1Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias),2and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick.3Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples.4The Jewish Passover Festival was near.5When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?”6He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.7Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”8Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up,9“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”10Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there).11Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.12When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.”13So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.14After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.”15Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.
16When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake,17where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them.18A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough.19When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened.20But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.”21Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.
2So David gave orders to assemble the foreigners residing in Israel, and from among them he appointed stonecutters to prepare dressed stone for building the house of God.3He provided a large amount of iron to make nails for the doors of the gateways and for the fittings, and more bronze than could be weighed.4He also provided more cedar logs than could be counted, for the Sidonians and Tyrians had brought large numbers of them to David.5David said, “My son Solomon is young and inexperienced, and the house to be built for the LORD should be of great magnificence and fame and splendor in the sight of all the nations. Therefore I will make preparations for it.” So David made extensive preparations before his death.6Then he called for his son Solomon and charged him to build a house for the LORD, the God of Israel.7David said to Solomon: “My son, I had it in my heart to build a house for the Name of the LORD my God.8But this word of the LORD came to me: ‘You have shed much blood and have fought many wars. You are not to build a house for my Name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in my sight.9But you will have a son who will be a man of peace and rest, and I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side. His name will be Solomon, and I will grant Israel peace and quiet during his reign.10He is the one who will build a house for my Name. He will be my son, and I will be his father. And I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.’11“Now, my son, the LORD be with you, and may you have success and build the house of the LORD your God, as he said you would.12May the LORD give you discretion and understanding when he puts you in command over Israel, so that you may keep the law of the LORD your God.13Then you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the LORD gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged.14“I have taken great pains to provide for the temple of the LORD a hundred thousand talents of gold, a million talents of silver, quantities of bronze and iron too great to be weighed, and wood and stone. And you may add to them.15You have many workers: stonecutters, masons and carpenters, as well as those skilled in every kind of work16in gold and silver, bronze and iron—craftsmen beyond number. Now begin the work, and the LORD be with you.”17Then David ordered all the leaders of Israel to help his son Solomon.18He said to them, “Is not the LORD your God with you? And has he not granted you rest on every side? For he has given the inhabitants of the land into my hands, and the land is subject to the LORD and to his people.19Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the LORD your God. Begin to build the sanctuary of the LORD God, so that you may bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD and the sacred articles belonging to God into the temple that will be built for the Name of the LORD.”
1When David was old and full of years, he made his son Solomon king over Israel.2He also gathered together all the leaders of Israel, as well as the priests and Levites.3The Levites thirty years old or more were counted, and the total number of men was thirty-eight thousand.4David said, “Of these, twenty-four thousand are to be in charge of the work of the temple of the LORD and six thousand are to be officials and judges.5Four thousand are to be gatekeepers and four thousand are to praise the LORD with the musical instruments I have provided for that purpose.”6David separated the Levites into divisions corresponding to the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath and Merari.
7Belonging to the Gershonites: Ladan and Shimei.8The sons of Ladan: Jehiel the first, Zetham and Joel—three in all.9The sons of Shimei: Shelomoth, Haziel and Haran—three in all. These were the heads of the families of Ladan.10And the sons of Shimei: Jahath, Ziza, Jeush and Beriah. These were the sons of Shimei—four in all.11Jahath was the first and Ziza the second, but Jeush and Beriah did not have many sons; so they were counted as one family with one assignment.
12The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel—four in all.13The sons of Amram: Aaron and Moses. Aaron was set apart, he and his descendants forever, to consecrate the most holy things, to offer sacrifices before the LORD, to minister before him and to pronounce blessings in his name forever.14The sons of Moses the man of God were counted as part of the tribe of Levi.15The sons of Moses: Gershom and Eliezer.16The descendants of Gershom: Shubael was the first.17The descendants of Eliezer: Rehabiah was the first. Eliezer had no other sons, but the sons of Rehabiah were very numerous.18The sons of Izhar: Shelomith was the first.19The sons of Hebron: Jeriah the first, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third and Jekameam the fourth.20The sons of Uzziel: Micah the first and Ishiah the second.
21The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. The sons of Mahli: Eleazar and Kish.22Eleazar died without having sons: he had only daughters. Their cousins, the sons of Kish, married them.23The sons of Mushi: Mahli, Eder and Jerimoth—three in all.24These were the descendants of Levi by their families—the heads of families as they were registered under their names and counted individually, that is, the workers twenty years old or more who served in the temple of the LORD.25For David had said, “Since the LORD, the God of Israel, has granted rest to his people and has come to dwell in Jerusalem forever,26the Levites no longer need to carry the tabernacle or any of the articles used in its service.”27According to the last instructions of David, the Levites were counted from those twenty years old or more.28The duty of the Levites was to help Aaron’s descendants in the service of the temple of the LORD: to be in charge of the courtyards, the side rooms, the purification of all sacred things and the performance of other duties at the house of God.29They were in charge of the bread set out on the table, the special flour for the grain offerings, the thin loaves made without yeast, the baking and the mixing, and all measurements of quantity and size.30They were also to stand every morning to thank and praise the LORD. They were to do the same in the evening31and whenever burnt offerings were presented to the LORD on the Sabbaths, at the New Moon feasts and at the appointed festivals. They were to serve before the LORD regularly in the proper number and in the way prescribed for them.32And so the Levites carried out their responsibilities for the tent of meeting, for the Holy Place and, under their relatives the descendants of Aaron, for the service of the temple of the LORD.
1The word of the LORD is against the land of Hadrak and will come to rest on Damascus— for the eyes of all people and all the tribes of Israel are on the LORD—2and on Hamath too, which borders on it, and on Tyre and Sidon, though they are very skillful.3Tyre has built herself a stronghold; she has heaped up silver like dust, and gold like the dirt of the streets.4But the Lord will take away her possessions and destroy her power on the sea, and she will be consumed by fire.5Ashkelon will see it and fear; Gaza will writhe in agony, and Ekron too, for her hope will wither. Gaza will lose her king and Ashkelon will be deserted.6A mongrel people will occupy Ashdod, and I will put an end to the pride of the Philistines.7I will take the blood from their mouths, the forbidden food from between their teeth. Those who are left will belong to our God and become a clan in Judah, and Ekron will be like the Jebusites.8But I will encamp at my temple to guard it against marauding forces. Never again will an oppressor overrun my people, for now I am keeping watch.
9Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.10I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the warhorses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.11As for you, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit.12Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.13I will bend Judah as I bend my bow and fill it with Ephraim. I will rouse your sons, Zion, against your sons, Greece, and make you like a warrior’s sword.
14Then the LORD will appear over them; his arrow will flash like lightning. The Sovereign LORD will sound the trumpet; he will march in the storms of the south,15and the LORD Almighty will shield them. They will destroy and overcome with slingstones. They will drink and roar as with wine; they will be full like a bowl used for sprinkling the corners of the altar.16The LORD their God will save his people on that day as a shepherd saves his flock. They will sparkle in his land like jewels in a crown.17How attractive and beautiful they will be! Grain will make the young men thrive, and new wine the young women.