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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Bible Readings for July 5, 2017

Today our passages are 1 Chronicles 1:1–2:17; Acts 23:11-35; Psalm 3:1-8; and Proverbs 18:14-15. The readings are from the Contemporary English VersionIf you find these readings helpful, please consider sending an offering directly to Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main Street, Weirton, West Virginia or through PayPal by using the link below.

1 Chronicles 1-2:17 (Contemporary English Version)

1 Chronicles 1

The Descendants of Adam
(Genesis 5.1-32; 10.1-32; 11.10-32)
 1-4Adam was the father of Seth, and his descendants were Enosh, Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, and Noah, who had three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.     5Japheth was the father of Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras, and they were the ancestors of the kingdoms named after them. 6Gomer was the ancestor of Ashkenaz, Riphath, [a] and Togarmah. 7Javan was the ancestor of Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim. [b] 8Ham was the father of Ethiopia, [c] Egypt, Put, and Canaan, and they were the ancestors of the kingdoms named after them. 9Ethiopia was the ancestor of Seba, Havilah, Sabta, Raamah, and Sabteca. Raamah was the ancestor of Sheba and Dedan. 10Ethiopia was also the father of Nimrod, the world's first mighty warrior. 11Egypt was the ancestor of Ludim, Anamim, Lehabim, Naphtuhim, 12Pathrusim, Casluhim, and Caphtorim, the ancestor of the Philistines. [d] 13Canaan's oldest son was Sidon; his other son was Heth. 14-16Canaan was also the ancestor of the Jebusites, the Amorites, the Girgashites, the Hivites, and Arkites, the Sinites, the Arvadites, the Zemarites, and the Hamathites. 17Shem was the ancestor of Elam, Asshur, Arpachshad, Lud, Aram, Uz, Hul, Gether, and Meshech; [e] they were the ancestors of the kingdoms named after them. 18Arpachshad was Shelah's father and Eber's grandfather. 19Eber named his first son Peleg, [f] because in his time the earth was divided into tribal regions. Eber's second son was Joktan, 20-23the ancestor of Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah, Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, Ebal, Abimael, Sheba, Ophir, Havilah, and Jobab. 24-27Shem's descendants included Arpachshad, Shelah, Eber, Peleg, Reu, Serug, Nahor, Terah, and Abram, later renamed Abraham.
Abraham's Family
(Genesis 25.1-4,12-16)
 28Abraham was the father of Isaac and Ishmael.     29-31Ishmael had twelve sons, who were born in the following order: Nebaioth, Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, Mishma, Dumah, Massa, Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah.
    32Abraham and his slave woman Keturah had six sons: Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah. Jokshan was the father of Sheba and Dedan. 33Midian was the father of Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah.
Esau's Family
(Genesis 36.1-14)
 34Abraham's son Isaac was the father of Esau and Jacob. [g] 35Esau was the father of Eliphaz, Reuel, Jeush, Jalam, and Korah. 36Eliphaz was the father of Teman, Omar, Zephi, Gatam, Kenaz, Timna, and Amalek. 37Reuel was the father of Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah.
The First Edomites and Their Kings
(Genesis 36.20-43)
 38Seir was the father of Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah, Dishon, Ezer, and Dishan. 39Lotan was the father of Hori and Homam; Lotan's sister was Timna. 40Shobal was the father of Alvan, [h] Manahath, Ebal, Shephi, and Onam. Zibeon was the father of Aiah and Anah. 41Anah was the father of Dishon and the grandfather of Hemdan, [i] Eshban, Ithran, and Cheran. 42Ezer was the father of Bilhan, Zaavan, and Jaakan. [j] Dishan [k] was the father of Uz and Aran. 43Before kings ruled in Israel, Bela son of Beor ruled the country of Edom from its capital of Dinhabah. 44After Bela's death, Jobab son of Zerah from Bozrah became king. 45After Jobab's death, Husham from the land of Teman became king. 46After Husham's death, Hadad son of Bedad became king and ruled from Avith. Earlier, Bedad had defeated the Midianites in the territory of Moab. 47After Hadad's death, Samlah from Masrekah became king; 48after Samlah's death, Shaul from the town of Rehoboth on the Euphrates River became king; 49and after Shaul's death, Baal Hanan son of Achbor became king. 50After Baal Hanan's death, Hadad ruled from Pai. His wife was Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred and granddaughter of Mezahab.     51The Edomite clans [l] were Timna, Alvah, [m] Jetheth, 52Oholibamah, Elah, Pinon, 53Kenaz, Teman, Mibzar, 54Magdiel, and Iram.

1 Chronicles 2

The Descendants of Judah
 1-2Jacob [n] was the father of twelve sons: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Dan, Joseph, Benjamin, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher. 3Judah and his Canaanite wife Bathshua had three sons: Er, Onan, and Shelah. But the LORD had Er put to death, because he disobeyed and did what the LORD hated. 4Judah and his daughter-in-law Tamar also had two sons: Perez and Zerah.     5Perez was the father of Hezron and Hamul. 6Zerah was the father of Zimri, Ethan, Heman, Calcol, and Darda. [o] 7Achan, [p] who was a descendant of Zerah and the son of Carmi, caused trouble for Israel, because he kept for himself things that belonged only to the LORD. [q] 8Ethan's son was Azariah.
The Ancestors of King David
 9Hezron was the father of Jerahmeel, Ram, and Caleb. [r] 10Ram was the father of Amminadab and the grandfather of Nahshon, a tribal leader of Judah. 11Nahshon's descendants included Salma, Boaz, 12Obed, and Jesse. 13-15Jesse had seven sons, who were born in the following order: Eliab, Abinadab, Shimea, Nethanel, Raddai, Ozem, and David. 16Jesse also had two daughters: Zeruiah and Abigail. Zeruiah was the mother of Abishai, Joab, and Asahel. 17Abigail's husband was Jether, who was a descendant of Ishmael, and their son was Amasa.
  1. 1 Chronicles 1:6 Riphath: Most Hebrew manuscripts and two ancient translations (see also Genesis 10.2-5); some Hebrew manuscripts "Diphath." In Hebrew the letters "d" and "r" look almost exactly the same.
  2. 1 Chronicles 1:7 Dodanim: Most Hebrew manuscripts and one ancient translation (see also Genesis 10.2-5); some Hebrew manuscripts "Rodanim." In Hebrew the letters "d" and "r" look almost exactly the same.
  3. 1 Chronicles 1:8 Ethiopia: The Hebrew text has "Cush," which was a region south of Egypt that included parts of the present countries of Ethiopia and Sudan.
  4. 1 Chronicles 1:12 Casluhim, and Caphtorim, the ancestor of the Philistines: The Hebrew text has "Casluhim, the ancestor of the Philistines, and Caphtorim"; but see Jeremiah 47.4 and Amos 9.7.
  5. 1 Chronicles 1:17 Meshech: Most Hebrew manuscripts; a few Hebrew manuscripts and some manuscripts of one ancient translation "Mash" (see also Genesis 10.21-31).
  6. 1 Chronicles 1:19 Peleg: In Hebrew "Peleg" means "divided."
  7. 1 Chronicles 1:34 Jacob: The Hebrew text has "Israel," which was Jacob's name after God renamed him.
  8. 1 Chronicles 1:40 Alvan: Or "Alian."
  9. 1 Chronicles 1:41 Hemdan: Most Hebrew manuscripts and some manuscripts of one ancient translation (see also Genesis 36.26); other Hebrew manuscripts "Hamran."
  10. 1 Chronicles 1:42 Jaakan: Or "Akan" (see Genesis 36.27).
  11. 1 Chronicles 1:42 Dishan: The Hebrew text has "Dishon," another spelling of the name (see Genesis 36.28).
  12. 1 Chronicles 1:51 The Edomite clans: Or "The leaders of the Edomite clans."
  13. 1 Chronicles 1:51 Alvah: Or "Aliah."
  14. 1 Chronicles 2:1 Jacob: See the note at 1.34.
  15. 1 Chronicles 2:6 Darda: Most Hebrew manuscripts and two ancient translations (see also 1 Kings 4.30,31); some Hebrew manuscripts "Dara."
  16. 1 Chronicles 2:7 Achan: The Hebrew text has "Achar," which means "trouble."
  17. 1 Chronicles 2:7 Achan. . . the LORD: See Joshua 7.1-26.
  18. 1 Chronicles 2:9 Caleb: The Hebrew text has "Chelubai," another form of the name.

Acts 23:11-35 (Contemporary English Version)

11That night the Lord stood beside Paul and said, "Don't worry! Just as you have told others about me in Jerusalem, you must also tell about me in Rome."
A Plot To Kill Paul
 12-13The next morning more than forty Jewish men got together and vowed that they would not eat or drink anything until they had killed Paul. 14Then some of them went to the chief priests and the nation's leaders and said, "We have promised God that we would not eat a thing until we have killed Paul. 15You and everyone in the council must go to the commander and pretend that you want to find out more about the charges against Paul. Ask for him to be brought before your court. Meanwhile, we will be waiting to kill him before he gets there."     16When Paul's nephew heard about the plot, he went to the fortress and told Paul about it. 17So Paul said to one of the army officers, "Take this young man to the commander. He has something to tell him."
    18The officer took him to the commander and said, "The prisoner named Paul asked me to bring this young man to you, because he has something to tell you."
    19The commander took the young man aside and asked him in private, "What do you want to tell me?"
    20He answered, "Some men are planning to ask you to bring Paul down to the Jewish council tomorrow. They will claim that they want to find out more about him. 21But please don't do what they say. More than forty men are going to attack Paul. They have made a vow not to eat or drink anything until they have killed him. Even now they are waiting to hear what you decide."
    22The commander sent the young man away after saying to him, "Don't let anyone know that you told me this."
Paul Is Sent to Felix the Governor
 23The commander called in two of his officers and told them, "By nine o'clock tonight have two hundred soldiers ready to go to Caesarea. Take along seventy men on horseback and two hundred foot soldiers with spears. 24Get a horse ready for Paul and make sure that he gets safely through to Felix the governor."     25The commander wrote a letter that said:
    26Greetings from Claudius Lysias to the Honorable Governor Felix:
    27Some Jews grabbed this man and were about to kill him. But when I found out that he was a Roman citizen, I took some soldiers and rescued him.
    28I wanted to find out what they had against him. So I brought him before their council 29and learned that the charges concern only their religious laws. This man isn't guilty of anything for which he should die or even be put in jail.
    30As soon as I learned that there was a plot against him, I sent him to you and told their leaders to bring charges against him in your court.
    31The soldiers obeyed the commander's orders, and that same night they took Paul to the city of Antipatris. 32The next day the foot soldiers returned to the fortress and let the soldiers on horseback take him the rest of the way. 33When they came to Caesarea, they gave the letter to the governor and handed Paul over to him.
    34The governor read the letter. Then he asked Paul and found out that he was from Cilicia. 35The governor said, "I will listen to your case as soon as the people come to bring their charges against you." After saying this, he gave orders for Paul to be kept as a prisoner in Herod's palace. [a]
  1. Acts 23:35 Herod's palace: The palace built by Herod the Great and used by the Roman governors of Palestine.

Psalm 3:1-8 (Contemporary English Version)

Psalm 3

(Written by David when he was running from his son Absalom.)
An Early Morning Prayer
 1I have a lot of enemies, LORD.    Many fight against 2me and say,
   "God won't rescue you!"
    3But you are my shield,
   and you give me victory
   and great honor.
    4I pray to you, and you answer
   from your sacred hill.
    5I sleep and wake up refreshed
   because you, LORD,
   protect me.
    6Ten thousand enemies attack
   from every side,
   but I am not afraid.
    7Come and save me, LORD God!
   Break my enemies' jaws
   and shatter their teeth,
    8because you protect
   and bless your people.

Proverbs 18:14-15 (Contemporary English Version)

14Being cheerful helps
   when we are sick,
   but nothing helps
   when we give up.
    15Everyone with good sense
   wants to learn.

Verse of the Day

“At that time you will say, 'Our LORD, we are thankful, and we worship only you. We will tell the nations how glorious you are and what you have done.'” - Isaiah 12:4
Today's passage is from the Contemporary English Version.

 PT Barnum 1851-crop.jpgThought for the Day

American politician, showman, and businessman remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the Barnum & Bailey Circus, P. T. Barnum wrote, “Money is in some respects like fire; it is a very excellent servant but a terrible master.”

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A Joke for the Day

The new minister stood at the church door greeting the members as they left the Sunday morning service. While most of the people told the minster how much they liked his message, one man seemingly had a different opinion. “That was a very dull and boring sermon, Pastor,” he said. The pastor was a bit baffled by this, but he continued shaking hands.

A few minutes later, the same man again appeared in line and said, “I don’t think you did much in the way of preparation for your message.”Once again, the man circled back and appeared in line, this time muttering, “You really blew it. You didn’t have a thing to say, Pastor.”

Finally, the minister could stand it no longer. He went to one of the deacons and inquired about the man. “Oh, don’t let that guy bother you,” said the deacon. “He’s a little slow. All he does is go around repeating whatever he hears other people saying.”

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