1Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead.2There they made Him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him.3Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.4Then one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, who would betray Him, said,5"Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?"6This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it.7But Jesus said, "Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of My burial.8For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always."9Now a great many of the Jews knew that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead.10But the chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also,11because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus.12The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,13took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: "Hosanna! 'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!' The King of Israel!"14Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written:15"Fear not, daughter of Zion; Behold, your King is coming, Sitting on a donkey's colt." 16His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about Him and that they had done these things to Him.17Therefore the people, who were with Him when He called Lazarus out of his tomb and raised him from the dead, bore witness.18For this reason the people also met Him, because they heard that He had done this sign.19The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, "You see that you are accomplishing nothing. Look, the world has gone after Him!"20Now there were certain Greeks among those who came up to worship at the feast.21Then they came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus."22Philip came and told Andrew, and in turn Andrew and Philip told Jesus.23But Jesus answered them, saying, "The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified.24Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.25He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.26If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.
1So Abijah rested with his fathers, and they buried him in the City of David. Then Asa his son reigned in his place. In his days the land was quiet for ten years.2Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God,3for he removed the altars of the foreign gods and the high places, and broke down the sacred pillars and cut down the wooden images.4He commanded Judah to seek the Lord God of their fathers, and to observe the law and the commandment.5He also removed the high places and the incense altars from all the cities of Judah, and the kingdom was quiet under him.6And he built fortified cities in Judah, for the land had rest; he had no war in those years, because the Lord had given him rest.7Therefore he said to Judah, "Let us build these cities and make walls around them, and towers, gates, and bars, while the land is yet before us, because we have sought the Lord our God; we have sought Him, and He has given us rest on every side." So they built and prospered.8And Asa had an army of three hundred thousand from Judah who carried shields and spears, and from Benjamin two hundred and eighty thousand men who carried shields and drew bows; all these were mighty men of valor.9Then Zerah the Ethiopian came out against them with an army of a million men and three hundred chariots, and he came to Mareshah.10So Asa went out against him, and they set the troops in battle array in the Valley of Zephathah at Mareshah.11And Asa cried out to the Lord his God, and said, "Lord, it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us, O Lord our God, for we rest on You, and in Your name we go against this multitude. O Lord, You are our God; do not let man prevail against You!"12So the Lord struck the Ethiopians before Asa and Judah, and the Ethiopians fled.13And Asa and the people who were with him pursued them to Gerar. So the Ethiopians were overthrown, and they could not recover, for they were broken before the Lord and His army. And they carried away very much spoil.14Then they defeated all the cities around Gerar, for the fear of the Lord came upon them; and they plundered all the cities, for there was exceedingly much spoil in them.15They also attacked the livestock enclosures, and carried off sheep and camels in abundance, and returned to Jerusalem.
1Now the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded.2And he went out to meet Asa, and said to him: "Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin. The Lord is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.3For a long time Israel has been without the true God, without a teaching priest, and without law;4but when in their trouble they turned to the Lord God of Israel, and sought Him, He was found by them.5And in those times there was no peace to the one who went out, nor to the one who came in, but great turmoil was on all the inhabitants of the lands.6So nation was destroyed by nation, and city by city, for God troubled them with every adversity.7But you, be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded!"8And when Asa heard these words and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and removed the abominable idols from all the land of Judah and Benjamin and from the cities which he had taken in the mountains of Ephraim; and he restored the altar of the Lord that was before the vestibule of the Lord.9Then he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and those who dwelt with them from Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon, for they came over to him in great numbers from Israel when they saw that the Lord his God was with him.10So they gathered together at Jerusalem in the third month, in the fifteenth year of the reign of Asa.11And they offered to the Lord at that time seven hundred bulls and seven thousand sheep from the spoil they had brought.12Then they entered into a covenant to seek the Lord God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul;13and whoever would not seek the Lord God of Israel was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.14Then they took an oath before the Lord with a loud voice, with shouting and trumpets and rams' horns.15And all Judah rejoiced at the oath, for they had sworn with all their heart and sought Him with all their soul; and He was found by them, and the Lord gave them rest all around.16Also he removed Maachah, the mother of Asa the king, from being queen mother, because she had made an obscene image of Asherah; and Asa cut down her obscene image, then crushed and burned it by the Brook Kidron.17But the high places were not removed from Israel. Nevertheless the heart of Asa was loyal all his days.18He also brought into the house of God the things that his father had dedicated and that he himself had dedicated: silver and gold and utensils.19And there was no war until the thirty-fifth year of the reign of Asa.
1To the Chief Musician. To Jeduthun. A Psalm of Asaph. I cried out to God with my voice-- To God with my voice; And He gave ear to me.2In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; My hand was stretched out in the night without ceasing; My soul refused to be comforted.3I remembered God, and was troubled; I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah4You hold my eyelids open; I am so troubled that I cannot speak.5I have considered the days of old, The years of ancient times.6I call to remembrance my song in the night; I meditate within my heart, And my spirit makes diligent search.7Will the Lord cast off forever? And will He be favorable no more?8Has His mercy ceased forever? Has His promise failed forevermore?9Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has He in anger shut up His tender mercies? Selah10And I said, "This is my anguish; But I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High."11I will remember the works of the Lord; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.12I will also meditate on all Your work, And talk of Your deeds.13Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary; Who is so great a God as our God?14You are the God who does wonders; You have declared Your strength among the peoples.15You have with Your arm redeemed Your people, The sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah16The waters saw You, O God; The waters saw You, they were afraid; The depths also trembled.17The clouds poured out water; The skies sent out a sound; Your arrows also flashed about.18The voice of Your thunder was in the whirlwind; The lightnings lit up the world; The earth trembled and shook.19Your way was in the sea, Your path in the great waters, And Your footsteps were not known.20You led Your people like a flock By the hand of Moses and Aaron.