1Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.2Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.3And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.4Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.5And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.6Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.7Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous.8He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.9Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.10In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.11For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another,12not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother's righteous.13Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you.14We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death.15Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.16By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.17But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?18My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.19And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him.20For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.21Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.22And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.23And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.24Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.
1Then the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and made him king in his father's place in Jerusalem.2Jehoahaz was twenty-three years old when he became king, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem.3Now the king of Egypt deposed him at Jerusalem; and he imposed on the land a tribute of one hundred talents of silver and a talent of gold.4Then the king of Egypt made Jehoahaz's brother Eliakim king over Judah and Jerusalem, and changed his name to Jehoiakim. And Necho took Jehoahaz his brother and carried him off to Egypt.5Jehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And he did evil in the sight of the Lord his God.6Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up against him, and bound him in bronze fetters to carry him off to Babylon.7Nebuchadnezzar also carried off some of the articles from the house of the Lord to Babylon, and put them in his temple at Babylon.8Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, the abominations which he did, and what was found against him, indeed they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah. Then Jehoiachin his son reigned in his place.9Jehoiachin was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months and ten days. And he did evil in the sight of the Lord.10At the turn of the year King Nebuchadnezzar summoned him and took him to Babylon, with the costly articles from the house of the Lord, and made Zedekiah, Jehoiakim's brother, king over Judah and Jerusalem.11Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem.12He did evil in the sight of the Lord his God, and did not humble himself before Jeremiah the prophet, who spoke from the mouth of the Lord.13And he also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him swear an oath by God; but he stiffened his neck and hardened his heart against turning to the Lord God of Israel.14Moreover all the leaders of the priests and the people transgressed more and more, according to all the abominations of the nations, and defiled the house of the Lord which He had consecrated in Jerusalem.15And the Lord God of their fathers sent warnings to them by His messengers, rising up early and sending them, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place.16But they mocked the messengers of God, despised His words, and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against His people, till there was no remedy.17Therefore He brought against them the king of the Chaldeans, who killed their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion on young man or virgin, on the aged or the weak; He gave them all into his hand.18And all the articles from the house of God, great and small, the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the treasures of the king and of his leaders, all these he took to Babylon.19Then they burned the house of God, broke down the wall of Jerusalem, burned all its palaces with fire, and destroyed all its precious possessions.20And those who escaped from the sword he carried away to Babylon, where they became servants to him and his sons until the rule of the kingdom of Persia,21to fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her Sabbaths. As long as she lay desolate she kept Sabbath, to fulfill seventy years.22Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying,23Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: All the kingdoms of the earth the Lord God of heaven has given me. And He has commanded me to build Him a house at Jerusalem which is in Judah. Who is among you of all His people? May the Lord his God be with him, and let him go up!
1A Prayer of Moses the man of God. Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.2Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever You had formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.3You turn man to destruction, And say, "Return, O children of men."4For a thousand years in Your sight Are like yesterday when it is past, And like a watch in the night.5You carry them away like a flood; They are like a sleep. In the morning they are like grass which grows up:6In the morning it flourishes and grows up; In the evening it is cut down and withers.7For we have been consumed by Your anger, And by Your wrath we are terrified.8You have set our iniquities before You, Our secret sins in the light of Your countenance.9For all our days have passed away in Your wrath; We finish our years like a sigh.10The days of our lives are seventy years; And if by reason of strength they are eighty years, Yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; For it is soon cut off, and we fly away.11Who knows the power of Your anger? For as the fear of You, so is Your wrath.12So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.13Return, O Lord! How long? And have compassion on Your servants.14Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy, That we may rejoice and be glad all our days!15Make us glad according to the days in which You have afflicted us, The years in which we have seen evil.16Let Your work appear to Your servants, And Your glory to their children.17And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, And establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands.