Bible Reading for Elul 2, 6021 (8-13-18)

1st Chronicles 29

1 Furthermore David the king said unto all the congregation, Solomon my son, whom alone God hath chosen, is yet young and tender, and the work is great: for the palace is not for man, but for the LORD God.

Now I have prepared with all my might for the house of my God the gold for things to be made of gold, and the silver for things of silver, and the brass for things of brass, the iron for things of iron, and wood for things of wood; onyx stones, and stones to be set, glistering stones, and of divers colours, and all manner of precious stones, and marble stones in abundance.

Moreover, because I have set my affection to the house of my God, I have of mine own proper good, of gold and silver, which I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house,

Even three thousand talents of gold, of the gold of Ophir, and seven thousand talents of refined silver, to overlay the walls of the houses withal:

The gold for things of gold, and the silver for things of silver, and for all manner of work to be made by the hands of artificers. And who then is willing to consecrate his service this day unto the LORD?

Then the chief of the fathers and princes of the tribes of Israel, and the captains of thousands and of hundreds, with the rulers of the king’s work, offered willingly,

And gave for the service of the house of God of gold five thousand talents and ten thousand drams, and of silver ten thousand talents, and of brass eighteen thousand talents, and one hundred thousand talents of iron.

And they with whom precious stones were found gave them to the treasure of the house of the LORD, by the hand of Jehiel the Gershonite.

Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the LORD: and David the king also rejoiced with great joy.

10 Wherefore David blessed the LORD before all the congregation: and David said, Blessed be thou, LORD God of Israel our father, for ever and ever.

11 Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.

12 Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.

13 Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.

14 But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.

15 For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.

16 O LORD our God, all this store that we have prepared to build thee an house for thine holy name cometh of thine hand, and is all thine own.

17 I know also, my God, that thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart I have willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy thy people, which are present here, to offer willingly unto thee.

18 O LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers, keep this for ever in the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of thy people, and prepare their heart unto thee:

19 And give unto Solomon my son a perfect heart, to keep thy commandments, thy testimonies, and thy statutes, and to do all these things, and to build the palace, for the which I have made provision.

20 And David said to all the congregation, Now bless the LORD your God. And all the congregation blessed the LORD God of their fathers, and bowed down their heads, and worshipped the LORD, and the king.

21 And they sacrificed sacrifices unto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings unto the LORD, on the morrow after that day, even a thousand bullocks, a thousand rams, and a thousand lambs, with their drink offerings, and sacrifices in abundance for all Israel:

22 And did eat and drink before the LORD on that day with great gladness. And they made Solomon the son of David king the second time, and anointed him unto the LORD to be the chief governor, and Zadok to be priest.

23 Then Solomon sat on the throne of the LORD as king instead of David his father, and prospered; and all Israel obeyed him.

24 And all the princes, and the mighty men, and all the sons likewise of king David, submitted themselves unto Solomon the king.

25 And the LORD magnified Solomon exceedingly in the sight of all Israel, and bestowed upon him such royal majesty as had not been on any king before him in Israel.

26 Thus David the son of Jesse reigned over all Israel.

27 And the time that he reigned over Israel was forty years; seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and three years reigned he in Jerusalem.

28 And he died in a good old age, full of days, riches, and honour: and Solomon his son reigned in his stead.

29 Now the acts of David the king, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of Samuel the seer, and in the book of Nathan the prophet, and in the book of Gad the seer,

30 With all his reign and his might, and the times that went over him, and over Israel, and over all the kingdoms of the countries.

(Sorry – I was trying to find a source to copy the Bible from that would retain the italics, and the above chapter does this, but it requires too much editing to get it to where it works on this site)

Romans 4

WHAT shall we say then that Abraham our
father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?
2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath
whereof to glory; but not before God.
3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed
God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not
reckoned of grace, but of debt.
5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him
that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for
righteousness.
6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of
the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness
without works,
7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are
forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not
impute sin.
9 Cometh this blessedness then upon the
circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also?
for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for
righteousness.
10 How was it then reckoned? when he was in
circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in
circumcision, but in uncircumcision.
11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of
the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being
uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all
them that believe, though they be not circumcised;
that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:
12 And the father of circumcision to them who are
not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in
the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which
he had being yet uncircumcised.
13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the
world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through
the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
14 For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is
made void, and the promise made of none effect:
15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law
is, there is no transgression.
16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to
the end the promise might be sure to all the seed;
not to that only which is of the law, but to that also
which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of
us all,
17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of
many nations,) before him whom he believed, even
God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those
things which be not as though they were.
18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might
become the father of many nations; according to
that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.
19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not
his own body now dead, when he was about an
hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s
womb:
20 He staggered not at the promise of God through
unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had
promised, he was able also to perform.
22 And therefore it was imputed to him for
righteousness.
23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it
was imputed to him;
24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we
believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from
the dead;
25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was
raised again for our justification.

Acts 5

BUT a certain man named Ananias, with
Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,
2 And kept back part of the price, his wife also being
privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at
the apostles’ feet.
3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine
heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part
of the price of the land?
4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after
it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast
thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast
not lied unto men, but unto God.
5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and
gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them
that heard these things.
6 And the young men arose, wound him up, and
carried him out, and buried him.
7 And it was about the space of three hours after,
when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in.
8 And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye
sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so
much.
9 Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have
agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord?
behold, the feet of them which have buried thy
husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.
10 Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and
yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in,
and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried
her by her husband.
11 And great fear came upon all the church, and
upon as many as heard these things.
12 ¶ And by the hands of the apostles were many
signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and
they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch.
13 And of the rest durst no man join himself to
them: but the people magnified them.
14 And believers were the more added to the Lord,
multitudes both of men and women.)
15 Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into
the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that
at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might
overshadow some of them.
16 There came also a multitude out of the cities
round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and
them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and
they were healed every one.
17 ¶ Then the high priest rose up, and all they that
were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,)
and were filled with indignation,
18 And laid their hands on the apostles, and put
them in the common prison.
19 But the angel of the Lord by night opened the
prison doors, and brought them forth, and said,
20 Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people
all the words of this life.
21 And when they heard that, they entered into the
temple early in the morning, and taught. But the
high priest came, and they that were with him, and
called the council together, and all the senate of the
children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have
them brought.
22 But when the officers came, and found them not
in the prison, they returned, and told,
23 Saying, The prison truly found we shut with all
safety, and the keepers standing without before the
doors: but when we had opened, we found no man
within.
24 Now when the high priest and the captain of the
temple and the chief priests heard these things, they
doubted of them whereunto this would grow.
25 Then came one and told them, saying, Behold,
the men whom ye put in prison are standing in the
temple, and teaching the people.
26 Then went the captain with the officers, and
brought them without violence: for they feared the
people, lest they should have been stoned.
27 And when they had brought them, they set them
before the council: and the high priest asked them,
28 Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye
should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have
filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to
bring this man’s blood upon us.
29 ¶ Then Peter and the other apostles answered and
said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye
slew and hanged on a tree.
31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a
Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel,
and forgiveness of sins.
32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is
also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them
that obey him.
33 ¶ When they heard that, they were cut to the
heart, and took counsel to slay them.
34 Then stood there up one in the council, a
Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had
in reputation among all the people, and commanded
to put the apostles forth a little space;
35 And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed
to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these
men.
36 For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting
himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men,
about four hundred, joined themselves: who was
slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered,
and brought to nought.
37 After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days
of the taxing, and drew away much people after him:
he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed
him, were dispersed.
38 And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men,
and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be
of men, it will come to nought:
39 But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest
haply ye be found even to fight against God.
40 And to him they agreed: and when they had
called the apostles, and beaten them, they
commanded that they should not speak in the name
of Jesus, and let them go.
41 ¶ And they departed from the presence of the
council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to
suffer shame for his name.
42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they
ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.