September 27

Ezra 3

1And when the seventh month came, and the children of Israel were in the towns, the people came together like one man to Jerusalem.

2Then Jeshua, the son of Jozadak, and his brothers the priests, and Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, with his brothers, got up and made the altar of the God of Israel for burned offerings as is recorded in the law of Moses, the man of God.

3They put the altar on its base; for fear was on them because of the people of the countries: and they made burned offerings on it to the Lord, even burned offerings morning and evening.

4And they kept the feast of tents, as it is recorded, making the regular burned offerings every day by number, as it is ordered; for every day what was needed.

5And after that, the regular burned offering and the offerings for the new moons and all the fixed feasts of the Lord which had been made holy, and the offering of everyone who freely gave his offering to the Lord.

6From the first day of the seventh month they made a start with the burned offerings, but the base of the Temple of the Lord had still not been put in its place.

7And they gave money to the stoneworkers and woodworkers; and meat and drink and oil to the people of Zidon and of Tyre, for the transport of cedar-trees from Lebanon to the sea, to Joppa, as Cyrus, king of Persia, had given them authority to do.

8Now in the second year of their coming into the house of God in Jerusalem, in the second month, the work was taken in hand by Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua, the son of Jozadak, and the rest of their brothers the priests and the Levites, and all those who had come from the land where they were prisoners to Jerusalem: and they made the Levites, of twenty years old and over, responsible for overseeing the work of the house of the Lord.

9Then Jeshua with his sons and his brothers, Kadmiel with his sons, the sons of Hodaviah, together took up the work of overseeing the workmen in the house of God: the sons of Henadad with their sons and their brothers, the Levites.

10And when the builders put in position the base of the Temple of the Lord, the priests, dressed in their robes, took their places with horns, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph, with brass instruments, to give praise to the Lord in the way ordered by David, king of Israel.

11And they gave praise to the Lord, answering one another in their songs and saying, For he is good, for his mercy to Israel is eternal. And all the people gave a great cry of joy, when they gave praise to the Lord, because the base of the Lord’s house was put in place.

12But a number of the priests and Levites and the heads of families, old men who had seen the first house, when the base of this house was put down before their eyes, were overcome with weeping; and a number were crying out with joy:

13So that in the ears of the people the cry of joy was mixed with the sound of weeping; for the cries of the people were loud and came to the ears of those who were a long way off.

Ezra 4

1Now news came to the haters of Judah and Benjamin that the people who had come back were building a Temple to the Lord, the God of Israel;

2Then they came to Zerubbabel and to the heads of families, and said to them, Let us take part in the building with you; for we are servants of your God, even as you are; and we have been making offerings to him from the days of Esar-haddon, king of Assyria, who put us here.

3But Zerubbabel and Jeshua and the rest of the heads of families in Israel said to them, You have no part with us in the building of a house for our God; we ourselves will do the work together for the Lord, the God of Israel, as Cyrus, king of Persia, has given us orders.

4Then the people of the land made the hands of the people of Judah feeble, troubling them with fear in their building;

5And they gave payment to men who made designs against them and kept them from effecting their purpose, all through the time of Cyrus, king of Persia, till Darius became king.

6And in the time of Ahasuerus, when he first became king, they put on record a statement against the people of Judah and Jerusalem.

7And in the time of Artaxerxes, Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabeel, and the rest of his friends, sent a letter to Artaxerxes, king of Persia, writing it in the Aramaean writing and language.

8Rehum, the chief ruler, and Shimshai the scribe, sent a letter against Jerusalem, to Artaxerxes the king;

9The letter was sent by Rehum, the chief ruler, and Shimshai the scribe and their friends; the Dinaites and the Apharsathchites, the Tarpelites, the Apharsites, the Archevites, the Babylonians, the Shushanchites, the Dehaites, the Elamites,

10And the rest of the nations which the great and noble Osnappar took over and put in Samaria and the rest of the country over the river:

11This is a copy of the letter which they sent to Artaxerxes the king: Your servants living across the river send these words:

12We give news to the king that the Jews who came from you have come to us at Jerusalem; they are building up again that uncontrolled and evil town; the walls are complete and they are joining up the bases.

13The king may be certain that when the building of this town and its walls is complete, they will give no tax or payment in goods or forced payments, and in the end it will be a cause of loss to the kings.

14Now because we are responsible to the king, and it is not right for us to see the king’s honour damaged, we have sent to give the king word of these things,

15So that search may be made in the book of the records of your fathers: and you will see in the book of the records that this town has been uncontrolled, and a cause of trouble to kings and countries, and that there were outbursts against authority there in the past: for which reason the town was made waste.

16We give you word, that if the building of this town and its walls is made complete, there will be an end of your power in the country across the river.

17Then the king sent an answer to Rehum, the chief ruler, and Shimshai the scribe, and their friends living in Samaria, and to the rest of those across the river, saying, Peace to you:

18And now the sense of the letter which you sent to us has been made clear to me,

19And I gave orders for a search to be made, and it is certain that in the past this town has made trouble for kings, and that outbursts against authority have taken place there.

20Further, there have been great kings in Jerusalem, ruling over all the country across the river, to whom they gave taxes and payments in goods and forced payments.

21Give an order now, that these men are to do nothing more, and that the building of the town is to be stopped, till I give an order.

22Be certain to do this with all care: do not let trouble be increased to the king’s damage.

23Then, after reading the king’s letter, Rehum and Shimshai the scribe and their friends went quickly to Jerusalem, to the Jews, and had them stopped by force.

24So the work of the house of God at Jerusalem came to an end; so it was stopped, till the second year of the rule of Darius, king of Persia.

Psalms 92

A Psalm. A Song for the Sabbath.

1 It is a good thing to give praise to the Lord, and to make melody to your name, O Most High;

2To make clear your mercy in the morning, and your unchanging faith every night;

3On a ten-corded instrument, and on an instrument of music with a quiet sound.

4For you, O Lord, have made me glad through your work; I will have joy in the works of your hands.

5O Lord, how great are your works! and your thoughts are very deep.

6A man without sense has no knowledge of this; and a foolish man may not take it in.

7When the sinners come up like the grass, and all the workers of evil do well for themselves, it is so that their end may be eternal destruction.

8But you, O Lord, are on high for ever.

9For see! your haters, O Lord, will be put to death; all the workers of evil will be put to flight;

10But my horn is lifted up like the horn of the ox: the best oil is flowing on my head.

11My eyes have seen trouble come on my haters; my ears have news of the fate of the evil-doers who have come up against me.

12The good man will be like a tall tree in his strength; his growth will be as the wide-stretching trees of Lebanon.

13Those who are planted in the house of the Lord will come up tall and strong in his gardens.

14They will give fruit even when they are old; they will be fertile and full of growth;

15For a sign that the Lord is upright; he is my Rock, there is no deceit in him.

1 John 5

1Everyone who has faith that Jesus is the Christ is a child of God: and everyone who has love for the Father has love for his child.

2In this way, we are certain that we have love for the children of God, when we have love for God and keep his laws.

3For loving God is keeping his laws: and his laws are not hard.

4Anything which comes from God is able to overcome the world: and the power by which we have overcome the world is our faith.

5Who is able to overcome the world but the man who has faith that Jesus is the Son of God?

6This is he who came by water and by blood, Jesus Christ; not by water only but by water and by blood.

7And the Spirit is the witness, because the Spirit is true.

8There are three witnesses, the Spirit, the water, and the blood: and all three are in agreement.

9If we take the witness of men to be true, the witness of God is greater: because this is the witness which God has given about his Son.

10He who has faith in the Son of God has the witness in himself: he who has not faith in God makes him false, because he has not faith in the witness which God has given about his Son.

11And his witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

12He who has the Son has the life; he who has not the Son of God has not the life.

13I have put these things in writing for you who have faith in the name of the Son of God, so that you may be certain that you have eternal life.

14And we are certain that if we make any request to him which is right in his eyes, he will give ear to us:

15And if we are certain that he gives ear to all our requests, we are equally certain that we will get our requests.

16If a man sees his brother doing a sin which is not bad enough for death, let him make a prayer to God, and God will give life to him whose sin was not bad enough for death. There is a sin whose punishment is death: I do not say that he may make such a request then.

17All evil-doing is sin: but death is not the punishment for every sort of sin.

18We are certain that one who is a child of God will do no sin, but the Son of God keeps him so that he is not touched by the Evil One.

19We are certain that we are of God, but all the world is in the power of the Evil One.

20And we are certain that the Son of God has come, and has given us a clear vision, so that we may see him who is true, and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

21My little children, keep yourselves from false gods.

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