August 9

2 Kings 23:36-37

36Jehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he became king; he was ruling in Jerusalem for eleven years; his mother’s name was Zebidah, the daughter of Pedaiah of Rumah.

37He did evil in the eyes of the Lord as his fathers had done.

2 Kings 24

1In his days, Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, came up and Jehoiakim was his servant for three years; then he took up arms against him.

2And the Lord sent against him bands of the Chaldaeans and of the Edomites and of the Moabites and of the children of Ammon; sending them against Judah for its destruction, as he had said by his servants the prophets.

3Only by the word of the Lord did this fate come on Judah, to take them away from before his face; because of the sins of Manasseh and all the evil he did;

4And because of the death of those who had done no wrong, for he made Jerusalem full of the blood of the upright; and the Lord had no forgiveness for it.

5Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, and all he did, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Judah?

6So Jehoiakim went to rest with his fathers; and Jehoiachin his son became king in his place.

7And the king of Egypt did not come out of his land again, for the king of Babylon had taken all his country, from the stream of Egypt to the river Euphrates.

8Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he became king, he was ruling in Jerusalem for three months, and his mother’s name was Nehushta, the daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem.

9He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, as his father had done.

10At that time the armies of Nebuchadnezzar came up to Jerusalem and the town was shut in on every side.

11And Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, came there, while his servants were shutting in the town;

12Then Jehoiachin, king of Judah, went out to the king of Babylon, with his mother and his servants and his chiefs and his unsexed servants; and in the eighth year of his rule the king of Babylon took him.

13And he took away all the stored wealth of the Lord’s house, and the goods from the king’s store-house, cutting up all the gold vessels which Solomon, king of Israel, had made in the house of the Lord, as the Lord had said.

14And he took away all the people of Jerusalem and all the chiefs and all the men of war, ten thousand prisoners; and all the expert workmen and the metal-workers; only the poorest sort of the people of the land were not taken away.

15He took Jehoiachin a prisoner to Babylon, with his mother and his wives and his unsexed servants and the great men of the land; he took them all as prisoners from Jerusalem to Babylon.

16And all the men of war, seven thousand of them, and a thousand expert workmen and metal-workers, all of them strong and able to take up arms, the king of Babylon took away as prisoners into Babylon.

17And the king of Babylon made Mattaniah, his father’s brother, king in place of Jehoiachin, changing his name to Zedekiah.

18Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he was king in Jerusalem for eleven years; his mother’s name was Hamutal, daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.

19He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, as Jehoiakim had done.

20And because of the wrath of the Lord, this came about in Jerusalem and Judah, till he had sent them all away from before him: and Zedekiah took up arms against the king of Babylon.

Habakuk 1

1The word which Habakkuk the prophet saw.

2How long, O Lord, will your ears be shut to my voice? I make an outcry to you about violent behaviour, but you do not send salvation.

3Why do you make me see evil-doing, and why are my eyes fixed on wrong? for wasting and violent acts are before me: and there is fighting and bitter argument.

4For this reason the law is feeble and decisions are not effected: for the upright man is circled round by evil-doers; because of which right is twisted.

5See among the nations, and take note, and be full of wonder: for in your days I am doing a work in which you will have no belief, even if news of it is given to you.

6For see, I am sending the Chaldaeans, that bitter and quick-moving nation; who go through the wide spaces of the earth to get for themselves living-places which are not theirs.

7They are greatly to be feared: their right comes from themselves.

8And their horses are quicker than leopards and their horsemen more cruel than evening wolves; they come from far away, like an eagle in flight rushing on its food.

9They are coming all of them with force; the direction of their faces is forward, the number of their prisoners is like the sands of the sea.

10He makes little of kings, rulers are a sport to him; all the strong places are to be laughed at; for he makes earthworks and takes them.

11Then his purpose will be changed, over-stepping the limit; he will make his strength his god.

12Are you not eternal, O Lord my God, my Holy One? for you there is no death. O Lord, he has been ordered by you for our punishment; and by you, O Rock, he has been marked out to put us right.

13Before your holy eyes sin may not be seen, and you are unable to put up with wrong; why, then, are your eyes on the false? why do you say nothing when the evil-doer puts an end to one who is more upright than himself?

14He has made men like the fishes of the sea, like the worms which have no ruler over them.

15He takes them all up with his hook, he takes them in his net, getting them together in his fishing-net: for which cause he is glad and full of joy.

16For this reason he makes an offering to his net, burning perfume to his fishing-net; because by them he gets much food and his meat is fat.

17For this cause his net is ever open, and there is no end to his destruction of the nations.

2 Corinthians 10

1Now I, Paul, myself make request to you by the quiet and gentle behaviour of Christ, I who am poor in spirit when with you, but who say what is in my mind to you without fear when I am away from you:

2Yes, I make my request to you, so that when I am with you I may not have to make use of the authority which may be needed against some to whom we seem to be walking after the flesh.

3For though we may be living in the flesh, we are not fighting after the way of the flesh

4(For the arms with which we are fighting are not those of the flesh, but are strong before God for the destruction of high places);

5Putting an end to reasonings, and every high thing which is lifted up against the knowledge of God, and causing every thought to come under the authority of Christ;

6Being ready to give punishment to whatever is against his authority, after you have made it clear that you are completely under his control.

7Give attention to the things which are before you. If any man seems to himself to be Christ’s, let him keep in mind that we are as much Christ’s as he is.

8For though I might take pride in our authority (which the Lord gave for building you up, and not for your destruction), it will not be a cause of shame to me:

9That I may not seem to have the desire of causing you fear by my letters.

10For his letters, they say, have weight and are strong; but in body he is feeble, and his way of talking has little force.

11Let those who say this keep in mind that, what we are in word by letters when we are away, so will we be in act when we are present.

12For we will not make comparison of ourselves with some of those who say good things about themselves: but these, measuring themselves by themselves, and making comparison of themselves with themselves, are not wise.

13We will not give glory to ourselves in over-great measure, but after the measure of the rule which God has given us, a measure which comes even to you.

14For we have no need to make ourselves seem more than we are, as if our authority did not come as far as to you: for we came even as far as you with the good news of Christ:

15Not taking credit to ourselves for what is not our business, that is, for the work of others; but having hope that, with the growth of your faith, we may get the credit for an increase which is the effect of our work,

16So that we may be able to go on and take the good news to countries still farther away than you are, and not take credit for another man’s work in making things ready to our hand.

17But whoever has a desire for glory, let his glory be in the Lord.

18For the Lord’s approval of a man is not dependent on his opinion of himself, but on the Lord’s opinion of him.

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