September 23

2 Chronicles 34

1Josiah was eight years old when he became king; he was ruling in Jerusalem for thirty-one years.

2And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, walking in the ways of his father David, without turning to the right hand or to the left.

3In the eighth year of his rule, while he was still young, his heart was first turned to the God of his father David; and in the twelfth year he undertook the clearing away of all the high places and the pillars and the images of wood and metal from Judah and Jerusalem.

4He had the altars of the Baals broken down, while he himself was present; and the sun-images which were placed on high over them he had cut down; and the pillars of wood and the metal images he had broken up and crushed to dust, dropping the dust over the resting-places of the dead who had made offerings to them.

5And he had the bones of the priests burned on their altars, and so he made Judah and Jerusalem clean.

6And in all the towns of Manasseh and Ephraim and Simeon as far as Naphtali, he made waste their houses round about.

7He had the altars and the pillars of wood pulled down and the images crushed to dust, and all the sun-images cut down, through all the land of Israel, and then he went back to Jerusalem.

8Now in the eighteenth year of his rule, when the land and the house had been made clean, he sent Shaphan, the son of Azaliah, and Maaseiah, the ruler of the town, and Joah, the son of Joahaz, the recorder, to make good what was damaged in the house of the Lord his God.

9And they came to Hilkiah, the chief priest, and gave him all the money which had been taken into the house of God, which the Levites, the keepers of the door, had got from Manasseh and Ephraim and those of Israel who had not been taken away as prisoners, and from all Judah and Benjamin and the people of Jerusalem.

10And they gave it to the overseers of the work of the Lord’s house, and the overseers gave it to the workmen working in the house, for building it up and making good what was damaged;

11Even to the woodworkers and builders to get cut stone and wood for joining the structure together and for making boards for the houses which the kings of Judah had given up to destruction.

12And the men did the work well; and those who had authority over them were Jahath and Obadiah, Levites of the sons of Merari, and Zechariah and Meshullam, of the sons of the Kohathites, who were to be responsible for seeing that the work was done; and others of the Levites, who were expert with instruments of music,

13Had authority over the transport workers, giving directions to all who were doing any sort of work; and among the Levites there were scribes and overseers and door-keepers.

14Now when they were taking out the money which had come into the Lord’s house, Hilkiah the priest came across the book of the law of the Lord, which he had given by the mouth of Moses.

15Then Hilkiah said to Shaphan the scribe, I have made discovery of the book of the law in the house of the Lord. And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan.

16And Shaphan took the book to the king; and he gave him an account of what had been done, saying, Your servants are doing all they have been given to do;

17They have taken out all the money which was in the Lord’s house and have given it to the overseers and to the workmen.

18Then Shaphan the scribe said to the king, Hilkiah the priest has given me a book; and he made a start at reading some of it to the king.

19And the king, hearing the words of the law, took his robe in his hands, violently parting it as a sign of his grief.

20And he gave orders to Hilkiah and to Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, and Abdon, the son of Micah, and Shaphan the scribe and Asaiah, the king’s servant, saying,

21Go and get directions from the Lord for me and for those who are still in Israel and for Judah, about the words of this book which has come to light; for great is the wrath of the Lord which has been let loose on us, because our fathers have not kept the word of the Lord or done what is recorded in this book.

22So Hilkiah, and those whom the king sent, went to Huldah the woman prophet, the wife of Shallum, the son of Tokhath, the son of Hasrah, the keeper of the robes (now she was living in Jerusalem, in the second part of the town); and they had talk with her about this thing.

23And she said to them, The Lord, the God of Israel, has said, Say to the man who sent you to me,

24These are the words of the Lord: See, I will send evil on this place and on its people, even all the curses in the book which they have been reading before the king of Judah;

25Because they have given me up, burning offerings to other gods and moving me to wrath by all the works of their hands; so my wrath is let loose on this place and will not be put out.

26But to the king of Judah who sent you to get directions from the Lord, say, This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, has said: Because you have given ear to my words,

27And your heart was soft, and you made yourself low before God, on hearing his words about this place and its people, and with weeping and signs of grief have made yourself low before me, I have given ear to you, says the Lord God.

28See, I will let you go to your fathers, and be put in your last resting-place in peace, and your eyes will not see all the evil which I will send on this place and on its people. So they took this news back to the king.

29Then the king sent and got together all the responsible men of Judah and of Jerusalem.

30And the king went up to the house of the Lord, with all the men of Judah and the people of Jerusalem, and the priests and the Levites and all the people, small and great; and they were present at his reading of the book of the law which had come to light in the house of the Lord.

31Then the king, taking his place by the pillar, made an agreement before the Lord, to go in the way of the Lord, and to keep his orders and his decisions and his rules with all his heart and with all his soul, and to keep the words of the agreement recorded in this book.

32And he made all the people in Jerusalem and Benjamin give their word to keep it. And the people of Jerusalem kept the agreement of God, the God of their fathers.

33Josiah took away all the disgusting things out of all the lands of the children of Israel, and made all who were in Israel servants of the Lord their God. And as long as he was living they were true to the Lord, the God of their fathers.

Psalms 89:19-37

19Then your voice came to your holy one in a vision, saying, I have put the crown on a strong one, lifting up one taken from among the people.

20I have made discovery of David my servant; I have put my holy oil on his head.

21My hand will be his support; my arm will give him strength.

22The deceit of those who are against him will not overcome him; he will not be troubled by the sons of evil.

23I will have those who are against him broken before his face, and his haters will be crushed under my blows.

24But my faith and my mercy will be with him; and in my name will his horn be lifted up.

25I will put his hand in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers.

26He will say to me, You are my father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation.

27And I will make him the first of my sons, most high over the kings of the earth.

28I will keep my mercy for him for ever; my agreement with him will not be changed.

29His seed will keep their place for ever; his kingdom will be eternal, like the heavens.

30If his children give up my law, and are not ruled by my decisions;

31If my rules are broken, and my orders are not kept;

32Then I will send punishment on them for their sin; my rod will be the reward of their evil-doing.

33But I will not take away my mercy from him, and will not be false to my faith.

34I will be true to my agreement; the things which have gone out of my lips will not be changed.

35I have made an oath once by my holy name, that I will not be false to David.

36His seed will not come to an end for ever; the seat of his kingdom will be like the sun before me.

37It will be fixed for ever like the moon; and the witness in heaven is true. (Selah.)

1 John 1

1That which was from the first, which has come to our ears, and which we have seen with our eyes, looking on it and touching it with our hands, about the Word of life

2(And the life was made clear to us, and we have seen it and are witnessing to it and giving you word of that eternal life which was with the Father and was seen by us);

3We give you word of all we have seen and everything which has come to our ears, so that you may be united with us; and we are united with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ:

4And we are writing these things to you so that our joy may be made complete.

5This is the word which came to us from him and which we give to you, that God is light and in him there is nothing dark.

6If we say we are joined to him, and are walking still in the dark, our words are false and our acts are untrue:

7But if we are walking in the light, as he is in the light, we are all united with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son makes us clean from all sin.

8If we say that we have no sin, we are false to ourselves and there is nothing true in us.

9If we say openly that we have done wrong, he is upright and true to his word, giving us forgiveness of sins and making us clean from all evil.

10If we say that we have no sin, we make him false and his word is not in us.

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