8Then Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim. 9Moses said to Joshua, "Choose men for us, and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with God (Elohim) 's rod in my hand." 10So Joshua did as Moses had told him, and fought with Amalek; and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11It happened, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12But Moses' hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side. His hands were steady until sunset. 13Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. 14TheIAM (Yahweh) said to Moses, "Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under the sky." 15Moses built an altar, and called its name TheIAM (Yahweh) our Banner. 16He said, "IAM (Yah) has sworn: 'TheIAM (Yahweh) will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.'"
1Now Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses' father-in-law, heard of all that God (Elohim) had done for Moses, and for Israel his people, how that TheIAM (Yahweh) had brought Israel out of Egypt. 2Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, received Zipporah, Moses' wife, after he had sent her away, 3and her two sons. The name of one son was Gershom, for Moses said, "I have lived as a foreigner in a foreign land". 4The name of the other was Eliezer, for he said, "My father's God (Elohim) was my help and delivered me from Pharaoh's sword." 5Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, came with his sons and his wife to Moses into the wilderness where he was encamped, at the Mountain of God (Elohim) . 6He said to Moses, "I, your father-in-law Jethro, have come to you with your wife, and her two sons with her."
1Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the princes of the fathers' [houses] of the children of Israel, to king Solomon in Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of TheIAM (Yahweh) out of the city of David, which is Zion. 2All the men of Israel assembled themselves to king Solomon at the feast, in the month Ethanim, which is the seventh month. 3All the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark. 4They brought up the ark of TheIAM (Yahweh) , and the Tent of Meeting, and all the holy vessels that were in the Tent; even these did the priests and the Levites bring up. 5King Solomon and all the congregation of Israel, who were assembled to him, were with him before the ark, sacrificing sheep and cattle, that could not be counted nor numbered for multitude. 6The priests brought in the ark of the covenant of TheIAM (Yahweh) to its place, into the oracle of the house, to the most holy place, even under the wings of the cherubim. 7For the cherubim spread forth their wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubim covered the ark and its poles above. 8The poles were so long that the ends of the poles were seen from the holy place before the oracle; but they were not seen outside: and there they are to this day. 9There was nothing in the ark except the two tables of stone which Moses put there at Horeb, when TheIAM (Yahweh) made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt. 10It came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of TheIAM (Yahweh) , 11so that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud; for the glory of TheIAM (Yahweh) filled the house of TheIAM (Yahweh) . 12Then Solomon said, "TheIAM (Yahweh) has said that he would dwell in the thick darkness. 13I have surely built you a house of habitation, a place for you to dwell in forever." 14The king turned his face about, and blessed all the assembly of Israel: and all the assembly of Israel stood. 15He said, "Blessed is TheIAM (Yahweh) , the God (Elohim) of Israel, who spoke with his mouth to David your father, and has with his hand fulfilled it, saying, 16'Since the day that I brought forth my people Israel out of Egypt, I chose no city out of all the tribes of Israel to build a house, that my name might be there; but I chose David to be over my people Israel.' 17"Now it was in the heart of David my father to build a house for the name of TheIAM (Yahweh) , the God (Elohim) of Israel. 18But TheIAM (Yahweh) said to David my father, 'Whereas it was in your heart to build a house for my name, you did well that it was in your heart. 19Nevertheless, you shall not build the house; but your son who shall come forth out of your body, he shall build the house for my name.' 20TheIAM (Yahweh) has established his word that he spoke; for I have risen up in the place of David my father, and I sit on the throne of Israel, as TheIAM (Yahweh) promised, and have built the house for the name of TheIAM (Yahweh) , the God (Elohim) of Israel. 21There I have set a place for the ark, in which is the covenant of TheIAM (Yahweh) , which he made with our fathers, when he brought them out of the land of Egypt." 22Solomon stood before the altar of TheIAM (Yahweh) in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven; 23and he said, "TheIAM (Yahweh) , the God (Elohim) of Israel, there is no God (Elohim) like you, in heaven above, or on earth beneath; who keep covenant and loving kindness with your servants, who walk before you with all their heart; 24who have kept with your servant David my father that which you promised him. Yes, you spoke with your mouth, and have fulfilled it with your hand, as it is this day. 25Now therefore, may TheIAM (Yahweh) , the God (Elohim) of Israel, keep with your servant David my father that which you have promised him, saying, 'There shall not fail you a man in my sight to sit on the throne of Israel, if only your children take heed to their way, to walk before me as you have walked before me.' 26"Now therefore, God (Elohim) of Israel, please let your word be verified, which you spoke to your servant David my father. 27But will God (Elohim) in very deed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens can't contain you; how much less this house that I have built! 28Yet have respect for the prayer of your servant, and for his supplication, TheIAM (Yahweh) my God (Elohim) , to listen to the cry and to the prayer which your servant prays before you this day; 29that your eyes may be open toward this house night and day, even toward the place of which you have said, 'My name shall be there;' to listen to the prayer which your servant shall pray toward this place. 30Listen to the supplication of your servant, and of your people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place. Yes, hear in heaven, your dwelling place; and when you hear, forgive. 31"If a man sins against his neighbor, and an oath is laid on him to cause him to swear, and he comes and swear before your altar in this house; 32then hear in heaven, and do, and judge your servants, condemning the wicked, to bring his way on his own head, and justifying the righteous, to give him according to his righteousness. 33"When your people Israel are struck down before the enemy, because they have sinned against you; if they turn again to you, and confess your name, and pray and make supplication to you in this house: 34then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of your people Israel, and bring them again to the land which you gave to their fathers. 35"When the sky is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against you; if they pray toward this place, and confess your name, and turn from their sin, when you afflict them: 36then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of your servants, and of your people Israel, when you teach them the good way in which they should walk; and send rain on your land, which you have given to your people for an inheritance. 37"If there is famine in the land, if there is pestilence, if there is blight, mildew, locust or caterpillar; if their enemy besieges them in the land of their cities; whatever plague, whatever sickness there is; 38whatever prayer and supplication is made by any man, or by all your people Israel, who shall each know the plague of his own heart, and spread forth his hands toward this house: 39then hear in heaven, your dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and render to every man according to all his ways, whose heart you know; (for you, even you only, know the hearts of all the children 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 the foreigner, who is not of your people Israel, when he shall come out of a far country for your name's sake 42(for they shall hear of your great name, and of your mighty hand, and of your outstretched arm); when he shall come and pray toward this house; 43hear in heaven, your dwelling place, and do according to all that the foreigner calls to you for; that all the peoples of the earth may know your name, to fear you, as do your people Israel, and that they may know that this house which I have built is called by your name. 44"If your people go out to battle against their enemy, by whatever way you shall send them, and they pray to TheIAM (Yahweh) toward the city which you have chosen, and toward the house which I have built for your name; 45then hear in heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause. 46If they sin against you (for there is no man who doesn't sin), and you are angry with them, and deliver them to the enemy, so that they carry them away captive to the land of the enemy, far off or near; 47yet if they shall repent in the land where they are carried captive, and turn again, and make supplication to you in the land of those who carried them captive, saying, 'We have sinned, and have done perversely; we have dealt wickedly;' 48if they return to you with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their enemies, who carried them captive, and pray to you toward their land, which you gave to their fathers, the city which you have chosen, and the house which I have built for your name: 49then hear their prayer and their supplication in heaven, your dwelling place, and maintain their cause; 50and forgive your people who have sinned against you, and all their transgressions in which they have transgressed against you; and give them compassion before those who carried them captive, that they may have compassion on them 51(for they are your people, and your inheritance, which you brought forth out of Egypt, from the midst of the furnace of iron); 52that your eyes may be open to the supplication of your servant, and to the supplication of your people Israel, to listen to them whenever they cry to you. 53For you separated them from among all the peoples of the earth, to be your inheritance, as you spoke by Moses your servant, when you brought our fathers out of Egypt, Lord (Adonai) TheIAM (Yahweh) ." 54It was so, that when Solomon had made an end of praying all this prayer and supplication to TheIAM (Yahweh) , he arose from before the altar of TheIAM (Yahweh) , from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread forth toward heaven. 55He stood, and blessed all the assembly of Israel with a loud voice, saying, 56"Blessed be TheIAM (Yahweh) , 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 by Moses his servant. 57May TheIAM (Yahweh) our God (Elohim) be with us, as he was with our fathers. Let him not leave us, nor forsake us; 58that he may incline our hearts to him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his ordinances, which he commanded our fathers. 59Let these my words, with which I have made supplication before TheIAM (Yahweh) , be near to TheIAM (Yahweh) our God (Elohim) day and night, that he may maintain the cause of his servant, and the cause of his people Israel, as every day shall require; 60that all the peoples of the earth may know that TheIAM (Yahweh) , he is God (Elohim) . There is none else. 61"Let your heart therefore be perfect with TheIAM (Yahweh) our God (Elohim) , to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day." 62The king, and all Israel with him, offered sacrifice before TheIAM (Yahweh) . 63Solomon offered for the sacrifice of peace offerings, which he offered to TheIAM (Yahweh) , two and twenty thousand head of cattle, and one hundred twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the children of Israel dedicated the house of TheIAM (Yahweh) . 64The same day did the king make the middle of the court holy that was before the house of TheIAM (Yahweh) ; for there he offered the burnt offering, and the meal offering, and the fat of the peace offerings, because the bronze altar that was before TheIAM (Yahweh) was too little to receive the burnt offering, and the meal offering, and the fat of the peace offerings. 65So Solomon held the feast at that time, and all Israel with him, a great assembly, from the entrance of Hamath to the brook of Egypt, before TheIAM (Yahweh) our God (Elohim) , seven days and seven days, even 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 goodness that TheIAM (Yahweh) had shown to David his servant, and to Israel his people.
1It happened in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king, when wine was before him, that I took up the wine, and gave it to the king. Now I had not been [before] sad in his presence. 2The king said to me, "Why is your face sad, since you are not sick? This is nothing else but sorrow of heart." Then I was very much afraid. 3I said to the king, "Let the king live forever! Why shouldn't my face be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers' tombs, lies waste, and its gates have been consumed with fire?" 4Then the king said to me, "For what do you make request?" So I prayed to the God (Elohim) of heaven. 5I said to the king, "If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, that you would send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers' tombs, that I may build it." 6The king said to me (the queen was also sitting by him), "For how long shall your journey be? And when will you return?" So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time. 7Moreover I said to the king, "If it pleases the king, let letters be given me to the governors beyond the River, that they may let me pass through until I come to Judah; 8and a letter to Asaph the keeper of the king's forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel by the temple, for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall enter into." The king granted my requests, because of the good hand of my God (Elohim) on me. 9Then I came to the governors beyond the River, and gave them the king's letters. Now the king had sent with me captains of the army and horsemen. 10When Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, heard of it, it grieved them exceedingly, because a man had come to seek the welfare of the children of Israel. 11So I came to Jerusalem, and was there three days. 12I arose in the night, I and some few men with me; neither told I any man what my God (Elohim) put into my heart to do for Jerusalem; neither was there any animal with me, except the animal that I rode on. 13I went out by night by the valley gate, even toward the jackal's well, and to the dung gate, and viewed the walls of Jerusalem, which were broken down, and its gates were consumed with fire. 14Then I went on to the spring gate and to the king's pool: but there was no place for the animal that was under me to pass. 15Then went I up in the night by the brook, and viewed the wall; and I turned back, and entered by the valley gate, and so returned. 16The rulers didn't know where I went, or what I did; neither had I as yet told it to the Jews, nor to the priests, nor to the nobles, nor to the rulers, nor to the rest who did the work. 17Then I said to them, "You see the evil case that we are in, how Jerusalem lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire. Come, let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we won't be disgraced." 18I told them of the hand of my God (Elohim) which was good on me, as also of the king's words that he had spoken to me. They said, "Let's rise up and build." So they strengthened their hands for the good work. 19But when Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, and Geshem the Arabian, heard it, they ridiculed us, and despised us, and said, "What is this thing that you are doing? Will you rebel against the king?" 20Then answered I them, and said to them, "The God (Elohim) of heaven will prosper us. Therefore we, his servants, will arise and build; but you have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem."
1He entered and was passing through Jericho. 2There was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. 3He was trying to see who Jesus was, and couldn't because of the crowd, because he was short. 4He ran on ahead, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was to pass that way. 5When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and saw him, and said to him, "Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house." 6He hurried, came down, and received him joyfully. 7When they saw it, they all murmured, saying, "He has gone in to lodge with a man who is a sinner." 8Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord (Kurios) , "Behold, Lord (Kurios) , half of my goods I give to the poor. If I have wrongfully exacted anything of anyone, I restore four times as much." 9Jesus said to him, "Today, salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham. 10For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost." 11As they heard these things, he went on and told a parable, because he was near Jerusalem, and they supposed that the Kingdom of God would be revealed immediately. 12He said therefore, "A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. 13He called ten servants of his, and gave them ten mina coins, and told them, 'Conduct business until I come.' 14But his citizens hated him, and sent an envoy after him, saying, 'We don't want this man to reign over us.' 15"It happened when he had come back again, having received the kingdom, that he commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by conducting business. 16The first came before him, saying, 'Master (Kurios) , your mina has made ten more minas.' 17"He said to him, 'Well done, you good servant! Because you were found faithful with very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.' 18"The second came, saying, 'Your mina, master (Kurios) , has made five minas.' 19"So he said to him, 'And you are to be over five cities.' 20Another came, saying, 'master (Kurios) , behold, your mina, which I kept laid away in a handkerchief, 21for I feared you, because you are an exacting man. You take up that which you didn't lay down, and reap that which you didn't sow.' 22"He said to him, 'Out of your own mouth will I judge you, you wicked servant! You knew that I am an exacting man, taking up that which I didn't lay down, and reaping that which I didn't sow. 23Then why didn't you deposit my money in the bank, and at my coming, I might have earned interest on it?' 24He said to those who stood by, 'Take the mina away from him, and give it to him who has the ten minas.' 25"They said to him, 'master (Kurios) , he has ten minas!' 26'For I tell you that to everyone who has, will more be given; but from him who doesn't have, even that which he has will be taken away from him. 27But bring those enemies of mine who didn't want me to reign over them here, and kill them before me.'" 28Having said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29It happened, when he drew near to Bethsphage and Bethany, at the mountain that is called Olivet, he sent two of his disciples, 30saying, "Go your way into the village on the other side, in which, as you enter, you will find a colt tied, whereon no man ever yet sat. Untie it, and bring it. 31If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' say to him: 'The Lord (Kurios) needs it.'" 32Those who were sent went away, and found things just as he had told them. 33As they were untying the colt, its owners (Kurios) said to them, "Why are you untying the colt?" 34They said, "The Lord (Kurios) needs it." 35They brought it to Jesus. They threw their cloaks on the colt, and set Jesus on them. 36As he went, they spread their cloaks in the way. 37As he was now getting near, at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works which they had seen, 38saying, "Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord (Kurios) ! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest!" 39Some of the Pharisees from the multitude said to him, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples!" 40He answered them, "I tell you that if these were silent, the stones would cry out." 41When he drew near, he saw the city and wept over it, 42saying, "If you, even you, had known today the things which belong to your peace! But now, they are hidden from your eyes. 43For the days will come on you, when your enemies will throw up a barricade against you, surround you, hem you in on every side, 44and will dash you and your children within you to the ground. They will not leave in you one stone on another, because you didn't know the time of your visitation." 45He entered into the temple, and began to drive out those who bought and sold in it, 46saying to them, "It is written, 'My house is a house of prayer,' but you have made it a 'den of robbers'!" 47He was teaching daily in the temple, but the chief priests and the scribes and the leading men among the people sought to destroy him. 48They couldn't find what they might do, for all the people hung on to every word that he said.