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TODAY’S BIBLE READING I (1 KINGS 3:5, 7-12)

YOU HAVE ASKED FOR A DISCERNING JUDGEMENT FOR YOURSELF.

The Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream and said, “Ask what you would like me to give you.” Solomon replied, “Lord, my God, you have made your servant king in succession to David my father. But I am a very young man, unskilled in leadership. Your servant finds himself in the midst of this people of yours that you have chosen, a people so many its numbers cannot be counted or reckoned. Give your servant a heart to understand how to discern between good and evil, for who could govern this people of yours that is so great?”

It pleased the Lord that Solomon should have asked for this. “Since you have asked for this” the Lord said “and not asked for long life for yourself or riches or the lives of your enemies, but have asked for a discerning judgement for yourself, here and now I do what you ask. I give you a heart wise and shrewd as none before you has had and none will have after you.”

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 

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13th FEBRUARY, BIBLE READING (1 KINGS 11:4-13)

SINCE YOU DO NOT KEEP MY COVENANT I WILL TEAR THE KINGDOM AWAY FROM YOU. FOR THE SAKE OF MY SERVANT DAVID, I WILL LEAVE YOUR SON ONE TRIBE.

When Solomon grew old his wives swayed his heart to other gods; and his heart was not wholly with the Lord his God as his father David’s had been. Solomon became a follower of Astarte, the goddess of the Sidonians, and of Milcom, the Ammonite abomination. He did what was displeasing to the Lord, and was not a wholehearted follower of the Lord, as his father David had been. Then it was that Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the god of Moab on the mountain to the east of Jerusalem, and to Milcom the god of the Ammonites. He did the same for all his foreign wives, who offered incense and sacrifice to their gods.

The Lord was angry with Solomon because his heart had turned from the Lord the God of Israel who had twice appeared to him and who had then forbidden him to follow other gods; but he did not carry out the Lord’s order. The Lord therefore said to Solomon, “Since you behave like this and do not keep my covenant or the laws I laid down for you, I will most surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your servants. For your father David’s sake, however, I will not do this during your lifetime, but will tear it out of your son’s hands. Even so, I will not tear the whole kingdom from him. For the sake of my servant David, and for the sake of Jerusalem which I have chosen, I will leave your son one tribe.”

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 
 

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12th FEBRUARY, BIBLE READING (1 KINGS 10:1-10)

THE QUEEN OF SHEBA SAW ALL THE WISDOM OF SOLOMON.

The fame of Solomon having reached the queen of Sheba, she came to test him with difficult questions. She brought immense riches to Jerusalem with her, camels laden, great quantities of gold, and precious stones. On coming to Solomon, she opened her mind freely to him; and Solomon had an answer for all her questions, not one of them was too obscure for the king to expound.

When the queen of Sheba saw all the wisdom of Solomon, the palace he had built, the food at his table, the accommodation for his officials, the organisation of his staff and the way they were dressed, his cup-bearers, and the holocausts he offered in the Temple of the Lord, it left her breathless, and she said to the king, “What I heard in my own country about you and your wisdom was true, then! Until I came and saw it with my own eyes I could not believe what they told me, but clearly they told me less than half: for wisdom and prosperity you surpass the report I heard. How happy your wives are! How happy the servants of yours who wait on you always and hear your wisdom! Blessed be the Lord your God who has granted you this favour, setting you on the throne of Israel! Because of the Lord’s everlasting love for Israel, he has made you king to deal out law and justice.”

And she presented the king with a hundred and twenty talents of gold and great quantities of spices and precious stones; no such wealth of spices ever came again as those given to King Solomon by the queen of Sheba.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 
 

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11th FEBRUARY, BIBLE READING (1 KINGS 8:22-23, 27-30)

YOU HAVE SAID, “MY NAME SHALL BE THERE.” HEAR THE ENTREATY OF YOUR PEOPLE ISRAEL.

In the presence of the whole assembly of Israel, Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord and, stretching out his hands towards heaven, said, “Lord God of Israel, not in heaven above nor on earth beneath is there such a God as you, true to your covenant and your kindness towards your servants when they walk wholeheartedly in your way.

“Yet will God really live with men on the earth? Why, the heavens and their own heavens cannot contain you. How much less this house that I have built! Listen to the prayer and entreaty of your servant, Lord my God; listen to the cry and to the prayer your servant makes to you today. Day and night let your eyes watch over this house, over this place of which you have said, ‘My name shall be there.’ Listen to the prayer that your servant will offer in this place.

“Hear the entreaty of your servant and of Israel your people as they pray in this place. From heaven where your dwelling is, hear; and, as you hear, forgive.”

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 
 

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10th FEBRUARY, BIBLE READING (1 KINGS 8:1-7, 9-13)

THEY BROUGHT THE ARK OF THE COVENANT INTO THE HOLY OF HOLIES, AND THE CLOUD FILLED THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD.

Solomon called the elders of Israel together in Jerusalem to bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord up from the Citadel of David, which is Zion. All the men of Israel assembled round King Solomon in the month of Ethanim, at the time of the feast (that is, the seventh month), and the priests took up the ark and the Tent of Meeting with all the sacred vessels that were in it. In the presence of the ark, King Solomon and all Israel sacrificed sheep and oxen, countless, innumerable. The priests brought the ark of the covenant of the Lord to its place, in the Debir of the Temple, that is, in the Holy of Holies, under the cherub’s wings. For there where the ark was placed the cherubs spread out their wings and sheltered the ark and its shafts. There was nothing in the ark except the two stone tablets Moses had placed in it at Horeb, the tablets of the covenant which the Lord had made with the Israelites when they came out of the land of Egypt; they are still there today.

Now when the priests came out of the sanctuary, the cloud filled the Temple of the Lord, and because of the cloud the priests could no longer perform their duties: the glory of the Lord filled the Lord’s Temple.

Then Solomon said:
“The Lord has chosen to dwell in the thick cloud.
Yes, I have built you a dwelling,
a place for you to live in for ever.”

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 
 

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8th FEBRUARY, BIBLE READING (1 KINGS 3:4-13)

GIVE YOUR SERVANT A HEART TO UNDERSTAND HOW TO DISCERN BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL.

The king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, since that was the greatest of the high places – Solomon offered a thousand holocausts on that altar. At Gibeon the Lord appeared in a dream to Solomon during the night. God said, “Ask what you would like me to give you.”

Solomon replied, “You showed great kindness to your servant David, my father, when he lived his life before you in faithfulness and justice and integrity of heart; you have continued this great kindness to him by allowing a son of his to sit on his throne today. Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in succession to David my father. But I am a very young man, unskilled in leadership. Your servant finds himself in the midst of this people of yours that you have chosen, a people so many its number cannot be counted or reckoned. Give your servant a heart to understand how to discern between good and evil, for who could govern this people of yours that is so great?”

It pleased the Lord that Solomon should have asked for this. “Since you have asked for this,” the Lord said, “and not asked for long life for yourself or riches or the lives of your enemies, but have asked for a discerning judgement for yourself, here and now I do what you ask. I give you a heart wise and shrewd as none before you has had and none will have after you. What you have not asked I shall give you too: such riches and glory as no other king ever had.”

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 
 

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6th FEBRUARY, BIBLE READING (1 KINGS 2:1-4, 10-12)

I AM GOING THE WAY OF ALL THE EARTH. BE STRONG, SOLOMON, AND SHOW YOURSELF A MAN.

As David’s life drew to its close he laid this charge on his son Solomon, “I am going the way of all the earth. Be strong and show yourself a man. Observe the injunctions of the Lord your God, following his ways and keeping his laws, his commandments, his customs and his decrees, as it stands written in the Law of Moses, so that you may be successful in all you do and undertake, so that the Lord may fulfil the promise he made me, ‘If your sons are careful how they behave, and walk loyally before me with all their heart and soul, you shall never lack for a man on the throne of Israel.'”

So David slept with his ancestors and was buried in the Citadel of David. David’s reign over Israel lasted forty years; he reigned in Hebron for seven years, and in Jerusalem for thirty-three.

Solomon was seated upon the throne of David, and his sovereignty was securely established.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 
 

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