22After these things Jesus and His disciples came into the land of Judea, and there He remained with them and baptized.23Now John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there. And they came and were baptized.24For John had not yet been thrown into prison.25Then there arose a dispute between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purification.26And they came to John and said to him, "Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have testified--behold, He is baptizing, and all are coming to Him!"27John answered and said, "A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven.28You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, 'I am not the Christ,' but, 'I have been sent before Him.'29He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom's voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled.30He must increase, but I must decrease.31He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all.32And what He has seen and heard, that He testifies; and no one receives His testimony.33He who has received His testimony has certified that God is true.34For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure.35The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand.36He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."
1Then David consulted with the captains of thousands and hundreds, and with every leader.2And David said to all the assembly of Israel, "If it seems good to you, and if it is of the Lord our God, let us send out to our brethren everywhere who are left in all the land of Israel, and with them to the priests and Levites who are in their cities and their common-lands, that they may gather together to us;3and let us bring the ark of our God back to us, for we have not inquired at it since the days of Saul."4Then all the assembly said that they would do so, for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people.5So David gathered all Israel together, from Shihor in Egypt to as far as the entrance of Hamath, to bring the ark of God from Kirjath Jearim.6And David and all Israel went up to Baalah, to Kirjath Jearim, which belonged to Judah, to bring up from there the ark of God the Lord, who dwells between the cherubim, where His name is proclaimed.7So they carried the ark of God on a new cart from the house of Abinadab, and Uzza and Ahio drove the cart.8Then David and all Israel played music before God with all their might, with singing, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on cymbals, and with trumpets.9And when they came to Chidon's threshing floor, Uzza put out his hand to hold the ark, for the oxen stumbled.10Then the anger of the Lord was aroused against Uzza, and He struck him because he put his hand to the ark; and he died there before God.11And David became angry because of the Lord's outbreak against Uzza; therefore that place is called Perez Uzza to this day.12David was afraid of God that day, saying, "How can I bring the ark of God to me?"13So David would not move the ark with him into the City of David, but took it aside into the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite.14The ark of God remained with the family of Obed-Edom in his house three months. And the Lord blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that he had.
1Now Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, with masons and carpenters, to build him a house.2So David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel, for his kingdom was highly exalted for the sake of His people Israel.3Then David took more wives in Jerusalem, and David begot more sons and daughters.4And these are the names of his children whom he had in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon,5Ibhar, Elishua, Elpelet, 6Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia,7Elishama, Beeliada, and Eliphelet.8Now when the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel, all the Philistines went up to search for David. And David heard of it and went out against them.9Then the Philistines went and made a raid on the Valley of Rephaim.10And David inquired of God, saying, "Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?" And the Lord said to him, "Go up, for I will deliver them into your hand."11So they went up to Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there. Then David said, "God has broken through my enemies by my hand like a breakthrough of water." Therefore they called the name of that place Baal Perazim. 12And when they left their gods there, David gave a commandment, and they were burned with fire.13Then the Philistines once again made a raid on the valley.14Therefore David inquired again of God, and God said to him, "You shall not go up after them; circle around them, and come upon them in front of the mulberry trees.15And it shall be, when you hear a sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall go out to battle, for God has gone out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines."16So David did as God commanded him, and they drove back the army of the Philistines from Gibeon as far as Gezer.17Then the fame of David went out into all lands, and the Lord brought the fear of him upon all nations.
1Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him.2And the Lord said to Satan, "The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?"3Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the Angel.4Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, "Take away the filthy garments from him." And to him He said, "See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes."5And I said, "Let them put a clean turban on his head." So they put a clean turban on his head, and they put the clothes on him. And the Angel of the Lord stood by.6Then the Angel of the Lord admonished Joshua, saying,7"Thus says the Lord of hosts: 'If you will walk in My ways, And if you will keep My command, Then you shall also judge My house, And likewise have charge of My courts; I will give you places to walk Among these who stand here.8'Hear, O Joshua, the high priest, You and your companions who sit before you, For they are a wondrous sign; For behold, I am bringing forth My Servant the BRANCH.9For behold, the stone That I have laid before Joshua: Upon the stone are seven eyes. Behold, I will engrave its inscription,' Says the Lord of hosts, 'And I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.10In that day,' says the Lord of hosts, 'Everyone will invite his neighbor Under his vine and under his fig tree.' "