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1 Chronicles 16:37-18:17

37So he left Asaph and his relatives there before the ark of the covenant of the LORD to minister before the ark continually, as every day’s work required;38and Obed-edom with his 68 relatives; Obed-edom, also the son of Jeduthun, and Hosah as gatekeepers.39He left Zadok the priest and his relatives the priests before the tabernacle of the LORD in the high place which was at Gibeon,40to offer burnt offerings to the LORD on the altar of burnt offering continually morning and evening, even according to all that is written in the law of the LORD, which He commanded Israel.41With them were Heman and Jeduthun, and the rest who were chosen, who were designated by name, to give thanks to the LORD, because His lovingkindness is everlasting.42And with them were Heman and Jeduthun with trumpets and cymbals for those who should sound aloud, and with instruments for the songs of God, and the sons of Jeduthun for the gate.

43Then all the people departed each to his house, and David returned to bless his household.

God’s Covenant with David

1And it came about, when David dwelt in his house, that David said to Nathan the prophet, “Behold, I am dwelling in a house of cedar, but the ark of the covenant of the LORD is under curtains.”2Then Nathan said to David, “Do all that is in your heart, for God is with you.”

3It came about the same night that the word of God came to Nathan, saying,4“Go and tell David My servant, ‘Thus says the LORD, “You shall not build a house for Me to dwell in;5for I have not dwelt in a house since the day that I brought up Israel to this day, but I have gone from tent to tent and from one dwelling place to another.6“In all places where I have walked with all Israel, have I spoken a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd My people, saying, ‘Why have you not built for Me a house of cedar?’”’7“Now, therefore, thus shall you say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, “I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, to be leader over My people Israel.8“I have been with you wherever you have gone, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make you a name like the name of the great ones who are in the earth.9“I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, so that they may dwell in their own place and not be moved again; and the wicked will not waste them anymore as formerly,10even from the day that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel. And I will subdue all your enemies.

Moreover, I tell you that the LORD will build a house for you.11“When your days are fulfilled that you must go to be with your fathers, that I will set up one of your descendants after you, who will be of your sons; and I will establish his kingdom.12“He shall build for Me a house, and I will establish his throne forever.13“I will be his father and he shall be My son; and I will not take My lovingkindness away from him, as I took it from him who was before you.14“But I will settle him in My house and in My kingdom forever, and his throne shall be established forever.”’”15According to all these words and according to all this vision, so Nathan spoke to David.

David’s Prayer in Response

16Then David the king went in and sat before the LORD and said, “Who am I, O LORD God, and what is my house that You have brought me this far?17“This was a small thing in Your eyes, O God; but You have spoken of Your servant’s house for a great while to come, and have regarded me according to the standard of a man of high degree, O LORD God.18“What more can David still say to You concerning the honor bestowed on Your servant? For You know Your servant.19“O LORD, for Your servant’s sake, and according to Your own heart, You have wrought all this greatness, to make known all these great things.20“O LORD, there is none like You, nor is there any God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears.21“And what one nation in the earth is like Your people Israel, whom God went to redeem for Himself as a people, to make You a name by great and terrible things, in driving out nations from before Your people, whom You redeemed out of Egypt?22“For Your people Israel You made Your own people forever, and You, O LORD, became their God.

23“Now, O LORD, let the word that You have spoken concerning Your servant and concerning his house be established forever, and do as You have spoken.24“Let Your name be established and magnified forever, saying, ‘The LORD of hosts is the God of Israel, even a God to Israel; and the house of David Your servant is established before You.’25“For You, O my God, have revealed to Your servant that You will build for him a house; therefore Your servant has found courage to pray before You.26“Now, O LORD, You are God, and have promised this good thing to Your servant.27“And now it has pleased You to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue forever before You; for You, O LORD, have blessed, and it is blessed forever.”

David’s Kingdom Strengthened

1Now after this it came about that David defeated the Philistines and subdued them and took Gath and its towns from the hand of the Philistines.2He defeated Moab, and the Moabites became servants to David, bringing tribute.

3David also defeated Hadadezer king of Zobah as far as Hamath, as he went to establish his rule to the Euphrates River.4David took from him 1,000 chariots and 7,000 horsemen and 20,000 foot soldiers, and David hamstrung all the chariot horses, but reserved enough of them for 100 chariots.

5When the Arameans of Damascus came to help Hadadezer king of Zobah, David killed 22,000 men of the Arameans.6Then David put garrisons among the Arameans of Damascus; and the Arameans became servants to David, bringing tribute. And the LORD helped David wherever he went.7David took the shields of gold which were carried by the servants of Hadadezer and brought them to Jerusalem.8Also from Tibhath and from Cun, cities of Hadadezer, David took a very large amount of bronze, with which Solomon made the bronze sea and the pillars and the bronze utensils.

9Now when Tou king of Hamath heard that David had defeated all the army of Hadadezer king of Zobah,10he sent Hadoram his son to King David to greet him and to bless him, because he had fought against Hadadezer and had defeated him; for Hadadezer had been at war with Tou. And Hadoram brought all kinds of articles of gold and silver and bronze.11King David also dedicated these to the LORD with the silver and the gold which he had carried away from all the nations: from Edom, Moab, the sons of Ammon, the Philistines, and from Amalek.

12Moreover Abishai the son of Zeruiah defeated 18,000 Edomites in the Valley of Salt.13Then he put garrisons in Edom, and all the Edomites became servants to David. And the LORD helped David wherever he went.

14So David reigned over all Israel; and he administered justice and righteousness for all his people.15Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the army, and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder;16and Zadok the son of Ahitub and Abimelech the son of Abiathar were priests, and Shavsha was secretary;17and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites, and the sons of David were chiefs at the king’s side.

Romans 2:1-24

The Impartiality of God

1Therefore you have no excuse, everyone of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.2And we know that the judgment of God rightly falls upon those who practice such things.3But do you suppose this, O man, when you pass judgment on those who practice such things and do the same yourself, that you will escape the judgment of God?4Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?5But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,6who WILL RENDER TO EACH PERSON ACCORDING TO HISDEEDS:7to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life;8but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation.9There will be tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek,10but glory and honor and peace to everyone who does good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.11For there is no partiality with God.

12For all who have sinned without the Law will also perish without the Law, and all who have sinned under the Law will be judged by the Law;13for it is not the hearers of the Law who are just before God, but the doers of the Law will be justified.14For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves,15in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them,16on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus.

The Jew Is Condemned by the Law

17But if you bear the name “Jew” and rely upon the Law and boast in God,18and know His will and approve the things that are essential, being instructed out of the Law,19and are confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness,20a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of the immature, having in the Law the embodiment of knowledge and of the truth,21you, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that one shall not steal, do you steal?22You who say that one should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?23You who boast in the Law, through your breaking the Law, do you dishonor God?24For “THE NAME OF GOD IS BLASPHEMED AMONG THE GENTILESBECAUSE OF YOU,” just as it is written.

Proverbs 19:8-9

8He who gets wisdom loves his own soul;

He who keeps understanding will find good.

9A false witness will not go unpunished,

And he who tells lies will perish.