September 20

2 Chronicles 31

1Now when all this was over, all the men of Israel who were present went out into the towns of Judah, causing the stone pillars to be broken up and the wood pillars to be cut down, pulling down the high places and the altars in all Judah and Benjamin, as well as in Ephraim and Manasseh, till all were gone. Then all the children of Israel went back to their towns, every man to his property.

2Then Hezekiah put in order the divisions of the priests and Levites, every man in his division, in relation to his work, for the burned offerings and peace-offerings, and for the ordering of worship and for giving praise at the doors of the Lord’s house.

3And he gave the king’s part of his private property for the burned offerings, that is, for the morning and evening offerings, and the offerings for the Sabbath and the new moons and the regular feasts, as it is recorded in the law of the Lord.

4In addition, he gave orders to the people of Jerusalem to give to the priests and Levites that part which was theirs by right, so that they might be strong in keeping the law of the Lord.

5And when the order was made public, straight away the children of Israel gave, in great amounts, the first-fruits of their grain and wine and oil and honey, and of the produce of their fields; and they took in a tenth part of everything, a great store.

6And the children of Israel and Judah, who were living in the towns of Judah came with the tenth part of their oxen and sheep, and a tenth of all the holy things which were to be given to the Lord their God, and put them in great masses.

7The first store of things was put down in the third month, and in the seventh month the masses were complete.

8And when Hezekiah and the rulers came and saw all the store of goods, they gave praise to the Lord and to his people Israel.

9Then Hezekiah put questions to the priests and Levites about the store of goods.

10And Azariah, the chief priest, of the family of Zadok, said in answer, From the time when the people first came with their offerings into the house of the Lord, we have had food enough, and more than enough: for the blessing of the Lord is on his people; and there is this great store which has not been used.

11Then Hezekiah said that store-rooms were to be made ready in the house of the Lord; and this was done.

12And in them they put all the offerings and the tenths and the holy things, keeping nothing back, and over them was Conaniah the Levite, with Shimei his brother second to him.

13And Jehiel and Azaziah and Nahath and Asahel and Jerimoth and Jozabad and Eliel and Ismachiah and Mahath and Benaiah were overseers, under the directions of Conaniah and Shimei his brother, by the order of Hezekiah the king and Azariah, the ruler of the house of God.

14And Kore, the son of Imnah the Levite, the keeper of the east door, had control of the offerings freely given to God, and the distribution of the offerings of the Lord and the most holy things.

15And under him were Eden and Miniamin and Jeshua and Shemaiah and Amariah and Shecaniah, in the towns of the priests, who were made responsible for giving it to all their brothers, by divisions, to small and great:

16As well as to all the males, of three years old and over, listed by their families, who went into the house of the Lord to do what was needed day by day, for their special work with their divisions.

17And the families of the priests were listed by their fathers’ names, but the Levites, of twenty years old and over, were listed in relation to their work in their divisions;

18And in the lists were all their little ones and their wives and their sons and daughters, through all the people: they made themselves holy in the positions which they were given.

19And as for the sons of Aaron, the priests, living in the country on the outskirts of their towns, every different town there were men, marked out by name, to give their part of the goods to all the males among the priests, and to all who were listed among the Levites.

20This Hezekiah did through all Judah; he did what was good and right and true before the Lord his God.

21And for everything he undertook, in connection with the work of the house of God and his law and orders, he got directions from God and did it with serious purpose; and things went well for him.

Psalms 87

Of the sons of Korah. A Psalm. A Song.
1 This house is resting on the holy mountain.

2The Lord has more love for the doors of Zion than for all the tents of Jacob.

3Noble things are said of you, O town of God. (Selah.)

4Rahab and Babylon will be named among those who have knowledge of me; see, Philistia and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this man had his birth there.

5And of Zion it will be said, This or that man had his birth there; and the Most High will make her strong.

6The Lord will keep in mind, when he is writing the records of the people, that this man had his birth there. (Selah.)

7The players on instruments will be there, and the dancers will say, All my springs are in you.

John 20:1-18

1Now on the first day of the week, very early, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the place and saw that the stone had been taken away from it.

2Then she went running to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple who was loved by Jesus, and said to them, They have taken away the Lord out of the place of the dead and we have no knowledge where they have put him.

3So Peter and the other disciple went out to the place of the dead.

4They went running together, and the other disciple got in front of Peter and came first to the hole in the rock;

5And looking in, he saw the linen bands on the earth; but he did not go in,

6Then Simon Peter came after him and went into the hole in the rock; and he saw the linen bands on the earth,

7And the cloth, which had been round his head, not with the linen bands but rolled up in a place by itself.

8Then the other disciple who came there first went in; and he saw and belief came to him.

9For at that time they had no knowledge that the Writings said that he would have to come again from the dead.

10So then the disciples went away again to their houses.

11But Mary was still there outside the hole in the rock, weeping; and while she was weeping and looking into the hole,

12She saw two angels in white seated where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head and the other at the feet.

13They said to her, Woman, why are you weeping? She said to them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I have no knowledge where they have put him.

14And then looking round, she saw Jesus there, but had no idea that it was Jesus.

15Jesus said to her, Woman, why are you weeping? who are you looking for? She, taking him for the gardener, said to him, Sir, if you have taken him away from here, say where you have put him and I will take him away.

16Jesus said to her, Mary! Turning, she said to him in Hebrew, Rabboni! (which is to say, Master).

17Jesus said to her, Do not put your hand on me, for I have not gone up to the Father: but go to my brothers and say to them, I go up to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.

18Mary Magdalene went with the news to the disciples, and said she had seen the Lord and that he had said these things to her.

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