1This will be the third time I am coming to you. "By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established."2I have told you before, and foretell as if I were present the second time, and now being absent I write to those who have sinned before, and to all the rest, that if I come again I will not spare--3since you seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, who is not weak toward you, but mighty in you.4For though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you.5Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?--unless indeed you are disqualified.6But I trust that you will know that we are not disqualified.7Now I pray to God that you do no evil, not that we should appear approved, but that you should do what is honorable, though we may seem disqualified.8For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.9For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. And this also we pray, that you may be made complete.10Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the authority which the Lord has given me for edification and not for destruction.11Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.12Greet one another with a holy kiss.13All the saints greet you.14The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.
1Now these were the sons of David who were born to him in Hebron: The firstborn was Amnon, by Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; the second, Daniel, by Abigail the Carmelitess;2the third, Absalom the son of Maacah, the daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur; the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith;3the fifth, Shephatiah, by Abital; the sixth, Ithream, by his wife Eglah.4These six were born to him in Hebron. There he reigned seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty-three years.5And these were born to him in Jerusalem: Shimea, Shobab, Nathan, and Solomon--four by Bathshua the daughter of Ammiel. 6Also there were Ibhar, Elishama, Eliphelet, 7Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia,8Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet--nine in all.9These were all the sons of David, besides the sons of the concubines, and Tamar their sister.10Solomon's son was Rehoboam; Abijah was his son, Asa his son, Jehoshaphat his son,11Joram his son, Ahaziah his son, Joash his son,12Amaziah his son, Azariah his son, Jotham his son,13Ahaz his son, Hezekiah his son, Manasseh his son,14Amon his son, and Josiah his son.15The sons of Josiah were Johanan the firstborn, the second Jehoiakim, the third Zedekiah, and the fourth Shallum. 16The sons of Jehoiakim were Jeconiah his son and Zedekiah his son.17And the sons of Jeconiah were Assir, Shealtiel his son,18and Malchiram, Pedaiah, Shenazzar, Jecamiah, Hoshama, and Nedabiah.19The sons of Pedaiah were Zerubbabel and Shimei. The sons of Zerubbabel were Meshullam, Hananiah, Shelomith their sister,20and Hashubah, Ohel, Berechiah, Hasadiah, and Jushab-Hesed--five in all.21The sons of Hananiah were Pelatiah and Jeshaiah, the sons of Rephaiah, the sons of Arnan, the sons of Obadiah, and the sons of Shechaniah.22The son of Shechaniah was Shemaiah. The sons of Shemaiah were Hattush, Igal, Bariah, Neariah, and Shaphat--six in all.23The sons of Neariah were Elioenai, Hezekiah, and Azrikam--three in all.24The sons of Elioenai were Hodaviah, Eliashib, Pelaiah, Akkub, Johanan, Delaiah, and Anani--seven in all.
1The sons of Judah were Perez, Hezron, Carmi, Hur, and Shobal.2And Reaiah the son of Shobal begot Jahath, and Jahath begot Ahumai and Lahad. These were the families of the Zorathites.3These were the sons of the father of Etam: Jezreel, Ishma, and Idbash; and the name of their sister was Hazelelponi;4and Penuel was the father of Gedor, and Ezer was the father of Hushah. These were the sons of Hur, the firstborn of Ephrathah the father of Bethlehem.5And Ashhur the father of Tekoa had two wives, Helah and Naarah.6Naarah bore him Ahuzzam, Hepher, Temeni, and Haahashtari. These were the sons of Naarah.7The sons of Helah were Zereth, Zohar, and Ethnan;8and Koz begot Anub, Zobebah, and the families of Aharhel the son of Harum.9Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, "Because I bore him in pain."10And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, "Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!" So God granted him what he requested.11Chelub the brother of Shuhah begot Mehir, who was the father of Eshton.12And Eshton begot Beth-Rapha, Paseah, and Tehinnah the father of Ir-Nahash. These were the men of Rechah.13The sons of Kenaz were Othniel and Seraiah. The sons of Othniel were Hathath, 14and Meonothai who begot Ophrah. Seraiah begot Joab the father of Ge Harashim, for they were craftsmen.15The sons of Caleb the son of Jephunneh were Iru, Elah, and Naam. The son of Elah was Kenaz.16The sons of Jehallelel were Ziph, Ziphah, Tiria, and Asarel.17The sons of Ezrah were Jether, Mered, Epher, and Jalon. And Mered's wife bore Miriam, Shammai, and Ishbah the father of Eshtemoa.18(His wife Jehudijah bore Jered the father of Gedor, Heber the father of Sochoh, and Jekuthiel the father of Zanoah.) And these were the sons of Bithiah the daughter of Pharaoh, whom Mered took.19The sons of Hodiah's wife, the sister of Naham, were the fathers of Keilah the Garmite and of Eshtemoa the Maachathite.20And the sons of Shimon were Amnon, Rinnah, Ben-Hanan, and Tilon. And the sons of Ishi were Zoheth and Ben-Zoheth.21The sons of Shelah the son of Judah were Er the father of Lecah, Laadah the father of Mareshah, and the families of the house of the linen workers of the house of Ashbea;22also Jokim, the men of Chozeba, and Joash; Saraph, who ruled in Moab, and Jashubi-Lehem. Now the records are ancient.23These were the potters and those who dwell at Netaim and Gederah; there they dwelt with the king for his work.24The sons of Simeon were Nemuel, Jamin, Jarib, Zerah, and Shaul,25Shallum his son, Mibsam his son, and Mishma his son.26And the sons of Mishma were Hamuel his son, Zacchur his son, and Shimei his son.27Shimei had sixteen sons and six daughters; but his brothers did not have many children, nor did any of their families multiply as much as the children of Judah.28They dwelt at Beersheba, Moladah, Hazar Shual,29Bilhah, Ezem, Tolad,30Bethuel, Hormah, Ziklag,31Beth Marcaboth, Hazar Susim, Beth Biri, and at Shaaraim. These were their cities until the reign of David.32And their villages were Etam, Ain, Rimmon, Tochen, and Ashan--five cities--33and all the villages that were around these cities as far as Baal. These were their dwelling places, and they maintained their genealogy:34Meshobab, Jamlech, and Joshah the son of Amaziah;35Joel, and Jehu the son of Joshibiah, the son of Seraiah, the son of Asiel;36Elioenai, Jaakobah, Jeshohaiah, Asaiah, Adiel, Jesimiel, and Benaiah;37Ziza the son of Shiphi, the son of Allon, the son of Jedaiah, the son of Shimri, the son of Shemaiah--38these mentioned by name were leaders in their families, and their father's house increased greatly.39So they went to the entrance of Gedor, as far as the east side of the valley, to seek pasture for their flocks.40And they found rich, good pasture, and the land was broad, quiet, and peaceful; for some Hamites formerly lived there.41These recorded by name came in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah; and they attacked their tents and the Meunites who were found there, and utterly destroyed them, as it is to this day. So they dwelt in their place, because there was pasture for their flocks there.42Now some of them, five hundred men of the sons of Simeon, went to Mount Seir, having as their captains Pelatiah, Neariah, Rephaiah, and Uzziel, the sons of Ishi.43And they defeated the rest of the Amalekites who had escaped. They have dwelt there to this day.
1The word of the Lord which came to Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah.2"I will utterly consume everything From the face of the land," Says the Lord;3"I will consume man and beast; I will consume the birds of the heavens, The fish of the sea, And the stumbling blocks along with the wicked. I will cut off man from the face of the land," Says the Lord.4"I will stretch out My hand against Judah, And against all the inhabitants of Jerusalem. I will cut off every trace of Baal from this place, The names of the idolatrous priests with the pagan priests--5Those who worship the host of heaven on the housetops; Those who worship and swear oaths by the Lord, But who also swear by Milcom; 6Those who have turned back from following the Lord, And have not sought the Lord, nor inquired of Him."7Be silent in the presence of the Lord God; For the day of the Lord is at hand, For the Lord has prepared a sacrifice; He has invited His guests.8"And it shall be, In the day of the Lord's sacrifice, That I will punish the princes and the king's children, And all such as are clothed with foreign apparel.9In the same day I will punish All those who leap over the threshold, Who fill their masters' houses with violence and deceit.10"And there shall be on that day," says the Lord, "The sound of a mournful cry from the Fish Gate, A wailing from the Second Quarter, And a loud crashing from the hills.11Wail, you inhabitants of Maktesh! For all the merchant people are cut down; All those who handle money are cut off.12"And it shall come to pass at that time That I will search Jerusalem with lamps, And punish the men Who are settled in complacency, Who say in their heart, 'The Lord will not do good, Nor will He do evil.'13Therefore their goods shall become booty, And their houses a desolation; They shall build houses, but not inhabit them; They shall plant vineyards, but not drink their wine."14The great day of the Lord is near; It is near and hastens quickly. The noise of the day of the Lord is bitter; There the mighty men shall cry out.15That day is a day of wrath, A day of trouble and distress, A day of devastation and desolation, A day of darkness and gloominess, A day of clouds and thick darkness,16A day of trumpet and alarm Against the fortified cities And against the high towers.17"I will bring distress upon men, And they shall walk like blind men, Because they have sinned against the Lord; Their blood shall be poured out like dust, And their flesh like refuse."18Neither their silver nor their gold Shall be able to deliver them In the day of the Lord's wrath; But the whole land shall be devoured By the fire of His jealousy, For He will make speedy riddance Of all those who dwell in the land.