Tagged: David

October 29

Psalms 119:1-32

ALEPH

1 Happy are they who are without sin in their ways, walking in the law of the Lord.

2Happy are they who keep his unchanging word, searching after him with all their heart.

3They do no evil; they go in his ways.

4You have put your orders into our hearts, so that we might keep them with care.

5If only my ways were ordered so that I might keep your rules!

6Then I would not be put to shame, as long as I have respect for all your teaching.

7I will give you praise with an upright heart in learning your right decisions.

8I will keep your rules: O give me not up completely.

BETH

9 How may a young man make his way clean? by guiding it after your word.

10I have made search for you with all my heart: O let me not go wandering far from your teaching.

11I have kept your sayings secretly in my heart, so that I might do no sin against you.

12Praise be to you, O Lord: give me knowledge of your rules.

13With my lips have I made clear all the decisions of your mouth.

14I have taken as much delight in the way of your unchanging word, as in all wealth.

15I will give thought to your orders, and have respect for your ways.

16I will have delight in your rules; I will not let your word go out of my mind.

GIMEL

17 Give me, your servant, the reward of life, so that I may keep your word;

18Let my eyes be open to see the wonders of your law.

19I am living in a strange land: do not let your teachings be kept secret from me.

20My soul is broken with desire for your decisions at all times.

21Your hand has been against the men of pride, a curse is on those who go wandering out of your way.

22Take away from me shame and bitter words; for I have kept your unchanging word in my heart.

23Rulers make evil designs against me; but your servant gives thought to your rules.

24Your unchanging word is my delight, and the guide of my footsteps.

DALETH

25 My soul is joined to the dust: O give me life, in keeping with your word.

26I put the record of my ways before you, and you gave me an answer: O give me knowledge of your rules.

27Make the way of your orders clear to me; then my thoughts will be ever on your wonders.

28My soul is wasted with sorrow; give me strength again in keeping with your word

29Take from me every false way; and in mercy give me your law.

30I have taken the way of faith: I have kept your decisions before me.

31I have been true to your unchanging word; O Lord, do not put me to shame.

32I will go quickly in the way of your teaching, because you have given me a free heart.

Isaiah 29

1Ho! Ariel, Ariel, the town against which David made war; put year to year, let the feasts come round:

2And I will send trouble on Ariel, and there will be weeping and cries of grief; and she will be to me as Ariel.

3And I will make war on you like David, and you will be shut in by earthworks, and I will make towers round you.

4And you will be made low, and your voice will come out of the earth, and your words will be low out of the dust; and your voice will come out of the earth like that of a spirit, making bird-like noises out of the dust.

5And the army of your attackers will be like small dust, and all the cruel ones like dry stems gone before the wind; suddenly it will come about.

6The Lord of armies will come in with thunder and earth-shaking and great noise, with rushing wind and storm, and the flame of burning fire.

7And all the nations making war on Ariel, and all those who are fighting against her and shutting her in with their towers, will be like a dream, like a vision of the night.

8And it will be like a man desiring food, and dreaming that he is feasting; but when he is awake there is nothing in his mouth: or like a man in need of water, dreaming that he is drinking; but when he is awake he is feeble and his soul is full of desire: so will all the nations be which make war on Mount Zion.

9Be surprised and full of wonder; let your eyes be covered and be blind: be overcome, but not with wine; go with uncertain steps, but not because of strong drink.

10For the Lord has sent on you a spirit of deep sleep; and by him your eyes, the prophets, are shut, and your heads, the seers, are covered.

11And the vision of all this has become to you like the words of a book which is shut, which men give to one who has knowledge of writing, saying, Make clear to us what is in the book: and he says, I am not able to, for the book is shut:

12And they give it to one without learning, saying, Make clear to us what is in the book: and he says, I have no knowledge of writing.

13And the Lord said, because this people come near to me with their mouths, and give honour to me with their lips, but their heart is far from me, and their fear of me is false, a rule given them by the teaching of men;

14For this cause I will again do a strange thing among this people, a thing to be wondered at: and the wisdom of their wise men will come to nothing, and the sense of their guides will no longer be seen.

15Cursed are those who go deep to keep their designs secret from the Lord, and whose works are in the dark, and who say, Who sees us? and who has knowledge of our acts?

16You are turning things upside down! Is the wet earth the same to you as the one who is forming it? will the thing made say of him who made it, He made me not: or the thing formed say of him who gave it form, He has no knowledge?

17In a very short time Lebanon will become a fertile field, and the fertile field will seem like a wood.

18And in that day those whose ears are stopped will be hearing the words of the book; and the eyes of the blind will see through the mist and the dark.

19And the poor will have their joy in the Lord increased, and those in need will be glad in the Holy One of Israel.

20For the cruel one has come to nothing; and those who make sport of the Lord are gone; and those who are watching to do evil are cut off:

21Who give help to a man in a wrong cause, and who put a net for the feet of him who gives decisions in the public place, taking away a man’s right without cause.

22For this reason the Lord, the saviour of Abraham, says about the family of Jacob, Jacob will not now be put to shame, or his face be clouded with fear.

23But when they, the children of Jacob, see the work of my hands among them, they will give honour to my name; yes, they will give honour to the Holy One of Jacob, and go in fear of the God of Israel.

24Those whose hearts were turned away from him will get knowledge, and those who made an outcry against him will give attention to his teaching.

Isaiah 30

1Ho! uncontrolled children, says the Lord, who give effect to a purpose which is not mine, and who make an agreement, but not by my spirit, increasing their sin:

2Who make a move to go down into Egypt, without authority from me; who are looking to the strength of Pharaoh for help, and whose hope is in the shade of Egypt.

3And the strength of Pharaoh will be your shame, and your hope in the shade of Egypt will come to nothing.

4For his chiefs are at Zoan, and his representatives have come to Hanes.

5For they have all come with offerings to a people of no use to them, in whom is no help or profit, but only shame and a bad name.

6The word about the Beasts of the South. Through the land of trouble and grief, the land of the she-lion and the voice of the lion, of the snake and the burning winged snake, they take their wealth on the backs of young asses, and their stores on camels, to a people in whom is no profit.

7For there is no use or purpose in the help of Egypt: so I have said about her, She is Rahab, who has come to an end.

8Now go, put it in writing before them on a board, and make a record of it in a book, so that it may be for the future, a witness for all time to come.

9For they are an uncontrolled people, false-hearted, who will not give ear to the teaching of the Lord:

10Who say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Do not give us word of what is true, but say false things to give us pleasure:

11Get out of the good way, turning from the right road; do not keep the Holy One of Israel before our minds.

12For this cause the Holy One of Israel says, Because you will not give ear to this word, and are looking for help in ways of deceit and evil, and are putting your hope in them:

13This sin will be to you like a crack in a high wall, causing its fall suddenly and in a minute.

14And he will let it be broken as a potter’s vessel is broken: it will be smashed to bits without mercy; so that there will not be a bit in which one may take fire from the fireplace, or water from the spring.

15For the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, said, In quiet and rest is your salvation: peace and hope are your strength: but you would not have it so.

16Saying, No, for we will go in flight on horses; so you will certainly go in flight: and, We will go on the backs of quick-running beasts; so those who go after you will be quick-footed.

17A thousand will go in fear before one; even before five you will go in flight: till you are like a pillar by itself on the top of a mountain, and like a flag on a hill.

18For this cause the Lord will be waiting, so that he may be kind to you; and he will be lifted up, so that he may have mercy on you; for the Lord is a God of righteousness: there is a blessing on all whose hope is in him.

19O people, living in Zion, at Jerusalem, your weeping will be ended; he will certainly have mercy on you at the sound of your cry; when it comes to his ear, he will give you an answer.

20And though the Lord will give you the bread of trouble and the water of grief, you will no longer put your teacher on one side, but you will see your teacher:

21And at your back, when you are turning to the right hand or to the left, a voice will be sounding in your ears, saying, This is the way in which you are to go.

22And you will make unclean what is covering your pictured images of silver, and the plating of your images of gold: you will send them away as an unclean thing, saying, Be gone!

23And he will give rain for your seed, so that you may put it in the earth; and you will have bread from the produce of the earth, good and more than enough for your needs: in that day the cattle will get their food in wide grass-lands.

24And the oxen and the young asses which are used for ploughing, will have salted grain which has been made free from the waste with fork and basket.

25And there will be rivers and streams of water on every tall mountain and on every high hill, in the day when great numbers are put to the sword, when the towers come down.

26And the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be seven times greater, as the light of seven days, in the day when the Lord puts oil on the wounds of his people, and makes them well from the blows they have undergone.

27See, the name of the Lord is coming from far, burning with his wrath, with thick smoke going up: his lips are full of passion, and his tongue is like a burning fire:

28And his breath is as an overflowing stream, coming up even to the neck, shaking the nations for their destruction, like the shaking of grain in a basket: and he will put a cord in the mouths of the people, turning them out of their way.

29You will have a song, as in the night when a holy feast is kept; and you will be glad in heart, as when they go with music of the pipe to the mountain of the Lord, the Rock of Israel.

30And the Lord will send out the sound of his great voice, and they will see his arm stretched out, with the heat of his wrath, and the flame of a burning fire; with a cloud-burst, and storm, and a rain of ice.

31For through the voice of the Lord the Assyrian will be broken, and the Lord’s rod will be lifted up against him.

32And every blow of the rod of his punishment, which the Lord will send on him, will be with the sound of music: and with the waving of his sword the Lord will make war against him.

33For a place of fire has long been ready; yes, it has been made ready for the king; he has made it deep and wide: it is massed with fire and much wood; the breath of the Lord, like a stream of fire, puts a light to it.

2 Thessalonians 3

1For the rest, my brothers, let there be prayer for us that the word of the Lord may go forward with increasing glory, even as it does with you;

2And that we may be made free from foolish and evil men; for not all have faith.

3But the Lord is true, who will give you strength and keep you safe from evil.

4And we have faith in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things about which we give you orders.

5And may your hearts be guided by the Lord into the love of God and quiet waiting for Christ.

6Now we give you orders, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from all those whose behaviour is not well ordered and in harmony with the teaching which they had from us.

7For you yourselves are used to taking us as your example, because our life among you was ruled by order,

8And we did not take food from any man for nothing, but were working hard night and day not to be a trouble to any of you:

9Not because we have not the right, but to make ourselves an example to you, so that you might do the same.

10For even when we were with you we gave you orders, saying, If any man does no work, let him not have food.

11For it has come to our ears that there are some among you whose behaviour is uncontrolled, who do no work at all, but are over-interested in the business of others.

12Now to such we give orders and make request in the Lord Jesus, that, working quietly, they get their living.

13And you, my brothers, do not get tired of well-doing.

14And if any man does not give attention to what we have said in this letter, take note of that man, and keep away from him, so that he may be shamed.

15Have no feeling of hate for him, but take him in hand seriously as a brother.

16Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. May the Lord be with you all.

17These words of love to you at the end are in my writing, Paul’s writing, and this is the mark of every letter from me.

18May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

October 20

Psalms 110

A Psalm. Of David.

1 The Lord said to my lord, Be seated at my right hand, till I put all those who are against you under your feet.

2The Lord will send out the rod of your strength from Zion; be king over your haters.

3Your people give themselves gladly in the day of your power; like the dew of the morning on the holy mountains is the army of your young men.

4The Lord has made an oath, and will not take it back. You are a priest for ever, after the order of Melchizedek.

5In the day of his wrath kings will be wounded by the Lord at your right hand.

6He will be judge among the nations, the valleys will be full of dead bodies; the head over a great country will be wounded by him.

7He will take of the stream by the way; so his head will be lifted up.

Isaiah 7

1Now it came about in the days of Ahaz, the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin, the king of Aram, and Pekah, the son of Remaliah, the king of Israel, came up to Jerusalem to make war against it, but were not able to overcome it.

2And word came to the family of David that Aram had put up its tents in Ephraim. And the king’s heart, and the hearts of his people, were moved, like the trees of the wood shaking in the wind.

3Then the Lord said to Isaiah, Go out now, you and Shear-jashub, your son, and you will come across Ahaz at the end of the stream flowing from the higher pool, in the highway of the washerman’s field;

4And say to him, Take care and be quiet; have no fear, and do not let your heart be feeble, because of these two ends of smoking fire-wood, because of the bitter wrath of Rezin and Aram, and of the son of Remaliah.

5Because Aram has made evil designs against you, saying,

6Let us go up against Judah, troubling her, and forcing our way into her, and let us put up a king in her, even the son of Tabeel:

7This is the word of the Lord God: This design will not come about or be effected.

8For the head of Aram is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Rezin (and in sixty-five years from now Ephraim will be broken, and will no longer be a people):

9And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah’s son. If you will not have faith, your kingdom will be broken.

10And Isaiah said again to Ahaz,

11Make a request to the Lord your God for a sign, a sign in the deep places of the underworld, or in the high heavens.

12But Ahaz said, I will not put the Lord to the test by making such a request.

13And he said, Give ear now, O family of David: is it not enough that you are driving men to disgust? will you do the same to my God?

14For this cause the Lord himself will give you a sign; a young woman is now with child, and she will give birth to a son, and she will give him the name Immanuel.

15Butter and honey will be his food, when he is old enough to make a decision between evil and good.

16For before the child is old enough to make a decision between evil and good, the land whose two kings you are now fearing will have become waste.

17The Lord is about to send on you, and on your people, and on your father’s house, such a time of trouble as there has not been from the days of the separating of Ephraim from Judah; even the coming of the king of Assyria.

18And it will be in that day that the Lord will make a piping sound for the fly which is in the end of the rivers of Egypt, and for the bee which is in the land of Assyria.

19And they will come, covering all the waste valleys, and the holes of the rocks, and the thorns, and all the watering-places.

20In that day will the Lord take away the hair of the head and of the feet, as well as the hair of the face, with a blade got for a price from the other side of the River; even with the king of Assyria.

21And it will be in that day that a man will give food to a young cow and two sheep;

22And they will give so much milk that he will be able to have butter for his food: for butter and honey will be the food of all who are still living in the land.

23And it will be in that day that in every place where before there were a thousand vines valued at a thousand shekels of silver, there will be nothing but blackberries and thorns.

24Men will come there with bows and arrows, because all the land will be full of blackberries and thorns.

25And they will send out the oxen and the sheep on all the hills which before were worked with the spade, … fear of blackberries and thorns.

Isaiah 8

1And the Lord said to me, Take a great writing-board, and on it put down in common letters, Maher-shalal-hash-baz;

2And take true witnesses to the writing, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah, the son of Jeberechiah.

3And I went in to my wife, and she became with child, and gave birth to a son. Then the Lord said to me, Give him the name Maher-shalal-hash-baz,

4For before the child is able to say, Father, or, Mother, the wealth of Damascus and the goods of Samaria will be taken away by the king of Assyria.

5And the Lord said again to me,

6Because this people will have nothing to do with the softly-flowing waters of Shiloah, and have fear of Rezin and Remaliah’s son;

7For this cause the Lord is sending on them the waters of the River, deep and strong, even the king of Assyria and all his glory: and it will come up through all its streams, overflowing all its edges:

8And it will come on into Judah; rushing on and overflowing, till the waters are up to the neck; *** and his outstretched wings will be covering the land from side to side: for God is with us.

9Have knowledge, O peoples, and be in fear; give ear, all you far-off parts of the earth:

10Let your designs be formed, and they will come to nothing; give your orders, and they will not be effected: for God is with us.

11For the Lord, controlling me with a strong hand, gave me orders not to go in the way of this people, saying,

12Do not say, It is holy, about everything of which this people says, It is holy; and do not be in fear of what they go in fear of.

13But let the Lord of armies be holy to you, and go in fear of him, giving honour to him.

14And he will be for a holy place: but for a stone of falling and a rock of trouble to the two houses of Israel, and to the men of Jerusalem, for a net in which they may be taken.

15And numbers of them, falling on the stone, will be broken, and will be taken in the net.

16Let my teaching be kept secret: and my words be given to my disciples only.

17And I will be waiting for the Lord, whose face is veiled from the house of Jacob, and I will be looking for him.

18See, I and the children whom the Lord has given me, are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the Lord of armies, whose resting-place is in Mount Zion.

19And when they say to you, Make request for us to those who have control of spirits, and to those wise in secret arts, who make hollow bird-like sounds; is it not right for a people to make request to their gods, to make request for the living to the dead?

20Then say to them, Put your faith in the teaching and the witness. … If they do not say such things. … For him there is no dawn. …

21And he will go through the land in bitter trouble and in need of food; and when he is unable to get food, he will become angry, cursing his king and his God, and his eyes will be turned to heaven on high;

22And he will be looking down on the earth, and there will be trouble and dark clouds, black night where there is no seeing.

Revelation of John 20

1And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key of the great deep and a great chain in his hand.

2And he took the dragon, the old snake, which is the Evil One and Satan, and put chains on him for a thousand years,

3And put him into the great deep, and it was shut and locked over him, so that he might put the nations in error no longer, till the thousand years were ended: after this he will be let loose for a little time.

4And I saw high seats, and they were seated on them, and the right of judging was given to them: and I saw the souls of those who were put to death for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and those who did not give worship to the beast, or to his image, and had not his mark on their brows or on their hands; and they were living and ruling with Christ a thousand years.

5The rest of the dead did not come to life again till the thousand years were ended. This is the first coming back from the dead.

6Happy and holy is he who has a part in this first coming: over these the second death has no authority, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and will be ruling with him a thousand years.

7And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be let loose out of his prison,

8And will go out to put in error the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to get them together to the war, the number of whom is like the sands of the sea.

9And they went up over the face of the earth, and made a circle about the tents of the saints, and the well loved town: and fire came down out of heaven for their destruction.

10And the Evil One who put them in error was sent down into the sea of ever-burning fire, where the beast and the false prophet are, and their punishment will go on day and night for ever and ever.

11And I saw a great white seat, and him who was seated on it, before whose face the earth and the heaven went in flight; and there was no place for them.

12And I saw the dead, great and small, taking their places before the high seat; and the books were open, and another book was open, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged by the things which were in the books, even by their works.

13And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and Hell gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged every man by his works.

14And death and Hell were put into the sea of fire. This is the second death, even the sea of fire.

15And if anyone’s name was not in the book of life, he went down into the sea of fire.

October 18

Psalms 109:1-19

To the chief music-maker. Of David. A Psalm.

1 God of my praise, let my prayer be answered;

2For the mouth of the sinner is open against me in deceit: his tongue has said false things against me.

3Words of hate are round about me; they have made war against me without cause.

4For my love they give me back hate; but I have given myself to prayer.

5They have put on me evil for good; hate in exchange for my love.

6Put an evil man over him; and let one be placed at his right hand to say evil of him.

7When he is judged, let the decision go against him; and may his prayer become sin.

8Let his life be short; let another take his position of authority.

9Let his children have no father, and his wife be made a widow.

10Let his children be wanderers, looking to others for their food; let them be sent away from the company of their friends.

11Let his creditor take all his goods; and let others have the profit of his work.

12Let no man have pity on him, or give help to his children when he is dead.

13Let his seed be cut off; in the coming generation let their name go out of memory.

14Let the Lord keep in mind the wrongdoing of his fathers; and may the sin of his mother have no forgiveness.

15Let them be ever before the eyes of the Lord, so that the memory of them may be cut off from the earth.

16Because he had no mercy, but was cruel to the low and the poor, designing the death of the broken-hearted.

17As he took pleasure in cursing, so let it come on him; and as he had no delight in blessing, let it be far from him.

18He put on cursing like a robe, and it has come into his body like water, and into his bones like oil.

19Let it be to him as a robe which he puts on, let it be like a band which is round him at all times.

Isaiah 3

1For the Lord, the Lord of armies, is about to take away from Jerusalem and from Judah all their support; their store of bread and of water;

2The strong man and the man of war; the judge and the prophet; the man who has knowledge of secret arts, and the man who is wise because of his years;

3The captain of fifty, and the man of high position, and the wise guide, and the wonder-worker, and he who makes use of secret powers.

4And I will make children their chiefs, and foolish ones will have rule over them.

5And the people will be crushed, every one by his neighbour; the young will be full of pride against the old, and those of low position will be lifted up against the noble.

6When one man puts his hand on another in his father’s house, and says, You have clothing, be our ruler and be responsible for us in our sad condition:

7Then he will say with an oath, I will not be a helper, for in my house there is no bread or clothing: I will not let you make me a ruler of the people.

8For Jerusalem has become feeble, and destruction has come on Judah, because their words and their acts are against the Lord, moving the eyes of his glory to wrath.

9Their respect for a man’s position is a witness against them; and their sin is open to the view of all; like that of Sodom, it is not covered. A curse on their soul! for the measure of their sin is full.

10Happy is the upright man! for he will have joy of the fruit of his ways.

11Unhappy is the sinner! for the reward of his evil doings will come on him.

12As for my people, their ruler is acting like a child, and those who have authority over them are women. O my people, your guides are the cause of your wandering, turning your footsteps out of the right way.

13The Lord is ready to take up his cause against his people, and is about to come forward as their judge.

14The Lord comes to be the judge of their responsible men and of their rulers: it is you who have made waste the vine-garden, and in your houses is the property of the poor which you have taken by force.

15By what right are you crushing my people, and putting a bitter yoke on the necks of the poor? This is the word of the Lord, the Lord of armies.

16Again, the Lord has said, Because the daughters of Zion are full of pride, and go with outstretched necks and wandering eyes, with their foot-chains sounding when they go:

17The Lord will send disease on the heads of the daughters of Zion, and the Lord will let their secret parts be seen.

18In that day the Lord will take away the glory of their foot-rings, and their sun-jewels, and their moon-ornaments,

19The ear-rings, and the chains, and the delicate clothing,

20The head-bands, and the arm-chains, and the worked bands, and the perfume-boxes, and the jewels with secret powers,

21The rings, and the nose-jewels,

22The feast-day dresses, and the robes, and the wide skirts, and the handbags,

23The looking-glasses, and the fair linen, and the high head-dresses, and the veils.

24And in the place of sweet spices will be an evil smell, and for a fair band a thick cord; for a well-dressed head there will be the cutting-off of the hair, and for a beautiful robe there will be the clothing of sorrow; the mark of the prisoner in place of the ornaments of the free.

25Your men will be put to the sword, and your men of war will come to destruction in the fight.

26And in the public places of her towns will be sorrow and weeping; and she will be seated on the earth, waste and uncovered.

Isaiah 4

1And in that day seven women will put their hands on one man, saying, There will be no need for you to give us food or clothing, only let us go under your name, so that our shame may be taken away.

2In that day will the young growth of the Lord be beautiful in glory, and the fruit of the earth will be the pride of those who are still living in Israel.

3And it will come about that the rest of the living in Zion, and of those who have been kept from destruction in Jerusalem, will be named holy, even everyone who has been recorded for life in Jerusalem:

4When Zion has been washed from her sin by the Lord, and Jerusalem made clean from her blood by a judging and a burning wind.

5And over every living-place on Mount Zion, all over all her meetings, the Lord will make a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night, for over all, the glory of the Lord will be a cover and a tent;

6And a shade in the daytime from the heat, and a safe cover from storm and from rain.

Revelation of John 18

1After these things I saw another angel coming down out of heaven, having great authority; and the earth was bright with his glory.

2And he gave a loud cry, saying, Babylon the great has come down from her high place, she has come to destruction and has become a place of evil spirits, and of every unclean spirit, and a hole for every unclean and hated bird.

3For through the wine of the wrath of her evil desires all the nations have come to destruction; and the kings of the earth made themselves unclean with her, and the traders of the earth had their wealth increased by the power of her evil ways.

4And another voice from heaven came to my ears, saying, Come out of her, my people, so that you may have no part in her sins and in her punishments.

5For her sins have gone up even to heaven, and God has taken note of her evil-doing.

6Give to her as she gave, even an increased reward for her works; in the cup which was mixed by her, let there be mixed as much again for herself.

7As she gave glory to herself, and became more evil in her ways, in the same measure give her pain and weeping: for she says in her heart, I am seated here a queen, and am no widow, and will in no way see sorrow.

8For this reason in one day will her troubles come, death and sorrow and need of food; and she will be completely burned with fire; for strong is the Lord God who is her judge.

9And the kings of the earth, who made themselves unclean with her, and in her company gave themselves up to evil, will be weeping and crying over her, when they see the smoke of her burning,

10Watching from far away, for fear of her punishment, saying, Sorrow, sorrow for Babylon, the great town, the strong town! for in one hour you have been judged.

11And the traders of the earth are weeping and crying over her, because no man has any more desire for their goods,

12Gold, and silver, and stones of great price, and jewels, and delicate linen, and robes of purple and silk and red; and perfumed wood, and every vessel of ivory, and every vessel made of fair wood, and of brass, and iron, and stone;

13And sweet-smelling plants, and perfumes, and wine, and oil, and well crushed grain, and cattle and sheep; and horses and carriages and servants; and souls of men.

14And the fruit of your soul’s desire has gone from you, and all things delicate and shining have come to an end and will never again be seen.

15The traders in these things, by which their wealth was increased, will be watching far off for fear of her punishment, weeping and crying;

16Saying, Sorrow, sorrow for the great town, she who was clothed in delicate linen, and purple, and red; with ornaments of gold and stones of great price and jewels!

17For in one hour such great wealth has come to nothing. And every shipmaster, and all who are sailing on the sea, and sailors and all who get their living by the sea, were watching from far away,

18And crying out when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What town is like the great town?

19And they put dust on their heads, and were sad, weeping and crying, and saying, Sorrow, sorrow for the great town, in which was increased the wealth of all who had their ships on the sea because of her great stores! for in one hour she is made waste.

20Be glad over her, heaven, and you saints, and Apostles, and prophets; because she has been judged by God on your account.

21And a strong angel took up a stone like the great stone with which grain is crushed, and sent it into the sea, saying, So, with a great fall, will Babylon, the great town, come to destruction, and will not be seen any more at all.

22And the voice of players and makers of music will never again be sounding in you: and no worker, expert in art, will ever again be living in you; and there will be no sound of the crushing of grain any more at all in you;

23And never again will the shining of lights be seen in you; and the voice of the newly-married man and the bride will never again be sounding in you: for your traders were the lords of the earth, and by your evil powers were all the nations turned out of the right way.

24And in her was seen the blood of prophets and of saints, and of all who have been put to death on the earth.

October 2

Nehemiah 3

1Then Eliashib, the chief priest, got up with his brothers the priests, and took in hand the building of the sheep doorway; they made it holy and put its doors in position; as far as the tower of Hammeah they made it holy, even to the tower of Hananel.

2And by his side the men of Jericho were building. And after them, Zaccur, the son of Imri.

3The sons of Hassenaah were the builders of the fish doorway; they put its boards in place and put up its doors, with their locks and rods.

4By their side Meremoth, the son of Uriah, the son of Hakkoz, was making good the walls. Then Meshullam, the son of Berechiah, the son of Meshezabel; and by him, Zadok, the son of Baana.

5Near them, the Tekoites were at work; but their chiefs did not put their necks to the work of their Lord.

6Joiada, the son of Paseah, and Meshullam, the son of Besodeiah, made good the old doorway; they put its boards in place and put up its doors, with their locks and rods.

7By their side were working Melatiah the Gibeonite and Jadon the Meronothite, the men of Gibeon and of Mizpah from the seat of the ruler across the river.

8Near them was working Uzziel, the son of Harhaiah, the gold-worker. And by him was Hananiah, one of the perfume-makers, building up Jerusalem as far as the wide wall.

9Near them was working Rephaiah, the son of Hur, the ruler of half Jerusalem.

10By his side was Jedaiah, the son of Harumaph, opposite his house. And by him was Hattush, the son of Hashabneiah.

11Malchijah, the son of Harim, and Hasshub, the son of Pahath-moab, were working on another part, and the tower of the ovens.

12Near them was Shallum, the son of Hallohesh, the ruler of half Jerusalem, with his daughters.

13Hanun and the people of Zanoah were working on the doorway of the valley; they put it up and put up its doors, with their locks and rods, and a thousand cubits of wall as far as the doorway where the waste material was placed.

14And Malchijah, the son of Rechab, the ruler of the division of Beth-haccherem, made good the doorway of the waste, building it up and putting up its doors, with their locks and rods.

15And Shallun, the son of Col-hozeh, the ruler of the division of Mizpah, made good the doorway of the fountain, building it up and covering it and putting up its doors, with their locks and rods, with the wall of the pool of Shelah by the king’s garden, as far as the steps which go down from the town of David.

16By his side was working Nehemiah, the son of Azbuk, ruler of half the division of Beth-zur, as far as the place opposite the last resting-places of David’s family, and the pool which was made and the house of the men of war.

17Then came the Levites, Rehum, the son of Bani. By his side was working Hashabiah, ruler of half the division of Keilah, for his division.

18After him were working their brothers, Bavvai, the son of Henadad, ruler of half the division of Keilah.

19And by his side was working Ezer, the son of Jeshua, the ruler of Mizpah, making good another part opposite the way up to the store of arms at the turning of the wall.

20After him Baruch, the son of Zabbai, was hard at work on another part, from the turning of the wall to the door of the house of Eliashib, the chief priest.

21After him Meremoth, the son of Uriah, the son of Hakkoz, was working on another part, from the door of the house of Eliashib as far as the end of his house.

22After him were working the priests, the men of the lowland.

23After them came Benjamin and Hasshub, opposite their house. After them Azariah, the son of Maaseiah, the son of Ananiah, made good the wall by the house where he himself was living.

24After him Binnui, the son of Henadad, was working on another part, from the house of Azariah as far as the turning of the wall and the angle.

25Palal, the son of Uzai, made good the wall opposite the angle and the tower which comes out from the higher part of the king’s house, by the open space of the watch. After him was Pedaiah, the son of Parosh.

26(Now the Nethinim were living in the Ophel, as far as the place facing the water doorway to the east, and the tower which comes out.)

27After him the Tekoites were making good another part, opposite the great tower which comes out, and up to the wall of the Ophel.

28Further on, past the horse doorway, the priests were at work, every one opposite his house.

29After them Zadok, the son of Immer, was working opposite his house. And after him Shemaiah, the son of Shecaniah, the keeper of the east door.

30After him Hananiah, the son of Shelemiah, and Hanun, the sixth son of Zalaph, were making good another part. After him Meshullam, the son of Berechiah, made good the wall opposite his room.

31After him Malchijah, one of the gold-workers to the Nethinim and the traders, made good the wall opposite the doorway of Hammiphkad and as far as the way up to the angle.

32And between the way up to the angle and the sheep door, the gold-workers and the traders made good the wall.

Psalms 97

1The Lord is King, let the earth have joy; let all the sea-lands be glad.

2Dark clouds are round him; his kingdom is based on righteousness and right judging.

3Fire goes before him, burning up all those who are against him round about.

4His bright flames give light to the world; the earth saw it with fear.

5The mountains became like wax at the coming of the Lord, at the coming of the Lord of all the earth.

6The heavens gave out the news of his righteousness, and all the people saw his glory.

7Shamed be all those who give worship to images, and take pride in false gods; give him worship, all you gods.

8Zion gave ear and was glad; and the daughters of Judah were full of joy, because of your decisions, O Lord.

9For you, Lord, are most high over the earth; you are lifted up over all other gods.

10You who are lovers of the Lord, be haters of evil; he keeps the souls of his saints; he takes them out of the hand of sinners.

11Light is shining on the lovers of righteousness, and for the upright in heart there is joy.

12Be glad in the Lord, you upright men; praising the memory of his holy name.

Revelation of John 2

1To the angel of the church in Ephesus say: These things says he who has the seven stars in his right hand, who is walking in the middle of the seven gold lights:

2I have knowledge of your doings, and of your hard work and long waiting, and that you will not put up with evil men, and have put to the test those who say they are Apostles and are not, and have seen that they are false;

3And you have the power of waiting, and have undergone trouble because of my name, without weariness.

4But I have this against you, that you are turned away from your first love.

5So keep in mind where you were at first, and be changed in heart and do the first works; or I will come to you, and will take away your light from its place, if your hearts are not changed.

6But at least you have the credit of hating the works of the Nicolaitans, as I do.

7He who has ears, let him give ear to what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give of the fruit of the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of God.

8And to the angel of the church in Smyrna say: These things says the first and the last, who was dead and is living:

9I have knowledge of your troubles and how poor you are (but you have true wealth), and the evil words of those who say they are Jews, and are not, but are a Synagogue of Satan.

10Have no fear of the things which you will have to undergo: see, the Evil One will send some of you into prison, so that you may be put to the test; and you will have great trouble for ten days. Be true till death, and I will give you the crown of life.

11He who has ears, let him give ear to what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not come under the power of the second death.

12And to the angel of the church in Pergamos say: These things says he who has the sharp two-edged sword:

13I have knowledge that your living-place is where Satan has his seat: and you are true to my name, and were not turned away from your faith in me, even in the days of Antipas, my true witness, who was put to death among you, where Satan has his place.

14But I have some things against you, because you have with you those who keep the teaching of Balaam, by whose suggestion Balak made the children of Israel go out of the right way, taking food which was offered to false gods, and going after the desires of the flesh.

15And you have those who keep the teaching of the Nicolaitans.

16See, then, that you have a change of heart; or I will come to you quickly, and will make war against them with the sword of my mouth.

17He who has ears, let him give ear to what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give of the secret manna, and I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name, of which no one has knowledge but he to whom it is given.

18And to the angel of the church in Thyatira say: These things says the Son of God, whose eyes are like a flame of fire, and his feet like polished brass:

19I have knowledge of your works, and your love and faith and help and strength in trouble, and that your last works are more than the first.

20But I have this against you, that you let the woman Jezebel say she is a prophet and give false teaching, making my servants go after the desires of the flesh and take food offered to false gods.

21And I gave her time for a change of heart, but she has no mind to give up her unclean ways.

22See, I will put her into a bed, and those who make themselves unclean with her, into great trouble, if they go on with her works.

23And I will put her children to death; and all the churches will see that I am he who makes search into the secret thoughts and hearts of men: and I will give to every one of you the reward of your works.

24But to you I say, to the rest in Thyatira, even to those who have not this teaching, and have no knowledge of the secrets of Satan, as they say; I put on you no other weight.

25But what you have, keep safe till I come.

26He who overcomes, and keeps my works to the end, to him I will give rule over the nations,

27And he will be ruling them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of the potter they will be broken, even as I have power from my Father:

28And I will give him the morning star.

29He who has ears, let him give ear to what the Spirit says to the churches.

September 29

Ezra 7

1Now after these things, when Artaxerxes was king of Persia, Ezra, the son of Seraiah, the son of Azariah, the son of Hilkiah,

2The son of Shallum, the son of Zadok, the son of Ahitub,

3The son of Amariah, the son of Azariah, the son of Meraioth,

4The son of Zerahiah, the son of Uzzi, the son of Bukki,

5The son of Abishua, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the chief priest:

6This Ezra went up from Babylon; and he was a scribe, expert in the law of Moses which the Lord, the God of Israel, had given: and the king, moved by the Lord his God, gave him whatever he made request for.

7And some of the children of Israel went up, with some of the priests and the Levites and the music-makers and the door-keepers and the Nethinim, to Jerusalem, in the seventh year of Artaxerxes the king.

8And he came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, in the seventh year of the king’s rule.

9For, starting his journey from Babylon on the first day of the first month, he came to Jerusalem on the first day of the fifth month, by the good help of his God.

10For Ezra had given his mind to learning the law of the Lord and doing it, and to teaching his rules and decisions in Israel.

11Now this is a copy of the letter which King Artaxerxes gave to Ezra, the priest and the scribe, who put into writing the words of the orders of the Lord, and of his rules for Israel:

12Artaxerxes, king of kings, to Ezra the priest, scribe of the law of the God of heaven, all peace;

13And now it is my order that all those of the people of Israel, and their priests and Levites in my kingdom, who are ready and have a desire to go to Jerusalem, are to go with you.

14Because you are sent by the king and his seven wise men, to get knowledge about Judah and Jerusalem, as you are ordered by the law of your God which is in your hand;

15And to take with you the silver and gold freely offered by the king and his wise men to the God of Israel, whose Temple is in Jerusalem,

16As well as all the silver and gold which you get from the land of Babylon, together with the offering of the people and of the priests, freely given for the house of their God, which is in Jerusalem:

17So with this money get with care oxen, sheep, and lambs, with their meal offerings and their drink offerings, to be offered on the altar of the house of your God, which is in Jerusalem.

18And whatever seems right to you and to your brothers to do with the rest of the silver and gold, that do, as may be pleasing to your God.

19And the vessels which have been given to you for the uses of the house of your God, you are to give to the God of Jerusalem.

20And whatever more is needed for the house of your God, and which you may have to give, take it from the king’s store-house.

21And I, even I, Artaxerxes the king, now give orders to all keepers of the king’s money across the river, that whatever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law of the God of heaven, may have need of from you, is to be done with all care,

22Up to a hundred talents of silver, a hundred measures of grain, a hundred measures of wine, and a hundred measures of oil, and salt without measure.

23Whatever is ordered by the God of heaven, let it be done completely for the house of the God of heaven; so that there may not be wrath against the kingdom of the king and his sons.

24In addition, we make it clear to you, that it will be against the law to put any tax or payment in goods or forced payment on any of the priests or Levites, the music-makers, door-keepers, Nethinim, or any servants of this house of God.

25And you, Ezra, by the wisdom of your God which is in you, are to put rulers and judges to have authority over all the people across the river who have knowledge of the laws of your God; and you are to give teaching to him who has no knowledge of them.

26And if anyone does not keep the law of your God and the law of the king, take care that punishment is given to him, by death or by driving him from his country or by taking away his goods or by putting him in prison.

27Praise be to the Lord, the God of our fathers, who has put such a thing into the heart of the king, to make fair the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem;

28And has given mercy to me before the king and his government and before all the king’s great captains. And I was made strong by the hand of the Lord my God which was on me, and I got together out of Israel chief men to go up with me.

Ezra 8

1Now these are the heads of families who were listed of those who went up with me from Babylon, when Artaxerxes was king.

2Of the sons of Phinehas, Gershom; of the sons of Ithamar, Daniel; of the sons of David, Hattush;

3Of the sons of Shecaniah; of the sons of Parosh, Zechariah; and with him were listed a hundred and fifty males.

4Of the sons of Pahath-moab, Eliehoenai, the son of Zerahiah; and with him two hundred males.

5Of the sons of Shecaniah, the son of Jahaziel; and with him three hundred males.

6And of the sons of Adin, Ebed, the son of Jonathan; and with him fifty males.

7And of the sons of Elam, Jeshaiah; the son of Athaliah; and with him seventy males.

8And of the sons of Shephatiah, Zebadiah, the son of Michael; and with him eighty males.

9Of the sons of Joab, Obadiah, the son of Jehiel; and with him two hundred and eighteen males.

10And of the sons of Shelomith, the son of Josiphiah; and with him a hundred and sixty males.

11And of the sons of Bebai, Zechariah, the son of Bebai; and with him twenty-eight males.

12And of the sons of Azgad, Johanan, the son of Hakkatan; and with him a hundred and ten males.

13And of the sons of Adonikam, the last, whose names were Eliphelet, Jeuel, and Shemaiah; and with them sixty males.

14And of the sons of Bigvai, Uthai and Zabbud; and with them seventy males.

15And I made them come together by the river flowing to Ahava; and we were there in tents for three days: and after viewing the people and the priests I saw that no sons of Levi were there.

16Then I sent for Eliezer and Ariel and Shemaiah and Elnathan Jarib and Elnathan and Nathan and Zechariah and Meshullam, all responsible men; and for Joiarib and Elnathan, who were wise men.

17And I sent them to Iddo the chief at the place Casiphia, and gave them orders what to say to Iddo and his brothers the Nethinim at the place Casiphia, so that they might come back to us with men to do the work of the house of our God.

18And by the help of our God they got for us Ish-sechel, one of the sons of Mahli, the son of Levi, the son of Israel; and Sherebiah with his sons and brothers, eighteen;

19And Hashabiah, and with him Jeshaiah of the sons of Merari, his brothers and their sons, twenty;

20And of the Nethinim, to whom David and the captains had given the work of helping the Levites, two hundred and twenty Nethinim, all of them specially named.

21Then I gave orders for a time of going without food, there by the river Ahava, so that we might make ourselves low before our God in prayer, requesting from him a straight way for us and for our little ones and for all our substance.

22For I would not, for shame, make request to the king for a band of armed men and horsemen to give us help against those who might make attacks on us on the way: for we had said to the king, The hand of our God is on his servants for good, but his power and his wrath are against all those who are turned away from him.

23So we went without food, requesting our God for this: and his ear was open to our prayer.

24So I put on one side twelve of the chiefs of the priests, Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten of their brothers with them,

25And gave to them by weight the silver and the gold and the vessels, all the offering for the house of our God which the king and his wise men and his captains and all Israel there present had given:

26Measuring into their hands six hundred and fifty talents of silver, and silver vessels, a hundred talents’ weight, and a hundred talents of gold,

27And twenty gold basins, of a thousand darics, and two vessels of the best bright brass, equal in value to gold.

28And I said to them, You are holy to the Lord and the vessels are holy: and the silver and the gold are an offering freely given to the Lord, the God of your fathers.

29Take care of them and keep them, till you put them on the scales before the chiefs of the priests and the Levites and the chiefs of the families of Israel, in Jerusalem, in the rooms of the house of the Lord.

30So the priests and the Levites took the weight of silver and gold and the vessels, to take them to Jerusalem into the house of our God.

31Then we went away from the river of Ahava on the twelfth day of the first month, to go to Jerusalem; and the hand of our God was on us, and he gave us salvation from our haters and those who were waiting to make an attack on us by the way.

32And we came to Jerusalem and were there for three days.

33And on the fourth day, the silver and the gold and the vessels were measured out by weight in the house of our God into the hands of Meremoth, the son of Uriah, the priest; and with him was Eleazar, the son of Phinehas; and with them were Jozabad, the son of Jeshua, and Noadiah, the son of Binnui, the Levites;

34All was handed over by number and by weight: and the weight was put on record at that time.

35And those who had been prisoners, who had come back from a strange land, made burned offerings to the God of Israel, twelve oxen for all Israel, ninety-six male sheep, seventy-seven lambs, twelve he-goats for a sin-offering: all this was a burned offering to the Lord.

36And they gave the king’s orders to the king’s captains and the rulers across the river, and they gave the people and the house of God the help which was needed.

Psalms 94

1O God, in whose hands is punishment, O God of punishment, let your shining face be seen.

2Be lifted up, O judge of the earth; let their reward come to the men of pride.

3How long will sinners, O Lord, how long will sinners have joy over us?

4Words of pride come from their lips; all the workers of evil say great things of themselves.

5Your people are crushed by them, O Lord, your heritage is troubled,

6They put to death the widow and the guest, they take the lives of children who have no father;

7And they say, Jah will not see it, the God of Jacob will not give thought to it.

8Give your mind to my words, you who are without wisdom among the people; you foolish men, when will you be wise?

9Has he by whom your ears were planted no hearing? or is he blind by whom your eyes were formed?

10He who is the judge of the nations, will he not give men the reward of their acts, even he who gives knowledge to man?

11The Lord has knowledge of the thoughts of man, for they are only a breath.

12Happy is the man who is guided by you, O Jah, and to whom you give teaching out of your law;

13So that you may give him rest from the days of evil, till a hole is made ready for the destruction of the sinners.

14The Lord will not give up his people, or take away his support from his heritage;

15But decisions will again be made in righteousness; and they will be kept by all whose hearts are true.

16Who will give me help against the sinners? and who will be my support against the workers of evil?

17If the Lord had not been my helper, my soul would quickly have gone down into death.

18If I say, My foot is slipping; your mercy, O Lord, is my support.

19Among all my troubled thoughts, your comforts are the delight of my soul.

20What part with you has the seat of sin, which makes evil into a law?

21They are banded together against the soul of the upright, to give decisions against those who have done no wrong.

22But the Lord is my safe resting-place; my God is the Rock where I am safe.

23And he has made their evil designs come back on themselves, cutting them off in their sin; the Lord our God will put an end to them.

3 John 1-10

1I, a ruler in the church, send word to the well loved Gaius, for whom I have true love.

2My loved one, it is my prayer that you may do well in all things, and be healthy in body, even as your soul does well.

3For it gave me great joy when some of the brothers came and gave witness that you had the true faith and were walking in the true way.

4I have no greater joy than to have news that my children are walking in the true way.

5My loved one, you are doing a good work in being kind to those brothers who come from other places;

6Who have given witness to the church of your love for them: and you will do well to send them on their way well cared for, as is right for servants of God:

7For they went out for love of the Name, taking nothing from the Gentiles.

8So it is right for us to take in such men as guests, so that we may take our part in the work of the true faith.

9I sent a letter to the church, but Diotrephes, whose desire is ever to have the first place among them, will not have us there.

10So if I come, I will keep in mind the things he does, talking against us with evil words: and as if this was not enough, he does not take the brothers into his house, and those who are ready to take them in, he keeps from doing so, putting them out of the church if they do.

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.

September 22

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.

Psalms 89:1-18

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.

John 21:1-18

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.