Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

This is a promise of God's faithfulness to His own. All day-day in, day out, year in, and year out-God's faithfulness is great. Man, in his stubbornness and rebellion, may drift away from God, but through it all, "He remains faithful" (2 Timothy 2:13).

No matter what difficulty life throws your way, God has promised to

"keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can't stand up against it. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it" (1 Corinthians 10:13). David was so convinced of the faithfulness of God that he could say, "Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will know no fear. Even if they attack me, I remain confident" (Psalm 27:3).

On the other hand, God is faithful to execute His judgment upon those who reject Him even after He has repeatedly warned them to repent. Gradually, but surely, He tightens the screws of justice until the person repents or brings about his own destruction.

As hard as it is to believe, some people actually do choose the path of destruction. In 2 Chronicles 36:13, we read that "Zedekiah was a hard and stubborn man, refusing to turn to the Lord, the God of Israel." Following his example, the people of Israel grew more and more unfaithful, ignoring God's repeated warnings until finally "the Lord's anger could no longer be restrained and there was no remedy" (2 Chronicles 36:16).

If life is uncertain right now, cling to the one certainty: God is faithful! You can be sure that "He will keep you strong right up to the end" (1 Corinthians 1:8).

2 Chronicles 35:1-36:23

Josiah Celebrates the Passover35:1, 18-19pp — 2Ki 23:21-23

35 Josiah celebrated the PassoverEx 12:1-30; S Nu 28:16 to the Lord in Jerusalem, and the Passover lamb was slaughtered on the fourteenth day of the first month.He appointed the priests to their duties and encouraged them in the service of the Lord’s temple.He said to the Levites, who instructedS 2Ch 17:7 all Israel and who had been consecrated to the Lord: “Put the sacred ark in the temple that Solomon son of David king of Israel built. It is not to be carried about on your shoulders. Now serve the Lord your God and his people Israel.Prepare yourselves by families in your divisions,ver 10; S 1Ch 24:1; Ezr 6:18 according to the instructions written by David king of Israel and by his son Solomon.

“Stand in the holy place with a group of Levites for each subdivision of the families of your fellow Israelites, the lay people.Slaughter the Passover lambs, consecrate yourselvesS Lev 11:44 and prepare the lambs for your fellow Israelites, doing what the Lord commanded through Moses.”

Josiah provided for all the lay people who were there a total of thirty thousand lambs and goats for the Passover offerings,S 2Ch 30:24 and also three thousand cattle—all from the king’s own possessions.S 2Ch 31:3

His officials also contributedS 1Ch 29:3; 2Ch 29:31-36 voluntarily to the people and the priests and Levites. Hilkiah,S 1Ch 6:13 Zechariah and Jehiel, the officials in charge of God’s temple, gave the priests twenty-six hundred Passover offerings and three hundred cattle.Also Konaniah2Ch 31:12 along with Shemaiah and Nethanel, his brothers, and Hashabiah, Jeiel and Jozabad,2Ch 31:13 the leaders of the Levites, provided five thousand Passover offerings and five hundred head of cattle for the Levites.

10 The service was arranged and the priests stood in their places with the Levites in their divisionsS ver 4 as the king had ordered.2Ch 30:1611 The Passover lambs were slaughtered,S 2Ch 30:17 and the priests splashed against the altar the blood handed to them, while the Levites skinned the animals.12 They set aside the burnt offerings to give them to the subdivisions of the families of the people to offer to the Lord, as it is written in the Book of Moses. They did the same with the cattle.13 They roasted the Passover animals over the fire as prescribed,Ex 12:2-11 and boiled the holy offerings in pots, caldrons and pans and served them quickly to all the people.14 After this, they made preparations for themselves and for the priests, because the priests, the descendants of Aaron, were sacrificing the burnt offerings and the fat portionsS Ex 29:13 until nightfall. So the Levites made preparations for themselves and for the Aaronic priests.

15 The musicians,S 1Ch 25:1; S 26:12-19; 2Ch 29:30; Ne 12:46; Ps 68:25 the descendants of Asaph, were in the places prescribed by David, Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun the king’s seer. The gatekeepers at each gate did not need to leave their posts, because their fellow Levites made the preparations for them.

16 So at that time the entire service of the Lord was carried out for the celebration of the Passover and the offering of burnt offerings on the altar of the Lord, as King Josiah had ordered.17 The Israelites who were present celebrated the Passover at that time and observed the Festival of Unleavened Bread for seven days.18 The Passover had not been observed like this in Israel since the days of the prophet Samuel; and none of the kings of Israel had ever celebrated such a Passover as did Josiah, with the priests, the Levites and all Judah and Israel who were there with the people of Jerusalem.19 This Passover was celebrated in the eighteenth year of Josiah’s reign.

The Death of Josiah35:20–36:1pp — 2Ki 23:28-30

20 After all this, when Josiah had set the temple in order, Necho king of Egypt went up to fight at CarchemishIsa 10:9; Jer 46:2 on the Euphrates,S Ge 2:14 and Josiah marched out to meet him in battle.21 But Necho sent messengers to him, saying, “What quarrel is there, king of Judah, between you and me? It is not you I am attacking at this time, but the house with which I am at war. God has toldS 1Ki 13:18; S 2Ki 18:25 me to hurry; so stop opposing God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.”

22 Josiah, however, would not turn away from him, but disguisedS 1Sa 28:8 himself to engage him in battle. He would not listen to what Necho had said at God’s command but went to fight him on the plain of Megiddo.

23 ArchersS 1Ki 22:34 shot King Josiah, and he told his officers, “Take me away; I am badly wounded.”24 So they took him out of his chariot, put him in his other chariot and brought him to Jerusalem, where he died. He was buried in the tombs of his ancestors, and all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for him.

25 Jeremiah composed laments for Josiah, and to this day all the male and female singers commemorate Josiah in the laments.S Ge 50:10; Jer 22:10, 15-16 These became a tradition in Israel and are written in the Laments.2Ch 34:28

26 The other events of Josiah’s reign and his acts of devotion in accordance with what is written in the Law of the Lord27 all the events, from beginning to end, are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah.36 And the peopleS 2Ch 22:1 of the land took Jehoahaz son of Josiah and made him king in Jerusalem in place of his father.

Jehoahaz King of Judah36:2-4pp — 2Ki 23:31-34

JehoahazHebrew Joahaz, a variant of Jehoahaz; also in verse 4 was twenty-three years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months.The king of Egypt dethroned him in Jerusalem and imposed on Judah a levy of a hundred talentsThat is, about 3 3/4 tons or about 3.4 metric tons of silver and a talentThat is, about 75 pounds or about 34 kilograms of gold.The king of Egypt made Eliakim, a brother of Jehoahaz, king over Judah and Jerusalem and changed Eliakim’s name to Jehoiakim. But NechoJer 22:10-12 took Eliakim’s brother Jehoahaz and carried him off to Egypt.Eze 19:4

Jehoiakim King of Judah36:5-8pp — 2Ki 23:36–24:6

JehoiakimJer 22:18; 25:1; 26:1; 35:1; 36:1; 45:1; 46:2 was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord his God.NebuchadnezzarJer 25:9; 27:6; Eze 29:18 king of Babylon attacked him and bound him with bronze shackles to take him to Babylon.Eze 19:9; Da 1:1Nebuchadnezzar also took to Babylon articles from the temple of the Lord and put them in his templeOr palace there.ver 18; Ezr 1:7; Jer 27:16; Da 1:2

The other events of Jehoiakim’s reign, the detestable things he did and all that was found against him, are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah. And Jehoiachin his son succeeded him as king.

Jehoiachin King of Judah36:9-10pp — 2Ki 24:8-17

JehoiachinJer 22:24-28; 24:1; 27:20; 29:21; 52:31 was eighteenOne Hebrew manuscript, some Septuagint manuscripts and Syriac (see also 2 Kings 24:8); most Hebrew manuscripts eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months and ten days. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord.10 In the spring, King Nebuchadnezzar sent for him and brought him to Babylon,ver 18; S 2Ki 20:17; Ezr 1:7; Isa 52:11; Jer 14:18; 21:7; 22:25; 24:1; 27:16, 20, 22; 29:1; 34:21; 40:1; Eze 17:12; Da 5:2 together with articles of value from the temple of the Lord, and he made Jehoiachin’s uncle,Hebrew brother, that is, relative (see 2 Kings 24:17) Zedekiah, king over Judah and Jerusalem.

Zedekiah King of Judah36:11-16pp — 2Ki 24:18-20; Jer 52:1-3

11 ZedekiahS 2Ki 24:17; Jer 27:1; 28:1; 34:2; 37:1; 39:1 was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years.12 He did evil in the eyes of the LordJer 37:1-39:18 his God and did not humbleS Dt 8:3; 2Ch 7:14; Jer 44:10 himself before Jeremiah the prophet, who spoke the word of the Lord.13 He also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him take an oathEze 17:13 in God’s name. He became stiff-neckedS Ex 32:9; S Dt 9:27 and hardened his heart and would not turn to the Lord, the God of Israel.14 Furthermore, all the leaders of the priests and the people became more and more unfaithful,S 1Ch 5:25 following all the detestable practices of the nations and defiling the temple of the Lord, which he had consecrated in Jerusalem.

The Fall of Jerusalem36:17-20pp — 2Ki 25:1-21; Jer 52:4-2736:22-23pp — Ezr 1:1-3

15 The Lord, the God of their ancestors, sent word to them through his messengersIsa 5:4; 44:26; Jer 7:25; Hag 1:13; Zec 1:4; Mal 2:7; 3:1; S Mt 5:12 again and again,Jer 7:13, 25; 11:7; 25:3-4; 35:14, 15; 44:4-6 because he had pity on his people and on his dwelling place.16 But they mocked God’s messengers, despised his words and scoffedS 2Ki 2:23; Job 8:2; Isa 28:14, 22; 29:20; 57:4; Jer 5:13; 43:2; Mic 2:11 at his prophets until the wrathEzr 5:12; Pr 1:30-31; Jer 44:3 of the Lord was aroused against his people and there was no remedy.Ne 9:30; Pr 29:1; Jer 7:26; 20:8; 25:4; 30:12; Da 9:6; Zec 1:217 He brought up against them the king of the Babylonians,Or ChaldeansS Ge 10:10 who killed their young men with the sword in the sanctuary, and did not spare young menJer 6:11; 9:21; 18:21; 44:7 or young women, the elderly or the infirm.S Dt 32:25; Jer 51:22 God gave them all into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar.Ezr 5:12; Jer 32:28; La 2:21; Eze 9:6; 23:4718 He carried to Babylon all the articlesS ver 7; S ver 10; Jer 27:20 from the temple of God, both large and small, and the treasures of the Lord’s temple and the treasures of the king and his officials.19 They set fireJer 11:16; 17:27; 21:10, 14; 22:7; 32:29; 39:8; La 4:11; Eze 20:47; Am 2:5; Zec 11:1 to God’s temple1Ki 9:8-9 and broke down the wallS 2Ki 14:13 of Jerusalem; they burned all the palaces and destroyedLa 2:6 everything of value there.Ps 79:1-3

20 He carried into exileS Lev 26:44; S 2Ki 24:14; Ezr 2:1; Ne 7:6 to Babylon the remnant, who escaped from the sword, and they became servantsJer 27:7 to him and his successors until the kingdom of Persia came to power.21 The land enjoyed its sabbath rests;S Lev 25:4 all the time of its desolation it rested,S 1Ch 22:9 until the seventy yearsJer 1:1; 25:11; 27:22; 29:10; 40:1; Da 9:2; Zec 1:12; 7:5 were completed in fulfillment of the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah.

22 In the first year of CyrusIsa 44:28; 45:1, 13; Da 1:21; 6:28; 10:1 king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah, the Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and also to put it in writing:

23 “This is what Cyrus king of Persia says:

“‘The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointedS Jdg 4:10 me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah. Any of his people among you may go up, and may the Lord their God be with them.’”

Josiah Celebrates Passover

35 Then Josiah announced that the Passover of the Lord would be celebrated in Jerusalem, and so the Passover lamb was slaughtered on the fourteenth day of the first month.This day in the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar was April 5, 622 B.c.Josiah also assigned the priests to their duties and encouraged them in their work at the Temple of the Lord.He issued this order to the Levites, who were to teach all Israel and who had been set apart to serve the Lord: “Put the holy Ark in the Temple that was built by Solomon son of David, the king of Israel. You no longer need to carry it back and forth on your shoulders. Now spend your time serving the Lord your God and his people Israel.Report for duty according to the family divisions of your ancestors, following the directions of King David of Israel and the directions of his son Solomon.

“Then stand in the sanctuary at the place appointed for your family division and help the families assigned to you as they bring their offerings to the Temple.Slaughter the Passover lambs, purify yourselves, and prepare to help those who come. Follow all the directions that the Lord gave through Moses.”

Then Josiah provided 30,000 lambs and young goats for the people’s Passover offerings, along with 3,000 cattle, all from the king’s own flocks and herds.The king’s officials also made willing contributions to the people, priests, and Levites. Hilkiah, Zechariah, and Jehiel, the administrators of God’s Temple, gave the priests 2,600 lambs and young goats and 300 cattle as Passover offerings.The Levite leaders—Conaniah and his brothers Shemaiah and Nethanel, as well as Hashabiah, Jeiel, and Jozabad—gave 5,000 lambs and young goats and 500 cattle to the Levites for their Passover offerings.

10 When everything was ready for the Passover celebration, the priests and the Levites took their places, organized by their divisions, as the king had commanded.11 The Levites then slaughtered the Passover lambs and presented the blood to the priests, who sprinkled the blood on the altar while the Levites prepared the animals.12 They divided the burnt offerings among the people by their family groups, so they could offer them to the Lord as prescribed in the Book of Moses. They did the same with the cattle.13 Then they roasted the Passover lambs as prescribed; and they boiled the holy offerings in pots, kettles, and pans, and brought them out quickly so the people could eat them.

14 Afterward the Levites prepared Passover offerings for themselves and for the priests—the descendants of Aaron—because the priests had been busy from morning till night offering the burnt offerings and the fat portions. The Levites took responsibility for all these preparations.

15 The musicians, descendants of Asaph, were in their assigned places, following the commands that had been given by David, Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun, the king’s seer. The gatekeepers guarded the gates and did not need to leave their posts of duty, for their Passover offerings were prepared for them by their fellow Levites.

16 The entire ceremony for the Lord’s Passover was completed that day. All the burnt offerings were sacrificed on the altar of the Lord, as King Josiah had commanded.17 All the Israelites present in Jerusalem celebrated Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread for seven days.18 Never since the time of the prophet Samuel had there been such a Passover. None of the kings of Israel had ever kept a Passover as Josiah did, involving all the priests and Levites, all the people of Jerusalem, and people from all over Judah and Israel.19 This Passover was celebrated in the eighteenth year of Josiah’s reign.

Josiah Dies in Battle

20 After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him.Or Josiah went out to meet him.21 But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message:

“What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.”

22 But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo.23 But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”

24 So they lifted Josiah out of his chariot and placed him in another chariot. Then they brought him back to Jerusalem, where he died. He was buried there in the royal cemetery. And all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for him.25 The prophet Jeremiah composed funeral songs for Josiah, and to this day choirs still sing these sad songs about his death. These songs of sorrow have become a tradition and are recorded in The Book of Laments.

26 The rest of the events of Josiah’s reign and his acts of devotion (carried out according to what was written in the Law of the Lord),27 from beginning to end—all are recorded in The Book of the Kings of Israel and Judah.

Jehoahaz Rules in Judah

36 Then the people of the land took Josiah’s son Jehoahaz and made him the next king in Jerusalem.

JehoahazHebrew Joahaz, a variant spelling of Jehoahaz; also in 36:4. was twenty-three years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months.

Then he was deposed by the king of Egypt, who demanded that Judah pay 7,500 pounds of silver and 75 pounds of goldHebrew 100 talents [3,400 kilograms] of silver and 1 talent [34 kilograms] of gold. as tribute.

Jehoiakim Rules in Judah

The king of Egypt then installed Eliakim, the brother of Jehoahaz, as the next king of Judah and Jerusalem, and he changed Eliakim’s name to Jehoiakim. Then Neco took Jehoahaz to Egypt as a prisoner.

Jehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years. He did what was evil in the sight of the Lord his God.

Then King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came to Jerusalem and captured it, and he bound Jehoiakim in bronze chains and led him away to Babylon.Nebuchadnezzar also took some of the treasures from the Temple of the Lord, and he placed them in his palaceOr temple. in Babylon.

The rest of the events in Jehoiakim’s reign, including all the evil things he did and everything found against him, are recorded in The Book of the Kings of Israel and Judah. Then his son Jehoiachin became the next king.

Jehoiachin Rules in Judah

Jehoiachin was eighteenAs in one Hebrew manuscript, some Greek manuscripts, and Syriac version (see also 2 Kgs 24:8); most Hebrew manuscripts read eight. years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months and ten days. Jehoiachin did what was evil in the Lord’s sight.

10 In the spring of the yearHebrew At the turn of the year. The first day of this year in the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar was April 13, 597 B.c. King Nebuchadnezzar took Jehoiachin to Babylon. Many treasures from the Temple of the Lord were also taken to Babylon at that time. And Nebuchadnezzar installed Jehoiachin’s uncle,As in parallel text at 2 Kgs 24:17; Hebrew reads brother, or relative. Zedekiah, as the next king in Judah and Jerusalem.

Zedekiah Rules in Judah

11 Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years.12 But Zedekiah did what was evil in the sight of the Lord his God, and he refused to humble himself when the prophet Jeremiah spoke to him directly from the Lord.13 He also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, even though he had taken an oath of loyalty in God’s name. Zedekiah was a hard and stubborn man, refusing to turn to the Lord, the God of Israel.

14 Likewise, all the leaders of the priests and the people became more and more unfaithful. They followed all the pagan practices of the surrounding nations, desecrating the Temple of the Lord that had been consecrated in Jerusalem.

15 The Lord, the God of their ancestors, repeatedly sent his prophets to warn them, for he had compassion on his people and his Temple.16 But the people mocked these messengers of God and despised their words. They scoffed at the prophets until the Lord’s anger could no longer be restrained and nothing could be done.

The Fall of Jerusalem

17 So the Lord brought the king of Babylon against them. The BabyloniansOr Chaldeans. killed Judah’s young men, even chasing after them into the Temple. They had no pity on the people, killing both young men and young women, the old and the infirm. God handed all of them over to Nebuchadnezzar.18 The king took home to Babylon all the articles, large and small, used in the Temple of God, and the treasures from both the Lord’s Temple and from the palace of the king and his officials.19 Then his army burned the Temple of God, tore down the walls of Jerusalem, burned all the palaces, and completely destroyed everything of value.Or destroyed all the valuable articles from the Temple.20 The few who survived were taken as exiles to Babylon, and they became servants to the king and his sons until the kingdom of Persia came to power.

21 So the message of the Lord spoken through Jeremiah was fulfilled. The land finally enjoyed its Sabbath rest, lying desolate until the seventy years were fulfilled, just as the prophet had said.

Cyrus Allows the Exiles to Return

22 In the first year of King Cyrus of Persia,The first year of Cyrus’s reign over Babylon was 538 B.c. the Lord fulfilled the prophecy he had given through Jeremiah.See Jer 25:11-12; 29:10. He stirred the heart of Cyrus to put this proclamation in writing and to send it throughout his kingdom:

23 “This is what King Cyrus of Persia says:

“The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth. He has appointed me to build him a Temple at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Any of you who are his people may go there for this task. And may the Lord your God be with you!”

35 Moreover Josiah kept a passover unto the Lord in Jerusalem: and they killed the passover on the fourteenth day of the first month.

And he set the priests in their charges, and encouraged them to the service of the house of the Lord,

And said unto the Levites that taught all Israel, which were holy unto the Lord, Put the holy ark in the house which Solomon the son of David king of Israel did build; it shall not be a burden upon your shoulders: serve now the Lord your God, and his people Israel,

And prepare yourselves by the houses of your fathers, after your courses, according to the writing of David king of Israel, and according to the writing of Solomon his son.

And stand in the holy place according to the divisions of the families of the fathers of your brethren the people, and after the division of the families of the Levites.

So kill the passover, and sanctify yourselves, and prepare your brethren, that they may do according to the word of the Lord by the hand of Moses.

And Josiah gave to the people, of the flock, lambs and kids, all for the passover offerings, for all that were present, to the number of thirty thousand, and three thousand bullocks: these were of the king's substance.

And his princes gave willingly unto the people, to the priests, and to the Levites: Hilkiah and Zechariah and Jehiel, rulers of the house of God, gave unto the priests for the passover offerings two thousand and six hundred small cattle and three hundred oxen.

Conaniah also, and Shemaiah and Nethaneel, his brethren, and Hashabiah and Jeiel and Jozabad, chief of the Levites, gave unto the Levites for passover offerings five thousand small cattle, and five hundred oxen.

10 So the service was prepared, and the priests stood in their place, and the Levites in their courses, according to the king's commandment.

11 And they killed the passover, and the priests sprinkled the blood from their hands, and the Levites flayed them.

12 And they removed the burnt offerings, that they might give according to the divisions of the families of the people, to offer unto the Lord, as it is written in the book of Moses. And so did they with the oxen.

13 And they roasted the passover with fire according to the ordinance: but the other holy offerings sod they in pots, and in caldrons, and in pans, and divided them speedily among all the people.

14 And afterward they made ready for themselves, and for the priests: because the priests the sons of Aaron were busied in offering of burnt offerings and the fat until night; therefore the Levites prepared for themselves, and for the priests the sons of Aaron.

15 And the singers the sons of Asaph were in their place, according to the commandment of David, and Asaph, and Heman, and Jeduthun the king's seer; and the porters waited at every gate; they might not depart from their service; for their brethren the Levites prepared for them.

16 So all the service of the Lord was prepared the same day, to keep the passover, and to offer burnt offerings upon the altar of the Lord, according to the commandment of king Josiah.

17 And the children of Israel that were present kept the passover at that time, and the feast of unleavened bread seven days.

18 And there was no passover like to that kept in Israel from the days of Samuel the prophet; neither did all the kings of Israel keep such a passover as Josiah kept, and the priests, and the Levites, and all Judah and Israel that were present, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

19 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Josiah was this passover kept.

20 After all this, when Josiah had prepared the temple, Necho king of Egypt came up to fight against Charchemish by Euphrates: and Josiah went out against him.

21 But he sent ambassadors to him, saying, What have I to do with thee, thou king of Judah? I come not against thee this day, but against the house wherewith I have war: for God commanded me to make haste: forbear thee from meddling with God, who is with me, that he destroy thee not.

22 Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face from him, but disguised himself, that he might fight with him, and hearkened not unto the words of Necho from the mouth of God, and came to fight in the valley of Megiddo.

23 And the archers shot at king Josiah; and the king said to his servants, Have me away; for I am sore wounded.

24 His servants therefore took him out of that chariot, and put him in the second chariot that he had; and they brought him to Jerusalem, and he died, and was buried in one of the sepulchres of his fathers. And all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for Josiah.

25 And Jeremiah lamented for Josiah: and all the singing men and the singing women spake of Josiah in their lamentations to this day, and made them an ordinance in Israel: and, behold, they are written in the lamentations.

26 Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and his goodness, according to that which was written in the law of the Lord,

27 And his deeds, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah.

36 Then the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and made him king in his father's stead in Jerusalem.

Jehoahaz was twenty and three years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem.

And the king of Egypt put him down at Jerusalem, and condemned the land in an hundred talents of silver and a talent of gold.

And the king of Egypt made Eliakim his brother king over Judah and Jerusalem, and turned his name to Jehoiakim. And Necho took Jehoahaz his brother, and carried him to Egypt.

Jehoiakim was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem: and he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord his God.

Against him came up Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and bound him in fetters, to carry him to Babylon.

Nebuchadnezzar also carried of the vessels of the house of the Lord to Babylon, and put them in his temple at Babylon.

Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, and his abominations which he did, and that which was found in him, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah: and Jehoiachin his son reigned in his stead.

Jehoiachin was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months and ten days in Jerusalem: and he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord.

10 And when the year was expired, king Nebuchadnezzar sent, and brought him to Babylon, with the goodly vessels of the house of the Lord, and made Zedekiah his brother king over Judah and Jerusalem.

11 Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned eleven years in Jerusalem.

12 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord his God, and humbled not himself before Jeremiah the prophet speaking from the mouth of the Lord.

13 And he also rebelled against king Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him swear by God: but he stiffened his neck, and hardened his heart from turning unto the Lord God of Israel.

14 Moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people, transgressed very much after all the abominations of the heathen; and polluted the house of the Lord which he had hallowed in Jerusalem.

15 And the Lord God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place:

16 But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against his people, till there was no remedy.

17 Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old man, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his hand.

18 And all the vessels of the house of God, great and small, and the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the treasures of the king, and of his princes; all these he brought to Babylon.

19 And they burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof.

20 And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to Babylon; where they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia:

21 To fulfil the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate she kept sabbath, to fulfil threescore and ten years.

22 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,

23 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth hath the Lord God of heaven given me; and he hath charged me to build him an house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all his people? The Lord his God be with him, and let him go up.

1 Corinthians 1:1-17

Paul, called to be an apostleRo 1:1; Eph 1:1; 2Ti 1:1 of Christ Jesus by the will of God,S 2Co 1:1 and our brother Sosthenes,Ac 18:17

To the church of GodS 1Co 10:32 in Corinth,S Ac 18:1 to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and calledRo 1:7 to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the nameS Ac 2:21 of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours:

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.S Ro 1:7

Thanksgiving

I always thank my God for youS Ro 1:8 because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.For in him you have been enriched2Co 9:11 in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledgeS 2Co 8:7God thus confirming our testimony2Th 1:10; 1Ti 2:6; Rev 1:2 about Christ among you.Therefore you do not lack any spiritual giftRo 1:11; 1Co 12:1-31 as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.S Mt 16:27; S Lk 17:30; 1Th 1:10; S 2:19; Tit 2:13; Jas 5:7, 8; 1Pe 1:13; 2Pe 3:12; S Rev 1:7He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blamelessS 1Th 3:13 on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.Am 5:18; 1Co 5:5; Php 1:6, 10; 2:16; 1Th 5:2God is faithful,Dt 7:9; Isa 49:7; 1Co 10:13; 1Th 5:24; 2Th 3:3; 2Ti 2:13; Heb 10:23; 11:11 who has called youS Ro 8:28 into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.1Jn 1:3

A Church Divided Over Leaders

10 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters,The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in verses 11 and 26; and in 2:1; 3:1; 4:6; 6:8; 7:24, 29; 10:1; 11:33; 12:1; 14:6, 20, 26, 39; 15:1, 6, 50, 58; 16:15, 20.S Ro 7:1 in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you,1Co 11:18 but that you be perfectly unitedS Ro 15:5 in mind and thought.11 My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s householdS Ac 11:14 have informed me that there are quarrels among you.12 What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”;1Co 3:4, 22 another, “I follow Apollos”;S Ac 18:24 another, “I follow CephasThat is, Peter”;Jn 1:42; 1Co 3:22; 9:5 still another, “I follow Christ.”

13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul?S Mt 28:1914 I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except CrispusAc 18:8 and Gaius,S Ac 19:2915 so no one can say that you were baptized in my name.16 (Yes, I also baptized the householdS Ac 11:14 of Stephanas;1Co 16:15 beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else.)17 For Christ did not send me to baptize,Jn 4:2; S Ac 2:38 but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom1Co 2:1, 4, 13 and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

Greetings from Paul

This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and from our brother Sosthenes.

I am writing to God’s church in Corinth,Corinth was the capital city of Achaia, the southern region of the Greek peninsula. to you who have been called by God to be his own holy people. He made you holy by means of Christ Jesus,Or because you belong to Christ Jesus. just as he did for all people everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours.

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.

Paul Gives Thanks to God

I always thank my God for you and for the gracious gifts he has given you, now that you belong to Christ Jesus.Through him, God has enriched your church in every way—with all of your eloquent words and all of your knowledge.This confirms that what I told you about Christ is true.Now you have every spiritual gift you need as you eagerly wait for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.He will keep you strong to the end so that you will be free from all blame on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns.God will do this, for he is faithful to do what he says, and he has invited you into partnership with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Divisions in the Church

10 I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters,Greek brothers; also in 1:11, 26. by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.11 For some members of Chloe’s household have told me about your quarrels, my dear brothers and sisters.12 Some of you are saying, “I am a follower of Paul.” Others are saying, “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Peter,Greek Cephas.” or “I follow only Christ.”

13 Has Christ been divided into factions? Was I, Paul, crucified for you? Were any of you baptized in the name of Paul? Of course not!14 I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius,15 for now no one can say they were baptized in my name.16 (Oh yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas, but I don’t remember baptizing anyone else.)17 For Christ didn’t send me to baptize, but to preach the Good News—and not with clever speech, for fear that the cross of Christ would lose its power.

Paul called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,

Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both their's and our's:

Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;

That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;

Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:

So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:

Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.

12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.

13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;

15 Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.

16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.

17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

Psalm 27:1-6

Psalm 27

Of David.

The Lord is my lightS 2Sa 22:29 and my salvationS Ex 15:2; S Ps 3:8

whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the strongholdPs 9:9 of my life—

of whom shall I be afraid?S Job 13:15; Ps 56:4, 11; 118:6

When the wicked advance against me

to devourOr slander me,

it is my enemies and my foes

who will stumble and fall.Ps 9:3; S 20:8; 37:24; Da 11:19; Ro 11:11

Though an army besiege me,

my heart will not fear;S Ge 4:7; S Ps 3:6

though war break out against me,

even then I will be confident.S Job 4:6

One thingLk 10:42 I ask from the Lord,

this only do I seek:

that I may dwell in the house of the Lord

all the days of my life,Ps 23:6; 61:4

to gaze on the beauty of the Lord

and to seek him in his temple.

For in the day of troubleS Job 38:23

he will keep me safeS Ps 12:7 in his dwelling;

he will hide meS Ps 17:8 in the shelter of his sacred tent

and set me high upon a rock.Ps 40:2

Then my head will be exalted2Sa 22:49; Ps 3:3; 18:48

above the enemies who surround me;S Ps 22:12

at his sacred tent I will sacrificePs 50:14; 54:6; 107:22; 116:17 with shouts of joy;S Ezr 3:13; S Job 22:26

I will singS Ex 15:1 and make musicPs 33:2; 92:1; 147:7; S Eph 5:19 to the Lord.

Psalm 27

A psalm of David.

The Lord is my light and my salvation—

so why should I be afraid?

The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,

so why should I tremble?

When evil people come to devour me,

when my enemies and foes attack me,

they will stumble and fall.

Though a mighty army surrounds me,

my heart will not be afraid.

Even if I am attacked,

I will remain confident.

The one thing I ask of the Lord

the thing I seek most—

is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,

delighting in the Lord’s perfections

and meditating in his Temple.

For he will conceal me there when troubles come;

he will hide me in his sanctuary.

He will place me out of reach on a high rock.

Then I will hold my head high

above my enemies who surround me.

At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy,

singing and praising the Lord with music.

27 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.

For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord.

Proverbs 20:20-21

20 If someone curses their father or mother,Pr 30:11

their lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.Ex 21:17; S Job 18:5

21 An inheritance claimed too soon

will not be blessed at the end.

20 If you insult your father or mother,

your light will be snuffed out in total darkness.

21 An inheritance obtained too early in life

is not a blessing in the end.

20 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.

21 An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.

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