in the Church
1 Corinthians 14 26This
is what I mean, my friends. When you meet for worship,
one person has a hymn, another a teaching, another a
revelation from God, another a message in strange
tongues, and still another the explanation of what is
said. Everything must be of help to the church. 27If
someone is going to speak in strange tongues, two or
three at the most should speak, one after the other, and
someone else must explain what is being said. 28But
if no one is there who can explain, then the one who
speaks in strange tongues must be quiet and speak only to
himself and to God. 29Two or three who are
given God's message should speak, while the others are to
judge what they say. 30But if someone sitting
in the meeting receives a message from God, the one who
is speaking should stop. 31All of you may
proclaim God's message, one by one, so that everyone will
learn and be encouraged. 32The gift of
proclaiming God's message should be under the speaker's
control, 33because God does not want us to be
in disorder but in harmony and peace.
in all the churches of God's people, 34the
women should keep quiet in the meetings. They are not
allowed to speak; as the Jewish Law says, they must not
be in charge. 35If they want to find out about
something, they should ask their husbands at home. It is
a disgraceful thing for a woman to speak in a church
could it be that the word of God came from you? Or are
you the only ones to whom it came? 37If anyone
supposes he is God's messenger or has a spiritual gift,
he must realize that what I am writing to you is the
Lord's command. 38But if he does not pay
attention to this, pay no attention to him.
then, my friends, set your heart on proclaiming God's
message, but do not forbid the speaking in strange
tongues. 40Everything must be done in a proper
and orderly way.
Jehu Is Anointed King
2 Kings 9
Meanwhile the prophet Elisha called one of the young
prophets and said to him, "Get ready and go to
Ramoth in Gilead. Take this jar of olive oil with you, 2and
when you get there look for Jehu, the son of Jehoshaphat
and grandson of Nimshi. Take him to a private room away
from his companions, 3pour this olive oil on
his head, and say, 'The LORD
proclaims that he anoints you king of Israel.' Then leave
there as fast as you can."
the young prophet went to Ramoth, 5where he
found the army officers in a conference. He said,
"Sir, I have a message for you."
asked, "Which one of us are you
you, sir," he replied. 6Then the two of
them went indoors, and the young prophet poured the olive
oil on Jehu's head and said to him, "The LORD, the God of Israel, proclaims: 'I
anoint you king of my people Israel. 7You are
to kill your master the king, that son of Ahab, so that I
may punish Jezebel for murdering my prophets and my other
servants. 8All of Ahab's family and
descendants are to die; I will get rid of every male in
his family, young and old alike. 9I will
treat his family as I did the families of King Jeroboam
of Israel and of King Baasha of Israel. 10Jezebel
will not be buried; her body will be eaten by dogs in the
territory of Jezreel.'" After saying this, the young
prophet left the room and fled.
went back to his fellow officers, who asked him, "Is
everything all right? What did that crazy fellow want
know what he wanted," Jehu answered.
we don't!" they replied. "Tell us what he
told me that the LORD proclaims: 'I
anoint you king of Israel.'"
once Jehu's fellow officers spread their cloaks at the
top of the steps for Jehu to stand on, blew trumpets, and
shouted, "Jehu is king!"
King Joram of Israel Is
Jehu plotted against King Joram, who was in Jezreel,
where he had gone to recover from the wounds which he had
received in the battle at Ramoth against King Hazael of
Syria. So Jehu said to his fellow officers, "If you
are with me, make sure that no one slips out of Ramoth to
go and warn the people in Jezreel." 16Then
he got into his chariot and set off for Jezreel. Joram
had still not recovered, and King Ahaziah of Judah was
there, visiting him.
on duty in the watchtower at Jezreel saw Jehu and his men
approaching. "I see some men riding up!" he
replied, "Send a rider to find out if they are
friends or enemies."
messenger rode out to Jehu and said to him, "The
king wants to know if you come as a friend."
none of your business!" Jehu answered. "Fall in
guard on the watchtower reported that the messenger had
reached the group but was not returning. 19Another
messenger was sent out, who asked Jehu the same question.
Again Jehu answered, "That's none of your business!
Fall in behind me."
more the guard reported that the messenger had reached
the group but was not returning. And he added, "The
leader of the group is driving his chariot like a madman,
just like Jehu!"
my chariot ready," King Joram ordered. It was done,
and he and King Ahaziah rode out, each in his own
chariot, to meet Jehu. They met him at the field which
had belonged to Naboth. 22"Are you coming
in peace?" Joram asked him.
can there be peace," Jehu answered, "when we
still have all the witchcraft and idolatry that your
mother Jezebel started?"
treason, Ahaziah!" Joram cried out, as he turned his
chariot around and fled. 24Jehu drew his bow,
and with all his strength shot an arrow that struck Joram
in the back and pierced his heart. Joram fell dead in his
chariot, 25and Jehu said to his aide Bidkar,
"Get his body and throw it in the field that
belonged to Naboth. Remember that when you and I were
riding together behind King Joram's father Ahab, the LORD spoke these words against Ahab: 26'I
saw the murder of Naboth and his sons yesterday. And I
promise that I will punish you here in this same field.'
So take Joram's body," Jehu ordered his aide,
"and throw it in the field that belonged to Naboth,
so as to fulfill the LORD's
King Ahaziah of Judah
Ahaziah saw what happened, so he fled in his chariot
toward the town of Beth Haggan, pursued by Jehu.
"Kill him too!" Jehu ordered his men, and they
wounded him as he drove his chariot on the road up to
Gur, near the town of Ibleam. But he managed to keep on
going until he reached the city of Megiddo, where he
died. 28His officials took his body back to
Jerusalem in a chariot and buried him in the royal tombs
in David's City.
had become king of Judah in the eleventh year that Joram
son of Ahab was king of Israel.
Queen Jezebel Is Killed
arrived in Jezreel. Jezebel, having heard what had
happened, put on eye shadow, arranged her hair, and stood
looking down at the street from a window in the palace. 31As
Jehu came through the gate, she called out, "You
Zimri! You assassin! Why are you here?"
looked up and shouted, "Who is on my side?" Two
or three palace officials looked down at him from a
window, 33and Jehu said to them, "Throw
her down!" They threw her down, and her blood
spattered on the wall and on the horses. Jehu drove his
horses and chariot over her body, 34entered
the palace, and had a meal. Only then did he say,
"Take that cursed woman and bury her; after all, she
is a king's daughter." 35But the men who
went out to bury her found nothing except her skull and
the bones of her hands and feet. 36When they
reported this to Jehu, he said, "This is what the LORD said would happen, when he spoke
through his servant Elijah: 'Dogs will eat Jezebel's body
in the territory of Jezreel. 37Her remains
will be scattered there like dung, so that no one will be
able to identify them.'"
Jonah's Anger and God's
Jonah 4 Jonah
was very unhappy about this and became angry. 2So
he prayed, "LORD, didn't I say
before I left home that this is just what you would do?
That's why I did my best to run away to Spain! I knew
that you are a loving and merciful God, always patient,
always kind, and always ready to change your mind and not
punish. 3Now then, LORD,
let me die. I am better off dead than alive."
LORD answered, "What right do
you have to be angry?"
went out east of the city and sat down. He made a shelter
for himself and sat in its shade, waiting to see what
would happen to Nineveh. 6Then the LORD God made a plant grow up over Jonah
to give him some shade, so that he would be more
comfortable. Jonah was extremely pleased with the plant. 7But
at dawn the next day, at God's command, a worm attacked
the plant, and it died. 8After the sun had
risen, God sent a hot east wind, and Jonah was about to
faint from the heat of the sun beating down on his head.
So he wished he were dead. "I am better off dead
than alive," he said.
God said to him, "What right do you have to be angry
about the plant?"
replied, "I have every right to be angry--angry
enough to die!"
LORD said to him, "This plant
grew up in one night and disappeared the next; you didn't
do anything for it and you didn't make it grow--yet you
feel sorry for it! 11How much more, then,
should I have pity on Nineveh, that great city. After
all, it has more than 120,000 innocent children in it, as
well as many animals!"