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New Testament Reading
1 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God's elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness- 2 a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, 3 and at his appointed season he brought his word to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior,
4 To Titus, my true son in our common faith:
Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
Titus' Task on Crete
5 The reason I left you in Crete was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. 6 An elder must be blameless, the husband of but one wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. 7 Since an overseer is entrusted with God's work, he must be blameless-not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. 8 Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. 9 He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
10 For there are many rebellious people, mere talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision group. 11 They must be silenced, because they are ruining whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach-and that for the sake of dishonest gain. 12 Even one of their own prophets has said, "Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons." 13 This testimony is true. Therefore, rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith 14 and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the commands of those who reject the truth. 15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. 16 They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.
Old Testament Reading
1CH 28:1 David summoned all the officials of Israel to assemble at
Jerusalem: the officers over the tribes, the commanders of the divisions
In the service of the king, the commanders of thousands and commanders
Of hundreds, and the officials in charge of all the property and
Livestock belonging to the king and his sons, together with the palace
Officials, the mighty men and all the brave warriors.
1CH 28:2 King David rose to his feet and said: "Listen to me, my
Brothers and my people. I had it in my heart to build a house as a place
Of rest for the ark of the covenant of the LORD, for the footstool of
Our God, and I made plans to build it.
1CH 28:3 But God said to me, 'You are not to build a house for my Name,
Because you are a warrior and have shed blood.'
1CH 28:4 "Yet the LORD, the God of Israel, chose me from my whole family
To be king over Israel forever. He chose Judah as leader, and from the
House of Judah he chose my family, and from my father's sons he was
Pleased to make me king over all Israel.
1CH 28:5 Of all my sons-- and the LORD has given me many-- he has chosen
My son Solomon to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the LORD over
1CH 28:6 He said to me: 'Solomon your son is the one who will build my
House and my courts, for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be
1CH 28:7 I will establish his kingdom forever if he is unswerving in
Carrying out my commands and laws, as is being done at this time.'
1CH 28:8 "So now I charge you in the sight of all Israel and of the
Assembly of the LORD, and in the hearing of our God: Be careful to
Follow all the commands of the LORD your God, that you may possess this
Good land and pass it on as an inheritance to your descendants forever.
1CH 28:9 "And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father,
And serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for
The LORD searches every heart and understands every motive behind the
Thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake
Him, he will reject you forever.
1CH 28:10 Consider now, for the LORD has chosen you to build a temple as
A sanctuary. Be strong and do the work."
1CH 28:11 Then David gave his son Solomon the plans for the portico of
The temple, its buildings, its storerooms, its upper parts, its inner
Rooms and the place of atonement.
1CH 28:12 He gave him the plans of all that the Spirit had put in his
Mind for the courts of the temple of the LORD and all the surrounding
Rooms, for the treasuries of the temple of God and for the treasuries
For the dedicated things.
1CH 28:13 He gave him instructions for the divisions of the priests and
Levites, and for all the work of serving in the temple of the LORD, as
Well as for all the articles to be used in its service.
1CH 28:14 He designated the weight of gold for all the gold articles to
Be used in various kinds of service, and the weight of silver for all
The silver articles to be used in various kinds of service:
1CH 28:15 the weight of gold for the gold lampstands and their lamps,
With the weight for each lampstand and its lamps; and the weight of
Silver for each silver lampstand and its lamps, according to the use of
1CH 28:16 the weight of gold for each table for consecrated bread; the
Weight of silver for the silver tables;
1CH 28:17 the weight of pure gold for the forks, sprinkling bowls and
Pitchers; the weight of gold for each gold dish; the weight of silver
For each silver dish;
1CH 28:18 and the weight of the refined gold for the altar of incense.
He also gave him the plan for the chariot, that is, the cherubim of gold
That spread their wings and shelter the ark of the covenant of the LORD.
1CH 28:19 "All this," David said, "I have in writing from the hand of
The LORD upon me, and he gave me understanding in all the details of the
1CH 28:20 David also said to Solomon his son, "Be strong and courageous,
And do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my
God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work
For the service of the temple of the LORD is finished.
1CH 28:21 The divisions of the priests and Levites are ready for all the
work on the temple of God, and every willing man skilled in any craft
will help you in all the work. The officials and all the people will
obey your every command."
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