2 Chronicles 33
1Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he was ruling for fifty-five years in Jerusalem.
2He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, copying the disgusting ways of the nations whom the Lord had sent out of the land before the children of Israel.
3For he put up again the high places which had been pulled down by his father Hezekiah; and he made altars for the Baals, and pillars of wood, and was a worshipper and servant of all the stars of heaven;
4And he made altars in the house of the Lord, of which the Lord had said, In Jerusalem will my name be for ever.
5And he made altars for all the stars of heaven in the two outer squares of the house of the Lord.
6More than this, he made his children go through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom; and he made use of secret arts, and signs for reading the future, and unnatural powers, and gave positions to those who had control of spirits and to wonder-workers: he did much evil in the eyes of the Lord, moving him to wrath.
7And he put the image he had made in the house of God, the house of which God had said to David and to Solomon his son, In this house, and in Jerusalem, the town which I have made mine out of all the tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever:
8And never again will I let the feet of Israel be moved out of the land which I have given to their fathers; if only they will take care to do all my orders, even all the law and the orders and the rules given to them by Moses.
9And Manasseh made Judah and the people of Jerusalem go out of the true way, so that they did more evil than those nations whom the Lord gave up to destruction before the children of Israel.
10And the word of the Lord came to Manasseh and his people, but they gave no attention.
11So the Lord sent against them the captains of the army of Assyria, who made Manasseh a prisoner and took him away in chains to Babylon.
12And crying out to the Lord his God in his trouble, he made himself low before the God of his fathers,
13And made prayer to him; and in answer to his prayer God let him come back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh was certain that the Lord was God.
14After this he made an outer wall for the town of David, on the west side of Gihon in the valley, as far as the way into the town by the fish doorway; and he put a very high wall round the Ophel; and he put captains of the army in all the walled towns of Judah.
15He took away the strange gods and the image out of the house of the Lord, and all the altars he had put up on the hill of the Lord’s house and in Jerusalem, and put them out of the town.
16And he put the altar of the Lord in order, offering peace-offerings and praise-offerings on it, and said that all Judah were to be servants of the Lord, the God of Israel.
17However, the people still made offerings in the high places, but only to the Lord their God.
18Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, and his prayer to his God, and the words which the seers said to him in the name of the Lord, the God of Israel, are recorded among the acts of the kings of Israel.
19And the prayer which he made to God, and how God gave him an answer, and all his sin and his wrongdoing, and the places where he made high places and put up pillars of wood and images, before he put away his pride, are recorded in the history of the seers.
20So Manasseh went to rest with his fathers, and they put his body to rest in his house, and Amon his son became king in his place.
21Amon was twenty-two years old when he became king; and he was ruling for two years in Jerusalem.
22He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, as Manasseh his father had done; and Amon made offerings to all the images which his father Manasseh had made, and was their servant.
23He did not make himself low before the Lord, as his father Manasseh had done, but went on sinning more and more.
24And his servants made a secret design against him, and put him to death in his house.
25But the people of the land put to death all those who had taken part in the design against King Amon, and made his son Josiah king in his place.
Maschil. Of Ethan the Ezrahite.
1 My song will be of the mercies of the Lord for ever: with my mouth will I make his faith clear to all generations.
2For you have said, Mercy will be made strong for ever; my faith will be unchanging in the heavens.
3I have made an agreement with the man of my selection, I have made an oath to David my servant;
4I will make your seed go on for ever, your kingdom will be strong through all generations. (Selah.)
5In heaven let them give praise for your wonders, O Lord; and your unchanging faith among the saints.
6For who is there in the heavens in comparison with the Lord? who is like the Lord among the sons of the gods?
7God is greatly to be feared among the saints, and to be honoured over all those who are about him.
😯 Lord God of armies, who is strong like you, O Jah? and your unchanging faith is round about you.
9You have rule over the sea in storm; when its waves are troubled, you make them calm.
10Rahab was crushed by you like one wounded to death; with your strong arm you put to flight all your haters.
11Yours are the heavens, and the earth is yours; you have made the world, and everything which is in it.
12You have made the north and the south; Tabor and Hermon are sounding with joy at your name.
13Yours is an arm of power; strong is your hand and high your right hand.
14The seat of your kingdom is resting on righteousness and right judging: mercy and good faith come before your face.
15Happy are the people who have knowledge of the holy cry: the light of your face, O Lord, will be shining on their way.
16In your name will they have joy all the day: in your righteousness will they be lifted up.
17For you are the glory of their strength; in your pleasure will our horn be lifted up.
18For our breastplate is the Lord; and our king is the Holy One of Israel’s.
1After these things Jesus let himself be seen again by the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and it came about in this way.
2Simon Peter, Thomas named Didymus, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were all together.
3Simon Peter said to them, I am going fishing. They said to him, And we will come with you. They went out and got into the boat; but that night they took no fish.
4Now very early in the morning Jesus was there by the edge of the sea (though the disciples were not conscious that it was Jesus).
5So Jesus said to them, Children, have you taken any fish? They made answer, No.
6And he said to them, Let down the net on the right side of the boat and you will get some. So they put it in the water and now they were not able to get it up again because of the great number of fish.
7So the disciple who was dear to Jesus said to Peter, It is the Lord! Hearing that it was the Lord, Peter put his coat round him (because he was not clothed) and went into the sea.
8And the other disciples came in the little boat (they were not far from land, only about two hundred cubits off) pulling the net full of fish.
9When they got to land, they saw a fire of coals there, with fish cooking on it, and bread.
10Jesus said to them, Get some of the fish which you have now taken.
11So Peter went to the boat and came back pulling the net to land, full of great fish, a hundred and fifty-three; and though there was such a number the net was not broken.
12Jesus said to them, Come and take some food. And all the disciples were in fear of putting the question, Who are you? being conscious that it was the Lord.
13Then Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and the fish in the same way.
14Now this was the third time that Jesus let himself be seen by the disciples after he had come back from the dead.
15Then when they had taken food, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of John, is your love for me greater than the love of these others? He said to him, Yes, Lord; you are certain of my love for you. He said to him, Then give my lambs food.
16Again, a second time, he said to him, Simon, son of John, have you any love for me? Yes, Lord, he said, you are certain of my love for you. Then take care of my sheep, said Jesus.
17He said to him a third time, Simon, son of John, am I dear to you? Now Peter was troubled in his heart because he put the question a third time, Am I dear to you? And he said to him, Lord, you have knowledge of all things; you see that you are dear to me. Jesus said to him, Then give my sheep food.
18Truly I say to you, When you were young, you made yourself ready and went wherever you had a desire to go: but when you are old, you will put out your hands and another will make you ready, and you will be taken where you have no desire to go.