2 Chronicles 36
1Then the people of the land took Jehoahaz, the son of Josiah, and made him king in Jerusalem in place of his father.
2Jehoahaz was twenty-three years old when he became king; he was ruling in Jerusalem for three months.
3Then the king of Egypt took the kingdom from him in Jerusalem, and put on the land a tax of a hundred talents of silver and a talent of gold.
4And the king of Egypt made Eliakim his brother king over Judah and Jerusalem, changing his name to Jehoiakim. And Neco took his brother Jehoahaz away to Egypt.
5Jehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he became king; he was ruling in Jerusalem for eleven years, and he did evil in the eyes of the Lord his God.
6Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, came up against him, and took him away in chains to Babylon.
7And Nebuchadnezzar took away some of the vessels of the Lord’s house, and put them in the house of his god in Babylon.
8Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim and the disgusting things he did, and all there is to be said against him, are recorded in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah; and Jehoiachin his son became king in his place.
9Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he became king; he was ruling in Jerusalem for three months and ten days, and he did evil in the eyes of the Lord.
10In the spring of the year King Nebuchadnezzar sent and took him away to Babylon, with the beautiful vessels of the house of the Lord, and made Zedekiah, his father’s brother, king over Judah and Jerusalem.
11Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king; he was ruling in Jerusalem for eleven years.
12He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, and did not make himself low before Jeremiah the prophet who gave him the word of the Lord.
13And he took up arms against King Nebuchadnezzar, though he had made him take an oath by God; but he made his neck stiff and his heart hard, turning away from the Lord, the God of Israel.
14And more than this, all the great men of Judah and the priests and the people made their sin great, turning to all the disgusting ways of the nations; and they made unclean the house of the Lord which he had made holy in Jerusalem.
15And the Lord, the God of their fathers, sent word to them by his servants, sending early and frequently, because he had pity on his people and on his living-place;
16But they put shame on the servants of God, making sport of his words and laughing at his prophets, till the wrath of God was moved against his people, till there was no help.
17So he sent against them the king of the Chaldaeans, who put their young men to death with the sword in the house of their holy place, and had no pity for any, young man or virgin, old man or white-haired: God gave them all into his hands.
18And all the vessels of the house of God, great and small, and the stored wealth of the Lord’s house and the wealth of the king and his chiefs, he took away to Babylon.
19And the house of God was burned and the wall of Jerusalem broken down; all its great houses were burned with fire and all its beautiful vessels given up to destruction.
20And all who had not come to death by the sword he took away prisoners to Babylon; and they became servants to him and to his sons till the kingdom of Persia came to power:
21So that the words of the Lord, which he said by the mouth of Jeremiah, might come true, till the land had had pleasure in her Sabbaths; for as long as she was waste the land kept the Sabbath, till seventy years were complete.
22Now in the first year of Cyrus, king of Persia, in order that the words which the Lord had said by the mouth of Jeremiah might come true, the spirit of Cyrus, king of Persia, was moved by the Lord, and he made a public statement and had it given out through all his kingdom and put in writing, saying,
23Cyrus, king of Persia, has said, All the kingdoms of the earth have been given to me by the Lord, the God of heaven; and he has made me responsible for building a house for him in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever there is among you of all his people, may the Lord his God be with him and let him go up.
A Prayer of Moses, the man of God.
1 Lord, you have been our resting-place in all generations.
2Before the mountains were made, before you had given birth to the earth and the world, before time was, and for ever, you are God.
3You send man back to his dust; and say, Go back, you children of men.
4For to you a thousand years are no more than yesterday when it is past, and like a watch in the night.
6In the morning it is green; in the evening it is cut down, and becomes dry.
7We are burned up by the heat of your passion, and troubled by your wrath.
8You have put our evil doings before you, our secret sins in the light of your face.
9For all our days have gone by in your wrath; our years come to an end like a breath.
10The measure of our life is seventy years; and if through strength it may be eighty years, its pride is only trouble and sorrow, for it comes to an end and we are quickly gone.
11Who has knowledge of the power of your wrath, or who takes note of the weight of your passion?
12So give us knowledge of the number of our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom.
13Come back, O Lord; how long? let your purpose for your servants be changed.
14In the morning give us your mercy in full measure; so that we may have joy and delight all our days.
15Make us glad in reward for the days of our sorrow, and for the years in which we have seen evil.
16Make your work clear to your servants, and your glory to their children.
17Let the pleasure of the Lord our God be on us: O Lord, give strength to the work of our hands.
1 John 3
1See what great love the Father has given us in naming us the children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not see who we are, because it did not see who he was.
2My loved ones, now we are children of God, and at present it is not clear what we are to be. We are certain that at his revelation we will be like him; for we will see him as he is.
3And everyone who has this hope in him makes himself holy, even as he is holy.
4Everyone who is a sinner goes against the law, for sin is going against the law.
5And you have knowledge that he came to take away sin: and in him there is no sin.
6Anyone who is in him does no sin; anyone who is a sinner has not seen him and has no knowledge of him.
7My little children, let no man take you out of the true way: he who does righteousness is upright, even as he is upright;
8The sinner is a child of the Evil One; for the Evil One has been a sinner from the first. And the Son of God was seen on earth so that he might put an end to the works of the Evil One.
9Anyone who is a child of God does no sin, because he still has God’s seed in him; he is not able to be a sinner, because God is his Father.
10In this way it is clear who are the children of God and who are the children of the Evil One; anyone who does not do righteousness or who has no love for his brother, is not a child of God.
11Because this is the word which was given to you from the first, that we are to have love for one another;
12Not being of the Evil One like Cain, who put his brother to death. And why did he put him to death? Because his works were evil and his brother’s works were good.
13Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world has no love for you.
14We are conscious that we have come out of death into life because of our love for the brothers. He who has no love is still in death.
15Anyone who has hate for his brother is a taker of life, and you may be certain that no taker of life has eternal life in him.
16In this we see what love is, because he gave his life for us; and it is right for us to give our lives for the brothers.
17But if a man has this world’s goods, and sees that his brother is in need, and keeps his heart shut against his brother, how is it possible for the love of God to be in him?
18My little children, do not let our love be in word and in tongue, but let it be in act and in good faith.
19In this way we may be certain that we are true, and may give our heart comfort before him,
20When our heart says that we have done wrong; because God is greater than our heart, and has knowledge of all things.
21My loved ones, if our heart does not say that we have done wrong, we have no fear before him;
22And he gives us all our requests, because we keep his laws and do the things which are pleasing in his eyes.
23And this is his law, that we have faith in the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love for one another, even as he said to us.
24He who keeps his laws is in God and God is in him. And the Spirit which he gave us is our witness that he is in us.