1This will be my third visit to you. “Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.”2I already gave you a warning when I was with you the second time. I now repeat it while absent: On my return I will not spare those who sinned earlier or any of the others,3since you are demanding proof that Christ is speaking through me. He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful among you.4For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God’s power we will live with him in our dealing with you.5Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?6And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test.7Now we pray to God that you will not do anything wrong—not so that people will see that we have stood the test but so that you will do what is right even though we may seem to have failed.8For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth.9We are glad whenever we are weak but you are strong; and our prayer is that you may be fully restored.10This is why I write these things when I am absent, that when I come I may not have to be harsh in my use of authority—the authority the Lord gave me for building you up, not for tearing you down.
11Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, 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 God’s people here send their greetings.14May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
1These were the sons of David born to him in Hebron: The firstborn was Amnon the son of Ahinoam of Jezreel; the second, Daniel the son of Abigail of Carmel;2the third, Absalom the son of Maakah daughter of Talmai king of Geshur; the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith;3the fifth, Shephatiah the son of Abital; and the sixth, Ithream, by his wife Eglah.4These six were born to David in Hebron, where he reigned seven years and six months. David reigned in Jerusalem thirty-three years,5and these were the children born to him there: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan and Solomon. These four were by Bathsheba daughter of Ammiel.6There were also Ibhar, Elishua, Eliphelet,7Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia,8Elishama, Eliada and Eliphelet—nine in all.9All these were the sons of David, besides his sons by his concubines. And Tamar was their sister.
10Solomon’s son was Rehoboam, Abijah his son, Asa his son, Jehoshaphat his son,11Jehoram 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, Josiah his son.15The sons of Josiah: Johanan the firstborn, Jehoiakim the second son, Zedekiah the third, Shallum the fourth.16The successors of Jehoiakim: Jehoiachin his son, and Zedekiah.
17The descendants of Jehoiachin the captive: Shealtiel his son,18Malkiram, Pedaiah, Shenazzar, Jekamiah, Hoshama and Nedabiah.19The sons of Pedaiah: Zerubbabel and Shimei. The sons of Zerubbabel: Meshullam and Hananiah. Shelomith was their sister.20There were also five others: Hashubah, Ohel, Berekiah, Hasadiah and Jushab-Hesed.21The descendants of Hananiah: Pelatiah and Jeshaiah, and the sons of Rephaiah, of Arnan, of Obadiah and of Shekaniah.22The descendants of Shekaniah: Shemaiah and his sons: Hattush, Igal, Bariah, Neariah and Shaphat—six in all.23The sons of Neariah: Elioenai, Hizkiah and Azrikam—three in all.24The sons of Elioenai: Hodaviah, Eliashib, Pelaiah, Akkub, Johanan, Delaiah and Anani—seven in all.
1The descendants of Judah: Perez, Hezron, Karmi, Hur and Shobal.2Reaiah son of Shobal was the father of Jahath, and Jahath the father of Ahumai and Lahad. These were the clans of the Zorathites.3These were the sons of Etam: Jezreel, Ishma and Idbash. Their sister was named Hazzelelponi.4Penuel was the father of Gedor, and Ezer the father of Hushah. These were the descendants of Hur, the firstborn of Ephrathah and father of Bethlehem.5Ashhur the father of Tekoa had two wives, Helah and Naarah.6Naarah bore him Ahuzzam, Hepher, Temeni and Haahashtari. These were the descendants of Naarah.7The sons of Helah: Zereth, Zohar, Ethnan,8and Koz, who was the father of Anub and Hazzobebah and of the clans of Aharhel son of Harum.9Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.”10Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.11Kelub, Shuhah’s brother, was the father of Mehir, who was the father of Eshton.12Eshton was the father of Beth Rapha, Paseah and Tehinnah the father of Ir Nahash. These were the men of Rekah.13The sons of Kenaz: Othniel and Seraiah. The sons of Othniel: Hathath and Meonothai.14Meonothai was the father of Ophrah. Seraiah was the father of Joab, the father of Ge Harashim. It was called this because its people were skilled workers.15The sons of Caleb son of Jephunneh: Iru, Elah and Naam. The son of Elah: Kenaz.16The sons of Jehallelel: Ziph, Ziphah, Tiria and Asarel.17The sons of Ezrah: Jether, Mered, Epher and Jalon. One of Mered’s wives gave birth to Miriam, Shammai and Ishbah the father of Eshtemoa.18(His wife from the tribe of Judah gave birth to Jered the father of Gedor, Heber the father of Soko, and Jekuthiel the father of Zanoah.) These were the children of Pharaoh’s daughter Bithiah, whom Mered had married.19The sons of Hodiah’s wife, the sister of Naham: the father of Keilah the Garmite, and Eshtemoa the Maakathite.20The sons of Shimon: Amnon, Rinnah, Ben-Hanan and Tilon. The descendants of Ishi: Zoheth and Ben-Zoheth.21The sons of Shelah son of Judah: Er the father of Lekah, Laadah the father of Mareshah and the clans of the linen workers at Beth Ashbea,22Jokim, the men of Kozeba, and Joash and Saraph, who ruled in Moab and Jashubi Lehem. (These records are from ancient times.)23They were the potters who lived at Netaim and Gederah; they stayed there and worked for the king.
24The descendants of Simeon: Nemuel, Jamin, Jarib, Zerah and Shaul;25Shallum was Shaul’s son, Mibsam his son and Mishma his son.26The descendants of Mishma: Hammuel his son, Zakkur his son and Shimei his son.27Shimei had sixteen sons and six daughters, but his brothers did not have many children; so their entire clan did not become as numerous as the people of Judah.28They lived in Beersheba, Moladah, Hazar Shual,29Bilhah, Ezem, Tolad,30Bethuel, Hormah, Ziklag,31Beth Markaboth, Hazar Susim, Beth Biri and Shaaraim. These were their towns until the reign of David.32Their surrounding villages were Etam, Ain, Rimmon, Token and Ashan—five towns—33and all the villages around these towns as far as Baalath. These were their settlements. And they kept a genealogical record.34Meshobab, Jamlech, Joshah son of Amaziah,35Joel, Jehu son of Joshibiah, the son of Seraiah, the son of Asiel,36also Elioenai, Jaakobah, Jeshohaiah, Asaiah, Adiel, Jesimiel, Benaiah,37and Ziza son of Shiphi, the son of Allon, the son of Jedaiah, the son of Shimri, the son of Shemaiah.38The men listed above by name were leaders of their clans. Their families increased greatly,39and they went to the outskirts of Gedor to the east of the valley in search of pasture for their flocks.40They found rich, good pasture, and the land was spacious, peaceful and quiet. Some Hamites had lived there formerly.41The men whose names were listed came in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah. They attacked the Hamites in their dwellings and also the Meunites who were there and completely destroyed them, as is evident to this day. Then they settled in their place, because there was pasture for their flocks.42And five hundred of these Simeonites, led by Pelatiah, Neariah, Rephaiah and Uzziel, the sons of Ishi, invaded the hill country of Seir.43They killed the remaining Amalekites who had escaped, and they have lived there to this day.
2“I will sweep away everything from the face of the earth,” declares the LORD.3“I will sweep away both man and beast; I will sweep away the birds in the sky and the fish in the sea— and the idols that cause the wicked to stumble.”“When I destroy all mankind on the face of the earth,” declares the LORD,4“I will stretch out my hand against Judah and against all who live in Jerusalem. I will destroy every remnant of Baal worship in this place, the very names of the idolatrous priests—5those who bow down on the roofs to worship the starry host, those who bow down and swear by the LORDand who also swear by Molek,6those who turn back from following the LORDand neither seek the LORD nor inquire of him.”7Be silent before the Sovereign LORD, for the day of the LORD is near. The LORD has prepared a sacrifice; he has consecrated those he has invited.8“On the day of the LORD’s sacrifice I will punish the officials and the king’s sons and all those clad in foreign clothes.9On that day I will punish all who avoid stepping on the threshold,who fill the temple of their gods with violence and deceit.10“On that day,” declares the LORD, “a cry will go up from the Fish Gate, wailing from the New Quarter, and a loud crash from the hills.11Wail, you who live in the market district ; all your merchants will be wiped out, all who trade with silver will be destroyed.12At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps and punish those who are complacent, who are like wine left on its dregs, who think, ‘The LORD will do nothing, either good or bad.’13Their wealth will be plundered, their houses demolished. Though they build houses, they will not live in them; though they plant vineyards, they will not drink the wine.”14The great day of the LORD is near— near and coming quickly. The cry on the day of the LORD is bitter; the Mighty Warrior shouts his battle cry.15That day will be a day of wrath— a day of distress and anguish, a day of trouble and ruin, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness—16a day of trumpet and battle cry against the fortified cities and against the corner towers.17“I will bring such distress on all people that they will grope about like those who are blind, because they have sinned against the LORD. Their blood will be poured out like dust and their entrails like dung.18Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them on the day of the LORD’s wrath.” In the fire of his jealousy the whole earth will be consumed, for he will make a sudden end of all who live on the earth.