1Immediately, in the morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council; and they bound Jesus, led Him away, and delivered Him to Pilate.2Then Pilate asked Him, "Are You the King of the Jews?" He answered and said to him, "It is as you say."3And the chief priests accused Him of many things, but He answered nothing.4Then Pilate asked Him again, saying, "Do You answer nothing? See how many things they testify against You!" 5But Jesus still answered nothing, so that Pilate marveled.6Now at the feast he was accustomed to releasing one prisoner to them, whomever they requested.7And there was one named Barabbas, who was chained with his fellow rebels; they had committed murder in the rebellion.8Then the multitude, crying aloud, began to ask him to do just as he had always done for them.9But Pilate answered them, saying, "Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?"10For he knew that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy.11But the chief priests stirred up the crowd, so that he should rather release Barabbas to them.12Pilate answered and said to them again, "What then do you want me to do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?"13So they cried out again, "Crucify Him!"14Then Pilate said to them, "Why, what evil has He done?" But they cried out all the more, "Crucify Him!"15So Pilate, wanting to gratify the crowd, released Barabbas to them; and he delivered Jesus, after he had scourged Him, to be crucified.16Then the soldiers led Him away into the hall called Praetorium, and they called together the whole garrison.17And they clothed Him with purple; and they twisted a crown of thorns, put it on His head,18and began to salute Him, "Hail, King of the Jews!"19Then they struck Him on the head with a reed and spat on Him; and bowing the knee, they worshiped Him.20And when they had mocked Him, they took the purple off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him out to crucify Him.
1Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to test him with hard questions.2She came to Jerusalem with a very great retinue, with camels that bore spices, very much gold, and precious stones; and when she came to Solomon, she spoke with him about all that was in her heart.3So Solomon answered all her questions; there was nothing so difficult for the king that he could not explain it to her.4And when the queen of Sheba had seen all the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built,5the food on his table, the seating of his servants, the service of his waiters and their apparel, his cupbearers, and his entryway by which he went up to the house of the Lord, there was no more spirit in her.6Then she said to the king: "It was a true report which I heard in my own land about your words and your wisdom.7However I did not believe the words until I came and saw with my own eyes; and indeed the half was not told me. Your wisdom and prosperity exceed the fame of which I heard.8Happy are your men and happy are these your servants, who stand continually before you and hear your wisdom!9Blessed be the Lord your God, who delighted in you, setting you on the throne of Israel! Because the Lord has loved Israel forever, therefore He made you king, to do justice and righteousness."10Then she gave the king one hundred and twenty talents of gold, spices in great quantity, and precious stones. There never again came such abundance of spices as the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.11Also, the ships of Hiram, which brought gold from Ophir, brought great quantities of almug wood and precious stones from Ophir.12And the king made steps of the almug wood for the house of the Lord and for the king's house, also harps and stringed instruments for singers. There never again came such almug wood, nor has the like been seen to this day.13Now King Solomon gave the queen of Sheba all she desired, whatever she asked, besides what Solomon had given her according to the royal generosity. So she turned and went to her own country, she and her servants.14The weight of gold that came to Solomon yearly was six hundred and sixty-six talents of gold,15besides that from the traveling merchants, from the income of traders, from all the kings of Arabia, and from the governors of the country.16And King Solomon made two hundred large shields of hammered gold; six hundred shekels of gold went into each shield.17He also made three hundred shields of hammered gold; three minas of gold went into each shield. The king put them in the House of the Forest of Lebanon.18Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with pure gold.19The throne had six steps, and the top of the throne was round at the back; there were armrests on either side of the place of the seat, and two lions stood beside the armrests.20Twelve lions stood there, one on each side of the six steps; nothing like this had been made for any other kingdom.21All King Solomon's drinking vessels were gold, and all the vessels of the House of the Forest of Lebanon were pure gold. Not one was silver, for this was accounted as nothing in the days of Solomon.22For the king had merchant ships at sea with the fleet of Hiram. Once every three years the merchant ships came bringing gold, silver, ivory, apes, and monkeys. 23So King Solomon surpassed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom.24Now all the earth sought the presence of Solomon to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart.25Each man brought his present: articles of silver and gold, garments, armor, spices, horses, and mules, at a set rate year by year.26And Solomon gathered chariots and horsemen; he had one thousand four hundred chariots and twelve thousand horsemen, whom he stationed in the chariot cities and with the king in Jerusalem.27The king made silver as common in Jerusalem as stones, and he made cedar trees as abundant as the sycamores which are in the lowland.28Also Solomon had horses imported from Egypt and Keveh; the king's merchants bought them in Keveh at the current price.29Now a chariot that was imported from Egypt cost six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse one hundred and fifty; and thus, through their agents, they exported them to all the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Syria.
1"Ephraim feeds on the wind, And pursues the east wind; He daily increases lies and desolation. Also they make a covenant with the Assyrians, And oil is carried to Egypt.2"The Lord also brings a charge against Judah, And will punish Jacob according to his ways; According to his deeds He will recompense him.3He took his brother by the heel in the womb, And in his strength he struggled with God. 4Yes, he struggled with the Angel and prevailed; He wept, and sought favor from Him. He found Him in Bethel, And there He spoke to us--5That is, the Lord God of hosts. The Lord is His memorable name.6So you, by the help of your God, return; Observe mercy and justice, And wait on your God continually.7"A cunning Canaanite! Deceitful scales are in his hand; He loves to oppress.8And Ephraim said, 'Surely I have become rich, I have found wealth for myself; In all my labors They shall find in me no iniquity that is sin.'9"But I am the Lord your God, Ever since the land of Egypt; I will again make you dwell in tents, As in the days of the appointed feast.10I have also spoken by the prophets, And have multiplied visions; I have given symbols through the witness of the prophets."11Though Gilead has idols-- Surely they are vanity-- Though they sacrifice bulls in Gilgal, Indeed their altars shall be heaps in the furrows of the field.12Jacob fled to the country of Syria; Israel served for a spouse, And for a wife he tended sheep.13By a prophet the Lord brought Israel out of Egypt, And by a prophet he was preserved.14Ephraim provoked Him to anger most bitterly; Therefore his Lord will leave the guilt of his bloodshed upon him, And return his reproach upon him.