September 9

2 Chronicles 18

1Now Jehoshaphat had great wealth and honour, and his son was married to Ahab’s daughter.

2And after some years he went down to Samaria to see Ahab. And Ahab made a feast for him and the people who were with him, putting to death great numbers of sheep and oxen; and he got Jehoshaphat to go with him to Ramoth-gilead.

3For Ahab, king of Israel, said to Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, Will you go with me to Ramoth-gilead? And he said, I am as you are, and my people as your people; we will be with you in the war.

4Then Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, Let us now get directions from the Lord.

5So the king of Israel got together all the prophets, four hundred men, and said to them, Am I to go to Ramoth-gilead to make war or not? And they said, Go up: for God will give it into the hands of the king.

6But Jehoshaphat said, Is there no other prophet of the Lord here from whom we may get directions?

7And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, There is still one man by whom we may get directions from the Lord, but I have no love for him, because he has never been a prophet of good to me, but only of evil: he is Micaiah, the son of Imla. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.

8Then the king of Israel sent for one of his unsexed servants and said, Go quickly and come back with Micaiah, the son of Imla.

9Now the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, were seated on their seats of authority, dressed in their robes, by the doorway into Samaria; and all the prophets were acting as prophets before them.

10And Zedekiah, the son of Chenaanah, made himself iron horns and said, The Lord says, Pushing back the Aramaeans with these, you will put an end to them completely.

11And all the prophets said the same thing, saying, Go up to Ramoth-gilead, and it will go well for you, for the Lord will give it into the hands of the king.

12Now the servant who had gone to get Micaiah said to him, See now, all the prophets with one voice are saying good things to the king; so let your words be like theirs, and say good things.

13And Micaiah said, By the living Lord, whatever the Lord says to me I will say.

14When he came to the king, the king said to him, Micaiah, are we to go to Ramoth-gilead to make war or not? And he said, Go up, and it will go well for you; and they will be given up into your hands.

15And the king said to him, Have I not, again and again, put you on your oath to say nothing to me but what is true in the name of the Lord?

16Then he said, I saw all Israel wandering on the mountains like sheep without a keeper; and the Lord said, These have no master: let them go back, every man to his house in peace.

17And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, Did I not say that he would not be a prophet of good to me, but of evil?

18Then he said, Give ear now to the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord seated on his seat of power, and all the army of heaven in their places, at his right hand and at his left.

19And the Lord said, How may Ahab, king of Israel, be tricked into going up to Ramoth-gilead to his death? And one said one thing and one another.

20Then a spirit came forward and took his place before the Lord and said, I will get him to do it by a trick. And the Lord said to him, How?

21And he said, I will go out and be a spirit of deceit in the mouth of all his prophets. And the Lord said, Your trick will have its effect on him: go out and do so.

22And now, see, the Lord has put a spirit of deceit in the mouth of these prophets of yours; and the Lord has said evil against you.

23Then Zedekiah, the son of Chenaanah, came near and gave Micaiah a blow on the side of his face, saying, Where is the spirit of the Lord whose word is in you?

24And Micaiah said, Truly, you will see on that day when you go into an inner room to keep yourself safe.

25And the king of Israel said, Take Micaiah and send him back to Amon, the ruler of the town, and to Joash, the king’s son;

26And say, By the king’s order this man is to be put in prison, and given prison food till I come back in peace.

27And Micaiah said, If you come back at all in peace, the Lord has not sent his word by me.

28So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, went up to Ramoth-gilead.

29And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, I will make a change in my clothing, so that I do not seem to be the king, and will go into the fight; but do you put on your robes. So the king of Israel made a change in his dress, and they went to the fight.

30Now the king of Aram had given orders to the captains of his war-carriages, saying, Make no attack on small or great, but only on the king of Israel.

31So when the captains of the war-carriages saw Jehoshaphat, they said, It is the king of Israel. And turning about, they came round him, but Jehoshaphat gave a cry, and the Lord came to his help, and God sent them away from him.

32Now when the captains of the war-carriages saw that he was not the king of Israel, they went back from going after him.

33And a certain man sent an arrow from his bow without thought of its direction, and gave the king of Israel a wound where his breastplate was joined to his clothing; so he said to the driver of his war-carriage, Go to one side and take me away out of the army, for I am badly wounded.

34But the fight became more violent while the day went on; and the king of Israel was supported in his war-carriage facing the Aramaeans till the evening; and by sundown he was dead.

Psalms 78:21-37

21So these things came to the Lord’s ears, and he was angry; and a fire was lighted against Jacob, and wrath came up against Israel;

22Because they had no faith in God, and no hope in his salvation.

23And he gave orders to the clouds on high, and the doors of heaven were open;

24And he sent down manna like rain for their food, and gave them the grain of heaven.

25Man took part in the food of strong ones; he sent them meat in full measure.

26He sent an east wind from heaven, driving on the south wind by his power.

27He sent down meat on them like dust, and feathered birds like the sand of the sea,

28And he let it come down into their resting-place, round about their tents.

29So they had food and were full; for he gave them their desire;

30But they were not turned from their desires; and while the food was still in their mouths,

31The wrath of God came on them, and put to death the fattest of them, and put an end to the young men of Israel.

32For all this they went on sinning even more, and had no faith in his great wonders.

33So their days were wasted like a breath, and their years in trouble.

34When he sent death on them, then they made search for him; turning to him and looking for him with care;

35In the memory that God was their Rock, and the Most High God their saviour.

36But their lips were false to him, and their tongues were untrue to him;

37And their hearts were not right with him, and they did not keep their agreement with him.

John 13:1-20

1Now before the feast of the Passover, it was clear to Jesus that the time had come for him to go away from this world to the Father. Having once had love for those in the world who were his, his love for them went on to the end.

2So while a meal was going on, the Evil One having now put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to be false to him,

3Jesus, being conscious that the Father had put everything into his hands, and that he came from God and was going to God,

4Got up from table, put off his robe and took a cloth and put it round him.

5Then he put water into a basin and was washing the feet of the disciples and drying them with the cloth which was round him.

6So he came to Simon Peter. Peter said, Lord, are my feet to be washed by you?

7And Jesus, answering, said to him, What I do is not clear to you now, but it will be clear to you in time to come.

8Peter said, I will never let my feet be washed by you, never. Jesus said in answer, If I do not make you clean you have no part with me.

9Simon Peter said to him, Lord, not my feet only, but my hands and my head.

10Jesus said to him, He who is bathed has need only to have his feet washed and then he is clean all over: and you, my disciples, are clean, but not all of you.

11(He had knowledge who was false to him; that is why he said, You are not all clean.)

12Then, after washing their feet and putting on his robe again, he took his seat and said to them, Do you see what I have done to you?

13You give me the name of Master and Lord: and you are right; that is what I am.

14If then I, the Lord and the Master, have made your feet clean, it is right for you to make one another’s feet clean.

15I have given you an example, so that you may do what I have done to you.

16Truly I say to you, A servant is not greater than his lord; and he who is sent is not greater than the one who sent him.

17If these things are clear to you, happy are you if you do them.

18I am not talking of you all: I have knowledge of my true disciples, but things are as they are, so that the Writings may come true, The foot of him who takes bread with me is lifted up against me.

19From this time forward, I give you knowledge of things before they come about, so that when they come about you may have belief that I am he.

20Truly I say to you, He who takes to his heart anyone whom I send, takes me to his heart; and he who so takes me, takes him who sent me.

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