September 24

2 Chronicles 35

1And Josiah kept a Passover to the Lord in Jerusalem; on the fourteenth day of the first month they put the Passover lamb to death.

2And he gave the priests their places, making them strong for the work of the house of God.

3And he said to the Levites, the teachers of all Israel, who were holy to the Lord, See, the holy ark is in the house which Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel, made; it will no longer have to be transported on your backs: now be the servants of the Lord your God and his people Israel,

4And make yourselves ready in your divisions, by your families, as it is ordered in the writings of David, king of Israel, and of Solomon his son;

5And take your positions in the holy place, grouped in the families of your brothers, the children of the people, and for every division let there be a part of a family of the Levites.

6And put the Passover lamb to death, and make yourselves holy, and make it ready for your brothers, so that the orders given by the Lord through Moses may be done.

7And Josiah gave lambs and goats from the flock as Passover offerings for all the people who were present, to the number of thirty thousand, and three thousand oxen: these were from the king’s private property.

8And his captains freely gave an offering to the people, the priests, and the Levites. Hilkiah and Zechariah and Jehiel, the rulers of the house of God, gave to the priests for the Passover offerings two thousand, six hundred small cattle and three hundred oxen.

9And Conaniah and Shemaiah and Nethanel, his brothers, and Hashabiah and Jeiel and Jozabad, the chiefs of the Levites, gave to the Levites for the Passover offerings five thousand small cattle and five hundred oxen.

10So everything was made ready and the priests took their places with the Levites in their divisions, as the king had said.

11And they put the Passover lambs to death, the blood being drained out by the priests when it was given to them, and the Levites did the skinning.

12And they took away the burned offerings, so that they might give them to be offered to the Lord for the divisions of the families of the people, as it is recorded in the book of Moses. And they did the same with the oxen.

13And the Passover lamb was cooked over the fire, as it says in the law; and the holy offerings were cooked in pots and basins and vessels, and taken quickly to all the people.

14And after that, they made ready for themselves and for the priests; for the priests, the sons of Aaron, were offering the burned offerings and the fat till night; so the Levites made ready what was needed for themselves and for the priests, the sons of Aaron.

15And the sons of Asaph, the makers of melody, were in their places, as ordered by David and Asaph and Heman and Jeduthun, the king’s seer; and the door-keepers were stationed at every door: there was no need for them to go away from their places, for their brothers the Levites made ready for them.

16So everything needed for the worship of the Lord was made ready that same day, for the keeping of the Passover and the offering of burned offerings on the altar of the Lord, as King Josiah had given orders.

17And all the children of Israel who were present kept the Passover and the feast of unleavened bread at that time for seven days.

18No Passover like it had been kept in Israel from the days of Samuel the prophet; and not one of the kings of Israel had ever kept a Passover like the one kept by Josiah and the priests and the Levites and all those of Judah and Israel who were present, and the people of Jerusalem.

19In the eighteenth year of the rule of Josiah this Passover was kept.

20After all this, and after Josiah had put the house in order, Neco, king of Egypt, went up to make war at Carchemish by the river Euphrates; and Josiah went out against him.

21But he sent representatives to him, saying, What have I to do with you, O king of Judah? I have not come against you this day, but against those with whom I am at war; and God has given me orders to go forward quickly: keep out of God’s way, for he is with me, or he will send destruction on you.

22However, Josiah would not go back; but keeping to his purpose of fighting against him, and giving no attention to the words of Neco, which came from God, he went forward to the fight in the valley of Megiddo.

23And the bowmen sent their arrows at King Josiah, and the king said to his servants, Take me away, for I am badly wounded.

24So his servants took him out of the line of war-carriages, and put him in his second carriage and took him to Jerusalem, where he came to his end, and they put his body in the resting-place of his fathers. And in all Judah and Jerusalem there was great weeping for Josiah.

25And Jeremiah made a song of grief for Josiah; and to this day Josiah is named by all the makers of melody, men and women, in their songs of grief; they made it a rule in Israel; and the songs are recorded among the songs of grief.

26Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and the good he did, in keeping with what is recorded in the law of the Lord,

27And all his acts, first and last, are recorded in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah.

Psalms 89:38-52

38But you have put him away in disgust; you have been angry with the king of your selection.

39You have made your agreement with your servant of no effect: you have had no respect for his crown, it has come down even to the earth.

40All his walls are broken down; you have given his strong towers to destruction.

41All those who come by take away his goods; he is laughed at by his neighbours.

42You have given power to the right hand of his haters; you have made glad all those who are against him.

43His sword is turned back; you have not been his support in the fight.

44You have put an end to his glory: the seat of his kingdom has been levelled to the earth.

45You have made him old before his time; he is covered with shame. (Selah.)

46How long, O Lord, will you Keep yourself for ever from our eyes? how long will your wrath be burning like fire?

47See how short my time is; why have you made all men for no purpose?

48What man now living will not see death? will he be able to keep back his soul from the underworld? (Selah.)

49Lord, where are your earlier mercies? where is the oath which you made to David in unchanging faith?

50Keep in mind, O Lord, the shame of your servants, and how the bitter words of all the people have come into my heart;

51The bitter words of your haters, O Lord, shaming the footsteps of your king.

52Let the Lord be praised for ever. So be it, So be it.

1 John 2

1My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may be without sin. And if any man is a sinner, we have a friend and helper with the Father, Jesus Christ, the upright one:

2He is the offering for our sins; and not for ours only, but for all the world.

3And by this we may be certain that we have knowledge of him, if we keep his laws.

4The man who says, I have knowledge of him, and does not keep his laws, is false, and there is nothing true in him:

5But in every man who keeps his word, the love of God is made complete. By this we may be certain that we are in him:

6He who says that he is living in him, will do as he did.

7My loved ones, I do not give you a new law, but an old law which you had from the first; this old law is the word which came to your ears.

8Again, I give you a new law, which is true in him and in you; for the night is near its end and the true light is even now shining out.

9He who says that he is in the light, and has hate in his heart for his brother, is still in the dark.

10He who has love for his brother is in the light, and there is no cause of error in him.

11But he who has hate for his brother is in the dark, walking in the dark with no knowledge of where he is going, unable to see because of the dark.

12I am writing to you, my children, because you have forgiveness of sins through his name.

13I am writing to you, fathers, because you have knowledge of him who was from the first. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the Evil One. I have sent a letter to you, children, because you have knowledge of the Father.

14I have sent a letter to you, fathers, because you have knowledge of him who was from the first. I have sent a letter to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God is in you, and because you have overcome the Evil One.

15Have no love for the world or for the things which are in the world. If any man has love for the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

16Because everything in the world, the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father but of the world.

17And the world and its desires is coming to an end: but he who does God’s pleasure is living for ever.

18Little children, it is the last hour; and as you were given word that the Antichrist would come, so now a number of Antichrists have come to you; and by this we are certain that it is the last hour.

19They went out from us but they were not of us; if they had been of us they would still be with us: but they went out from us so that it might be made clear that they were not of us.

20And you have the Spirit from the Holy One and you all have knowledge.

21I have not sent you this letter because you have no knowledge of what is true, but because you have knowledge, and because that which is false has nothing in common with that which is true.

22Who is false but he who says that Jesus is not the Christ? He is the Antichrist who has no belief in the Father or the Son.

23He who has no belief in the Son has not the Father: he who makes clear his belief in the Son has the Father.

24But as for you, keep in your hearts the things which were made clear to you from the first. If you keep these things in your hearts you will be kept in the Father and the Son.

25And this is the hope which he gave you, even eternal life.

26I am writing these things to you about those whose purpose is that you may be turned out of the true way.

27As for you, the Spirit which he gave you is still in you, and you have no need of any teacher; but as his Spirit gives you teaching about all things, and is true and not false, so keep your hearts in him, through the teaching which he has given you.

28And now, my children, keep your hearts in him; so that at his revelation, we may have no fear or shame before him at his coming.

29If you have knowledge that he is upright, it is clear to you that everyone who does righteousness is his offspring.

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