22Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter.23And Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon's porch.24Then the Jews surrounded Him and said to Him, "How long do You keep us in doubt? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly."25Jesus answered them, "I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father's name, they bear witness of Me.26But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. 27My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.28And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.29My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father's hand.30I and My Father are one."31Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him.32Jesus answered them, "Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?"33The Jews answered Him, saying, "For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God."34Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your law, 'I said, "You are gods" '? 35If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken),36do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, 'You are blaspheming,' because I said, 'I am the Son of God'?37If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me;38but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him."39Therefore they sought again to seize Him, but He escaped out of their hand.40And He went away again beyond the Jordan to the place where John was baptizing at first, and there He stayed.41Then many came to Him and said, "John performed no sign, but all the things that John spoke about this Man were true."42And many believed in Him there.
1Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to Jerusalem to test Solomon with hard questions, having a very great retinue, camels that bore spices, gold in abundance, and precious stones; and when she came to Solomon, she spoke with him about all that was in her heart.2So Solomon answered all her questions; there was nothing so difficult for Solomon that he could not explain it to her.3And when the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built,4the food on his table, the seating of his servants, the service of his waiters and their apparel, his cupbearers and their apparel, and his entryway by which he went up to the house of the Lord, there was no more spirit in her.5Then she said to the king: "It was a true report which I heard in my own land about your words and your wisdom.6However I did not believe their words until I came and saw with my own eyes; and indeed the half of the greatness of your wisdom was not told me. You exceed the fame of which I heard.7Happy are your men and happy are these your servants, who stand continually before you and hear your wisdom!8Blessed be the Lord your God, who delighted in you, setting you on His throne to be king for the Lord your God! Because your God has loved Israel, to establish them forever, therefore He made you king over them, to do justice and righteousness."9And she gave the king one hundred and twenty talents of gold, spices in great abundance, and precious stones; there never were any spices such as those the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.10Also, the servants of Hiram and the servants of Solomon, who brought gold from Ophir, brought algum wood and precious stones.11And the king made walkways of the algum wood for the house of the Lord and for the king's house, also harps and stringed instruments for singers; and there were none such as these seen before in the land of Judah.12Now King Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all she desired, whatever she asked, much more than she had brought to the king. So she turned and went to her own country, she and her servants.13The weight of gold that came to Solomon yearly was six hundred and sixty-six talents of gold,14besides what the traveling merchants and traders brought. And all the kings of Arabia and governors of the country brought gold and silver to Solomon.15And King Solomon made two hundred large shields of hammered gold; six hundred shekels of hammered gold went into each shield.16He also made three hundred shields of hammered gold; three hundred shekels of gold went into each shield. The king put them in the House of the Forest of Lebanon.17Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with pure gold.18The throne had six steps, with a footstool of gold, which were fastened to the throne; there were armrests on either side of the place of the seat, and two lions stood beside the armrests.19Twelve lions stood there, one on each side of the six steps; nothing like this had been made for any other kingdom.20All King Solomon's drinking vessels were gold, and all the vessels of the House of the Forest of Lebanon were pure gold. Not one was silver, for this was accounted as nothing in the days of Solomon.21For the king's ships went to Tarshish with the servants of Hiram. Once every three years the merchant ships came, bringing gold, silver, ivory, apes, and monkeys. 22So King Solomon surpassed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom.23And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart.24Each man brought his present: articles of silver and gold, garments, armor, spices, horses, and mules, at a set rate year by year.25Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen whom he stationed in the chariot cities and with the king at Jerusalem.26So he reigned over all the kings from the River to the land of the Philistines, as far as the border of Egypt.27The king made silver as common in Jerusalem as stones, and he made cedar trees as abundant as the sycamores which are in the lowland.28And they brought horses to Solomon from Egypt and from all lands.29Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, first and last, are they not written in the book of Nathan the prophet, in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, and in the visions of Iddo the seer concerning Jeroboam the son of Nebat?30Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years.31Then Solomon rested with his fathers, and was buried in the City of David his father. And Rehoboam his son reigned in his place.
1A Contemplation of Asaph. O God, why have You cast us off forever? Why does Your anger smoke against the sheep of Your pasture?2Remember Your congregation, which You have purchased of old, The tribe of Your inheritance, which You have redeemed-- This Mount Zion where You have dwelt.3Lift up Your feet to the perpetual desolations. The enemy has damaged everything in the sanctuary.4Your enemies roar in the midst of Your meeting place; They set up their banners for signs.5They seem like men who lift up Axes among the thick trees.6And now they break down its carved work, all at once, With axes and hammers.7They have set fire to Your sanctuary; They have defiled the dwelling place of Your name to the ground.8They said in their hearts, "Let us destroy them altogether." They have burned up all the meeting places of God in the land.9We do not see our signs; There is no longer any prophet; Nor is there any among us who knows how long.10O God, how long will the adversary reproach? Will the enemy blaspheme Your name forever?11Why do You withdraw Your hand, even Your right hand? Take it out of Your bosom and destroy them.12For God is my King from of old, Working salvation in the midst of the earth.13You divided the sea by Your strength; You broke the heads of the sea serpents in the waters.14You broke the heads of Leviathan in pieces, And gave him as food to the people inhabiting the wilderness.15You broke open the fountain and the flood; You dried up mighty rivers.16The day is Yours, the night also is Yours; You have prepared the light and the sun.17You have set all the borders of the earth; You have made summer and winter.18Remember this, that the enemy has reproached, O Lord, And that a foolish people has blasphemed Your name.19Oh, do not deliver the life of Your turtledove to the wild beast! Do not forget the life of Your poor forever.20Have respect to the covenant; For the dark places of the earth are full of the haunts of cruelty.21Oh, do not let the oppressed return ashamed! Let the poor and needy praise Your name.22Arise, O God, plead Your own cause; Remember how the foolish man reproaches You daily.23Do not forget the voice of Your enemies; The tumult of those who rise up against You increases continually.