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Scripture for Wednesday, July 26
1 Chronicles 1:1-2:17, Romans 9:22-10:4, Psalm 89:14-18

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1 Chronicles 1-2:17

1 Chronicles 1


 1 Adam, Seth, Enosh, 2 Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared, 3 Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, Noah.

 4 The sons of Noah:
   Shem, Ham and Japheth.


 5 The sons of Japheth:
   Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech and Tiras.

 6 The sons of Gomer:
   Ashkenaz, Riphath and Togarmah.

 7 The sons of Javan:
   Elishah, Tarshish, the Kittim and the Rodanim.


 8 The sons of Ham:
   Cush, Mizraim, Put and Canaan.

 9 The sons of Cush:
   Seba, Havilah, Sabta, Raamah and Sabteca.

   The sons of Raamah:
   Sheba and Dedan.

 10 Cush was the father of
   Nimrod, who grew to be a mighty warrior on earth.

 11 Mizraim was the father of
   the Ludites, Anamites, Lehabites, Naphtuhites, 12 Pathrusites, Casluhites (from whom the Philistines came) and Caphtorites.

 13 Canaan was the father of
   Sidon his firstborn, and of the Hittites, 14 Jebusites, Amorites, Girgashites, 15 Hivites, Arkites, Sinites, 16 Arvadites, Zemarites and Hamathites.


 17 The sons of Shem:
   Elam, Asshur, Arphaxad, Lud and Aram.

   The sons of Aram:
   Uz, Hul, Gether and Meshech.

 18 Arphaxad was the father of Shelah,
   and Shelah the father of Eber.

 19 Two sons were born to Eber:
   One was named Peleg, because in his time the earth was divided; his brother was named Joktan.

 20 Joktan was the father of
   Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah, 21 Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, 22 Obal, Abimael, Sheba, 23 Ophir, Havilah and Jobab. All these were sons of Joktan.

 24 Shem, Arphaxad, Shelah,
 25 Eber, Peleg, Reu,
 26 Serug, Nahor, Terah
 27 and Abram (that is, Abraham).  28 The sons of Abraham:
   Isaac and Ishmael.


 29 These were their descendants:
   Nebaioth the firstborn of Ishmael, Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, 30 Mishma, Dumah, Massa, Hadad, Tema, 31 Jetur, Naphish and Kedemah. These were the sons of Ishmael.


 32 The sons born to Keturah, Abraham's concubine:
   Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah.

   The sons of Jokshan:
   Sheba and Dedan.

 33 The sons of Midian:
   Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida and Eldaah.

   All these were descendants of Keturah.


 34 Abraham was the father of Isaac.

   The sons of Isaac:
   Esau and Israel.  35 The sons of Esau:
   Eliphaz, Reuel, Jeush, Jalam and Korah.

 36 The sons of Eliphaz:
   Teman, Omar, Zepho, Gatam and Kenaz;
   by Timna: Amalek.

 37 The sons of Reuel:
   Nahath, Zerah, Shammah and Mizzah.


 38 The sons of Seir:
   Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah, Dishon, Ezer and Dishan.

 39 The sons of Lotan:
   Hori and Homam. Timna was Lotan's sister.

 40 The sons of Shobal:
   Alvan, Manahath, Ebal, Shepho and Onam.

   The sons of Zibeon:
   Aiah and Anah.

 41 The son of Anah:

   The sons of Dishon:
   Hemdan, Eshban, Ithran and Keran.

 42 The sons of Ezer:
   Bilhan, Zaavan and Akan.

   The sons of Dishan:
   Uz and Aran.


 43 These were the kings who reigned in Edom before any Israelite king reigned:
   Bela son of Beor, whose city was named Dinhabah.

 44 When Bela died, Jobab son of Zerah from Bozrah succeeded him as king.

 45 When Jobab died, Husham from the land of the Temanites succeeded him as king.

 46 When Husham died, Hadad son of Bedad, who defeated Midian in the country of Moab, succeeded him as king. His city was named Avith.

 47 When Hadad died, Samlah from Masrekah succeeded him as king.

 48 When Samlah died, Shaul from Rehoboth on the river succeeded him as king.

 49 When Shaul died, Baal-Hanan son of Acbor succeeded him as king.

 50 When Baal-Hanan died, Hadad succeeded him as king. His city was named Pau, and his wife's name was Mehetabel daughter of Matred, the daughter of Me-Zahab. 51 Hadad also died.

   The chiefs of Edom were:
   Timna, Alvah, Jetheth, 52 Oholibamah, Elah, Pinon, 53 Kenaz, Teman, Mibzar, 54 Magdiel and Iram. These were the chiefs of Edom.

1 Chronicles 2

 1 These were the sons of Israel:

   Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, 2 Dan, Joseph, Benjamin, Naphtali, Gad and Asher.    

 3 The sons of Judah:
   Er, Onan and Shelah. These three were born to him by a Canaanite woman, the daughter of Shua. Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the LORD's sight; so the LORD put him to death. 4 Tamar, Judah's daughter-in-law, bore him Perez and Zerah. Judah had five sons in all.

 5 The sons of Perez:
   Hezron and Hamul.

 6 The sons of Zerah:
   Zimri, Ethan, Heman, Calcol and Darda—five in all.

 7 The son of Carmi:
   Achar, who brought trouble on Israel by violating the ban on taking devoted things.

 8 The son of Ethan:

 9 The sons born to Hezron were:
   Jerahmeel, Ram and Caleb.


 10 Ram was the father of
   Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, the leader of the people of Judah. 11 Nahshon was the father of Salmon, Salmon the father of Boaz, 12 Boaz the father of Obed and Obed the father of Jesse.

 13 Jesse was the father of
   Eliab his firstborn; the second son was Abinadab, the third Shimea, 14 the fourth Nethanel, the fifth Raddai, 15 the sixth Ozem and the seventh David. 16 Their sisters were Zeruiah and Abigail. Zeruiah's three sons were Abishai, Joab and Asahel. 17 Abigail was the mother of Amasa, whose father was Jether the Ishmaelite.

Romans 9:22-10:4

 22 What if God, choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction? 23 What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory— 24 even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles? 25 As he says in Hosea:

   "I will call them "˜my people' who are not my people;
   and I will call her "˜my loved one' who is not my loved one,"

 26 and,

   "It will happen that in the very place where it was said to them,
   "˜You are not my people,'
they will be called "˜sons of the living God.'"

 27 Isaiah cries out concerning Israel:

   "Though the number of the Israelites be like the sand by the sea,
   only the remnant will be saved.
28 For the Lord will carry out
   his sentence on earth with speed and finality."

 29 It is just as Isaiah said previously:

   "Unless the Lord Almighty
   had left us descendants,
we would have become like Sodom,
   we would have been like Gomorrah."  30 What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; 31 but Israel, who pursued a law of righteousness, has not attained it. 32 Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the "stumbling stone." 33 As it is written:

   "See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes men to stumble
   and a rock that makes them fall,
and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame."

Romans 10

 1 Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. 2 For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. 3 Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness. 4 Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.

Psalm 89:14-18

 14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
   love and faithfulness go before you.
15 Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,
   who walk in the light of your presence, O LORD.
16 They rejoice in your name all day long;
   they exult in your righteousness.
17 For you are their glory and strength,
   and by your favor you exalt our horn.
18 Indeed, our shield belongs to the LORD,
   our king to the Holy One of Israel.