1Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.2(This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.)3So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.”4When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”5Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.6So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days,7and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”8“But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?”9Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light.10It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.”11After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.”12His disciples replied, “Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better.”13Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.14So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead,15and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”16Then Thomas (also known as Didymus ) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”
17On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.18Now Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem,19and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother.20When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.21“Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died.22But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”23Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”24Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”25Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;26and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”27“Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
1Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all Israel had gone there to make him king.2When Jeroboam son of Nebat heard this (he was in Egypt, where he had fled from King Solomon), he returned from Egypt.3So they sent for Jeroboam, and he and all Israel went to Rehoboam and said to him:4“Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but now lighten the harsh labor and the heavy yoke he put on us, and we will serve you.”5Rehoboam answered, “Come back to me in three days.” So the people went away.6Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who had served his father Solomon during his lifetime. “How would you advise me to answer these people?” he asked.7They replied, “If you will be kind to these people and please them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your servants.”8But Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders gave him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him.9He asked them, “What is your advice? How should we answer these people who say to me, ‘Lighten the yoke your father put on us’?”10The young men who had grown up with him replied, “The people have said to you, ‘Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but make our yoke lighter.’ Now tell them, ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s waist.11My father laid on you a heavy yoke; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions.’ ”12Three days later Jeroboam and all the people returned to Rehoboam, as the king had said, “Come back to me in three days.”13The king answered them harshly. Rejecting the advice of the elders,14he followed the advice of the young men and said, “My father made your yoke heavy; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions.”15So the king did not listen to the people, for this turn of events was from God, to fulfill the word the LORD had spoken to Jeroboam son of Nebat through Ahijah the Shilonite.16When all Israel saw that the king refused to listen to them, they answered the king: “What share do we have in David, what part in Jesse’s son? To your tents, Israel! Look after your own house, David!” So all the Israelites went home.17But as for the Israelites who were living in the towns of Judah, Rehoboam still ruled over them.18King Rehoboam sent out Adoniram, who was in charge of forced labor, but the Israelites stoned him to death. King Rehoboam, however, managed to get into his chariot and escape to Jerusalem.19So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day.
1When Rehoboam arrived in Jerusalem, he mustered Judah and Benjamin—a hundred and eighty thousand able young men—to go to war against Israel and to regain the kingdom for Rehoboam.2But this word of the LORD came to Shemaiah the man of God:3“Say to Rehoboam son of Solomon king of Judah and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin,4‘This is what the LORD says: Do not go up to fight against your fellow Israelites. Go home, every one of you, for this is my doing.’ ” So they obeyed the words of the LORD and turned back from marching against Jeroboam.
5Rehoboam lived in Jerusalem and built up towns for defense in Judah:6Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,7Beth Zur, Soko, Adullam,8Gath, Mareshah, Ziph,9Adoraim, Lachish, Azekah,10Zorah, Aijalon and Hebron. These were fortified cities in Judah and Benjamin.11He strengthened their defenses and put commanders in them, with supplies of food, olive oil and wine.12He put shields and spears in all the cities, and made them very strong. So Judah and Benjamin were his.13The priests and Levites from all their districts throughout Israel sided with him.14The Levites even abandoned their pasturelands and property and came to Judah and Jerusalem, because Jeroboam and his sons had rejected them as priests of the LORD15when he appointed his own priests for the high places and for the goat and calf idols he had made.16Those from every tribe of Israel who set their hearts on seeking the LORD, the God of Israel, followed the Levites to Jerusalem to offer sacrifices to the LORD, the God of their ancestors.17They strengthened the kingdom of Judah and supported Rehoboam son of Solomon three years, following the ways of David and Solomon during this time.
18Rehoboam married Mahalath, who was the daughter of David’s son Jerimoth and of Abihail, the daughter of Jesse’s son Eliab.19She bore him sons: Jeush, Shemariah and Zaham.20Then he married Maakah daughter of Absalom, who bore him Abijah, Attai, Ziza and Shelomith.21Rehoboam loved Maakah daughter of Absalom more than any of his other wives and concubines. In all, he had eighteen wives and sixty concubines, twenty-eight sons and sixty daughters.22Rehoboam appointed Abijah son of Maakah as crown prince among his brothers, in order to make him king.23He acted wisely, dispersing some of his sons throughout the districts of Judah and Benjamin, and to all the fortified cities. He gave them abundant provisions and took many wives for them.
1We praise you, God, we praise you, for your Name is near; people tell of your wonderful deeds.2You say, “I choose the appointed time; it is I who judge with equity.3When the earth and all its people quake, it is I who hold its pillars firm.4To the arrogant I say, ‘Boast no more,’ and to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your horns.5Do not lift your horns against heaven; do not speak so defiantly.’ ”6No one from the east or the west or from the desert can exalt themselves.7It is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another.8In the hand of the LORD is a cup full of foaming wine mixed with spices; he pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth drink it down to its very dregs.9As for me, I will declare this forever; I will sing praise to the God of Jacob,10who says, “I will cut off the horns of all the wicked, but the horns of the righteous will be lifted up.”