September 1

2 Chronicles 6

1Then Solomon said, O Lord, to the sun you have given the heaven for a living-place, but your living-place was not seen by men,

2So I have made for you a living-place, a house in which you may be for ever present.

3Then, turning his face about, the king gave a blessing to all the men of Israel; and they were all on their feet together.

4And he said, Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, who himself gave his word to my father David, and with his strong hand has made his word come true, saying,

5From the day when I took my people out of the land of Egypt, no town in all the tribes of Israel has been marked out by me for the building of a house for the resting-place of my name; and I took no man to be a ruler over my people Israel;

6But now I have made selection of Jerusalem, that my name might be there, and of David, to be over my people Israel.

7Now it was in the heart of my father David to put up a house for the name of the Lord, the God of Israel.

8But the Lord said to David my father, You did well to have in your heart the desire to make a house for my name:

9But you yourself will not be the builder of the house; but your son, the offspring of your body, he it is who will put up a house for my name.

10And the Lord has kept his word; for I have taken my father David’s place on the seat of the kingdom of Israel, as the Lord gave his word; and I have made the house for the name of the Lord the God of Israel.

11And there I have put the ark, in which is the agreement of the Lord, which he made with the people of Israel.

12Then he took his place in front of the altar of the Lord, all the men of Israel being present,

13(For Solomon had made a brass stage, five cubits long, five cubits wide and three cubits high, and had put it in the middle of the open space; on this he took his place and went down on his knees before all the meeting of Israel, stretching out his hands to heaven.)

14And he said, O Lord, the God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven or on earth; keeping faith and mercy unchanging for your servants, while they go in your ways with all their hearts;

15For you have kept the word which you gave to your servant David, my father; with your mouth you said it and with your hand you have made it come true this day.

16So now, O Lord, the God of Israel, let your word to your servant David, my father, come true, when you said, You will never be without a man to take his place before me on the seat of the kingdom of Israel; if only your children give attention to their ways, walking in my law, as you have done before me.

17So now, O Lord, the God of Israel, make your word come true which you said to your servant David.

18But is it truly possible that God may be housed with men on earth? see, heaven and the heaven of heavens are not wide enough to be your resting-place: how much less this house which I have made:

19Still, let your heart be turned to the prayer of your servant and to his prayer for grace, O Lord my God, and give ear to the cry and the prayer which your servant makes before you;

20That your eyes may be open to this house day and night, to this place of which you have said that you would put your name there; to give ear to the prayer which your servant may make, turning to this place.

21And give ear to the prayers of your servant and of your people Israel, when they make their prayers, turning to this place; give ear from heaven your living-place; and hearing have mercy.

22If a man does wrong to his neighbour and has to take an oath, and comes before your altar to take his oath in this house:

23Then let your ear be open in heaven, and be the judge of your servants, giving punishment to the wrongdoer, so that his sin may come on his head; and, by your decision, keeping from evil him who has done no wrong.

24And if your people Israel are overcome in war, because of their sin against you; if they are turned to you again, honouring your name, making prayers and requesting your grace in this house:

25Then give ear from heaven, and let the sin of your people Israel have forgiveness, and take them back again to the land which you gave to them and to their fathers.

26When heaven is shut up and there is no rain, because of their sin against you: if they make prayers with their faces turned to this place, honouring your name and turning away from their sin when you send trouble on them:

27Then give ear from heaven, so that the sin of your servants and the sin of your people Israel may have forgiveness, when you make clear to them the good way in which they are to go; and send rain on your land which you have given to your people for their heritage.

28If there is no food in the land, if there is disease, if the fruits of the earth are damaged by heat or water, locust or worm; if their towns are shut in by their attackers: whatever trouble or whatever disease there may be:

29Whatever prayer or request for your grace is made by any man, or by all your people Israel, whatever his trouble may be, whose hands are stretched out to this house:

30Then give ear from heaven your living-place, answering with forgiveness, and give to every man, whose secret heart is open to you, the reward of all his ways; (for you, and you only, have knowledge of the hearts of the children of men;)

31So that they may give you worship, walking in your ways, as long as they are living in the land which you gave to our fathers.

32And as for the man from a strange land, who is not of your people Israel but comes from a far country because of the glory of your name and your strong hand and your outstretched arm; when he comes to make his prayer, turning to this house:

33Then give ear from heaven your living-place, and give him his desire, whatever it may be; so that all the peoples of the earth may have knowledge of your name, worshipping you as do your people Israel, and may see that this house which I have made is truly named by your name.

34If your people go out to war against their attackers, by whatever way you may send them, if they make their prayers to you turning their faces to this town of yours and to this house which I have put up for your name:

35Then give ear from heaven to their prayer and their cry for grace, and see right done to them.

36If they do wrong against you, (for no man is without sin,) and you are angry with them, and give them up into the power of those who are fighting against them, so that they take them away prisoners to a land far off or near;

37And if they take thought, in the land where they are prisoners, turning again to you, crying out in prayer to you in that land, and saying, We are sinners, we have done wrong, we have done evil;

38If with all their heart and soul they are turned again to you, in the land where they are prisoners, the land where they have been taken, and make their prayers, turning their eyes to their land which you gave to their fathers, and to the town which you took for yourself, and the house which I have made for your name:

39Then give ear from heaven your living-place to their prayer and their cry, and see right done to them, answering with forgiveness your people who have done wrong against you.

40Now, O my God, may your eyes be open and your ears awake to the prayers made in this place.

41Up! now, O Lord God, come back to your resting-place, you and the ark of your strength: let your priests, O Lord God, be clothed with salvation, and let your saints be glad in what is good.

42O Lord God, let him whom you have taken for yourself never be given up by you: keep in mind your mercies to David your servant.

Malachi 2:17

17You have made the Lord tired with your words. And still you say, How have we made him tired? By your saying, Everyone who does evil is good in the eyes of the Lord, and he has delight in them; or, Where is God the judge?

Malachi 3

1See, I am sending my servant, and he will make ready the way before me; and the Lord, whom you are looking for, will suddenly come to his Temple; and the angel of the agreement, in whom you have delight, see, he is coming, says the Lord of armies.

2But by whom may the day of his coming be faced? and who may keep his place when he is seen? for he is like the metal-tester’s fire and the cleaner’s soap.

3He will take his seat, testing and cleaning the sons of Levi, burning away the evil from them as from gold and silver; so that they may make offerings to the Lord in righteousness.

4Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord, as in days gone by, and as in past years.

5And I will come near to you for judging; I will quickly be a witness against the wonder-workers, against those who have been untrue in married life, against those who take false oaths; against those who keep back from the servant his payment, and who are hard on the widow and the child without a father, who do not give his rights to the man from a strange country, and have no fear of me, says the Lord of armies.

6For I am the Lord, I am unchanged; and so you, O sons of Jacob, have not been cut off.

7From the days of your fathers you have been turned away from my rules and have not kept them. Come back to me, and I will come back to you, says the Lord of armies. But you say, How are we to come back?

8Will a man keep back from God what is right? But you have kept back what is mine. But you say, What have we kept back from you? Tenths and offerings.

9You are cursed with a curse; for you have kept back from me what is mine, even all this nation.

10Let your tenths come into the store-house so that there may be food in my house, and put me to the test by doing so, says the Lord of armies, and see if I do not make the windows of heaven open and send down such a blessing on you that there is no room for it.

11And on your account I will keep back the locusts from wasting the fruits of your land; and the fruit of your vine will not be dropped on the field before its time, says the Lord of armies

12And you will be named happy by all nations: for you will be a land of delight, says the Lord of armies.

13Your words have been strong against me, says the Lord. And still you say, What have we said against you?

14You have said, It is no use worshipping God: what profit have we had from keeping his orders, and going in clothing of sorrow before the Lord of armies?

15And now to us the men of pride seem happy; yes, the evil-doers are doing well; they put God to the test and are safe.

16Then those in whom was the fear of the Lord had talk together: and the Lord gave ear, and it was recorded in a book to be kept in mind before him, for those who had the fear of the Lord and gave thought to his name.

17And they will be mine, says the Lord, in the day when I make them my special property; and I will have mercy on them as a man has mercy on his son who is his servant.

18Then you will again see how the upright man is different from the sinner, and the servant of God from him who is not.

John 9:1-23

1And when he went on his way, he saw a man blind from birth.

2And his disciples put a question to him, saying, Master, was it because of this man’s sin, or the sin of his father and mother, that he has been blind from birth?

3Jesus said in answer, It was not because of his sin, or because of his father’s or mother’s; it was so that the works of God might be seen openly in him.

4While it is day we have to do the works of him who sent me: the night comes when no work may be done.

5As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

6Having said these words, he put earth, mixed with water from his mouth, on the man’s eyes,

7And said to him, Go and make yourself clean in the bath of Siloam (the sense of the name is, Sent). So he went away and, after washing, came back able to see.

8Then the neighbours and others who had seen him before in the street, with his hand out for money, said, Is not this the man who got money from people?

9Some said, It is he: others said, No, but he is like him. He said, I am he.

10So they said to him, How then were your eyes made open?

11His answer was: The man who is named Jesus put earth mixed with water on my eyes, and said to me, Go and make yourself clean in Siloam: so I went away and, after washing, am now able to see.

12And they said to him, Where is he? His answer was: I have no knowledge.

13They took him before the Pharisees–this man who had been blind.

14Now the day on which the earth was mixed by Jesus and the man’s eyes were made open was the Sabbath.

15So the Pharisees put more questions to him about how his eyes had been made open. And he said to them, He put earth on my eyes, and I had a wash and am able to see.

16Then some of the Pharisees said, That man has not come from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath. Others said, How is it possible for a sinner to do such signs? So there was a division among them.

17Again they said to the blind man, What have you to say about him for opening your eyes? And he said, He is a prophet.

18Now the Jews had no belief in the statement that he had been blind and was now able to see, till they sent for the father and mother of the man whose eyes had been made open,

19And put the question to them, saying, Is this your son, of whom you say that he was blind at birth? how is it then that he is now able to see?

20In answer his father and mother said, We are certain that this is our son and that he was blind at birth:

21But how it is he is now able to see, or who made his eyes open, we are not able to say: put the question to him; he is old enough to give an answer for himself.

22They said this because of their fear of the Jews: for the Jews had come to an agreement that if any man said that Jesus was the Christ he would be put out of the Synagogue.

23That was the reason why they said, He is old enough; put the question to him.

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