Bible Reading -December 26, 2005 - January 1, 2006

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    2 Chronicles 25 - 28

    2 Chronicles 25- 1 At the age of twenty-five years Am·a·zi´ah became king, and for twenty-nine years he reigned in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Je·ho·ad´dan of Jerusalem. 2 And he continued to do what was right in Jehovah’s eyes, only not with a complete heart. 3 And it came about that as soon as the kingdom had become strong upon him, he promptly killed his servants who had struck down the king his father. 4 And their sons he did not put to death, but [did] according to what is written in the law, in the book of Moses, that Jehovah commanded, saying: “Fathers should not die for sons, neither should sons themselves die for fathers; but it is each one for his own sin that they should die.” 5 And Am·a·zi´ah proceeded to collect Judah together and to have them stand according to the house of the forefathers, by the chiefs of thousands and by the chiefs of hundreds for all Judah and Benjamin; and he went on to register them from twenty years of age upward, and finally he found them [to be] three hundred thousand choice men going out to the army, handling lance and large shield. 6 Further, he hired from Israel a hundred thousand valiant, mighty men for a hundred silver talents. 7 And a certain man of the [true] God came to him, saying: “O king, do not let the army of Israel come with you, for Jehovah is not with Israel, [that is,] all the sons of E´phra·im. 8 But come you yourself, act, be courageous for the war. The [true] God could cause you to stumble before an enemy; for there exists power with God to help and to cause stumbling.” 9 At this Am·a·zi´ah said to the man of the [true] God: “But what is there to do about the hundred talents that I have given to the troops of Israel?” To this the man of the [true] God said: “There exists with Jehovah the means to give you much more than this.” 10 Accordingly Am·a·zi´ah separated them, namely, the troops that had come to him from E´phra·im, to go to their own place. However, their anger got very hot against Judah, so that they returned to their own place in the heat of anger. 11 And Am·a·zi´ah, for his part, took courage and proceeded to lead his own people and go to the Valley of Salt; and he went striking down the sons of Se´ir, ten thousand [of them]. 12 And there were ten thousand that the sons of Judah captured alive. So they brought them to the top of the crag, and proceeded to throw them from the top of the crag; and they, one and all, burst apart. 13 As for the members of the troop whom Am·a·zi´ah had sent back from going with him to the war, they began making raids upon the cities of Judah, from Sa·mar´i·a clear to Beth-ho´ron, and went striking down three thousand of them and taking a great plunder. 14 But it occurred after Am·a·zi´ah came from striking down the E´dom·ites that he now brought the gods of the sons of Se´ir and set them up for himself as gods, and before them he began to bow down, and to them he began to make sacrificial smoke. 15 Consequently Jehovah’s anger became hot against Am·a·zi´ah, and so he sent a prophet to him and said to him: “Why have you searched for the people’s gods that did not deliver their own people out of your hand?” 16 And it came about when he spoke to him that [the king] immediately said to him: “Was it a counselor of the king that we constituted you? Quit for your own sake. Why should they strike you down?” Accordingly the prophet quit, but he said: “I certainly know that God has resolved to bring you to ruin, because you have done this and you have not listened to my counsel.”17 Then Am·a·zi´ah the king of Judah took counsel and sent to Je·ho´ash the son of Je·ho´a·haz the son of Je´hu the king of Israel, saying: “Come! Let us look each other in the face.” 18 At that Je·ho´ash the king of Israel sent to Am·a·zi´ah the king of Judah, saying: “The thorny weed itself that was in Leb´a·non sent to the cedar that was in Leb´a·non, saying, ‘Do give your daughter to my son as a wife.’ However, a wild beast of the field that was in Leb´a·non passed by and trampled the thorny weed down. 19 You have said to yourself, Here you have struck down E´dom. And your heart has lifted you up to be glorified. Now do keep dwelling in your own house. Why should you engage in strife in a bad position and have to fall, you and Judah with you?” 20 But Am·a·zi´ah did not listen; for it was from the [true] God for the purpose of giving them into his hand, because they had searched for the gods of E´dom. 21 So Je·ho´ash the king of Israel went up, and they proceeded to look each other in the face, he and Am·a·zi´ah the king of Judah, at Beth-she´mesh, which belongs to Judah. 22 And Judah came to be defeated before Israel, so that they took to flight each one to his tent. 23 And it was Am·a·zi´ah the king of Judah, the son of Je·ho´ash the son of Je·ho´a·haz, that Je·ho´ash the king of Israel seized at Beth-she´mesh, after which he brought him to Jerusalem and made a breach in the wall of Jerusalem, from the Gate of E´phra·im clear to the Corner Gate, four hundred cubits. 24 And [he took] all the gold and the silver and all the articles that were to be found in the house of the [true] God with O´bed-e´dom and the treasures of the king’s house and the hostages, and then returned to Sa·mar´i·a. 25 And Am·a·zi´ah the son of Je·ho´ash the king of Judah continued to live after the death of Je·ho´ash the son of Je·ho´a·haz the king of Israel fifteen years. 26 As for the rest of the affairs of Am·a·zi´ah, the first and the last, look! are they not written in the Book of the Kings of Judah and Israel? 27 And from the time that Am·a·zi´ah turned aside from following Jehovah, they proceeded to form a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem. At length he fled to La´chish; but they sent after him to La´chish and put him to death there. 28 So they carried him upon horses and buried him with his forefathers in the city of Judah.

    2 Chronicles 26- 1 Then all the people of Judah took Uz·zi´ah, he being sixteen years old, and they made him king in place of his father Am·a·zi´ah. 2 He it was that rebuilt E´loth and then restored it to Judah after the king had lain down with his forefathers. 3 Sixteen years old was Uz·zi´ah when he began to reign, and for fifty-two years he reigned in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Je·co·li´ah of Jerusalem. 4 And he kept doing what was right in Jehovah’s eyes, according to all that Am·a·zi´ah his father had done. 5 And he continually tended to search for God in the days of Zech·a·ri´ah, the instructor in the fear of the [true] God; and, in the days of his searching for Jehovah, the [true] God made him prosperous. 6 And he proceeded to go out and fight against the Phi·lis´tines and break through the wall of Gath and the wall of Jab´neh and the wall of Ash´dod, after which he built cities in Ash´dod [territory] and among the Phi·lis´tines. 7 And the [true] God continued to help him against the Phi·lis´tines and against the Arabians that were dwelling in Gur·ba´al and the Me·u´nim. 8 And the Am´mon·ites began to give tribute to Uz·zi´ah. Eventually his fame went even as far as Egypt, for he displayed strength to an extraordinary degree. 9 Moreover, Uz·zi´ah built towers in Jerusalem by the Corner Gate and by the Valley Gate and by the Buttress, and made them strong. 10 Further, he built towers in the wilderness, and hewed out many cisterns (for there was a great deal of livestock that became his), and also in the She·phe´lah and on the tableland. There were farmers and vinedressers in the mountains and in Car´mel, for a lover of agriculture he proved to be. 11 Moreover, Uz·zi´ah came to have a force engaging in war, those going out on military service in troops, by the number of their registration by the hand of Je·i´el the secretary and Ma·a·sei´ah the officer under the control of Han·a·ni´ah of the king’s princes. 12 The entire number of the heads of the paternal houses, of the valiant, mighty men, was two thousand six hundred. 13 And under their control the army forces were three hundred and seven thousand five hundred men engaging in war with the power of a military force to help the king against the enemy. 14 And Uz·zi´ah continued to prepare for them, for the entire army, shields and lances and helmets and coats of mail and bows and slingstones. 15 Further, he made in Jerusalem engines of war, the invention of engineers, that they might come to be upon the towers and upon the corners, to shoot arrows and great stones. Consequently his fame went out to a great distance, for he was helped wonderfully until he was strong. 16 However, as soon as he was strong, his heart became haughty even to the point of causing ruin, so that he acted unfaithfully against Jehovah his God and came into the temple of Jehovah to burn incense upon the altar of incense. 17 Immediately Az·a·ri´ah the priest and with him priests of Jehovah, eighty valiant men, came in after him. 18 Then they stood up against Uz·zi´ah the king and said to him: “It is not your business, O Uz·zi´ah, to burn incense to Jehovah, but it is the business of the priests the sons of Aaron, the ones sanctified, to burn incense. Go out from the sanctuary; for you have acted unfaithfully, and it is not for any glory to you on the part of Jehovah God.” 19 But Uz·zi´ah became enraged while in his hand there was a censer for burning incense, and, during his rage against the priests, leprosy itself flashed up in his forehead before the priests in the house of Jehovah beside the altar of incense. 20 When Az·a·ri´ah the chief priest and all the priests turned toward him, why, there he was stricken with leprosy in his forehead! So they excitedly began to remove him from there, and he himself also hastened to go out, because Jehovah had smitten him. 21 And Uz·zi´ah the king continued to be a leper until the day of his death, and he kept dwelling in a house exempt from duties, as a leper; for he had been severed from the house of Jehovah, while Jo´tham his son was over the king’s house, judging the people of the land. 22 And the rest of the affairs of Uz·zi´ah, the first and the last, Isaiah the son of A´moz the prophet has written. 23 Finally Uz·zi´ah lay down with his forefathers; and so they buried him with his forefathers, [but] in the burial field that belonged to the kings, for they said: “He is a leper.” And Jo´tham his son began to reign in place of him.

    2 Chronicles 27- 1 Twenty-five years old was Jo´tham when he began to reign, and for sixteen years he reigned in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Je·ru´shah the daughter of Za´dok. 2 And he kept doing what was right in Jehovah’s eyes, according to all that Uz·zi´ah his father had done. Only he did not invade the temple of Jehovah. However, the people were yet acting ruinously. 3 He himself built the upper gate of Jehovah’s house, and on the wall of O´phel he did a great deal of building. 4 And cities he built in the mountainous region of Judah, and in the woodlands he built fortified places and towers. 5 And he himself warred against the king of the sons of Am´mon and eventually proved stronger than they were, so that the sons of Am´mon gave him in that year a hundred silver talents and ten thousand cor measures of wheat and ten thousand of barley. This was what the sons of Am´mon paid to him, also in the second year and the third. 6 So Jo´tham kept strengthening himself, for he prepared his ways before Jehovah his God. 7 As for the rest of the affairs of Jo´tham and all his wars and his ways, there they are written in the Book of the Kings of Israel and of Judah. 8 Twenty-five years old he happened to be when he began to reign, and for sixteen years he reigned in Jerusalem. 9 Finally Jo´tham lay down with his forefathers, and they buried him in the City of David. And A´haz his son began to reign in place of him.

    2 Chronicles 28 - 1 Twenty years old was A´haz when he began to reign, and for sixteen years he reigned in Jerusalem, and he did not do what was right in Jehovah’s eyes like David his forefather. 2 But he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and even molten statues he made of the Ba´als. 3 And he himself made sacrificial smoke in the valley of the son of Hin´nom and proceeded to burn up his sons in the fire, according to the detestable things of the nations that Jehovah had driven out from before the sons of Israel. 4 And he regularly sacrificed and made sacrificial smoke on the high places and upon the hills and under every sort of luxuriant tree. 5 Consequently Jehovah his God gave him into the hand of the king of Syria, so that they struck him and carried off from him a great number of captives and brought them to Damascus. And also into the hand of the king of Israel he was given, so that he struck him with a great slaughter. 6 Accordingly Pe´kah the son of Rem·a·li´ah killed in Judah a hundred and twenty thousand in one day, all valiant men, because of their leaving Jehovah the God of their forefathers. 7 Further, Zich´ri, a mighty man of E´phra·im, killed Ma·a·sei´ah the son of the king and Az·ri´kam the leader of the household and El·ka´nah the one next to the king. 8 Moreover, the sons of Israel took two hundred thousand of their brothers captive, women, sons and daughters; and also a great deal of spoil they took from them as plunder, after which they brought the spoil to Sa·mar´i·a. 9 And there happened to be a prophet of Jehovah there whose name was O´ded. So he went out before the army that was coming to Sa·mar´i·a and said to them: “Look! It was because of the rage of Jehovah the God of YOUR forefathers against Judah that he gave them into YOUR hand, so that YOU did a killing among them with a raging that has reached clear to the heavens. 10 And now the sons of Judah and of Jerusalem YOU are thinking of reducing to menservants and maidservants for yourselves. Nevertheless, are there not with YOU yourselves cases of guilt against Jehovah YOUR God? 11 And now listen to me and return the captives that you have captured from YOUR brothers, for Jehovah’s burning anger is against YOU.” 12 At that [certain] men of the heads of the sons of E´phra·im, Az·a·ri´ah the son of Je·ho·ha´nan, Ber·e·chi´ah the son of Me·shil´le·moth and Je·hiz·ki´ah the son of Shal´lum and A·ma´sa the son of Had´lai, rose up against those coming in from the military campaign, 13 and they said to them: “YOU must not bring in the captives here, for it will result in guilt against Jehovah on our part. YOU are thinking of adding to our sins and to our guilt, for abundant is the guilt we have, and there is burning anger against Israel.” 14 Accordingly the armed men left the captives and the plunder before the princes and all the congregation. 15 Then the men that were designated by their names rose up and took hold of the captives, and all their naked ones they clothed from the spoil. So they clothed them and furnished them with sandals and fed them and gave them drink and greased them. Furthermore, in the case of anyone tottering, they gave them transportation on the asses and brought them to Jer´i·cho, the city of palm trees, beside their brothers. After that they returned to Sa·mar´i·a. 16 At that time King A´haz sent to the kings of As·syr´i·a for them to help him. 17 And once again the E´dom·ites themselves came in and went striking down Judah and carrying off captives. 18 As for the Phi·lis´tines, they made a raid upon the cities of the She·phe´lah and the Neg´eb of Judah and got to capture Beth-she´mesh and Ai´ja·lon and Ge·de´roth and So´co and its dependent towns and Tim´nah and its dependent towns and Gim´zo and its dependent towns; and they took up dwelling there. 19 For Jehovah humbled Judah on account of A´haz the king of Israel, because he let unrestraint grow in Judah, and there was an acting with great unfaithfulness toward Jehovah. 20 Eventually Til´gath-pil·ne´ser the king of As·syr´i·a came against him and caused him distress, and did not strengthen him. 21 For A´haz stripped the house of Jehovah and the house of the king and of the princes and thus made a gift to the king of As·syr´i·a; but it was of no assistance to him. 22 However, at the time that he was causing him distress, he acted unfaithfully still more toward Jehovah, that is, King A´haz did. 23 And he began to sacrifice to the gods of Damascus that were striking him, and he went on to say: “Because the gods of the kings of Syria are helping them, to them I shall sacrifice, that they may help me.” And they themselves became to him a cause for making him and all Israel stumble. 24 Furthermore, A´haz gathered together the utensils of the house of the [true] God and cut to pieces the utensils of the house of the [true] God, and closed the doors of the house of Jehovah, and made altars for himself at every corner in Jerusalem. 25 And in all cities, even the cities of Judah, he made high places for making sacrificial smoke to other gods, so that he offended Jehovah the God of his forefathers. 26 As for the rest of his affairs and all his ways, the first and the last, there they are written in the Book of the Kings of Judah and of Israel. 27 Finally A´haz lay down with his forefathers, and they buried him in the city, in Jerusalem, for they did not bring him into the burial places of the kings of Israel. And Hez·e·ki´ah his son began to reign in place of him.

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