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1 Chronicles 12:19-14:17

19From Manasseh also some defected to David when he was about to go to battle with the Philistines against Saul. But they did not help them, for the lords of the Philistines after consultation sent him away, saying, “At the cost of our heads he may defect to his master Saul.”20As he went to Ziklag there defected to him from Manasseh: Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu and Zillethai, captains of thousands who belonged to Manasseh.21They helped David against the band of raiders, for they were all mighty men of valor, and were captains in the army.22For day by day men came to David to help him, until there was a great army like the army of God.

Supporters Gathered at Hebron

23Now these are the numbers of the divisions equipped for war, who came to David at Hebron, to turn the kingdom of Saul to him, according to the word of the LORD.24The sons of Judah who bore shield and spear were 6,800, equipped for war.25Of the sons of Simeon, mighty men of valor for war, 7,100.26Of the sons of Levi 4,600.27Now Jehoiada was the leader of the house of Aaron, and with him were 3,700,28also Zadok, a young man mighty of valor, and of his father’s house twenty-two captains.29Of the sons of Benjamin, Saul’s kinsmen, 3,000; for until now the greatest part of them had kept their allegiance to the house of Saul.30Of the sons of Ephraim 20,800, mighty men of valor, famous men in their fathers’ households.31Of the half-tribe of Manasseh 18,000, who were designated by name to come and make David king.32Of the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their kinsmen were at their command.33Of Zebulun, there were 50,000 who went out in the army, who could draw up in battle formation with all kinds of weapons of war and helped David with an undivided heart.34Of Naphtali there were 1,000 captains, and with them 37,000 with shield and spear.35Of the Danites who could draw up in battle formation, there were 28,600.36Of Asher there were 40,000 who went out in the army to draw up in battle formation.37From the other side of the Jordan, of the Reubenites and the Gadites and of the half-tribe of Manasseh, there were 120,000 with all kinds of weapons of war for the battle.

38All these, being men of war who could draw up in battle formation, came to Hebron with a perfect heart to make David king over all Israel; and all the rest also of Israel were of one mind to make David king.39They were there with David three days, eating and drinking, for their kinsmen had prepared for them.40Moreover those who were near to them, even as far as Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, brought food on donkeys, camels, mules and on oxen, great quantities of flour cakes, fig cakes and bunches of raisins, wine, oil, oxen and sheep. There was joy indeed in Israel.

Peril in Transporting the Ark

1Then David consulted with the captains of the thousands and the hundreds, even with every leader.2David said to all the assembly of Israel, “If it seems good to you, and if it is from the LORD our God, let us send everywhere to our kinsmen who remain in all the land of Israel, also to the priests and Levites who are with them in their cities with pasture lands, that they may meet with us;3and let us bring back the ark of our God to us, for we did not seek it in the days of Saul.”4Then all the assembly said that they would do so, for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people.

5So David assembled all Israel together, from the Shihor of Egypt even to the entrance of Hamath, to bring the ark of God from Kiriath-jearim.6David and all Israel went up to Baalah, that is, to Kiriath-jearim, which belongs to Judah, to bring up from there the ark of God, the LORD who is enthroned above the cherubim, where His name is called.7They carried the ark of God on a new cart from the house of Abinadab, and Uzza and Ahio drove the cart.8David and all Israel were celebrating before God with all their might, even with songs and with lyres, harps, tambourines, cymbals and with trumpets.

9When they came to the threshing floor of Chidon, Uzza put out his hand to hold the ark, because the oxen nearly upset it.10The anger of the LORD burned against Uzza, so He struck him down because he put out his hand to the ark; and he died there before God.11Then David became angry because of the LORDS outburst against Uzza; and he called that place Perez-uzza to this day.12David was afraid of God that day, saying, “How can I bring the ark of God home to me?”13So David did not take the ark with him to the city of David, but took it aside to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite.14Thus the ark of God remained with the family of Obed-edom in his house three months; and the LORD blessed the family of Obed-edom with all that he had.

David’s Family Enlarged

1Now Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David with cedar trees, masons and carpenters, to build a house for him.2And David realized that the LORD had established him as king over Israel, and that his kingdom was highly exalted, for the sake of His people Israel.

3Then David took more wives at Jerusalem, and David became the father of more sons and daughters.4These are the names of the children born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon,5Ibhar, Elishua, Elpelet,6Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia,7Elishama, Beeliada and Eliphelet.

Philistines Defeated

8When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel, all the Philistines went up in search of David; and David heard of it and went out against them.9Now the Philistines had come and made a raid in the valley of Rephaim.10David inquired of God, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? And will You give them into my hand?” Then the LORD said to him, “Go up, for I will give them into your hand.”11So they came up to Baal-perazim, and David defeated them there; and David said, “God has broken through my enemies by my hand, like the breakthrough of waters.” Therefore they named that place Baal-perazim.12They abandoned their gods there; so David gave the order and they were burned with fire.

13The Philistines made yet another raid in the valley.14David inquired again of God, and God said to him, “You shall not go up after them; circle around behind them and come at them in front of the balsam trees.15“It shall be when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then you shall go out to battle, for God will have gone out before you to strike the army of the Philistines.”16David did just as God had commanded him, and they struck down the army of the Philistines from Gibeon even as far as Gezer.17Then the fame of David went out into all the lands; and the LORD brought the fear of him on all the nations.

Romans 1:1-17

The Gospel Exalted

1Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,2which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures,3concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh,4who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord,5through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for His name’s sake,6among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ;

7to all who are beloved of God in Rome, called as saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

8First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, because your faith is being proclaimed throughout the whole world.9For God, whom I serve in my spirit in the preaching of the gospel of His Son, is my witness as to how unceasingly I make mention of you,10always in my prayers making request, if perhaps now at last by the will of God I may succeed in coming to you.11For I long to see you so that I may impart some spiritual gift to you, that you may be established;12that is, that I may be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the other’s faith, both yours and mine.13I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that often I have planned to come to you (and have been prevented so far) so that I may obtain some fruit among you also, even as among the rest of the Gentiles.14I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish.15So, for my part, I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.

16For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.17For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “BUT THE RIGHTEOUSmanSHALL LIVE BYFAITH.”

Unbelief and Its Consequences

Proverbs 19:4-5

4Wealth adds many friends,

But a poor man is separated from his friend.

5A false witness will not go unpunished,

And he who tells lies will not escape.