Scripture Reading for the
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June 4

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Psalm 127

1 Except the LORD build the house, 
they labor in vain that build it. 
Except the LORD keep the city, 
the watchman waketh but in vain. 
2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; 
for so He giveth His beloved sleep.

3 Lo, children are a heritage of the LORD, 
and the fruit of the womb is His reward. 
4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man, 
so are the children of the youth. 
5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them; 
they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies at the gate. 

Mark 12:35-40

35 And Jesus answered and said, while He taught in the temple,

"How say the scribes that Christ is the Son of David? 36 For David himself said by the Holy Ghost:

'The Lord said to my Lord,
"Sit Thou at My right hand
until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool."'

37 David therefore himself calleth Him 'Lord'; and whence is He then his son?"

And the common people heard Him gladly.

38 And He said unto them in His doctrine,

"Beware of the scribes, who love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces, 39 and the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts, 40 who devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation."

Galatians 1:13-24 

13 For ye have heard of my participation in times past in the Jews' religion, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and wasted it. 14 I profited in the Jews' religion beyond many of my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. 15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb and called me by His grace, 16 to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the heathen, I conferred not immediately with flesh and blood, 17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went into Arabia and returned again unto Damascus. 

18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days. 19 But I saw none of the other apostles save James, the Lord's brother. 20 (Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not.) 21 Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia, 22 and was unknown by face unto the churches of Judea which were in Christ; 23 but they had heard only that, "He who persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed." 24 And they glorified God in me.

1 Kings 12:1-19

1 And Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all Israel had come to Shechem to make him king. 2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was yet in Egypt, heard of it (for he had fled from the presence of King Solomon, and Jeroboam dwelt in Egypt), 3 that they sent and called him. And Jeroboam and all the congregation of Israel came and spoke unto Rehoboam, saying, 4 "Thy father made our yoke grievous. Now therefore make thou the grievous service of thy father and his heavy yoke which he put upon us lighter, and we will serve thee." 5 And he said unto them, "Depart yet for three days, then come again to me." And the people departed.

6 And King Rehoboam consulted with the old men who stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, "How do ye advise that I may answer this people?" 7 And they spoke unto him, saying, "If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them and answer them and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever." 8 But he forsook the counsel of the old men which they had given him, and consulted with the young men who had grown up with him, and who stood before him. 9 And he said unto them, "What counsel give ye that we may answer this people who have spoken to me, saying, `Make the yoke which thy father put upon us lighter'?" 10 And the young men who had grown up with him spoke unto him, saying, "Thus shalt thou speak unto this people who spoke unto thee, saying, `Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us' -- thus shalt thou say unto them: `My little finger shall be thicker than my father's loins! 11 And now whereas my father burdened you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke. My father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions!'"

12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king had appointed, saying, "Come to me again the third day." 13 And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the old men's counsel that they gave him, 14 and spoke to them according to the counsel of the young men, saying, "My father made your yoke heavy, and I will add to your yoke. My father also chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions!" 15 Therefore the king hearkened not unto the people; for the cause was from the LORD, that He might perform His saying which the LORD spoke by Ahijah the Shilonite unto Jeroboam the son of Nebat.

16 So when all Israel saw that the king hearkened not unto them, the people answered the king, saying, "What portion have we in David? Neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse. To your tents, O Israel! Now see to thine own house, David!" So Israel departed unto their tents.

17 But as for the children of Israel who dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them. 18 Then King Rehoboam sent Adoram, who was over the tribute; and all Israel stoned him with stones so that he died. Therefore King Rehoboam made haste to get up to his chariot to flee to Jerusalem. 19 So Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.

Words of Wisdom -  Ecclesiasticus 18:32

Take not pleasure in much good cheer, 
neither be tied to the expense thereof.

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