Today our passages are 1 Chronicles 2:18–4:4; Acts 24:1-27; Psalm 4:1-8; and Proverbs 18:16-18. The readings are from the Contemporary English Version. If 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 2:18-4:4 (Contemporary English Version)
The Descendants of Hezron18Hezron's son Caleb married Azubah, and their daughter was Jerioth, [a] the mother of Jesher, Shobab, and Ardon. 19After the death of Azubah, Caleb married Ephrath. Their son Hur 20was the father of Uri and the grandfather of Bezalel. 21When Hezron was sixty years old, he married the daughter of Machir, who settled the region of Gilead. Their son Segub 22was the father of Jair, who ruled twenty-three villages in the region of Gilead. 23Some time later the nations of Geshur and Aram captured sixty towns in that region, including the villages that belonged to Jair, as well as the town of Kenath and the nearby villages. Everyone from the region of Gilead was a descendant of Machir.
24After the death of Hezron, Caleb married Ephrath, his father's wife. Their son was Ashhur, [b] who later settled the town of Tekoa.
The Descendants of Jerahmeel25Jerahmeel, Hezron's oldest son, was the father of Ram, Bunah, Oren, Ozem, and Ahijah. 26Jerahmeel had a second wife, Atarah, who gave birth to Onam. 27Ram was the father of Maaz, Jamin, and Eker. 28Onam was the father of Shammai and Jada.
Shammai was the father of Nadab and Abishur. 29Abishur married Abihail, and their two sons were Ahban and Molid. 30Nadab was the father of Seled and Appaim. Seled had no children; 31Appaim's son was Ishi, the father of Sheshan and the grandfather of Ahlai.
32Jada was the father of Jether and Jonathan. Jether had no children, 33but Jonathan had two sons: Peleth and Zaza.
34-35Sheshan had no sons, and so he let one of his daughters marry Jarha, his Egyptian slave. Their son was Attai, 36the father of Nathan and the grandfather of Zabad. 37-41Zabad's descendants included Ephlal, Obed, Jehu, Azariah, Helez, Eleasah, Sismai, Shallum, Jekamiah, and Elishama.
The Descendants of Caleb42Caleb, Jerahmeel's brother, had the following descendants: Mesha, [c] Ziph, Mareshah, [d] Hebron, 43and Hebron's four sons, Korah, Tappuah, Rekem, and Shema. 44Shema was the father of Raham and the grandfather of Jorkeam. Rekem was the father of Shammai, 45the grandfather of Maon, and the great-grandfather of Bethzur. 46Ephah was one of Caleb's wives, [e] and their sons were Haran, Moza, and Gazez. Haran named his son after his brother Gazez. 47Ephah was the daughter of Jahdai, who was also the father of Regem, Jotham, Geshan, Pelet, and Shaaph. [f] 48Maacah was another of Caleb's wives, [g] and their sons were Sheber and Tirhanah. 49Later, they had two more sons: Shaaph the father of Madmannah, and Sheva the father of Machbenah and Gibea. Caleb's daughter was Achsah. 50-51All of these were Caleb's descendants. Hur, the oldest son of Caleb and Ephrath, had three sons: Shobal, Salma, and Hareph, who settled the town of Beth-Gader. 52Shobal, who settled the town of Kiriath-Jearim, was the ancestor of Haroeh, half of the Menuhoth clan, 53and the clans that lived near Kiriath-Jearim; they were the Ithrites, the Puthites, the Shumathites, and the Mishraites. The Zorathites and the Eshtaolites were descendants of the Mishraites.
54Salma settled the town of Bethlehem and was the ancestor of the Netophathites, the people of Atroth-Bethjoab, half of the Manahathite clan, and the Zorites. 55Salma was also the ancestor of the clans in Jabez that kept the court and government records; they were the Tirathites, the Shimeathites, and the Sucathites. These clans were the descendants of Hammath the Kenite, who was also the ancestor of the Rechabites.
1 Chronicles 3
The Descendants of King David1-4King David ruled from Hebron for seven years and six months, and during that time he had six sons, who were born in the following order: Amnon, Daniel, Absalom, Adonijah, Shephatiah, and Ithream. Ahinoam from Jezreel was the mother of Amnon; Abigail from Carmel was the mother of Daniel; Maacah daughter of King Talmai of Geshur was the mother of Absalom; Haggith was the mother of Adonijah; Abital was the mother of Shephatiah; and Eglah was the mother of Ithream.
David then ruled from Jerusalem for thirty-three years, 5and during that time, he had thirteen more sons. His wife Bathsheba [h] daughter of Ammiel gave birth to Shimea, Shobab, Nathan, and Solomon. 6-8David's other sons included Ibhar, Elishua, [i] Eliphelet, Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet. 9David's other wives [j] also gave birth to sons. Tamar was his daughter.
The Descendants of King Solomon10-15Solomon's descendants included the following kings: Rehoboam, Abijah, Asa, Jehoshaphat, Jehoram, [k] Ahaziah, Joash, Amaziah, Azariah, Jotham, Ahaz, Hezekiah, Manasseh, Amon, and Josiah and his four sons, Johanan, Jehoiakim, Zedekiah, and Jehoahaz. [l] 16Jehoiakim was the father of Jehoiachin and Zedekiah. 17Jehoiachin, who was taken to Babylon as a prisoner, had seven sons: Shealtiel, 18Malchiram, Pedaiah, Shenazzar, Jekamiah, Hoshama, and Nedabiah. 19Pedaiah had two sons: Zerubbabel and Shimei. Zerubbabel was the father of Meshullam, Hananiah, and Shelomith their sister. 20He also had five other sons: Hashubah, Ohel, Berechiah, Hasadiah, and Jushabhesed. 21Hananiah's descendants were Pelatiah, Jeshaiah, Rephaiah, Arnan, Obadiah, and Shecaniah, [m] 22the father of Shemaiah and the grandfather of Hattush, Igal, Bariah, Neariah, and Shaphat. 23Neariah was the father of Elioenai, Hizkiah, and Azrikam. 24Elioenai was the father of Hodaviah, Eliashib, Pelaiah, Akkub, Johanan, Delaiah, and Anani.
1 Chronicles 4
The Descendants of Judah1Judah was the father of five sons: Perez, Hezron, Carmi, Hur, and Shobal. 2Shobal was the father of Reaiah, the grandfather of Jahath, and the great-grandfather of Ahumai and Lahad. These men all belonged to the Zorathite clan.
3-4Hur was the oldest son of Caleb and Ephrath. Some of his descendants settled the town of Bethlehem. Hur's other descendants included Etam, Penuel, and Ezer. Etam's sons [n] were Jezreel, Ishma, and Idbash, and his daughter was Hazzelelponi. Penuel settled the town of Gedor, and Ezer settled the town of Hushah.
- 1 Chronicles 2:18 married Azubah. . . Jerioth: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
- 1 Chronicles 2:24 After the death of Hezron. . . Ashhur: Two ancient translations; Hebrew "After Hezron died in Caleb-Ephrathah, Abijah his wife gave birth to Ashhur."
- 1 Chronicles 2:42 Mesha: Hebrew; one ancient translation "Mareshah."
- 1 Chronicles 2:42 following descendants. . . Mareshah: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
- 1 Chronicles 2:46 wives: This translates a Hebrew word for women who were legally bound to a man, but without the full privileges of a wife.
- 1 Chronicles 2:47 Shaaph: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 47.
- 1 Chronicles 2:48 wives: See the note at 2.46.
- 1 Chronicles 3:5 Bathsheba: Two ancient translations (see also 2 Samuel 11); Hebrew "Bathshua."
- 1 Chronicles 3:6 Elishua: Some Hebrew manuscripts and some manuscripts of one ancient translation (see also 2 Samuel 5.14,15); most Hebrew manuscripts "Elishama."
- 1 Chronicles 3:9 other wives: See the note at 2.46.
- 1 Chronicles 3:10 Jehoram: The Hebrew text has "Joram," another spelling of the name.
- 1 Chronicles 3:10 Jehoahaz: The Hebrew text has "Shallum," probably another name for Jehoahaz (see also 2 Kings 23.30).
- 1 Chronicles 3:21 Shecaniah: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 21.
- 1 Chronicles 4:3 Etam's sons: Some manuscripts of one ancient translation; Hebrew "Etam's ancestors."
Acts 24:1-27 (Contemporary English Version)
Paul Is Accused in the Court of Felix1Five days later Ananias the high priest, together with some of their leaders and a lawyer named Tertullus, went to the governor to present their case against Paul. 2So Paul was called in, and Tertullus stated the case against him: [a] Honorable Felix, you have brought our people a long period of peace, and because of your concern our nation is much better off. 3All of us are always grateful for what you have done. 4I don't want to bother you, but please be patient with us and listen to me for just a few minutes.
5This man has been found to be a real pest and troublemaker for Jews all over the world. He is also a leader of a group called Nazarenes. 6-8When he tried to disgrace the temple, we arrested him. [b] If you question him, you will find out for yourself that our charges are true. 9The Jewish crowd spoke up and agreed with what Tertullus had said.
Paul Defends Himself10The governor motioned for Paul to speak, and he began:
I know that you have judged the people of our nation for many years, and I am glad to defend myself in your court.
11It was no more than twelve days ago that I went to worship in Jerusalem. You can find this out easily enough. 12Never once did the Jews find me arguing with anyone in the temple. I didn't cause trouble in the Jewish meeting places or in the city itself. 13There is no way that they can prove these charges that they are now bringing against me.
14I admit that their leaders think that the Lord's Way [c] which I follow is based on wrong beliefs. But I still worship the same God that my ancestors worshiped. And I believe everything written in the Law of Moses and in the Prophets. [d] 15I am just as sure as these people are that God will raise from death everyone who is good or evil. 16And because I am sure, I try my best to have a clear conscience in whatever I do for God or for people. 17After being away for several years, I returned here to bring gifts for the poor people of my nation and to offer sacrifices. 18This is what I was doing when I was found going through a ceremony in the temple. I wasn't with a crowd, and there was no uproar.
19Some Jews from Asia were there at that time, and if they have anything to say against me, they should be here now. 20Or ask the ones who are here. They can tell you that they didn't find me guilty of anything when I was tried by their own council. 21The only charge they can bring against me is what I shouted out in court, when I said, "I am on trial today because I believe that the dead will be raised to life!"
22Felix knew a lot about the Lord's Way. [e] But he brought the trial to an end and said, "I will make my decision after Lysias the commander arrives." 23He then ordered the army officer to keep Paul under guard, but not to lock him up or to stop his friends from helping him.
Paul Is Kept under Guard24Several days later Felix and his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, went to the place where Paul was kept under guard. They sent for Paul and listened while he spoke to them about having faith in Christ Jesus. 25But Felix was frightened when Paul started talking to them about doing right, about self-control, and about the coming judgment. So he said to Paul, "That's enough for now. You may go. But when I have time I will send for you." 26After this, Felix often sent for Paul and talked with him, because he hoped that Paul would offer him a bribe.
27Two years later Porcius Festus became governor in place of Felix. But since Felix wanted to do the Jewish leaders a favor, he kept Paul in jail.
- Acts 24:2 Paul was called in, and Tertullus stated the case against him: Or "Tertullus was called in and stated the case against Paul."
- Acts 24:6 we arrested him: Some manuscripts add, "We wanted to judge him by our own laws. But Lysias the commander took him away from us by force. Then Lysias ordered us to bring our charges against this man in your court."
- Acts 24:14 the Lord's Way: See the note at 9.2.
- Acts 24:14 Law of Moses. . . the Prophets: The Jewish Scriptures, that is, the Old Testament.
- Acts 24:22 the Lord's Way: See the note at 9.2.
Psalm 4:1-8 (Contemporary English Version)
(A psalm by David for the music leader. Use stringed instruments.)
An Evening Prayer1You are my God and protector.
Please answer my prayer.
I was in terrible distress,
but you set me free.
Now have pity and listen
as I pray.
2How long will you people
refuse to respect me? [a] You love foolish things,
and you run after
what is worthless. [b] 3The LORD has chosen
everyone who is faithful
to be his very own, [c] and he answers my prayers.
4But each of you
had better tremble
and turn from your sins.
Silently search your heart
as you lie in bed.
5Offer the proper sacrifices
and trust the LORD.
6There are some who ask,
"Who will be good to us?"
Let your kindness, LORD,
shine brightly on us.
7You brought me more happiness
than a rich harvest
of grain and grapes.
8I can lie down
and sleep soundly
because you, LORD,
will keep me safe.
Proverbs 18:16-18 (Contemporary English Version)
16A gift will get you in
to see anyone.
17You may think you have won
your case in court,
until your opponent speaks.
18Drawing straws is one way
to settle a difficult case.
Verse of the Day
“The sky and the earth won't last forever, but my words will.” - Matthew 24:35
Today's passage is from the Contemporary English Version.
Thought for the Day
American politician who served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009, George W. Bush wrote, “Many of the issues that still trouble America have roots in the bitter experience of other times. But however long the journey, our destination is set: liberty and justice for all.”
A Joke for Today
John went to visit his 90-year-old grandfather in a very secluded, rural area of West Virginia. After spending a great evening chatting the night away, John's grandfather prepared breakfast of bacon, eggs and toast.
However, John noticed a film like substance on his plate, and questioned his grandfather asking, "Are these plates clean?"
His grandfather replied, "They're as clean as cold water can get em. Just you go ahead and finish your meal, Sonny!"
For lunch the old man made hamburgers. Again, John was concerned about the plates as his appeared to have tiny specks around the edge that looked like dried egg and asked, "Are you sure these plates are clean?"
Without looking up the old man said, "I told you before, Sonny, those dishes are as clean as cold water can get them. Now don't you fret, I don't want to hear another word about it!"
Later that afternoon, John was on his way to a nearby town and as he was leaving, his grandfather's dog started to growl, and wouldn't let him pass.
John yelled and said, "Grandpa, your dog won't let me get to my car."
Without diverting his attention from the football game he was watching on TV, the old man shouted, "Coldwater, go lay down now, yah hear me!!!"