1As He was passing by, He saw a man blind from birth.2His disciples questioned Him: "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" 3 "Neither this man nor his parents sinned," Jesus answered. "[This came about] so that God's works might be displayed in him. 4 We must do the works of Him who sent Me while it is day. Night is coming when no one can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." 6After He said these things He spit on the ground, made some mud from the saliva, and spread the mud on his eyes.7 "Go," He told him, "wash in the pool of Siloam" (which means "Sent"). So he left, washed, and came back seeing. 8His neighbors and those who formerly had seen him as a beggar said, "Isn't this the man who sat begging?"9Some said, "He's the one." "No," others were saying, "but he looks like him." He kept saying, "I'm the one!" 10Therefore they asked him, "Then how were your eyes opened?" 11He answered, "The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and told me, 'Go to Siloam and wash.' So when I went and washed I received my sight." 12"Where is He?" they asked. "I don't know," he said.
13They brought the man who used to be blind to the Pharisees.14The day that Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes was a Sabbath.15So again the Pharisees asked him how he received his sight. "He put mud on my eyes," he told them. "I washed and I can see." 16Therefore some of the Pharisees said, "This man is not from God, for He doesn't keep the Sabbath!" But others were saying, "How can a sinful man perform such signs?" And there was a division among them. 17Again they asked the blind man, "What do you say about Him, since He opened your eyes?" "He's a prophet," he said. 18The Jews did not believe this about him-that he was blind and received sight-until they summoned the parents of the one who had received his sight. 19They asked them, "Is this your son, [the one] you say was born blind? How then does he now see?" 20"We know this is our son and that he was born blind," his parents answered.21"But we don't know how he now sees, and we don't know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he's of age. He will speak for himself."22His parents said these things because they were afraid of the Jews, since the Jews had already agreed that if anyone confessed Him as Messiah, he would be banned from the synagogue.23This is why his parents said, "He's of age; ask him."
1Then Solomon said: The Lord said He would dwell in thick darkness, 2but I have built an exalted temple for You, a place for Your residence forever. 3Then the king turned and blessed the entire congregation of Israel while they were standing.4He said: May the Lord God of Israel be praised! He spoke directly to my father David, and He has fulfilled [the promise] by His power. He said, 5"Since the day I brought My people Israel out of the land of Egypt, I have not chosen a city to build a temple in among any of the tribes of Israel, so that My name would be there, and I have not chosen a man to be ruler over My people Israel. 6But I have chosen Jerusalem so that My name will be there, and I have chosen David to be over My people Israel." 7Now it was in the heart of my father David to build a temple for the name of the Lord God of Israel. 8However, the Lord said to my father David, "Since it was your desire to build a temple for My name, you have done well to have this desire. 9Yet, you are not the one to build the temple, but your son, your own offspring, will build the temple for My name." 10So the Lord has fulfilled what He promised. I have taken the place of my father David and I sit on the throne of Israel, as the Lord promised. I have built the temple for the name of the Lord God of Israel. 11I have put the ark there, where the Lord's covenant is that He made with the Israelites.
12Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in front of the entire congregation of Israel and spread out his hands.13For Solomon had made a bronze platform seven and a half feet long, seven and a half feet wide, and four and a half feet high and put it in the court. He stood on it, knelt down in front of the entire congregation of Israel, and spread out his hands toward heaven.14He said: Lord God of Israel, there is no God like You in heaven or on earth, keeping His gracious covenant with Your servants who walk before You with their whole heart. 15You have kept what You promised to Your servant, my father David. You spoke directly [to him], and You fulfilled [Your promise] by Your power, as it is today. 16Therefore, Lord God of Israel, keep what You promised to Your servant, my father David: You will never fail to have a man to sit before Me on the throne of Israel, if only your sons guard their way to walk in My Law as you have walked before Me. 17Now, Lord God of Israel, please confirm what You promised to Your servant David. 18But will God indeed live on earth with man? Even heaven, the highest heaven, cannot contain You, much less this temple I have built. 19Listen to Your servant's prayer and his petition, Lord my God, so that You may hear the cry and the prayer that Your servant prays before You, 20so that Your eyes watch over this temple day and night, toward the place where You said You would put Your name; and so that You may hear the prayer Your servant prays toward this place. 21Hear the petitions of Your servant and Your people Israel, which they pray toward this place. May You hear in Your dwelling place in heaven. May You hear and forgive. 22If a man sins against his neighbor and is forced to take an oath and he comes to take an oath before Your altar in this temple, 23may You hear in heaven and act. May You judge Your servants, condemning the wicked by bringing what he has done on his own head and providing justice for the righteous by rewarding him according to his righteousness. 24If Your people Israel are defeated before an enemy, because they have sinned against You, and they return [to You] and praise Your name, and they pray and plead for mercy before You in this temple, 25may You hear in heaven and forgive the sin of Your people Israel. May You restore them to the land You gave them and their ancestors. 26When the skies are shut and there is no rain because they have sinned against You, and they pray toward this place and praise Your name, and they turn from their sins because You are afflicting them, 27may You hear in heaven and forgive the sin of Your servants and Your people Israel, so that You may teach them the good way they should walk in. May You send rain on Your land that You gave Your people for an inheritance. 28When there is famine on the earth, when there is pestilence, when there is blight, mildew, locust, or grasshopper, when their enemies besiege them in the region of their fortified cities, [when there is] any plague or illness, 29whatever prayer or petition anyone from your people Israel might have- each man knowing his own affliction and suffering, and spreading out his hands toward this temple- 30may You hear in heaven, Your dwelling place, and may You forgive and repay the man according to all his ways, since You know his heart, for You alone know the human heart, 31so that they may fear You and walk in Your ways all the days they live on the land You gave our ancestors. 32Even for the foreigner who is not of Your people Israel but has come from a distant land because of Your great name and Your mighty hand and outstretched arm: when he comes and prays toward this temple, 33may You hear in heaven in Your dwelling place, and do all the foreigner asks You for. Then all the peoples of the earth will know Your name, to fear You as Your people Israel do and know that this temple I have built is called by Your name. 34When Your people go out to fight against their enemies, wherever You send them, and they pray to You in the direction of this city You have chosen and the temple that I have built for Your name, 35may You hear their prayer and petition in heaven and uphold their cause. 36When they sin against You- for there is no one who does not sin- and You are angry with them and hand them over to the enemy, and their captors deport them to a distant or nearby country, 37and when they come to their senses in the land where they were deported and repent and petition You in their captors' land, saying: "We have sinned and done wrong; we have been wicked," 38and when they return to You with their whole mind and heart in the land of their captivity where they were taken captive, and when they pray in the direction of their land that You gave their ancestors, and the city You have chosen, and toward the temple I have built for Your name, 39may You hear in heaven, in Your dwelling place, their prayer and petitions and uphold their cause. May You forgive Your people who sinned against You. 40Now, my God, please let Your eyes be open and Your ears attentive to the prayer of this place. 41Now therefore: Arise, Lord God, [come] to Your resting place, You and the ark [that shows] Your strength. May Your priests, Lord God, be clothed with salvation, and may Your godly people rejoice in goodness. 42Lord God, do not reject Your anointed one; remember the loyalty of Your servant David.
17You have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet you ask, "How have we wearied [Him]?" When you say, "Everyone who does evil is good in the Lord's sight, and He is pleased with them," or "Where is the God of justice?"
1"See, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. Then the Lord you seek will suddenly come to His temple, the Messenger of the covenant you desire-see, He is coming," says the Lord of Hosts.2But who can endure the day of His coming? And who will be able to stand when He appears? For He will be like a refiner's fire and like cleansing lye.3He will be like a refiner and purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver. Then they will present offerings to the Lord in righteousness.4And the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will please the Lord as in days of old and years gone by. 5"I will come to you in judgment, and I will be ready to witness against sorcerers and adulterers; against those who swear falsely; against those who oppress the widow and the fatherless, and cheat the wage earner; and against those who deny [justice to] the foreigner. They do not fear Me," says the Lord of Hosts.6"Because I, Yahweh, have not changed, you descendants of Jacob have not been destroyed.
7"Since the days of your fathers, you have turned from My statutes; you have not kept [them]. Return to Me, and I will return to you," says the Lord of Hosts. But you ask: "How can we return?" 8"Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me!" You ask: "How do we rob You?" "[By not making the payments] of 10 percent and the contributions.9You are suffering under a curse, yet you-the whole nation-are [still] robbing Me.10Bring the full 10 percent into the storehouse so that there may be food in My house. Test Me in this way," says the Lord of Hosts. "See if I will not open the floodgates of heaven and pour out a blessing for you without measure.11I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not ruin the produce of your ground, and your vine in your field will not be barren," says the Lord of Hosts.12"Then all the nations will consider you fortunate, for you will be a delightful land," says the Lord of Hosts.
13"Your words against Me are harsh," says the Lord. Yet you ask: "What have we spoken against You?" 14You have said: "It is useless to serve God. What have we gained by keeping His requirements and walking mournfully before the Lord of Hosts?15So now we consider the arrogant to be fortunate. Not only do those who commit wickedness prosper, they even test God and escape." 16At that time those who feared the Lord spoke to one another. The Lord took notice and listened. So a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who feared Yahweh and had high regard for His name.17"They will be Mine," says the Lord of Hosts, "a special possession on the day I am preparing. I will have compassion on them as a man has compassion on his son who serves him.18So you will again see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.