Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

The spiritual gift of the word of knowledge enabled both Peter and Ahijah (1 Kings 14:5) to know the purpose of their household visitors. Without a direct revelation from the Holy Spirit, neither of these men would have had any idea who their guests were or why they were visiting.

The Holy Spirit knows all things and occasionally releases into our minds critical information that does not come from our own investigative powers. How miraculous it was for the blind prophet Ahijah not to be fooled by a masquerading queen! Instead, he called the queen by name and told her the reason she had come. He even gave an accurate prediction of her son's imminent death, which came to pass exactly as he had said (1 Kings 14:12, 17).

Let us reverence the Holy Spirit's gifts, for they are incredible tools that enable us to know both the circumstances and the motives of human hearts. Also, because He knows us as well as He knew Ahijah's and Peter's visitors, it would be well for us to keep our own lives pure!

1 Kings 14:1-15:24

Ahijah’s Prophecy Against Jeroboam

14 At that time Abijah son of Jeroboam became ill,and Jeroboam said to his wife, “Go, disguise yourself, so you won’t be recognized as the wife of Jeroboam. Then go to Shiloh. AhijahS 1Ki 11:29 the prophet is there—the one who told me I would be king over this people.Take ten loaves of breadS 1Sa 9:7 with you, some cakes and a jar of honey, and go to him. He will tell you what will happen to the boy.”So Jeroboam’s wife did what he said and went to Ahijah’s house in Shiloh.

Now Ahijah could not see; his sight was gone because of his age.But the Lord had told Ahijah, “Jeroboam’s wife is coming to ask you about her son, for he is ill, and you are to give her such and such an answer. When she arrives, she will pretend to be someone else.”

So when Ahijah heard the sound of her footsteps at the door, he said, “Come in, wife of Jeroboam. Why this pretense?S 1Sa 28:12 I have been sent to you with bad news.Go, tell Jeroboam that this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says:1Ki 15:29 ‘I raised you up from among the people and appointed you ruler1Ki 11:37 over my people Israel.I toreS 1Sa 15:27 the kingdom away from the house of David and gave it to you, but you have not been like my servant David, who kept my commands and followed me with all his heart, doing only what was rightS 2Sa 8:15; 1Ki 3:3; 15:5; 2Ki 14:3; 15:3, 34; 16:2; 18:3; 20:3; 22:2 in my eyes.You have done more evil1Ki 16:30, 33; 21:25; 2Ki 21:9, 11; 24:3 than all who lived before you.1Ki 16:2 You have made for yourself other gods, idolsS Ex 20:4; S 32:4; 2Ch 11:15 made of metal; you have arousedDt 32:16; 1Ki 16:2; Ps 78:58; Jer 7:18; 8:19; 32:32; 44:3; Eze 8:17; 16:26 my anger and turned your back on me.Ne 9:26; Ps 50:17; Jer 2:27; 32:33; Eze 23:35

10 “‘Because of this, I am going to bring disasterS Jos 23:15; S 1Ki 13:34 on the house of Jeroboam. I will cut off from Jeroboam every last male in Israel—slave or free.Or Israel—every ruler or leaderS Dt 32:36; 2Ki 9:8-9 I will burn up the house of Jeroboam as one burns dung, until it is all gone.1Sa 12:25; 15:26; 1Ki 15:29; Hos 13:1111 Dogs1Ki 16:4; 21:24 will eat those belonging to Jeroboam who die in the city, and the birdsS Ge 40:19; S Dt 28:26 will feed on those who die in the country. The Lord has spoken!’

12 “As for you, go back home. When you set foot in your city, the boy will die.13 All Israel will mourn for him and bury him. He is the only one belonging to Jeroboam who will be buried, because he is the only one in the house of Jeroboam in whom the Lord, the God of Israel, has found anything good.2Ch 12:12; 19:3

14 “The Lord will raise up for himself a king over Israel who will cut off the family of Jeroboam. Even now this is beginning to happen.The meaning of the Hebrew for this sentence is uncertain.15 And the Lord will strike Israel, so that it will be like a reed swaying in the water. He will uprootS Dt 29:28; S 2Ch 7:20 Israel from this good land that he gave to their ancestors and scatter them beyond the Euphrates River, because they arousedJer 44:3 the Lord’s anger by making AsherahS Dt 12:3 poles.That is, wooden symbols of the goddess Asherah; here and elsewhere in 1 Kings16 And he will give Israel up because of the sinsS 1Ki 12:30; S 15:26 Jeroboam has committed and has caused Israel to commit.”

17 Then Jeroboam’s wife got up and left and went to Tirzah.S Jos 12:24; S 1Ki 15:33 As soon as she stepped over the threshold of the house, the boy died.18 They buried him, and all Israel mourned for him, as the Lord had said through his servant the prophet Ahijah.

19 The other events of Jeroboam’s reign, his wars and how he ruled, are written in the book of the annals of the kings of Israel.20 He reigned for twenty-two years and then rested with his ancestors. And Nadab his son succeeded him as king.

Rehoboam King of Judah14:21, 25-31pp — 2Ch 12:9-16

21 Rehoboam son of Solomon was king in Judah. He was forty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city the Lord had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel in which to put his Name. His mother’s name was Naamah; she was an Ammonite.S 1Ki 11:1

22 Judah2Ki 17:19; 2Ch 12:1 did evil in the eyes of the Lord. By the sins they committed they stirred up his jealous angerDt 32:21; Ps 78:58; Jer 44:3; S 1Co 10:22 more than those who were before them had done.23 They also set up for themselves high places, sacred stonesS Ex 23:24; Dt 16:22; Hos 10:1 and Asherah polesS Dt 12:3 on every high hill and under every spreading tree.S Dt 12:2; Eze 6:1324 There were even male shrine prostitutesS Dt 23:17 in the land; the people engaged in all the detestable1Ki 11:5-7; 2Ki 21:2; Ezr 9:11; Pr 21:27; Isa 1:13; Jer 16:18; 32:35; 44:4 practices of the nations the Lord had driven out before the Israelites.

25 In the fifth year of King Rehoboam, Shishak king of Egypt attacked2Ch 12:2 Jerusalem.26 He carried off the treasures of the temple1Ki 15:15, 18 of the Lord and the treasures of the royal palace. He took everything, including all the gold shieldsS 2Sa 8:7 Solomon had made.27 So King Rehoboam made bronze shields to replace them and assigned these to the commanders of the guard on duty at the entrance to the royal palace.2Ki 11:528 Whenever the king went to the Lord’s temple, the guards bore the shields, and afterward they returned them to the guardroom.

29 As for the other events of Rehoboam’s reign, and all he did, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah?30 There was continual warfare2Sa 3:1; S 1Ki 12:21 between Rehoboam and Jeroboam.31 And Rehoboam rested with his ancestors and was buried with them in the City of David. His mother’s name was Naamah; she was an Ammonite.S 1Ki 11:1 And AbijahSome Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint (see also 2 Chron. 12:16); most Hebrew manuscripts Abijam his son succeeded him as king.

Abijah King of Judah15:1-2, 6-8pp — 2Ch 13:1-2, 22–14:1

15 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Jeroboam son of Nebat, AbijahSome Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint (see also 2 Chron. 12:16); most Hebrew manuscripts Abijam; also in verses 7 and 8 became king of Judah,and he reigned in Jerusalem three years. His mother’s name was Maakahver 10, 13; 2Ch 11:20 daughter of Abishalom.A variant of Absalom; also in verse 10

He committed all the sins his father had done before him; his heart was not fully devotedS 1Ki 8:61 to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his forefather had been.Nevertheless, for David’s sake the Lord his God gave him a lampS 2Sa 21:17 in Jerusalem by raising up a son to succeed him and by making Jerusalem strong.For David had done what was right in the eyes of the Lord and had not failed to keepS Dt 5:32; S 1Ki 9:4 any of the Lord’s commands all the days of his life—except in the case of Uriah2Sa 11:2-27; 12:9 the Hittite.

There was warver 16, 32; S 1Ki 12:21; 2Ch 16:9 between AbijahSome Hebrew manuscripts and Syriac Abijam (that is, Abijah); most Hebrew manuscripts Rehoboam and Jeroboam throughout Abijah’s lifetime.As for the other events of Abijah’s reign, and all he did, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah? There was war between Abijah and Jeroboam.And Abijah rested with his ancestors and was buried in the City of David. And Asa his son succeeded him as king.

Asa King of Judah15:9-22pp — 2Ch 14:2-3; 15:16–16:615:23-24pp — 2Ch 16:11–17:1

In the twentieth year of Jeroboam king of Israel, Asa became king of Judah,10 and he reigned in Jerusalem forty-one years. His grandmother’s name was MaakahS ver 2 daughter of Abishalom.

11 Asa did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as his father David1Ki 9:4 had done.12 He expelled the male shrine prostitutes1Ki 14:24 from the land and got rid of all the idols2Ch 15:8 his ancestors had made.13 He even deposed his grandmother MaakahS ver 2 from her position as queen mother,S 1Ki 2:19 because she had made a repulsive image for the worship of Asherah. Asa cut it downS Ex 34:13 and burned it in the Kidron Valley.14 Although he did not remove2Ch 14:5; 17:6 the high places, Asa’s heart was fully committedS 1Ki 8:61 to the Lord all his life.15 He brought into the temple of the Lord the silver and gold and the articles that he and his father had dedicated.S 2Sa 8:11

16 There was warS ver 6; S 1Ki 12:21 between Asa and Baasha king of Israel throughout their reigns.17 Baasha king of Israel went up against Judah and fortified RamahS Jos 18:25 to prevent anyone from leaving or entering the territory of Asa king of Judah.

18 Asa then took all the silver and gold that was left in the treasuries of the Lord’s templeS 1Ki 14:26 and of his own palace. He entrusted it to his officials and sent2Ki 12:18; 16:8; 18:14-16, 15; Joel 3:5 them to Ben-Hadadver 18-20; 1Ki 20:1; 2Ki 6:24; 13:3; Jer 49:27 son of Tabrimmon, the son of Hezion, the king of Aram, who was ruling in Damascus.19 “Let there be a treatyS Ex 23:32; S 1Ki 5:12 between me and you,” he said, “as there was between my father and your father. See, I am sending you a gift of silver and gold. Now break your treaty with Baasha king of Israel so he will withdraw from me.”

20 Ben-Hadad agreed with King Asa and sent the commanders of his forces against the towns of Israel. He conquered1Ki 20:34 Ijon, Dan, Abel Beth Maakah and all Kinnereth in addition to Naphtali.21 When Baasha heard this, he stopped building RamahS Jos 18:25 and withdrew to Tirzah.1Ki 16:15-1722 Then King Asa issued an order to all Judah—no one was exempt—and they carried away from Ramahver 17 the stones and timber Baasha had been using there. With them King Asaver 9-24; Jer 41:9 built up GebaS Jos 18:24; 2Ki 23:8 in Benjamin, and also Mizpah.S Jos 11:3

23 As for all the other events of Asa’s reign, all his achievements, all he did and the cities he built, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah? In his old age, however, his feet became diseased.24 Then Asa rested with his ancestors and was buried with them in the city of his father David. And JehoshaphatMt 1:8 his son succeeded him as king.

Ahijah’s Prophecy against Jeroboam

14 At that time Jeroboam’s son Abijah became very sick.So Jeroboam told his wife, “Disguise yourself so that no one will recognize you as my wife. Then go to the prophet Ahijah at Shiloh—the man who told me I would become king.Take him a gift of ten loaves of bread, some cakes, and a jar of honey, and ask him what will happen to the boy.”

So Jeroboam’s wife went to Ahijah’s home at Shiloh. He was an old man now and could no longer see.But the Lord had told Ahijah, “Jeroboam’s wife will come here, pretending to be someone else. She will ask you about her son, for he is very sick. Give her the answer I give you.”

So when Ahijah heard her footsteps at the door, he called out, “Come in, wife of Jeroboam! Why are you pretending to be someone else?” Then he told her, “I have bad news for you.Give your husband, Jeroboam, this message from the Lord, the God of Israel: ‘I promoted you from the ranks of the common people and made you ruler over my people Israel.I ripped the kingdom away from the family of David and gave it to you. But you have not been like my servant David, who obeyed my commands and followed me with all his heart and always did whatever I wanted.You have done more evil than all who lived before you. You have made other gods for yourself and have made me furious with your gold calves. And since you have turned your back on me,10 I will bring disaster on your dynasty and will destroy every one of your male descendants, slave and free alike, anywhere in Israel. I will burn up your royal dynasty as one burns up trash until it is all gone.11 The members of Jeroboam’s family who die in the city will be eaten by dogs, and those who die in the field will be eaten by vultures. I, the Lord, have spoken.’”

12 Then Ahijah said to Jeroboam’s wife, “Go on home, and when you enter the city, the child will die.13 All Israel will mourn for him and bury him. He is the only member of your family who will have a proper burial, for this child is the only good thing that the Lord, the God of Israel, sees in the entire family of Jeroboam.

14 “In addition, the Lord will raise up a king over Israel who will destroy the family of Jeroboam. This will happen today, even now!15 Then the Lord will shake Israel like a reed whipped about in a stream. He will uproot the people of Israel from this good land that he gave their ancestors and will scatter them beyond the Euphrates River,Hebrew the river. for they have angered the Lord with the Asherah poles they have set up for worship.16 He will abandon Israel because Jeroboam sinned and made Israel sin along with him.”

17 So Jeroboam’s wife returned to Tirzah, and the child died just as she walked through the door of her home.18 And all Israel buried him and mourned for him, as the Lord had promised through the prophet Ahijah.

19 The rest of the events in Jeroboam’s reign, including all his wars and how he ruled, are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Israel.20 Jeroboam reigned in Israel twenty-two years. When Jeroboam died, his son Nadab became the next king.

Rehoboam Rules in Judah

21 Meanwhile, Rehoboam son of Solomon was king in Judah. He was forty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city the Lord had chosen from among all the tribes of Israel as the place to honor his name. Rehoboam’s mother was Naamah, an Ammonite woman.

22 During Rehoboam’s reign, the people of Judah did what was evil in the Lord’s sight, provoking his anger with their sin, for it was even worse than that of their ancestors.23 For they also built for themselves pagan shrines and set up sacred pillars and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every green tree.24 There were even male and female shrine prostitutes throughout the land. The people imitated the detestable practices of the pagan nations the Lord had driven from the land ahead of the Israelites.

25 In the fifth year of King Rehoboam’s reign, King Shishak of Egypt came up and attacked Jerusalem.26 He ransacked the treasuries of the Lord’s Temple and the royal palace; he stole everything, including all the gold shields Solomon had made.27 King Rehoboam later replaced them with bronze shields as substitutes, and he entrusted them to the care of the commanders of the guard who protected the entrance to the royal palace.28 Whenever the king went to the Temple of the Lord, the guards would also take the shields and then return them to the guardroom.

29 The rest of the events in Rehoboam’s reign and everything he did are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Judah.30 There was constant war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam.31 When Rehoboam died, he was buried among his ancestors in the City of David. His mother was Naamah, an Ammonite woman. Then his son AbijamAlso known as Abijah. became the next king.

Abijam Rules in Judah

15 AbijamAlso known as Abijah. began to rule over Judah in the eighteenth year of Jeroboam’s reign in Israel.He reigned in Jerusalem three years. His mother was Maacah, the granddaughter of Absalom.Hebrew Abishalom (also in 15:10), a variant spelling of Absalom; compare 2 Chr 11:20.

He committed the same sins as his father before him, and he was not faithful to the Lord his God, as his ancestor David had been.But for David’s sake, the Lord his God allowed his descendants to continue ruling, shining like a lamp, and he gave Abijam a son to rule after him in Jerusalem.For David had done what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight and had obeyed the Lord’s commands throughout his life, except in the affair concerning Uriah the Hittite.

There was war between Abijam and JeroboamAs in a few Hebrew and Greek manuscripts; most Hebrew manuscripts read between Rehoboam and Jeroboam. throughout Abijam’s reign.The rest of the events in Abijam’s reign and everything he did are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Judah. There was constant war between Abijam and Jeroboam.When Abijam died, he was buried in the City of David. Then his son Asa became the next king.

Asa Rules in Judah

Asa began to rule over Judah in the twentieth year of Jeroboam’s reign in Israel.10 He reigned in Jerusalem forty-one years. His grandmotherOr The queen mother; Hebrew reads His mother (also in 15:13); compare 15:2. was Maacah, the granddaughter of Absalom.

11 Asa did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight, as his ancestor David had done.12 He banished the male and female shrine prostitutes from the land and got rid of all the idolsThe Hebrew term (literally round things) probably alludes to dung. his ancestors had made.13 He even deposed his grandmother Maacah from her position as queen mother because she had made an obscene Asherah pole. He cut down her obscene pole and burned it in the Kidron Valley.14 Although the pagan shrines were not removed, Asa’s heart remained completely faithful to the Lord throughout his life.15 He brought into the Temple of the Lord the silver and gold and the various items that he and his father had dedicated.

16 There was constant war between King Asa of Judah and King Baasha of Israel.17 King Baasha of Israel invaded Judah and fortified Ramah in order to prevent anyone from entering or leaving King Asa’s territory in Judah.

18 Asa responded by removing all the silver and gold that was left in the treasuries of the Temple of the Lord and the royal palace. He sent it with some of his officials to Ben-hadad son of Tabrimmon, son of Hezion, the king of Aram, who was ruling in Damascus, along with this message:

19 “Let there be a treatyAs in Greek version; Hebrew reads There is a treaty. between you and me like the one between your father and my father. See, I am sending you a gift of silver and gold. Break your treaty with King Baasha of Israel so that he will leave me alone.”

20 Ben-hadad agreed to King Asa’s request and sent the commanders of his army to attack the towns of Israel. They conquered the towns of Ijon, Dan, Abel-beth-maacah, and all Kinnereth, and all the land of Naphtali.21 As soon as Baasha of Israel heard what was happening, he abandoned his project of fortifying Ramah and withdrew to Tirzah.22 Then King Asa sent an order throughout Judah, requiring that everyone, without exception, help to carry away the building stones and timbers that Baasha had been using to fortify Ramah. Asa used these materials to fortify the town of Geba in Benjamin and the town of Mizpah.

23 The rest of the events in Asa’s reign—the extent of his power, everything he did, and the names of the cities he built—are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Judah. In his old age his feet became diseased.24 When Asa died, he was buried with his ancestors in the City of David.

Then Jehoshaphat, Asa’s son, became the next king.

14 At that time Abijah the son of Jeroboam fell sick.

And Jeroboam said to his wife, Arise, I pray thee, and disguise thyself, that thou be not known to be the wife of Jeroboam; and get thee to Shiloh: behold, there is Ahijah the prophet, which told me that I should be king over this people.

And take with thee ten loaves, and cracknels, and a cruse of honey, and go to him: he shall tell thee what shall become of the child.

And Jeroboam's wife did so, and arose, and went to Shiloh, and came to the house of Ahijah. But Ahijah could not see; for his eyes were set by reason of his age.

And the Lord said unto Ahijah, Behold, the wife of Jeroboam cometh to ask a thing of thee for her son; for he is sick: thus and thus shalt thou say unto her: for it shall be, when she cometh in, that she shall feign herself to be another woman.

And it was so, when Ahijah heard the sound of her feet, as she came in at the door, that he said, Come in, thou wife of Jeroboam; why feignest thou thyself to be another? for I am sent to thee with heavy tidings.

Go, tell Jeroboam, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Forasmuch as I exalted thee from among the people, and made thee prince over my people Israel,

And rent the kingdom away from the house of David, and gave it thee: and yet thou hast not been as my servant David, who kept my commandments, and who followed me with all his heart, to do that only which was right in mine eyes;

But hast done evil above all that were before thee: for thou hast gone and made thee other gods, and molten images, to provoke me to anger, and hast cast me behind thy back:

10 Therefore, behold, I will bring evil upon the house of Jeroboam, and will cut off from Jeroboam him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel, and will take away the remnant of the house of Jeroboam, as a man taketh away dung, till it be all gone.

11 Him that dieth of Jeroboam in the city shall the dogs eat; and him that dieth in the field shall the fowls of the air eat: for the Lord hath spoken it.

12 Arise thou therefore, get thee to thine own house: and when thy feet enter into the city, the child shall die.

13 And all Israel shall mourn for him, and bury him: for he only of Jeroboam shall come to the grave, because in him there is found some good thing toward the Lord God of Israel in the house of Jeroboam.

14 Moreover the Lord shall raise him up a king over Israel, who shall cut off the house of Jeroboam that day: but what? even now.

15 For the Lord shall smite Israel, as a reed is shaken in the water, and he shall root up Israel out of this good land, which he gave to their fathers, and shall scatter them beyond the river, because they have made their groves, provoking the Lord to anger.

16 And he shall give Israel up because of the sins of Jeroboam, who did sin, and who made Israel to sin.

17 And Jeroboam's wife arose, and departed, and came to Tirzah: and when she came to the threshold of the door, the child died;

18 And they buried him; and all Israel mourned for him, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by the hand of his servant Ahijah the prophet.

19 And the rest of the acts of Jeroboam, how he warred, and how he reigned, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel.

20 And the days which Jeroboam reigned were two and twenty years: and he slept with his fathers, and Nadab his son reigned in his stead.

21 And Rehoboam the son of Solomon reigned in Judah. Rehoboam was forty and one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the Lord did choose out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there. And his mother's name was Naamah an Ammonitess.

22 And Judah did evil in the sight of the Lord, and they provoked him to jealousy with their sins which they had committed, above all that their fathers had done.

23 For they also built them high places, and images, and groves, on every high hill, and under every green tree.

24 And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the Lord cast out before the children of Israel.

25 And it came to pass in the fifth year of king Rehoboam, that Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem:

26 And he took away the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the treasures of the king's house; he even took away all: and he took away all the shields of gold which Solomon had made.

27 And king Rehoboam made in their stead brasen shields, and committed them unto the hands of the chief of the guard, which kept the door of the king's house.

28 And it was so, when the king went into the house of the Lord, that the guard bare them, and brought them back into the guard chamber.

29 Now the rest of the acts of Rehoboam, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

30 And there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all their days.

31 And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David. And his mother's name was Naamah an Ammonitess. And Abijam his son reigned in his stead.

15 Now in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam the son of Nebat reigned Abijam over Judah.

Three years reigned he in Jerusalem. and his mother's name was Maachah, the daughter of Abishalom.

And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father.

Nevertheless for David's sake did the Lord his God give him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him, and to establish Jerusalem:

Because David did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord, and turned not aside from any thing that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.

And there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all the days of his life.

Now the rest of the acts of Abijam, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? And there was war between Abijam and Jeroboam.

And Abijam slept with his fathers; and they buried him in the city of David: and Asa his son reigned in his stead.

And in the twentieth year of Jeroboam king of Israel reigned Asa over Judah.

10 And forty and one years reigned he in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Maachah, the daughter of Abishalom.

11 And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord, as did David his father.

12 And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made.

13 And also Maachah his mother, even her he removed from being queen, because she had made an idol in a grove; and Asa destroyed her idol, and burnt it by the brook Kidron.

14 But the high places were not removed: nevertheless Asa's heart was perfect with the Lord all his days.

15 And he brought in the things which his father had dedicated, and the things which himself had dedicated, into the house of the Lord, silver, and gold, and vessels.

16 And there was war between Asa and Baasha king of Israel all their days.

17 And Baasha king of Israel went up against Judah, and built Ramah, that he might not suffer any to go out or come in to Asa king of Judah.

18 Then Asa took all the silver and the gold that were left in the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the treasures of the king's house, and delivered them into the hand of his servants: and king Asa sent them to Benhadad, the son of Tabrimon, the son of Hezion, king of Syria, that dwelt at Damascus, saying,

19 There is a league between me and thee, and between my father and thy father: behold, I have sent unto thee a present of silver and gold; come and break thy league with Baasha king of Israel, that he may depart from me.

20 So Benhadad hearkened unto king Asa, and sent the captains of the hosts which he had against the cities of Israel, and smote Ijon, and Dan, and Abelbethmaachah, and all Cinneroth, with all the land of Naphtali.

21 And it came to pass, when Baasha heard thereof, that he left off building of Ramah, and dwelt in Tirzah.

22 Then king Asa made a proclamation throughout all Judah; none was exempted: and they took away the stones of Ramah, and the timber thereof, wherewith Baasha had builded; and king Asa built with them Geba of Benjamin, and Mizpah.

23 The rest of all the acts of Asa, and all his might, and all that he did, and the cities which he built, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? Nevertheless in the time of his old age he was diseased in his feet.

24 And Asa slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David his father: and Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his stead.

Acts 10:1-23

Cornelius Calls for Peter

10 At CaesareaS Ac 8:40 there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment.He and all his family were devout and God-fearing;ver 22, 35; Ac 13:16, 26 he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.One day at about three in the afternoonPs 55:17; Ac 3:1 he had a vision.S Ac 9:10 He distinctly saw an angelS Ac 5:19 of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!”

Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked.

The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offeringPs 20:3; S Mt 10:42; 26:13 before God.Rev 8:4Now send men to JoppaS Ac 9:36 to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter.He is staying with Simon the tanner,Ac 9:43 whose house is by the sea.”

When the angel who spoke to him had gone, Cornelius called two of his servants and a devout soldier who was one of his attendants.He told them everything that had happened and sent them to Joppa.S Ac 9:36

Peter’s Vision10:9-32Ref — Ac 11:5-14

About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roofS Mt 24:17 to pray.10 He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance.Ac 22:1711 He saw heaven openedS Mt 3:16 and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners.12 It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds.13 Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.”

14 “Surely not, Lord!”Ac 9:5 Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.”Lev 11:4-8, 13-20; 20:25; Dt 14:3-20; Eze 4:14

15 The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”ver 28; Ge 9:3; Mt 15:11; Lk 11:41; Ac 11:9; Ro 14:14, 17, 20; 1Co 10:25; 1Ti 4:3, 4; Tit 1:15

16 This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven.

17 While Peter was wondering about the meaning of the vision,S Ac 9:10 the men sent by Corneliusver 7, 8 found out where Simon’s house was and stopped at the gate.18 They called out, asking if Simon who was known as Peter was staying there.

19 While Peter was still thinking about the vision,S Ac 9:10 the Spirit saidS Ac 8:29 to him, “Simon, threeOne early manuscript two; other manuscripts do not have the number. men are looking for you.20 So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them.”Ac 15:7-9

21 Peter went down and said to the men, “I’m the one you’re looking for. Why have you come?”

22 The men replied, “We have come from Cornelius the centurion. He is a righteous and God-fearing man,ver 2 who is respected by all the Jewish people. A holy angel told him to ask you to come to his house so that he could hear what you have to say.”Ac 11:1423 Then Peter invited the men into the house to be his guests.

Peter at Cornelius’s House

The next day Peter started out with them, and some of the believersS Ac 1:16 from Joppa went along.ver 45; Ac 11:12

Cornelius Calls for Peter

10 In Caesarea there lived a Roman army officerGreek a centurion; similarly in 10:22. named Cornelius, who was a captain of the Italian Regiment.He was a devout, God-fearing man, as was everyone in his household. He gave generously to the poor and prayed regularly to God.One afternoon about three o’clock, he had a vision in which he saw an angel of God coming toward him. “Cornelius!” the angel said.

Cornelius stared at him in terror. “What is it, sir?” he asked the angel.

And the angel replied, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have been received by God as an offering!Now send some men to Joppa, and summon a man named Simon Peter.He is staying with Simon, a tanner who lives near the seashore.”

As soon as the angel was gone, Cornelius called two of his household servants and a devout soldier, one of his personal attendants.He told them what had happened and sent them off to Joppa.

Peter Visits Cornelius

The next day as Cornelius’s messengers were nearing the town, Peter went up on the flat roof to pray. It was about noon,10 and he was hungry. But while a meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance.11 He saw the sky open, and something like a large sheet was let down by its four corners.12 In the sheet were all sorts of animals, reptiles, and birds.13 Then a voice said to him, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat them.”

14 “No, Lord,” Peter declared. “I have never eaten anything that our Jewish laws have declared impure and unclean.Greek anything common and unclean.

15 But the voice spoke again: “Do not call something unclean if God has made it clean.”16 The same vision was repeated three times. Then the sheet was suddenly pulled up to heaven.

17 Peter was very perplexed. What could the vision mean? Just then the men sent by Cornelius found Simon’s house. Standing outside the gate,18 they asked if a man named Simon Peter was staying there.

19 Meanwhile, as Peter was puzzling over the vision, the Holy Spirit said to him, “Three men have come looking for you.20 Get up, go downstairs, and go with them without hesitation. Don’t worry, for I have sent them.”

21 So Peter went down and said, “I’m the man you are looking for. Why have you come?”

22 They said, “We were sent by Cornelius, a Roman officer. He is a devout and God-fearing man, well respected by all the Jews. A holy angel instructed him to summon you to his house so that he can hear your message.”23 So Peter invited the men to stay for the night. The next day he went with them, accompanied by some of the brothers from Joppa.

10 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band,

A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.

He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius.

And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.

And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter:

He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.

And when the angel which spake unto Cornelius was departed, he called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of them that waited on him continually;

And when he had declared all these things unto them, he sent them to Joppa.

On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour:

10 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance,

11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth:

12 Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.

13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.

14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.

15 And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.

16 This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven.

17 Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate,

18 And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there.

19 While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee.

20 Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them.

21 Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come?

22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.

23 Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him.

Psalm 133:1-3

Psalm 133

A song of ascents. Of David.

How good and pleasant it is

when God’s people live togetherS Ge 13:8; S Ro 12:10 in unity!Jn 17:11

It is like precious oil poured on the head,S Ex 29:7

running down on the beard,

running down on Aaron’s beard,

down on the collar of his robe.

It is as if the dewJob 29:19; Pr 19:12; Isa 18:4; 26:19; 45:8; Hos 14:5; Mic 5:7 of HermonS Dt 3:8; S 4:48

were falling on Mount Zion.S Ex 15:17; S Ps 2:6; 74:2

For there the Lord bestows his blessing,S Lev 25:21

even life forevermore.S Ps 21:4

Psalm 133

A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. A psalm of David.

How wonderful and pleasant it is

when brothers live together in harmony!

For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil

that was poured over Aaron’s head,

that ran down his beard

and onto the border of his robe.

Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon

that falls on the mountains of Zion.

And there the Lord has pronounced his blessing,

even life everlasting.

133 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;

As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.

Proverbs 17:7-8

Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool—

how much worse lying lips to a ruler!Pr 16:10

A bribe is seen as a charm by the one who gives it;

they think success will come at every turn.S Ex 23:8; Pr 19:6

Eloquent words are not fitting for a fool;

even less are lies fitting for a ruler.

A bribe is like a lucky charm;

whoever gives one will prosper!

Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.

A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.

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