres for the musicians. Nothing like them had ever been seen in Judah.)

12 King Solomon gave the queen of Sheba all she desired and asked for; he gave her more than she had brought to him. Then she left and returned with her retinue to her own country.

Solomon’s Splendor9:13-28pp — 1Ki 10:14-29; 2Ch 1:14-17

13 The weight of the gold that Solomon received yearly was 666 talents,That is, about 25 tons or about 23 metric tons14 not including the revenues brought in by merchants and traders. Also all the kings of Arabia2Ch 17:11; Isa 21:13; Jer 25:24; Eze 27:21; 30:5 and the governors of the territories brought gold and silver to Solomon.

15 King Solomon made two hundred large shields of hammered gold; six hundred shekelsThat is, about 15 pounds or about 6.9 kilograms of hammered gold went into each shield.16 He also made three hundred small shields2Ch 12:9 of hammered gold, with three hundred shekelsThat is, about 7 1/2 pounds or about 3.5 kilograms of gold in each shield. The king put them in the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon.S 1Ki 7:2

17 Then the king made a great throne covered with ivoryS 1Ki 22:39 and overlaid with pure gold.18 The throne had six steps, and a footstool of gold was attached to it. On both sides of the seat were armrests, with a lion standing beside each of them.19 Twelve lions stood on the six steps, one at either end of each step. Nothing like it had ever been made for any other kingdom.20 All King Solomon’s goblets were gold, and all the household articles in the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon were pure gold. Nothing was made of silver, because silver was considered of little value in Solomon’s day.21 The king had a fleet of trading shipsHebrew of ships that could go to Tarshish manned by Hiram’sHebrew Huram, a variant of Hiram servants. Once every three years it returned, carrying gold, silver and ivory, and apes and baboons.

22 King Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth.S 1Ki 3:13; S 2Ch 1:1223 All the kings1Ki 4:34 of the earth sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart.24 Year after year, everyone who came brought a gift2Ch 32:23; Ps 45:12; 68:29; 72:10; Isa 18:7—articles of silver and gold, and robes, weapons and spices, and horses and mules.

25 Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots,S 1Sa 8:11 and twelve thousand horses,Or charioteers which he kept in the chariot cities and also with him in Jerusalem.26 He ruledS 1Ki 4:21 over all the kings from the Euphrates RiverPs 72:8-9 to the land of the Philistines, as far as the border of Egypt.Ge 15:18-2127 The king made silver as common in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar as plentiful as sycamore-fig trees in the foothills.28 Solomon’s horses were imported from Egypt and from all other countries.

Solomon’s Death9:29-31pp — 1Ki 11:41-43

29 As for the other events of Solomon’s reign, from beginning to end, are they not written in the records of NathanS 2Sa 7:2 the prophet, in the prophecy of AhijahS 1Ki 11:29 the Shilonite and in the visions of Iddo the seer concerning Jeroboam2Ch 10:2 son of Nebat?30 Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years.31 Then he rested with his ancestors and was buried in the city of David1Ki 2:10 his father. And Rehoboam his son succeeded him as king.

Israel Rebels Against Rehoboam10:1–11:4pp — 1Ki 12:1-24

10 Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all Israel had gone there to make him king.When JeroboamS 2Ch 9:29 son of Nebat heard this (he was in Egypt, where he had fledS 1Ki 11:40 from King Solomon), he returned from Egypt.So they sent for Jeroboam, and he and all IsraelS 1Ch 9:1 went to Rehoboam and said to him:“Your father put a heavy yoke on us,2Ch 2:2 but now lighten the harsh labor and the heavy yoke he put on us, and we will serve you.”

Rehoboam answered, “Come back to me in three days.” So the people went away.

Then King Rehoboam consulted the eldersJob 8:8-9; 12:12; 15:10; 32:7 who had served his father Solomon during his lifetime. “How would you advise me to answer these people?” he asked.

They replied, “If you will be kind to these people and please them and give them a favorable answer,Pr 15:1 they will always be your servants.”

But Rehoboam rejectedS 2Sa 17:14 the advice the eldersPr 13:20 gave him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him.He asked them, “What is your advice? How should we answer these people who say to me, ‘Lighten the yoke your father put on us’?”

10 The young men who had grown up with him replied, “The people have said to you, ‘Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but make our yoke lighter.’ Now tell them, ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s waist.11 My father laid on you a heavy yoke; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions.’”

12 Three days later Jeroboam and all the people returned to Rehoboam, as the king had said, “Come back to me in three days.”13 The king answered them harshly. Rejecting the advice of the elders,14 he followed the advice of the young men and said, “My father made your yoke heavy; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions.”15 So the king did not listen to the people, for this turn of events was from God,2Ch 11:4; 25:16-20 to fulfill the word the Lord had spoken to Jeroboam son of Nebat through Ahijah the Shilonite.S 1Ki 11:29

16 When all IsraelS 1Ch 9:1 saw that the king refused to listen to them, they answered the king:

“What share do we have in David,S 2Sa 20:1

what part in Jesse’s son?

To your tents, Israel!

Look after your own house, David!”

So all the Israelites went home.17 But as for the Israelites who were living in the towns of Judah, Rehoboam still ruled over them.

18 King Rehoboam sent out Adoniram,Hebrew Hadoram, a variant of AdoniramS 2Sa 20:24; S 1Ki 5:14 who was in charge of forced labor, but the Israelites stoned him to death. King Rehoboam, however, managed to get into his chariot and escape to Jerusalem.19 So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day.

11 Solomon moved his wife, Pharaoh’s daughter, from the City of David to the new palace he had built for her. He said, “My wife must not live in King David’s palace, for the Ark of the Lord has been there, and it is holy ground.”

12 Then Solomon presented burnt offerings to the Lord on the altar he had built for him in front of the entry room of the Temple.13 He offered the sacrifices for the Sabbaths, the new moon festivals, and the three annual festivals—the Passover celebration, the Festival of Harvest,Or Festival of Weeks. and the Festival of Shelters—as Moses had commanded.

14 In assigning the priests to their duties, Solomon followed the regulations of his father, David. He also assigned the Levites to lead the people in praise and to assist the priests in their daily duties. And he assigned the gatekeepers to their gates by their divisions, following the commands of David, the man of God.15 Solomon did not deviate in any way from David’s commands concerning the priests and Levites and the treasuries.

16 So Solomon made sure that all the work related to building the Temple of the Lord was carried out, from the day its foundation was laid to the day of its completion.

17 Later Solomon went to Ezion-geber and Elath,As in Greek version (see also 2 Kgs 14:22; 16:6); Hebrew reads Eloth, a variant spelling of Elath. ports along the shore of the Red SeaAs in parallel text at 1 Kgs 9:26; Hebrew reads the sea. in the land of Edom.18 Hiram sent him ships commanded by his own officers and manned by experienced crews of sailors. These ships sailed to Ophir with Solomon’s men and brought back to Solomon almost seventeen tonsHebrew 450 talents [15.3 metric tons]. of gold.

Visit of the Queen of Sheba

When the queen of Sheba heard of Solomon’s fame, she came to Jerusalem to test him with hard questions. She arrived with a large group of attendants and a great caravan of camels loaded with spices, large quantities of gold, and precious jewels. When she met with Solomon, she talked with him about everything she had on her mind.Solomon had answers for all her questions; nothing was too hard for him to explain to her.When the queen of Sheba realized how wise Solomon was, and when she saw the palace he had built,she was overwhelmed. She was also amazed at the food on his tables, the organization of his officials and their splendid clothing, the cup-bearers and their robes, and the burnt offeringsAs in Greek and Syriac versions (see also 1 Kgs 10:5); Hebrew reads and the ascent. Solomon made at the Temple of the Lord.

She exclaimed to the king, “Everything I heard in my country about your achievementsHebrew your words. and wisdom is true!I didn’t believe what was said until I arrived here and saw it with my own eyes. In fact, I had not heard the half of your great wisdom! It is far beyond what I was told.How happy your people must be! What a privilege for your officials to stand here day after day, listening to your wisdom!Praise the Lord your God, who delights in you and has placed you on the throne as king to rule for him. Because God loves Israel and desires this kingdom to last forever, he has made you king over them so you can rule with justice and righteousness.”

Then she gave the king a gift of 9,000 poundsHebrew 120 talents [4,000 kilograms]. of gold, great quantities of spices, and precious jewels. Never before had there been spices as fine as those the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.

10 (In addition, the crews of Hiram and Solomon brought gold from Ophir, and they also brought red sandalwoodHebrew algum wood (also in 9:11); perhaps a variant spelling of almug. Compare parallel text at 1 Kgs 10:11-12. and precious jewels.11 The king used the sandalwood to make stepsOr gateways. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain. for the Temple of the Lord and the royal palace, and to construct lyres and harps for the musicians. Never before had such beautiful things been seen in Judah.)

12 King Solomon gave the queen of Sheba whatever she asked for—gifts of greater value than the gifts she had given him. Then she and all her attendants returned to their own land.

Solomon’s Wealth and Splendor

13 Each year Solomon received about 25 tonsHebrew 666 talents [23 metric tons]. of gold.14 This did not include the additional revenue he received from merchants and traders. All the kings of Arabia and the governors of the provinces also brought gold and silver to Solomon.

15 King Solomon made 200 large shields of hammered gold, each weighing more than 15 pounds.Hebrew 600 [shekels] of hammered gold [6.8 kilograms].16 He also made 300 smaller shields of hammered gold, each weighing more than 7 1⁄2 pounds.Hebrew 300 [shekels] of gold [3.4 kilograms]. The king placed these shields in the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon.

17 Then the king made a huge throne, decorated with ivory and overlaid with pure gold.18 The throne had six steps, with a footstool of gold. There were armrests on both sides of the seat, and the figure of a lion stood on each side of the throne.19 There were also twelve other lions, one standing on each end of the six steps. No other throne in all the world could be compared with it!

20 All of King Solomon’s drinking cups were solid gold, as were all the utensils in the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon. They were not made of silver, for silver was considered worthless in Solomon’s day!

21 The king had a fleet of trading ships of Tarshish manned by the sailors sent by Hiram.Hebrew Huram, a variant spelling of Hiram. Once every three years the ships returned, loaded with gold, silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks.Or and baboons.

22 So King Solomon became richer and wiser than any other king on earth.23 Kings from every nation came to consult him and to hear the wisdom God had given him.24 Year after year everyone who visited brought him gifts of silver and gold, clothing, weapons, spices, horses, and mules.

25 Solomon had 4,000 stalls for his horses and chariots, and he had 12,000 horses.Or 12,000 charioteers. He stationed some of them in the chariot cities, and some near him in Jerusalem.26 He ruled over all the kings from the Euphrates RiverHebrew the river. in the north to the land of the Philistines and the border of Egypt in the south.27 The king made silver as plentiful in Jerusalem as stone. And valuable cedar timber was as common as the sycamore-fig trees that grow in the foothills of Judah.Hebrew the Shephelah.28 Solomon’s horses were imported from EgyptPossibly Muzur, a district near Cilicia. and many other countries.

Summary of Solomon’s Reign

29 The rest of the events of Solomon’s reign, from beginning to end, are recorded in The Record of Nathan the Prophet, and The Prophecy of Ahijah from Shiloh, and also in The Visions of Iddo the Seer, concerning Jeroboam son of Nebat.30 Solomon ruled in Jerusalem over all Israel for forty years.31 When he died, he was buried in the City of David, named for his father. Then his son Rehoboam became the next king.

The Northern Tribes Revolt

10 Rehoboam went to Shechem, where all Israel had gathered to make him king.When Jeroboam son of Nebat heard of this, he returned from Egypt, for he had fled to Egypt to escape from King Solomon.The leaders of Israel summoned him, and Jeroboam and all Israel went to speak with Rehoboam.“Your father was a hard master,” they said. “Lighten the harsh labor demands and heavy taxes that your father imposed on us. Then we will be your loyal subjects.”

Rehoboam replied, “Come back in three days for my answer.” So the people went away.

Then King Rehoboam discussed the matter with the older men who had counseled his father, Solomon. “What is your advice?” he asked. “How should I answer these people?”

The older counselors replied, “If you are good to these people and do your best to please them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your loyal subjects.”

But Rehoboam rejected the advice of the older men and instead asked the opinion of the young men who had grown up with him and were now his advisers.“What is your advice?” he asked them. “How should I answer these people who want me to lighten the burdens imposed by my father?”

10 The young men replied, “This is what you should tell those complainers who want a lighter burden: ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s waist!11 Yes, my father laid heavy burdens on you, but I’m going to make them even heavier! My father beat you with whips, but I will beat you with scorpions!’”

12 Three days later Jeroboam and all the people returned to hear Rehoboam’s decision, just as the king had ordered.13 But Rehoboam spoke harshly to them, for he rejected the advice of the older counselors14 and followed the counsel of his younger advisers. He told the people, “My father laidAs in Greek version and many Hebrew manuscripts (see also 1 Kgs 12:14); Masoretic Text reads I will lay. heavy burdens on you, but I’m going to make them even heavier! My father beat you with whips, but I will beat you with scorpions!”

15 So the king paid no attention to the people. This turn of events was the will of God, for it fulfilled the Lord’s message to Jeroboam son of Nebat through the prophet Ahijah from Shiloh.

16 When all Israel realizedAs in Syriac version, Latin Vulgate, and many Hebrew manuscripts (see also 1 Kgs 12:16); Masoretic Text lacks realized. that the king had refused to listen to them, they responded,

“Down with the dynasty of David!

We have no interest in the son of Jesse.

Back to your homes, O Israel!

Look out for your own house, O David!”

So all the people of Israel returned home.17 But Rehoboam continued to rule over the Israelites who lived in the towns of Judah.

18 King Rehoboam sent Adoniram,Hebrew Hadoram, a variant spelling of Adoniram; compare 1 Kgs 4:6; 5:14; 12:18. who was in charge of forced labor, to restore order, but the people of Israel stoned him to death. When this news reached King Rehoboam, he quickly jumped into his chariot and fled to Jerusalem.19 And to this day the northern tribes of Israel have refused to be ruled by a descendant of David.

11 And Solomon brought up the daughter of Pharaoh out of the city of David unto the house that he had built for her: for he said, My wife shall not dwell in the house of David king of Israel, because the places are holy, whereunto the ark of the Lord hath come.

12 Then Solomon offered burnt offerings unto the Lord on the altar of the Lord, which he had built before the porch,

13 Even after a certain rate every day, offering according to the commandment of Moses, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts, three times in the year, even in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles.

14 And he appointed, according to the order of David his father, the courses of the priests to their service, and the Levites to their charges, to praise and minister before the priests, as the duty of every day required: the porters also by their courses at every gate: for so had David the man of God commanded.

15 And they departed not from the commandment of the king unto the priests and Levites concerning any matter, or concerning the treasures.

16 Now all the work of Solomon was prepared unto the day of the foundation of the house of the Lord, and until it was finished. So the house of the Lord was perfected.

17 Then went Solomon to Eziongeber, and to Eloth, at the sea side in the land of Edom.

18 And Huram sent him by the hands of his servants ships, and servants that had knowledge of the sea; and they went with the servants of Solomon to Ophir, and took thence four hundred and fifty talents of gold, and brought them to king Solomon.

And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to prove Solomon with hard questions at Jerusalem, with a very great company, and camels that bare spices, and gold in abundance, and precious stones: and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart.

And Solomon told her all her questions: and there was nothing hid from Solomon which he told her not.

And when the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, and the house that he had built,

And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel; his cupbearers also, and their apparel; and his ascent by which he went up into the house of the Lord; there was no more spirit in her.

And she said to the king, It was a true report which I heard in mine own land of thine acts, and of thy wisdom:

Howbeit I believed not their words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the one half of the greatness of thy wisdom was not told me: for thou exceedest the fame that I heard.

Happy are thy men, and happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and hear thy wisdom.

Blessed be the Lord thy God, which delighted in thee to set thee on his throne, to be king for the Lord thy God: because thy God loved Israel, to establish them for ever, therefore made he thee king over them, to do judgment and justice.

And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of spices great abundance, and precious stones: neither was there any such spice as the queen of Sheba gave king Solomon.

10 And the servants also of Huram, and the servants of Solomon, which brought gold from Ophir, brought algum trees and precious stones.

11 And the king made of the algum trees terraces to the house of the Lord, and to the king's palace, and harps and psalteries for singers: and there were none such seen before in the land of Judah.

12 And king Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she asked, beside that which she had brought unto the king. So she turned, and went away to her own land, she and her servants.

13 Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred and threescore and six talents of gold;

14 Beside that which chapmen and merchants brought. And all the kings of Arabia and governors of the country brought gold and silver to Solomon.

15 And king Solomon made two hundred targets of beaten gold: six hundred shekels of beaten gold went to one target.

16 And three hundred shields made he of beaten gold: three hundred shekels of gold went to one shield. And the king put them in the house of the forest of Lebanon.

17 Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with pure gold.

18 And there were six steps to the throne, with a footstool of gold, which were fastened to the throne, and stays on each side of the sitting place, and two lions standing by the stays:

19 And twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the other upon the six steps. There was not the like made in any kingdom.

20 And all the drinking vessels of king Solomon were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold: none were of silver; it was not any thing accounted of in the days of Solomon.

21 For the king's ships went to Tarshish with the servants of Huram: every three years once came the ships of Tarshish bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.

22 And king Solomon passed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom.

23 And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom, that God had put in his heart.

24 And they brought every man his present, vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and raiment, harness, and spices, horses, and mules, a rate year by year.

25 And Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen; whom he bestowed in the chariot cities, and with the king at Jerusalem.

26 And he reigned over all the kings from the river even unto the land of the Philistines, and to the border of Egypt.

27 And the king made silver in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar trees made he as the sycomore trees that are in the low plains in abundance.

28 And they brought unto Solomon horses out of Egypt, and out of all lands.

29 Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, first and last, are they not written in the book of Nathan the prophet, and in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, and in the visions of Iddo the seer against Jeroboam the son of Nebat?

30 And Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years.

31 And Solomon slept with his fathers, and he was buried in the city of David his father: and Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead.

10 And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for to Shechem were all Israel come to make him king.

And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was in Egypt, whither he fled from the presence of Solomon the king, heard it, that Jeroboam returned out of Egypt.

And they sent and called him. So Jeroboam and all Israel came and spake to Rehoboam, saying,

Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore ease thou somewhat the grievous servitude of thy father, and his heavy yoke that he put upon us, and we will serve thee.

And he said unto them, Come again unto me after three days. And the people departed.

And king Rehoboam took counsel with the old men that had stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, What counsel give ye me to return answer to this people?

And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be thy servants for ever.

But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men that were brought up with him, that stood before him.

And he said unto them, What advice give ye that we may return answer to this people, which have spoken to me, saying, Ease somewhat the yoke that thy father did put upon us?

10 And the young men that were brought up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou answer the people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it somewhat lighter for us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father's loins.

11 For whereas my father put a heavy yoke upon you, I will put more to your yoke: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.

12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, as the king bade, saying, Come again to me on the third day.

13 And the king answered them roughly; and king Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the old men,

14 And answered them after the advice of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add thereto: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.

15 So the king hearkened not unto the people: for the cause was of God, that the Lord might perform his word, which he spake by the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.

16 And when all Israel saw that the king would not hearken unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? and we have none inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to your tents, O Israel: and now, David, see to thine own house. So all Israel went to their tents.

17 But as for the children of Israel that dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.

18 Then king Rehoboam sent Hadoram that was over the tribute; and the children of Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. But king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.

19 And Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.

Romans 8:9-25

You, however, are not in the realm of the fleshS Gal 5:24 but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you.ver 11; 1Co 6:19; 2Ti 1:14 And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ,Jn 14:17; S Ac 16:7; 1Jn 4:13 they do not belong to Christ.10 But if Christ is in you,ver 9; Ex 29:45; Jn 14:20, 23; 2Co 13:5; Gal 2:20; Eph 3:17; Col 1:27; Rev 3:20 then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives lifeOr you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness.11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the deadS Ac 2:24 is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodiesJn 5:21; S Ro 6:5 because ofSome manuscripts bodies through his Spirit who lives in you.

12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it.ver 4; S Gal 5:2413 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die;S Ro 6:23 but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body,S Ro 6:2 you will live.ver 6; Gal 6:8

14 For those who are led by the Spirit of GodS Gal 5:18 are the children of God.ver 19; Hos 1:10; Mal 3:17; Mt 5:9; S Jn 1:12; Gal 3:26; 4:5; Eph 1:5; Rev 21:715 The SpiritS Jn 20:22 you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again;S 2Ti 1:7 rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.The Greek word for adoption to sonship is a term referring to the full legal standing of an adopted male heir in Roman culture; also in verse 23. And by him we cry, “Abba,Aramaic for father Father.”Mk 14:36; Gal 4:5, 616 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit2Co 1:22; Eph 1:13 that we are God’s children.S ver 14; S Jn 1:1217 Now if we are children, then we are heirsS Ac 20:32; Gal 3:29; 4:7; Eph 3:6; Tit 3:7—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferingsS 2Co 1:5 in order that we may also share in his glory.2Ti 2:12; 1Pe 4:13

Present Suffering and Future Glory

18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.2Co 4:17; 1Pe 4:13; 5:119 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of GodS ver 14 to be revealed.20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it,Ge 3:17-19; 5:29 in hope21 thatOr subjected it in hope. 21 For the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decayAc 3:21; 2Pe 3:13; Rev 21:1 and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.S Jn 1:12

22 We know that the whole creation has been groaningJer 12:4 as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit,S 2Co 5:5 groan2Co 5:2, 4 inwardly as we wait eagerlyver 19; Gal 5:5 for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.ver 11; Php 3:2124 For in this hope we were saved.1Th 5:8; Tit 3:7 But hope that is seen is no hope at all.S 2Co 4:18 Who hopes for what they already have?25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.Ps 37:7

But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.)10 And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you lifeOr your spirit is alive. because you have been made right with God.11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.

12 Therefore, dear brothers and sisters,Greek brothers; also in 8:29. you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do.13 For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature,Greek deeds of the body. you will live.14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are childrenGreek sons; also in 8:19. of God.

15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children.Greek you received a spirit of sonship. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”Abba is an Aramaic term for “father.”16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.17 And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.

The Future Glory

18 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.19 For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are.20 Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope,21 the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay.22 For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.23 And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children,Greek wait anxiously for sonship. including the new bodies he has promised us.24 We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hopeSome manuscripts read wait. for it.25 But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)

But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.

13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

Psalm 18:16-36

16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me;

he drew me out of deep waters.Ex 15:5; Ps 69:2; Pr 18:4; 20:5

17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy,ver 48; Ps 38:19; 59:1; 143:9

from my foes, who were too strong for me.S Jdg 18:26

18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster,Pr 1:27; 16:4; Jer 17:17; 40:2; Ob 1:13

but the Lord was my support.Ps 20:2; Isa 3:1

19 He brought me out into a spacious place;Ps 31:8

he rescued me because he delighted in me.S Nu 14:8

20 The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness;S 1Sa 26:23

according to the cleanness of my handsJob 22:30; Ps 24:4 he has rewarded me.S Ru 2:12; S 2Ch 15:7; 1Co 3:8

21 For I have kept the ways of the Lord;2Ch 34:33; Ps 37:34; 119:2; Pr 8:32; 23:26

I am not guilty of turningPs 119:102 from my God.

22 All his laws are before me;Ps 119:30

I have not turned away from his decrees.

23 I have been blamelessS Ge 6:9 before him

and have kept myself from sin.

24 The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness,S 1Sa 26:23

according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.

25 To the faithfulPs 31:23; 37:28; 50:5; Pr 2:8 you show yourself faithful,Ps 25:10; 40:11; 89:24; 146:6

to the blameless you show yourself blameless,

26 to the purePr 15:26; Mt 5:8; Php 1:10; 1Ti 5:22; Tit 1:15; 1Jn 3:3 you show yourself pure,

but to the devious you show yourself shrewd.Pr 3:34; Mt 10:16; Lk 16:8

27 You save the humbleS 2Ch 33:23; S Mt 23:12

but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.S Job 41:34; S Ps 10:5; Pr 3:33-34

28 You, Lord, keep my lamp1Ki 11:36; Ps 132:17 burning;

my God turns my darkness into light.Job 29:3; Ps 97:11; 112:4; Jn 1:5; S Ac 26:18; 2Co 4:6; 2Pe 1:19

29 With your helpver 32, 39; Isa 45:5; Heb 11:34 I can advance against a troopOr can run through a barricade;

with my God I can scale a wall.

30 As for God, his way is perfect:S Dt 32:4

The Lord’s word is flawless;S Ps 12:6; Pr 30:5

he shieldsPs 3:3 all who take refugePs 2:12 in him.

31 For who is God besides the Lord?S Dt 4:35; 32:39; Ps 35:10; 86:8; 89:6; Isa 44:6, 8; 45:5, 6, 14, 18, 21; 46:9

And who is the RockS Ge 49:24 except our God?

32 It is God who arms me with strengthS ver 29; 1Pe 5:10

and keeps my way secure.S Ps 15:2; 19:13; Heb 10:14; Jas 3:2

33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;Ps 42:1; Pr 5:19; Isa 35:6; Hab 3:19

he causes me to stand on the heights.S Dt 32:13

34 He trains my hands for battle;Ps 144:1

my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

35 You make your saving help my shield,

and your right hand sustainsPs 3:5; 37:5, 17; 41:3; 51:12; 54:4; 55:22; 119:116; Isa 41:4, 10, 13; 43:2; 46:4 me;

your help has made me great.

36 You provide a broad pathPs 31:8 for my feet,

so that my ankles do not give way.S Job 18:7; Ps 66:9

16 He reached down from heaven and rescued me;

he drew me out of deep waters.

17 He rescued me from my powerful enemies,

from those who hated me and were too strong for me.

18 They attacked me at a moment when I was in distress,

but the Lord supported me.

19 He led me to a place of safety;

he rescued me because he delights in me.

20 The Lord rewarded me for doing right;

he restored me because of my innocence.

21 For I have kept the ways of the Lord;

I have not turned from my God to follow evil.

22 I have followed all his regulations;

I have never abandoned his decrees.

23 I am blameless before God;

I have kept myself from sin.

24 The Lord rewarded me for doing right.

He has seen my innocence.

25 To the faithful you show yourself faithful;

to those with integrity you show integrity.

26 To the pure you show yourself pure,

but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd.

27 You rescue the humble,

but you humiliate the proud.

28 You light a lamp for me.

The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.

29 In your strength I can crush an army;

with my God I can scale any wall.

30 God’s way is perfect.

All the Lord’s promises prove true.

He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.

31 For who is God except the Lord?

Who but our God is a solid rock?

32 God arms me with strength,

and he makes my way perfect.

33 He makes me as surefooted as a deer,

enabling me to stand on mountain heights.

34 He trains my hands for battle;

he strengthens my arm to draw a bronze bow.

35 You have given me your shield of victory.

Your right hand supports me;

your helpHebrew your humility; compare 2 Sam 22:36. has made me great.

36 You have made a wide path for my feet

to keep them from slipping.

16 He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.

17 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.

18 They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the Lord was my stay.

19 He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.

20 The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.

21 For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

22 For all his judgments were before me, and I did not put away his statutes from me.

23 I was also upright before him, and I kept myself from mine iniquity.

24 Therefore hath the Lord recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight.

25 With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright;

26 With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward.

27 For thou wilt save the afflicted people; but wilt bring down high looks.

28 For thou wilt light my candle: the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.

29 For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.

30 As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.

31 For who is God save the Lord? or who is a rock save our God?

32 It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.

33 He maketh my feet like hinds' feet, and setteth me upon my high places.

34 He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.

35 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.

36 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.

Proverbs 19:26

26 Whoever robs their father and drives out their motherPr 28:24

is a child who brings shame and disgrace.

26 Children who mistreat their father or chase away their mother

are an embarrassment and a public disgrace.

26 He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.

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