2 CHRONICLES 13
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Abijah Reigns in Judah 13:1 In the eighteenth year of King Jeroboam, Abijah began to reign over Judah.
2 He reigned for three years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Micaiah the daughter of Uriel of Gibeah.
Now there was war between Abijah and Jeroboam.
3 Abijah went out to battle, having an army of valiant men of war, 400,000 chosen men. And Jeroboam drew up his line of battle against him with 800,000 chosen mighty warriors.
4 Then Abijah stood up on Mount Zemaraim that is in the hill country of Ephraim and said, “Hear me, O Jeroboam and all Israel!
5 Ought you not to know that the Lord God of Israel gave the kingship over Israel forever to David and his sons by a covenant of salt?
6 Yet Jeroboam the son of Nebat, a servant of Solomon the son of David, rose up and rebelled against his lord,
7 and certain worthless scoundrels gathered about him and defied Rehoboam the son of Solomon, when Rehoboam was young and irresolute and could not withstand them.
8 “And now you think to withstand the kingdom of the Lord in the hand of the sons of David, because you are a great multitude and have with you the golden calves that Jeroboam made you for gods.
9 Have you not driven out the priests of the Lord, the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, and made priests for yourselves like the peoples of other lands? Whoever comes for ordination with a young bull or seven rams becomes a priest of what are not gods.
10 But as for us, the Lord is our God, and we have not forsaken him. We have priests ministering to the Lord who are sons of Aaron, and Levites for their service.
11 They offer to the Lord every morning and every evening burnt offerings and incense of sweet spices, set out the showbread on the table of pure gold, and care for the golden lampstand that its lamps may burn every evening. For we keep the charge of the Lord our God, but you have forsaken him.
12 Behold, God is with us at our head, and his priests with their battle trumpets to sound the call to battle against you. O sons of Israel, do not fight against the Lord, the God of your fathers, for you cannot succeed.”
13 Jeroboam had sent an ambush around to come upon them from behind. Thus his troops were in front of Judah, and the ambush was behind them.
14 And when Judah looked, behold, the battle was in front of and behind them. And they cried to the Lord, and the priests blew the trumpets.
15 Then the men of Judah raised the battle shout. And when the men of Judah shouted, God defeated Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah.
16 The men of Israel fled before Judah, and God gave them into their hand.
17 Abijah and his people struck them with great force, so there fell slain of Israel 500,000 chosen men.
18 Thus the men of Israel were subdued at that time, and the men of Judah prevailed, because they relied on the Lord, the God of their fathers.
19 And Abijah pursued Jeroboam and took cities from him, Bethel with its villages and Jeshanah with its villages and Ephron with its villages.
20 Jeroboam did not recover his power in the days of Abijah. And the Lord struck him down, and he died.
21 But Abijah grew mighty. And he took fourteen wives and had twenty-two sons and sixteen daughters.
22 The rest of the acts of Abijah, his ways and his sayings, are written in the story of the prophet Iddo.
2 CHRONICLES 14
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Asa Reigns in Judah 14:1 Abijah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David. And Asa his son reigned in his place. In his days the land had rest for ten years.
2 And Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God.
3 He took away the foreign altars and the high places and broke down the pillars and cut down the Asherim
4 and commanded Judah to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, and to keep the law and the commandment.
5 He also took out of all the cities of Judah the high places and the incense altars. And the kingdom had rest under him.
6 He built fortified cities in Judah, for the land had rest. He had no war in those years, for the Lord gave him peace.
7 And he said to Judah, “Let us build these cities and surround them with walls and towers, gates and bars. The land is still ours, because we have sought the Lord our God. We have sought him, and he has given us peace on every side.” So they built and prospered.
8 And Asa had an army of 300,000 from Judah, armed with large shields and spears, and 280,000 men from Benjamin that carried shields and drew bows. All these were mighty men of valor.
9 Zerah the Ethiopian came out against them with an army of a million men and 300 chariots, and came as far as Mareshah.
10 And Asa went out to meet him, and they drew up their lines of battle in the Valley of Zephathah at Mareshah.
11 And Asa cried to the Lord his God, “O Lord, there is none like you to help, between the mighty and the weak. Help us, O Lord our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this multitude. O Lord, you are our God; let not man prevail against you.”
12 So the Lord defeated the Ethiopians before Asa and before Judah, and the Ethiopians fled.
13 Asa and the people who were with him pursued them as far as Gerar, and the Ethiopians fell until none remained alive, for they were broken before the Lord and his army. The men of Judah carried away very much spoil.
14 And they attacked all the cities around Gerar, for the fear of the Lord was upon them. They plundered all the cities, for there was much plunder in them.
15 And they struck down the tents of those who had livestock and carried away sheep in abundance and camels. Then they returned to Jerusalem.
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The Blessings of Wisdom8:1 Does not wisdom call?Does not understanding raise her voice?
2 On the heights beside the way,at the crossroads she takes her stand;
3 beside the gates in front of the town,at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud:
4 “To you, O men, I call,and my cry is to the children of man.
5 O simple ones, learn prudence;O fools, learn sense.
6 Hear, for I will speak noble things,and from my lips will come what is right,
7 for my mouth will utter truth;wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8 All the words of my mouth are righteous;there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.
9 They are all straight to him who understands,and right to those who find knowledge.
10 Take my instruction instead of silver,and knowledge rather than choice gold,
11 for wisdom is better than jewels,and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.
12 “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,and I find knowledge and discretion.
13 The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil.Pride and arrogance and the way of eviland perverted speech I hate.
14 I have counsel and sound wisdom;I have insight; I have strength.
15 By me kings reign,and rulers decree what is just;
16 by me princes rule,and nobles, all who govern justly.
17 I love those who love me,and those who seek me diligently find me.
18 Riches and honor are with me,enduring wealth and righteousness.
19 My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold,and my yield than choice silver.
20 I walk in the way of righteousness,in the paths of justice,
21 granting an inheritance to those who love me,and filling their treasuries.
22 “The Lord possessed me at the beginning of his work,the first of his acts of old.
23 Ages ago I was set up,at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
24 When there were no depths I was brought forth,when there were no springs abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains had been shaped,before the hills, I was brought forth,
26 before he had made the earth with its fields,or the first of the dust of the world.
27 When he established the heavens, I was there;when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
28 when he made firm the skies above,when he established the fountains of the deep,
29 when he assigned to the sea its limit,so that the waters might not transgress his command,when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
30 then I was beside him, like a master workman,and I was daily his delight,rejoicing before him always,
31 rejoicing in his inhabited worldand delighting in the children of man.
32 “And now, O sons, listen to me:blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction and be wise,and do not neglect it.
34 Blessed is the one who listens to me,watching daily at my gates,waiting beside my doors.
35 For whoever finds me finds lifeand obtains favor from the Lord,
36 but he who fails to find me injures himself;all who hate me love death.”
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Put On the New Self 3:1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming.
7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them.
8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.
9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices
10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.
11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.
12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,
13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Rules for Christian Households18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
19 Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.
20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.
22 Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.
23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,
24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
25 For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.
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