September 20

2 Chronicles 31

1Now when all this was over, all the men of Israel who were present went out into the towns of Judah, causing the stone pillars to be broken up and the wood pillars to be cut down, pulling down the high places and the altars in all Judah and Benjamin, as well as in Ephraim and Manasseh, till all were gone. Then all the children of Israel went back to their towns, every man to his property.

2Then Hezekiah put in order the divisions of the priests and Levites, every man in his division, in relation to his work, for the burned offerings and peace-offerings, and for the ordering of worship and for giving praise at the doors of the Lord’s house.

3And he gave the king’s part of his private property for the burned offerings, that is, for the morning and evening offerings, and the offerings for the Sabbath and the new moons and the regular feasts, as it is recorded in the law of the Lord.

4In addition, he gave orders to the people of Jerusalem to give to the priests and Levites that part which was theirs by right, so that they might be strong in keeping the law of the Lord.

5And when the order was made public, straight away the children of Israel gave, in great amounts, the first-fruits of their grain and wine and oil and honey, and of the produce of their fields; and they took in a tenth part of everything, a great store.

6And the children of Israel and Judah, who were living in the towns of Judah came with the tenth part of their oxen and sheep, and a tenth of all the holy things which were to be given to the Lord their God, and put them in great masses.

7The first store of things was put down in the third month, and in the seventh month the masses were complete.

8And when Hezekiah and the rulers came and saw all the store of goods, they gave praise to the Lord and to his people Israel.

9Then Hezekiah put questions to the priests and Levites about the store of goods.

10And Azariah, the chief priest, of the family of Zadok, said in answer, From the time when the people first came with their offerings into the house of the Lord, we have had food enough, and more than enough: for the blessing of the Lord is on his people; and there is this great store which has not been used.

11Then Hezekiah said that store-rooms were to be made ready in the house of the Lord; and this was done.

12And in them they put all the offerings and the tenths and the holy things, keeping nothing back, and over them was Conaniah the Levite, with Shimei his brother second to him.

13And Jehiel and Azaziah and Nahath and Asahel and Jerimoth and Jozabad and Eliel and Ismachiah and Mahath and Benaiah were overseers, under the directions of Conaniah and Shimei his brother, by the order of Hezekiah the king and Azariah, the ruler of the house of God.

14And Kore, the son of Imnah the Levite, the keeper of the east door, had control of the offerings freely given to God, and the distribution of the offerings of the Lord and the most holy things.

15And under him were Eden and Miniamin and Jeshua and Shemaiah and Amariah and Shecaniah, in the towns of the priests, who were made responsible for giving it to all their brothers, by divisions, to small and great:

16As well as to all the males, of three years old and over, listed by their families, who went into the house of the Lord to do what was needed day by day, for their special work with their divisions.

17And the families of the priests were listed by their fathers’ names, but the Levites, of twenty years old and over, were listed in relation to their work in their divisions;

18And in the lists were all their little ones and their wives and their sons and daughters, through all the people: they made themselves holy in the positions which they were given.

19And as for the sons of Aaron, the priests, living in the country on the outskirts of their towns, every different town there were men, marked out by name, to give their part of the goods to all the males among the priests, and to all who were listed among the Levites.

20This Hezekiah did through all Judah; he did what was good and right and true before the Lord his God.

21And for everything he undertook, in connection with the work of the house of God and his law and orders, he got directions from God and did it with serious purpose; and things went well for him.

Psalms 87

Of the sons of Korah. A Psalm. A Song.
1 This house is resting on the holy mountain.

2The Lord has more love for the doors of Zion than for all the tents of Jacob.

3Noble things are said of you, O town of God. (Selah.)

4Rahab and Babylon will be named among those who have knowledge of me; see, Philistia and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this man had his birth there.

5And of Zion it will be said, This or that man had his birth there; and the Most High will make her strong.

6The Lord will keep in mind, when he is writing the records of the people, that this man had his birth there. (Selah.)

7The players on instruments will be there, and the dancers will say, All my springs are in you.

John 20:1-18

1Now on the first day of the week, very early, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the place and saw that the stone had been taken away from it.

2Then she went running to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple who was loved by Jesus, and said to them, They have taken away the Lord out of the place of the dead and we have no knowledge where they have put him.

3So Peter and the other disciple went out to the place of the dead.

4They went running together, and the other disciple got in front of Peter and came first to the hole in the rock;

5And looking in, he saw the linen bands on the earth; but he did not go in,

6Then Simon Peter came after him and went into the hole in the rock; and he saw the linen bands on the earth,

7And the cloth, which had been round his head, not with the linen bands but rolled up in a place by itself.

8Then the other disciple who came there first went in; and he saw and belief came to him.

9For at that time they had no knowledge that the Writings said that he would have to come again from the dead.

10So then the disciples went away again to their houses.

11But Mary was still there outside the hole in the rock, weeping; and while she was weeping and looking into the hole,

12She saw two angels in white seated where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head and the other at the feet.

13They said to her, Woman, why are you weeping? She said to them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I have no knowledge where they have put him.

14And then looking round, she saw Jesus there, but had no idea that it was Jesus.

15Jesus said to her, Woman, why are you weeping? who are you looking for? She, taking him for the gardener, said to him, Sir, if you have taken him away from here, say where you have put him and I will take him away.

16Jesus said to her, Mary! Turning, she said to him in Hebrew, Rabboni! (which is to say, Master).

17Jesus said to her, Do not put your hand on me, for I have not gone up to the Father: but go to my brothers and say to them, I go up to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.

18Mary Magdalene went with the news to the disciples, and said she had seen the Lord and that he had said these things to her.

September 19

2 Chronicles 30

1Then Hezekiah sent word to all Israel and Judah, and sent letters to Ephraim and Manasseh, requesting them to come to the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, to keep the Passover to the Lord, the God of Israel.

2For the king, after discussion with his chiefs and all the body of the people in Jerusalem, had made a decision to keep the Passover in the second month.

3It was not possible to keep it at that time, because not enough priests had made themselves holy, and the people had not come together in Jerusalem.

4And the thing was right in the eyes of the king and all the people.

5So it was ordered that word was to be sent out through all Israel, from Beer-sheba to Dan, that they were to come to keep the Passover to the Lord, the God of Israel, at Jerusalem: because they had not kept it in great numbers in agreement with the law.

6So runners went with letters from the king and his chiefs through all Israel and Judah, by the order of the king, saying, O children of Israel, come back again to the Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, so that he may come again to that small band of you which has been kept safe out of the hands of the kings of Assyria.

7Do not be like your fathers and your brothers, who were sinners against the Lord, the God of their fathers, so that he made them a cause of fear, as you see.

8Now do not be hard-hearted, as your fathers were; but give yourselves to the Lord, and come into his holy place, which he has made his for ever, and be the servants of the Lord your God, so that the heat of his wrath may be turned away from you.

9For if you come back to the Lord, those who took away your brothers and your children will have pity on them, and let them come back to this land: for the Lord your God is full of grace and mercy, and his face will not be turned away from you if you come back to him.

10So the runners went from town to town through all the country of Ephraim and Manasseh as far as Zebulun: but they were laughed at and made sport of.

11However, some of Asher and Manasseh and Zebulun put away their pride and came to Jerusalem.

12And in Judah the power of God gave them one heart to do the orders of the king and the captains, which were taken as the word of the Lord.

13So a very great number of people came together at Jerusalem to keep the feast of unleavened bread in the second month.

14And they got to work and took away all the altars in Jerusalem, and they put all the vessels for burning perfumes into the stream Kidron.

15Then on the fourteenth day of the second month they put the Passover lambs to death: and the priests and the Levites were shamed, and made themselves holy and took burned offerings into the house of the Lord.

16And they took their places in their right order, as it was ordered in the law of Moses, the man of God: the priests draining out on the altar the blood given them by the Levites.

17For there were still a number of the people there who had not made themselves holy: so the Levites had to put Passover lambs to death for those who were not clean, to make them holy to the Lord.

18For a great number of the people from Ephraim and Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun, had not made themselves clean, but they took the Passover meal, though not in the right way. For Hezekiah had made prayer for them, saying, May the good Lord have mercy on everyone

19Who, with all his heart, is turned to God the Lord, the God of his fathers, even if he has not been made clean after the rules of the holy place.

20And the Lord gave ear to Hezekiah, and made the people well.

21So the children of Israel who were present in Jerusalem kept the feast of unleavened bread for seven days with great joy: and the Levites and the priests gave praise to the Lord day by day, making melody to the Lord with loud instruments.

22And Hezekiah said kind words to the Levites who were expert in the ordering of the worship of the Lord: so they kept the feast for seven days, offering peace-offerings and praising the Lord, the God of their fathers.

23And by the desire of all the people, the feast went on for another seven days, and they kept the seven days with joy.

24For Hezekiah, king of Judah, gave to the people for offerings, a thousand oxen and seven thousand sheep; and the rulers gave a thousand oxen and ten thousand sheep; and a great number of priests made themselves holy.

25And all the people of Judah, with the priests and the Levites, and those who had come from Israel, and men from other lands who had come from Israel or who were living in Judah, were glad with great joy.

26So there was great joy in Jerusalem: for nothing like this had been seen in Jerusalem from the time of Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel.

27Then the priests and the Levites gave the people a blessing: and the voice of their prayer went up to the holy place of God in heaven.

Psalms 86

A Prayer. Of David.
1 Let your ears be open to my voice, O Lord, and give me an answer; for I am poor and in need.

2Keep my soul, for I am true to you; O my God, give salvation to your servant, whose hope is in you.

3Have mercy on me, O Lord; for my cry goes up to you all the day.

4Make glad the soul of your servant; for it is lifted up to you, O Lord.

5You are good, O Lord, and full of forgiveness; your mercy is great to all who make their cry to you.

6O Lord, give ear to my prayer; and take note of the sound of my requests.

7In the day of my trouble I send up my cry to you; for you will give me an answer.

8There is no god like you, O Lord; there are no works like your works.

9Let all the nations whom you have made come and give worship to you, O Lord, giving glory to your name.

10For you are great, and do great works of wonder; you only are God.

11Make your way clear to me, O Lord; I will go on my way in your faith: let my heart be glad in the fear of your name.

12I will give you praise, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will give glory to your name for ever.

13For your mercy to me is great; you have taken my soul up from the deep places of the underworld.

14O God, men of pride have come up against me, and the army of violent men would take my life; they have not put you before them.

15But you, O Lord, are a God full of pity and forgiveness, slow to get angry, great in mercy and wisdom.

16O be turned to me and have mercy on me: give your strength to your servant, and your salvation to the son of her who is your servant.

17Give me a sign for good; so that my haters may see it and be shamed; because you, Lord, have been my help and comfort.

John 19:16-42

16So then he gave him up to them to be put to death on the cross. And they took Jesus away;

17And he went out with his cross on him to the place which is named Dead Man’s Head (in Hebrew, Golgotha):

18Where they put him on the cross with two others, one on this side and one on that, and Jesus in the middle.

19And Pilate put on the cross a statement in writing. The writing was: JESUS THE NAZARENE, THE KING OF THE JEWS.

20The writing was seen by a number of the Jews, for the place where Jesus was put to death on the cross was near the town; and the writing was in Hebrew and Latin and Greek.

21Then the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, Do not put, The King of the Jews, but, He said, I am the King of the Jews.

22But Pilate made answer, What I have put in writing will not be changed.

23And when Jesus was nailed to the cross, the men of the army took his clothing, and made a division of it into four parts, to every man a part, and they took his coat: now the coat was without a join, made out of one bit of cloth.

24So they said among themselves, Let this not be cut up, but let us put it to the decision of chance and see who gets it. (They did this so that the Writings might come true, which say, They made a distribution of my clothing among them, and my coat they put to the decision of chance.) This was what the men of the army did.

25Now by the side of the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister Mary, the wife of Cleopas, and Mary Magdalene.

26So when Jesus saw his mother and the disciple who was dear to him, he said to his mother, Mother, there is your son!

27Then he said to the disciple, There is your mother! And from that hour the disciple took her to his house.

28After this, being conscious that all things had now been done so that the Writings might come true, Jesus said, Give me water.

29Now there was a vessel ready, full of bitter wine, and they put a sponge full of it on a stick and put it to his mouth.

30So when Jesus had taken the wine he said, All is done. And with his head bent he gave up his spirit.

31Now it was the day of getting ready for the Passover, and so that the bodies might not be on the cross on the Sabbath (because the day of that Sabbath was a great day), the Jews made a request to Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

32So the men of the army came, and the legs of the first were broken and then of the other who was put to death on the cross with Jesus:

33But when they came to Jesus, they saw that he was dead by this time, and so his legs were not broken;

34But one of the men made a wound in his side with a spear, and straight away there came out blood and water.

35And he who saw it has given witness (and his witness is true; he is certain that what he says is true) so that you may have belief.

36These things came about so that the Writings might be true, No bone of his body will be broken.

37And again another verse says, They will see him who was wounded by their spears.

38After these things, Joseph of Arimathaea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, made a request to Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate said he might do so. So he went and took away his body.

39And Nicodemus came (he who had first come to Jesus by night) with a roll of myrrh and aloes mixed, about a hundred pounds.

40Then they took the body of Jesus, folding linen about it with the spices, as is the way of the Jews when they put the dead to rest.

41Now there was a garden near the cross, and in the garden a new place for the dead in which no man had ever been put.

42So they put Jesus there, because it was the Jews’ day of getting ready for the Passover, and the place was near.

September 18

2 Chronicles 29

1Hezekiah became king when he was twenty-five years old; and he was king in Jerusalem for twenty-nine years; and his mother’s name was Abijah, the daughter of Zechariah.

2He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as his father David had done.

3In the first year of his rule, in the first month, opening the doors of the Lord’s house, he made them strong.

4And he sent for the priests and the Levites, and got them together in the wide place on the east side,

5And said to them, Give ear to me, O Levites: now make yourselves holy, and make holy the house of the Lord, the God of your fathers, and take away everything unclean from the holy place.

6For our fathers have done evil, sinning in the eyes of the Lord our God, and have given him up, turning away their faces from the house of the Lord, and turning their backs on him.

7The doors of his house have been shut and the lights put out; no perfumes have been burned or offerings made to the God of Israel in his holy place.

8And so the wrath of the Lord has come on Judah and Jerusalem, and he has given them up to be a cause of fear and wonder and shame, as your eyes have seen.

9For see, our fathers have been put to death with the sword, and our sons and daughters and wives have been taken away prisoners because of this.

10Now it is my purpose to make an agreement with the Lord, the God of Israel, so that the heat of his wrath may be turned away from us.

11My sons, take care now: for you have been marked out by the Lord to come before him and to be his servants, burning offerings to him.

12Then the Levites took their places; Mahath, the son of Amasai, and Joel, the son of Azariah, among the Kohathites; and of the sons of Merari, Kish, the son of Abdi, and Azariah, the son of Jehallelel; and of the Gershonites, Joah, the son of Zimmah, and Eden, the son of Joah;

13And of the sons of Elizaphan, Shimri and Jeuel; and of the sons of Asaph, Zechariah and Mattaniah;

14And of the sons of Heman, Jehuel and Shimei; and of the sons of Jeduthun, Shemaiah and Uzziel.

15And they got their brothers together and made themselves holy, and went in, as the king had said by the word of the Lord, to make the house of the Lord clean.

16And the priests went into the inner part of the house of the Lord to make it clean, and everything unclean which was to be seen in the Temple of the Lord they took out into the outer square of the Lord’s house, and the Levites got it together and took it away to the stream Kidron.

17On the first day of the first month the work of making the house holy was started, and on the eighth day they came to the covered way of the Lord; in eight days they made the Lord’s house holy, and on the sixteenth day of the first month the work was done.

18Then they went in to King Hezekiah and said, We have made all the house of the Lord clean, as well as the altar of burned offerings with all its vessels, and the table for the holy bread, with all its vessels.

19And all the vessels which were turned out by King Ahaz in his sin while he was king, we have put in order and made holy, and now they are in their places before the altar of the Lord.

20Then Hezekiah the king got up early, and got together the great men of the town, and went up to the house of the Lord.

21And they took with them seven oxen and seven male sheep and seven lambs and seven he-goats as a sin-offering for the kingdom and for the holy house and for Judah. And he gave orders to the sons of Aaron, the priests, that these were to be offered on the altar of the Lord.

22So they put the oxen to death and their blood was given to the priests to be drained out against the altar; then they put the male sheep to death, draining out their blood against the altar, and they put the lambs to death, draining out their blood against the altar.

23Then they took the he-goats for the sin-offering, placing them before the king and the meeting of the people, and they put their hands on them:

24And the priests put them to death, and made a sin-offering with their blood on the altar, to take away the sin of all Israel: for the king gave orders that the burned offering and the sin-offering were for all Israel.

25Then he put the Levites in their places in the house of the Lord, with brass and corded instruments of music as ordered by David and Gad, the king’s seer, and Nathan the prophet: for the order was the Lord’s, given by his prophets.

26So the Levites took their places with David’s instruments, and the priests with their horns.

27And Hezekiah gave the word for the burned offering to be offered on the altar. And when the burned offering was started, then the song of the Lord was started, with the blowing of horns and with all the instruments of David, king of Israel.

28And all the people gave worship, to the sound of songs and the blowing of horns; and this went on till the burned offering was ended.

29And at the end of the offering, the king and all who were present with him gave worship with bent heads.

30Then King Hezekiah and the captains gave orders to the Levites to give praise to God in the words of David and Asaph the seer. And they made songs of praise with joy, and with bent heads gave worship.

31Then Hezekiah made answer and said, Now that you have given yourselves to the Lord, come near and take offerings and praise-offerings into the house of the Lord. So all the people took in offerings and praise-offerings: and those whose hearts were moved, took in burned offerings.

32The number of burned offerings which the people took in was seventy oxen, a hundred male sheep, and two hundred lambs: all these were for burned offerings to the Lord.

33And the holy things were six hundred oxen and three thousand sheep.

34There were not enough priests for the work of cutting up all the burned offerings; so their brothers the Levites gave them help till the work was done and the priests had made themselves holy: for the Levites were more upright in heart to make themselves holy than the priests.

35And there was a great amount of burned offerings, with the fat of the peace-offerings and the drink offerings for every burned offering. So the work of the Lord’s house was put in order.

36And Hezekiah and all the people were full of joy, because God had made the people ready: for the thing was done suddenly.

Psalms 85

To the chief music-maker. A Psalm. Of the sons of Korah.
1 Lord, you were good to your land: changing the fate of Jacob.

2The wrongdoing of your people had forgiveness; all their sin had been covered. (Selah.)

3You were no longer angry: you were turned from the heat of your wrath.

4Come back to us, O God of our salvation, and be angry with us no longer.

5Will you go on being angry with us for ever? will you keep your wrath against us through all the long generations?

6Will you not give us life again, so that your people may be glad in you?

7Let us see your mercy, O Lord, and give us your salvation.

8I will give ear to the voice of the Lord; for he will say words of peace to his people and to his saints; but let them not go back to their foolish ways.

9Truly, his salvation is near to his worshippers; so that glory may be in our land.

10Mercy and faith have come together; righteousness and peace have given one another a kiss.

11Faith comes up from the earth like a plant; righteousness is looking down from heaven.

12The Lord will give what is good; and our land will give its increase.

13Righteousness will go before him, making a way for his footsteps.

John 18:38-40

38Pilate said to him, True? what is true? Having said this he went out again to the Jews and said to them, I see no wrong in him.

39But every year you make a request to me to let a prisoner go free at the Passover. Is it your desire that I let the King of the Jews go free?

40Then again they gave a loud cry, Not this man, but Barabbas. Now Barabbas was an outlaw.

John 19:1-16

1Then Pilate took Jesus and had him whipped with cords.

2And the men of the army made a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they put a purple robe on him.

3And they kept coming and saying, Long life to the King of the Jews! And they gave him blows with their hands.

4And Pilate went out again and said to them, See, I let him come out to you to make it clear to you that I see no wrong in him.

5Then Jesus came out with the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said to them, Here is the man!

6So when the chief priests and the police saw him they gave a loud cry, To the cross! to the cross! Pilate said to them, Take him yourselves and put him on the cross: I see no crime in him.

7And the Jews made answer, We have a law, and by that law it is right for him to be put to death because he said he was the Son of God.

8When this saying came to Pilate’s ears his fear became greater;

9And he went again into the Praetorium and said to Jesus, Where do you come from? But Jesus gave him no answer.

10Then Pilate said to him, You say nothing to me? is it not clear to you that I have power to let you go free and power to put you to death on the cross?

11Jesus gave this answer: You would have no power at all over me if it was not given to you by God; so that he who gave me up to you has the greater sin.

12Hearing this, Pilate had a desire to let him go free, but the Jews said in a loud voice, If you let this man go, you are not Caesar’s friend: everyone who makes himself a king goes against Caesar.

13So when these words came to Pilate’s ear, he took Jesus out, seating himself in the judge’s seat in a place named in Hebrew, Gabbatha, or the Stone Floor.

14(It was the day when they made ready for the Passover; and it was about the sixth hour.) And he said to the Jews, There is your King!

15Then they gave a loud cry, Away with him! away with him! to the cross! Pilate said to them, Am I to put your King to death on the cross? The chief priests said in answer, We have no king but Caesar.

16So then he gave him up to them to be put to death on the cross. And they took Jesus away;

September 17

2 Chronicles 27

1Jotham was twenty-five years old when he became king; and he was ruling in Jerusalem for sixteen years; and his mother’s name was Jerushah, the daughter of Zadok.

2He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as his father Uzziah had done; but he did not go into the Temple of the Lord. And the people still went on in their evil ways.

3He put up the higher doorway of the house of the Lord, and did much building on the wall of the Ophel.

4In addition, he made towns in the hill-country of Judah, and strong buildings and towers in the woodlands.

5He went to war with the king of the children of Ammon and overcame them. That year, the children of Ammon gave him a hundred talents of silver, and ten thousand measures of grain and ten thousand measures of barley. And the children of Ammon gave him the same amount the second year and the third.

6So Jotham became strong, because in all his ways he made the Lord his guide.

7Now the rest of the acts of Jotham, and all his wars and his ways, are recorded in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah.

8He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he was ruling in Jerusalem for sixteen years.

9And Jotham went to rest with his fathers, and they put his body into the earth in the town of David; and Ahaz his son became king in his place.

2 Chronicles 28

1Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king, and he was ruling in Jerusalem for sixteen years; he did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord, like David his father:

2But he went in the ways of the kings of Israel and made images of metal for the Baals.

3More than this, he had offerings burned in the valley of the son of Hinnom, and made his children go through fire, copying the disgusting ways of the nations whom the Lord had sent out of the land before the children of Israel.

4And he made offerings and had perfumes burned in the high places and on the hills and under every green tree.

5So the Lord his God gave him up into the hands of the king of Aram; and they overcame him, and took away a great number of his people as prisoners to Damascus. Then he was given into the hands of the king of Israel, who sent great destruction on him.

6For Pekah, the son of Remaliah, in one day put to death a hundred and twenty thousand men of Judah, all of them good fighting-men; because they had given up the Lord, the God of their fathers.

7And Zichri, a great fighting-man of Ephraim, put to death Maaseiah, the king’s son, and Azrikam, the controller of his house, and Elkanah, who was second in authority to the king.

8And the children of Israel took away as prisoners from their brothers, two hundred thousand, women and sons and daughters, and a great store of their goods, and took them to Samaria.

9But a prophet of the Lord was there, named Oded; and he went out in front of the army which was coming into Samaria and said to them, Truly, because the Lord, the God of your fathers, was angry with Judah, he gave them up into your hands, and you have put them to death in an outburst of wrath stretching up to heaven.

10And now your purpose is to keep the children of Judah and Jerusalem as men-servants and women-servants under your yoke: but are there no sins against the Lord your God to be seen among yourselves?

11And now give ear to me, and send back the prisoners whom you have taken from your brothers: for the wrath of the Lord is burning against you.

12Then certain of the heads of the children of Ephraim, Azariah, the son of Johanan, Berechiah, the son of Meshillemoth Jehizkiah, the son of Shallum, and Amasa the son of Hadlai, put themselves against those who had come from the war,

13And said to them, You are not to let these prisoners come here; for what you are designing to do will be a cause of sin against the Lord to us, making even greater our sin and our wrongdoing, which now are great enough, and his wrath is burning against Israel.

14So the armed men gave up the prisoners and the goods they had taken to the heads and the meeting of the people.

15And those men who have been named went up and took the prisoners, clothing those among them who were uncovered, with things from the goods which had been taken in the war, and putting robes on them and shoes on their feet; and they gave them food and drink and oil for their bodies, and seating all the feeble among them on asses, they took them to Jericho, the town of palm-trees, to their people, and then went back to Samaria.

16At that time King Ahaz sent for help to the king of Assyria.

17For the Edomites had come again, attacking Judah and taking away prisoners.

18And the Philistines, forcing their way into the towns of the lowlands and the south of Judah, had taken Beth-shemesh and Aijalon and Gederoth and Soco, with their daughter-towns, as well as Timnah and Gimzo and their daughter-towns, and were living there.

19For the Lord made Judah low, because of Ahaz, king of Israel; for he had given up all self-control in Judah, sinning greatly against the Lord.

20Then Tiglath-pileser, king of Assyria, came to him, but was a cause of trouble and not of strength to him.

21For Ahaz took a part of the wealth from the house of the Lord, and from the house of the king and of the great men, and gave it to the king of Assyria; but it was no help to him.

22And in the time of his trouble, this same King Ahaz did even more evil against the Lord.

23For he made offerings to the gods of Damascus, who were attacking him, and said, Because the gods of the kings of Aram are giving them help, I will make offerings to them so that they may give me help. But they were the cause of his downfall, and of that of all Israel.

24And Ahaz got together the vessels of the house of God, cutting up all the vessels of the house of God, and shutting the doors of the Lord’s house; and he made altars in every part of Jerusalem.

25And in every town of Judah he made high places where perfumes were burned to other gods, awaking the wrath of the Lord, the God of his fathers.

26Now the rest of his acts and all his ways, first and last, are recorded in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.

27And Ahaz went to rest with his fathers, and they put his body into the earth in Jerusalem; but they did not put him in the resting-place of the kings of Israel: and Hezekiah his son became king in his place.

Psalms 84

To the chief music-maker; put to the Gittith A Psalm. Of the sons of Korah.
1 How dear are your tents, O Lord of armies!

2The passion of my soul’s desire is for the house of the Lord; my heart and my flesh are crying out for the living God.

3The little birds have places for themselves, where they may put their young, even your altars, O Lord of armies, my King and my God.

4Happy are they whose resting-place is in your house: they will still be praising you. (Selah.)

5Happy is the man whose strength is in you; in whose heart are the highways to Zion.

6Going through the valley of balsam-trees, they make it a place of springs; it is clothed with blessings by the early rain.

7They go from strength to strength; every one of them comes before God in Zion.

8O Lord God of armies, let my prayer come to you: give ear, O God of Jacob. (Selah.)

9O God, let your eyes be on him who is our safe cover, and let your heart be turned to your king.

10For a day in your house is better than a thousand. It is better to be a door-keeper in the house of my God, than to be living in the tents of sin.

11The Lord God is our sun and our strength: the Lord will give grace and glory: he will not keep back any good thing from those whose ways are upright.

12O Lord of armies, happy is the man whose hope is in you.

John 18:19-38

19Then the high priest put questions to Jesus about his disciples and his teaching.

20Jesus made answer, I said things openly to the world at all times; I have given my teaching in the Synagogues and in the Temple to which all the Jews come; and I have said nothing secretly.

21Why are you questioning me? put questions to my hearers about what I have said to them: they have knowledge of what I said.

22When he said this, one of the police by his side gave him a blow with his open hand, saying, Do you give such an answer to the high priest?

23Jesus said in answer, If I have said anything evil, give witness to the evil: but if I said what is true, why do you give me blows?

24Then Annas sent him chained to Caiaphas, the high priest.

25But Simon Peter was still there warming himself by the fire. They said to him, Are you not one of his disciples? He said, No, I am not.

26One of the servants of the high priest, a relation of him whose ear had been cut off by Peter, said, Did I not see you with him in the garden?

27Then again Peter said, No. And straight away a cock gave its cry.

28So they took Jesus from the house of Caiaphas to the Praetorium. It was early. They themselves did not go into the Praetorium, so that they might not become unclean, but might take the Passover.

29So Pilate came out to them and put the question: What have you to say against this man?

30They said to him in answer, If the man was not a wrongdoer we would not have given him up to you.

31Then Pilate said to them, Take him yourselves and let him be judged by your law. But the Jews said to him, We have no right to put any man to death.

32(That the word of Jesus might come true, pointing to the sort of death he would have.)

33Then Pilate went back into the Praetorium and sent for Jesus and said to him, Are you the King of the Jews?

34Jesus made answer, Do you say this of yourself, or did others say it about me?

35Pilate said, Am I a Jew? Your nation and the chief priests have given you into my hands: what have you done?

36Jesus said in answer, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom was of this world, my disciples would have made a good fight to keep me out of the hands of the Jews: but my kingdom is not here.

37Then Pilate said to him, Are you then a king? Jesus made answer, You say that I am a king. For this purpose was I given birth, and for this purpose I came into the world, that I might give witness to what is true. Every lover of what is true gives ear to my voice.

38Pilate said to him, True? what is true? Having said this he went out again to the Jews and said to them, I see no wrong in him.

September 16

2 Chronicles 26

1Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king in place of his father Amaziah.

2He was the builder of Eloth, which he got back for Judah after the death of the king.

3Uzziah was sixteen years old when he became king, and he was ruling in Jerusalem for fifty-two years; his mother’s name was Jechiliah of Jerusalem.

4He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as his father Amaziah had done.

5He gave himself to searching after God in the days of Zechariah, who made men wise in the fear of God; and as long as he was true to the Lord, God made things go well for him.

6He went out and made war against the Philistines, pulling down the walls of Gath and Jabneh and Ashdod, and building towns in the country round Ashdod and among the Philistines.

7And God gave him help against the Philistines, and against the Arabians living in Gur-baal, and against the Meunim.

8The Ammonites gave offerings to Uzziah: and news of him went out as far as the limit of Egypt; for he became very great in power.

9Uzziah made towers in Jerusalem, at the doorway in the angle and at the doorway in the valley and at the turn of the wall, arming them.

10And he put up towers in the waste land and made places for storing water, for he had much cattle, in the low hills and in the table land; and he had farmers and vine-keepers in the mountains and in the fertile land, for he was a lover of farming.

11In addition, Uzziah had an army of fighting-men who went out to war in bands, as they had been listed by Jeiel the scribe and Maaseiah the ruler, under the authority of Hananiah, one of the king’s captains.

12The heads of families, the strong men of war, were two thousand, six hundred.

13And under their orders was a trained army of three hundred and seven thousand, five hundred, of great strength in war, helping the king against any who came against him.

14And Uzziah had all these forces armed with body-covers and spears and head-covers and coats of metal and bows and stones for sending from leather bands.

15And in Jerusalem he made machines, the invention of expert men, to be placed on the towers and angles of the walls for sending arrows and great stones. And his name was honoured far and wide; for he was greatly helped till he was strong.

16But when he had become strong, his heart was lifted up in pride, causing his destruction; and he did evil against the Lord his God; for he went into the Temple of the Lord for the purpose of burning perfumes on the altar of perfumes.

17And Azariah the priest went in after him, with eighty of the Lord’s priests, who were strong men;

18And they made protests to Uzziah the king, and said to him, The burning of perfumes, Uzziah, is not your business but that of the priests, the sons of Aaron, who have been made holy for this work: go out of the holy place, for you have done wrong, and it will not be to your honour before God.

19Then Uzziah was angry; and he had in his hand a vessel for burning perfume; and while his wrath was bitter against the priests, the mark of the leper’s disease came out on his brow, before the eyes of the priests in the house of the Lord by the altar of perfumes.

20And Azariah, the chief priest, and all the priests, looking at him, saw the mark of the leper on his brow, and they sent him out quickly and he himself went out straight away, for the Lord’s punishment had come on him.

21So King Uzziah was a leper till the day of his death, living separately in his private house; for he was cut off from the house of God; and Jotham his son was ruling over his house, judging the people of the land.

22Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, first and last, were recorded by Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz.

23So Uzziah went to rest with his fathers; and they put his body into the earth in the field used for the resting-place of the kings, for they said, He is a leper: and Jotham his son became king in his place.

Psalms 83

A Song. A Psalm. Of Asaph.
1 O God, do not keep quiet: let your lips be open and take no rest, O God.

2For see! those who make war on you are out of control; your haters are lifting up their heads.

3They have made wise designs against your people, talking together against those whom you keep in a secret place.

4They have said, Come, let us put an end to them as a nation; so that the name of Israel may go out of man’s memory.

5For they have all come to an agreement; they are all joined together against you:

6The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; Moab and the Hagarites;

7Gebal and Ammon and Amalek; the Philistines and the people of Tyre;

8Assur is joined with them; they have become the support of the children of Lot. (Selah.)

9Do to them what you did to the Midianites; what you did to Sisera and Jabin, at the stream of Kishon:

10Who came to destruction at En-dor; their bodies became dust and waste.

11Make their chiefs like Oreb and Zeeb; and all their rulers like Zebah and Zalmunna:

12Who have said, Let us take for our heritage the resting-place of God.

13O my God, make them like the rolling dust; like dry stems before the wind.

14As fire burning a wood, and as a flame causing fire on the mountains,

15So go after them with your strong wind, and let them be full of fear because of your storm.

16Let their faces be full of shame; so that they may give honour to your name, O Lord.

17Let them be overcome and troubled for ever; let them be put to shame and come to destruction;

18So that men may see that you only, whose name is Yahweh, are Most High over all the earth.

John 18:1-18

1When Jesus had said these words he went out with his disciples over the stream Kedron to a garden, into which he went with his disciples.

2And Judas, who was false to him, had knowledge of the place because Jesus went there frequently with his disciples.

3So Judas, getting a band of armed men and police from the chief priests and Pharisees, went there with lights and with arms.

4Then Jesus, having knowledge of everything which was coming on him, went forward and said to them, Who are you looking for?

5Their answer was, Jesus the Nazarene. Jesus said, I am he. And Judas, who was false to him, was there at their side.

6And when he said to them, I am he, they went back, falling to the earth.

7So again he put the question to them, Who are you looking for? And they said, Jesus the Nazarene.

8Jesus made answer, I have said that I am he; if you are looking for me, let these men go away.

9(He said this so that his words might come true, I have kept safe all those whom you gave to me.)

10Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, took it out and gave the high priest’s servant a blow, cutting off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus.

11Then Jesus said to Peter, Put back your sword: am I not to take the cup which my Father has given to me?

12Then the band and the chief captain and the police took Jesus and put cords round him.

13They took him first to Annas, because Annas was the father-in-law of Caiaphas who was the high priest that year.

14It was Caiaphas who had said to the Jews that it was in their interest for one man to be put to death for the people.

15And Simon Peter went after Jesus with another disciple. Now that disciple was a friend of the high priest and he went in with Jesus into the house of the high priest;

16But Peter was kept outside at the door. Then this other disciple, who was a friend of the high priest, came out and had a word with the girl who kept the door, and took Peter in.

17Then the girl who was the door-keeper said to Peter, Are you not one of this man’s disciples? In answer he said, I am not.

18Now the servants and the police had made a fire of coals because it was cold; they were warming themselves in front of it and Peter was there with them, warming himself.

September 15

2 Chronicles 25

1Amaziah was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he was ruling in Jerusalem for twenty-nine years; his mother’s name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem.

2He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, but his heart was not completely true to the Lord.

3Now when he became strong in the kingdom, he put to death those men who had taken the life of the king his father.

4But he did not put their children to death, for he kept the orders of the Lord recorded in the book of the law of Moses, saying, The fathers are not to be put to death for their children or the children for their fathers, but a man is to be put to death for the sin which he himself has done.

5Then Amaziah got all Judah together and put them in order by their families, even all Judah and Benjamin, under captains of thousands and captains of hundreds: and he had those of twenty years old and over numbered, and they came to three hundred thousand of the best fighting-men, trained for war and in the use of the spear and the body-cover.

6And for a hundred talents of silver, he got a hundred thousand fighting-men from Israel.

7But a man of God came to him, saying, O king, let not the army of Israel go with you; for the Lord is not with Israel, that is, the children of Ephraim.

8But go yourself, and be strong in war; God will not let you go down before those who are fighting against you; for God has power to give help or to send you down before your attackers.

9Then Amaziah said to the man of God, But what is to be done about the hundred talents which I have given for the armed band of Israel? And the man of God in answer said, God is able to give you much more than this.

10So Amaziah, separating the armed band which had come to him from Ephraim, sent them back again; which made them very angry with Judah, and they went back burning with wrath.

11Then Amaziah took heart, and went out at the head of his people and came to the Valley of Salt, where he put to death ten thousand of the children of Seir;

12And ten thousand more the children of Israel took living, and made them go up to the top of the rock, pushing them down from the top of the rock so that their bodies were broken by the fall.

13But the men of the band which Amaziah sent back and did not take with him to the fight, made attacks on the towns of Judah from Samaria to Beth-horon, putting to death three thousand of their people and taking away a great store of their goods.

14Now when Amaziah came back from the destruction of the Edomites, he took the gods of the children of Seir and made them his gods, worshipping them and burning offerings before them.

15And so the wrath of the Lord was moved against Amaziah, and he sent a prophet to him, who said, Why have you gone after the gods of the people who have not given their people salvation from your hands?

16But while he was talking to him the king said to him, Have we made you one of the king’s government? say no more, or it will be the cause of your death. Then the prophet gave up protesting, and said, It is clear to me that God’s purpose is your destruction, because you have done this and have not given ear to my words.

17Then Amaziah, king of Judah, acting on the suggestion of his servants, sent to Joash, the son of Jehoahaz, the son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, Come, let us have a meeting face to face.

18And Joash, king of Israel, sent to Amaziah, king of Judah, saying, The thorn-tree in Lebanon sent to the cedar in Lebanon, saying, Give your daughter to my son for a wife: and a beast from the woodland in Lebanon went by, crushing the thorn under his feet.

19You say, See, I have overcome Edom; and your heart is lifted up with pride: now keep in your country; why do you make causes of trouble, putting yourself, and Judah with you, in danger of downfall?

20But Amaziah gave no attention; and this was the purpose of God, so that he might give them up into the hands of Joash, because they had gone after the gods of Edom.

21And so Joash, king of Israel, went up; and he and Amaziah, king of Judah, came face to face at Beth-shemesh in Judah.

22And Judah was overcome before Israel, and they went in flight, every man to his tent.

23And Joash, king of Israel, made Amaziah, king of Judah, the son of Joash, the son of Jehoahaz, prisoner at Beth-shemesh, and took him to Jerusalem; and he had the wall of Jerusalem pulled down from the doorway of Ephraim to the doorway in the angle, four hundred cubits.

24And he took all the gold and silver and all the vessels which were in the house of the Lord, under the care of Obed-edom, and all the wealth from the king’s house, as well as those whose lives would be the price of broken faith, and went back to Samaria.

25Amaziah, son of Joash, king of Judah, went on living for fifteen years after the death of Joash, the son of Jehoahaz, king of Israel.

26Now the rest of the acts of Amaziah, first and last, are they not recorded in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel?

27Now from the time when Amaziah gave up worshipping the Lord, they made secret designs against him in Jerusalem; and he went in flight to Lachish: but they sent to Lachish after him and put him to death there.

28And they took his body on horseback and put it into the earth with his fathers in the town of David.

Psalms 82

A Psalm. Of Asaph.
1 God is in the meeting-place of God; he is judging among the gods.

2How long will you go on judging falsely, having respect for the persons of evil-doers? (Selah.)

3Give ear to the cause of the poor and the children without fathers; let those who are troubled and in need have their rights.

4Be the saviour of the poor and those who have nothing: take them out of the hand of the evil-doers.

5They have no knowledge or sense; they go about in the dark: all the bases of the earth are moved.

6I said, You are gods; all of you are the sons of the Most High:

7But you will come to death like men, falling like one of the rulers of the earth.

8Up! O God, come as judge of the earth; for all the nations are your heritage.

John 17

1Jesus said these things; then, lifting his eyes to heaven, he said, Father, the time has now come; give glory to your Son, so that the Son may give glory to you:

2Even as you gave him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all those whom you have given to him.

3And this is eternal life: to have knowledge of you, the only true God, and of him whom you have sent, even Jesus Christ.

4I have given you glory on the earth, having done all the work which you gave me to do.

5And now, Father, let me have glory with you, even that glory which I had with you before the world was.

6I have given knowledge of your name to the men whom you gave me out of the world: yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your words.

7Now it is clear to them that whatever you have given to me comes from you:

8Because I have given them the words which you gave to me; and they have taken them to heart, and have certain knowledge that I came from you, and they have faith that you sent me.

9My prayer is for them: my prayer is not for the world, but for those whom you have given to me, because they are yours

10(All mine are yours, and yours are mine) and I have glory in them.

11And now I will be no longer in the world, but they are in the world and I come to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name which you have given to me, so that they may be one even as we are one.

12While I was with them I kept them safe in your name which you have given to me: I took care of them and not one of them has come to destruction, but only the son of destruction, so that the Writings might come true.

13And now I come to you; and these things I say in the world so that they may have my joy complete in them.

14I have given your word to them; and they are hated by the world, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

15My prayer is not that you will take them out of the world, but that you will keep them from the Evil One.

16They are not of the world any more than I am of the world.

17Make them holy by the true word: your word is the true word.

18Even as you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.

19And for them I make myself holy, so that they may be made truly holy.

20My prayer is not for them only, but for all who will have faith in me through their word;

21May they all be one! Even as you, Father, are in me and I am in you, so let them be in us, so that all men may come to have faith that you sent me.

22And the glory which you have given to me I have given to them, so that they may be one even as we are one;

23I in them, and you in me, so that they may be made completely one, and so that it may become clear to all men that you have sent me and that they are loved by you as I am loved by you.

24Father, it is my desire that these whom you have given to me may be by my side where I am, so that they may see my glory which you have given to me, because you had love for me before the world came into being.

25Father of righteousness, I have knowledge of you, though the world has not; and to these it is clear that you sent me;

26And I have given to them knowledge of your name, and will give it, so that the love which you have for me may be in them and I in them.

September 14

2 Chronicles 24

1Joash was seven years old when he became king, and he was ruling for forty years in Jerusalem: his mother’s name was Zibiah of Beer-sheba.

2And Joash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord as long as Jehoiada the priest was living.

3And Jehoiada took two wives for him, and he became the father of sons and daughters.

4Now after this Joash had a desire to put the house of the Lord into good order again;

5And getting together the priests and Levites, he said to them, Go out into the towns of Judah year by year, and get from all Israel money to keep the house of your God in good condition; and see that this is done without loss of time. The Levites, however, were slow in doing so.

6Then the king sent for Jehoiada, the chief priest, and said to him, Why have you not given the Levites orders that the tax fixed by Moses, the servant of the Lord, and by the meeting of Israel, for the Tent of witness, is to be got in from Judah and Jerusalem and handed over?

7For the house of the Lord had been broken up by Athaliah, that evil woman, and her sons; and all its holy things they had given to the Baals.

8So at the king’s order they made a chest and put it outside the doorway of the house of the Lord.

9And an order was sent out through all Judah and Jerusalem that payment was to be made to the Lord of the tax which Moses, the servant of God, had put on Israel in the waste land.

10And all the chiefs and all the people came gladly and put their money into the chest, till they had all given.

11So when the chest was taken to the king’s servants by the Levites, and they saw that there was much money in it, the king’s scribe and the chief priest’s servant took the money out, and put the chest back in its place. They did this day by day, and got together a great amount of money.

12Then the king and Jehoiada gave it to those who were responsible for getting the work done on the Lord’s house, and with it they got wall-builders and woodworkers and metal-workers to put the house of the Lord in good order again.

13So the workmen did their work, making good what was damaged and building up the house of God till it was strong and beautiful again.

14And when the work was done, they took the rest of the money to the king and Jehoiada, and it was used for making the vessels for the house of the Lord, all the vessels needed for the offerings, the spoons and the vessels of gold and silver. And as long as Jehoiada was living, the regular burned offerings were offered in the house of the Lord.

15But Jehoiada became old and full of days, and he came to his end; he was a hundred and thirty years old at the time of his death.

16And they put him into his last resting-place in the town of David, among the kings, because he had done good in Israel for God and for his house.

17Now after the death of Jehoiada, the chiefs of Judah came and went down on their faces before the king. Then the king gave ear to them.

18And they gave up the house of the Lord God of their fathers, and became worshippers of pillars of wood and of the images; and because of this sin of theirs, wrath came on Judah and Jerusalem.

19And the Lord sent them prophets to make them come back to him; and they gave witness against them, but they would not give ear.

20Then the spirit of God came on Zechariah, the son of Jehoiada the priest, and, getting up before the people, he said to them, God has said, Why do you go against the orders of the Lord, so that everything goes badly for you? because you have given up the Lord, he has given you up.

21But when they had made a secret design against him, he was stoned with stones, by the king’s order, in the outer square of the Lord’s house.

22So King Joash did not keep in mind how good Jehoiada his father had been to him, but put his son to death. And in the hour of his death he said, May the Lord see it and take payment!

23Now in the spring, the army of the Aramaeans came up against him; they came against Judah and Jerusalem, putting to death all the great men of the people and sending all the goods they took from them to the king of Damascus.

24For though the army of Aram was only a small one, the Lord gave a very great army into their hands, because they had given up the Lord, the God of their fathers. So they put into effect the punishment of Joash.

25And when they had gone away from him, (for he was broken with disease,) his servants made a secret design against him because of the blood of the son of Jehoiada the priest, and they put him to death on his bed; and they put his body into the earth in the town of David, but not in the resting-place of the kings.

26Those who made designs against him were Zabad, the son of Shimeath, an Ammonite woman, and Jehozabad, the son of Shimrith, a Moabite woman.

27Now the story of his sons, and all the words said by the prophet against him, and the building up again of the Lord’s house, are recorded in the account in the book of the kings. And Amaziah his son became king in his place.

Psalms 81

To the chief music-maker; put to the Gittith. Of Asaph.
1 Make a song to God our strength: make a glad cry to the God of Jacob.

2Take up the melody, playing on an instrument of music, even on corded instruments.

3Let the horn be sounded in the time of the new moon, at the full moon, on our holy feast-day:

4For this is a rule for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob.

5He gave it to Joseph as a witness, when he went out over the land of Egypt; then the words of a strange tongue were sounding in my ears.

6I took the weight from his back; his hands were made free from the baskets.

7You gave a cry in your trouble, and I made you free; I gave you an answer in the secret place of the thunder; I put you to the test at the waters of Meribah. (Selah.)

8Give ear, O my people, and I will give you my word, O Israel, if you will only do as I say!

9There is to be no strange god among you; you are not to give worship to any other god.

10I am the Lord your God, who took you up from the land of Egypt: let your mouth be open wide, so that I may give you food.

11But my people did not give ear to my voice; Israel would have nothing to do with me.

12So I gave them up to the desires of their hearts; that they might go after their evil purposes.

13If only my people would give ear to me, walking in my ways!

14I would quickly overcome their haters: my hand would be turned against those who make war on them.

15The haters of the Lord would be broken, and their destruction would be eternal.

16I would give them the best grain for food; you would be full of honey from the rock.

John 16:4-33

4I have said these things to you so that when the time comes, what I have said may come to your mind. I did not say them to you at the first, because then I was still with you.

5But now I am going to him who sent me; and not one of you says to me, Where are you going?

6But your hearts are full of sorrow because I have said these things.

7But what I am saying is true: my going is for your good: for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.

8And he, when he comes, will make the world conscious of sin, and of righteousness, and of being judged:

9Of sin, because they have not faith in me;

10Of righteousness, because I go to the Father and you will see me no more;

11Of being judged, because the ruler of this world has been judged.

12I have still much to say to you, but you are not strong enough for it now.

13However, when he, the Spirit of true knowledge, has come, he will be your guide into all true knowledge: for his words will not come from himself, but whatever has come to his hearing, that he will say: and he will make clear to you the things to come.

14He will give me glory, because he will take of what is mine, and make it clear to you.

15Everything which the Father has is mine: that is why I say, He will take of what is mine and will make it clear to you.

16After a little time you will see me no longer; and then again, after a little time, you will see me.

17So some of the disciples said one to another, What is this he is saying, After a little time, you will see me no longer; and then again, after a little time, you will see me? and, I am going to the Father?

18So they said again and again, What is this he is saying, A little time? His words are not clear to us.

19Jesus saw that they had a desire to put the question to him, so he said to them, Is this what you are questioning one with another, why I said, After a little time, you will see me no longer; and then again, after a little time, you will see me?

20Truly I say to you, You will be weeping and sorrowing, but the world will be glad: you will be sad, but your sorrow will be turned into joy.

21When a woman is about to give birth she has sorrow, because her hour is come; but when she has given birth to the child, the pain is put out of her mind by the joy that a man has come into the world.

22So you have sorrow now: but I will see you again, and your hearts will be glad, and no one will take away your joy.

23And on that day you will put no questions to me. Truly I say to you, Whatever request you make to the Father, he will give it to you in my name.

24Up to now you have made no request in my name: do so, and it will be answered, so that your hearts may be full of joy.

25All this I have said to you in veiled language: but the time is coming when I will no longer say things in veiled language but will give you knowledge of the Father clearly.

26In that day you will make requests in my name: and I do not say that I will make prayer to the Father for you,

27For the Father himself gives his love to you, because you have given your love to me and have had faith that I came from God.

28I came out from the Father and have come into the world: again, I go away from the world and go to the Father.

29His disciples said, Now you are talking clearly and not in veiled language.

30Now we are certain that you have knowledge of all things and have no need for anyone to put questions to you: through this we have faith that you came from God.

31Jesus made answer, Have you faith now?

32See, a time is coming, yes, it is now here, when you will go away in all directions, every man to his house, and I will be by myself: but I am not by myself, because the Father is with me.

33I have said all these things to you so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble: but take heart! I have overcome the world.

September 13

2 Chronicles 23

1In the seventh year, Jehoiada made himself strong, and made an agreement with the captains of hundreds, Azariah, the son of Jeroham, Ishmael, the son of Jehohanan, Azariah, the son of Obed, Maaseiah, the son of Adaiah, and Elishaphat, the son of Zichri.

2And they went through Judah, getting together the Levites and the heads of families in Israel from all the towns of Judah, and they came to Jerusalem.

3And all the people made an agreement with the king in the house of God. And he said to them, Truly, the king’s son will be king, as the Lord has said about the sons of David.

4This is what you are to do: let a third of you, of the priests and Levites, who come in on the Sabbath, keep the doors;

5And a third are to be stationed at the king’s house; and a third at the doorway of the horses: while all the people are waiting in the open spaces round the house of the Lord.

6But let no one come into the house of the Lord but only the priests and those of the Levites who have work to do there; they may go in for they are holy; but the rest of the people are to keep the orders of the Lord.

7And the Levites are to make a circle round the king, every man being armed; and any man who comes into the house is to be put to death; you are to keep with the king when he comes in and when he goes out.

8So the Levites and all Judah did as Jehoiada the priest had given them orders: every one took with him his men, those who were to come in and those who were to go out on the Sabbath; for Jehoiada had not sent away the divisions.

9Then Jehoiada the priest gave to the captains of hundreds the spears and body-covers which had been King David’s and which were kept in the house of God.

10And he put all the people in position, every man with his instruments of war in his hand, from the right side of the house to the left, by the altar and the house and all round the king.

11Then they made the king’s son come out, and they put the crown on his head and gave him the arm-bands and made him king: and Jehoiada and his sons put the holy oil on him and said, Long life to the king.

12Now Athaliah, hearing the noise of the people running and praising the king, came to the people in the house of the Lord:

13And looking, she saw the king in his place by the pillar at the doorway, and the captains and the horns by his side; and all the people of the land were giving signs of joy and sounding the horns; and the makers of melody were playing on instruments of music, taking the chief part in the song of praise. Then Athaliah, violently parting her robes, said, Broken faith, broken faith!

14Then Jehoiada the priest gave orders to the captains of hundreds who had authority over the army, saying, Take her outside the lines, and let anyone who goes after her be put to death with the sword. For the priest said, Let her not be put to death in the house of the Lord.

15So they put their hands on her, and she went to the king’s house by the doorway of the king’s horses; and there she was put to death.

16And Jehoiada made an agreement between the Lord and all the people and the king, that they would be the Lord’s people.

17Then all the people went to the house of Baal and had it pulled down, and its altars and images broken up; and Mattan, the priest of Baal, they put to death before the altars.

18And Jehoiada put the work and the care of the house of the Lord into the hands of the priests and the Levites, who had been grouped in divisions by David to make burned offerings to the Lord, as it is recorded in the law of Moses, with joy and song as David had said.

19And he put door-keepers at the doors of the Lord’s house, to see that no one who was unclean in any way might come in.

20Then he took the captains of hundreds and the chiefs and the rulers of the people and all the people of the land, and they came down with the king from the house of the Lord through the higher doorway into the king’s house, and put the king on the seat of the kingdom.

21So all the people of the land were glad and the town was quiet, for they had put Athaliah to death with the sword.

Psalms 80

To the chief music-maker; put to Shoshannim-eduth. Of Asaph. A Psalm.
1 Give ear, O Keeper of Israel, guiding Joseph like a flock; you who have your seat on the winged ones, let your glory be seen.

2Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, let your strength be awake from sleep, and come as our salvation.

3Take us back again, O God; let us see the shining of your face, and let us be safe.

4O Lord God of armies, how long will your wrath be burning against the rest of your people?

5You have given them the bread of weeping for food; for their drink you have given them sorrow in great measure.

6You make us a cause of war among our neighbours; our haters are laughing at us among themselves.

7Take us back again, O God of armies; let us see the shining of your face, and let us be safe.

8You took a vine out of Egypt: driving out the nations, and planting it in their land.

9You made ready a place for it, so that it might take deep root, and it sent out its branches over all the land.

10The mountains were covered with its shade, and the great trees with its branches.

11It sent out its arms to the Sea, and its branches to the River.

12Why are its walls broken down by your hands, so that all who go by may take its fruit?

13It is uprooted by the pigs from the woods, the beasts of the field get their food from it.

14Come back, O God of armies: from heaven let your eyes be turned to this vine, and give your mind to it,

15Even to the tree which was planted by your right hand, and to the branch which you made strong for yourself.

16It is burned with fire; it is cut down: they are made waste by the wrath of your face.

17Let your hand be on the man of your right hand, on the son of man whom you made strong for yourself.

18So will we not be turned back from you; keep us in life, and we will give praise to your name.

19Take us back, O Lord God of armies; let us see the shining of your face, and let us be safe.

John 15

1I am the true vine and my Father is the gardener.

2He takes away every branch in me which has no fruit, and every branch which has fruit he makes clean, so that it may have more fruit.

3You are clean, even now, through the teaching which I have given you.

4Be in me at all times as I am in you. As the branch is not able to give fruit of itself, if it is not still on the vine, so you are not able to do so if you are not in me.

5I am the vine, you are the branches: he who is in me at all times as I am in him, gives much fruit, because without me you are able to do nothing.

6If a man does not keep himself in me, he becomes dead and is cut off like a dry branch; such branches are taken up and put in the fire and burned.

7If you are in me at all times, and my words are in you, then anything for which you make a request will be done for you.

8Here is my Father’s glory, in that you give much fruit and so are my true disciples.

9Even as the Father has given me his love, so I have given my love to you: be ever in my love.

10If you keep my laws, you will be ever in my love, even as I have kept my Father’s laws, and am ever in his love.

11I have said these things to you so that I may have joy in you and so that your joy may be complete.

12This is the law I give you: Have love one for another, even as I have love for you.

13Greater love has no man than this, that a man gives up his life for his friends.

14You are my friends, if you do what I give you orders to do.

15No longer do I give you the name of servants; because a servant is without knowledge of what his master is doing: I give you the name of friends, because I have given you knowledge of all the things which my Father has said to me.

16You did not take me for yourselves, but I took you for myself; and I gave you the work of going about and producing fruit which will be for ever; so that whatever request you make to the Father in my name he may give it to you.

17So this is my law for you: Have love one for another.

18If you are hated by the world, keep in mind that I was hated by the world before you.

19If you were of the world, you would be loved by the world: but because you are not of the world, but I have taken you out of the world, you are hated by the world.

20Keep in mind the words I said to you, A servant is not greater than his lord. If they were cruel to me, they will be cruel to you; if they kept my words, they will keep yours.

21They will do all this to you because of my name–because they have no knowledge of him who sent me.

22If I had not come and been their teacher they would have had no sin: but now they have no reason to give for their sin.

23He who has hate for me has hate for my Father.

24If I had not done among them the works which no other man ever did, they would have had no sin: but now they have seen, and they have had hate in their hearts for me and my Father.

25This comes about so that the writing in their law may be made true, Their hate for me was without cause.

26When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father even the Spirit of true knowledge who comes from the Father–he will give witness about me;

27And you, in addition, will give witness because you have been with me from the first.

John 16:1-4

1I have said these things to you so that you may not be in doubt.

2They will put you out of the Synagogues: yes, the time is coming when whoever puts you to death will have the belief that he is doing God’s pleasure.

3They will do these things to you because they have not had knowledge of the Father or of me.

4I have said these things to you so that when the time comes, what I have said may come to your mind. I did not say them to you at the first, because then I was still with you.

September 12

2 Chronicles 21:2-20

2And he had brothers, sons of Jehoshaphat, Azariah, Jehiel, Zechariah, Azariah, Michael, and Shephatiah; all these were sons of Jehoshaphat, king of Israel.

3And their father gave them much silver and gold and things of great value, as well as walled towns in Judah; but the kingdom he gave to Jehoram, because he was the oldest.

4Now when Jehoram had taken his place over his father’s kingdom, and had made his position safe, he put all his brothers to death with the sword, as well as some of the princes of Israel.

5Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king; and he was ruling in Jerusalem for eight years.

6He went in the ways of the kings of Israel, and did as the family of Ahab did, for the daughter of Ahab was his wife; and he did evil in the eyes of the Lord.

7But it was not the Lord’s purpose to send destruction on the family of David, because of the agreement he had made with David, when he said he would give to him and to his sons a light for ever.

8In his time Edom made themselves free from the rule of Judah, and took a king for themselves.

9Then Jehoram went over with his captains and all his war-carriages … made an attack by night on the Edomites, whose forces were all round him … on the captains of the war-carriages.

10So Edom made themselves free from the rule of Judah, to this day: and at the same time Libnah made itself free from his rule; because he was turned away from the Lord, the God of his fathers.

11And more than this, he made high places in the mountains of Judah, teaching the people of Jerusalem to go after false gods, and guiding Judah away from the true way.

12And a letter came to him from Elijah the prophet, saying, The Lord, the God of your father David, says, Because you have not kept to the ways of your father Jehoshaphat or the ways of Asa, king of Judah,

13But have gone in the way of the kings of Israel, and have made Judah and the people of Jerusalem go after false gods, as the family of Ahab did: and because you have put to death your father’s sons, your brothers, who were better than yourself:

14Now, truly, the Lord will send a great destruction on your people and your children and your wives and everything which is yours:

15And you yourself will undergo the cruel pains of a disease in your stomach, so that day by day your inside will be falling out because of the disease.

16Then the Philistines and the Arabians, who are by Ethiopia, were moved by the Lord to make war on Jehoram;

17And they came up against Judah, forcing a way into it, and took away all the goods in the king’s house, as well as his sons and his wives; so that he had no son but only Jehoahaz, the youngest.

18And after all this the Lord sent on him a disease of the stomach from which it was impossible for him to be made well.

19And time went on, and after two years, his inside falling out because of the disease, he came to his death in cruel pain. And his people made no burning for him like the burning made for his fathers.

20He was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he was ruling in Jerusalem for eight years: and at his death he was not regretted; they put his body into the earth in the town of David, but not in the resting-place of the kings.

2 Chronicles 22

1And the people of Jerusalem made Ahaziah, his youngest son, king in his place, for the band of men who came with the Arabians to the army had put all the older sons to death. So Ahaziah, the son of Jehoram, became king.

2Ahaziah was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he was ruling in Jerusalem for one year. His mother’s name was Athaliah, the daughter of Omri.

3He went in the ways of the family of Ahab, for his mother was his teacher in evil-doing.

4And he did evil in the eyes of the Lord, as the family of Ahab did; for after the death of his father they were his guides to his destruction.

5Acting on their suggestion, he went with Jehoram, son of Ahab, king of Israel, to make war on Hazael, king of Aram, at Ramoth-gilead: and Joram was wounded by the bowmen.

6And he went back to Jezreel to get well from the wounds which they had given him at Ramah when he was fighting against Hazael, king of Aram. And Ahaziah, the son of Jehoram, king of Judah, went down to Jezreel to see Jehoram, the son of Ahab, because he was ill.

7Now by the purpose of God, Ahaziah’s journey to see Jehoram was the cause of his downfall: for when he came there, he went out with Jehoram against Jehu, the son of Nimshi, who had been marked out by the Lord for the destruction of the family of Ahab.

8Now when Jehu was effecting the punishment of the family of Ahab, he came to the princes of Judah and the sons of Ahaziah’s brothers, the servants of Ahaziah, and put them to death.

9And he went in search of Ahaziah; and when they came where he was, (for he was in a secret place in Samaria,) they took him to Jehu and put him to death; then they put his body to rest in the earth, for they said, He is the son of Jehoshaphat, whose heart was true to the Lord. So the family of Ahaziah had no power to keep the kingdom.

10Now when Athaliah, the mother of Ahaziah, saw that her son was dead, she had all the rest of the seed of the kingdom of Judah put to death.

11But Jehoshabeath, the daughter of the king, secretly took Joash, the son of Ahaziah, away from among the king’s sons who were put to death, and put him and the woman who took care of him in a bedroom. So Jehoshabeath, the daughter of King Jehoram, the wife of Jehoiada the priest and sister of Ahaziah, kept him safe from Athaliah, so that she did not put him to death.

12And she kept him safe with her in the house of God for six years, while Athaliah was ruling the land.

Psalms 79

A Psalm. Of Asaph.

1 O God, the nations have come into your heritage; they have made your holy Temple unclean; they have made Jerusalem a mass of broken walls.

2They have given the bodies of your servants as food to the birds of the air, and the flesh of your saints to the beasts of the earth.

3Their blood has been flowing like water round about Jerusalem; there was no one to put them in their last resting-place.

4We are looked down on by our neighbours, we are laughed at and made sport of by those who are round us.

5How long, O Lord? will you be angry for ever? will your wrath go on burning like fire?

6Let your wrath be on the nations who have no knowledge of you, and on the kingdoms who have not made prayer to your name.

7For they have taken Jacob for their meat, and made waste his house.

8Do not keep in mind against us the sins of our fathers; let your mercy come to us quickly, for we have been made very low.

9Give us help, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; take us out of danger and give us forgiveness for our sins, because of your name.

10Why may the nations say, Where is their God? Let payment for the blood of your servants be made openly among the nations before our eyes.

11Let the cry of the prisoner come before you; with your strong arm make free the children of death;

12And give punishment seven times over into the breast of our neighbours for the bitter words which they have said against you, O Lord.

13So we your people, and the sheep of your flock, will give you glory for ever: we will go on praising you through all generations.

John 14:15-31

15If you have love for me, you will keep my laws.

16And I will make prayer to the Father and he will give you another Helper to be with you for ever,

17Even the Spirit of true knowledge. That Spirit the world is not able to take to its heart because it sees him not and has no knowledge of him: but you have knowledge of him, because he is ever with you and will be in you.

18I will not let you be without a friend: I am coming to you.

19A little time longer, and the world will see me no more; but you will see me; and you will be living because I am living.

20At that time it will be clear to you that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I in you.

21He who has my laws and keeps them, he it is who has love for me: and he who has love for me will be loved by my Father, and I will have love for him and will let myself be seen clearly by him.

22Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, How is it that you will let yourself be seen clearly by us and not by the world?

23Jesus said to him in answer, If anyone has love for me, he will keep my words: and he will be dear to my Father; and we will come to him and make our living-place with him.

24He who has no love for me does not keep my words; and the word which you are hearing is not my word but the Father’s who sent me.

25I have said all this to you while I am still with you.

26But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will be your teacher in all things and will put you in mind of everything I have said to you.

27May peace be with you; my peace I give to you: I give it not as the world gives. Let not your heart be troubled; let it be without fear.

28Keep in mind how I said to you, I go away and come to you again. If you had love for me you would be glad, because I am going to the Father: for the Father is greater than I.

29And now I have given you word of it before it comes, so that, when it comes, you may have faith.

30After this I will not say much to you, because the ruler of this world comes: and he has no power over me;

31But he comes so that the world may see that I have love for the Father, and that I am doing as I am ordered by the Father. Get up, and let us go.

September 11

2 Chronicles 20

1Now after this, the children of Moab and the children of Ammon, and with them some of the Meunim, made war against Jehoshaphat.

2And they came to Jehoshaphat with the news, saying, A great army is moving against you from Edom across the sea; and now they are in Hazazon-tamar (which is En-gedi).

3Then Jehoshaphat, in his fear, went to the Lord for directions, and gave orders all through Judah for the people to go without food.

4And Judah came together to make prayer for help from the Lord; from every town of Judah they came to give worship to the Lord.

5And Jehoshaphat took his place in the meeting of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord in front of the new open space,

6And said, O Lord, the God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? are you not ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? and in your hands are power and strength so that no one is able to keep his place against you.

7Did you not, O Lord our God, after driving out the people of this land before your people Israel, give it to the seed of Abraham, your friend, for ever?

8And they made it their living-place, building there a holy house for your name, and saying,

9If evil comes on us, the sword, or punishment, or disease, or need of food, we will come to this house and to you, (for your name is in this house,) crying to you in our trouble, and you will give us salvation in answer to our cry.

10And now, see, the children of Ammon and Moab and the people of Mount Seir, whom you kept Israel from attacking when they came out of Egypt, so that turning to one side they did not send destruction on them:

11See now, how as our reward they have come to send us out of your land which you have given us as our heritage.

12O our God, will you not be their judge? for our strength is not equal to this great army which is coming against us; and we are at a loss what to do: but our eyes are on you.

13And all Judah were waiting before the Lord, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.

14Then, before all the meeting, the spirit of the Lord came on Jahaziel, the son of Zechariah, son of Benaiah, son of Jeiel, son of Mattaniah, a Levite and one of the family of Asaph;

15And he said, Give ear, O Judah, and you people of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat: the Lord says to you, Have no fear and do not be troubled on account of this great army; for the fight is not yours but God’s.

16Go down against them tomorrow: see, they are coming up by the slope of Ziz; at the end of the valley, before the waste land of Jeruel, you will come face to face with them.

17There will be no need for you to take up arms in this fight; put yourselves in position, and keep where you are, and you will see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: have no fear and do not be troubled: go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you.

18Then Jehoshaphat went down with his face to the earth, and all Judah and the people of Jerusalem gave worship to the Lord, falling down before him.

19And the Levites, the children of the Kohathites and the Korahites, got to their feet and gave praise to the Lord, the God of Israel, with a loud voice.

20And early in the morning they got up and went out to the waste land of Tekoa: and when they were going out, Jehoshaphat took his station and said to them, Give ear to me, O Judah and you people of Jerusalem: have faith in the Lord your God and you will be safe; have faith in his prophets and all will go well for you.

21And after discussion with the people, he put in their places those who were to make melody to the Lord, praising him in holy robes, while they went at the head of the army, and saying, May the Lord be praised, for his mercy is unchanging for ever.

22And at the first notes of song and praise the Lord sent a surprise attack against the children of Ammon and Moab and the people of Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were overcome.

23And the children of Ammon and Moab made an attack on the people of Mount Seir with a view to their complete destruction; and when they had put an end to the people of Seir, everyman’s hand was turned against his neighbour for his destruction.

24And Judah came to the watchtower of the waste land, and looking in the direction of the army, they saw only dead bodies stretched on the earth; no living man was to be seen.

25And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take their goods from them, they saw beasts in great numbers, and wealth and clothing and things of value, more than they were able to take away; all this they took for themselves, and they were three days getting it away, there was so much.

26On the fourth day they all came together in the Valley of Blessing, and there they gave blessing to the Lord; for which cause that place has been named the Valley of Blessing to this day.

27Then all the men of Judah and Jerusalem went back, with Jehoshaphat at their head, coming back to Jerusalem with joy; for the Lord had made them glad over their haters.

28So they came to Jerusalem with corded instruments and wind-instruments into the house of the Lord.

29And the fear of God came on all the kingdoms of the lands, when they had news of how the Lord made war on those who came against Israel.

30So the kingdom of Jehoshaphat was quiet, for the Lord gave him rest on every side.

31And Jehoshaphat was king over Judah: he was thirty-five years old when he became king, and he was ruling for twenty-five years in Jerusalem: his mother’s name was Azubah, the daughter of Shilhi.

32He went in the ways of his father Asa, not turning away, but doing right in the eyes of the Lord.

33The high places, however, were not taken away, and the hearts of the people were still not true to the God of their fathers.

34Now as for the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first and last, they are recorded in the words of Jehu, the son of Hanani, which were put in the book of the kings of Israel.

35After this Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, became friends with Ahaziah, king of Israel, who did much evil:

36Together they made ships to go to Tarshish, building them in Ezion-geber.

37Then the word of Eliezer the prophet, the son of Dodavahu of Mareshah, came against Jehoshaphat, saying, Because you have let yourself be joined with Ahaziah, the Lord has sent destruction on your works. And the ships were broken and were not able to go to Tarshish.

2 Chronicles 21:1

1And Jehoshaphat went to rest with his fathers, and his body was put into the earth in the town of David. And Jehoram his son became king in his place.

Psalms 78:56-72

56But they were bitter against the Most High God, testing him, and not keeping his laws;

57Their hearts were turned back and untrue like their fathers; they were turned to one side like a twisted bow.

58They made him angry with their high places; moving him to wrath with their images.

59When this came to God’s ears he was very angry, and gave up Israel completely;

60So that he went away from the holy place in Shiloh, the tent which he had put among men;

61And he let his strength be taken prisoner, and gave his glory into the hands of his hater.

62He gave his people up to the sword, and was angry with his heritage.

63Their young men were burned in the fire; and their virgins were not praised in the bride-song.

64Their priests were put to death by the sword, and their widows made no weeping for them.

65Then was the Lord like one awaking from sleep, and like a strong man crying out because of wine.

66His haters were turned back by his blows and shamed for ever.

67And he put the tent of Joseph on one side, and took not the tribe of Ephraim;

68But he took the tribe of Judah for himself, and the mountain of Zion, in which he had pleasure.

69And he made his holy place like the high heaven, like the earth which is fixed by him for ever.

70He took David to be his servant, taking him from the place of the flocks;

71From looking after the sheep which were giving milk, he took him to give food to Jacob his people, and to Israel his heritage.

72So he gave them food with an upright heart, guiding them by the wisdom of his hands.

John 14:1-14

1Let not your heart be troubled: have faith in God and have faith in me.

2In my Father’s house are rooms enough; if it was not so, would I have said that I am going to make ready a place for you?

3And if I go and make ready a place for you, I will come back again and will take you to be with me, so that you may be where I am.

4And you all have knowledge of where I am going, and of the way to it.

5Thomas said, Lord, we have no knowledge of where you are going; how may we have knowledge of the way?

6Jesus said to him, I am the true and living way: no one comes to the Father but by me.

7If you had knowledge of me, you would have knowledge of my Father: you have knowledge of him now and have seen him.

8Philip said to him, Lord, let us see the Father, and we have need of nothing more.

9Jesus said to him, Philip, have I been with you all this time, and still you have no knowledge of me? He who has seen me has seen the Father. Why do you say, Let us see the Father?

10Have you not faith that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words which I say to you, I say not from myself: but the Father who is in me all the time does his works.

11Have faith that I am in the Father and that the Father is in me: at least, have faith in me because of what I do.

12Truly I say to you, He who puts his faith in me will do the very works which I do, and he will do greater things than these, because I am going to my Father.

13And whatever request you make in my name, that I will do, so that the Father may have glory in the Son.

14If you make any request to me in my name, I will do it.

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