1Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals.2Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades.3Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.5One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.6When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”7“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”8Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”9At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. The day on which this took place was a Sabbath,10and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.”11But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’ ”12So they asked him, “Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?”13The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there.14Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.”15The man went away and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had made him well.
16So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him.17In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.”18For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.
1In the course of time, David defeated the Philistines and subdued them, and he took Gath and its surrounding villages from the control of the Philistines.2David also defeated the Moabites, and they became subject to him and brought him tribute.3Moreover, David defeated Hadadezer king of Zobah, in the vicinity of Hamath, when he went to set up his monument at the Euphrates River.4David captured a thousand of his chariots, seven thousand charioteers and twenty thousand foot soldiers. He hamstrung all but a hundred of the chariot horses.5When the Arameans of Damascus came to help Hadadezer king of Zobah, David struck down twenty-two thousand of them.6He put garrisons in the Aramean kingdom of Damascus, and the Arameans became subject to him and brought him tribute. The LORD gave David victory wherever he went.7David took the gold shields carried by the officers of Hadadezer and brought them to Jerusalem.8From Tebah and Kun, towns that belonged to Hadadezer, David took a great quantity of bronze, which Solomon used to make the bronze Sea, the pillars and various bronze articles.9When Tou king of Hamath heard that David had defeated the entire army of Hadadezer king of Zobah,10he sent his son Hadoram to King David to greet him and congratulate him on his victory in battle over Hadadezer, who had been at war with Tou. Hadoram brought all kinds of articles of gold, of silver and of bronze.11King David dedicated these articles to the LORD, as he had done with the silver and gold he had taken from all these nations: Edom and Moab, the Ammonites and the Philistines, and Amalek.12Abishai son of Zeruiah struck down eighteen thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt.13He put garrisons in Edom, and all the Edomites became subject to David. The LORD gave David victory wherever he went.
14David reigned over all Israel, doing what was just and right for all his people.15Joab son of Zeruiah was over the army; Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was recorder;16Zadok son of Ahitub and Ahimelek son of Abiathar were priests; Shavsha was secretary;17Benaiah son of Jehoiada was over the Kerethites and Pelethites; and David’s sons were chief officials at the king’s side.
1In the course of time, Nahash king of the Ammonites died, and his son succeeded him as king.2David thought, “I will show kindness to Hanun son of Nahash, because his father showed kindness to me.” So David sent a delegation to express his sympathy to Hanun concerning his father. When David’s envoys came to Hanun in the land of the Ammonites to express sympathy to him,3the Ammonite commanders said to Hanun, “Do you think David is honoring your father by sending envoys to you to express sympathy? Haven’t his envoys come to you only to explore and spy out the country and overthrow it?”4So Hanun seized David’s envoys, shaved them, cut off their garments at the buttocks, and sent them away.5When someone came and told David about the men, he sent messengers to meet them, for they were greatly humiliated. The king said, “Stay at Jericho till your beards have grown, and then come back.”6When the Ammonites realized that they had become obnoxious to David, Hanun and the Ammonites sent a thousand talents of silver to hire chariots and charioteers from Aram Naharaim, Aram Maakah and Zobah.7They hired thirty-two thousand chariots and charioteers, as well as the king of Maakah with his troops, who came and camped near Medeba, while the Ammonites were mustered from their towns and moved out for battle.8On hearing this, David sent Joab out with the entire army of fighting men.9The Ammonites came out and drew up in battle formation at the entrance to their city, while the kings who had come were by themselves in the open country.10Joab saw that there were battle lines in front of him and behind him; so he selected some of the best troops in Israel and deployed them against the Arameans.11He put the rest of the men under the command of Abishai his brother, and they were deployed against the Ammonites.12Joab said, “If the Arameans are too strong for me, then you are to rescue me; but if the Ammonites are too strong for you, then I will rescue you.13Be strong, and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. The LORD will do what is good in his sight.”14Then Joab and the troops with him advanced to fight the Arameans, and they fled before him.15When the Ammonites realized that the Arameans were fleeing, they too fled before his brother Abishai and went inside the city. So Joab went back to Jerusalem.16After the Arameans saw that they had been routed by Israel, they sent messengers and had Arameans brought from beyond the Euphrates River, with Shophak the commander of Hadadezer’s army leading them.17When David was told of this, he gathered all Israel and crossed the Jordan; he advanced against them and formed his battle lines opposite them. David formed his lines to meet the Arameans in battle, and they fought against him.18But they fled before Israel, and David killed seven thousand of their charioteers and forty thousand of their foot soldiers. He also killed Shophak the commander of their army.19When the vassals of Hadadezer saw that they had been routed by Israel, they made peace with David and became subject to him. So the Arameans were not willing to help the Ammonites anymore.
1In the fourth year of King Darius, the word of the LORD came to Zechariah on the fourth day of the ninth month, the month of Kislev.2The people of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regem-Melek, together with their men, to entreat the LORD3by asking the priests of the house of the LORD Almighty and the prophets, “Should I mourn and fast in the fifth month, as I have done for so many years?”4Then the word of the LORD Almighty came to me:5“Ask all the people of the land and the priests, ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months for the past seventy years, was it really for me that you fasted?6And when you were eating and drinking, were you not just feasting for yourselves?7Are these not the words the LORD proclaimed through the earlier prophets when Jerusalem and its surrounding towns were at rest and prosperous, and the Negev and the western foothills were settled?’ ”8And the word of the LORD came again to Zechariah:9“This is what the LORD Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.10Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.’11“But they refused to pay attention; stubbornly they turned their backs and covered their ears.12They made their hearts as hard as flint and would not listen to the law or to the words that the LORD Almighty had sent by his Spirit through the earlier prophets. So the LORD Almighty was very angry.13“ ‘When I called, they did not listen; so when they called, I would not listen,’ says the LORD Almighty.14‘I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations, where they were strangers. The land they left behind them was so desolate that no one traveled through it. This is how they made the pleasant land desolate.’ ”