September 8

2 Chronicles 16

1In the thirty-sixth year of the rule of Asa, Baasha, king of Israel, went up against Judah, building Ramah so that no one was able to go out or in to Asa, king of Judah.

2Then Asa took silver and gold out of the stores of the Lord’s house and of the king’s store-house, and sent to Ben-hadad, king of Aram, at Damascus, saying,

3Let there be an agreement between me and you as there was between my father and your father: see, I have sent you silver and gold; go and put an end to your agreement with Baasha, king of Israel, so that he may give up attacking me.

4And Ben-hadad did as King Asa said, and sent the captains of his armies against the towns of Israel, attacking Ijon and Dan and Abel-maim, and all the store-towns of Naphtali.

5Then Baasha, hearing of it, put a stop to the building of Ramah, and let his work come to an end.

6Then King Asa, with all Judah, took away the stones and wood with which Baasha was building Ramah, and he made use of them for building Geba and Mizpah.

7At that time Hanani the seer came to Asa, king of Judah, and said to him, Because you have put your faith in the king of Aram and not in the Lord your God, the army of the king of Aram has got away out of your hands.

8Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubim a very great army, with war-carriages and horsemen more than might be numbered? but because your faith was in the Lord, he gave them up into your hands.

9For the eyes of the Lord go this way and that, through all the earth, letting it be seen that he is the strong support of those whose hearts are true to him. In this you have done foolishly, for from now you will have wars.

10Then Asa was angry with the seer, and put him in prison, burning with wrath against him because of this thing. And at the same time Asa was cruel to some of the people.

11Now the acts of Asa, first and last, are recorded in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.

12In the thirty-ninth year of his rule, Asa had a very bad disease of the feet; but he did not go to the Lord for help in his disease, but to medical men.

13So Asa went to rest with his fathers, and death came to him in the forty-first year of his rule.

14And they put him into the resting-place which he had made for himself in the town of David, in a bed full of sweet perfumes of all sorts of spices, made by the perfumer’s art, and they made a great burning for him.

2 Chronicles 17

1And Jehoshaphat his son became king in his place, and made himself strong against Israel.

2He put forces in all the walled towns of Judah, and responsible chiefs in the land of Judah and in the towns of Ephraim, which Asa his father had taken.

3And the Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he went in the early ways of his father, not turning to the Baals,

4But turning to the God of his father and keeping his laws, and not doing as Israel did.

5So the Lord made his kingdom strong; and all Judah gave offerings to Jehoshaphat, and he had great wealth and honour.

6His heart was lifted up in the ways of the Lord; and he went so far as to take away the high places and the wood pillars out of Judah.

7In the third year of his rule he sent Benhail and Obadiah and Zechariah and Nethanel and Micaiah, his captains, as teachers into the towns of Judah;

8And with them, Shemaiah and Nethaniah and Zebadiah and Asahel and Shemiramoth and Jehonathan and Adonijah and Tobijah and Tob-adonijah, the Levites; and Elishama and Jehoram the priests.

9And they gave teaching in Judah and had the book of the law of the Lord with them; they went through all the towns of Judah teaching the people.

10And the fear of the Lord was on all the kingdoms of the lands round Judah, so that they made no wars against Jehoshaphat.

11And some of the Philistines took offerings to Jehoshaphat, and made him payments of silver; and the Arabians gave him flocks, seven thousand, seven hundred sheep, and seven thousand, seven hundred he-goats.

12Jehoshaphat became greater and greater, and made strong towers and store-towns in Judah.

13He had much property in the towns of Judah; he had forces of armed men, great and strong, in Jerusalem.

14This is the number of them, listed by their families, the captains of thousands of Judah: Adnah, the captain, and with him three hundred thousand men of war;

15Second to him Jehohanan, the captain, and with him two hundred and eighty thousand;

16After him Amasiah, the son of Zichri, who freely gave himself to the Lord, and with him two hundred thousand men of war;

17And the captains of Benjamin: Eliada, a great man of war, and with him two hundred thousand armed with bows and body-covers;

18And after him Jehozabad, and with him a hundred and eighty thousand trained for war.

19These were the men who were waiting on the king, in addition to those placed by the king in the walled towns through all Judah.

Psalms 78:1-20

Maschil. Of Asaph.
1 Give ear, O my people, to my law; let your ears be bent down to the words of my mouth.

2Opening my mouth I will give out a story, even the dark sayings of old times;

3Which have come to our hearing and our knowledge, as they were given to us by our fathers.

4We will not keep them secret from our children; we will make clear to the coming generation the praises of the Lord and his strength, and the great works of wonder which he has done.

5He put up a witness in Jacob, and made a law in Israel; which he gave to our fathers so that they might give knowledge of them to their children;

6So that the generation to come might have knowledge of them, even the children of the future, who would give word of them to their children;

7So that they might put their hope in God, and not let God’s works go out of their minds, but keep his laws;

8And not be like their fathers, a stiff-necked and uncontrolled generation; a generation whose heart was hard, whose spirit was not true to God.

9The children of Ephraim, armed with bows, were turned back on the day of the fight.

10They were not ruled by God’s word, and they would not go in the way of his law;

11They let his works go out of their memory, and the wonders which he had made them see.

12He did great works before the eyes of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, in the fields of Zoan.

13The sea was cut in two so that they might go through; the waters were massed together on this side and on that.

14In the daytime he was guiding them in the cloud, and all through the night with a light of fire.

15The rocks of the waste land were broken by his power, and he gave them drink as out of the deep waters.

16He made streams come out of the rock; and waters came flowing down like rivers.

17And they went on sinning against him even more, turning away from the Most High in the waste land;

18Testing God in their hearts, requesting meat for their desire.

19They said bitter words against God, saying, Is God able to make ready a table in the waste land?

20See, the rock was cut open by his power, so that the water came rushing out, and overflowing streams; is he able to give us bread? is he able to get meat for his people?

John 12:27-50

27Now is my soul troubled; and what am I to say? Father, keep me from this hour. No: for this purpose have I come to this hour.

28Father, give glory to your name. Then there came a voice out of heaven, saying, I have given it glory, and I will give it glory again.

29Hearing the sound, a number of people who were there said that it was thunder: others said, An angel was talking to him.

30Jesus said in answer, This voice came not for me but for you.

31Now is this world to be judged: now will the ruler of this world be sent out.

32And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will make all men come to me.

33(This he said, pointing to the sort of death he would have.)

34Then the people in answer said to him, The law says that the Christ will have life without end: how say you then that it is necessary for the Son of man to be lifted up? Who is this Son of man?

35Jesus said to them, For a little time longer the light will be among you; while you have the light go on walking in it, so that the dark may not overtake you: one walking in the dark has no knowledge of where he is going.

36In so far as you have the light, put your faith in the light so that you may become sons of light. With these words Jesus went away and for a time was not seen again by them.

37But though he had done such a number of signs before them, they still had no belief in him:

38So that the words of the prophet Isaiah might come true, when he said, Lord, who has any belief in our preaching? and the arm of the Lord, to whom has it been unveiled?

39For this reason they were unable to have belief, because Isaiah said again,

40He has made their eyes blind, and their hearts hard; for fear that they might see with their eyes and get knowledge with their hearts, and be changed, and I might make them well.

41(Isaiah said these words because he saw his glory. His words were about him.)

42However, a number even of the rulers had belief in him, but because of the Pharisees they did not say so openly for fear that they might be shut out from the Synagogue:

43For the praise of men was dearer to them than the approval of God.

44Then Jesus said with a loud voice, He who has faith in me, has faith not in me, but in him who sent me.

45And he who sees me, sees him who sent me.

46I have come as a light into the world, so that no one who has faith in me will go on living in the dark.

47And if any man gives ear to my words and does not keep them, I am not his judge: I did not come to be judge of the world but to give salvation to the world.

48He who puts me on one side and does not take my words to heart, is not without a judge: the word which I have said will be his judge on the last day.

49For I have not said it on my authority, but the Father who sent me gave me orders what to say and how to say it.

50And I have knowledge that his order is eternal life: so that the things which I say, I say them even as the Father says them to me.

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