2 Chronicles 17; 2 Chronicles 18; John 13:1-20

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2 Chronicles 17

1 Asa's son Jehoshaphat succeeded him as king. Jehoshaphat strengthened himself [to wage war] against Israel.
2 He put troops in all the fortified cities of Judah and placed military posts in Judah and in the cities of Ephraim that his father Asa had captured.
3 The LORD was with Jehoshaphat, who lived in the old way like his ancestor David. Jehoshaphat didn't dedicate his life to serving other gods--the Baals.
4 Instead, he dedicated his life to his ancestor's God and lived by God's commands. Jehoshaphat did not do what Israel was doing.
5 So the LORD established Jehoshaphat's power over the kingdom. All the people of Judah gave gifts to Jehoshaphat, and he had a lot of riches and honor.
6 He had the confidence to live the way the LORD wanted him to live. He also got rid of the illegal places of worship and poles dedicated to the goddess Asherah in Judah.
7 In the third year of his reign, he sent his officers Ben Hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel, and Micaiah to teach in the cities of Judah.
8 With them were the Levites Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah, Tob Adonijah, and the priests Elishama and Jehoram.
9 They taught in Judah. They had the Book of the LORD's Teachings with them when they taught the people in all the cities of Judah.
10 Fear of the LORD came to all the kingdoms around Judah. As a result, they didn't wage war against Jehoshaphat.
11 Some of the Philistines brought gifts and silver as taxes. The Arabs also brought him flocks: 7,700 rams and 7,700 male goats.
12 So Jehoshaphat became more and more powerful. He built fortresses and cities where supplies were stored in Judah.
13 He had large supplies of food in the cities of Judah and an army of professional soldiers with him in Jerusalem.
14 The following is a breakdown of these soldiers. They are listed by families. Judah's regimental commanders were Commander Adnah (with 300,000 fighting men),
15 next to him Commander Jehohanan (with 280,000),
16 and next to him Amasiah, Zichri's son, who volunteered to serve the LORD (with 200,000 fighting men).
17 From Benjamin there was the fighting man Eliada (with 200,000 armed men with bows and shields),
18 and next to him was Jehozabad (with him was an army of 180,000 armed men).
19 These were the men who served the king in addition to those whom the king put in the fortified cities throughout Judah.

2 Chronicles 18

1 Jehoshaphat was wealthy and honorable and became Ahab's in-law.
2 A few years later he went to visit Ahab in Samaria. Ahab slaughtered many sheep and cattle for a banquet in honor of Jehoshaphat and the people who were with him. And Ahab persuaded Jehoshaphat to attack Ramoth in Gilead with him.
3 King Ahab of Israel asked King Jehoshaphat of Judah, "Will you go with me to Ramoth in Gilead?" Jehoshaphat told the king of Israel, "I will do what you do. My troops will do what your troops do. [We will join] your troops in battle."
4 Then Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, "But first, find out what the word of the LORD is [in this matter]."
5 So the king of Israel called 400 prophets together. He asked them, "Should we go to war against Ramoth in Gilead or not?" "Go," they said. "God will hand over Ramoth to you."
6 But Jehoshaphat asked, "Isn't there a prophet of the LORD whom we could ask?"
7 The king of Israel told Jehoshaphat, "We can ask the LORD through Micaiah, son of Imla, but I hate him. Nothing he prophesies about me is good; it's always evil." Jehoshaphat answered, "The king must not say that."
8 The king of Israel called for an officer and said, "Quick! [Get] Micaiah, son of Imla!"
9 The king of Israel and King Jehoshaphat of Judah were dressed in royal robes and seated on thrones. They were sitting on the threshing floor at the entrance to the gate of Samaria. All the prophets were prophesying in front of them.
10 Zedekiah, son of Chenaanah, made iron horns and said, "This is what the LORD says: With these horns you will push the Arameans to their destruction."
11 All the other prophets made the same prophecy. They said, "Attack Ramoth in Gilead, and you will win. The LORD will hand it over to you."
12 The messenger who went to call Micaiah told him, "The prophets have all told the king the same good message. Make your message agree with their message. Say something good."
13 Micaiah answered, "I solemnly swear, as the LORD lives, I will tell him whatever my God says to me."
14 When he came to the king, the king asked him, "Micaiah, should we go to war against Ramoth in Gilead or not?" Micaiah said, "Attack and you will win. They will be handed over to you."
15 The king asked him, "How many times must I make you take an oath in the LORD's name to tell me nothing but the truth?"
16 So Micaiah said, "I saw Israel's troops scattered in the hills like sheep without a shepherd. The LORD said, 'These sheep have no master. Let each one go home in peace.'"
17 The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, "Didn't I tell you he wouldn't prophesy anything good about me?"
18 Micaiah added, "Then hear the word of the LORD. I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and the entire army of heaven was standing on his right and his left.
19 The LORD asked, 'Who will deceive King Ahab of Israel so that he will attack and be killed at Ramoth in Gilead?' Some answered one way, while others were saying something else.
20 "Then the Spirit stepped forward, stood in front of the LORD, and said, 'I will deceive him.' "'How?' the LORD asked.
21 "The Spirit answered, 'I will go out and be a spirit that tells lies through the mouths of all of Ahab's prophets.' "The LORD said, 'You will succeed in deceiving him. Go and do it.'
22 "So the LORD has put into the mouths of these prophets of yours a spirit that makes them tell lies. The LORD has spoken evil about you."
23 Zedekiah, son of Chenaanah, went to Micaiah and struck him on the cheek. "Which way did the Spirit go when he left me to talk to you?" he asked.
24 Micaiah answered, "You will find out on the day you go into an inner room to hide."
25 The king of Israel then said, "Send Micaiah back to Amon, the governor of the city, and to Joash, the prince.
26 Say, 'This is what the king says: Put this man in prison, and feed him nothing but bread and water until I return home safely.'"
27 Micaiah said, "If you really do come back safely, then the LORD wasn't speaking through me. Pay attention to this, everyone!"
28 So the king of Israel and King Jehoshaphat of Judah went to Ramoth in Gilead.
29 The king of Israel told Jehoshaphat, "I will disguise myself and go into battle, but you should wear your royal robes." So the king of Israel disguised himself and went into battle.
30 The king of Aram had given orders to the chariot commanders. He said, "Don't fight anyone except the king of Israel."
31 When the chariot commanders saw Jehoshaphat, they said, "He must be the king of Israel." So they surrounded him in order to fight him. But when Jehoshaphat cried out, the LORD helped him. God drew them away from him,
32 and the chariot commanders realized that Jehoshaphat wasn't the king of Israel. Then they turned away from him.
33 One man aimed his bow at random and hit the king of Israel between his scale armor and his breastplate. Ahab told the chariot driver, "Turn around, and get me away from these troops. I'm badly wounded."
34 But the battle got worse that day, and the king propped himself up in his chariot facing the Arameans until evening. At sundown he died.

John 13:1-20

1 Before the Passover festival, Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go back to the Father. Jesus loved his own who were in the world, and he loved them to the end.
2 While supper was taking place, the devil had already put the idea of betraying Jesus into the mind of Judas, son of Simon Iscariot.
3 The Father had put everything in Jesus' control. Jesus knew that. He also knew that he had come from God and was going back to God.
4 So he got up from the table, removed his outer clothes, took a towel, and tied it around his waist.
5 Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and dry them with the towel that he had tied around his waist.
6 When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter asked him, "Lord, are you going to wash my feet?"
7 Jesus answered Peter, "You don't know now what I'm doing. You will understand later."
8 Peter told Jesus, "You will never wash my feet." Jesus replied to Peter, "If I don't wash you, you don't belong to me."
9 Simon Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, don't wash only my feet. Wash my hands and my head too!"
10 Jesus told Peter, "People who have washed are completely clean. They need to have only their feet washed. All of you, except for one, are clean."
11 (Jesus knew who was going to betray him. That's why he said, "All of you, except for one, are clean.")
12 After Jesus had washed their feet and put on his outer clothes, he took his place at the table again. Then he asked his disciples, "Do you understand what I've done for you?
13 You call me teacher and Lord, and you're right because that's what I am.
14 So if I, your Lord and teacher, have washed your feet, you must wash each other's feet.
15 I've given you an example that you should follow.
16 I can guarantee this truth: Slaves are not superior to their owners, and messengers are not superior to the people who send them.
17 If you understand all of this, you are blessed whenever you follow my example.
18 "I'm not talking about all of you. I know the people I've chosen [to be apostles]. However, I've made my choice so that Scripture will come true. It says, 'The one who eats my bread has turned against me.'
19 I'm telling you now before it happens. Then, when it happens, you will believe that I am the one.
20 "I can guarantee this truth: Whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me."