1After two days it was the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take Him by trickery and put Him to death.2But they said, "Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar of the people."3And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head.4But there were some who were indignant among themselves, and said, "Why was this fragrant oil wasted?5For it might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor." And they criticized her sharply.6But Jesus said, "Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me.7For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but Me you do not have always.8She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial.9Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her."10Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Him to them.11And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. So he sought how he might conveniently betray Him.12Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they killed the Passover lamb, His disciples said to Him, "Where do You want us to go and prepare, that You may eat the Passover?"13And He sent out two of His disciples and said to them, "Go into the city, and a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him.14Wherever he goes in, say to the master of the house, 'The Teacher says, "Where is the guest room in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?" '15Then he will show you a large upper room, furnished and prepared; there make ready for us."16So His disciples went out, and came into the city, and found it just as He had said to them; and they prepared the Passover.17In the evening He came with the twelve.18Now as they sat and ate, Jesus said, "Assuredly, I say to you, one of you who eats with Me will betray Me."19And they began to be sorrowful, and to say to Him one by one, "Is it I?" And another said, "Is it I?" 20He answered and said to them, "It is one of the twelve, who dips with Me in the dish.21The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had never been born."22And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them and said, "Take, eat; this is My body."23Then He took the cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, and they all drank from it.24And He said to them, "This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many.25Assuredly, I say to you, I will no longer drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God."26And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.27Then Jesus said to them, "All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written: 'I will strike the Shepherd, And the sheep will be scattered.' 28"But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee."29Peter said to Him, "Even if all are made to stumble, yet I will not be."30Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you that today, even this night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times."31But he spoke more vehemently, "If I have to die with You, I will not deny You!" And they all said likewise.
1Now Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the chief fathers of the children of Israel, to King Solomon in Jerusalem, that they might bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord from the City of David, which is Zion.2Therefore all the men of Israel assembled with King Solomon at the feast in the month of Ethanim, which is the seventh month.3So all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark.4Then they brought up the ark of the Lord, the tabernacle of meeting, and all the holy furnishings that were in the tabernacle. The priests and the Levites brought them up.5Also King Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel who were assembled with him, were with him before the ark, sacrificing sheep and oxen that could not be counted or numbered for multitude.6Then the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the Lord to its place, into the inner sanctuary of the temple, to the Most Holy Place, under the wings of the cherubim.7For the cherubim spread their two wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubim overshadowed the ark and its poles.8The poles extended so that the ends of the poles could be seen from the holy place, in front of the inner sanctuary; but they could not be seen from outside. And they are there to this day.9Nothing was in the ark except the two tablets of stone which Moses put there at Horeb, when the Lord made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt.10And it came to pass, when the priests came out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the Lord,11so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord.12Then Solomon spoke: "The Lord said He would dwell in the dark cloud.13I have surely built You an exalted house, And a place for You to dwell in forever."14Then the king turned around and blessed the whole assembly of Israel, while all the assembly of Israel was standing.15And he said: "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who spoke with His mouth to my father David, and with His hand has fulfilled it, saying,16'Since the day that I brought My people Israel out of Egypt, I have chosen no city from any tribe of Israel in which to build a house, that My name might be there; but I chose David to be over My people Israel.'17Now it was in the heart of my father David to build a temple for the name of the Lord God of Israel.18But the Lord said to my father David, 'Whereas it was in your heart to build a temple for My name, you did well that it was in your heart.19Nevertheless you shall not build the temple, but your son who will come from your body, he shall build the temple for My name.'20So the Lord has fulfilled His word which He spoke; and I have filled the position of my father David, and sit on the throne of Israel, as the Lord promised; and I have built a temple for the name of the Lord God of Israel.21And there I have made a place for the ark, in which is the covenant of the Lord which He made with our fathers, when He brought them out of the land of Egypt."22Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands toward heaven;23and he said: "Lord God of Israel, there is no God in heaven above or on earth below like You, who keep Your covenant and mercy with Your servants who walk before You with all their hearts.24You have kept what You promised Your servant David my father; You have both spoken with Your mouth and fulfilled it with Your hand, as it is this day.25Therefore, Lord God of Israel, now keep what You promised Your servant David my father, saying, 'You shall not fail to have a man sit before Me on the throne of Israel, only if your sons take heed to their way, that they walk before Me as you have walked before Me.'26And now I pray, O God of Israel, let Your word come true, which You have spoken to Your servant David my father.27But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built!28Yet regard the prayer of Your servant and his supplication, O Lord my God, and listen to the cry and the prayer which Your servant is praying before You today:29that Your eyes may be open toward this temple night and day, toward the place of which You said, 'My name shall be there,' that You may hear the prayer which Your servant makes toward this place.30And may You hear the supplication of Your servant and of Your people Israel, when they pray toward this place. Hear in heaven Your dwelling place; and when You hear, forgive.31"When anyone sins against his neighbor, and is forced to take an oath, and comes and takes an oath before Your altar in this temple,32then hear in heaven, and act, and judge Your servants, condemning the wicked, bringing his way on his head, and justifying the righteous by giving him according to his righteousness.33"When Your people Israel are defeated before an enemy because they have sinned against You, and when they turn back to You and confess Your name, and pray and make supplication to You in this temple,34then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of Your people Israel, and bring them back to the land which You gave to their fathers.35"When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against You, when they pray toward this place and confess Your name, and turn from their sin because You afflict them,36then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of Your servants, Your people Israel, that You may teach them the good way in which they should walk; and send rain on Your land which You have given to Your people as an inheritance.37"When there is famine in the land, pestilence or blight or mildew, locusts or grasshoppers; when their enemy besieges them in the land of their cities; whatever plague or whatever sickness there is;38whatever prayer, whatever supplication is made by anyone, or by all Your people Israel, when each one knows the plague of his own heart, and spreads out his hands toward this temple:39then hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive, and act, and give to everyone according to all his ways, whose heart You know (for You alone know the hearts of all the sons of men),40that they may fear You all the days that they live in the land which You gave to our fathers.41"Moreover, concerning a foreigner, who is not of Your people Israel, but has come from a far country for Your name's sake42(for they will hear of Your great name and Your strong hand and Your outstretched arm), when he comes and prays toward this temple,43hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to You, that all peoples of the earth may know Your name and fear You, as do Your people Israel, and that they may know that this temple which I have built is called by Your name.44"When Your people go out to battle against their enemy, wherever You send them, and when they pray to the Lord toward the city which You have chosen and the temple which I have built for Your name,45then hear in heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause.46"When they sin against You (for there is no one who does not sin), and You become angry with them and deliver them to the enemy, and they take them captive to the land of the enemy, far or near;47yet when they come to themselves in the land where they were carried captive, and repent, and make supplication to You in the land of those who took them captive, saying, 'We have sinned and done wrong, we have committed wickedness';48and when they return to You with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their enemies who led them away captive, and pray to You toward their land which You gave to their fathers, the city which You have chosen and the temple which I have built for Your name:49then hear in heaven Your dwelling place their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause,50and forgive Your people who have sinned against You, and all their transgressions which they have transgressed against You; and grant them compassion before those who took them captive, that they may have compassion on them51(for they are Your people and Your inheritance, whom You brought out of Egypt, out of the iron furnace),52that Your eyes may be open to the supplication of Your servant and the supplication of Your people Israel, to listen to them whenever they call to You.53For You separated them from among all the peoples of the earth to be Your inheritance, as You spoke by Your servant Moses, when You brought our fathers out of Egypt, O Lord God."54And so it was, when Solomon had finished praying all this prayer and supplication to the Lord, that he arose from before the altar of the Lord, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to heaven.55Then he stood and blessed all the assembly of Israel with a loud voice, saying:56"Blessed be the Lord, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised. There has not failed one word of all His good promise, which He promised through His servant Moses.57May the Lord our God be with us, as He was with our fathers. May He not leave us nor forsake us,58that He may incline our hearts to Himself, to walk in all His ways, and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, which He commanded our fathers.59And may these words of mine, with which I have made supplication before the Lord, be near the Lord our God day and night, that He may maintain the cause of His servant and the cause of His people Israel, as each day may require,60that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other.61Let your heart therefore be loyal to the Lord our God, to walk in His statutes and keep His commandments, as at this day."62Then the king and all Israel with him offered sacrifices before the Lord.63And Solomon offered a sacrifice of peace offerings, which he offered to the Lord, twenty-two thousand bulls and one hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the children of Israel dedicated the house of the Lord.64On the same day the king consecrated the middle of the court that was in front of the house of the Lord; for there he offered burnt offerings, grain offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings, because the bronze altar that was before the Lord was too small to receive the burnt offerings, the grain offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings.65At that time Solomon held a feast, and all Israel with him, a great assembly from the entrance of Hamath to the Brook of Egypt, before the Lord our God, seven days and seven more days--fourteen days.66On the eighth day he sent the people away; and they blessed the king, and went to their tents joyful and glad of heart for all the good that the Lord had done for His servant David, and for Israel His people.
1Israel empties his vine; He brings forth fruit for himself. According to the multitude of his fruit He has increased the altars; According to the bounty of his land They have embellished his sacred pillars.2Their heart is divided; Now they are held guilty. He will break down their altars; He will ruin their sacred pillars.3For now they say, "We have no king, Because we did not fear the Lord. And as for a king, what would he do for us?"4They have spoken words, Swearing falsely in making a covenant. Thus judgment springs up like hemlock in the furrows of the field.5The inhabitants of Samaria fear Because of the calf of Beth Aven. For its people mourn for it, And its priests shriek for it-- Because its glory has departed from it.6The idol also shall be carried to Assyria As a present for King Jareb. Ephraim shall receive shame, And Israel shall be ashamed of his own counsel.7As for Samaria, her king is cut off Like a twig on the water.8Also the high places of Aven, the sin of Israel, Shall be destroyed. The thorn and thistle shall grow on their altars; They shall say to the mountains, "Cover us!" And to the hills, "Fall on us!"9"O Israel, you have sinned from the days of Gibeah; There they stood. The battle in Gibeah against the children of iniquity Did not overtake them.10When it is My desire, I will chasten them. Peoples shall be gathered against them When I bind them for their two transgressions. 11Ephraim is a trained heifer That loves to thresh grain; But I harnessed her fair neck, I will make Ephraim pull a plow. Judah shall plow; Jacob shall break his clods."12Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the Lord, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.13You have plowed wickedness; You have reaped iniquity. You have eaten the fruit of lies, Because you trusted in your own way, In the multitude of your mighty men.14Therefore tumult shall arise among your people, And all your fortresses shall be plundered As Shalman plundered Beth Arbel in the day of battle-- A mother dashed in pieces upon her children.15Thus it shall be done to you, O Bethel, Because of your great wickedness. At dawn the king of Israel Shall be cut off utterly.