September 17

2 Chronicles 27

1Jotham was twenty-five years old when he became king; and he was ruling in Jerusalem for sixteen years; and his mother’s name was Jerushah, the daughter of Zadok.

2He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as his father Uzziah had done; but he did not go into the Temple of the Lord. And the people still went on in their evil ways.

3He put up the higher doorway of the house of the Lord, and did much building on the wall of the Ophel.

4In addition, he made towns in the hill-country of Judah, and strong buildings and towers in the woodlands.

5He went to war with the king of the children of Ammon and overcame them. That year, the children of Ammon gave him a hundred talents of silver, and ten thousand measures of grain and ten thousand measures of barley. And the children of Ammon gave him the same amount the second year and the third.

6So Jotham became strong, because in all his ways he made the Lord his guide.

7Now the rest of the acts of Jotham, and all his wars and his ways, are recorded in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah.

8He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he was ruling in Jerusalem for sixteen years.

9And Jotham went to rest with his fathers, and they put his body into the earth in the town of David; and Ahaz his son became king in his place.

2 Chronicles 28

1Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king, and he was ruling in Jerusalem for sixteen years; he did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord, like David his father:

2But he went in the ways of the kings of Israel and made images of metal for the Baals.

3More than this, he had offerings burned in the valley of the son of Hinnom, and made his children go through fire, copying the disgusting ways of the nations whom the Lord had sent out of the land before the children of Israel.

4And he made offerings and had perfumes burned in the high places and on the hills and under every green tree.

5So the Lord his God gave him up into the hands of the king of Aram; and they overcame him, and took away a great number of his people as prisoners to Damascus. Then he was given into the hands of the king of Israel, who sent great destruction on him.

6For Pekah, the son of Remaliah, in one day put to death a hundred and twenty thousand men of Judah, all of them good fighting-men; because they had given up the Lord, the God of their fathers.

7And Zichri, a great fighting-man of Ephraim, put to death Maaseiah, the king’s son, and Azrikam, the controller of his house, and Elkanah, who was second in authority to the king.

8And the children of Israel took away as prisoners from their brothers, two hundred thousand, women and sons and daughters, and a great store of their goods, and took them to Samaria.

9But a prophet of the Lord was there, named Oded; and he went out in front of the army which was coming into Samaria and said to them, Truly, because the Lord, the God of your fathers, was angry with Judah, he gave them up into your hands, and you have put them to death in an outburst of wrath stretching up to heaven.

10And now your purpose is to keep the children of Judah and Jerusalem as men-servants and women-servants under your yoke: but are there no sins against the Lord your God to be seen among yourselves?

11And now give ear to me, and send back the prisoners whom you have taken from your brothers: for the wrath of the Lord is burning against you.

12Then certain of the heads of the children of Ephraim, Azariah, the son of Johanan, Berechiah, the son of Meshillemoth Jehizkiah, the son of Shallum, and Amasa the son of Hadlai, put themselves against those who had come from the war,

13And said to them, You are not to let these prisoners come here; for what you are designing to do will be a cause of sin against the Lord to us, making even greater our sin and our wrongdoing, which now are great enough, and his wrath is burning against Israel.

14So the armed men gave up the prisoners and the goods they had taken to the heads and the meeting of the people.

15And those men who have been named went up and took the prisoners, clothing those among them who were uncovered, with things from the goods which had been taken in the war, and putting robes on them and shoes on their feet; and they gave them food and drink and oil for their bodies, and seating all the feeble among them on asses, they took them to Jericho, the town of palm-trees, to their people, and then went back to Samaria.

16At that time King Ahaz sent for help to the king of Assyria.

17For the Edomites had come again, attacking Judah and taking away prisoners.

18And the Philistines, forcing their way into the towns of the lowlands and the south of Judah, had taken Beth-shemesh and Aijalon and Gederoth and Soco, with their daughter-towns, as well as Timnah and Gimzo and their daughter-towns, and were living there.

19For the Lord made Judah low, because of Ahaz, king of Israel; for he had given up all self-control in Judah, sinning greatly against the Lord.

20Then Tiglath-pileser, king of Assyria, came to him, but was a cause of trouble and not of strength to him.

21For Ahaz took a part of the wealth from the house of the Lord, and from the house of the king and of the great men, and gave it to the king of Assyria; but it was no help to him.

22And in the time of his trouble, this same King Ahaz did even more evil against the Lord.

23For he made offerings to the gods of Damascus, who were attacking him, and said, Because the gods of the kings of Aram are giving them help, I will make offerings to them so that they may give me help. But they were the cause of his downfall, and of that of all Israel.

24And Ahaz got together the vessels of the house of God, cutting up all the vessels of the house of God, and shutting the doors of the Lord’s house; and he made altars in every part of Jerusalem.

25And in every town of Judah he made high places where perfumes were burned to other gods, awaking the wrath of the Lord, the God of his fathers.

26Now the rest of his acts and all his ways, first and last, are recorded in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.

27And Ahaz went to rest with his fathers, and they put his body into the earth in Jerusalem; but they did not put him in the resting-place of the kings of Israel: and Hezekiah his son became king in his place.

Psalms 84

To the chief music-maker; put to the Gittith A Psalm. Of the sons of Korah.
1 How dear are your tents, O Lord of armies!

2The passion of my soul’s desire is for the house of the Lord; my heart and my flesh are crying out for the living God.

3The little birds have places for themselves, where they may put their young, even your altars, O Lord of armies, my King and my God.

4Happy are they whose resting-place is in your house: they will still be praising you. (Selah.)

5Happy is the man whose strength is in you; in whose heart are the highways to Zion.

6Going through the valley of balsam-trees, they make it a place of springs; it is clothed with blessings by the early rain.

7They go from strength to strength; every one of them comes before God in Zion.

😯 Lord God of armies, let my prayer come to you: give ear, O God of Jacob. (Selah.)

9O God, let your eyes be on him who is our safe cover, and let your heart be turned to your king.

10For a day in your house is better than a thousand. It is better to be a door-keeper in the house of my God, than to be living in the tents of sin.

11The Lord God is our sun and our strength: the Lord will give grace and glory: he will not keep back any good thing from those whose ways are upright.

12O Lord of armies, happy is the man whose hope is in you.

John 18:19-38

19Then the high priest put questions to Jesus about his disciples and his teaching.

20Jesus made answer, I said things openly to the world at all times; I have given my teaching in the Synagogues and in the Temple to which all the Jews come; and I have said nothing secretly.

21Why are you questioning me? put questions to my hearers about what I have said to them: they have knowledge of what I said.

22When he said this, one of the police by his side gave him a blow with his open hand, saying, Do you give such an answer to the high priest?

23Jesus said in answer, If I have said anything evil, give witness to the evil: but if I said what is true, why do you give me blows?

24Then Annas sent him chained to Caiaphas, the high priest.

25But Simon Peter was still there warming himself by the fire. They said to him, Are you not one of his disciples? He said, No, I am not.

26One of the servants of the high priest, a relation of him whose ear had been cut off by Peter, said, Did I not see you with him in the garden?

27Then again Peter said, No. And straight away a cock gave its cry.

28So they took Jesus from the house of Caiaphas to the Praetorium. It was early. They themselves did not go into the Praetorium, so that they might not become unclean, but might take the Passover.

29So Pilate came out to them and put the question: What have you to say against this man?

30They said to him in answer, If the man was not a wrongdoer we would not have given him up to you.

31Then Pilate said to them, Take him yourselves and let him be judged by your law. But the Jews said to him, We have no right to put any man to death.

32(That the word of Jesus might come true, pointing to the sort of death he would have.)

33Then Pilate went back into the Praetorium and sent for Jesus and said to him, Are you the King of the Jews?

34Jesus made answer, Do you say this of yourself, or did others say it about me?

35Pilate said, Am I a Jew? Your nation and the chief priests have given you into my hands: what have you done?

36Jesus said in answer, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom was of this world, my disciples would have made a good fight to keep me out of the hands of the Jews: but my kingdom is not here.

37Then Pilate said to him, Are you then a king? Jesus made answer, You say that I am a king. For this purpose was I given birth, and for this purpose I came into the world, that I might give witness to what is true. Every lover of what is true gives ear to my voice.

38Pilate said to him, True? what is true? Having said this he went out again to the Jews and said to them, I see no wrong in him.

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