This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Devotional Bible Reading Episode #262. Where I read three chapters of the Holy Bible in the King James Version each day with my family as a part of our family devotions, to encourage you to read the Holy Bible in a year’s time. Today we are reading 1 Kings 2, 1 Kings 3, and Job 20.
A. W. Tozer said, “The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts.”
Timothy Dwight said, “The Bible is a window in this prison world, through which we may look into eternity.”
1 Kings 2
1 Now the days of Da’-vid drew nigh that he should die; and he charged Sol’-o-mon his son, saying,
2 I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man;
3 And keep the charge of the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Mo’-ses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself:
4 That the Lord may continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Is’-ra-el.
5 Moreover thou knowest also what Jo’-ab the son of Zer-u-i’-ah did to me, and what he did to the two captains of the hosts of Is’-ra-el, unto Ab’-ner the son of Ner, and unto A-ma’-sa the son of Je’-ther, whom he slew, and shed the blood of war in peace, and put the blood of war upon his girdle that was about his loins, and in his shoes that were on his feet.
6 Do therefore according to thy wisdom, and let not his hoar head go down to the grave in peace.
7 But shew kindness unto the sons of Bar-zil-la’-i the Gil-e-ad-ite, and let them be of those that eat at thy table: for so they came to me when I fled because of Ab’-sa-lom thy brother.
8 And, behold, thou hast with thee Shim’-e-i the son of Ge’-ra, a Ben’-ja-mite of Ba’-hu-rim, which cursed me with a grievous curse in the day when I went to Ma’-ha-na-im: but he came down to meet me at Jor’-dan, and I sware to him by the Lord, saying, I will not put thee to death with the sword.
9 Now therefore hold him not guiltless: for thou art a wise man, and knowest what thou oughtest to do unto him; but his hoar head bring thou down to the grave with blood.
10 So Da’-vid slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of Da’-vid.
11 And the days that Da’-vid reigned over Is’-ra-el were forty years: seven years reigned he in He’-bron, and thirty and three years reigned he in Je-ru’-sa-lem.
12 Then sat Sol’-o-mon upon the throne of Da’-vid his father; and his kingdom was established greatly.
13 And Ad-o-ni’-jah the son of Hag’-gith came to Bath’-she-ba the mother of Sol’-o-mon. And she said, Comest thou peaceably? And he said, Peaceably.
14 He said moreover, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And she said, Say on.
15 And he said, Thou knowest that the kingdom was mine, and that all Is’-ra-el set their faces on me, that I should reign: howbeit the kingdom is turned about, and is become my brother’s: for it was his from the Lord.
16 And now I ask one petition of thee, deny me not. And she said unto him, Say on.
17 And he said, Speak, I pray thee, unto Sol’-o-mon the king, (for he will not say thee nay,) that he give me Ab’-i-shag the Shu-nam’-mite to wife.
18 And Bath’-she-ba said, Well; I will speak for thee unto the king.
19 Bath’-she-ba therefore went unto king Sol’-o-mon, to speak unto him for Ad-o-ni’-jah. And the king rose up to meet her, and bowed himself unto her, and sat down on his throne, and caused a seat to be set for the king’s mother; and she sat on his right hand.
20 Then she said, I desire one small petition of thee; I pray thee, say me not nay. And the king said unto her, Ask on, my mother: for I will not say thee nay.
21 And she said, Let Ab’-i-shag the Shu-nam’-mite be given to Ad-o-ni’-jah thy brother to wife.
22 And king Sol’-o-mon answered and said unto his mother, And why dost thou ask Ab’-i-shag the Shu-nam’-mite for Ad-o-ni’-jah? ask for him the kingdom also; for he is mine elder brother; even for him, and for A-bi’-a-thar the priest, and for Jo’-ab the son of Zer-u-i’-ah.
23 Then king Sol’-o-mon sware by the Lord, saying, God do so to me, and more also, if Ad-o-ni’-jah have not spoken this word against his own life.
24 Now therefore, as the Lord liveth, which hath established me, and set me on the throne of Da’-vid my father, and who hath made me an house, as he promised, Ad-o-ni’-jah shall be put to death this day.
25 And king Sol’-o-mon sent by the hand of Be-nai’-ah the son of Je-hoi’-ada; and he fell upon him that he died.
26 And unto A-bi’-a-thar the priest said the king, Get thee to A’-na-thoth, unto thine own fields; for thou art worthy of death: but I will not at this time put thee to death, because thou barest the ark of the Lord God before Da’-vid my father, and because thou hast been afflicted in all wherein my father was afflicted.
27 So Sol’-o-mon thrust out A-bi’-a-thar from being priest unto the Lord; that he might fulfil the word of the Lord, which he spake concerning the house of E’-li in Shi’-loh.
28 Then tidings came to Jo’-ab: for Jo’-ab had turned after Ad-o-ni’-jah, though he turned not after Ab’-sa-lom. And Jo’-ab fled unto the tabernacle of the Lord, and caught hold on the horns of the altar.
29 And it was told king Sol’-o-mon that Jo’-ab was fled unto the tabernacle of the Lord; and, behold, he is by the altar. Then Sol’-o-mon sent Be-nai’-ah the son of Je-hoi’-ada, saying, Go, fall upon him.
30 And Be-nai’-ah came to the tabernacle of the Lord, and said unto him, Thus saith the king, Come forth. And he said, Nay; but I will die here. And Be-nai’-ah brought the king word again, saying, Thus said Jo’-ab, and thus he answered me.
31 And the king said unto him, Do as he hath said, and fall upon him, and bury him; that thou mayest take away the innocent blood, which Jo’-ab shed, from me, and from the house of my father.
32 And the Lord shall return his blood upon his own head, who fell upon two men more righteous and better than he, and slew them with the sword, my father Da’-vid not knowing thereof, to wit, Ab’-ner the son of Ner, captain of the host of Is’-ra-el, and A-ma’-sa the son of Je’-ther, captain of the host of Ju’-dah.
33 Their blood shall therefore return upon the head of Jo’-ab, and upon the head of his seed for ever: but upon Da’-vid, and upon his seed, and upon his house, and upon his throne, shall there be peace for ever from the Lord.
34 So Be-nai’-ah the son of Je-hoi’-ada went up, and fell upon him, and slew him: and he was buried in his own house in the wilderness.
35 And the king put Be-nai’-ah the son of Je-hoi’-ada in his room over the host: and Za’-dok the priest did the king put in the room of A-bi’-a-thar.
36 And the king sent and called for Shim’-e-i, and said unto him, Build thee an house in Je-ru’-sa-lem, and dwell there, and go not forth thence any whither.
37 For it shall be, that on the day thou goest out, and passest over the brook Kidron, thou shalt know for certain that thou shalt surely die: thy blood shall be upon thine own head.
38 And Shim’-e-i said unto the king, The saying is good: as my lord the king hath said, so will thy servant do. And Shim’-e-i dwelt in Je-ru’-sa-lem many days.
39 And it came to pass at the end of three years, that two of the servants of Shim’-e-i ran away unto A’-chish son of Ma’-a-chah king of Gath. And they told Shim’-e-i, saying, Behold, thy servants be in Gath.
40 And Shim’-e-i arose, and saddled his ass, and went to Gath to A’-chish to seek his servants: and Shim’-e-i went, and brought his servants from Gath.
41 And it was told Sol’-o-mon that Shim’-e-i had gone from Je-ru’-sa-lem to Gath, and was come again.
42 And the king sent and called for Shim’-e-i , and said unto him, Did I not make thee to swear by the Lord, and protested unto thee, saying, Know for a certain, on the day thou goest out, and walkest abroad any whither, that thou shalt surely die? and thou saidst unto me, The word that I have heard is good.
43 Why then hast thou not kept the oath of the Lord, and the commandment that I have charged thee with?
44 The king said moreover to Shim’-e-i, Thou knowest all the wickedness which thine heart is privy to, that thou didst to Da’-vid my father: therefore the Lord shall return thy wickedness upon thine own head;
45 And king Sol’-o-mon shall be blessed, and the throne of Da’-vid shall be established before the Lord for ever.
46 So the king commanded Be-nai’-ah the son of Je-hoi’-ada; which went out, and fell upon him, that he died. And the kingdom was established in the hand of Sol’-o-mon.
1 Kings 3
1 And Sol’-o-mon made affinity with Pha’-ra-oh king of E’-gypt, and took Pha’-ra-oh’s daughter, and brought her into the city of Da’-vid, until he had made an end of building his own house, and the house of the Lord, and the wall of Je-ru’-sa-lem round about.
2 Only the people sacrificed in high places, because there was no house built unto the name of the Lord, until those days.
3 And Sol’-o-mon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of Da’-vid his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places.
4 And the king went to Gib’-e-on to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Sol’-o-mon offer upon that altar.
5 In Gib’-e-on the Lord appeared to Sol’-o-mon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.
6 And Sol’-o-mon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant Da’-vid my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.
7 And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of Da’-vid my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in.
8 And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.
9 Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?
10 And the speech pleased the Lord, that Sol’-o-mon had asked this thing.
11 And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;
12 Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.
13 And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days.
14 And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father Da’-vid did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.
15 And Sol’-o-mon awoke; and, behold, it was a dream. And he came to Je-ru’-sa-lem, and stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and offered up burnt offerings, and offered peace offerings, and made a feast to all his servants.
16 Then came there two women, that were harlots, unto the king, and stood before him.
17 And the one woman said, O my lord, I and this woman dwell in one house; and I was delivered of a child with her in the house.
18 And it came to pass the third day after that I was delivered, that this woman was delivered also: and we were together; there was no stranger with us in the house, save we two in the house.
19 And this woman’s child died in the night; because she overlaid it.
20 And she arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me, while thine handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom.
21 And when I rose in the morning to give my child suck, behold, it was dead: but when I had considered it in the morning, behold, it was not my son, which I did bear.
22 And the other woman said, Nay; but the living is my son, and the dead is thy son. And this said, No; but the dead is thy son, and the living is my son. Thus they spake before the king.
23 Then said the king, The one saith, This is my son that liveth, and thy son is the dead: and the other saith, Nay; but thy son is the dead, and my son is the living.
24 And the king said, Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword before the king.
25 And the king said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other.
26 Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it. But the other said, Let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it.
27 Then the king answered and said, Give her the living child, and in no wise slay it: she is the mother thereof.
28 And all Is’-ra-el heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment.
1 Then answered Zo’-phar the Na’-a-ma-thite, and said,
2 Therefore do my thoughts cause me to answer, and for this I make haste.
3 I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my understanding causeth me to answer.
4 Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed upon earth,
5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?
6 Though his excellency mount up to the heavens, and his head reach unto the clouds;
7 Yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung: they which have seen him shall say, Where is he?
8 He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found: yea, he shall be chased away as a vision of the night.
9 The eye also which saw him shall see him no more; neither shall his place any more behold him.
10 His children shall seek to please the poor, and his hands shall restore their goods.
11 His bones are full of the sin of his youth, which shall lie down with him in the dust.
12 Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue;
13 Though he spare it, and forsake it not; but keep it still within his mouth:
14 Yet his meat in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of asps within him.
15 He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again: God shall cast them out of his belly.
16 He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper’s tongue shall slay him.
17 He shall not see the rivers, the floods, the brooks of honey and butter.
18 That which he laboured for shall he restore, and shall not swallow it down: according to his substance shall the restitution be, and he shall not rejoice therein.
19 Because he hath oppressed and hath forsaken the poor; because he hath violently taken away an house which he builded not;
20 Surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly, he shall not save of that which he desired.
21 There shall none of his meat be left; therefore shall no man look for his goods.
22 In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits: every hand of the wicked shall come upon him.
23 When he is about to fill his belly, God shall cast the fury of his wrath upon him, and shall rain it upon him while he is eating.
24 He shall flee from the iron weapon, and the bow of steel shall strike him through.
25 It is drawn, and cometh out of the body; yea, the glittering sword cometh out of his gall: terrors are upon him.
26 All darkness shall be hid in his secret places: a fire not blown shall consume him; it shall go ill with him that is left in his tabernacle.
27 The heaven shall reveal his iniquity; and the earth shall rise up against him.
28 The increase of his house shall depart, and his goods shall flow away in the day of his wrath.
29 This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed unto him by God.
When I was a teenager I wanted to get wisdom and knowledge, so I set out to read the big family Bible that many families had in those days. But I couldn’t get past Genesis 2 before I got bored with reading the Bible. I found out later in life that you have to believe on Christ and get saved before you can understand the Bible. So here is how I became a Christian and how you can too:
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 18:8: “Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.