July 4th, 2019

Thursday of Trinity 2


First Reading: Joshua 10:1-25

The Sun Stands Still

 1As soon as Adoni-zedek, king of Jerusalem, heard how Joshua had captured Ai and had devoted it to destruction,[a](A) doing to Ai and its king(B) as he had done to Jericho and its king, and(C) how the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with Israel and were among them, 2(D) he[b] feared greatly, because Gibeon was a great city, like one of the royal cities, and because it was greater than Ai, and all its men were warriors. 3So Adoni-zedek king of Jerusalem sent to Hoham king of Hebron, to Piram king of Jarmuth, to Japhia king of Lachish, and to Debir king of Eglon, saying, 4"Come up to me and help me, and let us strike Gibeon. For(E) it has made peace with Joshua and with the people of Israel." 5Then the five kings of the Amorites, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon,(F) gathered their forces and went up with all their armies and encamped against Gibeon and made war against it.

 6And the men of Gibeon sent to Joshua(G) at the camp in Gilgal, saying, "Do not relax your hand from your servants. Come up to us quickly and save us and help us, for all the kings of the Amorites who dwell in the hill country are gathered against us." 7So Joshua went up from Gilgal, he and(H) all the people of war with him, and all the mighty men of valor. 8And the LORD said to Joshua,(I) "Do not fear them, for I have given them into your hands.(J) Not a man of them shall stand before you." 9So Joshua came upon them suddenly, having marched up all night from Gilgal. 10(K) And the LORD threw them into a panic before Israel, who[c] struck them with a great blow at Gibeon and chased them by the way of(L) the ascent of Beth-horon and struck them as far as Azekah and Makkedah. 11And as they fled before Israel, while they were(M) going down the ascent of Beth-horon,(N) the LORD threw down large stones from heaven on them as far as Azekah, and they died. There were more who died because of the hailstones than the sons of Israel killed with the sword.

 12At that time Joshua spoke to the LORD in the day when the LORD gave the Amorites over to the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel,
   (O) "Sun, stand still at Gibeon,
   and moon, in the Valley of Aijalon." 13And the sun stood still, and the moon stopped,
   until the nation took vengeance on their enemies.

   

   Is this not written in the Book of Jashar? The sun stopped in the midst of heaven and did not hurry to set for about a whole day. 14(P) There has been no day like it before or since, when the LORD heeded the voice of a man, for(Q) the LORD fought for Israel.

 15So(R) Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, to the camp at Gilgal.

Five Amorite Kings Executed

 16These five kings fled and hid themselves in the cave at(S) Makkedah. 17And it was told to Joshua, "The five kings have been found, hidden in the cave at Makkedah." 18And Joshua said, "Roll large stones against the mouth of the cave and set men by it to guard them, 19but do not stay there yourselves. Pursue your enemies;(T) attack their rear guard. Do not let them enter their cities, for the LORD your God has given them into your hand." 20When Joshua and the sons of Israel had finished striking them with a great blow(U) until they were wiped out, and when the remnant that remained of them had entered into the fortified cities, 21then all the people returned safe to Joshua in the camp at Makkedah.(V) Not a man moved his tongue against any of the people of Israel.

 22Then Joshua said, "Open the mouth of the cave and bring those five kings out to me from the cave." 23And they did so, and brought those five kings out to him from the cave, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon. 24And when they brought those kings out to Joshua, Joshua summoned all the men of Israel and said to the chiefs of the men of war who had gone with him, "Come near; put your feet on the necks of these kings." Then they came near and put their feet on their necks. 25And Joshua said to them,(W) "Do not be afraid or dismayed; be strong and courageous.(X) For thus the LORD will do to all your enemies against whom you fight."

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Second Reading: Acts 11:19-30

The Church in Antioch

 19(A) Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except Jews. 20But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who on coming to Antioch spoke to the Hellenists[a] also,(B) preaching the Lord Jesus. 21And(C) the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed(D) turned to the Lord. 22The report of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23When he came and saw(E) the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord(F) with steadfast purpose, 24for he was a good man,(G) full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people(H) were added to the Lord. 25So Barnabas went to(I) Tarsus to look for Saul, 26and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called(J) Christians.

 27Now in these days(K) prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28And one of them named(L) Agabus stood up and foretold(M) by the Spirit that there would be a great(N) famine over all the world (this took place in the days of(O) Claudius). 29So the disciples determined, everyone according to his ability,(P) to send relief to(Q) the brothers[b] living in Judea. 30(R) And they did so, sending it to(S) the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.

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