September 16

2 Chronicles 26

1Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king in place of his father Amaziah.

2He was the builder of Eloth, which he got back for Judah after the death of the king.

3Uzziah was sixteen years old when he became king, and he was ruling in Jerusalem for fifty-two years; his mother’s name was Jechiliah of Jerusalem.

4He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as his father Amaziah had done.

5He gave himself to searching after God in the days of Zechariah, who made men wise in the fear of God; and as long as he was true to the Lord, God made things go well for him.

6He went out and made war against the Philistines, pulling down the walls of Gath and Jabneh and Ashdod, and building towns in the country round Ashdod and among the Philistines.

7And God gave him help against the Philistines, and against the Arabians living in Gur-baal, and against the Meunim.

8The Ammonites gave offerings to Uzziah: and news of him went out as far as the limit of Egypt; for he became very great in power.

9Uzziah made towers in Jerusalem, at the doorway in the angle and at the doorway in the valley and at the turn of the wall, arming them.

10And he put up towers in the waste land and made places for storing water, for he had much cattle, in the low hills and in the table land; and he had farmers and vine-keepers in the mountains and in the fertile land, for he was a lover of farming.

11In addition, Uzziah had an army of fighting-men who went out to war in bands, as they had been listed by Jeiel the scribe and Maaseiah the ruler, under the authority of Hananiah, one of the king’s captains.

12The heads of families, the strong men of war, were two thousand, six hundred.

13And under their orders was a trained army of three hundred and seven thousand, five hundred, of great strength in war, helping the king against any who came against him.

14And Uzziah had all these forces armed with body-covers and spears and head-covers and coats of metal and bows and stones for sending from leather bands.

15And in Jerusalem he made machines, the invention of expert men, to be placed on the towers and angles of the walls for sending arrows and great stones. And his name was honoured far and wide; for he was greatly helped till he was strong.

16But when he had become strong, his heart was lifted up in pride, causing his destruction; and he did evil against the Lord his God; for he went into the Temple of the Lord for the purpose of burning perfumes on the altar of perfumes.

17And Azariah the priest went in after him, with eighty of the Lord’s priests, who were strong men;

18And they made protests to Uzziah the king, and said to him, The burning of perfumes, Uzziah, is not your business but that of the priests, the sons of Aaron, who have been made holy for this work: go out of the holy place, for you have done wrong, and it will not be to your honour before God.

19Then Uzziah was angry; and he had in his hand a vessel for burning perfume; and while his wrath was bitter against the priests, the mark of the leper’s disease came out on his brow, before the eyes of the priests in the house of the Lord by the altar of perfumes.

20And Azariah, the chief priest, and all the priests, looking at him, saw the mark of the leper on his brow, and they sent him out quickly and he himself went out straight away, for the Lord’s punishment had come on him.

21So King Uzziah was a leper till the day of his death, living separately in his private house; for he was cut off from the house of God; and Jotham his son was ruling over his house, judging the people of the land.

22Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, first and last, were recorded by Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz.

23So Uzziah went to rest with his fathers; and they put his body into the earth in the field used for the resting-place of the kings, for they said, He is a leper: and Jotham his son became king in his place.

Psalms 83

A Song. A Psalm. Of Asaph.
1 O God, do not keep quiet: let your lips be open and take no rest, O God.

2For see! those who make war on you are out of control; your haters are lifting up their heads.

3They have made wise designs against your people, talking together against those whom you keep in a secret place.

4They have said, Come, let us put an end to them as a nation; so that the name of Israel may go out of man’s memory.

5For they have all come to an agreement; they are all joined together against you:

6The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; Moab and the Hagarites;

7Gebal and Ammon and Amalek; the Philistines and the people of Tyre;

8Assur is joined with them; they have become the support of the children of Lot. (Selah.)

9Do to them what you did to the Midianites; what you did to Sisera and Jabin, at the stream of Kishon:

10Who came to destruction at En-dor; their bodies became dust and waste.

11Make their chiefs like Oreb and Zeeb; and all their rulers like Zebah and Zalmunna:

12Who have said, Let us take for our heritage the resting-place of God.

13O my God, make them like the rolling dust; like dry stems before the wind.

14As fire burning a wood, and as a flame causing fire on the mountains,

15So go after them with your strong wind, and let them be full of fear because of your storm.

16Let their faces be full of shame; so that they may give honour to your name, O Lord.

17Let them be overcome and troubled for ever; let them be put to shame and come to destruction;

18So that men may see that you only, whose name is Yahweh, are Most High over all the earth.

John 18:1-18

1When Jesus had said these words he went out with his disciples over the stream Kedron to a garden, into which he went with his disciples.

2And Judas, who was false to him, had knowledge of the place because Jesus went there frequently with his disciples.

3So Judas, getting a band of armed men and police from the chief priests and Pharisees, went there with lights and with arms.

4Then Jesus, having knowledge of everything which was coming on him, went forward and said to them, Who are you looking for?

5Their answer was, Jesus the Nazarene. Jesus said, I am he. And Judas, who was false to him, was there at their side.

6And when he said to them, I am he, they went back, falling to the earth.

7So again he put the question to them, Who are you looking for? And they said, Jesus the Nazarene.

8Jesus made answer, I have said that I am he; if you are looking for me, let these men go away.

9(He said this so that his words might come true, I have kept safe all those whom you gave to me.)

10Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, took it out and gave the high priest’s servant a blow, cutting off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus.

11Then Jesus said to Peter, Put back your sword: am I not to take the cup which my Father has given to me?

12Then the band and the chief captain and the police took Jesus and put cords round him.

13They took him first to Annas, because Annas was the father-in-law of Caiaphas who was the high priest that year.

14It was Caiaphas who had said to the Jews that it was in their interest for one man to be put to death for the people.

15And Simon Peter went after Jesus with another disciple. Now that disciple was a friend of the high priest and he went in with Jesus into the house of the high priest;

16But Peter was kept outside at the door. Then this other disciple, who was a friend of the high priest, came out and had a word with the girl who kept the door, and took Peter in.

17Then the girl who was the door-keeper said to Peter, Are you not one of this man’s disciples? In answer he said, I am not.

18Now the servants and the police had made a fire of coals because it was cold; they were warming themselves in front of it and Peter was there with them, warming himself.

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  1. Pingback: Psalm 83. A Prayer For The Defeat Of Israel’s Enemies. Prayer To Frustrate Conspiracy Against Israel « bummyla

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