Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his mercy endures forever. Psalm 136:1

1 Kings 19

Elijah Flees Jezebel

1 Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I don’t make your life like the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time!”

3 Elijah was afraid, so he got up, and ran for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. 4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree. Then he prayed that he might die, and said, “I’ve had enough! Now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am no better than my fathers.”

5 He lay down and slept under a juniper tree; and an angel touched him, and said to him, “Get up and eat!”

6 He looked, and there was, by his head, a cake baked on the coals and a jar of water. He ate and drank, and lay down again. 7 The angel of the Lord came again the second time, and touched him, and said, “Get up and eat, because the journey is too great for you.”

8 He got up, and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food 40 days and 40 nights to Horeb, the Mountain of God. 9 He came to a cave there, and camped there; and the word of the Lord came to him, and he said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

The Lord Speaks to Elijah at Horeb

10 He said, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of Hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they are now seeking to take my life as well.”

11 He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.”
The Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains, and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake a fire passed; but the Lord was not in the fire. After the fire, there was a still small voice. 13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle, went out, and stood in the entrance of the cave. A voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

14 He said, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of Hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek my life.”

15 The Lord said to him, “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus. When you arrive, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria. 16 Anoint Jehu the son of Nimshi to be king over Israel; and anoint Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel Meholah to be prophet in your place. 17 He who escapes from the sword of Hazael, Jehu will kill; and he who escapes from the sword of Jehu, Elisha will kill. 18 Yet I reserved 7,000 in Israel, all the knees of which have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth which has not kissed him.”

The Call of Elisha

19 So he departed from there, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth. Elijah went over to him, and put his mantle on him. 20 Elisha left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, “Let me please kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you.”
He said to him, “Go back again; for what have I done to you?”

21 He returned from following him, and took the yoke of oxen, and killed them, and boiled their meat with the instruments of the oxen, and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he got up, and went after Elijah, and served him.

Acts 12

James Killed, Peter Imprisoned

1 Now about that time, King Herod stretched out his hands to oppress some of the assembly. 2 He killed James, the brother of John, with the sword. 3 When he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This was during the days of unleavened bread. 4 When he had arrested him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of four soldiers each to guard him, intending to bring him out to the people after the Passover.

Peter Rescued

5 Peter therefore was kept in the prison, but the assembly made constant prayer to God for him.

6 The same night when Herod was about to bring him out, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains. Guards in front of the door kept the prison.7 And an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side, and woke him up, saying, “Stand up quickly!” His chains fell off his hands. 8 The angel said to him, “Get dressed and put on your sandals.” He did so. He said to him, “Put on your cloak and follow me.” 9 And he went out and followed him. He did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he saw a vision. 10 When they were past the first and the second guard, they came to the iron gate that leads into the city, which opened to them by itself. They went out, and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.

11 When Peter had come to himself, he said, “Now I truly know that the Lord has sent out his angel and delivered me from the hand of Herod, and from everything the Jewish people were expecting.” 12 Thinking about that, he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John who was called Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying. 13 When Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer. 14 When she recognized Peter’s voice, in her joy, she did not open the gate, but ran in, and reported that Peter was standing in front of the gate.

15 They said to her, “You are crazy!” But she insisted that it was so. They said, “It is his angel.” 16 But Peter continued knocking. When they had opened, they saw him, and were amazed. 17 But he, beckoning to them with his hand to be silent, declared to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. He said, “Tell these things to James and to the brothers.” Then he departed and went to another place.

18 Now as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers about what had become of Peter. 19 When Herod had sought for him, and did not find him, he examined the guards, then commanded that they should be put to death. He went down from Judea to Caesarea, and stayed there.

The Death of Herod

20 Now Herod was very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon. They came with one accord to him, and, having made Blastus, the king’s personal aide, their friend, they asked for peace, because their country depended on the king’s country for food. 21 On an appointed day, Herod dressed himself in royal clothing, sat on the throne, and gave a speech to them. 22 The people shouted, “The voice of a god, and not of a man!” 23 Immediately an angel of the Lord struck him, because he did not give God the glory. Then he was eaten by worms and died.

24 But the word of God grew and multiplied. 25 Barnabas and Saul returned to Jerusalem when they had fulfilled their service, also taking with them John who was called Mark.

Psalm 136

1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his mercy endures forever.
2 Give thanks to the God of gods;
for his mercy endures forever.
3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords;
for his mercy endures forever:
4 to him who alone does great wonders;
for his mercy endures forever:
5 to him who by understanding made the heavens;
for his mercy endures forever:
6 to him who spread out the earth above the waters;
for his mercy endures forever:
7 to him who made the great lights;
for his mercy endures forever:
8 the sun to rule by day;
for his mercy endures forever;
9 the moon and stars to rule by night;
for his mercy endures forever:
10 to him who struck down the Egyptian firstborn;
for his mercy endures forever;
11 and brought out Israel from among them;
for his mercy endures forever;
12 with a strong hand, and with an outstretched arm;
for his mercy endures forever:
13 to him who divided the Red Sea apart;
for his mercy endures forever;
14 and made Israel to pass through the middle of it;
for his mercy endures forever;
15 but overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea;
for his mercy endures forever:
16 to him who led his people through the wilderness;
for his mercy endures forever:
17 to him who struck great kings;
for his mercy endures forever;
18 and killed mighty kings;
for his mercy endures forever:
19 Sihon king of the Amorites;
for his mercy endures forever;
20 Og king of Bashan;
for his mercy endures forever;
21 and gave their land as an inheritance;
for his mercy endures forever;
22 a heritage to Israel his servant;
for his mercy endures forever:
23 who remembered us in our low estate;
for his mercy endures forever;
24 and has delivered us from our adversaries;
for his mercy endures forever:
25 who gives food to every creature;
for his mercy endures forever.
26 Oh give thanks to the God of heaven;
for his mercy endures forever.

Proverbs 17:14-15

14 The beginning of strife is like breaching a dam,
therefore stop contention before quarreling breaks out.
15 He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the righteous,
both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord.

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