1Now about the collection for the Lord’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do.2On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.3Then, when I arrive, I will give letters of introduction to the men you approve and send them with your gift to Jerusalem.4If it seems advisable for me to go also, they will accompany me.
5After I go through Macedonia, I will come to you—for I will be going through Macedonia.6Perhaps I will stay with you for a while, or even spend the winter, so that you can help me on my journey, wherever I go.7For I do not want to see you now and make only a passing visit; I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits.8But I will stay on at Ephesus until Pentecost,9because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me.10When Timothy comes, see to it that he has nothing to fear while he is with you, for he is carrying on the work of the Lord, just as I am.11No one, then, should treat him with contempt. Send him on his way in peace so that he may return to me. I am expecting him along with the brothers.12Now about our brother Apollos: I strongly urged him to go to you with the brothers. He was quite unwilling to go now, but he will go when he has the opportunity.13Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.14Do everything in love.15You know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and they have devoted themselves to the service of the Lord’s people. I urge you, brothers and sisters,16to submit to such people and to everyone who joins in the work and labors at it.17I was glad when Stephanas, Fortunatus and Achaicus arrived, because they have supplied what was lacking from you.18For they refreshed my spirit and yours also. Such men deserve recognition.
19The churches in the province of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord, and so does the church that meets at their house.20All the brothers and sisters here send you greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss.21I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand.22If anyone does not love the Lord, let that person be cursed! Come, Lord !23The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.24My love to all of you in Christ Jesus. Amen.
1In the seventh year of Jehu, Joash became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem forty years. His mother’s name was Zibiah; she was from Beersheba.2Joash did what was right in the eyes of the LORD all the years Jehoiada the priest instructed him.3The high places, however, were not removed; the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there.4Joash said to the priests, “Collect all the money that is brought as sacred offerings to the temple of the LORD—the money collected in the census, the money received from personal vows and the money brought voluntarily to the temple.5Let every priest receive the money from one of the treasurers, then use it to repair whatever damage is found in the temple.”6But by the twenty-third year of King Joash the priests still had not repaired the temple.7Therefore King Joash summoned Jehoiada the priest and the other priests and asked them, “Why aren’t you repairing the damage done to the temple? Take no more money from your treasurers, but hand it over for repairing the temple.”8The priests agreed that they would not collect any more money from the people and that they would not repair the temple themselves.9Jehoiada the priest took a chest and bored a hole in its lid. He placed it beside the altar, on the right side as one enters the temple of the LORD. The priests who guarded the entrance put into the chest all the money that was brought to the temple of the LORD.10Whenever they saw that there was a large amount of money in the chest, the royal secretary and the high priest came, counted the money that had been brought into the temple of the LORD and put it into bags.11When the amount had been determined, they gave the money to the men appointed to supervise the work on the temple. With it they paid those who worked on the temple of the LORD—the carpenters and builders,12the masons and stonecutters. They purchased timber and blocks of dressed stone for the repair of the temple of the LORD, and met all the other expenses of restoring the temple.13The money brought into the temple was not spent for making silver basins, wick trimmers, sprinkling bowls, trumpets or any other articles of gold or silver for the temple of the LORD;14it was paid to the workers, who used it to repair the temple.15They did not require an accounting from those to whom they gave the money to pay the workers, because they acted with complete honesty.16The money from the guilt offerings and sin offerings was not brought into the temple of the LORD; it belonged to the priests.17About this time Hazael king of Aram went up and attacked Gath and captured it. Then he turned to attack Jerusalem.18But Joash king of Judah took all the sacred objects dedicated by his predecessors—Jehoshaphat, Jehoram and Ahaziah, the kings of Judah—and the gifts he himself had dedicated and all the gold found in the treasuries of the temple of the LORD and of the royal palace, and he sent them to Hazael king of Aram, who then withdrew from Jerusalem.19As for the other events of the reign of Joash, and all he did, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah?20His officials conspired against him and assassinated him at Beth Millo, on the road down to Silla.21The officials who murdered him were Jozabad son of Shimeath and Jehozabad son of Shomer. He died and was buried with his ancestors in the City of David. And Amaziah his son succeeded him as king.
1In the twenty-third year of Joash son of Ahaziah king of Judah, Jehoahaz son of Jehu became king of Israel in Samaria, and he reigned seventeen years.2He did evil in the eyes of the LORD by following the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit, and he did not turn away from them.3So the LORD’s anger burned against Israel, and for a long time he kept them under the power of Hazael king of Aram and Ben-Hadad his son.4Then Jehoahaz sought the LORD’s favor, and the LORD listened to him, for he saw how severely the king of Aram was oppressing Israel.5The LORD provided a deliverer for Israel, and they escaped from the power of Aram. So the Israelites lived in their own homes as they had before.6But they did not turn away from the sins of the house of Jeroboam, which he had caused Israel to commit; they continued in them. Also, the Asherah pole remained standing in Samaria.7Nothing had been left of the army of Jehoahaz except fifty horsemen, ten chariots and ten thousand foot soldiers, for the king of Aram had destroyed the rest and made them like the dust at threshing time.8As for the other events of the reign of Jehoahaz, all he did and his achievements, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Israel?9Jehoahaz rested with his ancestors and was buried in Samaria. And Jehoash his son succeeded him as king.
10In the thirty-seventh year of Joash king of Judah, Jehoash son of Jehoahaz became king of Israel in Samaria, and he reigned sixteen years.11He did evil in the eyes of the LORD and did not turn away from any of the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit; he continued in them.12As for the other events of the reign of Jehoash, all he did and his achievements, including his war against Amaziah king of Judah, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Israel?13Jehoash rested with his ancestors, and Jeroboam succeeded him on the throne. Jehoash was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel.14Now Elisha had been suffering from the illness from which he died. Jehoash king of Israel went down to see him and wept over him. “My father! My father!” he cried. “The chariots and horsemen of Israel!”15Elisha said, “Get a bow and some arrows,” and he did so.16“Take the bow in your hands,” he said to the king of Israel. When he had taken it, Elisha put his hands on the king’s hands.17“Open the east window,” he said, and he opened it. “Shoot!” Elisha said, and he shot. “The LORD’s arrow of victory, the arrow of victory over Aram!” Elisha declared. “You will completely destroy the Arameans at Aphek.”18Then he said, “Take the arrows,” and the king took them. Elisha told him, “Strike the ground.” He struck it three times and stopped.19The man of God was angry with him and said, “You should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it. But now you will defeat it only three times.”20Elisha died and was buried. Now Moabite raiders used to enter the country every spring.21Once while some Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders; so they threw the man’s body into Elisha’s tomb. When the body touched Elisha’s bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet.22Hazael king of Aram oppressed Israel throughout the reign of Jehoahaz.23But the LORD was gracious to them and had compassion and showed concern for them because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. To this day he has been unwilling to destroy them or banish them from his presence.24Hazael king of Aram died, and Ben-Hadad his son succeeded him as king.25Then Jehoash son of Jehoahaz recaptured from Ben-Hadad son of Hazael the towns he had taken in battle from his father Jehoahaz. Three times Jehoash defeated him, and so he recovered the Israelite towns.
1Then I said, “Listen, you leaders of Jacob, you rulers of Israel. Should you not embrace justice,2you who hate good and love evil; who tear the skin from my people and the flesh from their bones;3who eat my people’s flesh, strip off their skin and break their bones in pieces; who chop them up like meat for the pan, like flesh for the pot?”4Then they will cry out to the LORD, but he will not answer them. At that time he will hide his face from them because of the evil they have done.5This is what the LORD says: “As for the prophets who lead my people astray, they proclaim ‘peace’ if they have something to eat, but prepare to wage war against anyone who refuses to feed them.6Therefore night will come over you, without visions, and darkness, without divination. The sun will set for the prophets, and the day will go dark for them.7The seers will be ashamed and the diviners disgraced. They will all cover their faces because there is no answer from God.”8But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the LORD, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin.9Hear this, you leaders of Jacob, you rulers of Israel, who despise justice and distort all that is right;10who build Zion with bloodshed, and Jerusalem with wickedness.11Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets tell fortunes for money. Yet they look for the LORD’s support and say, “Is not the LORD among us? No disaster will come upon us.”12Therefore because of you, Zion will be plowed like a field, Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble, the temple hill a mound overgrown with thickets.