Offered to Idols
1 Corinthians 8 In
your letter you asked me about food offered to idols. All
of us know something about this subject. But knowledge
makes us proud of ourselves, while love makes us helpful
to others. 2In fact, people who think they
know so much don't know anything at all. 3But
God has no doubts about who loves him.
though food is offered to idols, we know that none of the
idols in this world are alive. After all, there is only
one God. 5Many things in heaven and on earth
are called gods and lords, but none of them really are
gods or lords. 6We have only one God, and he
is the Father. He created everything, and we live for
him. Jesus Christ is our only Lord. Everything was made
by him, and by him life was given to us.
everyone knows these things. In fact, many people have
grown up with the belief that idols have life in them. So
when they eat meat offered to idols, they are bothered by
a weak conscience. 8But food doesn't bring us
any closer to God. We are no worse off if we don't eat,
and we are no better off if we do.
cause problems for someone with a weak conscience, just
because you have the right to eat anything. 10You
know all this, and so it doesn't bother you to eat in the
temple of an idol. But suppose a person with a weak
conscience sees you and decides to eat food that has been
offered to idols. 11Then what you know has
destroyed someone Christ died for. 12When you
sin by hurting a follower with a weak conscience, you sin
against Christ. 13So if I hurt one of the
Lord's followers by what I eat, I will never eat meat as
long as I live.
Micaiah Warns Ahab about
(2 Chronicles 18.2-27)
1 Kings 22 For
the next three years there was peace between Israel and
Syria. 2During the third year King Jehoshaphat
of Judah went to visit King Ahab of Israel.
asked his officials, "Why haven't we tried to get
Ramoth in Gilead back from the Syrians? It belongs to
us." 4Then he asked Jehoshaphat,
"Would you go to Ramoth with me and attack the
tell me what to do," Jehoshaphat answered. "My
army and horses are at your command. 5But
first, let's ask the LORD."
sent for about four hundred prophets and asked,
"Should I attack the Syrians at Ramoth?"
the prophets answered. "The Lord will help you
Jehoshaphat said, "Just to make sure, is there
another of the LORD's prophets we
could ask Micaiah son of Imlah," Ahab said.
"But I hate Micaiah. He always has bad news for
say that!" Jehoshaphat replied. 9Then
Ahab sent someone to bring Micaiah as soon as possible.
this time, Ahab and Jehoshaphat were dressed in their
royal robes and were seated on their thrones at the
threshing place near the gate of Samaria. They were
listening to the prophets tell them what the LORD had said.
son of Chenaanah was one of the prophets. He had made
some horns out of iron and shouted, "Ahab, the LORD says you will attack the Syrians like
a bull with iron horns and wipe them out!"
the prophets agreed that Ahab should attack the Syrians
at Ramoth, and they promised that the LORD
would help him defeat them.
the messenger who went to get Micaiah whispered,
"Micaiah, all the prophets have good news for Ahab.
Now go and say the same thing."
say whatever the living LORD tells
me to say," Micaiah replied.
Micaiah went to Ahab, and Ahab asked, "Micaiah,
should I attack the Syrians at Ramoth?"
Micaiah answered. "The LORD
will help you defeat them."
I've told you over and over to tell me the truth!"
Ahab shouted. "What does the LORD
answered, "In a vision I saw Israelite soldiers
walking around in the hills like sheep without a shepherd
to guide them. The LORD said, 'This
army has no leader. They should go home and not fight.'
turned to Jehoshaphat and said, "I told you he would
bring bad news!"
Listen to this! I also saw the LORD seated on his throne with every
creature in heaven gathered around him. 20The
LORD asked, "Who can trick
Ahab and make him go to Ramoth where he will be
They talked about it for a while, 21then
finally a spirit came forward and said to the LORD, "I can trick Ahab."
"How?" the LORD
22"I'll make Ahab's
prophets lie to him."
"Good!" the LORD
replied. "Now go and do it."
23This is exactly what
has happened, Ahab. The LORD
made all your prophets lie to you, and he knows you
will soon be destroyed.
walked up to Micaiah and slapped him on the face. Then he
asked, "Do you really think the LORD
would speak to you and not to me?"
answered, "You'll find out on the day you have to
hide in the back room of some house."
shouted, "Arrest Micaiah! Take him to Prince Joash
and Governor Amon of Samaria. 27Tell them to
put him in prison and to give him nothing but bread and
water until I come back safely."
said, "If you do come back, I was wrong about what
the LORD wanted me to say."
Then he told the crowd, "Don't forget what I
Ahab Dies at Ramoth
(2 Chronicles 18.28-34)
and Jehoshaphat led their armies to Ramoth in Gilead. 30Before
they went into battle, Ahab said, "Jehoshaphat, I'll
disguise myself, but you wear your royal robe." Then
Ahab disguised himself and went into battle.
king of Syria had ordered his thirty-two chariot
commanders to attack only Ahab. 32So when they
saw Jehoshaphat in his robe, they thought he was Ahab and
started to attack him. But when Jehoshaphat shouted out
to them, 33they realized he wasn't Ahab, and
they left him alone.
during the fighting a soldier shot an arrow without even
aiming, and it hit Ahab where two pieces of his armor
joined. He shouted to his chariot driver, "I've been
hit! Get me out of here!"
fighting lasted all day, with Ahab propped up in his
chariot so he could see the Syrian troops. He bled so
much that the bottom of the chariot was covered with
blood, and by evening he was dead.
the sun was going down, someone in Israel's army shouted
to the others, "Retreat! Go back home!"
body was taken to Samaria and buried there. 38Some
workers washed his chariot near a spring in Samaria, and
prostitutes washed themselves in his blood. Dogs licked
Ahab's blood off the ground, just as the LORD
else Ahab did while he was king, including the towns he
strengthened and the palace he built and furnished with
ivory, is written in The History of the Kings of
Israel. 40Ahab died, and his son Ahaziah
King Jehoshaphat of Judah
(2 Chronicles 20.31--21.1)
son of Asa became king of Judah in Ahab's fourth year as
king of Israel. 42Jehoshaphat was thirty-five
years old when he became king, and he ruled from
Jerusalem for twenty-five years. His mother was Azubah
daughter of Shilhi.
obeyed the LORD, just as his father
Asa had done, and during his rule he was at peace with
the king of Israel.
got rid of the rest of the prostitutes from the local
shrines, but he did not destroy the shrines, and they
were still used as places for offering sacrifices.
else Jehoshaphat did while he was king, including his
brave deeds and military victories, is written in The
History of the Kings of Judah.
country of Edom had no king at the time, so a lower
official ruled the land.
had seagoing ships built to sail to Ophir for gold. But
they were wrecked at Ezion-Geber and never sailed. 49Ahaziah
son of Ahab offered to let his sailors go with
Jehoshaphat's sailors, but Jehoshaphat refused.
died and was buried beside his ancestors in Jerusalem,
and his son Jehoram became king.
King Ahaziah of Israel
son of Ahab became king of Israel in the seventeenth year
of Jehoshaphat's rule in Judah, and he ruled two years
disobeyed the LORD, just as his
father, his mother, and Jeroboam had done. They all led
Israel to sin. 53Ahaziah worshiped Baal and
made the LORD God of Israel very
angry, just as his father had done.
Israel Will Be Punished
Amos 6 Do you
rulers in Jerusalem and in the city of Samaria
feel safe and at ease?
Everyone bows down to you, and you think you are better
than any other nation.
But you are in for trouble!
what happened to the cities of Calneh,
powerful Hamath, and Gath in Philistia.
Are you greater than any of those kingdoms?
are cruel, and you forget the coming day of judgment.
rich people lounge around on beds with ivory posts,
while dining on the meat of your lambs and calves.
sing foolish songs to the music of harps,
and you make up new tunes, just as David used to do.
drink all the wine you want
and wear expensive perfume,
but you don't care about the ruin of your nation.
you will be the first to be dragged off as captives;
your good times will end.
LORD God All-Powerful has sworn by
his own name:
"You descendants of Jacob make me angry by your
and I hate your fortresses.
And so I will surrender your city and possessions
to your enemies."
only ten of you survive by hiding in a house
you will still die.
you carry out a corpse to prepare it for burial,
your relative in the house will ask, "Are there
You will answer, "No!"
Then your relative will reply, "Be quiet!
Don't dare mention the name of the LORD."
the LORD's command, houses great
will be smashed to pieces.
can't gallop on rocks; oceans can't be plowed.
But you have turned justice and fairness
into bitter poison.
celebrate the defeat of Lo-Debar and Karnaim,
and you boast by saying, "We did it on our
the LORD God All-Powerful will send
to attack you people of Israel.
They will capture Lebo-Hamath in the north,
Arabah Creek in the south, and everything in between.