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SecondaryMid: #db4
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TertiaryMid: #999
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.popup {background:[[ColorPalette::TertiaryPale]]; color:[[ColorPalette::TertiaryDark]]; border-left:1px solid [[ColorPalette::TertiaryMid]]; border-top:1px solid [[ColorPalette::TertiaryMid]]; border-right:2px solid [[ColorPalette::TertiaryDark]]; border-bottom:2px solid [[ColorPalette::TertiaryDark]];}
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.externalLink {text-decoration:underline;}

.indent {margin-left:3em;}
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.tiddlyLinkExisting {font-weight:bold;}
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#mainMenu .tiddlyLinkExisting,
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.viewer {line-height:1.4em; padding-top:0.5em;}
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/***
StyleSheet for use when a translation requires any css style changes.
This StyleSheet can be used directly by languages such as Chinese, Japanese and Korean which need larger font sizes.
***/
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#displayArea {margin: 1em 1em 0em;}
noscript {display:none;} /* Fixes a feature in Firefox 1.5.0.2 where print preview displays the noscript content */
}
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<div class='header' macro='gradient vert [[ColorPalette::PrimaryLight]] [[ColorPalette::PrimaryMid]]'>
<div class='headerShadow'>
<span class='siteTitle' refresh='content' tiddler='SiteTitle'></span>&nbsp;
<span class='siteSubtitle' refresh='content' tiddler='SiteSubtitle'></span>
</div>
<div class='headerForeground'>
<span class='siteTitle' refresh='content' tiddler='SiteTitle'></span>&nbsp;
<span class='siteSubtitle' refresh='content' tiddler='SiteSubtitle'></span>
</div>
</div>
<div id='mainMenu' refresh='content' tiddler='MainMenu'></div>
<div id='sidebar'>
<div id='sidebarOptions' refresh='content' tiddler='SideBarOptions'></div>
<div id='sidebarTabs' refresh='content' force='true' tiddler='SideBarTabs'></div>
</div>
<div id='displayArea'>
<div id='messageArea'></div>
<div id='tiddlerDisplay'></div>
</div>
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<!--{{{-->
<div class='toolbar' macro='toolbar [[ToolbarCommands::ViewToolbar]]'></div>
<div class='title' macro='view title'></div>
<div class='subtitle'><span macro='view modifier link'></span>, <span macro='view modified date'></span> (<span macro='message views.wikified.createdPrompt'></span> <span macro='view created date'></span>)</div>
<div class='tagging' macro='tagging'></div>
<div class='tagged' macro='tags'></div>
<div class='viewer' macro='view text wikified'></div>
<div class='tagClear'></div>
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<!--{{{-->
<div class='toolbar' macro='toolbar [[ToolbarCommands::EditToolbar]]'></div>
<div class='title' macro='view title'></div>
<div class='editor' macro='edit title'></div>
<div macro='annotations'></div>
<div class='editor' macro='edit text'></div>
<div class='editor' macro='edit tags'></div><div class='editorFooter'><span macro='message views.editor.tagPrompt'></span><span macro='tagChooser excludeLists'></span></div>
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To get started with this blank [[TiddlyWiki]], you'll need to modify the following tiddlers:
* [[SiteTitle]] & [[SiteSubtitle]]: The title and subtitle of the site, as shown above (after saving, they will also appear in the browser title bar)
* [[MainMenu]]: The menu (usually on the left)
* [[DefaultTiddlers]]: Contains the names of the tiddlers that you want to appear when the TiddlyWiki is opened
You'll also need to enter your username for signing your edits: <<option txtUserName>>
These [[InterfaceOptions]] for customising [[TiddlyWiki]] are saved in your browser

Your username for signing your edits. Write it as a [[WikiWord]] (eg [[JoeBloggs]])

<<option txtUserName>>
<<option chkSaveBackups>> [[SaveBackups]]
<<option chkAutoSave>> [[AutoSave]]
<<option chkRegExpSearch>> [[RegExpSearch]]
<<option chkCaseSensitiveSearch>> [[CaseSensitiveSearch]]
<<option chkAnimate>> [[EnableAnimations]]

----
Also see [[AdvancedOptions]]
<<importTiddlers>>
! Bible Books
{{floatright tiny{
&nbsp;<<tiddler ExpandSlidersScript with: 'Bible_Notes_Menu' 'show all' 'hide all'>>}}}
<<slider {{config.options['foo']=false;'foo';}}
	Bible_Notes_Menu##Torah Torah 'the first five Books'>>
<<slider {{config.options['foo']=false;'foo';}}
	Bible_Notes_Menu##Histories Histories>>
<<slider {{config.options['foo']=false;'foo';}}
	Bible_Notes_Menu##Poetry Poetry>>
<<slider {{config.options['foo']=false;'foo';}}
	Bible_Notes_Menu##Prophets Prophets>>
<<slider {{config.options['foo']=false;'foo';}}
	Bible_Notes_Menu##Gospels 'Gospels and Acts'>>
<<slider {{config.options['foo']=false;'foo';}}
	Bible_Notes_Menu##Paul 'Pauls Letters'>>
<<slider {{config.options['foo']=false;'foo';}}
	Bible_Notes_Menu##Letters 'Letters and Rev.'>>
/%
}}}
!Gospels
{{borderleft{
<<matchTags "# [[%0]]" "\n" sort:book_key Gospels>>
}}}
!Paul
{{borderleft{
[[Romans_01_01]]
[[Romans_12_01]]
----
[[1Cor_01_01]]
[[1Cor_06_01]]
[[1Cor_11_01]]
[[2Cor_01_01]]
----
[[Galatians_01_01]]
[[Eph_01_01]]
[[Eph_02_01]]
[[Eph_03_01]]
[[Eph_04_01]]
[[Eph_05_01]]
[[Eph_06_01]]
[[Philippians_01_01]]
[[Colossians_01_01]]
----
[[Thess_01_01]]
[[1Timothy_01_01]]
[[2Timothy_01_01]]
[[Titus_01_01]]
[[Philemon_01_01]]
}}}
!Letters
{{borderleft{
[[Hebrews_01_01]]
[[Hebrews_11_01]]
[[Hebrews_12_01]]
[[James_01_01]]
----
[[1John_01_01]]
[[2John_01_01]]
[[1Peter_01_01]]
[[2Peter_01_01]]
----
[[Revelation_01_01]]
}}}
!Torah
{{borderleft{
<<matchTags "%0" "<br>" sort:book_key bk_header>>

    {{borderleft{
    <<matchTags "%0" "<br>" sort:book_key Torah>>
    }}}

}}}
!Histories
{{borderleft{
[[Joshua_01_01]]
[[Judges_01_01]]
[[Ruth_01_01]]
[[1Samuel_01_01]]
[[2Samuel_01_01]]
[[Nehemiah_01_01]]
[[Esther_01_01]]
}}}
!Poetry
{{borderleft{
[[Job_01_01]]
[[Psalms_01_01]]
[[Proverbs_01_01]]
[[Eccl_01_01]]
[[Song_01_01]]
}}}
!Prophets
{{borderleft{
[[Isaiah_01_01]]
[[Isaiah_40_01]]
[[Jeremiah_01_01]]
[[Ezekiel_01_01]]
[[Daniel_01_01]]
[[Hosea_01_01]]
[[Jonah_01_01]]
[[MinorProphets]]
}}}
!end
%/
+++[get info...=I|click for information or press Alt-I]
	put some general information here,
	plus a floating panel with more specific info:
	+++^10em^[view details...|click for details]
		put some detail here, which could in turn contain a transient panel,
		perhaps with a +++^25em^*[glossary definition]explaining technical terms===
	===
===

+++[Gospels|Gospels]
	[[_John_01_01]]
	[[_John_01_23]]
  	<<matchTags "%0" "\n" sort:book_key Torah>>
===
! Scripture Text
+++[Gospels]
	+++^10em^[John]
        <<tiddler _John_List >>
	===
	+++^10em^[Mark]
		[[Tiddler 3]]
		[[Tiddler 4]]	
	===
===
<br>
+++[Torah]

       Bible_Text_Menu##Torah Torah 'the first five Books'>>
	
	+++^10em^[Exodus]
		[[Tiddler 3]]
		[[Tiddler 4]]	
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===
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[[John 01 23|_John_01_23]] - [[Notes|John_01_23]]
[[John 01 46|_John_01_46]] - [[Notes|John_01_46]]
[[John 02 18|_John_02_18]] - [[Notes|John_02_18]]
[[John 03 22|_John_03_22]] - [[Notes|John_03_22]]
[[John 04 09|_John_04_09]] - [[Notes|John_04_09]]
[[John 04 30|_John_04_30]] - [[Notes|John_04_30]]
[[John 05 01|_John_05_01]] - [[Notes|John_05_01]]
[[John 05 24|_John_05_24]] - [[Notes|John_05_24]]
[[John 05 45|_John_05_45]] - [[Notes|John_05_45]]
[[John 06 22|_John_06_22]] - [[Notes|John_06_22]]
[[John 06 41|_John_06_41]] - [[Notes|John_06_41]]
[[John 06 61|_John_06_61]] - [[Notes|John_06_61]]
[[John 07 16|_John_07_16]] - [[Notes|John_07_16]]
[[John 07 35|_John_07_35]] - [[Notes|John_07_35]]
[[John 08 07|_John_08_07]] - [[Notes|John_08_07]]
[[John 08 25|_John_08_25]] - [[Notes|John_08_25]]
[[John 08 48|_John_08_48]] - [[Notes|John_08_48]]
[[John 09 28|_John_09_28]] - [[Notes|John_09_28]]
[[John 10 19|_John_10_19]] - [[Notes|John_10_19]]
[[John 11 01|_John_11_01]] - [[Notes|John_11_01]]
[[John 11 24|_John_11_24]] - [[Notes|John_11_24]]
[[John 11 44|_John_11_44]] - [[Notes|John_11_44]]
[[John 12 09|_John_12_09]] - [[Notes|John_12_09]]
[[John 12 29|_John_12_29]] - [[Notes|John_12_29]]
[[John 13 01|_John_13_01]] - [[Notes|John_13_01]]
[[John 13 21|_John_13_21]] - [[Notes|John_13_21]]
[[John 14 01|_John_14_01]] - [[Notes|John_14_01]]
[[John 14 22|_John_14_22]] - [[Notes|John_14_22]]
[[John 15 08|_John_15_08]] - [[Notes|John_15_08]]
[[John 15 26|_John_15_26]] - [[Notes|John_15_26]]
[[John 16 19|_John_16_19]] - [[Notes|John_16_19]]
[[John 17 01|_John_17_01]] - [[Notes|John_17_01]]
[[John 18 01|_John_18_01]] - [[Notes|John_18_01]]
[[John 18 22|_John_18_22]] - [[Notes|John_18_22]]
[[John 18 38|_John_18_38]] - [[Notes|John_18_38]]
[[John 19 15|_John_19_15]] - [[Notes|John_19_15]]
[[John 19 31|_John_19_31]] - [[Notes|John_19_31]]
[[John 20 11|_John_20_11]] - [[Notes|John_20_11]]
[[John 20 26|_John_20_26]] - [[Notes|John_20_26]]
[[John 21 12|_John_21_12]] - [[Notes|John_21_12]]
----
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[[Mark 01 25|_Mark_01_25]] - [[Notes|Mark_01_25]]
[[Mark 02 01|_Mark_02_01]] - [[Notes|Mark_02_01]]
[[Mark 02 18|_Mark_02_18]] - [[Notes|Mark_02_18]]
[[Mark 03 07|_Mark_03_07]] - [[Notes|Mark_03_07]]
[[Mark 03 31|_Mark_03_31]] - [[Notes|Mark_03_31]]
[[Mark 04 21|_Mark_04_21]] - [[Notes|Mark_04_21]]
[[Mark 04 41|_Mark_04_41]] - [[Notes|Mark_04_41]]
[[Mark 05 20|_Mark_05_20]] - [[Notes|Mark_05_20]]
[[Mark 05 40|_Mark_05_40]] - [[Notes|Mark_05_40]]
[[Mark 06 21|_Mark_06_21]] - [[Notes|Mark_06_21]]
[[Mark 06 37|_Mark_06_37]] - [[Notes|Mark_06_37]]
[[Mark 07 01|_Mark_07_01]] - [[Notes|Mark_07_01]]
[[Mark 07 24|_Mark_07_24]] - [[Notes|Mark_07_24]]
[[Mark 08 05|_Mark_08_05]] - [[Notes|Mark_08_05]]
[[Mark 08 25|_Mark_08_25]] - [[Notes|Mark_08_25]]
[[Mark 09 05|_Mark_09_05]] - [[Notes|Mark_09_05]]
[[Mark 09 24|_Mark_09_24]] - [[Notes|Mark_09_24]]
[[Mark 10 01|_Mark_10_01]] - [[Notes|Mark_10_01]]
[[Mark 10 22|_Mark_10_22]] - [[Notes|Mark_10_22]]
[[Mark 10 38|_Mark_10_38]] - [[Notes|Mark_10_38]]
[[Mark 11 04|_Mark_11_04]] - [[Notes|Mark_11_04]]
[[Mark 11 22|_Mark_11_22]] - [[Notes|Mark_11_22]]
[[Mark 12 12|_Mark_12_12]] - [[Notes|Mark_12_12]]
[[Mark 12 29|_Mark_12_29]] - [[Notes|Mark_12_29]]
[[Mark 13 02|_Mark_13_02]] - [[Notes|Mark_13_02]]
[[Mark 14 06|_Mark_14_06]] - [[Notes|Mark_14_06]]
[[Mark 14 23|_Mark_14_23]] - [[Notes|Mark_14_23]]
[[Mark 14 43|_Mark_14_43]] - [[Notes|Mark_14_43]]
[[Mark 14 63|_Mark_14_63]] - [[Notes|Mark_14_63]]
[[Mark 15 13|_Mark_15_13]] - [[Notes|Mark_15_13]]
[[Mark 15 35|_Mark_15_35]] - [[Notes|Mark_15_35]]
[[Mark 16 08|_Mark_16_08]] - [[Notes|Mark_16_08]]
----
[[Matthew 01 01|_Matthew_01_01]] - [[Notes|Matthew_01_01]]
[[Matthew 01 22|_Matthew_01_22]] - [[Notes|Matthew_01_22]]
[[Matthew 02 14|_Matthew_02_14]] - [[Notes|Matthew_02_14]]
[[Matthew 03 10|_Matthew_03_10]] - [[Notes|Matthew_03_10]]
[[Matthew 04 10|_Matthew_04_10]] - [[Notes|Matthew_04_10]]
[[Matthew 05 11|_Matthew_05_11]] - [[Notes|Matthew_05_11]]
[[Matthew 05 27|_Matthew_05_27]] - [[Notes|Matthew_05_27]]
[[Matthew 06 01|_Matthew_06_01]] - [[Notes|Matthew_06_01]]
[[Matthew 06 19|_Matthew_06_19]] - [[Notes|Matthew_06_19]]
[[Matthew 07 06|_Matthew_07_06]] - [[Notes|Matthew_07_06]]
[[Matthew 07 28|_Matthew_07_28]] - [[Notes|Matthew_07_28]]
[[Matthew 08 19|_Matthew_08_19]] - [[Notes|Matthew_08_19]]
[[Matthew 09 03|_Matthew_09_03]] - [[Notes|Matthew_09_03]]
[[Matthew 09 22|_Matthew_09_22]] - [[Notes|Matthew_09_22]]
[[Matthew 10 05|_Matthew_10_05]] - [[Notes|Matthew_10_05]]
[[Matthew 10 24|_Matthew_10_24]] - [[Notes|Matthew_10_24]]
[[Matthew 11 01|_Matthew_11_01]] - [[Notes|Matthew_11_01]]
[[Matthew 11 20|_Matthew_11_20]] - [[Notes|Matthew_11_20]]
[[Matthew 12 09|_Matthew_12_09]] - [[Notes|Matthew_12_09]]
[[Matthew 12 30|_Matthew_12_30]] - [[Notes|Matthew_12_30]]
[[Matthew 12 46|_Matthew_12_46]] - [[Notes|Matthew_12_46]]
[[Matthew 13 16|_Matthew_13_16]] - [[Notes|Matthew_13_16]]
[[Matthew 13 33|_Matthew_13_33]] - [[Notes|Matthew_13_33]]
[[Matthew 13 52|_Matthew_13_52]] - [[Notes|Matthew_13_52]]
[[Matthew 14 14|_Matthew_14_14]] - [[Notes|Matthew_14_14]]
[[Matthew 14 34|_Matthew_14_34]] - [[Notes|Matthew_14_34]]
[[Matthew 15 21|_Matthew_15_21]] - [[Notes|Matthew_15_21]]
[[Matthew 16 01|_Matthew_16_01]] - [[Notes|Matthew_16_01]]
[[Matthew 16 22|_Matthew_16_22]] - [[Notes|Matthew_16_22]]
[[Matthew 17 11|_Matthew_17_11]] - [[Notes|Matthew_17_11]]
[[Matthew 18 01|_Matthew_18_01]] - [[Notes|Matthew_18_01]]
[[Matthew 18 21|_Matthew_18_21]] - [[Notes|Matthew_18_21]]
[[Matthew 19 07|_Matthew_19_07]] - [[Notes|Matthew_19_07]]
[[Matthew 19 25|_Matthew_19_25]] - [[Notes|Matthew_19_25]]
[[Matthew 20 13|_Matthew_20_13]] - [[Notes|Matthew_20_13]]
[[Matthew 20 29|_Matthew_20_29]] - [[Notes|Matthew_20_29]]
[[Matthew 21 14|_Matthew_21_14]] - [[Notes|Matthew_21_14]]
[[Matthew 22 08|_Matthew_22_08]] - [[Notes|Matthew_22_08]]
[[Matthew 22 29|_Matthew_22_29]] - [[Notes|Matthew_22_29]]
[[Matthew 23 13|_Matthew_23_13]] - [[Notes|Matthew_23_13]]
[[Matthew 23 37|_Matthew_23_37]] - [[Notes|Matthew_23_37]]
[[Matthew 24 23|_Matthew_24_23]] - [[Notes|Matthew_24_23]]
[[Matthew 24 45|_Matthew_24_45]] - [[Notes|Matthew_24_45]]
[[Matthew 25 19|_Matthew_25_19]] - [[Notes|Matthew_25_19]]
[[Matthew 25 37|_Matthew_25_37]] - [[Notes|Matthew_25_37]]
[[Matthew 26 10|_Matthew_26_10]] - [[Notes|Matthew_26_10]]
[[Matthew 26 31|_Matthew_26_31]] - [[Notes|Matthew_26_31]]
[[Matthew 26 50|_Matthew_26_50]] - [[Notes|Matthew_26_50]]
[[Matthew 27 11|_Matthew_27_11]] - [[Notes|Matthew_27_11]]
[[Matthew 27 32|_Matthew_27_32]] - [[Notes|Matthew_27_32]]
[[Matthew 27 55|_Matthew_27_55]] - [[Notes|Matthew_27_55]]
[[Matthew 28 08|_Matthew_28_08]] - [[Notes|Matthew_28_08]]
----
[[Luke 01 01|_Luke_01_01]] - [[Notes|Luke_01_01]]
[[Luke 01 19|_Luke_01_19]] - [[Notes|Luke_01_19]]
[[Luke 01 38|_Luke_01_38]] - [[Notes|Luke_01_38]]
[[Luke 01 63|_Luke_01_63]] - [[Notes|Luke_01_63]]
[[Luke 02 06|_Luke_02_06]] - [[Notes|Luke_02_06]]
[[Luke 02 25|_Luke_02_25]] - [[Notes|Luke_02_25]]
[[Luke 02 49|_Luke_02_49]] - [[Notes|Luke_02_49]]
[[Luke 03 15|_Luke_03_15]] - [[Notes|Luke_03_15]]
[[Luke 04 01|_Luke_04_01]] - [[Notes|Luke_04_01]]
[[Luke 04 20|_Luke_04_20]] - [[Notes|Luke_04_20]]
[[Luke 04 38|_Luke_04_38]] - [[Notes|Luke_04_38]]
[[Luke 05 11|_Luke_05_11]] - [[Notes|Luke_05_11]]
[[Luke 05 27|_Luke_05_27]] - [[Notes|Luke_05_27]]
[[Luke 06 06|_Luke_06_06]] - [[Notes|Luke_06_06]]
[[Luke 06 24|_Luke_06_24]] - [[Notes|Luke_06_24]]
[[Luke 06 46|_Luke_06_46]] - [[Notes|Luke_06_46]]
[[Luke 07 16|_Luke_07_16]] - [[Notes|Luke_07_16]]
[[Luke 07 36|_Luke_07_36]] - [[Notes|Luke_07_36]]
[[Luke 08 09|_Luke_08_09]] - [[Notes|Luke_08_09]]
[[Luke 08 27|_Luke_08_27]] - [[Notes|Luke_08_27]]
[[Luke 08 46|_Luke_08_46]] - [[Notes|Luke_08_46]]
[[Luke 09 28|_Luke_09_28]] - [[Notes|Luke_09_28]]
[[Luke 09 46|_Luke_09_46]] - [[Notes|Luke_09_46]]
[[Luke 10 13|_Luke_10_13]] - [[Notes|Luke_10_13]]
[[Luke 10 29|_Luke_10_29]] - [[Notes|Luke_10_29]]
[[Luke 11 05|_Luke_11_05]] - [[Notes|Luke_11_05]]
[[Luke 11 23|_Luke_11_23]] - [[Notes|Luke_11_23]]
[[Luke 11 45|_Luke_11_45]] - [[Notes|Luke_11_45]]
[[Luke 12 08|_Luke_12_08]] - [[Notes|Luke_12_08]]
[[Luke 12 35|_Luke_12_35]] - [[Notes|Luke_12_35]]
[[Luke 12 54|_Luke_12_54]] - [[Notes|Luke_12_54]]
[[Luke 13 14|_Luke_13_14]] - [[Notes|Luke_13_14]]
[[Luke 13 31|_Luke_13_31]] - [[Notes|Luke_13_31]]
[[Luke 14 15|_Luke_14_15]] - [[Notes|Luke_14_15]]
[[Luke 15 01|_Luke_15_01]] - [[Notes|Luke_15_01]]
[[Luke 15 20|_Luke_15_20]] - [[Notes|Luke_15_20]]
[[Luke 16 08|_Luke_16_08]] - [[Notes|Luke_16_08]]
[[Luke 16 25|_Luke_16_25]] - [[Notes|Luke_16_25]]
[[Luke 17 11|_Luke_17_11]] - [[Notes|Luke_17_11]]
[[Luke 17 37|_Luke_17_37]] - [[Notes|Luke_17_37]]
[[Luke 18 19|_Luke_18_19]] - [[Notes|Luke_18_19]]
[[Luke 18 40|_Luke_18_40]] - [[Notes|Luke_18_40]]
[[Luke 19 17|_Luke_19_17]] - [[Notes|Luke_19_17]]
[[Luke 19 39|_Luke_19_39]] - [[Notes|Luke_19_39]]
[[Luke 20 14|_Luke_20_14]] - [[Notes|Luke_20_14]]
[[Luke 20 34|_Luke_20_34]] - [[Notes|Luke_20_34]]
[[Luke 21 10|_Luke_21_10]] - [[Notes|Luke_21_10]]
[[Luke 21 34|_Luke_21_34]] - [[Notes|Luke_21_34]]
[[Luke 22 19|_Luke_22_19]] - [[Notes|Luke_22_19]]
[[Luke 22 38|_Luke_22_38]] - [[Notes|Luke_22_38]]
[[Luke 22 58|_Luke_22_58]] - [[Notes|Luke_22_58]]
[[Luke 23 08|_Luke_23_08]] - [[Notes|Luke_23_08]]
[[Luke 23 32|_Luke_23_32]] - [[Notes|Luke_23_32]]
[[Luke 24 01|_Luke_24_01]] - [[Notes|Luke_24_01]]
[[Luke 24 25|_Luke_24_25]] - [[Notes|Luke_24_25]]
[[Luke 24 45|_Luke_24_45]] - [[Notes|Luke_24_45]]
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[[Acts 01 21|_Acts_01_21]] - [[Notes|Acts_01_21]]
[[Acts 02 22|_Acts_02_22]] - [[Notes|Acts_02_22]]
[[Acts 02 41|_Acts_02_41]] - [[Notes|Acts_02_41]]
[[Acts 03 17|_Acts_03_17]] - [[Notes|Acts_03_17]]
[[Acts 04 13|_Acts_04_13]] - [[Notes|Acts_04_13]]
[[Acts 04 31|_Acts_04_31]] - [[Notes|Acts_04_31]]
[[Acts 05 17|_Acts_05_17]] - [[Notes|Acts_05_17]]
[[Acts 05 40|_Acts_05_40]] - [[Notes|Acts_05_40]]
[[Acts 07 01|_Acts_07_01]] - [[Notes|Acts_07_01]]
[[Acts 07 26|_Acts_07_26]] - [[Notes|Acts_07_26]]
[[Acts 07 44|_Acts_07_44]] - [[Notes|Acts_07_44]]
[[Acts 08 09|_Acts_08_09]] - [[Notes|Acts_08_09]]
[[Acts 08 29|_Acts_08_29]] - [[Notes|Acts_08_29]]
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[[Acts 12 24|_Acts_12_24]] - [[Notes|Acts_12_24]]
[[Acts 13 16|_Acts_13_16]] - [[Notes|Acts_13_16]]
[[Acts 13 34|_Acts_13_34]] - [[Notes|Acts_13_34]]
[[Acts 14 01|_Acts_14_01]] - [[Notes|Acts_14_01]]
[[Acts 14 20|_Acts_14_20]] - [[Notes|Acts_14_20]]
[[Acts 15 12|_Acts_15_12]] - [[Notes|Acts_15_12]]
[[Acts 15 30|_Acts_15_30]] - [[Notes|Acts_15_30]]
[[Acts 16 13|_Acts_16_13]] - [[Notes|Acts_16_13]]
[[Acts 16 29|_Acts_16_29]] - [[Notes|Acts_16_29]]
[[Acts 17 11|_Acts_17_11]] - [[Notes|Acts_17_11]]
[[Acts 17 32|_Acts_17_32]] - [[Notes|Acts_17_32]]
[[Acts 18 17|_Acts_18_17]] - [[Notes|Acts_18_17]]
[[Acts 19 05|_Acts_19_05]] - [[Notes|Acts_19_05]]
[[Acts 19 28|_Acts_19_28]] - [[Notes|Acts_19_28]]
[[Acts 20 07|_Acts_20_07]] - [[Notes|Acts_20_07]]
[[Acts 20 25|_Acts_20_25]] - [[Notes|Acts_20_25]]
[[Acts 21 07|_Acts_21_07]] - [[Notes|Acts_21_07]]
[[Acts 21 26|_Acts_21_26]] - [[Notes|Acts_21_26]]
[[Acts 22 01|_Acts_22_01]] - [[Notes|Acts_22_01]]
[[Acts 22 17|_Acts_22_17]] - [[Notes|Acts_22_17]]
[[Acts 23 03|_Acts_23_03]] - [[Notes|Acts_23_03]]
[[Acts 23 18|_Acts_23_18]] - [[Notes|Acts_23_18]]
[[Acts 24 01|_Acts_24_01]] - [[Notes|Acts_24_01]]
[[Acts 24 22|_Acts_24_22]] - [[Notes|Acts_24_22]]
[[Acts 25 10|_Acts_25_10]] - [[Notes|Acts_25_10]]
[[Acts 26 01|_Acts_26_01]] - [[Notes|Acts_26_01]]
[[Acts 26 19|_Acts_26_19]] - [[Notes|Acts_26_19]]
[[Acts 27 09|_Acts_27_09]] - [[Notes|Acts_27_09]]
[[Acts 27 27|_Acts_27_27]] - [[Notes|Acts_27_27]]
[[Acts 28 01|_Acts_28_01]] - [[Notes|Acts_28_01]]
[[Acts 28 17|_Acts_28_17]] - [[Notes|Acts_28_17]]
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[[1Cor 15 45|_1Cor_15_45]] - [[Notes|1Cor_15_45]]
[[1Cor 16 12|_1Cor_16_12]] - [[Notes|1Cor_16_12]]
----
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[[2Cor 01 21|_2Cor_01_21]] - [[Notes|2Cor_01_21]]
[[2Cor 03 01|_2Cor_03_01]] - [[Notes|2Cor_03_01]]
[[2Cor 04 07|_2Cor_04_07]] - [[Notes|2Cor_04_07]]
[[2Cor 06 01|_2Cor_06_01]] - [[Notes|2Cor_06_01]]
[[2Cor 07 08|_2Cor_07_08]] - [[Notes|2Cor_07_08]]
[[2Cor 08 16|_2Cor_08_16]] - [[Notes|2Cor_08_16]]
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[[2Cor 11 01|_2Cor_11_01]] - [[Notes|2Cor_11_01]]
[[2Cor 11 28|_2Cor_11_28]] - [[Notes|2Cor_11_28]]
[[2Cor 12 14|_2Cor_12_14]] - [[Notes|2Cor_12_14]]
[[2Cor 13 07|_2Cor_13_07]] - [[Notes|2Cor_13_07]]
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[[Gal 02 01|_Gal_02_01]] - [[Notes|Gal_02_01]]
[[Gal 02 15|_Gal_02_15]] - [[Notes|Gal_02_15]]
[[Gal 03 13|_Gal_03_13]] - [[Notes|Gal_03_13]]
[[Gal 04 01|_Gal_04_01]] - [[Notes|Gal_04_01]]
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[[Gal 05 22|_Gal_05_22]] - [[Notes|Gal_05_22]]
[[Gal 06 18|_Gal_06_18]] - [[Notes|Gal_06_18]]
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[[Eph 02 01|_Eph_02_01]] - [[Notes|Eph_02_01]]
[[Eph 03 01|_Eph_03_01]] - [[Notes|Eph_03_01]]
[[Eph 04 01|_Eph_04_01]] - [[Notes|Eph_04_01]]
[[Eph 04 25|_Eph_04_25]] - [[Notes|Eph_04_25]]
[[Eph 05 15|_Eph_05_15]] - [[Notes|Eph_05_15]]
[[Eph 06 05|_Eph_06_05]] - [[Notes|Eph_06_05]]
[[Eph 06 23|_Eph_06_23]] - [[Notes|Eph_06_23]]
[[Philip 01 01|_Philip_01_01]] - [[Notes|Philip_01_01]]
[[Philip 01 27|_Philip_01_27]] - [[Notes|Philip_01_27]]
[[Philip 02 19|_Philip_02_19]] - [[Notes|Philip_02_19]]
[[Philip 03 13|_Philip_03_13]] - [[Notes|Philip_03_13]]
[[Philip 04 21|_Philip_04_21]] - [[Notes|Philip_04_21]]
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[[Col 01 21|_Col_01_21]] - [[Notes|Col_01_21]]
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[[Col 03 18|_Col_03_18]] - [[Notes|Col_03_18]]
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[[1Thes 02 08|_1Thes_02_08]] - [[Notes|1Thes_02_08]]
[[1Thes 04 01|_1Thes_04_01]] - [[Notes|1Thes_04_01]]
[[1Thes 05 01|_1Thes_05_01]] - [[Notes|1Thes_05_01]]
[[1Thes 05 28|_1Thes_05_28]] - [[Notes|1Thes_05_28]]
[[2Thes 01 01|_2Thes_01_01]] - [[Notes|2Thes_01_01]]
[[2Thes 02 16|_2Thes_02_16]] - [[Notes|2Thes_02_16]]
----
[[1Tim 01 01|_1Tim_01_01]] - [[Notes|1Tim_01_01]]
[[1Tim 02 01|_1Tim_02_01]] - [[Notes|1Tim_02_01]]
[[1Tim 03 14|_1Tim_03_14]] - [[Notes|1Tim_03_14]]
[[1Tim 05 01|_1Tim_05_01]] - [[Notes|1Tim_05_01]]
[[1Tim 05 24|_1Tim_05_24]] - [[Notes|1Tim_05_24]]
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[[2Tim 02 01|_2Tim_02_01]] - [[Notes|2Tim_02_01]]
[[2Tim 02 22|_2Tim_02_22]] - [[Notes|2Tim_02_22]]
[[2Tim 04 01|_2Tim_04_01]] - [[Notes|2Tim_04_01]]
----
[[Philemon 01 01|_Philemon_01_01]] - [[Notes|Philemon_01_01]]
[[Philemon 01 22|_Philemon_01_22]] - [[Notes|Philemon_01_22]]
----
}}}
!Letters
{{borderleft{
[[James 01 01|_James_01_01]] - [[Notes|James_01_01]]
[[James 01 26|_James_01_26]] - [[Notes|James_01_26]]
[[James 02 19|_James_02_19]] - [[Notes|James_02_19]]
[[James 03 13|_James_03_13]] - [[Notes|James_03_13]]
[[James 05 01|_James_05_01]] - [[Notes|James_05_01]]
[[James 05 19|_James_05_19]] - [[Notes|James_05_19]]
----
[[Hebrews 01 01|_Hebrews_01_01]] - [[Notes|Hebrews_01_01]]
[[Hebrews 03 12|_Hebrews_03_12]] - [[Notes|Hebrews_03_12]]
[[Hebrews 04 13|_Hebrews_04_13]] - [[Notes|Hebrews_04_13]]
[[Hebrews 06 01|_Hebrews_06_01]] - [[Notes|Hebrews_06_01]]
[[Hebrews 07 01|_Hebrews_07_01]] - [[Notes|Hebrews_07_01]]
[[Hebrews 07 22|_Hebrews_07_22]] - [[Notes|Hebrews_07_22]]
[[Hebrews 08 13|_Hebrews_08_13]] - [[Notes|Hebrews_08_13]]
[[Hebrews 09 21|_Hebrews_09_21]] - [[Notes|Hebrews_09_21]]
[[Hebrews 10 17|_Hebrews_10_17]] - [[Notes|Hebrews_10_17]]
[[Hebrews 10 39|_Hebrews_10_39]] - [[Notes|Hebrews_10_39]]
[[Hebrews 11 17|_Hebrews_11_17]] - [[Notes|Hebrews_11_17]]
[[Hebrews 12 01|_Hebrews_12_01]] - [[Notes|Hebrews_12_01]]
[[Hebrews 12 22|_Hebrews_12_22]] - [[Notes|Hebrews_12_22]]
[[Hebrews 13 17|_Hebrews_13_17]] - [[Notes|Hebrews_13_17]]
----
[[1Peter 01 01|_1Peter_01_01]] - [[Notes|1Peter_01_01]]
[[1Peter 01 22|_1Peter_01_22]] - [[Notes|1Peter_01_22]]
[[2Peter 01 01|_2Peter_01_01]] - [[Notes|2Peter_01_01]]
[[2Peter 01 19|_2Peter_01_19]] - [[Notes|2Peter_01_19]]
[[1Peter 02 17|_1Peter_02_17]] - [[Notes|1Peter_02_17]]
[[2Peter 02 20|_2Peter_02_20]] - [[Notes|2Peter_02_20]]
[[1Peter 03 13|_1Peter_03_13]] - [[Notes|1Peter_03_13]]
[[2Peter 03 14|_2Peter_03_14]] - [[Notes|2Peter_03_14]]
[[1Peter 04 12|_1Peter_04_12]] - [[Notes|1Peter_04_12]]
[[1Peter 05 12|_1Peter_05_12]] - [[Notes|1Peter_05_12]]
----
[[1John 01 01|_1John_01_01]] - [[Notes|1John_01_01]]
[[2John 01 01|_2John_01_01]] - [[Notes|2John_01_01]]
[[3John 01 01|_3John_01_01]] - [[Notes|3John_01_01]]
[[1John 02 12|_1John_02_12]] - [[Notes|1John_02_12]]
[[1John 03 01|_1John_03_01]] - [[Notes|1John_03_01]]
[[1John 04 01|_1John_04_01]] - [[Notes|1John_04_01]]
[[1John 05 01|_1John_05_01]] - [[Notes|1John_05_01]]
----
[[Jude 01 01|_Jude_01_01]] - [[Notes|Jude_01_01]]
[[Jude 01 17|_Jude_01_17]] - [[Notes|Jude_01_17]]
----
[[Rev 01 01|_Rev_01_01]] - [[Notes|Rev_01_01]]
[[Rev 02 12|_Rev_02_12]] - [[Notes|Rev_02_12]]
[[Rev 03 01|_Rev_03_01]] - [[Notes|Rev_03_01]]
[[Rev 03 14|_Rev_03_14]] - [[Notes|Rev_03_14]]
[[Rev 04 09|_Rev_04_09]] - [[Notes|Rev_04_09]]
[[Rev 05 13|_Rev_05_13]] - [[Notes|Rev_05_13]]
[[Rev 06 12|_Rev_06_12]] - [[Notes|Rev_06_12]]
[[Rev 07 11|_Rev_07_11]] - [[Notes|Rev_07_11]]
[[Rev 08 10|_Rev_08_10]] - [[Notes|Rev_08_10]]
[[Rev 09 13|_Rev_09_13]] - [[Notes|Rev_09_13]]
[[Rev 10 09|_Rev_10_09]] - [[Notes|Rev_10_09]]
[[Rev 11 15|_Rev_11_15]] - [[Notes|Rev_11_15]]
[[Rev 12 13|_Rev_12_13]] - [[Notes|Rev_12_13]]
[[Rev 13 11|_Rev_13_11]] - [[Notes|Rev_13_11]]
[[Rev 14 06|_Rev_14_06]] - [[Notes|Rev_14_06]]
[[Rev 15 01|_Rev_15_01]] - [[Notes|Rev_15_01]]
[[Rev 16 08|_Rev_16_08]] - [[Notes|Rev_16_08]]
[[Rev 18 01|_Rev_18_01]] - [[Notes|Rev_18_01]]
[[Rev 18 20|_Rev_18_20]] - [[Notes|Rev_18_20]]
[[Rev 19 10|_Rev_19_10]] - [[Notes|Rev_19_10]]
[[Rev 20 07|_Rev_20_07]] - [[Notes|Rev_20_07]]
[[Rev 21 09|_Rev_21_09]] - [[Notes|Rev_21_09]]
[[Rev 22 01|_Rev_22_01]] - [[Notes|Rev_22_01]]
[[Rev 22 17|_Rev_22_17]] - [[Notes|Rev_22_17]]
}}}
!Torah
+++^10em^[Genesis]
[[Genesis 01 01|_Genesis_01_01]] - [[Notes|Genesis_01_01]]
[[Genesis 01 20|_Genesis_01_20]] - [[Notes|Genesis_01_20]]
[[Genesis 02 04|_Genesis_02_04]] - [[Notes|Genesis_02_04]]
[[Genesis 03 01|_Genesis_03_01]] - [[Notes|Genesis_03_01]]
[[Genesis 03 16|_Genesis_03_16]] - [[Notes|Genesis_03_16]]
[[Genesis 04 09|_Genesis_04_09]] - [[Notes|Genesis_04_09]]
[[Genesis 05 01|_Genesis_05_01]] - [[Notes|Genesis_05_01]]
[[Genesis 05 25|_Genesis_05_25]] - [[Notes|Genesis_05_25]]
[[Genesis 06 13|_Genesis_06_13]] - [[Notes|Genesis_06_13]]
[[Genesis 07 05|_Genesis_07_05]] - [[Notes|Genesis_07_05]]
[[Genesis 08 01|_Genesis_08_01]] - [[Notes|Genesis_08_01]]
[[Genesis 08 18|_Genesis_08_18]] - [[Notes|Genesis_08_18]]
[[Genesis 09 18|_Genesis_09_18]] - [[Notes|Genesis_09_18]]
[[Genesis 10 15|_Genesis_10_15]] - [[Notes|Genesis_10_15]]
[[Genesis 11 10|_Genesis_11_10]] - [[Notes|Genesis_11_10]]
[[Genesis 12 01|_Genesis_12_01]] - [[Notes|Genesis_12_01]]
[[Genesis 12 20|_Genesis_12_20]] - [[Notes|Genesis_12_20]]
[[Genesis 13 18|_Genesis_13_18]] - [[Notes|Genesis_13_18]]
[[Genesis 14 17|_Genesis_14_17]] - [[Notes|Genesis_14_17]]
[[Genesis 15 12|_Genesis_15_12]] - [[Notes|Genesis_15_12]]
[[Genesis 16 09|_Genesis_16_09]] - [[Notes|Genesis_16_09]]
[[Genesis 17 15|_Genesis_17_15]] - [[Notes|Genesis_17_15]]
[[Genesis 18 06|_Genesis_18_06]] - [[Notes|Genesis_18_06]]
[[Genesis 18 26|_Genesis_18_26]] - [[Notes|Genesis_18_26]]
[[Genesis 19 09|_Genesis_19_09]] - [[Notes|Genesis_19_09]]
[[Genesis 19 23|_Genesis_19_23]] - [[Notes|Genesis_19_23]]
[[Genesis 20 01|_Genesis_20_01]] - [[Notes|Genesis_20_01]]
[[Genesis 20 17|_Genesis_20_17]] - [[Notes|Genesis_20_17]]
[[Genesis 22 02|_Genesis_22_02]] - [[Notes|Genesis_22_02]]
[[Genesis 22 19|_Genesis_22_19]] - [[Notes|Genesis_22_19]]
[[Genesis 23 14|_Genesis_23_14]] - [[Notes|Genesis_23_14]]
[[Genesis 24 09|_Genesis_24_09]] - [[Notes|Genesis_24_09]]
[[Genesis 24 24|_Genesis_24_24]] - [[Notes|Genesis_24_24]]
[[Genesis 24 50|_Genesis_24_50]] - [[Notes|Genesis_24_50]]
[[Genesis 25 01|_Genesis_25_01]] - [[Notes|Genesis_25_01]]
[[Genesis 25 24|_Genesis_25_24]] - [[Notes|Genesis_25_24]]
[[Genesis 26 10|_Genesis_26_10]] - [[Notes|Genesis_26_10]]
[[Genesis 26 28|_Genesis_26_28]] - [[Notes|Genesis_26_28]]
[[Genesis 27 11|_Genesis_27_11]] - [[Notes|Genesis_27_11]]
[[Genesis 27 30|_Genesis_27_30]] - [[Notes|Genesis_27_30]]
[[Genesis 27 46|_Genesis_27_46]] - [[Notes|Genesis_27_46]]
[[Genesis 28 16|_Genesis_28_16]] - [[Notes|Genesis_28_16]]
[[Genesis 29 13|_Genesis_29_13]] - [[Notes|Genesis_29_13]]
[[Genesis 30 01|_Genesis_30_01]] - [[Notes|Genesis_30_01]]
[[Genesis 30 22|_Genesis_30_22]] - [[Notes|Genesis_30_22]]
[[Genesis 31 01|_Genesis_31_01]] - [[Notes|Genesis_31_01]]
[[Genesis 31 20|_Genesis_31_20]] - [[Notes|Genesis_31_20]]
[[Genesis 31 36|_Genesis_31_36]] - [[Notes|Genesis_31_36]]
[[Genesis 32 01|_Genesis_32_01]] - [[Notes|Genesis_32_01]]
[[Genesis 32 21|_Genesis_32_21]] - [[Notes|Genesis_32_21]]
[[Genesis 33 08|_Genesis_33_08]] - [[Notes|Genesis_33_08]]
[[Genesis 34 05|_Genesis_34_05]] - [[Notes|Genesis_34_05]]
[[Genesis 34 24|_Genesis_34_24]] - [[Notes|Genesis_34_24]]
[[Genesis 35 09|_Genesis_35_09]] - [[Notes|Genesis_35_09]]
[[Genesis 36 01|_Genesis_36_01]] - [[Notes|Genesis_36_01]]
[[Genesis 36 20|_Genesis_36_20]] - [[Notes|Genesis_36_20]]
[[Genesis 37 01|_Genesis_37_01]] - [[Notes|Genesis_37_01]]
[[Genesis 37 16|_Genesis_37_16]] - [[Notes|Genesis_37_16]]
[[Genesis 37 33|_Genesis_37_33]] - [[Notes|Genesis_37_33]]
[[Genesis 38 17|_Genesis_38_17]] - [[Notes|Genesis_38_17]]
[[Genesis 40 01|_Genesis_40_01]] - [[Notes|Genesis_40_01]]
[[Genesis 40 18|_Genesis_40_18]] - [[Notes|Genesis_40_18]]
[[Genesis 41 14|_Genesis_41_14]] - [[Notes|Genesis_41_14]]
[[Genesis 41 33|_Genesis_41_33]] - [[Notes|Genesis_41_33]]
[[Genesis 41 53|_Genesis_41_53]] - [[Notes|Genesis_41_53]]
[[Genesis 42 14|_Genesis_42_14]] - [[Notes|Genesis_42_14]]
[[Genesis 42 35|_Genesis_42_35]] - [[Notes|Genesis_42_35]]
[[Genesis 43 15|_Genesis_43_15]] - [[Notes|Genesis_43_15]]
[[Genesis 43 32|_Genesis_43_32]] - [[Notes|Genesis_43_32]]
[[Genesis 44 16|_Genesis_44_16]] - [[Notes|Genesis_44_16]]
[[Genesis 45 01|_Genesis_45_01]] - [[Notes|Genesis_45_01]]
[[Genesis 45 21|_Genesis_45_21]] - [[Notes|Genesis_45_21]]
[[Genesis 46 28|_Genesis_46_28]] - [[Notes|Genesis_46_28]]
[[Genesis 47 09|_Genesis_47_09]] - [[Notes|Genesis_47_09]]
[[Genesis 47 25|_Genesis_47_25]] - [[Notes|Genesis_47_25]]
[[Genesis 48 08|_Genesis_48_08]] - [[Notes|Genesis_48_08]]
[[Genesis 49 01|_Genesis_49_01]] - [[Notes|Genesis_49_01]]
[[Genesis 49 20|_Genesis_49_20]] - [[Notes|Genesis_49_20]]
[[Genesis 50 04|_Genesis_50_04]] - [[Notes|Genesis_50_04]]
[[Genesis 50 22|_Genesis_50_22]] - [[Notes|Genesis_50_22]]
----
[[Exodus 01 01|_Exodus_01_01]] - [[Notes|Exodus_01_01]]
[[Exodus 01 20|_Exodus_01_20]] - [[Notes|Exodus_01_20]]
[[Exodus 02 14|_Exodus_02_14]] - [[Notes|Exodus_02_14]]
[[Exodus 03 05|_Exodus_03_05]] - [[Notes|Exodus_03_05]]
[[Exodus 04 01|_Exodus_04_01]] - [[Notes|Exodus_04_01]]
[[Exodus 04 18|_Exodus_04_18]] - [[Notes|Exodus_04_18]]
[[Exodus 05 03|_Exodus_05_03]] - [[Notes|Exodus_05_03]]
[[Exodus 05 20|_Exodus_05_20]] - [[Notes|Exodus_05_20]]
[[Exodus 06 12|_Exodus_06_12]] - [[Notes|Exodus_06_12]]
[[Exodus 06 30|_Exodus_06_30]] - [[Notes|Exodus_06_30]]
[[Exodus 07 20|_Exodus_07_20]] - [[Notes|Exodus_07_20]]
[[Exodus 08 10|_Exodus_08_10]] - [[Notes|Exodus_08_10]]
[[Exodus 08 25|_Exodus_08_25]] - [[Notes|Exodus_08_25]]
[[Exodus 09 10|_Exodus_09_10]] - [[Notes|Exodus_09_10]]
[[Exodus 09 27|_Exodus_09_27]] - [[Notes|Exodus_09_27]]
[[Exodus 10 07|_Exodus_10_07]] - [[Notes|Exodus_10_07]]
[[Exodus 10 21|_Exodus_10_21]] - [[Notes|Exodus_10_21]]
[[Exodus 11 09|_Exodus_11_09]] - [[Notes|Exodus_11_09]]
[[Exodus 12 15|_Exodus_12_15]] - [[Notes|Exodus_12_15]]
[[Exodus 12 43|_Exodus_12_43]] - [[Notes|Exodus_12_43]]
[[Exodus 13 11|_Exodus_13_11]] - [[Notes|Exodus_13_11]]
[[Exodus 14 01|_Exodus_14_01]] - [[Notes|Exodus_14_01]]
[[Exodus 14 21|_Exodus_14_21]] - [[Notes|Exodus_14_21]]
[[Exodus 15 13|_Exodus_15_13]] - [[Notes|Exodus_15_13]]
[[Exodus 15 27|_Exodus_15_27]] - [[Notes|Exodus_15_27]]
[[Exodus 16 13|_Exodus_16_13]] - [[Notes|Exodus_16_13]]
[[Exodus 16 31|_Exodus_16_31]] - [[Notes|Exodus_16_31]]
[[Exodus 18 01|_Exodus_18_01]] - [[Notes|Exodus_18_01]]
[[Exodus 18 24|_Exodus_18_24]] - [[Notes|Exodus_18_24]]
[[Exodus 19 14|_Exodus_19_14]] - [[Notes|Exodus_19_14]]
[[Exodus 20 07|_Exodus_20_07]] - [[Notes|Exodus_20_07]]
[[Exodus 21 01|_Exodus_21_01]] - [[Notes|Exodus_21_01]]
[[Exodus 21 20|_Exodus_21_20]] - [[Notes|Exodus_21_20]]
[[Exodus 22 01|_Exodus_22_01]] - [[Notes|Exodus_22_01]]
[[Exodus 22 16|_Exodus_22_16]] - [[Notes|Exodus_22_16]]
[[Exodus 23 04|_Exodus_23_04]] - [[Notes|Exodus_23_04]]
[[Exodus 23 20|_Exodus_23_20]] - [[Notes|Exodus_23_20]]
[[Exodus 24 03|_Exodus_24_03]] - [[Notes|Exodus_24_03]]
[[Exodus 25 01|_Exodus_25_01]] - [[Notes|Exodus_25_01]]
[[Exodus 25 23|_Exodus_25_23]] - [[Notes|Exodus_25_23]]
[[Exodus 26 01|_Exodus_26_01]] - [[Notes|Exodus_26_01]]
[[Exodus 26 26|_Exodus_26_26]] - [[Notes|Exodus_26_26]]
[[Exodus 27 09|_Exodus_27_09]] - [[Notes|Exodus_27_09]]
[[Exodus 28 06|_Exodus_28_06]] - [[Notes|Exodus_28_06]]
[[Exodus 28 31|_Exodus_28_31]] - [[Notes|Exodus_28_31]]
[[Exodus 29 10|_Exodus_29_10]] - [[Notes|Exodus_29_10]]
[[Exodus 29 26|_Exodus_29_26]] - [[Notes|Exodus_29_26]]
[[Exodus 30 01|_Exodus_30_01]] - [[Notes|Exodus_30_01]]
[[Exodus 30 17|_Exodus_30_17]] - [[Notes|Exodus_30_17]]
[[Exodus 31 01|_Exodus_31_01]] - [[Notes|Exodus_31_01]]
[[Exodus 31 18|_Exodus_31_18]] - [[Notes|Exodus_31_18]]
[[Exodus 32 14|_Exodus_32_14]] - [[Notes|Exodus_32_14]]
[[Exodus 32 30|_Exodus_32_30]] - [[Notes|Exodus_32_30]]
[[Exodus 33 12|_Exodus_33_12]] - [[Notes|Exodus_33_12]]
[[Exodus 34 04|_Exodus_34_04]] - [[Notes|Exodus_34_04]]
[[Exodus 34 19|_Exodus_34_19]] - [[Notes|Exodus_34_19]]
[[Exodus 35 01|_Exodus_35_01]] - [[Notes|Exodus_35_01]]
[[Exodus 35 30|_Exodus_35_30]] - [[Notes|Exodus_35_30]]
[[Exodus 36 14|_Exodus_36_14]] - [[Notes|Exodus_36_14]]
[[Exodus 36 35|_Exodus_36_35]] - [[Notes|Exodus_36_35]]
[[Exodus 37 17|_Exodus_37_17]] - [[Notes|Exodus_37_17]]
[[Exodus 38 08|_Exodus_38_08]] - [[Notes|Exodus_38_08]]
[[Exodus 38 24|_Exodus_38_24]] - [[Notes|Exodus_38_24]]
[[Exodus 39 08|_Exodus_39_08]] - [[Notes|Exodus_39_08]]
[[Exodus 39 27|_Exodus_39_27]] - [[Notes|Exodus_39_27]]
[[Exodus 40 06|_Exodus_40_06]] - [[Notes|Exodus_40_06]]
[[Exodus 40 34|_Exodus_40_34]] - [[Notes|Exodus_40_34]]
----
[[Lev 01 01|_Lev_01_01]] - [[Notes|Lev_01_01]]
[[Lev 02 01|_Lev_02_01]] - [[Notes|Lev_02_01]]
[[Lev 03 01|_Lev_03_01]] - [[Notes|Lev_03_01]]
[[Lev 03 17|_Lev_03_17]] - [[Notes|Lev_03_17]]
[[Lev 04 22|_Lev_04_22]] - [[Notes|Lev_04_22]]
[[Lev 05 01|_Lev_05_01]] - [[Notes|Lev_05_01]]
[[Lev 05 14|_Lev_05_14]] - [[Notes|Lev_05_14]]
[[Lev 06 08|_Lev_06_08]] - [[Notes|Lev_06_08]]
[[Lev 06 24|_Lev_06_24]] - [[Notes|Lev_06_24]]
[[Lev 07 11|_Lev_07_11]] - [[Notes|Lev_07_11]]
[[Lev 07 28|_Lev_07_28]] - [[Notes|Lev_07_28]]
[[Lev 08 14|_Lev_08_14]] - [[Notes|Lev_08_14]]
[[Lev 08 31|_Lev_08_31]] - [[Notes|Lev_08_31]]
[[Lev 09 23|_Lev_09_23]] - [[Notes|Lev_09_23]]
[[Lev 10 16|_Lev_10_16]] - [[Notes|Lev_10_16]]
[[Lev 11 13|_Lev_11_13]] - [[Notes|Lev_11_13]]
[[Lev 11 39|_Lev_11_39]] - [[Notes|Lev_11_39]]
[[Lev 12 08|_Lev_12_08]] - [[Notes|Lev_12_08]]
[[Lev 13 12|_Lev_13_12]] - [[Notes|Lev_13_12]]
[[Lev 13 29|_Lev_13_29]] - [[Notes|Lev_13_29]]
[[Lev 13 45|_Lev_13_45]] - [[Notes|Lev_13_45]]
[[Lev 13 59|_Lev_13_59]] - [[Notes|Lev_13_59]]
[[Lev 14 19|_Lev_14_19]] - [[Notes|Lev_14_19]]
[[Lev 14 32|_Lev_14_32]] - [[Notes|Lev_14_32]]
[[Lev 14 48|_Lev_14_48]] - [[Notes|Lev_14_48]]
[[Lev 15 09|_Lev_15_09]] - [[Notes|Lev_15_09]]
[[Lev 15 25|_Lev_15_25]] - [[Notes|Lev_15_25]]
[[Lev 16 06|_Lev_16_06]] - [[Notes|Lev_16_06]]
[[Lev 16 20|_Lev_16_20]] - [[Notes|Lev_16_20]]
[[Lev 16 34|_Lev_16_34]] - [[Notes|Lev_16_34]]
[[Lev 17 13|_Lev_17_13]] - [[Notes|Lev_17_13]]
[[Lev 18 13|_Lev_18_13]] - [[Notes|Lev_18_13]]
[[Lev 19 01|_Lev_19_01]] - [[Notes|Lev_19_01]]
[[Lev 19 19|_Lev_19_19]] - [[Notes|Lev_19_19]]
[[Lev 19 35|_Lev_19_35]] - [[Notes|Lev_19_35]]
[[Lev 20 13|_Lev_20_13]] - [[Notes|Lev_20_13]]
[[Lev 20 27|_Lev_20_27]] - [[Notes|Lev_20_27]]
[[Lev 21 16|_Lev_21_16]] - [[Notes|Lev_21_16]]
[[Lev 22 09|_Lev_22_09]] - [[Notes|Lev_22_09]]
[[Lev 22 26|_Lev_22_26]] - [[Notes|Lev_22_26]]
[[Lev 23 15|_Lev_23_15]] - [[Notes|Lev_23_15]]
[[Lev 23 33|_Lev_23_33]] - [[Notes|Lev_23_33]]
[[Lev 24 05|_Lev_24_05]] - [[Notes|Lev_24_05]]
[[Lev 24 23|_Lev_24_23]] - [[Notes|Lev_24_23]]
[[Lev 25 18|_Lev_25_18]] - [[Notes|Lev_25_18]]
[[Lev 25 35|_Lev_25_35]] - [[Notes|Lev_25_35]]
[[Lev 26 01|_Lev_26_01]] - [[Notes|Lev_26_01]]
[[Lev 26 18|_Lev_26_18]] - [[Notes|Lev_26_18]]
[[Lev 26 36|_Lev_26_36]] - [[Notes|Lev_26_36]]
[[Lev 27 09|_Lev_27_09]] - [[Notes|Lev_27_09]]
[[Lev 27 26|_Lev_27_26]] - [[Notes|Lev_27_26]]
----
[[Num 01 01|_Num_01_01]] - [[Notes|Num_01_01]]
[[Num 01 24|_Num_01_24]] - [[Notes|Num_01_24]]
[[Num 01 40|_Num_01_40]] - [[Notes|Num_01_40]]
[[Num 02 03|_Num_02_03]] - [[Notes|Num_02_03]]
[[Num 02 22|_Num_02_22]] - [[Notes|Num_02_22]]
[[Num 03 05|_Num_03_05]] - [[Notes|Num_03_05]]
[[Num 03 27|_Num_03_27]] - [[Notes|Num_03_27]]
[[Num 03 42|_Num_03_42]] - [[Notes|Num_03_42]]
[[Num 04 09|_Num_04_09]] - [[Notes|Num_04_09]]
[[Num 04 24|_Num_04_24]] - [[Notes|Num_04_24]]
[[Num 04 38|_Num_04_38]] - [[Notes|Num_04_38]]
[[Num 05 11|_Num_05_11]] - [[Notes|Num_05_11]]
[[Num 05 23|_Num_05_23]] - [[Notes|Num_05_23]]
[[Num 06 09|_Num_06_09]] - [[Notes|Num_06_09]]
[[Num 06 21|_Num_06_21]] - [[Notes|Num_06_21]]
[[Num 07 18|_Num_07_18]] - [[Notes|Num_07_18]]
[[Num 07 42|_Num_07_42]] - [[Notes|Num_07_42]]
[[Num 07 66|_Num_07_66]] - [[Notes|Num_07_66]]
[[Num 07 89|_Num_07_89]] - [[Notes|Num_07_89]]
[[Num 08 20|_Num_08_20]] - [[Notes|Num_08_20]]
[[Num 09 09|_Num_09_09]] - [[Notes|Num_09_09]]
[[Num 10 01|_Num_10_01]] - [[Notes|Num_10_01]]
[[Num 10 21|_Num_10_21]] - [[Notes|Num_10_21]]
[[Num 11 04|_Num_11_04]] - [[Notes|Num_11_04]]
[[Num 11 21|_Num_11_21]] - [[Notes|Num_11_21]]
[[Num 11 35|_Num_11_35]] - [[Notes|Num_11_35]]
[[Num 13 03|_Num_13_03]] - [[Notes|Num_13_03]]
[[Num 14 01|_Num_14_01]] - [[Notes|Num_14_01]]
[[Num 14 44|_Num_14_44]] - [[Notes|Num_14_44]]
[[Num 15 17|_Num_15_17]] - [[Notes|Num_15_17]]
[[Num 15 32|_Num_15_32]] - [[Notes|Num_15_32]]
[[Num 16 08|_Num_16_08]] - [[Notes|Num_16_08]]
[[Num 16 27|_Num_16_27]] - [[Notes|Num_16_27]]
[[Num 16 46|_Num_16_46]] - [[Notes|Num_16_46]]
[[Num 17 12|_Num_17_12]] - [[Notes|Num_17_12]]
[[Num 18 11|_Num_18_11]] - [[Notes|Num_18_11]]
[[Num 18 25|_Num_18_25]] - [[Notes|Num_18_25]]
[[Num 19 09|_Num_19_09]] - [[Notes|Num_19_09]]
[[Num 19 22|_Num_19_22]] - [[Notes|Num_19_22]]
[[Num 20 17|_Num_20_17]] - [[Notes|Num_20_17]]
[[Num 21 04|_Num_21_04]] - [[Notes|Num_21_04]]
[[Num 21 23|_Num_21_23]] - [[Notes|Num_21_23]]
[[Num 22 20|_Num_22_20]] - [[Notes|Num_22_20]]
[[Num 22 34|_Num_22_34]] - [[Notes|Num_22_34]]
[[Num 23 11|_Num_23_11]] - [[Notes|Num_23_11]]
[[Num 23 28|_Num_23_28]] - [[Notes|Num_23_28]]
[[Num 24 15|_Num_24_15]] - [[Notes|Num_24_15]]
[[Num 25 14|_Num_25_14]] - [[Notes|Num_25_14]]
[[Num 26 57|_Num_26_57]] - [[Notes|Num_26_57]]
[[Num 27 05|_Num_27_05]] - [[Notes|Num_27_05]]
[[Num 27 22|_Num_27_22]] - [[Notes|Num_27_22]]
[[Num 28 16|_Num_28_16]] - [[Notes|Num_28_16]]
[[Num 29 07|_Num_29_07]] - [[Notes|Num_29_07]]
[[Num 29 26|_Num_29_26]] - [[Notes|Num_29_26]]
[[Num 30 03|_Num_30_03]] - [[Notes|Num_30_03]]
[[Num 30 16|_Num_30_16]] - [[Notes|Num_30_16]]
[[Num 31 19|_Num_31_19]] - [[Notes|Num_31_19]]
[[Num 31 48|_Num_31_48]] - [[Notes|Num_31_48]]
[[Num 32 14|_Num_32_14]] - [[Notes|Num_32_14]]
[[Num 32 31|_Num_32_31]] - [[Notes|Num_32_31]]
[[Num 33 55|_Num_33_55]] - [[Notes|Num_33_55]]
[[Num 34 16|_Num_34_16]] - [[Notes|Num_34_16]]
[[Num 35 16|_Num_35_16]] - [[Notes|Num_35_16]]
[[Num 35 30|_Num_35_30]] - [[Notes|Num_35_30]]
[[Num 36 10|_Num_36_10]] - [[Notes|Num_36_10]]
----
[[Deut 01 01|_Deut_01_01]] - [[Notes|Deut_01_01]]
[[Deut 01 22|_Deut_01_22]] - [[Notes|Deut_01_22]]
[[Deut 01 37|_Deut_01_37]] - [[Notes|Deut_01_37]]
[[Deut 02 07|_Deut_02_07]] - [[Notes|Deut_02_07]]
[[Deut 02 24|_Deut_02_24]] - [[Notes|Deut_02_24]]
[[Deut 03 01|_Deut_03_01]] - [[Notes|Deut_03_01]]
[[Deut 03 18|_Deut_03_18]] - [[Notes|Deut_03_18]]
[[Deut 04 09|_Deut_04_09]] - [[Notes|Deut_04_09]]
[[Deut 05 01|_Deut_05_01]] - [[Notes|Deut_05_01]]
[[Deut 05 16|_Deut_05_16]] - [[Notes|Deut_05_16]]
[[Deut 05 32|_Deut_05_32]] - [[Notes|Deut_05_32]]
[[Deut 06 20|_Deut_06_20]] - [[Notes|Deut_06_20]]
[[Deut 08 01|_Deut_08_01]] - [[Notes|Deut_08_01]]
[[Deut 08 19|_Deut_08_19]] - [[Notes|Deut_08_19]]
[[Deut 09 11|_Deut_09_11]] - [[Notes|Deut_09_11]]
[[Deut 10 01|_Deut_10_01]] - [[Notes|Deut_10_01]]
[[Deut 11 01|_Deut_11_01]] - [[Notes|Deut_11_01]]
[[Deut 12 01|_Deut_12_01]] - [[Notes|Deut_12_01]]
[[Deut 12 20|_Deut_12_20]] - [[Notes|Deut_12_20]]
[[Deut 13 01|_Deut_13_01]] - [[Notes|Deut_13_01]]
[[Deut 14 01|_Deut_14_01]] - [[Notes|Deut_14_01]]
[[Deut 15 01|_Deut_15_01]] - [[Notes|Deut_15_01]]
[[Deut 16 01|_Deut_16_01]] - [[Notes|Deut_16_01]]
[[Deut 17 01|_Deut_17_01]] - [[Notes|Deut_17_01]]
[[Deut 17 14|_Deut_17_14]] - [[Notes|Deut_17_14]]
[[Deut 18 17|_Deut_18_17]] - [[Notes|Deut_18_17]]
[[Deut 20 01|_Deut_20_01]] - [[Notes|Deut_20_01]]
[[Deut 21 01|_Deut_21_01]] - [[Notes|Deut_21_01]]
[[Deut 21 22|_Deut_21_22]] - [[Notes|Deut_21_22]]
[[Deut 22 13|_Deut_22_13]] - [[Notes|Deut_22_13]]
[[Deut 23 01|_Deut_23_01]] - [[Notes|Deut_23_01]]
[[Deut 24 01|_Deut_24_01]] - [[Notes|Deut_24_01]]
[[Deut 25 01|_Deut_25_01]] - [[Notes|Deut_25_01]]
[[Deut 26 01|_Deut_26_01]] - [[Notes|Deut_26_01]]
[[Deut 26 16|_Deut_26_16]] - [[Notes|Deut_26_16]]
[[Deut 27 11|_Deut_27_11]] - [[Notes|Deut_27_11]]
[[Deut 28 15|_Deut_28_15]] - [[Notes|Deut_28_15]]
[[Deut 29 01|_Deut_29_01]] - [[Notes|Deut_29_01]]
[[Deut 29 22|_Deut_29_22]] - [[Notes|Deut_29_22]]
[[Deut 30 11|_Deut_30_11]] - [[Notes|Deut_30_11]]
[[Deut 31 07|_Deut_31_07]] - [[Notes|Deut_31_07]]
[[Deut 31 19|_Deut_31_19]] - [[Notes|Deut_31_19]]
[[Deut 32 01|_Deut_32_01]] - [[Notes|Deut_32_01]]
[[Deut 32 23|_Deut_32_23]] - [[Notes|Deut_32_23]]
[[Deut 32 43|_Deut_32_43]] - [[Notes|Deut_32_43]]
[[Deut 33 07|_Deut_33_07]] - [[Notes|Deut_33_07]]
[[Deut 33 22|_Deut_33_22]] - [[Notes|Deut_33_22]]
===
!Histories
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[[Joshua 01 01|_Joshua_01_01]] - [[Notes|Joshua_01_01]]
[[Joshua 01 16|_Joshua_01_16]] - [[Notes|Joshua_01_16]]
[[Joshua 02 14|_Joshua_02_14]] - [[Notes|Joshua_02_14]]
[[Joshua 03 05|_Joshua_03_05]] - [[Notes|Joshua_03_05]]
[[Joshua 04 01|_Joshua_04_01]] - [[Notes|Joshua_04_01]]
[[Joshua 04 15|_Joshua_04_15]] - [[Notes|Joshua_04_15]]
[[Joshua 05 09|_Joshua_05_09]] - [[Notes|Joshua_05_09]]
[[Joshua 06 07|_Joshua_06_07]] - [[Notes|Joshua_06_07]]
[[Joshua 06 26|_Joshua_06_26]] - [[Notes|Joshua_06_26]]
[[Joshua 07 13|_Joshua_07_13]] - [[Notes|Joshua_07_13]]
[[Joshua 08 01|_Joshua_08_01]] - [[Notes|Joshua_08_01]]
[[Joshua 08 18|_Joshua_08_18]] - [[Notes|Joshua_08_18]]
[[Joshua 08 30|_Joshua_08_30]] - [[Notes|Joshua_08_30]]
[[Joshua 09 08|_Joshua_09_08]] - [[Notes|Joshua_09_08]]
[[Joshua 09 24|_Joshua_09_24]] - [[Notes|Joshua_09_24]]
[[Joshua 10 09|_Joshua_10_09]] - [[Notes|Joshua_10_09]]
[[Joshua 10 25|_Joshua_10_25]] - [[Notes|Joshua_10_25]]
[[Joshua 10 38|_Joshua_10_38]] - [[Notes|Joshua_10_38]]
[[Joshua 11 15|_Joshua_11_15]] - [[Notes|Joshua_11_15]]
[[Joshua 12 06|_Joshua_12_06]] - [[Notes|Joshua_12_06]]
[[Joshua 13 23|_Joshua_13_23]] - [[Notes|Joshua_13_23]]
[[Joshua 14 06|_Joshua_14_06]] - [[Notes|Joshua_14_06]]
[[Joshua 15 13|_Joshua_15_13]] - [[Notes|Joshua_15_13]]
[[Joshua 15 63|_Joshua_15_63]] - [[Notes|Joshua_15_63]]
[[Joshua 17 13|_Joshua_17_13]] - [[Notes|Joshua_17_13]]
[[Joshua 18 08|_Joshua_18_08]] - [[Notes|Joshua_18_08]]
[[Joshua 19 01|_Joshua_19_01]] - [[Notes|Joshua_19_01]]
[[Joshua 19 32|_Joshua_19_32]] - [[Notes|Joshua_19_32]]
[[Joshua 20 07|_Joshua_20_07]] - [[Notes|Joshua_20_07]]
[[Joshua 21 20|_Joshua_21_20]] - [[Notes|Joshua_21_20]]
[[Joshua 21 41|_Joshua_21_41]] - [[Notes|Joshua_21_41]]
[[Joshua 22 21|_Joshua_22_21]] - [[Notes|Joshua_22_21]]
[[Joshua 23 01|_Joshua_23_01]] - [[Notes|Joshua_23_01]]
[[Joshua 23 14|_Joshua_23_14]] - [[Notes|Joshua_23_14]]
[[Joshua 24 11|_Joshua_24_11]] - [[Notes|Joshua_24_11]]
[[Joshua 24 25|_Joshua_24_25]] - [[Notes|Joshua_24_25]]
----
[[Judges 01 01|_Judges_01_01]] - [[Notes|Judges_01_01]]
[[Judges 01 22|_Judges_01_22]] - [[Notes|Judges_01_22]]
[[Judges 02 01|_Judges_02_01]] - [[Notes|Judges_02_01]]
[[Judges 03 01|_Judges_03_01]] - [[Notes|Judges_03_01]]
[[Judges 03 20|_Judges_03_20]] - [[Notes|Judges_03_20]]
[[Judges 04 08|_Judges_04_08]] - [[Notes|Judges_04_08]]
[[Judges 04 21|_Judges_04_21]] - [[Notes|Judges_04_21]]
[[Judges 05 13|_Judges_05_13]] - [[Notes|Judges_05_13]]
[[Judges 05 31|_Judges_05_31]] - [[Notes|Judges_05_31]]
[[Judges 06 14|_Judges_06_14]] - [[Notes|Judges_06_14]]
[[Judges 06 27|_Judges_06_27]] - [[Notes|Judges_06_27]]
[[Judges 06 39|_Judges_06_39]] - [[Notes|Judges_06_39]]
[[Judges 07 12|_Judges_07_12]] - [[Notes|Judges_07_12]]
[[Judges 08 01|_Judges_08_01]] - [[Notes|Judges_08_01]]
[[Judges 08 18|_Judges_08_18]] - [[Notes|Judges_08_18]]
[[Judges 09 01|_Judges_09_01]] - [[Notes|Judges_09_01]]
[[Judges 09 16|_Judges_09_16]] - [[Notes|Judges_09_16]]
[[Judges 09 30|_Judges_09_30]] - [[Notes|Judges_09_30]]
[[Judges 09 46|_Judges_09_46]] - [[Notes|Judges_09_46]]
[[Judges 10 11|_Judges_10_11]] - [[Notes|Judges_10_11]]
[[Judges 11 09|_Judges_11_09]] - [[Notes|Judges_11_09]]
[[Judges 11 28|_Judges_11_28]] - [[Notes|Judges_11_28]]
[[Judges 12 01|_Judges_12_01]] - [[Notes|Judges_12_01]]
[[Judges 13 06|_Judges_13_06]] - [[Notes|Judges_13_06]]
[[Judges 13 23|_Judges_13_23]] - [[Notes|Judges_13_23]]
[[Judges 14 12|_Judges_14_12]] - [[Notes|Judges_14_12]]
[[Judges 15 03|_Judges_15_03]] - [[Notes|Judges_15_03]]
[[Judges 15 19|_Judges_15_19]] - [[Notes|Judges_15_19]]
[[Judges 16 12|_Judges_16_12]] - [[Notes|Judges_16_12]]
[[Judges 16 25|_Judges_16_25]] - [[Notes|Judges_16_25]]
[[Judges 17 05|_Judges_17_05]] - [[Notes|Judges_17_05]]
[[Judges 18 05|_Judges_18_05]] - [[Notes|Judges_18_05]]
[[Judges 18 18|_Judges_18_18]] - [[Notes|Judges_18_18]]
[[Judges 19 01|_Judges_19_01]] - [[Notes|Judges_19_01]]
[[Judges 19 12|_Judges_19_12]] - [[Notes|Judges_19_12]]
[[Judges 19 25|_Judges_19_25]] - [[Notes|Judges_19_25]]
[[Judges 20 08|_Judges_20_08]] - [[Notes|Judges_20_08]]
[[Judges 20 24|_Judges_20_24]] - [[Notes|Judges_20_24]]
[[Judges 21 01|_Judges_21_01]] - [[Notes|Judges_21_01]]
[[Judges 21 23|_Judges_21_23]] - [[Notes|Judges_21_23]]
----
[[Ruth 01 01|_Ruth_01_01]] - [[Notes|Ruth_01_01]]
[[Ruth 01 16|_Ruth_01_16]] - [[Notes|Ruth_01_16]]
[[Ruth 02 10|_Ruth_02_10]] - [[Notes|Ruth_02_10]]
[[Ruth 02 22|_Ruth_02_22]] - [[Notes|Ruth_02_22]]
[[Ruth 03 14|_Ruth_03_14]] - [[Notes|Ruth_03_14]]
[[Ruth 04 09|_Ruth_04_09]] - [[Notes|Ruth_04_09]]

----
[[1Sam 01 01|_1Sam_01_01]] - [[Notes|1Sam_01_01]]
[[1Sam 01 17|_1Sam_01_17]] - [[Notes|1Sam_01_17]]
[[2Sam 01 01|_2Sam_01_01]] - [[Notes|2Sam_01_01]]
[[2Sam 01 17|_2Sam_01_17]] - [[Notes|2Sam_01_17]]
[[1Sam 02 06|_1Sam_02_06]] - [[Notes|1Sam_02_06]]
[[1Sam 02 30|_1Sam_02_30]] - [[Notes|1Sam_02_30]]
[[2Sam 02 08|_2Sam_02_08]] - [[Notes|2Sam_02_08]]
[[2Sam 02 27|_2Sam_02_27]] - [[Notes|2Sam_02_27]]
[[2Sam 03 11|_2Sam_03_11]] - [[Notes|2Sam_03_11]]
[[2Sam 03 26|_2Sam_03_26]] - [[Notes|2Sam_03_26]]
[[1Sam 04 04|_1Sam_04_04]] - [[Notes|1Sam_04_04]]
[[1Sam 04 18|_1Sam_04_18]] - [[Notes|1Sam_04_18]]
[[2Sam 04 01|_2Sam_04_01]] - [[Notes|2Sam_04_01]]
[[2Sam 05 01|_2Sam_05_01]] - [[Notes|2Sam_05_01]]
[[2Sam 05 20|_2Sam_05_20]] - [[Notes|2Sam_05_20]]
[[1Sam 06 07|_1Sam_06_07]] - [[Notes|1Sam_06_07]]
[[1Sam 06 21|_1Sam_06_21]] - [[Notes|1Sam_06_21]]
[[1Sam 07 14|_1Sam_07_14]] - [[Notes|1Sam_07_14]]
[[2Sam 07 03|_2Sam_07_03]] - [[Notes|2Sam_07_03]]
[[2Sam 07 18|_2Sam_07_18]] - [[Notes|2Sam_07_18]]
[[1Sam 08 19|_1Sam_08_19]] - [[Notes|1Sam_08_19]]
[[1Sam 09 10|_1Sam_09_10]] - [[Notes|1Sam_09_10]]
[[1Sam 09 22|_1Sam_09_22]] - [[Notes|1Sam_09_22]]
[[2Sam 09 01|_2Sam_09_01]] - [[Notes|2Sam_09_01]]
[[1Sam 10 08|_1Sam_10_08]] - [[Notes|1Sam_10_08]]
[[1Sam 10 23|_1Sam_10_23]] - [[Notes|1Sam_10_23]]
[[2Sam 10 01|_2Sam_10_01]] - [[Notes|2Sam_10_01]]
[[1Sam 11 13|_1Sam_11_13]] - [[Notes|1Sam_11_13]]
[[2Sam 11 01|_2Sam_11_01]] - [[Notes|2Sam_11_01]]
[[2Sam 11 16|_2Sam_11_16]] - [[Notes|2Sam_11_16]]
[[1Sam 12 12|_1Sam_12_12]] - [[Notes|1Sam_12_12]]
[[2Sam 12 05|_2Sam_12_05]] - [[Notes|2Sam_12_05]]
[[2Sam 12 19|_2Sam_12_19]] - [[Notes|2Sam_12_19]]
[[1Sam 13 10|_1Sam_13_10]] - [[Notes|1Sam_13_10]]
[[2Sam 13 01|_2Sam_13_01]] - [[Notes|2Sam_13_01]]
[[2Sam 13 14|_2Sam_13_14]] - [[Notes|2Sam_13_14]]
[[2Sam 13 29|_2Sam_13_29]] - [[Notes|2Sam_13_29]]
[[1Sam 14 01|_1Sam_14_01]] - [[Notes|1Sam_14_01]]
[[1Sam 14 18|_1Sam_14_18]] - [[Notes|1Sam_14_18]]
[[2Sam 14 05|_2Sam_14_05]] - [[Notes|2Sam_14_05]]
[[2Sam 14 18|_2Sam_14_18]] - [[Notes|2Sam_14_18]]
[[2Sam 14 31|_2Sam_14_31]] - [[Notes|2Sam_14_31]]
[[1Sam 15 01|_1Sam_15_01]] - [[Notes|1Sam_15_01]]
[[1Sam 15 16|_1Sam_15_16]] - [[Notes|1Sam_15_16]]
[[1Sam 15 31|_1Sam_15_31]] - [[Notes|1Sam_15_31]]
[[2Sam 15 14|_2Sam_15_14]] - [[Notes|2Sam_15_14]]
[[2Sam 15 32|_2Sam_15_32]] - [[Notes|2Sam_15_32]]
[[1Sam 16 12|_1Sam_16_12]] - [[Notes|1Sam_16_12]]
[[2Sam 16 09|_2Sam_16_09]] - [[Notes|2Sam_16_09]]
[[1Sam 17 11|_1Sam_17_11]] - [[Notes|1Sam_17_11]]
[[1Sam 17 26|_1Sam_17_26]] - [[Notes|1Sam_17_26]]
[[1Sam 17 40|_1Sam_17_40]] - [[Notes|1Sam_17_40]]
[[1Sam 17 56|_1Sam_17_56]] - [[Notes|1Sam_17_56]]
[[2Sam 17 01|_2Sam_17_01]] - [[Notes|2Sam_17_01]]
[[2Sam 17 14|_2Sam_17_14]] - [[Notes|2Sam_17_14]]
[[1Sam 18 14|_1Sam_18_14]] - [[Notes|1Sam_18_14]]
[[2Sam 18 01|_2Sam_18_01]] - [[Notes|2Sam_18_01]]
[[2Sam 18 14|_2Sam_18_14]] - [[Notes|2Sam_18_14]]
[[2Sam 18 27|_2Sam_18_27]] - [[Notes|2Sam_18_27]]
[[1Sam 19 01|_1Sam_19_01]] - [[Notes|1Sam_19_01]]
[[1Sam 19 17|_1Sam_19_17]] - [[Notes|1Sam_19_17]]
[[2Sam 19 08|_2Sam_19_08]] - [[Notes|2Sam_19_08]]
[[2Sam 19 21|_2Sam_19_21]] - [[Notes|2Sam_19_21]]
[[2Sam 19 38|_2Sam_19_38]] - [[Notes|2Sam_19_38]]
[[1Sam 20 09|_1Sam_20_09]] - [[Notes|1Sam_20_09]]
[[1Sam 20 24|_1Sam_20_24]] - [[Notes|1Sam_20_24]]
[[1Sam 20 41|_1Sam_20_41]] - [[Notes|1Sam_20_41]]
[[2Sam 20 05|_2Sam_20_05]] - [[Notes|2Sam_20_05]]
[[2Sam 20 18|_2Sam_20_18]] - [[Notes|2Sam_20_18]]
[[1Sam 21 10|_1Sam_21_10]] - [[Notes|1Sam_21_10]]
[[2Sam 21 05|_2Sam_21_05]] - [[Notes|2Sam_21_05]]
[[2Sam 21 18|_2Sam_21_18]] - [[Notes|2Sam_21_18]]
[[1Sam 22 09|_1Sam_22_09]] - [[Notes|1Sam_22_09]]
[[1Sam 23 01|_1Sam_23_01]] - [[Notes|1Sam_23_01]]
[[1Sam 23 16|_1Sam_23_16]] - [[Notes|1Sam_23_16]]
[[2Sam 23 01|_2Sam_23_01]] - [[Notes|2Sam_23_01]]
[[2Sam 23 16|_2Sam_23_16]] - [[Notes|2Sam_23_16]]
[[1Sam 24 01|_1Sam_24_01]] - [[Notes|1Sam_24_01]]
[[1Sam 24 16|_1Sam_24_16]] - [[Notes|1Sam_24_16]]
[[2Sam 24 01|_2Sam_24_01]] - [[Notes|2Sam_24_01]]
[[2Sam 24 14|_2Sam_24_14]] - [[Notes|2Sam_24_14]]
[[1Sam 25 09|_1Sam_25_09]] - [[Notes|1Sam_25_09]]
[[1Sam 25 23|_1Sam_25_23]] - [[Notes|1Sam_25_23]]
[[1Sam 25 35|_1Sam_25_35]] - [[Notes|1Sam_25_35]]
[[1Sam 26 21|_1Sam_26_21]] - [[Notes|1Sam_26_21]]
[[1Sam 28 12|_1Sam_28_12]] - [[Notes|1Sam_28_12]]
[[1Sam 29 01|_1Sam_29_01]] - [[Notes|1Sam_29_01]]
[[1Sam 30 01|_1Sam_30_01]] - [[Notes|1Sam_30_01]]
[[1Sam 30 15|_1Sam_30_15]] - [[Notes|1Sam_30_15]]
[[1Sam 31 01|_1Sam_31_01]] - [[Notes|1Sam_31_01]]
----
[[1Kings 01 01|_1Kings_01_01]] - [[Notes|1Kings_01_01]]
[[1Kings 01 22|_1Kings_01_22]] - [[Notes|1Kings_01_22]]
[[1Kings 01 38|_1Kings_01_38]] - [[Notes|1Kings_01_38]]
[[1Kings 01 52|_1Kings_01_52]] - [[Notes|1Kings_01_52]]
[[2Kings 01 01|_2Kings_01_01]] - [[Notes|2Kings_01_01]]
[[2Kings 01 13|_2Kings_01_13]] - [[Notes|2Kings_01_13]]
[[1Kings 02 28|_1Kings_02_28]] - [[Notes|1Kings_02_28]]
[[1Kings 02 40|_1Kings_02_40]] - [[Notes|1Kings_02_40]]
[[2Kings 02 06|_2Kings_02_06]] - [[Notes|2Kings_02_06]]
[[2Kings 02 19|_2Kings_02_19]] - [[Notes|2Kings_02_19]]
[[1Kings 03 10|_1Kings_03_10]] - [[Notes|1Kings_03_10]]
[[1Kings 03 26|_1Kings_03_26]] - [[Notes|1Kings_03_26]]
[[2Kings 03 11|_2Kings_03_11]] - [[Notes|2Kings_03_11]]
[[2Kings 04 01|_2Kings_04_01]] - [[Notes|2Kings_04_01]]
[[2Kings 04 14|_2Kings_04_14]] - [[Notes|2Kings_04_14]]
[[2Kings 04 30|_2Kings_04_30]] - [[Notes|2Kings_04_30]]
[[2Kings 04 43|_2Kings_04_43]] - [[Notes|2Kings_04_43]]
[[1Kings 05 01|_1Kings_05_01]] - [[Notes|1Kings_05_01]]
[[2Kings 05 11|_2Kings_05_11]] - [[Notes|2Kings_05_11]]
[[2Kings 05 22|_2Kings_05_22]] - [[Notes|2Kings_05_22]]
[[1Kings 06 01|_1Kings_06_01]] - [[Notes|1Kings_06_01]]
[[2Kings 06 12|_2Kings_06_12]] - [[Notes|2Kings_06_12]]
[[2Kings 06 27|_2Kings_06_27]] - [[Notes|2Kings_06_27]]
[[1Kings 07 01|_1Kings_07_01]] - [[Notes|1Kings_07_01]]
[[2Kings 07 05|_2Kings_07_05]] - [[Notes|2Kings_07_05]]
[[2Kings 07 15|_2Kings_07_15]] - [[Notes|2Kings_07_15]]
[[1Kings 08 01|_1Kings_08_01]] - [[Notes|1Kings_08_01]]
[[1Kings 08 17|_1Kings_08_17]] - [[Notes|1Kings_08_17]]
[[1Kings 08 31|_1Kings_08_31]] - [[Notes|1Kings_08_31]]
[[1Kings 08 44|_1Kings_08_44]] - [[Notes|1Kings_08_44]]
[[1Kings 08 61|_1Kings_08_61]] - [[Notes|1Kings_08_61]]
[[2Kings 08 06|_2Kings_08_06]] - [[Notes|2Kings_08_06]]
[[2Kings 08 20|_2Kings_08_20]] - [[Notes|2Kings_08_20]]
[[1Kings 09 10|_1Kings_09_10]] - [[Notes|1Kings_09_10]]
[[2Kings 09 18|_2Kings_09_18]] - [[Notes|2Kings_09_18]]
[[2Kings 09 32|_2Kings_09_32]] - [[Notes|2Kings_09_32]]
[[1Kings 10 01|_1Kings_10_01]] - [[Notes|1Kings_10_01]]
[[1Kings 11 01|_1Kings_11_01]] - [[Notes|1Kings_11_01]]
[[1Kings 11 22|_1Kings_11_22]] - [[Notes|1Kings_11_22]]
[[2Kings 11 01|_2Kings_11_01]] - [[Notes|2Kings_11_01]]
[[2Kings 11 13|_2Kings_11_13]] - [[Notes|2Kings_11_13]]
[[1Kings 12 01|_1Kings_12_01]] - [[Notes|1Kings_12_01]]
[[1Kings 12 15|_1Kings_12_15]] - [[Notes|1Kings_12_15]]
[[2Kings 12 06|_2Kings_12_06]] - [[Notes|2Kings_12_06]]
[[1Kings 13 01|_1Kings_13_01]] - [[Notes|1Kings_13_01]]
[[1Kings 13 12|_1Kings_13_12]] - [[Notes|1Kings_13_12]]
[[1Kings 13 31|_1Kings_13_31]] - [[Notes|1Kings_13_31]]
[[2Kings 13 01|_2Kings_13_01]] - [[Notes|2Kings_13_01]]
[[2Kings 13 15|_2Kings_13_15]] - [[Notes|2Kings_13_15]]
[[1Kings 14 17|_1Kings_14_17]] - [[Notes|1Kings_14_17]]
[[2Kings 14 09|_2Kings_14_09]] - [[Notes|2Kings_14_09]]
[[1Kings 15 01|_1Kings_15_01]] - [[Notes|1Kings_15_01]]
[[1Kings 15 20|_1Kings_15_20]] - [[Notes|1Kings_15_20]]
[[2Kings 15 01|_2Kings_15_01]] - [[Notes|2Kings_15_01]]
[[1Kings 16 01|_1Kings_16_01]] - [[Notes|1Kings_16_01]]
[[2Kings 16 01|_2Kings_16_01]] - [[Notes|2Kings_16_01]]
[[1Kings 17 01|_1Kings_17_01]] - [[Notes|1Kings_17_01]]
[[1Kings 17 19|_1Kings_17_19]] - [[Notes|1Kings_17_19]]
[[2Kings 17 01|_2Kings_17_01]] - [[Notes|2Kings_17_01]]
[[2Kings 17 27|_2Kings_17_27]] - [[Notes|2Kings_17_27]]
[[1Kings 18 15|_1Kings_18_15]] - [[Notes|1Kings_18_15]]
[[1Kings 18 28|_1Kings_18_28]] - [[Notes|1Kings_18_28]]
[[1Kings 18 42|_1Kings_18_42]] - [[Notes|1Kings_18_42]]
[[2Kings 18 01|_2Kings_18_01]] - [[Notes|2Kings_18_01]]
[[2Kings 18 26|_2Kings_18_26]] - [[Notes|2Kings_18_26]]
[[1Kings 19 10|_1Kings_19_10]] - [[Notes|1Kings_19_10]]
[[1Kings 19 21|_1Kings_19_21]] - [[Notes|1Kings_19_21]]
[[2Kings 19 01|_2Kings_19_01]] - [[Notes|2Kings_19_01]]
[[2Kings 19 20|_2Kings_19_20]] - [[Notes|2Kings_19_20]]
[[2Kings 19 32|_2Kings_19_32]] - [[Notes|2Kings_19_32]]
[[1Kings 20 13|_1Kings_20_13]] - [[Notes|1Kings_20_13]]
[[1Kings 20 29|_1Kings_20_29]] - [[Notes|1Kings_20_29]]
[[1Kings 20 41|_1Kings_20_41]] - [[Notes|1Kings_20_41]]
[[2Kings 20 09|_2Kings_20_09]] - [[Notes|2Kings_20_09]]
[[1Kings 21 11|_1Kings_21_11]] - [[Notes|1Kings_21_11]]
[[1Kings 21 25|_1Kings_21_25]] - [[Notes|1Kings_21_25]]
[[2Kings 21 01|_2Kings_21_01]] - [[Notes|2Kings_21_01]]
[[2Kings 21 16|_2Kings_21_16]] - [[Notes|2Kings_21_16]]
[[1Kings 22 13|_1Kings_22_13]] - [[Notes|1Kings_22_13]]
[[1Kings 22 28|_1Kings_22_28]] - [[Notes|1Kings_22_28]]
[[2Kings 22 08|_2Kings_22_08]] - [[Notes|2Kings_22_08]]
[[2Kings 23 01|_2Kings_23_01]] - [[Notes|2Kings_23_01]]
[[2Kings 23 18|_2Kings_23_18]] - [[Notes|2Kings_23_18]]
[[2Kings 24 01|_2Kings_24_01]] - [[Notes|2Kings_24_01]]
[[2Kings 25 01|_2Kings_25_01]] - [[Notes|2Kings_25_01]]
[[2Kings 25 25|_2Kings_25_25]] - [[Notes|2Kings_25_25]]

----
[[Nehemiah 01 01|_Nehemiah_01_01]] - [[Notes|Nehemiah_01_01]]
[[Nehemiah 02 19|_Nehemiah_02_19]] - [[Notes|Nehemiah_02_19]]
[[Nehemiah 04 01|_Nehemiah_04_01]] - [[Notes|Nehemiah_04_01]]
[[Nehemiah 04 15|_Nehemiah_04_15]] - [[Notes|Nehemiah_04_15]]
[[Nehemiah 05 06|_Nehemiah_05_06]] - [[Notes|Nehemiah_05_06]]
[[Nehemiah 06 01|_Nehemiah_06_01]] - [[Notes|Nehemiah_06_01]]
[[Nehemiah 06 15|_Nehemiah_06_15]] - [[Notes|Nehemiah_06_15]]
[[Nehemiah 08 01|_Nehemiah_08_01]] - [[Notes|Nehemiah_08_01]]
[[Nehemiah 08 12|_Nehemiah_08_12]] - [[Notes|Nehemiah_08_12]]
[[Nehemiah 09 09|_Nehemiah_09_09]] - [[Notes|Nehemiah_09_09]]
[[Nehemiah 09 24|_Nehemiah_09_24]] - [[Notes|Nehemiah_09_24]]
[[Nehemiah 09 36|_Nehemiah_09_36]] - [[Notes|Nehemiah_09_36]]
[[Nehemiah 11 01|_Nehemiah_11_01]] - [[Notes|Nehemiah_11_01]]
[[Nehemiah 12 01|_Nehemiah_12_01]] - [[Notes|Nehemiah_12_01]]
----
----
[[Esther 01 01|_Esther_01_01]] - [[Notes|Esther_01_01]]
[[Esther 01 16|_Esther_01_16]] - [[Notes|Esther_01_16]]
[[Esther 02 12|_Esther_02_12]] - [[Notes|Esther_02_12]]
[[Esther 03 01|_Esther_03_01]] - [[Notes|Esther_03_01]]
[[Esther 04 01|_Esther_04_01]] - [[Notes|Esther_04_01]]
[[Esther 04 15|_Esther_04_15]] - [[Notes|Esther_04_15]]
[[Esther 05 14|_Esther_05_14]] - [[Notes|Esther_05_14]]
[[Esther 06 12|_Esther_06_12]] - [[Notes|Esther_06_12]]
[[Esther 07 10|_Esther_07_10]] - [[Notes|Esther_07_10]]
[[Esther 08 15|_Esther_08_15]] - [[Notes|Esther_08_15]]
[[Esther 09 13|_Esther_09_13]] - [[Notes|Esther_09_13]]
[[Esther 09 29|_Esther_09_29]] - [[Notes|Esther_09_29]]
}}}
!Poetry
{{borderleft{
[[Psalms 01 01|_Psalms_01_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_01_01]]
[[Psalms 04 01|_Psalms_04_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_04_01]]
[[Psalms 06 01|_Psalms_06_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_06_01]]
[[Psalms 08 01|_Psalms_08_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_08_01]]
[[Psalms 10 01|_Psalms_10_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_10_01]]
[[Psalms 12 01|_Psalms_12_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_12_01]]
[[Psalms 15 01|_Psalms_15_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_15_01]]
[[Psalms 18 01|_Psalms_18_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_18_01]]
[[Psalms 19 01|_Psalms_19_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_19_01]]
[[Psalms 21 01|_Psalms_21_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_21_01]]
[[Psalms 22 19|_Psalms_22_19]] - [[Notes|Psalms_22_19]]
[[Psalms 24 03|_Psalms_24_03]] - [[Notes|Psalms_24_03]]
[[Psalms 26 01|_Psalms_26_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_26_01]]
[[Psalms 28 01|_Psalms_28_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_28_01]]
[[Psalms 31 01|_Psalms_31_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_31_01]]
[[Psalms 32 01|_Psalms_32_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_32_01]]
[[Psalms 34 01|_Psalms_34_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_34_01]]
[[Psalms 35 09|_Psalms_35_09]] - [[Notes|Psalms_35_09]]
[[Psalms 36 01|_Psalms_36_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_36_01]]
[[Psalms 37 20|_Psalms_37_20]] - [[Notes|Psalms_37_20]]
[[Psalms 39 01|_Psalms_39_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_39_01]]
[[Psalms 41 01|_Psalms_41_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_41_01]]
[[Psalms 42 08|_Psalms_42_08]] - [[Notes|Psalms_42_08]]
[[Psalms 44 09|_Psalms_44_09]] - [[Notes|Psalms_44_09]]
[[Psalms 46 01|_Psalms_46_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_46_01]]
[[Psalms 49 01|_Psalms_49_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_49_01]]
[[Psalms 50 16|_Psalms_50_16]] - [[Notes|Psalms_50_16]]
[[Psalms 51 18|_Psalms_51_18]] - [[Notes|Psalms_51_18]]
[[Psalms 54 01|_Psalms_54_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_54_01]]
[[Psalms 55 20|_Psalms_55_20]] - [[Notes|Psalms_55_20]]
[[Psalms 57 06|_Psalms_57_06]] - [[Notes|Psalms_57_06]]
[[Psalms 59 16|_Psalms_59_16]] - [[Notes|Psalms_59_16]]
[[Psalms 62 01|_Psalms_62_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_62_01]]
[[Psalms 64 01|_Psalms_64_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_64_01]]
[[Psalms 66 01|_Psalms_66_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_66_01]]
[[Psalms 68 01|_Psalms_68_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_68_01]]
[[Psalms 68 28|_Psalms_68_28]] - [[Notes|Psalms_68_28]]
[[Psalms 70 01|_Psalms_70_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_70_01]]
[[Psalms 72 01|_Psalms_72_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_72_01]]
[[Psalms 74 01|_Psalms_74_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_74_01]]
[[Psalms 75 01|_Psalms_75_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_75_01]]
[[Psalms 77 01|_Psalms_77_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_77_01]]
[[Psalms 79 01|_Psalms_79_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_79_01]]
[[Psalms 81 01|_Psalms_81_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_81_01]]
[[Psalms 83 01|_Psalms_83_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_83_01]]
[[Psalms 85 01|_Psalms_85_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_85_01]]
[[Psalms 87 01|_Psalms_87_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_87_01]]
[[Psalms 89 01|_Psalms_89_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_89_01]]
[[Psalms 89 38|_Psalms_89_38]] - [[Notes|Psalms_89_38]]
[[Psalms 91 01|_Psalms_91_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_91_01]]
[[Psalms 93 01|_Psalms_93_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_93_01]]
[[Psalms 95 01|_Psalms_95_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_95_01]]
[[Psalms 97 01|_Psalms_97_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_97_01]]
[[Psalms 99 04|_Psalms_99_04]] - [[Notes|Psalms_99_04]]
[[Psalms 102 12|_Psalms_102_12]] - [[Notes|Psalms_102_12]]
[[Psalms 104 01|_Psalms_104_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_104_01]]
[[Psalms 105 01|_Psalms_105_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_105_01]]
[[Psalms 106 01|_Psalms_106_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_106_01]]
[[Psalms 106 47|_Psalms_106_47]] - [[Notes|Psalms_106_47]]
[[Psalms 107 32|_Psalms_107_32]] - [[Notes|Psalms_107_32]]
[[Psalms 109 01|_Psalms_109_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_109_01]]
[[Psalms 110 01|_Psalms_110_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_110_01]]
[[Psalms 113 01|_Psalms_113_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_113_01]]
[[Psalms 116 01|_Psalms_116_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_116_01]]
[[Psalms 119 01|_Psalms_119_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_119_01]]
[[Psalms 119 12|_Psalms_119_12]] - [[Notes|Psalms_119_12]]
[[Psalms 119 16|_Psalms_119_16]] - [[Notes|Psalms_119_16]]
[[Psalms 119 33|_Psalms_119_33]] - [[Notes|Psalms_119_33]]
[[Psalms 119 65|_Psalms_119_65]] - [[Notes|Psalms_119_65]]
[[Psalms 119 97|_Psalms_119_97]] - [[Notes|Psalms_119_97]]
[[Psalms 119 98|_Psalms_119_98]] - [[Notes|Psalms_119_98]]
[[Psalms 122 01|_Psalms_122_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_122_01]]
[[Psalms 126 01|_Psalms_126_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_126_01]]
[[Psalms 130 01|_Psalms_130_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_130_01]]
[[Psalms 133 01|_Psalms_133_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_133_01]]
[[Psalms 136 01|_Psalms_136_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_136_01]]
[[Psalms 138 01|_Psalms_138_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_138_01]]
[[Psalms 140 01|_Psalms_140_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_140_01]]
[[Psalms 142 01|_Psalms_142_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_142_01]]
[[Psalms 144 01|_Psalms_144_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_144_01]]
[[Psalms 146 01|_Psalms_146_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_146_01]]
[[Psalms 148 01|_Psalms_148_01]] - [[Notes|Psalms_148_01]]
[[Proverbs 01 01|_Proverbs_01_01]] - [[Notes|Proverbs_01_01]]
[[Proverbs 03 13|_Proverbs_03_13]] - [[Notes|Proverbs_03_13]]
[[Proverbs 04 10|_Proverbs_04_10]] - [[Notes|Proverbs_04_10]]
[[Proverbs 05 15|_Proverbs_05_15]] - [[Notes|Proverbs_05_15]]
[[Proverbs 06 20|_Proverbs_06_20]] - [[Notes|Proverbs_06_20]]
[[Proverbs 08 12|_Proverbs_08_12]] - [[Notes|Proverbs_08_12]]
[[Proverbs 09 07|_Proverbs_09_07]] - [[Notes|Proverbs_09_07]]
[[Proverbs 15 01|_Proverbs_15_01]] - [[Notes|Proverbs_15_01]]
[[Proverbs 20 01|_Proverbs_20_01]] - [[Notes|Proverbs_20_01]]
[[Proverbs 21 01|_Proverbs_21_01]] - [[Notes|Proverbs_21_01]]
[[Proverbs 22 01|_Proverbs_22_01]] - [[Notes|Proverbs_22_01]]
[[Proverbs 22 26|_Proverbs_22_26]] - [[Notes|Proverbs_22_26]]
[[Proverbs 23 29|_Proverbs_23_29]] - [[Notes|Proverbs_23_29]]
[[Proverbs 24 23|_Proverbs_24_23]] - [[Notes|Proverbs_24_23]]
[[Proverbs 27 17|_Proverbs_27_17]] - [[Notes|Proverbs_27_17]]
[[Proverbs 30 01|_Proverbs_30_01]] - [[Notes|Proverbs_30_01]]
[[Proverbs 30 20|_Proverbs_30_20]] - [[Notes|Proverbs_30_20]]
----
[[Eccl 01 01|_Eccl_01_01]] - [[Notes|Eccl_01_01]]
[[Eccl 02 03|_Eccl_02_03]] - [[Notes|Eccl_02_03]]
[[Eccl 02 17|_Eccl_02_17]] - [[Notes|Eccl_02_17]]
[[Eccl 03 09|_Eccl_03_09]] - [[Notes|Eccl_03_09]]
[[Eccl 04 05|_Eccl_04_05]] - [[Notes|Eccl_04_05]]
[[Eccl 05 08|_Eccl_05_08]] - [[Notes|Eccl_05_08]]
[[Eccl 06 03|_Eccl_06_03]] - [[Notes|Eccl_06_03]]
[[Eccl 07 27|_Eccl_07_27]] - [[Notes|Eccl_07_27]]
[[Eccl 08 16|_Eccl_08_16]] - [[Notes|Eccl_08_16]]
[[Eccl 09 11|_Eccl_09_11]] - [[Notes|Eccl_09_11]]
[[Eccl 10 11|_Eccl_10_11]] - [[Notes|Eccl_10_11]]
[[Eccl 12 09|_Eccl_12_09]] - [[Notes|Eccl_12_09]]
----
[[Song 01 01|_Song_01_01]] - [[Notes|Song_01_01]]
[[Song 02 07|_Song_02_07]] - [[Notes|Song_02_07]]
[[Song 04 01|_Song_04_01]] - [[Notes|Song_04_01]]
[[Song 05 02|_Song_05_02]] - [[Notes|Song_05_02]]
[[Song 06 04|_Song_06_04]] - [[Notes|Song_06_04]]
[[Song 07 10|_Song_07_10]] - [[Notes|Song_07_10]]

}}}
!Prophets
{{borderleft{
[[Isaiah 01 01|_Isaiah_01_01]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_01_01]]
[[Isaiah 01 18|_Isaiah_01_18]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_01_18]]
[[Isaiah 02 05|_Isaiah_02_05]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_02_05]]
[[Isaiah 03 18|_Isaiah_03_18]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_03_18]]
[[Isaiah 05 11|_Isaiah_05_11]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_05_11]]
[[Isaiah 06 01|_Isaiah_06_01]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_06_01]]
[[Isaiah 07 10|_Isaiah_07_10]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_07_10]]
[[Isaiah 08 01|_Isaiah_08_01]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_08_01]]
[[Isaiah 08 19|_Isaiah_08_19]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_08_19]]
[[Isaiah 10 01|_Isaiah_10_01]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_10_01]]
[[Isaiah 10 20|_Isaiah_10_20]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_10_20]]
[[Isaiah 11 10|_Isaiah_11_10]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_11_10]]
[[Isaiah 14 01|_Isaiah_14_01]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_14_01]]
[[Isaiah 14 18|_Isaiah_14_18]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_14_18]]
[[Isaiah 15 01|_Isaiah_15_01]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_15_01]]
[[Isaiah 17 01|_Isaiah_17_01]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_17_01]]
[[Isaiah 18 01|_Isaiah_18_01]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_18_01]]
[[Isaiah 20 01|_Isaiah_20_01]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_20_01]]
[[Isaiah 21 11|_Isaiah_21_11]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_21_11]]
[[Isaiah 22 15|_Isaiah_22_15]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_22_15]]
[[Isaiah 23 13|_Isaiah_23_13]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_23_13]]
[[Isaiah 25 01|_Isaiah_25_01]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_25_01]]
[[Isaiah 26 20|_Isaiah_26_20]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_26_20]]
[[Isaiah 28 01|_Isaiah_28_01]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_28_01]]
[[Isaiah 28 23|_Isaiah_28_23]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_28_23]]
[[Isaiah 29 15|_Isaiah_29_15]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_29_15]]
[[Isaiah 30 06|_Isaiah_30_06]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_30_06]]
[[Isaiah 30 27|_Isaiah_30_27]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_30_27]]
[[Isaiah 31 08|_Isaiah_31_08]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_31_08]]
[[Isaiah 33 01|_Isaiah_33_01]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_33_01]]
[[Isaiah 33 23|_Isaiah_33_23]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_33_23]]
[[Isaiah 35 01|_Isaiah_35_01]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_35_01]]
[[Isaiah 36 11|_Isaiah_36_11]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_36_11]]
[[Isaiah 37 06|_Isaiah_37_06]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_37_06]]
[[Isaiah 37 36|_Isaiah_37_36]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_37_36]]
[[Isaiah 38 21|_Isaiah_38_21]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_38_21]]
[[Isaiah 40 09|_Isaiah_40_09]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_40_09]]
[[Isaiah 40 25|_Isaiah_40_25]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_40_25]]
[[Isaiah 41 25|_Isaiah_41_25]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_41_25]]
[[Isaiah 42 14|_Isaiah_42_14]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_42_14]]
[[Isaiah 43 08|_Isaiah_43_08]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_43_08]]
[[Isaiah 44 01|_Isaiah_44_01]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_44_01]]
[[Isaiah 44 23|_Isaiah_44_23]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_44_23]]
[[Isaiah 45 20|_Isaiah_45_20]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_45_20]]
[[Isaiah 47 01|_Isaiah_47_01]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_47_01]]
[[Isaiah 48 01|_Isaiah_48_01]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_48_01]]
[[Isaiah 48 16|_Isaiah_48_16]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_48_16]]
[[Isaiah 49 07|_Isaiah_49_07]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_49_07]]
[[Isaiah 49 22|_Isaiah_49_22]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_49_22]]
[[Isaiah 51 01|_Isaiah_51_01]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_51_01]]
[[Isaiah 51 17|_Isaiah_51_17]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_51_17]]
[[Isaiah 52 11|_Isaiah_52_11]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_52_11]]
[[Isaiah 53 10|_Isaiah_53_10]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_53_10]]
[[Isaiah 54 11|_Isaiah_54_11]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_54_11]]
[[Isaiah 56 01|_Isaiah_56_01]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_56_01]]
[[Isaiah 57 11|_Isaiah_57_11]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_57_11]]
[[Isaiah 58 06|_Isaiah_58_06]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_58_06]]
[[Isaiah 59 12|_Isaiah_59_12]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_59_12]]
[[Isaiah 60 08|_Isaiah_60_08]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_60_08]]
[[Isaiah 61 01|_Isaiah_61_01]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_61_01]]
[[Isaiah 62 08|_Isaiah_62_08]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_62_08]]
[[Isaiah 63 11|_Isaiah_63_11]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_63_11]]
[[Isaiah 64 08|_Isaiah_64_08]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_64_08]]
[[Isaiah 65 13|_Isaiah_65_13]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_65_13]]
[[Isaiah 66 05|_Isaiah_66_05]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_66_05]]
[[Isaiah 66 19|_Isaiah_66_19]] - [[Notes|Isaiah_66_19]]
----
[[Jeremiah 01 01|_Jeremiah_01_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_01_01]]
[[Jeremiah 01 17|_Jeremiah_01_17]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_01_17]]
[[Jeremiah 02 12|_Jeremiah_02_12]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_02_12]]
[[Jeremiah 02 28|_Jeremiah_02_28]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_02_28]]
[[Jeremiah 03 05|_Jeremiah_03_05]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_03_05]]
[[Jeremiah 03 19|_Jeremiah_03_19]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_03_19]]
[[Jeremiah 04 10|_Jeremiah_04_10]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_04_10]]
[[Jeremiah 04 29|_Jeremiah_04_29]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_04_29]]
[[Jeremiah 05 10|_Jeremiah_05_10]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_05_10]]
[[Jeremiah 05 25|_Jeremiah_05_25]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_05_25]]
[[Jeremiah 06 16|_Jeremiah_06_16]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_06_16]]
[[Jeremiah 08 01|_Jeremiah_08_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_08_01]]
[[Jeremiah 09 01|_Jeremiah_09_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_09_01]]
[[Jeremiah 10 01|_Jeremiah_10_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_10_01]]
[[Jeremiah 11 01|_Jeremiah_11_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_11_01]]
[[Jeremiah 12 01|_Jeremiah_12_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_12_01]]
[[Jeremiah 13 01|_Jeremiah_13_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_13_01]]
[[Jeremiah 14 01|_Jeremiah_14_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_14_01]]
[[Jeremiah 15 01|_Jeremiah_15_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_15_01]]
[[Jeremiah 16 01|_Jeremiah_16_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_16_01]]
[[Jeremiah 17 01|_Jeremiah_17_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_17_01]]
[[Jeremiah 18 01|_Jeremiah_18_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_18_01]]
[[Jeremiah 19 01|_Jeremiah_19_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_19_01]]
[[Jeremiah 20 01|_Jeremiah_20_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_20_01]]
[[Jeremiah 21 01|_Jeremiah_21_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_21_01]]
[[Jeremiah 22 01|_Jeremiah_22_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_22_01]]
[[Jeremiah 23 01|_Jeremiah_23_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_23_01]]
[[Jeremiah 24 01|_Jeremiah_24_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_24_01]]
[[Jeremiah 26 01|_Jeremiah_26_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_26_01]]
[[Jeremiah 27 01|_Jeremiah_27_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_27_01]]
[[Jeremiah 28 01|_Jeremiah_28_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_28_01]]
[[Jeremiah 29 01|_Jeremiah_29_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_29_01]]
[[Jeremiah 30 01|_Jeremiah_30_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_30_01]]
[[Jeremiah 31 01|_Jeremiah_31_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_31_01]]
[[Jeremiah 32 01|_Jeremiah_32_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_32_01]]
[[Jeremiah 33 01|_Jeremiah_33_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_33_01]]
[[Jeremiah 34 01|_Jeremiah_34_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_34_01]]
[[Jeremiah 35 01|_Jeremiah_35_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_35_01]]
[[Jeremiah 36 01|_Jeremiah_36_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_36_01]]
[[Jeremiah 37 01|_Jeremiah_37_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_37_01]]
[[Jeremiah 38 01|_Jeremiah_38_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_38_01]]
[[Jeremiah 39 01|_Jeremiah_39_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_39_01]]
[[Jeremiah 40 01|_Jeremiah_40_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_40_01]]
[[Jeremiah 41 01|_Jeremiah_41_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_41_01]]
[[Jeremiah 42 01|_Jeremiah_42_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_42_01]]
[[Jeremiah 43 01|_Jeremiah_43_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_43_01]]
[[Jeremiah 44 01|_Jeremiah_44_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_44_01]]
[[Jeremiah 45 01|_Jeremiah_45_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_45_01]]
[[Jeremiah 47 01|_Jeremiah_47_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_47_01]]
[[Jeremiah 49 01|_Jeremiah_49_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_49_01]]
[[Jeremiah 50 01|_Jeremiah_50_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_50_01]]
[[Jeremiah 51 01|_Jeremiah_51_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_51_01]]
[[Jeremiah 52 01|_Jeremiah_52_01]] - [[Notes|Jeremiah_52_01]]
----
[[Lament 01 01|_Lament_01_01]] - [[Notes|Lament_01_01]]
[[Lament 01 20|_Lament_01_20]] - [[Notes|Lament_01_20]]
[[Lament 02 11|_Lament_02_11]] - [[Notes|Lament_02_11]]
[[Lament 03 01|_Lament_03_01]] - [[Notes|Lament_03_01]]
[[Lament 03 40|_Lament_03_40]] - [[Notes|Lament_03_40]]
[[Lament 04 21|_Lament_04_21]] - [[Notes|Lament_04_21]]
----
[[Zech 01 01|_Zech_01_01]] - [[Notes|Zech_01_01]]
[[Zech 01 17|_Zech_01_17]] - [[Notes|Zech_01_17]]
[[Zeph 01 01|_Zeph_01_01]] - [[Notes|Zeph_01_01]]
[[Zeph 02 01|_Zeph_02_01]] - [[Notes|Zeph_02_01]]
[[Zech 03 01|_Zech_03_01]] - [[Notes|Zech_03_01]]
[[Zeph 03 01|_Zeph_03_01]] - [[Notes|Zeph_03_01]]
[[Zech 04 05|_Zech_04_05]] - [[Notes|Zech_04_05]]
[[Zech 05 06|_Zech_05_06]] - [[Notes|Zech_05_06]]
[[Zech 07 01|_Zech_07_01]] - [[Notes|Zech_07_01]]
[[Zech 08 03|_Zech_08_03]] - [[Notes|Zech_08_03]]
[[Zech 08 18|_Zech_08_18]] - [[Notes|Zech_08_18]]
[[Zech 11 04|_Zech_11_04]] - [[Notes|Zech_11_04]]
[[Zech 12 01|_Zech_12_01]] - [[Notes|Zech_12_01]]
[[Zech 13 01|_Zech_13_01]] - [[Notes|Zech_13_01]]
[[Zech 14 08|_Zech_14_08]] - [[Notes|Zech_14_08]]
----
[[Amos 01 01|_Amos_01_01]] - [[Notes|Amos_01_01]]
[[Amos 02 01|_Amos_02_01]] - [[Notes|Amos_02_01]]
[[Amos 03 01|_Amos_03_01]] - [[Notes|Amos_03_01]]
[[Amos 05 01|_Amos_05_01]] - [[Notes|Amos_05_01]]
[[Amos 05 25|_Amos_05_25]] - [[Notes|Amos_05_25]]
[[Amos 07 01|_Amos_07_01]] - [[Notes|Amos_07_01]]
[[Amos 08 01|_Amos_08_01]] - [[Notes|Amos_08_01]]
[[Amos 09 01|_Amos_09_01]] - [[Notes|Amos_09_01]]
----
[[Daniel 01 01|_Daniel_01_01]] - [[Notes|Daniel_01_01]]
[[Daniel 02 01|_Daniel_02_01]] - [[Notes|Daniel_02_01]]
[[Daniel 03 01|_Daniel_03_01]] - [[Notes|Daniel_03_01]]
[[Daniel 04 01|_Daniel_04_01]] - [[Notes|Daniel_04_01]]
[[Daniel 05 01|_Daniel_05_01]] - [[Notes|Daniel_05_01]]
[[Daniel 06 01|_Daniel_06_01]] - [[Notes|Daniel_06_01]]
[[Daniel 07 01|_Daniel_07_01]] - [[Notes|Daniel_07_01]]
[[Daniel 08 01|_Daniel_08_01]] - [[Notes|Daniel_08_01]]
[[Daniel 09 01|_Daniel_09_01]] - [[Notes|Daniel_09_01]]
[[Daniel 10 01|_Daniel_10_01]] - [[Notes|Daniel_10_01]]
[[Daniel 10 20|_Daniel_10_20]] - [[Notes|Daniel_10_20]]
[[Daniel 12 01|_Daniel_12_01]] - [[Notes|Daniel_12_01]]
----
[[Obadiah 01 01|_Obadiah_01_01]] - [[Notes|Obadiah_01_01]]
[[Obadiah 01 19|_Obadiah_01_19]] - [[Notes|Obadiah_01_19]]
----
[[Jonah 01 01|_Jonah_01_01]] - [[Notes|Jonah_01_01]]
[[Jonah 01 17|_Jonah_01_17]] - [[Notes|Jonah_01_17]]
[[Jonah 03 10|_Jonah_03_10]] - [[Notes|Jonah_03_10]]
----
[[Habakkuk 01 01|_Habakkuk_01_01]] - [[Notes|Habakkuk_01_01]]
[[Habakkuk 02 01|_Habakkuk_02_01]] - [[Notes|Habakkuk_02_01]]
[[Habakkuk 02 18|_Habakkuk_02_18]] - [[Notes|Habakkuk_02_18]]
----
[[Haggai 01 01|_Haggai_01_01]] - [[Notes|Haggai_01_01]]
[[Haggai 02 01|_Haggai_02_01]] - [[Notes|Haggai_02_01]]
[[Haggai 02 20|_Haggai_02_20]] - [[Notes|Haggai_02_20]]
----
[[Hosea 01 01|_Hosea_01_01]] - [[Notes|Hosea_01_01]]
[[Hosea 03 01|_Hosea_03_01]] - [[Notes|Hosea_03_01]]
[[Hosea 04 15|_Hosea_04_15]] - [[Notes|Hosea_04_15]]
[[Hosea 06 01|_Hosea_06_01]] - [[Notes|Hosea_06_01]]
[[Hosea 07 11|_Hosea_07_11]] - [[Notes|Hosea_07_11]]
[[Hosea 09 01|_Hosea_09_01]] - [[Notes|Hosea_09_01]]
[[Hosea 09 17|_Hosea_09_17]] - [[Notes|Hosea_09_17]]
[[Hosea 11 01|_Hosea_11_01]] - [[Notes|Hosea_11_01]]
[[Hosea 12 07|_Hosea_12_07]] - [[Notes|Hosea_12_07]]
[[Hosea 13 15|_Hosea_13_15]] - [[Notes|Hosea_13_15]]
----
[[Joel 01 01|_Joel_01_01]] - [[Notes|Joel_01_01]]
[[Joel 02 23|_Joel_02_23]] - [[Notes|Joel_02_23]]
[[Joel 03 09|_Joel_03_09]] - [[Notes|Joel_03_09]]
----
[[Malachi 01 01|_Malachi_01_01]] - [[Notes|Malachi_01_01]]
[[Malachi 01 14|_Malachi_01_14]] - [[Notes|Malachi_01_14]]
[[Malachi 03 01|_Malachi_03_01]] - [[Notes|Malachi_03_01]]
[[Malachi 04 01|_Malachi_04_01]] - [[Notes|Malachi_04_01]]
----
[[Micah 01 01|_Micah_01_01]] - [[Notes|Micah_01_01]]
[[Micah 03 01|_Micah_03_01]] - [[Notes|Micah_03_01]]
[[Micah 06 01|_Micah_06_01]] - [[Notes|Micah_06_01]]
[[Micah 07 01|_Micah_07_01]] - [[Notes|Micah_07_01]]
----
[[Nahum 01 01|_Nahum_01_01]] - [[Notes|Nahum_01_01]]
[[Nahum 03 01|_Nahum_03_01]] - [[Notes|Nahum_03_01]]
}}}
!end
%/
<<matchTags %0 "\n" sort:book_key Text >>
[[HelloThere]]
[[_1Cor_01_20]]
stub
<!--{{{-->
<div class='toolbar' macro='toolbar [[ToolbarCommands::EditToolbar]]'></div>
<div class='title' macro='view title'></div>
<div class='editor' macro='edit title'></div>
<div macro='annotations'></div>
<div><span>Order: <span macro="edit book_key"></span></div>
<div class='editor' macro='edit text'></div>
<div class='editor' macro='edit tags'></div><div class='editorFooter'><span macro='message views.editor.tagPrompt'></span><span macro='tagChooser excludeLists'></span></div>
<!--}}}-->
Exodus
+++
{{dp100{<<matchTags %0 "\n" sort:book_key Exodus>>}}}
===
Genesis  
+++
{{dp100{<<matchTags %0 "\n" sort:book_key Genesis >>}}}
===
To get started with this blank [[TiddlyWiki]], you'll need to modify the following tiddlers:
* [[SiteTitle]] & [[SiteSubtitle]]: The title and subtitle of the site, as shown above (after saving, they will also appear in the browser title bar)
* [[MainMenu]]: The menu (usually on the left)
* [[DefaultTiddlers]]: Contains the names of the tiddlers that you want to appear when the TiddlyWiki is opened
You'll also need to enter your username for signing your edits: <<option txtUserName>>

!Questions?
Scott at themanthursday@gmail.com, or home 754-8268
* This wiki is stripped for performance.   Stunning lack of amenities.  
* Have made a start on custom field for book order, {{{ book_key="540000"}}}.  See Bible wiki.  All text tiddlers are tagged, many with placeholders.  Books with specific tagging include the Gospels and Acts, John's and Peter's letters, Revelation, Kings, maybe Judges and a few from Genesis.  
* Hope to build //Previous// and //Next// links that serve macros that point to book order.
/***
|Name:|LessBackupsPlugin|
|Description:|Intelligently limit the number of backup files you create|
|Version:|3.0.1 ($Rev: 2320 $)|
|Date:|$Date: 2007-06-18 22:37:46 +1000 (Mon, 18 Jun 2007) $|
|Source:|http://mptw.tiddlyspot.com/#LessBackupsPlugin|
|Author:|Simon Baird|
|Email:|simon.baird@gmail.com|
|License:|http://mptw.tiddlyspot.com/#TheBSDLicense|
!!Description
You end up with just backup one per year, per month, per weekday, per hour, minute, and second.  So total number won't exceed about 200 or so. Can be reduced by commenting out the seconds/minutes/hours line from modes array
!!Notes
Works in IE and Firefox only.  Algorithm by Daniel Baird. IE specific code by by Saq Imtiaz.
***/
//{{{

var MINS  = 60 * 1000;
var HOURS = 60 * MINS;
var DAYS  = 24 * HOURS;

if (!config.lessBackups) {
	config.lessBackups = {
		// comment out the ones you don't want or set config.lessBackups.modes in your 'tweaks' plugin
		modes: [
			//["YYYY",  365*DAYS], // one per year for ever
			["MMM",   31*DAYS],  // one per month
			//["ddd",   7*DAYS],   // one per weekday
			//["d0DD",  1*DAYS],   // one per day of month
			["h0hh",  24*HOURS], // one per hour
			//["m0mm",  1*HOURS],  // one per minute
			//["s0ss",  1*MINS],   // one per second
			["latest",0]         // always keep last version. (leave this).
		]
	};
}

window.getSpecialBackupPath = function(backupPath) {

	var now = new Date();

	var modes = config.lessBackups.modes;

	for (var i=0;i<modes.length;i++) {

		// the filename we will try
		var specialBackupPath = backupPath.replace(/(\.)([0-9]+\.[0-9]+)(\.html)$/,
				'$1'+now.formatString(modes[i][0]).toLowerCase()+'$3')

		// open the file
		try {
			if (config.browser.isIE) {
				var fsobject = new ActiveXObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
				var fileExists  = fsobject.FileExists(specialBackupPath);
				if (fileExists) {
					var fileObject = fsobject.GetFile(specialBackupPath);
					var modDate = new Date(fileObject.DateLastModified).valueOf();
				}
			}
			else {
				netscape.security.PrivilegeManager.enablePrivilege("UniversalXPConnect");
				var file = Components.classes["@mozilla.org/file/local;1"].createInstance(Components.interfaces.nsILocalFile);
				file.initWithPath(specialBackupPath);
				var fileExists = file.exists();
				if (fileExists) {
					var modDate = file.lastModifiedTime;
				}
			}
		}
		catch(e) {
			// give up
			return backupPath;
		}

		// expiry is used to tell if it's an 'old' one. Eg, if the month is June and there is a
		// June file on disk that's more than an month old then it must be stale so overwrite
		// note that "latest" should be always written because the expiration period is zero (see above)
		var expiry = new Date(modDate + modes[i][1]);
		if (!fileExists || now > expiry)
			return specialBackupPath;
	}
}

// hijack the core function
window.getBackupPath_mptw_orig = window.getBackupPath;
window.getBackupPath = function(localPath) {
	return getSpecialBackupPath(getBackupPath_mptw_orig(localPath));
}

//}}}
stub
[[GettingStarted]]
----
[[TwiddlyWiki_HowTo]]
* [[Bible notes|./../bible_wiki.htm]]
/***
|Name|MatchTagsPlugin|
|Source|http://www.TiddlyTools.com/#MatchTagsPlugin|
|Documentation|http://www.TiddlyTools.com/#MatchTagsPluginInfo|
|Version|2.0.0|
|Author|Eric Shulman - ELS Design Studios|
|License|http://www.TiddlyTools.com/#LegalStatements <br>and [[Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 License|http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/]]|
|~CoreVersion|2.1|
|Type|plugin|
|Requires||
|Overrides||
|Description|'tag matching' with full boolean expressions (AND, OR, NOT, and nested parentheses)|
!!!!!Documentation
> see [[MatchTagsPluginInfo]]
!!!!!Revisions
<<<
2008.09.04 [2.0.0] added "report" and "panel" options to generate formatted results and store in a tiddler.  Also, added config.macros.matchTags.formatList(place,fmt,sep) API to return formatted output for use with other plugins/scripts
| please see [[MatchTagsPluginInfo]] for additional revision details |
2008.02.28 [1.0.0] initial release
<<<
!!!!!Code
***/
//{{{
version.extensions.MatchTagsPlugin= {major: 2, minor: 0, revision: 0, date: new Date(2008,9,4)};

// store.getMatchingTiddlers() processes boolean expressions for tag matching
//    sortfield (optional) sets sort order for tiddlers - default=title
//    tiddlers (optional) use alternative set of tiddlers (instead of current store)
TiddlyWiki.prototype.getMatchingTiddlers = function(tagexpr,sortfield,tiddlers) {

	var debug=config.options.chkDebug; // abbreviation
	var cmm=config.macros.matchTags; // abbreviation
	var r=[]; // results are an array of tiddlers
	var tids=tiddlers||store.getTiddlers(sortfield||"title");
	if (tiddlers && sortfield) store.sortTiddlers(tids,sortfield);
	if (debug) displayMessage(cmm.msg1.format([tids.length]));

	// try simple lookup to quickly find single tags or tags that
	// contain boolean operators as literals, e.g. "foo and bar"
	for (var t=0; t<tids.length; t++)
		if (tids[t].isTagged(tagexpr)) r.pushUnique(tids[t]);
	if (r.length) {
		if (debug) displayMessage(cmm.msg4.format([r.length,tagexpr]));
		return r;
	}
	
	// convert expression into javascript code with regexp tests,
	// so that "tag1 AND ( tag2 OR NOT tag3 )" becomes
	// "/\~tag1\~/.test(...) && ( /\~tag2\~/.test(...) || ! /\~tag3\~/.test(...) )"

	// normalize whitespace, tokenize operators, delimit with "~"
	var c=tagexpr.trim(); // remove leading/trailing spaces
	c = c.replace(/\s+/ig," "); // reduce multiple spaces to single spaces
	c = c.replace(/\(\s?/ig,"~(~"); // open parens
	c = c.replace(/\s?\)/ig,"~)~"); // close parens
	c = c.replace(/(\s|~)?&&(\s|~)?/ig,"~&&~"); // &&
	c = c.replace(/(\s|~)AND(\s|~)/ig,"~&&~"); // AND
	c = c.replace(/(\s|~)?\|\|(\s|~)?/ig,"~||~"); // ||
	c = c.replace(/(\s|~)OR(\s|~)/ig,"~||~"); // OR
	c = c.replace(/(\s|~)?!(\s|~)?/ig,"~!~"); // !
	c = c.replace(/(^|~|\s)NOT(\s|~)/ig,"~!~"); // NOT
	c = c.replace(/(^|~|\s)NOT~\(/ig,"~!~("); // NOT(
	// change tag terms to regexp tests
	var terms=c.split("~"); for (var i=0; i<terms.length; i++) { var t=terms[i];
		if (/(&&)|(\|\|)|[!\(\)]/.test(t) || t=="") continue; // skip operators/parens/spaces
		if (t==config.macros.matchTags.untaggedKeyword)
			terms[i]="tiddlertags=='~~'"; // 'untagged' tiddlers
		else
			terms[i]="/\\~"+t+"\\~/.test(tiddlertags)";
	}
	c=terms.join(" ");
	if (debug) { displayMessage(cmm.msg2.format([tagexpr])); displayMessage(cmm.msg3.format([c])); }

	// scan tiddlers for matches
	for (var t=0; t<tids.length; t++) {
	 	// assemble tags from tiddler into string "~tag1~tag2~tag3~"
		var tiddlertags = "~"+tids[t].tags.join("~")+"~";
		try { if(eval(c)) r.push(tids[t]); } // test tags
		catch(e) { // error in test
			displayMessage(cmm.msg2.format([tagexpr]));
			displayMessage(cmm.msg3.format([c]));
			displayMessage(e.toString());
			break; // skip remaining tiddlers
		}
	}
	if (debug) displayMessage(cmm.msg4.format([r.length,tagexpr]));
	return r;
}
//}}}
//{{{
config.macros.matchTags = {
	msg1: "scanning %0 input tiddlers",
	msg2: "looking for '%0'",
	msg3: "using expression: '%0'",
	msg4: "found %0 tiddlers matching '%1'",
	noMatch: "no matching tiddlers",
	untaggedKeyword: "-",



	untaggedLabel: "no tags",
	untaggedPrompt: "show tiddlers with no tags",
	defTiddler: "MatchingTiddlers",
	defFormat: "%0",
	defSeparator: "\n",
	reportHeading: "Found %0 tiddlers tagged with: '{{{%1}}}'\n----\n",
	handler: function(place,macroName,params,wikifier,paramString,tiddler) {
		var mode=params[0]?params[0].toLowerCase():'';
		if (mode=="inline")
			params.shift();
		if (mode=="report" || mode=="panel") {
			params.shift();
			var target=params.shift()||this.defTiddler;
		}
		if (mode=="popup") {
			params.shift();
			if (params[0]&&params[0].substr(0,6)=="label:") var label=params.shift().substr(6);
			if (params[0]&&params[0].substr(0,7)=="prompt:") var prompt=params.shift().substr(7);
		} else {
			var fmt=(params.shift()||this.defFormat).unescapeLineBreaks();
			var sep=(params.shift()||this.defSeparator).unescapeLineBreaks();
		}
		var sortBy="+title";
		if (params[0]&&params[0].substr(0,5)=="sort:") sortBy=params.shift().substr(5);
		var expr = params.join(" ");
		if (mode!="panel" && (!expr||!expr.trim().length)) return;
		if (expr==this.untaggedKeyword)
			{ var label=this.untaggedLabel; var prompt=this.untaggedPrompt };
		switch (mode) {
			case "popup": this.createPopup(place,label,expr,prompt,sortBy); break;
			case "panel": this.createPanel(place,expr,fmt,sep,sortBy,target); break;
			case "report": this.createReport(target,expr,fmt,sep,sortBy); break;
			case "inline": default: this.createInline(place,expr,fmt,sep,sortBy); break;
		}
	},
	formatList: function(tids,fmt,sep) {
		var out=[];
		for (var t=0; t<tids.length; t++) {
			var title="[["+tids[t].title+"]]";
			var who=tids[t].modifier;
			var when=tids[t].modified.toLocaleString();
			var text=tids[t].text;
			var first=tids[t].text.split("\n")[0];
			var desc=store.getTiddlerSlice(tids[t].title,"description");
			desc=desc||store.getTiddlerSlice(tids[t].title,"Description");
			desc=desc||store.getTiddlerText(tids[t].title+"##description");
			desc=desc||store.getTiddlerText(tids[t].title+"##Description");
			out.push(fmt.format([title,who,when,text,first,desc]));
		}
		return out.join(sep);
	},
	createInline: function(place,expr,fmt,sep,sortBy) {
		wikify(this.formatList(store.sortTiddlers(store.getMatchingTiddlers(expr),sortBy),fmt,sep),place);
	},
	createPopup: function(place,label,expr,prompt,sortBy) {
		var btn=createTiddlyButton(place,
			(label||expr).format([expr]),
			(prompt||config.views.wikified.tag.tooltip).format([expr]),
			function(ev){ return config.macros.matchTags.showPopup(this,ev||window.event); });
		btn.setAttribute("sortBy",sortBy);
		btn.setAttribute("expr",expr);
	},
	showPopup: function(here,ev) {
		var p=Popup.create(here); if (!p) return false;
		var tids=store.getMatchingTiddlers(here.getAttribute("expr"));
		store.sortTiddlers(tids,here.getAttribute("sortBy"));
		var list=[]; for (var t=0; t<tids.length; t++) list.push(tids[t].title);
		if (!list.length) createTiddlyText(p,this.noMatch);
		else {
			var b=createTiddlyButton(createTiddlyElement(p,"li"),
				config.views.wikified.tag.openAllText,
				config.views.wikified.tag.openAllTooltip,
				function() {
					var list=this.getAttribute("list").readBracketedList();
					story.displayTiddlers(null,tids);
				});
			b.setAttribute("list","[["+list.join("]] [[")+"]]");
			createTiddlyElement(p,"hr");
		}
		var out=this.formatList(tids," &nbsp;%0&nbsp; ","\n"); wikify(out,p);
		Popup.show(p,false);
		ev.cancelBubble=true;
		if(ev.stopPropagation) ev.stopPropagation();
		return false;
	},
	createReport: function(target,expr,fmt,sep,sortBy) {
		var tids=store.sortTiddlers(store.getMatchingTiddlers(expr),sortBy);
		if (!tids.length) { displayMessage('no matches for: '+expr); return false; }
		var msg=config.messages.overwriteWarning.format([target]);
		if (store.tiddlerExists(target) && !confirm(msg)) return false;
		var out=this.reportHeading.format([tids.length,expr])
		out+=this.formatList(tids,fmt,sep);
		store.saveTiddler(target,target,out,config.options.txtUserName,new Date(),[],{});
		story.closeTiddler(target); story.displayTiddler(null,target);
	},
	createPanel: function(place,expr,fmt,sep,sortBy,tid) {
		var html="<form style='display:inline'><!-- \
			--><input type='text'    name='expr' style='width:55%' title='tag expression'><!-- \
			--><input type='text'    name='fmt'  style='width:10%' title='list item format'><!-- \
			--><input type='text'    name='sep'  style='width:5%'  title='list item separator'><!-- \
			--><input type='text'    name='tid'  style='width:20%' title='target tiddler title'><!-- \
			--><input type='button'  name='go'   style='width:8%'  value='go' onclick=\" \
				var expr=this.form.expr.value; \
				if (!expr.length) { alert('Enter a boolean tag expression'); return false; } \
				var fmt=this.form.fmt.value; \
				if (!fmt.length) { alert('Enter the list item output format'); return false; } \
				var sep=this.form.sep.value.unescapeLineBreaks(); \
				var tid=this.form.tid.value; \
				if (!tid.length) { alert('Enter a target tiddler title'); return false; } \
				config.macros.matchTags.createReport(tid,expr,fmt,sep,'title'); \
				return false;\"> \
			</form>";
		var s=createTiddlyElement(place,"span"); s.innerHTML=html;
		var f=s.getElementsByTagName("form")[0];
		f.expr.value=expr; f.fmt.value=fmt; f.sep.value=sep.escapeLineBreaks(); f.tid.value=tid;
	}
};
//}}}
//{{{
// SHADOW TIDDLER for displaying default panel input form
config.shadowTiddlers.MatchTags="{{smallform{<<matchTags panel>>}}}";
//}}}
//{{{
// TWEAK core filterTiddlers() for enhanced boolean matching in [tag[...]] syntax:
// use getMatchingTiddlers instead getTaggedTiddlers
var fn=TiddlyWiki.prototype.filterTiddlers;
fn=fn.toString().replace(/getTaggedTiddlers/g,"getMatchingTiddlers");
eval("TiddlyWiki.prototype.filterTiddlers="+fn);
//}}}
//{{{
// REDEFINE core handler for enhanced boolean matching in tag:"..." paramifier
// use filterTiddlers() instead of getTaggedTiddlers() to get list of tiddlers.
config.paramifiers.tag = {
	onstart: function(v) {
		var tagged = store.filterTiddlers("[tag["+v+"]]");
		story.displayTiddlers(null,tagged,null,false,null);
	}
};
//}}}
/***
|Name|NestedSlidersPlugin|
|Source|http://www.TiddlyTools.com/#NestedSlidersPlugin|
|Documentation|http://www.TiddlyTools.com/#NestedSlidersPluginInfo|
|Version|2.4.9|
|Author|Eric Shulman - ELS Design Studios|
|License|http://www.TiddlyTools.com/#LegalStatements <br>and [[Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 License|http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/]]|
|~CoreVersion|2.1|
|Type|plugin|
|Requires||
|Overrides||
|Options|##Configuration|
|Description|show content in nest-able sliding/floating panels, without creating separate tiddlers for each panel's content|
!!!!!Documentation
>see [[NestedSlidersPluginInfo]]
!!!!!Configuration
<<<
<<option chkFloatingSlidersAnimate>> allow floating sliders to animate when opening/closing
>Note: This setting can cause 'clipping' problems in some versions of InternetExplorer.
>In addition, for floating slider animation to occur you must also allow animation in general (see [[AdvancedOptions]]).
<<<
!!!!!Revisions
<<<
2008.11.15 - 2.4.9 in adjustNestedSlider(), don't make adjustments if panel is marked as 'undocked' (CSS class).  In onClickNestedSlider(), SHIFT-CLICK docks panel (see [[MoveablePanelPlugin]])
|please see [[NestedSlidersPluginInfo]] for additional revision details|
2005.11.03 - 1.0.0 initial public release.  Thanks to RodneyGomes, GeoffSlocock, and PaulPetterson for suggestions and experiments.
<<<
!!!!!Code
***/
//{{{
version.extensions.NestedSlidersPlugin= {major: 2, minor: 4, revision: 9, date: new Date(2008,11,15)};

// options for deferred rendering of sliders that are not initially displayed
if (config.options.chkFloatingSlidersAnimate===undefined)
	config.options.chkFloatingSlidersAnimate=false; // avoid clipping problems in IE

// default styles for 'floating' class
setStylesheet(".floatingPanel { position:absolute; z-index:10; padding:0.5em; margin:0em; \
	background-color:#eee; color:#000; border:1px solid #000; text-align:left; }","floatingPanelStylesheet");

// if removeCookie() function is not defined by TW core, define it here.
if (window.removeCookie===undefined) {
	window.removeCookie=function(name) {
		document.cookie = name+'=; expires=Thu, 01-Jan-1970 00:00:01 UTC; path=/;'; 
	}
}

config.formatters.push( {
	name: "nestedSliders",
	match: "\\n?\\+{3}",
	terminator: "\\s*\\={3}\\n?",
	lookahead: "\\n?\\+{3}(\\+)?(\\([^\\)]*\\))?(\\!*)?(\\^(?:[^\\^\\*\\@\\[\\>]*\\^)?)?(\\*)?(\\@)?(?:\\{\\{([\\w]+[\\s\\w]*)\\{)?(\\[[^\\]]*\\])?(\\[[^\\]]*\\])?(?:\\}{3})?(\\#[^:]*\\:)?(\\>)?(\\.\\.\\.)?\\s*",
	handler: function(w)
		{
			lookaheadRegExp = new RegExp(this.lookahead,"mg");
			lookaheadRegExp.lastIndex = w.matchStart;
			var lookaheadMatch = lookaheadRegExp.exec(w.source)
			if(lookaheadMatch && lookaheadMatch.index == w.matchStart)
			{
				var defopen=lookaheadMatch[1];
				var cookiename=lookaheadMatch[2];
				var header=lookaheadMatch[3];
				var panelwidth=lookaheadMatch[4];
				var transient=lookaheadMatch[5];
				var hover=lookaheadMatch[6];
				var buttonClass=lookaheadMatch[7];
				var label=lookaheadMatch[8];
				var openlabel=lookaheadMatch[9];
				var panelID=lookaheadMatch[10];
				var blockquote=lookaheadMatch[11];
				var deferred=lookaheadMatch[12];

				// location for rendering button and panel
				var place=w.output;

				// default to closed, no cookie, no accesskey, no alternate text/tip
				var show="none"; var cookie=""; var key="";
				var closedtext=">"; var closedtip="";
				var openedtext="<"; var openedtip="";

				// extra "+", default to open
				if (defopen) show="block";

				// cookie, use saved open/closed state
				if (cookiename) {
					cookie=cookiename.trim().slice(1,-1);
					cookie="chkSlider"+cookie;
					if (config.options[cookie]==undefined)
						{ config.options[cookie] = (show=="block") }
					show=config.options[cookie]?"block":"none";
				}

				// parse label/tooltip/accesskey: [label=X|tooltip]
				if (label) {
					var parts=label.trim().slice(1,-1).split("|");
					closedtext=parts.shift();
					if (closedtext.substr(closedtext.length-2,1)=="=")	
						{ key=closedtext.substr(closedtext.length-1,1); closedtext=closedtext.slice(0,-2); }
					openedtext=closedtext;
					if (parts.length) closedtip=openedtip=parts.join("|");
					else { closedtip="show "+closedtext; openedtip="hide "+closedtext; }
				}

				// parse alternate label/tooltip: [label|tooltip]
				if (openlabel) {
					var parts=openlabel.trim().slice(1,-1).split("|");
					openedtext=parts.shift();
					if (parts.length) openedtip=parts.join("|");
					else openedtip="hide "+openedtext;
				}

				var title=show=='block'?openedtext:closedtext;
				var tooltip=show=='block'?openedtip:closedtip;

				// create the button
				if (header) { // use "Hn" header format instead of button/link
					var lvl=(header.length>5)?5:header.length;
					var btn = createTiddlyElement(createTiddlyElement(place,"h"+lvl,null,null,null),"a",null,buttonClass,title);
					btn.onclick=onClickNestedSlider;
					btn.setAttribute("href","javascript:;");
					btn.setAttribute("title",tooltip);
				}
				else
					var btn = createTiddlyButton(place,title,tooltip,onClickNestedSlider,buttonClass);
				btn.innerHTML=title; // enables use of HTML entities in label

				// set extra button attributes
				btn.setAttribute("closedtext",closedtext);
				btn.setAttribute("closedtip",closedtip);
				btn.setAttribute("openedtext",openedtext);
				btn.setAttribute("openedtip",openedtip);
				btn.sliderCookie = cookie; // save the cookiename (if any) in the button object
				btn.defOpen=defopen!=null; // save default open/closed state (boolean)
				btn.keyparam=key; // save the access key letter ("" if none)
				if (key.length) {
					btn.setAttribute("accessKey",key); // init access key
					btn.onfocus=function(){this.setAttribute("accessKey",this.keyparam);}; // **reclaim** access key on focus
				}
				btn.setAttribute("hover",hover?"true":"false");
				btn.onmouseover=function(ev) {
					// optional 'open on hover' handling
					if (this.getAttribute("hover")=="true" && this.sliderPanel.style.display=='none') {
						document.onclick.call(document,ev); // close transients
						onClickNestedSlider(ev); // open this slider
					}
					// mouseover on button aligns floater position with button
					if (window.adjustSliderPos) window.adjustSliderPos(this.parentNode,this,this.sliderPanel);
				}

				// create slider panel
				var panelClass=panelwidth?"floatingPanel":"sliderPanel";
				if (panelID) panelID=panelID.slice(1,-1); // trim off delimiters
				var panel=createTiddlyElement(place,"div",panelID,panelClass,null);
				panel.button = btn; // so the slider panel know which button it belongs to
				btn.sliderPanel=panel; // so the button knows which slider panel it belongs to
				panel.defaultPanelWidth=(panelwidth && panelwidth.length>2)?panelwidth.slice(1,-1):"";
				panel.setAttribute("transient",transient=="*"?"true":"false");
				panel.style.display = show;
				panel.style.width=panel.defaultPanelWidth;
				panel.onmouseover=function(event) // mouseover on panel aligns floater position with button
					{ if (window.adjustSliderPos) window.adjustSliderPos(this.parentNode,this.button,this); }

				// render slider (or defer until shown) 
				w.nextMatch = lookaheadMatch.index + lookaheadMatch[0].length;
				if ((show=="block")||!deferred) {
					// render now if panel is supposed to be shown or NOT deferred rendering
					w.subWikify(blockquote?createTiddlyElement(panel,"blockquote"):panel,this.terminator);
					// align floater position with button
					if (window.adjustSliderPos) window.adjustSliderPos(place,btn,panel);
				}
				else {
					var src = w.source.substr(w.nextMatch);
					var endpos=findMatchingDelimiter(src,"+++","===");
					panel.setAttribute("raw",src.substr(0,endpos));
					panel.setAttribute("blockquote",blockquote?"true":"false");
					panel.setAttribute("rendered","false");
					w.nextMatch += endpos+3;
					if (w.source.substr(w.nextMatch,1)=="\n") w.nextMatch++;
				}
			}
		}
	}
)

function findMatchingDelimiter(src,starttext,endtext) {
	var startpos = 0;
	var endpos = src.indexOf(endtext);
	// check for nested delimiters
	while (src.substring(startpos,endpos-1).indexOf(starttext)!=-1) {
		// count number of nested 'starts'
		var startcount=0;
		var temp = src.substring(startpos,endpos-1);
		var pos=temp.indexOf(starttext);
		while (pos!=-1)  { startcount++; pos=temp.indexOf(starttext,pos+starttext.length); }
		// set up to check for additional 'starts' after adjusting endpos
		startpos=endpos+endtext.length;
		// find endpos for corresponding number of matching 'ends'
		while (startcount && endpos!=-1) {
			endpos = src.indexOf(endtext,endpos+endtext.length);
			startcount--;
		}
	}
	return (endpos==-1)?src.length:endpos;
}
//}}}
//{{{
window.onClickNestedSlider=function(e)
{
	if (!e) var e = window.event;
	var theTarget = resolveTarget(e);
	while (theTarget && theTarget.sliderPanel==undefined) theTarget=theTarget.parentNode;
	if (!theTarget) return false;
	var theSlider = theTarget.sliderPanel;
	var isOpen = theSlider.style.display!="none";

	// if SHIFT-CLICK, dock panel first (see [[MoveablePanelPlugin]])
	if (e.shiftKey && config.macros.moveablePanel) config.macros.moveablePanel.dock(theSlider,e);

	// toggle label
	theTarget.innerHTML=isOpen?theTarget.getAttribute("closedText"):theTarget.getAttribute("openedText");
	// toggle tooltip
	theTarget.setAttribute("title",isOpen?theTarget.getAttribute("closedTip"):theTarget.getAttribute("openedTip"));

	// deferred rendering (if needed)
	if (theSlider.getAttribute("rendered")=="false") {
		var place=theSlider;
		if (theSlider.getAttribute("blockquote")=="true")
			place=createTiddlyElement(place,"blockquote");
		wikify(theSlider.getAttribute("raw"),place);
		theSlider.setAttribute("rendered","true");
	}

	// show/hide the slider
	if(config.options.chkAnimate && (!hasClass(theSlider,'floatingPanel') || config.options.chkFloatingSlidersAnimate))
		anim.startAnimating(new Slider(theSlider,!isOpen,e.shiftKey || e.altKey,"none"));
	else
		theSlider.style.display = isOpen ? "none" : "block";

	// reset to default width (might have been changed via plugin code)
	theSlider.style.width=theSlider.defaultPanelWidth;

	// align floater panel position with target button
	if (!isOpen && window.adjustSliderPos) window.adjustSliderPos(theSlider.parentNode,theTarget,theSlider);

	// if showing panel, set focus to first 'focus-able' element in panel
	if (theSlider.style.display!="none") {
		var ctrls=theSlider.getElementsByTagName("*");
		for (var c=0; c<ctrls.length; c++) {
			var t=ctrls[c].tagName.toLowerCase();
			if ((t=="input" && ctrls[c].type!="hidden") || t=="textarea" || t=="select")
				{ try{ ctrls[c].focus(); } catch(err){;} break; }
		}
	}
	var cookie=theTarget.sliderCookie;
	if (cookie && cookie.length) {
		config.options[cookie]=!isOpen;
		if (config.options[cookie]!=theTarget.defOpen) window.saveOptionCookie(cookie);
		else window.removeCookie(cookie); // remove cookie if slider is in default display state
	}

	// prevent SHIFT-CLICK from being processed by browser (opens blank window... yuck!)
	// prevent clicks *within* a slider button from being processed by browser
	// but allow plain click to bubble up to page background (to close transients, if any)
	if (e.shiftKey || theTarget!=resolveTarget(e))
		{ e.cancelBubble=true; if (e.stopPropagation) e.stopPropagation(); }
	Popup.remove(); // close open popup (if any)
	return false;
}
//}}}
//{{{
// click in document background closes transient panels 
document.nestedSliders_savedOnClick=document.onclick;
document.onclick=function(ev) { if (!ev) var ev=window.event; var target=resolveTarget(ev);

	if (document.nestedSliders_savedOnClick)
		var retval=document.nestedSliders_savedOnClick.apply(this,arguments);
	// if click was inside a popup... leave transient panels alone
	var p=target; while (p) if (hasClass(p,"popup")) break; else p=p.parentNode;
	if (p) return retval;
	// if click was inside transient panel (or something contained by a transient panel), leave it alone
	var p=target; while (p) {
		if ((hasClass(p,"floatingPanel")||hasClass(p,"sliderPanel"))&&p.getAttribute("transient")=="true") break;
		p=p.parentNode;
	}
	if (p) return retval;
	// otherwise, find and close all transient panels...
	var all=document.all?document.all:document.getElementsByTagName("DIV");
	for (var i=0; i<all.length; i++) {
		 // if it is not a transient panel, or the click was on the button that opened this panel, don't close it.
		if (all[i].getAttribute("transient")!="true" || all[i].button==target) continue;
		// otherwise, if the panel is currently visible, close it by clicking it's button
		if (all[i].style.display!="none") window.onClickNestedSlider({target:all[i].button})
		if (!hasClass(all[i],"floatingPanel")&&!hasClass(all[i],"sliderPanel")) all[i].style.display="none";
	}
	return retval;
};
//}}}
//{{{
// adjust floating panel position based on button position
if (window.adjustSliderPos==undefined) window.adjustSliderPos=function(place,btn,panel) {
	if (hasClass(panel,"floatingPanel") && !hasClass(panel,"undocked")) {
		// see [[MoveablePanelPlugin]] for use of 'undocked'
		var rightEdge=document.body.offsetWidth-1;
		var panelWidth=panel.offsetWidth;
		var left=0;
		var top=btn.offsetHeight; 
		if (place.style.position=="relative" && findPosX(btn)+panelWidth>rightEdge) {
			left-=findPosX(btn)+panelWidth-rightEdge; // shift panel relative to button
			if (findPosX(btn)+left<0) left=-findPosX(btn); // stay within left edge
		}
		if (place.style.position!="relative") {
			var left=findPosX(btn);
			var top=findPosY(btn)+btn.offsetHeight;
			var p=place; while (p && !hasClass(p,'floatingPanel')) p=p.parentNode;
			if (p) { left-=findPosX(p); top-=findPosY(p); }
			if (left+panelWidth>rightEdge) left=rightEdge-panelWidth;
			if (left<0) left=0;
		}
		panel.style.left=left+"px"; panel.style.top=top+"px";
	}
}
//}}}
//{{{
// TW2.1 and earlier:
// hijack Slider stop handler so overflow is visible after animation has completed
Slider.prototype.coreStop = Slider.prototype.stop;
Slider.prototype.stop = function()
	{ this.coreStop.apply(this,arguments); this.element.style.overflow = "visible"; }

// TW2.2+
// hijack Morpher stop handler so sliderPanel/floatingPanel overflow is visible after animation has completed
if (version.major+.1*version.minor+.01*version.revision>=2.2) {
	Morpher.prototype.coreStop = Morpher.prototype.stop;
	Morpher.prototype.stop = function() {
		this.coreStop.apply(this,arguments);
		var e=this.element;
		if (hasClass(e,"sliderPanel")||hasClass(e,"floatingPanel")) {
			// adjust panel overflow and position after animation
			e.style.overflow = "visible";
			if (window.adjustSliderPos) window.adjustSliderPos(e.parentNode,e.button,e);
		}
	};
}
//}}}
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World English Bible
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[[Pretty link for TwiddlyWiki source|http://tiddlywiki.com/]]
[[Pretty link for nearby wiki|file:///G:/computer_wiki.htm]]
How does linking work then?  
How can I really see the potential?
Is this a shortcut to groupware?

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{1:1} Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes, {1:2} to the assembly of God which is at Corinth; those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, both theirs and ours: {1:3} Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. {1:4} I always thank my God concerning you, for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus; {1:5} that in everything you were enriched in him, in all speech and all knowledge; {1:6} even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: {1:7} so that you come behind in no gift; waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ; {1:8} who will also confirm you until the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. {1:9} God is faithful, through whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. {1:10} Now I beg you, [1>]brothers,[<1] through the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgment. {1:11} For it has been reported to me concerning you, my brothers, by those who are from Chloe's household, that there are contentions among you. {1:12} Now I mean this, that each one of you says, "I follow Paul," "I follow Apollos," "I follow Cephas," and, "I follow Christ." {1:13} Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized into the name of Paul? {1:14} I thank God that I baptized none of you, except Crispus and Gaius, {1:15} so that no one should say that I had baptized you into my own name. {1:16} (I also baptized the household of Stephanas; besides them, I don't know whether I baptized any other.) {1:17} For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the Good News -- not in wisdom of words, so that the cross of Christ wouldn't be made void. {1:18} For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are dying, but to us who are saved it is the power of God. {1:19} For it is written, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, I will bring the discernment of the discerning to nothing."[2] 
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[[Next|_1Cor_01_20]]
{1:20} Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the lawyer of this world? Hasn't God made foolish the wisdom of this world? {1:21} For seeing that in the wisdom of God, the world through its wisdom didn't know God, it was God's good pleasure through the foolishness of the preaching to save those who believe. {1:22} For Jews ask for signs, Greeks seek after wisdom, {1:23} but we preach Christ crucified; a stumbling block to Jews, and foolishness to Greeks, {1:24} but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. {1:25} Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. {1:26} For you see your calling, brothers, that not many are wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, and not many noble; {1:27} but God chose the foolish things of the world that he might put to shame those who are wise. God chose the weak things of the world, that he might put to shame the things that are strong; {1:28} and God chose the lowly things of the world, and the things that are despised, and the things that are not, that he might bring to nothing the things that are: {1:29} that no flesh should boast before God. {1:30} But of him, you are in Christ Jesus, who was made to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption: {1:31} that, according as it is written, "He who boasts, let him boast in the Lord."[3] {2:1} When I came to you, brothers, I didn't come with excellence of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. {2:2} For I determined not to know anything among you, except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. {2:3} I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. {2:4} My speech and my preaching were not in persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, {2:5} that your faith wouldn't stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. {2:6} We speak wisdom, however, among those who are full grown; yet a wisdom not of this world, nor of the rulers of this world, who are coming to nothing. {2:7} But we speak God's wisdom in a mystery, the wisdom that has been hidden, which God foreordained before the worlds for our glory, {2:8} which none of the rulers of this world has known. For had they known it, they wouldn't have crucified the Lord of glory. {2:9} But as it is written, "Things which an eye didn't see, and an ear didn't hear, which didn't enter into the heart of man, these God has prepared for those who love him."[4] 
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[[Prev|_1Cor_01_01]]  ... [[Next|_1Cor_02_10]]
{2:10} But to us, God revealed them through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. {2:11} For who among men knows the things of a man, except the spirit of the man, which is in him? Even so, no one knows the things of God, except God's Spirit. {2:12} But we received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from God, that we might know the things that were freely given to us by God. {2:13} Which things also we speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual things. {2:14} Now the natural man doesn't receive the things of God's Spirit, for they are foolishness to him, and he can't know them, because they are spiritually discerned. {2:15} But he who is spiritual discerns all things, and he himself is judged by no one. {2:16} "For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he should instruct him?"[5] But we have Christ's mind. {3:1} Brothers, I couldn't speak to you as to spiritual, but as to fleshly, as to babies in Christ. {3:2} I fed you with milk, not with meat; for you weren't yet ready. Indeed, not even now are you ready, {3:3} for you are still fleshly. For insofar as there is jealousy, strife, and factions among you, aren't you fleshly, and don't you walk in the ways of men? {3:4} For when one says, "I follow Paul," and another, "I follow Apollos," aren't you fleshly? {3:5} Who then is Apollos, and who is Paul, but servants through whom you believed; and each as the Lord gave to him? {3:6} I planted. Apollos watered. But God gave the increase. {3:7} So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. {3:8} Now he who plants and he who waters are the same, but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. {3:9} For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's farming, God's building. {3:10} According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another builds on it. But let each man be careful how he builds on it. {3:11} For no one can lay any other foundation than that which has been laid, which is Jesus Christ. {3:12} But if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, or stubble; {3:13} each man's work will be revealed. For the Day will declare it, because it is revealed in fire; and the fire itself will test what sort of work each man's work is. {3:14} If any man's work remains which he built on it, he will receive a reward. {3:15} If any man's work is burned, he will suffer loss, but he himself will be saved, but as through fire. 
{3:16} Don't you know that you are a temple of God, and that God's Spirit lives in you? {3:17} If anyone destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him; for God's temple is holy, which you are. {3:18} Let no one deceive himself. If anyone thinks that he is wise among you in this world, let him become a fool, that he may become wise. {3:19} For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, "He has taken the wise in their craftiness."[6] {3:20} And again, "The Lord knows the reasoning of the wise, that it is worthless."[7] {3:21} Therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, {3:22} whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come. All are yours, {3:23} and you are Christ's, and Christ is God's. {4:1} So let a man think of us as Christ's servants, and stewards of God's mysteries. {4:2} Here, moreover, it is required of stewards, that they be found faithful. {4:3} But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you, or by man's judgment. Yes, I don't judge my own self. {4:4} For I know nothing against myself. Yet I am not justified by this, but he who judges me is the Lord. {4:5} Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each man will get his praise from God. {4:6} Now these things, brothers, I have in a figure transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that in us you might learn not to think beyond the things which are written, that none of you be puffed up against one another. {4:7} For who makes you different? And what do you have that you didn't receive? But if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it? {4:8} You are already filled. You have already become rich. You have come to reign without us. Yes, and I wish that you did reign, that we also might reign with you. {4:9} For, I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last of all, like men sentenced to death. For we are made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and men. {4:10} We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You have honor, but we have dishonor. {4:11} Even to this present hour we hunger, thirst, are naked, are beaten, and have no certain dwelling place. {4:12} We toil, working with our own hands. When people curse us, we bless. Being persecuted, we endure. {4:13} Being defamed, we entreat. We are made as the filth of the world, the dirt wiped off by all, even until now. {4:14} I don't write these things to shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved children. {4:15} For though you have ten thousand tutors in Christ, yet not many fathers. For in Christ Jesus, I became your father through the Good News. {4:16} I beg you therefore, be imitators of me. {4:17} Because of this I have sent Timothy to you, who is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, who will remind you of my ways which are in Christ, even as I teach everywhere in every assembly. {4:18} Now some are puffed up, as though I were not coming to you. {4:19} But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord is willing. And I will know, not the word of those who are puffed up, but the power. {4:20} For the Kingdom of God is not in word, but in power. {4:21} What do you want? Shall I come to you with a rod, or in love and a spirit of gentleness? 
{5:1} It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles, that one has his father's wife. {5:2} You are puffed up, and didn't rather mourn, that he who had done this deed might be removed from among you. {5:3} For I most certainly, as being absent in body but present in spirit, have already, as though I were present, judged him who has done this thing. {5:4} In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, you being gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, {5:5} are to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. {5:6} Your boasting is not good. Don't you know that a little yeast leavens the whole lump? {5:7} Purge out the old yeast, that you may be a new lump, even as you are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, has been sacrificed in our place. {5:8} Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old yeast, neither with the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. {5:9} I wrote to you in my letter to have no company with sexual sinners; {5:10} yet not at all meaning with the sexual sinners of this world, or with the covetous and extortioners, or with idolaters; for then you would have to leave the world. {5:11} But as it is, I wrote to you not to associate with anyone who is called a brother who is a sexual sinner, or covetous, or an idolater, or a slanderer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner. Don't even eat with such a person. {5:12} For what have I to do with also judging those who are outside? Don't you judge those who are within? {5:13} But those who are outside, God judges. "Put away the wicked man from among yourselves."[8] {6:1} Dare any of you, having a matter against his neighbor, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? {6:2} Don't you know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? {6:3} Don't you know that we will judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life? {6:4} If then, you have to judge things pertaining to this life, do you set them to judge who are of no account in the assembly? {6:5} I say this to move you to shame. Isn't there even one wise man among you who would be able to decide between his brothers? {6:6} But brother goes to law with brother, and that before unbelievers! {6:7} Therefore it is already altogether a defect in you, that you have lawsuits one with another. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded? {6:8} No, but you yourselves do wrong, and defraud, and that against your brothers. {6:9} Or don't you know that the unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don't be deceived. Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor male prostitutes, nor homosexuals, {6:10} nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor slanderers, nor extortioners, will inherit the Kingdom of God. {6:11} Such were some of you, but you were washed. But you were sanctified. But you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and in the Spirit of our God. {6:12} "All things are lawful for me," but not all things are expedient. "All things are lawful for me," but I will not be brought under the power of anything. {6:13} "Foods for the belly, and the belly for foods," but God will bring to nothing both it and them. But the body is not for sexual immorality, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. {6:14} Now God raised up the Lord, and will also raise us up by his power. {6:15} Don't you know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them members of a prostitute? May it never be! {6:16} Or don't you know that he who is joined to a prostitute is one body? For, "The two," says he, "will become one flesh."[9] {6:17} But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit. {6:18} Flee sexual immorality! "Every sin that a man does is outside the body," but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. {6:19} Or don't you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have from God? You are not your own, {6:20} for you were bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's. 
{7:1} Now concerning the things about which you wrote to me: it is good for a man not to touch a woman. {7:2} But, because of sexual immoralities, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband. {7:3} Let the husband render to his wife the affection owed her, and likewise also the wife to her husband. {7:4} The wife doesn't have authority over her own body, but the husband. Likewise also the husband doesn't have authority over his own body, but the wife. {7:5} Don't deprive one another, unless it is by consent for a season, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer, and may be together again, that Satan doesn't tempt you because of your lack of self-control. {7:6} But this I say by way of concession, not of commandment. {7:7} Yet I wish that all men were like me. However each man has his own gift from God, one of this kind, and another of that kind. {7:8} But I say to the unmarried and to widows, it is good for them if they remain even as I am. {7:9} But if they don't have self-control, let them marry. For it's better to marry than to burn. {7:10} But to the married I command -- not I, but the Lord -- that the wife not leave her husband {7:11} (but if she departs, let her remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her husband), and that the husband not leave his wife. {7:12} But to the rest I -- not the Lord -- say, if any brother has an unbelieving wife, and she is content to live with him, let him not leave her. {7:13} The woman who has an unbelieving husband, and he is content to live with her, let her not leave her husband. {7:14} For the unbelieving husband is sanctified in the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified in the husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy. {7:15} Yet if the unbeliever departs, let there be separation. The brother or the sister is not under bondage in such cases, but God has called us in peace. {7:16} For how do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife? {7:17} Only, as the Lord has distributed to each man, as God has called each, so let him walk. So I command in all the assemblies. 
{7:18} Was anyone called having been circumcised? Let him not become uncircumcised. Has anyone been called in uncircumcision? Let him not be circumcised. {7:19} Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God. {7:20} Let each man stay in that calling in which he was called. {7:21} Were you called being a bondservant? Don't let that bother you, but if you get an opportunity to become free, use it. {7:22} For he who was called in the Lord being a bondservant is the Lord's free man. Likewise he who was called being free is Christ's bondservant. {7:23} You were bought with a price. Don't become bondservants of men. {7:24} Brothers, let each man, in whatever condition he was called, stay in that condition with God. {7:25} Now concerning virgins, I have no commandment from the Lord, but I give my judgment as one who has obtained mercy from the Lord to be trustworthy. {7:26} I think that it is good therefore, because of the distress that is on us, that it is good for a man to be as he is. {7:27} Are you bound to a wife? Don't seek to be freed. Are you free from a wife? Don't seek a wife. {7:28} But if you marry, you have not sinned. If a virgin marries, she has not sinned. Yet such will have oppression in the flesh, and I want to spare you. {7:29} But I say this, brothers: the time is short, that from now on, both those who have wives may be as though they had none; {7:30} and those who weep, as though they didn't weep; and those who rejoice, as though they didn't rejoice; and those who buy, as though they didn't possess; {7:31} and those who use the world, as not using it to the fullest. For the mode of this world passes away. {7:32} But I desire to have you to be free from cares. He who is unmarried is concerned for the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord; {7:33} but he who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how he may please his wife. {7:34} There is also a difference between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman cares about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit. But she who is married cares about the things of the world -- how she may please her husband. {7:35} This I say for your own profit; not that I may ensnare you, but for that which is appropriate, and that you may attend to the Lord without distraction. {7:36} But if any man thinks that he is behaving inappropriately toward his virgin, if she is past the flower of her age, and if need so requires, let him do what he desires. He doesn't sin. Let them marry. {7:37} But he who stands steadfast in his heart, having no necessity, but has power over his own heart, to keep his own virgin, does well. {7:38} So then both he who gives his own virgin in marriage does well, and he who doesn't give her in marriage does better. {7:39} A wife is bound by law for as long as her husband lives; but if the husband is dead, she is free to be married to whomever she desires, only in the Lord. {7:40} But she is happier if she stays as she is, in my judgment, and I think that I also have God's Spirit. 
{8:1} Now concerning things sacrificed to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. {8:2} But if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he doesn't yet know as he ought to know. {8:3} But if anyone loves God, the same is known by him. {8:4} Therefore concerning the eating of things sacrificed to idols, we know that no idol is anything in the world, and that there is no other God but one. {8:5} For though there are things that are called "gods," whether in the heavens or on earth; as there are many "gods" and many "lords"; {8:6} yet to us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and we live through him. {8:7} However, that knowledge isn't in all men. But some, with consciousness of the idol until now, eat as of a thing sacrificed to an idol, and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. {8:8} But food will not commend us to God. For neither, if we don't eat, are we the worse; nor, if we eat, are we the better. {8:9} But be careful that by no means does this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to the weak. {8:10} For if a man sees you who have knowledge sitting in an idol's temple, won't his conscience, if he is weak, be emboldened to eat things sacrificed to idols? {8:11} And through your knowledge, he who is weak perishes, the brother for whose sake Christ died. {8:12} Thus, sinning against the brothers, and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. {8:13} Therefore if food causes my brother to stumble, I will eat no meat forevermore, that I don't cause my brother to stumble. {9:1} Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Haven't I seen Jesus Christ, our Lord? Aren't you my work in the Lord? {9:2} If to others I am not an apostle, yet at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord. {9:3} My defense to those who examine me is this. {9:4} Have we no right to eat and to drink? {9:5} Have we no right to take along a wife who is a believer, even as the rest of the apostles, and the brothers of the Lord, and Cephas? {9:6} Or have only Barnabas and I no right to not work? {9:7} What soldier ever serves at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard, and doesn't eat of its fruit? Or who feeds a flock, and doesn't drink from the flock's milk? {9:8} Do I speak these things according to the ways of men? Or doesn't the law also say the same thing? {9:9} For it is written in the law of Moses, "You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain."[10] Is it for the oxen that God cares, {9:10} or does he say it assuredly for our sake? Yes, it was written for our sake, because he who plows ought to plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should partake of his hope. {9:11} If we sowed to you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we reap your fleshly things? {9:12} If others partake of this right over you, don't we yet more? Nevertheless we did not use this right, but we bear all things, that we may cause no hindrance to the Good News of Christ. {9:13} Don't you know that those who serve around sacred things eat from the things of the temple, and those who wait on the altar have their portion with the altar? {9:14} Even so the Lord ordained that those who proclaim the Good News should live from the Good News. {9:15} But I have used none of these things, and I don't write these things that it may be done so in my case; for I would rather die, than that anyone should make my boasting void. {9:16} For if I preach the Good News, I have nothing to boast about; for necessity is laid on me; but woe is to me, if I don't preach the Good News. {9:17} For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward. But if not of my own will, I have a stewardship entrusted to me. {9:18} What then is my reward? That, when I preach the Good News, I may present the Good News of Christ without charge, so as not to abuse my authority in the Good News. {9:19} For though I was free from all, I brought myself under bondage to all, that I might gain the more. {9:20} To the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain those who are under the law; {9:21} to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law. {9:22} To the weak I became as weak, that I might gain the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I may by all means save some. {9:23} Now I do this for the sake of the Good News, that I may be a joint partaker of it. {9:24} Don't you know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run like that, that you may win. {9:25} Every man who strives in the games exercises self-control in all things. Now they do it to receive a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible. {9:26} I therefore run like that, as not uncertainly. I fight like that, as not beating the air, {9:27} but I beat my body and bring it into submission, lest by any means, after I have preached to others, I myself should be rejected. 
{10:1} Now I would not have you ignorant, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; {10:2} and were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea; {10:3} and all ate the same spiritual food; {10:4} and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of a spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ. {10:5} However with most of them, God was not well pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness. {10:6} Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. {10:7} Neither be idolaters, as some of them were. As it is written, "The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play."[11] {10:8} Neither let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them committed, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell. {10:9} Neither let us test the Lord, as some of them tested, and perished by the serpents. {10:10} Neither grumble, as some of them also grumbled, and perished by the destroyer. {10:11} Now all these things happened to them by way of example, and they were written for our admonition, on whom the ends of the ages have come. {10:12} Therefore let him who thinks he stands be careful that he doesn't fall. {10:13} No temptation has taken you except what is common to man. God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able, but will with the temptation also make the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. {10:14} Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. {10:15} I speak as to wise men. Judge what I say. {10:16} The cup of blessing which we bless, isn't it a sharing of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, isn't it a sharing of the body of Christ? {10:17} Because there is one loaf of bread, we, who are many, are one body; for we all partake of the one loaf of bread. {10:18} Consider Israel according to the flesh. Don't those who eat the sacrifices participate in the altar? {10:19} What am I saying then? That a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? {10:20} But I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons, and not to God, and I don't desire that you would have fellowship with demons. {10:21} You can't both drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You can't both partake of the table of the Lord, and of the table of demons. {10:22} Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he? {10:23} "All things are lawful for me," but not all things are profitable. "All things are lawful for me," but not all things build up. {10:24} Let no one seek his own, but each one his neighbor's good. {10:25} Whatever is sold in the butcher shop, eat, asking no question for the sake of conscience, {10:26} for "the earth is the Lord's, and its fullness."[12] {10:27} But if one of those who don't believe invites you to a meal, and you are inclined to go, eat whatever is set before you, asking no questions for the sake of conscience. {10:28} But if anyone says to you, "This was offered to idols," don't eat it for the sake of the one who told you, and for the sake of conscience. For "the earth is the Lord's, and all its fullness." {10:29} Conscience, I say, not your own, but the other's conscience. For why is my liberty judged by another conscience? {10:30} If I partake with thankfulness, why am I denounced for that for which I give thanks? {10:31} Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. {10:32} Give no occasions for stumbling, either to Jews, or to Greeks, or to the assembly of God; {10:33} even as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of the many, that they may be saved. 
{11:1} Be imitators of me, even as I also am of Christ. {11:2} Now I praise you, brothers, that you remember me in all things, and hold firm the traditions, even as I delivered them to you. {11:3} But I would have you know that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is the man, and the head of Christ is God. {11:4} Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonors his head. {11:5} But every woman praying or prophesying with her head unveiled dishonors her head. For it is one and the same thing as if she were shaved. {11:6} For if a woman is not covered, let her also be shorn. But if it is shameful for a woman to be shorn or shaved, let her be covered. {11:7} For a man indeed ought not to have his head covered, because he is the image and glory of God, but the woman is the glory of the man. {11:8} For man is not from woman, but woman from man; {11:9} for neither was man created for the woman, but woman for the man. {11:10} For this cause the woman ought to have authority on her head, because of the angels. {11:11} Nevertheless, neither is the woman independent of the man, nor the man independent of the woman, in the Lord. {11:12} For as woman came from man, so a man also comes through a woman; but all things are from God. {11:13} Judge for yourselves. Is it appropriate that a woman pray to God unveiled? {11:14} Doesn't even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him? {11:15} But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her, for her hair is given to her for a covering. {11:16} But if any man seems to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither do God's assemblies. {11:17} But in giving you this command, I don't praise you, that you come together not for the better but for the worse. {11:18} For first of all, when you come together in the assembly, I hear that divisions exist among you, and I partly believe it. {11:19} For there also must be factions among you, that those who are approved may be revealed among you. {11:20} When therefore you assemble yourselves together, it is not the Lord's supper that you eat. {11:21} For in your eating each one takes his own supper first. One is hungry, and another is drunken. {11:22} What, don't you have houses to eat and to drink in? Or do you despise God's assembly, and put them to shame who don't have? What shall I tell you? Shall I praise you? In this I don't praise you. 
{11:23} For I received from the Lord that which also I delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night in which he was betrayed took bread. {11:24} When he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, "Take, eat. This is my body, which is broken for you. Do this in memory of me." {11:25} In the same way he also took the cup, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink, in memory of me." {11:26} For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. {11:27} Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks the Lord's cup in a way unworthy of the Lord will be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. {11:28} But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread, and drink of the cup. {11:29} For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy way eats and drinks judgment to himself, if he doesn't discern the Lord's body. {11:30} For this cause many among you are weak and sickly, and not a few sleep. {11:31} For if we discerned ourselves, we wouldn't be judged. {11:32} But when we are judged, we are punished by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world. {11:33} Therefore, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for one another. {11:34} But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest your coming together be for judgment. The rest I will set in order whenever I come. {12:1} Now concerning spiritual things, brothers, I don't want you to be ignorant. {12:2} You know that when you were [13>]heathen[<13], you were led away to those mute idols, however you might be led. {12:3} Therefore I make known to you that no man speaking by God's Spirit says, "Jesus is accursed." No one can say, "Jesus is Lord," but by the Holy Spirit. {12:4} Now there are various kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. {12:5} There are various kinds of service, and the same Lord. {12:6} There are various kinds of workings, but the same God, who works all things in all. {12:7} But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the profit of all. {12:8} For to one is given through the Spirit the word of wisdom, and to another the word of knowledge, according to the same Spirit; {12:9} to another faith, by the same Spirit; and to another gifts of healings, by the same Spirit; {12:10} and to another workings of miracles; and to another prophecy; and to another discerning of spirits; to another different kinds of languages; and to another the interpretation of languages. {12:11} But the one and the same Spirit works all of these, distributing to each one separately as he desires. 
{12:12} For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members of the body, being many, are one body; so also is Christ. {12:13} For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all given to drink into one Spirit. {12:14} For the body is not one member, but many. {12:15} If the foot would say, "Because I'm not the hand, I'm not part of the body," it is not therefore not part of the body. {12:16} If the ear would say, "Because I'm not the eye, I'm not part of the body," it's not therefore not part of the body. {12:17} If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the smelling be? {12:18} But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body, just as he desired. {12:19} If they were all one member, where would the body be? {12:20} But now they are many members, but one body. {12:21} The eye can't tell the hand, "I have no need for you," or again the head to the feet, "I have no need for you." {12:22} No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. {12:23} Those parts of the body which we think to be less honorable, on those we bestow more abundant honor; and our unpresentable parts have more abundant propriety; {12:24} whereas our presentable parts have no such need. But God composed the body together, giving more abundant honor to the inferior part, {12:25} that there should be no division in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. {12:26} When one member suffers, all the members suffer with it. Or when one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. {12:27} Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. {12:28} God has set some in the assembly: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracle workers, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, and various kinds of languages. {12:29} Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all miracle workers? {12:30} Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with various languages? Do all interpret? {12:31} But earnestly desire the best gifts. Moreover, I show a most excellent way to you. 
{13:1} If I speak with the languages of men and of angels, but don't have love, I have become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal. {13:2} If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but don't have love, I am nothing. {13:3} If I dole out all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but don't have love, it profits me nothing. {13:4} Love is patient and is kind; love doesn't envy. Love doesn't brag, is not proud, {13:5} doesn't behave itself inappropriately, doesn't seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil; {13:6} doesn't rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; {13:7} bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. {13:8} Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will be done away with. Where there are various languages, they will cease. Where there is knowledge, it will be done away with. {13:9} For we know in part, and we prophesy in part; {13:10} but when that which is complete has come, then that which is partial will be done away with. {13:11} When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child. Now that I have become a man, I have put away childish things. {13:12} For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, even as I was also fully known. {13:13} But now faith, hope, and love remain -- these three. The greatest of these is love. {14:1} Follow after love, and earnestly desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. {14:2} For he who speaks in another language speaks not to men, but to God; for no one understands; but in the Spirit he speaks mysteries. {14:3} But he who prophesies speaks to men for their edification, exhortation, and consolation. {14:4} He who speaks in another language edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the assembly. {14:5} Now I desire to have you all speak with other languages, but rather that you would prophesy. For he is greater who prophesies than he who speaks with other languages, unless he interprets, that the assembly may be built up. {14:6} But now, [14>]brothers,[<14] if I come to you speaking with other languages, what would I profit you, unless I speak to you either by way of revelation, or of knowledge, or of prophesying, or of teaching? {14:7} Even things without life, giving a voice, whether pipe or harp, if they didn't give a distinction in the sounds, how would it be known what is piped or harped? {14:8} For if the trumpet gave an uncertain sound, who would prepare himself for war? {14:9} So also you, unless you uttered by the tongue words easy to understand, how would it be known what is spoken? For you would be speaking into the air. {14:10} There are, it may be, so many kinds of sounds in the world, and none of them is without meaning. {14:11} If then I don't know the meaning of the sound, I would be to him who speaks a foreigner, and he who speaks would be a foreigner to me. {14:12} So also you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, seek that you may abound to the building up of the assembly. {14:13} Therefore let him who speaks in another language pray that he may interpret. {14:14} For if I pray in another language, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. 
{14:15} What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also. I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. {14:16} Otherwise if you bless with the spirit, how will he who fills the place of the unlearned say the "Amen" at your giving of thanks, seeing he doesn't know what you say? {14:17} For you most certainly give thanks well, but the other person is not built up. {14:18} I thank my God, I speak with other languages more than you all. {14:19} However in the assembly I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I might instruct others also, than ten thousand words in another language. {14:20} Brothers, don't be children in thoughts, yet in malice be babies, but in thoughts be mature. {14:21} In the law it is written, "By men of strange languages and by the lips of strangers I will speak to this people. Not even thus will they hear me, says the Lord."[15] {14:22} Therefore other languages are for a sign, not to those who believe, but to the unbelieving; but prophesying is for a sign, not to the unbelieving, but to those who believe. {14:23} If therefore the whole assembly is assembled together and all speak with other languages, and unlearned or unbelieving people come in, won't they say that you are crazy? {14:24} But if all prophesy, and someone unbelieving or unlearned comes in, he is reproved by all, and he is judged by all. {14:25} And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed. So he will fall down on his face and worship God, declaring that God is among you indeed. {14:26} What is it then, brothers? When you come together, each one of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has another language, has an interpretation. Let all things be done to build each other up. {14:27} If any man speaks in another language, let it be two, or at the most three, and in turn; and let one interpret. {14:28} But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in the assembly, and let him speak to himself, and to God. {14:29} Let the prophets speak, two or three, and let the others discern. {14:30} But if a revelation is made to another sitting by, let the first keep silent. {14:31} For you all can prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be exhorted. {14:32} The spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets, {14:33} for God is not a God of confusion, but of peace. 
{15:20} But now Christ has been raised from the dead. He became the first fruits of those who are asleep. {15:21} For since death came by man, the resurrection of the dead also came by man. {15:22} For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. {15:23} But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then those who are Christ's, at his coming. {15:24} Then the end comes, when he will deliver up the Kingdom to God, even the Father; when he will have abolished all rule and all authority and power. {15:25} For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. {15:26} The last enemy that will be abolished is death. {15:27} For, "He put all things in subjection under his feet."[16] But when he says, "All things are put in subjection," it is evident that he is excepted who subjected all things to him. {15:28} When all things have been subjected to him, then the Son will also himself be subjected to him who subjected all things to him, that God may be all in all. {15:29} Or else what will they do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead aren't raised at all, why then are they baptized for the dead? {15:30} Why do we also stand in jeopardy every hour? {15:31} I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. {15:32} If I fought with animals at Ephesus for human purposes, what does it profit me? If the dead are not raised, then "let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die."[17] {15:33} Don't be deceived! "Evil companionships corrupt good morals." {15:34} Wake up righteously, and don't sin, for some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame. {15:35} But someone will say, "How are the dead raised?" and, "With what kind of body do they come?" {15:36} You foolish one, that which you yourself sow is not made alive unless it dies. {15:37} That which you sow, you don't sow the body that will be, but a bare grain, maybe of wheat, or of some other kind. {15:38} But God gives it a body even as it pleased him, and to each seed a body of its own. {15:39} All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds. {15:40} There are also celestial bodies, and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial differs from that of the terrestrial. {15:41} There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory. {15:42} So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption. {15:43} It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. {15:44} It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body and there is also a spiritual body. 
{15:45} So also it is written, "The first man, Adam, became a living soul."[18] The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. {15:46} However that which is spiritual isn't first, but that which is natural, then that which is spiritual. {15:47} The first man is of the earth, made of dust. The second man is the Lord from heaven. {15:48} As is the one made of dust, such are those who are also made of dust; and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. {15:49} As we have borne the image of those made of dust, [19>]let's[<19] also bear the image of the heavenly. {15:50} Now I say this, [20>]brothers,[<20] that flesh and blood can't inherit the Kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption. {15:51} Behold, I tell you a mystery. We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, {15:52} in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed. {15:53} For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. {15:54} But when this corruptible will have put on incorruption, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then what is written will happen: "Death is swallowed up in victory."[21] {15:55} "Death, where is your sting? [22>]Hades[<22], where is your victory?"[23] {15:56} The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. {15:57} But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. {15:58} Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the Lord's work, because you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. {16:1} Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I commanded the assemblies of Galatia, you do likewise. {16:2} On the first day of the week, let each one of you save, as he may prosper, that no collections be made when I come. {16:3} When I arrive, I will send whoever you approve with letters to carry your gracious gift to Jerusalem. {16:4} If it is appropriate for me to go also, they will go with me. {16:5} But I will come to you when I have passed through Macedonia, for I am passing through Macedonia. {16:6} But with you it may be that I will stay, or even winter, that you may send me on my journey wherever I go. {16:7} For I do not wish to see you now in passing, but I hope to stay a while with you, if the Lord permits. {16:8} But I will stay at Ephesus until Pentecost, {16:9} for a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries. {16:10} Now if Timothy comes, see that he is with you without fear, for he does the work of the Lord, as I also do. {16:11} Therefore let no one despise him. But set him forward on his journey in peace, that he may come to me; for I expect him with the brothers. 
{16:12} Now concerning Apollos, the brother, I strongly urged him to come to you with the brothers; and it was not at all his desire to come now; but he will come when he has an opportunity. {16:13} Watch! Stand firm in the faith! Be courageous! Be strong! {16:14} Let all that you do be done in love. {16:15} Now I beg you, brothers (you know the house of Stephanas, that it is the first fruits of Achaia, and that they have set themselves to serve the saints), {16:16} that you also be in subjection to such, and to everyone who helps in the work and labors. {16:17} I rejoice at the coming of Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus; for that which was lacking on your part, they supplied. {16:18} For they refreshed my spirit and yours. Therefore acknowledge those who are like that. {16:19} The assemblies of Asia greet you. Aquila and Priscilla greet you much in the Lord, together with the assembly that is in their house. {16:20} All the brothers greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. {16:21} This greeting is by me, Paul, with my own hand. {16:22} If any man doesn't love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be [24>]accursed[<24]. [25>]Come, Lord![<25] {16:23} The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you. {16:24} My love to all of you in Christ Jesus. Amen. 
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Footnotes: [1] {1:10} The word for "brothers" here and where context allows may also be correctly translated "brothers and sisters" or "siblings." [2] {1:19} Isaiah 29:14 [3] {1:31} Jeremiah 9:24 [4] {2:9} Isaiah 64:4 [5] {2:16} Isaiah 40:13 [6] {3:19} Job 5:13 [7] {3:20} Psalm 94:11 [8] {5:13} Deuteronomy 17:7; 19:19; 21:21; 22:21; 24:7 [9] {6:16} Genesis 2:24 [10] {9:9} Deuteronomy 25:4 [11] {10:7} Exodus 32:6 [12] {10:26} Psalm 24:1 [13] {12:2} or Gentiles [14] {14:6} The word for "brothers" here and where context allows may also be correctly translated "brothers and sisters" or "siblings." [15] {14:21} Isaiah 28:11-12 [16] {15:27} Psalm 8:6 [17] {15:32} Isaiah 22:13 [18] {15:45} Genesis 2:7 [19] {15:49} NU, TR read "we will" instead of "let's" [20] {15:50} The word for "brothers" here and where context allows may also be correctly translated "brothers and sisters" or "siblings." [21] {15:54} Isaiah 25:8 [22] {15:55} or, Hell [23] {15:55} Hosea 13:14 [24] {16:22} Greek: anathema. [25] {16:22} Aramaic: Maranatha!%/
{1:1} That which was from the beginning, that which we have heard, that which we have seen with our eyes, that which we saw, and our hands touched, concerning the Word of life {1:2} (and the life was revealed, and we have seen, and testify, and declare to you the life, the eternal life, which was with the Father, and was revealed to us); {1:3} that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us. Yes, and our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son, Jesus Christ. {1:4} And we write these things to you, that our joy may be fulfilled. {1:5} This is the message which we have heard from him and announce to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. {1:6} If we say that we have fellowship with him and walk in the darkness, we lie, and don't tell the truth. {1:7} But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. {1:8} If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. {1:9} If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us the sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. {1:10} If we say that we haven't sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. {2:1} My little children, I write these things to you so that you may not sin. If anyone sins, we have a [1>]Counselor[<1] with the Father, Jesus Christ, the righteous. {2:2} And he is the [2>]atoning sacrifice[<2] for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the whole world. {2:3} This is how we know that we know him: if we keep his commandments. {2:4} One who says, "I know him," and doesn't keep his commandments, is a liar, and the truth isn't in him. {2:5} But whoever keeps his word, God's love has most certainly been perfected in him. This is how we know that we are in him: {2:6} he who says he remains in him ought himself also to walk just like he walked. {2:7} Brothers, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning. {2:8} Again, I write a new commandment to you, which is true in him and in you; because the darkness is passing away, and the true light already shines. {2:9} He who says he is in the light and hates his brother, is in the darkness even until now. {2:10} He who loves his brother remains in the light, and there is no occasion for stumbling in him. {2:11} But he who hates his brother is in the darkness, and walks in the darkness, and doesn't know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes. 
{2:12} I write to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake. {2:13} I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, little children, because you know the Father. {2:14} I have written to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God remains in you, and you have overcome the evil one. {2:15} Don't love the world, neither the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, the Father's love isn't in him. {2:16} For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, isn't the Father's, but is the world's. {2:17} The world is passing away with its lusts, but he who does God's will remains forever. {2:18} Little children, these are the end times, and as you heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have arisen. By this we know that it is the final hour. {2:19} They went out from us, but they didn't belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have continued with us. But they left, that they might be revealed that none of them belong to us. {2:20} You have an anointing from the Holy One, and you [3>]all have knowledge.[<3] {2:21} I have not written to you because you don't know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth. {2:22} Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the Antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. {2:23} Whoever denies the Son, the same doesn't have the Father. He who confesses the Son has the Father also. {2:24} Therefore, as for you, let that remain in you which you heard from the beginning. If that which you heard from the beginning remains in you, you also will remain in the Son, and in the Father. {2:25} This is the promise which he promised us, the eternal life. {2:26} These things I have written to you concerning those who would lead you astray. {2:27} As for you, the anointing which you received from him remains in you, and you don't need for anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is no lie, and even as it taught you, you will remain in him. {2:28} Now, little children, remain in him, that when he appears, we may have boldness, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. {2:29} If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of him. 
{3:1} Behold, how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! For this cause the world doesn't know us, because it didn't know him. {3:2} Beloved, now we are children of God, and it is not yet revealed what we will be. But we know that, when he is revealed, we will be like him; for we will see him just as he is. {3:3} Everyone who has this hope set on him purifies himself, even as he is pure. {3:4} Everyone who sins also commits lawlessness. Sin is lawlessness. {3:5} You know that he was revealed to take away our sins, and in him is no sin. {3:6} Whoever remains in him doesn't sin. Whoever sins hasn't seen him, neither knows him. {3:7} Little children, let no one lead you astray. He who does righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. {3:8} He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. To this end the Son of God was revealed, that he might destroy the works of the devil. {3:9} Whoever is born of God doesn't commit sin, because his seed remains in him; and he can't sin, because he is born of God. {3:10} In this the children of God are revealed, and the children of the devil. Whoever doesn't do righteousness is not of God, neither is he who doesn't love his brother. {3:11} For this is the message which you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another; {3:12} unlike Cain, who was of the evil one, and killed his brother. Why did he kill him? Because his works were evil, and his brother's righteous. {3:13} Don't be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you. {3:14} We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. He who doesn't love his brother remains in death. {3:15} Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life remaining in him. {3:16} By this we know love, because he laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. {3:17} But whoever has the world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and closes his heart of compassion against him, how does the love of God remain in him? {3:18} My little children, let's not love in word only, neither with the tongue only, but in deed and truth. {3:19} And by this we know that we are of the truth, and persuade our hearts before him, {3:20} because if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. {3:21} Beloved, if our hearts don't condemn us, we have boldness toward God; {3:22} and whatever we ask, we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do the things that are pleasing in his sight. {3:23} This is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, even as he commanded. {3:24} He who keeps his commandments remains in him, and he in him. By this we know that he remains in us, by the Spirit which he gave us. 
{4:1} Beloved, don't believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. {4:2} By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit who confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, {4:3} and every spirit who doesn't confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God, and this is the spirit of the Antichrist, of whom you have heard that it comes. Now it is in the world already. {4:4} You are of God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is he who is in you than he who is in the world. {4:5} They are of the world. Therefore they speak of the world, and the world hears them. {4:6} We are of God. He who knows God listens to us. He who is not of God doesn't listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. {4:7} Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God, and knows God. {4:8} He who doesn't love doesn't know God, for God is love. {4:9} By this God's love was revealed in us, that God has sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. {4:10} In this is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son as the [4>]atoning sacrifice[<4] for our sins. {4:11} Beloved, if God loved us in this way, we also ought to love one another. {4:12} No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God remains in us, and his love has been perfected in us. {4:13} By this we know that we remain in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. {4:14} We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as the Savior of the world. {4:15} Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God remains in him, and he in God. {4:16} We know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and he who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him. {4:17} In this love has been made perfect among us, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, because as he is, even so are we in this world. {4:18} There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has punishment. He who fears is not made perfect in love. {4:19} We love him, because he first loved us. {4:20} If a man says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who doesn't love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? {4:21} This commandment we have from him, that he who loves God should also love his brother. 
{5:1} Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God. Whoever loves the Father also loves the child who is born of him. {5:2} By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep his commandments. {5:3} For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. His commandments are not grievous. {5:4} For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world: your faith. {5:5} Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? {5:6} This is he who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not with the water only, but with the water and the blood. It is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. {5:7} For there are three who testify[5]: {5:8} the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and the three agree as one. {5:9} If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is God's testimony which he has testified concerning his Son. {5:10} He who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. He who doesn't believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning his Son. {5:11} The testimony is this, that God gave to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. {5:12} He who has the Son has the life. He who doesn't have God's Son doesn't have the life. {5:13} These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. {5:14} This is the boldness which we have toward him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he listens to us. {5:15} And if we know that he listens to us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions which we have asked of him. {5:16} If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life for those who sin not leading to death. There is a sin leading to death. I don't say that he should make a request concerning this. {5:17} All unrighteousness is sin, and there is a sin not leading to death. {5:18} We know that whoever is born of God doesn't sin, but he who was born of God keeps himself, and the evil one doesn't touch him. {5:19} We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. {5:20} We know that the Son of God has come, and has given us an understanding, that we know him who is true, and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.  {5:21} Little children, keep yourselves from idols.
Footnotes: [1] {2:1} Greek Parakleton: Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, and Comforter. [2] {2:2} "atoning sacrifice" is from the Greek "hilasmos," an appeasing, propitiating, or the means of appeasement or propitiation -- the sacrifice that turns away God's wrath because of our sin. [3] {2:20} Or, "know what is true." Or, "know all things." [4] {4:10} "atoning sacrifice" is from the Greek "hilasmos," an appeasing, propitiating, or the means of appeasement or propitiation -- the sacrifice that turns away God's wrath because of our sin. [5] {5:7} Only a few recent manuscripts add "in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. And there are three that testify on earth" 
{1:1} Now king David was old and stricken in years; and they covered him with clothes, but he couldn't keep warm. {1:2} Therefore his servants said to him, "Let there be sought for my lord the king a young virgin. Let her stand before the king, and cherish him; and let her lie in your bosom, that my lord the king may keep warm." {1:3} So they sought for a beautiful young lady throughout all the borders of Israel, and found Abishag the Shunammite, and brought her to the king. {1:4} The young lady was very beautiful; and she cherished the king, and ministered to him; but the king didn't know her intimately. {1:5} Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, "I will be king." Then he prepared him chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him. {1:6} His father had not displeased him at any time in saying, "Why have you done so?" and he was also a very handsome man; and he was born after Absalom. {1:7} He conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah, and with Abiathar the priest: and they following Adonijah helped him. {1:8} But Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and Nathan the prophet, and Shimei, and Rei, and the mighty men who belonged to David, were not with Adonijah. {1:9} Adonijah killed sheep and cattle and fatlings by the stone of Zoheleth, which is beside En Rogel; and he called all his brothers, the king's sons, and all the men of Judah, the king's servants: {1:10} but Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah, and the mighty men, and Solomon his brother, he didn't call. {1:11} Then Nathan spoke to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon, saying, "Haven't you heard that Adonijah the son of Haggith reigns, and David our lord doesn't know it? {1:12} Now therefore come, please let me give you counsel, that you may save your own life, and the life of your son Solomon. {1:13} Go in to king David, and tell him, 'Didn't you, my lord, king, swear to your handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon your son shall reign after me, and he shall sit on my throne? Why then does Adonijah reign?' {1:14} Behold, while you yet talk there with the king, I also will come in after you, and confirm your words." {1:15} Bathsheba went in to the king into the room. The king was very old; and Abishag the Shunammite was ministering to the king. {1:16} Bathsheba bowed, and showed respect to the king. The king said, "What would you like?" {1:17} She said to him, "My lord, you swore by [1>]Yahweh[<1] your [2>]God[<2] to your handmaid, 'Assuredly Solomon your son shall reign after me, and he shall sit on my throne.' {1:18} Now, behold, Adonijah reigns; and you, my lord the king, don't know it. {1:19} He has slain cattle and fatlings and sheep in abundance, and has called all the sons of the king, and Abiathar the priest, and Joab the captain of the army; but he hasn't called Solomon your servant. {1:20} You, my lord the king, the eyes of all Israel are on you, that you should tell them who shall sit on the throne of my lord the king after him. {1:21} Otherwise it will happen, when my lord the king shall sleep with his fathers, that I and my son Solomon shall be counted offenders." 
{1:22} Behold, while she yet talked with the king, Nathan the prophet came in. {1:23} They told the king, saying, "Behold, Nathan the prophet!" When he had come in before the king, he bowed himself before the king with his face to the ground. {1:24} Nathan said, "My lord, king, have you said, 'Adonijah shall reign after me, and he shall sit on my throne?' {1:25} For he is gone down this day, and has slain cattle and fatlings and sheep in abundance, and has called all the king's sons, and the captains of the army, and Abiathar the priest. Behold, they are eating and drinking before him, and say, 'Long live king Adonijah!' {1:26} But he hasn't called me, even me your servant, and Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and your servant Solomon. {1:27} Is this thing done by my lord the king, and you haven't shown to your servants who should sit on the throne of my lord the king after him?" {1:28} Then king David answered, "Call to me Bathsheba." She came into the king's presence, and stood before the king. {1:29} The king swore, and said, "As Yahweh lives, who has redeemed my soul out of all adversity, {1:30} most certainly as I swore to you by Yahweh, the God of Israel, saying, 'Assuredly Solomon your son shall reign after me, and he shall sit on my throne in my place;' most certainly so will I do this day." {1:31} Then Bathsheba bowed with her face to the earth, and showed respect to the king, and said, "Let my lord king David live forever!" {1:32} King David said, "Call to me Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada." They came before the king. {1:33} The king said to them, "Take with you the servants of your lord, and cause Solomon my son to ride on my own mule, and bring him down to Gihon. {1:34} Let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him there king over Israel. Blow the trumpet, and say, 'Long live king Solomon!' {1:35} Then you shall come up after him, and he shall come and sit on my throne; for he shall be king in my place. I have appointed him to be prince over Israel and over Judah." {1:36} Benaiah the son of Jehoiada answered the king, and said, "Amen. May Yahweh, the God of my lord the king, say so. {1:37} As Yahweh has been with my lord the king, even so may he be with Solomon, and make his throne greater than the throne of my lord king David." 
{1:38} So Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites and the Pelethites, went down, and caused Solomon to ride on king David's mule, and brought him to Gihon. {1:39} Zadok the priest took the horn of oil out of the Tent, and anointed Solomon. They blew the trumpet; and all the people said, "Long live king Solomon!" {1:40} All the people came up after him, and the people piped with pipes, and rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth shook with their sound. {1:41} Adonijah and all the guests who were with him heard it as they had made an end of eating. When Joab heard the sound of the trumpet, he said, "Why is this noise of the city being in an uproar?" {1:42} While he yet spoke, behold, Jonathan the son of Abiathar the priest came: and Adonijah said, "Come in; for you are a worthy man, and bring good news." {1:43} Jonathan answered Adonijah, "Most certainly our lord king David has made Solomon king. {1:44} The king has sent with him Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and they have caused him to ride on the king's mule. {1:45} Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him king in Gihon. They have come up from there rejoicing, so that the city rang again. This is the noise that you have heard. {1:46} Also, Solomon sits on the throne of the kingdom. {1:47} Moreover the king's servants came to bless our lord king David, saying, 'May your God make the name of Solomon better than your name, and make his throne greater than your throne;' and the king bowed himself on the bed. {1:48} Also thus said the king, 'Blessed be Yahweh, the God of Israel, who has given one to sit on my throne this day, my eyes even seeing it.'" {1:49} All the guests of Adonijah were afraid, and rose up, and each man went his way. {1:50} Adonijah feared because of Solomon; and he arose, and went, and caught hold on the horns of the altar. {1:51} It was told Solomon, saying, "Behold, Adonijah fears king Solomon; for, behold, he has laid hold on the horns of the altar, saying, 'Let king Solomon swear to me first that he will not kill his servant with the sword.'" 
{1:52} Solomon said, "If he shows himself a worthy man, not a hair of him shall fall to the earth; but if wickedness be found in him, he shall die." {1:53} So king Solomon sent, and they brought him down from the altar. He came and bowed down to king Solomon; and Solomon said to him, "Go to your house." {2:1} Now the days of David drew near that he should die; and he commanded Solomon his son, saying, {2:2} "I am going the way of all the earth. You be strong therefore, and show yourself a man; {2:3} and keep the instruction of Yahweh your God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, his commandments, his ordinances, and his testimonies, according to that which is written in the law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do, and wherever you turn yourself. {2:4} That Yahweh may establish his word which he spoke concerning me, saying, 'If your children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail you,' he said, 'a man on the throne of Israel.' {2:5} "Moreover you know also what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me, even what he did to the two captains of the armies of Israel, to Abner the son of Ner, and to Amasa the son of Jether, whom he killed, and shed the blood of war in peace, and put the blood of war on his sash that was about his waist, and in his shoes that were on his feet. {2:6} Do therefore according to your wisdom, and don't let his gray head go down to [3>]Sheol[<3] in peace. {2:7} But show kindness to the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, and let them be of those who eat at your table; for so they came to me when I fled from Absalom your brother. {2:8} "Behold, there is with you Shimei the son of Gera, the Benjamite, of Bahurim, who cursed me with a grievous curse in the day when I went to Mahanaim; but he came down to meet me at the Jordan, and I swore to him by Yahweh, saying, 'I will not put you to death with the sword.' {2:9} Now therefore don't hold him guiltless, for you are a wise man; and you will know what you ought to do to him, and you shall bring his gray head down to [4>]Sheol[<4] with blood." {2:10} David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David. {2:11} The days that David reigned over Israel were forty years; he reigned seven years in Hebron, and he reigned thirty-three years in Jerusalem. {2:12} Solomon sat on the throne of David his father; and his kingdom was firmly established. {2:13} Then Adonijah the son of Haggith came to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon. She said, "Do you come peaceably?" 
{2:28} The news came to Joab; for Joab had turned after Adonijah, though he didn't turn after Absalom. Joab fled to the Tent of Yahweh, and caught hold on the horns of the altar. {2:29} It was told king Solomon, "Joab has fled to the Tent of Yahweh, and behold, he is by the altar." Then Solomon sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, saying, "Go, fall on him." {2:30} Benaiah came to the Tent of Yahweh, and said to him, "Thus says the king, 'Come forth!'" He said, "No; but I will die here." Benaiah brought the king word again, saying, "Thus said Joab, and thus he answered me." {2:31} The king said to him, "Do as he has said, and fall on him, and bury him; that you may take away the blood, which Joab shed without cause, from me and from my father's house. {2:32} Yahweh will return his blood on his own head, because he fell on two men more righteous and better than he, and killed them with the sword, and my father David didn't know it: Abner the son of Ner, captain of the army of Israel, and Amasa the son of Jether, captain of the army of Judah. {2:33} So shall their blood return on the head of Joab, and on the head of his seed forever. But to David, and to his seed, and to his house, and to his throne, there shall be peace forever from Yahweh." {2:34} Then Benaiah the son of Jehoiada went up, and fell on him, and killed him; and he was buried in his own house in the wilderness. {2:35} The king put Benaiah the son of Jehoiada in his place over the army; and the king put Zadok the priest in the place of Abiathar. {2:36} The king sent and called for Shimei, and said to him, "Build yourself a house in Jerusalem, and dwell there, and don't go out from there anywhere. {2:37} For on the day you go out, and pass over the brook Kidron, know for certain that you shall surely die: your blood shall be on your own head." {2:38} Shimei said to the king, "The saying is good. As my lord the king has said, so will your servant do." Shimei lived in Jerusalem many days. {2:39} It happened at the end of three years, that two of the servants of Shimei ran away to Achish, son of Maacah, king of Gath. They told Shimei, saying, "Behold, your servants are in Gath." 
{2:40} Shimei arose, and saddled his donkey, and went to Gath to Achish, to seek his servants; and Shimei went, and brought his servants from Gath. {2:41} It was told Solomon that Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to Gath, and had come again. {2:42} The king sent and called for Shimei, and said to him, "Didn't I adjure you by Yahweh, and warn you, saying, 'Know for certain, that on the day you go out, and walk abroad any where, you shall surely die?' You said to me, 'The saying that I have heard is good.' {2:43} Why then have you not kept the oath of Yahweh, and the commandment that I have instructed you with?" {2:44} The king said moreover to Shimei, "You know all the wickedness which your heart is privy to, that you did to David my father. Therefore Yahweh shall return your wickedness on your own head. {2:45} But king Solomon shall be blessed, and the throne of David shall be established before Yahweh forever." {2:46} So the king commanded Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he went out, and fell on him, so that he died. The kingdom was established in the hand of Solomon. {3:1} Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took Pharaoh's daughter, and brought her into the city of David, until he had made an end of building his own house, and the house of Yahweh, and the wall of Jerusalem all around. {3:2} Only the people sacrificed in the high places, because there was no house built for the name of Yahweh until those days. {3:3} Solomon loved Yahweh, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places. {3:4} The king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place. Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. {3:5} In Gibeon Yahweh appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, "Ask what I shall give you." {3:6} Solomon said, "You have shown to your servant David my father great loving kindness, according as he walked before you in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with you. You have kept for him this great loving kindness, that you have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. {3:7} Now, Yahweh my God, you have made your servant king instead of David my father. I am but a little child. I don't know how to go out or come in. {3:8} Your servant is in the midst of your people which you have chosen, a great people, that can't be numbered nor counted for multitude. {3:9} Give your servant therefore an understanding heart to judge your people, that I may discern between good and evil; for who is able to judge this your great people?" 
{3:10} The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. {3:11} God said to him, "Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked for yourself long life, neither have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice; {3:12} behold, I have done according to your word. Behold, I have given you a wise and an understanding heart; so that there has been none like you before you, neither after you shall any arise like you. {3:13} I have also given you that which you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that there shall not be any among the kings like you, all your days. {3:14} If you will walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days." {3:15} Solomon awoke; and behold, it was a dream. Then he came to Jerusalem, and stood before the ark of the covenant of Yahweh, and offered up burnt offerings, offered peace offerings, and made a feast to all his servants. {3:16} Then two women who were prostitutes came to the king, and stood before him. {3:17} The one woman said, "Oh, my lord, I and this woman dwell in one house. I delivered a child with her in the house. {3:18} It happened the third day after I delivered, that this woman delivered also. We were together. There was no stranger with us in the house, just us two in the house. {3:19} This woman's child died in the night, because she lay on it. {3:20} She arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me, while your handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom. {3:21} When I rose in the morning to nurse my child, behold, it was dead; but when I had looked at it in the morning, behold, it was not my son, whom I bore." {3:22} The other woman said, "No; but the living is my son, and the dead is your son." This said, "No; but the dead is your son, and the living is my son." Thus they spoke before the king. {3:23} Then the king said, "The one says, 'This is my son who lives, and your son is the dead;' and the other says, 'No; but your son is the dead one, and my son is the living one.'" {3:24} The king said, "Get me a sword." They brought a sword before the king. {3:25} The king said, "Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other." 
{3:26} Then the woman whose the living child was spoke to the king, for her heart yearned over her son, and she said, "Oh, my lord, give her the living child, and in no way kill it!" But the other said, "It shall be neither mine nor yours. Divide it." {3:27} Then the king answered, "Give her the living child, and in no way kill it. She is its mother." {3:28} All Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do justice. {4:1} King Solomon was king over all Israel. {4:2} These were the princes whom he had: Azariah the son of Zadok, the priest; {4:3} Elihoreph and Ahijah, the sons of Shisha, scribes; Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud, the recorder; {4:4} and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the army; and Zadok and Abiathar were priests; {4:5} and Azariah the son of Nathan was over the officers; and Zabud the son of Nathan was chief minister, the king's friend; {4:6} and Ahishar was over the household; and Adoniram the son of Abda was over the men subject to forced labor. {4:7} Solomon had twelve officers over all Israel, who provided food for the king and his household: each man had to make provision for a month in the year. {4:8} These are their names: Ben Hur, in the hill country of Ephraim; {4:9} Ben Deker, in Makaz, and in Shaalbim, and Beth Shemesh, and Elon Beth Hanan; {4:10} Ben Hesed, in Arubboth (to him belonged Socoh, and all the land of Hepher); {4:11} Ben Abinadab, in all the height of Dor (he had Taphath the daughter of Solomon as wife); {4:12} Baana the son of Ahilud, in Taanach and Megiddo, and all Beth Shean which is beside Zarethan, beneath Jezreel, from Beth Shean to Abel Meholah, as far as beyond Jokmeam; {4:13} Ben Geber, in Ramoth Gilead (to him belonged the towns of Jair the son of Manasseh, which are in Gilead; to him belonged the region of Argob, which is in Bashan, sixty great cities with walls and bronze bars); {4:14} Ahinadab the son of Iddo, in Mahanaim; {4:15} Ahimaaz, in Naphtali (he also took Basemath the daughter of Solomon as wife); {4:16} Baana the son of Hushai, in Asher and Bealoth; {4:17} Jehoshaphat the son of Paruah, in Issachar; {4:18} Shimei the son of Ela, in Benjamin; {4:19} Geber the son of Uri, in the land of Gilead, the country of Sihon king of the Amorites and of Og king of Bashan; and he was the only officer who was in the land. {4:20} Judah and Israel were many as the sand which is by the sea in multitude, eating and drinking and making merry. {4:21} Solomon ruled over all the kingdoms from the River to the land of the Philistines, and to the border of Egypt: they brought tribute, and served Solomon all the days of his life. {4:22} Solomon's provision for one day was thirty measures of fine flour, and sixty measures of meal, {4:23} ten head of fat cattle, and twenty head of cattle out of the pastures, and one hundred sheep, besides harts, and gazelles, and roebucks, and fattened fowl. {4:24} For he had dominion over all on this side the River, from Tiphsah even to Gaza, over all the kings on this side the River: and he had peace on all sides around him. {4:25} Judah and Israel lived safely, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, from Dan even to Beersheba, all the days of Solomon. {4:26} Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen. {4:27} Those officers provided food for king Solomon, and for all who came to king Solomon's table, every man in his month; they let nothing be lacking. {4:28} Barley also and straw for the horses and swift steeds brought they to the place where the officers were, every man according to his duty. {4:29} God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and very great understanding, even as the sand that is on the seashore. {4:30} Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east, and all the wisdom of Egypt. {4:31} For he was wiser than all men; than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, and Calcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol: and his fame was in all the nations all around. {4:32} He spoke three thousand proverbs; and his songs were one thousand five. {4:33} He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon even to the hyssop that springs out of the wall; he spoke also of animals, and of birds, and of creeping things, and of fish. {4:34} There came of all peoples to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all kings of the earth, who had heard of his wisdom. 
{5:1} Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants to Solomon; for he had heard that they had anointed him king in the place of his father: for Hiram was ever a lover of David. {5:2} Solomon sent to Hiram, saying, {5:3} "You know how that David my father could not build a house for the name of Yahweh his God for the wars which were about him on every side, until Yahweh put them under the soles of his feet. {5:4} But now Yahweh my God has given me rest on every side. There is neither adversary, nor evil occurrence. {5:5} Behold, I purpose to build a house for the name of Yahweh my God, as Yahweh spoke to David my father, saying, 'Your son, whom I will set on your throne in your place, he shall build the house for my name.' {5:6} Now therefore command that they cut me cedar trees out of Lebanon. My servants shall be with your servants; and I will give you wages for your servants according to all that you shall say. For you know that there is not among us any who knows how to cut timber like the Sidonians." {5:7} It happened, when Hiram heard the words of Solomon, that he rejoiced greatly, and said, "Blessed is Yahweh this day, who has given to David a wise son over this great people." {5:8} Hiram sent to Solomon, saying, "I have heard the message which you have sent to me. I will do all your desire concerning timber of cedar, and concerning timber of fir. {5:9} My servants shall bring them down from Lebanon to the sea. I will make them into rafts to go by sea to the place that you shall appoint me, and will cause them to be broken up there, and you shall receive them. You shall accomplish my desire, in giving food for my household." {5:10} So Hiram gave Solomon timber of cedar and timber of fir according to all his desire. {5:11} Solomon gave Hiram twenty thousand measures of wheat for food to his household, and twenty measures of pure oil. Solomon gave this to Hiram year by year. {5:12} Yahweh gave Solomon wisdom, as he promised him; and there was peace between Hiram and Solomon; and they two made a treaty together. {5:13} King Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel; and the levy was thirty thousand men. {5:14} He sent them to Lebanon, ten thousand a month by courses; a month they were in Lebanon, and two months at home; and Adoniram was over the men subject to forced labor. {5:15} Solomon had seventy thousand who bore burdens, and eighty thousand who were stone cutters in the mountains; {5:16} besides Solomon's chief officers who were over the work, three thousand and three hundred, who bore rule over the people who labored in the work. {5:17} The king commanded, and they cut out great stones, costly stones, to lay the foundation of the house with worked stone. {5:18} Solomon's builders and Hiram's builders and the Gebalites cut them, and prepared the timber and the stones to build the house. 
{6:1} It happened in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel had come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month Ziv, which is the second month, that he began to build the house of Yahweh. {6:2} The house which king Solomon built for Yahweh, its length was sixty cubits, and its breadth twenty, and its height thirty cubits. {6:3} The porch before the temple of the house, twenty cubits was its length, according to the breadth of the house. Ten cubits was its breadth before the house. {6:4} For the house he made windows of fixed lattice work. {6:5} Against the wall of the house he built stories all around, against the walls of the house all around, both of the temple and of the oracle; and he made side rooms all around. {6:6} The nethermost story was five cubits broad, and the middle was six cubits broad, and the third was seven cubits broad; for on the outside he made offsets in the wall of the house all around, that the beams should not have hold in the walls of the house. {6:7} The house, when it was in building, was built of stone prepared at the quarry; and there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building. {6:8} The door for the middle side rooms was in the right side of the house: and they went up by winding stairs into the middle story, and out of the middle into the third. {6:9} So he built the house, and finished it; and he covered the house with beams and planks of cedar. {6:10} He built the stories against all the house, each five cubits high: and they rested on the house with timber of cedar. {6:11} The word of Yahweh came to Solomon, saying, {6:12} "Concerning this house which you are building, if you will walk in my statutes, and execute my ordinances, and keep all my commandments to walk in them; then will I establish my word with you, which I spoke to David your father. {6:13} I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake my people Israel." {6:14} So Solomon built the house, and finished it. {6:15} He built the walls of the house within with boards of cedar: from the floor of the house to the walls of the ceiling, he covered them on the inside with wood; and he covered the floor of the house with boards of fir. {6:16} He built twenty cubits on the hinder part of the house with boards of cedar from the floor to the ceiling: he built them for it within, for an oracle, even for the most holy place. {6:17} In front of the temple sanctuary was forty cubits. {6:18} There was cedar on the house within, carved with buds and open flowers: all was cedar; there was no stone seen. {6:19} He prepared an oracle in the midst of the house within, to set there the ark of the covenant of Yahweh. {6:20} Within the oracle was twenty cubits in length, and twenty cubits in breadth, and twenty cubits in its height; and he overlaid it with pure gold: and he covered the altar with cedar. {6:21} So Solomon overlaid the house within with pure gold: and he drew chains of gold across before the oracle; and he overlaid it with gold. {6:22} The whole house he overlaid with gold, until all the house was finished: also the whole altar that belonged to the oracle he overlaid with gold. {6:23} In the oracle he made two cherubim of olive wood, each ten cubits high. {6:24} Five cubits was the one wing of the cherub, and five cubits the other wing of the cherub: from the uttermost part of the one wing to the uttermost part of the other were ten cubits. {6:25} The other cherub was ten cubits: both the cherubim were of one measure and one form. {6:26} The height of the one cherub was ten cubits, and so was it of the other cherub. {6:27} He set the cherubim within the inner house; and the wings of the cherubim were stretched forth, so that the wing of the one touched the one wall, and the wing of the other cherub touched the other wall; and their wings touched one another in the midst of the house. {6:28} He overlaid the cherubim with gold. {6:29} He carved all the walls of the house around with carved figures of cherubim and palm trees and open flowers, inside and outside. {6:30} The floor of the house he overlaid with gold, inside and outside. {6:31} For the entrance of the oracle he made doors of olive wood: the lintel and door posts were a fifth part of the wall. {6:32} So he made two doors of olive wood; and he carved on them carvings of cherubim and palm trees and open flowers, and overlaid them with gold; and he spread the gold on the cherubim, and on the palm trees. {6:33} So also made he for the entrance of the temple door posts of olive wood, out of a fourth part of the wall; {6:34} and two doors of fir wood: the two leaves of the one door were folding, and the two leaves of the other door were folding. {6:35} He carved cherubim and palm trees and open flowers; and he overlaid them with gold fitted on the engraved work. {6:36} He built the inner court with three courses of cut stone, and a course of cedar beams. {6:37} In the fourth year was the foundation of the house of Yahweh laid, in the month Ziv. {6:38} In the eleventh year, in the month Bul, which is the eighth month, was the house finished throughout all its parts, and according to all its fashion. So was he seven years in building it. 
{7:1} Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished all his house. {7:2} For he built the house of the forest of Lebanon; its length was one hundred cubits, and its breadth fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits, on four rows of cedar pillars, with cedar beams on the pillars. {7:3} It was covered with cedar above over the forty-five beams, that were on the pillars; fifteen in a row. {7:4} There were beams in three rows, and window was over against window in three ranks. {7:5} All the doors and posts were made square with beams: and window was over against window in three ranks. {7:6} He made the porch of pillars; its length was fifty cubits, and its breadth thirty cubits; and a porch before them; and pillars and a threshold before them. {7:7} He made the porch of the throne where he was to judge, even the porch of judgment: and it was covered with cedar from floor to floor. {7:8} His house where he was to dwell, the other court within the porch, was of the like work. He made also a house for Pharaoh's daughter (whom Solomon had taken as wife), like this porch. {7:9} All these were of costly stones, even of cut stone, according to measure, sawed with saws, inside and outside, even from the foundation to the coping, and so on the outside to the great court. {7:10} The foundation was of costly stones, even great stones, stones of ten cubits, and stones of eight cubits. {7:11} Above were costly stones, even cut stone, according to measure, and cedar wood. {7:12} The great court around had three courses of cut stone, and a course of cedar beams; like as the inner court of the house of Yahweh, and the porch of the house. {7:13} King Solomon sent and fetched Hiram out of Tyre. {7:14} He was the son of a widow of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in brass; and he was filled with wisdom and understanding and skill, to work all works in brass. He came to king Solomon, and performed all his work. {7:15} For he fashioned the two pillars of brass, eighteen cubits high apiece: and a line of twelve cubits encircled either of them about. {7:16} He made two capitals of molten brass, to set on the tops of the pillars: the height of the one capital was five cubits, and the height of the other capital was five cubits. {7:17} There were nets of checker work, and wreaths of chain work, for the capitals which were on the top of the pillars; seven for the one capital, and seven for the other capital. {7:18} So he made the pillars; and there were two rows around on the one network, to cover the capitals that were on the top of the pillars: and he did so for the other capital. {7:19} The capitals that were on the top of the pillars in the porch were of lily work, four cubits. {7:20} There were capitals above also on the two pillars, close by the belly which was beside the network: and the pomegranates were two hundred, in rows around on the other capital. {7:21} He set up the pillars at the porch of the temple: and he set up the right pillar, and called its name Jachin; and he set up the left pillar, and called its name Boaz. {7:22} On the top of the pillars was lily work: so was the work of the pillars finished. {7:23} He made the molten sea of ten cubits from brim to brim, round in compass, and its height was five cubits; and a line of thirty cubits encircled it. {7:24} Under its brim around there were buds which encircled it, for ten cubits, encircling the sea: the buds were in two rows, cast when it was cast. {7:25} It stood on twelve oxen, three looking toward the north, and three looking toward the west, and three looking toward the south, and three looking toward the east; and the sea was set on them above, and all their hinder parts were inward. {7:26} It was a handbreadth thick: and its brim was worked like the brim of a cup, like the flower of a lily: it held two thousand baths. {7:27} He made the ten bases of brass; four cubits was the length of one base, and four cubits its breadth, and three cubits its height. {7:28} The work of the bases was like this: they had panels; and there were panels between the ledges; {7:29} and on the panels that were between the ledges were lions, oxen, and cherubim; and on the ledges there was a pedestal above; and beneath the lions and oxen were wreaths of hanging work. {7:30} Every base had four bronze wheels, and axles of brass; and the four feet of it had supports: beneath the basin were the supports molten, with wreaths at the side of each. {7:31} The mouth of it within the capital and above was a cubit: and its mouth was round after the work of a pedestal, a cubit and a half; and also on its mouth were engravings, and their panels were foursquare, not round. {7:32} The four wheels were underneath the panels; and the axles of the wheels were in the base: and the height of a wheel was a cubit and half a cubit. {7:33} The work of the wheels was like the work of a chariot wheel: their axles, and their rims, and their spokes, and their naves, were all molten. {7:34} There were four supports at the four corners of each base: its supports were of the base itself. {7:35} In the top of the base was there a round compass half a cubit high; and on the top of the base its stays and its panels were of the same. {7:36} On the plates of its stays, and on its panels, he engraved cherubim, lions, and palm trees, according to the space of each, with wreaths all around. {7:37} In this way, he made the ten bases: all of them had one casting, one measure, and one form. {7:38} He made ten basins of brass: one basin contained forty baths; and every basin was four cubits; and on every one of the ten bases one basin. {7:39} He set the bases, five on the right side of the house, and five on the left side of the house: and he set the sea on the right side of the house eastward, toward the south. {7:40} Hiram made the basins, and the shovels, and the basins. So Hiram made an end of doing all the work that he worked for king Solomon in the house of Yahweh: {7:41} the two pillars, and the two bowls of the capitals that were on the top of the pillars; and the two networks to cover the two bowls of the capitals that were on the top of the pillars; {7:42} and the four hundred pomegranates for the two networks; two rows of pomegranates for each network, to cover the two bowls of the capitals that were on the pillars; {7:43} and the ten bases, and the ten basins on the bases; {7:44} and the one sea, and the twelve oxen under the sea; {7:45} and the pots, and the shovels, and the basins: even all these vessels, which Hiram made for king Solomon, in the house of Yahweh, were of burnished brass. {7:46} The king cast them in the plain of the Jordan, in the clay ground between Succoth and Zarethan. {7:47} Solomon left all the vessels unweighed, because they were exceeding many: the weight of the brass could not be found out. {7:48} Solomon made all the vessels that were in the house of Yahweh: the golden altar, and the table whereupon the show bread was, of gold; {7:49} and the lampstands, five on the right side, and five on the left, before the oracle, of pure gold; and the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs, of gold; {7:50} and the cups, and the snuffers, and the basins, and the spoons, and the fire pans, of pure gold; and the hinges, both for the doors of the inner house, the most holy place, and for the doors of the house, of the temple, of gold. {7:51} Thus all the work that king Solomon worked in the house of Yahweh was finished. Solomon brought in the things which David his father had dedicated, the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, and put them in the treasuries of the house of Yahweh. 
{8:1} Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the princes of the fathers' households of the children of Israel, to king Solomon in Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of Yahweh out of the city of David, which is Zion. {8:2} All the men of Israel assembled themselves to king Solomon at the feast, in the month Ethanim, which is the seventh month. {8:3} All the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark. {8:4} They brought up the ark of Yahweh, and the Tent of Meeting, and all the holy vessels that were in the Tent; even these the priests and the Levites brought up. {8:5} King Solomon and all the congregation of Israel, who were assembled to him, were with him before the ark, sacrificing sheep and cattle, that could not be counted nor numbered for multitude. {8:6} The priests brought in the ark of the covenant of Yahweh to its place, into the oracle of the house, to the most holy place, even under the wings of the cherubim. {8:7} For the cherubim spread forth their wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubim covered the ark and its poles above. {8:8} The poles were so long that the ends of the poles were seen from the holy place before the oracle; but they were not seen outside: and there they are to this day. {8:9} There was nothing in the ark except the two tables of stone which Moses put there at Horeb, when Yahweh made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt. {8:10} It came to pass, when the priests had come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of Yahweh, {8:11} so that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud; for the glory of Yahweh filled the house of Yahweh. {8:12} Then Solomon said, "Yahweh has said that he would dwell in the thick darkness. {8:13} I have surely built you a house of habitation, a place for you to dwell in forever." {8:14} The king turned his face about, and blessed all the assembly of Israel: and all the assembly of Israel stood. {8:15} He said, "Blessed is Yahweh, the God of Israel, who spoke with his mouth to David your father, and has with his hand fulfilled it, saying, {8:16} 'Since the day that I brought my people Israel out of Egypt, I chose no city out of all the tribes of Israel to build a house, that my name might be there; but I chose David to be over my people Israel.' 
{8:17} "Now it was in the heart of David my father to build a house for the name of Yahweh, the God of Israel. {8:18} But Yahweh said to David my father, 'Whereas it was in your heart to build a house for my name, you did well that it was in your heart. {8:19} Nevertheless, you shall not build the house; but your son who shall come forth out of your body, he shall build the house for my name.' {8:20} Yahweh has established his word that he spoke; for I have risen up in the place of David my father, and I sit on the throne of Israel, as Yahweh promised, and have built the house for the name of Yahweh, the God of Israel. {8:21} There I have set a place for the ark, in which is the covenant of Yahweh, which he made with our fathers, when he brought them out of the land of Egypt." {8:22} Solomon stood before the altar of Yahweh in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven; {8:23} and he said, "Yahweh, the God of Israel, there is no God like you, in heaven above, or on earth beneath; who keep covenant and loving kindness with your servants, who walk before you with all their heart; {8:24} who have kept with your servant David my father that which you promised him. Yes, you spoke with your mouth, and have fulfilled it with your hand, as it is this day. {8:25} Now therefore, may Yahweh, the God of Israel, keep with your servant David my father that which you have promised him, saying, 'There shall not fail you a man in my sight to sit on the throne of Israel, if only your children take heed to their way, to walk before me as you have walked before me.' {8:26} "Now therefore, God of Israel, please let your word be verified, which you spoke to your servant David my father. {8:27} But will God in very deed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens can't contain you; how much less this house that I have built! {8:28} Yet have respect for the prayer of your servant, and for his supplication, Yahweh my God, to listen to the cry and to the prayer which your servant prays before you this day; {8:29} that your eyes may be open toward this house night and day, even toward the place of which you have said, 'My name shall be there;' to listen to the prayer which your servant shall pray toward this place. {8:30} Listen to the supplication of your servant, and of your people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place. Yes, hear in heaven, your dwelling place; and when you hear, forgive. 
{8:31} "If a man sins against his neighbor, and an oath is laid on him to cause him to swear, and he comes and swear before your altar in this house; {8:32} then hear in heaven, and do, and judge your servants, condemning the wicked, to bring his way on his own head, and justifying the righteous, to give him according to his righteousness. {8:33} "When your people Israel are struck down before the enemy, because they have sinned against you; if they turn again to you, and confess your name, and pray and make supplication to you in this house: {8:34} then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of your people Israel, and bring them again to the land which you gave to their fathers. {8:35} "When the sky is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against you; if they pray toward this place, and confess your name, and turn from their sin, when you afflict them: {8:36} then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of your servants, and of your people Israel, when you teach them the good way in which they should walk; and send rain on your land, which you have given to your people for an inheritance. {8:37} "If there is famine in the land, if there is pestilence, if there is blight, mildew, locust or caterpillar; if their enemy besieges them in the land of their cities; whatever plague, whatever sickness there is; {8:38} whatever prayer and supplication is made by any man, or by all your people Israel, who shall each know the plague of his own heart, and spread forth his hands toward this house: {8:39} then hear in heaven, your dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and render to every man according to all his ways, whose heart you know; (for you, even you only, know the hearts of all the children of men;) {8:40} that they may fear you all the days that they live in the land which you gave to our fathers. {8:41} "Moreover concerning the foreigner, who is not of your people Israel, when he shall come out of a far country for your name's sake {8:42} (for they shall hear of your great name, and of your mighty hand, and of your outstretched arm); when he shall come and pray toward this house; {8:43} hear in heaven, your dwelling place, and do according to all that the foreigner calls to you for; that all the peoples of the earth may know your name, to fear you, as do your people Israel, and that they may know that this house which I have built is called by your name. 
{8:44} "If your people go out to battle against their enemy, by whatever way you shall send them, and they pray to Yahweh toward the city which you have chosen, and toward the house which I have built for your name; {8:45} then hear in heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause. {8:46} If they sin against you (for there is no man who doesn't sin), and you are angry with them, and deliver them to the enemy, so that they carry them away captive to the land of the enemy, far off or near; {8:47} yet if they shall repent in the land where they are carried captive, and turn again, and make supplication to you in the land of those who carried them captive, saying, 'We have sinned, and have done perversely; we have dealt wickedly;' {8:48} if they return to you with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their enemies, who carried them captive, and pray to you toward their land, which you gave to their fathers, the city which you have chosen, and the house which I have built for your name: {8:49} then hear their prayer and their supplication in heaven, your dwelling place, and maintain their cause; {8:50} and forgive your people who have sinned against you, and all their transgressions in which they have transgressed against you; and give them compassion before those who carried them captive, that they may have compassion on them {8:51} (for they are your people, and your inheritance, which you brought out of Egypt, from the midst of the furnace of iron); {8:52} that your eyes may be open to the supplication of your servant, and to the supplication of your people Israel, to listen to them whenever they cry to you. {8:53} For you separated them from among all the peoples of the earth, to be your inheritance, as you spoke by Moses your servant, when you brought our fathers out of Egypt, Lord Yahweh." {8:54} It was so, that when Solomon had made an end of praying all this prayer and supplication to Yahweh, he arose from before the altar of Yahweh, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread forth toward heaven. {8:55} He stood, and blessed all the assembly of Israel with a loud voice, saying, {8:56} "Blessed be Yahweh, who has given rest to his people Israel, according to all that he promised. There has not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by Moses his servant. {8:57} May Yahweh our God be with us, as he was with our fathers. Let him not leave us, nor forsake us; {8:58} that he may incline our hearts to him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his ordinances, which he commanded our fathers. {8:59} Let these my words, with which I have made supplication before Yahweh, be near to Yahweh our God day and night, that he may maintain the cause of his servant, and the cause of his people Israel, as every day shall require; {8:60} that all the peoples of the earth may know that Yahweh, he is God. There is none else. 
{8:61} "Let your heart therefore be perfect with Yahweh our God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day." {8:62} The king, and all Israel with him, offered sacrifice before Yahweh. {8:63} Solomon offered for the sacrifice of peace offerings, which he offered to Yahweh, two and twenty thousand head of cattle, and one hundred twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the children of Israel dedicated the house of Yahweh. {8:64} The same day the king made the middle of the court holy that was before the house of Yahweh; for there he offered the burnt offering, and the meal offering, and the fat of the peace offerings, because the bronze altar that was before Yahweh was too little to receive the burnt offering, and the meal offering, and the fat of the peace offerings. {8:65} So Solomon held the feast at that time, and all Israel with him, a great assembly, from the entrance of Hamath to the brook of Egypt, before Yahweh our God, seven days and seven days, even fourteen days. {8:66} On the eighth day he sent the people away; and they blessed the king, and went to their tents joyful and glad of heart for all the goodness that Yahweh had shown to David his servant, and to Israel his people. {9:1} It happened, when Solomon had finished the building of the house of Yahweh, and the king's house, and all Solomon's desire which he was pleased to do, {9:2} that Yahweh appeared to Solomon the second time, as he had appeared to him at Gibeon. {9:3} Yahweh said to him, "I have heard your prayer and your supplication, that you have made before me. I have made this house holy, which you have built, to put my name there forever; and my eyes and my heart shall be there perpetually. {9:4} As for you, if you will walk before me, as David your father walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded you, and will keep my statutes and my ordinances; {9:5} then I will establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever, according as I promised to David your father, saying, 'There shall not fail you a man on the throne of Israel.' {9:6} But if you turn away from following me, you or your children, and not keep my commandments and my statutes which I have set before you, but shall go and serve other gods, and worship them; {9:7} then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; and this house, which I have made holy for my name, will I cast out of my sight; and Israel shall be a proverb and a byword among all peoples. {9:8} Though this house is so high, yet shall everyone who passes by it be astonished, and shall hiss; and they shall say, 'Why has Yahweh done thus to this land, and to this house?' {9:9} and they shall answer, 'Because they forsook Yahweh their God, who brought their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold of other gods, and worshiped them, and served them. Therefore Yahweh has brought all this evil on them.'" 
{9:10} It happened at the end of twenty years, in which Solomon had built the two houses, the house of Yahweh and the king's house {9:11} (now Hiram the king of Tyre had furnished Solomon with cedar trees and fir trees, and with gold, according to all his desire), that then king Solomon gave Hiram twenty cities in the land of Galilee. {9:12} Hiram came out from Tyre to see the cities which Solomon had given him; and they didn't please him. {9:13} He said, "What cities are these which you have given me, my brother?" He called them the land of Cabul to this day. {9:14} Hiram sent to the king one hundred twenty talents of gold. {9:15} This is the reason of the levy which king Solomon raised, to build the house of Yahweh, and his own house, and Millo, and the wall of Jerusalem, and Hazor, and Megiddo, and Gezer. {9:16} Pharaoh king of Egypt had gone up, and taken Gezer, and burnt it with fire, and slain the Canaanites who lived in the city, and given it for a portion to his daughter, Solomon's wife. {9:17} Solomon built Gezer, and Beth Horon the lower, {9:18} and Baalath, and Tamar in the wilderness, in the land, {9:19} and all the storage cities that Solomon had, and the cities for his chariots, and the cities for his horsemen, and that which Solomon desired to build for his pleasure in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and in all the land of his dominion. {9:20} As for all the people who were left of the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, who were not of the children of Israel; {9:21} their children who were left after them in the land, whom the children of Israel were not able utterly to destroy, of them Solomon raised a levy of bondservants to this day. {9:22} But of the children of Israel Solomon made no bondservants; but they were the men of war, and his servants, and his princes, and his captains, and rulers of his chariots and of his horsemen. {9:23} These were the chief officers who were over Solomon's work, five hundred fifty, who bore rule over the people who labored in the work. {9:24} But Pharaoh's daughter came up out of the city of David to her house which Solomon had built for her: then he built Millo. {9:25} Solomon offered burnt offerings and peace offerings on the altar which he built to Yahweh three times a year, burning incense with them, on the altar that was before Yahweh. So he finished the house. {9:26} King Solomon made a navy of ships in Ezion Geber, which is beside Eloth, on the shore of the [6>]Red Sea[<6], in the land of Edom. {9:27} Hiram sent in the navy his servants, sailors who had knowledge of the sea, with the servants of Solomon. {9:28} They came to Ophir, and fetched from there gold, four hundred and twenty talents, and brought it to king Solomon. 
{10:1} When the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of Yahweh, she came to prove him with hard questions. {10:2} She came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with camels that bore spices, and very much gold, and precious stones; and when she had come to Solomon, she talked with him of all that was in her heart. {10:3} Solomon told her all her questions: there was not anything hidden from the king which he didn't tell her. {10:4} When the queen of Sheba had seen all the wisdom of Solomon, and the house that he had built, {10:5} and the food of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their clothing, and his cup bearers, and his ascent by which he went up to the house of Yahweh; there was no more spirit in her. {10:6} She said to the king, "It was a true report that I heard in my own land of your acts, and of your wisdom. {10:7} However I didn't believe the words, until I came, and my eyes had seen it. Behold, the half was not told me! Your wisdom and prosperity exceed the fame which I heard. {10:8} Happy are your men, happy are these your servants, who stand continually before you, who hear your wisdom. {10:9} Blessed is Yahweh your God, who delighted in you, to set you on the throne of Israel. Because Yahweh loved Israel forever, therefore made he you king, to do justice and righteousness." {10:10} She gave the king one hundred twenty talents of gold, and of spices very great store, and precious stones. There came no more such abundance of spices as these which the queen of Sheba gave to king Solomon. {10:11} The navy also of Hiram, that brought gold from Ophir, brought in from Ophir great plenty of almug trees and precious stones. {10:12} The king made of the almug trees pillars for the house of Yahweh, and for the king's house, harps also and stringed instruments for the singers: there came no such almug trees, nor were seen, to this day. {10:13} King Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatever she asked, besides that which Solomon gave her of his royal bounty. So she turned, and went to her own land, she and her servants. {10:14} Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred sixty-six talents of gold, {10:15} besides that which the traders brought, and the traffic of the merchants, and of all the kings of the mixed people, and of the governors of the country. {10:16} King Solomon made two hundred bucklers of beaten gold; six hundred shekels of gold went to one buckler. {10:17} he made three hundred shields of beaten gold; three minas of gold went to one shield: and the king put them in the house of the forest of Lebanon. {10:18} Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with the finest gold. {10:19} There were six steps to the throne, and the top of the throne was round behind; and there were stays on either side by the place of the seat, and two lions standing beside the stays. {10:20} Twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the other on the six steps: there was nothing like it made in any kingdom. {10:21} All king Solomon's drinking vessels were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold: none were of silver; it was nothing accounted of in the days of Solomon. {10:22} For the king had at sea a navy of Tarshish with the navy of Hiram: once every three years came the navy of Tarshish, bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks. {10:23} So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom. {10:24} All the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart. {10:25} They brought every man his tribute, vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and clothing, and armor, and spices, horses, and mules, a rate year by year. {10:26} Solomon gathered together chariots and horsemen: and he had a thousand and four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen, that he bestowed in the chariot cities, and with the king at Jerusalem. {10:27} The king made silver to be in Jerusalem as stones, and cedars made he to be as the sycamore trees that are in the lowland, for abundance. {10:28} The horses which Solomon had were brought out of Egypt; and the king's merchants received them in droves, each drove at a price. {10:29} A chariot came up and went out of Egypt for six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse for one hundred fifty; and so for all the kings of the Hittites, and for the kings of Syria, they brought them out by their means. 
{11:1} Now king Solomon loved many foreign women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites; {11:2} of the nations concerning which Yahweh said to the children of Israel, "You shall not go among them, neither shall they come among you; for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods." Solomon joined to these in love. {11:3} He had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines; and his wives turned away his heart. {11:4} For it happened, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods; and his heart was not perfect with Yahweh his God, as was the heart of David his father. {11:5} For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. {11:6} Solomon did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh, and didn't go fully after Yahweh, as did David his father. {11:7} Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, on the mountain that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech the abomination of the children of Ammon. {11:8} So he did for all his foreign wives, who burnt incense and sacrificed to their gods. {11:9} Yahweh was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned away from Yahweh, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice, {11:10} and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he didn't keep that which Yahweh commanded. {11:11} Therefore Yahweh said to Solomon, "Because this is done by you, and you have not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom from you, and will give it to your servant. {11:12} Notwithstanding I will not do it in your days, for David your father's sake; but I will tear it out of the hand of your son. {11:13} However I will not tear away all the kingdom; but I will give one tribe to your son, for David my servant's sake, and for Jerusalem's sake which I have chosen." {11:14} Yahweh raised up an adversary to Solomon, Hadad the Edomite: he was of the king's seed in Edom. {11:15} For it happened, when David was in Edom, and Joab the captain of the army was gone up to bury the slain, and had struck every male in Edom {11:16} (for Joab and all Israel remained there six months, until he had cut off every male in Edom); {11:17} that Hadad fled, he and certain Edomites of his father's servants with him, to go into Egypt, Hadad being yet a little child. {11:18} They arose out of Midian, and came to Paran; and they took men with them out of Paran, and they came to Egypt, to Pharaoh king of Egypt, who gave him a house, and appointed him food, and gave him land. {11:19} Hadad found great favor in the sight of Pharaoh, so that he gave him as wife the sister of his own wife, the sister of Tahpenes the queen. {11:20} The sister of Tahpenes bore him Genubath his son, whom Tahpenes weaned in Pharaoh's house; and Genubath was in Pharaoh's house among the sons of Pharaoh. {11:21} When Hadad heard in Egypt that David slept with his fathers, and that Joab the captain of the army was dead, Hadad said to Pharaoh, "Let me depart, that I may go to my own country." 
{11:22} Then Pharaoh said to him, "But what have you lacked with me, that behold, you seek to go to your own country?" He answered, "Nothing, however only let me depart." {11:23} God raised up an adversary to him, Rezon the son of Eliada, who had fled from his lord Hadadezer king of Zobah. {11:24} He gathered men to him, and became captain over a troop, when David killed them of Zobah: and they went to Damascus, and lived therein, and reigned in Damascus. {11:25} He was an adversary to Israel all the days of Solomon, besides the mischief of Hadad: and he abhorred Israel, and reigned over Syria. {11:26} Jeroboam the son of Nebat, an Ephraimite of Zeredah, a servant of Solomon, whose mother's name was Zeruah, a widow, he also lifted up his hand against the king. {11:27} This was the reason why he lifted up his hand against the king: Solomon built Millo, and repaired the breach of the city of David his father. {11:28} The man Jeroboam was a mighty man of valor; and Solomon saw the young man that he was industrious, and he put him in charge of all the labor of the house of Joseph. {11:29} It happened at that time, when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, that the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found him in the way; now Ahijah had clad himself with a new garment; and they two were alone in the field. {11:30} Ahijah laid hold of the new garment that was on him, and tore it in twelve pieces. {11:31} He said to Jeroboam, "Take ten pieces; for thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel, 'Behold, I will tear the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to you {11:32} (but he shall have one tribe, for my servant David's sake and for Jerusalem's sake, the city which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel); {11:33} because that they have forsaken me, and have worshiped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, Chemosh the god of Moab, and Milcom the god of the children of Ammon. They have not walked in my ways, to do that which is right in my eyes, and to keep my statutes and my ordinances, as David his father did. {11:34} "'However I will not take the whole kingdom out of his hand; but I will make him prince all the days of his life, for David my servant's sake whom I chose, who kept my commandments and my statutes; {11:35} but I will take the kingdom out of his son's hand, and will give it to you, even ten tribes. {11:36} To his son will I give one tribe, that David my servant may have a lamp always before me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me to put my name there. {11:37} I will take you, and you shall reign according to all that your soul desires, and shall be king over Israel. {11:38} It shall be, if you will listen to all that I command you, and will walk in my ways, and do that which is right in my eyes, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as David my servant did; that I will be with you, and will build you a sure house, as I built for David, and will give Israel to you. {11:39} I will for this afflict the seed of David, but not forever.'" {11:40} Solomon sought therefore to kill Jeroboam; but Jeroboam arose, and fled into Egypt, to Shishak king of Egypt, and was in Egypt until the death of Solomon. {11:41} Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, and all that he did, and his wisdom, aren't they written in the book of the acts of Solomon? {11:42} The time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years. {11:43} Solomon slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David his father: and Rehoboam his son reigned in his place. 
{12:1} Rehoboam went to Shechem: for all Israel had come to Shechem to make him king. {12:2} It happened, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat heard of it (for he was yet in Egypt, where he had fled from the presence of king Solomon, and Jeroboam lived in Egypt, {12:3} and they sent and called him), that Jeroboam and all the assembly of Israel came, and spoke to Rehoboam, saying, {12:4} "Your father made our yoke grievous: now therefore make you the grievous service of your father, and his heavy yoke which he put on us, lighter, and we will serve you." {12:5} He said to them, "Depart for three days, then come back to me." The people departed. {12:6} King Rehoboam took counsel with the old men, who had stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, "What counsel do you give me to return answer to this people?" {12:7} They spoke to him, saying, "If you will be a servant to this people this day, and will serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever." {12:8} But he forsook the counsel of the old men which they had given him, and took counsel with the young men who had grown up with him, who stood before him. {12:9} He said to them, "What counsel do you give, that we may return answer to this people, who have spoken to me, saying, 'Make the yoke that your father put on us lighter?'" {12:10} The young men who had grown up with him spoke to him, saying, "Thus you shall tell this people who spoke to you, saying, 'Your father made our yoke heavy, but make it lighter to us;' you shall say to them, 'My little finger is thicker than my father's waist. {12:11} Now whereas my father burdened you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.'" {12:12} So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king asked, saying, "Come to me again the third day." {12:13} The king answered the people roughly, and forsook the counsel of the old men which they had given him, {12:14} and spoke to them according to the counsel of the young men, saying, "My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to your yoke. My father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions." 
{12:15} So the king didn't listen to the people; for it was a thing brought about of Yahweh, that he might establish his word, which Yahweh spoke by Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat. {12:16} When all Israel saw that the king didn't listen to them, the people answered the king, saying, "What portion have we in David? Neither do we have an inheritance in the son of Jesse. To your tents, Israel! Now see to your own house, David." So Israel departed to their tents. {12:17} But as for the children of Israel who lived in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them. {12:18} Then king Rehoboam sent Adoram, who was over the men subject to forced labor; and all Israel stoned him to death with stones. King Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem. {12:19} So Israel rebelled against the house of David to this day. {12:20} It happened, when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was returned, that they sent and called him to the congregation, and made him king over all Israel: there was none who followed the house of David, but the tribe of Judah only. {12:21} When Rehoboam had come to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah, and the tribe of Benjamin, a hundred and eighty thousand chosen men, who were warriors, to fight against the house of Israel, to bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam the son of Solomon. {12:22} But the word of God came to Shemaiah the man of God, saying, {12:23} "Speak to Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all the house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the rest of the people, saying, {12:24} 'Thus says Yahweh, "You shall not go up, nor fight against your brothers, the children of Israel. Everyone return to his house; for this thing is of me."'" So they listened to the word of Yahweh, and returned and went their way, according to the word of Yahweh. {12:25} Then Jeroboam built Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim, and lived in it; and he went out from there, and built Penuel. {12:26} Jeroboam said in his heart, "Now the kingdom will return to the house of David. {12:27} If this people goes up to offer sacrifices in the house of Yahweh at Jerusalem, then the heart of this people will turn again to their lord, even to Rehoboam king of Judah; and they will kill me, and return to Rehoboam king of Judah." {12:28} Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold; and he said to them, "It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Look and see your gods, Israel, which brought you up out of the land of Egypt!" {12:29} He set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan. {12:30} This thing became a sin; for the people went to worship before the one, even to Dan. {12:31} He made houses of high places, and made priests from among all the people, who were not of the sons of Levi. {12:32} Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like the feast that is in Judah, and he went up to the altar; he did so in Bethel, sacrificing to the calves that he had made: and he placed in Bethel the priests of the high places that he had made. {12:33} He went up to the altar which he had made in Bethel on the fifteenth day in the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised of his own heart: and he ordained a feast for the children of Israel, and went up to the altar, to burn incense. 
{13:1} Behold, there came a man of God out of Judah by the word of Yahweh to Beth El: and Jeroboam was standing by the altar to burn incense. {13:2} He cried against the altar by the word of Yahweh, and said, "Altar, altar, thus says Yahweh: 'Behold, a son shall be born to the house of David, Josiah by name. On you he shall sacrifice the priests of the high places who burn incense on you, and they will burn men's bones on you.'" {13:3} He gave a sign the same day, saying, "This is the sign which Yahweh has spoken: Behold, the altar will be split apart, and the ashes that are on it will be poured out." {13:4} It happened, when the king heard the saying of the man of God, which he cried against the altar in Bethel, that Jeroboam put out his hand from the altar, saying, "Seize him!" His hand, which he put out against him, dried up, so that he could not draw it back again to himself. {13:5} The altar also was split apart, and the ashes poured out from the altar, according to the sign which the man of God had given by the word of Yahweh. {13:6} The king answered the man of God, "Now entreat the favor of Yahweh your God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored me again." The man of God entreated Yahweh, and the king's hand was restored him again, and became as it was before. {13:7} The king said to the man of God, "Come home with me, and refresh yourself, and I will give you a reward." {13:8} The man of God said to the king, "Even if you gave me half of your house, I would not go in with you, neither would I eat bread nor drink water in this place; {13:9} for so was it commanded me by the word of Yahweh, saying, 'You shall eat no bread, nor drink water, neither return by the way that you came.'" {13:10} So he went another way, and didn't return by the way that he came to Bethel. {13:11} Now there lived an old prophet in Bethel; and one of his sons came and told him all the works that the man of God had done that day in Bethel. They also told their father the words which he had spoken to the king. 
{13:12} Their father said to them, "Which way did he go?" Now his sons had seen which way the man of God went, who came from Judah. {13:13} He said to his sons, "Saddle the donkey for me." So they saddled the donkey for him; and he rode on it. {13:14} He went after the man of God, and found him sitting under an oak. He said to him, "Are you the man of God who came from Judah?" He said, "I am." {13:15} Then he said to him, "Come home with me, and eat bread." {13:16} He said, "I may not return with you, nor go in with you; neither will I eat bread nor drink water with you in this place. {13:17} For it was said to me by the word of Yahweh, 'You shall eat no bread nor drink water there, nor turn again to go by the way that you came.'" {13:18} He said to him, "I also am a prophet as you are; and an angel spoke to me by the word of Yahweh, saying, 'Bring him back with you into your house, that he may eat bread and drink water.'" He lied to him. {13:19} So he went back with him, and ate bread in his house, and drank water. {13:20} It happened, as they sat at the table, that the word of Yahweh came to the prophet who brought him back; {13:21} and he cried to the man of God who came from Judah, saying, "Thus says Yahweh, 'Because you have been disobedient to the mouth of Yahweh, and have not kept the commandment which Yahweh your God commanded you, {13:22} but came back, and have eaten bread and drunk water in the place of which he said to you, "Eat no bread, and drink no water"; your body shall not come to the tomb of your fathers.'" {13:23} It happened, after he had eaten bread, and after he had drunk, that he saddled the donkey for the prophet whom he had brought back. {13:24} When he had gone, a lion met him by the way, and killed him. His body was cast in the way, and the donkey stood by it. The lion also stood by the body. {13:25} Behold, men passed by, and saw the body cast in the way, and the lion standing by the body; and they came and told it in the city where the old prophet lived. {13:26} When the prophet who brought him back from the way heard of it, he said, "It is the man of God who was disobedient to the mouth of Yahweh. Therefore Yahweh has delivered him to the lion, which has mauled him and slain him, according to the word of Yahweh, which he spoke to him." {13:27} He spoke to his sons, saying, "Saddle the donkey for me." They saddled it. {13:28} He went and found his body cast in the way, and the donkey and the lion standing by the body. The lion had not eaten the body, nor mauled the donkey. {13:29} The prophet took up the body of the man of God, and laid it on the donkey, and brought it back. He came to the city of the old prophet to mourn, and to bury him. {13:30} He laid his body in his own grave; and they mourned over him, saying, "Alas, my brother!" 
{13:31} It happened, after he had buried him, that he spoke to his sons, saying, "When I am dead, then bury me in the tomb in which the man of God is buried. Lay my bones beside his bones. {13:32} For the saying which he cried by the word of Yahweh against the altar in Bethel, and against all the houses of the high places which are in the cities of Samaria, will surely happen." {13:33} After this thing Jeroboam didn't return from his evil way, but again made priests of the high places from among all the people. Whoever wanted to, he consecrated him, that there might be priests of the high places. {13:34} This thing became sin to the house of Jeroboam, even to cut it off, and to destroy it from off the surface of the earth. {14:1} At that time Abijah the son of Jeroboam fell sick. {14:2} Jeroboam said to his wife, "Please get up and disguise yourself, that you won't be recognized as the wife of Jeroboam. Go to Shiloh. Behold, there is Ahijah the prophet, who spoke concerning me that I should be king over this people. {14:3} Take with you ten loaves, and cakes, and a jar of honey, and go to him. He will tell you what will become of the child." {14:4} Jeroboam's wife did so, and arose, and went to Shiloh, and came to the house of Ahijah. Now Ahijah could not see; for his eyes were set by reason of his age. {14:5} Yahweh said to Ahijah, "Behold, the wife of Jeroboam comes to inquire of you concerning her son; for he is sick. Thus and thus you shall tell her; for it will be, when she comes in, that she will pretend to be another woman." {14:6} It was so, when Ahijah heard the sound of her feet, as she came in at the door, that he said, "Come in, you wife of Jeroboam! Why do you pretend to be another? For I am sent to you with heavy news. {14:7} Go, tell Jeroboam, 'Thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel: "Because I exalted you from among the people, and made you prince over my people Israel, {14:8} and tore the kingdom away from the house of David, and gave it you; and yet you have not been as my servant David, who kept my commandments, and who followed me with all his heart, to do that only which was right in my eyes, {14:9} but have done evil above all who were before you, and have gone and made you other gods, and molten images, to provoke me to anger, and have cast me behind your back: {14:10} therefore, behold, I will bring evil on the house of Jeroboam, and will cut off from Jeroboam everyone who [7>]urinates on a wall,[<7] he who is shut up and he who is left at large in Israel, and will utterly sweep away the house of Jeroboam, as a man sweeps away dung, until it is all gone. {14:11} He who dies of Jeroboam in the city shall the dogs eat; and he who dies in the field shall the birds of the sky eat: for Yahweh has spoken it."' {14:12} Arise therefore, and go to your house. When your feet enter into the city, the child shall die. {14:13} All Israel shall mourn for him, and bury him; for he only of Jeroboam shall come to the grave, because in him there is found some good thing toward Yahweh, the God of Israel, in the house of Jeroboam. {14:14} Moreover Yahweh will raise him up a king over Israel, who shall cut off the house of Jeroboam. This is day! What? Even now. {14:15} For Yahweh will strike Israel, as a reed is shaken in the water; and he will root up Israel out of this good land which he gave to their fathers, and will scatter them beyond the River, because they have made their Asherim, provoking Yahweh to anger. {14:16} He will give Israel up because of the sins of Jeroboam, which he has sinned, and with which he has made Israel to sin." 
{14:17} Jeroboam's wife arose, and departed, and came to Tirzah. As she came to the threshold of the house, the child died. {14:18} All Israel buried him, and mourned for him, according to the word of Yahweh, which he spoke by his servant Ahijah the prophet. {14:19} The rest of the acts of Jeroboam, how he warred, and how he reigned, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel. {14:20} The days which Jeroboam reigned were two and twenty years: and he slept with his fathers, and Nadab his son reigned in his place. {14:21} Rehoboam the son of Solomon reigned in Judah. Rehoboam was forty-one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which Yahweh had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there: and his mother's name was Naamah the Ammonitess. {14:22} Judah did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh, and they provoked him to jealousy with their sins which they committed, above all that their fathers had done. {14:23} For they also built them high places, and pillars, and Asherim, on every high hill, and under every green tree; {14:24} and there were also sodomites in the land: they did according to all the abominations of the nations which Yahweh drove out before the children of Israel. {14:25} It happened in the fifth year of king Rehoboam, that Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem; {14:26} and he took away the treasures of the house of Yahweh, and the treasures of the king's house; he even took away all: and he took away all the shields of gold which Solomon had made. {14:27} King Rehoboam made in their place shields of brass, and committed them to the hands of the captains of the guard, who kept the door of the king's house. {14:28} It was so, that as often as the king went into the house of Yahweh, the guard bore them, and brought them back into the guard room. {14:29} Now the rest of the acts of Rehoboam, and all that he did, aren't they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? {14:30} There was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam continually. {14:31} Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David: and his mother's name was Naamah the Ammonitess. Abijam his son reigned in his place. 
{15:1} Now in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam the son of Nebat began Abijam to reign over Judah. {15:2} He reigned three years in Jerusalem: and his mother's name was Maacah the daughter of Abishalom. {15:3} He walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him; and his heart was not perfect with Yahweh his God, as the heart of David his father. {15:4} Nevertheless for David's sake, Yahweh his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him, and to establish Jerusalem; {15:5} because David did that which was right in the eyes of Yahweh, and didn't turn aside from anything that he commanded him all the days of his life, except only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite. {15:6} Now there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all the days of his life. {15:7} The rest of the acts of Abijam, and all that he did, aren't they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? There was war between Abijam and Jeroboam. {15:8} Abijam slept with his fathers; and they buried him in the city of David: and Asa his son reigned in his place. {15:9} In the twentieth year of Jeroboam king of Israel began Asa to reign over Judah. {15:10} He reigned forty-one years in Jerusalem: and his mother's name was Maacah the daughter of Abishalom. {15:11} Asa did that which was right in the eyes of Yahweh, as did David his father. {15:12} He put away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made. {15:13} Also Maacah his mother he removed from being queen, because she had made an abominable image for an Asherah; and Asa cut down her image, and burnt it at the brook Kidron. {15:14} But the high places were not taken away: nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect with Yahweh all his days. {15:15} He brought into the house of Yahweh the things that his father had dedicated, and the things that himself had dedicated, silver, and gold, and vessels. {15:16} There was war between Asa and Baasha king of Israel all their days. {15:17} Baasha king of Israel went up against Judah, and built Ramah, that he might not allow anyone to go out or come in to Asa king of Judah. {15:18} Then Asa took all the silver and the gold that were left in the treasures of the house of Yahweh, and the treasures of the king's house, and delivered them into the hand of his servants; and king Asa sent them to Ben Hadad, the son of Tabrimmon, the son of Hezion, king of Syria, who lived at Damascus, saying, {15:19} "There is a treaty between me and you, between my father and your father. Behold, I have sent to you a present of silver and gold. Go, break your treaty with Baasha king of Israel, that he may depart from me." 
{15:20} Ben Hadad listened to king Asa, and sent the captains of his armies against the cities of Israel, and struck Ijon, and Dan, and Abel Beth Maacah, and all Chinneroth, with all the land of Naphtali. {15:21} It happened, when Baasha heard of it, that he left off building Ramah, and lived in Tirzah. {15:22} Then king Asa made a proclamation to all Judah; none was exempted: and they carried away the stones of Ramah, and its timber, with which Baasha had built; and king Asa built therewith Geba of Benjamin, and Mizpah. {15:23} Now the rest of all the acts of Asa, and all his might, and all that he did, and the cities which he built, aren't they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? But in the time of his old age he was diseased in his feet. {15:24} Asa slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David his father; and Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his place. {15:25} Nadab the son of Jeroboam began to reign over Israel in the second year of Asa king of Judah; and he reigned over Israel two years. {15:26} He did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh, and walked in the way of his father, and in his sin with which he made Israel to sin. {15:27} Baasha the son of Ahijah, of the house of Issachar, conspired against him; and Baasha struck him at Gibbethon, which belonged to the Philistines; for Nadab and all Israel were laying siege to Gibbethon. {15:28} Even in the third year of Asa king of Judah, Baasha killed him, and reigned in his place. {15:29} It happened that, as soon as he was king, he struck all the house of Jeroboam: he didn't leave to Jeroboam any who breathed, until he had destroyed him; according to the saying of Yahweh, which he spoke by his servant Ahijah the Shilonite; {15:30} for the sins of Jeroboam which he sinned, and with which he made Israel to sin, because of his provocation with which he provoked Yahweh, the God of Israel, to anger. {15:31} Now the rest of the acts of Nadab, and all that he did, aren't they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? {15:32} There was war between Asa and Baasha king of Israel all their days. {15:33} In the third year of Asa king of Judah, Baasha the son of Ahijah began to reign over all Israel in Tirzah for twenty-four years. {15:34} He did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh, and walked in the way of Jeroboam, and in his sin with which he made Israel to sin. 
{16:1} The word of Yahweh came to Jehu the son of Hanani against Baasha, saying, {16:2} "Because I exalted you out of the dust, and made you prince over my people Israel, and you have walked in the way of Jeroboam, and have made my people Israel to sin, to provoke me to anger with their sins; {16:3} behold, I will utterly sweep away Baasha and his house; and I will make your house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat. {16:4} The dogs will eat Baasha's descendants who die in the city; and he who dies of his in the field the birds of the sky will eat." {16:5} Now the rest of the acts of Baasha, and what he did, and his might, aren't they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? {16:6} Baasha slept with his fathers, and was buried in Tirzah; and Elah his son reigned in his place. {16:7} Moreover by the prophet Jehu the son of Hanani came the word of Yahweh against Baasha, and against his house, both because of all the evil that he did in the sight of Yahweh, to provoke him to anger with the work of his hands, in being like the house of Jeroboam, and because he struck him. {16:8} In the twenty-sixth year of Asa king of Judah, Elah the son of Baasha began to reign over Israel in Tirzah for two years. {16:9} His servant Zimri, captain of half his chariots, conspired against him. Now he was in Tirzah, drinking himself drunk in the house of Arza, who was over the household in Tirzah: {16:10} and Zimri went in and struck him, and killed him, in the twenty-seventh year of Asa king of Judah, and reigned in his place. {16:11} It happened, when he began to reign, as soon as he sat on his throne, that he struck all the house of Baasha: he didn't leave him a single one [8>]who urinates on a wall,[<8] neither of his relatives, nor of his friends. {16:12} Thus Zimri destroyed all the house of Baasha, according to the word of Yahweh, which he spoke against Baasha by Jehu the prophet, {16:13} for all the sins of Baasha, and the sins of Elah his son, which they sinned, and with which they made Israel to sin, to provoke Yahweh, the God of Israel, to anger with their vanities. {16:14} Now the rest of the acts of Elah, and all that he did, aren't they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? {16:15} In the twenty-seventh year of Asa king of Judah, Zimri reigned seven days in Tirzah. Now the people were encamped against Gibbethon, which belonged to the Philistines. {16:16} The people who were encamped heard say, Zimri has conspired, and has also struck the king: therefore all Israel made Omri, the captain of the army, king over Israel that day in the camp. {16:17} Omri went up from Gibbethon, and all Israel with him, and they besieged Tirzah. {16:18} It happened, when Zimri saw that the city was taken, that he went into the castle of the king's house, and burnt the king's house over him with fire, and died, {16:19} for his sins which he sinned in doing that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh, in walking in the way of Jeroboam, and in his sin which he did, to make Israel to sin. {16:20} Now the rest of the acts of Zimri, and his treason that he committed, aren't they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? {16:21} Then were the people of Israel divided into two parts: half of the people followed Tibni the son of Ginath, to make him king; and half followed Omri. {16:22} But the people who followed Omri prevailed against the people who followed Tibni the son of Ginath: so Tibni died, and Omri reigned. {16:23} In the thirty-first year of Asa king of Judah, Omri began to reign over Israel for twelve years. He reigned six years in Tirzah. {16:24} He bought the hill Samaria of Shemer for two talents of silver; and he built on the hill, and called the name of the city which he built, after the name of Shemer, the owner of the hill, Samaria. {16:25} Omri did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh, and dealt wickedly above all who were before him. {16:26} For he walked in all the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and in his sins with which he made Israel to sin, to provoke Yahweh, the God of Israel, to anger with their vanities. {16:27} Now the rest of the acts of Omri which he did, and his might that he showed, aren't they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? {16:28} So Omri slept with his fathers, and was buried in Samaria; and Ahab his son reigned in his place. {16:29} In the thirty-eighth year of Asa king of Judah began Ahab the son of Omri to reign over Israel: and Ahab the son of Omri reigned over Israel in Samaria twenty-two years. {16:30} Ahab the son of Omri did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh above all that were before him. {16:31} It happened, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took as wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshiped him. {16:32} He reared up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he had built in Samaria. {16:33} Ahab made the Asherah; and Ahab did yet more to provoke Yahweh, the God of Israel, to anger than all the kings of Israel who were before him. {16:34} In his days Hiel the Bethelite built Jericho: he laid its foundation with the loss of Abiram his firstborn, and set up its gates with the loss of his youngest son Segub, according to the word of Yahweh, which he spoke by Joshua the son of Nun. 
{17:1} Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the foreigners of Gilead, said to Ahab, "As Yahweh, the God of Israel, lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word." {17:2} The word of Yahweh came to him, saying, {17:3} "Go away from here, turn eastward, and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, that is before the Jordan. {17:4} It shall be, that you shall drink of the brook. I have commanded the ravens to feed you there." {17:5} So he went and did according to the word of Yahweh; for he went and lived by the brook Cherith, that is before the Jordan. {17:6} The ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook. {17:7} It happened after a while, that the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land. {17:8} The word of Yahweh came to him, saying, {17:9} "Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and stay there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to sustain you." {17:10} So he arose and went to Zarephath; and when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks: and he called to her, and said, "Please get me a little water in a vessel, that I may drink." {17:11} As she was going to get it, he called to her, and said, "Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand." {17:12} She said, "As Yahweh your God lives, I don't have a cake, but a handful of meal in the jar, and a little oil in the jar. Behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and bake it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die." {17:13} Elijah said to her, "Don't be afraid. Go and do as you have said; but make me of it a little cake first, and bring it out to me, and afterward make some for you and for your son. {17:14} For thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel, 'The jar of meal shall not empty, neither shall the jar of oil fail, until the day that Yahweh sends rain on the earth.'" {17:15} She went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, ate many days. {17:16} The jar of meal didn't empty, neither did the jar of oil fail, according to the word of Yahweh, which he spoke by Elijah. {17:17} It happened after these things, that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so severe, that there was no breath left in him. {17:18} She said to Elijah, "What have I to do with you, you man of God? You have come to me to bring my sin to memory, and to kill my son!" 
{17:19} He said to her, "Give me your son." He took him out of her bosom, and carried him up into the room where he stayed, and laid him on his own bed. {17:20} He cried to Yahweh, and said, "Yahweh my God, have you also brought evil on the widow with whom I stay, by killing her son?" {17:21} He stretched himself on the child three times, and cried to Yahweh, and said, "Yahweh my God, please let this child's soul come into him again." {17:22} Yahweh listened to the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived. {17:23} Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the room into the house, and delivered him to his mother; and Elijah said, "Behold, your son lives." {17:24} The woman said to Elijah, "Now I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of Yahweh in your mouth is truth." {18:1} It happened after many days, that the word of Yahweh came to Elijah, in the third year, saying, "Go, show yourself to Ahab; and I will send rain on the earth." {18:2} Elijah went to show himself to Ahab. The famine was severe in Samaria. {18:3} Ahab called Obadiah, who was over the household. (Now Obadiah feared Yahweh greatly: {18:4} for it was so, when Jezebel cut off the prophets of Yahweh, that Obadiah took one hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water.) {18:5} Ahab said to Obadiah, "Go through the land, to all the springs of water, and to all the brooks. Perhaps we may find grass and save the horses and mules alive, that we not lose all the animals." {18:6} So they divided the land between them to pass throughout it: Ahab went one way by himself, and Obadiah went another way by himself. {18:7} As Obadiah was in the way, behold, Elijah met him: and he recognized him, and fell on his face, and said, "Is it you, my lord Elijah?" {18:8} He answered him, "It is I. Go, tell your lord, 'Behold, Elijah is here!'" {18:9} He said, "Wherein have I sinned, that you would deliver your servant into the hand of Ahab, to kill me? {18:10} As Yahweh your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom, where my lord has not sent to seek you. When they said, 'He is not here,' he took an oath of the kingdom and nation, that they didn't find you. {18:11} Now you say, 'Go, tell your lord, "Behold, Elijah is here."' {18:12} It will happen, as soon as I am gone from you, that the Spirit of Yahweh will carry you I don't know where; and so when I come and tell Ahab, and he can't find you, he will kill me. But I, your servant, have feared Yahweh from my youth. {18:13} Wasn't it told my lord what I did when Jezebel killed the prophets of Yahweh, how I hid one hundred men of Yahweh's prophets with fifty to a cave, and fed them with bread and water? {18:14} Now you say, 'Go, tell your lord, "Behold, Elijah is here";' and he will kill me." 
{18:15} Elijah said, "As Yahweh of Armies lives, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself to him today." {18:16} So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him; and Ahab went to meet Elijah. {18:17} It happened, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said to him, "Is that you, you troubler of Israel?" {18:18} He answered, "I have not troubled Israel; but you, and your father's house, in that you have forsaken the commandments of Yahweh, and you have followed the Baals. {18:19} Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel to Mount Carmel, and four hundred fifty of the prophets of Baal, and four hundred of the prophets of the Asherah, who eat at Jezebel's table." {18:20} So Ahab sent to all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together to Mount Carmel. {18:21} Elijah came near to all the people, and said, "How long will you waver between the two sides? If Yahweh is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him." The people answered him not a word. {18:22} Then Elijah said to the people, "I, even I only, am left a prophet of Yahweh; but Baal's prophets are four hundred fifty men. {18:23} Let them therefore give us two bulls; and let them choose one bull for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on the wood, and put no fire under; and I will dress the other bull, and lay it on the wood, and put no fire under it. {18:24} You call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of Yahweh. The God who answers by fire, let him be God." All the people answered, "It is well said." {18:25} Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, "Choose one bull for yourselves, and dress it first; for you are many; and call on the name of your god, but put no fire under it." {18:26} They took the bull which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any who answered. They leaped about the altar which was made. {18:27} It happened at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, "Cry aloud; for he is a god. Either he is musing, or he has gone aside, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he sleeps and must be awakened." 
{18:28} They cried aloud, and cut themselves in their way with knives and lances, until the blood gushed out on them. {18:29} It was so, when midday was past, that they prophesied until the time of the offering of the offering; but there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any who regarded. {18:30} Elijah said to all the people, "Come near to me"; and all the people came near to him. He repaired the altar of Yahweh that was thrown down. {18:31} Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of Yahweh came, saying, "Israel shall be your name." {18:32} With the stones he built an altar in the name of Yahweh. He made a trench around the altar, large enough to contain two measures of seed. {18:33} He put the wood in order, and cut the bull in pieces, and laid it on the wood. He said, "Fill four jars with water, and pour it on the burnt offering, and on the wood." {18:34} He said, "Do it a second time"; and they did it the second time. He said, "Do it a third time"; and they did it the third time. {18:35} The water ran around the altar; and he also filled the trench with water. {18:36} It happened at the time of the offering of the offering, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, "Yahweh, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, and that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your word. {18:37} Hear me, Yahweh, hear me, that this people may know that you, Yahweh, are God, and that you have turned their heart back again." {18:38} Then the fire of Yahweh fell, and consumed the burnt offering, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. {18:39} When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces. They said, "Yahweh, he is God! Yahweh, he is God!" {18:40} Elijah said to them, "Seize the prophets of Baal! Don't let one of them escape!" They seized them. Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and killed them there. {18:41} Elijah said to Ahab, "Get up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain." 
{18:42} So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he bowed himself down on the earth, and put his face between his knees. {18:43} He said to his servant, "Go up now, look toward the sea." He went up, and looked, and said, "There is nothing." He said, "Go again" seven times. {18:44} It happened at the seventh time, that he said, "Behold, a small cloud, like a man's hand, is rising out of the sea." He said, "Go up, tell Ahab, 'Get ready and go down, so that the rain doesn't stop you.'" {18:45} It happened in a little while, that the sky grew black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel. {18:46} The hand of Yahweh was on Elijah; and he tucked his cloak into his belt and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel. {19:1} Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. {19:2} Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, "So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I don't make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time!" {19:3} When he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. {19:4} But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, "It is enough. Now, O Yahweh, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers." {19:5} He lay down and slept under a juniper tree; and behold, an angel touched him, and said to him, "Arise and eat!" {19:6} He looked, and behold, there was at his head a cake baked on the coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank, and lay down again. {19:7} The angel of Yahweh came again the second time, and touched him, and said, "Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you." {19:8} He arose, and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb the Mount of God. {19:9} He came there to a cave, and lodged there; and behold, the word of Yahweh came to him, and he said to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" 
{19:10} He said, "I have been very jealous for Yahweh, the God of Armies; for the children of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and slain your prophets with the sword. I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away." {19:11} He said, "Go out, and stand on the mountain before Yahweh." Behold, Yahweh passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains, and broke in pieces the rocks before Yahweh; but Yahweh was not in the wind. After the wind an earthquake; but Yahweh was not in the earthquake. {19:12} After the earthquake a fire passed; but Yahweh was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. {19:13} It was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entrance of the cave. Behold, a voice came to him, and said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" {19:14} He said, "I have been very jealous for Yahweh, the God of Armies; for the children of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and slain your prophets with the sword. I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away." {19:15} Yahweh said to him, "Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus. When you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael to be king over Syria. {19:16} You shall anoint Jehu the son of Nimshi to be king over Israel; and you shall anoint Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel Meholah to be prophet in your place. {19:17} It shall happen, that he who escapes from the sword of Hazael, Jehu will kill; and he who escapes from the sword of Jehu, Elisha will kill. {19:18} Yet will I leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth which has not kissed him." {19:19} So he departed there, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing, with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed over to him, and cast his mantle on him. {19:20} He left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, "Let me please kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you." He said to him, "Go back again; for what have I done to you?" 
{19:21} He returned from following him, and took the yoke of oxen, and killed them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave to the people, and they ate. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and served him. {20:1} Ben Hadad the king of Syria gathered all his army together; and there were thirty-two kings with him, and horses and chariots: and he went up and besieged Samaria, and fought against it. {20:2} He sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel, into the city, and said to him, "Thus says Ben Hadad, {20:3} 'Your silver and your gold is mine. Your wives also and your children, even the best, are mine.'" {20:4} The king of Israel answered, "It is according to your saying, my lord, O king. I am yours, and all that I have." {20:5} The messengers came again, and said, "Ben Hadad says, 'I sent indeed to you, saying, "You shall deliver me your silver, and your gold, and your wives, and your children; {20:6} but I will send my servants to you tomorrow about this time, and they shall search your house, and the houses of your servants; and it shall be, that whatever is pleasant in your eyes, they shall put it in their hand, and take it away."'" {20:7} Then the king of Israel called all the elders of the land, and said, "Please notice how this man seeks mischief; for he sent to me for my wives, and for my children, and for my silver, and for my gold; and I didn't deny him." {20:8} All the elders and all the people said to him, "Don't listen, neither consent." {20:9} Therefore he said to the messengers of Ben Hadad, "Tell my lord the king, 'All that you sent for to your servant at the first I will do; but this thing I cannot do.'" The messengers departed, and brought him back the message. {20:10} Ben Hadad sent to him, and said, "The gods do so to me, and more also, if the dust of Samaria shall suffice for handfuls for all the people who follow me." {20:11} The king of Israel answered, "Tell him, 'Don't let him who puts on his armor brag like he who takes it off.'" {20:12} It happened, when Ben Hadad heard this message, as he was drinking, he and the kings, in the pavilions, that he said to his servants, "Prepare to attack!" They prepared to attack the city. 
{20:13} Behold, a prophet came near to Ahab king of Israel, and said, "Thus says Yahweh, 'Have you seen all this great multitude? Behold, I will deliver it into your hand this day; and you shall know that I am Yahweh.'" {20:14} Ahab said, "By whom?" He said, "Thus says Yahweh, 'By the young men of the princes of the provinces.'" Then he said, "Who shall begin the battle?" He answered, "You." {20:15} Then he mustered the young men of the princes of the provinces, and they were two hundred and thirty-two. After them, he mustered all the people, even all the children of Israel, being seven thousand. {20:16} They went out at noon. But Ben Hadad was drinking himself drunk in the pavilions, he and the kings, the thirty-two kings who helped him. {20:17} The young men of the princes of the provinces went out first; and Ben Hadad sent out, and they told him, saying, "Men are coming out from Samaria." {20:18} He said, "If they have come out for peace, take them alive; or if they have come out for war, take them alive." {20:19} So these went out of the city, the young men of the princes of the provinces, and the army which followed them. {20:20} They each killed his man. The Syrians fled, and Israel pursued them. Ben Hadad the king of Syria escaped on a horse with horsemen. {20:21} The king of Israel went out, and struck the horses and chariots, and killed the Syrians with a great slaughter. {20:22} The prophet came near to the king of Israel, and said to him, "Go, strengthen yourself, and mark, and see what you do; for at the return of the year the king of Syria will come up against you." {20:23} The servants of the king of Syria said to him, "Their god is a god of the hills; therefore they were stronger than we. But let us fight against them in the plain, and surely we shall be stronger than they. {20:24} Do this thing: take the kings away, every man out of his place, and put captains in their place. {20:25} Muster an army, like the army that you have lost, horse for horse, and chariot for chariot. We will fight against them in the plain, and surely we will be stronger than them." He listened to their voice, and did so. {20:26} It happened at the return of the year, that Ben Hadad mustered the Syrians, and went up to Aphek, to fight against Israel. {20:27} The children of Israel were mustered, and were provisioned, and went against them. The children of Israel encamped before them like two little flocks of young goats; but the Syrians filled the country. {20:28} A man of God came near and spoke to the king of Israel, and said, "Thus says Yahweh, 'Because the Syrians have said, "Yahweh is a god of the hills, but he is not a god of the valleys"; therefore I will deliver all this great multitude into your hand, and you shall know that I am Yahweh.'" 
{20:29} They encamped one over against the other seven days. So it was, that in the seventh day the battle was joined; and the children of Israel killed one hundred thousand footmen of the Syrians in one day. {20:30} But the rest fled to Aphek, into the city; and the wall fell on twenty-seven thousand men who were left. Ben Hadad fled, and came into the city, into an inner room. {20:31} His servants said to him, "See now, we have heard that the kings of the house of Israel are merciful kings. Please let us put sackcloth on our bodies, and ropes on our heads, and go out to the king of Israel. Maybe he will save your life." {20:32} So they put sackcloth on their bodies and ropes on their heads, and came to the king of Israel, and said, "Your servant Ben Hadad says, 'Please let me live.'" He said, "Is he still alive? He is my brother." {20:33} Now the men observed diligently, and hurried to take this phrase; and they said, "Your brother Ben Hadad." Then he said, "Go, bring him." Then Ben Hadad came out to him; and he caused him to come up into the chariot. {20:34} Ben Hadad said to him, "The cities which my father took from your father I will restore. You shall make streets for yourself in Damascus, as my father made in Samaria." "I," said Ahab, "will let you go with this covenant." So he made a covenant with him, and let him go. {20:35} A certain man of the sons of the prophets said to his fellow by the word of Yahweh, "Please strike me!" The man refused to strike him. {20:36} Then he said to him, "Because you have not obeyed the voice of Yahweh, behold, as soon as you are departed from me, a lion shall kill you." As soon as he was departed from him, a lion found him, and killed him. {20:37} Then he found another man, and said, "Please strike me." The man struck him, smiting and wounding him. {20:38} So the prophet departed, and waited for the king by the way, and disguised himself with his headband over his eyes. {20:39} As the king passed by, he cried to the king; and he said, "Your servant went out into the midst of the battle; and behold, a man turned aside, and brought a man to me, and said, 'Guard this man! If by any means he be missing, then your life shall be for his life, or else you shall pay a talent of silver.' {20:40} As your servant was busy here and there, he was gone." 
{20:41} He hurried, and took the headband away from his eyes; and the king of Israel recognized that he was of the prophets. {20:42} He said to him, "Thus says Yahweh, 'Because you have let go out of your hand the man whom I had devoted to destruction, therefore your life shall go for his life, and your people for his people.'" {20:43} The king of Israel went to his house sullen and angry, and came to Samaria. {21:1} It happened after these things, that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard, which was in Jezreel, hard by the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. {21:2} Ahab spoke to Naboth, saying, "Give me your vineyard, that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it is near to my house; and I will give you for it a better vineyard than it. Or, if it seems good to you, I will give you its worth in money." {21:3} Naboth said to Ahab, "May Yahweh forbid me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers to you!" {21:4} Ahab came into his house sullen and angry because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to him; for he had said, "I will not give you the inheritance of my fathers." He laid himself down on his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no bread. {21:5} But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said to him, "Why is your spirit so sad, that you eat no bread?" {21:6} He said to her, "Because I spoke to Naboth the Jezreelite, and said to him, 'Give me your vineyard for money; or else, if it pleases you, I will give you another vineyard for it.' He answered, 'I will not give you my vineyard.'" {21:7} Jezebel his wife said to him, "Do you now govern the kingdom of Israel? Arise, and eat bread, and let your heart be merry. I will give you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite." {21:8} So she wrote letters in Ahab's name, and sealed them with his seal, and sent the letters to the elders and to the nobles who were in his city, who lived with Naboth. {21:9} She wrote in the letters, saying, "Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people. {21:10} Set two men, base fellows, before him, and let them testify against him, saying, 'You cursed God and the king!' Then carry him out, and stone him to death." 
{21:11} The men of his city, even the elders and the nobles who lived in his city, did as Jezebel had sent to them, according as it was written in the letters which she had sent to them. {21:12} They proclaimed a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people. {21:13} The two men, the base fellows, came in and sat before him. The base fellows testified against him, even against Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying, "Naboth cursed God and the king!" Then they carried him out of the city, and stoned him to death with stones. {21:14} Then they sent to Jezebel, saying, "Naboth has been stoned, and is dead." {21:15} It happened, when Jezebel heard that Naboth was stoned, and was dead, that Jezebel said to Ahab, "Arise, take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he refused to give you for money; for Naboth is not alive, but dead." {21:16} It happened, when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, that Ahab rose up to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession of it. {21:17} The word of Yahweh came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, {21:18} "Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, who dwells in Samaria. Behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth, where he has gone down to take possession of it. {21:19} You shall speak to him, saying, 'Thus says Yahweh, "Have you killed and also taken possession?"' You shall speak to him, saying, 'Thus says Yahweh, "In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth, dogs will lick your blood, even yours."'" {21:20} Ahab said to Elijah, "Have you found me, my enemy?" He answered, "I have found you, because you have sold yourself to do that which is evil in the sight of Yahweh. {21:21} Behold, I will bring evil on you, and will utterly sweep you away and will cut off from Ahab everyone [9>]who urinates against a wall,[<9] and him who is shut up and him who is left at large in Israel. {21:22} I will make your house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah for the provocation with which you have provoked me to anger, and have made Israel to sin." {21:23} Yahweh also spoke of Jezebel, saying, "The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the rampart of Jezreel. {21:24} The dogs will eat he who dies of Ahab in the city; and the birds of the sky will eat he who dies in the field." 
{21:25} But there was none like Ahab, who sold himself to do that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up. {21:26} He did very abominably in following idols, according to all that the Amorites did, whom Yahweh cast out before the children of Israel. {21:27} It happened, when Ahab heard those words, that he tore his clothes, and put sackcloth on his flesh, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly. {21:28} The word of Yahweh came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, {21:29} "See how Ahab humbles himself before me? Because he humbles himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days; but in his son's days will I bring the evil on his house." {22:1} They continued three years without war between Syria and Israel. {22:2} It happened in the third year, that Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel. {22:3} The king of Israel said to his servants, "You know that Ramoth Gilead is ours, and we are still, and don't take it out of the hand of the king of Syria?" {22:4} He said to Jehoshaphat, "Will you go with me to battle to Ramoth Gilead?" Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, "I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses." {22:5} Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, "Please inquire first for the word of Yahweh." {22:6} Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said to them, "Shall I go against Ramoth Gilead to battle, or shall I forbear?" They said, "Go up; for the Lord will deliver it into the hand of the king." {22:7} But Jehoshaphat said, "Isn't there here a prophet of Yahweh, that we may inquire of him?" {22:8} The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, "There is yet one man by whom we may inquire of Yahweh, Micaiah the son of Imlah; but I hate him; for he does not prophesy good concerning me, but evil." Jehoshaphat said, "Don't let the king say so." {22:9} Then the king of Israel called an officer, and said, "Quickly get Micaiah the son of Imlah." {22:10} Now the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah were sitting each on his throne, arrayed in their robes, in an open place at the entrance of the gate of Samaria; and all the prophets were prophesying before them. {22:11} Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made him horns of iron, and said, "Thus says Yahweh, 'With these you shall push the Syrians, until they are consumed.'" {22:12} All the prophets prophesied so, saying, "Go up to Ramoth Gilead, and prosper; for Yahweh will deliver it into the hand of the king." 
{22:13} The messenger who went to call Micaiah spoke to him, saying, "See now, the prophets declare good to the king with one mouth. Please let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak good." {22:14} Micaiah said, "As Yahweh lives, what Yahweh says to me, that I will speak." {22:15} When he had come to the king, the king said to him, "Micaiah, shall we go to Ramoth Gilead to battle, or shall we forbear?" He answered him, "Go up and prosper; and Yahweh will deliver it into the hand of the king." {22:16} The king said to him, "How many times do I have to adjure you that you speak to me nothing but the truth in the name of Yahweh?" {22:17} He said, "I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd. Yahweh said, 'These have no master. Let them each return to his house in peace.'" {22:18} The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, "Didn't I tell you that he would not prophesy good concerning me, but evil?" {22:19} Micaiah said, "Therefore hear the word of Yahweh. I saw Yahweh sitting on his throne, and all the army of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left. {22:20} Yahweh said, 'Who shall entice Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth Gilead?' One said one thing; and another said another. {22:21} A spirit came out and stood before Yahweh, and said, 'I will entice him.' {22:22} Yahweh said to him, 'How?' He said, 'I will go out and will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.' He said, 'You will entice him, and will also prevail. Go out and do so.' {22:23} Now therefore, behold, Yahweh has put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these your prophets; and Yahweh has spoken evil concerning you." {22:24} Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah came near, and struck Micaiah on the cheek, and said, "Which way did the Spirit of Yahweh go from me to speak to you?" {22:25} Micaiah said, "Behold, you will see on that day, when you go into an inner room to hide yourself." {22:26} The king of Israel said, "Take Micaiah, and carry him back to Amon the governor of the city, and to Joash the king's son. {22:27} Say, 'Thus says the king, "Put this fellow in the prison, and feed him with bread of affliction and with water of affliction, until I come in peace."'" 
{22:28} Micaiah said, "If you return at all in peace, Yahweh has not spoken by me." He said, "Listen, all you people!" {22:29} So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramoth Gilead. {22:30} The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, "I will disguise myself, and go into the battle; but you put on your robes." The king of Israel disguised himself, and went into the battle. {22:31} Now the king of Syria had commanded the thirty-two captains of his chariots, saying, Fight neither with small nor great, except only with the king of Israel. {22:32} It happened, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, "Surely that is the king of Israel!" and they turned aside to fight against him. Jehoshaphat cried out. {22:33} It happened, when the captains of the chariots saw that it was not the king of Israel, that they turned back from pursuing him. {22:34} A certain man drew his bow at random, and struck the king of Israel between the joints of the armor. Therefore he said to the driver of his chariot, "Turn your hand, and carry me out of the battle; for I am severely wounded." {22:35} The battle increased that day. The king was propped up in his chariot facing the Syrians, and died at evening. The blood ran out of the wound into the bottom of the chariot. {22:36} A cry went throughout the army about the going down of the sun, saying, "Every man to his city, and every man to his country!" {22:37} So the king died, and was brought to Samaria; and they buried the king in Samaria. {22:38} They washed the chariot by the pool of Samaria; and the dogs licked up his blood where the prostitutes washed themselves; according to the word of Yahweh which he spoke. {22:39} Now the rest of the acts of Ahab, and all that he did, and the ivory house which he built, and all the cities that he built, aren't they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? {22:40} So Ahab slept with his fathers; and Ahaziah his son reigned in his place. {22:41} Jehoshaphat the son of Asa began to reign over Judah in the fourth year of Ahab king of Israel. {22:42} Jehoshaphat was thirty-five years old when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi. {22:43} He walked in all the way of Asa his father; He didn't turn aside from it, doing that which was right in the eyes of Yahweh: however the high places were not taken away; the people still sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places. {22:44} Jehoshaphat made peace with the king of Israel. {22:45} Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, and his might that he showed, and how he warred, aren't they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? {22:46} The remnant of the sodomites, that remained in the days of his father Asa, he put away out of the land. {22:47} There was no king in Edom: a deputy was king. {22:48} Jehoshaphat made ships of Tarshish to go to Ophir for gold: but they didn't go; for the ships were broken at Ezion Geber. {22:49} Then Ahaziah the son of Ahab said to Jehoshaphat, "Let my servants go with your servants in the ships." But Jehoshaphat would not. {22:50} Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David his father; Jehoram his son reigned in his place. {22:51} Ahaziah the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria in the seventeenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and he reigned two years over Israel. {22:52} He did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh, and walked in the way of his father, and in the way of his mother, and in the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, in which he made Israel to sin. {22:53} He served Baal, and worshiped him, and provoked to anger Yahweh, the God of Israel, according to all that his father had done. 
{1:1} Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the chosen ones who are living as foreigners in the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, {1:2} according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, that you may obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with his blood: Grace to you and peace be multiplied. {1:3} Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy became our father again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, {1:4} to an incorruptible and undefiled inheritance that doesn't fade away, reserved in Heaven for you, {1:5} who by the power of God are guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. {1:6} Wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been put to grief in various trials, {1:7} that the proof of your faith, which is more precious than gold that perishes even though it is tested by fire, may be found to result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ -- {1:8} whom not having known you love; in whom, though now you don't see him, yet believing, you rejoice greatly with joy unspeakable and full of glory -- {1:9} receiving the result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. {1:10} Concerning this salvation, the prophets sought and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you, {1:11} searching for who or what kind of time the Spirit of Christ, which was in them, pointed to, when he predicted the sufferings of Christ, and the glories that would follow them. {1:12} To them it was revealed, that not to themselves, but to you, they ministered these things, which now have been announced to you through those who preached the Good News to you by the Holy Spirit sent out from heaven; which things angels desire to look into. {1:13} Therefore [1>]prepare your minds for action,[<1] be sober and set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ -- {1:14} as children of obedience, not conforming yourselves according to your former lusts as in your ignorance, {1:15} but just as he who called you is holy, you yourselves also be holy in all of your behavior; {1:16} because it is written, "You shall be holy; for I am holy."[2] {1:17} If you call on him as Father, who without respect of persons judges according to each man's work, pass the time of your living as foreigners here in reverent fear: {1:18} knowing that you were redeemed, not with corruptible things, with silver or gold, from the useless way of life handed down from your fathers, {1:19} but with precious blood, as of a faultless and pure lamb, the blood of Christ; {1:20} who was foreknown indeed before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of times for your sake, {1:21} who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead, and gave him glory; so that your faith and hope might be in God. 
{1:22} Seeing you have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth through the Spirit in sincere brotherly affection, love one another from the heart fervently: {1:23} having been born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, through the word of God, which lives and remains forever. {1:24} For, "All flesh is like grass, and all of man's glory like the flower in the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls; {1:25} but the Lord's word endures forever."[3] This is the word of Good News which was preached to you. {2:1} Putting away therefore all wickedness, all deceit, hypocrisies, envies, and all evil speaking, {2:2} as newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the Word, that you may grow thereby, {2:3} if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious: {2:4} coming to him, a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God, precious. {2:5} You also, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. {2:6} Because it is contained in Scripture, "Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, chosen, and precious: He who believes in him will not be disappointed."[4] {2:7} For you who believe therefore is the honor, but for those who are disobedient, "The stone which the builders rejected, has become the chief cornerstone,"[5] {2:8} and, "a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense."[6] For they stumble at the word, being disobedient, to which also they were appointed. {2:9} But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, that you may proclaim the excellence of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: {2:10} who in time past were no people, but now are God's people, who had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. {2:11} Beloved, I beg you as foreigners and pilgrims, to abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; {2:12} having good behavior among the nations, so in that of which they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they see, glorify God in the day of visitation. {2:13} Therefore subject yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether to the king, as supreme; {2:14} or to governors, as sent by him for vengeance on evildoers and for praise to those who do well. {2:15} For this is the will of God, that by well-doing you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: {2:16} as free, and not using your freedom for a cloak of wickedness, but as bondservants of God. 
{2:17} Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king. {2:18} Servants, be in subjection to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the wicked. {2:19} For it is commendable if someone endures pain, suffering unjustly, because of conscience toward God. {2:20} For what glory is it if, when you sin, you patiently endure beating? But if, when you do well, you patiently endure suffering, this is commendable with God. {2:21} For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving [7>]you[<7] an example, that you should follow his steps, {2:22} who did not sin, "neither was deceit found in his mouth."[8] {2:23} Who, when he was cursed, didn't curse back. When he suffered, didn't threaten, but committed himself to him who judges righteously; {2:24} who his own self bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live to righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed. {2:25} For you were going astray like sheep; but now have returned to the Shepherd and [9>]Overseer[<9] of your souls. {3:1} In the same way, wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; so that, even if any don't obey the Word, they may be won by the behavior of their wives without a word; {3:2} seeing your pure behavior in fear. {3:3} Let your beauty be not just the outward adorning of braiding the hair, and of wearing jewels of gold, or of putting on fine clothing; {3:4} but in the hidden person of the heart, in the incorruptible adornment of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God very precious. {3:5} For this is how the holy women before, who hoped in God also adorned themselves, being in subjection to their own husbands: {3:6} as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose children you now are, if you do well, and are not put in fear by any terror. {3:7} You husbands, in the same way, live with your wives according to knowledge, giving honor to the woman, as to the weaker vessel, as being also joint heirs of the grace of life; that your prayers may not be hindered. {3:8} Finally, be all like-minded, compassionate, loving as brothers, tenderhearted, courteous, {3:9} not rendering evil for evil, or insult for insult; but instead blessing; knowing that to this were you called, that you may inherit a blessing. {3:10} For, "He who would love life, and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit. {3:11} Let him turn away from evil, and do good. Let him seek peace, and pursue it. {3:12} For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears open to their prayer; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."[10] 
{3:13} Now who is he who will harm you, if you become imitators of that which is good? {3:14} But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you are blessed. "Don't fear what they fear, neither be troubled."[11] {3:15} But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts; and always be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks you a reason concerning the hope that is in you, with humility and fear: {3:16} having a good conscience; that, while you are spoken against as evildoers, they may be disappointed who curse your good way of life in Christ. {3:17} For it is better, if it is God's will, that you suffer for doing well than for doing evil. {3:18} Because Christ also suffered for sins once, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring you to God; being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; {3:19} in which he also went and preached to the spirits in prison, {3:20} who before were disobedient, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, while the ship was being built. In it, few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. {3:21} This is a symbol of baptism, which now saves you -- not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, {3:22} who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, angels and authorities and powers being made subject to him. {4:1} Forasmuch then as Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind; for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin; {4:2} that you no longer should live the rest of your time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. {4:3} For we have spent enough of our past time doing the desire of the Gentiles, and having walked in lewdness, lusts, drunken binges, orgies, carousings, and abominable idolatries. {4:4} They think it is strange that you don't run with them into the same excess of riot, blaspheming: {4:5} who will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. {4:6} For to this end the Good News was preached even to the dead, that they might be judged indeed as men in the flesh, but live as to God in the spirit. {4:7} But the end of all things is near. Therefore be of sound mind, self-controlled, and sober in prayer. {4:8} And above all things be earnest in your love among yourselves, for love covers a multitude of sins. {4:9} Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. {4:10} As each has received a gift, employ it in serving one another, as good managers of the grace of God in its various forms. {4:11} If anyone speaks, let it be as it were the very words of God. If anyone serves, let it be as of the strength which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. 
{4:12} Beloved, don't be astonished at the fiery trial which has come upon you, to test you, as though a strange thing happened to you. {4:13} But because you are partakers of Christ's sufferings, rejoice; that at the revelation of his glory you also may rejoice with exceeding joy. {4:14} If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed; because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. On their part he is blasphemed, but on your part he is glorified. {4:15} For let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or an evil doer, or a meddler in other men's matters. {4:16} But if one of you suffers for being a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God in this matter. {4:17} For the time has come for judgment to begin with the household of God. If it begins first with us, what will happen to those who don't obey the Good News of God? {4:18} "If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will happen to the ungodly and the sinner?"[12] {4:19} Therefore let them also who suffer according to the will of God in doing good entrust their souls to him, as to a faithful Creator. {5:1} I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and who will also share in the glory that will be revealed. {5:2} Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, exercising the oversight, not under compulsion, but voluntarily, not for dishonest gain, but willingly; {5:3} neither as lording it over those entrusted to you, but making yourselves examples to the flock. {5:4} When the chief Shepherd is revealed, you will receive the crown of glory that doesn't fade away. {5:5} Likewise, you younger ones, be subject to the elder. Yes, all of you clothe yourselves with humility, to subject yourselves to one another; for "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble."[13] {5:6} Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time; {5:7} casting all your worries on him, because he cares for you. {5:8} Be sober and self-controlled. Be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. {5:9} Withstand him steadfast in your faith, knowing that your brothers who are in the world are undergoing the same sufferings. {5:10} But may the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a little while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. {5:11} To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen. 
{5:12} Through Silvanus, our faithful brother, as I consider him, I have written to you briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God in which you stand. {5:13} She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, greets you; and so does Mark, my son. {5:14} Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace be to you all who are in Christ Jesus. Amen. ________________________________________________________________________ Footnotes: [1] {1:13} literally, "gird up the waist of your mind" or "put on the belt of the waist of your mind" [2] {1:16} Leviticus 11:44-45 [3] {1:25} Isaiah 40:6-8 [4] {2:6} Isaiah 28:16 [5] {2:7} Psalm 118:22 [6] {2:8} Isaiah 8:14 [7] {2:21} TR reads "us" instead of "you" [8] {2:22} Isaiah 53:9 [9] {2:25} "Overseer" is from the Greek episkopon, which can mean overseer, curator, guardian, or superintendent. [10] {3:12} Psalm 34:12-16 [11] {3:14} Isaiah 8:12 [12] {4:18} Proverbs 11:31 [13] {5:5} Proverbs 3:34 
{1:1} Now there was a certain man of Ramathaim Zophim, of the hill country of Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite: {1:2} and he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children. {1:3} This man went up out of his city from year to year to worship and to sacrifice to [1>]Yahweh[<1] of Armies in Shiloh. The two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, priests to Yahweh, were there. {1:4} When the day came that Elkanah sacrificed, he gave to Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters, portions: {1:5} but to Hannah he gave a double portion; for he loved Hannah, but Yahweh had shut up her womb. {1:6} Her rival provoked her severely, to make her fret, because Yahweh had shut up her womb. {1:7} As he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of Yahweh, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and didn't eat. {1:8} Elkanah her husband said to her, "Hannah, why do you weep? Why don't you eat? Why is your heart grieved? Am I not better to you than ten sons?" {1:9} So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest was sitting on his seat by the doorpost of Yahweh's temple. {1:10} She was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to Yahweh, and wept bitterly. {1:11} She vowed a vow, and said, "Yahweh of Armies, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your handmaid, and remember me, and not forget your handmaid, but will give to your handmaid a boy, then I will give him to Yahweh all the days of his life, and no razor shall come on his head." {1:12} It happened, as she continued praying before Yahweh, that Eli saw her mouth. {1:13} Now Hannah spoke in her heart. Only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli thought she had been drunken. {1:14} Eli said to her, "How long will you be drunken? Put away your wine from you." {1:15} Hannah answered, "No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I poured out my soul before Yahweh. {1:16} Don't count your handmaid for a wicked woman; for I have been speaking out of the abundance of my complaint and my provocation." 
{1:17} Then Eli answered, "Go in peace; and may the [2>]God[<2] of Israel grant your petition that you have asked of him." {1:18} She said, "Let your handmaid find favor in your sight." So the woman went her way, and ate; and her facial expression wasn't sad any more. {1:19} They rose up in the morning early, and worshiped before Yahweh, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and Yahweh remembered her. {1:20} It happened, when the time had come, that Hannah conceived, and bore a son; and she named him [3>]Samuel,[<3] saying, "Because I have asked him of Yahweh." {1:21} The man Elkanah, and all his house, went up to offer to Yahweh the yearly sacrifice, and his vow. {1:22} But Hannah didn't go up; for she said to her husband, "Not until the child is weaned; then I will bring him, that he may appear before Yahweh, and stay there forever." {1:23} Elkanah her husband said to her, "Do what seems good to you. Wait until you have weaned him; only may Yahweh establish his word." So the woman waited and nursed her son, until she weaned him. {1:24} When she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with three bulls, and one [4>]ephah[<4] of meal, and a bottle of wine, and brought him to Yahweh's house in Shiloh. The child was young. {1:25} They killed the bull, and brought the child to Eli. {1:26} She said, "Oh, my lord, as your soul lives, my lord, I am the woman who stood by you here, praying to Yahweh. {1:27} For this child I prayed; and Yahweh has given me my petition which I asked of him. {1:28} Therefore also I have granted him to Yahweh. As long as he lives he is granted to Yahweh." He worshiped Yahweh there. {2:1} Hannah prayed, and said: "My heart exults in Yahweh! My horn is exalted in Yahweh. My mouth is enlarged over my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation. {2:2} There is no one as holy as Yahweh, For there is no one besides you, nor is there any rock like our God. {2:3} "Talk no more so exceeding proudly. Don't let arrogance come out of your mouth, For Yahweh is a God of knowledge. By him actions are weighed. {2:4} "The bows of the mighty men are broken. Those who stumbled are armed with strength. {2:5} Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread. Those who were hungry are satisfied. Yes, the barren has borne seven. She who has many children languishes. 
{2:6} "Yahweh kills, and makes alive. He brings down to [5>]Sheol[<5], and brings up. {2:7} Yahweh makes poor, and makes rich. He brings low, he also lifts up. {2:8} He raises up the poor out of the dust. He lifts up the needy from the dunghill, To make them sit with princes, and inherit the throne of glory. For the pillars of the earth are Yahweh's. He has set the world on them. {2:9} He will keep the feet of his holy ones, but the wicked shall be put to silence in darkness; for no man shall prevail by strength. {2:10} Those who strive with Yahweh shall be broken to pieces. He will thunder against them in the sky. "Yahweh will judge the ends of the earth. He will give strength to his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed." {2:11} Elkanah went to Ramah to his house. The child served Yahweh before Eli the priest. {2:12} Now the sons of Eli were base men; they didn't know Yahweh. {2:13} The custom of the priests with the people was that when any man offered sacrifice, the priest's servant came, while the flesh was boiling, with a fork of three teeth in his hand; {2:14} and he struck it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot; all that the fork brought up the priest took therewith. So they did in Shiloh to all the Israelites who came there. {2:15} Yes, before they burnt the fat, the priest's servant came, and said to the man who sacrificed, "Give meat to roast for the priest; for he will not accept boiled meat from you, but raw." {2:16} If the man said to him, "Let the fat be burned first, and then take as much as your soul desires"; then he would say, "No, but you shall give it to me now; and if not, I will take it by force." {2:17} The sin of the young men was very great before Yahweh; for the men despised the offering of Yahweh. {2:18} But Samuel ministered before Yahweh, being a child, clothed with a linen ephod. {2:19} Moreover his mother made him a little robe, and brought it to him from year to year, when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice. {2:20} Eli blessed Elkanah and his wife, and said, "Yahweh give you seed of this woman for the petition which was asked of Yahweh." They went to their own home. {2:21} Yahweh visited Hannah, and she conceived, and bore three sons and two daughters. The child Samuel grew before Yahweh. {2:22} Now Eli was very old; and he heard all that his sons did to all Israel, and how that they lay with the women who served at the door of the Tent of Meeting. {2:23} He said to them, "Why do you do such things? for I hear of your evil dealings from all this people. {2:24} No, my sons; for it is no good report that I hear: you make Yahweh's people disobey. {2:25} If one man sin against another, God shall judge him; but if a man sin against Yahweh, who shall entreat for him?" Notwithstanding, they didn't listen to the voice of their father, because Yahweh intended to kill them. {2:26} The child Samuel grew on, and increased in favor both with Yahweh, and also with men. {2:27} A man of God came to Eli, and said to him, "Thus says Yahweh, 'Did I reveal myself to the house of your father, when they were in Egypt in bondage to Pharaoh's house? {2:28} Did I choose him out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to go up to my altar, to burn incense, to wear an ephod before me? Did I give to the house of your father all the offerings of the children of Israel made by fire? {2:29} Why do you kick at my sacrifice and at my offering, which I have commanded in my habitation, and honor your sons above me, to make yourselves fat with the best of all the offerings of Israel my people?' 
{2:30} "Therefore Yahweh, the God of Israel, says, 'I said indeed that your house, and the house of your father, should walk before me forever.' But now Yahweh says, 'Be it far from me; for those who honor me I will honor, and those who despise me shall be lightly esteemed. {2:31} Behold, the days come, that I will cut off your arm, and the arm of your father's house, that there shall not be an old man in your house. {2:32} You shall see the affliction of my habitation, in all the wealth which I shall give Israel; and there shall not be an old man in your house forever. {2:33} The man of yours, whom I shall not cut off from my altar, shall consume your eyes, and grieve your heart; and all the increase of your house shall die in the flower of their age. {2:34} "'This shall be the sign to you, that shall come on your two sons, on Hophni and Phinehas: in one day they shall both die. {2:35} I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in my heart and in my mind. I will build him a sure house; and he shall walk before my anointed forever. {2:36} It shall happen, that everyone who is left in your house shall come and bow down to him for a piece of silver and a loaf of bread, and shall say, "Please put me into one of the priests' offices, that I may eat a morsel of bread."'" {3:1} The child Samuel ministered to Yahweh before Eli. The word of Yahweh was precious in those days; there was no frequent vision. {3:2} It happened at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place (now his eyes had begun to grow dim, so that he could not see), {3:3} and the lamp of God hadn't yet gone out, and Samuel had laid down in Yahweh's temple, where the ark of God was; {3:4} that Yahweh called Samuel; and he said, "Here I am." {3:5} He ran to Eli, and said, "Here I am; for you called me." He said, "I didn't call; lie down again." He went and lay down. {3:6} Yahweh called yet again, "Samuel!" Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, "Here I am; for you called me." He answered, "I didn't call, my son; lie down again." {3:7} Now Samuel didn't yet know Yahweh, neither was the word of Yahweh yet revealed to him. {3:8} Yahweh called Samuel again the third time. He arose and went to Eli, and said, "Here I am; for you called me." 
{4:4} So the people sent to Shiloh; and they brought from there the ark of the covenant of Yahweh of Armies, who sits above the cherubim: and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God. {4:5} When the ark of the covenant of Yahweh came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth rang again. {4:6} When the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they said, "What does the noise of this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews mean?" They understood that the ark of Yahweh had come into the camp. {4:7} The Philistines were afraid, for they said, "God has come into the camp." They said, "Woe to us! For there has not been such a thing before. {4:8} Woe to us! Who shall deliver us out of the hand of these mighty gods? These are the gods that struck the Egyptians with all kinds of plagues in the wilderness. {4:9} Be strong, and behave like men, O you Philistines, that you not be servants to the Hebrews, as they have been to you. Strengthen yourselves like men, and fight!" {4:10} The Philistines fought, and Israel was struck, and they fled every man to his tent: and there was a very great slaughter; for there fell of Israel thirty thousand footmen. {4:11} The ark of God was taken; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were slain. {4:12} There ran a man of Benjamin out of the army, and came to Shiloh the same day, with his clothes torn, and with earth on his head. {4:13} When he came, behold, Eli was sitting on his seat by the road watching; for his heart trembled for the ark of God. When the man came into the city, and told it, all the city cried out. {4:14} When Eli heard the noise of the crying, he said, "What does the noise of this tumult mean?" The man hurried, and came and told Eli. {4:15} Now Eli was ninety-eight years old; and his eyes were set, so that he could not see. {4:16} The man said to Eli, "I am he who came out of the army, and I fled today out of the army." He said, "How did the matter go, my son?" {4:17} He who brought the news answered, "Israel has fled before the Philistines, and there has been also a great slaughter among the people. Your two sons also, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God has been captured." 
{4:18} It happened, when he made mention of the ark of God, that Eli fell from off his seat backward by the side of the gate; and his neck broke, and he died; for he was an old man, and heavy. He had judged Israel forty years. {4:19} His daughter-in-law, Phinehas' wife, was with child, near to be delivered. When she heard the news that the ark of God was taken, and that her father-in-law and her husband were dead, she bowed herself and gave birth; for her pains came on her. {4:20} About the time of her death the women who stood by her said to her, "Don't be afraid; for you have given birth to a son." But she didn't answer, neither did she regard it. {4:21} She named the child [6>]Ichabod,[<6] saying, "The glory has departed from Israel"; because the ark of God was taken, and because of her father-in-law and her husband. {4:22} She said, "The glory has departed from Israel; for the ark of God is taken." {5:1} Now the Philistines had taken the ark of God, and they brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. {5:2} The Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon. {5:3} When they of Ashdod arose early on the next day, behold, Dagon was fallen on his face to the ground before the ark of Yahweh. They took Dagon, and set him in his place again. {5:4} When they arose early on the next day morning, behold, Dagon was fallen on his face to the ground before the ark of Yahweh; and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off on the threshold. Only Dagon's torso was intact. {5:5} Therefore neither the priests of Dagon, nor any who come into Dagon's house, tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod, to this day. {5:6} But the hand of Yahweh was heavy on them of Ashdod, and he destroyed them, and struck them with tumors, even Ashdod and its borders. {5:7} When the men of Ashdod saw that it was so, they said, "The ark of the God of Israel shall not stay with us; for his hand is severe on us, and on Dagon our god." {5:8} They sent therefore and gathered all the lords of the Philistines to them, and said, "What shall we do with the ark of the God of Israel?" 
{6:7} "Now therefore take and prepare yourselves a new cart, and two milk cows, on which there has come no yoke; and tie the cows to the cart, and bring their calves home from them; {6:8} and take the ark of Yahweh, and lay it on the cart; and put the jewels of gold, which you return him for a trespass offering, in a coffer by its side; and send it away, that it may go. {6:9} Behold; if it goes up by the way of its own border to Beth Shemesh, then he has done us this great evil: but if not, then we shall know that it is not his hand that struck us; it was a chance that happened to us." {6:10} The men did so, and took two milk cows, and tied them to the cart, and shut up their calves at home; {6:11} and they put the ark of Yahweh on the cart, and the coffer with the mice of gold and the images of their tumors. {6:12} The cows took the straight way by the way to Beth Shemesh; they went along the highway, lowing as they went, and didn't turn aside to the right hand or to the left; and the lords of the Philistines went after them to the border of Beth Shemesh. {6:13} They of Beth Shemesh were reaping their wheat harvest in the valley; and they lifted up their eyes, and saw the ark, and rejoiced to see it. {6:14} The cart came into the field of Joshua of Beth Shemesh, and stood there, where there was a great stone: and they split the wood of the cart, and offered up the cows for a burnt offering to Yahweh. {6:15} The Levites took down the ark of Yahweh, and the coffer that was with it, in which the jewels of gold were, and put them on the great stone: and the men of Beth Shemesh offered burnt offerings and sacrificed sacrifices the same day to Yahweh. {6:16} When the five lords of the Philistines had seen it, they returned to Ekron the same day. {6:17} These are the golden tumors which the Philistines returned for a trespass offering to Yahweh: for Ashdod one, for Gaza one, for Ashkelon one, for Gath one, for Ekron one; {6:18} and the golden mice, according to the number of all the cities of the Philistines belonging to the five lords, both of fortified cities and of country villages, even to the great stone, whereon they set down the ark of Yahweh. That stone remains to this day in the field of Joshua of Beth Shemesh. {6:19} He struck of the men of Beth Shemesh, because they had looked into the ark of Yahweh, he struck of the people fifty thousand seventy men; and the people mourned, because Yahweh had struck the people with a great slaughter. {6:20} The men of Beth Shemesh said, "Who is able to stand before Yahweh, this holy God? To whom shall he go up from us?" 
{6:21} They sent messengers to the inhabitants of Kiriath Jearim, saying, "The Philistines have brought back the ark of Yahweh; come down, and bring it up to yourselves." {7:1} The men of Kiriath Jearim came, and fetched up the ark of Yahweh, and brought it into the house of Abinadab in the hill, and sanctified Eleazar his son to keep the ark of Yahweh. {7:2} It happened, from the day that the ark stayed in Kiriath Jearim, that the time was long; for it was twenty years: and all the house of Israel lamented after Yahweh. {7:3} Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, "If you do return to Yahweh with all your heart, then put away the foreign gods and the Ashtaroth from among you, and direct your hearts to Yahweh, and serve him only; and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines." {7:4} Then the children of Israel removed the Baals and the Ashtaroth, and served Yahweh only. {7:5} Samuel said, "Gather all Israel to Mizpah, and I will pray for you to Yahweh." {7:6} They gathered together to Mizpah, and drew water, and poured it out before Yahweh, and fasted on that day, and said there, "We have sinned against Yahweh." Samuel judged the children of Israel in Mizpah. {7:7} When the Philistines heard that the children of Israel were gathered together at Mizpah, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. When the children of Israel heard it, they were afraid of the Philistines. {7:8} The children of Israel said to Samuel, "Don't cease to cry to Yahweh our God for us, that he will save us out of the hand of the Philistines." {7:9} Samuel took a suckling lamb, and offered it for a whole burnt offering to Yahweh: and Samuel cried to Yahweh for Israel; and Yahweh answered him. {7:10} As Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel; but Yahweh thundered with a great thunder on that day on the Philistines, and confused them; and they were struck down before Israel. {7:11} The men of Israel went out of Mizpah, and pursued the Philistines, and struck them, until they came under Beth Kar. {7:12} Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name [7>]Ebenezer,[<7] saying, "Yahweh helped us until now." {7:13} So the Philistines were subdued, and they came no more within the border of Israel. The hand of Yahweh was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel. 
{7:14} The cities which the Philistines had taken from Israel were restored to Israel, from Ekron even to Gath; and Israel recovered its border out of the hand of the Philistines. There was peace between Israel and the Amorites. {7:15} Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life. {7:16} He went from year to year in circuit to Bethel and Gilgal, and Mizpah; and he judged Israel in all those places. {7:17} His return was to Ramah, for there was his house; and there he judged Israel: and he built there an altar to Yahweh. {8:1} It happened, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel. {8:2} Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abijah: they were judges in Beersheba. {8:3} His sons didn't walk in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted justice. {8:4} Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel to Ramah; {8:5} and they said to him, "Behold, you are old, and your sons don't walk in your ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations." {8:6} But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, "Give us a king to judge us." Samuel prayed to Yahweh. {8:7} Yahweh said to Samuel, "Listen to the voice of the people in all that they tell you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me, that I should not be king over them. {8:8} According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, in that they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also to you. {8:9} Now therefore listen to their voice: however you shall protest solemnly to them, and shall show them the way of the king who shall reign over them." {8:10} Samuel told all the words of Yahweh to the people who asked of him a king. {8:11} He said, "This will be the way of the king who shall reign over you: he will take your sons, and appoint them to him, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and they shall run before his chariots; {8:12} and he will appoint them to him for captains of thousands, and captains of fifties; and he will assign some to plow his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and the instruments of his chariots. {8:13} He will take your daughters to be perfumers, and to be cooks, and to be bakers. {8:14} He will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your olive groves, even their best, and give them to his servants. {8:15} He will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants. {8:16} He will take your male servants, and your female servants, and your best young men, and your donkeys, and put them to his work. {8:17} He will take the tenth of your flocks: and you shall be his servants. {8:18} You shall cry out in that day because of your king whom you shall have chosen you; and Yahweh will not answer you in that day." 
{8:19} But the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel; and they said, "No; but we will have a king over us, {8:20} that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles." {8:21} Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he rehearsed them in the ears of Yahweh. {8:22} Yahweh said to Samuel, "Listen to their voice, and make them a king." Samuel said to the men of Israel, "Every man go to his city." {9:1} Now there was a man of Benjamin, whose name was Kish, the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Becorath, the son of Aphiah, the son of a Benjamite, a mighty man of valor. {9:2} He had a son, whose name was Saul, an impressive young man; and there was not among the children of Israel a better person than he. From his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people. {9:3} The donkeys of Kish, Saul's father, were lost. Kish said to Saul his son, "Take now one of the servants with you, and arise, go seek the donkeys." {9:4} He passed through the hill country of Ephraim, and passed through the land of Shalishah, but they didn't find them: then they passed through the land of Shaalim, and there they weren't there: and he passed through the land of the Benjamites, but they didn't find them. {9:5} When they had come to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant who was with him, "Come, and let us return, lest my father stop caring about the donkeys, and be anxious for us." {9:6} He said to him, "See now, there is in this city a man of God, and he is a man who is held in honor. All that he says comes surely to pass. Now let us go there. Perhaps he can tell us concerning our journey whereon we go." {9:7} Then Saul said to his servant, "But, behold, if we go, what shall we bring the man? For the bread is spent in our vessels, and there is not a present to bring to the man of God. What do we have?" {9:8} The servant answered Saul again, and said, "Behold, I have in my hand the fourth part of a shekel of silver. I will give that to the man of God, to tell us our way." {9:9} (In earlier times in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, thus he said, "Come, and let us go to the seer"; for he who is now called a prophet was before called a Seer.) 
{9:10} Then Saul said to his servant, "Well said. Come, let us go." So they went to the city where the man of God was. {9:11} As they went up the ascent to the city, they found young maidens going out to draw water, and said to them, "Is the seer here?" {9:12} They answered them, and said, "He is. Behold, he is before you. Hurry now, for he has come today into the city; for the people have a sacrifice today in the high place. {9:13} As soon as you have come into the city, you shall immediately find him, before he goes up to the high place to eat; for the people will not eat until he come, because he blesses the sacrifice. Afterwards those who are invited eat. Now therefore go up; for at this time you shall find him." {9:14} They went up to the city. As they came within the city, behold, Samuel came out toward them, to go up to the high place. {9:15} Now Yahweh had revealed to Samuel a day before Saul came, saying, {9:16} "Tomorrow about this time I will send you a man out of the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him to be prince over my people Israel; and he shall save my people out of the hand of the Philistines: for I have looked on my people, because their cry has come to me." {9:17} When Samuel saw Saul, Yahweh said to him, "Behold, the man of whom I spoke to you! this same shall have authority over my people." {9:18} Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the gate, and said, "Please tell me where the seer's house is." {9:19} Samuel answered Saul, and said, "I am the seer. Go up before me to the high place, for you shall eat with me today. In the morning I will let you go, and will tell you all that is in your heart. {9:20} As for your donkeys who were lost three days ago, don't set your mind on them; for they are found. For whom is all that is desirable in Israel? Is it not for you, and for all your father's house?" {9:21} Saul answered, "Am I not a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? And my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? Why then do you speak to me like this?" 
{9:22} Samuel took Saul and his servant, and brought them into the guest room, and made them sit in the best place among those who were invited, who were about thirty persons. {9:23} Samuel said to the cook, "Bring the portion which I gave you, of which I said to you, 'Set it aside.'" {9:24} The cook took up the thigh, and that which was on it, and set it before Saul. Samuel said, "Behold, that which has been reserved! Set it before yourself and eat; because for the appointed time has it been kept for you, for I said, 'I have invited the people.'" So Saul ate with Samuel that day. {9:25} When they had come down from the high place into the city, he talked with Saul on the housetop. {9:26} They arose early: and it happened about the spring of the day, that Samuel called to Saul on the housetop, saying, "Get up, that I may send you away." Saul arose, and they went out both of them, he and Samuel, abroad. {9:27} As they were going down at the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, "Tell the servant pass on before us" (and he passed on), "but stand still first, that I may cause you to hear the word of God." {10:1} Then Samuel took the vial of oil, and poured it on his head, and kissed him, and said, "Isn't it that Yahweh has anointed you to be prince over his inheritance? {10:2} When you have departed from me today, then you shall find two men by Rachel's tomb, in the border of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will tell you, 'The donkeys which you went to seek have been found; and behold, your father has stopped caring about the donkeys, and is anxious for you, saying, "What shall I do for my son?"' {10:3} "Then you shall go on forward from there, and you shall come to the oak of Tabor; and three men shall meet you there going up to God to Bethel, one carrying three young goats, and another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a bottle of wine: {10:4} and they will greet you, and give you two loaves of bread, which you shall receive of their hand. {10:5} "After that you shall come to the hill of God, where is the garrison of the Philistines: and it shall happen, when you have come there to the city, that you shall meet a band of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a tambourine, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they will be prophesying: {10:6} and the Spirit of Yahweh will come mightily on you, and you shall prophesy with them, and shall be turned into another man. {10:7} Let it be, when these signs have come to you, that you do as occasion shall serve you; for God is with you. 
{10:8} "You shall go down before me to Gilgal; and behold, I will come down to you, to offer burnt offerings, and to sacrifice sacrifices of peace offerings: you shall wait seven days, until I come to you, and show you what you shall do." {10:9} It was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs happened that day. {10:10} When they came there to the hill, behold, a band of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came mightily on him, and he prophesied among them. {10:11} It happened, when all who knew him before saw that, behold, he prophesied with the prophets, then the people said one to another, "What is this that has come to the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?" {10:12} One of the same place answered, "Who is their father?" Therefore it became a proverb, "Is Saul also among the prophets?" {10:13} When he had made an end of prophesying, he came to the high place. {10:14} Saul's uncle said to him and to his servant, "Where did you go?" He said, "To seek the donkeys. When we saw that they were not found, we came to Samuel." {10:15} Saul's uncle said, "Please tell me what Samuel said to you." {10:16} Saul said to his uncle, "He told us plainly that the donkeys were found." But concerning the matter of the kingdom, of which Samuel spoke, he didn't tell him. {10:17} Samuel called the people together to Yahweh to Mizpah; {10:18} and he said to the children of Israel, "Thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel, 'I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all the kingdoms that oppressed you:' {10:19} but you have this day rejected your God, who himself saves you out of all your calamities and your distresses; and you have said to him, 'No! Set a king over us.' Now therefore present yourselves before Yahweh by your tribes, and by your thousands." {10:20} So Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel near, and the tribe of Benjamin was taken. {10:21} He brought the tribe of Benjamin near by their families; and the family of the Matrites was taken; and Saul the son of Kish was taken: but when they sought him, he could not be found. {10:22} Therefore they asked of Yahweh further, "Is there yet a man to come here?" 
{10:23} They ran and fetched him there; and when he stood among the people, he was higher than any of the people from his shoulders and upward. {10:24} Samuel said to all the people, "You see him whom Yahweh has chosen, that there is none like him among all the people?" All the people shouted, and said, "Let the king live!" {10:25} Then Samuel told the people the regulations of the kingdom, and wrote it in a book, and laid it up before Yahweh. Samuel sent all the people away, every man to his house. {10:26} Saul also went to his house to Gibeah; and there went with him the army, whose hearts God had touched. {10:27} But certain worthless fellows said, "How shall this man save us?" They despised him, and brought him no present. But he held his peace. {11:1} Then Nahash the Ammonite came up, and encamped against Jabesh Gilead: and all the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, "Make a covenant with us, and we will serve you." {11:2} Nahash the Ammonite said to them, "On this condition I will make it with you, that all your right eyes be put out; and I will lay it for a reproach on all Israel." {11:3} The elders of Jabesh said to him, "Give us seven day, that we may send messengers to all the borders of Israel; and then, if there is no one to save us, we will come out to you." {11:4} Then the messengers came to Gibeah of Saul, and spoke these words in the ears of the people: and all the people lifted up their voice, and wept. {11:5} Behold, Saul came following the oxen out of the field; and Saul said, "What ails the people that they weep?" They told him the words of the men of Jabesh. {11:6} The Spirit of God came mightily on Saul when he heard those words, and his anger was kindled greatly. {11:7} He took a yoke of oxen, and cut them in pieces, and sent them throughout all the borders of Israel by the hand of messengers, saying, "Whoever doesn't come forth after Saul and after Samuel, so shall it be done to his oxen." The dread of Yahweh fell on the people, and they came out as one man. {11:8} He numbered them in Bezek; and the children of Israel were three hundred thousand, and the men of Judah thirty thousand. {11:9} They said to the messengers who came, "Thus you shall tell the men of Jabesh Gilead, 'Tomorrow, by the time the sun is hot, you shall have deliverance.'" The messengers came and told the men of Jabesh; and they were glad. {11:10} Therefore the men of Jabesh said, "Tomorrow we will come out to you, and you shall do with us all that seems good to you." {11:11} It was so on the next day, that Saul put the people in three companies; and they came into the midst of the camp in the morning watch, and struck the Ammonites until the heat of the day: and it happened, that those who remained were scattered, so that no two of them were left together. {11:12} The people said to Samuel, "Who is he who said, 'Shall Saul reign over us?' Bring those men, that we may put them to death!" 
{11:13} Saul said, "There shall not a man be put to death this day; for today Yahweh has worked deliverance in Israel." {11:14} Then Samuel said to the people, "Come, and let us go to Gilgal, and renew the kingdom there." {11:15} All the people went to Gilgal; and there they made Saul king before Yahweh in Gilgal; and there they offered sacrifices of peace offerings before Yahweh; and there Saul and all the men of Israel rejoiced greatly. {12:1} Samuel said to all Israel, "Behold, I have listened to your voice in all that you said to me, and have made a king over you. {12:2} Now, behold, the king walks before you; and I am old and gray-headed; and behold, my sons are with you: and I have walked before you from my youth to this day. {12:3} Here I am. Witness against me before Yahweh, and before his anointed. Whose ox have I taken? Whose donkey have I taken? Whom have I defrauded? Whom have I oppressed? Of whose hand have I taken a ransom to blind my eyes therewith? I will restore it to you." {12:4} They said, "You have not defrauded us, nor oppressed us, neither have you taken anything of any man's hand." {12:5} He said to them, "Yahweh is witness against you, and his anointed is witness this day, that you have not found anything in my hand." They said, "He is witness." {12:6} Samuel said to the people, "It is Yahweh who appointed Moses and Aaron, and that brought your fathers up out of the land of Egypt. {12:7} Now therefore stand still, that I may plead with you before Yahweh concerning all the righteous acts of Yahweh, which he did to you and to your fathers. {12:8} "When Jacob had come into Egypt, and your fathers cried to Yahweh, then Yahweh sent Moses and Aaron, who brought your fathers out of Egypt, and made them to dwell in this place. {12:9} "But they forgot Yahweh their God; and he sold them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the army of Hazor, and into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of Moab; and they fought against them. {12:10} They cried to Yahweh, and said, 'We have sinned, because we have forsaken Yahweh, and have served the Baals and the Ashtaroth: but now deliver us out of the hand of our enemies, and we will serve you.' {12:11} Yahweh sent Jerubbaal, and Bedan, and Jephthah, and Samuel, and delivered you out of the hand of your enemies on every side; and you lived in safety. 
{12:12} "When you saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon came against you, you said to me, 'No, but a king shall reign over us;' when Yahweh your God was your king. {12:13} Now therefore see the king whom you have chosen, and whom you have asked for: and behold, Yahweh has set a king over you. {12:14} If you will fear Yahweh, and serve him, and listen to his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of Yahweh, then both you and also the king who reigns over you are followers of Yahweh your God. {12:15} But if you will not listen to the voice of Yahweh, but rebel against the commandment of Yahweh, then will the hand of Yahweh be against you, as it was against your fathers. {12:16} "Now therefore stand still and see this great thing, which Yahweh will do before your eyes. {12:17} Isn't it wheat harvest today? I will call to Yahweh, that he may send thunder and rain; and you shall know and see that your wickedness is great, which you have done in the sight of Yahweh, in asking for a king." {12:18} So Samuel called to Yahweh; and Yahweh sent thunder and rain that day: and all the people greatly feared Yahweh and Samuel. {12:19} All the people said to Samuel, "Pray for your servants to Yahweh your God, that we not die; for we have added to all our sins this evil, to ask us a king." {12:20} Samuel said to the people, "Don't be afraid. You have indeed done all this evil; yet don't turn aside from following Yahweh, but serve Yahweh with all your heart. {12:21} Don't turn aside to go after vain things which can't profit nor deliver, for they are vain. {12:22} For Yahweh will not forsake his people for his great name's sake, because it has pleased Yahweh to make you a people to himself. {12:23} Moreover as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against Yahweh in ceasing to pray for you: but I will instruct you in the good and the right way. {12:24} Only fear Yahweh, and serve him in truth with all your heart; for consider how great things he has done for you. {12:25} But if you shall still do wickedly, you shall be consumed, both you and your king." {13:1} Saul reigned a year; and when he had reigned two years over Israel, {13:2} Saul chose for himself three thousand men of Israel, of which two thousand were with Saul in Michmash and in the Mount of Bethel, and one thousand were with Jonathan in Gibeah of Benjamin: and the rest of the people he sent every man to his tent. {13:3} Jonathan struck the garrison of the Philistines that was in Geba: and the Philistines heard of it. Saul blew the trumpet throughout all the land, saying, "Let the Hebrews hear!" {13:4} All Israel heard that Saul had struck the garrison of the Philistines, and also that Israel was had in abomination with the Philistines. The people were gathered together after Saul to Gilgal. {13:5} The Philistines assembled themselves together to fight with Israel, thirty thousand chariots, and six thousand horsemen, and people as the sand which is on the seashore in multitude: and they came up, and encamped in Michmash, eastward of Beth Aven. {13:6} When the men of Israel saw that they were in a strait (for the people were distressed), then the people hid themselves in caves, and in thickets, and in rocks, and in coverts, and in pits. {13:7} Now some of the Hebrews had gone over the Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead; but as for Saul, he was yet in Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling. {13:8} He stayed seven days, according to the time set by Samuel: but Samuel didn't come to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him. {13:9} Saul said, "Bring here the burnt offering to me, and the peace offerings." He offered the burnt offering. 
{13:10} It came to pass that as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might greet him. {13:11} Samuel said, "What have you done?" Saul said, "Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that you didn't come within the days appointed, and that the Philistines assembled themselves together at Michmash; {13:12} therefore I said, 'Now the Philistines will come down on me to Gilgal, and I haven't entreated the favor of Yahweh.' I forced myself therefore, and offered the burnt offering." {13:13} Samuel said to Saul, "You have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of Yahweh your God, which he commanded you; for now Yahweh would have established your kingdom on Israel forever. {13:14} But now your kingdom shall not continue. Yahweh has sought for himself a man after his own heart, and Yahweh has appointed him to be prince over his people, because you have not kept that which Yahweh commanded you." {13:15} Samuel arose, and went from Gilgal to Gibeah of Benjamin. Saul numbered the people who were present with him, about six hundred men. {13:16} Saul, and Jonathan his son, and the people who were present with them, stayed in Geba of Benjamin: but the Philistines encamped in Michmash. {13:17} The spoilers came out of the camp of the Philistines in three companies: one company turned to the way that leads to Ophrah, to the land of Shual; {13:18} and another company turned the way to Beth Horon; and another company turned the way of the border that looks down on the valley of Zeboim toward the wilderness. {13:19} Now there was no smith found throughout all the land of Israel; for the Philistines said, "Lest the Hebrews make them swords or spears"; {13:20} but all the Israelites went down to the Philistines, to sharpen every man his plowshare, mattock, axe, and sickle; {13:21} yet they had a file for the mattocks, and for the plowshares, and for the forks, and for the axes, and to set the goads. {13:22} So it came to pass in the day of battle, that there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people who were with Saul and Jonathan: but with Saul and with Jonathan his son was there found. {13:23} The garrison of the Philistines went out to the pass of Michmash. 
{14:1} Now it fell on a day, that Jonathan the son of Saul said to the young man who bore his armor, "Come, and let us go over to the Philistines' garrison, that is on the other side." But he didn't tell his father. {14:2} Saul stayed in the uttermost part of Gibeah under the pomegranate tree which is in Migron: and the people who were with him were about six hundred men; {14:3} and Ahijah, the son of Ahitub, Ichabod's brother, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eli, the priest of Yahweh in Shiloh, wearing an ephod. The people didn't know that Jonathan was gone. {14:4} Between the passes, by which Jonathan sought to go over to the Philistines' garrison, there was a rocky crag on the one side, and a rocky crag on the other side: and the name of the one was Bozez, and the name of the other Seneh. {14:5} The one crag rose up on the north in front of Michmash, and the other on the south in front of Geba. {14:6} Jonathan said to the young man who bore his armor, "Come, and let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised. It may be that Yahweh will work for us; for there is no restraint on Yahweh to save by many or by few." {14:7} His armor bearer said to him, "Do all that is in your heart. Turn and, behold, I am with you according to your heart." {14:8} Then Jonathan said, "Behold, we will pass over to the men, and we will reveal ourselves to them. {14:9} If they say thus to us, 'Wait until we come to you!' then we will stand still in our place, and will not go up to them. {14:10} But if they say this, 'Come up to us!' then we will go up; for Yahweh has delivered them into our hand. This shall be the sign to us." {14:11} Both of them revealed themselves to the garrison of the Philistines: and the Philistines said, "Behold, the Hebrews are coming out of the holes where they had hidden themselves!" {14:12} The men of the garrison answered Jonathan and his armor bearer, and said, "Come up to us, and we will show you something!" Jonathan said to his armor bearer, "Come up after me; for Yahweh has delivered them into the hand of Israel." {14:13} Jonathan climbed up on his hands and on his feet, and his armor bearer after him: and they fell before Jonathan; and his armor bearer killed them after him. {14:14} That first slaughter, which Jonathan and his armor bearer made, was about twenty men, within as it were half a furrow's length in an acre of land. {14:15} There was a trembling in the camp, in the field, and among all the people; the garrison, and the spoilers, they also trembled; and the earth quaked: so there was an exceeding great trembling. {14:16} The watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin looked; and behold, the multitude melted away, and scattered. {14:17} Then Saul said to the people who were with him, "Count now, and see who is missing from us." When they had counted, behold, Jonathan and his armor bearer were not there. 
{14:18} Saul said to Ahijah, "Bring the ark of God here." For the ark of God was with the children of Israel at that time. {14:19} It happened, while Saul talked to the priest, that the tumult that was in the camp of the Philistines went on and increased: and Saul said to the priest, "Withdraw your hand!" {14:20} Saul and all the people who were with him were gathered together, and came to the battle: and behold, every man's sword was against his fellow: a very great confusion. {14:21} Now the Hebrews who were with the Philistines as before, and who went up with them into the camp, from all around, even they also turned to be with the Israelites who were with Saul and Jonathan. {14:22} Likewise all the men of Israel who had hidden themselves in the hill country of Ephraim, when they heard that the Philistines fled, even they also followed hard after them in the battle. {14:23} So Yahweh saved Israel that day: and the battle passed over by Beth Aven. {14:24} The men of Israel were distressed that day; for Saul had adjured the people, saying, "Cursed is the man who eats any food until it is evening, and I am avenged of my enemies." So none of the people tasted food. {14:25} All the people came into the forest; and there was honey on the ground. {14:26} When the people had come to the forest, behold, the honey dropped: but no man put his hand to his mouth; for the people feared the oath. {14:27} But Jonathan didn't hear when his father commanded the people with the oath: therefore he put forth the end of the rod who was in his hand, and dipped it in the honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth; and his eyes were enlightened. {14:28} Then one of the people answered, and said, "Your father directly commanded the people with an oath, saying, 'Cursed is the man who eats food this day.'" The people were faint. {14:29} Then Jonathan said, "My father has troubled the land. Please look how my eyes have been enlightened, because I tasted a little of this honey. {14:30} How much more, if perhaps the people had eaten freely today of the spoil of their enemies which they found? For now has there been no great slaughter among the Philistines." {14:31} They struck of the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon. The people were very faint; {14:32} and the people flew on the spoil, and took sheep, and cattle, and calves, and killed them on the ground; and the people ate them with the blood. {14:33} Then they told Saul, saying, "Behold, the people are sinning against Yahweh, in that they eat meat with the blood." 
{15:1} Samuel said to Saul, "Yahweh sent me to anoint you to be king over his people, over Israel. Now therefore listen to the voice of the words of Yahweh. {15:2} Thus says Yahweh of Armies, 'I have marked that which Amalek did to Israel, how he set himself against him in the way, when he came up out of Egypt. {15:3} Now go and strike Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and don't spare them; but kill both man and woman, infant and nursing baby, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.'" {15:4} Saul summoned the people, and numbered them in Telaim, two hundred thousand footmen, and ten thousand men of Judah. {15:5} Saul came to the city of Amalek, and laid wait in the valley. {15:6} Saul said to the Kenites, "Go, depart, go down from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them; for you showed kindness to all the children of Israel, when they came up out of Egypt." So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites. {15:7} Saul struck the Amalekites, from Havilah as you go to Shur, that is before Egypt. {15:8} He took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. {15:9} But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the cattle, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and wouldn't utterly destroy them: but everything that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly. {15:10} Then the word of Yahweh came to Samuel, saying, {15:11} "It grieves me that I have set up Saul to be king; for he is turned back from following me, and has not performed my commandments." Samuel was angry; and he cried to Yahweh all night. {15:12} Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning; and it was told Samuel, saying, "Saul came to Carmel, and behold, he set up a monument for himself, and turned, and passed on, and went down to Gilgal." {15:13} Samuel came to Saul; and Saul said to him, "You are blessed by Yahweh! I have performed the commandment of Yahweh." {15:14} Samuel said, "Then what does this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the cattle which I hear mean?" {15:15} Saul said, "They have brought them from the Amalekites; for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the cattle, to sacrifice to Yahweh your God. We have utterly destroyed the rest." 
{15:16} Then Samuel said to Saul, "Stay, and I will tell you what Yahweh has said to me last night." He said to him, "Say on." {15:17} Samuel said, "Though you were little in your own sight, weren't you made the head of the tribes of Israel? Yahweh anointed you king over Israel; {15:18} and Yahweh sent you on a journey, and said, 'Go, and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are consumed.' {15:19} Why then didn't you obey the voice of Yahweh, but took the spoils, and did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh?" {15:20} Saul said to Samuel, "But I have obeyed the voice of Yahweh, and have gone the way which Yahweh sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. {15:21} But the people took of the spoil, sheep and cattle, the chief of the devoted things, to sacrifice to Yahweh your God in Gilgal." {15:22} Samuel said, "Has Yahweh as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of Yahweh? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams. {15:23} For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as idolatry and teraphim. Because you have rejected the word of Yahweh, he has also rejected you from being king." {15:24} Saul said to Samuel, "I have sinned; for I have transgressed the commandment of Yahweh, and your words, because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice. {15:25} Now therefore, please pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship Yahweh." {15:26} Samuel said to Saul, "I will not return with you; for you have rejected the word of Yahweh, and Yahweh has rejected you from being king over Israel." {15:27} As Samuel turned about to go away, Saul grabbed the skirt of his robe, and it tore. {15:28} Samuel said to him, "Yahweh has torn the kingdom of Israel from you this day, and has given it to a neighbor of yours who is better than you. {15:29} Also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent; for he is not a man, that he should repent." {15:30} Then he said, "I have sinned: yet please honor me now before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and come back with me, that I may worship Yahweh your God." 
{15:31} So Samuel went back with Saul; and Saul worshiped Yahweh. {15:32} Then Samuel said, "Bring here to me Agag the king of the Amalekites!" Agag came to him cheerfully. Agag said, "Surely the bitterness of death is past." {15:33} Samuel said, "As your sword has made women childless, so your mother will be childless among women!" Samuel cut Agag in pieces before Yahweh in Gilgal. {15:34} Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house to Gibeah of Saul. {15:35} Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death; for Samuel mourned for Saul: and Yahweh grieved that he had made Saul king over Israel. {16:1} Yahweh said to Samuel, "How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go. I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite; for I have provided a king for myself among his sons." {16:2} Samuel said, "How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me." Yahweh said, "Take a heifer with you, and say, I have come to sacrifice to Yahweh. {16:3} Call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do. You shall anoint to me him whom I name to you." {16:4} Samuel did that which Yahweh spoke, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, "Do you come peaceably?" {16:5} He said, "Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to Yahweh. Sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice." He sanctified Jesse and his sons, and called them to the sacrifice. {16:6} It happened, when they had come, that he looked at Eliab, and said, "Surely Yahweh's anointed is before him." {16:7} But Yahweh said to Samuel, "Don't look on his face, or on the height of his stature; because I have rejected him: for I see not as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but Yahweh looks at the heart." {16:8} Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, "Neither has Yahweh chosen this one." {16:9} Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. He said, "Neither has Yahweh chosen this one." {16:10} Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. Samuel said to Jesse, "Yahweh has not chosen these." {16:11} Samuel said to Jesse, "Are all your children here?" 
{16:12} He sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful face, and goodly to look on. Yahweh said, "Arise, anoint him; for this is he." {16:13} Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brothers: and the Spirit of Yahweh came mightily on David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah. {16:14} Now the Spirit of Yahweh departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from Yahweh troubled him. {16:15} Saul's servants said to him, "See now, an evil spirit from God troubles you. {16:16} Let our lord now command your servants who are before you, to seek out a man who is a skillful player on the harp. It shall happen, when the evil spirit from God is on you, that he shall play with his hand, and you shall be well." {16:17} Saul said to his servants, "Provide me now a man who can play well, and bring him to me." {16:18} Then one of the young men answered, and said, "Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing, a mighty man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a comely person; and Yahweh is with him." {16:19} Therefore Saul sent messengers to Jesse, and said, "Send me David your son, who is with the sheep." {16:20} Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, and a bottle of wine, and a young goat, and sent them by David his son to Saul. {16:21} David came to Saul, and stood before him. He loved him greatly; and he became his armor bearer. {16:22} Saul sent to Jesse, saying, "Please let David stand before me; for he has found favor in my sight." {16:23} It happened, when the spirit from God was on Saul, that David took the harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him. {17:1} Now the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle; and they were gathered together at Socoh, which belongs to Judah, and encamped between Socoh and Azekah, in Ephesdammim. {17:2} Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and encamped in the valley of Elah, and set the battle in array against the Philistines. {17:3} The Philistines stood on the mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on the mountain on the other side: and there was a valley between them. {17:4} There went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. {17:5} He had a helmet of brass on his head, and he was clad with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass. {17:6} He had brass shin armor on his legs, and a javelin of brass between his shoulders. {17:7} The staff of his spear was like a weaver's beam; and his spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and his shield bearer went before him. {17:8} He stood and cried to the armies of Israel, and said to them, "Why have you come out to set your battle in array? Am I not a Philistine, and you servants to Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. {17:9} If he be able to fight with me, and kill me, then will we be your servants; but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then you will be our servants, and serve us." {17:10} The Philistine said, "I defy the armies of Israel this day! Give me a man, that we may fight together!" 
{17:11} When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid. {17:12} Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Bethlehem Judah, whose name was Jesse; and he had eight sons: and the man was an old man in the days of Saul, stricken among men. {17:13} The three eldest sons of Jesse had gone after Saul to the battle: and the names of his three sons who went to the battle were Eliab the firstborn, and next to him Abinadab, and the third Shammah. {17:14} David was the youngest; and the three eldest followed Saul. {17:15} Now David went back and forth from Saul to feed his father's sheep at Bethlehem. {17:16} The Philistine drew near morning and evening, and presented himself forty days. {17:17} Jesse said to David his son, "Now take for your brothers an [8>]ephah[<8] of this parched grain, and these ten loaves, and carry them quickly to the camp to your brothers; {17:18} and bring these ten cheeses to the captain of their thousand, and see how your brothers are doing, and bring back news." {17:19} Now Saul, and they, and all the men of Israel, were in the valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines. {17:20} David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and took, and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the place of the wagons, as the army which was going forth to the fight shouted for the battle. {17:21} Israel and the Philistines put the battle in array, army against army. {17:22} David left his baggage in the hand of the keeper of the baggage, and ran to the army, and came and greeted his brothers. {17:23} As he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the ranks of the Philistines, and spoke according to the same words: and David heard them. {17:24} All the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were terrified. {17:25} The men of Israel said, "Have you seen this man who has come up? He has surely come up to defy Israel. It shall be, that the man who kills him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father's house free in Israel." 
{17:26} David spoke to the men who stood by him, saying, "What shall be done to the man who kills this Philistine, and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?" {17:27} The people answered him in this way, saying, "So shall it be done to the man who kills him." {17:28} Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab's anger was kindled against David, and he said, "Why have you come down? With whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride, and the naughtiness of your heart; for you have come down that you might see the battle." {17:29} David said, "What have I now done? Is there not a cause?" {17:30} He turned away from him toward another, and spoke like that again; and the people answered him again the same way. {17:31} When the words were heard which David spoke, they rehearsed them before Saul; and he sent for him. {17:32} David said to Saul, "Let no man's heart fail because of him. Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine." {17:33} Saul said to David, "You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth." {17:34} David said to Saul, "Your servant was keeping his father's sheep; and when a lion or a bear came, and took a lamb out of the flock, {17:35} I went out after him, and struck him, and rescued it out of his mouth. When he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and struck him, and killed him. {17:36} Your servant struck both the lion and the bear. This uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, since he has defied the armies of the living God." {17:37} David said, "Yahweh who delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine." Saul said to David, "Go; and Yahweh shall be with you." {17:38} Saul dressed David with his clothing. He put a helmet of brass on his head, and he clad him with a coat of mail. {17:39} David strapped his sword on his clothing, and he tried to move; for he had not tested it. David said to Saul, "I can't go with these; for I have not tested them." David took them off. 
{17:40} He took his staff in his hand, and chose for himself five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in the shepherd's bag which he had, even in his wallet. His sling was in his hand; and he drew near to the Philistine. {17:41} The Philistine came on and drew near to David; and the man who bore the shield went before him. {17:42} When the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him; for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and withal of a fair face. {17:43} The Philistine said to David, "Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?" The Philistine cursed David by his gods. {17:44} The Philistine said to David, "Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the sky, and to the animals of the field." {17:45} Then David said to the Philistine, "You come to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a javelin: but I come to you in the name of Yahweh of Armies, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. {17:46} Today, Yahweh will deliver you into my hand. I will strike you, and take your head from off you. I will give the dead bodies of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the sky, and to the wild animals of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, {17:47} and that all this assembly may know that Yahweh doesn't save with sword and spear: for the battle is Yahweh's, and he will give you into our hand." {17:48} It happened, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew near to meet David, that David hurried, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. {17:49} David put his hand in his bag, took a stone, and slung it, and struck the Philistine in his forehead; and the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth. {17:50} So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine, and killed him; but there was no sword in the hand of David. {17:51} Then David ran, and stood over the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of its sheath, and killed him, and cut off his head therewith. When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled. {17:52} The men of Israel and of Judah arose, and shouted, and pursued the Philistines, until you come to Gai, and to the gates of Ekron. The wounded of the Philistines fell down by the way to Shaaraim, even to Gath, and to Ekron. {17:53} The children of Israel returned from chasing after the Philistines, and they plundered their camp. {17:54} David took the head of the Philistine, and brought it to Jerusalem; but he put his armor in his tent. {17:55} When Saul saw David go forth against the Philistine, he said to Abner, the captain of the army, "Abner, whose son is this youth?" 
{17:56} The king said, "Inquire whose son the young man is!" {17:57} As David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, Abner took him, and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand. {17:58} Saul said to him, "Whose son are you, you young man?" David answered, "I am the son of your servant Jesse the Bethlehemite." {18:1} It happened, when he had made an end of speaking to Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. {18:2} Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father's house. {18:3} Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. {18:4} Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him, and gave it to David, and his clothing, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his sash. {18:5} David went out wherever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war, and it was good in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul's servants. {18:6} It happened as they came, when David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tambourines, with joy, and with instruments of music. {18:7} The women sang one to another as they played, and said, "Saul has slain his thousands, David his ten thousands." {18:8} Saul was very angry, and this saying displeased him; and he said, "They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands. What can he have more but the kingdom?" {18:9} Saul eyed David from that day and forward. {18:10} It happened on the next day, that an evil spirit from God came mightily on Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house. David played with his hand, as he did day by day. Saul had his spear in his hand; {18:11} and Saul threw the spear; for he said, "I will pin David even to the wall!" David escaped from his presence twice. {18:12} Saul was afraid of David, because Yahweh was with him, and was departed from Saul. {18:13} Therefore Saul removed him from him, and made him his captain over a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people. 
{18:14} David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and Yahweh was with him. {18:15} When Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he stood in awe of him. {18:16} But all Israel and Judah loved David; for he went out and came in before them. {18:17} Saul said to David, "Behold, my elder daughter Merab, I will give her to you as wife. Only be valiant for me, and fight Yahweh's battles." For Saul said, "Don't let my hand be on him, but let the hand of the Philistines be on him." {18:18} David said to Saul, "Who am I, and what is my life, or my father's family in Israel, that I should be son-in-law to the king?" {18:19} But it happened at the time when Merab, Saul's daughter, should have been given to David, that she was given to Adriel the Meholathite as wife. {18:20} Michal, Saul's daughter, loved David; and they told Saul, and the thing pleased him. {18:21} Saul said, I will give her to him, that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him. Therefore Saul said to David, "You shall this day be my son-in-law a second time." {18:22} Saul commanded his servants, "Talk with David secretly, and say, 'Behold, the king has delight in you, and all his servants love you: now therefore be the king's son-in-law.'" {18:23} Saul's servants spoke those words in the ears of David. David said, "Does it seems to you a light thing to be the king's son-in-law, since I am a poor man, and lightly esteemed?" {18:24} The servants of Saul told him, saying, "David spoke like this." {18:25} Saul said, "You shall tell David, 'The king desires no dowry except one hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to be avenged of the king's enemies.'" Now Saul thought to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines. {18:26} When his servants told David these words, it pleased David well to be the king's son-in-law. The days were not expired; {18:27} and David arose and went, he and his men, and killed of the Philistines two hundred men; and David brought their foreskins, and they gave them in full number to the king, that he might be the king's son-in-law. Saul gave him Michal his daughter as wife. {18:28} Saul saw and knew that Yahweh was with David; and Michal, Saul's daughter, loved him. {18:29} Saul was yet the more afraid of David; and Saul was David's enemy continually. {18:30} Then the princes of the Philistines went forth: and it happened, as often as they went forth, that David behaved himself more wisely than all the servants of Saul; so that his name was highly esteemed. 
{19:1} Saul spoke to Jonathan his son, and to all his servants, that they should kill David. But Jonathan, Saul's son, delighted much in David. {19:2} Jonathan told David, saying, "Saul my father seeks to kill you. Now therefore, please take care of yourself in the morning, and live in a secret place, and hide yourself. {19:3} I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where you are, and I will talk with my father about you; and if I see anything, I will tell you." {19:4} Jonathan spoke good of David to Saul his father, and said to him, "Don't let the king sin against his servant, against David; because he has not sinned against you, and because his works have been very good toward you; {19:5} for he put his life in his hand, and struck the Philistine, and Yahweh worked a great victory for all Israel. You saw it, and rejoiced. Why then will you sin against innocent blood, to kill David without a cause?" {19:6} Saul listened to the voice of Jonathan: and Saul swore, "As Yahweh lives, he shall not be put to death." {19:7} Jonathan called David, and Jonathan showed him all those things. Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he was in his presence, as before. {19:8} There was war again. David went out, and fought with the Philistines, and killed them with a great slaughter; and they fled before him. {19:9} An evil spirit from Yahweh was on Saul, as he sat in his house with his spear in his hand; and David was playing with his hand. {19:10} Saul sought to pin David even to the wall with the spear; but he slipped away out of Saul's presence, and he stuck the spear into the wall. David fled, and escaped that night. {19:11} Saul sent messengers to David's house, to watch him, and to kill him in the morning. Michal, David's wife, told him, saying, "If you don't save your life tonight, tomorrow you will be killed." {19:12} So Michal let David down through the window. He went, fled, and escaped. {19:13} Michal took the teraphim, and laid it in the bed, and put a pillow of goats' hair at its head, and covered it with the clothes. {19:14} When Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, "He is sick." {19:15} Saul sent the messengers to see David, saying, "Bring him up to me in the bed, that I may kill him." {19:16} When the messengers came in, behold, the teraphim was in the bed, with the pillow of goats' hair at its head. 
{19:17} Saul said to Michal, "Why have you deceived me thus, and let my enemy go, so that he is escaped?" Michal answered Saul, "He said to me, 'Let me go! Why should I kill you?'" {19:18} Now David fled, and escaped, and came to Samuel to Ramah, and told him all that Saul had done to him. He and Samuel went and lived in Naioth. {19:19} It was told Saul, saying, "Behold, David is at Naioth in Ramah." {19:20} Saul sent messengers to take David: and when they saw the company of the prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing as head over them, the Spirit of God came on the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied. {19:21} When it was told Saul, he sent other messengers, and they also prophesied. Saul sent messengers again the third time, and they also prophesied. {19:22} Then went he also to Ramah, and came to the great well that is in Secu: and he asked, "Where are Samuel and David?" One said, "Behold, they are at Naioth in Ramah." {19:23} He went there to Naioth in Ramah. Then the Spirit of God came on him also, and he went on, and prophesied, until he came to Naioth in Ramah. {19:24} He also stripped off his clothes, and he also prophesied before Samuel, and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Therefore they say, "Is Saul also among the prophets?" {20:1} David fled from Naioth in Ramah, and came and said before Jonathan, "What have I done? What is my iniquity? What is my sin before your father, that he seeks my life?" {20:2} He said to him, "Far from it; you shall not die. Behold, my father does nothing either great or small, but that he discloses it to me; and why should my father hide this thing from me? It is not so." {20:3} David swore moreover, and said, "Your father knows well that I have found favor in your eyes; and he says, 'Don't let Jonathan know this, lest he be grieved:' but truly as Yahweh lives, and as your soul lives, there is but a step between me and death." {20:4} Then Jonathan said to David, "Whatever your soul desires, I will even do it for you." {20:5} David said to Jonathan, "Behold, tomorrow is the new moon, and I should not fail to dine with the king; but let me go, that I may hide myself in the field to the third day at evening. {20:6} If your father miss me at all, then say, 'David earnestly asked leave of me that he might run to Bethlehem his city; for it is the yearly sacrifice there for all the family.' {20:7} If he says, 'It is well;' your servant shall have peace: but if he be angry, then know that evil is determined by him. {20:8} Therefore deal kindly with your servant; for you have brought your servant into a covenant of Yahweh with you: but if there is iniquity in me, kill me yourself; for why should you bring me to your father?" 
{20:9} Jonathan said, "Far be it from you; for if I should at all know that evil were determined by my father to come on you, then wouldn't I tell you that?" {20:10} Then David said to Jonathan, "Who shall tell me if perchance your father answers you roughly?" {20:11} Jonathan said to David, "Come, and let us go out into the field." They both went out into the field. {20:12} Jonathan said to David, "By Yahweh, the God of Israel, when I have sounded my father about this time tomorrow, or the third day, behold, if there is good toward David, shall I not then send to you, and disclose it to you? {20:13} Yahweh do so to Jonathan, and more also, should it please my father to do you evil, if I don't disclose it to you, and send you away, that you may go in peace: and Yahweh be with you, as he has been with my father. {20:14} You shall not only while yet I live show me the loving kindness of Yahweh, that I not die; {20:15} but also you shall not cut off your kindness from my house forever; no, not when Yahweh has cut off the enemies of David everyone from the surface of the earth." {20:16} So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, "Yahweh will require it at the hand of David's enemies." {20:17} Jonathan caused David to swear again, for the love that he had to him; for he loved him as he loved his own soul. {20:18} Then Jonathan said to him, "Tomorrow is the new moon: and you will be missed, because your seat will be empty. {20:19} When you have stayed three days, you shall go down quickly, and come to the place where you hid yourself when this started, and shall remain by the stone Ezel. {20:20} I will shoot three arrows on its side, as though I shot at a mark. {20:21} Behold, I will send the boy, saying, 'Go, find the arrows!' If I tell the boy, 'Behold, the arrows are on this side of you. Take them;' then come; for there is peace to you and no hurt, as Yahweh lives. {20:22} But if I say this to the boy, 'Behold, the arrows are beyond you;' then go your way; for Yahweh has sent you away. {20:23} Concerning the matter which you and I have spoken of, behold, Yahweh is between you and me forever." 
{20:24} So David hid himself in the field: and when the new moon had come, the king sat him down to eat food. {20:25} The king sat on his seat, as at other times, even on the seat by the wall; and Jonathan stood up, and Abner sat by Saul's side: but David's place was empty. {20:26} Nevertheless Saul didn't say anything that day: for he thought, "Something has happened to him. He is not clean. Surely he is not clean." {20:27} It happened on the next day after the new moon, the second day, that David's place was empty. Saul said to Jonathan his son, "Why doesn't the son of Jesse come to eat, neither yesterday, nor today?" {20:28} Jonathan answered Saul, "David earnestly asked leave of me to go to Bethlehem. {20:29} He said, 'Please let me go, for our family has a sacrifice in the city. My brother has commanded me to be there. Now, if I have found favor in your eyes, please let me go away and see my brothers.' Therefore he has not come to the king's table." {20:30} Then Saul's anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said to him, "You son of a perverse rebellious woman, don't I know that you have chosen the son of Jesse to your own shame, and to the shame of your mother's nakedness? {20:31} For as long as the son of Jesse lives on the earth, you shall not be established, nor your kingdom. Therefore now send and bring him to me, for he shall surely die!" {20:32} Jonathan answered Saul his father, and said to him, "Why should he be put to death? What has he done?" {20:33} Saul cast his spear at him to strike him. By this Jonathan knew that his father was determined to put David to death. {20:34} So Jonathan arose from the table in fierce anger, and ate no food the second day of the month; for he was grieved for David, because his father had done him shame. {20:35} It happened in the morning, that Jonathan went out into the field at the time appointed with David, and a little boy with him. {20:36} He said to his boy, "Run, find now the arrows which I shoot." As the boy ran, he shot an arrow beyond him. {20:37} When the boy had come to the place of the arrow which Jonathan had shot, Jonathan cried after the boy, and said, "Isn't the arrow beyond you?" {20:38} Jonathan cried after the boy, "Go fast! Hurry! Don't delay!" Jonathan's boy gathered up the arrows, and came to his master. {20:39} But the boy didn't know anything. Only Jonathan and David knew the matter. {20:40} Jonathan gave his weapons to his boy, and said to him, "Go, carry them to the city." 
{20:41} As soon as the boy was gone, David arose out of the south, and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed himself three times. They kissed one another, and wept one with another, and David wept the most. {20:42} Jonathan said to David, "Go in peace, because we have both sworn in the name of Yahweh, saying, 'Yahweh shall be between me and you, and between my seed and your seed, forever.'" He arose and departed; and Jonathan went into the city. {21:1} Then came David to Nob to Ahimelech the priest. Ahimelech came to meet David trembling, and said to him, "Why are you alone, and no man with you?" {21:2} David said to Ahimelech the priest, "The king has commanded me a business, and has said to me, 'Let no man know anything of the business about which I send you, and what I have commanded you; and I have appointed the young men to such and such a place.' {21:3} Now therefore what is under your hand? Give me five loaves of bread in my hand, or whatever there is present." {21:4} The priest answered David, and said, "There is no common bread under my hand, but there is holy bread; if only the young men have kept themselves from women." {21:5} David answered the priest, and said to him, "Truly, women have been kept from us about these three days. When I came out, the vessels of the young men were holy, though it was but a common journey. How much more then today shall their vessels be holy?" {21:6} So the priest gave him holy bread; for there was no bread there but the show bread, that was taken from before Yahweh, to put hot bread in the day when it was taken away. {21:7} Now a certain man of the servants of Saul was there that day, detained before Yahweh; and his name was Doeg the Edomite, the best of the herdsmen who belonged to Saul. {21:8} David said to Ahimelech, "Isn't there here under your hand spear or sword? For I have neither brought my sword nor my weapons with me, because the king's business required haste." {21:9} The priest said, "The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the valley of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you will take that, take it; for there is no other except that here." 
{21:10} David arose, and fled that day for fear of Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath. {21:11} The servants of Achish said to him, "Isn't this David the king of the land? Didn't they sing one to another about him in dances, saying, 'Saul has slain his thousands, David his ten thousands?'" {21:12} David laid up these words in his heart, and was very afraid of Achish the king of Gath. {21:13} He changed his behavior before them, and pretended to be mad in their hands, and scrabbled on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle fall down on his beard. {21:14} Then Achish said to his servants, "Look, you see the man is mad. Why then have you brought him to me? {21:15} Do I lack madmen, that you have brought this fellow to play the madman in my presence? Shall this fellow come into my house?" {22:1} David therefore departed there, and escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and all his father's house heard it, they went down there to him. {22:2} Everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented, gathered themselves to him; and he became captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men. {22:3} David went there to Mizpeh of Moab, and he said to the king of Moab, "Please let my father and my mother come out with you, until I know what God will do for me." {22:4} He brought them before the king of Moab; and they lived with him all the while that David was in the stronghold. {22:5} The prophet Gad said to David, "Don't stay in the stronghold. Depart, and go into the land of Judah." Then David departed, and came into the forest of Hereth. {22:6} Saul heard that David was discovered, and the men who were with him. Now Saul was sitting in Gibeah, under the tamarisk tree in Ramah, with his spear in his hand, and all his servants were standing about him. {22:7} Saul said to his servants who stood about him, "Hear now, you Benjamites! Will the son of Jesse give everyone of you fields and vineyards, will he make you all captains of thousands and captains of hundreds, {22:8} that all of you have conspired against me, and there is none who discloses to me when my son makes a treaty with the son of Jesse, and there is none of you who is sorry for me, or discloses to me that my son has stirred up my servant against me, to lie in wait, as at this day?" 
{22:9} Then Doeg the Edomite, who stood by the servants of Saul, answered and said, "I saw the son of Jesse coming to Nob, to Ahimelech the son of Ahitub. {22:10} He inquired of Yahweh for him, gave him food, and gave him the sword of Goliath the Philistine." {22:11} Then the king sent to call Ahimelech the priest, the son of Ahitub, and all his father's house, the priests who were in Nob: and they came all of them to the king. {22:12} Saul said, "Hear now, you son of Ahitub." He answered, "Here I am, my lord." {22:13} Saul said to him, "Why have you conspired against me, you and the son of Jesse, in that you have given him bread, and a sword, and have inquired of God for him, that he should rise against me, to lie in wait, as at this day?" {22:14} Then Ahimelech answered the king, and said, "Who among all your servants is so faithful as David, who is the king's son-in-law, and is taken into your council, and is honorable in your house? {22:15} Have I today begun to inquire of God for him? Be it far from me! Don't let the king impute anything to his servant, nor to all the house of my father; for your servant knows nothing of all this, less or more." {22:16} The king said, "You shall surely die, Ahimelech, you, and all your father's house." {22:17} The king said to the guard who stood about him, "Turn, and kill the priests of Yahweh; because their hand also is with David, and because they knew that he fled, and didn't disclose it to me." But the servants of the king wouldn't put forth their hand to fall on the priests of Yahweh. {22:18} The king said to Doeg, "Turn and attack the priests!" Doeg the Edomite turned, and he attacked the priests, and he killed on that day eighty-five people who wore a linen ephod. {22:19} He struck Nob, the city of the priests, with the edge of the sword, both men and women, children and nursing babies, and cattle and donkeys and sheep, with the edge of the sword. {22:20} One of the sons of Ahimelech, the son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, escaped, and fled after David. {22:21} Abiathar told David that Saul had slain Yahweh's priests. {22:22} David said to Abiathar, "I knew on that day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, that he would surely tell Saul. I am responsible for the death of all the persons of your father's house. {22:23} Stay with me, don't be afraid; for he who seeks my life seeks your life. For with me you shall be in safeguard." 
{23:1} David was told, "Behold, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah, and are robbing the threshing floors." {23:2} Therefore David inquired of Yahweh, saying, "Shall I go and strike these Philistines?" Yahweh said to David, "Go strike the Philistines, and save Keilah." {23:3} David's men said to him, "Behold, we are afraid here in Judah: how much more then if we go to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines?" {23:4} Then David inquired of Yahweh yet again. Yahweh answered him, and said, "Arise, go down to Keilah; for I will deliver the Philistines into your hand." {23:5} David and his men went to Keilah, and fought with the Philistines, and brought away their livestock, and killed them with a great slaughter. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah. {23:6} It happened, when Abiathar the son of Ahimelech fled to David to Keilah, that he came down with an ephod in his hand. {23:7} It was told Saul that David had come to Keilah. Saul said, "God has delivered him into my hand; for he is shut in, by entering into a town that has gates and bars." {23:8} Saul summoned all the people to war, to go down to Keilah, to besiege David and his men. {23:9} David knew that Saul was devising mischief against him; and he said to Abiathar the priest, "Bring the ephod here." {23:10} Then David said, "O Yahweh, the God of Israel, your servant has surely heard that Saul seeks to come to Keilah, to destroy the city for my sake. {23:11} Will the men of Keilah deliver me up into his hand? Will Saul come down, as your servant has heard? Yahweh, the God of Israel, I beg you, tell your servant." Yahweh said, "He will come down." {23:12} Then David said, "Will the men of Keilah deliver me and my men into the hand of Saul?" Yahweh said, "They will deliver you up." {23:13} Then David and his men, who were about six hundred, arose and departed out of Keilah, and went wherever they could go. It was told Saul that David was escaped from Keilah; and he gave up going there. {23:14} David stayed in the wilderness in the strongholds, and remained in the hill country in the wilderness of Ziph. Saul sought him every day, but God didn't deliver him into his hand. {23:15} David saw that Saul had come out to seek his life. David was in the wilderness of Ziph in the wood. 
{23:16} Jonathan, Saul's son, arose, and went to David into the woods, and strengthened his hand in God. {23:17} He said to him, "Don't be afraid; for the hand of Saul my father shall not find you; and you shall be king over Israel, and I shall be next to you; and that also Saul my father knows." {23:18} They both made a covenant before Yahweh: and David stayed in the woods, and Jonathan went to his house. {23:19} Then the Ziphites came up to Saul to Gibeah, saying, "Doesn't David hide himself with us in the strongholds in the wood, in the hill of Hachilah, which is on the south of the desert? {23:20} Now therefore, O king, come down, according to all the desire of your soul to come down; and our part shall be to deliver him up into the king's hand." {23:21} Saul said, "You are blessed by Yahweh; for you have had compassion on me. {23:22} Please go make yet more sure, and know and see his place where his haunt is, and who has seen him there; for it is told me that he deals very subtly. {23:23} See therefore, and take knowledge of all the lurking places where he hides himself, and come again to me with certainty, and I will go with you: and it shall happen, if he is in the land, that I will search him out among all the thousands of Judah." {23:24} They arose, and went to Ziph before Saul: but David and his men were in the wilderness of Maon, in the Arabah on the south of the desert. {23:25} Saul and his men went to seek him. When David was told, he went down to the rock, and stayed in the wilderness of Maon. When Saul heard that, he pursued David in the wilderness of Maon. {23:26} Saul went on this side of the mountain, and David and his men on that side of the mountain: and David made haste to get away for fear of Saul; for Saul and his men surrounded David and his men to take them. {23:27} But a messenger came to Saul, saying, "Hurry and come; for the Philistines have made a raid on the land!" {23:28} So Saul returned from pursuing after David, and went against the Philistines: therefore they called that place Sela Hammahlekoth. {23:29} David went up from there, and lived in the strongholds of En Gedi. 
{24:1} It happened, when Saul was returned from following the Philistines, that it was told him, saying, "Behold, David is in the wilderness of En Gedi." {24:2} Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and went to seek David and his men on the rocks of the wild goats. {24:3} He came to the sheep pens by the way, where there was a cave; and Saul went in to relieve himself. Now David and his men were abiding in the innermost parts of the cave. {24:4} The men of David said to him, "Behold, the day of which Yahweh said to you, 'Behold, I will deliver your enemy into your hand, and you shall do to him as it shall seem good to you.'" Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul's robe secretly. {24:5} It happened afterward, that David's heart struck him, because he had cut off Saul's skirt. {24:6} He said to his men, "Yahweh forbid that I should do this thing to my lord, Yahweh's anointed, to put forth my hand against him, since he is Yahweh's anointed." {24:7} So David checked his men with these words, and didn't allow them to rise against Saul. Saul rose up out of the cave, and went on his way. {24:8} David also arose afterward, and went out of the cave, and cried after Saul, saying, "My lord the king!" When Saul looked behind him, David bowed with his face to the earth, and showed respect. {24:9} David said to Saul, "Why do you listen to men's words, saying, 'Behold, David seeks your hurt?' {24:10} Behold, this day your eyes have seen how that Yahweh had delivered you today into my hand in the cave. Some urged me to kill you; but I spared you; and I said, I will not put forth my hand against my lord; for he is Yahweh's anointed. {24:11} Moreover, my father, behold, yes, see the skirt of your robe in my hand; for in that I cut off the skirt of your robe, and didn't kill you, know and see that there is neither evil nor disobedience in my hand, and I have not sinned against you, though you hunt for my life to take it. {24:12} May Yahweh judge between me and you, and may Yahweh avenge me of you; but my hand shall not be on you. {24:13} As the proverb of the ancients says, 'Out of the wicked comes forth wickedness;' but my hand shall not be on you. {24:14} Against whom has the king of Israel come out? Whom do you pursue? A dead dog? A flea? {24:15} May Yahweh therefore be judge, and give sentence between me and you, and see, and plead my cause, and deliver me out of your hand." 
{24:16} It came to pass, when David had made an end of speaking these words to Saul, that Saul said, "Is this your voice, my son David?" Saul lifted up his voice, and wept. {24:17} He said to David, "You are more righteous than I; for you have done good to me, whereas I have done evil to you. {24:18} You have declared this day how you have dealt well with me, because when Yahweh had delivered me up into your hand, you didn't kill me. {24:19} For if a man finds his enemy, will he let him go away unharmed? Therefore may Yahweh reward you good for that which you have done to me this day. {24:20} Now, behold, I know that you shall surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in your hand. {24:21} Swear now therefore to me by Yahweh, that you will not cut off my seed after me, and that you will not destroy my name out of my father's house." {24:22} David swore to Saul. Saul went home; but David and his men went up to the stronghold. {25:1} Samuel died; and all Israel gathered themselves together, and lamented him, and buried him in his house at Ramah. David arose, and went down to the wilderness of Paran. {25:2} There was a man in Maon, whose possessions were in Carmel; and the man was very great, and he had three thousand sheep, and a thousand goats: and he was shearing his sheep in Carmel. {25:3} Now the name of the man was Nabal; and the name of his wife Abigail; and the woman was of good understanding, and of a beautiful face: but the man was churlish and evil in his doings; and he was of the house of Caleb. {25:4} David heard in the wilderness that Nabal was shearing his sheep. {25:5} David sent ten young men, and David said to the young men, "Go up to Carmel, and go to Nabal, and greet him in my name. {25:6} You shall tell him, 'Long life to you! Peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have. {25:7} Now I have heard that you have shearers. Your shepherds have now been with us, and we didn't hurt them, neither was there anything missing from them, all the while they were in Carmel. {25:8} Ask your young men, and they will tell you. Therefore let the young men find favor in your eyes; for we come in a good day. Please give whatever comes to your hand, to your servants, and to your son David.'" 
{25:9} When David's young men came, they spoke to Nabal according to all those words in the name of David, and ceased. {25:10} Nabal answered David's servants, and said, "Who is David? Who is the son of Jesse? There are many servants who break away from their masters these days. {25:11} Shall I then take my bread, and my water, and my meat that I have killed for my shearers, and give it to men who I don't know where they come from?" {25:12} So David's young men turned on their way, and went back, and came and told him according to all these words. {25:13} David said to his men, "Every man put on his sword!" Every man put on his sword. David also put on his sword. About four hundred men followed David; and two hundred stayed by the baggage. {25:14} But one of the young men told Abigail, Nabal's wife, saying, "Behold, David sent messengers out of the wilderness to Greet our master; and he railed at them. {25:15} But the men were very good to us, and we were not hurt, neither missed we anything, as long as we went with them, when we were in the fields. {25:16} They were a wall to us both by night and by day, all the while we were with them keeping the sheep. {25:17} Now therefore know and consider what you will do; for evil is determined against our master, and against all his house; for he is such a worthless fellow that one can't speak to him." {25:18} Then Abigail hurried and took two hundred loaves of bread, two bottles of wine, five sheep ready dressed, five measures of parched grain, one hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs, and laid them on donkeys. {25:19} She said to her young men, "Go on before me. Behold, I come after you." But she didn't tell her husband, Nabal. {25:20} It was so, as she rode on her donkey, and came down by the covert of the mountain, that behold, David and his men came down toward her; and she met them. {25:21} Now David had said, "Surely in vain have I kept all that this fellow has in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that pertained to him. He has returned me evil for good. {25:22} God do so to the enemies of David, and more also, if I leave of all that belongs to him by the morning light so much as one [9>]who urinates on a wall.[<9]" 
{25:23} When Abigail saw David, she hurried, and alighted from her donkey, and fell before David on her face, and bowed herself to the ground. {25:24} She fell at his feet, and said, "On me, my lord, on me be the iniquity; and please let your handmaid speak in your ears. Hear the words of your handmaid. {25:25} Please don't let my lord regard this worthless fellow, even Nabal; for as his name is, so is he. Nabal is his name, and folly is with him; but I, your handmaid, didn't see the young men of my lord, whom you sent. {25:26} Now therefore, my lord, as Yahweh lives, and as your soul lives, since Yahweh has withheld you from blood guiltiness, and from avenging yourself with your own hand, now therefore let your enemies, and those who seek evil to my lord, be as Nabal. {25:27} Now this present which your servant has brought to my lord, let it be given to the young men who follow my lord. {25:28} Please forgive the trespass of your handmaid. For Yahweh will certainly make my lord a sure house, because my lord fights the battles of Yahweh; and evil shall not be found in you all your days. {25:29} Though men may rise up to pursue you, and to seek your soul, yet the soul of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of life with Yahweh your God. He will sling out the souls of your enemies, as from the hollow of a sling. {25:30} It shall come to pass, when Yahweh has done to my lord according to all the good that he has spoken concerning you, and shall have appointed you prince over Israel, {25:31} that this shall be no grief to you, nor offense of heart to my lord, either that you have shed blood without cause, or that my lord has avenged himself. When Yahweh has dealt well with my lord, then remember your handmaid." {25:32} David said to Abigail, "Blessed is Yahweh, the God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me! {25:33} Blessed is your discretion, and blessed are you, that have kept me this day from blood guiltiness, and from avenging myself with my own hand. {25:34} For indeed, as Yahweh, the God of Israel, lives, who has withheld me from hurting you, unless you had hurried and come to meet me, surely there wouldn't have been left to Nabal by the morning light so much as one [10>]who urinates on a wall.[<10]" 
{25:35} So David received of her hand that which she had brought him: and he said to her, "Go up in peace to your house. Behold, I have listened to your voice, and have granted your request." {25:36} Abigail came to Nabal; and behold, he held a feast in his house, like the feast of a king. Nabal's heart was merry within him, for he was very drunken. Therefore she told him nothing, less or more, until the morning light. {25:37} It happened in the morning, when the wine was gone out of Nabal, that his wife told him these things, and his heart died within him, and he became as a stone. {25:38} It happened about ten days after, that Yahweh struck Nabal, so that he died. {25:39} When David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, "Blessed is Yahweh, who has pleaded the cause of my reproach from the hand of Nabal, and has kept back his servant from evil. Yahweh has returned the evildoing of Nabal on his own head." David sent and spoke concerning Abigail, to take her to him as wife. {25:40} When the servants of David had come to Abigail to Carmel, they spoke to her, saying, "David has sent us to you, to take you to him as wife." {25:41} She arose, and bowed herself with her face to the earth, and said, "Behold, your handmaid is a servant to wash the feet of the servants of my lord." {25:42} Abigail hurried, and arose, and rode on a donkey, with five ladies of hers who followed her; and she went after the messengers of David, and became his wife. {25:43} David also took Ahinoam of Jezreel; and they both became his wives. {25:44} Now Saul had given Michal his daughter, David's wife, to Palti the son of Laish, who was of Gallim. {26:1} The Ziphites came to Saul to Gibeah, saying, "Doesn't David hide himself in the hill of Hachilah, which is before the desert?" {26:2} Then Saul arose, and went down to the wilderness of Ziph, having three thousand chosen men of Israel with him, to seek David in the wilderness of Ziph. {26:3} Saul encamped in the hill of Hachilah, which is before the desert, by the way. But David stayed in the wilderness, and he saw that Saul came after him into the wilderness. {26:4} David therefore sent out spies, and understood that Saul had certainly come. {26:5} David arose, and came to the place where Saul had encamped; and David saw the place where Saul lay, and Abner the son of Ner, the captain of his army: and Saul lay within the place of the wagons, and the people were encamped around him. {26:6} Then answered David and said to Ahimelech the Hittite, and to Abishai the son of Zeruiah, brother to Joab, saying, "Who will go down with me to Saul to the camp?" 
{26:21} Then Saul said, "I have sinned. Return, my son David; for I will no more do you harm, because my life was precious in your eyes this day. Behold, I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly." {26:22} David answered, "Behold the spear, O king! Then let one of the young men come over and get it. {26:23} Yahweh will render to every man his righteousness and his faithfulness; because Yahweh delivered you into my hand today, and I wouldn't put forth my hand against Yahweh's anointed. {26:24} Behold, as your life was respected this day in my eyes, so let my life be respected in the eyes of Yahweh, and let him deliver me out of all oppression." {26:25} Then Saul said to David, "You are blessed, my son David. You shall both do mightily, and shall surely prevail." So David went his way, and Saul returned to his place. {27:1} David said in his heart, "I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul. There is nothing better for me than that I should escape into the land of the Philistines; and Saul will despair of me, to seek me any more in all the borders of Israel. So shall I escape out of his hand." {27:2} David arose, and passed over, he and the six hundred men who were with him, to Achish the son of Maoch, king of Gath. {27:3} David lived with Achish at Gath, he and his men, every man with his household, even David with his two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the Carmelitess, Nabal's wife. {27:4} It was told Saul that David was fled to Gath: and he sought no more again for him. {27:5} David said to Achish, "If now I have found favor in your eyes, let them give me a place in one of the cities in the country, that I may dwell there. For why should your servant dwell in the royal city with you?" {27:6} Then Achish gave him Ziklag that day: why Ziklag pertains to the kings of Judah to this day. {27:7} The number of the days that David lived in the country of the Philistines was a full year and four months. {27:8} David and his men went up, and made a raid on the Geshurites, and the Girzites, and the Amalekites; for those were the inhabitants of the land, who were of old, as you go to Shur, even to the land of Egypt. {27:9} David struck the land, and saved neither man nor woman alive, and took away the sheep, and the cattle, and the donkeys, and the camels, and the clothing; and he returned, and came to Achish. {27:10} Achish said, "Against whom have you made a raid today?" 
{28:12} When the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice; and the woman spoke to Saul, saying, "Why have you deceived me? For you are Saul!" {28:13} The king said to her, "Don't be afraid. For what do you see?" The woman said to Saul, "I see a god coming up out of the earth." {28:14} He said to her, "What does he look like?" She said, "An old man comes up. He is covered with a robe." Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he bowed with his face to the ground, and showed respect. {28:15} Samuel said to Saul, "Why have you disturbed me, to bring me up?" Saul answered, "I am very distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God has departed from me, and answers me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams. Therefore I have called you, that you may make known to me what I shall do." {28:16} Samuel said, "Why then do you ask of me, since Yahweh has departed from you and has become your adversary? {28:17} Yahweh has done to you as he spoke by me. Yahweh has torn the kingdom out of your hand, and given it to your neighbor, even to David. {28:18} Because you didn't obey the voice of Yahweh, and didn't execute his fierce wrath on Amalek, therefore Yahweh has done this thing to you this day. {28:19} Moreover Yahweh will deliver Israel also with you into the hand of the Philistines; and tomorrow you and your sons will be with me. Yahweh will deliver the army of Israel also into the hand of the Philistines." {28:20} Then Saul fell immediately his full length on the earth, and was terrified, because of the words of Samuel. There was no strength in him; for he had eaten no bread all the day, nor all the night. {28:21} The woman came to Saul, and saw that he was very troubled, and said to him, "Behold, your handmaid has listened to your voice, and I have put my life in my hand, and have listened to your words which you spoke to me. {28:22} Now therefore, please listen also to the voice of your handmaid, and let me set a morsel of bread before you; and eat, that you may have strength, when you go on your way." {28:23} But he refused, and said, I will not eat. But his servants, together with the woman, constrained him; and he listened to their voice. So he arose from the earth, and sat on the bed. {28:24} The woman had a fattened calf in the house. She hurried and killed it; and she took flour, and kneaded it, and baked unleavened bread of it. {28:25} She brought it before Saul, and before his servants; and they ate. Then they rose up, and went away that night. 
{29:1} Now the Philistines gathered together all their armies to Aphek: and the Israelites encamped by the spring which is in Jezreel. {29:2} The lords of the Philistines passed on by hundreds, and by thousands; and David and his men passed on in the rear with Achish. {29:3} Then the princes of the Philistines said, "What about these Hebrews?" Achish said to the princes of the Philistines, "Isn't this David, the servant of Saul the king of Israel, who has been with me these days, or rather these years, and I have found no fault in him since he fell away to this day?" {29:4} But the princes of the Philistines were angry with him; and the princes of the Philistines said to him, "Make the man return, that he may go back to his place where you have appointed him, and let him not go down with us to battle, lest in the battle he become an adversary to us. For with what should this fellow reconcile himself to his lord? Should it not be with the heads of these men? {29:5} Is not this David, of whom they sang one to another in dances, saying, 'Saul has slain his thousands, David his ten thousands?'" {29:6} Then Achish called David, and said to him, "As Yahweh lives, you have been upright, and your going out and your coming in with me in the army is good in my sight; for I have not found evil in you since the day of your coming to me to this day. Nevertheless, the lords don't favor you. {29:7} Therefore now return, and go in peace, that you not displease the lords of the Philistines." {29:8} David said to Achish, "But what have I done? What have you found in your servant so long as I have been before you to this day, that I may not go and fight against the enemies of my lord the king?" {29:9} Achish answered David, "I know that you are good in my sight, as an angel of God. Notwithstanding the princes of the Philistines have said, 'He shall not go up with us to the battle.' {29:10} Therefore now rise up early in the morning with the servants of your lord who have come with you; and as soon as you are up early in the morning, and have light, depart." {29:11} So David rose up early, he and his men, to depart in the morning, to return into the land of the Philistines. The Philistines went up to Jezreel. 
{30:1} It happened, when David and his men had come to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had made a raid on the South, and on Ziklag, and had struck Ziklag, and burned it with fire, {30:2} and had taken captive the women and all who were therein, both small and great. They didn't kill any, but carried them off, and went their way. {30:3} When David and his men came to the city, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captive. {30:4} Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep. {30:5} David's two wives were taken captive, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite. {30:6} David was greatly distressed; for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David strengthened himself in Yahweh his God. {30:7} David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelech, "Please bring me here the ephod." Abiathar brought the ephod to David. {30:8} David inquired of Yahweh, saying, "If I pursue after this troop, shall I overtake them?" He answered him, "Pursue; for you shall surely overtake them, and shall without fail recover all." {30:9} So David went, he and the six hundred men who were with him, and came to the brook Besor, where those who were left behind stayed. {30:10} But David pursued, he and four hundred men; for two hundred stayed behind, who were so faint that they couldn't go over the brook Besor. {30:11} They found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to David, and gave him bread, and he ate; and they gave him water to drink. {30:12} They gave him a piece of a cake of figs, and two clusters of raisins. when he had eaten, his spirit came again to him; for he had eaten no bread, nor drunk any water, three days and three nights. {30:13} David asked him, "To whom do you belong? Where are you from?" He said, "I am a young man of Egypt, servant to an Amalekite; and my master left me, because three days ago I fell sick. {30:14} We made a raid on the South of the Cherethites, and on that which belongs to Judah, and on the South of Caleb; and we burned Ziklag with fire." 
{30:15} David said to him, "Will you bring me down to this troop?" He said, "Swear to me by God that you will neither kill me, nor deliver me up into the hands of my master, and I will bring you down to this troop." {30:16} When he had brought him down, behold, they were spread around over all the ground, eating, drinking, and dancing, because of all the great spoil that they had taken out of the land of the Philistines, and out of the land of Judah. {30:17} David struck them from the twilight even to the evening of the next day. Not a man of them escaped from there, except four hundred young men, who rode on camels and fled. {30:18} David recovered all that the Amalekites had taken; and David rescued his two wives. {30:19} There was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor anything that they had taken to them. David brought back all. {30:20} David took all the flocks and the herds, which they drove before those other livestock, and said, "This is David's spoil." {30:21} David came to the two hundred men, who were so faint that they could not follow David, whom also they had made to stay at the brook Besor; and they went forth to meet David, and to meet the people who were with him. When David came near to the people, he greeted them. {30:22} Then all the wicked men and base fellows, of those who went with David, answered and said, "Because they didn't go with us, we will not give them anything of the spoil that we have recovered, except to every man his wife and his children, that he may lead them away, and depart." {30:23} Then David said, "You shall not do so, my brothers, with that which Yahweh has given to us, who has preserved us, and delivered the troop that came against us into our hand. {30:24} Who will listen to you in this matter? For as his share is who goes down to the battle, so shall his share be who tarries by the baggage: they shall share alike." {30:25} It was so from that day forward, that he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel to this day. {30:26} When David came to Ziklag, he sent of the spoil to the elders of Judah, even to his friends, saying, "Behold, a present for you of the spoil of the enemies of Yahweh." {30:27} He sent it to those who were in Bethel, and to those who were in Ramoth of the South, and to those who were in Jattir, {30:28} and to those who were in Aroer, and to those who were in Siphmoth, and to those who were in Eshtemoa, {30:29} and to those who were in Racal, and to those who were in the cities of the Jerahmeelites, and to those who were in the cities of the Kenites, {30:30} and to those who were in Hormah, and to those who were in Borashan, and to those who were in Athach, {30:31} and to those who were in Hebron, and to all the places where David himself and his men used to stay. 
{31:1} Now the Philistines fought against Israel: and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell down slain on Mount Gilboa. {31:2} The Philistines followed hard on Saul and on his sons; and the Philistines killed Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Malchishua, the sons of Saul. {31:3} The battle went hard against Saul, and the archers overtook him; and he was greatly distressed by reason of the archers. {31:4} Then Saul said to his armor bearer, "Draw your sword, and thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me!" But his armor bearer would not; for he was terrified. Therefore Saul took his sword, and fell on it. {31:5} When his armor bearer saw that Saul was dead, he likewise fell on his sword, and died with him. {31:6} So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armor bearer, and all his men, that same day together. {31:7} When the men of Israel who were on the other side of the valley, and those who were beyond the Jordan, saw that the men of Israel fled, and that Saul and his sons were dead, they forsook the cities, and fled; and the Philistines came and lived in them. {31:8} It happened on the next day, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Saul and his three sons fallen on Mount Gilboa. {31:9} They cut off his head, and stripped off his armor, and sent into the land of the Philistines all around, to carry the news to the house of their idols, and to the people. {31:10} They put his armor in the house of the Ashtaroth; and they fastened his body to the wall of Beth Shan. {31:11} When the inhabitants of Jabesh Gilead heard concerning him that which the Philistines had done to Saul, {31:12} all the valiant men arose, and went all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Beth Shan; and they came to Jabesh, and burnt them there. {31:13} They took their bones, and buried them under the tamarisk tree in Jabesh, and fasted seven days. ________________________________________________________________________ Footnotes: [1] {1:3} "Yahweh" is God's proper Name, sometimes rendered "LORD" (all caps) in other translations. [2] {1:17} The Hebrew word rendered "God" is "Elohim." [3] {1:20} Samuel sounds like the Hebrew for "heard by God." 
{1:1} Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, to the assembly of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. {1:2} We always give thanks to God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers, {1:3} remembering without ceasing your work of faith and labor of love and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, before our God and Father. {1:4} We know, [1>]brothers[<1] loved by God, that you are chosen, {1:5} and that our Good News came to you not in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit, and with much assurance. You know what kind of men we showed ourselves to be among you for your sake. {1:6} You became imitators of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit, {1:7} so that you became an example to all who believe in Macedonia and in Achaia. {1:8} For from you the word of the Lord has been declared, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith toward God has gone out; so that we need not to say anything. {1:9} For they themselves report concerning us what kind of a reception we had from you; and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, {1:10} and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead -- Jesus, who delivers us from the wrath to come. {2:1} For you yourselves know, brothers, our visit to you wasn't in vain, {2:2} but having suffered before and been shamefully treated, as you know, at Philippi, we grew bold in our God to tell you the Good News of God in much conflict. {2:3} For our exhortation is not of error, nor of uncleanness, nor in deception. {2:4} But even as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News, so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, who tests our hearts. {2:5} For neither were we at any time found using words of flattery, as you know, nor a cloak of covetousness (God is witness), {2:6} nor seeking glory from men (neither from you nor from others), when we might have claimed authority as apostles of Christ. {2:7} But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother cherishes her own children. 
{2:8} Even so, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you, not the Good News of God only, but also our own souls, because you had become very dear to us. {2:9} For you remember, brothers, our labor and travail; for working night and day, that we might not burden any of you, we preached to you the Good News of God. {2:10} You are witnesses with God, how holy, righteously, and blamelessly we behaved ourselves toward you who believe. {2:11} As you know, we exhorted, comforted, and implored every one of you, as a father does his own children, {2:12} to the end that you should walk worthily of God, who calls you into his own Kingdom and glory. {2:13} For this cause we also thank God without ceasing, that, when you received from us the word of the message of God, you accepted it not as the word of men, but, as it is in truth, the word of God, which also works in you who believe. {2:14} For you, brothers, became imitators of the assemblies of God which are in Judea in Christ Jesus; for you also suffered the same things from your own countrymen, even as they did from the Jews; {2:15} who killed both the Lord Jesus and their own prophets, and drove us out, and didn't please God, and are contrary to all men; {2:16} forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they may be saved; to fill up their sins always. But wrath has come on them to the uttermost. {2:17} But we, brothers, being bereaved of you for a short season, in presence, not in heart, tried even harder to see your face with great desire, {2:18} because we wanted to come to you -- indeed, I, Paul, once and again -- but Satan hindered us. {2:19} For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Isn't it even you, before our Lord Jesus[2] at his coming? {2:20} For you are our glory and our joy. {3:1} Therefore when we couldn't stand it any longer, we thought it good to be left behind at Athens alone, {3:2} and sent Timothy, our brother and God's servant in the Good News of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith; {3:3} that no one be moved by these afflictions. For you know that we are appointed to this task. {3:4} For most certainly, when we were with you, we told you beforehand that we are to suffer affliction, even as it happened, and you know. {3:5} For this cause I also, when I couldn't stand it any longer, sent that I might know your faith, for fear that by any means the tempter had tempted you, and our labor would have been in vain. {3:6} But when Timothy came just now to us from you, and brought us glad news of your faith and love, and that you have good memories of us always, longing to see us, even as we also long to see you; {3:7} for this cause, brothers, we were comforted over you in all our distress and affliction through your faith. {3:8} For now we live, if you stand fast in the Lord. {3:9} For what thanksgiving can we render again to God for you, for all the joy with which we rejoice for your sakes before our God; {3:10} night and day praying exceedingly that we may see your face, and may perfect that which is lacking in your faith? {3:11} Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way to you; {3:12} and the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we also do toward you, {3:13} to the end he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints. 
{4:1} Finally then, brothers, we beg and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, that you abound more and more. {4:2} For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. {4:3} For this is the will of God: your sanctification, that you abstain from sexual immorality, {4:4} that each one of you know how to possess himself of his own vessel in sanctification and honor, {4:5} not in the passion of lust, even as the Gentiles who don't know God; {4:6} that no one should take advantage of and wrong a brother or sister in this matter; because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as also we forewarned you and testified. {4:7} For God called us not for uncleanness, but in sanctification. {4:8} Therefore he who rejects this doesn't reject man, but God, who has also given his Holy Spirit to you. {4:9} But concerning brotherly love, you have no need that one write to you. For you yourselves are taught by God to love one another, {4:10} for indeed you do it toward all the brothers who are in all Macedonia. But we exhort you, brothers, that you abound more and more; {4:11} and that you make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, even as we instructed you; {4:12} that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and may have need of nothing. {4:13} But we don't want you to be ignorant, brothers, concerning those who have fallen asleep, so that you don't grieve like the rest, who have no hope. {4:14} For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. {4:15} For this we tell you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left to the coming of the Lord, will in no way precede those who have fallen asleep. {4:16} For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with God's trumpet. The dead in Christ will rise first, {4:17} then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. So we will be with the Lord forever. {4:18} Therefore comfort one another with these words. 
{5:1} But concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need that anything be written to you. {5:2} For you yourselves know well that the day of the Lord comes like a thief in the night. {5:3} For when they are saying, "Peace and safety," then sudden destruction will come on them, like birth pains on a pregnant woman; and they will in no way escape. {5:4} But you, brothers, aren't in darkness, that the day should overtake you like a thief. {5:5} You are all children of light, and children of the day. We don't belong to the night, nor to darkness, {5:6} so then let's not sleep, as the rest do, but let's watch and be sober. {5:7} For those who sleep, sleep in the night, and those who are drunk are drunk in the night. {5:8} But let us, since we belong to the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and, for a helmet, the hope of salvation. {5:9} For God didn't appoint us to wrath, but to the obtaining of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, {5:10} who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. {5:11} Therefore exhort one another, and build each other up, even as you also do. {5:12} But we beg you, brothers, to know those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you, {5:13} and to respect and honor them in love for their work's sake. Be at peace among yourselves. {5:14} We exhort you, brothers, admonish the disorderly, encourage the fainthearted, support the weak, be patient toward all. {5:15} See that no one returns evil for evil to anyone, but always follow after that which is good, for one another, and for all. {5:16} Rejoice always. {5:17} Pray without ceasing. {5:18} In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus toward you. {5:19} Don't quench the Spirit. {5:20} Don't despise prophesies. {5:21} Test all things, and hold firmly that which is good. {5:22} Abstain from every form of evil. {5:23} May the God of peace himself sanctify you completely. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. {5:24} He who calls you is faithful, who will also do it. {5:25} Brothers, pray for us. {5:26} Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss. {5:27} I solemnly command you by the Lord that this letter be read to all the holy brothers. 
{5:28} The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. ________________________________________________________________________ Footnotes: [1] {1:4} The word for "brothers" here and where context allows may also be correctly translated "brothers and sisters" or "siblings." [2] {2:19} TR adds "Christ" 
{1:1} Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus according to the commandment of God our Savior, and Christ Jesus our hope; {1:2} to Timothy, my true child in faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. {1:3} As I urged you when I was going into Macedonia, stay at Ephesus that you might command certain men not to teach a different doctrine, {1:4} neither to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which cause disputes, rather than God's stewardship, which is in faith -- {1:5} but the goal of this command is love, out of a pure heart and a good conscience and sincere faith; {1:6} from which things some, having missed the mark, have turned aside to vain talking; {1:7} desiring to be teachers of the law, though they understand neither what they say, nor about what they strongly affirm. {1:8} But we know that the law is good, if a man uses it lawfully, {1:9} as knowing this, that law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, {1:10} for the sexually immoral, for homosexuals, for slave-traders, for liars, for perjurers, and for any other thing contrary to the sound doctrine; {1:11} according to the Good News of the glory of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust. {1:12} And I thank him who enabled me, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he counted me faithful, appointing me to service; {1:13} although I was before a blasphemer, a persecutor, and insolent. However, I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. {1:14} The grace of our Lord abounded exceedingly with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. {1:15} The saying is faithful and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. {1:16} However, for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first, Jesus Christ might display all his patience, for an example of those who were going to believe in him for eternal life. {1:17} Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. {1:18} This instruction I commit to you, my child Timothy, according to the prophecies which led the way to you, that by them you may wage the good warfare; {1:19} holding faith and a good conscience; which some having thrust away made a shipwreck concerning the faith; {1:20} of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I delivered to Satan, that they might be taught not to blaspheme. 
{2:1} I exhort therefore, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and givings of thanks, be made for all men: {2:2} for kings and all who are in high places; that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and reverence. {2:3} For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; {2:4} who desires all people to be saved and come to full knowledge of the truth. {2:5} For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, {2:6} who gave himself as a ransom for all; the testimony in its own times; {2:7} to which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth in Christ, not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. {2:8} I desire therefore that the men in every place pray, lifting up holy hands without anger and doubting. {2:9} In the same way, that women also adorn themselves in decent clothing, with modesty and propriety; not just with braided hair, gold, pearls, or expensive clothing; {2:10} but (which becomes women professing godliness) with good works. {2:11} Let a woman learn in quietness with all subjection. {2:12} But I don't permit a woman to teach, nor to exercise authority over a man, but to be in quietness. {2:13} For Adam was first formed, then Eve. {2:14} Adam wasn't deceived, but the woman, being deceived, has fallen into disobedience; {2:15} but she will be saved through her childbearing, if they continue in faith, love, and sanctification with sobriety. {3:1} This is a faithful saying: if a man seeks the office of an [1>]overseer[<1], he desires a good work. {3:2} The overseer therefore must be without reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, sensible, modest, hospitable, good at teaching; {3:3} not a drinker, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; {3:4} one who rules his own house well, having children in subjection with all reverence; {3:5} (but if a man doesn't know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the assembly of God?) {3:6} not a new convert, lest being puffed up he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. {3:7} Moreover he must have good testimony from those who are outside, to avoid falling into reproach and the snare of the devil. {3:8} [2>]Servants[<2], in the same way, must be reverent, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for money; {3:9} holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. {3:10} Let them also first be tested; then let them [3>]serve[<3] if they are blameless. {3:11} Their wives in the same way must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things. {3:12} Let [4>]servants[<4] be husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. {3:13} For those who have [5>]served well[<5] gain for themselves a good standing, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus. 
{3:14} These things I write to you, hoping to come to you shortly; {3:15} but if I wait long, that you may know how men ought to behave themselves in God's house, which is the assembly of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. {3:16} Without controversy, the mystery of godliness is great: God was revealed in the flesh, justified in the spirit, seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, and received up in glory. {4:1} But the Spirit says expressly that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons, {4:2} through the hypocrisy of men who speak lies, branded in their own conscience as with a hot iron; {4:3} forbidding marriage and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. {4:4} For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with thanksgiving. {4:5} For it is sanctified through the word of God and prayer. {4:6} If you instruct the brothers of these things, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, nourished in the words of the faith, and of the good doctrine which you have followed. {4:7} But refuse profane and old wives' fables. Exercise yourself toward godliness. {4:8} For bodily exercise has some value, but godliness has value in all things, having the promise of the life which is now, and of that which is to come. {4:9} This saying is faithful and worthy of all acceptance. {4:10} For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we have set our trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. {4:11} Command and teach these things. {4:12} Let no man despise your youth; but be an example to those who believe, in word, in your way of life, in love, in spirit, in faith, and in purity. {4:13} Until I come, pay attention to reading, to exhortation, and to teaching. {4:14} Don't neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the elders. {4:15} Be diligent in these things. Give yourself wholly to them, that your progress may be revealed to all. {4:16} Pay attention to yourself, and to your teaching. Continue in these things, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you. 
{5:1} Don't rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father; the younger men as brothers; {5:2} the elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, in all purity. {5:3} Honor widows who are widows indeed. {5:4} But if any widow has children or grandchildren, let them learn first to show piety towards their own family, and to repay their parents, for this is[6] acceptable in the sight of God. {5:5} Now she who is a widow indeed, and desolate, has her hope set on God, and continues in petitions and prayers night and day. {5:6} But she who gives herself to pleasure is dead while she lives. {5:7} Also command these things, that they may be without reproach. {5:8} But if anyone doesn't provide for his own, and especially his own household, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever. {5:9} Let no one be enrolled as a widow under sixty years old, having been the wife of one man, {5:10} being approved by good works, if she has brought up children, if she has been hospitable to strangers, if she has washed the saints' feet, if she has relieved the afflicted, and if she has diligently followed every good work. {5:11} But refuse younger widows, for when they have grown wanton against Christ, they desire to marry; {5:12} having condemnation, because they have rejected their first pledge. {5:13} Besides, they also learn to be idle, going about from house to house. Not only idle, but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not. {5:14} I desire therefore that the younger widows marry, bear children, rule the household, and give no occasion to the adversary for insulting. {5:15} For already some have turned aside after Satan. {5:16} If any man or woman who believes has widows, let them relieve them, and don't let the assembly be burdened; that it might relieve those who are widows indeed. {5:17} Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and in teaching. {5:18} For the Scripture says, "You shall not muzzle the ox when it treads out the grain."[7] And, "The laborer is worthy of his wages."[8] {5:19} Don't receive an accusation against an elder, except at the word of two or three witnesses. {5:20} Those who sin, reprove in the sight of all, that the rest also may be in fear. {5:21} I command you in the sight of God, and Christ Jesus, and the chosen angels, that you observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing by partiality. {5:22} Lay hands hastily on no one, neither be a participant in other men's sins. Keep yourself pure. {5:23} Be no longer a drinker of water only, but use a little wine for your stomach's sake and your frequent infirmities. 
{5:24} Some men's sins are evident, preceding them to judgment, and some also follow later. {5:25} In the same way also there are good works that are obvious, and those that are otherwise can't be hidden. {6:1} Let as many as are bondservants under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honor, that the name of God and the doctrine not be blasphemed. {6:2} Those who have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brothers, but rather let them serve them, because those who partake of the benefit are believing and beloved. Teach and exhort these things. {6:3} If anyone teaches a different doctrine, and doesn't consent to sound words, the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness, {6:4} he is conceited, knowing nothing, but obsessed with arguments, disputes, and word battles, from which come envy, strife, insulting, evil suspicions, {6:5} constant friction of people of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. [9>]Withdraw yourself from such.[<9] {6:6} But godliness with contentment is great gain. {6:7} For we brought nothing into the world, and we certainly can't carry anything out. {6:8} But having food and clothing, we will be content with that. {6:9} But those who are determined to be rich fall into a temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful lusts, such as drown men in ruin and destruction. {6:10} For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some have been led astray from the faith in their greed, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows. {6:11} But you, man of God, flee these things, and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and gentleness. {6:12} Fight the good fight of faith. Lay hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you confessed the good confession in the sight of many witnesses. {6:13} I command you before God, who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate testified the good confession, {6:14} that you keep the commandment without spot, blameless, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ; {6:15} which in its own times he will show, who is the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; {6:16} who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light; whom no man has seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and eternal power. Amen. 
{6:17} Charge those who are rich in this present world that they not be haughty, nor have their hope set on the uncertainty of riches, but on the living God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy; {6:18} that they do good, that they be rich in good works, that they be ready to distribute, willing to communicate; {6:19} laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold of eternal life. {6:20} Timothy, guard that which is committed to you, turning away from the empty chatter and oppositions of the knowledge which is falsely so called; {6:21} which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen. ________________________________________________________________________ Footnotes: [1] {3:1} or, superintendents, or bishops [2] {3:8} or, Deacons. [3] {3:10} or, serve as deacons [4] {3:12} or, deacons [5] {3:13} or, served well as deacons [6] {5:4} TR adds "good and" [7] {5:18} Deuteronomy 25:4 [8] {5:18} Luke 10:7; Leviticus 19:13 [9] {6:5} NU omits "Withdraw yourself from such." 
{1:1} Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the assembly of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in the whole of Achaia: {1:2} Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. {1:3} Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort; {1:4} who comforts us in all our affliction, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, through the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. {1:5} For as the sufferings of Christ abound to us, even so our comfort also abounds through Christ. {1:6} But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation. If we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer. {1:7} Our hope for you is steadfast, knowing that, since you are partakers of the sufferings, so also are you of the comfort. {1:8} For we don't desire to have you uninformed, [1>]brothers,[<1] concerning our affliction which happened to us in Asia, that we were weighed down exceedingly, beyond our power, so much that we despaired even of life. {1:9} Yes, we ourselves have had the sentence of death within ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead, {1:10} who delivered us out of so great a death, and does deliver; on whom we have set our hope that he will also still deliver us; {1:11} you also helping together on our behalf by your supplication; that, for the gift bestowed on us by means of many, thanks may be given by many persons on your behalf. {1:12} For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience, that in holiness and sincerity of God, not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God we behaved ourselves in the world, and more abundantly toward you. {1:13} For we write no other things to you, than what you read or even acknowledge, and I hope you will acknowledge to the end; {1:14} as also you acknowledged us in part, that we are your boasting, even as you also are ours, in the day of our Lord Jesus. {1:15} In this confidence, I was determined to come first to you, that you might have a second benefit; {1:16} and by you to pass into Macedonia, and again from Macedonia to come to you, and to be sent forward by you on my journey to Judea. {1:17} When I therefore was thus determined, did I show fickleness? Or the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me there should be the "Yes, yes" and the "No, no?" {1:18} But as God is faithful, our word toward you was not "Yes and no." {1:19} For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, by me, Silvanus, and Timothy, was not "Yes and no," but in him is "Yes." {1:20} For however many are the promises of God, in him is the "Yes." Therefore also through him is the "Amen," to the glory of God through us. 
{1:21} Now he who establishes us with you in Christ, and anointed us, is God; {1:22} who also sealed us, and gave us the down payment of the Spirit in our hearts. {1:23} But I call God for a witness to my soul, that I didn't come to Corinth to spare you. {1:24} Not that we have lordship over your faith, but are fellow workers with you for your joy. For you stand firm in faith. {2:1} But I determined this for myself, that I would not come to you again in sorrow. {2:2} For if I make you sorry, then who will make me glad but he who is made sorry by me? {2:3} And I wrote this very thing to you, so that, when I came, I wouldn't have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy would be shared by all of you. {2:4} For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you with many tears, not that you should be made sorry, but that you might know the love that I have so abundantly for you. {2:5} But if any has caused sorrow, he has caused sorrow, not to me, but in part (that I not press too heavily) to you all. {2:6} Sufficient to such a one is this punishment which was inflicted by the many; {2:7} so that on the contrary you should rather forgive him and comfort him, lest by any means such a one should be swallowed up with his excessive sorrow. {2:8} Therefore I beg you to confirm your love toward him. {2:9} For to this end I also wrote, that I might know the proof of you, whether you are obedient in all things. {2:10} Now I also forgive whomever you forgive anything. For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ, {2:11} that no advantage may be gained over us by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his schemes. {2:12} Now when I came to Troas for the Good News of Christ, and when a door was opened to me in the Lord, {2:13} I had no relief for my spirit, because I didn't find Titus, my brother, but taking my leave of them, I went out into Macedonia. {2:14} Now thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and reveals through us the sweet aroma of his knowledge in every place. {2:15} For we are a sweet aroma of Christ to God, in those who are saved, and in those who perish; {2:16} to the one a stench from death to death; to the other a sweet aroma from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? {2:17} For we are not as so many, peddling the word of God. But as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God, we speak in Christ. 
{3:1} Are we beginning again to commend ourselves? Or do we need, as do some, letters of commendation to you or from you? {3:2} You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men; {3:3} being revealed that you are a letter of Christ, served by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tablets of stone, but in tablets that are hearts of flesh. {3:4} Such confidence we have through Christ toward God; {3:5} not that we are sufficient of ourselves, to account anything as from ourselves; but our sufficiency is from God; {3:6} who also made us sufficient as servants of a new covenant; not of the letter, but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. {3:7} But if the service of death, written engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the children of Israel could not look steadfastly on the face of Moses for the glory of his face; which was passing away: {3:8} won't service of the Spirit be with much more glory? {3:9} For if the service of condemnation has glory, the service of righteousness exceeds much more in glory. {3:10} For most certainly that which has been made glorious has not been made glorious in this respect, by reason of the glory that surpasses. {3:11} For if that which passes away was with glory, much more that which remains is in glory. {3:12} Having therefore such a hope, we use great boldness of speech, {3:13} and not as Moses, who put a veil on his face, that the children of Israel wouldn't look steadfastly on the end of that which was passing away. {3:14} But their minds were hardened, for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains, because in Christ it passes away. {3:15} But to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. {3:16} But whenever one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. {3:17} Now the Lord is the Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. {3:18} But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord, the Spirit. {4:1} Therefore seeing we have this ministry, even as we obtained mercy, we don't faint. {4:2} But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by the manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. {4:3} Even if our Good News is veiled, it is veiled in those who perish; {4:4} in whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the Good News of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not dawn on them. {4:5} For we don't preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake; {4:6} seeing it is God who said, "Light will shine out of darkness,"[2] who has shone in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 
{4:7} But we have this treasure in clay vessels, that the exceeding greatness of the power may be of God, and not from ourselves. {4:8} We are pressed on every side, yet not crushed; perplexed, yet not to despair; {4:9} pursued, yet not forsaken; struck down, yet not destroyed; {4:10} always carrying in the body the putting to death of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. {4:11} For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus may be revealed in our mortal flesh. {4:12} So then death works in us, but life in you. {4:13} But having the same spirit of faith, according to that which is written, "I believed, and therefore I spoke."[3] We also believe, and therefore also we speak; {4:14} knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will present us with you. {4:15} For all things are for your sakes, that the grace, being multiplied through the many, may cause the thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God. {4:16} Therefore we don't faint, but though our outward man is decaying, yet our inward man is renewed day by day. {4:17} For our light affliction, which is for the moment, works for us more and more exceedingly an eternal weight of glory; {4:18} while we don't look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. {5:1} For we know that if the earthly house of our tent is dissolved, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal, in the heavens. {5:2} For most certainly in this we groan, longing to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven; {5:3} if so be that being clothed we will not be found naked. {5:4} For indeed we who are in this tent do groan, being burdened; not that we desire to be unclothed, but that we desire to be clothed, that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. {5:5} Now he who made us for this very thing is God, who also gave to us the down payment of the Spirit. {5:6} Therefore we are always confident and know that while we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord; {5:7} for we walk by faith, not by sight. {5:8} We are courageous, I say, and are willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be at home with the Lord. {5:9} Therefore also we make it our aim, whether at home or absent, to be well pleasing to him. {5:10} For we must all be revealed before the judgment seat of Christ; that each one may receive the things in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. {5:11} Knowing therefore the fear of the Lord, we persuade men, but we are revealed to God; and I hope that we are revealed also in your consciences. {5:12} For we are not commending ourselves to you again, but speak as giving you occasion of boasting on our behalf, that you may have something to answer those who boast in appearance, and not in heart. {5:13} For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God. Or if we are of sober mind, it is for you. {5:14} For the love of Christ constrains us; because we judge thus, that one died for all, therefore all died. {5:15} He died for all, that those who live should no longer live to themselves, but to him who for their sakes died and rose again. {5:16} Therefore we know no one after the flesh from now on. Even though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now we know him so no more. {5:17} Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new. {5:18} But all things are of God, who reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ, and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation; {5:19} namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not reckoning to them their trespasses, and having committed to us the word of reconciliation. {5:20} We are therefore ambassadors on behalf of Christ, as though God were entreating by us: we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. {5:21} For him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 
{6:1} Working together, we entreat also that you not receive the grace of God in vain, {6:2} for he says, "At an acceptable time I listened to you, in a day of salvation I helped you."[4] Behold, now is the acceptable time. Behold, now is the day of salvation. {6:3} We give no occasion of stumbling in anything, that our service may not be blamed, {6:4} but in everything commending ourselves, as servants of God, in great endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses, {6:5} in beatings, in imprisonments, in riots, in labors, in watchings, in fastings; {6:6} in pureness, in knowledge, in patience, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in sincere love, {6:7} in the word of truth, in the power of God; by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, {6:8} by glory and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; {6:9} as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and not killed; {6:10} as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things. {6:11} Our mouth is open to you, Corinthians. Our heart is enlarged. {6:12} You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted by your own affections. {6:13} Now in return, I speak as to my children, you also be open wide. {6:14} Don't be unequally yoked with unbelievers, for what fellowship have righteousness and iniquity? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? {6:15} What agreement has Christ with Belial? Or what portion has a believer with an unbeliever? {6:16} What agreement has a temple of God with idols? For you are a temple of the living God. Even as God said, "I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they will be my people."[5] {6:17} Therefore "'Come out from among them, and be separate,' says the Lord. 'Touch no unclean thing. I will receive you.[6] {6:18} I will be to you a Father. You will be to me sons and daughters,' says the Lord Almighty."[7] {7:1} Having therefore these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. {7:2} Open your hearts to us. We wronged no one. We corrupted no one. We took advantage of no one. {7:3} I say this not to condemn you, for I have said before, that you are in our hearts to die together and live together. {7:4} Great is my boldness of speech toward you. Great is my boasting on your behalf. I am filled with comfort. I overflow with joy in all our affliction. {7:5} For even when we had come into Macedonia, our flesh had no relief, but we were afflicted on every side. Fightings were outside. Fear was inside. {7:6} Nevertheless, he who comforts the lowly, God, comforted us by the coming of Titus; {7:7} and not by his coming only, but also by the comfort with which he was comforted in you, while he told us of your longing, your mourning, and your zeal for me; so that I rejoiced still more. 
{7:8} For though I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it, though I did regret it. For I see that my letter made you sorry, though just for a while. {7:9} I now rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that you were made sorry to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly way, that you might suffer loss by us in nothing. {7:10} For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation, which brings no regret. But the sorrow of the world works death. {7:11} For behold, this same thing, that you were made sorry in a godly way, what earnest care it worked in you. Yes, what defense, indignation, fear, longing, zeal, and vengeance! In everything you demonstrated yourselves to be pure in the matter. {7:12} So although I wrote to you, I wrote not for his cause that did the wrong, nor for his cause that suffered the wrong, but that your earnest care for us might be revealed in you in the sight of God. {7:13} Therefore we have been comforted. In our comfort we rejoiced the more exceedingly for the joy of Titus, because his spirit has been refreshed by you all. {7:14} For if in anything I have boasted to him on your behalf, I was not disappointed. But as we spoke all things to you in truth, so our glorying also which I made before Titus was found to be truth. {7:15} His affection is more abundantly toward you, while he remembers all of your obedience, how with fear and trembling you received him. {7:16} I rejoice that in everything I am confident concerning you. {8:1} Moreover, brothers, we make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the assemblies of Macedonia; {8:2} how that in much proof of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded to the riches of their liberality. {8:3} For according to their power, I testify, yes and beyond their power, they gave of their own accord, {8:4} begging us with much entreaty to receive this grace and the fellowship in the service to the saints. {8:5} This was not as we had hoped, but first they gave their own selves to the Lord, and to us through the will of God. {8:6} So we urged Titus, that as he made a beginning before, so he would also complete in you this grace. {8:7} But as you abound in everything, in faith, utterance, knowledge, all earnestness, and in your love to us, see that you also abound in this grace. {8:8} I speak not by way of commandment, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity also of your love. {8:9} For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that you through his poverty might become rich. {8:10} I give a judgment in this: for this is expedient for you, who were the first to start a year ago, not only to do, but also to be willing. {8:11} But now complete the doing also, that as there was the readiness to be willing, so there may be the completion also out of your ability. {8:12} For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what you have, not according to what you don't have. {8:13} For this is not that others may be eased and you distressed, {8:14} but for equality. Your abundance at this present time supplies their lack, that their abundance also may become a supply for your lack; that there may be equality. {8:15} As it is written, "He who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack."[8] 
{8:16} But thanks be to God, who puts the same earnest care for you into the heart of Titus. {8:17} For he indeed accepted our exhortation, but being himself very earnest, he went out to you of his own accord. {8:18} We have sent together with him the brother whose praise in the Good News is known through all the assemblies. {8:19} Not only so, but who was also appointed by the assemblies to travel with us in this grace, which is served by us to the glory of the Lord himself, and to show our readiness. {8:20} We are avoiding this, that any man should blame us concerning this abundance which is administered by us. {8:21} Having regard for honorable things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men. {8:22} We have sent with them our brother, whom we have many times proved earnest in many things, but now much more earnest, by reason of the great confidence which he has in you. {8:23} As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker for you. As for our brothers, they are the apostles of the assemblies, the glory of Christ. {8:24} Therefore show the proof of your love to them in front of the assemblies, and of our boasting on your behalf. {9:1} It is indeed unnecessary for me to write to you concerning the service to the saints, {9:2} for I know your readiness, of which I boast on your behalf to them of Macedonia, that Achaia has been prepared for a year past. Your zeal has stirred up very many of them. {9:3} But I have sent the brothers that our boasting on your behalf may not be in vain in this respect, that, just as I said, you may be prepared, {9:4} so that I won't by any means, if there come with me any of Macedonia and find you unprepared, we (to say nothing of you) should be disappointed in this confident boasting. {9:5} I thought it necessary therefore to entreat the brothers that they would go before to you, and arrange ahead of time the generous gift that you promised before, that the same might be ready as a matter of generosity, and not of greediness. {9:6} Remember this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly. He who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. {9:7} Let each man give according as he has determined in his heart; not grudgingly, or under compulsion; for God loves a cheerful giver. {9:8} And God is able to make all grace abound to you, that you, always having all sufficiency in everything, may abound to every good work. {9:9} As it is written, "He has scattered abroad, he has given to the poor. His righteousness remains forever."[9] 
{9:10} Now may he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food, supply and multiply your seed for sowing, and increase the fruits of your righteousness; {9:11} you being enriched in everything to all liberality, which works through us thanksgiving to God. {9:12} For this service of giving that you perform not only makes up for lack among the saints, but abounds also through many givings of thanks to God; {9:13} seeing that through the proof given by this service, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the Good News of Christ, and for the liberality of your contribution to them and to all; {9:14} while they themselves also, with supplication on your behalf, yearn for you by reason of the exceeding grace of God in you. {9:15} Now thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift! {10:1} Now I Paul, myself, entreat you by the humility and gentleness of Christ; I who in your presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you. {10:2} Yes, I beg you that I may not, when present, show courage with the confidence with which I intend to be bold against some, who consider us to be walking according to the flesh. {10:3} For though we walk in the flesh, we don't wage war according to the flesh; {10:4} for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God to the throwing down of strongholds, {10:5} throwing down imaginations and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ; {10:6} and being in readiness to avenge all disobedience, when your obedience will be made full. {10:7} Do you look at things only as they appear in front of your face? If anyone trusts in himself that he is Christ's, let him consider this again with himself, that, even as he is Christ's, so also we are Christ's. {10:8} For though I should boast somewhat abundantly concerning our authority, (which the Lord gave for building you up, and not for casting you down) I will not be disappointed, {10:9} that I may not seem as if I desire to terrify you by my letters. {10:10} For, "His letters," they say, "are weighty and strong, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech is despised." {10:11} Let such a person consider this, that what we are in word by letters when we are absent, such are we also in deed when we are present. {10:12} For we are not bold to number or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves. But they themselves, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves with themselves, are without understanding. {10:13} But we will not boast beyond proper limits, but within the boundaries with which God appointed to us, which reach even to you. {10:14} For we don't stretch ourselves too much, as though we didn't reach to you. For we came even as far as to you with the Good News of Christ, {10:15} not boasting beyond proper limits in other men's labors, but having hope that as your faith grows, we will be abundantly enlarged by you in our sphere of influence, {10:16} so as to preach the Good News even to the parts beyond you, not to boast in what someone else has already done. {10:17} But "he who boasts, let him boast in the Lord."[10] {10:18} For it isn't he who commends himself who is approved, but whom the Lord commends. 
{11:1} I wish that you would bear with me in a little foolishness, but indeed you do bear with me. {11:2} For I am jealous over you with a godly jealousy. For I married you to one husband, that I might present you as a pure virgin to Christ. {11:3} But I am afraid that somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve in his craftiness, so your minds might be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. {11:4} For if he who comes preaches another Jesus, whom we did not preach, or if you receive a different spirit, which you did not receive, or a different "good news", which you did not accept, you put up with that well enough. {11:5} For I reckon that I am not at all behind the very best apostles. {11:6} But though I am unskilled in speech, yet I am not unskilled in knowledge. No, in every way we have been revealed to you in all things. {11:7} Or did I commit a sin in humbling myself that you might be exalted, because I preached to you God's Good News free of charge? {11:8} I robbed other assemblies, taking wages from them that I might serve you. {11:9} When I was present with you and was in need, I wasn't a burden on anyone, for the brothers, when they came from Macedonia, supplied the measure of my need. In everything I kept myself from being burdensome to you, and I will continue to do so. {11:10} As the truth of Christ is in me, no one will stop me from this boasting in the regions of Achaia. {11:11} Why? Because I don't love you? God knows. {11:12} But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them that desire an occasion, that in which they boast, they may be found even as we. {11:13} For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as Christ's apostles. {11:14} And no wonder, for even Satan masquerades as an angel of light. {11:15} It is no great thing therefore if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works. {11:16} I say again, let no one think me foolish. But if so, yet receive me as foolish, that I also may boast a little. {11:17} That which I speak, I don't speak according to the Lord, but as in foolishness, in this confidence of boasting. {11:18} Seeing that many boast after the flesh, I will also boast. {11:19} For you bear with the foolish gladly, being wise. {11:20} For you bear with a man, if he brings you into bondage, if he devours you, if he takes you captive, if he exalts himself, if he strikes you on the face. {11:21} I speak by way of disparagement, as though we had been weak. Yet however any is bold (I speak in foolishness), I am bold also. {11:22} Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? So am I. {11:23} Are they servants of Christ? (I speak as one beside himself) I am more so; in labors more abundantly, in prisons more abundantly, in stripes above measure, in deaths often. {11:24} Five times from the Jews I received forty stripes minus one. {11:25} Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I suffered shipwreck. I have been a night and a day in the deep. {11:26} I have been in travels often, perils of rivers, perils of robbers, perils from my countrymen, perils from the Gentiles, perils in the city, perils in the wilderness, perils in the sea, perils among false brothers; {11:27} in labor and travail, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, and in cold and nakedness. 
{11:28} Besides those things that are outside, there is that which presses on me daily, anxiety for all the assemblies. {11:29} Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is caused to stumble, and I don't burn with indignation? {11:30} If I must boast, I will boast of the things that concern my weakness. {11:31} The God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, he who is blessed forevermore, knows that I don't lie. {11:32} In Damascus the governor under King Aretas guarded the city of the Damascenes desiring to arrest me. {11:33} Through a window I was let down in a basket by the wall, and escaped his hands. {12:1} It is doubtless not profitable for me to boast. For I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. {12:2} I know a man in Christ, fourteen years ago (whether in the body, I don't know, or whether out of the body, I don't know; God knows), such a one caught up into the third heaven. {12:3} I know such a man (whether in the body, or outside of the body, I don't know; God knows), {12:4} how he was caught up into Paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. {12:5} On behalf of such a one I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except in my weaknesses. {12:6} For if I would desire to boast, I will not be foolish; for I will speak the truth. But I refrain, so that no man may think more of me than that which he sees in me, or hears from me. {12:7} By reason of the exceeding greatness of the revelations, that I should not be exalted excessively, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, that I should not be exalted excessively. {12:8} Concerning this thing, I begged the Lord three times that it might depart from me. {12:9} He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Most gladly therefore I will rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest on me. {12:10} Therefore I take pleasure in weaknesses, in injuries, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then am I strong. {12:11} I have become foolish in boasting. You compelled me, for I ought to have been commended by you, for in nothing was I inferior to the very best apostles, though I am nothing. {12:12} Truly the signs of an apostle were worked among you in all patience, in signs and wonders and mighty works. {12:13} For what is there in which you were made inferior to the rest of the assemblies, unless it is that I myself was not a burden to you? Forgive me this wrong. 
{12:14} Behold, this is the third time I am ready to come to you, and I will not be a burden to you; for I seek not your possessions, but you. For the children ought not to save up for the parents, but the parents for the children. {12:15} I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls. If I love you more abundantly, am I loved the less? {12:16} But be it so, I did not myself burden you. But, being crafty, I caught you with deception. {12:17} Did I take advantage of you by anyone of them whom I have sent to you? {12:18} I exhorted Titus, and I sent the brother with him. Did Titus take any advantage of you? Didn't we walk in the same spirit? Didn't we walk in the same steps? {12:19} Again, do you think that we are excusing ourselves to you? In the sight of God we speak in Christ. But all things, beloved, are for your edifying. {12:20} For I am afraid that by any means, when I come, I might find you not the way I want to, and that I might be found by you as you don't desire; that by any means there would be strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, factions, slander, whisperings, proud thoughts, riots; {12:21} that again when I come my God would humble me before you, and I would mourn for many of those who have sinned before now, and not repented of the uncleanness and sexual immorality and lustfulness which they committed. {13:1} This is the third time I am coming to you. "At the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established."[11] {13:2} I have said beforehand, and I do say beforehand, as when I was present the second time, so now, being absent, I write to those who have sinned before now, and to all the rest, that, if I come again, I will not spare; {13:3} seeing that you seek a proof of Christ who speaks in me; who toward you is not weak, but is powerful in you. {13:4} For he was crucified through weakness, yet he lives through the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we will live with him through the power of God toward you. {13:5} Test your own selves, whether you are in the faith. Test your own selves. Or don't you know as to your own selves, that Jesus Christ is in you? -- unless indeed you are disqualified. {13:6} But I hope that you will know that we aren't disqualified. 
{13:7} Now I pray to God that you do no evil; not that we may appear approved, but that you may do that which is honorable, though we are as reprobate. {13:8} For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. {13:9} For we rejoice when we are weak and you are strong. And this we also pray for, even your perfecting. {13:10} For this cause I write these things while absent, that I may not deal sharply when present, according to the authority which the Lord gave me for building up, and not for tearing down. {13:11} Finally, brothers, rejoice. Be perfected, be comforted, be of the same mind, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you. {13:12} Greet one another with a holy kiss. {13:13} All the saints greet you. {13:14} The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. Amen. ________________________________________________________________________ Footnotes: [1] {1:8} The word for "brothers" here and where context allows may also be correctly translated "brothers and sisters" or "siblings." [2] {4:6} Genesis 1:3 [3] {4:13} Psalm 116:10 [4] {6:2} Isaiah 49:8 [5] {6:16} Leviticus 26:12; Jeremiah 32:38; Ezekiel 37:27 [6] {6:17} Isaiah 52:11; Ezekiel 20:34,41 [7] {6:18} 2 Samuel 7:14; 7:8 [8] {8:15} Exodus 16:8 [9] {9:9} Psalm 112:9 [10] {10:17} Jeremiah 9:24 [11] {13:1} Deuteronomy 19:15 
{1:1} The elder, to the chosen lady and her children, whom I love in truth; and not I only, but also all those who know the truth; {1:2} for the truth's sake, which remains in us, and it will be with us forever: {1:3} Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love. {1:4} I rejoice greatly that I have found some of your children walking in truth, even as we have been commanded by the Father. {1:5} Now I beg you, dear lady, not as though I wrote to you a new commandment, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another. {1:6} This is love, that we should walk according to his commandments. This is the commandment, even as you heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it. {1:7} For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who don't confess that Jesus Christ came in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the Antichrist. {1:8} Watch yourselves, that we don't lose the things which we have accomplished, but that we receive a full reward. {1:9} Whoever transgresses and doesn't remain in the teaching of Christ, doesn't have God. He who remains in the teaching, the same has both the Father and the Son. {1:10} If anyone comes to you, and doesn't bring this teaching, don't receive him into your house, and don't welcome him, {1:11} for he who welcomes him participates in his evil works. {1:12} Having many things to write to you, I don't want to do so with paper and ink, but I hope to come to you, and to speak face to face, that our joy may be made full. {1:13} The children of your chosen sister greet you. Amen. 
{1:1} Moab rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab. {1:2} Ahaziah fell down through the lattice in his upper room that was in Samaria, and was sick. So he sent messengers, and said to them, "Go, inquire of Baal Zebub, the god of Ekron, whether I will recover of this sickness." {1:3} But the angel of [1>]Yahweh[<1] said to Elijah the Tishbite, "Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria, and tell them, 'Is it because there is no [2>]God[<2] in Israel, that you go to inquire of Baal Zebub, the god of Ekron? {1:4} Now therefore thus says Yahweh, "You shall not come down from the bed where you have gone up, but shall surely die."'" Elijah departed. {1:5} The messengers returned to him, and he said to them, "Why is it that you have returned?" {1:6} They said to him, "A man came up to meet us, and said to us, 'Go, return to the king who sent you, and tell him, "Thus says Yahweh, 'Is it because there is no God in Israel, that you send to inquire of Baal Zebub, the god of Ekron? Therefore you shall not come down from the bed where you have gone up, but shall surely die.'"'" {1:7} He said to them, "What kind of man was he who came up to meet you, and told you these words?" {1:8} They answered him, "He was a hairy man, and wearing a leather belt around his waist." He said, "It is Elijah the Tishbite." {1:9} Then the king sent a captain of fifty with his fifty to him. He went up to him; and behold, he was sitting on the top of the hill. He said to him, "Man of God, the king has said, 'Come down!'" {1:10} Elijah answered to the captain of fifty, "If I am a man of God, let fire come down from the sky, and consume you and your fifty!" Fire came down from the sky, and consumed him and his fifty. {1:11} Again he sent to him another captain of fifty and his fifty. He answered him, "Man of God, the king has said, 'Come down quickly!'" {1:12} Elijah answered them, "If I am a man of God, let fire come down from the sky, and consume you and your fifty!" The fire of God came down from the sky, and consumed him and his fifty. 
{1:13} Again he sent the captain of a third fifty with his fifty. The third captain of fifty went up, and came and fell on his knees before Elijah, and begged him, and said to him, "Man of God, please let my life, and the life of these fifty your servants, be precious in your sight. {1:14} Behold, fire came down from the sky, and consumed the two former captains of fifty with their fifties. But now let my life be precious in your sight." {1:15} The angel of Yahweh said to Elijah, "Go down with him. Don't be afraid of him." He arose, and went down with him to the king. {1:16} He said to him, "Thus says Yahweh, 'Because you have sent messengers to inquire of Baal Zebub, the god of Ekron, is it because there is no God in Israel to inquire of his word? Therefore you shall not come down from the bed where you have gone up, but shall surely die.'" {1:17} So he died according to the word of Yahweh which Elijah had spoken. Jehoram began to reign in his place in the second year of Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah; because he had no son. {1:18} Now the rest of the acts of Ahaziah which he did, aren't they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? {2:1} It happened, when Yahweh would take up Elijah by a whirlwind into heaven, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal. {2:2} Elijah said to Elisha, "Please wait here, for Yahweh has sent me as far as Bethel." Elisha said, "As Yahweh lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you." So they went down to Bethel. {2:3} The sons of the prophets who were at Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, "Do you know that Yahweh will take away your master from your head today?" He said, "Yes, I know it; hold your peace." {2:4} Elijah said to him, "Elisha, please wait here, for Yahweh has sent me to Jericho." He said, "As Yahweh lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you." So they came to Jericho. {2:5} The sons of the prophets who were at Jericho came near to Elisha, and said to him, "Do you know that Yahweh will take away your master from your head today?" He answered, "Yes, I know it. Hold your peace." 
{2:6} Elijah said to him, "Please wait here, for Yahweh has sent me to the Jordan." He said, "As Yahweh lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you." They both went on. {2:7} Fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood opposite them at a distance; and they both stood by the Jordan. {2:8} Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and struck the waters, and they were divided here and there, so that they two went over on dry ground. {2:9} It happened, when they had gone over, that Elijah said to Elisha, "Ask what I shall do for you, before I am taken from you." Elisha said, "Please let a double portion of your spirit be on me." {2:10} He said, "You have asked a hard thing. If you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so." {2:11} It happened, as they still went on, and talked, that behold, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. {2:12} Elisha saw it, and he cried, "My father, my father, the chariots of Israel and its horsemen!" He saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and tore them in two pieces. {2:13} He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of the Jordan. {2:14} He took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and struck the waters, and said, "Where is Yahweh, the God of Elijah?" When he also had struck the waters, they were divided here and there; and Elisha went over. {2:15} When the sons of the prophets who were at Jericho over against him saw him, they said, "The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha." They came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him. {2:16} They said to him, "See now, there are with your servants fifty strong men. Please let them go and seek your master. Perhaps the Spirit of Yahweh has taken him up, and put him on some mountain, or into some valley. He said, "You shall not send them." {2:17} When they urged him until he was ashamed, he said, "Send them." They sent therefore fifty men; and they searched for three days, but didn't find him. {2:18} They came back to him, while he stayed at Jericho; and he said to them, "Didn't I tell you, 'Don't go?'" 
{2:19} The men of the city said to Elisha, "Behold, please, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord sees; but the water is bad, and the land miscarries." {2:20} He said, "Bring me a new jar, and put salt in it." They brought it to him. {2:21} He went out to the spring of the waters, and threw salt into it, and said, "Thus says Yahweh, 'I have healed these waters. There shall not be from there any more death or miscarrying.'" {2:22} So the waters were healed to this day, according to the word of Elisha which he spoke. {2:23} He went up from there to Bethel. As he was going up by the way, some youths came out of the city and mocked him, and said to him, "Go up, you baldy! Go up, you baldhead!" {2:24} He looked behind him and saw them, and cursed them in the name of Yahweh. Two female bears came out of the woods, and mauled forty-two of those youths. {2:25} He went from there to Mount Carmel, and from there he returned to Samaria. {3:1} Now Jehoram the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria in the eighteenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and reigned twelve years. {3:2} He did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh, but not like his father, and like his mother; for he put away the pillar of Baal that his father had made. {3:3} Nevertheless he held to the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, with which he made Israel to sin; he didn't depart from it. {3:4} Now Mesha king of Moab was a sheep breeder; and he rendered to the king of Israel the wool of one hundred thousand lambs, and of one hundred thousand rams. {3:5} But it happened, when Ahab was dead, that the king of Moab rebelled against the king of Israel. {3:6} King Jehoram went out of Samaria at that time, and mustered all Israel. {3:7} He went and sent to Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, saying, "The king of Moab has rebelled against me. Will you go with me against Moab to battle?" He said, "I will go up. I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses." {3:8} He said, "Which way shall we go up?" He answered, "The way of the wilderness of Edom." {3:9} So the king of Israel went, and the king of Judah, and the king of Edom; and they made a circuit of seven days' journey. There was no water for the army, nor for the animals that followed them. {3:10} The king of Israel said, "Alas! For Yahweh has called these three kings together to deliver them into the hand of Moab." 
{3:11} But Jehoshaphat said, "Isn't there here a prophet of Yahweh, that we may inquire of Yahweh by him?" One of the king of Israel's servants answered, "Elisha the son of Shaphat is here, who poured water on the hands of Elijah." {3:12} Jehoshaphat said, "The word of Yahweh is with him." So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him. {3:13} Elisha said to the king of Israel, "What have I to do with you? Go to the prophets of your father, and to the prophets of your mother." The king of Israel said to him, "No; for Yahweh has called these three kings together to deliver them into the hand of Moab." {3:14} Elisha said, "As Yahweh of Armies lives, before whom I stand, surely, were it not that I respect the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look toward you, nor see you. {3:15} But now bring me a minstrel." It happened, when the minstrel played, that the hand of Yahweh came on him. {3:16} He said, "Thus says Yahweh, 'Make this valley full of trenches.' {3:17} For thus says Yahweh, 'You will not see wind, neither will you see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, and you will drink, both you and your livestock and your animals. {3:18} This is but a light thing in the sight of Yahweh. He will also deliver the Moabites into your hand. {3:19} You shall strike every fortified city, and every choice city, and shall fell every good tree, and stop all springs of water, and mar every good piece of land with stones.'" {3:20} It happened in the morning, about the time of offering the offering, that behold, water came by the way of Edom, and the country was filled with water. {3:21} Now when all the Moabites heard that the kings had come up to fight against them, they gathered themselves together, all who were able to put on armor, and upward, and stood on the border. {3:22} They rose up early in the morning, and the sun shone on the water, and the Moabites saw the water over against them as red as blood. {3:23} They said, "This is blood. The kings are surely destroyed, and they have struck each other. Now therefore, Moab, to the spoil!" {3:24} When they came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose up and struck the Moabites, so that they fled before them; and they went forward into the land smiting the Moabites. {3:25} They beat down the cities; and on every good piece of land they cast every man his stone, and filled it; and they stopped all the springs of water, and felled all the good trees, until in Kir Hareseth only they left its stones; however the men armed with slings went about it, and struck it. {3:26} When the king of Moab saw that the battle was too severe for him, he took with him seven hundred men who drew sword, to break through to the king of Edom; but they could not. {3:27} Then he took his eldest son who would have reigned in his place, and offered him for a burnt offering on the wall. There was great wrath against Israel: and they departed from him, and returned to their own land. 
{4:1} Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets to Elisha, saying, "Your servant my husband is dead. You know that your servant feared Yahweh. Now the creditor has come to take for himself my two children to be slaves." {4:2} Elisha said to her, "What shall I do for you? Tell me: what do you have in the house?" She said, "Your handmaid has nothing in the house, except a pot of oil." {4:3} Then he said, "Go, borrow containers from of all your neighbors, even empty containers. Don't borrow just a few. {4:4} You shall go in, and shut the door on you and on your sons, and pour out into all those containers; and you shall set aside that which is full." {4:5} So she went from him, and shut the door on her and on her sons; they brought the containers to her, and she poured out. {4:6} It happened, when the containers were full, that she said to her son, "Bring me another container." He said to her, "There isn't another container." The oil stopped flowing. {4:7} Then she came and told the man of God. He said, "Go, sell the oil, and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest." {4:8} It fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where there was a prominent woman; and she persuaded him to eat bread. So it was, that as often as he passed by, he turned in there to eat bread. {4:9} She said to her husband, "See now, I perceive that this is a holy man of God, that passes by us continually. {4:10} Please let us make a little room on the wall. Let us set for him there a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp stand. It shall be, when he comes to us, that he shall turn in there." {4:11} One day he came there, and he turned into the room and lay there. {4:12} He said to Gehazi his servant, "Call this Shunammite." When he had called her, she stood before him. {4:13} He said to him, "Say now to her, 'Behold, you have cared for us with all this care. What is to be done for you? Would you like to be spoken for to the king, or to the captain of the army?'" She answered, "I dwell among my own people." 
{4:14} He said, "What then is to be done for her?" Gehazi answered, "Most certainly she has no son, and her husband is old." {4:15} He said, "Call her." When he had called her, she stood in the door. {4:16} He said, "At this season, when the time comes around, you will embrace a son." She said, "No, my lord, you man of God, do not lie to your handmaid." {4:17} The woman conceived, and bore a son at that season, when the time came around, as Elisha had said to her. {4:18} When the child was grown, it happened one day that he went out to his father to the reapers. {4:19} He said to his father, "My head! My head!" He said to his servant, "Carry him to his mother." {4:20} When he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees until noon, and then died. {4:21} She went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and shut the door on him, and went out. {4:22} She called to her husband, and said, "Please send me one of the servants, and one of the donkeys, that I may run to the man of God, and come again." {4:23} He said, "Why would you want go to him today? It is neither new moon nor Sabbath." She said, "It's alright." {4:24} Then she saddled a donkey, and said to her servant, "Drive, and go forward! Don't slow down for me, unless I ask you to." {4:25} So she went, and came to the man of God to Mount Carmel. It happened, when the man of God saw her afar off, that he said to Gehazi his servant, "Behold, there is the Shunammite. {4:26} Please run now to meet her, and ask her, 'Is it well with you? Is it well with your husband? Is it well with the child?'" She answered, "It is well." {4:27} When she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught hold of his feet. Gehazi came near to thrust her away; but the man of God said, "Leave her alone; for her soul is troubled within her; and Yahweh has hidden it from me, and has not told me." {4:28} Then she said, "Did I desire a son of my lord? Didn't I say, Do not deceive me?" {4:29} Then he said to Gehazi, "Tuck your cloak into your belt, take my staff in your hand, and go your way. If you meet any man, don't greet him; and if anyone greets you, don't answer him again. Then lay my staff on the face of the child." 
{4:30} The mother of the child said, "As Yahweh lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you." He arose, and followed her. {4:31} Gehazi passed on before them, and laid the staff on the face of the child; but there was neither voice, nor hearing. Therefore he returned to meet him, and told him, saying, "The child has not awakened." {4:32} When Elisha had come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid on his bed. {4:33} He went in therefore, and shut the door on them both, and prayed to Yahweh. {4:34} He went up, and lay on the child, and put his mouth on his mouth, and his eyes on his eyes, and his hands on his hands. He stretched himself on him; and the flesh of the child grew warm. {4:35} Then he returned, and walked in the house once back and forth; and went up, and stretched himself on him. Then the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. {4:36} He called Gehazi, and said, "Call this Shunammite!" So he called her. When she had come in to him, he said, "Take up your son." {4:37} Then she went in, and fell at his feet, and bowed herself to the ground; and she took up her son, and went out. {4:38} Elisha came again to Gilgal. There was a famine in the land; and the sons of the prophets were sitting before him; and he said to his servant, "Set on the great pot, and boil stew for the sons of the prophets." {4:39} One went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered of it wild gourds his lap full, and came and shred them into the pot of stew; for they didn't recognize them. {4:40} So they poured out for the men to eat. It happened, as they were eating of the stew, that they cried out, and said, "Man of God, there is death in the pot!" They could not eat of it. {4:41} But he said, "Then bring meal." He cast it into the pot; and he said, "Pour out for the people, that they may eat." There was no harm in the pot. {4:42} A man from Baal Shalishah came, and brought the man of God bread of the first fruits, twenty loaves of barley, and fresh ears of grain in his sack. He said, "Give to the people, that they may eat." 
{4:43} His servant said, "What, should I set this before a hundred men?" But he said, "Give the people, that they may eat; for thus says Yahweh, 'They will eat, and will have some left over.'" {4:44} So he set it before them, and they ate, and left some of it, according to the word of Yahweh. {5:1} Now Naaman, captain of the army of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honorable, because by him Yahweh had given victory to Syria: he was also a mighty man of valor, but he was a leper. {5:2} The Syrians had gone out in bands, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maiden; and she waited on Naaman's wife. {5:3} She said to her mistress, "I wish that my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! Then he would heal him of his leprosy." {5:4} Someone went in, and told his lord, saying, "The maiden who is from the land of Israel said this." {5:5} The king of Syria said, "Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel." He departed, and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand pieces of gold, and ten changes of clothing. {5:6} He brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying, "Now when this letter has come to you, behold, I have sent Naaman my servant to you, that you may heal him of his leprosy." {5:7} It happened, when the king of Israel had read the letter, that he tore his clothes, and said, "Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man sends to me to heal a man of his leprosy? But please consider and see how he seeks a quarrel against me." {5:8} It was so, when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, "Why have you torn your clothes? Let him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel." {5:9} So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariots, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha. {5:10} Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, "Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall come again to you, and you shall be clean." 
{5:11} But Naaman was angry, and went away, and said, "Behold, I thought, 'He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of Yahweh his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leper.' {5:12} Aren't Abanah and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn't I wash in them, and be clean?" So he turned and went away in a rage. {5:13} His servants came near, and spoke to him, and said, "My father, if the prophet had asked you do some great thing, wouldn't you have done it? How much rather then, when he says to you, 'Wash, and be clean?'" {5:14} Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. {5:15} He returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him; and he said, "See now, I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel. Now therefore, please take a gift from your servant." {5:16} But he said, "As Yahweh lives, before whom I stand, I will receive none." He urged him to take it; but he refused. {5:17} Naaman said, "If not, then, please let two mules' burden of earth be given to your servant; for your servant will from now on offer neither burnt offering nor sacrifice to other gods, but to Yahweh. {5:18} In this thing may Yahweh pardon your servant: when my master goes into the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he leans on my hand, and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon. When I bow myself in the house of Rimmon, may Yahweh pardon your servant in this thing." {5:19} He said to him, "Go in peace." So he departed from him a little way. {5:20} But Gehazi the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, "Behold, my master has spared this Naaman the Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought. As Yahweh lives, I will run after him, and take something from him." {5:21} So Gehazi followed after Naaman. When Naaman saw one running after him, he came down from the chariot to meet him, and said, "Is all well?" 
{5:22} He said, "All is well. My master has sent me, saying, 'Behold, even now two young men of the sons of the prophets have come to me from the hill country of Ephraim. Please give them a talent of silver and two changes of clothing.'" {5:23} Naaman said, "Be pleased to take two talents." He urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of clothing, and laid them on two of his servants; and they carried them before him. {5:24} When he came to the hill, he took them from their hand, and stored them in the house. Then he let the men go, and they departed. {5:25} But he went in, and stood before his master. Elisha said to him, "Where did you come from, Gehazi?" He said, "Your servant went nowhere." {5:26} He said to him, "Didn't my heart go with you, when the man turned from his chariot to meet you? Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and olive groves and vineyards, and sheep and cattle, and male servants and female servants? {5:27} Therefore the leprosy of Naaman will cling to you and to your seed forever." He went out from his presence a leper, as white as snow. {6:1} The sons of the prophets said to Elisha, "See now, the place where we dwell before you is too small for us. {6:2} Please let us go to the Jordan, and every man take a beam from there, and let us make us a place there, where we may dwell." He answered, "Go!" {6:3} One said, "Please be pleased to go with your servants." He answered, "I will go." {6:4} So he went with them. When they came to the Jordan, they cut down wood. {6:5} But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water. Then he cried, and said, "Alas, my master! For it was borrowed." {6:6} The man of God asked, "Where did it fall?" He showed him the place. He cut down a stick, threw it in there, and made the iron float. {6:7} He said, "Take it." So he put out his hand and took it. {6:8} Now the king of Syria was warring against Israel; and he took counsel with his servants, saying, "My camp will be in such and such a place." {6:9} The man of God sent to the king of Israel, saying, "Beware that you not pass such a place; for the Syrians are coming down there." {6:10} The king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God told him and warned him of; and he saved himself there, not once nor twice. {6:11} The heart of the king of Syria was very troubled about this. He called his servants, and said to them, "Won't you show me which of us is for the king of Israel?" 
{6:12} One of his servants said, "No, my lord, O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom." {6:13} He said, "Go and see where he is, that I may send and get him." It was told him, saying, "Behold, he is in Dothan." {6:14} Therefore he sent horses, chariots, and a great army there. They came by night, and surrounded the city. {6:15} When the servant of the man of God had risen early, and gone out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was around the city. His servant said to him, "Alas, my master! What shall we do?" {6:16} He answered, "Don't be afraid; for those who are with us are more than those who are with them." {6:17} Elisha prayed, and said, "Yahweh, please open his eyes, that he may see." Yahweh opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire around Elisha. {6:18} When they came down to him, Elisha prayed to Yahweh, and said, "Please strike this people with blindness." He struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha. {6:19} Elisha said to them, "This is not the way, neither is this the city. Follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom you seek." He led them to Samaria. {6:20} It happened, when they had come into Samaria, that Elisha said, "Yahweh, open the eyes of these men, that they may see." Yahweh opened their eyes, and they saw; and behold, they were in the midst of Samaria. {6:21} The king of Israel said to Elisha, when he saw them, "My father, shall I strike them? Shall I strike them?" {6:22} He answered, "You shall not strike them. Would you strike those whom you have taken captive with your sword and with your bow? Set bread and water before them, that they may eat and drink, and go to their master." {6:23} He prepared great feast for them. When they had eaten and drunk, he sent them away, and they went to their master. The bands of Syria stopped raiding the land of Israel. {6:24} It happened after this, that Benhadad king of Syria gathered all his army, and went up and besieged Samaria. {6:25} There was a great famine in Samaria. Behold, they besieged it, until a donkey's head was sold for eighty pieces of silver, and the fourth part of a kab of dove's dung for five pieces of silver. {6:26} As the king of Israel was passing by on the wall, a woman cried to him, saying, "Help, my lord, O king!" 
{6:27} He said, "If Yahweh doesn't help you, from where could I help you? From of the threshing floor, or from the winepress?" {6:28} The king said to her, "What ails you?" She answered, "This woman said to me, 'Give your son, that we may eat him today, and we will eat my son tomorrow.' {6:29} So we boiled my son, and ate him: and I said to her on the next day, 'Give your son, that we may eat him;' and she has hidden her son." {6:30} It happened, when the king heard the words of the woman, that he tore his clothes (now he was passing by on the wall); and the people looked, and behold, he had sackcloth underneath on his flesh. {6:31} Then he said, "God do so to me, and more also, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat shall stay on him this day." {6:32} But Elisha was sitting in his house, and the elders were sitting with him. Then the king sent a man from before him; but before the messenger came to him, he said to the elders, "Do you see how this son of a murderer has sent to take away my head? Behold, when the messenger comes, shut the door, and hold the door shut against him. Isn't the sound of his master's feet behind him?" {6:33} While he was still talking with them, behold, the messenger came down to him. Then he said, "Behold, this evil is from Yahweh. Why should I wait for Yahweh any longer?" {7:1} Elisha said, "Hear the word of Yahweh. Thus says Yahweh, 'Tomorrow about this time a measure of fine flour will be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria.'" {7:2} Then the captain on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, and said, "Behold, if Yahweh made windows in heaven, could this thing be?" He said, "Behold, you shall see it with your eyes, but shall not eat of it." {7:3} Now there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate. They said one to another, "Why do we sit here until we die? {7:4} If we say, 'We will enter into the city,' then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there. If we sit still here, we also die. Now therefore come, and let us surrender to the army of the Syrians. If they save us alive, we will live; and if they kill us, we will only die." 
{7:5} They rose up in the twilight, to go to the camp of the Syrians. When they had come to the outermost part of the camp of the Syrians, behold, there was no man there. {7:6} For the [3>]Lord[<3] had made the army of the Syrians to hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great army: and they said one to another, Behold, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of the Egyptians, to come on us. {7:7} Therefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents, and their horses, and their donkeys, even the camp as it was, and fled for their life. {7:8} When these lepers came to the outermost part of the camp, they went into one tent, and ate and drink, and carried there silver, and gold, and clothing, and went and hid it. Then they came back, and entered into another tent, and carried there also, and went and hid it. {7:9} Then they said one to another, "We aren't doing right. This day is a day of good news, and we keep silent. If we wait until the morning light, punishment will overtake us. Now therefore come, let us go and tell the king's household." {7:10} So they came and called to the porter of the city; and they told them, saying, "We came to the camp of the Syrians, and, behold, there was no man there, neither voice of man, but the horses tied, and the donkeys tied, and the tents as they were." {7:11} He called the porters; and they told it to the king's household within. {7:12} The king arose in the night, and said to his servants, "I will now show you what the Syrians have done to us. They know that we are hungry. Therefore are they gone out of the camp to hide themselves in the field, saying, 'When they come out of the city, we shall take them alive, and get into the city.'" {7:13} One of his servants answered, "Please let some take five of the horses that remain, which are left in the city. Behold, they are like all the multitude of Israel who are left in it. Behold, they are like all the multitude of Israel who are consumed. Let us send and see." {7:14} They took therefore two chariots with horses; and the king sent after the army of the Syrians, saying, "Go and see." 
{7:15} They went after them to the Jordan; and behold, all the way was full of garments and vessels, which the Syrians had cast away in their haste. The messengers returned, and told the king. {7:16} The people went out, and plundered the camp of the Syrians. So a measure of fine flour was sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, according to the word of Yahweh. {7:17} The king appointed the captain on whose hand he leaned to be in charge of the gate: and the people trod on him in the gate, and he died as the man of God had said, who spoke when the king came down to him. {7:18} It happened, as the man of God had spoken to the king, saying, "Two measures of barley for a shekel, and a measure of fine flour for a shekel, shall be tomorrow about this time in the gate of Samaria"; {7:19} and that captain answered the man of God, and said, "Now, behold, if Yahweh should make windows in heaven, might such a thing be?" and he said, "Behold, you shall see it with your eyes, but shall not eat of it." {7:20} It happened like that to him; for the people trod on him in the gate, and he died. {8:1} Now Elisha had spoken to the woman, whose son he had restored to life, saying, "Arise, and go, you and your household, and stay for a while wherever you can; for Yahweh has called for a famine. It shall also come on the land seven years." {8:2} The woman arose, and did according to the word of the man of God. She went with her household, and lived in the land of the Philistines seven years. {8:3} It happened at the seven years' end, that the woman returned out of the land of the Philistines. Then she went forth to cry to the king for her house and for her land. {8:4} Now the king was talking with Gehazi the servant of the man of God, saying, "Please tell me all the great things that Elisha has done." {8:5} It happened, as he was telling the king how he had restored to life him who was dead, that behold, the woman, whose son he had restored to life, cried to the king for her house and for her land. Gehazi said, "My lord, O king, this is the woman, and this is her son, whom Elisha restored to life." 
{8:6} When the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed to her a certain officer, saying, "Restore all that was hers, and all the fruits of the field since the day that she left the land, even until now." {8:7} Elisha came to Damascus; and Benhadad the king of Syria was sick. It was told him, saying, "The man of God has come here." {8:8} The king said to Hazael, "Take a present in your hand, and go, meet the man of God, and inquire of Yahweh by him, saying, 'Will I recover from this sickness?'" {8:9} So Hazael went to meet him, and took a present with him, even of every good thing of Damascus, forty camels' burden, and came and stood before him, and said, "Your son Benhadad king of Syria has sent me to you, saying, 'Will I recover from this sickness?'" {8:10} Elisha said to him, "Go, tell him, 'You shall surely recover;' however Yahweh has shown me that he shall surely die." {8:11} He settled his gaze steadfastly on him, until he was ashamed. Then the man of God wept. {8:12} Hazael said, "Why do you weep, my lord?" He answered, "Because I know the evil that you will do to the children of Israel. You will set their strongholds on fire, and you will kill their young men with the sword, and will dash in pieces their little ones, and rip up their women with child." {8:13} Hazael said, "But what is your servant, who is but a dog, that he should do this great thing?" Elisha answered, "Yahweh has shown me that you will be king over Syria." {8:14} Then he departed from Elisha, and came to his master, who said to him, "What did Elisha say to you?" He answered, "He told me that you would surely recover." {8:15} It happened on the next day, that he took a thick cloth, dipped it in water, and spread it on his face, so that he died. Then Hazael reigned in his place. {8:16} In the fifth year of Joram the son of Ahab king of Israel, Jehoshaphat being king of Judah then, Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah began to reign. {8:17} He was thirty-two years old when he began to reign. He reigned eight years in Jerusalem. {8:18} He walked in the way of the kings of Israel, as did the house of Ahab; for he had the daughter of Ahab as wife. He did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh. {8:19} However Yahweh would not destroy Judah, for David his servant's sake, as he promised him to give to him a lamp for his children always. 
{8:20} In his days Edom revolted from under the hand of Judah, and made a king over themselves. {8:21} Then Joram passed over to Zair, and all his chariots with him: and he rose up by night, and struck the Edomites who surrounded him, and the captains of the chariots; and the people fled to their tents. {8:22} So Edom revolted from under the hand of Judah to this day. Then Libnah revolted at the same time. {8:23} The rest of the acts of Joram, and all that he did, aren't they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? {8:24} Joram slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David; and Ahaziah his son reigned in his place. {8:25} In the twelfth year of Joram the son of Ahab king of Israel, Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah began to reign. {8:26} Twenty-two years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign; and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Athaliah the daughter of Omri king of Israel. {8:27} He walked in the way of the house of Ahab, and did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh, as did the house of Ahab; for he was the son-in-law of the house of Ahab. {8:28} He went with Joram the son of Ahab to war against Hazael king of Syria at Ramoth Gilead: and the Syrians wounded Joram. {8:29} King Joram returned to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds which the Syrians had given him at Ramah, when he fought against Hazael king of Syria. Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah went down to see Joram the son of Ahab in Jezreel, because he was sick. {9:1} Elisha the prophet called one of the sons of the prophets, and said to him, "Put your belt on your waist, take this vial of oil in your hand, and go to Ramoth Gilead. {9:2} When you come there, find Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi, and go in, and make him arise up from among his brothers, and carry him to an inner room. {9:3} Then take the vial of oil, and pour it on his head, and say, 'Thus says Yahweh, "I have anointed you king over Israel."' Then open the door, flee, and don't wait." {9:4} So the young man, even the young man the prophet, went to Ramoth Gilead. {9:5} When he came, behold, the captains of the army were sitting. Then he said, "I have a message for you, captain." 
{9:18} So there went one on horseback to meet him, and said, "Thus says the king, 'Is it peace?'" Jehu said, "What do you have to do with peace? Fall in behind me!" The watchman said, "The messenger came to them, but he isn't coming back." {9:19} Then he sent out a second on horseback, who came to them, and said, "Thus says the king, 'Is it peace?'" Jehu answered, "What do you have to do with peace? Fall in behind me!" {9:20} The watchman said, "He came to them, and isn't coming back. The driving is like the driving of Jehu the son of Nimshi; for he drives furiously." {9:21} Joram said, "Get ready!" They got his chariot ready. Joram king of Israel and Ahaziah king of Judah went out, each in his chariot, and they went out to meet Jehu, and found him in the portion of Naboth the Jezreelite. {9:22} It happened, when Joram saw Jehu, that he said, "Is it peace, Jehu?" He answered, "What peace, so long as the prostitution of your mother Jezebel and her witchcraft abound?" {9:23} Joram turned his hands, and fled, and said to Ahaziah, "There is treason, Ahaziah!" {9:24} Jehu drew his bow with his full strength, and struck Joram between his arms; and the arrow went out at his heart, and he sunk down in his chariot. {9:25} Then Jehu said to Bidkar his captain, "Pick him up, and throw him in the plot of the field of Naboth the Jezreelite; for remember how, when you and I rode together after Ahab his father, Yahweh laid this burden on him: {9:26} 'Surely I have seen yesterday the blood of Naboth, and the blood of his sons,' says Yahweh; 'and I will repay you in this plot of ground,' says Yahweh. Now therefore take and cast him onto the plot of ground, according to the word of Yahweh." {9:27} But when Ahaziah the king of Judah saw this, he fled by the way of the garden house. Jehu followed after him, and said, "Strike him also in the chariot!" They struck him at the ascent of Gur, which is by Ibleam. He fled to Megiddo, and died there. {9:28} His servants carried him in a chariot to Jerusalem, and buried him in his tomb with his fathers in the city of David. {9:29} In the eleventh year of Joram the son of Ahab began Ahaziah to reign over Judah. {9:30} When Jehu had come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she painted her eyes, and attired her head, and looked out at the window. {9:31} As Jehu entered in at the gate, she said, "Do you come in peace, Zimri, you murderer of your master?" 
{9:32} He lifted up his face to the window, and said, "Who is on my side? Who?" Two or three eunuchs looked out at him. {9:33} He said, "Throw her down!" So they threw her down; and some of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses. Then he trampled her under foot. {9:34} When he had come in, he ate and drink; and he said, "See now to this cursed woman, and bury her; for she is a king's daughter." {9:35} They went to bury her; but they found no more of her than the skull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands. {9:36} Therefore they came back, and told him. He said, "This is the word of Yahweh, which he spoke by his servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, 'The dogs will eat the flesh of Jezebel on the plot of Jezreel, {9:37} and the body of Jezebel shall be as dung on the face of the field in the portion of Jezreel, so that they shall not say, "This is Jezebel."'" {10:1} Now Ahab had seventy sons in Samaria. Jehu wrote letters, and sent to Samaria, to the rulers of Jezreel, even the elders, and to those who brought up the sons of Ahab, saying, {10:2} "Now as soon as this letter comes to you, since your master's sons are with you, and there are with you chariots and horses, a fortified city also, and armor. {10:3} Select the best and fittest of your master's sons, set him on his father's throne, and fight for your master's house." {10:4} But they were exceedingly afraid, and said, "Behold, the two kings didn't stand before him! How then shall we stand?" {10:5} He who was over the household, and he who was over the city, the elders also, and those who raised the children, sent to Jehu, saying, "We are your servants, and will do all that you ask us. We will not make any man king. You do that which is good in your eyes." {10:6} Then he wrote a letter the second time to them, saying, "If you are on my side, and if you will listen to my voice, take the heads of the men your master's sons, and come to me to Jezreel by tomorrow this time." Now the king's sons, being seventy persons, were with the great men of the city, who brought them up. {10:7} It happened, when the letter came to them, that they took the king's sons, and killed them, even seventy persons, and put their heads in baskets, and sent them to him to Jezreel. {10:8} A messenger came, and told him, "They have brought the heads of the king's sons." 
{11:1} Now when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal. {11:2} But Jehosheba, the daughter of king Joram, sister of Ahaziah, took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him away from among the king's sons who were slain, even him and his nurse, and put them in the bedroom; and they hid him from Athaliah, so that he was not slain; {11:3} He was with her hidden in the house of Yahweh six years. Athaliah reigned over the land. {11:4} In the seventh year Jehoiada sent and fetched the captains over hundreds of the Carites and of the guard, and brought them to him into the house of Yahweh; and he made a covenant with them, and took an oath of them in the house of Yahweh, and showed them the king's son. {11:5} He commanded them, saying, "This is the thing that you shall do: a third part of you, who come in on the Sabbath, shall be keepers of the watch of the king's house; {11:6} A third part shall be at the gate Sur; and a third part at the gate behind the guard. So you shall keep the watch of the house, and be a barrier. {11:7} The two companies of you, even all who go out on the Sabbath, shall keep the watch of the house of Yahweh around the king. {11:8} You shall surround the king, every man with his weapons in his hand; and he who comes within the ranks, let him be slain. Be with the king when he goes out, and when he comes in." {11:9} The captains over hundreds did according to all that Jehoiada the priest commanded; and they took every man his men, those who were to come in on the Sabbath, with those who were to go out on the Sabbath, and came to Jehoiada the priest. {11:10} The priest delivered to the captains over hundreds the spears and shields that had been king David's, which were in the house of Yahweh. {11:11} The guard stood, every man with his weapons in his hand, from the right side of the house to the left side of the house, along by the altar and the house, around the king. {11:12} Then he brought out the king's son, and put the crown on him, and gave him the testimony; and they made him king, and anointed him; and they clapped their hands, and said, "Long live the king!" 
{11:13} When Athaliah heard the noise of the guard and of the people, she came to the people into the house of Yahweh: {11:14} and she looked, and behold, the king stood by the pillar, as the tradition was, and the captains and the trumpets by the king; and all the people of the land rejoiced, and blew trumpets. Then Athaliah tore her clothes, and cried, "Treason! Treason!" {11:15} Jehoiada the priest commanded the captains of hundreds who were set over the army, and said to them, "Bring her out between the ranks. Kill him who follows her with the sword." For the priest said, "Don't let her be slain in the house of Yahweh." {11:16} So they made way for her; and she went by the way of the horses' entry to the king's house. She was slain there. {11:17} Jehoiada made a covenant between Yahweh and the king and the people, that they should be Yahweh's people; between the king also and the people. {11:18} All the people of the land went to the house of Baal, and broke it down; his altars and his images broke they in pieces thoroughly, and killed Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars. The priest appointed officers over the house of Yahweh. {11:19} He took the captains over hundreds, and the Carites, and the guard, and all the people of the land; and they brought down the king from the house of Yahweh, and came by the way of the gate of the guard to the king's house. He sat on the throne of the kings. {11:20} So all the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was quiet. Athaliah they had slain with the sword at the king's house. {11:21} Jehoash was seven years old when he began to reign. {12:1} In the seventh year of Jehu began Jehoash to reign; and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem: and his mother's name was Zibiah of Beersheba. {12:2} Jehoash did that which was right in the eyes of Yahweh all his days in which Jehoiada the priest instructed him. {12:3} However the high places were not taken away; the people still sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places. {12:4} Jehoash said to the priests, "All the money of the holy things that is brought into the house of Yahweh, in current money, the money of the persons for whom each man is rated, and all the money that it comes into any man's heart to bring into the house of Yahweh, {12:5} let the priests take it to them, every man from his acquaintance; and they shall repair the breaches of the house, wherever any breach shall be found." 
{12:6} But it was so, that in the three and twentieth year of king Jehoash the priests had not repaired the breaches of the house. {12:7} Then king Jehoash called for Jehoiada the priest, and for the other priests, and said to them, "Why don't you repair the breaches of the house? Now therefore take no more money from your treasurers, but deliver it for the breaches of the house." {12:8} The priests consented that they should take no more money from the people, neither repair the breaches of the house. {12:9} But Jehoiada the priest took a chest, and bored a hole in its lid, and set it beside the altar, on the right side as one comes into the house of Yahweh: and the priests who kept the threshold put therein all the money that was brought into the house of Yahweh. {12:10} It was so, when they saw that there was much money in the chest, that the king's scribe and the high priest came up, and they put up in bags and counted the money that was found in the house of Yahweh. {12:11} They gave the money that was weighed out into the hands of those who did the work, who had the oversight of the house of Yahweh: and they paid it out to the carpenters and the builders, who worked on the house of Yahweh, {12:12} and to the masons and the stone cutters, and for buying timber and cut stone to repair the breaches of the house of Yahweh, and for all that was laid out for the house to repair it. {12:13} But there were not made for the house of Yahweh cups of silver, snuffers, basins, trumpets, any vessels of gold, or vessels of silver, of the money that was brought into the house of Yahweh; {12:14} for they gave that to those who did the work, and repaired therewith the house of Yahweh. {12:15} Moreover they didn't demand an accounting from the men into whose hand they delivered the money to give to those who did the work; for they dealt faithfully. {12:16} The money for the trespass offerings, and the money for the sin offerings, was not brought into the house of Yahweh: it was the priests'. {12:17} Then Hazael king of Syria went up, and fought against Gath, and took it; and Hazael set his face to go up to Jerusalem. {12:18} Jehoash king of Judah took all the holy things that Jehoshaphat and Jehoram and Ahaziah, his fathers, kings of Judah, had dedicated, and his own holy things, and all the gold that was found in the treasures of the house of Yahweh, and of the king's house, and sent it to Hazael king of Syria: and he went away from Jerusalem. {12:19} Now the rest of the acts of Joash, and all that he did, aren't they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? {12:20} His servants arose, and made a conspiracy, and struck Joash at the house of Millo, on the way that goes down to Silla. {12:21} For Jozacar the son of Shimeath, and Jehozabad the son of Shomer, his servants, struck him, and he died; and they buried him with his fathers in the city of David: and Amaziah his son reigned in his place. 
{13:1} In the three and twentieth year of Joash the son of Ahaziah, king of Judah, Jehoahaz the son of Jehu began to reign over Israel in Samaria for seventeen years. {13:2} He did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh, and followed the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, with which he made Israel to sin; he didn't depart from it. {13:3} The anger of Yahweh was kindled against Israel, and he delivered them into the hand of Hazael king of Syria, and into the hand of Benhadad the son of Hazael, continually. {13:4} Jehoahaz begged Yahweh, and Yahweh listened to him; for he saw the oppression of Israel, how that the king of Syria oppressed them. {13:5} (Yahweh gave Israel a savior, so that they went out from under the hand of the Syrians; and the children of Israel lived in their tents as before. {13:6} Nevertheless they didn't depart from the sins of the house of Jeroboam, with which he made Israel to sin, but walked therein: and there remained the Asherah also in Samaria.) {13:7} For he didn't leave to Jehoahaz of the people any more than fifty horsemen, and ten chariots, and ten thousand footmen; for the king of Syria destroyed them, and made them like the dust in threshing. {13:8} Now the rest of the acts of Jehoahaz, and all that he did, and his might, aren't they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? {13:9} Jehoahaz slept with his fathers; and they buried him in Samaria: and Joash his son reigned in his place. {13:10} In the thirty-seventh year of Joash king of Judah, Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz began to reign over Israel in Samaria for sixteen years. {13:11} He did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh; he didn't depart from all the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, with which he made Israel to sin; but he walked therein. {13:12} Now the rest of the acts of Joash, and all that he did, and his might with which he fought against Amaziah king of Judah, aren't they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? {13:13} Joash slept with his fathers; and Jeroboam sat on his throne: and Joash was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel. {13:14} Now Elisha was fallen sick of his sickness of which he died: and Joash the king of Israel came down to him, and wept over him, and said, "My father, my father, the chariots of Israel and its horsemen!" 
{13:15} Elisha said to him, "Take bow and arrows"; and he took to him bow and arrows. {13:16} He said to the king of Israel, "Put your hand on the bow"; and he put his hand on it. Elisha laid his hands on the king's hands. {13:17} He said, "Open the window eastward"; and he opened it. Then Elisha said, "Shoot!" and he shot. He said, "Yahweh's arrow of victory, even the arrow of victory over Syria; for you shall strike the Syrians in Aphek, until you have consumed them." {13:18} He said, "Take the arrows"; and he took them. He said to the king of Israel, "Strike the ground"; and he struck three times, and stopped. {13:19} The man of God was angry with him, and said, "You should have struck five or six times. Then you would have struck Syria until you had consumed it, whereas now you shall strike Syria just three times." {13:20} Elisha died, and they buried him. Now the bands of the Moabites invaded the land at the coming in of the year. {13:21} It happened, as they were burying a man, that behold, they spied a band; and they cast the man into the tomb of Elisha: and as soon as the man touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet. {13:22} Hazael king of Syria oppressed Israel all the days of Jehoahaz. {13:23} But Yahweh was gracious to them, and had compassion on them, and had respect to them, because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and would not destroy them, neither cast he them from his presence as yet. {13:24} Hazael king of Syria died; and Benhadad his son reigned in his place. {13:25} Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz took again out of the hand of Benhadad the son of Hazael the cities which he had taken out of the hand of Jehoahaz his father by war. Joash struck him three times, and recovered the cities of Israel. {14:1} In the second year of Joash son of Joahaz king of Israel began Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah to reign. {14:2} He was twenty-five years old when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem: and his mother's name was Jehoaddin of Jerusalem. {14:3} He did that which was right in the eyes of Yahweh, yet not like David his father: he did according to all that Joash his father had done. {14:4} However the high places were not taken away: the people still sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places. {14:5} It happened, as soon as the kingdom was established in his hand, that he killed his servants who had slain the king his father: {14:6} but the children of the murderers he didn't put to death; according to that which is written in the book of the law of Moses, as Yahweh commanded, saying, "The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, nor the children be put to death for the fathers; but every man shall die for his own sin." {14:7} He killed of Edom in the Valley of Salt ten thousand, and took Sela by war, and called its name Joktheel, to this day. {14:8} Then Amaziah sent messengers to Jehoash, the son of Jehoahaz son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, "Come, let us look one another in the face." 
{14:9} Jehoash the king of Israel sent to Amaziah king of Judah, saying, "The thistle that was in Lebanon sent to the cedar that was in Lebanon, saying, 'Give your daughter to my son as wife. Then a wild animal that was in Lebanon passed by, and trampled down the thistle. {14:10} You have indeed struck Edom, and your heart has lifted you up. Enjoy the glory of it, and stay at home; for why should you meddle to your harm, that you should fall, even you, and Judah with you?'" {14:11} But Amaziah would not listen. So Jehoash king of Israel went up; and he and Amaziah king of Judah looked one another in the face at Beth Shemesh, which belongs to Judah. {14:12} Judah was defeated by Israel; and they fled every man to his tent. {14:13} Jehoash king of Israel took Amaziah king of Judah, the son of Jehoash the son of Ahaziah, at Beth Shemesh, and came to Jerusalem, and broke down the wall of Jerusalem from the gate of Ephraim to the corner gate, four hundred cubits. {14:14} He took all the gold and silver, and all the vessels that were found in the house of Yahweh, and in the treasures of the king's house, the hostages also, and returned to Samaria. {14:15} Now the rest of the acts of Jehoash which he did, and his might, and how he fought with Amaziah king of Judah, aren't they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? {14:16} Jehoash slept with his fathers, and was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel; and Jeroboam his son reigned in his place. {14:17} Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah lived after the death of Jehoash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel fifteen years. {14:18} Now the rest of the acts of Amaziah, aren't they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? {14:19} They made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem; and he fled to Lachish: but they sent after him to Lachish, and killed him there. {14:20} They brought him on horses; and he was buried at Jerusalem with his fathers in the city of David. {14:21} All the people of Judah took Azariah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king in the place of his father Amaziah. {14:22} He built Elath, and restored it to Judah, after that the king slept with his fathers. {14:23} In the fifteenth year of Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah, Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel began to reign in Samaria for forty-one years. {14:24} He did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh: he didn't depart from all the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, with which he made Israel to sin. {14:25} He restored the border of Israel from the entrance of Hamath to the sea of the Arabah, according to the word of Yahweh, the God of Israel, which he spoke by his servant Jonah the son of Amittai, the prophet, who was of Gath Hepher. {14:26} For Yahweh saw the affliction of Israel, that it was very bitter; for there was none shut up nor left at large, neither was there any helper for Israel. {14:27} Yahweh didn't say that he would blot out the name of Israel from under the sky; but he saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash. {14:28} Now the rest of the acts of Jeroboam, and all that he did, and his might, how he warred, and how he recovered Damascus, and Hamath, which had belonged to Judah, for Israel, aren't they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? {14:29} Jeroboam slept with his fathers, even with the kings of Israel; and Zechariah his son reigned in his place. 
{15:1} In the twenty-seventh year of Jeroboam king of Israel began Azariah son of Amaziah king of Judah to reign. {15:2} Sixteen years old was he when he began to reign; and he reigned fifty-two years in Jerusalem: and his mother's name was Jecoliah of Jerusalem. {15:3} He did that which was right in the eyes of Yahweh, according to all that his father Amaziah had done. {15:4} However the high places were not taken away: the people still sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places. {15:5} Yahweh struck the king, so that he was a leper to the day of his death, and lived in a separate house. Jotham the king's son was over the household, judging the people of the land. {15:6} Now the rest of the acts of Azariah, and all that he did, aren't they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? {15:7} Azariah slept with his fathers; and they buried him with his fathers in the city of David: and Jotham his son reigned in his place. {15:8} In the thirty-eighth year of Azariah king of Judah, Zechariah the son of Jeroboam reigned over Israel in Samaria six months. {15:9} He did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh, as his fathers had done: he didn't depart from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, with which he made Israel to sin. {15:10} Shallum the son of Jabesh conspired against him, and struck him before the people, and killed him, and reigned in his place. {15:11} Now the rest of the acts of Zechariah, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel. {15:12} This was the word of Yahweh which he spoke to Jehu, saying, "Your sons to the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel." So it came to pass. {15:13} Shallum the son of Jabesh began to reign in the thirty-ninth year of Uzziah king of Judah; and he reigned for a month in Samaria. {15:14} Menahem the son of Gadi went up from Tirzah, and came to Samaria, and struck Shallum the son of Jabesh in Samaria, and killed him, and reigned in his place. {15:15} Now the rest of the acts of Shallum, and his conspiracy which he made, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel. {15:16} Then Menahem struck Tiphsah, and all who were therein, and its borders, from Tirzah: because they didn't open to him, therefore he struck it; and all the women therein who were with child he ripped up. {15:17} In the nine and thirtieth year of Azariah king of Judah, Menahem the son of Gadi began to reign over Israel for ten years in Samaria. {15:18} He did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh: he didn't depart all his days from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, with which he made Israel to sin. {15:19} There came against the land Pul the king of Assyria; and Menahem gave Pul one thousand talents of silver, that his hand might be with him to confirm the kingdom in his hand. {15:20} Menahem exacted the money of Israel, even of all the mighty men of wealth, of each man fifty shekels of silver, to give to the king of Assyria. So the king of Assyria turned back, and didn't stay there in the land. {15:21} Now the rest of the acts of Menahem, and all that he did, aren't they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? {15:22} Menahem slept with his fathers; and Pekahiah his son reigned in his place. {15:23} In the fiftieth year of Azariah king of Judah Pekahiah the son of Menahem began to reign over Israel in Samaria for two years. {15:24} He did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh: he didn't depart from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, with which he made Israel to sin. {15:25} Pekah the son of Remaliah, his captain, conspired against him, and struck him in Samaria, in the castle of the king's house, with Argob and Arieh; and with him were fifty men of the Gileadites: and he killed him, and reigned in his place. {15:26} Now the rest of the acts of Pekahiah, and all that he did, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel. {15:27} In the two and fiftieth year of Azariah king of Judah Pekah the son of Remaliah began to reign over Israel in Samaria for twenty years. {15:28} He did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh: he didn't depart from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, with which he made Israel to sin. {15:29} In the days of Pekah king of Israel came Tiglath Pileser king of Assyria, and took Ijon, and Abel Beth Maacah, and Janoah, and Kedesh, and Hazor, and Gilead, and Galilee, all the land of Naphtali; and he carried them captive to Assyria. {15:30} Hoshea the son of Elah made a conspiracy against Pekah the son of Remaliah, and struck him, and killed him, and reigned in his place, in the twentieth year of Jotham the son of Uzziah. {15:31} Now the rest of the acts of Pekah, and all that he did, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel. {15:32} In the second year of Pekah the son of Remaliah king of Israel began Jotham the son of Uzziah king of Judah to reign. {15:33} He was twenty-five years old when he began to reign; and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem: and his mother's name was Jerusha the daughter of Zadok. {15:34} He did that which was right in the eyes of Yahweh; he did according to all that his father Uzziah had done. {15:35} However the high places were not taken away: the people still sacrificed and burned incense in the high places. He built the upper gate of the house of Yahweh. {15:36} Now the rest of the acts of Jotham, and all that he did, aren't they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? {15:37} In those days Yahweh began to send against Judah Rezin the king of Syria, and Pekah the son of Remaliah. {15:38} Jotham slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David his father: and Ahaz his son reigned in his place. 
{16:1} In the seventeenth year of Pekah the son of Remaliah Ahaz the son of Jotham king of Judah began to reign. {16:2} Twenty years old was Ahaz when he began to reign; and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem: and he didn't do that which was right in the eyes of Yahweh his God, like David his father. {16:3} But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yes, and made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the nations, whom Yahweh cast out from before the children of Israel. {16:4} He sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree. {16:5} Then Rezin king of Syria and Pekah son of Remaliah king of Israel came up to Jerusalem to war: and they besieged Ahaz, but could not overcome him. {16:6} At that time Rezin king of Syria recovered Elath to Syria, and drove the Jews from Elath; and the Syrians came to Elath, and lived there, to this day. {16:7} So Ahaz sent messengers to Tiglath Pileser king of Assyria, saying, "I am your servant and your son. Come up, and save me out of the hand of the king of Syria, and out of the hand of the king of Israel, who rise up against me." {16:8} Ahaz took the silver and gold that was found in the house of Yahweh, and in the treasures of the king's house, and sent it for a present to the king of Assyria. {16:9} The king of Assyria listened to him; and the king of Assyria went up against Damascus, and took it, and carried its people captive to Kir, and killed Rezin. {16:10} King Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglath Pileser king of Assyria, and saw the altar that was at Damascus; and king Ahaz sent to Urijah the priest the fashion of the altar, and its pattern, according to all its workmanship. {16:11} Urijah the priest built an altar: according to all that king Ahaz had sent from Damascus, so Urijah the priest made it for the coming of king Ahaz from Damascus. {16:12} When the king had come from Damascus, the king saw the altar: and the king drew near to the altar, and offered on it. {16:13} He burnt his burnt offering and his meal offering, and poured his drink offering, and sprinkled the blood of his peace offerings, on the altar. {16:14} The bronze altar, which was before Yahweh, he brought from the forefront of the house, from between his altar and the house of Yahweh, and put it on the north side of his altar. {16:15} King Ahaz commanded Urijah the priest, saying, "On the great altar burn the morning burnt offering, and the evening meal offering, and the king's burnt offering, and his meal offering, with the burnt offering of all the people of the land, and their meal offering, and their drink offerings; and sprinkle on it all the blood of the burnt offering, and all the blood of the sacrifice; but the bronze altar shall be for me to inquire by." {16:16} Urijah the priest did so, according to all that king Ahaz commanded. {16:17} King Ahaz cut off the panels of the bases, and removed the basin from off them, and took down the sea from off the bronze oxen that were under it, and put it on a pavement of stone. {16:18} The covered way for the Sabbath that they had built in the house, and the king's entry outside, turned he to the house of Yahweh, because of the king of Assyria. {16:19} Now the rest of the acts of Ahaz which he did, aren't they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? {16:20} Ahaz slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David: and Hezekiah his son reigned in his place. 
{17:1} In the twelfth year of Ahaz king of Judah, Hoshea the son of Elah began to reign in Samaria over Israel for nine years. {17:2} He did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh, yet not as the kings of Israel who were before him. {17:3} Against him came up Shalmaneser king of Assyria; and Hoshea became his servant, and brought him tribute. {17:4} The king of Assyria found conspiracy in Hoshea; for he had sent messengers to So king of Egypt, and offered no tribute to the king of Assyria, as he had done year by year: therefore the king of Assyria shut him up, and bound him in prison. {17:5} Then the king of Assyria came up throughout all the land, and went up to Samaria, and besieged it three years. {17:6} In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria took Samaria, and carried Israel away to Assyria, and placed them in Halah, and on the Habor, the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes. {17:7} It was so, because the children of Israel had sinned against Yahweh their God, who brought them up out of the land of Egypt from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had feared other gods, {17:8} and walked in the statutes of the nations, whom Yahweh cast out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of Israel, which they made. {17:9} The children of Israel did secretly things that were not right against Yahweh their God: and they built them high places in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the fortified city; {17:10} and they set them up pillars and Asherim on every high hill, and under every green tree; {17:11} and there they burnt incense in all the high places, as did the nations whom Yahweh carried away before them; and they worked wicked things to provoke Yahweh to anger; {17:12} and they served idols, of which Yahweh had said to them, "You shall not do this thing." {17:13} Yet Yahweh testified to Israel, and to Judah, by every prophet, and every seer, saying, "Turn from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets." {17:14} Notwithstanding, they would not listen, but hardened their neck, like the neck of their fathers, who didn't believe in Yahweh their God. {17:15} They rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified to them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and followed the nations that were around them, concerning whom Yahweh had commanded them that they should not do like them. {17:16} They forsook all the commandments of Yahweh their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made an Asherah, and worshiped all the army of the sky, and served Baal. {17:17} They caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh, to provoke him to anger. {17:18} Therefore Yahweh was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah only. {17:19} Also Judah didn't keep the commandments of Yahweh their God, but walked in the statutes of Israel which they made. {17:20} Yahweh rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted them, and delivered them into the hand of spoilers, until he had cast them out of his sight. {17:21} For he tore Israel from the house of David; and they made Jeroboam the son of Nebat king: and Jeroboam drove Israel from following Yahweh, and made them sin a great sin. {17:22} The children of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did; they didn't depart from them; {17:23} until Yahweh removed Israel out of his sight, as he spoke by all his servants the prophets. So Israel was carried away out of their own land to Assyria to this day. {17:24} The king of Assyria brought men from Babylon, and from Cuthah, and from Avva, and from Hamath and Sepharvaim, and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the children of Israel; and they possessed Samaria, and lived in the cities of it. {17:25} So it was, at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they didn't fear Yahweh: therefore Yahweh sent lions among them, which killed some of them. {17:26} Therefore they spoke to the king of Assyria, saying, "The nations which you have carried away, and placed in the cities of Samaria, don't know the law of the god of the land. Therefore he has sent lions among them, and behold, they kill them, because they don't know the law of the god of the land." 
{17:27} Then the king of Assyria commanded, saying, "Carry there one of the priests whom you brought from there; and let them go and dwell there, and let him teach them the law of the god of the land." {17:28} So one of the priests whom they had carried away from Samaria came and lived in Bethel, and taught them how they should fear Yahweh. {17:29} However every nation made gods of their own, and put them in the houses of the high places which the Samaritans had made, every nation in their cities in which they lived. {17:30} The men of Babylon made Succoth Benoth, and the men of Cuth made Nergal, and the men of Hamath made Ashima, {17:31} and the Avvites made Nibhaz and Tartak; and the Sepharvites burnt their children in the fire to Adrammelech and Anammelech, the gods of Sepharvaim. {17:32} So they feared Yahweh, and made to them from among themselves priests of the high places, who sacrificed for them in the houses of the high places. {17:33} They feared Yahweh, and served their own gods, after the ways of the nations from among whom they had been carried away. {17:34} To this day they do what they did before: they don't fear Yahweh, neither do they follow their statutes, or their ordinances, or the law or the commandment which Yahweh commanded the children of Jacob, whom he named Israel; {17:35} with whom Yahweh had made a covenant, and commanded them, saying, "You shall not fear other gods, nor bow yourselves to them, nor serve them, nor sacrifice to them; {17:36} but you shall fear Yahweh, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt with great power and with an outstretched arm, and you shall bow yourselves to him, and you shall sacrifice to him. {17:37} The statutes and the ordinances, and the law and the commandment, which he wrote for you, you shall observe to do forevermore. You shall not fear other gods. {17:38} You shall not forget the covenant that I have made with you; neither shall you fear other gods. {17:39} But you shall fear Yahweh your God; and he will deliver you out of the hand of all your enemies." {17:40} However they did not listen, but they did what they did before. {17:41} So these nations feared Yahweh, and served their engraved images. Their children likewise, and their children's children, as their fathers did, so they do to this day. 
{18:1} Now it happened in the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign. {18:2} He was twenty-five years old when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem: and his mother's name was Abi the daughter of Zechariah. {18:3} He did that which was right in the eyes of Yahweh, according to all that David his father had done. {18:4} He removed the high places, and broke the pillars, and cut down the Asherah: and he broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made; for in those days the children of Israel burned incense to it; and he called it Nehushtan. {18:5} He trusted in Yahweh, the God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor among them that were before him. {18:6} For he joined with Yahweh; he didn't depart from following him, but kept his commandments, which Yahweh commanded Moses. {18:7} Yahweh was with him; wherever he went forth he prospered: and he rebelled against the king of Assyria, and didn't serve him. {18:8} He struck the Philistines to Gaza and its borders, from the tower of the watchmen to the fortified city. {18:9} It happened in the fourth year of king Hezekiah, which was the seventh year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, that Shalmaneser king of Assyria came up against Samaria, and besieged it. {18:10} At the end of three years they took it: in the sixth year of Hezekiah, which was the ninth year of Hoshea king of Israel, Samaria was taken. {18:11} The king of Assyria carried Israel away to Assyria, and put them in Halah, and on the Habor, the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes, {18:12} because they didn't obey the voice of Yahweh their God, but transgressed his covenant, even all that Moses the servant of Yahweh commanded, and would not hear it, nor do it. {18:13} Now in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah, Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the fortified cities of Judah, and took them. {18:14} Hezekiah king of Judah sent to the king of Assyria to Lachish, saying, "I have offended; return from me. That which you put on me, I will bear." The king of Assyria appointed to Hezekiah king of Judah three hundred talents of silver and thirty talents of gold. {18:15} Hezekiah gave him all the silver that was found in the house of Yahweh, and in the treasures of the king's house. {18:16} At that time, Hezekiah cut off the gold from the doors of Yahweh's temple, and from the pillars which Hezekiah king of Judah had overlaid, and gave it to the king of Assyria. {18:17} The king of Assyria sent Tartan and Rabsaris and Rabshakeh from Lachish to king Hezekiah with a great army to Jerusalem. They went up and came to Jerusalem. When they had come up, they came and stood by the conduit of the upper pool, which is in the highway of the fuller's field. {18:18} When they had called to the king, there came out to them Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, and Shebnah the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph the recorder. {18:19} Rabshakeh said to them, "Say now to Hezekiah, 'Thus says the great king, the king of Assyria, "What confidence is this in which you trust? {18:20} You say (but they are but vain words), 'There is counsel and strength for war.' Now on whom do you trust, that you have rebelled against me? {18:21} Now, behold, you trust in the staff of this bruised reed, even in Egypt. If a man leans on it, it will go into his hand, and pierce it. So is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who trust on him. {18:22} But if you tell me, 'We trust in Yahweh our God;' isn't that he whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah has taken away, and has said to Judah and to Jerusalem, 'You shall worship before this altar in Jerusalem?' {18:23} Now therefore, please give pledges to my master the king of Assyria, and I will give you two thousand horses, if you are able on your part to set riders on them. {18:24} How then can you turn away the face of one captain of the least of my master's servants, and put your trust on Egypt for chariots and for horsemen? {18:25} Have I now come up without Yahweh against this place to destroy it? Yahweh said to me, 'Go up against this land, and destroy it.'"'" 
{18:26} Then Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, and Shebnah, and Joah, said to Rabshakeh, "Please speak to your servants in the Syrian language; for we understand it. Don't speak with us in the Jews' language, in the hearing of the people who are on the wall." {18:27} But Rabshakeh said to them, "Has my master sent me to your master, and to you, to speak these words? Hasn't he sent me to the men who sit on the wall, to eat their own dung, and to drink their own water with you?" {18:28} Then Rabshakeh stood, and cried with a loud voice in the Jews' language, and spoke, saying, "Hear the word of the great king, the king of Assyria. {18:29} Thus says the king, 'Don't let Hezekiah deceive you; for he will not be able to deliver you out of his hand. {18:30} Neither let Hezekiah make you trust in Yahweh, saying, "Yahweh will surely deliver us, and this city shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria." {18:31} Don't listen to Hezekiah.' For thus says the king of Assyria, 'Make your peace with me, and come out to me; and everyone of you eat of his vine, and everyone of his fig tree, and everyone drink the waters of his own cistern; {18:32} until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of olive trees and of honey, that you may live, and not die. Don't listen to Hezekiah, when he persuades you, saying, "Yahweh will deliver us." {18:33} Has any of the gods of the nations ever delivered his land out of the hand of the king of Assyria? {18:34} Where are the gods of Hamath, and of Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim, of Hena, and Ivvah? Have they delivered Samaria out of my hand? {18:35} Who are they among all the gods of the countries, that have delivered their country out of my hand, that Yahweh should deliver Jerusalem out of my hand?'" {18:36} But the people held their peace, and answered him not a word; for the king's commandment was, "Don't answer him." {18:37} Then Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, came with Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph the recorder, to Hezekiah with their clothes torn, and told him the words of Rabshakeh. 
{19:1} It happened, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he tore his clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of Yahweh. {19:2} He sent Eliakim, who was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth, to Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz. {19:3} They said to him, "Thus says Hezekiah, 'This day is a day of trouble, of rebuke, and of rejection; for the children have come to the point of birth, and there is no strength to deliver them. {19:4} It may be Yahweh your God will hear all the words of Rabshakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master has sent to defy the living God, and will rebuke the words which Yahweh your God has heard. Therefore lift up your prayer for the remnant that is left.'" {19:5} So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah. {19:6} Isaiah said to them, "Thus you shall tell your master, 'Thus says Yahweh, "Don't be afraid of the words that you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me. {19:7} Behold, I will put a spirit in him, and he will hear news, and will return to his own land. I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land."'" {19:8} So Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah; for he had heard that he had departed from Lachish. {19:9} When he heard it said of Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, "Behold, he has come out to fight against you, he sent messengers again to Hezekiah, saying, {19:10} 'Thus you shall speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, "Don't let your God in whom you trust deceive you, saying, Jerusalem will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria. {19:11} Behold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, by destroying them utterly. Will you be delivered? {19:12} Have the gods of the nations delivered them, which my fathers have destroyed, Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and the children of Eden that were in Telassar? {19:13} Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arpad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, of Hena, and Ivvah?"'" {19:14} Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it. Then Hezekiah went up to the house of Yahweh, and spread it before Yahweh. {19:15} Hezekiah prayed before Yahweh, and said, "Yahweh, the God of Israel, who sit above the cherubim, you are the God, even you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. {19:16} Incline your ear, Yahweh, and hear. Open your eyes, Yahweh, and see. Hear the words of Sennacherib, with which he has sent to defy the living God. {19:17} Truly, Yahweh, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations and their lands, {19:18} and have cast their gods into the fire; for they were no gods, but the work of men's hands, wood and stone. Therefore they have destroyed them. {19:19} Now therefore, Yahweh our God, save us, I beg you, out of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, Yahweh, are God alone." 
{19:20} Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, "Thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel, 'Whereas you have prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria, I have heard you. {19:21} This is the word that Yahweh has spoken concerning him: "The virgin daughter of Zion has despised you and ridiculed you. The daughter of Jerusalem has shaken her head at you. {19:22} Whom have you defied and blasphemed? Against whom have you exalted your voice and lifted up your eyes on high? Against the Holy One of Israel. {19:23} By your messengers you have defied the Lord, and have said, 'With the multitude of my chariots, I have come up to the height of the mountains, to the innermost parts of Lebanon; and I will cut down its tall cedars, and its choice fir trees; and I will enter into his farthest lodging place, the forest of his fruitful field. {19:24} I have dug and drunk strange waters, and with the sole of my feet will I dry up all the rivers of Egypt.' {19:25} Haven't you heard how I have done it long ago, and formed it of ancient times? Now have I brought it to pass, that it should be yours to lay waste fortified cities into ruinous heaps. {19:26} Therefore their inhabitants were of small power. They were dismayed and confounded. They were like the grass of the field, and like the green herb, like the grass on the housetops, and like grain blasted before it has grown up. {19:27} But I know your sitting down, and your going out, and your coming in, and your raging against me. {19:28} Because of your raging against me, and because your arrogance has come up into my ears, therefore will I put my hook in your nose, and my bridle in your lips, and I will turn you back by the way by which you came." {19:29} "'This shall be the sign to you: You shall eat this year that which grows of itself, and in the second year that which springs of the same; and in the third year sow, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat its fruit. {19:30} The remnant that has escaped of the house of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward. {19:31} For out of Jerusalem a remnant will go out, and out of Mount Zion those who shall escape. The zeal of Yahweh will perform this.' 
{19:32} "Therefore thus says Yahweh concerning the king of Assyria, 'He shall not come to this city, nor shoot an arrow there, neither shall he come before it with shield, nor cast up a mound against it. {19:33} By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and he shall not come to this city,' says Yahweh. {19:34} 'For I will defend this city to save it, for my own sake, and for my servant David's sake.'" {19:35} It happened that night, that the angel of Yahweh went out, and struck one hundred eighty-five thousand in the camp of the Assyrians. When men arose early in the morning, behold, these were all dead bodies. {19:36} So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and lived at Nineveh. {19:37} It happened, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer struck him with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Ararat. Esar Haddon his son reigned in his place. {20:1} In those days was Hezekiah sick to death. Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him, and said to him, "Thus says Yahweh, 'Set your house in order; for you shall die, and not live.'" {20:2} Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed to Yahweh, saying, {20:3} "Remember now, Yahweh, I beg you, how I have walked before you in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in your sight." Hezekiah wept bitterly. {20:4} It happened, before Isaiah had gone out into the middle part of the city, that the word of Yahweh came to him, saying, {20:5} "Turn back, and tell Hezekiah the prince of my people, 'Thus says Yahweh, the God of David your father, "I have heard your prayer. I have seen your tears. Behold, I will heal you. On the third day, you shall go up to the house of Yahweh. {20:6} I will add to your days fifteen years. I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my own sake, and for my servant David's sake."'" {20:7} Isaiah said, "Take a cake of figs." They took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered. {20:8} Hezekiah said to Isaiah, "What shall be the sign that Yahweh will heal me, and that I shall go up to the house of Yahweh the third day?" 
{20:9} Isaiah said, "This shall be the sign to you from Yahweh, that Yahweh will do the thing that he has spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten steps, or go back ten steps?" {20:10} Hezekiah answered, "It is a light thing for the shadow to go forward ten steps. Nay, but let the shadow return backward ten steps." {20:11} Isaiah the prophet cried to Yahweh; and he brought the shadow ten steps backward, by which it had gone down on the dial of Ahaz. {20:12} At that time Berodach Baladan the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah; for he had heard that Hezekiah had been sick. {20:13} Hezekiah listened to them, and showed them all the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious oil, and the house of his armor, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah didn't show them. {20:14} Then Isaiah the prophet came to king Hezekiah, and said to him, "What did these men say? From where did they come to you?" Hezekiah said, "They have come from a far country, even from Babylon." {20:15} He said, "What have they seen in your house?" Hezekiah answered, "They have seen all that is in my house. There is nothing among my treasures that I have not shown them." {20:16} Isaiah said to Hezekiah, "Hear the word of Yahweh. {20:17} 'Behold, the days come, that all that is in your house, and that which your fathers have laid up in store to this day, shall be carried to Babylon. Nothing shall be left,' says Yahweh. {20:18} 'Of your sons who shall issue from you, whom you shall father, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.'" {20:19} Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, "The word of Yahweh which you have spoken is good." He said moreover, "Isn't it so, if peace and truth shall be in my days?" {20:20} Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and all his might, and how he made the pool, and the conduit, and brought water into the city, aren't they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? {20:21} Hezekiah slept with his fathers; and Manasseh his son reigned in his place. 
{21:1} Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign; and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem: and his mother's name was Hephzibah. {21:2} He did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh, after the abominations of the nations whom Yahweh cast out before the children of Israel. {21:3} For he built again the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, and made an Asherah, as did Ahab king of Israel, and worshiped all the army of the sky, and served them. {21:4} He built altars in the house of Yahweh, of which Yahweh said, "I will put my name in Jerusalem." {21:5} He built altars for all the army of the sky in the two courts of the house of Yahweh. {21:6} He made his son to pass through the fire, and practiced sorcery, and used enchantments, and dealt with those who had familiar spirits, and with wizards: he worked much evil in the sight of Yahweh, to provoke him to anger. {21:7} He set the engraved image of Asherah, that he had made, in the house of which Yahweh said to David and to Solomon his son, "In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, will I put my name forever; {21:8} neither will I cause the feet of Israel to wander any more out of the land which I gave their fathers, if only they will observe to do according to all that I have commanded them, and according to all the law that my servant Moses commanded them." {21:9} But they didn't listen: and Manasseh seduced them to do that which is evil more than the nations did whom Yahweh destroyed before the children of Israel. {21:10} Yahweh spoke by his servants the prophets, saying, {21:11} "Because Manasseh king of Judah has done these abominations, and has done wickedly above all that the Amorites did, who were before him, and has made Judah also to sin with his idols; {21:12} therefore thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel, 'Behold, I bring such evil on Jerusalem and Judah, that whoever hears of it, both his ears shall tingle. {21:13} I will stretch over Jerusalem the line of Samaria, and the plummet of the house of Ahab; and I will wipe Jerusalem as a man wipes a dish, wiping it and turning it upside down. {21:14} I will cast off the remnant of my inheritance, and deliver them into the hand of their enemies. They will become a prey and a spoil to all their enemies; {21:15} because they have done that which is evil in my sight, and have provoked me to anger, since the day their fathers came forth out of Egypt, even to this day.'" 
{21:16} Moreover Manasseh shed innocent blood very much, until he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another; besides his sin with which he made Judah to sin, in doing that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh. {21:17} Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, and all that he did, and his sin that he sinned, aren't they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? {21:18} Manasseh slept with his fathers, and was buried in the garden of his own house, in the garden of Uzza: and Amon his son reigned in his place. {21:19} Amon was twenty-two years old when he began to reign; and he reigned two years in Jerusalem: and his mother's name was Meshullemeth the daughter of Haruz of Jotbah. {21:20} He did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh, as Manasseh his father did. {21:21} He walked in all the way that his father walked in, and served the idols that his father served, and worshiped them: {21:22} and he forsook Yahweh, the God of his fathers, and didn't walk in the way of Yahweh. {21:23} The servants of Amon conspired against him, and put the king to death in his own house. {21:24} But the people of the land killed all those who had conspired against king Amon; and the people of the land made Josiah his son king in his place. {21:25} Now the rest of the acts of Amon which he did, aren't they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? {21:26} He was buried in his tomb in the garden of Uzza: and Josiah his son reigned in his place. {22:1} Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign; and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem: and his mother's name was Jedidah the daughter of Adaiah of Bozkath. {22:2} He did that which was right in the eyes of Yahweh, and walked in all the way of David his father, and didn't turn aside to the right hand or to the left. {22:3} It happened in the eighteenth year of king Josiah, that the king sent Shaphan, the son of Azaliah the son of Meshullam, the scribe, to the house of Yahweh, saying, {22:4} "Go up to Hilkiah the high priest, that he may sum the money which is brought into the house of Yahweh, which the keepers of the threshold have gathered of the people. {22:5} Let them deliver it into the hand of the workmen who have the oversight of the house of Yahweh; and let them give it to the workmen who are in the house of Yahweh, to repair the breaches of the house, {22:6} to the carpenters, and to the builders, and to the masons, and for buying timber and cut stone to repair the house. {22:7} However there was no accounting made with them of the money that was delivered into their hand; for they dealt faithfully." 
{22:8} Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the scribe, "I have found the book of the law in the house of Yahweh." Hilkiah delivered the book to Shaphan, and he read it. {22:9} Shaphan the scribe came to the king, and brought the king word again, and said, "Your servants have emptied out the money that was found in the house, and have delivered it into the hand of the workmen who have the oversight of the house of Yahweh." {22:10} Shaphan the scribe told the king, saying, "Hilkiah the priest has delivered a book to me." Shaphan read it before the king. {22:11} It happened, when the king had heard the words of the book of the law, that he tore his clothes. {22:12} The king commanded Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Achbor the son of Micaiah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah the king's servant, saying, {22:13} "Go inquire of Yahweh for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that is found; for great is the wrath of Yahweh that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not listened to the words of this book, to do according to all that which is written concerning us." {22:14} So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asaiah, went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe (now she lived in Jerusalem in the second quarter); and they talked with her. {22:15} She said to them, "Thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel: 'Tell the man who sent you to me, {22:16} "Thus says Yahweh, 'Behold, I will bring evil on this place, and on its inhabitants, even all the words of the book which the king of Judah has read. {22:17} Because they have forsaken me, and have burned incense to other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the work of their hands, therefore my wrath shall be kindled against this place, and it shall not be quenched.'" {22:18} But to the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of Yahweh, thus you shall tell him, "Thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel: 'Concerning the words which you have heard, {22:19} because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before Yahweh, when you heard what I spoke against this place, and against its inhabitants, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and have torn your clothes, and wept before me; I also have heard you,' says Yahweh. {22:20} 'Therefore behold, I will gather you to your fathers, and you shall be gathered to your grave in peace, neither shall your eyes see all the evil which I will bring on this place.'"'" They brought back this message to the king. 
{23:1} The king sent, and they gathered to him all the elders of Judah and of Jerusalem. {23:2} The king went up to the house of Yahweh, and all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem with him, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the people, both small and great: and he read in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant which was found in the house of Yahweh. {23:3} The king stood by the pillar, and made a covenant before Yahweh, to walk after Yahweh, and to keep his commandments, and his testimonies, and his statutes, with all his heart, and all his soul, to confirm the words of this covenant that were written in this book: and all the people stood to the covenant. {23:4} The king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of the second order, and the keepers of the threshold, to bring forth out of Yahweh's temple all the vessels that were made for Baal, and for the Asherah, and for all the army of the sky, and he burned them outside of Jerusalem in the fields of the Kidron, and carried their ashes to Bethel. {23:5} He put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in the places around Jerusalem; those also who burned incense to Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the army of the sky. {23:6} He brought out the Asherah from the house of Yahweh, outside of Jerusalem, to the brook Kidron, and burned it at the brook Kidron, and beat it to dust, and cast its dust on the graves of the common people. {23:7} He broke down the houses of the sodomites, that were in the house of Yahweh, where the women wove hangings for the Asherah. {23:8} He brought all the priests out of the cities of Judah, and defiled the high places where the priests had burned incense, from Geba to Beersheba; and he broke down the high places of the gates that were at the entrance of the gate of Joshua the governor of the city, which were on a man's left hand at the gate of the city. {23:9} Nevertheless the priests of the high places didn't come up to the altar of Yahweh in Jerusalem, but they ate unleavened bread among their brothers. {23:10} He defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Molech. {23:11} He took away the horses that the kings of Judah had given to the sun, at the entrance of the house of Yahweh, by the room of Nathan Melech the officer, who was in the court; and he burned the chariots of the sun with fire. {23:12} The king broke down the altars that were on the roof of the upper room of Ahaz, which the kings of Judah had made, and the altars which Manasseh had made in the two courts of the house of Yahweh, and beat them down from there, and cast their dust into the brook Kidron. {23:13} The the king defiled the high places that were before Jerusalem, which were on the right hand of the mountain of corruption, which Solomon the king of Israel had built for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Sidonians, and for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, and for Milcom the abomination of the children of Ammon. {23:14} He broke in pieces the pillars, and cut down the Asherim, and filled their places with the bones of men. {23:15} Moreover the altar that was at Bethel, and the high place which Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, had made, even that altar and the high place he broke down; and he burned the high place and beat it to dust, and burned the Asherah. {23:16} As Josiah turned himself, he spied the tombs that were there in the mountain; and he sent, and took the bones out of the tombs, and burned them on the altar, and defiled it, according to the word of Yahweh which the man of God proclaimed, who proclaimed these things. {23:17} Then he said, "What monument is that which I see?" 
{23:18} He said, "Let him be! Let no man move his bones." So they let his bones alone, with the bones of the prophet who came out of Samaria. {23:19} All the houses also of the high places that were in the cities of Samaria, which the kings of Israel had made to provoke Yahweh to anger, Josiah took away, and did to them according to all the acts that he had done in Bethel. {23:20} He killed all the priests of the high places that were there, on the altars, and burned men's bones on them; and he returned to Jerusalem. {23:21} The king commanded all the people, saying, "Keep the Passover to Yahweh your God, as it is written in this book of the covenant." {23:22} Surely there was not kept such a Passover from the days of the judges who judged Israel, nor in all the days of the kings of Israel, nor of the kings of Judah; {23:23} but in the eighteenth year of king Josiah was this Passover kept to Yahweh in Jerusalem. {23:24} Moreover Josiah removed those who had familiar spirits, and the wizards, and the teraphim, and the idols, and all the abominations that were seen in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, that he might confirm the words of the law which were written in the book that Hilkiah the priest found in the house of Yahweh. {23:25} Like him was there no king before him, who turned to Yahweh with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose there any like him. {23:26} Notwithstanding, Yahweh didn't turn from the fierceness of his great wrath, with which his anger was kindled against Judah, because of all the provocation with which Manasseh had provoked him. {23:27} Yahweh said, "I will remove Judah also out of my sight, as I have removed Israel, and I will cast off this city which I have chosen, even Jerusalem, and the house of which I said, 'My name shall be there.'" {23:28} Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and all that he did, aren't they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? {23:29} In his days Pharaoh Necoh king of Egypt went up against the king of Assyria to the river Euphrates: and king Josiah went against him; and Pharaoh Necoh killed him at Megiddo, when he had seen him. {23:30} His servants carried him in a chariot dead from Megiddo, and brought him to Jerusalem, and buried him in his own tomb. The people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and anointed him, and made him king in his father's place. {23:31} Jehoahaz was twenty-three years old when he began to reign; and he reigned three months in Jerusalem: and his mother's name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. {23:32} He did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh, according to all that his fathers had done. {23:33} Pharaoh Necoh put him in bonds at Riblah in the land of Hamath, that he might not reign in Jerusalem; and put the land to a tribute of one hundred talents of silver, and a talent of gold. {23:34} Pharaoh Necoh made Eliakim the son of Josiah king in the place of Josiah his father, and changed his name to Jehoiakim: but he took Jehoahaz away; and he came to Egypt, and died there. {23:35} Jehoiakim gave the silver and the gold to Pharaoh; but he taxed the land to give the money according to the commandment of Pharaoh: he exacted the silver and the gold of the people of the land, of everyone according to his taxation, to give it to Pharaoh Necoh. {23:36} Jehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he began to reign; and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem: and his mother's name was Zebidah the daughter of Pedaiah of Rumah. {23:37} He did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh, according to all that his fathers had done. 
{24:1} In his days Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up, and Jehoiakim became his servant three years: then he turned and rebelled against him. {24:2} Yahweh sent against him bands of the Chaldeans, and bands of the Syrians, and bands of the Moabites, and bands of the children of Ammon, and sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of Yahweh, which he spoke by his servants the prophets. {24:3} Surely at the commandment of Yahweh came this on Judah, to remove them out of his sight, for the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he did, {24:4} and also for the innocent blood that he shed; for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood: and Yahweh would not pardon. {24:5} Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, and all that he did, aren't they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? {24:6} So Jehoiakim slept with his fathers; and Jehoiachin his son reigned in his place. {24:7} The king of Egypt didn't come again out of his land any more; for the king of Babylon had taken, from the brook of Egypt to the river Euphrates, all that pertained to the king of Egypt. {24:8} Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he began to reign; and he reigned in Jerusalem three months: and his mother's name was Nehushta the daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem. {24:9} He did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh, according to all that his father had done. {24:10} At that time the servants of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up to Jerusalem, and the city was besieged. {24:11} Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to the city, while his servants were besieging it; {24:12} and Jehoiachin the king of Judah went out to the king of Babylon, he, and his mother, and his servants, and his princes, and his officers: and the king of Babylon took him in the eighth year of his reign. {24:13} He carried out there all the treasures of the house of Yahweh, and the treasures of the king's house, and cut in pieces all the vessels of gold, which Solomon king of Israel had made in Yahweh's temple, as Yahweh had said. {24:14} He carried away all Jerusalem, and all the princes, and all the mighty men of valor, even ten thousand captives, and all the craftsmen and the smiths; none remained, except the poorest sort of the people of the land. {24:15} He carried away Jehoiachin to Babylon; and the king's mother, and the king's wives, and his officers, and the chief men of the land, carried he into captivity from Jerusalem to Babylon. {24:16} All the men of might, even seven thousand, and the craftsmen and the smiths one thousand, all of them strong and apt for war, even them the king of Babylon brought captive to Babylon. {24:17} The king of Babylon made Mattaniah, Jehoiachin's father's brother, king is his place, and changed his name to Zedekiah. {24:18} Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he began to reign; and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem: and his mother's name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. {24:19} He did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh, according to all that Jehoiakim had done. {24:20} For through the anger of Yahweh, it happened in Jerusalem and Judah, until he had cast them out from his presence. Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon. 
{25:1} It happened in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, he and all his army, against Jerusalem, and encamped against it; and they built forts against it around it. {25:2} So the city was besieged to the eleventh year of king Zedekiah. {25:3} On the ninth day of the fourth month the famine was severe in the city, so that there was no bread for the people of the land. {25:4} Then a breach was made in the city, and all the men of war fled by night by the way of the gate between the two walls, which was by the king's garden (now the Chaldeans were against the city around it); and the king went by the way of the Arabah. {25:5} But the army of the Chaldeans pursued after the king, and overtook him in the plains of Jericho; and all his army was scattered from him. {25:6} Then they took the king, and carried him up to the king of Babylon to Riblah; and they gave judgment on him. {25:7} They killed the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, and put out the eyes of Zedekiah, and bound him in fetters, and carried him to Babylon. {25:8} Now in the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month, which was the nineteenth year of king Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, came Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard, a servant of the king of Babylon, to Jerusalem. {25:9} He burnt the house of Yahweh, and the king's house; and all the houses of Jerusalem, even every great house, burnt he with fire. {25:10} All the army of the Chaldeans, who were with the captain of the guard, broke down the walls around Jerusalem. {25:11} Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away captive the residue of the people who were left in the city, and those who fell away, who fell to the king of Babylon, and the residue of the multitude. {25:12} But the captain of the guard left some of the poorest of the land to work the vineyards and fields. {25:13} The Chaldeans broke up the pillars of brass that were in the house of Yahweh and the bases and the bronze sea that were in the house of Yahweh, and carried the brass pieces to Babylon. {25:14} They took away the pots, the shovels, the snuffers, the spoons, and all the vessels of brass with which they ministered. {25:15} The captain of the guard took away the fire pans, the basins, that which was of gold, in gold, and that which was of silver, in silver. {25:16} The two pillars, the one sea, and the bases, which Solomon had made for the house of Yahweh, the brass of all these vessels was without weight. {25:17} The height of the one pillar was eighteen cubits, and a capital of brass was on it; and the height of the capital was three cubits, with network and pomegranates on the capital around it, all of brass: and like to these had the second pillar with network. {25:18} The captain of the guard took Seraiah the chief priest, and Zephaniah the second priest, and the three keepers of the threshold: {25:19} and out of the city he took an officer who was set over the men of war; and five men of those who saw the king's face, who were found in the city; and the scribe, the captain of the army, who mustered the people of the land; and sixty men of the people of the land, who were found in the city. {25:20} Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard took them, and brought them to the king of Babylon to Riblah. {25:21} The king of Babylon struck them, and put them to death at Riblah in the land of Hamath. So Judah was carried away captive out of his land. {25:22} As for the people who were left in the land of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had left, even over them he made Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, governor. {25:23} Now when all the captains of the forces, they and their men, heard that the king of Babylon had made Gedaliah governor, they came to Gedaliah to Mizpah, even Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and Seraiah the son of Tanhumeth the Netophathite, and Jaazaniah the son of the Maacathite, they and their men. {25:24} Gedaliah swore to them and to their men, and said to them, "Don't be afraid because of the servants of the Chaldeans. Dwell in the land, and serve the king of Babylon, and it shall be well with you." 
{25:25} But it happened in the seventh month, that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, the son of Elishama, of the royal seed came, and ten men with him, and struck Gedaliah, so that he died, and the Jews and the Chaldeans that were with him at Mizpah. {25:26} All the people, both small and great, and the captains of the forces, arose, and came to Egypt; for they were afraid of the Chaldeans. {25:27} It happened in the seven and thirtieth year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, that Evilmerodach king of Babylon, in the year that he began to reign, lifted up the head of Jehoiachin king of Judah out of prison; {25:28} and he spoke kindly to him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings who were with him in Babylon, {25:29} and changed his prison garments. Jehoiachin ate bread before him continually all the days of his life: {25:30} and for his allowance, there was a continual allowance given him of the king, every day a portion, all the days of his life. ________________________________________________________________________ Footnotes: [1] {1:3} "Yahweh" is God's proper Name, sometimes rendered "LORD" (all caps) in other translations. [2] {1:3} The Hebrew word rendered "God" is "Elohim." [3] {7:6} The word translated "Lord" is "Adonai." [4] {9:8} or, male 
{1:1} Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained a like precious faith with us in the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ: {1:2} Grace to you and peace be multiplied in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, {1:3} seeing that his divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and virtue; {1:4} by which he has granted to us his precious and exceedingly great promises; that through these you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world by lust. {1:5} Yes, and for this very cause adding on your part all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence; and in moral excellence, knowledge; {1:6} and in knowledge, self-control; and in self-control patience; and in patience godliness; {1:7} and in godliness brotherly affection; and in brotherly affection, love. {1:8} For if these things are yours and abound, they make you to be not idle nor unfruitful to the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. {1:9} For he who lacks these things is blind, seeing only what is near, having forgotten the cleansing from his old sins. {1:10} Therefore, [1>]brothers,[<1] be more diligent to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never stumble. {1:11} For thus you will be richly supplied with the entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. {1:12} Therefore I will not be negligent to remind you of these things, though you know them, and are established in the present truth. {1:13} I think it right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you; {1:14} knowing that the putting off of my tent comes swiftly, even as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. {1:15} Yes, I will make every effort that you may always be able to remember these things even after my departure. {1:16} For we did not follow cunningly devised fables, when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. {1:17} For he received from God the Father honor and glory, when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."[2] {1:18} We heard this voice come out of heaven when we were with him on the holy mountain. 
{1:19} We have the more sure word of prophecy; and you do well that you heed it, as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns, and the morning star arises in your hearts: {1:20} knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of private interpretation. {1:21} For no prophecy ever came by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke, being moved by the Holy Spirit. {2:1} But false prophets also arose among the people, as false teachers will also be among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, denying even the Master who bought them, bringing on themselves swift destruction. {2:2} Many will follow their [3>]immoral[<3] ways, and as a result, the way of the truth will be maligned. {2:3} In covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words: whose sentence now from of old doesn't linger, and their destruction will not slumber. {2:4} For if God didn't spare angels when they sinned, but cast them down to [4>]Tartarus[<4], and committed them to pits of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; {2:5} and didn't spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah with seven others, a preacher of righteousness, when he brought a flood on the world of the ungodly; {2:6} and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly; {2:7} and delivered righteous Lot, who was very distressed by the lustful life of the wicked {2:8} (for that righteous man dwelling among them, was tormented in his righteous soul from day to day with seeing and hearing lawless deeds): {2:9} the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptation and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment; {2:10} but chiefly those who walk after the flesh in the lust of defilement, and despise authority. Daring, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries; {2:11} whereas angels, though greater in might and power, don't bring a railing judgment against them before the Lord. {2:12} But these, as unreasoning creatures, born natural animals to be taken and destroyed, speaking evil in matters about which they are ignorant, will in their destroying surely be destroyed, {2:13} receiving the wages of unrighteousness; people who count it pleasure to revel in the daytime, spots and blemishes, reveling in their deceit while they feast with you; {2:14} having eyes full of adultery, and who can't cease from sin; enticing unsettled souls; having a heart trained in greed; children of cursing; {2:15} forsaking the right way, they went astray, having followed the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of wrongdoing; {2:16} but he was rebuked for his own disobedience. A mute donkey spoke with a man's voice and stopped the madness of the prophet. {2:17} These are wells without water, clouds driven by a storm; for whom the blackness of darkness has been reserved forever. {2:18} For, uttering great swelling words of emptiness, they entice in the lusts of the flesh, by licentiousness, those who are indeed escaping from those who live in error; {2:19} promising them liberty, while they themselves are bondservants of corruption; for a man is brought into bondage by whoever overcomes him. 
{2:20} For if, after they have escaped the defilement of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in it and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. {2:21} For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after knowing it, to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them. {2:22} But it has happened to them according to the true proverb, "The dog turns to his own vomit again,"[5] and "the sow that has washed to wallowing in the mire." {3:1} This is now, beloved, the second letter that I have written to you; and in both of them I stir up your sincere mind by reminding you; {3:2} that you should remember the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and the commandments of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior: {3:3} knowing this first, that in the last days mockers will come, walking after their own lusts, {3:4} and saying, "Where is the promise of his coming? For, from the day that the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation." {3:5} For this they willfully forget, that there were heavens from of old, and an earth formed out of water and amid water, by the word of God; {3:6} by which means the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished. {3:7} But the heavens that now are, and the earth, by the same word have been stored up for fire, being reserved against the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. {3:8} But don't forget this one thing, beloved, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. {3:9} The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some count slowness; but is patient with us, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. {3:10} But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fervent heat, and the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. {3:11} Therefore since all these things will be destroyed like this, what kind of people ought you to be in holy living and godliness, {3:12} looking for and earnestly desiring the coming of the day of God, which will cause the burning heavens to be dissolved, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? {3:13} But, according to his promise, we look for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. 
{3:14} Therefore, beloved, seeing that you look for these things, be diligent to be found in peace, without blemish and blameless in his sight. {3:15} Regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also, according to the wisdom given to him, wrote to you; {3:16} as also in all of his letters, speaking in them of these things. In those, there are some things that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unsettled twist, as they also do to the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. {3:17} You therefore, beloved, knowing these things beforehand, beware, lest being carried away with the error of the wicked, you fall from your own steadfastness. {3:18} But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and forever. Amen. ________________________________________________________________________ Footnotes: [1] {1:10} The word for "brothers" here and where context allows may also be correctly translated "brothers and sisters" or "siblings." [2] {1:17} Matthew 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35 [3] {2:2} TR reads "destructive" instead of "immoral" [4] {2:4} Tartarus is another name for Hell [5] {2:22} Proverbs 26:11 
{1:1} It happened after the death of Saul, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, and David had stayed two days in Ziklag; {1:2} it happened on the third day, that behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul, with his clothes torn, and earth on his head: and so it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the earth, and showed respect. {1:3} David said to him, "Where do you come from?" He said to him, "I have escaped out of the camp of Israel." {1:4} David said to him, "How did it go? Please tell me." He answered, "The people have fled from the battle, and many of the people also have fallen and are dead; and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also." {1:5} David said to the young man who told him, "How do you know that Saul and Jonathan his son are dead?" {1:6} The young man who told him said, "As I happened by chance on Mount Gilboa, behold, Saul was leaning on his spear; and behold, the chariots and the horsemen followed hard after him. {1:7} When he looked behind him, he saw me, and called to me. I answered, 'Here I am.' {1:8} He said to me, 'Who are you?' I answered him, 'I am an Amalekite.' {1:9} He said to me, 'Please stand beside me, and kill me; for anguish has taken hold of me, because my life is yet whole in me.' {1:10} So I stood beside him, and killed him, because I was sure that he could not live after that he had fallen. I took the crown that was on his head, and the bracelet that was on his arm, and have brought them here to my lord." {1:11} Then David took hold on his clothes, and tore them; and likewise all the men who were with him. {1:12} They mourned, and wept, and fasted until evening, for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of [1>]Yahweh,[<1] and for the house of Israel; because they were fallen by the sword. {1:13} David said to the young man who told him, "Where are you from?" He answered, "I am the son of a foreigner, an Amalekite." {1:14} David said to him, "How were you not afraid to put forth your hand to destroy Yahweh's anointed?" {1:15} David called one of the young men, and said, "Go near, and fall on him." He struck him, so that he died. {1:16} David said to him, "Your blood be on your head; for your mouth has testified against you, saying, 'I have slain Yahweh's anointed.'" 
{1:17} David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son {1:18} (and he commanded them to teach the children of Judah the song of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jashar): {1:19} "Your glory, Israel, is slain on your high places! How the mighty have fallen! {1:20} Don't tell it in Gath. Don't publish it in the streets of Ashkelon, lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph. {1:21} You mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew nor rain on you, neither fields of offerings; For there the shield of the mighty was vilely cast away, The shield of Saul was not anointed with oil. {1:22} From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, Jonathan's bow didn't turn back. Saul's sword didn't return empty. {1:23} Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives. In their death, they were not divided. They were swifter than eagles. They were stronger than lions. {1:24} You daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet delicately, who put ornaments of gold on your clothing. {1:25} How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! Jonathan is slain on your high places. {1:26} I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan. You have been very pleasant to me. Your love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women. {1:27} How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!" {2:1} It happened after this, that David inquired of Yahweh, saying, "Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah?" Yahweh said to him, "Go up." David said, "Where shall I go up?" He said, "To Hebron." {2:2} So David went up there, and his two wives also, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite. {2:3} David brought up his men who were with him, every man with his household. They lived in the cities of Hebron. {2:4} The men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah. They told David, saying, "The men of Jabesh Gilead were those who buried Saul." {2:5} David sent messengers to the men of Jabesh Gilead, and said to them, "Blessed are you by Yahweh, that you have shown this kindness to your lord, even to Saul, and have buried him. {2:6} Now may Yahweh show loving kindness and truth to you. I also will reward you for this kindness, because you have done this thing. {2:7} Now therefore let your hands be strong, and be valiant; for Saul your lord is dead, and also the house of Judah have anointed me king over them." 
{2:8} Now Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul's army, had taken Ishbosheth the son of Saul, and brought him over to Mahanaim; {2:9} and he made him king over Gilead, and over the Ashurites, and over Jezreel, and over Ephraim, and over Benjamin, and over all Israel. {2:10} Ishbosheth, Saul's son, was forty years old when he began to reign over Israel, and he reigned two years. But the house of Judah followed David. {2:11} The time that David was king in Hebron over the house of Judah was seven years and six months. {2:12} Abner the son of Ner, and the servants of Ishbosheth the son of Saul, went out from Mahanaim to Gibeon. {2:13} Joab the son of Zeruiah, and the servants of David, went out, and met them by the pool of Gibeon; and they sat down, the one on the one side of the pool, and the other on the other side of the pool. {2:14} Abner said to Joab, "Please let the young men arise and play before us!" Joab said, "Let them arise!" {2:15} Then they arose and went over by number: twelve for Benjamin, and for Ishbosheth the son of Saul, and twelve of the servants of David. {2:16} They each caught his opponent by the head, and thrust his sword in his fellow's side; so they fell down together: therefore that place was called Helkath Hazzurim, which is in Gibeon. {2:17} The battle was very severe that day: and Abner was beaten, and the men of Israel, before the servants of David. {2:18} The three sons of Zeruiah were there, Joab, and Abishai, and Asahel: and Asahel was as light of foot as a wild gazelle. {2:19} Asahel pursued after Abner; and in going he didn't turn to the right hand nor to the left from following Abner. {2:20} Then Abner looked behind him, and said, "Is it you, Asahel?" He answered, "It is I." {2:21} Abner said to him, "Turn aside to your right hand or to your left, and grab one of the young men, and take his armor." But Asahel would not turn aside from following him. {2:22} Abner said again to Asahel, "Turn aside from following me. Why should I strike you to the ground? How then should I hold up my face to Joab your brother?" {2:23} However he refused to turn aside. Therefore Abner with the back end of the spear struck him in the body, so that the spear came out behind him; and he fell down there, and died in the same place. It happened, that as many as came to the place where Asahel fell down and died stood still. {2:24} But Joab and Abishai pursued after Abner: and the sun went down when they had come to the hill of Ammah, that lies before Giah by the way of the wilderness of Gibeon. {2:25} The children of Benjamin gathered themselves together after Abner, and became one band, and stood on the top of a hill. {2:26} Then Abner called to Joab, and said, "Shall the sword devour forever? Don't you know that it will be bitterness in the latter end? How long shall it be then, before you ask the people to return from following their brothers?" 
{2:27} Joab said, "As [2>]God[<2] lives, if you had not spoken, surely then in the morning the people would have gone away, and not each followed his brother." {2:28} So Joab blew the trumpet; and all the people stood still, and pursued after Israel no more, neither fought they any more. {2:29} Abner and his men went all that night through the Arabah; and they passed over the Jordan, and went through all Bithron, and came to Mahanaim. {2:30} Joab returned from following Abner: and when he had gathered all the people together, there lacked of David's servants nineteen men and Asahel. {2:31} But the servants of David had struck of Benjamin, and of Abner's men, so that three hundred sixty men died. {2:32} They took up Asahel, and buried him in the tomb of his father, which was in Bethlehem. Joab and his men went all night, and the day broke on them at Hebron. {3:1} Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: and David grew stronger and stronger, but the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker. {3:2} To David were sons born in Hebron: and his firstborn was Amnon, of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; {3:3} and his second, Chileab, of Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite; and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur; {3:4} and the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith; and the fifth, Shephatiah the son of Abital; {3:5} and the sixth, Ithream, of Eglah, David's wife. These were born to David in Hebron. {3:6} It happened, while there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, that Abner made himself strong in the house of Saul. {3:7} Now Saul had a concubine, whose name was Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah: and Ishbosheth said to Abner, "Why have you gone in to my father's concubine?" {3:8} Then was Abner very angry for the words of Ishbosheth, and said, "Am I a dog's head that belongs to Judah? Today I show kindness to the house of Saul your father, to his brothers, and to his friends, and have not delivered you into the hand of David; and yet you charge me this day with a fault concerning this woman! {3:9} God do so to Abner, and more also, if, as Yahweh has sworn to David, I don't do even so to him; {3:10} to transfer the kingdom from the house of Saul, and to set up the throne of David over Israel and over Judah, from Dan even to Beersheba." 
{3:11} He could not answer Abner another word, because he feared him. {3:12} Abner sent messengers to David on his behalf, saying, "Whose is the land?" and saying, "Make your alliance with me, and behold, my hand shall be with you, to bring all Israel around to you." {3:13} He said, "Good; I will make a treaty with you; but one thing I require of you. That is, you shall not see my face, unless you first bring Michal, Saul's daughter, when you come to see my face." {3:14} David sent messengers to Ishbosheth, Saul's son, saying, "Deliver me my wife Michal, whom I pledged to be married to me for one hundred foreskins of the Philistines." {3:15} Ishbosheth sent, and took her from her husband, even from Paltiel the son of Laish. {3:16} Her husband went with her, weeping as he went, and followed her to Bahurim. Then Abner said to him, "Go! Return!" and he returned. {3:17} Abner had communication with the elders of Israel, saying, "In times past, you sought for David to be king over you. {3:18} Now then do it; for Yahweh has spoken of David, saying, 'By the hand of my servant David, I will save my people Israel out of the hand of the Philistines, and out of the hand of all their enemies.'" {3:19} Abner also spoke in the ears of Benjamin: and Abner went also to speak in the ears of David in Hebron all that seemed good to Israel, and to the whole house of Benjamin. {3:20} So Abner came to David to Hebron, and twenty men with him. David made Abner and the men who were with him a feast. {3:21} Abner said to David, "I will arise and go, and will gather all Israel to my lord the king, that they may make a covenant with you, and that you may reign over all that your soul desires." David sent Abner away; and he went in peace. {3:22} Behold, the servants of David and Joab came from a foray, and brought in a great spoil with them: but Abner was not with David in Hebron; for he had sent him away, and he was gone in peace. {3:23} When Joab and all the army who was with him had come, they told Joab, saying, Abner the son of Ner came to the king, and he has sent him away, and he is gone in peace. {3:24} Then Joab came to the king, and said, "What have you done? Behold, Abner came to you. Why is it that you have sent him away, and he is quite gone? {3:25} You know Abner the son of Ner, that he came to deceive you, and to know your going out and your coming in, and to know all that you do." 
{3:26} When Joab had come out from David, he sent messengers after Abner, and they brought him back from the well of Sirah; but David didn't know it. {3:27} When Abner was returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside into the midst of the gate to speak with him quietly, and struck him there in the body, so that he died, for the blood of Asahel his brother. {3:28} Afterward, when David heard it, he said, "I and my kingdom are guiltless before Yahweh forever of the blood of Abner the son of Ner. {3:29} Let it fall on the head of Joab, and on all his father's house. Let there not fail from the house of Joab one who has an issue, or who is a leper, or who leans on a staff, or who falls by the sword, or who lacks bread." {3:30} So Joab and Abishai his brother killed Abner, because he had killed their brother Asahel at Gibeon in the battle. {3:31} David said to Joab, and to all the people who were with him, Tear your clothes, and clothe yourselves with sackcloth, and mourn before Abner. King David followed the bier. {3:32} They buried Abner in Hebron: and the king lifted up his voice, and wept at the grave of Abner; and all the people wept. {3:33} The king lamented for Abner, and said, "Should Abner die as a fool dies? {3:34} Your hands were not bound, nor your feet put into fetters. As a man falls before the children of iniquity, so you fell." All the people wept again over him. {3:35} All the people came to cause David to eat bread while it was yet day; but David swore, saying, "God do so to me, and more also, if I taste bread, or anything else, until the sun goes down." {3:36} All the people took notice of it, and it pleased them; as whatever the king did pleased all the people. {3:37} So all the people and all Israel understood that day that it was not of the king to kill Abner the son of Ner. {3:38} The king said to his servants, "Don't you know that there a prince and a great man has fallen this day in Israel? {3:39} I am this day weak, though anointed king; and these men the sons of Zeruiah are too hard for me. May Yahweh reward the evildoer according to his wickedness." 
{4:1} When Saul's son heard that Abner was dead in Hebron, his hands became feeble, and all the Israelites were troubled. {4:2} Saul's son had two men who were captains of bands: the name of the one was Baanah, and the name of the other Rechab, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, of the children of Benjamin (for Beeroth also is reckoned to Benjamin: {4:3} and the Beerothites fled to Gittaim, and have lived as foreigners there until this day). {4:4} Now Jonathan, Saul's son, had a son who was lame of his feet. He was five years old when the news came of Saul and Jonathan out of Jezreel; and his nurse took him up, and fled: and it happened, as she made haste to flee, that he fell, and became lame. His name was Mephibosheth. {4:5} The sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, went, and came about the heat of the day to the house of Ishbosheth, as he took his rest at noon. {4:6} They came there into the midst of the house, as though they would have fetched wheat; and they struck him in the body: and Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped. {4:7} Now when they came into the house, as he lay on his bed in his bedroom, they struck him, and killed him, and beheaded him, and took his head, and went by the way of the Arabah all night. {4:8} They brought the head of Ishbosheth to David to Hebron, and said to the king, "Behold, the head of Ishbosheth, the son of Saul, your enemy, who sought your life! Yahweh has avenged my lord the king this day of Saul, and of his seed." {4:9} David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, and said to them, "As Yahweh lives, who has redeemed my soul out of all adversity, {4:10} when someone told me, 'Behold, Saul is dead,' thinking to have brought good news, I took hold of him, and killed him in Ziklag, which was the reward I gave him for his news. {4:11} How much more, when wicked men have slain a righteous person in his own house on his bed, shall I not now require his blood of your hand, and take you away from the earth?" {4:12} David commanded his young men, and they killed them, and cut off their hands and their feet, and hanged them up beside the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ishbosheth, and buried it in the grave of Abner in Hebron. 
{5:1} Then came all the tribes of Israel to David to Hebron, and spoke, saying, "Behold, we are your bone and your flesh. {5:2} In times past, when Saul was king over us, it was you who led out and brought in Israel. Yahweh said to you, 'You shall be shepherd of my people Israel, and you shall be prince over Israel.'" {5:3} So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and king David made a covenant with them in Hebron before Yahweh; and they anointed David king over Israel. {5:4} David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. {5:5} In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months; and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty-three years over all Israel and Judah. {5:6} The king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, who spoke to David, saying, "Unless you take away the blind and the lame, you shall not come in here"; thinking, "David can't come in here." {5:7} Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion; the same is the city of David. {5:8} David said on that day, "Whoever strikes the Jebusites, let him get up to the watercourse, and strike the lame and the blind, who are hated by David's soul." Therefore they say, "The blind and the lame can't come into the house." {5:9} David lived in the stronghold, and called it the city of David. David built around from Millo and inward. {5:10} David grew greater and greater; for Yahweh, the God of Armies, was with him. {5:11} Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, and carpenters, and masons; and they built David a house. {5:12} David perceived that Yahweh had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for his people Israel's sake. {5:13} David took him more concubines and wives out of Jerusalem, after he had come from Hebron; and there were yet sons and daughters born to David. {5:14} These are the names of those who were born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, and Shobab, and Nathan, and Solomon, {5:15} and Ibhar, and Elishua, and Nepheg, and Japhia, {5:16} and Elishama, and Eliada, and Eliphelet. {5:17} When the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines went up to seek David; and David heard of it, and went down to the stronghold. {5:18} Now the Philistines had come and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim. {5:19} David inquired of Yahweh, saying, "Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will you deliver them into my hand?" 
{5:20} David came to Baal Perazim, and David struck them there; and he said, "Yahweh has broken my enemies before me, like the breach of waters." Therefore he called the name of that place Baal Perazim. {5:21} They left their images there; and David and his men took them away. {5:22} The Philistines came up yet again, and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim. {5:23} When David inquired of Yahweh, he said, "You shall not go up. Circle around behind them, and attack them over against the mulberry trees. {5:24} It shall be, when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then you shall stir yourself up; for then Yahweh has gone out before you to strike the army of the Philistines." {5:25} David did so, as Yahweh commanded him, and struck the Philistines from Geba until you come to Gezer. {6:1} David again gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. {6:2} David arose, and went with all the people who were with him, from Baale Judah, to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the Name, even the name of Yahweh of Armies who sits above the cherubim. {6:3} They set the ark of God on a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in the hill: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drove the new cart. {6:4} They brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was in the hill, with the ark of God: and Ahio went before the ark. {6:5} David and all the house of Israel played before Yahweh with all kinds of instruments made of fir wood, and with harps, and with stringed instruments, and with tambourines, and with castanets, and with cymbals. {6:6} When they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah reached for the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the cattle stumbled. {6:7} The anger of Yahweh was kindled against Uzzah; and God struck him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God. {6:8} David was displeased, because Yahweh had broken forth on Uzzah; and he called that place Perez Uzzah, to this day. {6:9} David was afraid of Yahweh that day; and he said, "How shall the ark of Yahweh come to me?" {6:10} So David would not move the ark of Yahweh to be with him in the city of David; but David carried it aside into the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. {6:11} The ark of Yahweh remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite three months: and Yahweh blessed Obed-Edom, and all his house. {6:12} It was told king David, saying, "Yahweh has blessed the house of Obed-Edom, and all that pertains to him, because of the ark of God." 
{7:3} Nathan said to the king, "Go, do all that is in your heart; for Yahweh is with you." {7:4} It happened the same night, that the word of Yahweh came to Nathan, saying, {7:5} "Go and tell my servant David, 'Thus says Yahweh, "Shall you build me a house for me to dwell in? {7:6} For I have not lived in a house since the day that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have moved around in a tent and in a tabernacle. {7:7} In all places in which I have walked with all the children of Israel, did I say a word to any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to be shepherd of my people Israel, saying, 'Why have you not built me a house of cedar?'"' {7:8} Now therefore you shall tell my servant David this, 'Thus says Yahweh of Armies, "I took you from the sheep pen, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people, over Israel. {7:9} I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you. I will make you a great name, like the name of the great ones who are in the earth. {7:10} I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in their own place, and be moved no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as at the first, {7:11} and as from the day that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel. I will cause you to rest from all your enemies. Moreover Yahweh tells you that Yahweh will make you a house. {7:12} When your days are fulfilled, and you shall sleep with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who shall proceed out of your bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. {7:13} He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. {7:14} I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men; {7:15} but my loving kindness shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before you. {7:16} Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever."'" {7:17} According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so Nathan spoke to David. 
{7:18} Then David the king went in, and sat before Yahweh; and he said, "Who am I, [3>]Lord[<3] Yahweh, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? {7:19} This was yet a small thing in your eyes, Lord Yahweh; but you have spoken also of your servant's house for a great while to come; and this after the way of men, Lord Yahweh! {7:20} What more can David say to you? For you know your servant, Lord Yahweh. {7:21} For your word's sake, and according to your own heart, you have worked all this greatness, to make your servant know it. {7:22} Therefore you are great, Yahweh God. For there is none like you, neither is there any God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears. {7:23} What one nation in the earth is like your people, even like Israel, whom God went to redeem to himself for a people, and to make himself a name, and to do great things for you, and awesome things for your land, before your people, whom you redeem to yourself out of Egypt, from the nations and their gods? {7:24} You established for yourself your people Israel to be a people to you forever; and you, Yahweh, became their God. {7:25} Now, Yahweh God, the word that you have spoken concerning your servant, and concerning his house, confirm it forever, and do as you have spoken. {7:26} Let your name be magnified forever, saying, 'Yahweh of Armies is God over Israel; and the house of your servant David shall be established before you.' {7:27} For you, Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel, have revealed to your servant, saying, 'I will build you a house.' Therefore your servant has found in his heart to pray this prayer to you. {7:28} "Now, O Lord Yahweh, you are God, and your words are truth, and you have promised this good thing to your servant. {7:29} Now therefore let it please you to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever before you; for you, Lord Yahweh, have spoken it. Let the house of your servant be blessed forever with your blessing." {8:1} After this it happened that David struck the Philistines, and subdued them: and David took the bridle of the mother city out of the hand of the Philistines. {8:2} He struck Moab, and measured them with the line, making them to lie down on the ground; and he measured two lines to put to death, and one full line to keep alive. The Moabites became servants to David, and brought tribute. {8:3} David struck also Hadadezer the son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went to recover his dominion at the River. {8:4} David took from him one thousand seven hundred horsemen, and twenty thousand footmen: and David hamstrung all the chariot horses, but reserved of them for one hundred chariots. {8:5} When the Syrians of Damascus came to help Hadadezer king of Zobah, David struck of the Syrians two and twenty thousand men. {8:6} Then David put garrisons in Syria of Damascus; and the Syrians became servants to David, and brought tribute. Yahweh gave victory to David wherever he went. {8:7} David took the shields of gold that were on the servants of Hadadezer, and brought them to Jerusalem. {8:8} From Betah and from Berothai, cities of Hadadezer, king David took exceeding much brass. {8:9} When Toi king of Hamath heard that David had struck all the army of Hadadezer, {8:10} then Toi sent Joram his son to king David, to Greet him, and to bless him, because he had fought against Hadadezer and struck him: for Hadadezer had wars with Toi. Joram brought with him vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and vessels of brass: {8:11} King David also dedicated these to Yahweh, with the silver and gold that he dedicated of all the nations which he subdued; {8:12} of Syria, and of Moab, and of the children of Ammon, and of the Philistines, and of Amalek, and of the spoil of Hadadezer, son of Rehob, king of Zobah. {8:13} David earned a reputation when he returned from smiting the Syrians in the Valley of Salt, even eighteen thousand men. {8:14} He put garrisons in Edom; throughout all Edom put he garrisons, and all the Edomites became servants to David. Yahweh gave victory to David wherever he went. {8:15} David reigned over all Israel; and David executed justice and righteousness to all his people. {8:16} Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the army; and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder; {8:17} and Zadok the son of Ahitub, and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar, were priests; and Seraiah was scribe; {8:18} and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David's sons were chief ministers. 
{9:1} David said, "Is there yet any who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan's sake?" {9:2} There was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba, and they called him to David; and the king said to him, "Are you Ziba?" He said, "Your servant is he." {9:3} The king said, "Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God to him?" Ziba said to the king, "Jonathan has yet a son, who is lame of his feet." {9:4} The king said to him, "Where is he?" Ziba said to the king, "Behold, he is in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, in Lo Debar." {9:5} Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, from Lo Debar. {9:6} Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, and fell on his face, and showed respect. David said, "Mephibosheth." He answered, "Behold, your servant!" {9:7} David said to him, "Don't be afraid of him; for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father's sake, and will restore to you all the land of Saul your father. You shall eat bread at my table continually." {9:8} He bowed down, and said, "What is your servant, that you should look on such a dead dog as I am?" {9:9} Then the king called to Ziba, Saul's servant, and said to him, "All that pertained to Saul and to all his house have I given to your master's son. {9:10} You shall till the land for him, you, and your sons, and your servants; and you shall bring in the harvest, that your master's son may have bread to eat: but Mephibosheth your master's son shall eat bread always at my table." Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. {9:11} Then Ziba said to the king, "According to all that my lord the king commands his servant, so your shall servant do." So Mephibosheth ate at the king's table, like one of the king's sons. {9:12} Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Mica. All that lived in the house of Ziba were servants to Mephibosheth. {9:13} So Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem; for he ate continually at the king's table. He was lame in both his feet. 
{10:1} It happened after this, that the king of the children of Ammon died, and Hanun his son reigned in his place. {10:2} David said, "I will show kindness to Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father showed kindness to me." So David sent by his servants to comfort him concerning his father. David's servants came into the land of the children of Ammon. {10:3} But the princes of the children of Ammon said to Hanun their lord, "Do you think that David honors your father, in that he has sent comforters to you? Hasn't David sent his servants to you to search the city, and to spy it out, and to overthrow it?" {10:4} So Hanun took David's servants, and shaved off the one half of their beards, and cut off their garments in the middle, even to their buttocks, and sent them away. {10:5} When they told it to David, he sent to meet them; for the men were greatly ashamed. The king said, "Wait at Jericho until your beards have grown, and then return." {10:6} When the children of Ammon saw that they were become odious to David, the children of Ammon sent and hired the Syrians of Beth Rehob, and the Syrians of Zobah, twenty thousand footmen, and the king of Maacah with one thousand men, and the men of Tob twelve thousand men. {10:7} When David heard of it, he sent Joab, and all the army of the mighty men. {10:8} The children of Ammon came out, and put the battle in array at the entrance of the gate: and the Syrians of Zobah and of Rehob, and the men of Tob and Maacah, were by themselves in the field. {10:9} Now when Joab saw that the battle was set against him before and behind, he chose of all the choice men of Israel, and put them in array against the Syrians: {10:10} The rest of the people he committed into the hand of Abishai his brother; and he put them in array against the children of Ammon. {10:11} He said, "If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you shall help me; but if the children of Ammon are too strong for you, then I will come and help you. {10:12} Be courageous, and let us be strong for our people, and for the cities of our God; and Yahweh do that which seems good to him." {10:13} So Joab and the people who were with him drew near to the battle against the Syrians: and they fled before him. {10:14} When the children of Ammon saw that the Syrians had fled, they likewise fled before Abishai, and entered into the city. Then Joab returned from the children of Ammon, and came to Jerusalem. {10:15} When the Syrians saw that they were defeated by Israel, they gathered themselves together. {10:16} Hadadezer sent, and brought out the Syrians who were beyond the River: and they came to Helam, with Shobach the captain of the army of Hadadezer at their head. {10:17} It was told David; and he gathered all Israel together, and passed over the Jordan, and came to Helam. The Syrians set themselves in array against David, and fought with him. {10:18} The Syrians fled before Israel; and David killed of the Syrians seven hundred charioteers, and forty thousand horsemen, and struck Shobach the captain of their army, so that he died there. {10:19} When all the kings who were servants to Hadadezer saw that they were defeated before Israel, they made peace with Israel, and served them. So the Syrians feared to help the children of Ammon any more. 
{11:1} It happened, at the return of the year, at the time when kings go out, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem. {11:2} It happened at evening, that David arose from off his bed, and walked on the roof of the king's house: and from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful to look on. {11:3} David sent and inquired after the woman. One said, "Isn't this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?" {11:4} David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in to him, and he lay with her (for she was purified from her uncleanness); and she returned to her house. {11:5} The woman conceived; and she sent and told David, and said, "I am with child." {11:6} David sent to Joab, "Send me Uriah the Hittite." Joab sent Uriah to David. {11:7} When Uriah had come to him, David asked of him how Joab did, and how the people fared, and how the war prospered. {11:8} David said to Uriah, "Go down to your house, and wash your feet." Uriah departed out of the king's house, and a gift from the king was sent after him. {11:9} But Uriah slept at the door of the king's house with all the servants of his lord, and didn't go down to his house. {11:10} When they had told David, saying, "Uriah didn't go down to his house," David said to Uriah, "Haven't you come from a journey? Why didn't you go down to your house?" {11:11} Uriah said to David, "The ark, Israel, and Judah, are staying in tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are encamped in the open field. Shall I then go into my house to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do this thing!" {11:12} David said to Uriah, "Stay here today also, and tomorrow I will let you depart." So Uriah stayed in Jerusalem that day, and the next day. {11:13} When David had called him, he ate and drink before him; and he made him drunk. At evening, he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but didn't go down to his house. {11:14} It happened in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah. {11:15} He wrote in the letter, saying, "Send Uriah to the forefront of the hottest battle, and retreat from him, that he may be struck, and die." 
{11:16} It happened, when Joab kept watch on the city, that he assigned Uriah to the place where he knew that valiant men were. {11:17} The men of the city went out, and fought with Joab. Some of the people fell, even of the servants of David; and Uriah the Hittite died also. {11:18} Then Joab sent and told David all the things concerning the war; {11:19} and he commanded the messenger, saying, "When you have finished telling all the things concerning the war to the king, {11:20} it shall be that, if the king's wrath arise, and he asks you, 'Why did you go so near to the city to fight? Didn't you know that they would shoot from the wall? {11:21} who struck Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? Didn't a woman cast an upper millstone on him from the wall, so that he died at Thebez? Why did you go so near the wall?' then you shall say, 'Your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.'" {11:22} So the messenger went, and came and showed David all that Joab had sent him for. {11:23} The messenger said to David, "The men prevailed against us, and came out to us into the field, and we were on them even to the entrance of the gate. {11:24} The shooters shot at your servants from off the wall; and some of the king's servants are dead, and your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also." {11:25} Then David said to the messenger, "Thus you shall tell Joab, 'Don't let this thing displease you, for the sword devours one as well as another. Make your battle stronger against the city, and overthrow it.' Encourage him." {11:26} When the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she made lamentation for her husband. {11:27} When the mourning was past, David sent and took her home to his house, and she became his wife, and bore him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased Yahweh. {12:1} Yahweh sent Nathan to David. He came to him, and said to him, "There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor. {12:2} The rich man had very many flocks and herds, {12:3} but the poor man had nothing, except one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and raised. It grew up together with him, and with his children. It ate of his own food, drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was to him like a daughter. {12:4} A traveler came to the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man who had come to him, but took the poor man's lamb, and dressed it for the man who had come to him." 
{12:5} David's anger was greatly kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan, "As Yahweh lives, the man who has done this is worthy to die! {12:6} He shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity!" {12:7} Nathan said to David, "You are the man. This is what Yahweh, the God of Israel, says: 'I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul. {12:8} I gave you your master's house, and your master's wives into your bosom, and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that would have been too little, I would have added to you many more such things. {12:9} Why have you despised the word of Yahweh, to do that which is evil in his sight? You have struck Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and have taken his wife to be your wife, and have slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon. {12:10} Now therefore the sword will never depart from your house, because you have despised me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.' {12:11} "This is what Yahweh says: 'Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house; and I will take your wives before your eyes, and give them to your neighbor, and he will lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. {12:12} For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.'" {12:13} David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against Yahweh." Nathan said to David, "Yahweh also has put away your sin. You will not die. {12:14} However, because by this deed you have given great occasion to Yahweh's enemies to blaspheme, the child also who is born to you shall surely die." {12:15} Nathan departed to his house. Yahweh struck the child that Uriah's wife bore to David, and it was very sick. {12:16} David therefore begged God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night on the earth. {12:17} The elders of his house arose beside him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them. {12:18} It happened on the seventh day, that the child died. The servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead; for they said, "Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spoke to him, and he didn't listen to our voice. How will he then harm himself, if we tell him that the child is dead?" 
{12:19} But when David saw that his servants were whispering together, David perceived that the child was dead; and David said to his servants, "Is the child dead?" They said, "He is dead." {12:20} Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his clothing; and he came into the house of Yahweh, and worshiped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he ate. {12:21} Then his servants said to him, "What is this that you have done? You fasted and wept for the child while he was alive; but when the child was dead, you rose up and ate bread." {12:22} He said, "While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, 'Who knows whether Yahweh will not be gracious to me, that the child may live?' {12:23} But now he is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me." {12:24} David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in to her, and lay with her. She bore a son, and he called his name Solomon. Yahweh loved him; {12:25} and he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and he named him Jedidiah, for Yahweh's sake. {12:26} Now Joab fought against Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and took the royal city. {12:27} Joab sent messengers to David, and said, "I have fought against Rabbah. Yes, I have taken the city of waters. {12:28} Now therefore gather the rest of the people together, and encamp against the city, and take it; lest I take the city, and it be called after my name." {12:29} David gathered all the people together, and went to Rabbah, and fought against it, and took it. {12:30} He took the crown of their king from off his head; and its weight was a talent of gold, and in it were precious stones; and it was set on David's head. He brought out the spoil of the city, exceeding much. {12:31} He brought out the people who were therein, and put them under saws, and under iron picks, and under axes of iron, and made them pass through the brick kiln: and he did so to all the cities of the children of Ammon. David and all the people returned to Jerusalem. 
{13:1} It happened after this, that Absalom the son of David had a beautiful sister, whose name was Tamar; and Amnon the son of David loved her. {13:2} Amnon was so troubled that he fell sick because of his sister Tamar; for she was a virgin; and it seemed hard to Amnon to do anything to her. {13:3} But Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah, David's brother; and Jonadab was a very subtle man. {13:4} He said to him, "Why, son of the king, are you so sad from day to day? Won't you tell me?" Amnon said to him, "I love Tamar, my brother Absalom's sister." {13:5} Jonadab said to him, "Lay down on your bed, and pretend to be sick. When your father comes to see you, tell him, 'Please let my sister Tamar come and give me bread to eat, and dress the food in my sight, that I may see it, and eat it from her hand.'" {13:6} So Amnon lay down and faked being sick. When the king came to see him, Amnon said to the king, "Please let my sister Tamar come, and make me a couple of cakes in my sight, that I may eat from her hand." {13:7} Then David sent home to Tamar, saying, "Go now to your brother Amnon's house, and prepare food for him." {13:8} So Tamar went to her brother Amnon's house; and he was laid down. She took dough, and kneaded it, and made cakes in his sight, and baked the cakes. {13:9} She took the pan, and poured them out before him; but he refused to eat. Amnon said, "Have all men leave me." Every man went out from him. {13:10} Amnon said to Tamar, "Bring the food into the room, that I may eat from your hand." Tamar took the cakes which she had made, and brought them into the room to Amnon her brother. {13:11} When she had brought them near to him to eat, he took hold of her, and said to her, "Come, lie with me, my sister!" {13:12} She answered him, "No, my brother, do not force me! For no such thing ought to be done in Israel. Don't you do this folly. {13:13} I, where would I carry my shame? And as for you, you will be as one of the fools in Israel. Now therefore, please speak to the king; for he will not withhold me from you." 
{13:14} However he would not listen to her voice; but being stronger than she, he forced her, and lay with her. {13:15} Then Amnon hated her with exceeding great hatred; for the hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love with which he had loved her. Amnon said to her, "Arise, be gone!" {13:16} She said to him, "Not so, because this great wrong in sending me away is worse than the other that you did to me!" But he would not listen to her. {13:17} Then he called his servant who ministered to him, and said, "Put now this woman out from me, and bolt the door after her." {13:18} She had a garment of various colors on her; for with such robes were the king's daughters who were virgins dressed. Then his servant brought her out, and bolted the door after her. {13:19} Tamar put ashes on her head, and tore her garment of various colors that was on her; and she laid her hand on her head, and went her way, crying aloud as she went. {13:20} Absalom her brother said to her, "Has Amnon your brother been with you? But now hold your peace, my sister. He is your brother. Don't take this thing to heart." So Tamar remained desolate in her brother Absalom's house. {13:21} But when king David heard of all these things, he was very angry. {13:22} Absalom spoke to Amnon neither good nor bad; for Absalom hated Amnon, because he had forced his sister Tamar. {13:23} It happened after two full years, that Absalom had sheepshearers in Baal Hazor, which is beside Ephraim: and Absalom invited all the king's sons. {13:24} Absalom came to the king, and said, "See now, your servant has sheepshearers. Please let the king and his servants go with your servant." {13:25} The king said to Absalom, "No, my son, let us not all go, lest we be burdensome to you." He pressed him; however he would not go, but blessed him. {13:26} Then Absalom said, "If not, please let my brother Amnon go with us." The king said to him, "Why should he go with you?" {13:27} But Absalom pressed him, and he let Amnon and all the king's sons go with him. {13:28} Absalom commanded his servants, saying, "Mark now, when Amnon's heart is merry with wine; and when I tell you, 'Strike Amnon,' then kill him. Don't be afraid. Haven't I commanded you? Be courageous, and be valiant!" 
{13:29} The servants of Absalom did to Amnon as Absalom had commanded. Then all the king's sons arose, and every man got up on his mule, and fled. {13:30} It happened, while they were in the way, that the news came to David, saying, "Absalom has slain all the king's sons, and there is not one of them left!" {13:31} Then the king arose, and tore his garments, and lay on the earth; and all his servants stood by with their clothes torn. {13:32} Jonadab, the son of Shimeah, David's brother, answered, "Don't let my lord suppose that they have killed all the young men the king's sons; for Amnon only is dead; for by the appointment of Absalom this has been determined from the day that he forced his sister Tamar. {13:33} Now therefore don't let my lord the king take the thing to his heart, to think that all the king's sons are dead; for Amnon only is dead." {13:34} But Absalom fled. The young man who kept the watch lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold, many people were coming by way of the hillside behind him. {13:35} Jonadab said to the king, "Behold, the king's sons are coming! It is as your servant said." {13:36} It happened, as soon as he had finished speaking, that behold, the king's sons came, and lifted up their voice, and wept. The king also and all his servants wept bitterly. {13:37} But Absalom fled, and went to Talmai the son of Ammihur, king of Geshur. David mourned for his son every day. {13:38} So Absalom fled, and went to Geshur, and was there three years. {13:39} King David longed to go forth to Absalom: for he was comforted concerning Amnon, since he was dead. {14:1} Now Joab the son of Zeruiah perceived that the king's heart was toward Absalom. {14:2} Joab sent to Tekoa, and fetched there a wise woman, and said to her, "Please act like a mourner, and put on mourning clothing, please, and don't anoint yourself with oil, but be as a woman who has mourned a long time for the dead. {14:3} Go in to the king, and speak like this to him." So Joab put the words in her mouth. {14:4} When the woman of Tekoa spoke to the king, she fell on her face to the ground, showed respect, and said, "Help, O king!" 
{14:5} The king said to her, "What ails you?" She answered, "Truly I am a widow, and my husband is dead. {14:6} Your handmaid had two sons, and they both fought together in the field, and there was no one to part them, but the one struck the other, and killed him. {14:7} Behold, the whole family has risen against your handmaid, and they say, 'Deliver him who struck his brother, that we may kill him for the life of his brother whom he killed, and so destroy the heir also.' Thus they would quench my coal which is left, and would leave to my husband neither name nor remainder on the surface of the earth." {14:8} The king said to the woman, "Go to your house, and I will give a command concerning you." {14:9} The woman of Tekoa said to the king, "My lord, O king, the iniquity be on me, and on my father's house; and the king and his throne be guiltless." {14:10} The king said, "Whoever says anything to you, bring him to me, and he shall not touch you any more." {14:11} Then she said, "Please let the king remember Yahweh your God, that the avenger of blood destroy not any more, lest they destroy my son." He said, "As Yahweh lives, not one hair of your son shall fall to the earth." {14:12} Then the woman said, "Please let your handmaid speak a word to my lord the king." He said, "Say on." {14:13} The woman said, "Why then have you devised such a thing against the people of God? For in speaking this word the king is as one who is guilty, in that the king does not bring home again his banished one. {14:14} For we must die, and are as water split on the ground, which can't be gathered up again; neither does God take away life, but devises means, that he who is banished not be an outcast from him. {14:15} Now therefore seeing that I have come to speak this word to my lord the king, it is because the people have made me afraid: and your handmaid said, 'I will now speak to the king; it may be that the king will perform the request of his servant.' {14:16} For the king will hear, to deliver his servant out of the hand of the man who would destroy me and my son together out of the inheritance of God. {14:17} Then your handmaid said, 'Please let the word of my lord the king bring rest; for as an angel of God, so is my lord the king to discern good and bad. May Yahweh, your God, be with you.'" 
{14:18} Then the king answered the woman, "Please don't hide anything from me that I ask you." The woman said, "Let my lord the king now speak." {14:19} The king said, "Is the hand of Joab with you in all this?" The woman answered, "As your soul lives, my lord the king, no one can turn to the right hand or to the left from anything that my lord the king has spoken; for your servant Joab, he urged me, and he put all these words in the mouth of your handmaid; {14:20} to change the face of the matter has your servant Joab done this thing. My lord is wise, according to the wisdom of an angel of God, to know all things that are in the earth." {14:21} The king said to Joab, "Behold now, I have done this thing. Go therefore, bring the young man Absalom back." {14:22} Joab fell to the ground on his face, showed respect, and blessed the king. Joab said, "Today your servant knows that I have found favor in your sight, my lord, king, in that the king has performed the request of his servant." {14:23} So Joab arose and went to Geshur, and brought Absalom to Jerusalem. {14:24} The king said, "Let him return to his own house, but let him not see my face." So Absalom returned to his own house, and didn't see the king's face. {14:25} Now in all Israel there was none to be so much praised as Absalom for his beauty: from the sole of his foot even to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him. {14:26} When he cut the hair of his head (now it was at every year's end that he cut it; because it was heavy on him, therefore he cut it); he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels, after the king's weight. {14:27} To Absalom there were born three sons, and one daughter, whose name was Tamar: she was a woman of a beautiful face. {14:28} Absalom lived two full years in Jerusalem; and he didn't see the king's face. {14:29} Then Absalom sent for Joab, to send him to the king; but he would not come to him: and he sent again a second time, but he would not come. {14:30} Therefore he said to his servants, "Behold, Joab's field is near mine, and he has barley there. Go and set it on fire." Absalom's servants set the field on fire. 
{14:31} Then Joab arose, and came to Absalom to his house, and said to him, "Why have your servants set my field on fire?" {14:32} Absalom answered Joab, "Behold, I sent to you, saying, 'Come here, that I may send you to the king, to say, "Why have I come from Geshur? It would be better for me to be there still. Now therefore let me see the king's face; and if there is iniquity in me, let him kill me."'" {14:33} So Joab came to the king, and told him; and when he had called for Absalom, he came to the king, and bowed himself on his face to the ground before the king: and the king kissed Absalom. {15:1} It happened after this, that Absalom prepared him a chariot and horses, and fifty men to run before him. {15:2} Absalom rose up early, and stood beside the way of the gate. It was so, that when any man had a suit which should come to the king for judgment, then Absalom called to him, and said, "What city are you from?" He said, "Your servant is of one of the tribes of Israel." {15:3} Absalom said to him, "Behold, your matters are good and right; but there is no man deputized by the king to hear you." {15:4} Absalom said moreover, "Oh that I were made judge in the land, that every man who has any suit or cause might come to me, and I would do him justice!" {15:5} It was so, that when any man came near to do him obeisance, he put forth his hand, and took hold of him, and kissed him. {15:6} Absalom did this sort of thing to all Israel who came to the king for judgment. So Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel. {15:7} It happened at the end of forty years, that Absalom said to the king, "Please let me go and pay my vow, which I have vowed to Yahweh, in Hebron. {15:8} For your servant vowed a vow while I stayed at Geshur in Syria, saying, 'If Yahweh shall indeed bring me again to Jerusalem, then I will serve Yahweh.'" {15:9} The king said to him, "Go in peace." So he arose, and went to Hebron. {15:10} But Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, "As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpet, then you shall say, 'Absalom is king in Hebron!'" {15:11} Two hundred men went with Absalom out of Jerusalem, who were invited, and went in their simplicity; and they didn't know anything. {15:12} Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's counselor, from his city, even from Giloh, while he was offering the sacrifices. The conspiracy was strong; for the people increased continually with Absalom. {15:13} A messenger came to David, saying, "The hearts of the men of Israel are after Absalom." 
{15:14} David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, "Arise, and let us flee; for else none of us shall escape from Absalom. Make speed to depart, lest he overtake us quickly, and bring down evil on us, and strike the city with the edge of the sword." {15:15} The king's servants said to the king, "Behold, your servants are ready to do whatever my lord the king chooses." {15:16} The king went forth, and all his household after him. The king left ten women, who were concubines, to keep the house. {15:17} The king went forth, and all the people after him; and they stayed in Beth Merhak. {15:18} All his servants passed on beside him; and all the Cherethites, and all the Pelethites, and all the Gittites, six hundred men who came after him from Gath, passed on before the king. {15:19} Then the king said to Ittai the Gittite, "Why do you also go with us? Return, and stay with the king; for you are a foreigner, and also an exile. Return to your own place. {15:20} Whereas you came but yesterday, should I this day make you go up and down with us, since I go where I may? Return, and take back your brothers. Mercy and truth be with you." {15:21} Ittai answered the king, and said, "As Yahweh lives, and as my lord the king lives, surely in what place my lord the king shall is, whether for death or for life, even there also will your servant be." {15:22} David said to Ittai, "Go and pass over." Ittai the Gittite passed over, and all his men, and all the little ones who were with him. {15:23} All the country wept with a loud voice, and all the people passed over: the king also himself passed over the brook Kidron, and all the people passed over, toward the way of the wilderness. {15:24} Behold, Zadok also came, and all the Levites with him, bearing the ark of the covenant of God; and they set down the ark of God; and Abiathar went up, until all the people finished passing out of the city. {15:25} The king said to Zadok, "Carry back the ark of God into the city. If I find favor in the eyes of Yahweh, he will bring me again, and show me both it, and his habitation; {15:26} but if he say thus, 'I have no delight in you;' behold, here am I. Let him do to me as seems good to him." {15:27} The king said also to Zadok the priest, "Aren't you a seer? Return into the city in peace, and your two sons with you, Ahimaaz your son, and Jonathan the son of Abiathar. {15:28} Behold, I will stay at the fords of the wilderness, until word comes from you to inform me." {15:29} Zadok therefore and Abiathar carried the ark of God again to Jerusalem; and they stayed there. {15:30} David went up by the ascent of the Mount of Olives, and wept as he went up; and he had his head covered, and went barefoot: and all the people who were with him covered every man his head, and they went up, weeping as they went up. {15:31} Someone told David, saying, "Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom." 
{15:32} It happened that when David had come to the top, where God was worshiped, behold, Hushai the Archite came to meet him with his coat torn, and earth on his head. {15:33} David said to him, "If you pass on with me, then you will be a burden to me; {15:34} but if you return to the city, and tell Absalom, 'I will be your servant, O king. As I have been your father's servant in time past, so will I now be your servant; then will you defeat for me the counsel of Ahithophel.' {15:35} Don't you have Zadok and Abiathar the priests there with you? Therefore it shall be, that whatever thing you shall hear out of the king's house, you shall tell it to Zadok and Abiathar the priests. {15:36} Behold, they have there with them their two sons, Ahimaaz, Zadok's son, and Jonathan, Abiathar's son; and by them you shall send to me everything that you shall hear." {15:37} So Hushai, David's friend, came into the city; and Absalom came into Jerusalem. {16:1} When David was a little past the top, behold, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of donkeys saddled, and on them two hundred loaves of bread, and one hundred clusters of raisins, and one hundred summer fruits, and a bottle of wine. {16:2} The king said to Ziba, What do you mean by these? Ziba said, The donkeys are for the king's household to ride on; and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat; and the wine, that such as are faint in the wilderness may drink. {16:3} The king said, "Where is your master's son?" Ziba said to the king, "Behold, he is staying in Jerusalem; for he said, 'Today the house of Israel will restore me the kingdom of my father.'" {16:4} Then the king said to Ziba, "Behold, all that pertains to Mephibosheth is yours." Ziba said, "I do obeisance. Let me find favor in your sight, my lord, O king." {16:5} When king David came to Bahurim, behold, a man of the family of the house of Saul came out, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera. He came out, and cursed still as he came. {16:6} He cast stones at David, and at all the servants of king David, and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left. {16:7} Shimei said when he cursed, "Be gone, be gone, you man of blood, and base fellow! {16:8} Yahweh has returned on you all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose place you have reigned! Yahweh has delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom your son! Behold, you are caught by your own mischief, because you are a man of blood!" 
{16:9} Then Abishai the son of Zeruiah said to the king, "Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Please let me go over and take off his head." {16:10} The king said, "What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? Because he curses, and because Yahweh has said to him, 'Curse David;' who then shall say, 'Why have you done so?'" {16:11} David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, "Behold, my son, who came forth from my bowels, seeks my life. How much more this Benjamite, now? Leave him alone, and let him curse; for Yahweh has invited him. {16:12} It may be that Yahweh will look on the wrong done to me, and that Yahweh will repay me good for the cursing of me today." {16:13} So David and his men went by the way; and Shimei went along on the hillside opposite him, and cursed as he went, threw stones at him, and threw dust. {16:14} The king, and all the people who were with him, came weary; and he refreshed himself there. {16:15} Absalom, and all the people, the men of Israel, came to Jerusalem, and Ahithophel with him. {16:16} It happened, when Hushai the Archite, David's friend, had come to Absalom, that Hushai said to Absalom, "Long live the king! Long live the king!" {16:17} Absalom said to Hushai, "Is this your kindness to your friend? Why didn't you go with your friend?" {16:18} Hushai said to Absalom, "No; but whomever Yahweh, and this people, and all the men of Israel have chosen, his will I be, and with him I will stay. {16:19} Again, whom should I serve? Shouldn't I serve in the presence of his son? As I have served in your father's presence, so will I be in your presence." {16:20} Then Absalom said to Ahithophel, "Give your counsel what we shall do." {16:21} Ahithophel said to Absalom, "Go in to your father's concubines, that he has left to keep the house. Then all Israel will hear that you are abhorred by your father. Then the hands of all who are with you will be strong." {16:22} So they spread Absalom a tent on the top of the house; and Absalom went in to his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel. {16:23} The counsel of Ahithophel, which he gave in those days, was as if a man inquired at the oracle of God: so was all the counsel of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom. 
{17:1} Moreover Ahithophel said to Absalom, "Let me now choose twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue after David tonight. {17:2} I will come on him while he is weary and exhausted, and will make him afraid. All the people who are with him shall flee. I will strike the king only; {17:3} and I will bring back all the people to you. The man whom you seek is as if all returned. All the people shall be in peace." {17:4} The saying pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of Israel. {17:5} Then Absalom said, "Now call Hushai the Archite also, and let us hear likewise what he says." {17:6} When Hushai had come to Absalom, Absalom spoke to him, saying, "Ahithophel has spoken like this. Shall we do what he says? If not, speak up." {17:7} Hushai said to Absalom, "The counsel that Ahithophel has given this time is not good." {17:8} Hushai said moreover, "You know your father and his men, that they are mighty men, and they are fierce in their minds, like a bear robbed of her cubs in the field. Your father is a man of war, and will not lodge with the people. {17:9} Behold, he is now hidden in some pit, or in some other place. It will happen, when some of them have fallen at the first, that whoever hears it will say, 'There is a slaughter among the people who follow Absalom!' {17:10} Even he who is valiant, whose heart is as the heart of a lion, will utterly melt; for all Israel knows that your father is a mighty man, and those who are with him are valiant men. {17:11} But I counsel that all Israel be gathered together to you, from Dan even to Beersheba, as the sand that is by the sea for multitude; and that you go to battle in your own person. {17:12} So shall we come on him in some place where he shall be found, and we will light on him as the dew falls on the ground; and of him and of all the men who are with him we will not leave so much as one. {17:13} Moreover, if he be gone into a city, then shall all Israel bring ropes to that city, and we will draw it into the river, until there isn't one small stone found there." 
{17:14} Absalom and all the men of Israel said, "The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel." For Yahweh had ordained to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, to the intent that Yahweh might bring evil on Absalom. {17:15} Then Hushai said to Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, "Ahithophel counseled Absalom and the elders of Israel that way; and I have counseled this way. {17:16} Now therefore send quickly, and tell David, saying, 'Don't lodge this night at the fords of the wilderness, but by all means pass over; lest the king be swallowed up, and all the people who are with him.'" {17:17} Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz were staying by En Rogel; and a female servant used to go and tell them; and they went and told king David. For they might not be seen to come into the city. {17:18} But a boy saw them, and told Absalom. Then they both went away quickly, and came to the house of a man in Bahurim, who had a well in his court; and they went down there. {17:19} The woman took and spread the covering over the well's mouth, and spread out bruised grain on it; and nothing was known. {17:20} Absalom's servants came to the woman to the house; and they said, "Where are Ahimaaz and Jonathan?" The woman said to them, "They have gone over the brook of water." When they had sought and could not find them, they returned to Jerusalem. {17:21} It happened, after they had departed, that they came up out of the well, and went and told king David; and they said to David, "Arise and pass quickly over the water; for thus has Ahithophel counseled against you." {17:22} Then David arose, and all the people who were with him, and they passed over the Jordan. By the morning light there lacked not one of them who had not gone over the Jordan. {17:23} When Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his donkey, and arose, and went home, to his city, and set his house in order, and hanged himself; and he died, and was buried in the tomb of his father. {17:24} Then David came to Mahanaim. Absalom passed over the Jordan, he and all the men of Israel with him. {17:25} Absalom set Amasa over the army instead of Joab. Now Amasa was the son of a man, whose name was Ithra the Israelite, who went in to Abigail the daughter of Nahash, sister to Zeruiah, Joab's mother. {17:26} Israel and Absalom encamped in the land of Gilead. {17:27} It happened, when David had come to Mahanaim, that Shobi the son of Nahash of Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and Machir the son of Ammiel of Lodebar, and Barzillai the Gileadite of Rogelim, {17:28} brought beds, basins, earthen vessels, wheat, barley, meal, parched grain, beans, lentils, roasted grain, {17:29} honey, butter, sheep, and cheese of the herd, for David, and for the people who were with him, to eat: for they said, "The people are hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness." 
{18:1} David numbered the people who were with him, and set captains of thousands and captains of hundreds over them. {18:2} David sent forth the people, a third part under the hand of Joab, and a third part under the hand of Abishai the son of Zeruiah, Joab's brother, and a third part under the hand of Ittai the Gittite. The king said to the people, "I will surely go forth with you myself also." {18:3} But the people said, "You shall not go forth; for if we flee away, they will not care for us; neither if half of us die, will they care for us. But you are worth ten thousand of us. Therefore now it is better that you are ready to help us out of the city." {18:4} The king said to them, "I will do what seems best to you." The king stood beside the gate, and all the people went out by hundreds and by thousands. {18:5} The king commanded Joab and Abishai and Ittai, saying, "Deal gently for my sake with the young man, even with Absalom." All the people heard when the king commanded all the captains concerning Absalom. {18:6} So the people went out into the field against Israel: and the battle was in the forest of Ephraim. {18:7} The people of Israel were struck there before the servants of David, and there was a great slaughter there that day of twenty thousand men. {18:8} For the battle was there spread over the surface of all the country; and the forest devoured more people that day than the sword devoured. {18:9} Absalom happened to meet the servants of David. Absalom was riding on his mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between the sky and earth; and the mule that was under him went on. {18:10} A certain man saw it, and told Joab, and said, "Behold, I saw Absalom hanging in an oak." {18:11} Joab said to the man who told him, "Behold, you saw it, and why didn't you strike him there to the ground? I would have given you ten pieces of silver, and a sash." {18:12} The man said to Joab, "Though I should receive a thousand pieces of silver in my hand, I still wouldn't put forth my hand against the king's son; for in our hearing the king commanded you and Abishai and Ittai, saying, 'Beware that none touch the young man Absalom.' {18:13} Otherwise if I had dealt falsely against his life (and there is no matter hidden from the king), then you yourself would have set yourself against me." 
{18:14} Then Joab said, "I'm not going to wait like this with you." He took three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Absalom, while he was yet alive in the midst of the oak. {18:15} Ten young men who bore Joab's armor surrounded and struck Absalom, and killed him. {18:16} Joab blew the trumpet, and the people returned from pursuing after Israel; for Joab held back the people. {18:17} They took Absalom, and cast him into the great pit in the forest, and raised over him a very great heap of stones. Then all Israel fled everyone to his tent. {18:18} Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and reared up for himself the pillar, which is in the king's dale; for he said, "I have no son to keep my name in memory." He called the pillar after his own name; and it is called Absalom's monument, to this day. {18:19} Then Ahimaaz the son of Zadok said, "Let me now run, and bear the king news, how that Yahweh has avenged him of his enemies." {18:20} Joab said to him, "You shall not be the bearer of news this day, but you shall bear news another day. But today you shall bear no news, because the king's son is dead." {18:21} Then Joab said to the Cushite, "Go, tell the king what you have seen!" The Cushite bowed himself to Joab, and ran. {18:22} Then Ahimaaz the son of Zadok said yet again to Joab, "But come what may, please let me also run after the Cushite." Joab said, "Why do you want to run, my son, since that you will have no reward for the news?" {18:23} "But come what may," he said, "I will run." He said to him, "Run!" Then Ahimaaz ran by the way of the Plain, and outran the Cushite. {18:24} Now David was sitting between the two gates: and the watchman went up to the roof of the gate to the wall, and lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, a man running alone. {18:25} The watchman cried, and told the king. The king said, "If he is alone, there is news in his mouth." He came closer and closer. {18:26} The watchman saw another man running; and the watchman called to the porter, and said, "Behold, a man running alone!" The king said, "He also brings news." 
{18:27} The watchman said, "I think the running of the first one is like the running of Ahimaaz the son of Zadok." The king said, "He is a good man, and comes with good news." {18:28} Ahimaaz called, and said to the king, "All is well." He bowed himself before the king with his face to the earth, and said, "Blessed is Yahweh your God, who has delivered up the men who lifted up their hand against my lord the king!" {18:29} The king said, "Is it well with the young man Absalom?" Ahimaaz answered, "When Joab sent the king's servant, even me your servant, I saw a great tumult, but I don't know what it was." {18:30} The king said, "Turn aside, and stand here." He turned aside, and stood still. {18:31} Behold, the Cushite came. The Cushite said, "News for my lord the king; for Yahweh has avenged you this day of all those who rose up against you." {18:32} The king said to the Cushite, "Is it well with the young man Absalom?" The Cushite answered, "May the enemies of my lord the king, and all who rise up against you to do you harm, be as that young man is." {18:33} The king was much moved, and went up to the room over the gate, and wept. As he went, he said, "My son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom! I wish I had died for you, Absalom, my son, my son!" {19:1} It was told Joab, "Behold, the king weeps and mourns for Absalom." {19:2} The victory that day was turned into mourning to all the people; for the people heard it said that day, "The king grieves for his son." {19:3} The people sneaked into the city that day, as people who are ashamed steal away when they flee in battle. {19:4} The king covered his face, and the king cried with a loud voice, "My son Absalom, Absalom, my son, my son!" {19:5} Joab came into the house to the king, and said, "You have shamed this day the faces of all your servants, who this day have saved your life, and the lives of your sons and of your daughters, and the lives of your wives, and the lives of your concubines; {19:6} in that you love those who hate you, and hate those who love you. For you have declared this day, that princes and servants are nothing to you. For today I perceive that if Absalom had lived, and all we had died this day, then it would have pleased you well. {19:7} Now therefore arise, go out, and speak to comfort your servants; for I swear by Yahweh, if you don't go out, not a man will stay with you this night. That would be worse to you than all the evil that has happened to you from your youth until now." 
{19:8} Then the king arose, and sat in the gate. They told to all the people, saying, "Behold, the king is sitting in the gate." All the people came before the king. Now Israel had fled every man to his tent. {19:9} All the people were at strife throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, "The king delivered us out of the hand of our enemies, and he saved us out of the hand of the Philistines; and now he has fled out of the land from Absalom. {19:10} Absalom, whom we anointed over us, is dead in battle. Now therefore why don't you speak a word of bringing the king back?" {19:11} King David sent to Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, saying, "Speak to the elders of Judah, saying, 'Why are you the last to bring the king back to his house? Since the speech of all Israel has come to the king, to return him to his house. {19:12} You are my brothers, you are my bone and my flesh. Why then are you the last to bring back the king?' {19:13} Say to Amasa, 'Aren't you my bone and my flesh? God do so to me, and more also, if you aren't captain of the army before me continually in the room of Joab.'" {19:14} He bowed the heart of all the men of Judah, even as one man; so that they sent to the king, saying, "Return, you and all your servants." {19:15} So the king returned, and came to the Jordan. Judah came to Gilgal, to go to meet the king, to bring the king over the Jordan. {19:16} Shimei the son of Gera, the Benjamite, who was of Bahurim, hurried and came down with the men of Judah to meet king David. {19:17} There were a thousand men of Benjamin with him, and Ziba the servant of the house of Saul, and his fifteen sons and his twenty servants with him; and they went through the Jordan in the presence of the king. {19:18} A ferry boat went to bring over the king's household, and to do what he thought good. Shimei the son of Gera fell down before the king, when he had come over the Jordan. {19:19} He said to the king, "Don't let my lord impute iniquity to me, nor remember that which your servant did perversely the day that my lord the king went out of Jerusalem, that the king should take it to his heart. {19:20} For your servant knows that I have sinned. Therefore behold, I have come this day the first of all the house of Joseph to go down to meet my lord the king." 
{19:21} But Abishai the son of Zeruiah answered, "Shall Shimei not be put to death for this, because he cursed Yahweh's anointed?" {19:22} David said, "What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah, that you should this day be adversaries to me? Shall there any man be put to death this day in Israel? For don't I know that I am this day king over Israel?" {19:23} The king said to Shimei, "You shall not die." The king swore to him. {19:24} Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down to meet the king; and he had neither groomed his feet, nor trimmed his beard, nor washed his clothes, from the day the king departed until the day he came home in peace. {19:25} It happened, when he had come to Jerusalem to meet the king, that the king said to him, "Why didn't you go with me, Mephibosheth?" {19:26} He answered, "My lord, O king, my servant deceived me. For your servant said, I will saddle me a donkey, that I may ride thereon, and go with the king; because your servant is lame. {19:27} He has slandered your servant to my lord the king; but my lord the king is as an angel of God. Do therefore what is good in your eyes. {19:28} For all my father's house were but dead men before my lord the king; yet you set your servant among those who ate at your own table. What right therefore have I yet that I should cry any more to the king?" {19:29} The king said to him, "Why do you speak any more of your matters? I say, you and Ziba divide the land." {19:30} Mephibosheth said to the king, "Yes, let him take all, because my lord the king has come in peace to his own house." {19:31} Barzillai the Gileadite came down from Rogelim; and he went over the Jordan with the king, to conduct him over the Jordan. {19:32} Now Barzillai was a very aged man, even eighty years old: and he had provided the king with sustenance while he lay at Mahanaim; for he was a very great man. {19:33} The king said to Barzillai, "Come over with me, and I will sustain you with me in Jerusalem." {19:34} Barzillai said to the king, "How many are the days of the years of my life, that I should go up with the king to Jerusalem? {19:35} I am this day eighty years old. Can I discern between good and bad? Can your servant taste what I eat or what I drink? Can I hear any more the voice of singing men and singing women? Why then should your servant be yet a burden to my lord the king? {19:36} Your servant would but just go over the Jordan with the king. Why should the king repay me with such a reward? {19:37} Please let your servant turn back again, that I may die in my own city, by the grave of my father and my mother. But behold, your servant Chimham; let him go over with my lord the king; and do to him what shall seem good to you." 
{19:38} The king answered, "Chimham shall go over with me, and I will do to him that which shall seem good to you. Whatever you require of me, that I will do for you." {19:39} All the people went over the Jordan, and the king went over. Then the king kissed Barzillai, and blessed him; and he returned to his own place. {19:40} So the king went over to Gilgal, and Chimham went over with him. All the people of Judah brought the king over, and also half the people of Israel. {19:41} Behold, all the men of Israel came to the king, and said to the king, "Why have our brothers the men of Judah stolen you away, and brought the king, and his household, over the Jordan, and all David's men with him?" {19:42} All the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, "Because the king is a close relative to us. Why then are you angry about this matter? Have we eaten at all at the king's cost? Or has he given us any gift?" {19:43} The men of Israel answered the men of Judah, and said, "We have ten parts in the king, and we have also more claim to David than you. Why then did you despise us, that our advice should not be first had in bringing back our king?" The words of the men of Judah were fiercer than the words of the men of Israel. {20:1} There happened to be there a base fellow, whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew the trumpet, and said, "We have no portion in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse. Every man to his tents, Israel!" {20:2} So all the men of Israel went up from following David, and followed Sheba the son of Bichri; but the men of Judah joined with their king, from the Jordan even to Jerusalem. {20:3} David came to his house at Jerusalem; and the king took the ten women his concubines, whom he had left to keep the house, and put them in custody, and provided them with sustenance, but didn't go in to them. So they were shut up to the day of their death, living in widowhood. {20:4} Then the king said to Amasa, "Call me the men of Judah together within three days, and be here present." 
{20:5} So Amasa went to call the men of Judah together; but he stayed longer than the set time which he had appointed him. {20:6} David said to Abishai, "Now Sheba the son of Bichri will do us more harm than Absalom did. Take your lord's servants, and pursue after him, lest he get himself fortified cities, and escape out of our sight." {20:7} There went out after him Joab's men, and the Cherethites and the Pelethites, and all the mighty men; and they went out of Jerusalem, to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri. {20:8} When they were at the great stone which is in Gibeon, Amasa came to meet them. Joab was clothed in his apparel of war that he had put on, and on it was a sash with a sword fastened on his waist in its sheath; and as he went forth it fell out. {20:9} Joab said to Amasa, "Is it well with you, my brother?" Joab took Amasa by the beard with his right hand to kiss him. {20:10} But Amasa took no heed to the sword that was in Joab's hand. So he struck him with it in the body, and shed out his bowels to the ground, and didn't strike him again; and he died. Joab and Abishai his brother pursued after Sheba the son of Bichri. {20:11} There stood by him one of Joab's young men, and said, "He who favors Joab, and he who is for David, let him follow Joab!" {20:12} Amasa lay wallowing in his blood in the midst of the highway. When the man saw that all the people stood still, he carried Amasa out of the highway into the field, and cast a garment over him, when he saw that everyone who came by him stood still. {20:13} When he was removed out of the highway, all the people went on after Joab, to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri. {20:14} He went through all the tribes of Israel to Abel, and to Beth Maacah, and all the Berites: and they were gathered together, and went also after him. {20:15} They came and besieged him in Abel of Beth Maacah, and they cast up a mound against the city, and it stood against the rampart; and all the people who were with Joab battered the wall, to throw it down. {20:16} Then a wise woman cried out of the city, "Hear, hear! Please say to Joab, 'Come near here, that I may speak with you.'" {20:17} He came near to her; and the woman said, "Are you Joab?" 
{20:18} Then she spoke, saying, "They were used to say in old times, 'They shall surely ask counsel at Abel;' and so they settled it. {20:19} I am among those who are peaceable and faithful in Israel. You seek to destroy a city and a mother in Israel. Why will you swallow up the inheritance of Yahweh?" {20:20} Joab answered, "Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy. {20:21} The matter is not so. But a man of the hill country of Ephraim, Sheba the son of Bichri by name, has lifted up his hand against the king, even against David. Deliver him only, and I will depart from the city." The woman said to Joab, "Behold, his head shall be thrown to you over the wall." {20:22} Then the woman went to all the people in her wisdom. They cut off the head of Sheba the son of Bichri, and threw it out to Joab. He blew the trumpet, and they were dispersed from the city, every man to his tent. Joab returned to Jerusalem to the king. {20:23} Now Joab was over all the army of Israel; and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and over the Pelethites; {20:24} and Adoram was over the men subject to forced labor; and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was the recorder; {20:25} and Sheva was scribe; and Zadok and Abiathar were priests; {20:26} and also Ira the Jairite was chief minister to David. {21:1} There was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David sought the face of Yahweh. Yahweh said, "It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he put to death the Gibeonites." {21:2} The king called the Gibeonites, and said to them (now the Gibeonites were not of the children of Israel, but of the remnant of the Amorites; and the children of Israel had sworn to them: and Saul sought to kill them in his zeal for the children of Israel and Judah); {21:3} and David said to the Gibeonites, "What shall I do for you? And with what shall I make atonement, that you may bless the inheritance of Yahweh?" {21:4} The Gibeonites said to him, "It is no matter of silver or gold between us and Saul, or his house; neither is it for us to put any man to death in Israel." 
{21:5} They said to the king, "The man who consumed us, and who devised against us, that we should be destroyed from remaining in any of the borders of Israel, {21:6} let seven men of his sons be delivered to us, and we will hang them up to Yahweh in Gibeah of Saul, the chosen of Yahweh." The king said, "I will give them." {21:7} But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, because of Yahweh's oath that was between them, between David and Jonathan the son of Saul. {21:8} But the king took the two sons of Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, whom she bore to Saul, Armoni and Mephibosheth; and the five sons of Michal the daughter of Saul, whom she bore to Adriel the son of Barzillai the Meholathite. {21:9} He delivered them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they hanged them in the mountain before Yahweh, and all seven of them fell together. They were put to death in the days of harvest, in the first days, at the beginning of barley harvest. {21:10} Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth, and spread it for her on the rock, from the beginning of harvest until water was poured on them from the sky. She allowed neither the birds of the sky to rest on them by day, nor the animals of the field by night. {21:11} It was told David what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, the concubine of Saul, had done. {21:12} David went and took the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son from the men of Jabesh Gilead, who had stolen them from the street of Beth Shan, where the Philistines had hanged them, in the day that the Philistines killed Saul in Gilboa; {21:13} and he brought up from there the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son: and they gathered the bones of those who were hanged. {21:14} They buried the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son in the country of Benjamin in Zela, in the tomb of Kish his father: and they performed all that the king commanded. After that God was entreated for the land. {21:15} The Philistines had war again with Israel; and David went down, and his servants with him, and fought against the Philistines. David grew faint; {21:16} and Ishbibenob, who was of the sons of the giant, the weight of whose spear was three hundred shekels of brass in weight, he being armed with a new sword, thought to have slain David. {21:17} But Abishai the son of Zeruiah helped him, and struck the Philistine, and killed him. Then the men of David swore to him, saying, "You shall go no more out with us to battle, that you don't quench the lamp of Israel." 
{21:18} It came to pass after this, that there was again war with the Philistines at Gob: then Sibbecai the Hushathite killed Saph, who was of the sons of the giant. {21:19} There was again war with the Philistines at Gob; and Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim the Bethlehemite killed Goliath the Gittite's brother, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver's beam. {21:20} There was again war at Gath, where there was a man of great stature, who had on every hand six fingers, and on every foot six toes, four and twenty in number; and he also was born to the giant. {21:21} When he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimei, David's brother, killed him. {21:22} These four were born to the giant in Gath; and they fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants. {22:1} David spoke to Yahweh the words of this song in the day that Yahweh delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul: {22:2} and he said, "Yahweh is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, even mine; {22:3} God, my rock, in him I will take refuge; my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge. My savior, you save me from violence. {22:4} I will call on Yahweh, who is worthy to be praised: So shall I be saved from my enemies. {22:5} For the waves of death surrounded me. The floods of ungodliness made me afraid. {22:6} The cords of [4>]Sheol[<4] were around me. The snares of death caught me. {22:7} In my distress I called on Yahweh. Yes, I called to my God. He heard my voice out of his temple. My cry came into his ears. {22:8} Then the earth shook and trembled. The foundations of heaven quaked and were shaken, because he was angry. {22:9} Smoke went up out of his nostrils. Fire out of his mouth devoured. Coals were kindled by it. {22:10} He bowed the heavens also, and came down. Thick darkness was under his feet. {22:11} He rode on a cherub, and flew. Yes, he was seen on the wings of the wind. {22:12} He made darkness pavilions around himself: gathering of waters, and thick clouds of the skies. {22:13} At the brightness before him, coals of fire were kindled. {22:14} Yahweh thundered from heaven. The Most High uttered his voice. {22:15} He sent out arrows, and scattered them; lightning, and confused them. {22:16} Then the channels of the sea appeared. The foundations of the world were laid bare by the rebuke of Yahweh, At the blast of the breath of his nostrils. {22:17} He sent from on high and he took me. He drew me out of many waters. {22:18} He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me. {22:19} They came on me in the day of my calamity, but Yahweh was my support. {22:20} He also brought me out into a large place. He delivered me, because he delighted in me. {22:21} Yahweh rewarded me according to my righteousness. He rewarded me according to the cleanness of my hands. {22:22} For I have kept the ways of Yahweh, and have not wickedly departed from my God. {22:23} For all his ordinances were before me. As for his statutes, I did not depart from them. {22:24} I was also perfect toward him. I kept myself from my iniquity. {22:25} Therefore Yahweh has rewarded me according to my righteousness, According to my cleanness in his eyesight. {22:26} With the merciful you will show yourself merciful. With the perfect man you will show yourself perfect. {22:27} With the pure you will show yourself pure. With the crooked you will show yourself shrewd. {22:28} You will save the afflicted people, But your eyes are on the haughty, that you may bring them down. {22:29} For you are my lamp, Yahweh. Yahweh will light up my darkness. {22:30} For by you, I run against a troop. By my God, I leap over a wall. {22:31} As for God, his way is perfect. The word of Yahweh is tested. He is a shield to all those who take refuge in him. {22:32} For who is God, besides Yahweh? Who is a rock, besides our God? {22:33} God is my strong fortress. He makes my way perfect. {22:34} He makes his feet like hinds' feet, and sets me on my high places. {22:35} He teaches my hands to war, so that my arms bend a bow of brass. {22:36} You have also given me the shield of your salvation. Your gentleness has made me great. {22:37} You have enlarged my steps under me. My feet have not slipped. {22:38} I have pursued my enemies and destroyed them. I didn't turn again until they were consumed. {22:39} I have consumed them, and struck them through, so that they can't arise. Yes, they have fallen under my feet. {22:40} For you have armed me with strength for the battle. You have subdued under me those who rose up against me. {22:41} You have also made my enemies turn their backs to me, that I might cut off those who hate me. {22:42} They looked, but there was none to save; even to Yahweh, but he didn't answer them. {22:43} Then I beat them as small as the dust of the earth. I crushed them as the mire of the streets, and spread them abroad. {22:44} You also have delivered me from the strivings of my people. You have kept me to be the head of the nations. A people whom I have not known will serve me. {22:45} The foreigners will submit themselves to me. As soon as they hear of me, they will obey me. {22:46} The foreigners will fade away, and will come trembling out of their close places. {22:47} Yahweh lives! Blessed be my rock! Exalted be God, the rock of my salvation, {22:48} even the God who executes vengeance for me, who brings down peoples under me, {22:49} who brings me away from my enemies. Yes, you lift me up above those who rise up against me. You deliver me from the violent man. {22:50} Therefore I will give thanks to you, Yahweh, among the nations. Will sing praises to your name. {22:51} He gives great deliverance to his king, and shows loving kindness to his anointed, to David and to his seed, forevermore." 
{23:1} Now these are the last words of David. David the son of Jesse says, the man who was raised on high says, the anointed of the God of Jacob, the sweet psalmist of Israel: {23:2} "The Spirit of Yahweh spoke by me. His word was on my tongue. {23:3} The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spoke to me, 'One who rules over men righteously, who rules in the fear of God, {23:4} shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun rises, a morning without clouds, when the tender grass springs out of the earth, through clear shining after rain.' {23:5} Most certainly my house is not so with God, yet he has made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure, for it is all my salvation, and all my desire, although he doesn't make it grow. {23:6} But all of the ungodly shall be as thorns to be thrust away, because they can't be taken with the hand, {23:7} But the man who touches them must be armed with iron and the staff of a spear. They shall be utterly burned with fire in their place." {23:8} These are the names of the mighty men whom David had: Josheb Basshebeth a Tahchemonite, chief of the captains; the same was Adino the Eznite, against eight hundred slain at one time. {23:9} After him was Eleazar the son of Dodai the son of an Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David, when they defied the Philistines who were there gathered together to battle, and the men of Israel were gone away. {23:10} He arose, and struck the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand froze to the sword; and Yahweh worked a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to take spoil. {23:11} After him was Shammah the son of Agee a Hararite. The Philistines were gathered together into a troop, where there was a plot of ground full of lentils; and the people fled from the Philistines. {23:12} But he stood in the midst of the plot, and defended it, and killed the Philistines; and Yahweh worked a great victory. {23:13} Three of the thirty chief men went down, and came to David in the harvest time to the cave of Adullam; and the troop of the Philistines was encamped in the valley of Rephaim. {23:14} David was then in the stronghold; and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem. {23:15} David longed, and said, "Oh that one would give me water to drink of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!" 
{23:16} The three mighty men broke through the army of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: but he would not drink of it, but poured it out to Yahweh. {23:17} He said, "Be it far from me, Yahweh, that I should do this! Isn't it the blood of the men who went in jeopardy of their lives?" Therefore he would not drink it. The three mighty men did these things. {23:18} Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief of the three. He lifted up his spear against three hundred and killed them, and had a name among the three. {23:19} Wasn't he most honorable of the three? therefore he was made their captain: however he didn't attain to the three. {23:20} Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel, who had done mighty deeds, he killed the two sons of Ariel of Moab: he went down also and killed a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow. {23:21} He killed an Egyptian, a goodly man: and the Egyptian had a spear in his hand; but he went down to him with a staff, and plucked the spear out of the Egyptian's hand, and killed him with his own spear. {23:22} Benaiah the son of Jehoiada did these things, and had a name among the three mighty men. {23:23} He was more honorable than the thirty, but he didn't attain to the three. David set him over his guard. {23:24} Asahel the brother of Joab was one of the thirty; Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem, {23:25} Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite, {23:26} Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, {23:27} Abiezer the Anathothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite, {23:28} Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite, {23:29} Heleb the son of Baanah the Netophathite, Ittai the son of Ribai of Gibeah of the children of Benjamin, {23:30} Benaiah a Pirathonite, Hiddai of the brooks of Gaash. {23:31} Abialbon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite, {23:32} Eliahba the Shaalbonite, the sons of Jashen, Jonathan, {23:33} Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the son of Sharar the Ararite, {23:34} Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maacathite, Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite, {23:35} Hezro the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite, {23:36} Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gadite, {23:37} Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite, armor bearers to Joab the son of Zeruiah, {23:38} Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite, {23:39} Uriah the Hittite: thirty-seven in all. 
{24:1} Again the anger of Yahweh was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them, saying, "Go, number Israel and Judah." {24:2} The king said to Joab the captain of the army, who was with him, "Now go back and forth through all the tribes of Israel, from Dan even to Beersheba, and number the people, that I may know the sum of the people." {24:3} Joab said to the king, "Now may Yahweh your God add to the people, however many they may be, one hundred times; and may the eyes of my lord the king see it. But why does my lord the king delight in this thing?" {24:4} Notwithstanding, the king's word prevailed against Joab, and against the captains of the army. Joab and the captains of the army went out from the presence of the king, to number the people of Israel. {24:5} They passed over the Jordan, and encamped in Aroer, on the right side of the city that is in the middle of the valley of Gad, and to Jazer: {24:6} then they came to Gilead, and to the land of Tahtim Hodshi; and they came to Dan Jaan, and around to Sidon, {24:7} and came to the stronghold of Tyre, and to all the cities of the Hivites, and of the Canaanites; and they went out to the south of Judah, at Beersheba. {24:8} So when they had gone back and forth through all the land, they came to Jerusalem at the end of nine months and twenty days. {24:9} Joab gave up the sum of the numbering of the people to the king: and there were in Israel eight hundred thousand valiant men who drew the sword; and the men of Judah were five hundred thousand men. {24:10} David's heart struck him after that he had numbered the people. David said to Yahweh, "I have sinned greatly in that which I have done. But now, Yahweh, put away, I beg you, the iniquity of your servant; for I have done very foolishly." {24:11} When David rose up in the morning, the word of Yahweh came to the prophet Gad, David's seer, saying, {24:12} "Go and speak to David, 'Thus says Yahweh, "I offer you three things. Choose one of them, that I may do it to you."'" {24:13} So Gad came to David, and told him, and said to him, "Shall seven years of famine come to you in your land? Or will you flee three months before your foes while they pursue you? Or shall there be three days' pestilence in your land? Now answer, and consider what answer I shall return to him who sent me." 
{24:14} David said to Gad, "I am in distress. Let us fall now into the hand of Yahweh; for his mercies are great. Let me not fall into the hand of man." {24:15} So Yahweh sent a pestilence on Israel from the morning even to the appointed time; and there died of the people from Dan even to Beersheba seventy thousand men. {24:16} When the angel stretched out his hand toward Jerusalem to destroy it, Yahweh relented of the disaster, and said to the angel who destroyed the people, "It is enough. Now stay your hand." The angel of Yahweh was by the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite. {24:17} David spoke to Yahweh when he saw the angel who struck the people, and said, "Behold, I have sinned, and I have done perversely; but these sheep, what have they done? Please let your hand be against me, and against my father's house." {24:18} Gad came that day to David, and said to him, "Go up, build an altar to Yahweh on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite." {24:19} David went up according to the saying of Gad, as Yahweh commanded. {24:20} Araunah looked out, and saw the king and his servants coming on toward him. Then Araunah went out, and bowed himself before the king with his face to the ground. {24:21} Araunah said, "Why has my lord the king come to his servant?" David said, "To buy your threshing floor, to build an altar to Yahweh, that the plague may be stopped from afflicting the people." {24:22} Araunah said to David, "Let my lord the king take and offer up what seems good to him. Behold, the cattle for the burnt offering, and the threshing instruments and the yokes of the oxen for the wood: {24:23} all this, king, does Araunah give to the king." Araunah said to the king, "May Yahweh your God accept you." {24:24} The king said to Araunah, "No; but I will most certainly buy it from you for a price. I will not offer burnt offerings to Yahweh my God which cost me nothing." So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver. {24:25} David built an altar to Yahweh there, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So Yahweh was entreated for the land, and the plague was stayed from Israel. ________________________________________________________________________ Footnotes: [1] {1:12} "Yahweh" is God's proper Name, sometimes rendered "LORD" (all caps) in other translations. 
{1:1} Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, to the assembly of the Thessalonians in God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ: {1:2} Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. {1:3} We are bound to always give thanks to God for you, [1>]brothers,[<1] even as it is appropriate, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of each and every one of you towards one another abounds; {1:4} so that we ourselves boast about you in the assemblies of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions which you endure. {1:5} This is an obvious sign of the righteous judgment of God, to the end that you may be counted worthy of the Kingdom of God, for which you also suffer. {1:6} Since it is a righteous thing with God to repay affliction to those who afflict you, {1:7} and to give relief to you who are afflicted with us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, {1:8} giving vengeance to those who don't know God, and to those who don't obey the Good News of our Lord Jesus, {1:9} who will pay the penalty: eternal destruction from the face of the Lord and from the glory of his might, {1:10} when he comes to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired among all those who have believed (because our testimony to you was believed) in that day. {1:11} To this end we also pray always for you, that our God may count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire of goodness and work of faith, with power; {1:12} that the name of our Lord Jesus[2] may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. {2:1} Now, brothers, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together to him, we ask you {2:2} not to be quickly shaken in your mind, nor yet be troubled, either by spirit, or by word, or by letter as from us, saying that the day of Christ had come. {2:3} Let no one deceive you in any way. For it will not be, unless the departure comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of destruction, {2:4} he who opposes and exalts himself against all that is called God or that is worshiped; so that he sits as God in the temple of God, setting himself up as God. {2:5} Don't you remember that, when I was still with you, I told you these things? {2:6} Now you know what is restraining him, to the end that he may be revealed in his own season. {2:7} For the mystery of lawlessness already works. Only there is one who restrains now, until he is taken out of the way. {2:8} Then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will kill with the breath of his mouth, and destroy by the manifestation of his coming; {2:9} even he whose coming is according to the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, {2:10} and with all deception of wickedness for those who are being lost, because they didn't receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. {2:11} Because of this, God sends them a working of error, that they should believe a lie; {2:12} that they all might be judged who didn't believe the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. {2:13} But we are bound to always give thanks to God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because God chose you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief in the truth; {2:14} to which he called you through our Good News, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. {2:15} So then, brothers, stand firm, and hold the traditions which you were taught by us, whether by word, or by letter. 
{2:16} Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, {2:17} comfort your hearts and establish you in every good work and word. {3:1} Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may spread rapidly and be glorified, even as also with you; {3:2} and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and evil men; for not all have faith. {3:3} But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you, and guard you from the evil one. {3:4} We have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you both do and will do the things we command. {3:5} May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patience of Christ. {3:6} Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw yourselves from every brother who walks in rebellion, and not after the tradition which they received from us. {3:7} For you know how you ought to imitate us. For we didn't behave ourselves rebelliously among you, {3:8} neither did we eat bread from anyone's hand without paying for it, but in labor and travail worked night and day, that we might not burden any of you; {3:9} not because we don't have the right, but to make ourselves an example to you, that you should imitate us. {3:10} For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: "If anyone will not work, neither let him eat." {3:11} For we hear of some who walk among you in rebellion, who don't work at all, but are busybodies. {3:12} Now those who are that way, we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. {3:13} But you, brothers, don't be weary in doing well. {3:14} If any man doesn't obey our word in this letter, note that man, that you have no company with him, to the end that he may be ashamed. {3:15} Don't count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother. {3:16} Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways. The Lord be with you all. {3:17} The greeting of me, Paul, with my own hand, which is the sign in every letter: this is how I write. {3:18} The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. 
{1:1} Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, according to the promise of the life which is in Christ Jesus, {1:2} to Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. {1:3} I thank God, whom I serve as my forefathers did, with a pure conscience. How unceasing is my memory of you in my petitions, night and day {1:4} longing to see you, remembering your tears, that I may be filled with joy; {1:5} having been reminded of the sincere faith that is in you; which lived first in your grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice, and, I am persuaded, in you also. {1:6} For this cause, I remind you that you should stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. {1:7} For God didn't give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control. {1:8} Therefore don't be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner; but endure hardship for the Good News according to the power of God, {1:9} who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before times eternal, {1:10} but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the Good News. {1:11} For this, I was appointed as a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. {1:12} For this cause I also suffer these things. Yet I am not ashamed, for I know him whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that he is able to guard that which I have committed to him against that day. {1:13} Hold the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. {1:14} That good thing which was committed to you, guard through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us. {1:15} This you know, that all who are in Asia turned away from me; of whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes. {1:16} May the Lord grant mercy to the house of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain, {1:17} but when he was in Rome, he sought me diligently, and found me {1:18} (the Lord grant to him to find the Lord's mercy in that day); and in how many things he served at Ephesus, you know very well. 
{2:1} You therefore, my child, be strengthened in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. {2:2} The things which you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit the same to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. {2:3} You therefore must endure hardship, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. {2:4} No soldier on duty entangles himself in the affairs of life, that he may please him who enrolled him as a soldier. {2:5} Also, if anyone competes in athletics, he isn't crowned unless he has competed by the rules. {2:6} The farmers who labor must be the first to get a share of the crops. {2:7} Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things. {2:8} Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, of the seed of David, according to my Good News, {2:9} in which I suffer hardship to the point of chains as a criminal. But God's word isn't chained. {2:10} Therefore I endure all things for the chosen ones' sake, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. {2:11} This saying is faithful: "For if we died with him, we will also live with him. {2:12} If we endure, we will also reign with him. If we deny him, he also will deny us. {2:13} If we are faithless, he remains faithful. He can't deny himself." {2:14} Remind them of these things, charging them in the sight of the Lord, that they don't argue about words, to no profit, to the subverting of those who hear. {2:15} Give diligence to present yourself approved by God, a workman who doesn't need to be ashamed, properly handling the Word of Truth. {2:16} But shun empty chatter, for it will go further in ungodliness, {2:17} and those words will consume like gangrene, of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; {2:18} men who have erred concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past, and overthrowing the faith of some. {2:19} However God's firm foundation stands, having this seal, "The Lord knows those who are his,"[1] and, "Let every one who names the name of [2>]the Lord[<2] depart from unrighteousness." {2:20} Now in a large house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of clay. Some are for honor, and some for dishonor. {2:21} If anyone therefore purges himself from these, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, and suitable for the master's use, prepared for every good work. 
{2:22} Flee from youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. {2:23} But refuse foolish and ignorant questionings, knowing that they generate strife. {2:24} The Lord's servant must not quarrel, but be gentle towards all, able to teach, patient, {2:25} in gentleness correcting those who oppose him: perhaps God may give them repentance leading to a full knowledge of the truth, {2:26} and they may recover themselves out of the devil's snare, having been taken captive by him to his will. {3:1} But know this, that in the last days, grievous times will come. {3:2} For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, {3:3} without natural affection, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, no lovers of good, {3:4} traitors, headstrong, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God; {3:5} holding a form of godliness, but having denied its power. Turn away from these, also. {3:6} For some of these are people who creep into houses, and take captive gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, {3:7} always learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. {3:8} Even as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so do these also oppose the truth; men corrupted in mind, who concerning the faith, are rejected. {3:9} But they will proceed no further. For their folly will be evident to all men, as theirs also came to be. {3:10} But you did follow my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, steadfastness, {3:11} persecutions, and sufferings: those things that happened to me at Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra. I endured those persecutions. Out of them all the Lord delivered me. {3:12} Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. {3:13} But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. {3:14} But you remain in the things which you have learned and have been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them. {3:15} From infancy, you have known the holy Scriptures which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith, which is in Christ Jesus. {3:16} [3>]Every Scripture is God-breathed and[<3] profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness, {3:17} that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 
{4:1} I command you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at his appearing and his Kingdom: {4:2} preach the word; be urgent in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with all patience and teaching. {4:3} For the time will come when they will not listen to the sound doctrine, but, having itching ears, will heap up for themselves teachers after their own lusts; {4:4} and will turn away their ears from the truth, and turn aside to fables. {4:5} But you be sober in all things, suffer hardship, do the work of an evangelist, and fulfill your ministry. {4:6} For I am already being offered, and the time of my departure has come. {4:7} I have fought the good fight. I have finished the course. I have kept the faith. {4:8} From now on, there is stored up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that day; and not to me only, but also to all those who have loved his appearing. {4:9} Be diligent to come to me soon, {4:10} for Demas left me, having loved this present world, and went to Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. {4:11} Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for service. {4:12} But I sent Tychicus to Ephesus. {4:13} Bring the cloak that I left at Troas with Carpus when you come, and the books, especially the parchments. {4:14} Alexander, the coppersmith, did much evil to me. The Lord will repay him according to his works, {4:15} of whom you also must beware; for he greatly opposed our words. {4:16} At my first defense, no one came to help me, but all left me. May it not be held against them. {4:17} But the Lord stood by me, and strengthened me, that through me the message might be fully proclaimed, and that all the Gentiles might hear; and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. {4:18} And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me for his heavenly Kingdom; to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. {4:19} Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the house of Onesiphorus. {4:20} Erastus remained at Corinth, but I left Trophimus at Miletus sick. {4:21} Be diligent to come before winter. Eubulus salutes you, as do Pudens, Linus, Claudia, and all the brothers. {4:22} The Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Grace be with you. Amen. 
{1:1} The elder to Gaius the beloved, whom I love in truth. {1:2} Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be healthy, even as your soul prospers. {1:3} For I rejoiced greatly, when brothers came and testified about your truth, even as you walk in truth. {1:4} I have no greater joy than this, to hear about my children walking in truth. {1:5} Beloved, you do a faithful work in whatever you accomplish for those who are brothers and strangers. {1:6} They have testified about your love before the assembly. You will do well to send them forward on their journey in a way worthy of God, {1:7} because for the sake of the Name they went out, taking nothing from the Gentiles. {1:8} We therefore ought to receive such, that we may be fellow workers for the truth. {1:9} I wrote to the assembly, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, doesn't accept what we say. {1:10} Therefore if I come, I will call attention to his deeds which he does, unjustly accusing us with wicked words. Not content with this, neither does he himself receive the brothers, and those who would, he forbids and throws out of the assembly. {1:11} Beloved, don't imitate that which is evil, but that which is good. He who does good is of God. He who does evil hasn't seen God. {1:12} Demetrius has the testimony of all, and of the truth itself; yes, we also testify, and you know that our testimony is true. {1:13} I had many things to write to you, but I am unwilling to write to you with ink and pen; {1:14} but I hope to see you soon, and we will speak face to face. Peace be to you. The friends greet you. Greet the friends by name. 
{1:1} The first book I wrote, Theophilus, concerned all that Jesus began both to do and to teach, {1:2} until the day in which he was received up, after he had given commandment through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. {1:3} To these he also showed himself alive after he suffered, by many proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days, and speaking about God's Kingdom. {1:4} Being assembled together with them, he commanded them, "Don't depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which you heard from me. {1:5} For John indeed baptized in water, but you will be baptized in the Holy Spirit not many days from now." {1:6} Therefore when they had come together, they asked him, "Lord, are you now restoring the kingdom to Israel?" {1:7} He said to them, "It isn't for you to know times or seasons which the Father has set within his own authority. {1:8} But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. You will be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth." {1:9} When he had said these things, as they were looking, he was taken up, and a cloud received him out of their sight. {1:10} While they were looking steadfastly into the sky as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white clothing, {1:11} who also said, "You men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who was received up from you into the sky will come back in the same way as you saw him going into the sky." {1:12} Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mountain called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey away. {1:13} When they had come in, they went up into the upper room, where they were staying; that is Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James. {1:14} All these with one accord continued steadfastly in prayer and supplication, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. {1:15} In these days, Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples (and the number of names was about one hundred twenty), and said, {1:16} "Brothers, it was necessary that this Scripture should be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who was guide to those who took Jesus. {1:17} For he was numbered with us, and received his portion in this ministry. {1:18} Now this man obtained a field with the reward for his wickedness, and falling headlong, his body burst open, and all his intestines gushed out. {1:19} It became known to everyone who lived in Jerusalem that in their language that field was called 'Akeldama,' that is, 'The field of blood.' {1:20} For it is written in the book of Psalms, 'Let his habitation be made desolate. Let no one dwell therein;'[1] 
{1:21} "Of the men therefore who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, {1:22} beginning from the baptism of John, to the day that he was received up from us, of these one must become a witness with us of his resurrection." {1:23} They put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. {1:24} They prayed, and said, "You, Lord, who know the hearts of all men, show which one of these two you have chosen {1:25} to take part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas fell away, that he might go to his own place." {1:26} They drew lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles. {2:1} Now when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all with one accord in one place. {2:2} Suddenly there came from the sky a sound like the rushing of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. {2:3} Tongues like fire appeared and were distributed to them, and one sat on each of them. {2:4} They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other languages, as the Spirit gave them the ability to speak. {2:5} Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under the sky. {2:6} When this sound was heard, the multitude came together, and were bewildered, because everyone heard them speaking in his own language. {2:7} They were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, "Behold, aren't all these who speak Galileans? {2:8} How do we hear, everyone in our own native language? {2:9} Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and people from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, {2:10} Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, the parts of Libya around Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, {2:11} Cretans and Arabians: we hear them speaking in our languages the mighty works of God!" {2:12} They were all amazed, and were perplexed, saying one to another, "What does this mean?" {2:13} Others, mocking, said, "They are filled with new wine." {2:14} But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and spoke out to them, "You men of Judea, and all you who dwell at Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to my words. {2:15} For these aren't drunken, as you suppose, seeing it is only [3>]the third hour of the day[<3]. {2:16} But this is what has been spoken through the prophet Joel: {2:17} 'It will be in the last days, says God, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh. Your sons and your daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions. Your old men will dream dreams. {2:18} Yes, and on my servants and on my handmaidens in those days, I will pour out my Spirit, and they will prophesy. {2:19} I will show wonders in the sky above, and signs on the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and billows of smoke. {2:20} The sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and glorious day of the Lord comes. {2:21} It will be, that whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.'[4] 
{2:22} "Men of Israel, hear these words! Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved by God to you by mighty works and wonders and signs which God did by him in the midst of you, even as you yourselves know, {2:23} him, being delivered up by the determined counsel and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by the hand of lawless men, crucified and killed; {2:24} whom God raised up, having freed him from the agony of death, because it was not possible that he should be held by it. {2:25} For David says concerning him, 'I saw the Lord always before my face, For he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved. {2:26} Therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced. Moreover my flesh also will dwell in hope; {2:27} because you will not leave my soul in [5>]Hades[<5], neither will you allow your Holy One to see decay. {2:28} You made known to me the ways of life. You will make me full of gladness with your presence.'[6] {2:29} "Brothers, I may tell you freely of the patriarch David, that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. {2:30} Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, he would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne, {2:31} he foreseeing this spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that neither was his soul left in [7>]Hades[<7], nor did his flesh see decay. {2:32} This Jesus God raised up, to which we all are witnesses. {2:33} Being therefore exalted by the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this, which you now see and hear. {2:34} For David didn't ascend into the heavens, but he says himself, 'The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit by my right hand, {2:35} until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet."'[8] {2:36} "Let all the house of Israel therefore know certainly that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified." {2:37} Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?" {2:38} Peter said to them, "Repent, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. {2:39} For the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all who are far off, even as many as the Lord our God will call to himself." {2:40} With many other words he testified, and exhorted them, saying, "Save yourselves from this crooked generation!" 
{2:41} Then those who gladly received his word were baptized. There were added that day about three thousand souls. {2:42} They continued steadfastly in the apostles' teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and prayer. {2:43} Fear came on every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. {2:44} All who believed were together, and had all things in common. {2:45} They sold their possessions and goods, and distributed them to all, according as anyone had need. {2:46} Day by day, continuing steadfastly with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread at home, they took their food with gladness and singleness of heart, {2:47} praising God, and having favor with all the people. The Lord added to the assembly day by day those who were being saved. {3:1} Peter and John were going up into the temple at the hour of prayer, [9>]the ninth hour[<9]. {3:2} A certain man who was lame from his mother's womb was being carried, whom they laid daily at the door of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask gifts for the needy of those who entered into the temple. {3:3} Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive gifts for the needy. {3:4} Peter, fastening his eyes on him, with John, said, "Look at us." {3:5} He listened to them, expecting to receive something from them. {3:6} But Peter said, "Silver and gold have I none, but what I have, that I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk!" {3:7} He took him by the right hand, and raised him up. Immediately his feet and his ankle bones received strength. {3:8} Leaping up, he stood, and began to walk. He entered with them into the temple, walking, leaping, and praising God. {3:9} All the people saw him walking and praising God. {3:10} They recognized him, that it was he who used to sit begging for gifts for the needy at the Beautiful Gate of the temple. They were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. {3:11} As the lame man who was healed held on to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the porch that is called Solomon's, greatly wondering. {3:12} When Peter saw it, he responded to the people, "You men of Israel, why do you marvel at this man? Why do you fasten your eyes on us, as though by our own power or godliness we had made him walk? {3:13} The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his Servant Jesus, whom you delivered up, and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had determined to release him. {3:14} But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, {3:15} and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, to which we are witnesses. {3:16} By faith in his name, his name has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which is through him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. 
{3:17} "Now, [10>]brothers[<10], I know that you did this in ignorance, as did also your rulers. {3:18} But the things which God announced by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he thus fulfilled. {3:19} "Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, so that there may come times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord, {3:20} and that he may send Christ Jesus, who was ordained for you before, {3:21} whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God spoke long ago by the mouth of his holy prophets. {3:22} For Moses indeed said to the fathers, 'The Lord God will raise up a prophet for you from among your brothers, like me. You shall listen to him in all things whatever he says to you. {3:23} It will be, that every soul that will not listen to that prophet will be utterly destroyed from among the people.'[11] {3:24} Yes, and all the prophets from Samuel and those who followed after, as many as have spoken, they also told of these days. {3:25} You are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, 'In your seed will all the families of the earth be blessed.'[12] {3:26} God, having raised up his servant, Jesus, sent him to you first, to bless you, in turning away everyone of you from your wickedness." {4:1} As they spoke to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came to them, {4:2} being upset because they taught the people and proclaimed in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. {4:3} They laid hands on them, and put them in custody until the next day, for it was now evening. {4:4} But many of those who heard the word believed, and the number of the men came to be about five thousand. {4:5} It happened in the morning, that their rulers, elders, and scribes were gathered together in Jerusalem. {4:6} Annas the high priest was there, with Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and as many as were relatives of the high priest. {4:7} When they had stood them in the middle of them, they inquired, "By what power, or in what name, have you done this?" {4:8} Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "You rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, {4:9} if we are examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, {4:10} be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, in him does this man stand here before you whole. {4:11} He is 'the stone which was regarded as worthless by you, the builders, which has become the head of the corner.'[13] {4:12} There is salvation in none other, for neither is there any other name under heaven, that is given among men, by which we must be saved!" 
{4:13} Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and had perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled. They recognized that they had been with Jesus. {4:14} Seeing the man who was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. {4:15} But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, {4:16} saying, "What shall we do to these men? Because indeed a notable miracle has been done through them, as can be plainly seen by all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we can't deny it. {4:17} But so that this spreads no further among the people, let's threaten them, that from now on they don't speak to anyone in this name." {4:18} They called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. {4:19} But Peter and John answered them, "Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, judge for yourselves, {4:20} for we can't help telling the things which we saw and heard." {4:21} When they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way to punish them, because of the people; for everyone glorified God for that which was done. {4:22} For the man on whom this miracle of healing was performed was more than forty years old. {4:23} Being let go, they came to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. {4:24} When they heard it, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, "O Lord, you are God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all that is in them; {4:25} who by the mouth of your servant, David, said, 'Why do the nations rage, and the peoples plot a vain thing? {4:26} The kings of the earth take a stand, and the rulers take council together, against the Lord, and against his [14>]Christ[<14].'[15] {4:27} "For truly, in this city against your holy servant, Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together {4:28} to do whatever your hand and your council foreordained to happen. {4:29} Now, Lord, look at their threats, and grant to your servants to speak your word with all boldness, {4:30} while you stretch out your hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of your holy Servant Jesus." 
{4:31} When they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were gathered together. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. {4:32} The multitude of those who believed were of one heart and soul. Not one of them claimed that anything of the things which he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. {4:33} With great power, the apostles gave their testimony of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Great grace was on them all. {4:34} For neither was there among them any who lacked, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, {4:35} and laid them at the apostles' feet, and distribution was made to each, according as anyone had need. {4:36} Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas (which is, being interpreted, Son of Encouragement), a Levite, a man of Cyprus by race, {4:37} having a field, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles' feet. {5:1} But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira, his wife, sold a possession, {5:2} and kept back part of the price, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet. {5:3} But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back part of the price of the land? {5:4} While you kept it, didn't it remain your own? After it was sold, wasn't it in your power? How is it that you have conceived this thing in your heart? You haven't lied to men, but to God." {5:5} Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and died. Great fear came on all who heard these things. {5:6} The young men arose and wrapped him up, and they carried him out and buried him. {5:7} About three hours later, his wife, not knowing what had happened, came in. {5:8} Peter answered her, "Tell me whether you sold the land for so much." She said, "Yes, for so much." {5:9} But Peter asked her, "How is it that you have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out." {5:10} She fell down immediately at his feet, and died. The young men came in and found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her by her husband. {5:11} Great fear came on the whole assembly, and on all who heard these things. {5:12} By the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. They were all with one accord in Solomon's porch. {5:13} None of the rest dared to join them, however the people honored them. {5:14} More believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women. {5:15} They even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on cots and mattresses, so that as Peter came by, at the least his shadow might overshadow some of them. {5:16} Multitudes also came together from the cities around Jerusalem, bringing sick people, and those who were tormented by unclean spirits: and they were all healed. 
{5:17} But the high priest rose up, and all those who were with him (which is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with jealousy, {5:18} and laid hands on the apostles, and put them in public custody. {5:19} But an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors by night, and brought them out, and said, {5:20} "Go stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life." {5:21} When they heard this, they entered into the temple about daybreak, and taught. But the high priest came, and those who were with him, and called the council together, and all the senate of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought. {5:22} But the officers who came didn't find them in the prison. They returned and reported, {5:23} "We found the prison shut and locked, and the guards standing before the doors, but when we opened them, we found no one inside!" {5:24} Now when the high priest, the captain of the temple, and the chief priests heard these words, they were very perplexed about them and what might become of this. {5:25} One came and told them, "Behold, the men whom you put in prison are in the temple, standing and teaching the people." {5:26} Then the captain went with the officers, and brought them without violence, for they were afraid that the people might stone them. {5:27} When they had brought them, they set them before the council. The high priest questioned them, {5:28} saying, "Didn't we strictly command you not to teach in this name? Behold, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and intend to bring this man's blood on us." {5:29} But Peter and the apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than men. {5:30} The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you killed, hanging him on a tree. {5:31} God exalted him with his right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, to give repentance to Israel, and remission of sins. {5:32} We are His witnesses of these things; and so also is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him." {5:33} But they, when they heard this, were cut to the heart, and determined to kill them. {5:34} But one stood up in the council, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, honored by all the people, and commanded to put the apostles out for a little while. {5:35} He said to them, "You men of Israel, be careful concerning these men, what you are about to do. {5:36} For before these days Theudas rose up, making himself out to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were dispersed, and came to nothing. {5:37} After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the enrollment, and drew away some people after him. He also perished, and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered abroad. {5:38} Now I tell you, withdraw from these men, and leave them alone. For if this counsel or this work is of men, it will be overthrown. {5:39} But if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow it, and you would be found even to be fighting against God!" 
{5:40} They agreed with him. Summoning the apostles, they beat them and commanded them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. {5:41} They therefore departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for Jesus' name. {5:42} Every day, in the temple and at home, they never stopped teaching and preaching Jesus, the Christ. {6:1} Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, a complaint arose from the [16>]Hellenists[<16] against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily service. {6:2} The twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, "It is not appropriate for us to forsake the word of God and serve tables. {6:3} Therefore select from among you, brothers, seven men of good report, full of the Holy Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. {6:4} But we will continue steadfastly in prayer and in the ministry of the word." {6:5} These words pleased the whole multitude. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch; {6:6} whom they set before the apostles. When they had prayed, they laid their hands on them. {6:7} The word of God increased and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem exceedingly. A great company of the priests were obedient to the faith. {6:8} Stephen, full of faith and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people. {6:9} But some of those who were of the synagogue called "The Libertines," and of the Cyrenians, of the Alexandrians, and of those of Cilicia and Asia arose, disputing with Stephen. {6:10} They weren't able to withstand the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke. {6:11} Then they secretly induced men to say, "We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God." {6:12} They stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes, and came against him and seized him, and brought him in to the council, {6:13} and set up false witnesses who said, "This man never stops speaking blasphemous words against this holy place and the law. {6:14} For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place, and will change the customs which Moses delivered to us." {6:15} All who sat in the council, fastening their eyes on him, saw his face like it was the face of an angel. 
{7:1} The high priest said, "Are these things so?" {7:2} He said, "Brothers and fathers, listen. The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran, {7:3} and said to him, 'Get out of your land, and from your relatives, and come into a land which I will show you.'[17] {7:4} Then he came out of the land of the Chaldaeans, and lived in Haran. From there, when his father was dead, God moved him into this land, where you are now living. {7:5} He gave him no inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on. He promised that he would give it to him for a possession, and to his seed after him, when he still had no child. {7:6} God spoke in this way: that his seed would live as aliens in a strange land, and that they would be enslaved and mistreated for four hundred years. {7:7} 'I will judge the nation to which they will be in bondage,' said God, 'and after that will they come out, and serve me in this place.'[18] {7:8} He gave him the covenant of circumcision. So Abraham became the father of Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day. Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob became the father of the twelve patriarchs. {7:9} "The patriarchs, moved with jealousy against Joseph, sold him into Egypt. God was with him, {7:10} and delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favor and wisdom before Pharaoh, king of Egypt. He made him governor over Egypt and all his house. {7:11} Now a famine came over all the land of Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction. Our fathers found no food. {7:12} But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent out our fathers the first time. {7:13} On the second time Joseph was made known to his brothers, and Joseph's race was revealed to Pharaoh. {7:14} Joseph sent, and summoned Jacob, his father, and all his relatives, seventy-five souls. {7:15} Jacob went down into Egypt, and he died, himself and our fathers, {7:16} and they were brought back to Shechem, and laid in the tomb that Abraham bought for a price in silver from the children of Hamor of Shechem. {7:17} "But as the time of the promise came close which God had sworn to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt, {7:18} until there arose a different king, who didn't know Joseph. {7:19} The same took advantage of our race, and mistreated our fathers, and forced them to throw out their babies, so that they wouldn't stay alive. {7:20} At that time Moses was born, and was exceedingly handsome. He was nourished three months in his father's house. {7:21} When he was thrown out, Pharaoh's daughter took him up, and reared him as her own son. {7:22} Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians. He was mighty in his words and works. {7:23} But when he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his [19>]brothers[<19], the children of Israel. {7:24} Seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged him who was oppressed, striking the Egyptian. {7:25} He supposed that his brothers understood that God, by his hand, was giving them deliverance; but they didn't understand. 
{7:26} "The day following, he appeared to them as they fought, and urged them to be at peace again, saying, 'Sirs, you are brothers. Why do you wrong one another?' {7:27} But he who did his neighbor wrong pushed him away, saying, 'Who made you a ruler and a judge over us? {7:28} Do you want to kill me, as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?'[20] {7:29} Moses fled at this saying, and became a stranger in the land of Midian, where he became the father of two sons. {7:30} "When forty years were fulfilled, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in a flame of fire in a bush. {7:31} When Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight. As he came close to see, a voice of the Lord came to him, {7:32} 'I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.'[21] Moses trembled, and dared not look. {7:33} The Lord said to him, 'Take your sandals off of your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground. {7:34} I have surely seen the affliction of my people that is in Egypt, and have heard their groaning. I have come down to deliver them. Now come, I will send you into Egypt.'[22] {7:35} "This Moses, whom they refused, saying, 'Who made you a ruler and a judge?' -- God has sent him as both a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the angel who appeared to him in the bush. {7:36} This man led them out, having worked wonders and signs in Egypt, in the Red Sea, and in the wilderness for forty years. {7:37} This is that Moses, who said to the children of Israel, 'The Lord our God will raise up a prophet for you from among your brothers, like me.[23]'[24] {7:38} This is he who was in the assembly in the wilderness with the angel that spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our fathers, who received living oracles to give to us, {7:39} to whom our fathers wouldn't be obedient, but rejected him, and turned back in their hearts to Egypt, {7:40} saying to Aaron, 'Make us gods that will go before us, for as for this Moses, who led us out of the land of Egypt, we don't know what has become of him.'[25] {7:41} They made a calf in those days, and brought a sacrifice to the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their hands. {7:42} But God turned, and gave them up to serve the [26>]army of the sky,[<26] as it is written in the book of the prophets, 'Did you offer to me slain animals and sacrifices forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel? {7:43} You took up the tabernacle of Moloch, the star of your god Rephan, the figures which you made to worship. I will carry you away[27] beyond Babylon.' 
{7:44} "Our fathers had the tabernacle of the testimony in the wilderness, even as he who spoke to Moses commanded him to make it according to the pattern that he had seen; {7:45} which also our fathers, in their turn, brought in with Joshua when they entered into the possession of the nations, whom God drove out before the face of our fathers, to the days of David, {7:46} who found favor in the sight of God, and asked to find a habitation for the God of Jacob. {7:47} But Solomon built him a house. {7:48} However, the Most High doesn't dwell in temples made with hands, as the prophet says, {7:49} 'heaven is my throne, and the earth a footstool for my feet. What kind of house will you build me?' says the Lord; 'or what is the place of my rest? {7:50} Didn't my hand make all these things?'[28] {7:51} "You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit! As your fathers did, so you do. {7:52} Which of the prophets didn't your fathers persecute? They killed those who foretold the coming of the Righteous One, of whom you have now become betrayers and murderers. {7:53} You received the law as it was ordained by angels, and didn't keep it!" {7:54} Now when they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed at him with their teeth. {7:55} But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, {7:56} and said, "Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!" {7:57} But they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and rushed at him with one accord. {7:58} They threw him out of the city, and stoned him. The witnesses placed their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul. {7:59} They stoned Stephen as he called out, saying, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!" {7:60} He kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, "Lord, don't hold this sin against them!" When he had said this, he fell asleep. {8:1} Saul was consenting to his death. A great persecution arose against the assembly which was in Jerusalem in that day. They were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except for the apostles. {8:2} Devout men buried Stephen, and lamented greatly over him. {8:3} But Saul ravaged the assembly, entering into every house, and dragged both men and women off to prison. {8:4} Therefore those who were scattered abroad went around preaching the word. {8:5} Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and proclaimed to them the Christ. {8:6} The multitudes listened with one accord to the things that were spoken by Philip, when they heard and saw the signs which he did. {8:7} For unclean spirits came out of many of those who had them. They came out, crying with a loud voice. Many who had been paralyzed and lame were healed. {8:8} There was great joy in that city. 
{8:9} But there was a certain man, Simon by name, who used to practice sorcery in the city, and amazed the people of Samaria, making himself out to be some great one, {8:10} to whom they all listened, from the least to the greatest, saying, "This man is that great power of God." {8:11} They listened to him, because for a long time he had amazed them with his sorceries. {8:12} But when they believed Philip preaching good news concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. {8:13} Simon himself also believed. Being baptized, he continued with Philip. Seeing signs and great miracles occurring, he was amazed. {8:14} Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, {8:15} who, when they had come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit; {8:16} for as yet he had fallen on none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of Christ Jesus. {8:17} Then they laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. {8:18} Now when Simon saw that the Holy Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money, {8:19} saying, "Give me also this power, that whomever I lay my hands on may receive the Holy Spirit." {8:20} But Peter said to him, "May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money! {8:21} You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for your heart isn't right before God. {8:22} Repent therefore of this, your wickedness, and ask God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you. {8:23} For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bondage of iniquity." {8:24} Simon answered, "Pray for me to the Lord, that none of the things which you have spoken happen to me." {8:25} They therefore, when they had testified and spoken the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the Good News to many villages of the Samaritans. {8:26} But an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, "Arise, and go toward the south to the way that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza. This is a desert." {8:27} He arose and went; and behold, there was a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was over all her treasure, who had come to Jerusalem to worship. {8:28} He was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah. 
{8:29} The Spirit said to Philip, "Go near, and join yourself to this chariot." {8:30} Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, "Do you understand what you are reading?" {8:31} He said, "How can I, unless someone explains it to me?" He begged Philip to come up and sit with him. {8:32} Now the passage of the Scripture which he was reading was this, "He was led as a sheep to the slaughter. As a lamb before his shearer is silent, so he doesn't open his mouth. {8:33} In his humiliation, his judgment was taken away. Who will declare His generation? For his life is taken from the earth."[29] {8:34} The eunuch answered Philip, "Who is the prophet talking about? About himself, or about someone else?" {8:35} Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture, preached to him Jesus. {8:36} As they went on the way, they came to some water, and the eunuch said, "Behold, here is water. What is keeping me from being baptized?" {8:37} [30] {8:38} He commanded the chariot to stand still, and they both went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. {8:39} When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, and the eunuch didn't see him any more, for he went on his way rejoicing. {8:40} But Philip was found at Azotus. Passing through, he preached the Good News to all the cities, until he came to Caesarea. {9:1} But Saul, still breathing threats and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest, {9:2} and asked for letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. {9:3} As he traveled, it happened that he got close to Damascus, and suddenly a light from the sky shone around him. {9:4} He fell on the earth, and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?" {9:5} He said, "Who are you, Lord?" The Lord said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.[31] {9:6} [32>]But[<32] rise up, and enter into the city, and you will be told what you must do." {9:7} The men who traveled with him stood speechless, hearing the sound, but seeing no one. {9:8} Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened, he saw no one. They led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. {9:9} He was without sight for three days, and neither ate nor drank. 
{9:10} Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, "Ananias!" He said, "Behold, it's me, Lord." {9:11} The Lord said to him, "Arise, and go to the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of [33>]Judah[<33] for one named Saul, a man of Tarsus. For behold, he is praying, {9:12} and in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in, and laying his hands on him, that he might receive his sight." {9:13} But Ananias answered, "Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he did to your saints at Jerusalem. {9:14} Here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name." {9:15} But the Lord said to him, "Go your way, for he is my chosen vessel to bear my name before the nations and kings, and the children of Israel. {9:16} For I will show him how many things he must suffer for my name's sake." {9:17} Ananias departed, and entered into the house. Laying his hands on him, he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord, who appeared to you on the road by which you came, has sent me, that you may receive your sight, and be filled with the Holy Spirit." {9:18} Immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he received his sight. He arose and was baptized. {9:19} He took food and was strengthened. Saul stayed several days with the disciples who were at Damascus. {9:20} Immediately in the synagogues he proclaimed the Christ, that he is the Son of God. {9:21} All who heard him were amazed, and said, "Isn't this he who in Jerusalem made havoc of those who called on this name? And he had come here intending to bring them bound before the chief priests!" {9:22} But Saul increased more in strength, and confounded the Jews who lived at Damascus, proving that this is the Christ. {9:23} When many days were fulfilled, the Jews conspired together to kill him, {9:24} but their plot became known to Saul. They watched the gates both day and night that they might kill him, {9:25} but his disciples took him by night, and let him down through the wall, lowering him in a basket. {9:26} When Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to join himself to the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple. {9:27} But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared to them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how at Damascus he had preached boldly in the name of Jesus. {9:28} He was with them [34>]entering into[<34] Jerusalem, {9:29} preaching boldly in the name of the Lord [35>]Jesus.[<35] He spoke and disputed against the [36>]Hellenists,[<36] but they were seeking to kill him. {9:30} When the [37>]brothers[<37] knew it, they brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him off to Tarsus. {9:31} So the assemblies throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace, and were built up. They were multiplied, walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit. 
{9:32} It happened, as Peter went throughout all those parts, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda. {9:33} There he found a certain man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden for eight years, because he was paralyzed. {9:34} Peter said to him, "Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and make your bed!" Immediately he arose. {9:35} All who lived at Lydda and in Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord. {9:36} Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which when translated, means [38>]Dorcas.[<38] This woman was full of good works and acts of mercy which she did. {9:37} It happened in those days that she fell sick, and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. {9:38} As Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent [39>]two men[<39] to him, imploring him not to delay in coming to them. {9:39} Peter got up and went with them. When he had come, they brought him into the upper room. All the widows stood by him weeping, and showing the coats and garments which Dorcas had made while she was with them. {9:40} Peter put them all out, and kneeled down and prayed. Turning to the body, he said, "Tabitha, get up!" She opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up. {9:41} He gave her his hand, and raised her up. Calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive. {9:42} And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. {9:43} It happened, that he stayed many days in Joppa with one Simon, a tanner. {10:1} Now there was a certain man in Caesarea, Cornelius by name, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment, {10:2} a devout man, and one who feared God with all his house, who gave gifts for the needy generously to the people, and always prayed to God. {10:3} At about [40>]the ninth hour of the day[<40], he clearly saw in a vision an angel of God coming to him, and saying to him, "Cornelius!" {10:4} He, fastening his eyes on him, and being frightened, said, "What is it, Lord?" He said to him, "Your prayers and your gifts to the needy have gone up for a memorial before God. {10:5} Now send men to Joppa, and get Simon, who is surnamed Peter. {10:6} He lodges with one Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the seaside.[41]" 
{10:7} When the angel who spoke to him had departed, Cornelius called two of his household servants and a devout soldier of those who waited on him continually. {10:8} Having explained everything to them, he sent them to Joppa. {10:9} Now on the next day as they were on their journey, and got close to the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray at about noon. {10:10} He became hungry and desired to eat, but while they were preparing, he fell into a trance. {10:11} He saw heaven opened and a certain container descending to him, like a great sheet let down by four corners on the earth, {10:12} in which were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild animals, reptiles, and birds of the sky. {10:13} A voice came to him, "Rise, Peter, kill and eat!" {10:14} But Peter said, "Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean." {10:15} A voice came to him again the second time, "What God has cleansed, you must not call unclean." {10:16} This was done three times, and immediately the vessel was received up into heaven. {10:17} Now while Peter was very perplexed in himself what the vision which he had seen might mean, behold, the men who were sent by Cornelius, having made inquiry for Simon's house, stood before the gate, {10:18} and called and asked whether Simon, who was surnamed Peter, was lodging there. {10:19} While Peter was pondering the vision, the Spirit said to him, "Behold, [42>]three[<42] men seek you. {10:20} But arise, get down, and go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them." {10:21} Peter went down to the men, and said, "Behold, I am he whom you seek. Why have you come?" {10:22} They said, "Cornelius, a centurion, a righteous man and one who fears God, and well spoken of by all the nation of the Jews, was directed by a holy angel to invite you to his house, and to listen to what you say." {10:23} So he called them in and lodged them. On the next day Peter arose and went out with them, and some of the brothers from Joppa accompanied him. {10:24} On the next day they entered into Caesarea. Cornelius was waiting for them, having called together his relatives and his near friends. {10:25} When it happened that Peter entered, Cornelius met him, fell down at his feet, and worshiped him. {10:26} But Peter raised him up, saying, "Stand up! I myself am also a man." {10:27} As he talked with him, he went in and found many gathered together. {10:28} He said to them, "You yourselves know how it is an unlawful thing for a man who is a Jew to join himself or come to one of another nation, but God has shown me that I shouldn't call any man unholy or unclean. {10:29} Therefore also I came without complaint when I was sent for. I ask therefore, why did you send for me?" 
{10:30} Cornelius said, "Four days ago, I was fasting until this hour, and at [43>]the ninth hour,[<43] I prayed in my house, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, {10:31} and said, 'Cornelius, your prayer is heard, and your gifts to the needy are remembered in the sight of God. {10:32} Send therefore to Joppa, and summon Simon, who is surnamed Peter. He lodges in the house of Simon a tanner, by the seaside. When he comes, he will speak to you.' {10:33} Therefore I sent to you at once, and it was good of you to come. Now therefore we are all here present in the sight of God to hear all things that have been commanded you by God." {10:34} Peter opened his mouth and said, "Truly I perceive that God doesn't show favoritism; {10:35} but in every nation he who fears him and works righteousness is acceptable to him. {10:36} The word which he sent to the children of Israel, preaching good news of peace by Jesus Christ -- he is Lord of all -- {10:37} you yourselves know what happened, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; {10:38} even Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. {10:39} We are witnesses of everything he did both in the country of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they [44>]also[<44] killed, hanging him on a tree. {10:40} God raised him up the third day, and gave him to be revealed, {10:41} not to all the people, but to witnesses who were chosen before by God, to us, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. {10:42} He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that this is he who is appointed by God as the Judge of the living and the dead. {10:43} All the prophets testify about him, that through his name everyone who believes in him will receive remission of sins." {10:44} While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all those who heard the word. {10:45} They of the circumcision who believed were amazed, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was also poured out on the Gentiles. {10:46} For they heard them speaking in other languages and magnifying God. 
{11:18} When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, "Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life!" {11:19} They therefore who were scattered abroad by the oppression that arose about Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except to Jews only. {11:20} But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they had come to Antioch, spoke to the [46>]Hellenists,[<46] preaching the Lord Jesus. {11:21} The hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord. {11:22} The report concerning them came to the ears of the assembly which was in Jerusalem. They sent out Barnabas to go as far as Antioch, {11:23} who, when he had come, and had seen the grace of God, was glad. He exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they should remain near to the Lord. {11:24} For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith, and many people were added to the Lord. {11:25} Barnabas went out to Tarsus to look for Saul. {11:26} When he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. It happened, that for a whole year they were gathered together with the assembly, and taught many people. The disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. {11:27} Now in these days, prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. {11:28} One of them named Agabus stood up, and indicated by the Spirit that there should be a great famine all over the world, which also happened in the days of Claudius. {11:29} As any of the disciples had plenty, each determined to send relief to the brothers who lived in Judea; {11:30} which they also did, sending it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul. {12:1} Now about that time, King Herod stretched out his hands to oppress some of the assembly. {12:2} He killed James, the brother of John, with the sword. {12:3} When he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This was during the days of unleavened bread. {12:4} When he had arrested him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of four soldiers each to guard him, intending to bring him out to the people after the Passover. {12:5} Peter therefore was kept in the prison, but constant prayer was made by the assembly to God for him. {12:6} The same night when Herod was about to bring him out, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains. Guards in front of the door kept the prison. 
{12:7} And behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side, and woke him up, saying, "Stand up quickly!" His chains fell off from his hands. {12:8} The angel said to him, "Get dressed and put on your sandals." He did so. He said to him, "Put on your cloak, and follow me." {12:9} And he went out and followed him. He didn't know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he saw a vision. {12:10} When they were past the first and the second guard, they came to the iron gate that leads into the city, which opened to them by itself. They went out, and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him. {12:11} When Peter had come to himself, he said, "Now I truly know that the Lord has sent out his angel and delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from everything the Jewish people were expecting." {12:12} Thinking about that, he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose surname was Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying. {12:13} When Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a maid named Rhoda came to answer. {12:14} When she recognized Peter's voice, she didn't open the gate for joy, but ran in, and reported that Peter was standing in front of the gate. {12:15} They said to her, "You are crazy!" But she insisted that it was so. They said, "It is his angel." {12:16} But Peter continued knocking. When they had opened, they saw him, and were amazed. {12:17} But he, beckoning to them with his hand to be silent, declared to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. He said, "Tell these things to James, and to the brothers." Then he departed, and went to another place. {12:18} Now as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers about what had become of Peter. {12:19} When Herod had sought for him, and didn't find him, he examined the guards, and commanded that they should be put to death. He went down from Judea to Caesarea, and stayed there. {12:20} Now Herod was very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon. They came with one accord to him, and, having made Blastus, the king's personal aide, their friend, they asked for peace, because their country depended on the king's country for food. {12:21} On an appointed day, Herod dressed himself in royal clothing, sat on the throne, and gave a speech to them. {12:22} The people shouted, "The voice of a god, and not of a man!" {12:23} Immediately an angel of the Lord struck him, because he didn't give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and died. 
{12:24} But the word of God grew and multiplied. {12:25} Barnabas and Saul returned [47>]to[<47] Jerusalem, when they had fulfilled their service, also taking with them John whose surname was Mark. {13:1} Now in the assembly that was at Antioch there were some prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen the foster brother of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. {13:2} As they served the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, "Separate Barnabas and Saul for me, for the work to which I have called them." {13:3} Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. {13:4} So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia. From there they sailed to Cyprus. {13:5} When they were at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. They had also John as their attendant. {13:6} When they had gone through the island to Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar Jesus, {13:7} who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a man of understanding. This man summoned Barnabas and Saul, and sought to hear the word of God. {13:8} But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn aside the proconsul from the faith. {13:9} But Saul, who is also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, fastened his eyes on him, {13:10} and said, "Full of all deceit and all cunning, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? {13:11} Now, behold, the hand of the Lord is on you, and you will be blind, not seeing the sun for a season!" Immediately a mist and darkness fell on him. He went around seeking someone to lead him by the hand. {13:12} Then the proconsul, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the teaching of the Lord. {13:13} Now Paul and his company set sail from Paphos, and came to Perga in Pamphylia. John departed from them and returned to Jerusalem. {13:14} But they, passing on from Perga, came to Antioch of Pisidia. They went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and sat down. {13:15} After the reading of the law and the prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent to them, saying, "Brothers, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, speak." 
{13:16} Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, "Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen. {13:17} The God of this people[48] chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they stayed as aliens in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm, he led them out of it. {13:18} For a period of about forty years he put up with them in the wilderness. {13:19} When he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, he gave them their land for an inheritance, for about four hundred fifty years. {13:20} After these things he gave them judges until Samuel the prophet. {13:21} Afterward they asked for a king, and God gave to them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. {13:22} When he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king, to whom he also testified, 'I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after my heart, who will do all my will.' {13:23} From this man's seed, God has brought [49>]salvation[<49] to Israel according to his promise, {13:24} before his coming, when John had first preached the baptism of repentance [50>]to Israel.[<50] {13:25} As John was fulfilling his course, he said, 'What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. But behold, one comes after me the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.' {13:26} Brothers, children of the stock of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, the word of this salvation is sent out to you. {13:27} For those who dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they didn't know him, nor the voices of the prophets which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning him. {13:28} Though they found no cause for death, they still asked Pilate to have him killed. {13:29} When they had fulfilled all things that were written about him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a tomb. {13:30} But God raised him from the dead, {13:31} and he was seen for many days by those who came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses to the people. {13:32} We bring you good news of the promise made to the fathers, {13:33} that God has fulfilled the same to us, their children, in that he raised up Jesus. As it is also written in the second psalm, 'You are my Son. Today I have become your father.'[51] 
{13:34} "Concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he has spoken thus: 'I will give you the holy and sure blessings of David.'[52] {13:35} Therefore he says also in another psalm, 'You will not allow your Holy One to see decay.'[53] {13:36} For David, after he had in his own generation served the counsel of God, fell asleep, and was laid with his fathers, and saw decay. {13:37} But he whom God raised up saw no decay. {13:38} Be it known to you therefore, [54>]brothers[<54], that through this man is proclaimed to you remission of sins, {13:39} and by him everyone who believes is justified from all things, from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses. {13:40} Beware therefore, lest that come on you which is spoken in the prophets: {13:41} 'Behold, you scoffers, and wonder, and perish; for I work a work in your days, a work which you will in no way believe, if one declares it to you.'"[55] {13:42} So when the Jews went out of the synagogue, the Gentiles begged that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath. {13:43} Now when the synagogue broke up, many of the Jews and of the devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas; who, speaking to them, urged them to continue in the grace of God. {13:44} The next Sabbath almost the whole city was gathered together to hear the word of God. {13:45} But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with jealousy, and contradicted the things which were spoken by Paul, and blasphemed. {13:46} Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, and said, "It was necessary that God's word should be spoken to you first. Since indeed you thrust it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles. {13:47} For so has the Lord commanded us, saying, 'I have set you as a light for the Gentiles, that you should bring salvation to the uttermost parts of the earth.'"[56] {13:48} As the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of God. As many as were appointed to eternal life believed. {13:49} The Lord's word was spread abroad throughout all the region. {13:50} But the Jews stirred up the devout and prominent women and the chief men of the city, and stirred up a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and threw them out of their borders. {13:51} But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came to Iconium. {13:52} The disciples were filled with joy with the Holy Spirit. 
{14:1} It happened in Iconium that they entered together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spoke that a great multitude both of Jews and of Greeks believed. {14:2} But the [57>]disbelieving[<57] Jews stirred up and embittered the souls of the Gentiles against the brothers. {14:3} Therefore they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who testified to the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands. {14:4} But the multitude of the city was divided. Part sided with the Jews, and part with the apostles. {14:5} When some of both the Gentiles and the Jews, with their rulers, made a violent attempt to mistreat and stone them, {14:6} they became aware of it, and fled to the cities of Lycaonia, Lystra, Derbe, and the surrounding region. {14:7} There they preached the Good News. {14:8} At Lystra a certain man sat, impotent in his feet, a cripple from his mother's womb, who never had walked. {14:9} He was listening to Paul speaking, who, fastening eyes on him, and seeing that he had faith to be made whole, {14:10} said with a loud voice, "Stand upright on your feet!" He leaped up and walked. {14:11} When the multitude saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voice, saying in the language of Lycaonia, "The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!" {14:12} They called Barnabas "Jupiter," and Paul "Mercury," because he was the chief speaker. {14:13} The priest of Jupiter, whose temple was in front of their city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, and would have made a sacrifice along with the multitudes. {14:14} But when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of it, they tore their clothes, and sprang into the multitude, crying out, {14:15} "Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to the living God, who made the sky and the earth and the sea, and all that is in them; {14:16} who in the generations gone by allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways. {14:17} Yet he didn't leave himself without witness, in that he did good and gave [58>]you[<58] rains from the sky and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness." {14:18} Even saying these things, they hardly stopped the multitudes from making a sacrifice to them. {14:19} But some Jews from Antioch and Iconium came there, and having persuaded the multitudes, they stoned Paul, and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead. 
{14:20} But as the disciples stood around him, he rose up, and entered into the city. On the next day he went out with Barnabas to Derbe. {14:21} When they had preached the Good News to that city, and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, {14:22} confirming the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that through many afflictions we must enter into the Kingdom of God. {14:23} When they had appointed elders for them in every assembly, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they had believed. {14:24} They passed through Pisidia, and came to Pamphylia. {14:25} When they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia. {14:26} From there they sailed to Antioch, from where they had been committed to the grace of God for the work which they had fulfilled. {14:27} When they had arrived, and had gathered the assembly together, they reported all the things that God had done with them, and that he had opened a door of faith to the nations. {14:28} They stayed there with the disciples for a long time. {15:1} Some men came down from Judea and taught the brothers, "Unless you are circumcised after the custom of Moses, you can't be saved." {15:2} Therefore when Paul and Barnabas had no small discord and discussion with them, they appointed Paul and Barnabas, and some others of them, to go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders about this question. {15:3} They, being sent on their way by the assembly, passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles. They caused great joy to all the [59>]brothers.[<59] {15:4} When they had come to Jerusalem, they were received by the assembly and the apostles and the elders, and they reported all things that God had done with them. {15:5} But some of the sect of the Pharisees who believed rose up, saying, "It is necessary to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses." {15:6} The apostles and the elders were gathered together to see about this matter. {15:7} When there had been much discussion, Peter rose up and said to them, "Brothers, you know that a good while ago God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the nations should hear the word of the Good News, and believe. {15:8} God, who knows the heart, testified about them, giving them the Holy Spirit, just like he did to us. {15:9} He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith. {15:10} Now therefore why do you tempt God, that you should put a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? {15:11} But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus,[60] just as they are." 
{15:12} All the multitude kept silence, and they listened to Barnabas and Paul reporting what signs and wonders God had done among the nations through them. {15:13} After they were silent, James answered, "Brothers, listen to me. {15:14} Simeon has reported how God first visited the nations, to take out of them a people for his name. {15:15} This agrees with the words of the prophets. As it is written, {15:16} 'After these things I will return. I will again build the tabernacle of David, which has fallen. I will again build its ruins. I will set it up, {15:17} That the rest of men may seek after the Lord; All the Gentiles who are called by my name, Says the Lord, who does all these things.[61] {15:18} All his works are known to God from eternity.' {15:19} "Therefore my judgment is that we don't trouble those from among the Gentiles who turn to God, {15:20} but that we write to them that they abstain from the pollution of idols, from sexual immorality, from what is strangled, and from blood. {15:21} For Moses from generations of old has in every city those who preach him, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath." {15:22} Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole assembly, to choose men out of their company, and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas: Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, chief men among the [62>]brothers.[<62] {15:23} They wrote these things by their hand: "The apostles, the elders, and the brothers, to the brothers who are of the Gentiles in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia: greetings. {15:24} Because we have heard that some who went out from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your souls, saying, 'You must be circumcised and keep the law,' to whom we gave no commandment; {15:25} it seemed good to us, having come to one accord, to choose out men and send them to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, {15:26} men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. {15:27} We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who themselves will also tell you the same things by word of mouth. {15:28} For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay no greater burden on you than these necessary things: {15:29} that you abstain from things sacrificed to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality, from which if you keep yourselves, it will be well with you. Farewell." 
{15:30} So, when they were sent off, they came to Antioch. Having gathered the multitude together, they delivered the letter. {15:31} When they had read it, they rejoiced over the encouragement. {15:32} Judas and Silas, also being prophets themselves, encouraged the brothers with many words, and strengthened them. {15:33} After they had spent some time there, they were sent back with greetings from the brothers to the apostles. {15:34} [63] {15:35} But Paul and Barnabas stayed in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also. {15:36} After some days Paul said to Barnabas, "Let's return now and visit our brothers in every city in which we proclaimed the word of the Lord, to see how they are doing." {15:37} Barnabas planned to take John, who was called Mark, with them also. {15:38} But Paul didn't think that it was a good idea to take with them someone who had withdrawn from them in Pamphylia, and didn't go with them to do the work. {15:39} Then the contention grew so sharp that they separated from each other. Barnabas took Mark with him, and sailed away to Cyprus, {15:40} but Paul chose Silas, and went out, being commended by the brothers to the grace of God. {15:41} He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the assemblies. {16:1} He came to Derbe and Lystra: and behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewess who believed; but his father was a Greek. {16:2} The brothers who were at Lystra and Iconium gave a good testimony about him. {16:3} Paul wanted to have him go out with him, and he took and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those parts; for they all knew that his father was a Greek. {16:4} As they went on their way through the cities, they delivered the decrees to them to keep which had been ordained by the apostles and elders who were at Jerusalem. {16:5} So the assemblies were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily. {16:6} When they had gone through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. {16:7} When they had come opposite Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit didn't allow them. {16:8} Passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. {16:9} A vision appeared to Paul in the night. There was a man of Macedonia standing, begging him, and saying, "Come over into Macedonia and help us." {16:10} When he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go out to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the Good News to them. {16:11} Setting sail therefore from Troas, we made a straight course to Samothrace, and the day following to Neapolis; {16:12} and from there to Philippi, which is a city of Macedonia, the foremost of the district, a Roman colony. We were staying some days in this city. 
{16:13} On the Sabbath day we went forth outside of the city by a riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down, and spoke to the women who had come together. {16:14} A certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, one who worshiped God, heard us; whose heart the Lord opened to listen to the things which were spoken by Paul. {16:15} When she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, "If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and stay." So she persuaded us. {16:16} It happened, as we were going to prayer, that a certain girl having a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much gain by fortune telling. {16:17} Following Paul and us, she cried out, "These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us a way of salvation!" {16:18} She was doing this for many days. But Paul, becoming greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, "I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!" It came out that very hour. {16:19} But when her masters saw that the hope of their gain was gone, they seized Paul and Silas, and dragged them into the marketplace before the rulers. {16:20} When they had brought them to the magistrates, they said, "These men, being Jews, are agitating our city, {16:21} and set forth customs which it is not lawful for us to accept or to observe, being Romans." {16:22} The multitude rose up together against them, and the magistrates tore their clothes off of them, and commanded them to be beaten with rods. {16:23} When they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, charging the jailer to keep them safely, {16:24} who, having received such a command, threw them into the inner prison, and secured their feet in the stocks. {16:25} But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. {16:26} Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone's bonds were loosened. {16:27} The jailer, being roused out of sleep and seeing the prison doors open, drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. {16:28} But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, "Don't harm yourself, for we are all here!" 
{16:29} He called for lights and sprang in, and, fell down trembling before Paul and Silas, {16:30} and brought them out and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" {16:31} They said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household." {16:32} They spoke the word of the Lord to him, and to all who were in his house. {16:33} He took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes, and was immediately baptized, he and all his household. {16:34} He brought them up into his house, and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, with all his household, having believed in God. {16:35} But when it was day, the magistrates sent the sergeants, saying, "Let those men go." {16:36} The jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, "The magistrates have sent to let you go; now therefore come out, and go in peace." {16:37} But Paul said to them, "They have beaten us publicly, without a trial, men who are Romans, and have cast us into prison! Do they now release us secretly? No, most certainly, but let them come themselves and bring us out!" {16:38} The sergeants reported these words to the magistrates, and they were afraid when they heard that they were Romans, {16:39} and they came and begged them. When they had brought them out, they asked them to depart from the city. {16:40} They went out of the prison, and entered into Lydia's house. When they had seen the brothers, they encouraged them, and departed. {17:1} Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue. {17:2} Paul, as was his custom, went in to them, and for three Sabbath days reasoned with them from the Scriptures, {17:3} explaining and demonstrating that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, "This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ." {17:4} Some of them were persuaded, and joined Paul and Silas, of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and not a few of the chief women. {17:5} [64>]But the unpersuaded Jews took along[<64] some wicked men from the marketplace, and gathering a crowd, set the city in an uproar. Assaulting the house of Jason, they sought to bring them out to the people. {17:6} When they didn't find them, they dragged Jason and certain [65>]brothers[<65] before the rulers of the city, crying, "These who have turned the world upside down have come here also, {17:7} whom Jason has received. These all act contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus!" {17:8} The multitude and the rulers of the city were troubled when they heard these things. {17:9} When they had taken security from Jason and the rest, they let them go. {17:10} The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Beroea. When they arrived, they went into the Jewish synagogue. 
{17:11} Now these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of the mind, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. {17:12} Many of them therefore believed; also of the prominent Greek women, and not a few men. {17:13} But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was proclaimed by Paul at Beroea also, they came there likewise, agitating the multitudes. {17:14} Then the brothers immediately sent out Paul to go as far as to the sea, and Silas and Timothy still stayed there. {17:15} But those who escorted Paul brought him as far as Athens. Receiving a commandment to Silas and Timothy that they should come to him very quickly, they departed. {17:16} Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw the city full of idols. {17:17} So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who met him. {17:18} Some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers [66>]also[<66] were conversing with him. Some said, "What does this babbler want to say?" Others said, "He seems to be advocating foreign deities," because he preached Jesus and the resurrection. {17:19} They took hold of him, and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, "May we know what this new teaching is, which is spoken by you? {17:20} For you bring certain strange things to our ears. We want to know therefore what these things mean." {17:21} Now all the Athenians and the strangers living there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell or to hear some new thing. {17:22} Paul stood in the middle of the Areopagus, and said, "You men of Athens, I perceive that you are very religious in all things. {17:23} For as I passed along, and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: 'TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.' What therefore you worship in ignorance, this I announce to you. {17:24} The God who made the world and all things in it, he, being Lord of heaven and earth, doesn't dwell in temples made with hands, {17:25} neither is he served by men's hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he himself gives to all life and breath, and all things. {17:26} He made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the surface of the earth, having determined appointed seasons, and the boundaries of their dwellings, {17:27} that they should seek the Lord, if perhaps they might reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. {17:28} 'For in him we live, and move, and have our being.' As some of your own poets have said, 'For we are also his offspring.' {17:29} Being then the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold, or silver, or stone, engraved by art and design of man. {17:30} The times of ignorance therefore God overlooked. But now he commands that all people everywhere should repent, {17:31} because he has appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness by the man whom he has ordained; of which he has given assurance to all men, in that he has raised him from the dead." 
{17:32} Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked; but others said, "We want to hear you again concerning this." {17:33} Thus Paul went out from among them. {17:34} But certain men joined with him, and believed, among whom also was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them. {18:1} After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth. {18:2} He found a certain Jew named Aquila, a man of Pontus by race, who had recently come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome. He came to them, {18:3} and because he practiced the same trade, he lived with them and worked, for by trade they were tent makers. {18:4} He reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded Jews and Greeks. {18:5} But when Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul was compelled by the Spirit, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ. {18:6} When they opposed him and blasphemed, he shook out his clothing and said to them, "Your blood be on your own heads! I am clean. From now on, I will go to the Gentiles!" {18:7} He departed there, and went into the house of a certain man named Justus, one who worshiped God, whose house was next door to the synagogue. {18:8} Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord with all his house. Many of the Corinthians, when they heard, believed and were baptized. {18:9} The Lord said to Paul in the night by a vision, "Don't be afraid, but speak and don't be silent; {18:10} for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many people in this city." {18:11} He lived there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them. {18:12} But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews with one accord rose up against Paul and brought him before the judgment seat, {18:13} saying, "This man persuades men to worship God contrary to the law." {18:14} But when Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, "If indeed it were a matter of wrong or of wicked crime, you Jews, it would be reasonable that I should bear with you; {18:15} but if they are questions about words and names and your own law, look to it yourselves. For I don't want to be a judge of these matters." {18:16} He drove them from the judgment seat. 
{18:17} Then all the Greeks laid hold on Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment seat. Gallio didn't care about any of these things. {18:18} Paul, having stayed after this many more days, took his leave of the [67>]brothers,[<67] and sailed from there for Syria, together with Priscilla and Aquila. He shaved his head in Cenchreae, for he had a vow. {18:19} He came to Ephesus, and he left them there; but he himself entered into the synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews. {18:20} When they asked him to stay with them a longer time, he declined; {18:21} but taking his leave of them, and saying, "I must by all means keep this coming feast in Jerusalem, but I will return again to you if God wills," he set sail from Ephesus. {18:22} When he had landed at Caesarea, he went up and greeted the assembly, and went down to Antioch. {18:23} Having spent some time there, he departed, and went through the region of Galatia, and Phrygia, in order, establishing all the disciples. {18:24} Now a certain Jew named Apollos, an Alexandrian by race, an eloquent man, came to Ephesus. He was mighty in the Scriptures. {18:25} This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, although he knew only the baptism of John. {18:26} He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. But when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside, and explained to him the way of God more accurately. {18:27} When he had determined to pass over into Achaia, the brothers encouraged him, and wrote to the disciples to receive him. When he had come, he greatly helped those who had believed through grace; {18:28} for he powerfully refuted the Jews, publicly showing by the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ. {19:1} It happened that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul, having passed through the upper country, came to Ephesus, and found certain disciples. {19:2} He said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" They said to him, "No, we haven't even heard that there is a Holy Spirit." {19:3} He said, "Into what then were you baptized?" They said, "Into John's baptism." {19:4} Paul said, "John indeed baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe in the one who would come after him, that is, in Jesus." 
{19:5} When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. {19:6} When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke with other languages and prophesied. {19:7} They were about twelve men in all. {19:8} He entered into the synagogue, and spoke boldly for a period of three months, reasoning and persuading about the things concerning the Kingdom of God. {19:9} But when some were hardened and disobedient, speaking evil of the Way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, reasoning daily in the school of Tyrannus. {19:10} This continued for two years, so that all those who lived in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks. {19:11} God worked special miracles by the hands of Paul, {19:12} so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were carried away from his body to the sick, and the evil spirits went out. {19:13} But some of the itinerant Jews, exorcists, took on themselves to invoke over those who had the evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, "We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preaches." {19:14} There were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did this. {19:15} The evil spirit answered, "Jesus I know, and Paul I know, but who are you?" {19:16} The man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. {19:17} This became known to all, both Jews and Greeks, who lived at Ephesus. Fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. {19:18} Many also of those who had believed came, confessing, and declaring their deeds. {19:19} Many of those who practiced magical arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. They counted their price, and found it to be [68>]fifty thousand pieces of silver.[<68] {19:20} So the word of the Lord was growing and becoming mighty. {19:21} Now after these things had ended, Paul determined in the spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, "After I have been there, I must also see Rome." {19:22} Having sent into Macedonia two of those who served him, Timothy and Erastus, he himself stayed in Asia for a while. {19:23} About that time there arose no small stir concerning the Way. {19:24} For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought no little business to the craftsmen, {19:25} whom he gathered together, with the workmen of like occupation, and said, "Sirs, you know that by this business we have our wealth. {19:26} You see and hear, that not at Ephesus alone, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul has persuaded and turned away many people, saying that they are no gods, that are made with hands. {19:27} Not only is there danger that this our trade come into disrepute, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be counted as nothing, and her majesty destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worships." 
{19:28} When they heard this they were filled with anger, and cried out, saying, "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!" {19:29} The whole city was filled with confusion, and they rushed with one accord into the theater, having seized Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's companions in travel. {19:30} When Paul wanted to enter in to the people, the disciples didn't allow him. {19:31} Certain also of the Asiarchs, being his friends, sent to him and begged him not to venture into the theater. {19:32} Some therefore cried one thing, and some another, for the assembly was in confusion. Most of them didn't know why they had come together. {19:33} They brought Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward. Alexander beckoned with his hand, and would have made a defense to the people. {19:34} But when they perceived that he was a Jew, all with one voice for a time of about two hours cried out, "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!" {19:35} When the town clerk had quieted the multitude, he said, "You men of Ephesus, what man is there who doesn't know that the city of the Ephesians is temple keeper of the great goddess Artemis, and of the image which fell down from Zeus? {19:36} Seeing then that these things can't be denied, you ought to be quiet, and to do nothing rash. {19:37} For you have brought these men here, who are neither robbers of temples nor blasphemers of your goddess. {19:38} If therefore Demetrius and the craftsmen who are with him have a matter against anyone, the courts are open, and there are proconsuls. Let them press charges against one another. {19:39} But if you seek anything about other matters, it will be settled in the regular assembly. {19:40} For indeed we are in danger of being accused concerning this day's riot, there being no cause. Concerning it, we wouldn't be able to give an account of this commotion." {19:41} When he had thus spoken, he dismissed the assembly. {20:1} After the uproar had ceased, Paul sent for the disciples, took leave of them, and departed to go into Macedonia. {20:2} When he had gone through those parts, and had encouraged them with many words, he came into Greece. {20:3} When he had spent three months there, and a plot was made against him by Jews as he was about to set sail for Syria, he determined to return through Macedonia. {20:4} These accompanied him as far as Asia: Sopater of Beroea; Aristarchus and Secundus of the Thessalonians; Gaius of Derbe; Timothy; and Tychicus and Trophimus of Asia. {20:5} But these had gone ahead, and were waiting for us at Troas. {20:6} We sailed away from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread, and came to them at Troas in five days, where we stayed seven days. 
{20:7} On the first day of the week, when the disciples were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and continued his speech until midnight. {20:8} There were many lights in the upper room where [69>]we[<69] were gathered together. {20:9} A certain young man named Eutychus sat in the window, weighed down with deep sleep. As Paul spoke still longer, being weighed down by his sleep, he fell down from the third story, and was taken up dead. {20:10} Paul went down, and fell upon him, and embracing him said, "Don't be troubled, for his life is in him." {20:11} When he had gone up, and had broken bread, and eaten, and had talked with them a long while, even until break of day, he departed. {20:12} They brought the boy in alive, and were greatly comforted. {20:13} But we who went ahead to the ship set sail for Assos, intending to take Paul aboard there, for he had so arranged, intending himself to go by land. {20:14} When he met us at Assos, we took him aboard, and came to Mitylene. {20:15} Sailing from there, we came the following day opposite Chios. The next day we touched at Samos and stayed at Trogyllium, and the day after we came to Miletus. {20:16} For Paul had determined to sail past Ephesus, that he might not have to spend time in Asia; for he was hastening, if it were possible for him, to be in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost. {20:17} From Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called to himself the elders of the assembly. {20:18} When they had come to him, he said to them, "You yourselves know, from the first day that I set foot in Asia, how I was with you all the time, {20:19} serving the Lord with all humility, with many tears, and with trials which happened to me by the plots of the Jews; {20:20} how I didn't shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, teaching you publicly and from house to house, {20:21} testifying both to Jews and to Greeks repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus.[70] {20:22} Now, behold, I go bound by the Spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there; {20:23} except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions wait for me. {20:24} But these things don't count; nor do I hold my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to fully testify to the Good News of the grace of God. 
{20:25} "Now, behold, I know that you all, among whom I went about preaching the Kingdom of God, will see my face no more. {20:26} Therefore I testify to you this day that I am clean from the blood of all men, {20:27} for I didn't shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. {20:28} Take heed, therefore, to yourselves, and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the assembly of [71>]the Lord and[<71] God which he purchased with his own blood. {20:29} For I know that after my departure, vicious wolves will enter in among you, not sparing the flock. {20:30} Men will arise from among your own selves, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. {20:31} Therefore watch, remembering that for a period of three years I didn't cease to admonish everyone night and day with tears. {20:32} Now, [72>]brothers,[<72] I entrust you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build up, and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. {20:33} I coveted no one's silver, or gold, or clothing. {20:34} You yourselves know that these hands served my necessities, and those who were with me. {20:35} In all things I gave you an example, that so laboring you ought to help the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that he himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" {20:36} When he had spoken these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all. {20:37} They all wept a lot, and fell on Paul's neck and kissed him, {20:38} sorrowing most of all because of the word which he had spoken, that they should see his face no more. And they accompanied him to the ship. {21:1} When it happened that we had parted from them and had set sail, we came with a straight course to Cos, and the next day to Rhodes, and from there to Patara. {21:2} Having found a ship crossing over to Phoenicia, we went aboard, and set sail. {21:3} When we had come in sight of Cyprus, leaving it on the left hand, we sailed to Syria, and landed at Tyre, for there the ship was to unload her cargo. {21:4} Having found disciples, we stayed there seven days. These said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem. {21:5} When it happened that we had accomplished the days, we departed and went on our journey. They all, with wives and children, brought us on our way until we were out of the city. Kneeling down on the beach, we prayed. {21:6} After saying goodbye to each other, we went on board the ship, and they returned home again. 
{21:7} When we had finished the voyage from Tyre, we arrived at Ptolemais. We greeted the brothers, and stayed with them one day. {21:8} On the next day, we, who were Paul's companions, departed, and came to Caesarea. We entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him. {21:9} Now this man had four virgin daughters who prophesied. {21:10} As we stayed there some days, a certain prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. {21:11} Coming to us, and taking Paul's belt, he bound his own feet and hands, and said, "Thus says the Holy Spirit: 'So will the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man who owns this belt, and will deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.'" {21:12} When we heard these things, both we and they of that place begged him not to go up to Jerusalem. {21:13} Then Paul answered, "What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus." {21:14} When he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, "The Lord's will be done." {21:15} After these days we took up our baggage and went up to Jerusalem. {21:16} Some of the disciples from Caesarea also went with us, bringing one Mnason of Cyprus, an early disciple, with whom we would stay. {21:17} When we had come to Jerusalem, the brothers received us gladly. {21:18} The day following, Paul went in with us to James; and all the elders were present. {21:19} When he had greeted them, he reported one by one the things which God had worked among the Gentiles through his ministry. {21:20} They, when they heard it, glorified God. They said to him, "You see, brother, how many thousands there are among the Jews of those who have believed, and they are all zealous for the law. {21:21} They have been informed about you, that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children neither to walk after the customs. {21:22} What then? The assembly must certainly meet, for they will hear that you have come. {21:23} Therefore do what we tell you. We have four men who have taken a vow. {21:24} Take them, and purify yourself with them, and pay their expenses for them, that they may shave their heads. Then all will know that there is no truth in the things that they have been informed about you, but that you yourself also walk keeping the law. {21:25} But concerning the Gentiles who believe, we have written our decision that they should observe no such thing, except that they should keep themselves from food offered to idols, from blood, from strangled things, and from sexual immorality." 
{21:26} Then Paul took the men, and the next day, purified himself and went with them into the temple, declaring the fulfillment of the days of purification, until the offering was offered for every one of them. {21:27} When the seven days were almost completed, the Jews from Asia, when they saw him in the temple, stirred up all the multitude and laid hands on him, {21:28} crying out, "Men of Israel, help! This is the man who teaches all men everywhere against the people, and the law, and this place. Moreover, he also brought Greeks into the temple, and has defiled this holy place!" {21:29} For they had seen Trophimus, the Ephesian, with him in the city, and they supposed that Paul had brought him into the temple. {21:30} All the city was moved, and the people ran together. They seized Paul and dragged him out of the temple. Immediately the doors were shut. {21:31} As they were trying to kill him, news came up to the commanding officer of the regiment that all Jerusalem was in an uproar. {21:32} Immediately he took soldiers and centurions, and ran down to them. They, when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, stopped beating Paul. {21:33} Then the commanding officer came near, arrested him, commanded him to be bound with two chains, and inquired who he was and what he had done. {21:34} Some shouted one thing, and some another, among the crowd. When he couldn't find out the truth because of the noise, he commanded him to be brought into the barracks. {21:35} When he came to the stairs, it happened that he was carried by the soldiers because of the violence of the crowd; {21:36} for the multitude of the people followed after, crying out, "Away with him!" {21:37} As Paul was about to be brought into the barracks, he asked the commanding officer, "May I speak to you?" He said, "Do you know Greek? {21:38} Aren't you then the Egyptian, who before these days stirred up to sedition and led out into the wilderness the four thousand men of the Assassins?" {21:39} But Paul said, "I am a Jew, from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no insignificant city. I beg you, allow me to speak to the people." {21:40} When he had given him permission, Paul, standing on the stairs, beckoned with his hand to the people. When there was a great silence, he spoke to them in the Hebrew language, saying, 
{22:1} "Brothers and fathers, listen to the defense which I now make to you." {22:2} When they heard that he spoke to them in the Hebrew language, they were even more quiet. He said, {22:3} "I am indeed a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, instructed according to the strict tradition of the law of our fathers, being zealous for God, even as you all are this day. {22:4} I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women. {22:5} As also the high priest and all the council of the elders testify, from whom also I received letters to the brothers, and traveled to Damascus to bring them also who were there to Jerusalem in bonds to be punished. {22:6} It happened that, as I made my journey, and came close to Damascus, about noon, suddenly there shone from the sky a great light around me. {22:7} I fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to me, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?' {22:8} I answered, 'Who are you, Lord?' He said to me, 'I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you persecute.' {22:9} "Those who were with me indeed saw the light and were afraid, but they didn't understand the voice of him who spoke to me. {22:10} I said, 'What shall I do, Lord?' The Lord said to me, 'Arise, and go into Damascus. There you will be told about all things which are appointed for you to do.' {22:11} When I couldn't see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of those who were with me, I came into Damascus. {22:12} One Ananias, a devout man according to the law, well reported of by all the Jews who lived in Damascus, {22:13} came to me, and standing by me said to me, 'Brother Saul, receive your sight!' In that very hour I looked up at him. {22:14} He said, 'The God of our fathers has appointed you to know his will, and to see the Righteous One, and to hear a voice from his mouth. {22:15} For you will be a witness for him to all men of what you have seen and heard. {22:16} Now why do you wait? Arise, be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.' 
{22:17} "It happened that, when I had returned to Jerusalem, and while I prayed in the temple, I fell into a trance, {22:18} and saw him saying to me, 'Hurry and get out of Jerusalem quickly, because they will not receive testimony concerning me from you.' {22:19} I said, 'Lord, they themselves know that I imprisoned and beat in every synagogue those who believed in you. {22:20} When the blood of Stephen, your witness, was shed, I also was standing by, and consenting to his death, and guarding the cloaks of those who killed him.' {22:21} "He said to me, 'Depart, for I will send you out far from here to the Gentiles.'" {22:22} They listened to him until he said that; then they lifted up their voice, and said, "Rid the earth of this fellow, for he isn't fit to live!" {22:23} As they cried out, and threw off their cloaks, and threw dust into the air, {22:24} the commanding officer commanded him to be brought into the barracks, ordering him to be examined by scourging, that he might know for what crime they shouted against him like that. {22:25} When they had tied him up with thongs, Paul asked the centurion who stood by, "Is it lawful for you to scourge a man who is a Roman, and not found guilty?" {22:26} When the centurion heard it, he went to the commanding officer and told him, "Watch what you are about to do, for this man is a Roman!" {22:27} The commanding officer came and asked him, "Tell me, are you a Roman?" He said, "Yes." {22:28} The commanding officer answered, "I bought my citizenship for a great price." Paul said, "But I was born a Roman." {22:29} Immediately those who were about to examine him departed from him, and the commanding officer also was afraid when he realized that he was a Roman, because he had bound him. {22:30} But on the next day, desiring to know the truth about why he was accused by the Jews, he freed him from the bonds, and commanded the chief priests and all the council to come together, and brought Paul down and set him before them. {23:1} Paul, looking steadfastly at the council, said, "Brothers, I have lived before God in all good conscience until this day." {23:2} The high priest, Ananias, commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth. 
{23:3} Then Paul said to him, "God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! Do you sit to judge me according to the law, and command me to be struck contrary to the law?" {23:4} Those who stood by said, "Do you malign God's high priest?" {23:5} Paul said, "I didn't know, brothers, that he was high priest. For it is written, 'You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.'"[73] {23:6} But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, "Men and brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. Concerning the hope and resurrection of the dead I am being judged!" {23:7} When he had said this, an argument arose between the Pharisees and Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. {23:8} For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, nor angel, nor spirit; but the Pharisees confess all of these. {23:9} A great clamor arose, and some of the scribes of the Pharisees part stood up, and contended, saying, "We find no evil in this man. But if a spirit or angel has spoken to him, let's not fight against God!" {23:10} When a great argument arose, the commanding officer, fearing that Paul would be torn in pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down and take him by force from among them, and bring him into the barracks. {23:11} The following night, the Lord stood by him, and said, "Cheer up, Paul, for as you have testified about me at Jerusalem, so you must testify also at Rome." {23:12} When it was day, some of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink until they had killed Paul. {23:13} There were more than forty people who had made this conspiracy. {23:14} They came to the chief priests and the elders, and said, "We have bound ourselves under a great curse, to taste nothing until we have killed Paul. {23:15} Now therefore, you with the council inform the commanding officer that he should bring him down to you tomorrow, as though you were going to judge his case more exactly. We are ready to kill him before he comes near." {23:16} But Paul's sister's son heard of their lying in wait, and he came and entered into the barracks and told Paul. {23:17} Paul summoned one of the centurions, and said, "Bring this young man to the commanding officer, for he has something to tell him." 
{23:18} So he took him, and brought him to the commanding officer, and said, "Paul, the prisoner, summoned me and asked me to bring this young man to you, who has something to tell you." {23:19} The commanding officer took him by the hand, and going aside, asked him privately, "What is it that you have to tell me?" {23:20} He said, "The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul down to the council tomorrow, as though intending to inquire somewhat more accurately concerning him. {23:21} Therefore don't yield to them, for more than forty men lie in wait for him, who have bound themselves under a curse neither to eat nor to drink until they have killed him. Now they are ready, looking for the promise from you." {23:22} So the commanding officer let the young man go, charging him, "Tell no one that you have revealed these things to me." {23:23} He called to himself two of the centurions, and said, "Prepare two hundred soldiers to go as far as Caesarea, with seventy horsemen, and two hundred men armed with spears, at [74>]the third hour of the night[<74]." {23:24} He asked them to provide animals, that they might set Paul on one, and bring him safely to Felix the governor. {23:25} He wrote a letter like this: {23:26} "Claudius Lysias to the most excellent governor Felix: Greetings. {23:27} "This man was seized by the Jews, and was about to be killed by them, when I came with the soldiers and rescued him, having learned that he was a Roman. {23:28} Desiring to know the cause why they accused him, I brought him down to their council. {23:29} I found him to be accused about questions of their law, but not to be charged with anything worthy of death or of imprisonment. {23:30} When I was told that the Jews lay in wait for the man, I sent him to you immediately, charging his accusers also to bring their accusations against him before you. Farewell." {23:31} So the soldiers, carrying out their orders, took Paul and brought him by night to Antipatris. {23:32} But on the next day they left the horsemen to go with him, and returned to the barracks. {23:33} When they came to Caesarea and delivered the letter to the governor, they also presented Paul to him. {23:34} When the governor had read it, he asked what province he was from. When he understood that he was from Cilicia, he said, {23:35} "I will hear you fully when your accusers also arrive." He commanded that he be kept in Herod's palace. 
{24:1} After five days, the high priest, Ananias, came down with certain elders and an orator, one Tertullus. They informed the governor against Paul. {24:2} When he was called, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, "Seeing that by you we enjoy much peace, and that excellent measures are coming to this nation, {24:3} we accept it in all ways and in all places, most excellent Felix, with all thankfulness. {24:4} But, that I don't delay you, I entreat you to bear with us and hear a few words. {24:5} For we have found this man to be a plague, an instigator of insurrections among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes. {24:6} He even tried to profane the temple, and we arrested him.[75] {24:7} [76] {24:8} [77]By examining him yourself you may ascertain all these things of which we accuse him." {24:9} The Jews also joined in the attack, affirming that these things were so. {24:10} When the governor had beckoned to him to speak, Paul answered, "Because I know that you have been a judge of this nation for many years, I cheerfully make my defense, {24:11} seeing that you can recognize that it is not more than twelve days since I went up to worship at Jerusalem. {24:12} In the temple they didn't find me disputing with anyone or stirring up a crowd, either in the synagogues, or in the city. {24:13} Nor can they prove to you the things of which they now accuse me. {24:14} But this I confess to you, that after the Way, which they call a sect, so I serve the God of our fathers, believing all things which are according to the law, and which are written in the prophets; {24:15} having hope toward God, which these also themselves look for, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust. {24:16} Herein I also practice always having a conscience void of offense toward God and men. {24:17} Now after some years, I came to bring gifts for the needy to my nation, and offerings; {24:18} amid which certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, not with a mob, nor with turmoil. {24:19} They ought to have been here before you, and to make accusation, if they had anything against me. {24:20} Or else let these men themselves say what injustice they found in me when I stood before the council, {24:21} unless it is for this one thing that I cried standing among them, 'Concerning the resurrection of the dead I am being judged before you today!'" 
{24:22} But Felix, having more exact knowledge concerning the Way, deferred them, saying, "When Lysias, the commanding officer, comes down, I will decide your case." {24:23} He ordered the centurion that Paul should be kept in custody, and should have some privileges, and not to forbid any of his friends to serve him or to visit him. {24:24} But after some days, Felix came with Drusilla, his wife, who was a Jewess, and sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ Jesus. {24:25} As he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was terrified, and answered, "Go your way for this time, and when it is convenient for me, I will summon you." {24:26} Meanwhile, he also hoped that money would be given to him by Paul, that he might release him. Therefore also he sent for him more often, and talked with him. {24:27} But when two years were fulfilled, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus, and desiring to gain favor with the Jews, Felix left Paul in bonds. {25:1} Festus therefore, having come into the province, after three days went up to Jerusalem from Caesarea. {25:2} Then the high priest and the principal men of the Jews informed him against Paul, and they begged him, {25:3} asking a favor against him, that he would summon him to Jerusalem; plotting to kill him on the way. {25:4} However Festus answered that Paul should be kept in custody at Caesarea, and that he himself was about to depart shortly. {25:5} "Let them therefore," said he, "that are in power among you go down with me, and if there is anything wrong in the man, let them accuse him." {25:6} When he had stayed among them more than ten days, he went down to Caesarea, and on the next day he sat on the judgment seat, and commanded Paul to be brought. {25:7} When he had come, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, bringing against him many and grievous charges which they could not prove, {25:8} while he said in his defense, "Neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar, have I sinned at all." {25:9} But Festus, desiring to gain favor with the Jews, answered Paul and said, "Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem, and be judged by me there concerning these things?" 
{25:10} But Paul said, "I am standing before Caesar's judgment seat, where I ought to be tried. I have done no wrong to the Jews, as you also know very well. {25:11} For if I have done wrong, and have committed anything worthy of death, I don't refuse to die; but if none of those things is true that they accuse me of, no one can give me up to them. I appeal to Caesar!" {25:12} Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, "You have appealed to Caesar. To Caesar you shall go." {25:13} Now when some days had passed, King Agrippa and Bernice arrived at Caesarea, and greeted Festus. {25:14} As he stayed there many days, Festus laid Paul's case before the king, saying, "There is a certain man left a prisoner by Felix; {25:15} about whom, when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews informed me, asking for a sentence against him. {25:16} To whom I answered that it is not the custom of the Romans to give up any man to destruction, before the accused has met the accusers face to face, and has had opportunity to make his defense concerning the matter laid against him. {25:17} When therefore they had come together here, I didn't delay, but on the next day sat on the judgment seat, and commanded the man to be brought. {25:18} Concerning whom, when the accusers stood up, they brought no charge of such things as I supposed; {25:19} but had certain questions against him about their own religion, and about one Jesus, who was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive. {25:20} Being perplexed how to inquire concerning these things, I asked whether he was willing to go to Jerusalem and there be judged concerning these matters. {25:21} But when Paul had appealed to be kept for the decision of the emperor, I commanded him to be kept until I could send him to Caesar." {25:22} Agrippa said to Festus, "I also would like to hear the man myself." "Tomorrow," he said, "you shall hear him." {25:23} So on the next day, when Agrippa and Bernice had come with great pomp, and they had entered into the place of hearing with the commanding officers and principal men of the city, at the command of Festus, Paul was brought in. {25:24} Festus said, "King Agrippa, and all men who are here present with us, you see this man, about whom all the multitude of the Jews petitioned me, both at Jerusalem and here, crying that he ought not to live any longer. {25:25} But when I found that he had committed nothing worthy of death, and as he himself appealed to the emperor I determined to send him. {25:26} Of whom I have no certain thing to write to my lord. Therefore I have brought him forth before you, and especially before you, King Agrippa, that, after examination, I may have something to write. {25:27} For it seems to me unreasonable, in sending a prisoner, not to also specify the charges against him." 
{26:1} Agrippa said to Paul, "You may speak for yourself." Then Paul stretched out his hand, and made his defense. {26:2} "I think myself happy, King Agrippa, that I am to make my defense before you this day concerning all the things that I am accused by the Jews, {26:3} especially because you are expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews. Therefore I beg you to hear me patiently. {26:4} "Indeed, all the Jews know my way of life from my youth up, which was from the beginning among my own nation and at Jerusalem; {26:5} having known me from the first, if they are willing to testify, that after the strictest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee. {26:6} Now I stand here to be judged for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers, {26:7} which our twelve tribes, earnestly serving night and day, hope to attain. Concerning this hope I am accused by the Jews, King Agrippa! {26:8} Why is it judged incredible with you, if God does raise the dead? {26:9} "I myself most certainly thought that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. {26:10} This I also did in Jerusalem. I both shut up many of the saints in prisons, having received authority from the chief priests, and when they were put to death I gave my vote against them. {26:11} Punishing them often in all the synagogues, I tried to make them blaspheme. Being exceedingly enraged against them, I persecuted them even to foreign cities. {26:12} "Whereupon as I traveled to Damascus with the authority and commission from the chief priests, {26:13} at noon, O king, I saw on the way a light from the sky, brighter than the sun, shining around me and those who traveled with me. {26:14} When we had all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew language, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.' {26:15} "I said, 'Who are you, Lord?' "He said, 'I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. {26:16} But arise, and stand on your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose: to appoint you a servant and a witness both of the things which you have seen, and of the things which I will reveal to you; {26:17} delivering you from the people, and from the Gentiles, to whom I send you, {26:18} to open their eyes, that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive remission of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in me.' 
{26:19} "Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, {26:20} but declared first to them of Damascus, at Jerusalem, and throughout all the country of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, doing works worthy of repentance. {26:21} For this reason the Jews seized me in the temple, and tried to kill me. {26:22} Having therefore obtained the help that is from God, I stand to this day testifying both to small and great, saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses said would happen, {26:23} how the Christ must suffer, and how, by the resurrection of the dead, he would be first to proclaim light both to these people and to the Gentiles." {26:24} As he thus made his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, "Paul, you are crazy! Your great learning is driving you insane!" {26:25} But he said, "I am not crazy, most excellent Festus, but boldly declare words of truth and reasonableness. {26:26} For the king knows of these things, to whom also I speak freely. For I am persuaded that none of these things is hidden from him, for this has not been done in a corner. {26:27} King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you believe." {26:28} Agrippa said to Paul, "With a little persuasion are you trying to make me a Christian?" {26:29} Paul said, "I pray to God, that whether with little or with much, not only you, but also all that hear me this day, might become such as I am, except for these bonds." {26:30} The king rose up with the governor, and Bernice, and those who sat with them. {26:31} When they had withdrawn, they spoke one to another, saying, "This man does nothing worthy of death or of bonds." {26:32} Agrippa said to Festus, "This man might have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar." {27:1} When it was determined that we should sail for Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other prisoners to a centurion named Julius, of the Augustan band. {27:2} Embarking in a ship of Adramyttium, which was about to sail to places on the coast of Asia, we put to sea; Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, being with us. {27:3} The next day, we touched at Sidon. Julius treated Paul kindly, and gave him permission to go to his friends and refresh himself. {27:4} Putting to sea from there, we sailed under the lee of Cyprus, because the winds were contrary. {27:5} When we had sailed across the sea which is off Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra, a city of Lycia. {27:6} There the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing for Italy, and he put us on board. {27:7} When we had sailed slowly many days, and had come with difficulty opposite Cnidus, the wind not allowing us further, we sailed under the lee of Crete, opposite Salmone. {27:8} With difficulty sailing along it we came to a certain place called Fair Havens, near the city of Lasea. 
{27:9} When much time had passed and the voyage was now dangerous, because the Fast had now already gone by, Paul admonished them, {27:10} and said to them, "Sirs, I perceive that the voyage will be with injury and much loss, not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives." {27:11} But the centurion gave more heed to the master and to the owner of the ship than to those things which were spoken by Paul. {27:12} Because the haven was not suitable to winter in, the majority advised going to sea from there, if by any means they could reach Phoenix, and winter there, which is a port of Crete, looking northeast and southeast. {27:13} When the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, they weighed anchor and sailed along Crete, close to shore. {27:14} But before long, a stormy wind beat down from shore, which is called [78>]Euroclydon.[<78] {27:15} When the ship was caught, and couldn't face the wind, we gave way to it, and were driven along. {27:16} Running under the lee of a small island called Clauda, we were able, with difficulty, to secure the boat. {27:17} After they had hoisted it up, they used cables to help reinforce the ship. Fearing that they would run aground on the Syrtis sand bars, they lowered the sea anchor, and so were driven along. {27:18} As we labored exceedingly with the storm, the next day they began to throw things overboard. {27:19} On the third day, they threw out the ship's tackle with their own hands. {27:20} When neither sun nor stars shone on us for many days, and no small storm pressed on us, all hope that we would be saved was now taken away. {27:21} When they had been long without food, Paul stood up in the middle of them, and said, "Sirs, you should have listened to me, and not have set sail from Crete, and have gotten this injury and loss. {27:22} Now I exhort you to cheer up, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. {27:23} For there stood by me this night an angel, belonging to the God whose I am and whom I serve, {27:24} saying, 'Don't be afraid, Paul. You must stand before Caesar. Behold, God has granted you all those who sail with you.' {27:25} Therefore, sirs, cheer up! For I believe God, that it will be just as it has been spoken to me. {27:26} But we must run aground on a certain island." 
{27:27} But when the fourteenth night had come, as we were driven back and forth in the Adriatic Sea, about midnight the sailors surmised that they were drawing near to some land. {27:28} They took soundings, and found [79>]twenty fathoms.[<79] After a little while, they took soundings again, and found [80>]fifteen fathoms.[<80] {27:29} Fearing that we would run aground on rocky ground, they let go four anchors from the stern, and wished for daylight. {27:30} As the sailors were trying to flee out of the ship, and had lowered the boat into the sea, pretending that they would lay out anchors from the bow, {27:31} Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, "Unless these stay in the ship, you can't be saved." {27:32} Then the soldiers cut away the ropes of the boat, and let it fall off. {27:33} While the day was coming on, Paul begged them all to take some food, saying, "This day is the fourteenth day that you wait and continue fasting, having taken nothing. {27:34} Therefore I beg you to take some food, for this is for your safety; for not a hair will perish from any of your heads." {27:35} When he had said this, and had taken bread, he gave thanks to God in the presence of all, and he broke it, and began to eat. {27:36} Then they all cheered up, and they also took food. {27:37} In all, we were two hundred seventy-six souls on the ship. {27:38} When they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, throwing out the wheat into the sea. {27:39} When it was day, they didn't recognize the land, but they noticed a certain bay with a beach, and they decided to try to drive the ship onto it. {27:40} Casting off the anchors, they left them in the sea, at the same time untying the rudder ropes. Hoisting up the foresail to the wind, they made for the beach. {27:41} But coming to a place where two seas met, they ran the vessel aground. The bow struck and remained immovable, but the stern began to break up by the violence of the waves. {27:42} The soldiers' counsel was to kill the prisoners, so that none of them would swim out and escape. {27:43} But the centurion, desiring to save Paul, stopped them from their purpose, and commanded that those who could swim should throw themselves overboard first to go toward the land; {27:44} and the rest should follow, some on planks, and some on other things from the ship. So it happened that they all escaped safely to the land. 
{28:1} When we had escaped, then [81>]they[<81] learned that the island was called Malta. {28:2} The natives showed us uncommon kindness; for they kindled a fire, and received us all, because of the present rain, and because of the cold. {28:3} But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat, and fastened on his hand. {28:4} When the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said one to another, "No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he has escaped from the sea, yet Justice has not allowed to live." {28:5} However he shook off the creature into the fire, and wasn't harmed. {28:6} But they expected that he would have swollen or fallen down dead suddenly, but when they watched for a long time and saw nothing bad happen to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god. {28:7} Now in the neighborhood of that place were lands belonging to the chief man of the island, named Publius, who received us, and courteously entertained us for three days. {28:8} It happened that the father of Publius lay sick of fever and dysentery. Paul entered in to him, prayed, and laying his hands on him, healed him. {28:9} Then when this was done, the rest also who had diseases in the island came, and were cured. {28:10} They also honored us with many honors, and when we sailed, they put on board the things that we needed. {28:11} After three months, we set sail in a ship of Alexandria which had wintered in the island, whose sign was "The Twin Brothers." {28:12} Touching at Syracuse, we stayed there three days. {28:13} From there we circled around and arrived at Rhegium. After one day, a south wind sprang up, and on the second day we came to Puteoli, {28:14} where we found [82>]brothers,[<82] and were entreated to stay with them for seven days. So we came to Rome. {28:15} From there the brothers, when they heard of us, came to meet us as far as The Market of Appius and The Three Taverns. When Paul saw them, he thanked God, and took courage. {28:16} When we entered into Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard, but Paul was allowed to stay by himself with the soldier who guarded him. 
{28:17} It happened that after three days Paul called together those who were the leaders of the Jews. When they had come together, he said to them, "I, brothers, though I had done nothing against the people, or the customs of our fathers, still was delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans, {28:18} who, when they had examined me, desired to set me free, because there was no cause of death in me. {28:19} But when the Jews spoke against it, I was constrained to appeal to Caesar, not that I had anything about which to accuse my nation. {28:20} For this cause therefore I asked to see you and to speak with you. For because of the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain." {28:21} They said to him, "We neither received letters from Judea concerning you, nor did any of the brothers come here and report or speak any evil of you. {28:22} But we desire to hear from you what you think. For, as concerning this sect, it is known to us that everywhere it is spoken against." {28:23} When they had appointed him a day, many people came to him at his lodging. He explained to them, testifying about the Kingdom of God, and persuading them concerning Jesus, both from the law of Moses and from the prophets, from morning until evening. {28:24} Some believed the things which were spoken, and some disbelieved. {28:25} When they didn't agree among themselves, they departed after Paul had spoken one word, "The Holy Spirit spoke rightly through Isaiah, the prophet, to our fathers, {28:26} saying, 'Go to this people, and say, in hearing, you will hear, but will in no way understand. In seeing, you will see, but will in no way perceive. {28:27} For this people's heart has grown callous. Their ears are dull of hearing. Their eyes they have closed. Lest they should see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their heart, and would turn again, and I would heal them.'[83] {28:28} "Be it known therefore to you, that the salvation of God is sent to the nations. They will also listen." {28:29} When he had said these words, the Jews departed, having a great dispute among themselves. {28:30} Paul stayed two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who were coming to him, {28:31} preaching the Kingdom of God, and teaching the things concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness, without hindrance. 
{1:1} The words of Amos, who was among the herdsmen of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel, two years before the earthquake. {1:2} He said: "[1>]Yahweh[<1] will roar from Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the pastures of the shepherds will mourn, and the top of Carmel will wither." {1:3} Thus says Yahweh: "For three transgressions of Damascus, yes, for four, I will not turn away its punishment; because they have threshed Gilead with threshing instruments of iron; {1:4} but I will send a fire into the house of Hazael, and it will devour the palaces of Ben Hadad. {1:5} I will break the bar of Damascus, and cut off the inhabitant from the valley of Aven, and him who holds the scepter from the house of Eden; and the people of Syria shall go into captivity to Kir," says Yahweh. {1:6} Thus says Yahweh: "For three transgressions of Gaza, yes, for four, I will not turn away its punishment; because they carried away captive the whole community, to deliver them up to Edom; {1:7} but I will send a fire on the wall of Gaza, and it will devour its palaces. {1:8} I will cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod, and him who holds the scepter from Ashkelon; and I will turn my hand against Ekron; and the remnant of the Philistines will perish," says the [2>]Lord[<2] Yahweh. {1:9} Thus says Yahweh: "For three transgressions of Tyre, yes, for four, I will not turn away its punishment; because they delivered up the whole community to Edom, and didn't remember the brotherly covenant; {1:10} but I will send a fire on the wall of Tyre, and it will devour its palaces." {1:11} Thus says Yahweh: "For three transgressions of Edom, yes, for four, I will not turn away its punishment; because he pursued his brother with the sword, and cast off all pity, and his anger raged continually, and he kept his wrath forever; {1:12} but I will send a fire on Teman, and it will devour the palaces of Bozrah." {1:13} Thus says Yahweh: "For three transgressions of the children of Ammon, yes, for four, I will not turn away its punishment; because they have ripped open the pregnant women of Gilead, that they may enlarge their border. {1:14} But I will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah, and it will devour its palaces, with shouting in the day of battle, with a storm in the day of the whirlwind; {1:15} and their king will go into captivity, he and his princes together," says Yahweh. 
{2:1} Thus says Yahweh: "For three transgressions of Moab, yes, for four, I will not turn away its punishment; because he burned the bones of the king of Edom into lime; {2:2} but I will send a fire on Moab, and it will devour the palaces of Kerioth; and Moab will die with tumult, with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet; {2:3} and I will cut off the judge from their midst, and will kill all its princes with him," says Yahweh. {2:4} Thus says Yahweh: "For three transgressions of Judah, yes, for four, I will not turn away its punishment; because they have rejected Yahweh's law, and have not kept his statutes, and their lies have led them astray, after which their fathers walked; {2:5} But I will send a fire on Judah, and it will devour the palaces of Jerusalem." {2:6} Thus says Yahweh: "For three transgressions of Israel, yes, for four, I will not turn away its punishment; because they have sold the righteous for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; {2:7} They trample on the dust of the earth on the head of the poor, and deny justice to the oppressed; and a man and his father use the same maiden, to profane my holy name; {2:8} and they lay themselves down beside every altar on clothes taken in pledge; and in the house of their [3>]God[<3] they drink the wine of those who have been fined. {2:9} Yet I destroyed the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks; yet I destroyed his fruit from above, and his roots from beneath. {2:10} Also I brought you up out of the land of Egypt, and led you forty years in the wilderness, to possess the land of the Amorite. {2:11} I raised up some of your sons for prophets, and some of your young men for Nazirites. Isn't this true, you children of Israel?" says Yahweh. {2:12} "But you gave the Nazirites wine to drink, and commanded the prophets, saying, 'Don't prophesy!' {2:13} Behold, I will crush you in your place, as a cart crushes that is full of grain. {2:14} Flight will perish from the swift; and the strong won't strengthen his force; neither shall the mighty deliver himself; {2:15} neither shall he stand who handles the bow; and he who is swift of foot won't escape; neither shall he who rides the horse deliver himself; {2:16} and he who is courageous among the mighty will flee away naked on that day," says Yahweh. 
{3:1} Hear this word that Yahweh has spoken against you, children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up out of the land of Egypt, saying: {3:2} "You only have I chosen of all the families of the earth. Therefore I will punish you for all of your sins." {3:3} Do two walk together, unless they have agreed? {3:4} Will a lion roar in the thicket, when he has no prey? Does a young lion cry out of his den, if he has caught nothing? {3:5} Can a bird fall in a trap on the earth, where no snare is set for him? Does a snare spring up from the ground, when there is nothing to catch? {3:6} Does the trumpet alarm sound in a city, without the people being afraid? Does evil happen to a city, and Yahweh hasn't done it? {3:7} Surely the Lord Yahweh will do nothing, unless he reveals his secret to his servants the prophets. {3:8} The lion has roared. Who will not fear? The Lord Yahweh has spoken. Who can but prophesy? {3:9} Proclaim in the palaces at Ashdod, and in the palaces in the land of Egypt, and say, "Assemble yourselves on the mountains of Samaria, and see what unrest is in her, and what oppression is among them." {3:10} "Indeed they don't know to do right," says Yahweh, "Who hoard plunder and loot in their palaces." {3:11} Therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh: "An adversary will overrun the land; and he will pull down your strongholds, and your fortresses will be plundered." {3:12} Thus says Yahweh: "As the shepherd rescues out of the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear, so shall the children of Israel be rescued who sit in Samaria on the corner of a couch, and on the silken cushions of a bed." {3:13} "Listen, and testify against the house of Jacob," says the Lord Yahweh, the God of Armies. {3:14} "For in the day that I visit the transgressions of Israel on him, I will also visit the altars of Bethel; and the horns of the altar will be cut off, and fall to the ground. {3:15} I will strike the winter house with the summer house; and the houses of ivory will perish, and the great houses will have an end," says Yahweh. {4:1} Listen to this word, you cows of Bashan, who are on the mountain of Samaria, who oppress the poor, who crush the needy, who tell their husbands, "Bring us drinks!" {4:2} The Lord Yahweh has sworn by his holiness that behold, "The days shall come on you that they will take you away with hooks, and the last of you with fish hooks. {4:3} You will go out at the breaks in the wall, everyone straight before her; and you will cast yourselves into Harmon," says Yahweh. {4:4} "Go to Bethel, and sin; to Gilgal, and sin more. Bring your sacrifices every morning, your tithes every three days, {4:5} offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving of that which is leavened, and proclaim free will offerings and brag about them: for this pleases you, you children of Israel," says the Lord Yahweh. {4:6} "I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and lack of bread in every town; yet you haven't returned to me," says Yahweh. {4:7} "I also have withheld the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest; and I caused it to rain on one city, and caused it not to rain on another city. One place was rained on, and the piece where it didn't rain withered. {4:8} So two or three cities staggered to one city to drink water, and were not satisfied: yet you haven't returned to me," says Yahweh. {4:9} "I struck you with blight and mildew many times in your gardens and your vineyards; and your fig trees and your olive trees have the swarming locust devoured: yet you haven't returned to me," says Yahweh. {4:10} "I sent plagues among you like I did Egypt. I have slain your young men with the sword, and have carried away your horses; and I filled your nostrils with the stench of your camp, yet you haven't returned to me," says Yahweh. {4:11} "I have overthrown some of you, as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and you were like a burning stick plucked out of the fire; yet you haven't returned to me," says Yahweh. {4:12} "Therefore thus will I do to you, Israel; because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your God, Israel. {4:13} For, behold, he who forms the mountains, and creates the wind, and declares to man what is his thought; who makes the morning darkness, and treads on the high places of the earth: Yahweh, the God of Armies, is his name." 
{5:1} Listen to this word which I take up for a lamentation over you, O house of Israel. {5:2} "The virgin of Israel has fallen; She shall rise no more. She is cast down on her land; there is no one to raise her up." {5:3} For thus says the Lord Yahweh: "The city that went forth a thousand shall have a hundred left, and that which went forth one hundred shall have ten left to the house of Israel." {5:4} For thus says Yahweh to the house of Israel: "Seek me, and you will live; {5:5} but don't seek Bethel, nor enter into Gilgal, and don't pass to Beersheba: for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and Bethel shall come to nothing. {5:6} Seek Yahweh, and you will live; lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and it devour, and there be no one to quench it in Bethel. {5:7} You who turn justice to wormwood, and cast down righteousness to the earth: {5:8} seek him who made the Pleiades and Orion, and turns the shadow of death into the morning, and makes the day dark with night; who calls for the waters of the sea, and pours them out on the surface of the earth, Yahweh is his name, {5:9} who brings sudden destruction on the strong, so that destruction comes on the fortress. {5:10} They hate him who reproves in the gate, and they abhor him who speaks blamelessly. {5:11} Forasmuch therefore as you trample on the poor, and take taxes from him of wheat: You have built houses of cut stone, but you will not dwell in them. You have planted pleasant vineyards, but you shall not drink their wine. {5:12} For I know how many your offenses, and how great are your sins --  you who afflict the just, who take a bribe, and who turn aside the needy in the courts. {5:13} Therefore a prudent person keeps silent in such a time, for it is an evil time. {5:14} Seek good, and not evil, that you may live; and so Yahweh, the God of Armies, will be with you, as you say. {5:15} Hate evil, love good, and establish justice in the courts. It may be that Yahweh, the God of Armies, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph." {5:16} Therefore thus says Yahweh, the God of Armies, the Lord: "Wailing will be in all the broad ways; and they will say in all the streets, 'Alas! Alas!' and they will call the farmer to mourning, and those who are skillful in lamentation to wailing. {5:17} In all vineyards there will be wailing; for I will pass through the midst of you," says Yahweh. {5:18} "Woe to you who desire the day of Yahweh! Why do you long for the day of Yahweh? It is darkness, and not light. {5:19} As if a man fled from a lion, and a bear met him; Or he went into the house and leaned his hand on the wall, and a snake bit him. {5:20} Won't the day of Yahweh be darkness, and not light? Even very dark, and no brightness in it? {5:21} I hate, I despise your feasts, and I can't stand your solemn assemblies. {5:22} Yes, though you offer me your burnt offerings and meal offerings, I will not accept them; neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat animals. {5:23} Take away from me the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps. {5:24} But let justice roll on like rivers, and righteousness like a mighty stream. 
{5:25} "Did you bring to me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, house of Israel? {5:26} You also carried the tent of your king and the shrine of your images, the star of your god, which you made for yourselves. {5:27} Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus," says Yahweh, whose name is the God of Armies. {6:1} Woe to those who are at ease in Zion, and to those who are secure on the mountain of Samaria, the notable men of the chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel come! {6:2} Go to Calneh, and see; and from there go to Hamath the great; then go down to Gath of the Philistines. are they better than these kingdoms? or is their border greater than your border? {6:3} Those who put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near; {6:4} Who lie on beds of ivory, and stretch themselves on their couches, and eat the lambs out of the flock, and the calves out of the midst of the stall; {6:5} who strum on the strings of a harp; who invent for themselves instruments of music, like David; {6:6} who drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the best oils; but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph. {6:7} Therefore they will now go captive with the first who go captive; and the feasting and lounging will end. {6:8} "The Lord Yahweh has sworn by himself," says Yahweh, the God of Armies: "I abhor the pride of Jacob, and detest his fortresses. Therefore I will deliver up the city with all that is in it. {6:9} It will happen, if there remain ten men in one house, that they shall die. {6:10} "When a man's relative carries him, even he who burns him, to bring bodies out of the house, and asks him who is in the innermost parts of the house, 'Is there yet any with you?' And he says, 'No;' then he will say, 'Hush! Indeed we must not mention the name of Yahweh.' {6:11} "For, behold, Yahweh commands, and the great house will be smashed to pieces, and the little house into bits. {6:12} Do horses run on the rocky crags? Does one plow there with oxen? But you have turned justice into poison, and the fruit of righteousness into bitterness; {6:13} you who rejoice in a thing of nothing, who say, 'Haven't we taken for ourselves horns by our own strength?' {6:14} For, behold, I will raise up against you a nation, house of Israel," says Yahweh, the God of Armies; "and they will afflict you from the entrance of Hamath to the brook of the Arabah." 
{7:1} Thus the Lord Yahweh showed me: and behold, he formed locusts in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter growth; and behold, it was the latter growth after the king's harvest. {7:2} It happened that, when they made an end of eating the grass of the land, then I said, "Lord Yahweh, forgive, I beg you! How could Jacob stand? For he is small." {7:3} Yahweh relented concerning this. "It shall not be," says Yahweh. {7:4} Thus the Lord Yahweh showed me and behold, the Lord Yahweh called for judgment by fire; and it dried up the great deep, and would have devoured the land. {7:5} Then I said, "Lord Yahweh, stop, I beg you! How could Jacob stand? For he is small." {7:6} Yahweh relented concerning this. "This also shall not be," says the Lord Yahweh. {7:7} Thus he showed me and behold, the Lord stood beside a wall made by a plumb line, with a plumb line in his hand. {7:8} Yahweh said to me, "Amos, what do you see?" I said, "A plumb line." Then the Lord said, "Behold, I will set a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel. I will not again pass by them any more. {7:9} The high places of Isaac will be desolate, the sanctuaries of Israel will be laid waste; and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword." {7:10} Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, "Amos has conspired against you in the midst of the house of Israel. The land is not able to bear all his words. {7:11} For Amos says, 'Jeroboam will die by the sword, and Israel shall surely be led away captive out of his land.'" {7:12} Amaziah also said to Amos, "You seer, go, flee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there: {7:13} but don't prophesy again any more at Bethel; for it is the king's sanctuary, and it is a royal house!" {7:14} Then Amos answered Amaziah, "I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet's son; but I was a herdsman, and a farmer of sycamore figs; {7:15} and Yahweh took me from following the flock, and Yahweh said to me, 'Go, prophesy to my people Israel.' {7:16} Now therefore listen to the word of Yahweh: 'You say, Don't prophesy against Israel, and don't preach against the house of Isaac.' {7:17} Therefore thus says Yahweh: 'Your wife shall be a prostitute in the city, and your sons and your daughters shall fall by the sword, and your land shall be divided by line; and you yourself shall die in a land that is unclean, and Israel shall surely be led away captive out of his land.'" 
{8:1} Thus the Lord Yahweh showed me: behold, a basket of summer fruit. {8:2} He said, "Amos, what do you see?" I said, "A basket of summer fruit." Then Yahweh said to me, "The end has come on my people Israel. I will not again pass by them any more. {8:3} The songs of the temple will be wailings in that day," says the Lord Yahweh. "The dead bodies will be many. In every place they will throw them out with silence. {8:4} Hear this, you who desire to swallow up the needy, and cause the poor of the land to fail, {8:5} Saying, 'When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell grain? And the Sabbath, that we may market wheat, making the [4>]ephah[<4] small, and the shekel large, and dealing falsely with balances of deceit; {8:6} that we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes, and sell the sweepings with the wheat?'" {8:7} Yahweh has sworn by the pride of Jacob, "Surely I will never forget any of their works. {8:8} Won't the land tremble for this, and everyone mourn who dwells in it? Yes, it will rise up wholly like the River; and it will be stirred up and sink again, like the River of Egypt. {8:9} It will happen in that day," says the Lord Yahweh, "that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day. {8:10} I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will make you wear sackcloth on all your bodies, and baldness on every head. I will make it like the mourning for an only son, and its end like a bitter day. {8:11} Behold, the days come," says the Lord Yahweh, "that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of Yahweh. {8:12} They will wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east; they will run back and forth to seek the word of Yahweh, and will not find it. {8:13} In that day the beautiful virgins and the young men will faint for thirst. {8:14} Those who swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, 'As your god, Dan, lives;' and, 'As the way of Beersheba lives;' they will fall, and never rise up again." 
{9:1} I saw the Lord standing beside the altar, and he said, "Strike the tops of the pillars, that the thresholds may shake; and break them in pieces on the head of all of them; and I will kill the last of them with the sword: there shall not one of them flee away, and there shall not one of them escape. {9:2} Though they dig into [5>]Sheol[<5], there my hand will take them; and though they climb up to heaven, there I will bring them down. {9:3} Though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them out there; and though they be hidden from my sight in the bottom of the sea, there I will command the serpent, and it will bite them. {9:4} Though they go into captivity before their enemies, there I will command the sword, and it will kill them. I will set my eyes on them for evil, and not for good. {9:5} For the Lord, Yahweh of Armies, is he who touches the land and it melts, and all who dwell in it will mourn; and it will rise up wholly like the River, and will sink again, like the River of Egypt. {9:6} It is he who builds his rooms in the heavens, and has founded his vault on the earth; he who calls for the waters of the sea, and pours them out on the surface of the earth; Yahweh is his name. {9:7} Are you not like the children of the Ethiopians to me, children of Israel?" says Yahweh. "Haven't I brought up Israel out of the land of Egypt, and the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Syrians from Kir? {9:8} Behold, the eyes of the Lord Yahweh are on the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the surface of the earth; except that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob," says Yahweh. {9:9} "For, behold, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all the nations, as grain is sifted in a sieve, yet not the least kernel will fall on the earth. {9:10} All the sinners of my people will die by the sword, who say, 'Evil won't overtake nor meet us.' {9:11} In that day I will raise up the tent of David who is fallen, and close up its breaches, and I will raise up its ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old; {9:12} that they may possess the remnant of Edom, and all the nations who are called by my name," says Yahweh who does this. {9:13} "Behold, the days come," says Yahweh, "that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the one treading grapes him who sows seed; and sweet wine will drip from the mountains, and flow from the hills. {9:14} I will bring my people Israel back from captivity, and they will rebuild the ruined cities, and inhabit them; and they will plant vineyards, and drink wine from them. They shall also make gardens, and eat their fruit. {9:15} I will plant them on their land, and they will no more be plucked up out of their land which I have given them," says Yahweh your God. 
{1:1} Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, and Timothy our brother, {1:2} to the saints and faithful [1>]brothers[<1] in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. {1:3} We give thanks to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, {1:4} having heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which you have toward all the saints, {1:5} because of the hope which is laid up for you in the heavens, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the Good News, {1:6} which has come to you; even as it is in all the world and is bearing fruit and growing, as it does in you also, since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth; {1:7} even as you learned of Epaphras our beloved fellow servant, who is a faithful servant of Christ on our behalf, {1:8} who also declared to us your love in the Spirit. {1:9} For this cause, we also, since the day we heard this, don't cease praying and making requests for you, that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, {1:10} that you may walk worthily of the Lord, to please him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; {1:11} strengthened with all power, according to the might of his glory, for all endurance and perseverance with joy; {1:12} giving thanks to the Father, who made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; {1:13} who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the Kingdom of the Son of his love; {1:14} in whom we have our redemption,[2] the forgiveness of our sins; {1:15} who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. {1:16} For by him all things were created, in the heavens and on the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things have been created through him, and for him. {1:17} He is before all things, and in him all things are held together. {1:18} He is the head of the body, the assembly, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. {1:19} For all the fullness was pleased to dwell in him; {1:20} and through him to reconcile all things to himself, by him, whether things on the earth, or things in the heavens, having made peace through the blood of his cross. 
{1:21} You, being in past times alienated and enemies in your mind in your evil works, {1:22} yet now he has reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and without blemish and blameless before him, {1:23} if it is so that you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the Good News which you heard, which is being proclaimed in all creation under heaven; of which I, Paul, was made a servant. {1:24} Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and fill up on my part that which is lacking of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the assembly; {1:25} of which I was made a servant, according to the stewardship of God which was given me toward you, to fulfill the word of God, {1:26} the mystery which has been hidden for ages and generations. But now it has been revealed to his saints, {1:27} to whom God was pleased to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory; {1:28} whom we proclaim, admonishing every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus; {1:29} for which I also labor, striving according to his working, which works in me mightily. {2:1} For I desire to have you know how greatly I struggle for you, and for those at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; {2:2} that their hearts may be comforted, they being knit together in love, and gaining all riches of the full assurance of understanding, that they may know the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, {2:3} in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden. {2:4} Now this I say that no one may delude you with persuasiveness of speech. {2:5} For though I am absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, rejoicing and seeing your order, and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ. {2:6} As therefore you received Christ Jesus, the Lord, walk in him, {2:7} rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, even as you were taught, abounding in it in thanksgiving. {2:8} Be careful that you don't let anyone rob you through his philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the elements of the world, and not after Christ. {2:9} For in him all the fullness of the Godhead dwells bodily, {2:10} and in him you are made full, who is the head of all principality and power; {2:11} in whom you were also circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, in the putting off of the body of the sins of the flesh, in the circumcision of Christ; {2:12} having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. {2:13} You were dead through your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh. He made you alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, {2:14} wiping out the handwriting in ordinances which was against us; and he has taken it out of the way, nailing it to the cross; {2:15} having stripped the principalities and the powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it. 
{2:16} Let no one therefore judge you in eating, or in drinking, or with respect to a feast day or a new moon or a Sabbath day, {2:17} which are a shadow of the things to come; but the body is Christ's. {2:18} Let no one rob you of your prize by a voluntary humility and worshipping of the angels, dwelling in the things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, {2:19} and not holding firmly to the Head, from whom all the body, being supplied and knit together through the joints and ligaments, grows with God's growth. {2:20} If you died with Christ from the elements of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to ordinances, {2:21} "Don't handle, nor taste, nor touch" {2:22} (all of which perish with use), according to the precepts and doctrines of men? {2:23} Which things indeed appear like wisdom in self-imposed worship, and humility, and severity to the body; but aren't of any value against the indulgence of the flesh. {3:1} If then you were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God. {3:2} Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth. {3:3} For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. {3:4} When Christ, our life, is revealed, then you will also be revealed with him in glory. {3:5} Put to death therefore your members which are on the earth: sexual immorality, uncleanness, depraved passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry; {3:6} for which things' sake the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience. {3:7} You also once walked in those, when you lived in them; {3:8} but now you also put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and shameful speaking out of your mouth. {3:9} Don't lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old man with his doings, {3:10} and have put on the new man, who is being renewed in knowledge after the image of his Creator, {3:11} where there can't be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bondservant, freeman; but Christ is all, and in all. {3:12} Put on therefore, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, humility, and perseverance; {3:13} bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, if any man has a complaint against any; even as Christ forgave you, so you also do. {3:14} Above all these things, walk in love, which is the bond of perfection. {3:15} And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. {3:16} Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your heart to the Lord. {3:17} Whatever you do, in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father, through him. 
{3:18} Wives, be in subjection to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. {3:19} Husbands, love your wives, and don't be bitter against them. {3:20} Children, obey your parents in all things, for this pleases the Lord. {3:21} Fathers, don't provoke your children, so that they won't be discouraged. {3:22} Servants, obey in all things those who are your masters according to the flesh, not just when they are looking, as men pleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing God. {3:23} And whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord, and not for men, {3:24} knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. {3:25} But he who does wrong will receive again for the wrong that he has done, and there is no partiality. {4:1} Masters, give to your servants that which is just and equal, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven. {4:2} Continue steadfastly in prayer, watching therein with thanksgiving; {4:3} praying together for us also, that God may open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds; {4:4} that I may reveal it as I ought to speak. {4:5} Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. {4:6} Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. {4:7} All my affairs will be made known to you by Tychicus, the beloved brother, faithful servant, and fellow bondservant in the Lord. {4:8} I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that he may know your circumstances and comfort your hearts, {4:9} together with Onesimus, the faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will make known to you everything that is going on here. {4:10} Aristarchus, my fellow prisoner, greets you, and Mark, the cousin of Barnabas (concerning whom you received commandments, "if he comes to you, receive him"), {4:11} and Jesus who is called Justus. These are my only fellow workers for the Kingdom of God who are of the circumcision, men who have been a comfort to me. {4:12} Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, salutes you, always striving for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. {4:13} For I testify about him, that he has great zeal for you, and for those in Laodicea, and for those in Hierapolis. {4:14} Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas greet you. {4:15} Greet the brothers who are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the assembly that is in his house. {4:16} When this letter has been read among you, cause it to be read also in the assembly of the Laodiceans; and that you also read the letter from Laodicea. {4:17} Tell Archippus, "Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you fulfill it." {4:18} The salutation of me, Paul, with my own hand: remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen. 
{1:1} In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon to Jerusalem, and besieged it. {1:2} The [1>]Lord[<1] gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with part of the vessels of the house of [2>]God[<2]; and he carried them into the land of Shinar to the house of his god: and he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god. {1:3} The king spoke to Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring in [certain] of the children of Israel, even of the seed royal and of the nobles; {1:4} youths in whom was no blemish, but well-favored, and skillful in all wisdom, and endowed with knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability to stand in the king's palace; and that he should teach them the learning and the language of the Chaldeans. {1:5} The king appointed for them a daily portion of the king's dainties, and of the wine which he drank, and that they should be nourished three years; that at its end they should stand before the king. {1:6} Now among these were, of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. {1:7} The prince of the eunuchs gave names to them: to Daniel he gave [the name of] Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, [of] Shadrach; and to Mishael, [of] Meshach; and to Azariah, [of] Abednego. {1:8} But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the king's dainties, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. {1:9} Now God made Daniel to find kindness and compassion in the sight of the prince of the eunuchs. {1:10} The prince of the eunuchs said to Daniel, I fear my lord the king, who has appointed your food and your drink: for why should he see your faces worse looking than the youths who are of your own age? so would you endanger my head with the king. {1:11} Then Daniel said to the steward whom the prince of the eunuchs had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: {1:12} Test your servants, I beg you, ten days; and let them give us vegetables to eat, and water to drink. {1:13} Then let our faces be looked on before you, and the face of the youths who eat of the king's dainties; and as you see, deal with your servants. {1:14} So he listened to them in this matter, and proved them ten days. {1:15} At the end of ten days their faces appeared fairer, and they were fatter in flesh, than all the youths who ate of the king's dainties. {1:16} So the steward took away their dainties, and the wine that they should drink, and gave them pulse. {1:17} Now as for these four youths, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. {1:18} At the end of the days which the king had appointed for bringing them in, the prince of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar. {1:19} The king talked with them; and among them all was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: therefore stood they before the king. {1:20} In every matter of wisdom and understanding, concerning which the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters who were in all his realm. {1:21} Daniel continued even to the first year of king Cyrus. 
{2:1} In the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams; and his spirit was troubled, and his sleep went from him. {2:2} Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the enchanters, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, to tell the king his dreams. So they came in and stood before the king. {2:3} The king said to them, I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit is troubled to know the dream. {2:4} Then spoke the Chaldeans to the king in the Syrian language, O king, live forever: tell your servants the dream, and we will show the interpretation. {2:5} The king answered the Chaldeans, The thing is gone from me: if you don't make known to me the dream and its interpretation, you shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made a dunghill. {2:6} But if you show the dream and its interpretation, you shall receive of me gifts and rewards and great honor: therefore show me the dream and its interpretation. {2:7} They answered the second time and said, Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will show the interpretation. {2:8} The king answered, I know of a certainty that you would gain time, because you see the thing is gone from me. {2:9} But if you don't make known to me the dream, there is but one law for you; for you have prepared lying and corrupt words to speak before me, until the time be changed: therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that you can show me its interpretation. {2:10} The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, There is not a man on the earth who can show the king's matter, because no king, lord, or ruler, has asked such a thing of any magician, or enchanter, or Chaldean. {2:11} It is a rare thing that the king requires, and there is no other who can show it before the king, except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh. {2:12} For this cause the king was angry and very furious, and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon. {2:13} So the decree went forth, and the wise men were to be slain; and they sought Daniel and his companions to be slain. {2:14} Then Daniel returned answer with counsel and prudence to Arioch the captain of the king's guard, who was gone forth to kill the wise men of Babylon; {2:15} he answered Arioch the king's captain, Why is the decree so urgent from the king? Then Arioch made the thing known to Daniel. {2:16} Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would appoint him a time, and he would show the king the interpretation. {2:17} Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions: {2:18} that they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his companions should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. {2:19} Then was the secret revealed to Daniel in a vision of the night. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven. {2:20} Daniel answered, Blessed be the name of God forever and ever; for wisdom and might are his. {2:21} He changes the times and the seasons; he removes kings, and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise, and knowledge to those who have understanding; {2:22} he reveals the deep and secret things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him. {2:23} I thank you, and praise you, you God of my fathers, who have given me wisdom and might, and have now made known to me what we desired of you; for you have made known to us the king's matter. {2:24} Therefore Daniel went in to Arioch, whom the king had appointed to destroy the wise men of Babylon; he went and said thus to him: Don't destroy the wise men of Babylon; bring me in before the king, and I will show to the king the interpretation. {2:25} Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste, and said thus to him, I have found a man of the children of the captivity of Judah, who will make known to the king the interpretation. {2:26} The king answered Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, Are you able to make known to me the dream which I have seen, and its interpretation? {2:27} Daniel answered before the king, and said, The secret which the king has demanded can neither wise men, enchanters, magicians, nor soothsayers, show to the king; {2:28} but there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and he has made known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Your dream, and the visions of your head on your bed, are these: {2:29} as for you, O king, your thoughts came [into your mind] on your bed, what should happen hereafter; and he who reveals secrets has made known to you what shall happen. {2:30} But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but to the intent that the interpretation may be made known to the king, and that you may know the thoughts of your heart. {2:31} You, O king, saw, and behold, a great image. This image, which was mighty, and whose brightness was excellent, stood before you; and its aspect was awesome. {2:32} As for this image, its head was of fine gold, its breast and its arms of silver, its belly and its thighs of brass, {2:33} its legs of iron, its feet part of iron, and part of clay. {2:34} You saw until a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet that were of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. {2:35} Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken in pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, so that no place was found for them: and the stone that struck the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth. {2:36} This is the dream; and we will tell its interpretation before the king. {2:37} You, O king, are king of kings, to whom the God of heaven has given the kingdom, the power, and the strength, and the glory; {2:38} and wherever the children of men dwell, the animals of the field and the birds of the sky has he given into your hand, and has made you to rule over them all: you are the head of gold. {2:39} After you shall arise another kingdom inferior to you; and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. {2:40} The fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron, because iron breaks in pieces and subdues all things; and as iron that crushes all these, shall it break in pieces and crush. {2:41} Whereas you saw the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, because you saw the iron mixed with miry clay. {2:42} As the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. {2:43} Whereas you saw the iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men; but they shall not cling to one another, even as iron does not mingle with clay. {2:44} In the days of those kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed, nor shall its sovereignty be left to another people; but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. {2:45} Because you saw that a stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God has made known to the king what shall happen hereafter: and the dream is certain, and its interpretation sure. {2:46} Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell on his face, and worshiped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an offering and sweet odors to him. {2:47} The king answered to Daniel, and said, Of a truth your God is the God of gods, and the Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, since you have been able to reveal this secret. {2:48} Then the king made Daniel great, and gave him many great gifts, and made him to rule over the whole province of Babylon, and to be chief governor over all the wise men of Babylon. {2:49} Daniel requested of the king, and he appointed Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon: but Daniel was in the gate of the king. 
{3:1} Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits, and its breadth six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. {3:2} Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together the satraps, the deputies, and the governors, the judges, the treasurers, the counselors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. {3:3} Then the satraps, the deputies, and the governors, the judges, the treasurers, the counselors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together to the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. {3:4} Then the herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, peoples, nations, and languages, {3:5} that whenever you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe, and all kinds of music, you fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king has set up; {3:6} and whoever doesn't fall down and worship shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. {3:7} Therefore at that time, when all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe, and all kinds of music, all the peoples, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshiped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. {3:8} Therefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and brought accusation against the Jews. {3:9} They answered Nebuchadnezzar the king, O king, live for ever. {3:10} You, O king, have made a decree, that every man that shall hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe, and all kinds of music, shall fall down and worship the golden image; {3:11} and whoever doesn't fall down and worship shall be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. {3:12} There are certain Jews whom you have appointed over the affairs of the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; these men, O king, have not respected you. They don't serve your gods, nor worship the golden image which you have set up. {3:13} Then Nebuchadnezzar in [his] rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then they brought these men before the king. {3:14} Nebuchadnezzar answered them, Is it on purpose, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you don't serve my god, nor worship the golden image which I have set up? {3:15} Now if you are ready whenever you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe, and all kinds of music to fall down and worship the image which I have made, [well]: but if you don't worship, you shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that god that shall deliver you out of my hands? {3:16} Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered the king, Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. {3:17} If it be [so], our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace; and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. {3:18} But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods, nor worship the golden image which you have set up. {3:19} Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his appearance was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: [therefore] he spoke, and commanded that they should heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated. {3:20} He commanded certain mighty men who were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, [and] to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. {3:21} Then these men were bound in their pants, their tunics, and their mantles, and their [other] garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. {3:22} Therefore because the king's commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. {3:23} These three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. {3:24} Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in haste: he spoke and said to his counselors, Didn't we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered the king, True, O king. {3:25} He answered, Look, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are unharmed; and the aspect of the fourth is like a son of the gods. {3:26} Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace: he spoke and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, you servants of the Most High God, come forth, and come here. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came forth out of the midst of the fire. {3:27} The satraps, the deputies, and the governors, and the king's counselors, being gathered together, saw these men, that the fire had no power on their bodies, nor was the hair of their head singed, neither were their pants changed, nor had the smell of fire passed on them. {3:28} Nebuchadnezzar spoke and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel, and delivered his servants who trusted in him, and have changed the king's word, and have yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God. {3:29} Therefore I make a decree, that every people, nation, and language, which speak anything evil against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill; because there is no other god who is able to deliver after this sort. {3:30} Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the province of Babylon. 
{4:1} Nebuchadnezzar the king, to all the peoples, nations, and languages, who dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you. {4:2} It has seemed good to me to show the signs and wonders that the Most High God has worked toward me. {4:3} How great are his signs! and how mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation. {4:4} I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at rest in my house, and flourishing in my palace. {4:5} I saw a dream which made me afraid; and the thoughts on my bed and the visions of my head troubled me. {4:6} Therefore made I a decree to bring in all the wise men of Babylon before me, that they might make known to me the interpretation of the dream. {4:7} Then came in the magicians, the enchanters, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers; and I told the dream before them; but they did not make known to me its interpretation. {4:8} But at the last Daniel came in before me, whose name was Belteshazzar, according to the name of my god, and in whom is the spirit of the holy gods: and I told the dream before him, [saying], {4:9} Belteshazzar, master of the magicians, because I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in you, and no secret troubles you, tell me the visions of my dream that I have seen, and its interpretation. {4:10} Thus were the visions of my head on my bed: I saw, and behold, a tree in the midst of the earth; and its height was great. {4:11} The tree grew, and was strong, and its height reached to the sky, and its sight to the end of all the earth. {4:12} The leaves of it were beautiful, and its fruit much, and in it was food for all: the animals of the field had shadow under it, and the birds of the sky lived in its branches, and all flesh was fed from it. {4:13} I saw in the visions of my head on my bed, and behold, a watcher and a holy one came down from the sky. {4:14} He cried aloud, and said thus, Cut down the tree, and cut off its branches, shake off its leaves, and scatter its fruit: let the animals get away from under it, and the fowls from its branches. {4:15} Nevertheless leave the stump of its roots in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of the sky: and let his portion be with the animals in the grass of the earth: {4:16} let his heart be changed from man's, and let an animal's heart be given to him; and let seven times pass over him. {4:17} The sentence is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones; to the intent that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever he will, and sets up over it the lowest of men. {4:18} This dream I, king Nebuchadnezzar, have seen; and you, Belteshazzar, declare the interpretation, because all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to make known to me the interpretation; but you are able; for the spirit of the holy gods is in you. {4:19} Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was stricken mute for a while, and his thoughts troubled him. The king answered, Belteshazzar, don't let the dream, or the interpretation, trouble you. Belteshazzar answered, My lord, the dream be to those who hate you, and its interpretation to your adversaries. {4:20} The tree that you saw, which grew, and was strong, whose height reached to the sky, and its sight to all the earth; {4:21} whose leaves were beautiful, and its fruit much, and in it was food for all; under which the animals of the field lived, and on whose branches the birds of the sky had their habitation: {4:22} it is you, O king, that are grown and become strong; for your greatness is grown, and reaches to the sky, and your dominion to the end of the earth. {4:23} Whereas the king saw a watcher and a holy one coming down from the sky, and saying, Cut down the tree, and destroy it; nevertheless leave the stump of its roots in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field, and let it be wet with the dew of the sky: and let his portion be with the animals of the field, until seven times pass over him; {4:24} this is the interpretation, O king, and it is the decree of the Most High, which has come on my lord the king: {4:25} that you shall be driven from men, and your dwelling shall be with the animals of the field, and you shall be made to eat grass as oxen, and shall be wet with the dew of the sky, and seven times shall pass over you; until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever he will. {4:26} Whereas they commanded to leave the stump of the roots of the tree; your kingdom shall be sure to you, after that you shall have known that the heavens do rule. {4:27} Therefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you, and break off your sins by righteousness, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor; if there may be a lengthening of your tranquility. {4:28} All this came on the king Nebuchadnezzar. {4:29} At the end of twelve months he was walking in the royal palace of Babylon. {4:30} The king spoke and said, Is not this great Babylon, which I have built for the royal dwelling place, by the might of my power and for the glory of my majesty? {4:31} While the word was in the king's mouth, there fell a voice from the sky, [saying], O king Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: The kingdom has departed from you: {4:32} and you shall be driven from men; and your dwelling shall be with the animals of the field; you shall be made to eat grass as oxen; and seven times shall pass over you; until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever he will. {4:33} The same hour was the thing fulfilled on Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and ate grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of the sky, until his hair was grown like eagles' [feathers], and his nails like birds' [claws]. {4:34} At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted up my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and I praised and honored him who lives forever; for his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom from generation to generation. {4:35} All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; and he does according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand, or ask him, What are you doing? {4:36} At the same time my understanding returned to me; and for the glory of my kingdom, my majesty and brightness returned to me; and my counselors and my lords sought to me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent greatness was added to me. {4:37} Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven; for all his works are truth, and his ways justice; and those who walk in pride he is able to abase. 
{5:1} Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand. {5:2} Belshazzar, while he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king and his lords, his wives and his concubines, might drink from them. {5:3} Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of God's house which was at Jerusalem; and the king and his lords, his wives and his concubines, drank from them. {5:4} They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone. {5:5} In the same hour came forth the fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the lampstand on the plaster of the wall of the king's palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote. {5:6} Then the king's face was changed in him, and his thoughts troubled him; and the joints of his thighs were loosened, and his knees struck one against another. {5:7} The king cried aloud to bring in the enchanters, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. The king spoke and said to the wise men of Babylon, Whoever shall read this writing, and show me its interpretation, shall be clothed with purple, and have a chain of gold about his neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom. {5:8} Then came in all the king's wise men; but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation. {5:9} Then was king Belshazzar greatly troubled, and his face was changed in him, and his lords were perplexed. {5:10} [Now] the queen by reason of the words of the king and his lords came into the banquet house: the queen spoke and said, O king, live forever; don't let your thoughts trouble you, nor let your face be changed. {5:11} There is a man in your kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of your father light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, were found in him; and the king Nebuchadnezzar your father, the king, [I say], your father, made him master of the magicians, enchanters, Chaldeans, and soothsayers; {5:12} because an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and showing of dark sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Now let Daniel be called, and he will show the interpretation. {5:13} Then was Daniel brought in before the king. The king spoke and said to Daniel, Are you that Daniel, who are of the children of the captivity of Judah, whom the king my father brought out of Judah? {5:14} I have heard of you, that the spirit of the gods is in you, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom are found in you. {5:15} Now the wise men, the enchanters, have been brought in before me, that they should read this writing, and make known to me its interpretation; but they could not show the interpretation of the thing. {5:16} But I have heard of you, that you can give interpretations, and dissolve doubts; now if you can read the writing, and make known to me its interpretation, you shall be clothed with purple, and have a chain of gold about your neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom. {5:17} Then Daniel answered before the king, Let your gifts be to yourself, and give your rewards to another; nevertheless I will read the writing to the king, and make known to him the interpretation. {5:18} You, king, the Most High God gave Nebuchadnezzar your father the kingdom, and greatness, and glory, and majesty: {5:19} and because of the greatness that he gave him, all the peoples, nations, and languages trembled and feared before him: whom he would he killed, and whom he would he kept alive; and whom he would he raised up, and whom he would he put down. {5:20} But when his heart was lifted up, and his spirit was hardened so that he dealt proudly, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him: {5:21} and he was driven from the sons of men, and his heart was made like the animals', and his dwelling was with the wild donkeys; he was fed with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of the sky; until he knew that the Most High God rules in the kingdom of men, and that he sets up over it whomever he will. {5:22} You, his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, though you knew all this, {5:23} but have lifted up yourself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before you, and you and your lords, your wives and your concubines, have drunk wine from them; and you have praised the gods of silver and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which don't see, nor hear, nor know; and the God in whose hand your breath is, and whose are all your ways, you have not glorified. {5:24} Then was the part of the hand sent from before him, and this writing was inscribed. {5:25} This is the writing that was inscribed: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. {5:26} This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God has numbered your kingdom, and brought it to an end; {5:27} TEKEL; you are weighed in the balances, and are found wanting. {5:28} PERES; your kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians. {5:29} Then commanded Belshazzar, and they clothed Daniel with purple, and put a chain of gold about his neck, and made proclamation concerning him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom. {5:30} In that night Belshazzar the Chaldean King was slain. {5:31} Darius the Mede received the kingdom, being about sixty-two years old. 
{6:1} It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom one hundred twenty satraps, who should be throughout the whole kingdom; {6:2} and over them three presidents, of whom Daniel was one; that these satraps might give account to them, and that the king should have no damage. {6:3} Then this Daniel was distinguished above the presidents and the satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm. {6:4} Then the presidents and the satraps sought to find occasion against Daniel as touching the kingdom; but they could find no occasion nor fault, because he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him. {6:5} Then these men said, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God. {6:6} Then these presidents and satraps assembled together to the king, and said thus to him, King Darius, live forever. {6:7} All the presidents of the kingdom, the deputies and the satraps, the counselors and the governors, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a strong decree, that whoever shall ask a petition of any god or man for thirty days, except of you, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions. {6:8} Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it not be changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which doesn't alter. {6:9} Therefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree. {6:10} When Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house (now his windows were open in his room toward Jerusalem) and he kneeled on his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did before. {6:11} Then these men assembled together, and found Daniel making petition and supplication before his God. {6:12} Then they came near, and spoke before the king concerning the king's decree: Haven't you signed an decree, that every man who shall make petition to any god or man within thirty days, except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which doesn't alter. {6:13} Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, who is of the children of the captivity of Judah, doesn't respect you, O king, nor the decree that you have signed, but makes his petition three times a day. {6:14} Then the king, when he heard these words, was very displeased, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him; and he labored until the going down of the sun to rescue him. {6:15} Then these men assembled together to the king, and said to the king, Know, O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians, that no decree nor statute which the king establishes may be changed. {6:16} Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. [Now] the king spoke and said to Daniel, Your God whom you serve continually, he will deliver you. {6:17} A stone was brought, and laid on the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that nothing might be changed concerning Daniel. {6:18} Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting; neither were instruments of music brought before him: and his sleep fled from him. {6:19} Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste to the den of lions. {6:20} When he came near to the den to Daniel, he cried with a lamentable voice; the king spoke and said to Daniel, Daniel, servant of the living God, is your God, whom you serve continually, able to deliver you from the lions? {6:21} Then Daniel said to the king, O king, live forever. {6:22} My God has sent his angel, and has shut the lions' mouths, and they have not hurt me; because as before him innocence was found in me; and also before you, O king, have I done no hurt. {6:23} Then was the king exceeding glad, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of harm was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. {6:24} The king commanded, and they brought those men who had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and the lions mauled them, and broke all their bones in pieces, before they came to the bottom of the den. {6:25} Then king Darius wrote to all the peoples, nations, and languages, who dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you. {6:26} I make a decree, that in all the dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel; for he is the living God, and steadfast forever, His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed; and his dominion shall be even to the end. {6:27} He delivers and rescues, and he works signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions. {6:28} So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian. 
{7:1} In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head on his bed: then he wrote the dream and told the sum of the matters. {7:2} Daniel spoke and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the sky broke forth on the great sea. {7:3} Four great animals came up from the sea, diverse one from another. {7:4} The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings: I saw until its wings were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made to stand on two feet as a man; and a man's heart was given to it. {7:5} Behold, another animal, a second, like a bear; and it was raised up on one side, and three ribs were in its mouth between its teeth: and they said thus to it, Arise, devour much flesh. {7:6} After this I saw, and behold, another, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird; the animal had also four heads; and dominion was given to it. {7:7} After this I saw in the night visions, and, behold, a fourth animal, awesome and powerful, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces, and stamped the residue with its feet: and it was diverse from all the animals that were before it; and it had ten horns. {7:8} I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another horn, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots: and behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things. {7:9} I saw until thrones were placed, and one who was ancient of days sat: his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames, [and] its wheels burning fire. {7:10} A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousands of thousands ministered to him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened. {7:11} I saw at that time because of the voice of the great words which the horn spoke; I saw even until the animal was slain, and its body destroyed, and it was given to be burned with fire. {7:12} As for the rest of the animals, their dominion was taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and a time. {7:13} I saw in the night visions, and behold, there came with the clouds of the sky one like a son of man, and he came even to the ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. {7:14} There was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations, and languages should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. {7:15} As for me, Daniel, my spirit was grieved in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me. {7:16} I came near to one of those who stood by, and asked him the truth concerning all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things. {7:17} These great animals, which are four, are four kings, who shall arise out of the earth. {7:18} But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever. {7:19} Then I desired to know the truth concerning the fourth animal, which was diverse from all of them, exceedingly terrible, whose teeth were of iron, and its nails of brass; which devoured, broke in pieces, and stamped the residue with its feet; {7:20} and concerning the ten horns that were on its head, and the other [horn] which came up, and before which three fell, even that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spoke great things, whose look was more stout than its fellows. {7:21} I saw, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; {7:22} until the ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the Most High, and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. {7:23} Thus he said, The fourth animal shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be diverse from all the kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. {7:24} As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom shall ten kings arise: and another shall arise after them; and he shall be diverse from the former, and he shall put down three kings. {7:25} He shall speak words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High; and he shall think to change the times and the law; and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and half a time. {7:26} But the judgment shall be set, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it to the end. {7:27} The kingdom and the dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole sky, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High: his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him. {7:28} Here is the end of the matter. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts much troubled me, and my face was changed in me: but I kept the matter in my heart. 
{8:1} In the third year of the reign of king Belshazzar a vision appeared to me, even to me, Daniel, after that which appeared to me at the first. {8:2} I saw in the vision; now it was so, that when I saw, I was in the citadel of Susa, which is in the province of Elam; and I saw in the vision, and I was by the river Ulai. {8:3} Then I lifted up my eyes, and saw, and behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last. {8:4} I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; and no animals could stand before him, neither was there any who could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and magnified himself. {8:5} As I was considering, behold, a male goat came from the west over the surface of the whole earth, and didn't touch the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes. {8:6} He came to the ram that had the two horns, which I saw standing before the river, and ran on him in the fury of his power. {8:7} I saw him come close to the ram, and he was moved with anger against him, and struck the ram, and broke his two horns; and there was no power in the ram to stand before him; but he cast him down to the ground, and trampled on him; and there was none who could deliver the ram out of his hand. {8:8} The male goat magnified himself exceedingly: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and instead of it there came up four notable [horns] toward the four winds of the sky. {8:9} Out of one of them came forth a little horn, which grew exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the glorious [land]. {8:10} It grew great, even to the army of the sky; and some of the army and of the stars it cast down to the ground, and trampled on them. {8:11} Yes, it magnified itself, even to the prince of the army; and it took away from him the continual [burnt offering], and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. {8:12} The army was given over [to it] together with the continual [burnt offering] through disobedience; and it cast down truth to the ground, and it did [its pleasure] and prospered. {8:13} Then I heard a holy one speaking; and another holy one said to that certain one who spoke, How long shall be the vision [concerning] the continual [burnt offering], and the disobedience that makes desolate, to give both the sanctuary and the army to be trodden under foot? {8:14} He said to me, To two thousand and three hundred evenings [and] mornings; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed. {8:15} It happened, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, that I sought to understand it; and behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man. {8:16} I heard a man's voice between [the banks of] the Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision. {8:17} So he came near where I stood; and when he came, I was frightened, and fell on my face: but he said to me, Understand, son of man; for the vision belongs to the time of the end. {8:18} Now as he was speaking with me, I fell into a deep sleep with my face toward the ground; but he touched me, and set me upright. {8:19} He said, Behold, I will make you know what shall be in the latter time of the indignation; for it belongs to the appointed time of the end. {8:20} The ram which you saw, that had the two horns, they are the kings of Media and Persia. {8:21} The rough male goat is the king of Greece: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king. {8:22} As for that which was broken, in the place where four stood up, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not with his power. {8:23} In the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors have come to the full, a king of fierce face, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. {8:24} His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper and do [his pleasure]; and he shall destroy the mighty ones and the holy people. {8:25} Through his policy he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and in [their] security shall he destroy many: he shall also stand up against the prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand. {8:26} The vision of the evenings and mornings which has been told is true: but seal up the vision; for it belongs to many days [to come]. {8:27} I, Daniel, fainted, and was sick certain days; then I rose up, and did the king's business: and I wondered at the vision, but none understood it. 
{9:1} In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans, {9:2} in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of the years about which the word of [3>]Yahweh[<3] came to Jeremiah the prophet, for the accomplishing of the desolations of Jerusalem, even seventy years. {9:3} I set my face to the Lord God, to seek by prayer and petitions, with fasting and sackcloth and ashes. {9:4} I prayed to Yahweh my God, and made confession, and said, Oh, Lord, the great and dreadful God, who keeps covenant and loving kindness with those who love him and keep his commandments, {9:5} we have sinned, and have dealt perversely, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even turning aside from your precepts and from your ordinances; {9:6} neither have we listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. {9:7} Lord, righteousness belongs to you, but to us confusion of face, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to all Israel, who are near, and who are far off, through all the countries where you have driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against you. {9:8} Lord, to us belongs confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against you. {9:9} To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgiveness; for we have rebelled against him; {9:10} neither have we obeyed the voice of Yahweh our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets. {9:11} Yes, all Israel have transgressed your law, turning aside, that they should not obey your voice: therefore the curse and the oath written in the law of Moses the servant of God has been poured out on us; for we have sinned against him. {9:12} He has confirmed his words, which he spoke against us, and against our judges who judged us, by bringing on us a great evil; for under the whole sky, such has not been done as has been done to Jerusalem. {9:13} As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil has come on us: yet have we not entreated the favor of Yahweh our God, that we should turn from our iniquities, and have discernment in your truth. {9:14} Therefore has Yahweh watched over the evil, and brought it on us; for Yahweh our God is righteous in all his works which he does, and we have not obeyed his voice. {9:15} Now, Lord our God, who has brought your people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and have gotten yourself renown, as at this day; we have sinned, we have done wickedly. {9:16} Lord, according to all your righteousness, let your anger and please let your wrath be turned away from your city Jerusalem, your holy mountain; because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and your people have become a reproach to all who are around us. {9:17} Now therefore, our God, listen to the prayer of your servant, and to his petitions, and cause your face to shine on your sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord's sake. {9:18} My God, turn your ear, and hear; open your eyes, and see our desolations, and the city which is called by your name: for we do not present our petitions before you for our righteousness, but for your great mercies' sake. {9:19} Lord, hear; Lord, forgive; Lord, listen and do; don't defer, for your own sake, my God, because your city and your people are called by your name. {9:20} While I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before Yahweh my God for the holy mountain of my God; {9:21} yes, while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening offering. {9:22} He instructed me, and talked with me, and said, Daniel, I am now come forth to give you wisdom and understanding. {9:23} At the beginning of your petitions the commandment went forth, and I have come to tell you; for you are greatly beloved: therefore consider the matter, and understand the vision. {9:24} Seventy weeks are decreed on your people and on your holy city, to finish disobedience, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most holy. {9:25} Know therefore and discern, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem to the [4>]Anointed One,[<4] the prince, shall be seven weeks, and sixty-two weeks: it shall be built again, with street and moat, even in troubled times. {9:26} After the sixty-two weeks the [5>]Anointed One[<5] shall be cut off, and shall have nothing: and the people of the prince who shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and its end shall be with a flood, and even to the end shall be war; desolations are determined. {9:27} He shall make a firm covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the offering to cease; and on the wing of abominations [shall come] one who makes desolate; and even to the full end, and that determined, shall [wrath] be poured out on the desolate. 
{10:1} In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed to Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing was true, even a great warfare: and he understood the thing, and had understanding of the vision. {10:2} In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three whole weeks. {10:3} I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine into my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, until three whole weeks were fulfilled. {10:4} In the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel, {10:5} I lifted up my eyes, and looked, and behold, a man clothed in linen, whose thighs were adorned with pure gold of Uphaz: {10:6} his body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as flaming torches, and his arms and his feet like burnished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude. {10:7} I, Daniel, alone saw the vision; for the men who were with me didn't see the vision; but a great quaking fell on them, and they fled to hide themselves. {10:8} So I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me; for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength. {10:9} Yet heard I the voice of his words; and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I fallen into a deep sleep on my face, with my face toward the ground. {10:10} Behold, a hand touched me, which set me on my knees and on the palms of my hands. {10:11} He said to me, Daniel, you man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright; for am I now sent to you. When he had spoken this word to me, I stood trembling. {10:12} Then he said to me, Don't be afraid, Daniel; for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard: and I have come for your words' sake. {10:13} But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; but, behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me: and I remained there with the kings of Persia. {10:14} Now I have come to make you understand what shall happen to your people in the latter days; for the vision is yet for [many] days: {10:15} and when he had spoken to me according to these words, I set my face toward the ground, and was mute. {10:16} Behold, one in the likeness of the sons of men touched my lips: then I opened my mouth, and spoke and said to him who stood before me, my lord, by reason of the vision my sorrows are turned on me, and I retain no strength. {10:17} For how can the servant of this my lord talk with this my lord? for as for me, immediately there remained no strength in me, neither was there breath left in me. {10:18} Then there touched me again one like the appearance of a man, and he strengthened me. {10:19} He said, "Greatly beloved man, don't be afraid: peace be to you, be strong, yes, be strong." 
{10:20} Then he said, "Do you know why I have come to you? Now I will return to fight with the prince of Persia. When I go forth, behold, the prince of Greece shall come. {10:21} But I will tell you that which is inscribed in the writing of truth: and there is none who holds with me against these, but Michael your prince." {11:1} "As for me, in the first year of Darius the Mede, I stood up to confirm and strengthen him. {11:2} Now will I show you the truth. Behold, there shall stand up yet three kings in Persia; and the fourth shall be far richer than they all: and when he has grown strong through his riches, he shall stir up all against the realm of Greece. {11:3} A mighty king shall stand up, who shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will. {11:4} When he shall stand up, his kingdom shall be broken, and shall be divided toward the four winds of the sky, but not to his posterity, nor according to his dominion with which he ruled; for his kingdom shall be plucked up, even for others besides these. {11:5} The king of the south shall be strong, and [one] of his princes; and he shall be strong above him, and have dominion; his dominion shall be a great dominion. {11:6} At the end of years they shall join themselves together; and the daughter of the king of the south shall come to the king of the north to make an agreement: but she shall not retain the strength of her arm; neither shall he stand, nor his arm; but she shall be given up, and those who brought her, and he who became the father of her, and he who strengthened her in those times. {11:7} But out of a shoot from her roots shall one stand up in his place, who shall come to the army, and shall enter into the fortress of the king of the north, and shall deal against them, and shall prevail. {11:8} Also their gods, with their molten images, [and] with their goodly vessels of silver and of gold, shall he carry captive into Egypt; and he shall refrain some years from the king of the north. {11:9} He shall come into the realm of the king of the south, but he shall return into his own land. {11:10} His sons shall war, and shall assemble a multitude of great forces, which shall come on, and overflow, and pass through; and they shall return and war, even to his fortress. {11:11} The king of the south shall be moved with anger, and shall come forth and fight with him, even with the king of the north; and he shall set forth a great multitude, and the multitude shall be given into his hand. {11:12} The multitude shall be lifted up, and his heart shall be exalted; and he shall cast down tens of thousands, but he shall not prevail. {11:13} The king of the north shall return, and shall set forth a multitude greater than the former; and he shall come on at the end of the times, [even of] years, with a great army and with much substance. {11:14} In those times there shall many stand up against the king of the south: also the children of the violent among your people shall lift themselves up to establish the vision; but they shall fall. {11:15} So the king of the north shall come, and cast up a mound, and take a well-fortified city: and the forces of the south shall not stand, neither his chosen people, neither shall there be any strength to stand. {11:16} But he who comes against him shall do according to his own will, and none shall stand before him; and he shall stand in the glorious land, and in his hand shall be destruction. {11:17} He shall set his face to come with the strength of his whole kingdom, and with him equitable conditions; and he shall perform them: and he shall give him the daughter of women, to corrupt her; but she shall not stand, neither be for him. {11:18} After this shall he turn his face to the islands, and shall take many: but a prince shall cause the reproach offered by him to cease; yes, moreover, he shall cause his reproach to turn on him. {11:19} Then he shall turn his face toward the fortresses of his own land; but he shall stumble and fall, and shall not be found. {11:20} Then shall stand up in his place one who shall cause a tax collector to pass through the kingdom to maintain its glory; but within few days he shall be destroyed, neither in anger, nor in battle. {11:21} In his place shall stand up a contemptible person, to whom they had not given the honor of the kingdom: but he shall come in time of security, and shall obtain the kingdom by flatteries. {11:22} The overwhelming forces shall be overwhelmed from before him, and shall be broken; yes, also the prince of the covenant. {11:23} After the treaty made with him he shall work deceitfully; for he shall come up, and shall become strong, with a small people. {11:24} In time of security shall he come even on the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers' fathers; he shall scatter among them prey, and spoil, and substance: yes, he shall devise his devices against the strongholds, even for a time. {11:25} He shall stir up his power and his courage against the king of the south with a great army; and the king of the south shall war in battle with an exceeding great and mighty army; but he shall not stand; for they shall devise devices against him. {11:26} Yes, they who eat of his dainties shall destroy him, and his army shall overflow; and many shall fall down slain. {11:27} As for both these kings, their hearts shall be to do mischief, and they shall speak lies at one table: but it shall not prosper; for yet the end shall be at the time appointed. {11:28} Then shall he return into his land with great substance; and his heart [shall be] against the holy covenant; and he shall do [his pleasure], and return to his own land. {11:29} At the time appointed he shall return, and come into the south; but it shall not be in the latter time as it was in the former. {11:30} For ships of Kittim shall come against him; therefore he shall be grieved, and shall return, and have indignation against the holy covenant, and shall do [his pleasure]: he shall even return, and have regard to those who forsake the holy covenant. {11:31} Forces shall stand on his part, and they shall profane the sanctuary, even the fortress, and shall take away the continual [burnt offering], and they shall set up the abomination that makes desolate. {11:32} Such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he pervert by flatteries; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and do [exploits]. {11:33} Those who are wise among the people shall instruct many; yet they shall fall by the sword and by flame, by captivity and by spoil, [many] days. {11:34} Now when they shall fall, they shall be helped with a little help; but many shall join themselves to them with flatteries. {11:35} Some of those who are wise shall fall, to refine them, and to purify, and to make them white, even to the time of the end; because it is yet for the time appointed. {11:36} The king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvelous things against the God of gods; and he shall prosper until the indignation be accomplished; for that which is determined shall be done. {11:37} Neither shall he regard the gods of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god; for he shall magnify himself above all. {11:38} But in his place shall he honor the god of fortresses; and a god whom his fathers didn't know shall he honor with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. {11:39} He shall deal with the strongest fortresses by the help of a foreign god: whoever acknowledges [him] he will increase with glory; and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for a price. {11:40} At the time of the end shall the king of the south contend with him; and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass through. {11:41} He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many [countries] shall be overthrown; but these shall be delivered out of his hand: Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon. {11:42} He shall stretch forth his hand also on the countries; and the land of Egypt shall not escape. {11:43} But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt; and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps. {11:44} But news out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him; and he shall go forth with great fury to destroy and utterly to sweep away many. {11:45} He shall plant the tents of his palace between the sea and the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him. 
{12:1} "At that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince who stands for the children of your people; and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who shall be found written in the book. {12:2} Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. {12:3} Those who are wise shall shine as the brightness of the expanse; and those who turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever. {12:4} But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run back and forth, and knowledge shall be increased." {12:5} Then I, Daniel, looked, and behold, two others stood, one on the river bank on this side, and the other on the river bank on that side. {12:6} One said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders? {12:7} I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand to heaven, and swore by him who lives forever that it shall be for a time, times, and a half; and when they have made an end of breaking in pieces the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished. {12:8} I heard, but I didn't understand: then I said, my lord, what shall be the issue of these things? {12:9} He said, Go your way, Daniel; for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end. {12:10} Many shall purify themselves, and make themselves white, and be refined; but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand; but those who are wise shall understand. {12:11} From the time that the continual burnt offering shall be taken away, and the abomination that makes desolate set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred ninety days. {12:12} Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the one thousand three hundred thirty-five days. {12:13} But go you your way until the end; for you shall rest, and shall stand in your lot, at the end of the days. 
{1:1} These are the words which Moses spoke to all Israel beyond the Jordan in the wilderness, in the Arabah over against Suph, between Paran, and Tophel, and Laban, and Hazeroth, and Dizahab. {1:2} It is eleven days' journey from Horeb by the way of Mount Seir to Kadesh Barnea. {1:3} It happened in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month, that Moses spoke to the children of Israel, according to all that [1>]Yahweh[<1] had given him in commandment to them; {1:4} after he had struck Sihon the king of the Amorites, who lived in Heshbon, and Og the king of Bashan, who lived in Ashtaroth, at Edrei. {1:5} Beyond the Jordan, in the land of Moab, began Moses to declare this law, saying, {1:6} "Yahweh our [2>]God[<2] spoke to us in Horeb, saying, You have lived long enough in this mountain: {1:7} turn, and take your journey, and go to the hill country of the Amorites, and to all the places near there, in the Arabah, in the hill country, and in the lowland, and in the South, and by the seashore, the land of the Canaanites, and Lebanon, as far as the great river, the river Euphrates. {1:8} Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which Yahweh swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give to them and to their seed after them." {1:9} I spoke to you at that time, saying, "I am not able to bear you myself alone: {1:10} Yahweh your God has multiplied you, and behold, you are this day as the stars of the sky for multitude. {1:11} Yahweh, the God of your fathers, make you a thousand times as many as you are, and bless you, as he has promised you! {1:12} How can I myself alone bear your encumbrance, and your burden, and your strife? {1:13} Take wise men of understanding and well known according to your tribes, and I will make them heads over you." {1:14} You answered me, and said, "The thing which you have spoken is good to do." {1:15} So I took the heads of your tribes, wise men, and known, and made them heads over you, captains of thousands, and captains of hundreds, and captains of fifties, and captains of tens, and officers, according to your tribes. {1:16} I commanded your judges at that time, saying, "Hear cases between your brothers, and judge righteously between a man and his brother, and the foreigner who is living with him. {1:17} You shall not show partiality in judgment; you shall hear the small and the great alike; you shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God's. The case that is too hard for you, you shall bring to me, and I will hear it." {1:18} I commande