2 CHRONICLES 29Hezekiah Reigns in Judah 29:1 Hezekiah began to reign when he was twenty-five years old, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Abijah the daughter of Zechariah. 2 And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that David his father had done. Hezekiah Cleanses the Temple3 In the first year of his reign, in the first month, he opened the doors of the house of the Lord and repaired them. 4 He brought in the priests and the Levites and assembled them in the square on the east 5 and said to them, “Hear me, Levites! Now consecrate yourselves, and consecrate the house of the Lord, the God of your fathers, and carry out the filth from the Holy Place. 6 For our fathers have been unfaithful and have done what was evil in the sight of the Lord our God. They have forsaken him and have turned away their faces from the habitation of the Lord and turned their backs. 7 They also shut the doors of the vestibule and put out the lamps and have not burned incense or offered burnt offerings in the Holy Place to the God of Israel. 8 Therefore the wrath of the Lord came on Judah and Jerusalem, and he has made them an object of horror, of astonishment, and of hissing, as you see with your own eyes. 9 For behold, our fathers have fallen by the sword, and our sons and our daughters and our wives are in captivity for this. 10 Now it is in my heart to make a covenant with the Lord, the God of Israel, in order that his fierce anger may turn away from us. 11 My sons, do not now be negligent, for the Lord has chosen you to stand in his presence, to minister to him and to be his ministers and make offerings to him.”
2 CHRONICLES 30Passover Celebrated 30:1 Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and wrote letters also to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the house of the Lord at Jerusalem to keep the Passover to the Lord, the God of Israel. 2 For the king and his princes and all the assembly in Jerusalem had taken counsel to keep the Passover in the second month— 3 for they could not keep it at that time because the priests had not consecrated themselves in sufficient number, nor had the people assembled in Jerusalem— 4 and the plan seemed right to the king and all the assembly. 5 So they decreed to make a proclamation throughout all Israel, from Beersheba to Dan, that the people should come and keep the Passover to the Lord, the God of Israel, at Jerusalem, for they had not kept it as often as prescribed. 6 So couriers went throughout all Israel and Judah with letters from the king and his princes, as the king had commanded, saying, “O people of Israel, return to the Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, that he may turn again to the remnant of you who have escaped from the hand of the kings of Assyria. 7 Do not be like your fathers and your brothers, who were faithless to the Lord God of their fathers, so that he made them a desolation, as you see. 8 Do not now be stiff-necked as your fathers were, but yield yourselves to the Lord and come to his sanctuary, which he has consecrated forever, and serve the Lord your God, that his fierce anger may turn away from you. 9 For if you return to the Lord, your brothers and your children will find compassion with their captors and return to this land. For the Lord your God is gracious and merciful and will not turn away his face from you, if you return to him.”
PROVERBS 1414:1 The wisest of women builds her house,but folly with her own hands tears it down. 2 Whoever walks in uprightness fears the Lord,but he who is devious in his ways despises him. 3 By the mouth of a fool comes a rod for his back,but the lips of the wise will preserve them. 4 Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean,but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox. 5 A faithful witness does not lie,but a false witness breathes out lies. 6 A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain,but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding. 7 Leave the presence of a fool,for there you do not meet words of knowledge. 8 The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way,but the folly of fools is deceiving. 9 Fools mock at the guilt offering,but the upright enjoy acceptance. 10 The heart knows its own bitterness,and no stranger shares its joy. 11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed,but the tent of the upright will flourish. 12 There is a way that seems right to a man,but its end is the way to death. 13 Even in laughter the heart may ache,and the end of joy may be grief. 14 The backslider in heart will be filled with the fruit of his ways,and a good man will be filled with the fruit of his ways. 15 The simple believes everything,but the prudent gives thought to his steps. 16 One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil,but a fool is reckless and careless. 17 A man of quick temper acts foolishly,and a man of evil devices is hated. 18 The simple inherit folly,but the prudent are crowned with knowledge. 19 The evil bow down before the good,the wicked at the gates of the righteous. 20 The poor is disliked even by his neighbor,but the rich has many friends. 21 Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner,but blessed is he who is generous to the poor. 22 Do they not go astray who devise evil?Those who devise good meet steadfast love and faithfulness. 23 In all toil there is profit,but mere talk tends only to poverty. 24 The crown of the wise is their wealth,but the folly of fools brings folly. 25 A truthful witness saves lives,but one who breathes out lies is deceitful. 26 In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence,and his children will have a refuge. 27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,that one may turn away from the snares of death. 28 In a multitude of people is the glory of a king,but without people a prince is ruined. 29 Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding,but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly. 30 A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh,but envy makes the bones rot. 31 Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker,but he who is generous to the needy honors him. 32 The wicked is overthrown through his evildoing,but the righteous finds refuge in his death. 33 Wisdom rests in the heart of a man of understanding,but it makes itself known even in the midst of fools. 34 Righteousness exalts a nation,but sin is a reproach to any people. 35 A servant who deals wisely has the king’s favor,but his wrath falls on one who acts shamefully.
1 THESSALONIANS 5The Day of the Lord 5:1 Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. 2 For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 4 But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. 5 For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. 6 So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. Final Instructions and Benediction12 We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13 and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. 14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. 15 See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies, 21 but test everything; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil.
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