John 18:1-18; 2 Chronicles 26; Psalms 83

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John 18:1-18

1 After Jesus had said these things, He went out with His disciples across the Kidron Valley, where there was a garden, and He and His disciples went into it.
2 Judas, who betrayed Him, also knew the place, because Jesus often met there with His disciples.
3 So Judas took a company of soldiers and some temple police from the chief priests and the Pharisees and came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons.
4 Then Jesus, knowing everything that was about to happen to Him, went out and said to them, "Who is it you're looking for?"
5 "Jesus the Nazarene," they answered. "I am He," Jesus told them. Judas, who betrayed Him, was also standing with them.
6 When He told them, "I am He," they stepped back and fell to the ground.
7 Then He asked them again, "Who is it you're looking for?" "Jesus the Nazarene," they said.
8 "I told you I am [He]," Jesus replied. "So if you're looking for Me, let these men go."
9 This was to fulfill the words He had said: "I have not lost one of those You have given Me."
10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it, struck the high priest's slave, and cut off his right ear. (The slave's name was Malchus.)
11 At that, Jesus said to Peter, "Sheathe your sword! Am I not to drink the cup the Father has given Me?"
12 Then the company of soldiers, the commander, and the Jewish temple police arrested Jesus and tied Him up.
13 First they led Him to Annas, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year.
14 Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it was advantageous that one man should die for the people.
15 Meanwhile Simon Peter was following Jesus, as was another disciple. That disciple was an acquaintance of the high priest; so he went with Jesus into the high priest's courtyard.
16 But Peter remained standing outside by the door. So the other disciple, the one known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the girl who was the doorkeeper and brought Peter in.
17 Then the slave girl who was the doorkeeper said to Peter, "You aren't one of this man's disciples too, are you?" "I am not!" he said.
18 Now the slaves and the temple police had made a charcoal fire, because it was cold. They were standing there warming themselves, and Peter was standing with them, warming himself.

2 Chronicles 26

1 All the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was 16 years old, and made him king in place of his father Amaziah.
2 He rebuilt Elothand restored it to Judah after [Amaziah] the king rested with his fathers.
3 Uzziah was 16 years old when he became king; he reigned 52 years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Jecoliah; [she was] from Jerusalem.
4 He did what was right in the Lord's sight as his father Amaziah had done.
5 He sought God throughout the lifetime of Zechariah, the teacher of the fear of God. During the time that he sought the Lord, God gave him success.
6 Uzziah went out to wage war against the Philistines, and he tore down the wall of Gath, the wall of Jabneh, and the wall of Ashdod. Then he built cities in [the vicinity of] Ashdod and among the Philistines.
7 God helped him against the Philistines, the Arabs that live in Gur-baal, and the Meunites.
8 The Ammonites gave Uzziah tribute money, and his fame spread as far as the entrance of Egypt, for [God] made [him] very powerful.
9 Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the Corner Gate, the Valley Gate, and the corner buttress, and he fortified them.
10 Since he had many cattle both in the lowlands and the plain, he built towers in the desert and dug many wells. And since he was a lover of the soil, he had farmers and vinedressers in the hills and in the fertile lands.
11 Uzziah had an army equipped for combat that went out to war by division according to their assignments, as recorded by Jeiel the court secretary and Maaseiah the officer under the authority of Hananiah, one of the king's commanders.
12 The total number of heads of families was 2,600 brave warriors.
13 Under their authority was an army of 307,500 equipped for combat, a powerful force to help the king against the enemy.
14 Uzziah provided the entire army with shields, spears, helmets, armor, bows and slingstones.
15 He made skillfully designed devices in Jerusalem to shoot arrows and [catapult] large stones for use on the towers and on the corners. So his fame spread even to distant places, for he was marvelously helped until he became strong.
16 But when he became strong, he grew arrogant and it led to his own destruction. He acted unfaithfully against the Lord his God by going into the Lord's sanctuary to burn incense on the incense altar.
17 Azariah the priest, along with 80 brave priests of the Lord, went in after him.
18 They took their stand against King Uzziah and said, "Uzziah, you have no right to offer incense to the Lord-only the consecrated priests, the descendants of Aaron, have the right to offer incense. Leave the sanctuary, for you have acted unfaithfully! You will not receive honor from the Lord God."
19 Uzziah, with a censer in his hand to offer incense, was enraged. But when he became enraged with the priests, in the presence of the priests in the Lord's temple beside the altar of incense, a skin disease broke out on his forehead.
20 Then Azariah the chief priest and all the priests turned to him and saw that he was diseased on his forehead. They rushed him out of there. He himself also hurried to get out because the Lord had afflicted him.
21 So King Uzziah was diseased to the time of his death. He lived in quarantinewith a serious skin disease and was excluded from access to the Lord's temple, while his son Jotham was over the king's household governing the people of the land.
22 Now the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz wrote about the rest of the events of Uzziah's [reign], from beginning to end.
23 Uzziah rested with his fathers, and he was buried with his fathers in the burial ground of the kings' cemetery, for they said, "He has a skin disease." His son Jotham became king in his place.

Psalms 83

1 God, do not keep silent. Do not be deaf, God; do not be idle.
2 See how Your enemies make an uproar; those who hate You have acted arrogantly.
3 They devise clever schemes against Your people; they conspire against Your treasured ones.
4 They say, "Come, let us wipe them out as a nation so that Israel's name will no longer be remembered."
5 For they have conspired with one mind; they form an alliance against You-
6 the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, Moab and the Hagrites,
7 Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek, Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre.
8 Even Assyria has joined them; they lend support to the sons of Lot. Selah
9 Deal with them as [You did] with Midian, as [You did] with Sisera and Jabin at the Kishon River.
10 They were destroyed at En-dor; they became manure for the ground.
11 Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb, and all their tribal leaders like Zebah and Zalmunna,
12 who said, "Let us seize God's pastures for ourselves."
13 Make them like tumbleweed, my God, like straw before the wind.
14 As fire burns a forest, as a flame blazes through mountains,
15 so pursue them with Your tempest and terrify them with Your storm.
16 Cover their faces with shame so that they will seek Your name, Lord.
17 Let them be put to shame and terrified forever; let them perish in disgrace.
18 May they know that You alone- whose name is Yahweh- are the Most High over all the earth.