September 21

2 Chronicles 32

1Now after these things and this true-hearted work, Sennacherib, king of Assyria, came into Judah, and put his army in position before the walled towns of Judah, designing to make his way into them by force.

2And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib had come for the purpose of fighting against Jerusalem,

3He took up with his rulers and men of war the question of stopping up the water-springs outside the town; and they gave him their support.

4So they got together a great number of people, and had all the water-springs and the stream flowing through the land stopped up, saying, Why let the kings of Assyria come and have much water?

5Then he took heart, building up the wall where it was broken down, and making its towers higher, and building another wall outside; and he made strong the Millo in the town of David, and got together a great store of all sorts of instruments of war.

6And he put war chiefs over the people, and sent for them all to come together to him in the wide place at the doorway into the town, and to give them heart he said to them,

7Be strong and take heart; have no fear, and do not be troubled on account of the king of Assyria and all the great army with him: for there is a greater with us.

8With him is an arm of flesh; but we have the Lord our God, helping us and fighting for us. And the people put their faith in what Hezekiah, king of Judah, said.

9After this, Sennacherib, king of Assyria, sent his servants to Jerusalem (at that time he was stationed with all his army in front of Lachish), to say to Hezekiah and all the men of Judah in Jerusalem,

10Sennacherib, king of Assyria, says, In what are you placing your hope, waiting here in the walled town of Jerusalem?

11Is it not Hezekiah who has got you to do it, causing your death from need of food and water, by saying, The Lord our God will give us salvation out of the hands of the king of Assyria?

12Has not this same Hezekiah taken away his high places and his altars, saying to Judah and Jerusalem, Give worship before one altar only, burning offerings on it?

13Have you no knowledge of what I and my fathers have done to all the peoples of every land? were the gods of the nations of those lands able to keep their land from falling into my hands?

14Who was there among all the gods of those nations, which my fathers put to destruction, who was able to keep his people safe from my hands? and is it possible that your God will keep you safe from my hands?

15So do not be tricked by Hezekiah or let him get you to do this, and do not put any faith in what he says: for no god of any nation or kingdom has been able to keep his people safe from my hands, or the hands of my fathers: how much less will your God keep you safe from my hands!

16And his servants said even more against the Lord God and against his servant Hezekiah.

17And he sent letters, in addition, to put shame on the Lord, the God of Israel, and to say evil against him, saying, As the gods of the nations of other lands have not been able to keep their people safe from my hands, no more will the God of Hezekiah keep his people safe from my hands.

18These things they said, crying out with a loud voice in the Jews’ language, to the people of Jerusalem who were on the wall, with the purpose of troubling them and putting fear into them, so that they might take the town;

19Talking of the God of Jerusalem as if he was like the gods of the peoples of the earth, the work of men’s hands.

20And Hezekiah the king, and Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, made prayer because of this, crying out to heaven.

21And the Lord sent an angel who put to death all the men of war and the chiefs and the captains in the army of the king of Assyria. So he went back to his country in shame. And when he came into the house of his god, his sons, the offspring of his body, put him to death there with the sword.

22So the Lord gave Hezekiah and the people of Jerusalem salvation from the power of Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, and from all others, giving them rest on every side.

23And great numbers came to Jerusalem with offerings for the Lord, and things of great price for Hezekiah, king of Judah: so that he was honoured among all nations from that time.

24In those days Hezekiah was ill and near death; and he made prayer to the Lord, and the Lord in answer gave him a sign.

25But Hezekiah did not do as had been done to him; for his heart was lifted up in pride; and so wrath came on him and on Judah and Jerusalem.

26But then, Hezekiah, in sorrow for what he had done, put away his pride; and he and all Jerusalem made themselves low, so that the wrath of the Lord did not come on them in Hezekiah’s life-time.

27And Hezekiah had very great wealth and honour; and he made himself store-houses for his gold and silver and jewels and spices, and for body-covers and all sorts of beautiful vessels.

28And store-houses for the produce of grain and wine and oil; and buildings for all sorts of beasts and flocks.

29And he made towns for himself, and got together much property in flocks and herds: for God had given him great wealth.

30It was Hezekiah who had the higher spring of the water of Gihon stopped, and the water taken down on the west side of the town of David. In everything he undertook, Hezekiah did well.

31However, in the business of the representatives sent by the rulers of Babylon to get news of the wonder which had taken place in the land, God gave up guiding him, testing him to see what was in his heart.

32Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and the good he did, are recorded in the vision of Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, and in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.

33So Hezekiah went to rest with his fathers, and they put his body into the higher part of the resting-places of the sons of David: and all Judah and the people of Jerusalem gave him honour at his death. And Manasseh his son became king in his place.

Psalms 88

A Song. A Psalm. Of the sons of Korah. To the chief music-maker; put to Mahalath Leannoth. Maschil. Of Heman the Ezrahite.
1 O Lord, God of my salvation, I have been crying to you for help by day and by night:

2Let my prayer come before you; give ear to my cry:

3For my soul is full of evils, and my life has come near to the underworld.

4I am numbered among those who go down into the earth; I have become like a man for whom there is no help:

5My soul is among the dead, like those in the underworld, to whom you give no more thought; for they are cut off from your care.

6You have put me in the lowest deep, even in dark places.

7The weight of your wrath is crushing me, all your waves have overcome me. (Selah.)

8You have sent my friends far away from me; you have made me a disgusting thing in their eyes: I am shut up, and not able to come out.

9My eyes are wasting away because of my trouble: Lord, my cry has gone up to you every day, my hands are stretched out to you.

10Will you do works of wonder for the dead? will the shades come back to give you praise? (Selah.)

11Will the story of your mercy be given in the house of the dead? will news of your faith come to the place of destruction?

12May there be knowledge of your wonders in the dark? or of your righteousness where memory is dead?

13But to you did I send up my cry, O Lord; in the morning my prayer came before you.

14Lord, why have you sent away my soul? why is your face covered from me?

15I have been troubled and in fear of death from the time when I was young; your wrath is hard on me, and I have no strength.

16The heat of your wrath has gone over me; I am broken by your cruel punishments.

17They are round me all the day like water; they have made a circle about me.

18You have sent my friends and lovers far from me; I am gone from the memory of those who are dear to me.

John 20:19-31

19At evening on that day, the first day of the week, when, for fear of the Jews, the doors were shut where the disciples were, Jesus came among them and said to them, May peace be with you!

20And when he had said this, he let them see his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.

21And Jesus said to them again, May peace be with you! As the Father sent me, even so I now send you.

22And when he had said this, breathing on them, he said to them, Let the Holy Spirit come on you:

23Any to whom you give forgiveness, will be made free from their sins; and any from whom you keep back forgiveness, will still be in their sins.

24Now Thomas, one of the twelve, named Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

25So the other disciples said to him, We have seen the Lord. But he said to them, If I do not see in his hands the print of the nails and put my finger into the print of the nails, and if I do not put my hand into his side, I will never have belief.

26And after eight days, his disciples were again in the house and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were shut, Jesus came, and taking his place in the middle of them, he said, May peace be with you!

27Then he said to Thomas, Put out your finger, and see my hands; and put your hand here into my side: and be no longer in doubt but have belief.

28And Thomas said in answer, My Lord and my God!

29Jesus said to him, Because you have seen me you have belief: a blessing will be on those who have belief though they have not seen me!

30A number of other signs Jesus did before his disciples which are not recorded in this book:

31But these are recorded, so that you may have faith that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and so that, having this faith you may have life in his name.

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