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Today's Scripture Reading

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1 Chronicles 23

1 Now David was old and full of days; and he made Solomon his son king over Israel.

2 He gathered together all the princes of Israel, with the priests and the Levites.

3 The Levites were numbered from thirty years old and upward: and their number by their polls, man by man, was thirty-eight thousand.

4 Of these, twenty-four thousand were to oversee the work of the house of Yahweh; and six thousand were officers and judges;

5 and four thousand were doorkeepers; and four thousand praised Yahweh with the instruments which I made, [said David], to praise therewith.

6 David divided them into courses according to the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.

7 Of the Gershonites: Ladan and Shimei.

8 The sons of Ladan: Jehiel the chief, and Zetham, and Joel, three.

9 The sons of Shimei: Shelomoth, and Haziel, and Haran, three. These were the heads of the fathers` [houses] of Ladan.

10 The sons of Shimei: Jahath, Zina, and Jeush, and Beriah. These four were the sons of Shimei.

11 Jahath was the chief, and Zizah the second: but Jeush and Beriah didn`t have many sons; therefore they became a fathers` house in one reckoning.

12 The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel, four.

13 The sons of Amram: Aaron and Moses; and Aaron was separated, that he should sanctify the most holy things, he and his sons, forever, to burn incense before Yahweh, to minister to him, and to bless in his name, forever.

14 But as for Moses the man of God, his sons were named among the tribe of Levi.

15 The sons of Moses: Gershom and Eliezer.

16 The sons of Gershom: Shebuel the chief.

17 The sons of Eliezer were: Rehabiah the chief; and Eliezer had no other sons; but the sons of Rehabiah were very many.

18 The sons of Izhar: Shelomith the chief.

19 The sons of Hebron: Jeriah the chief, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, and Jekameam the fourth.

20 The sons of Uzziel: Micah the chief, and Isshiah the second.

21 The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. The sons of Mahli: Eleazar and Kish.

22 Eleazar died, and had no sons, but daughters only: and their brothers the sons of Kish took them [to wife].

23 The sons of Mushi: Mahli, and Eder, and Jeremoth, three.

24 These were the sons of Levi after their fathers` houses, even the heads of the fathers` [houses] of those of those who were counted, in the number of names by their polls, who did the work for the service of the house of Yahweh, from twenty years old and upward.

25 For David said, Yahweh, the God of Israel, has given rest to his people; and he dwells in Jerusalem forever:

26 and also the Levites shall no more have need to carry the tent and all the vessels of it for the service of it.

27 For by the last words of David the sons of Levi were numbered, from twenty years old and upward.

28 For their office was to wait on the sons of Aaron for the service of the house of Yahweh, in the courts, and in the chambers, and in the purifying of all holy things, even the work of the service of the house of God;

29 for the show bread also, and for the fine flour for a meal-offering, whether of unleavened wafers, or of that which is baked in the pan, or of that which is soaked, and for all manner of measure and size;

30 and to stand every morning to thank and praise Yahweh, and likewise at even;

31 and to offer all burnt offerings to Yahweh, on the Sabbaths, on the new moons, and on the set feasts, in number according to the ordinance concerning them, continually before Yahweh;

32 and that they should keep the charge of the tent of meeting, and the charge of the holy place, and the charge of the sons of Aaron their brothers, for the service of the house of Yahweh.

1 Chronicles 24

1 The courses of the sons of Aaron [were these]. The sons of Aaron: Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.

2 But Nadab and Abihu died before their father, and had no children: therefore Eleazar and Ithamar executed the priest`s office.

3 David with Zadok of the sons of Eleazar, and Ahimelech of the sons of Ithamar, divided them according to their ordering in their service.

4 There were more chief men found of the sons of Eleazar than of the sons of Ithamar; and [thus] were they divided: of the sons of Eleazar there were sixteen, heads of fathers` houses; and of the sons of Ithamar, according to their fathers` houses, eight.

5 Thus were they divided by lot, one sort with another; for there were princes of the sanctuary, and princes of God, both of the sons of Eleazar, and of the sons of Ithamar.

6 Shemaiah the son of Nethanel the scribe, who was of the Levites, wrote them in the presence of the king, and the princes, and Zadok the priest, and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar, and the heads of the fathers` [houses] of the priests and of the Levites; one fathers` house being taken for Eleazar, and one taken for Ithamar.

7 Now the first lot came forth to Jehoiarib, the second to Jedaiah,

8 the third to Harim, the fourth to Seorim,

9 the fifth to Malchijah, the sixth to Mijamin,

10 the seventh to Hakkoz, the eighth to Abijah,

11 the ninth to Jeshua, the tenth to Shecaniah,

12 the eleventh to Eliashib, the twelfth to Jakim,

13 the thirteenth to Huppah, the fourteenth to Jeshebeab,

14 the fifteenth to Bilgah, the sixteenth to Immer,

15 the seventeenth to Hezir, the eighteenth to Happizzez,

16 the nineteenth to Pethahiah, the twentieth to Jehezkel,

17 the one and twentieth to Jachin, the two and twentieth to Gamul,

18 the three and twentieth to Delaiah, the four and twentieth to Maaziah.

19 This was the ordering of them in their service, to come into the house of Yahweh according to the ordinance [given] to them by Aaron their father, as Yahweh, the God of Israel, had commanded him.

20 Of the rest of the sons of Levi: of the sons of Amram, Shubael; of the sons of Shubael, Jehdeiah.

21 Of Rehabiah: of the sons of Rehabiah, Isshiah the chief.

22 Of the Izharites, Shelomoth; of the sons of Shelomoth, Jahath.

23 The sons [of Hebron]: Jeriah [the chief], Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, Jekameam the fourth.

24 The sons of Uzziel, Micah; of the sons of Micah, Shamir.

25 The brother of Micah, Isshiah; of the sons of Isshiah, Zechariah.

26 The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi; the sons of Jaaziah: Beno.

27 The sons of Merari: of Jaaziah, Beno, and Shoham, and Zaccur, and Ibri.

28 Of Mahli: Eleazar, who had no sons.

29 Of Kish; the sons of Kish: Jerahmeel.

30 The sons of Mushi: Mahli, and Eder, and Jerimoth. These were the sons of the Levites after their fathers` houses.

31 These likewise cast lots even as their brothers the sons of Aaron in the presence of David the king, and Zadok, and Ahimelech, and the heads of the fathers` [houses] of the priests and of the Levites; the fathers` [houses] of the chief even as those of his younger brother.

1 Chronicles 25

1 Moreover David and the captains of the host set apart for the service certain of the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who should prophesy with harps, with psalteries, and with cymbals: and the number of those who did the work according to their service was:

2 of the sons of Asaph: Zaccur, and Joseph, and Nethaniah, and Asharelah, the sons of Asaph, under the hand of Asaph, who prophesied after the order of the king.

3 Of Jeduthun; the sons of Jeduthun: Gedaliah, and Zeri, and Jeshaiah, Hashabiah, and Mattithiah, six, under the hands of their father Jeduthun with the harp, who prophesied in giving thanks and praising Yahweh.

4 Of Heman; the sons of Heman: Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel, and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, and Romamti-ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, Mahazioth.

5 All these were the sons of Heman the king`s seer in the words of God, to lift up the horn. God gave to Heman fourteen sons and three daughters.

6 All these were under the hands of their father for song in the house of Yahweh, with cymbals, psalteries, and harps, for the service of the house of God; Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman being under the order of the king.

7 The number of them, with their brothers who were instructed in singing to Yahweh, even all who were skillful, was two hundred eighty-eight.

8 They cast lots for their offices, all alike, as well the small as the great, the teacher as the scholar.

9 Now the first lot came forth for Asaph to Joseph: the second to Gedaliah; he and his brothers and sons were twelve:

10 the third to Zaccur, his sons and his brothers, twelve:

11 the fourth to Izri, his sons and his brothers, twelve:

12 the fifth to Nethaniah, his sons and his brothers, twelve:

13 the sixth to Bukkiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve:

14 the seventh to Jesharelah, his sons and his brothers, twelve:

15 the eighth to Jeshaiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve:

16 the ninth to Mattaniah, his sons and his brothers, twelve:

17 the tenth to Shimei, his sons and his brothers, twelve:

18 the eleventh to Azarel, his sons and his brothers, twelve:

19 the twelfth to Hashabiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve:

20 for the thirteenth, Shubael, his sons and his brothers, twelve:

21 for the fourteenth, Mattithiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve:

22 for the fifteenth to Jeremoth, his sons and his brothers, twelve:

23 for the sixteenth to Hananiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve:

24 for the seventeenth to Joshbekashah, his sons and his brothers, twelve:

25 for the eighteenth to Hanani, his sons and his brothers, twelve:

26 for the nineteenth to Mallothi, his sons and his brothers, twelve:

27 for the twentieth to Eliathah, his sons and his brothers, twelve:

28 for the one and twentieth to Hothir, his sons and his brothers, twelve:

29 for the two and twentieth to Giddalti, his sons and his brothers, twelve:

30 for the three and twentieth to Mahazioth, his sons and his brothers, twelve:

31 for the four and twentieth to Romamtiezer, his sons and his brothers, twelve.

1 Chronicles 26

1 For the courses of the doorkeepers: of the Korahites, Meshelemiah the son of Kore, of the sons of Asaph.

2 Meshelemiah had sons: Zechariah the firstborn, Jediael the second, Zebadiah the third, Jathniel the fourth,

3 Elam the fifth, Jehohanan the sixth, Eliehoenai the seventh.

4 Obed-edom had sons: Shemaiah the firstborn, Jehozabad the second, Joah the third, and Sacar the fourth, and Nethanel the fifth,

5 Ammiel the sixth, Issachar the seventh, Peullethai the eighth; for God blessed him.

6 Also to Shemaiah his son were sons born, who ruled over the house of their father; for they were mighty men of valor.

7 The sons of Shemaiah: Othni, and Rephael, and Obed, Elzabad, whose brothers were valiant men, Elihu, and Semachiah.

8 All these were of the sons of Obed-edom: they and their sons and their brothers, able men in strength for the service; sixty-two of Obed-edom.

9 Meshelemiah had sons and brothers, valiant men, eighteen.

10 Also Hosah, of the children of Merari, had sons: Shimri the chief, (for though he was not the firstborn, yet his father made him chief),

11 Hilkiah the second, Tebaliah the third, Zechariah the fourth: all the sons and brothers of Hosah were thirteen.

12 Of these were the courses of the doorkeepers, even of the chief men, having offices like their brothers, to minister in the house of Yahweh.

13 They cast lots, as well the small as the great, according to their fathers` houses, for every gate.

14 The lot eastward fell to Shelemiah. Then for Zechariah his son, a discreet counselor, they cast lots; and his lot came out northward.

15 To Obed-edom southward; and to his sons the store-house.

16 To Shuppim and Hosah westward, by the gate of Shallecheth, at the causeway that goes up, watch against watch.

17 Eastward were six Levites, northward four a day, southward four a day, and for the store-house two and two.

18 For Parbar westward, four at the causeway, and two at Parbar.

19 These were the courses of the doorkeepers; of the sons of the Korahites, and of the sons of Merari.

20 Of the Levites, Ahijah was over the treasures of the house of God, and over the treasures of the dedicated things.

21 The sons of Ladan, the sons of the Gershonites belonging to Ladan, the heads of the fathers` [houses] belonging to Ladan the Gershonite: Jehieli.

22 The sons of Jehieli: Zetham, and Joel his brother, over the treasures of the house of Yahweh.

23 Of the Amramites, of the Izharites, of the Hebronites, of the Uzzielites:

24 and Shebuel the son of Gershom, the son of Moses, was ruler over the treasures.

25 His brothers: of Eliezer [came] Rehabiah his son, and Jeshaiah his son, and Joram his son, and Zichri his son, and Shelomoth his son.

26 This Shelomoth and his brothers were over all the treasures of the dedicated things, which David the king, and the heads of the fathers` [houses], the captains over thousands and hundreds, and the captains of the host, had dedicated.

27 Out of the spoil won in battles did they dedicate to repair the house of Yahweh.

28 All that Samuel the seer, and Saul the son of Kish, and Abner the son of Ner, and Joab the son of Zeruiah, had dedicated, whoever had dedicated anything, it was under the hand of Shelomoth, and of his brothers.

29 Of the Izharites, Chenaniah and his sons were for the outward business over Israel, for officers and judges.

30 Of the Hebronites, Hashabiah and his brothers, men of valor, one thousand seven hundred, had the oversight of Israel beyond the Jordan westward, for all the business of Yahweh, and for the service of the king.

31 Of the Hebronites was Jerijah the chief, even of the Hebronites, according to their generations by fathers` [houses]. In the fortieth year of the reign of David they were sought for, and there were found among them mighty men of valor at Jazer of Gilead.

32 His brothers, men of valor, were two thousand and seven hundred, heads of fathers` [houses], whom king David made overseers over the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half-tribe of the Manassites, for every matter pertaining to God, and for the affairs of the king.

Psalms 66

1 Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth!

2 Sing to the glory of his name! Offer glory and praise!

3 Tell God, "How awesome are your deeds! Through the greatness of your power, Your enemies will submit themselves to you.

4 All the earth will worship you, And will sing to you; They will sing to your name." Selah.

5 Come, and see God`s deeds -- Awesome work on behalf of the children of men.

6 He turned the sea into dry land. They went through the river on foot. There, we rejoiced in him.

7 He rules by his might forever. His eyes watch the nations. Don`t let the rebellious rise up against him. Selah.

8 Praise our God, you peoples! Make the sound of his praise heard,

9 Who preserves our life among the living, And doesn`t allow our feet to be moved.

10 For you, God, have tested us. You have refined us, as silver is refined.

11 You brought us into prison. You laid a burden on our backs.

12 You allowed men to ride over our heads. We went through fire and through water, But you brought us to the place of abundance.

13 I will come into your temple with burnt offerings. I will pay my vows to you,

14 which my lips promised, And my mouth spoke, when I was in distress.

15 I will offer to you burnt offerings of fat animals, With the offering of rams, I will offer bulls with goats. Selah.

16 Come, and hear, all you who fear God. I will declare what he has done for my soul.

17 I cried to him with my mouth. He was extolled with my tongue.

18 If I cherished sin in my heart, The Lord wouldn`t have listened.

19 But most assuredly, God has listened. He has heard the voice of my prayer.

20 Blessed be God, who has not turned away my prayer, Nor his lovingkindness from me. Psalm 67 For the Chief Musician. With stringed instruments. A Psalm. A song.

Psalms 67

1 May God be merciful to us, bless us, And cause his face to shine on us. Selah.

2 That your way may be known on earth, And your salvation among all nations,

3 Let the peoples praise you, God. Let all the peoples praise you.

4 Oh let the nations be glad and sing for joy, For you will judge the peoples with equity, And govern the nations on earth. Selah.

5 Let the peoples praise you, God. Let all the peoples praise you.

6 The earth has yielded its increase. God, even our own God, will bless us.

7 God will bless us. All the ends of the earth shall fear him. Psalm 68 For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by David. A song.

Psalms 68

1 Let God arise! Let his enemies be scattered! Let them who hate him also flee before him.

2 As smoke is driven away, so drive them away. As wax melts before the fire, So let the wicked perish at the presence of God.

3 But let the righteous be glad. Let them rejoice before God. Yes, let them rejoice with gladness.

4 Sing to God! Sing praises to his name! Extol him who rides on the clouds -- To Yah, his name! Rejoice before him.

5 A father of the fatherless, and a defender of the widows, Is God in his holy habitation.

6 God sets the lonely in families. He brings out the prisoners with singing, But the rebellious dwell in a sun-scorched land.

7 God, when you went forth before your people, When you marched through the wilderness... Selah.

8 The earth trembled. The sky also poured down rain at the presence of the God of Sinai -- At the presence of God, the God of Israel.

9 You, God, sent a plentiful rain. You confirmed your inheritance, when it was weary.

10 Your congregation lived therein. You, God, prepared your goodness for the poor.

11 The Lord announced the word. The ones who proclaim it are a great company.

12 "Kings of armies flee! They flee!" She who waits at home divides the spoil,

13 While you sleep among the campfires, The wings of a dove sheathed with silver, Her feathers with shining gold.

14 When the Almighty scattered kings in her, It snowed on Zalmon.

15 The mountains of Bashan are majestic mountains. The mountains of Bashan are rugged.

16 Why do you look in envy, you rugged mountains, At the mountain where God chooses to reign? Yes, Yahweh will dwell there forever.

17 The chariots of God are tens of thousands and thousands of thousands. The Lord is among them, from Sinai, into the sanctuary.

18 You have ascended on high. You have led away captives. You have received gifts among men, Yes, among the rebellious also, that Yah God might dwell there.

19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burdens, Even the God who is our salvation. Selah.

20 God is to us a God of deliverance. To Yahweh, the Lord, belongs escape from death.

21 But God will strike through the head of his enemies, The hairy scalp of such a one as still continues in his guiltiness.

22 The Lord said, "I will bring you again from Bashan, I will bring you again from the depths of the sea;

23 That you may crush them, dipping your foot in blood, That the tongues of your dogs may have their portion from your enemies."

24 They have seen your goings, God, Even the goings of my God, my King, into the sanctuary.

25 The singers went before, the minstrels followed after, In the midst of the ladies playing with tambourines,

26 "Bless God in the congregations, Even the Lord in the assembly of Israel!"

27 There is little Benjamin, their ruler, The princes of Judah, their council, The princes of Zebulun, and the princes of Naphtali.

28 Your God has commanded your strength. Strengthen, God, that which you have done for us.

29 Because of your temple at Jerusalem, Kings shall bring presents to you.

30 Rebuke the wild animal of the reeds, The multitude of the bulls, with the calves of the peoples. Being humbled, may it bring bars of silver. Scatter the nations that delight in war.

31 Princes shall come out of Egypt. Ethiopia shall hurry to stretch out her hands to God.

32 Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth! Sing praises to the Lord! Selah.

33 To him who rides on the heaven of heavens, which are of old; Behold, he utters his voice, a mighty voice.

34 Ascribe strength to God! His excellency is over Israel, His strength is in the skies.

35 You are awesome, God, in your sanctuaries. The God of Israel gives strength and power to his people. Praise be to God! Psalm 69 For the Chief Musician. To the tune of "Lilies." By David.

Psalms 69

1 Save me, God, For the waters have come up to my neck!

2 I sink in deep mire, where there is no foothold. I have come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.

3 I am weary with my crying. My throat is dry. My eyes fail, looking for my God.

4 Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head. Those who want to cut me off, being my enemies wrongfully, are mighty. I have to restore what I didn`t take away.

5 God, you know my foolishness. My sins aren`t hidden from you.

6 Don`t let those who wait for you be put to shame through me, Lord Yahweh of Hosts. Don`t let those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me, God of Israel.

7 Because for your sake, I have borne reproach. Shame has covered my face.

8 I have become a stranger to my brothers, An alien to my mother`s children.

9 For the zeal of your house consumes me. The reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me.

10 When I wept and I fasted, That was to my reproach.

11 When I made sackcloth my clothing, I became a byword to them.

12 Those who sit in the gate talk about me. I am the song of the drunkards.

13 But as for me, my prayer is to you, Yahweh, in an acceptable time. God, in the abundance of your lovingkindness, answer me in the truth of your salvation.

14 Deliver me out of the mire, and don`t let me sink. Let me be delivered from those who hate me, and out of the deep waters.

15 Don`t let the flood waters overwhelm me, Neither let the deep swallow me up. Don`t let the pit shut its mouth on me.

16 Answer me, Yahweh, for your lovingkindness is good. According to the multitude of your tender mercies, turn to me.

17 Don`t hide your face from your servant, For I am in distress. Answer me speedily!

18 Draw near to my soul, and redeem it. Ransom me because of my enemies.

19 You know my reproach, my shame, and my dishonor. My adversaries are all before you.

20 Reproach has broken my heart, and I am full of heaviness. I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; For comforters, but I found none.

21 They also gave me gall for my food. In my thirst, they gave me vinegar to drink.

22 Let their table before them become a snare. May it become a retribution and a trap.

23 Let their eyes be darkened, so that they can`t see. Make their loins continually to shake.

24 Pour out your indignation on them. Let the fierceness of your anger overtake them.

25 Let their habitation be desolate. Let no one dwell in their tents.

26 For they persecute him whom you have wounded. They tell of the sorrow of those whom you have hurt.

27 Charge them with crime upon crime. Don`t let them come into your righteousness.

28 Let them be blotted out of the book of life, And not be written with the righteous.

29 But I am in pain and distress. Let your salvation, God, protect me.

30 I will praise the name of God with a song, And will magnify him with thanksgiving.

31 It will please Yahweh better than an ox, Or a bull that has horns and hoofs.

32 The humble have seen it, and are glad. You who seek after God, let your heart live.

33 For Yahweh hears the needy, And doesn`t despise his captive people.

34 Let heaven and earth praise him; The seas, and everything that moves therein!

35 For God will save Zion, and build the cities of Judah. They shall settle there, and own it.

36 The children also of his servants shall inherit it. Those who love his name shall dwell therein. Psalm 70 For the Chief Musician. By David. A reminder.

Psalms 70

1 Hurry, God, to deliver me. Come quickly to help me, Yahweh.

2 Let them be put to shame and confounded who seek my soul. Let those who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace.

3 Let them be turned because of their shame Who say, "Aha! Aha!"

4 Let all those who seek you rejoice and be glad in you. Let those who love your salvation continually say, "Let God be exalted!"

5 But I am poor and needy. Come to me quickly, God. You are my help and my deliverer, Yahweh, don`t delay. Psalm 71

Proverbs 14

1 Every wise woman builds her house, But the foolish one tears it down with her own hands.

2 He who walks in his uprightness fears Yahweh, But he who is perverse in his ways despises him.

3 The fool`s talk brings a rod to his back, But the lips of the wise protect them.

4 Where no oxen are, the crib is clean, But much increase is by the strength of the ox.

5 A truthful witness will not lie, But a false witness pours out lies.

6 A scoffer seeks wisdom, and doesn`t find it, But knowledge comes easily to a discerning person.

7 Stay away from a foolish man, For you won`t find knowledge on his lips.

8 The wisdom of the prudent is to think about his way, But the folly of fools is deceit.

9 Fools mock at making atonement for sins, But among the upright there is good will.

10 The heart knows its own bitterness and joy; He will not share these with a stranger.

11 The house of the wicked will be overthrown, But the tent of the upright will flourish.

12 There is a way which seems right to a man, But in the end it leads to death.

13 Even in laughter the heart may be sorrowful, And mirth may end in heaviness.

14 The unfaithful will be repaid for his own ways; Likewise a good man will be rewarded for his ways.

15 The simple believes everything, But the prudent man carefully considers his ways.

16 A wise man fears, and shuns evil, But the fool is hotheaded and reckless.

17 He who is quick to become angry will commit folly, And a crafty man is hated.

18 The simple inherit folly, But the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

19 The evil bow down before the good, And the wicked, at the gates of the righteous.

20 The poor person is shunned even by his own neighbor, But the rich person has many friends.

21 He who despises his neighbor sins, But blessed is he who has pity on the poor.

22 Don`t they go astray who plot evil? But love and faithfulness belong to those who plan good.

23 In all hard work there is profit, But the talk of the lips leads only to poverty.

24 The crown of the wise is their riches, But the folly of fools crowns them with folly.

25 A truthful witness saves souls, But a false witness is deceitful.

26 In the fear of Yahweh is a secure fortress, And he will be a refuge for his children.

27 The fear of Yahweh is a fountain of life, Turning people from the snares of death.

28 In the multitude of people is the king`s glory, But in the lack of people is the destruction of the prince.

29 He who is slow to anger has great understanding, But he who has a quick temper displays folly.

30 The life of the body is a heart at peace, But envy rots the bones.

31 He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for his Maker, But he who is kind to the needy honors him.

32 The wicked is brought down in his calamity, But in death, the righteous has a refuge.

33 Wisdom rests in the heart of one who has understanding, And is even made known in the inward part of fools.

34 Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a disgrace to any people.

35 The king`s favor is toward a servant who deals wisely, But his wrath is toward one who causes shame.

John 9

1 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from his birth.

2 His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"

3 Jesus answered, "Neither did this man sin, nor his parents. But, that the works of God might be revealed in him,

4 I must work the works of him who sent me, while it is day. The night is coming, when no one can work.

5 When I am in the world, I am the light of the world."

6 When he had said this, he spat on the ground, made mud with the saliva, anointed the blind man`s eyes with the mud,

7 and said to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam" (which means "Sent"). So he went away, washed, and came seeing.

8 The neighbors therefore, and those who saw that he was blind, before, said, "Isn`t this he who sat and begged?"

9 Others said, "It is he." Still others said, "He is like him." He said, "I am he."

10 They said therefore to him, "How were your eyes opened?"

11 He answered, "A man called Jesus made mud, anointed my eyes, and said to me, "Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash." So I went away and washed, and I received sight."

12 Then they asked him, "Where is he?" He said, "I don`t know."

13 They brought him who before was blind to the Pharisees.

14 It was a Sabbath when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes.

15 Again therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he received his sight. He said to them, "He put mud on my eyes, I washed, and I see."

16 Some therefore of the Pharisees said, "This man is not from God, because he doesn`t keep the Sabbath." Others said, "How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?" There was division among them.

17 Therefore they asked the blind man again, "What do you say about him, in that he opened your eyes?" He said, "He is a prophet."

18 The Jews therefore did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and had received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight,

19 and asked them, "Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?"

20 His parents answered them, "We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind;

21 but how he now sees, we don`t know; or who opened his eyes, we don`t know. He is of age. Ask him. He will speak for himself."

22 His parents said these things because they feared the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that if any man would confess him as Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue.

23 Therefore his parents said, "He is of age. Ask him."

24 So they called the man who was blind a second time, and said to him, "Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner."

25 He therefore answered, "I don`t know if he is a sinner. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see."

26 They said to him again, "What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?"

27 He answered them, "I told you already, and you didn`t listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?"

28 They became abusive towards him and said, "You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses.

29 We know that God has spoken to Moses. But as for this man, we don`t know where he comes from."

30 The man answered them, "How amazing! You don`t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes.

31 We know that God doesn`t listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshipper of God, and does his will, he listens to him.

32 Since the world began it has never been heard of that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind.

33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing."

34 They answered him, "You were altogether born in sins, and do you teach us?" They threw him out.

35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and finding him, he said, "Do you believe in the Son of God?"

36 He answered, "Who is he, Lord, that I may believe in him?"

37 Jesus said to him, "You have both seen him, and it is he who speaks with you."

38 He said, "Lord, I believe!" and he worshipped him.

39 Jesus said, "I came into this world for judgment, that those who don`t see may see; and that those who see may become blind."

40 Those of the Pharisees who were with him heard these things, and said to him, "Are we also blind?"

41 Jesus said to them, "If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, `We see.` Therefore your sin remains.

John 10

1 "Most assuredly, I tell you, he who doesn`t enter by the door into the sheep fold, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

2 But he who enters in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out.

4 Whenever he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.

5 They will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him; for they don`t know the voice of strangers."

6 Jesus spoke this parable to them, but they didn`t understand what he was telling them.

7 Jesus therefore said to them again, "Most assuredly, I tell you, I am the sheep`s door.

8 All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep didn`t listen to them.

9 I am the door. If anyone enters in by me, he will be saved, and will go in and go out, and will find pasture.

10 The thief only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.

11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

12 He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who doesn`t own the sheep, sees the wolf coming, leaves the sheep, and flees. The wolf snatches the sheep, and scatters them.

13 The hired hand flees because he is a hired hand, and doesn`t care for the sheep.

14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own, and I`m known by my own;

15 even as the Father knows me, and I know the Father. I lay down my life for the sheep.

16 I have other sheep, which are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will hear my voice. They will become one flock with one shepherd.

17 Therefore the Father loves me, because I lay down my life, that I may take it again.

18 No one takes it away from me, but I lay it down by myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. I received this commandment from my Father."

19 Therefore a division arose again among the Jews because of these words.

20 Many of them said, "He has a demon, and is mad! Why do you listen to him?"

21 Others said, "These are not the sayings of one possessed with a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?"

22 It was the Feast of the Dedication at Jerusalem.

23 It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in Solomon`s porch.

24 The Jews therefore came around him and said to him, "How long will you hold us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly."

25 Jesus answered them, "I told you, and you don`t believe. The works that I do in my Father`s name, these testify about me.

26 But you don`t believe, because you are not of my sheep, as I told you.

27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.

28 I give eternal life to them. They will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.

29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of my Father`s hand.

30 I and the Father are one."

31 Therefore Jews took up stones again to stone him.

32 Jesus answered them, "I have shown you many good works from my Father. For which of those works do you stone me?"

33 The Jews answered him, "We don`t stone you for a good work, but for blasphemy: because you, being a man, make yourself God."

34 Jesus answered them, "Isn`t it written in your law, `I said, you are gods?`

35 If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the scripture can`t be broken),

36 Do you say of him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, `You blaspheme,` because I said, `I am the Son of God?`

37 If I don`t do the works of my Father, don`t believe me.

38 But if I do them, though you don`t believe me, believe the works; that you may know and believe that the Father is in me, and I in the Father."

39 They sought again to seize him, and he went forth out of their hand.

40 He went away again beyond the Jordan into the place where John was at the first baptizing, and there he stayed.

41 Many came to him. They said, "John indeed did no sign, but everything whatever that John said about this man is true."

42 Many believed in him there.

John 11

1 Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, of the village of Mary and her sister, Martha.

2 It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother, Lazarus, was sick.

3 The sisters therefore sent to him, saying, "Lord, behold, he for whom you have great affection is sick."

4 But when Jesus heard it, he said, "This sickness is not to death, but for the glory of God, that God`s Son may be glorified by it."

5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.

6 When therefore he heard that he was sick, he stayed at that time two days in the place where he was.

7 Then after this he said to the disciples, "Let`s go into Judea again."

8 The disciples told him, "Rabbi, the Jews were just trying to stone you, and are you going there again?"

9 Jesus answered, "Aren`t there twelve hours of daylight? If a man walks in the day, he doesn`t stumble, because he sees the light of this world.

10 But if a man walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light isn`t in him."

11 He said these things, and after that, he said to them, "Our friend, Lazarus, has fallen asleep, but I am going so that I may awake him out of sleep."

12 The disciples therefore said to him, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover."

13 Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he spoke of taking rest in sleep.

14 So Jesus said to them plainly then, "Lazarus is dead.

15 I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, so that you may believe. Nevertheless, let`s go to him."

16 Thomas therefore, who is called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples, "Let`s go also, that we may die with him."

17 So when Jesus came, he found that he had been in the tomb four days already.

18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about fifteen stadia away.

19 Many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary, to console them concerning their brother.

20 Therefore Martha, when she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him, but Mary stayed in the house.

21 Therefore Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you would have been here, my brother wouldn`t have died.

22 Even now I know that, whatever you ask of God, God will give you."

23 Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."

24 Martha said to him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day."

25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he die, yet will he live.

26 Whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"

27 She said to him, "Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ, God`s Son, he who comes into the world."

28 When she had said this, she went away, and called Mary, her sister, secretly, saying, "The Teacher is here, and is calling you."

29 She, when she heard this, arose quickly, and went to him.

30 Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was in the place where Martha met him.

31 Then the Jews who were with her in the house, and were consoling her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up quickly and went out, followed her, saying, "She is going to the tomb to weep there."

32 Mary therefore, when she came to where Jesus was, and saw him, fell down at his feet, saying to him, "Lord, if you would have been here, my brother wouldn`t have died."

33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews weeping who came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled,

34 and said, "Where have you laid him?" They told him, "Lord, come and see."

35 Jesus wept.

36 The Jews therefore said, "See how much affection he had for him!"

37 Some of them said, "Couldn`t this man, who opened the eyes of him who was blind, have also caused that this man wouldn`t die?"

38 Jesus therefore, again groaning in himself, came to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone lay against it.

39 Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to him, "Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days."

40 Jesus said to her, "Didn`t I tell you that if you believed, you would see God`s glory?"

41 So they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, "Father, I thank you that you listened to me.

42 I know that you always listen to me, but because of the multitude that stands around I said this, that they may believe that you sent me."

43 When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!"

44 He who was dead came out, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Free him, and let him go."

45 Therefore many of the Jews, who came to Mary and saw that which Jesus did, believed in him.

46 But some of them went away to the Pharisees, and told them the things which Jesus had done.

47 The chief priests therefore and the Pharisees gathered a council, and said, "What are we doing? For this man does many signs.

48 If we leave him alone like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation."

49 But a certain one of them, Caiaphas, being high priest that year, said to them, "You know nothing at all,

50 nor do you take account that it is advantageous for us that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish."

51 Now he didn`t say this of himself, but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation,

52 and not for the nation only, but that he might also gather together into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.

53 So from that day forth they took counsel that they might put him to death.

54 Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews, but departed from there into the country near the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim. He stayed there with his disciples.

55 Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand. Many went up to Jerusalem out of the country before the Passover, to purify themselves.

56 Then they sought for Jesus and spoke one with another, as they stood in the temple, "What do you think? Isn`t he coming to the feast?"

57 Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had commanded that if anyone knew where he was, he should report it, that they might seize him.

John 12

1 Therefore six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, who had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.

2 So they made him a supper there. Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with him.

3 Mary, therefore, took a pound of ointment of pure nard, very precious, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment.

4 Then Judas Iscariot, Simon`s son, one of his disciples, who would betray him, said,

5 "Why wasn`t this ointment sold for three hundred denarii, and given to the poor?"

6 Now he said this, not because he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and having the money box, used to steal what was put into it.

7 But Jesus said, "Leave her alone. She has kept this for the day of my burial.

8 For you always have the poor with you, but you don`t always have me."

9 A large crowd therefore of the Jews learned that he was there, and they came, not for Jesus` sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead.

10 But the chief priests conspired to also put Lazarus to death,

11 because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus.

12 On the next day a great multitude had come to the feast. When they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,

13 they took the branches of the palm trees, and went out to meet him, and cried out, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel!"

14 Jesus, having found a young donkey, sat on it. As it is written,

15 "Don`t be afraid, daughter of Zion. Behold, your King comes, sitting on a donkey`s colt."

16 His disciples didn`t understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about him, and that they had done these things to him.

17 The multitude therefore that was with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb, and raised him from the dead, was testifying.

18 For this cause also the multitude went and met him, because they heard that he had done this sign.

19 The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, "See how you accomplish nothing. Behold, the world has gone after him."

20 Now there were certain Greeks among those that went up to worship at the feast.

21 These, therefore, came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, "Sir, we want to see Jesus."

22 Philip came and told Andrew, and in turn, Andrew came with Philip, and they told Jesus.

23 Jesus answered them, "The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.

24 Most assuredly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone. But if it dies, it bears much fruit.

25 He who loves his life will lose it. He who hates his life in this world will keep it to eternal life.

26 If anyone serves me, let him follow me. Where I am, there will my servant also be. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

27 "Now my soul is troubled. What will I say? `Father, save me from this time?` But for this cause I came to this time.

28 Father, glorify your name!" Then there came a voice out of the sky, saying, "I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again."

29 The multitude therefore, who stood by and heard it, said that it had thundered. Others said, "An angel has spoken to him."

30 Jesus answered, "This voice hasn`t come for my sake, but for your sakes.

31 Now is the judgment of this world. Now the prince of this world will be cast out.

32 I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself."

33 But he said this, signifying by what kind of death he should die.

34 The multitude answered him, "We have heard out of the law that the Christ remains forever. How do you say, `The Son of Man must be lifted up?` Who is this Son of Man?"

35 Jesus therefore said to them, "Yet a little while the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, that darkness doesn`t overtake you. He who walks in the darkness doesn`t know where he is going.

36 While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light." Jesus said these things, and he departed and hid himself from them.

37 But though he had done so many signs before them, yet they didn`t believe in him,

38 that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke, "Lord, who has believed our report? To whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?"

39 For this cause they couldn`t believe, for Isaiah said again,

40 "He has blinded their eyes and he hardened their heart, Lest they should see with their eyes, And perceive with their heart, And would turn, And I would heal them."

41 Isaiah said these things when he saw his glory, and he spoke of him.

42 Nevertheless even of the rulers many believed in him, but because of the Pharisees they didn`t confess it, so that they wouldn`t be put out of the synagogue,

43 for they loved men`s approval more than God`s approval.

44 Jesus cried out and said, "Whoever believes in me, believes not in me, but in him who sent me.

45 He who sees me sees him who sent me.

46 I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in me may not remain in the darkness.

47 If anyone listens to my sayings, and doesn`t believe, I don`t judge him. For I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

48 He who rejects me, and doesn`t receive my sayings, has one who judges him. The word that I spoke, the same will judge him in the last day.

49 For I spoke not from myself, but the Father who sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.

50 I know that his commandment is eternal life. The things therefore which I speak, even as the Father has said to me, so I speak."