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Scripture for Thursday, July 30

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1 Chronicles 7:1-9:1a, Romans 13:1-14, Psalm 89:38-45

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1 Chronicles 7-9:1

1 Chronicles 7

 1 The sons of Issachar:

   Tola, Puah, Jashub and Shimron–four in all.

 2 The sons of Tola:
   Uzzi, Rephaiah, Jeriel, Jahmai, Ibsam and Samuel–heads of their families. During the reign of David, the descendants of Tola listed as fighting men in their genealogy numbered 22,600.

 3 The son of Uzzi:

   The sons of Izrahiah:
   Michael, Obadiah, Joel and Isshiah. All five of them were chiefs. 4 According to their family genealogy, they had 36,000 men ready for battle, for they had many wives and children.

 5 The relatives who were fighting men belonging to all the clans of Issachar, as listed in their genealogy, were 87,000 in all.  6 Three sons of Benjamin:
   Bela, Beker and Jediael.

 7 The sons of Bela:
   Ezbon, Uzzi, Uzziel, Jerimoth and Iri, heads of families–five in all. Their genealogical record listed 22,034 fighting men.

 8 The sons of Beker:
   Zemirah, Joash, Eliezer, Elioenai, Omri, Jeremoth, Abijah, Anathoth and Alemeth. All these were the sons of Beker. 9 Their genealogical record listed the heads of families and 20,200 fighting men.

 10 The son of Jediael:

   The sons of Bilhan:
   Jeush, Benjamin, Ehud, Kenaanah, Zethan, Tarshish and Ahishahar. 11 All these sons of Jediael were heads of families. There were 17,200 fighting men ready to go out to war.

 12 The Shuppites and Huppites were the descendants of Ir, and the Hushites the descendants of Aher.  13 The sons of Naphtali:
   Jahziel, Guni, Jezer and Shillem–the descendants of Bilhah.  14 The descendants of Manasseh:
   Asriel was his descendant through his Aramean concubine. She gave birth to Makir the father of Gilead. 15 Makir took a wife from among the Huppites and Shuppites. His sister’s name was Maacah.
   Another descendant was named Zelophehad, who had only daughters.
 16 Makir’s wife Maacah gave birth to a son and named him Peresh. His brother was named Sheresh, and his sons were Ulam and Rakem.

 17 The son of Ulam:

   These were the sons of Gilead son of Makir, the son of Manasseh. 18 His sister Hammoleketh gave birth to Ishhod, Abiezer and Mahlah.

 19 The sons of Shemida were:
   Ahian, Shechem, Likhi and Aniam.  20 The descendants of Ephraim:
   Shuthelah, Bered his son,
   Tahath his son, Eleadah his son,
   Tahath his son, 21 Zabad his son
   and Shuthelah his son.
   Ezer and Elead were killed by the native-born men of Gath, when they went down to seize their livestock. 22 Their father Ephraim mourned for them many days, and his relatives came to comfort him. 23 Then he lay with his wife again, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. He named him Beriah, because there had been misfortune in his family. 24 His daughter was Sheerah, who built Lower and Upper Beth Horon as well as Uzzen Sheerah.

 25 Rephah was his son, Resheph his son,
   Telah his son, Tahan his son,
 26 Ladan his son, Ammihud his son,
   Elishama his son, 27 Nun his son
   and Joshua his son.

 28 Their lands and settlements included Bethel and its surrounding villages, Naaran to the east, Gezer and its villages to the west, and Shechem and its villages all the way to Ayyah and its villages. 29 Along the borders of Manasseh were Beth Shan, Taanach, Megiddo and Dor, together with their villages. The descendants of Joseph son of Israel lived in these towns.  30 The sons of Asher:
   Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi and Beriah. Their sister was Serah.

 31 The sons of Beriah:
   Heber and Malkiel, who was the father of Birzaith.

 32 Heber was the father of Japhlet, Shomer and Hotham and of their sister Shua.

 33 The sons of Japhlet:
   Pasach, Bimhal and Ashvath.
   These were Japhlet’s sons.

 34 The sons of Shomer:
   Ahi, Rohgah, Hubbah and Aram.

 35 The sons of his brother Helem:
   Zophah, Imna, Shelesh and Amal.

 36 The sons of Zophah:
   Suah, Harnepher, Shual, Beri, Imrah, 37 Bezer, Hod, Shamma, Shilshah, Ithran and Beera.

 38 The sons of Jether:
   Jephunneh, Pispah and Ara.

 39 The sons of Ulla:
   Arah, Hanniel and Rizia.

 40 All these were descendants of Asher–heads of families, choice men, brave warriors and outstanding leaders. The number of men ready for battle, as listed in their genealogy, was 26,000.

1 Chronicles 8

 1 Benjamin was the father of Bela his firstborn,

   Ashbel the second son, Aharah the third,
 2 Nohah the fourth and Rapha the fifth.

 3 The sons of Bela were:
   Addar, Gera, Abihud, 4 Abishua, Naaman, Ahoah, 5 Gera, Shephuphan and Huram.

 6 These were the descendants of Ehud, who were heads of families of those living in Geba and were deported to Manahath:
 7 Naaman, Ahijah, and Gera, who deported them and who was the father of Uzza and Ahihud.

 8 Sons were born to Shaharaim in Moab after he had divorced his wives Hushim and Baara. 9 By his wife Hodesh he had Jobab, Zibia, Mesha, Malcam, 10 Jeuz, Sakia and Mirmah. These were his sons, heads of families. 11 By Hushim he had Abitub and Elpaal.

 12 The sons of Elpaal:
   Eber, Misham, Shemed (who built Ono and Lod with its surrounding villages), 13 and Beriah and Shema, who were heads of families of those living in Aijalon and who drove out the inhabitants of Gath.

 14 Ahio, Shashak, Jeremoth, 15 Zebadiah, Arad, Eder, 16 Michael, Ishpah and Joha were the sons of Beriah.

 17 Zebadiah, Meshullam, Hizki, Heber, 18 Ishmerai, Izliah and Jobab were the sons of Elpaal.

 19 Jakim, Zicri, Zabdi, 20 Elienai, Zillethai, Eliel, 21 Adaiah, Beraiah and Shimrath were the sons of Shimei.

 22 Ishpan, Eber, Eliel, 23 Abdon, Zicri, Hanan, 24 Hananiah, Elam, Anthothijah, 25 Iphdeiah and Penuel were the sons of Shashak.

 26 Shamsherai, Shehariah, Athaliah, 27 Jaareshiah, Elijah and Zicri were the sons of Jeroham.

 28 All these were heads of families, chiefs as listed in their genealogy, and they lived in Jerusalem.

 29 Jeiel the father of Gibeon lived in Gibeon.
   His wife’s name was Maacah, 30 and his firstborn son was Abdon, followed by Zur, Kish, Baal, Ner, Nadab, 31 Gedor, Ahio, Zeker 32 and Mikloth, who was the father of Shimeah. They too lived near their relatives in Jerusalem.

 33 Ner was the father of Kish, Kish the father of Saul, and Saul the father of Jonathan, Malki-Shua, Abinadab and Esh-Baal.

 34 The son of Jonathan:
   Merib-Baal, who was the father of Micah.

 35 The sons of Micah:
   Pithon, Melech, Tarea and Ahaz.
 36 Ahaz was the father of Jehoaddah, Jehoaddah was the father of Alemeth, Azmaveth and Zimri, and Zimri was the father of Moza. 37 Moza was the father of Binea; Raphah was his son, Eleasah his son and Azel his son.

 38 Azel had six sons, and these were their names:
   Azrikam, Bokeru, Ishmael, Sheariah, Obadiah and Hanan. All these were the sons of Azel.

 39 The sons of his brother Eshek:
   Ulam his firstborn, Jeush the second son and Eliphelet the third. 40 The sons of Ulam were brave warriors who could handle the bow. They had many sons and grandsons–150 in all.

   All these were the descendants of Benjamin.

1 Chronicles 9

 1 All Israel was listed in the genealogies recorded in the book of the kings of Israel.    The people of Judah were taken captive to Babylon because of their unfaithfulness.

Romans 13:1-14

Romans 13

 1 Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. 4 For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.

 6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 7 Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.  8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments, “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,” and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

 11 And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.

Psalm 89:38-45

 38 But you have rejected, you have spurned,
   you have been very angry with your anointed one.
39 You have renounced the covenant with your servant
   and have defiled his crown in the dust.
40 You have broken through all his walls
   and reduced his strongholds to ruins.
41 All who pass by have plundered him;
   he has become the scorn of his neighbors.
42 You have exalted the right hand of his foes;
   you have made all his enemies rejoice.
43 You have turned back the edge of his sword
   and have not supported him in battle.
44 You have put an end to his splendor
   and cast his throne to the ground.
45 You have cut short the days of his youth;
   you have covered him with a mantle of shame.


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