2 Kings 25
1Now in the ninth year of his rule, on the tenth day of the tenth month, Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, came against Jerusalem with all his army and took up his position before it, building earthworks all round the town.
2And the town was shut in by their forces till the eleventh year of King Zedekiah.
3Now on the ninth day of the fourth month, the store of food in the town was almost gone, so that there was no food for the people of the land.
4So an opening was made in the wall of the town, and all the men of war went in flight by night through the doorway between the two walls which was by the king’s garden; (now the Chaldaeans were stationed round the town:) and the king went by the way of the Arabah.
5But the Chaldaean army went after the king, and overtook him in the lowlands of Jericho, and all his army went in flight from him in every direction.
6And they made the king a prisoner and took him up to the king of Babylon at Riblah to be judged.
7And they put the sons of Zedekiah to death before his eyes, and then they put out his eyes, and chaining him with iron bands, took him to Babylon.
8Now in the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month, in the nineteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, Nebuzaradan, the captain of the armed men, a servant of the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem;
9And he had the house of the Lord and the king’s house and all the houses of Jerusalem, even every great house, burned with fire;
10And the walls round Jerusalem were broken down by the Chaldaean army which was with the captain.
11And the rest of the people who were still in the town, and all those who had given themselves up to the king of Babylon, and all the rest of the workmen, Nebuzaradan, the captain of the armed men, took away as prisoners;
12But he let the poorest of the land go on living there, to take care of the vines and the fields.
13And the brass pillars in the house of the Lord, and the wheeled bases, and the great brass water-vessel in the house of the Lord, were broken up by the Chaldaeans, who took the brass to Babylon.
14And the pots and the spades and the scissors for the lights and the spoons, and all the brass vessels used in the Lord’s house, they took away.
15And the fire-trays and the basins; the gold of the gold vessels and the silver of the silver vessels, were all taken away by the captain of the armed men.
16The two pillars, the great water-vessel and the wheeled bases, which Solomon had made for the house of the Lord: the brass of all these vessels was without weight.
17One of the pillars was eighteen cubits high, with a crown of brass on it; the crown was three cubits high, circled with a network and apples all of brass; and the second pillar had the same.
18And the captain of the armed men took Seraiah, the chief priest, and Zephaniah, the second priest, and the three door-keepers;
19And from the town he took the unsexed servant who was over the men of war, and five of the king’s near friends who were in the town, and the scribe of the captain of the army, who was responsible for getting the people of the land together in military order, and sixty men of the people of the land who were in the town.
20These Nebuzaradan, the captain of the armed men, took with him to the king of Babylon at Riblah.
21And the king of Babylon put them to death at Riblah in the land of Hamath. So Judah was taken away prisoner from his land.
22As for the people who were still living in the land of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, did not take away, he made Gedaliah, the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, ruler over them.
23Now the captains of the armed forces, hearing that the king of Babylon had made Gedaliah ruler, came with their men to Gedaliah at Mizpah; Ishmael, the son of Nethaniah, and Johanan, the son of Kareah, and Seraiah, the son of Tanhumeth the Netophathite, and Jaazaniah, the son of the Maacathite, came with all their men.
24Then Gedaliah gave his oath to them and their men, saying, Have no fear because of the servants of the Chaldaeans; go on living in the land under the rule of the king of Babylon, and all will be well.
25But in the seventh month, Ishmael, the son of Nethaniah, the son of Elishama, of the king’s seed, came with ten men and made an attack on Gedaliah, causing his death and the death of the Jews and the Chaldaeans who were with him at Mizpah.
26Then all the people, small and great, and the captains of the forces, got up and went away to Egypt, for fear of the Chaldaeans.
27And in the thirty-seventh year after Jehoiachin, king of Judah, had been taken prisoner, in the twelfth month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, Evil-merodach, king of Babylon, in the first year of his rule, took Jehoiachin, king of Judah, out of prison;
28And said kind words to him, and put his seat higher than the seats of the other kings who were with him in Babylon.
29And his prison clothing was changed, and he was a guest at the king’s table every day for the rest of his life.
30And for his food, the king gave him a regular amount every day for the rest of his life.
1I will take my position and be on watch, placing myself on my tower, looking out to see what he will say to me, and what answer he will give to my protest.
2And the Lord gave me an answer, and said, Put the vision in writing and make it clear on stones, so that the reader may go quickly.
3For the vision is still for the fixed time, and it is moving quickly to the end, and it will not be false: even if it is slow in coming, go on waiting for it; because it will certainly come, it will not be kept back.
4As for the man of pride, my soul has no pleasure in him; but the upright man will have life through his good faith.
5A curse on the cruel and false one! the man full of pride, who never has enough; who makes his desires wide as the underworld! he is like death; he is never full, but he makes all nations come to him, getting all peoples together to himself.
6Will not all these take up a word of shame against him and a bitter saying against him, and say, A curse on him who goes on taking what is not his and is weighted down with the property of debtors!
7Will not your creditors suddenly be moved against you, and your troublers get up from their sleep, and you will be to them like goods taken in war?
8Because you have taken their goods from great nations, all the rest of the peoples will take your goods from you; because of men’s blood and violent acts against the land and the town and all who are living in it.
9A curse on him who gets evil profits for his family, so that he may put his resting-place on high and be safe from the hand of the wrongdoer!
10You have been a cause of shame to your house by cutting off a number of peoples, and sinning against your soul.
11For the stone will give a cry out of the wall, and it will be answered by the board out of the woodwork.
12A curse on him who is building a place with blood, and basing a town on evil-doing!
13See, is it not the pleasure of the Lord of armies that the peoples are working for the fire and using themselves up for nothing?
14For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the sea is covered by the waters.
15A curse on him who gives his neighbour the wine of his wrath, making him overcome with strong drink from the cup of his passion, so that you may be a witness of their shame!
16You are full of shame in place of glory: take your part in the drinking, and let your shame be uncovered: the cup of the Lord’s right hand will come round to you and your glory will be covered with shame.
17For the violent acts against Lebanon will come on you, and the destruction of the cattle will be a cause of fear to you, because of men’s blood and the violent acts against the land and the town and all who are living in it.
18What profit is the pictured image to its maker? and as for the metal image, the false teacher, why does its maker put his faith in it, making false gods without a voice?
19A curse on him who says to the wood, Awake! to the unbreathing stone, Up! let it be a teacher! See, it is plated with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all inside it.
20But the Lord is in his holy Temple: let all the earth be quiet before him.
2 Corinthians 11
1Put up with me if I am a little foolish: but, truly, you do put up with me.
2For I have a very great care for you: because you have been married by me to one husband, and it is my desire to give you completely holy to Christ.
3But I have a fear, that in some way, as Eve was tricked by the deceit of the snake, your minds may be turned away from their simple and holy love for Christ.
4For if anyone comes preaching another Jesus from the one whose preachers we are, or if you have got a different spirit, or a different sort of good news from those which came to you, how well you put up with these things.
5For in my opinion, I am in no way less than the most important of the Apostles.
6But though I am rough in my way of talking, I am not so in knowledge, as we have made clear to all by our acts among you.
7Or did I do wrong in making myself low so that you might be lifted up, because I gave you the good news of God without reward?
8I took money from other churches as payment for my work, so that I might be your servant;
9And when I was present with you, and was in need, I let no man be responsible for me; for the brothers, when they came from Macedonia, gave me whatever was needed; and in everything I kept myself from being a trouble to you, and I will go on doing so.
10As the true word of Christ is in me, I will let no man take from me this my cause of pride in the country of Achaia.
11Why? because I have no love for you? let God be judge.
12But what I do, that I will go on doing, so that I may give no chance to those who are looking for one; so that, in the cause of their pride, they may be seen to be the same as we are.
13For such men are false Apostles, workers of deceit, making themselves seem like Apostles of Christ.
14And it is no wonder; for even Satan himself is able to take the form of an angel of light.
15So it is no great thing if his servants make themselves seem to be servants of righteousness; whose end will be the reward of their works.
16I say again, Let me not seem foolish to anyone; but if I do, put up with me as such, so that I may take a little glory to myself.
17What I am now saying is not by the order of the Lord, but as a foolish person, taking credit to myself, as it seems.
18Seeing that there are those who take credit to themselves after the flesh, I will do the same.
19For you put up with the foolish gladly, being wise yourselves.
20You put up with a man if he makes servants of you, if he makes profit out of you, if he makes you prisoners, if he puts himself in a high place, if he gives you blows on the face.
21I say this by way of shaming ourselves, as if we had been feeble. But if anyone puts himself forward (I am talking like a foolish person), I will do the same.
22Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they of Israel? so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I.
23Are they servants of Christ? (I am talking foolishly) I am more so; I have had more experience of hard work, of prisons, of blows more than measure, of death.
24Five times the Jews gave me forty blows but one.
25Three times I was whipped with rods, once I was stoned, three times the ship I was in came to destruction at sea, a night and a day I have been in the water;
26In frequent travels, in dangers on rivers, in dangers from outlaws, in dangers from my countrymen, in dangers from the Gentiles, in dangers in the town, in dangers in the waste land, in dangers at sea, in dangers among false brothers;
27In hard work and weariness, in frequent watchings, going without food and drink, cold and in need of clothing.
28In addition to all the other things, there is that which comes on me every day, the care of all the churches.
29Who is feeble and I am not feeble? who is in danger of falling, and I am not angry?
30If I have to take credit to myself, I will do so in the things in which I am feeble.
31The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom be praise for ever, is witness that the things which I say are true.
32In Damascus, the ruler under Aretas the king kept watch over the town of the people of Damascus, in order to take me:
33And being let down in a basket from the wall through a window, I got free from his hands.