September 6

2 Chronicles 12

1Now when Rehoboam’s position as king had been made certain, and he was strong, he gave up the law of the Lord, and all Israel with him.

2Now in the fifth year of King Rehoboam, Shishak, king of Egypt, came up against Jerusalem, because of their sin against the Lord,

3With twelve hundred war-carriages and sixty thousand horsemen: and the people who came with him out of Egypt were more than might be numbered: Lubim and Sukkiim and Ethiopians.

4And he took the walled towns of Judah, and came as far as Jerusalem.

5Now Shemaiah the prophet came to Rehoboam and the chiefs of Judah, who had come together in Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said to them, The Lord has said, Because you have given me up, I have given you up into the hands of Shishak.

6Then the chiefs of Israel and the king made themselves low and said, The Lord is upright.

7And the Lord, seeing that they had made themselves low, said to Shemaiah, They have made themselves low: I will not send destruction on them, but in a short time I will give them salvation, and will not let loose my wrath on Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak.

8But still they will become his servants, so that they may see how different my yoke is from the yoke of the kingdoms of the lands.

9So Shishak, king of Egypt, came up against Jerusalem and took away all the stored wealth of the house of the Lord and the king’s house: he took everything away, and with the rest the gold body-covers which Solomon had made.

10And in their place King Rehoboam had other body-covers made of brass and gave them into the care of the captains of the armed men who were stationed at the door of the king’s house.

11And whenever the king went into the house of the Lord, the armed men went with him taking the body-covers, and then took them back to their room.

12And when he made himself low, the wrath of the Lord was turned back from him, and complete destruction did not come on him, for there was still some good in Judah.

13So King Rehoboam made himself strong in Jerusalem and was ruling there. Rehoboam was forty-one years old when he became king, and he was ruling for seventeen years in Jerusalem, the town which the Lord had made his out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there; and his mother’s name was Naamah, an Ammonite woman.

14And he did evil because his heart was not true to the Lord.

15Now the acts of Rehoboam, first and last, are they not recorded in the words of Shemaiah the prophet and Iddo the seer? And there were wars between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all their days.

16And Rehoboam went to rest with his fathers, and was put into the earth in the town of David; and Abijah his son became king in his place.

2 Chronicles 13

1In the eighteenth year of King Jeroboam, Abijah became king over Judah.

2He was king in Jerusalem for three years; his mother’s name was Maacah, the daughter of Uriel of Gibeah. And there was war between Abijah and Jeroboam.

3And Abijah went out to the fight with an army of men of war, four hundred thousand of his best men; and Jeroboam put his forces in line against him, eight hundred thousand of his best men of war.

4And Abijah took up his position on Mount Zemaraim, in the hill-country of Ephraim, and said, Give ear to me, O Jeroboam and all Israel:

5Is it not clear to you that the Lord, the God of Israel, gave the rule over Israel to David and to his sons for ever, by an agreement made with salt?

6But Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, the servant of Solomon, the son of David, took up arms against his lord.

7And certain foolish and good-for-nothing men were joined with him, and made themselves strong against Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, when he was young and untested and not able to keep them back.

8And now it is your purpose to put yourselves against the authority which the Lord has put into the hands of the sons of David, and you are a very great number, and you have with you the gold oxen which Jeroboam made to be your gods.

9And after driving out the priests of the Lord, the sons of Aaron and the Levites, have you not made priests for yourselves as the people of other lands do? so that anyone who comes to make himself priest by offering an ox or seven sheep, may be a priest of those who are no gods.

10But as for us, the Lord is our God, and we have not been turned away from him; we have priests who do the work of the Lord, even the sons of Aaron and the Levites in their places;

11By whom burned offerings and perfumes are sent up in smoke before the Lord every morning and every evening; and they put out the holy bread on its table and the gold support for the lights with its lights burning every evening; for we keep the orders given to us by the Lord our God, but you have gone away from him.

12And now God is with us at our head, and his priests with their loud horns sounding against you. O children of Israel, do not make war on the Lord, the God of your fathers, for it will not go well for you.

13But Jeroboam had put some of his men to make a surprise attack on them from the back, so some were facing Judah and others were stationed secretly at their back.

14And Judah, turning their faces, saw that they were being attacked in front and at the back; and they gave a cry for help to the Lord, while the priests were sounding their horns.

15And the men of Judah gave a loud cry; and at their cry, God put fear into Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah.

16And the children of Israel went in flight before Judah, and God gave them up into their hands.

17And Abijah and his people put them to death with great destruction: five hundred thousand of the best of Israel were put to the sword.

18So at that time the children of Israel were overcome, and the children of Judah got the better of them, because they put their faith in the Lord, the God of their fathers.

19And Abijah went after Jeroboam and took some of his towns, Beth-el with its small towns and Jeshanah with its small towns and Ephron with its small towns.

20And Jeroboam did not get back his power again in the life-time of Abijah; and the Lord sent death on him.

21But Abijah became great, and had fourteen wives, and became the father of twenty-two sons and sixteen daughters.

22And the rest of the acts of Abijah, and his ways and his sayings, are recorded in the account of the prophet Iddo.

Psalms 76

To the chief music-maker; put to Neginoth. A Psalm. Of Asaph. A Song.
1 In Judah is the knowledge of God; his name is great in Israel,

2In Salem is his tent, his resting-place in Zion.

3There were the arrows of the bow broken, there he put an end to body-cover, sword, and fight. (Selah.)

4You are shining and full of glory, more than the eternal mountains.

5Gone is the wealth of the strong, their last sleep has overcome them; the men of war have become feeble.

6At the voice of your wrath, O God of Jacob, deep sleep has overcome carriage and horse.

7You, you are to be feared; who may keep his place before you in the time of your wrath?

8From heaven you gave your decision; the earth, in its fear, gave no sound,

9When God took his place as judge, for the salvation of the poor on the earth. (Selah.)

10The … will give you praise; the rest of …

11Give to the Lord your God what is his by right; let all who are round him give offerings to him who is to be feared.

12He puts an end to the wrath of rulers; he is feared by the kings of the earth.

John 11:28-57

28And having said this, she went away and said secretly to her sister Mary, The Master is here and has sent for you.

29And Mary, hearing this, got up quickly and went to him.

30Now Jesus had not at this time come into the town, but was still in the place where Martha had seen him.

31Then the Jews who were with her in the house, comforting her, when they saw Mary get up quickly and go out, went after her in the belief that she was going to the place of the dead and would be weeping there.

32When Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she went down at his feet, saying, Lord, if you had been here my brother would not be dead.

33And when Jesus saw her weeping, and saw the Jews weeping who came with her, his spirit was moved and he was troubled,

34And said, Where have you put him? They said, Come and see, Lord.

35And Jesus himself was weeping.

36So the Jews said, See how dear he was to him!

37But some of them said, This man, who made open the eyes of the blind man, was he not able to keep his friend from death?

38So Jesus, deeply troubled in heart, came to the place of the dead. It was a hole in the rock, and a stone was over the opening.

39Jesus said, Take away the stone. Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said, Lord, by this time the body will be smelling, for he has been dead four days.

40Jesus said to her, Did I not say to you that if you had faith you would see the glory of God?

41So they took away the stone. And Jesus, looking up to heaven, said, Father, I give praise to you for hearing me.

42I was certain that your ears are at all times open to me, but I said it because of these who are here, so that they may see that you sent me.

43Then he said in a loud voice, Lazarus, come out!

44And he who was dead came out, with linen bands folded tightly about his hands and feet, and a cloth about his face. Jesus said to them, Make him free and let him go.

45Then a number of the Jews who had come to Mary and had seen the things which Jesus did had belief in him.

46But some of them went to the Pharisees with the news of what Jesus had done.

47Then the high priests and the Pharisees had a meeting and said, What are we doing? This man is doing a number of signs.

48If we let him go on in this way, everybody will have belief in him and the Romans will come and take away our place and our nation.

49But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, You have no knowledge of anything;

50You do not see that it is in your interest for one man to be put to death for the people, so that all the nation may not come to destruction.

51He did not say this of himself, but being the high priest that year he said, as a prophet, that Jesus would be put to death for the nation;

52And not for that nation only, but for the purpose of uniting in one body the children of God all over the world.

53And from that day they took thought together how to put him to death.

54So Jesus no longer went about publicly among the Jews, but went from there into the country near to the waste land, to a town named Ephraim, where he was for some time with the disciples.

55Now the Passover of the Jews was near, and numbers of people went up from the country to Jerusalem to make themselves clean before the Passover.

56They were looking for Jesus and saying to one another while they were in the Temple, What is your opinion? Will he not come to the feast?

57Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that if anyone had knowledge where he was, he was to give them word, so that they might take him.

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