September 7

2 Chronicles 14

1So Abijah went to rest with his fathers, and they put him into the earth in the town of David, and Asa his son became king in his place; in his time the land was quiet for ten years.

2And Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God;

3For he took away the altars of strange gods and the high places, and had the upright stones broken and the wood pillars cut down;

4And he made Judah go after the Lord, the God of their fathers, and keep his laws and his orders.

5And he took away the high places and the sun-images from all the towns of Judah; and the kingdom was quiet under his rule.

6He made walled towns in Judah, for the land was quiet and there were no wars in those years, because the Lord had given him rest.

7He said to Judah, Let us make these towns, building walls round them with towers and doors and locks. The land is still ours, because we have been true to the Lord our God; we have been true to him and he has given us rest on every side. So they went on building and all went well for them.

8And Asa had an army of three hundred thousand men of Judah armed with body-covers and spears, and two hundred and eighty thousand of Benjamin armed with body-covers and bows; all these were men of war.

9And Zerah the Ethiopian, with an army of a million, and three hundred war-carriages, came out against them to Mareshah.

10And Asa went out against him, and they put their forces in position in the valley north of Mareshah.

11And Asa made prayer to the Lord his God and said, Lord, you only are able to give help against the strong to him who has no strength; come to our help, O Lord our God, for our hope is in you, and in your name we have come out against this great army. O Lord, you are our God; let not man’s power be greater than yours.

12So the Lord sent fear on the Ethiopians before Asa and Judah; and the Ethiopians went in flight.

13And Asa and the people who were with him went after them as far as Gerar; and so great was the destruction among the Ethiopians that they were not able to get their army together again, for they were broken before the Lord and before his army; and they took away a great amount of their goods.

14And they overcame all the towns round Gerar, because the Lord sent fear on them; and they took away their goods from the towns, for there were stores of wealth in them.

15And they made an attack on the tents of the owners of the cattle, and took away great numbers of sheep and camels and went back to Jerusalem.

2 Chronicles 15

1And the spirit of God came on Azariah, the son of Oded;

2And he came face to face with Asa and said to him, Give ear to me, Asa and all Judah and Benjamin: the Lord is with you while you are with him; if your heart’s desire is for him, he will be near you, but if you give him up, he will give you up.

3Now for a long time Israel has been without the true God, and without a teaching priest and without the law;

4But when in their trouble they were turned to the Lord, the God of Israel, searching after him, he let their search be rewarded.

5In those times there was no peace for him who went out or for him who came in, but great trouble was on all the people of the lands.

6And they were broken by divisions, nation against nation and town against town, because God sent all sorts of trouble on them.

7But be you strong and let not your hands be feeble, for your work will be rewarded.

8And Asa, hearing these words of Azariah, the son of Oded the prophet, took heart and put away all the disgusting things out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the towns which he had taken from the hill-country of Ephraim; and he made new again the altar of the Lord in front of the covered way of the Lord’s house.

9And he got together all Judah and Benjamin and those of Ephraim and Manasseh and Simeon who were living with them; for numbers of them came to him out of Israel when they saw that the Lord his God was with him.

10So they came together at Jerusalem in the third month, in the fifteenth year of the rule of Asa.

11And that day they made offerings to the Lord of the things they had taken in war, seven hundred oxen and seven thousand sheep.

12And they made an agreement to be true to the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and all their soul;

13And that anyone, small or great, man or woman, who was not true to the Lord, the God of Israel, would be put to death.

14And they made an oath to the Lord, with a loud voice, sounding wind-instruments and horns.

15And all Judah was glad because of the oath, for they had taken it with all their heart, turning to the Lord with all their desire; and he was with them and gave them rest on every side.

16And Asa would not let Maacah, his mother, be queen, because she had made a disgusting image for Asherah; and Asa had her image cut down and broken up and burned by the stream Kidron.

17But the high places were not taken away out of Israel; but still the heart of Asa was true to the Lord all his life.

18He took into the house of God all the things which his father had made holy and those which he himself had made holy, silver and gold and vessels.

19And there was no more war till the thirty-fifth year of the rule of Asa.

Psalms 77

To the chief music-maker. After Jeduthun. Of Asaph. A Psalm.
1 I was crying to God with my voice; even to God with my voice, and he gave ear to me.

2In the day of my trouble, my heart was turned to the Lord: my hand was stretched out in the night without resting; my soul would not be comforted.

3I will keep God in memory, with sounds of grief; my thoughts are troubled, and my spirit is overcome. (Selah.)

4You keep my eyes from sleep; I am so troubled that no words come.

5My thoughts go back to the days of the past, to the years which are gone.

6The memory of my song comes back to me in the night; my thoughts are moving in my heart; my spirit is searching with care.

7Will the Lord put me away for ever? will he be kind no longer?

8Is his mercy quite gone for ever? has his word come to nothing?

9Has God put away the memory of his pity? are his mercies shut up by his wrath? (Selah.)

10And I said, It is a weight on my spirit; but I will keep in mind the years of the right hand of the Most High.

11I will keep in mind the works of Jah: I will keep the memory of your wonders in the past.

12I will give thought to all your work, while my mind goes over your acts of power.

13Your way, O God, is holy: what god is so great as our God?

14You are the God who does works of power: you have made your strength clear to the nations.

15With your arm you have made your people free, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. (Selah.)

16The waters saw you, O God; the waters saw you, they were in fear: even the deep was troubled.

17The clouds sent out water; the skies gave out a sound; truly, your arrows went far and wide.

18The voice of your thunder went rolling on; the world was flaming with the light of the storm; the earth was shaking.

19Your way was in the sea, and your road in the great waters; there was no knowledge of your footsteps.

20You were guiding your people like a flock, by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

John 12:1-26

1Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had made to come back from the dead.

2So they made him a meal there, and he was waited on by Martha, and Lazarus was among those who were seated with him at table.

3Then Mary, taking a pound of perfumed oil of great value, put it on the feet of Jesus and made them dry with her hair: and the house became full of the smell of the perfume.

4But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot (who was to give him up), said,

5Why was not this perfume traded for three hundred pence, and the money given to the poor?

6(He said this, not because he had any love for the poor; but because he was a thief, and, having the money-bag, took for himself what was put into it.)

7Then Jesus said, Let her be. Let her keep what she has for the day of my death.

8The poor you have ever with you, but me you have not for ever.

9Then a great number of the Jews had news that he was there: and they came, not only because of Jesus, but so that they might see Lazarus who had been dead and to whom he had given life.

10Now there was talk among the chief priests of putting Lazarus to death;

11For because of him a great number of the Jews went away and had belief in Jesus.

12The day after, a great number of people who were there for the feast, when they had the news that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,

13Took branches of palm-trees and went out to him, crying, A blessing on him who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel!

14And Jesus saw a young ass and took his seat on it; as the Writings say,

15Have no fear, daughter of Zion: see your King is coming, seated on a young ass.

16(These things were not clear to his disciples at first: but when Jesus had been lifted up into his glory, then it came to their minds that these things in the Writings were about him and that they had been done to him.)

17Now the people who were with him when his voice came to Lazarus in the place of the dead, and gave him life again, had been talking about it.

18And that was the reason the people went out to him, because it had come to their ears that he had done this sign.

19Then the Pharisees said one to another, You see, you are unable to do anything: the world has gone after him.

20Now there were some Greeks among the people who had come up to give worship at the feast:

21They came to Philip, who was of Beth-saida in Galilee, and made a request, saying, Sir, we have a desire to see Jesus.

22Philip went and gave word of it to Andrew; and Andrew went with Philip to Jesus.

23And Jesus said to them in answer, The hour of the glory of the Son of man has come.

24Truly I say to you, If a seed of grain does not go into the earth and come to an end, it is still a seed and no more; but through its death it gives much fruit.

25He who is in love with life will have it taken from him; and he who has no care for his life in this world will keep it for ever and ever.

26If any man is my servant, let him come after me; and where I am, there will my servant be. If any man becomes my servant, my Father will give him honour.

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