July 4

2Kings 23:31 ¶ Jehoahaz was twenty-three years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. 2Kings 23:31 ¶ Jehoahaz was twenty-three years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. 
2Kings 23:32 And he did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his fathers had done. 
2Kings 23:33 And Pharaoh Neco put him in bonds at Riblah in the land of Hamath, that he might not reign in Jerusalem, and laid on the land a tribute of a hundred talents of silver and a talent of gold. 
2Kings 23:34 And Pharaoh Neco made Eliakim the son of Josiah king in the place of Josiah his father, and changed his name to Jehoiakim. But he took Jehoahaz away, and he came to Egypt and died there. 
2Kings 23:35 And Jehoiakim gave the silver and the gold to Pharaoh, but he taxed the land to give the money according to the command of Pharaoh. He exacted the silver and the gold of the people of the land, from everyone according to his assessment, to give it to Pharaoh Neco. 
2Kings 23:36 ¶ Jehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Zebidah the daughter of Pedaiah of Rumah. 
2Kings 23:37 And he did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his fathers had done. 
2Kings 24:1 ¶ In his days, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up, and Jehoiakim became his servant for three years. Then he turned and rebelled against him. 
2Kings 24:2 And the LORD sent against him bands of the Chaldeans and bands of the Syrians and bands of the Moabites and bands of the Ammonites, and sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the LORD that he spoke by his servants the prophets. 
2Kings 24:3 Surely this came upon Judah at the command of the LORD, to remove them out of his sight, for the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he had done, 
2Kings 24:4 and also for the innocent blood that he had shed. For he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, and the LORD would not pardon. 
2Kings 24:5 Now the rest of the deeds of Jehoiakim and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? 
2Kings 24:6 So Jehoiakim slept with his fathers, and Jehoiachin his son reigned in his place. 
2Kings 24:7 And the king of Egypt did not come again out of his land, for the king of Babylon had taken all that belonged to the king of Egypt from the Brook of Egypt to the river Euphrates. 
2Kings 24:8 ¶ Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he became king, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Nehushta the daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem. 
2Kings 24:9 And he did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father had done. 
2Kings 24:10 ¶ At that time the servants of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up to Jerusalem, and the city was besieged. 
2Kings 24:11 And Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to the city while his servants were besieging it, 
2Kings 24:12 and Jehoiachin the king of Judah gave himself up to the king of Babylon, himself and his mother and his servants and his officials and his palace officials. The king of Babylon took him prisoner in the eighth year of his reign 
2Kings 24:13 and carried off all the treasures of the house of the LORD and the treasures of the king’s house, and cut in pieces all the vessels of gold in the temple of the LORD, which Solomon king of Israel had made, as the LORD had foretold. 
2Kings 24:14 He carried away all Jerusalem and all the officials and all the mighty men of valor, 10,000 captives, and all the craftsmen and the smiths. None remained, except the poorest people of the land. 
2Kings 24:15 And he carried away Jehoiachin to Babylon. The king’s mother, the king’s wives, his officials, and the chief men of the land he took into captivity from Jerusalem to Babylon. 
2Kings 24:16 And the king of Babylon brought captive to Babylon all the men of valor, 7,000, and the craftsmen and the metal workers, 1,000, all of them strong and fit for war. 
2Kings 24:17 And the king of Babylon made Mattaniah, Jehoiachin’s uncle, king in his place, and changed his name to Zedekiah. 
2Kings 24:18 ¶ Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. 
2Kings 24:19 And he did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that Jehoiakim had done. 
2Kings 24:20 For because of the anger of the LORD it came to the point in Jerusalem and Judah that he cast them out from his presence. ¶ And Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon. 
2Kings 25:1 ¶ And in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came with all his army against Jerusalem and laid siege to it. And they built siegeworks all around it. 
2Kings 25:2 So the city was besieged till the eleventh year of King Zedekiah. 
2Kings 25:3 On the ninth day of the fourth month the famine was so severe in the city that there was no food for the people of the land. 
2Kings 25:4 Then a breach was made in the city, and all the men of war fled by night by the way of the gate between the two walls, by the king’s garden, and the Chaldeans were around the city. And they went in the direction of the Arabah. 
2Kings 25:5 But the army of the Chaldeans pursued the king and overtook him in the plains of Jericho, and all his army was scattered from him. 
2Kings 25:6 Then they captured the king and brought him up to the king of Babylon at Riblah, and they passed sentence on him. 
2Kings 25:7 They slaughtered the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, and put out the eyes of Zedekiah and bound him in chains and took him to Babylon. 
2Kings 25:8 ¶ In the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month—that was the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon—Nebuzaradan, the captain of the bodyguard, a servant of the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem. 
2Kings 25:9 And he burned the house of the LORD and the king’s house and all the houses of Jerusalem; every great house he burned down. 
2Kings 25:10 And all the army of the Chaldeans, who were with the captain of the guard, broke down the walls around Jerusalem. 
2Kings 25:11 And the rest of the people who were left in the city and the deserters who had deserted to the king of Babylon, together with the rest of the multitude, Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried into exile. 
2Kings 25:12 But the captain of the guard left some of the poorest of the land to be vinedressers and plowmen. 
2Kings 25:13 ¶ And the pillars of bronze that were in the house of the LORD, and the stands and the bronze sea that were in the house of the LORD, the Chaldeans broke in pieces and carried the bronze to Babylon. 
2Kings 25:14 And they took away the pots and the shovels and the snuffers and the dishes for incense and all the vessels of bronze used in the temple service, 
2Kings 25:15 the fire pans also and the bowls. What was of gold the captain of the guard took away as gold, and what was of silver, as silver. 
2Kings 25:16 As for the two pillars, the one sea, and the stands that Solomon had made for the house of the LORD, the bronze of all these vessels was beyond weight. 
2Kings 25:17 The height of the one pillar was eighteen cubits, and on it was a capital of bronze. The height of the capital was three cubits. A latticework and pomegranates, all of bronze, were all around the capital. And the second pillar had the same, with the latticework. 
2Kings 25:18 ¶ And the captain of the guard took Seraiah the chief priest and Zephaniah the second priest and the three keepers of the threshold; 
2Kings 25:19 and from the city he took an officer who had been in command of the men of war, and five men of the king’s council who were found in the city; and the secretary of the commander of the army, who mustered the people of the land; and sixty men of the people of the land, who were found in the city. 
2Kings 25:20 And Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard took them and brought them to the king of Babylon at Riblah. 
2Kings 25:21 And the king of Babylon struck them down and put them to death at Riblah in the land of Hamath. So Judah was taken into exile out of its land. 
2Kings 25:22 ¶ And over the people who remained in the land of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had left, he appointed Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, son of Shaphan, governor. 
2Kings 25:23 Now when all the captains and their men heard that the king of Babylon had appointed Gedaliah governor, they came with their men to Gedaliah at Mizpah, namely, Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and Seraiah the son of Tanhumeth the Netophathite, and Jaazaniah the son of the Maacathite. 
2Kings 25:24 And Gedaliah swore to them and their men, saying, “Do not be afraid because of the Chaldean officials. Live in the land and serve the king of Babylon, and it shall be well with you.” 
2Kings 25:25 But in the seventh month, Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, son of Elishama, of the royal family, came with ten men and struck down Gedaliah and put him to death along with the Jews and the Chaldeans who were with him at Mizpah. 
2Kings 25:26 Then all the people, both small and great, and the captains of the forces arose and went to Egypt, for they were afraid of the Chaldeans. 
2Kings 25:27 ¶ And in the thirty-seventh year of the exile of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, Evil-merodach king of Babylon, in the year that he began to reign, graciously freed Jehoiachin king of Judah from prison. 
2Kings 25:28 And he spoke kindly to him and gave him a seat above the seats of the kings who were with him in Babylon. 
2Kings 25:29 So Jehoiachin put off his prison garments. And every day of his life he dined regularly at the king’s table, 
2Kings 25:30 and for his allowance, a regular allowance was given him by the king, according to his daily needs, as long as he lived. 


Acts 22:17 ¶ “When I had returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, I fell into a trance 
Acts 22:18 and saw him saying to me, ‘Make haste and get out of Jerusalem quickly, because they will not accept your testimony about me.’ 
Acts 22:19 And I said, ‘Lord, they themselves know that in one synagogue after another I imprisoned and beat those who believed in you. 
Acts 22:20 And when the blood of Stephen your witness was being shed, I myself was standing by and approving and watching over the garments of those who killed him.’ 
Acts 22:21 And he said to me, ‘Go, for I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’” 
Acts 22:22 ¶ Up to this word they listened to him. Then they raised their voices and said, “Away with such a fellow from the earth! For he should not be allowed to live.” 
Acts 22:23 And as they were shouting and throwing off their cloaks and flinging dust into the air, 
Acts 22:24 the tribune ordered him to be brought into the barracks, saying that he should be examined by flogging, to find out why they were shouting against him like this. 
Acts 22:25 But when they had stretched him out for the whips, Paul said to the centurion who was standing by, “Is it lawful for you to flog a man who is a Roman citizen and uncondemned?” 
Acts 22:26 When the centurion heard this, he went to the tribune and said to him, “What are you about to do? For this man is a Roman citizen.” 
Acts 22:27 So the tribune came and said to him, “Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?” And he said, “Yes.” 
Acts 22:28 The tribune answered, “I bought this citizenship for a large sum.” Paul said, “But I am a citizen by birth.” 
Acts 22:29 So those who were about to examine him withdrew from him immediately, and the tribune also was afraid, for he realized that Paul was a Roman citizen and that he had bound him. 
Acts 22:30 ¶ But on the next day, desiring to know the real reason why he was being accused by the Jews, he unbound him and commanded the chief priests and all the council to meet, and he brought Paul down and set him before them. 
Acts 23:1 ¶ And looking intently at the council, Paul said, “Brothers, I have lived my life before God in all good conscience up to this day.” 
Acts 23:2 And the high priest Ananias commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth. 
Acts 23:3 Then Paul said to him, “God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall! Are you sitting to judge me according to the law, and yet contrary to the law you order me to be struck?” 
Acts 23:4 Those who stood by said, “Would you revile God’s high priest?” 
Acts 23:5 And Paul said, “I did not know, brothers, that he was the high priest, for it is written, ‘You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.’” 
Acts 23:6 ¶ Now when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. It is with respect to the hope and the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial.” 
Acts 23:7 And when he had said this, a dissension arose between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. 
Acts 23:8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, nor angel, nor spirit, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all. 
Acts 23:9 Then a great clamor arose, and some of the scribes of the Pharisees’ party stood up and contended sharply, “We find nothing wrong in this man. What if a spirit or an angel spoke to him?” 
Acts 23:10 And when the dissension became violent, the tribune, afraid that Paul would be torn to pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down and take him away from among them by force and bring him into the barracks. 


Psa. 2:1 ¶ Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain
Psa. 2:2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying, 
Psa. 2:3 “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” 
Psa. 2:4 ¶ He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. 
Psa. 2:5 Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, 
Psa. 2:6 “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.” 
Psa. 2:7 ¶ I will tell of the decree: The LORD said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you. 
Psa. 2:8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. 
Psa. 2:9 You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” 
Psa. 2:10 ¶ Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. 
Psa. 2:11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 
Psa. 2:12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him. 


Prov. 18:13 If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.

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