September 18

2 Chronicles 29

1Hezekiah became king when he was twenty-five years old; and he was king in Jerusalem for twenty-nine years; and his mother’s name was Abijah, the daughter of Zechariah.

2He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as his father David had done.

3In the first year of his rule, in the first month, opening the doors of the Lord’s house, he made them strong.

4And he sent for the priests and the Levites, and got them together in the wide place on the east side,

5And said to them, Give ear to me, O Levites: now make yourselves holy, and make holy the house of the Lord, the God of your fathers, and take away everything unclean from the holy place.

6For our fathers have done evil, sinning in the eyes of the Lord our God, and have given him up, turning away their faces from the house of the Lord, and turning their backs on him.

7The doors of his house have been shut and the lights put out; no perfumes have been burned or offerings made to the God of Israel in his holy place.

8And so the wrath of the Lord has come on Judah and Jerusalem, and he has given them up to be a cause of fear and wonder and shame, as your eyes have seen.

9For see, our fathers have been put to death with the sword, and our sons and daughters and wives have been taken away prisoners because of this.

10Now it is my purpose to make an agreement with the Lord, the God of Israel, so that the heat of his wrath may be turned away from us.

11My sons, take care now: for you have been marked out by the Lord to come before him and to be his servants, burning offerings to him.

12Then the Levites took their places; Mahath, the son of Amasai, and Joel, the son of Azariah, among the Kohathites; and of the sons of Merari, Kish, the son of Abdi, and Azariah, the son of Jehallelel; and of the Gershonites, Joah, the son of Zimmah, and Eden, the son of Joah;

13And of the sons of Elizaphan, Shimri and Jeuel; and of the sons of Asaph, Zechariah and Mattaniah;

14And of the sons of Heman, Jehuel and Shimei; and of the sons of Jeduthun, Shemaiah and Uzziel.

15And they got their brothers together and made themselves holy, and went in, as the king had said by the word of the Lord, to make the house of the Lord clean.

16And the priests went into the inner part of the house of the Lord to make it clean, and everything unclean which was to be seen in the Temple of the Lord they took out into the outer square of the Lord’s house, and the Levites got it together and took it away to the stream Kidron.

17On the first day of the first month the work of making the house holy was started, and on the eighth day they came to the covered way of the Lord; in eight days they made the Lord’s house holy, and on the sixteenth day of the first month the work was done.

18Then they went in to King Hezekiah and said, We have made all the house of the Lord clean, as well as the altar of burned offerings with all its vessels, and the table for the holy bread, with all its vessels.

19And all the vessels which were turned out by King Ahaz in his sin while he was king, we have put in order and made holy, and now they are in their places before the altar of the Lord.

20Then Hezekiah the king got up early, and got together the great men of the town, and went up to the house of the Lord.

21And they took with them seven oxen and seven male sheep and seven lambs and seven he-goats as a sin-offering for the kingdom and for the holy house and for Judah. And he gave orders to the sons of Aaron, the priests, that these were to be offered on the altar of the Lord.

22So they put the oxen to death and their blood was given to the priests to be drained out against the altar; then they put the male sheep to death, draining out their blood against the altar, and they put the lambs to death, draining out their blood against the altar.

23Then they took the he-goats for the sin-offering, placing them before the king and the meeting of the people, and they put their hands on them:

24And the priests put them to death, and made a sin-offering with their blood on the altar, to take away the sin of all Israel: for the king gave orders that the burned offering and the sin-offering were for all Israel.

25Then he put the Levites in their places in the house of the Lord, with brass and corded instruments of music as ordered by David and Gad, the king’s seer, and Nathan the prophet: for the order was the Lord’s, given by his prophets.

26So the Levites took their places with David’s instruments, and the priests with their horns.

27And Hezekiah gave the word for the burned offering to be offered on the altar. And when the burned offering was started, then the song of the Lord was started, with the blowing of horns and with all the instruments of David, king of Israel.

28And all the people gave worship, to the sound of songs and the blowing of horns; and this went on till the burned offering was ended.

29And at the end of the offering, the king and all who were present with him gave worship with bent heads.

30Then King Hezekiah and the captains gave orders to the Levites to give praise to God in the words of David and Asaph the seer. And they made songs of praise with joy, and with bent heads gave worship.

31Then Hezekiah made answer and said, Now that you have given yourselves to the Lord, come near and take offerings and praise-offerings into the house of the Lord. So all the people took in offerings and praise-offerings: and those whose hearts were moved, took in burned offerings.

32The number of burned offerings which the people took in was seventy oxen, a hundred male sheep, and two hundred lambs: all these were for burned offerings to the Lord.

33And the holy things were six hundred oxen and three thousand sheep.

34There were not enough priests for the work of cutting up all the burned offerings; so their brothers the Levites gave them help till the work was done and the priests had made themselves holy: for the Levites were more upright in heart to make themselves holy than the priests.

35And there was a great amount of burned offerings, with the fat of the peace-offerings and the drink offerings for every burned offering. So the work of the Lord’s house was put in order.

36And Hezekiah and all the people were full of joy, because God had made the people ready: for the thing was done suddenly.

Psalms 85

To the chief music-maker. A Psalm. Of the sons of Korah.
1 Lord, you were good to your land: changing the fate of Jacob.

2The wrongdoing of your people had forgiveness; all their sin had been covered. (Selah.)

3You were no longer angry: you were turned from the heat of your wrath.

4Come back to us, O God of our salvation, and be angry with us no longer.

5Will you go on being angry with us for ever? will you keep your wrath against us through all the long generations?

6Will you not give us life again, so that your people may be glad in you?

7Let us see your mercy, O Lord, and give us your salvation.

8I will give ear to the voice of the Lord; for he will say words of peace to his people and to his saints; but let them not go back to their foolish ways.

9Truly, his salvation is near to his worshippers; so that glory may be in our land.

10Mercy and faith have come together; righteousness and peace have given one another a kiss.

11Faith comes up from the earth like a plant; righteousness is looking down from heaven.

12The Lord will give what is good; and our land will give its increase.

13Righteousness will go before him, making a way for his footsteps.

John 18:38-40

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.

39But every year you make a request to me to let a prisoner go free at the Passover. Is it your desire that I let the King of the Jews go free?

40Then again they gave a loud cry, Not this man, but Barabbas. Now Barabbas was an outlaw.

John 19:1-16

1Then Pilate took Jesus and had him whipped with cords.

2And the men of the army made a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they put a purple robe on him.

3And they kept coming and saying, Long life to the King of the Jews! And they gave him blows with their hands.

4And Pilate went out again and said to them, See, I let him come out to you to make it clear to you that I see no wrong in him.

5Then Jesus came out with the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said to them, Here is the man!

6So when the chief priests and the police saw him they gave a loud cry, To the cross! to the cross! Pilate said to them, Take him yourselves and put him on the cross: I see no crime in him.

7And the Jews made answer, We have a law, and by that law it is right for him to be put to death because he said he was the Son of God.

8When this saying came to Pilate’s ears his fear became greater;

9And he went again into the Praetorium and said to Jesus, Where do you come from? But Jesus gave him no answer.

10Then Pilate said to him, You say nothing to me? is it not clear to you that I have power to let you go free and power to put you to death on the cross?

11Jesus gave this answer: You would have no power at all over me if it was not given to you by God; so that he who gave me up to you has the greater sin.

12Hearing this, Pilate had a desire to let him go free, but the Jews said in a loud voice, If you let this man go, you are not Caesar’s friend: everyone who makes himself a king goes against Caesar.

13So when these words came to Pilate’s ear, he took Jesus out, seating himself in the judge’s seat in a place named in Hebrew, Gabbatha, or the Stone Floor.

14(It was the day when they made ready for the Passover; and it was about the sixth hour.) And he said to the Jews, There is your King!

15Then they gave a loud cry, Away with him! away with him! to the cross! Pilate said to them, Am I to put your King to death on the cross? The chief priests said in answer, We have no king but Caesar.

16So then he gave him up to them to be put to death on the cross. And they took Jesus away;

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