1Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany where Lazarus was, the one Jesus had raised from the dead.2So they gave a dinner for Him there; Martha was serving them, and Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with Him.3Then Mary took a pound of fragrant oil-pure and expensive nard-anointed Jesus' feet, and wiped His feet with her hair. So the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. 4Then one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot (who was about to betray Him), said,5"Why wasn't this fragrant oil sold for 300 denarii and given to the poor?"6He didn't say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief. He was in charge of the money-bag and would steal part of what was put in it. 7Jesus answered, "Leave her alone; she has kept it for the day of My burial. 8 For you always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me."
9Then a large crowd of the Jews learned He was there. They came not only because of Jesus, but also to see Lazarus the one He had raised from the dead.10Therefore the chief priests decided to also kill Lazarus,11because he was the reason many of the Jews were deserting them and believing in Jesus.
12The next day, when the large crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,13they took palm branches and went out to meet Him. They kept shouting: " Hosanna ! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord -the King of Israel!" 14Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written:15 Fear no more, Daughter Zion; look! your King is coming, sitting on a donkey's colt. 16His disciples did not understand these things at first. However, when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about Him and that they had done these things to Him.17Meanwhile the crowd, which had been with Him when He called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead, continued to testify.18This is also why the crowd met Him, because they heard He had done this sign. 19Then the Pharisees said to one another, "You see? You've accomplished nothing. Look-the world has gone after Him!"
20Now some Greeks were among those who went up to worship at the festival.21So they came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and requested of him, "Sir, we want to see Jesus." 22Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus.23Jesus replied to them, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 "I assure you: Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains by itself. But if it dies, it produces a large crop. 25 The one who loves his life will lose it, and the one who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me. Where I am, there My servant also will be. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.
2 Asa did what was good and right in the sight of the Lord his God.3He removed the pagan altars and the high places. He shattered their sacred pillars and chopped down their Asherah poles.4He told [the people of] Judah to seek the Lord God of their ancestors and to carry out the instruction and the command.5He also removed the high places and the incense altars from all the cities of Judah, and the kingdom experienced peace under him. 6Because the land experienced peace, Asa built fortified cities in Judah. No one made war with him in those days because the Lord gave him rest.7So he said to [the people of] Judah, "Let's build these cities and surround them with walls and towers, with doors and bars. The land is still ours because we sought the Lord our God. We sought Him and He gave us rest on every side." So they built and succeeded.
8Asa had an army of 300,000 from Judah bearing large shields and spears, and 280,000 from Benjamin bearing regular shields and drawing the bow. All these were brave warriors.9Then Zerah the Cushite came against them with an army of one million men and 300 chariots. They came as far as Mareshah.10So Asa marched out against him and lined up in battle formation in the Valley of Zephathah at Mareshah. 11Then Asa cried out to the Lord his God: "Lord, there is no one besides You to help the mighty and those without strength. Help us, Lord our God, for we depend on You, and in Your name we have come against this multitude. Lord, You are our God. Do not let a mere mortal hinder You." 12So the Lord routed the Cushites before Asa and before Judah, and the Cushites fled.13Then Asa and the people who were with him pursued them as far as Gerar. The Cushites fell until they had no survivors, for they were crushed before the Lord and before His army. So the people of Judah carried off a great supply of loot.14Then they attacked all the cities around Gerar because the terror of the Lord was on them. They also plundered all the cities, since there was a great deal of plunder in them.15They also attacked the tents of the herdsmen and captured many sheep and camels. Then they returned to Jerusalem.
1The Spirit of God came on Azariah son of Oded.2So he went out to meet Asa and said to him, "Asa and all Judah and Benjamin, hear me. The Lord is with you when you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you, but if you abandon Him, He will abandon you.3For many years Israel has been without the true God, without a teaching priest, and without law,4but when they turned to the Lord God of Israel in their distress and sought Him, He was found by them.5In those times there was no peace for those who went about their daily activities because the residents of the lands had many conflicts.6Nation was crushed by nation and city by city, for God troubled them with every possible distress.7But as for you, be strong; don't be discouraged, for your work has a reward." 8When Asa heard these words and the prophecy of [Azariah son of] Oded the prophet, he took courage and removed the detestable idols from the whole land of Judah and Benjamin and from the cities he had captured in the hill country of Ephraim. He renovated the altar of the Lord that was in front of the vestibule of the Lord's [temple].9Then he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, as well as those from [the tribes of] Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon who had settled among them, for they had defected to him from Israel in great numbers when they saw that the Lord his God was with him. 10They were gathered in Jerusalem in the third month of the fifteenth year of Asa's reign.11At that time they sacrificed to the Lord 700 cattle and 7,000 sheep from all the plunder they had brought.12Then they entered into a covenant to seek the Lord God of their ancestors with all their mind and all their heart.13Whoever would not seek the Lord God of Israel would be put to death, young or old, man or woman.14They took an oath to the Lord in a loud voice, with shouting, with trumpets, and with rams' horns.15All Judah rejoiced over the oath, for they had sworn it with all their mind. They had sought Him with all their heart, and He was found by them. So the Lord gave them rest on every side. 16King Asa also removed Maacah, his grandmother, from being queen mother because she had made an obscene image of Asherah. Asa chopped down her obscene image, then crushed it and burned it in the Kidron Valley.17The high places were not taken away from Israel; nevertheless, Asa was wholehearted his entire life.18He brought his father's consecrated gifts and his own consecrated gifts into God's temple: silver, gold, and utensils. 19There was no war until the thirty-fifth year of Asa's reign.
1I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, and He will hear me. 2In my day of trouble I sought the Lord. My hands were lifted up all night long; I refused to be comforted. 3I think of God; I groan; I meditate; my spirit becomes weak. Selah 4You have kept me from closing my eyes; I am troubled and cannot speak. 5I consider days of old, years long past. 6At night I remember my music; I meditate in my heart, and my spirit ponders. 7"Will the Lord reject forever and never again show favor? 8Has His faithful love ceased forever? Is [His] promise at an end for all generations? 9Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has He in anger withheld His compassion?" Selah 10So I say, "It is my sorrow that the right hand of the Most High has changed." 11I will remember the Lord's works; yes, I will remember Your ancient wonders. 12I will reflect on all You have done and meditate on Your actions. 13God, Your way is holy. What god is great like God? 14You are the God who works wonders; You revealed Your strength among the peoples. 15With power You redeemed Your people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph. Selah 16The waters saw You, God. The waters saw You; they trembled. Even the depths shook. 17The clouds poured down water. The storm clouds thundered; Your arrows flashed back and forth. 18The sound of Your thunder was in the whirlwind; lightning lit up the world. The earth shook and quaked. 19Your way went through the sea, and Your path through the great waters, but Your footprints were unseen. 20You led Your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.