1Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.2It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.3Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, "Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick."4When Jesus heard that, He said, "This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it."5Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.6So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was.7Then after this He said to the disciples, "Let us go to Judea again."8The disciples said to Him, "Rabbi, lately the Jews sought to stone You, and are You going there again?"9Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.10But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him."11These things He said, and after that He said to them, "Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up."12Then His disciples said, "Lord, if he sleeps he will get well."13However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep.14Then Jesus said to them plainly, "Lazarus is dead.15And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him."16Then Thomas, who is called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, "Let us also go, that we may die with Him."17So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days.18Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away.19And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.20Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house.21Then Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.22But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You."23Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."24Martha said to Him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day."25Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.26And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?"27She said to Him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world."
1And Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all Israel had gone to Shechem to make him king.2So it happened, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat heard it (he was in Egypt, where he had fled from the presence of King Solomon), that Jeroboam returned from Egypt.3Then they sent for him and called him. And Jeroboam and all Israel came and spoke to Rehoboam, saying,4"Your father made our yoke heavy; now therefore, lighten the burdensome service of your father and his heavy yoke which he put on us, and we will serve you."5So he said to them, "Come back to me after three days." And the people departed.6Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who stood before his father Solomon while he still lived, saying, "How do you advise me to answer these people?"7And they spoke to him, saying, "If you are kind to these people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be your servants forever."8But he rejected the advice which the elders had given him, and consulted the young men who had grown up with him, who stood before him.9And he said to them, "What advice do you give? How should we answer this people who have spoken to me, saying, 'Lighten the yoke which your father put on us'?"10Then the young men who had grown up with him spoke to him, saying, "Thus you should speak to the people who have spoken to you, saying, 'Your father made our yoke heavy, but you make it lighter on us'--thus you shall say to them: 'My little finger shall be thicker than my father's waist!11And now, whereas my father put a heavy yoke on you, I will add to your yoke; my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scourges!' " 12So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, as the king had directed, saying, "Come back to me the third day."13Then the king answered them roughly. King Rehoboam rejected the advice of the elders,14and he spoke to them according to the advice of the young men, saying, "My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to it; my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scourges!" 15So the king did not listen to the people; for the turn of events was from God, that the Lord might fulfill His word, which He had spoken by the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.16Now when all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them, the people answered the king, saying: "What share have we in David? We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse. Every man to your tents, O Israel! Now see to your own house, O David!" So all Israel departed to their tents.17But Rehoboam reigned over the children of Israel who dwelt in the cities of Judah.18Then King Rehoboam sent Hadoram, who was in charge of revenue; but the children of Israel stoned him with stones, and he died. Therefore King Rehoboam mounted his chariot in haste to flee to Jerusalem.19So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day.
1Now when Rehoboam came to Jerusalem, he assembled from the house of Judah and Benjamin one hundred and eighty thousand chosen men who were warriors, to fight against Israel, that he might restore the kingdom to Rehoboam.2But the word of the Lord came to Shemaiah the man of God, saying,3"Speak to Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, saying,4'Thus says the Lord: "You shall not go up or fight against your brethren! Let every man return to his house, for this thing is from Me." ' " Therefore they obeyed the words of the Lord, and turned back from attacking Jeroboam.5So Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built cities for defense in Judah.6And he built Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,7Beth Zur, Sochoh, Adullam,8Gath, Mareshah, Ziph,9Adoraim, Lachish, Azekah,10Zorah, Aijalon, and Hebron, which are in Judah and Benjamin, fortified cities.11And he fortified the strongholds, and put captains in them, and stores of food, oil, and wine.12Also in every city he put shields and spears, and made them very strong, having Judah and Benjamin on his side.13And from all their territories the priests and the Levites who were in all Israel took their stand with him.14For the Levites left their common-lands and their possessions and came to Judah and Jerusalem, for Jeroboam and his sons had rejected them from serving as priests to the Lord.15Then he appointed for himself priests for the high places, for the demons, and the calf idols which he had made.16And after the Levites left, those from all the tribes of Israel, such as set their heart to seek the Lord God of Israel, came to Jerusalem to sacrifice to the Lord God of their fathers.17So they strengthened the kingdom of Judah, and made Rehoboam the son of Solomon strong for three years, because they walked in the way of David and Solomon for three years.18Then Rehoboam took for himself as wife Mahalath the daughter of Jerimoth the son of David, and of Abihail the daughter of Eliah the son of Jesse.19And she bore him children: Jeush, Shamariah, and Zaham.20After her he took Maacah the granddaughter of Absalom; and she bore him Abijah, Attai, Ziza, and Shelomith.21Now Rehoboam loved Maachah the granddaughter of Absalom more than all his wives and his concubines; for he took eighteen wives and sixty concubines, and begot twenty-eight sons and sixty daughters.22And Rehoboam appointed Abijah the son of Maachah as chief, to be leader among his brothers; for he intended to make him king.23He dealt wisely, and dispersed some of his sons throughout all the territories of Judah and Benjamin, to every fortified city; and he gave them provisions in abundance. He also sought many wives for them.
1To the Chief Musician. Set to 'Do Not Destroy.' A Psalm of Asaph. A Song. We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks! For Your wondrous works declare that Your name is near.2"When I choose the proper time, I will judge uprightly.3The earth and all its inhabitants are dissolved; I set up its pillars firmly. Selah4'I said to the boastful, 'Do not deal boastfully,' And to the wicked, 'Do not lift up the horn.5Do not lift up your horn on high; Do not speak with a stiff neck.' "6For exaltation comes neither from the east Nor from the west nor from the south.7But God is the Judge: He puts down one, And exalts another.8For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup, And the wine is red; It is fully mixed, and He pours it out; Surely its dregs shall all the wicked of the earth Drain and drink down.9But I will declare forever, I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.10'All the horns of the wicked I will also cut off, But the horns of the righteous shall be exalted."