September 15

2 Chronicles 25

1Amaziah was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he was ruling in Jerusalem for twenty-nine years; his mother’s name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem.

2He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, but his heart was not completely true to the Lord.

3Now when he became strong in the kingdom, he put to death those men who had taken the life of the king his father.

4But he did not put their children to death, for he kept the orders of the Lord recorded in the book of the law of Moses, saying, The fathers are not to be put to death for their children or the children for their fathers, but a man is to be put to death for the sin which he himself has done.

5Then Amaziah got all Judah together and put them in order by their families, even all Judah and Benjamin, under captains of thousands and captains of hundreds: and he had those of twenty years old and over numbered, and they came to three hundred thousand of the best fighting-men, trained for war and in the use of the spear and the body-cover.

6And for a hundred talents of silver, he got a hundred thousand fighting-men from Israel.

7But a man of God came to him, saying, O king, let not the army of Israel go with you; for the Lord is not with Israel, that is, the children of Ephraim.

8But go yourself, and be strong in war; God will not let you go down before those who are fighting against you; for God has power to give help or to send you down before your attackers.

9Then Amaziah said to the man of God, But what is to be done about the hundred talents which I have given for the armed band of Israel? And the man of God in answer said, God is able to give you much more than this.

10So Amaziah, separating the armed band which had come to him from Ephraim, sent them back again; which made them very angry with Judah, and they went back burning with wrath.

11Then Amaziah took heart, and went out at the head of his people and came to the Valley of Salt, where he put to death ten thousand of the children of Seir;

12And ten thousand more the children of Israel took living, and made them go up to the top of the rock, pushing them down from the top of the rock so that their bodies were broken by the fall.

13But the men of the band which Amaziah sent back and did not take with him to the fight, made attacks on the towns of Judah from Samaria to Beth-horon, putting to death three thousand of their people and taking away a great store of their goods.

14Now when Amaziah came back from the destruction of the Edomites, he took the gods of the children of Seir and made them his gods, worshipping them and burning offerings before them.

15And so the wrath of the Lord was moved against Amaziah, and he sent a prophet to him, who said, Why have you gone after the gods of the people who have not given their people salvation from your hands?

16But while he was talking to him the king said to him, Have we made you one of the king’s government? say no more, or it will be the cause of your death. Then the prophet gave up protesting, and said, It is clear to me that God’s purpose is your destruction, because you have done this and have not given ear to my words.

17Then Amaziah, king of Judah, acting on the suggestion of his servants, sent to Joash, the son of Jehoahaz, the son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, Come, let us have a meeting face to face.

18And Joash, king of Israel, sent to Amaziah, king of Judah, saying, The thorn-tree in Lebanon sent to the cedar in Lebanon, saying, Give your daughter to my son for a wife: and a beast from the woodland in Lebanon went by, crushing the thorn under his feet.

19You say, See, I have overcome Edom; and your heart is lifted up with pride: now keep in your country; why do you make causes of trouble, putting yourself, and Judah with you, in danger of downfall?

20But Amaziah gave no attention; and this was the purpose of God, so that he might give them up into the hands of Joash, because they had gone after the gods of Edom.

21And so Joash, king of Israel, went up; and he and Amaziah, king of Judah, came face to face at Beth-shemesh in Judah.

22And Judah was overcome before Israel, and they went in flight, every man to his tent.

23And Joash, king of Israel, made Amaziah, king of Judah, the son of Joash, the son of Jehoahaz, prisoner at Beth-shemesh, and took him to Jerusalem; and he had the wall of Jerusalem pulled down from the doorway of Ephraim to the doorway in the angle, four hundred cubits.

24And he took all the gold and silver and all the vessels which were in the house of the Lord, under the care of Obed-edom, and all the wealth from the king’s house, as well as those whose lives would be the price of broken faith, and went back to Samaria.

25Amaziah, son of Joash, king of Judah, went on living for fifteen years after the death of Joash, the son of Jehoahaz, king of Israel.

26Now the rest of the acts of Amaziah, first and last, are they not recorded in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel?

27Now from the time when Amaziah gave up worshipping the Lord, they made secret designs against him in Jerusalem; and he went in flight to Lachish: but they sent to Lachish after him and put him to death there.

28And they took his body on horseback and put it into the earth with his fathers in the town of David.

Psalms 82

A Psalm. Of Asaph.
1 God is in the meeting-place of God; he is judging among the gods.

2How long will you go on judging falsely, having respect for the persons of evil-doers? (Selah.)

3Give ear to the cause of the poor and the children without fathers; let those who are troubled and in need have their rights.

4Be the saviour of the poor and those who have nothing: take them out of the hand of the evil-doers.

5They have no knowledge or sense; they go about in the dark: all the bases of the earth are moved.

6I said, You are gods; all of you are the sons of the Most High:

7But you will come to death like men, falling like one of the rulers of the earth.

8Up! O God, come as judge of the earth; for all the nations are your heritage.

John 17

1Jesus said these things; then, lifting his eyes to heaven, he said, Father, the time has now come; give glory to your Son, so that the Son may give glory to you:

2Even as you gave him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all those whom you have given to him.

3And this is eternal life: to have knowledge of you, the only true God, and of him whom you have sent, even Jesus Christ.

4I have given you glory on the earth, having done all the work which you gave me to do.

5And now, Father, let me have glory with you, even that glory which I had with you before the world was.

6I have given knowledge of your name to the men whom you gave me out of the world: yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your words.

7Now it is clear to them that whatever you have given to me comes from you:

8Because I have given them the words which you gave to me; and they have taken them to heart, and have certain knowledge that I came from you, and they have faith that you sent me.

9My prayer is for them: my prayer is not for the world, but for those whom you have given to me, because they are yours

10(All mine are yours, and yours are mine) and I have glory in them.

11And now I will be no longer in the world, but they are in the world and I come to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name which you have given to me, so that they may be one even as we are one.

12While I was with them I kept them safe in your name which you have given to me: I took care of them and not one of them has come to destruction, but only the son of destruction, so that the Writings might come true.

13And now I come to you; and these things I say in the world so that they may have my joy complete in them.

14I have given your word to them; and they are hated by the world, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

15My prayer is not that you will take them out of the world, but that you will keep them from the Evil One.

16They are not of the world any more than I am of the world.

17Make them holy by the true word: your word is the true word.

18Even as you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.

19And for them I make myself holy, so that they may be made truly holy.

20My prayer is not for them only, but for all who will have faith in me through their word;

21May they all be one! Even as you, Father, are in me and I am in you, so let them be in us, so that all men may come to have faith that you sent me.

22And the glory which you have given to me I have given to them, so that they may be one even as we are one;

23I in them, and you in me, so that they may be made completely one, and so that it may become clear to all men that you have sent me and that they are loved by you as I am loved by you.

24Father, it is my desire that these whom you have given to me may be by my side where I am, so that they may see my glory which you have given to me, because you had love for me before the world came into being.

25Father of righteousness, I have knowledge of you, though the world has not; and to these it is clear that you sent me;

26And I have given to them knowledge of your name, and will give it, so that the love which you have for me may be in them and I in them.

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