2 KINGS 13Jehoahaz Reigns in Israel 13:1 In the twenty-third year of Joash the son of Ahaziah, king of Judah, Jehoahaz the son of Jehu began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and he reigned seventeen years. 2 He did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and followed the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which he made Israel to sin; he did not depart from them. 3 And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he gave them continually into the hand of Hazael king of Syria and into the hand of Ben-hadad the son of Hazael. 4 Then Jehoahaz sought the favor of the Lord, and the Lord listened to him, for he saw the oppression of Israel, how the king of Syria oppressed them. 5 (Therefore the Lord gave Israel a savior, so that they escaped from the hand of the Syrians, and the people of Israel lived in their homes as formerly. 6 Nevertheless, they did not depart from the sins of the house of Jeroboam, which he made Israel to sin, but walked in them; and the Asherah also remained in Samaria.) 7 For there was not left to Jehoahaz an army of more than fifty horsemen and ten chariots and ten thousand footmen, for the king of Syria had destroyed them and made them like the dust at threshing. 8 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoahaz and all that he did, and his might, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel? 9 So Jehoahaz slept with his fathers, and they buried him in Samaria, and Joash his son reigned in his place. Jehoash Reigns in Israel10 In the thirty-seventh year of Joash king of Judah, Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and he reigned sixteen years. 11 He also did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. He did not depart from all the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which he made Israel to sin, but he walked in them. 12 Now the rest of the acts of Joash and all that he did, and the might with which he fought against Amaziah king of Judah, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel? 13 So Joash slept with his fathers, and Jeroboam sat on his throne. And Joash was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel. The Death of Elisha14 Now when Elisha had fallen sick with the illness of which he was to die, Joash king of Israel went down to him and wept before him, crying, “My father, my father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” 15 And Elisha said to him, “Take a bow and arrows.” So he took a bow and arrows. 16 Then he said to the king of Israel, “Draw the bow,” and he drew it. And Elisha laid his hands on the king’s hands. 17 And he said, “Open the window eastward,” and he opened it. Then Elisha said, “Shoot,” and he shot. And he said, “The Lord’s arrow of victory, the arrow of victory over Syria! For you shall fight the Syrians in Aphek until you have made an end of them.” 18 And he said, “Take the arrows,” and he took them. And he said to the king of Israel, “Strike the ground with them.” And he struck three times and stopped. 19 Then the man of God was angry with him and said, “You should have struck five or six times; then you would have struck down Syria until you had made an end of it, but now you will strike down Syria only three times.”
2 KINGS 14Amaziah Reigns in Judah 14:1 In the second year of Joash the son of Joahaz, king of Israel, Amaziah the son of Joash, king of Judah, began to reign. 2 He was twenty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jehoaddin of Jerusalem. 3 And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, yet not like David his father. He did in all things as Joash his father had done. 4 But the high places were not removed; the people still sacrificed and made offerings on the high places. 5 And as soon as the royal power was firmly in his hand, he struck down his servants who had struck down the king his father. 6 But he did not put to death the children of the murderers, according to what is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, where the Lord commanded, “Fathers shall not be put to death because of their children, nor shall children be put to death because of their fathers. But each one shall die for his own sin.”
PROVERBS 1212:1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,but he who hates reproof is stupid. 2 A good man obtains favor from the Lord,but a man of evil devices he condemns. 3 No one is established by wickedness,but the root of the righteous will never be moved. 4 An excellent wife is the crown of her husband,but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones. 5 The thoughts of the righteous are just;the counsels of the wicked are deceitful. 6 The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood,but the mouth of the upright delivers them. 7 The wicked are overthrown and are no more,but the house of the righteous will stand. 8 A man is commended according to his good sense,but one of twisted mind is despised. 9 Better to be lowly and have a servantthan to play the great man and lack bread. 10 Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast,but the mercy of the wicked is cruel. 11 Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense. 12 Whoever is wicked covets the spoil of evildoers,but the root of the righteous bears fruit. 13 An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips,but the righteous escapes from trouble. 14 From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good,and the work of a man’s hand comes back to him. 15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,but a wise man listens to advice. 16 The vexation of a fool is known at once,but the prudent ignores an insult. 17 Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence,but a false witness utters deceit. 18 There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts,but the tongue of the wise brings healing. 19 Truthful lips endure forever,but a lying tongue is but for a moment. 20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,but those who plan peace have joy. 21 No ill befalls the righteous,but the wicked are filled with trouble. 22 Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,but those who act faithfully are his delight. 23 A prudent man conceals knowledge,but the heart of fools proclaims folly. 24 The hand of the diligent will rule,while the slothful will be put to forced labor. 25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down,but a good word makes him glad. 26 One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor,but the way of the wicked leads them astray. 27 Whoever is slothful will not roast his game,but the diligent man will get precious wealth. 28 In the path of righteousness is life,and in its pathway there is no death.
GALATIANS 1Greeting 1:1 Paul, an apostle—not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— 2 and all the brothers who are with me,
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