1 Corinthians 11 1You
must follow my example, as I follow the example of
Rules for Worship
am proud of you, because you always remember me and obey
the teachings I gave you. 3Now I want you to
know that Christ is the head over all men, and a man is
the head over a woman. But God is the head over Christ. 4This
means that any man who prays or prophesies with something
on his head brings shame to his head.
any woman who prays or prophesies without something on
her head brings shame to her head. In fact, she may as
well shave her head. 6A woman should wear
something on her head. It is a disgrace for a woman to
shave her head or cut her hair. But if she refuses to
wear something on her head, let her cut off her hair.
were created to be like God and to bring honor to God.
This means that a man should not wear anything on his
head. Women were created to bring honor to men. 8It
was the woman who was made from a man, and not the man
who was made from a woman. 9He wasn't created
for her. She was created for him. 10And so,
because of this, and also because of the angels, a woman
ought to wear something on her head, as a sign of her
far as the Lord is concerned, men and women need each
other. 12It is true that the first woman came
from a man, but all other men have been given birth by
women. Yet God is the one who created everything. 13Ask
yourselves if it is proper for a woman to pray without
something on her head. 14Isn't it unnatural
and disgraceful for men to have long hair? 15But
long hair is a beautiful way for a woman to cover her
head. 16This is how things are done in all of
God's churches, and that's why none of you should argue
about what I have said.
Elisha Helps a Poor Widow
2 Kings 4 One
day the widow of one of the LORD's
prophets said to Elisha, "You know that before my
husband died, he was a follower of yours and a worshiper
of the LORD. But he owed a man some
money, and now that man is on his way to take my two sons
as his slaves."
there's something I can do to help," Elisha said.
"What do you have in your house?"
I have nothing but a small bottle of olive oil."
told her, "Ask your neighbors for their empty jars.
And after you've borrowed as many as you can, 4go
home and shut the door behind you and your sons. Then
begin filling the jars with oil and set each one aside as
you fill it." 5The woman left.
when she and her sons were back inside their house, the
two sons brought her the jars, and she began filling
last, she said to one of her sons, "Bring me another
don't have any more," he answered, and the oil
stopped flowing from the small bottle.
she told Elisha what had happened, he said, "Sell
the oil and use part of the money to pay what you owe the
man. You and your sons can live on what is left."
Elisha Brings a Rich Woman's
Son Back to Life
while Elisha was in the town of Shunem, he met a rich
woman who invited him to her home for dinner. After that,
whenever he was in Shunem, he would have a meal there
with her and her husband.
time later the woman said to her husband, "I'm sure
the man who comes here so often is a prophet of God. 10Why
don't we build him a small room on the flat roof of our
house? We can put a bed, a table and chair, and an oil
lamp in it. Then whenever he comes, he can stay with
next time Elisha was in Shunem, he stopped at their house
and went up to his room to rest. 12-13He said
to his servant Gehazi, "This woman has been very
helpful. Have her come up here to the roof for a
moment." She came, and Elisha told Gehazi to say to
her, "You've gone to a lot of trouble for us, and we
want to help you. Is there something we can request the
king or army commander to do?"
woman answered, "With my relatives nearby, I have
everything I need."
what can we do for her?" Elisha asked Gehazi.
replied, "I do know that her husband is old, and
that she doesn't have a son."
her to come here again," Elisha told his servant. He
called for her, and she came and stood in the doorway of
said to her, "Next year at this time, you'll be
holding your own baby son in your arms."
a man of God," the woman replied. "Please don't
lie to me."
a few months later, the woman got pregnant. She gave
birth to a son, just as Elisha had promised.
day while the boy was still young, he was out in the
fields with his father, where the workers were harvesting
the crops. 19Suddenly he shouted, "My
head hurts. It hurts a lot!"
him back to his mother," the father said to his
servant. 20The servant picked up the boy and
carried him to his mother. The boy lay on her lap all
morning, and by noon he was dead. 21She
carried him upstairs to Elisha's room and laid him across
the bed. Then she walked out and shut the door behind
woman called to her husband, "I need to see the
prophet. Let me use one of the donkeys. Send a servant
along with me, and let me leave now, so I can get back
do you need to see him today?" her husband asked.
"It's not the Sabbath or time for the New Moon
all right," she answered. 24She saddled
the donkey and said to her servant, "Let's go. And
don't slow down unless I tell you to." 25She
left at once for Mount Carmel to talk with Elisha.
Elisha saw her coming, he said, "Gehazi, look! It's
the woman from Shunem. 26Run and meet her. And
ask her if everything is all right with her and her
is fine," she answered Gehazi. 27But as
soon as she got to the top of the mountain, she went over
and grabbed Elisha by the feet.
started toward her to push her away, when Elisha said,
"Leave her alone! Don't you see how sad she is? But
the LORD hasn't told me why."
woman said, "Sir, I begged you not to get my hopes
up, and I didn't even ask you for a son."
get ready and go to her house," Elisha said.
"Take along my walking stick, and when you get
there, lay it on the boy's face. Don't stop to talk to
anyone, even if they try to talk to you."
the boy's mother said to Elisha, "I swear by the
living LORD and by your own life
that I won't leave without you." So Elisha got up
and went with them.
ran on ahead and laid Elisha's walking stick on the boy's
face, but the boy didn't move or make a sound. Gehazi ran
back to Elisha and said, "The boy didn't wake
arrived at the woman's house and went straight to his
room, where he saw the boy's body on his bed. 33He
walked in, shut the door, and prayed to the LORD. 34Then he got on the bed
and stretched out over the dead body, with his mouth on
the boy's mouth, his eyes on his eyes, and his hand on
his hands. As he lay there, the boy's body became warm. 35Elisha
got up and walked back and forth in the room, then he
went back and leaned over the boy's body. The boy sneezed
seven times and opened his eyes.
called out to Gehazi, "Have the boy's mother come
here." Gehazi did, and when she was at the door,
Elisha said, "You can take your son."
came in and bowed down at Elisha's feet. Then she picked
up her son and left.
Elisha Makes Some Stew Taste
Elisha went back to Gilgal, where there was almost
nothing to eat, because the crops had failed.
day while the prophets who lived there were meeting with
Elisha, he said to his servant, "Fix a big pot of
stew for these prophets."
of them went out into the woods to gather some herbs. He
found a wild vine and picked as much of its fruit as he
could carry, but he didn't know that the fruit was very
sour. When he got back, he cut up the fruit and put it in
stew was served, and when the prophets started eating it,
they shouted, "Elisha, this stew tastes terrible! We
can't eat it."
me some flour," Elisha said. He sprinkled the flour
in the stew and said, "Now serve it to them."
And the stew tasted fine.
Elisha Feeds One Hundred People
man from the town of Baal-Shalishah brought Elisha some
freshly cut grain and twenty loaves of bread made from
the first barley that was harvested. Elisha said,
"Give it to the people so they can eat."
not enough here for a hundred people," his servant
give it to them," Elisha replied. "The LORD has promised there will be more than
the servant served the bread and grain to the people.
They ate and still had some left over, just as the LORD had promised.
Judgment on Israel
Amos 9 I saw
a vision of the LORD standing by
the temple altar,
and he said,
"Shake the columns until the tops fall loose,
and the doorposts crumble.
Then make the pieces fall on the people below.
will take a sword and kill anyone who escapes.
they dig deep into the earth or climb to the sky,
I'll reach out and get them.
they escape to the peaks of Mount Carmel,
I'll search and find them.
And if they hide from me at the bottom of the ocean,
I'll command a sea monster to bite them.
send a sword to kill them,
wherever their enemies drag them off as captives.
I'm determined to hurt them, not to help them."
His Name Is the LORD
5When the LORD God
All-Powerful touches the earth,
it melts, and its people mourn.
God makes the earth rise and then fall,
just like the Nile River.
built his palace in the heavens
and let its foundations rest on the earth.
He scoops up the ocean and empties it on the earth.
His name is the LORD.
7Israel, I am the LORD
and the Ethiopians are no less important to me
than you are.
brought you out of Egypt,
but I also brought the Philistines from Crete
and the Arameans from Kir.
eyes have seen what a sinful nation you are,
and I'll wipe you out.
But I will leave a few of Jacob's descendants.
I, the LORD, have spoken!
my command, all of you will be sifted like grain.
Israelites who remain faithful
will be scattered among the nations.
And the others will be trapped like trash in a sifter.
of you are evil, and you deny
that you will ever get caught.
But you will be killed.
Promise to Israel
11In the future, I will rebuild David's fallen
will build it from its ruins and set it up again,
just as it used to be.
you will capture Edom
and the other nations that are mine.
I, the LORD, have spoken,
and my words will come true.
will have such a harvest that you won't be able
to bring in all of your wheat before plowing time.
You will have grapes left over from season to season;
your fruitful vineyards will cover the mountains.
make Israel prosper again.
You will rebuild your towns and live in them.
You will drink wine from your own vineyards
and eat the fruit you grow.
plant your roots deep in the land I have given you,
and you won't ever be uprooted again.
I, the LORD God, have spoken!