2 Kings 15
1In the twenty-seventh year of the rule of Jeroboam, king of Israel, Azariah, son of Amaziah, became king of Judah.
2He was sixteen years old when he became king, and he was ruling in Jerusalem for fifty-two years; his mother’s name was Jecoliah of Jerusalem.
3And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as his father Amaziah had done.
4But he did not take away the high places, and the people still went on making offerings and burning them in the high places.
5And the Lord sent disease on the king and he became a leper, and to the day of his death he was living separately in his private house. And Jotham his son was over his house, judging the people of the land.
6Now the rest of the acts of Azariah, and all he did, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Judah?
7And Azariah went to rest with his fathers and was put into the earth with his fathers in the town of David; and Jotham his son became king in his place.
8In the thirty-eighth year of Azaliah, king of Judah, Zechariah, son of Jeroboam, was king over Israel for six months.
9And he did evil in the eyes of the Lord, as his father had done, not turning away from the sin which Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, did and made Israel do.
10And Shallum, the son of Jabesh, made a secret design against him, and, attacking him in Ibleam, put him to death and became king in his place.
11Now the rest of the acts of Zechariah are recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel.
12This was what the Lord had said to Jehu, Your sons to the fourth generation will be kings of Israel. And so it came about.
13Shallum, the son of Jabesh, became king in the thirty-ninth year of Uzziah, king of Judah; and he was ruling in Samaria for the space of one month.
14Then Menahem, the son of Gadi, went up from Tirzah and came to Samaria, and attacking Shallum, son of Jabesh, in Samaria, put him to death and made himself king in his place.
15Now the rest of the acts of Shallum, and the secret design which he made, are recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel.
16Then Menahem sent destruction on Tappuah and all the people in it, and its limits, from Tirzah, because they would not let him come in; and he had all the women who were with child cut open.
17In the thirty-ninth year of Azariah, king of Judah, Menahem, the son of Gadi, became king over Israel, and was ruling in Samaria for ten years.
18He did evil in the eyes of the Lord; he did not keep himself from the sin which Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, did and made Israel do.
19In his day, Pul, the king of Assyria, came up against the land; and Menahem gave Pul a thousand talents of silver so that he might let him keep the kingdom.
20And Menahem got the money from Israel, from all the men of wealth, fifty silver shekels from every man, to give to the king of Assyria. So the king of Assyria went back without stopping in the land.
21Now the rest of the acts of Menahem, and all he did, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel?
22And Menahem went to rest with his fathers; and Pekahiah his son became king in his place.
23In the fiftieth year of Azariah king of Judah, Pekahiah, the son of Menahem, became king over Israel in Samaria, ruling for two years.
24He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, not turning from the sin which Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, did and made Israel do.
25And Pekah, the son of Remaliah, his captain, made a secret design against him, attacking him in the king’s great house in Samaria; and with him were fifty men of Gilead; and he put him to death and became king in his place.
26Now the rest of the acts of Pekahiah, and all he did, are recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel.
27In the fifty-second year of Azariah, king of Judah, Pekah, the son of Remaliah, became king over Israel in Samaria, ruling for twenty years.
28He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, not turning from the sin which Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, did and made Israel do.
29In the days of Pekah, king of Israel, Tiglath-pileser, king of Assyria, came and took Ijon and Abel-beth-maacah and Janoah and Kedesh and Hazor and Gilead and Galilee and all the land of Naphtali; and he took the people away to Assyria.
30And Hoshea, the son of Elah, made a secret design against Pekah, the son of Remaliah, and, attacking him, put him to death and became king in his place, in the twentieth year of Jotham, the son of Uzziah.
31Now the rest of the acts of Pekah, and all he did, are recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel.
32In the second year of Pekah, the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, Jotham, the son of Uzziah, became king of Judah.
33He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he was ruling for sixteen years in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Jerusha, the daughter of Zadok.
34And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as his father Uzziah had done.
35But he did not take away the high places, and the people still went on making offerings and burning them in the high places. He was the builder of the higher doorway of the house of the Lord.
36Now the rest of the acts of Jotham, and all he did, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Judah?
37In those days the Lord first sent against Judah, Rezin, the king of Aram, and Pekah, the son of Remaliah.
38And Jotham went to rest with his fathers, and was put into the earth in the town of David his father; and Ahaz his son became king in his place.
2 Kings 16
1In the seventeenth year of Pekah, the son of Remaliah, Ahaz, the son of Jotham, became king of Judah.
2Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king; he was ruling for sixteen years in Jerusalem. He did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord his God, as David his father did.
3But he went in the ways of the kings of Israel, and even made his son go through the 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, burning them in the high places and on the hills and under every green tree.
5Then Rezin, king of Aram, and Pekah, son of Remaliah, king of Israel, came up to Jerusalem to make war; and they made an attack on Ahaz, shutting him in, but were not able to overcome him.
6At that time the king of Edom got Elath back for Edom, and sent the Jews out of Elath; and the Edomites came back to Elath where they are living to this day.
7So Ahaz sent representatives to Tiglath-pileser, king of Assyria, saying, I am your servant and your son; come to my help against the kings of Aram and Israel who have taken up arms against me.
8And Ahaz took the silver and gold which were in the house of the Lord and in the king’s store-house, and sent them as an offering to the king of Assyria.
9And the king of Assyria, in answer to his request, went up against Damascus and took it, and took its people away as prisoners to Kir, and put Rezin to death.
10Then King Ahaz went to Damascus for a meeting with Tiglath-pileser, king of Assyria; and there he saw the altar which was at Damascus; and King Ahaz sent to Urijah the priest a copy of the altar, giving the design of it and all the details of its structure.
11And from the copy King Ahaz sent from Damascus, Urijah made an altar and had it ready by the time King Ahaz came back from Damascus.
12And when the king came from Damascus, he saw the altar; and he went up on it and made an offering on it.
13He made his burned offering and his meal offering and his drink offering there, draining out the blood of his peace-offerings on the altar.
14And the brass altar, which was before the Lord, he took from the front of the house, from between his altar and the house of the Lord, and put it on the north side of his altar.
15And King Ahaz gave orders to Urijah the priest, saying, Make the morning burned offering and the evening meal offering and the king’s burned offering and meal offering, with the burned offerings of all the people and their meal offerings and drink offerings, on the great altar, and put on it all the blood of the burned offerings and of the beasts which are offered; but the brass altar will be for my use to get directions from the Lord.
16So Urijah the priest did everything as the king said
17And King Ahaz took off the sides of the wheeled bases, and took down the great water-vessel from off the brass oxen which were under it and put it on a floor of stone.
18*** the house of the Lord, because of the king of Assyria.
19Now the rest of the things which Ahaz did, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Judah?
20And Ahaz went to rest with his fathers, and was put into the earth with his fathers in the town of David; and Hezekiah his son became king in his place.
2And you, Beth-lehem Ephrathah, the least among the families of Judah, out of you one will come to me who is to be ruler in Israel; whose going out has been purposed from time past, from the eternal days.
3For this cause he will give them up till the time when she who is with child has given birth: then the rest of his brothers will come back to the children of Israel.
4And he will take his place and give food to his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the glory of the name of the Lord his God; and their resting-place will be safe: for now he will be great to the ends of the earth.
5And this will be our peace: when the Assyrian comes into our country and his feet are in our land, then we will put up against him seven keepers of the flocks and eight chiefs among men.
6And they will make waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod with the edge of the sword: he will give us salvation from the Assyrian when he comes into our country, when his feet come inside the limit of our land.
7And the rest of Jacob will be among the mass of peoples like dew from the Lord, like showers on the grass, which may not be kept back by man, or be waiting for the sons of men.
8And the rest of Jacob will be among the nations, in the middle of the mass of peoples, like a lion among the beasts of the woods, like a young lion among the flocks of sheep: if he goes through, they will be crushed under foot and pulled to bits, and there will be no saviour.
9Your hand is lifted up against those who are against you, and all your haters will be cut off.
10And it will come about in that day, says the Lord, that I will take away your horses from you, and will give your war-carriages to destruction:
11I will have the towns of your land cut off and all your strong places pulled down:
12I will put an end to your use of secret arts, and you will have no more readers of signs:
13And I will have your images and your pillars cut off from you; and you will no longer give worship to the work of your hands.
14I will have your Asherahs pulled up from among you: and I will send destruction on your images.
15And my punishment will be effected on the nations with such burning wrath as they have not had word of.
2 Corinthians 2:5-17
5But if anyone has been a cause of sorrow, he has been so, not to me only, but in some measure to all of you (I say this that I may not be over-hard on you).
6Let it be enough for such a man to have undergone the punishment which the church put on him;
7So that now, on the other hand, it is right for him to have forgiveness and comfort from you, for fear that his sorrow may be over-great.
8For which cause my desire is that you will make your love to him clear by your acts.
9And for the same reason I sent you a letter so that I might be certain of your desire to do my orders in all things.
10But if you give forgiveness to anyone, I do the same: for if I have given forgiveness for anything, I have done it because of you, in the person of Christ;
11So that Satan may not get the better of us: for we are not without knowledge of his designs.
12Now when I came to Troas for the good news of Christ, and there was an open door for me in the Lord,
13I had no rest in my spirit because Titus my brother was not there: so I went away from them, and came into Macedonia.
14But praise be to God who makes us strong to overcome in Christ, and makes clear through us in every place the value of the knowledge of him.
15For we are a sweet perfume of Christ to God in those who are getting salvation and in those who are going to destruction;
16To the one it is a perfume of death to death; to the other a perfume of life to life. And who is enough for such things?
17For we are not like the great number who make use of the word of God for profit: but our words are true, as from God, being said as before God in Christ.
2 Corinthians 3
1Do we seem to be again attempting to put ourselves in the right? or have we need, as some have, of letters of approval to you or from you?
2You yourselves are our letter, whose writing is in our heart, open for every man’s reading and knowledge;
3For you are clearly a letter of Christ, the fruit of our work, recorded not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in stone, but in hearts of flesh.
4And this is the certain faith which we have in God through Christ:
5Not as if we were able by ourselves to do anything for which we might take the credit; but our power comes from God;
6Who has made us able to be servants of a new agreement; not of the letter, but of the Spirit: for the letter gives death, but the Spirit gives life.
7For if the operation of the law, giving death, recorded in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the eyes of the children of Israel had to be turned away from the face of Moses because of its glory, a glory which was only for a time:
8Will not the operation of the Spirit have a much greater glory?
9For if the operation of the law, producing punishment, had its glory, how much greater will be the operation of the Spirit causing righteousness?
10For the glory of the first no longer seems to be glory, because of the greater glory of that which comes after.
11For if the order which was for a time had its glory, much more will the eternal order have its glory.
12Having then such a hope, we keep nothing back,
13And are not like Moses, who put a veil on his face, so that the children of Israel might not see clearly to the end of the present order of things:
14But their minds were made hard: for to this very day at the reading of the old agreement the same veil is still unlifted; though it is taken away in Christ.
15But to this day, at the reading of the law of Moses, a veil is over their heart.
16But when it is turned to the Lord, the veil will be taken away.
17Now the Lord is the Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there the heart is free.
18But we all, with unveiled face giving back as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord who is the Spirit.