24A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. “Give glory to God by telling the truth,” they said. “We know this man is a sinner.”25He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”26Then they asked him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?”27He answered, “I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples too?”28Then they hurled insults at him and said, “You are this fellow’s disciple! We are disciples of Moses!29We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don’t even know where he comes from.”30The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes.31We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will.32Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind.33If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”34To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!” And they threw him out.
35Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”36“Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.”37Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.”38Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.39Jesus said,“For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”40Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?”41Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.
1When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the temple.2The priests could not enter the temple of the LORD because the glory of the LORD filled it.3When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the LORD above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the LORD, saying, “He is good; his love endures forever.”4Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before the LORD.5And King Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty-two thousand head of cattle and a hundred and twenty thousand sheep and goats. So the king and all the people dedicated the temple of God.6The priests took their positions, as did the Levites with the LORD’s musical instruments, which King David had made for praising the LORD and which were used when he gave thanks, saying, “His love endures forever.” Opposite the Levites, the priests blew their trumpets, and all the Israelites were standing.7Solomon consecrated the middle part of the courtyard in front of the temple of the LORD, and there he offered burnt offerings and the fat of the fellowship offerings, because the bronze altar he had made could not hold the burnt offerings, the grain offerings and the fat portions.8So Solomon observed the festival at that time for seven days, and all Israel with him—a vast assembly, people from Lebo Hamath to the Wadi of Egypt.9On the eighth day they held an assembly, for they had celebrated the dedication of the altar for seven days and the festival for seven days more.10On the twenty-third day of the seventh month he sent the people to their homes, joyful and glad in heart for the good things the LORD had done for David and Solomon and for his people Israel.
11When Solomon had finished the temple of the LORD and the royal palace, and had succeeded in carrying out all he had in mind to do in the temple of the LORD and in his own palace,12the LORD appeared to him at night and said: “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices.13“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people,14if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.15Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.16I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.17“As for you, if you walk before me faithfully as David your father did, and do all I command, and observe my decrees and laws,18I will establish your royal throne, as I covenanted with David your father when I said, ‘You shall never fail to have a successor to rule over Israel.’19“But if you turn away and forsake the decrees and commands I have given you and go off to serve other gods and worship them,20then I will uproot Israel from my land, which I have given them, and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name. I will make it a byword and an object of ridicule among all peoples.21This temple will become a heap of rubble. All who pass by will be appalled and say, ‘Why has the LORD done such a thing to this land and to this temple?’22People will answer, ‘Because they have forsaken the LORD, the God of their ancestors, who brought them out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshiping and serving them—that is why he brought all this disaster on them.’ ”
1“Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire,” says the LORD Almighty. “Not a root or a branch will be left to them.2But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves.3Then you will trample on the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I act,” says the LORD Almighty.4“Remember the law of my servant Moses, the decrees and laws I gave him at Horeb for all Israel.5“See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes.6He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.”