27"Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? 'Father, save Me from this hour'? But for this purpose I came to this hour.28Father, glorify Your name." Then a voice came from heaven, saying, "I have both glorified it and will glorify it again."29Therefore the people who stood by and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, "An angel has spoken to Him."30Jesus answered and said, "This voice did not come because of Me, but for your sake.31Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.32And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself."33This He said, signifying by what death He would die.34The people answered Him, "We have heard from the law that the Christ remains forever; and how can You say, 'The Son of Man must be lifted up'? Who is this Son of Man?"35Then Jesus said to them, "A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going.36While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light." These things Jesus spoke, and departed, and was hidden from them.37But although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him,38that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke: "Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?" 39Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again:40"He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, Lest they should see with their eyes, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them." 41These things Isaiah said when he saw His glory and spoke of Him.42Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue;43for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.44Then Jesus cried out and said, "He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me.45And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me.46I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.47And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.48He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him--the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.49For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.50And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak."
1In the thirty-sixth year of the reign of Asa, Baasha king of Israel came up against Judah and built Ramah, that he might let none go out or come in to Asa king of Judah.2Then Asa brought silver and gold from the treasuries of the house of the Lord and of the king's house, and sent to Ben-Hadad king of Syria, who dwelt in Damascus, saying,3"Let there be a treaty between you and me, as there was between my father and your father. Here, I have sent you silver and gold; come, break your treaty with Baasha king of Israel, so that he will withdraw from me."4So Ben-Hadad heeded King Asa, and sent the captains of his armies against the cities of Israel. They attacked Ijon, Dan, Abel Maim, and all the storage cities of Naphtali.5Now it happened, when Baasha heard it, that he stopped building Ramah and ceased his work.6Then King Asa took all Judah, and they carried away the stones and timber of Ramah, which Baasha had used for building; and with them he built Geba and Mizpah.7And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said to him: "Because you have relied on the king of Syria, and have not relied on the Lord your God, therefore the army of the king of Syria has escaped from your hand.8Were the Ethiopians and the Lubim not a huge army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet, because you relied on the Lord, He delivered them into your hand.9For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars."10Then Asa was angry with the seer, and put him in prison, for he was enraged at him because of this. And Asa oppressed some of the people at that time.11Note that the acts of Asa, first and last, are indeed written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.12And in the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asa became diseased in his feet, and his malady was severe; yet in his disease he did not seek the Lord, but the physicians.13So Asa rested with his fathers; he died in the forty-first year of his reign.14They buried him in his own tomb, which he had made for himself in the City of David; and they laid him in the bed which was filled with spices and various ingredients prepared in a mixture of ointments. They made a very great burning for him.
1Then Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his place, and strengthened himself against Israel.2And he placed troops in all the fortified cities of Judah, and set garrisons in the land of Judah and in the cities of Ephraim which Asa his father had taken.3Now the Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the former ways of his father David; he did not seek the Baals,4but sought the God of his father, and walked in His commandments and not according to the acts of Israel.5Therefore the Lord established the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah gave presents to Jehoshaphat, and he had riches and honor in abundance.6And his heart took delight in the ways of the Lord; moreover he removed the high places and wooden images from Judah.7Also in the third year of his reign he sent his leaders, Ben-Hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel, and Michaiah, to teach in the cities of Judah.8And with them he sent Levites: Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah, and Tobadonijah--the Levites; and with them Elishama and Jehoram, the priests.9So they taught in Judah, and had the Book of the Law of the Lord with them; they went throughout all the cities of Judah and taught the people.10And the fear of the Lord fell on all the kingdoms of the lands that were around Judah, so that they did not make war against Jehoshaphat.11Also some of the Philistines brought Jehoshaphat presents and silver as tribute; and the Arabians brought him flocks, seven thousand seven hundred rams and seven thousand seven hundred male goats.12So Jehoshaphat became increasingly powerful, and he built fortresses and storage cities in Judah.13He had much property in the cities of Judah; and the men of war, mighty men of valor, were in Jerusalem.14These are their numbers, according to their fathers' houses. Of Judah, the captains of thousands: Adnah the captain, and with him three hundred thousand mighty men of valor;15and next to him was Jehohanan the captain, and with him two hundred and eighty thousand;16and next to him was Amasiah the son of Zichri, who willingly offered himself to the Lord, and with him two hundred thousand mighty men of valor.17Of Benjamin: Eliada a mighty man of valor, and with him two hundred thousand men armed with bow and shield;18and next to him was Jehozabad, and with him one hundred and eighty thousand prepared for war.19These served the king, besides those the king put in the fortified cities throughout all Judah.
1A Contemplation of Asaph. Give ear, O my people, to my law; Incline your ears to the words of my mouth.2I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old,3Which we have heard and known, And our fathers have told us.4We will not hide them from their children, Telling to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, And His strength and His wonderful works that He has done.5For He established a testimony in Jacob, And appointed a law in Israel, Which He commanded our fathers, That they should make them known to their children;6That the generation to come might know them, The children who would be born, That they may arise and declare them to their children,7That they may set their hope in God, And not forget the works of God, But keep His commandments;8And may not be like their fathers, A stubborn and rebellious generation, A generation that did not set its heart aright, And whose spirit was not faithful to God.9The children of Ephraim, being armed and carrying bows, Turned back in the day of battle.10They did not keep the covenant of God; They refused to walk in His law,11And forgot His works And His wonders that He had shown them.12Marvelous things He did in the sight of their fathers, In the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.13He divided the sea and caused them to pass through; And He made the waters stand up like a heap.14In the daytime also He led them with the cloud, And all the night with a light of fire.15He split the rocks in the wilderness, And gave them drink in abundance like the depths.16He also brought streams out of the rock, And caused waters to run down like rivers.17But they sinned even more against Him By rebelling against the Most High in the wilderness.18And they tested God in their heart By asking for the food of their fancy.19Yes, they spoke against God: They said, "Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?20Behold, He struck the rock, So that the waters gushed out, And the streams overflowed. Can He give bread also? Can He provide meat for His people?"