2 CHRONICLES 27Jotham Reigns in Judah 27:1 Jotham was twenty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jerushah the daughter of Zadok. 2 And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord according to all that his father Uzziah had done, except he did not enter the temple of the Lord. But the people still followed corrupt practices. 3 He built the upper gate of the house of the Lord and did much building on the wall of Ophel. 4 Moreover, he built cities in the hill country of Judah, and forts and towers on the wooded hills. 5 He fought with the king of the Ammonites and prevailed against them. And the Ammonites gave him that year 100 talents of silver, and 10,000 cors of wheat and 10,000 of barley. The Ammonites paid him the same amount in the second and the third years. 6 So Jotham became mighty, because he ordered his ways before the Lord his God. 7 Now the rest of the acts of Jotham, and all his wars and his ways, behold, they are written in the Book of the Kings of Israel and Judah. 8 He was twenty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. 9 And Jotham slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David, and Ahaz his son reigned in his place.
2 CHRONICLES 28Ahaz Reigns in Judah 28:1 Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. And he did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as his father David had done, 2 but he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel. He even made metal images for the Baals, 3 and he made offerings in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom and burned his sons as an offering, according to the abominations of the nations whom the Lord drove out before the people of Israel. 4 And he sacrificed and made offerings on the high places and on the hills and under every green tree. Judah Defeated5 Therefore the Lord his God gave him into the hand of the king of Syria, who defeated him and took captive a great number of his people and brought them to Damascus. He was also given into the hand of the king of Israel, who struck him with great force. 6 For Pekah the son of Remaliah killed 120,000 from Judah in one day, all of them men of valor, because they had forsaken the Lord, the God of their fathers. 7 And Zichri, a mighty man of Ephraim, killed Maaseiah the king’s son and Azrikam the commander of the palace and Elkanah the next in authority to the king.
PROVERBS 1313:1 A wise son hears his father’s instruction,but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke. 2 From the fruit of his mouth a man eats what is good,but the desire of the treacherous is for violence. 3 Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life;he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin. 4 The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing,while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied. 5 The righteous hates falsehood,but the wicked brings shame and disgrace. 6 Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless,but sin overthrows the wicked. 7 One pretends to be rich, yet has nothing;another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth. 8 The ransom of a man’s life is his wealth,but a poor man hears no threat. 9 The light of the righteous rejoices,but the lamp of the wicked will be put out. 10 By insolence comes nothing but strife,but with those who take advice is wisdom. 11 Wealth gained hastily will dwindle,but whoever gathers little by little will increase it. 12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick,but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life. 13 Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself,but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded. 14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,that one may turn away from the snares of death. 15 Good sense wins favor,but the way of the treacherous is their ruin. 16 Every prudent man acts with knowledge,but a fool flaunts his folly. 17 A wicked messenger falls into trouble,but a faithful envoy brings healing. 18 Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction,but whoever heeds reproof is honored. 19 A desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul,but to turn away from evil is an abomination to fools. 20 Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise,but the companion of fools will suffer harm. 21 Disaster pursues sinners,but the righteous are rewarded with good. 22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children,but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous. 23 The fallow ground of the poor would yield much food,but it is swept away through injustice. 24 Whoever spares the rod hates his son,but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him. 25 The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite,but the belly of the wicked suffers want.
1 THESSALONIANS 4A Life Pleasing to God 4:1 Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. 2 For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. 3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, 5 not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6 that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. 7 For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. 8 Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.
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