Song for today: The Lord is my Strength and Glory To God Forever
Today’s country: Republic of Senegal
O GIVE thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever!
Out of my distress I called upon the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free and in a large place.
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
It is better to trust and take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in man.
The Lord is my Strength and Song; and He has become my Salvation.
I will confess, praise, and give thanks to You, for You have heard and answered me; and You have become my Salvation and Deliverer.
The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.
This is from the Lord and is His doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day which the Lord has brought about; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
You are my God, and I will confess, praise, and give thanks to You; You are my God, I will extol You.
O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever.
from Psalm 118
Bathsheba went to King Solomon to speak to him for Adonijah. The king rose to meet her, bowed to her, sat down on his throne, and caused a seat to be set at his right hand for her, the king’s mother.
Then she said, I have one small request to make of you; do not refuse me. The king said to her, Ask on, my mother, for I will not refuse you.
She said, Give Abishag the Shunammite to Adonijah your brother to be his wife.
King Solomon answered his mother, And why do you ask Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? Ask for him the kingdom also—for he is my elder brother—[ask it] even for him and for [his supporters] Abiathar the priest and Joab son of Zeruiah.
Then King Solomon swore by the Lord, saying, May God do so to me, and more also, if Adonijah has not requested this against his own life.
Therefore, as the Lord lives, Who has established me and set me on the throne of David my father and Who has made me a house as He promised, Adonijah shall be put to death this day.
So King Solomon sent Benaiah son of Jehoiada, who attacked [Adonijah] and he died.
Solomon expelled Abiathar [descendant of Eli] from being priest to the Lord, fulfilling the word of the Lord which He spoke concerning the house of Eli in Shiloh.
king said to him, Do as he has said. Strike him down and bury him, that you may take away from [me and from] my father’s house the innocent blood which Joab shed.
The Lord shall return his bloody deeds upon his own head, for he fell upon two men more [uncompromisingly] righteous and honorable than he and slew them with the sword, without my father knowing of it: Abner son of Ner, captain of the host of Israel, and Amasa son of Jether, captain of the host of Judah.
So shall their blood return upon the head of Joab and of his descendants forever. But upon David, his descendants, his house, and his throne, there shall be peace from the Lord forever.
So Benaiah son of Jehoiada went up and struck and killed Joab, and he was buried at his own house in the wilderness.
The king put Benaiah son of Jehoiada in Joab’s place over the army and put Zadok the priest in place of Abiathar.
The king sent for Shimei and said to him, Build yourself a house in Jerusalem and dwell there, and do not leave there. ••• The king also said to Shimei, You are aware in your own heart of all the evil you did to my father David; so the Lord will return your evil upon your own head.
But King Solomon shall be blessed, and the throne of David shall be established before the Lord forever.
So the king commanded Benaiah son of Jehoiada, who went out and struck down Shimei, and he died. And the kingdom was established in the hands of Solomon.
from 1Kings 2
SOLOMON made an alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt and took Pharaoh’s daughter and brought her into the City of David until he had finished building his own house and the house of the Lord, and the wall around Jerusalem.
Solomon loved the Lord, walking [at first] in the statutes and practices of David his father, only he sacrificed and burned incense in the high places.
In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night. And God said,Ask what I shall give you.
give Your servant an understanding mind and a hearing heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and bad. For who is able to judge and rule this Your great people?
It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this.
God said to him, Because you have asked this and have not asked for long life or for riches, nor for the lives of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to recognize what is just and right,
Behold, I have done as you asked. I have given you a wise, discerning mind, so that no one before you was your equal, nor shall any arise after you equal to you.
I have also given you what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that there shall not be any among the kings equal to you all your days.
And if you will go My way, keep My statutes and My commandments as your father David did, then I will lengthen your days.
Solomon awoke, and behold, it was a dream. He came to Jerusalem, stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings, and made a feast for all his servants.
The king said, One says, This is my son that is alive and yours is the dead one. The other woman says, No! But your son is the dead one and mine is the living one.
And the king said, Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword to the king.
And the king said, Divide the living child in two and give half to the one and half to the other.
Then the mother of the living child said to the king, for she yearned over her son, O my lord, give her the living baby, and by no means slay him. But the other said, Let him not be mine or yours, but divide him.
Then the king said, Give her [who pleads for his life] the living baby, and by no means slay him. She is the child’s mother.
And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had made, and they stood in awe of him, for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to do justice.
from 1Kings 3