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October 31

Psalms 119:65-96

TETH

65 You have done good to your servant, O Lord, in keeping with your word.

66Give me knowledge and good sense; for I have put my faith in your teachings.

67Before I was in trouble I went out of the way; but now I keep your word.

68You are good, and your works are good; give me knowledge of your rules.

69The men of pride have said false things about me; but I will keep your orders in my heart.

70Their hearts are shut up with fat; but my delight is in your law.

71It is good for me to have been through trouble; so that I might come to the knowledge of your rules.

72The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver.

JOD

73 Your hands have made me, and given me form: give me wisdom, so that I may have knowledge of your teaching.

74Your worshippers will see me and be glad; because my hope has been in your word.

75I have seen, O Lord, that your decisions are right, and that in unchanging faith you have sent trouble on me.

76Let your mercy now be my comfort, as you have said to your servant.

77Let your gentle mercies come to me, so that I may have life; for your law is my delight.

78Let the men of pride be shamed; because they have falsely given decision against me; but I will give thought to your orders.

79Let your worshippers be turned to me, and those who have knowledge of your words.

80Let all my heart be given to your orders, so that I may not be put to shame.

CAPH

81 My soul is wasted with desire for your salvation: but I have hope in your word.

82My eyes are full of weariness with searching for your word, saying, When will you give me comfort?

83For I have become like a wine-skin black with smoke; but I still keep the memory of your rules.

84How short is the life of your servant! when will you give your decision against those who are attacking me?

85The men of pride, who are turned away from your law, have put nets for me.

86All your teachings are certain; they go after me with evil design; give me your help.

87They had almost put an end to me on earth; but I did not give up your orders.

88Give me life in your mercy; so that I may be ruled by the unchanging word of your mouth.

LAMED

89 For ever, O Lord, your word is fixed in heaven.

90Your faith is unchanging from generation to generation: you have put the earth in its place, and it is not moved.

91They are ruled this day by your decisions; for all things are your servants.

92If your law had not been my delight, my troubles would have put an end to me.

93I will ever keep your orders in mind; for in them I have life.

94I am yours, O be my saviour; for my desire has been for your rules.

95The sinners have been waiting for me to give me up to destruction; but I will give all my mind to your unchanging ward.

96I have seen that nothing on earth is complete; but your teaching is very wide.

Isaiah 34

1Come near, you nations, and give ear; take note, you peoples: let the earth and everything in it give ear; the world and all those living in it.

2For the Lord is angry with all the nations, and his wrath is burning against all their armies: he has put them to the curse, he has given them to destruction.

3Their dead bodies will be thick on the face of the earth, and their smell will come up, and the mountains will be flowing with their blood, and all the hills will come to nothing.

4And the heavens will be rolled together like the roll of a book: and all their army will be gone, like a dead leaf from the vine, or a dry fruit from the fig-tree.

5For my sword in heaven is full of wrath: see, it is coming down on Edom, in punishment on the people of my curse.

6The sword of the Lord is full of blood, it is fat with the best of the meat, with the blood of lambs and goats, with the best parts of the sheep: for the Lord has a feast in Bozrah, and much cattle will be put to death in the land of Edom.

7And the strong oxen will go down to death together with the smaller cattle.

8For it is the day of the Lord’s punishment, when he gives payment for the wrongs done to Zion.

9And its streams will be turned into boiling oil, and its dust into burning stone, and all the land will be on fire.

10It will not be put out day or night; its smoke will go up for ever: it will be waste from generation to generation; no one will go through it for ever.

11But the birds of the waste land will have their place there; it will be a heritage for the bittern and the raven: and it will be measured out with line and weight as a waste land.

12The jackals will be there, and her great ones will be gone; they will say, There is no longer a kingdom there, and all her chiefs will have come to an end.

13And thorns will come up in her fair houses, and waste plants in her strong towers: and foxes will make their holes there, and it will be a meeting-place for ostriches.

14And the beasts of the waste places will come together with the jackals, and the evil spirits will be crying to one another, even the night-spirit will come and make her resting-place there.

15The arrowsnake will make her hole and put her eggs there, and get her young together under her shade: there the hawks will come together by twos.

16See what is recorded in the book of the Lord: all these will be there, not one without the other: the mouth of the Lord has given the order, and his spirit has made them come together.

17And he has given them their heritage, and by his hand it has been measured out to them: it will be theirs for ever, their resting-place from generation to generation.

Isaiah 35

1The waste land and the dry places will be glad; the lowland will have joy and be full of flowers.

2It will be flowering like the rose; it will be full of delight and songs; the glory of Lebanon will be given to it; the pride of Carmel and Sharon: they will see the glory of the Lord, the power of our God.

3Make strong the feeble hands, give support to the shaking knees.

4Say to those who are full of fear, Be strong and take heart: see, your God will give punishment; the reward of God will come; he himself will come to be your saviour.

5Then the eyes of the blind will see, and the ears which are stopped will be open.

6Then will the feeble-footed be jumping like a roe, and the voice which was stopped will be loud in song: for in the waste land streams will be bursting out, and waters in the dry places.

7And the burning sand will become a pool, and the dry earth springs of waters: the fields where the sheep take their food will become wet land, and water-plants will take the place of grass.

8And a highway will be there; its name will be, The Holy Way; the unclean and the sinner may not go over it, and those who go on it will not be turned out of the way by the foolish.

9No lion will be there, or any cruel beast; they will not be seen there; but those for whom the Lord has given a price,

10Even those whom he has made free, will come back again; they will come with songs to Zion; on their heads will be eternal joy; delight and joy will be theirs, and sorrow and sounds of grief will be gone for ever.

1 Timothy 2

1My desire is, first of all, that you will make requests and prayers and give praise for all men;

2For kings and all those in authority; so that we may have a calm and quiet life in all fear of God and serious behaviour.

3This is good and pleasing in the eyes of God our Saviour;

4Whose desire is that all men may have salvation and come to the knowledge of what is true.

5For there is one God and one peacemaker between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,

6Who gave himself as an offering for all; witness of which was to be given at the right time;

7And of this I became a preacher and an Apostle (what I say is true, not false,) and a teacher of the Gentiles in the true faith.

8It is my desire, then, that in every place men may give themselves to prayer, lifting up holy hands, without wrath or argument.

9And that women may be dressed in simple clothing, with a quiet and serious air; not with twisted hair and gold or jewels or robes of great price;

10But clothed with good works, as is right for women who are living in the fear of God.

11Let a woman quietly take the place of a learner and be under authority.

12In my opinion it is right for a woman not to be a teacher, or to have rule over a man, but to be quiet.

13For Adam was first formed, then Eve;

14And Adam was not taken by deceit, but the woman, being tricked, became a wrongdoer.

15But if they go on in faith and love and holy self-control, she will be kept safe at the time of childbirth.

October 30

Psalms 119:33-64

HE

33 O Lord, let me see the way of your rules, and I will keep it to the end.

34Give me wisdom, so that I may keep your law; going after it with all my heart.

35Make me go in the way of your teachings; for they are my delight.

36Let my heart be turned to your unchanging word, and not to evil desire.

37Let my eyes be turned away from what is false; give me life in your ways.

38Give effect to your word to your servant, in whose heart is the fear of you.

39Take away the shame which is my fear; for your decisions are good.

40See how great is my desire for your orders: give me life in your righteousness.

VAU

41 Let your mercies come to me, O Lord, even your salvation, as you have said.

42So that I may have an answer for the man who would put me to shame; for I have faith in your word.

43Take not your true word quite out of my mouth; for I have put my hope in your decisions.

44So that I may keep your law for ever and ever;

45So that my way may be in a wide place: because my search has been for your orders.

46So that I may give knowledge of your unchanging word before kings, and not be put to shame.

47And so that I may take delight in your teachings, to which I have given my love.

48And so that my hands may be stretched out to you; and I will give thought to your rules.

ZAIN

49 Keep in mind your word to your servant, for on it has my hope been fixed.

50This is my comfort in my trouble; that your sayings have given me life.

51The men of pride have made great sport of me; but I have not been turned from your law.

52I have kept the memory of your decisions from times past, O Lord; and they have been my comfort.

53I am burning with wrath, because of the sinners who have given up your law.

54Your rules have been melodies to me, while I have been living in strange lands.

55I have given thought to your name in the night, O Lord, and have kept your law.

56This has been true of me, that I have kept your orders in my heart.

CHETH

57 The Lord is my heritage: I have said that I would be ruled by your words.

58I have given my mind to do your pleasure with all my heart; have mercy on me, as you have said.

59I gave thought to my steps, and my feet were turned into the way of your unchanging word.

60I was quick to do your orders, and let no time be wasted.

61The cords of evil-doers are round me; but I have kept in mind your law.

62In the middle of the night I will get up to give you praise, because of all your right decisions.

63I keep company with all your worshippers, and those who have your orders in their memory.

64The earth, O Lord, is full of your mercy: give me knowledge of your rules.

Isaiah 31

1Cursed are those who go down to Egypt for help, and who put their faith in horses; looking to war-carriages for salvation, because of their numbers; and to horsemen, because they are very strong; but they are not looking to the Holy One of Israel, or turning their hearts to the Lord;

2Though he is wise, and able to send evil, and his purpose will not be changed; but he will go against the house of the evil-doers, and against those to whom they are looking for help.

3For the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses are flesh, and not spirit: and when the Lord’s hand is stretched out, the helper and he who is helped will come down together.

4For the Lord has said to me, As a lion, or a young lion, makes an angry noise over his food, and if a band of herdsmen come out against him, he will not be in fear of their voices, or give up his food for their noise: so the Lord of armies will come down to make war against Mount Zion and its hill.

5Like birds with outstretched wings, so will the Lord of armies be a cover to Jerusalem; he will be a cover and salvation for it, going over it he will keep it from danger.

6Come back to him who has been so deeply sinned against by the children of Israel.

7For in that day they will all give up their images of silver and of gold, the sin which they made for themselves.

8Then the Assyrian will come down by the sword, but not of man; the sword, not of men, will be the cause of his destruction: and he will go in flight from the sword, and his young men will be put to forced work.

9And his rock will come to nothing because of fear, and his chiefs will go in flight from the flag, says the Lord, whose fire is in Zion, and his altar in Jerusalem.

Isaiah 32

1See, a king will be ruling in righteousness, and chiefs will give right decisions.

2And a man will be as a safe place from the wind, and a cover from the storm; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shade of a great rock in a waste land.

3And the eyes of those who see will not be shut, and those who have hearing will give ear to the word.

4The man of sudden impulses will become wise in heart, and he whose tongue is slow will get the power of talking clearly.

5The foolish man will no longer be named noble, and they will not say of the false man that he is a man of honour.

6For the foolish man will say foolish things, having evil thoughts in his heart, working what is unclean, and talking falsely about the Lord, to keep food from him who is in need of it, and water from him whose soul is desiring it.

7The designs of the false are evil, purposing the destruction of the poor man by false words, even when he is in the right.

8But the noble-hearted man has noble purposes, and by these he will be guided.

9Give ear to my voice, you women who are living in comfort; give attention to my words, you daughters who have no fear of danger.

10In not much more than a year, you, who are not looking for evil, will be troubled: for the produce of the vine-gardens will be cut off, and there will be no getting in of the grapes.

11Be shaking with fear, you women who are living in comfort; be troubled, you who have no fear of danger: take off your robes and put on clothing of grief.

12Have sorrow for the fields, the pleasing fields, the fertile vine;

13And for the land of my people, where thorns will come up; even for all the houses of joy in the glad town.

14For the fair houses will have no man living in them; the town which was full of noise will become a waste; the hill and the watchtower will be unpeopled for ever, a joy for the asses of the woods, a place of food for the flocks;

15Till the spirit comes on us from on high, and the waste land becomes a fertile field, and the fertile field is changed into a wood.

16Then in the waste land there will be an upright rule, and righteousness will have its place in the fertile field.

17And the work of righteousness will be peace; and the effect of an upright rule will be to take away fear for ever.

18And my people will be living in peace, in houses where there is no fear, and in quiet resting-places.

19But the tall trees will come down with a great fall, and the town will be low in a low place.

20Happy are you who are planting seed by all the waters, and sending out the ox and the ass.

Isaiah 33

1Ho! you who make waste those who did not make you waste; acting falsely to those who were not false to you. When you have come to an end of wasting, you will be made waste, and after your false acts, they will do the same to you.

2O Lord, have mercy on us; for we have been waiting for your help: be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of trouble.

3At the loud noise the peoples have gone in flight; at your coming up the nations have gone in all directions.

4And the goods taken in war will be got together like the massing of young locusts; men will be rushing on them like the rushing of locusts.

5The Lord is lifted up; his place is on high: he has made Zion full of righteousness and true religion.

6And she will have no more fear of change, being full of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge: the fear of the Lord is her wealth.

7See, the men of war are sorrowing outside the town: those who came looking for peace are weeping bitterly.

8The highways are waste, no man is journeying there: the agreement is broken, he has made sport of the towns, he has no thought for man.

9The earth is sorrowing and wasting away; Lebanon is put to shame and has become waste; Sharon is like the Arabah; and in Bashan and Carmel the leaves are falling.

10Now will I come forward, says the Lord; now will I be lifted up; now will my power be seen.

11Your designs will be without profit, and their effect will be nothing: you will be burned up by the fire of my breath.

12And the peoples will be like the burning of chalk: as thorns cut down, which are burned in the fire.

13Give ear, you who are far off, to what I have done: see my power, you who are near.

14The sinners in Zion are full of fear; the haters of God are shaking with wonder. Who among us may keep his place before the burning fire? who among us may see the eternal burnings?

15He whose ways are true, and whose words are upright; he who gives no thought to the profits of false acts, whose hands have not taken rewards, who will have no part in putting men to death, and whose eyes are shut against evil;

16He will have a place on high: he will be safely shut in by the high rocks: his bread will be given to him; his waters will be certain.

17Your eyes will see the king in his glory: they will be looking on a far-stretching land.

18Your heart will give thought to the cause of your fear: where is the scribe, where is he who made a record of the payments, where is he by whom the towers were numbered?

19Never again will you see the cruel people, a people whose tongue has no sense for you; whose language is strange to you.

20Let your eyes be resting on Zion, the town of our holy feasts: you will see Jerusalem, a quiet resting-place, a tent which will not be moved, whose tent-pins will never be pulled up, and whose cords will never be broken.

21But there the Lord will be with us in his glory, … wide rivers and streams; where no boat will go with blades, and no fair ship will be sailing.

22For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our law-giver, the Lord is our king; he will be our saviour.

23Your cords have become loose; they were not able to make strong the support of their sails, the sail was not stretched out: then the blind will take much property, the feeble-footed will make division of the goods of war.

24And the men of Zion will not say, I am ill: for its people will have forgiveness for their sin.

1 Timothy 1

1Paul, an Apostle of Jesus Christ, by the order of God our Saviour and Christ Jesus our hope;

2To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy, peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

3It was my desire, when I went on into Macedonia, that you might make a stop at Ephesus, to give orders to certain men not to put forward a different teaching,

4Or to give attention to stories and long lists of generations, from which come questionings and doubts, in place of God’s ordered way of life which is in faith;

5But the effect of the order is love coming from a clean heart, and a knowledge of what is right, and true faith:

6From which some have been turned away, giving themselves to foolish talking;

7Desiring to be teachers of the law, though they have no knowledge of what they say or of the statements which they make so certainly.

8We are conscious that the law is good, if a man makes a right use of it,

9With the knowledge that the law is made, not for the upright man, but for those who have no respect for law and order, for evil men and sinners, for the unholy and those who have no religion, for those who put their fathers or mothers to death, for takers of life,

10For those who go after loose women, for those with unnatural desires, for those who take men prisoners, who make false statements and false oaths, and those who do any other things against the right teaching,

11Which may be seen in the good news of the glory of the great God, which was given into my care.

12I give praise to him who gave me power, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he took me to be true, making me his servant,

13Though I had said violent words against God, and done cruel acts, causing great trouble: but I was given mercy, because I did it without knowledge, not having faith;

14And the grace of our Lord was very great, with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

15It is a true saying, in which all may put their faith, that Christ Jesus came into the world to give salvation to sinners, of whom I am the chief:

16But for this reason I was given mercy, so that in me, the chief of sinners, Jesus Christ might make clear all his mercy, as an example to those who in the future would have faith in him to eternal life.

17Now to the King eternal, ever-living, unseen, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. So be it.

18This order I give to you, Timothy my son, in harmony with the words of the prophets about you, so that by them you may be strong, fighting the good fight,

19Keeping faith, and being conscious of well-doing; for some, by not doing these things, have gone wrong in relation to the faith:

20Such are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have given up to Satan, so that they may say no more evil words against God.

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 27

Psalms 117

1Let all the nations give praise to the Lord: let all the people give him praise.

2For great is his mercy to us, and his faith is unchanging for ever. Praise be to the Lord.

Isaiah 25

1O Lord, you are my God; I will give praise to you, I will give honour to your name; for you have done great acts of power; your purposes in the past have been made true and certain in effect.

2For you have made a town a waste place: a strong town a mass of broken walls; the tower of the men of pride has come to an end; it will never be put up again.

3For this cause will the strong people give glory to you, the town of the cruel ones will be in fear of you.

4For you have been a strong place for the poor and the crushed in their trouble, a safe place from the storm, a shade from the heat, when the wrath of the cruel ones is like a winter storm.

5As heat by the shade of a cloud, the noise of the men of pride has been made quiet by you; as heat by the shade of a cloud, the song of the cruel ones has been stopped.

6And in this mountain will the Lord of armies make for all peoples a feast of good things, a feast of wines long stored, of good things sweet to the taste, of wines long kept and tested.

7And in this mountain he will put an end to the shade covering the face of all peoples, and the veil which is stretched over all nations.

8He has put an end to death for ever; and the Lord God will take away all weeping; and he will put an end to the shame of his people in all the earth: for the Lord has said it.

9And in that day it will be said, See, this is our God; we have been waiting for him, and he will be our saviour: this is the Lord in whom is our hope; we will be glad and have delight in his salvation.

10For in this mountain will the hand of the Lord come to rest, and Moab will be crushed down in his place, even as the dry stems of the grain are crushed under foot in the waste place.

11And if he puts out his hands, like a man stretching out his hands in swimming, the Lord will make low his pride, however expert his designs.

12And the strong tower of your walls has been broken by him, made low, and crushed even to the dust.

Isaiah 26

1In that day will this song be made in the land of Judah: We have a strong town; he will make salvation our walls and towers.

2Let the doors be open, so that the upright nation which keeps faith may come in.

3The man whose heart is unmoved you will keep in peace, because his hope is in you.

4Let your hope be in the Lord for ever: for the Lord Jah is an unchanging Rock.

5For he has made low those who are lifted up, all the people of the town of pride: he makes it low, crushing it down to the earth; he makes it low in the dust.

6It will be crushed under the feet of the poor and the steps of those who are in need.

7The way of the good man is straight; the road of the upright is made smooth by you.

8We have been waiting for you, O Lord; the desire of our soul is for the memory of your name.

9In the night the desire of my soul has been for you; early will my spirit be searching for you; for when your punishments come on the earth, the people of the world will get the knowledge of righteousness.

10Even if you are kind to the evil-doer, he will not go after righteousness; even in the land of the upright he will still go on in his wrongdoing, and will not see the glory of the Lord.

11Lord, your hand is lifted up, but they do not see: let them see … yes, your haters will be burned up in the fire.

12Lord, you will give us peace: for all our works are the outcome of your purpose.

13O Lord, our God, other lords than you have had rule over us; but in you only is our salvation, and no other name will we take on our lips.

14The dead will not come back to life: their spirits will not come back to earth; for this cause you have sent destruction on them, so that the memory of them is dead.

15You have made the nation great, O Lord, you have made it great; glory is yours: you have made wide the limits of the land.

16Lord, in trouble our eyes have been turned to you, we sent up a prayer when your punishment was on us.

17As a woman with child, whose time is near, is troubled, crying out in her pain; so have we been before you, O Lord.

18We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have given birth to wind; no salvation has come to the earth through us, and no children have come into the world.

19Your dead will come back; their dead bodies will come to life again. Those in the dust, awaking from their sleep, will send out a song; for your dew is a dew of light, and the earth will give birth to the shades.

20Come, my people, into your secret places, and let your doors be shut: keep yourself safe for a short time, till his wrath is over.

21For the Lord is coming out of his place to send punishment on the people of the earth for their evil-doing: the earth will let the blood drained out on her be seen, and will keep her dead covered no longer.

2 Thessalonians 1

1Paul and Silvanus and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

2Grace to you and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3It is right for us to give praise to God at all times for you, brothers, because of the great increase of your faith, and the wealth of your love for one another;

4So that we ourselves take pride in you in the churches of God for your untroubled mind and your faith in all the troubles and sorrows which you are going through;

5Which is a clear sign of the decision which God in his righteousness has made; to give you a part in his kingdom, for which you have undergone this pain;

6For it is an act of righteousness on God’s part to give trouble as their reward to those who are troubling you,

7And to you who are troubled, rest with us, when the Lord Jesus comes from heaven with the angels of his power in flames of fire,

8To give punishment to those who have no knowledge of God, and to those who do not give ear to the good news of our Lord Jesus:

9Whose reward will be eternal destruction from the face of the Lord and from the glory of his strength,

10At his coming, when he will have glory in his saints, and will be a cause of wonder in all those who had faith (because our witness among you had effect) in that day.

11For this reason, you are ever in our prayers, that you may seem to our God such as may have a part in his purpose and that by his power he will make all his good purpose, and the work of faith, complete;

12So that glory may be given to the name of our Lord Jesus through you, and you may have glory in him, by the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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.

September 20

2 Chronicles 31

1Now when all this was over, all the men of Israel who were present went out into the towns of Judah, causing the stone pillars to be broken up and the wood pillars to be cut down, pulling down the high places and the altars in all Judah and Benjamin, as well as in Ephraim and Manasseh, till all were gone. Then all the children of Israel went back to their towns, every man to his property.

2Then Hezekiah put in order the divisions of the priests and Levites, every man in his division, in relation to his work, for the burned offerings and peace-offerings, and for the ordering of worship and for giving praise at the doors of the Lord’s house.

3And he gave the king’s part of his private property for the burned offerings, that is, for the morning and evening offerings, and the offerings for the Sabbath and the new moons and the regular feasts, as it is recorded in the law of the Lord.

4In addition, he gave orders to the people of Jerusalem to give to the priests and Levites that part which was theirs by right, so that they might be strong in keeping the law of the Lord.

5And when the order was made public, straight away the children of Israel gave, in great amounts, the first-fruits of their grain and wine and oil and honey, and of the produce of their fields; and they took in a tenth part of everything, a great store.

6And the children of Israel and Judah, who were living in the towns of Judah came with the tenth part of their oxen and sheep, and a tenth of all the holy things which were to be given to the Lord their God, and put them in great masses.

7The first store of things was put down in the third month, and in the seventh month the masses were complete.

8And when Hezekiah and the rulers came and saw all the store of goods, they gave praise to the Lord and to his people Israel.

9Then Hezekiah put questions to the priests and Levites about the store of goods.

10And Azariah, the chief priest, of the family of Zadok, said in answer, From the time when the people first came with their offerings into the house of the Lord, we have had food enough, and more than enough: for the blessing of the Lord is on his people; and there is this great store which has not been used.

11Then Hezekiah said that store-rooms were to be made ready in the house of the Lord; and this was done.

12And in them they put all the offerings and the tenths and the holy things, keeping nothing back, and over them was Conaniah the Levite, with Shimei his brother second to him.

13And Jehiel and Azaziah and Nahath and Asahel and Jerimoth and Jozabad and Eliel and Ismachiah and Mahath and Benaiah were overseers, under the directions of Conaniah and Shimei his brother, by the order of Hezekiah the king and Azariah, the ruler of the house of God.

14And Kore, the son of Imnah the Levite, the keeper of the east door, had control of the offerings freely given to God, and the distribution of the offerings of the Lord and the most holy things.

15And under him were Eden and Miniamin and Jeshua and Shemaiah and Amariah and Shecaniah, in the towns of the priests, who were made responsible for giving it to all their brothers, by divisions, to small and great:

16As well as to all the males, of three years old and over, listed by their families, who went into the house of the Lord to do what was needed day by day, for their special work with their divisions.

17And the families of the priests were listed by their fathers’ names, but the Levites, of twenty years old and over, were listed in relation to their work in their divisions;

18And in the lists were all their little ones and their wives and their sons and daughters, through all the people: they made themselves holy in the positions which they were given.

19And as for the sons of Aaron, the priests, living in the country on the outskirts of their towns, every different town there were men, marked out by name, to give their part of the goods to all the males among the priests, and to all who were listed among the Levites.

20This Hezekiah did through all Judah; he did what was good and right and true before the Lord his God.

21And for everything he undertook, in connection with the work of the house of God and his law and orders, he got directions from God and did it with serious purpose; and things went well for him.

Psalms 87

Of the sons of Korah. A Psalm. A Song.
1 This house is resting on the holy mountain.

2The Lord has more love for the doors of Zion than for all the tents of Jacob.

3Noble things are said of you, O town of God. (Selah.)

4Rahab and Babylon will be named among those who have knowledge of me; see, Philistia and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this man had his birth there.

5And of Zion it will be said, This or that man had his birth there; and the Most High will make her strong.

6The Lord will keep in mind, when he is writing the records of the people, that this man had his birth there. (Selah.)

7The players on instruments will be there, and the dancers will say, All my springs are in you.

John 20:1-18

1Now on the first day of the week, very early, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the place and saw that the stone had been taken away from it.

2Then she went running to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple who was loved by Jesus, and said to them, They have taken away the Lord out of the place of the dead and we have no knowledge where they have put him.

3So Peter and the other disciple went out to the place of the dead.

4They went running together, and the other disciple got in front of Peter and came first to the hole in the rock;

5And looking in, he saw the linen bands on the earth; but he did not go in,

6Then Simon Peter came after him and went into the hole in the rock; and he saw the linen bands on the earth,

7And the cloth, which had been round his head, not with the linen bands but rolled up in a place by itself.

8Then the other disciple who came there first went in; and he saw and belief came to him.

9For at that time they had no knowledge that the Writings said that he would have to come again from the dead.

10So then the disciples went away again to their houses.

11But Mary was still there outside the hole in the rock, weeping; and while she was weeping and looking into the hole,

12She saw two angels in white seated where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head and the other at the feet.

13They said to her, Woman, why are you weeping? She said to them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I have no knowledge where they have put him.

14And then looking round, she saw Jesus there, but had no idea that it was Jesus.

15Jesus said to her, Woman, why are you weeping? who are you looking for? She, taking him for the gardener, said to him, Sir, if you have taken him away from here, say where you have put him and I will take him away.

16Jesus said to her, Mary! Turning, she said to him in Hebrew, Rabboni! (which is to say, Master).

17Jesus said to her, Do not put your hand on me, for I have not gone up to the Father: but go to my brothers and say to them, I go up to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.

18Mary Magdalene went with the news to the disciples, and said she had seen the Lord and that he had said these things to her.

September 19

2 Chronicles 30

1Then Hezekiah sent word to all Israel and Judah, and sent letters to Ephraim and Manasseh, requesting them to come to the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, to keep the Passover to the Lord, the God of Israel.

2For the king, after discussion with his chiefs and all the body of the people in Jerusalem, had made a decision to keep the Passover in the second month.

3It was not possible to keep it at that time, because not enough priests had made themselves holy, and the people had not come together in Jerusalem.

4And the thing was right in the eyes of the king and all the people.

5So it was ordered that word was to be sent out through all Israel, from Beer-sheba to Dan, that they were to come to keep the Passover to the Lord, the God of Israel, at Jerusalem: because they had not kept it in great numbers in agreement with the law.

6So runners went with letters from the king and his chiefs through all Israel and Judah, by the order of the king, saying, O children of Israel, come back again to the Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, so that he may come again to that small band of you which has been kept safe out of the hands of the kings of Assyria.

7Do not be like your fathers and your brothers, who were sinners against the Lord, the God of their fathers, so that he made them a cause of fear, as you see.

8Now do not be hard-hearted, as your fathers were; but give yourselves to the Lord, and come into his holy place, which he has made his for ever, and be the servants of the Lord your God, so that the heat of his wrath may be turned away from you.

9For if you come back to the Lord, those who took away your brothers and your children will have pity on them, and let them come back to this land: for the Lord your God is full of grace and mercy, and his face will not be turned away from you if you come back to him.

10So the runners went from town to town through all the country of Ephraim and Manasseh as far as Zebulun: but they were laughed at and made sport of.

11However, some of Asher and Manasseh and Zebulun put away their pride and came to Jerusalem.

12And in Judah the power of God gave them one heart to do the orders of the king and the captains, which were taken as the word of the Lord.

13So a very great number of people came together at Jerusalem to keep the feast of unleavened bread in the second month.

14And they got to work and took away all the altars in Jerusalem, and they put all the vessels for burning perfumes into the stream Kidron.

15Then on the fourteenth day of the second month they put the Passover lambs to death: and the priests and the Levites were shamed, and made themselves holy and took burned offerings into the house of the Lord.

16And they took their places in their right order, as it was ordered in the law of Moses, the man of God: the priests draining out on the altar the blood given them by the Levites.

17For there were still a number of the people there who had not made themselves holy: so the Levites had to put Passover lambs to death for those who were not clean, to make them holy to the Lord.

18For a great number of the people from Ephraim and Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun, had not made themselves clean, but they took the Passover meal, though not in the right way. For Hezekiah had made prayer for them, saying, May the good Lord have mercy on everyone

19Who, with all his heart, is turned to God the Lord, the God of his fathers, even if he has not been made clean after the rules of the holy place.

20And the Lord gave ear to Hezekiah, and made the people well.

21So the children of Israel who were present in Jerusalem kept the feast of unleavened bread for seven days with great joy: and the Levites and the priests gave praise to the Lord day by day, making melody to the Lord with loud instruments.

22And Hezekiah said kind words to the Levites who were expert in the ordering of the worship of the Lord: so they kept the feast for seven days, offering peace-offerings and praising the Lord, the God of their fathers.

23And by the desire of all the people, the feast went on for another seven days, and they kept the seven days with joy.

24For Hezekiah, king of Judah, gave to the people for offerings, a thousand oxen and seven thousand sheep; and the rulers gave a thousand oxen and ten thousand sheep; and a great number of priests made themselves holy.

25And all the people of Judah, with the priests and the Levites, and those who had come from Israel, and men from other lands who had come from Israel or who were living in Judah, were glad with great joy.

26So there was great joy in Jerusalem: for nothing like this had been seen in Jerusalem from the time of Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel.

27Then the priests and the Levites gave the people a blessing: and the voice of their prayer went up to the holy place of God in heaven.

Psalms 86

A Prayer. Of David.
1 Let your ears be open to my voice, O Lord, and give me an answer; for I am poor and in need.

2Keep my soul, for I am true to you; O my God, give salvation to your servant, whose hope is in you.

3Have mercy on me, O Lord; for my cry goes up to you all the day.

4Make glad the soul of your servant; for it is lifted up to you, O Lord.

5You are good, O Lord, and full of forgiveness; your mercy is great to all who make their cry to you.

6O Lord, give ear to my prayer; and take note of the sound of my requests.

7In the day of my trouble I send up my cry to you; for you will give me an answer.

8There is no god like you, O Lord; there are no works like your works.

9Let all the nations whom you have made come and give worship to you, O Lord, giving glory to your name.

10For you are great, and do great works of wonder; you only are God.

11Make your way clear to me, O Lord; I will go on my way in your faith: let my heart be glad in the fear of your name.

12I will give you praise, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will give glory to your name for ever.

13For your mercy to me is great; you have taken my soul up from the deep places of the underworld.

14O God, men of pride have come up against me, and the army of violent men would take my life; they have not put you before them.

15But you, O Lord, are a God full of pity and forgiveness, slow to get angry, great in mercy and wisdom.

16O be turned to me and have mercy on me: give your strength to your servant, and your salvation to the son of her who is your servant.

17Give me a sign for good; so that my haters may see it and be shamed; because you, Lord, have been my help and comfort.

John 19:16-42

16So then he gave him up to them to be put to death on the cross. And they took Jesus away;

17And he went out with his cross on him to the place which is named Dead Man’s Head (in Hebrew, Golgotha):

18Where they put him on the cross with two others, one on this side and one on that, and Jesus in the middle.

19And Pilate put on the cross a statement in writing. The writing was: JESUS THE NAZARENE, THE KING OF THE JEWS.

20The writing was seen by a number of the Jews, for the place where Jesus was put to death on the cross was near the town; and the writing was in Hebrew and Latin and Greek.

21Then the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, Do not put, The King of the Jews, but, He said, I am the King of the Jews.

22But Pilate made answer, What I have put in writing will not be changed.

23And when Jesus was nailed to the cross, the men of the army took his clothing, and made a division of it into four parts, to every man a part, and they took his coat: now the coat was without a join, made out of one bit of cloth.

24So they said among themselves, Let this not be cut up, but let us put it to the decision of chance and see who gets it. (They did this so that the Writings might come true, which say, They made a distribution of my clothing among them, and my coat they put to the decision of chance.) This was what the men of the army did.

25Now by the side of the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister Mary, the wife of Cleopas, and Mary Magdalene.

26So when Jesus saw his mother and the disciple who was dear to him, he said to his mother, Mother, there is your son!

27Then he said to the disciple, There is your mother! And from that hour the disciple took her to his house.

28After this, being conscious that all things had now been done so that the Writings might come true, Jesus said, Give me water.

29Now there was a vessel ready, full of bitter wine, and they put a sponge full of it on a stick and put it to his mouth.

30So when Jesus had taken the wine he said, All is done. And with his head bent he gave up his spirit.

31Now it was the day of getting ready for the Passover, and so that the bodies might not be on the cross on the Sabbath (because the day of that Sabbath was a great day), the Jews made a request to Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

32So the men of the army came, and the legs of the first were broken and then of the other who was put to death on the cross with Jesus:

33But when they came to Jesus, they saw that he was dead by this time, and so his legs were not broken;

34But one of the men made a wound in his side with a spear, and straight away there came out blood and water.

35And he who saw it has given witness (and his witness is true; he is certain that what he says is true) so that you may have belief.

36These things came about so that the Writings might be true, No bone of his body will be broken.

37And again another verse says, They will see him who was wounded by their spears.

38After these things, Joseph of Arimathaea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, made a request to Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate said he might do so. So he went and took away his body.

39And Nicodemus came (he who had first come to Jesus by night) with a roll of myrrh and aloes mixed, about a hundred pounds.

40Then they took the body of Jesus, folding linen about it with the spices, as is the way of the Jews when they put the dead to rest.

41Now there was a garden near the cross, and in the garden a new place for the dead in which no man had ever been put.

42So they put Jesus there, because it was the Jews’ day of getting ready for the Passover, and the place was near.