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2 Kings chapter 24

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During Jehoiakim's reign, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon invaded the land, and Jehoiakim became his vassal for three years. But then he changed his mind and rebelled against Nebuchadnezzar.
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The LORD sent Babylonian, Aramean, Moabite and Ammonite raiders against him. He sent them to destroy Judah, in accordance with the word of the LORD proclaimed by his servants the prophets.
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Surely these things happened to Judah according to the LORD's command, in order to remove them from his presence because of the sins of Manasseh and all he had done,
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including the shedding of innocent blood. For he had filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, and the LORD was not willing to forgive.
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As for the other events of Jehoiakim's reign, and all he did, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah?
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Jehoiakim rested with his fathers. And Jehoiachin his son succeeded him as king.
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The king of Egypt did not march out from his own country again, because the king of Babylon had taken all his territory, from the Wadi of Egypt to the Euphrates River.
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Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months. His mother's name was Nehushta daughter of Elnathan; she was from Jerusalem.
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He did evil in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father had done.
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At that time the officers of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon advanced on Jerusalem and laid siege to it,
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and Nebuchadnezzar himself came up to the city while his officers were besieging it.
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Jehoiachin king of Judah, his mother, his attendants, his nobles and his officials all surrendered to him. In the eighth year of the reign of the king of Babylon, he took Jehoiachin prisoner.
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As the LORD had declared, Nebuchadnezzar removed all the treasures from the temple of the LORD and from the royal palace, and took away all the gold articles that Solomon king of Israel had made for the temple of the LORD.
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He carried into exile all Jerusalem: all the officers and fighting men, and all the craftsmen and artisans-- a total of ten thousand. Only the poorest people of the land were left.
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Nebuchadnezzar took Jehoiachin captive to Babylon. He also took from Jerusalem to Babylon the king's mother, his wives, his officials and the leading men of the land.
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The king of Babylon also deported to Babylon the entire force of seven thousand fighting men, strong and fit for war, and a thousand craftsmen and artisans.
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He made Mattaniah, Jehoiachin's uncle, king in his place and changed his name to Zedekiah.
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Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years. His mother's name was Hamutal daughter of Jeremiah; she was from Libnah.
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He did evil in the eyes of the LORD, just as Jehoiakim had done.
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It was because of the LORD's anger that all this happened to Jerusalem and Judah, and in the end he thrust them from his presence. Now Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

Psalm chapter 112

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Praise the LORD. Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who finds great delight in his commands.
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His children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.
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Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever.
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Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man.
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Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice.
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Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever.
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He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.
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His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes.
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He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor, his righteousness endures forever; his horn will be lifted high in honor.
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The wicked man will see and be vexed, he will gnash his teeth and waste away; the longings of the wicked will come to nothing.

Jeremiah chapter 22

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This is what the LORD says: "Go down to the palace of the king of Judah and proclaim this message there:
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'Hear the word of the LORD, O king of Judah, you who sit on David's throne-- you, your officials and your people who come through these gates.
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This is what the LORD says: Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of his oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the alien, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place.
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For if you are careful to carry out these commands, then kings who sit on David's throne will come through the gates of this palace, riding in chariots and on horses, accompanied by their officials and their people.
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But if you do not obey these commands, declares the LORD, I swear by myself that this palace will become a ruin.'"
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For this is what the LORD says about the palace of the king of Judah: "Though you are like Gilead to me, like the summit of Lebanon, I will surely make you like a desert, like towns not inhabited.
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I will send destroyers against you, each man with his weapons, and they will cut up your fine cedar beams and throw them into the fire.
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"People from many nations will pass by this city and will ask one another, 'Why has the LORD done such a thing to this great city?'
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And the answer will be: 'Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD their God and have worshiped and served other gods.'"
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Do not weep for the dead [king] or mourn his loss; rather, weep bitterly for him who is exiled, because he will never return nor see his native land again.
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For this is what the LORD says about Shallum son of Josiah, who succeeded his father as king of Judah but has gone from this place: "He will never return.
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He will die in the place where they have led him captive; he will not see this land again."
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"Woe to him who builds his palace by unrighteousness, his upper rooms by injustice, making his countrymen work for nothing, not paying them for their labor.
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He says, 'I will build myself a great palace with spacious upper rooms.' So he makes large windows in it, panels it with cedar and decorates it in red.
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"Does it make you a king to have more and more cedar? Did not your father have food and drink? He did what was right and just, so all went well with him.
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He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?" declares the LORD.
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"But your eyes and your heart are set only on dishonest gain, on shedding innocent blood and on oppression and extortion."
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Therefore this is what the LORD says about Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah: "They will not mourn for him: 'Alas, my brother! Alas, my sister!' They will not mourn for him: 'Alas, my master! Alas, his splendor!'
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He will have the burial of a donkey-- dragged away and thrown outside the gates of Jerusalem."
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"Go up to Lebanon and cry out, let your voice be heard in Bashan, cry out from Abarim, for all your allies are crushed.
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I warned you when you felt secure, but you said, 'I will not listen!' This has been your way from your youth; you have not obeyed me.
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The wind will drive all your shepherds away, and your allies will go into exile. Then you will be ashamed and disgraced because of all your wickedness.
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You who live in 'Lebanon, 'who are nestled in cedar buildings, how you will groan when pangs come upon you, pain like that of a woman in labor!
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"As surely as I live," declares the LORD, "even if you, Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, were a signet ring on my right hand, I would still pull you off.
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I will hand you over to those who seek your life, those you fear-- to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and to the Babylonians.
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I will hurl you and the mother who gave you birth into another country, where neither of you was born, and there you both will die.
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You will never come back to the land you long to return to."
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Is this man Jehoiachin a despised, broken pot, an object no one wants? Why will he and his children be hurled out, cast into a land they do not know?
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O land, land, land, hear the word of the LORD!
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This is what the LORD says: "Record this man as if childless, a man who will not prosper in his lifetime, for none of his offspring will prosper, none will sit on the throne of David or rule anymore in Judah."

John chapter 18

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When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was an olive grove, and he and his disciples went into it.
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Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples.
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So Judas came to the grove, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons.
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Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, "Who is it you want?"
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"Jesus of Nazareth," they replied. "I am he," Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.)
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When Jesus said, "I am he," they drew back and fell to the ground.
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Again he asked them, "Who is it you want?" And they said, "Jesus of Nazareth."
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"I told you that I am he," Jesus answered. "If you are looking for me, then let these men go."
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This happened so that the words he had spoken would be fulfilled: "I have not lost one of those you gave me."
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Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant's name was Malchus.)
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Jesus commanded Peter, "Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?"
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Then the detachment of soldiers with its commander and the Jewish officials arrested Jesus. They bound him
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and brought him first to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year.
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Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it would be good if one man died for the people.
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Simon Peter and another disciple were following Jesus. Because this disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the high priest's courtyard,
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but Peter had to wait outside at the door. The other disciple, who was known to the high priest, came back, spoke to the girl on duty there and brought Peter in.
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"You are not one of his disciples, are you?" the girl at the door asked Peter. He replied, "I am not."
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It was cold, and the servants and officials stood around a fire they had made to keep warm. Peter also was standing with them, warming himself.
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Meanwhile, the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching.
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"I have spoken openly to the world," Jesus replied. "I always taught in synagogues or at the temple, where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret.
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Why question me? Ask those who heard me. Surely they know what I said."
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When Jesus said this, one of the officials nearby struck him in the face. "Is this the way you answer the high priest?" he demanded.
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"If I said something wrong," Jesus replied, "testify as to what is wrong. But if I spoke the truth, why did you strike me?"
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Then Annas sent him, still bound, to Caiaphas the high priest.
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As Simon Peter stood warming himself, he was asked, "You are not one of his disciples, are you?" He denied it, saying, "I am not."
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One of the high priest's servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, challenged him, "Didn't I see you with him in the olive grove?"
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Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a rooster began to crow.
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Then the Jews led Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of the Roman governor. By now it was early morning, and to avoid ceremonial uncleanness the Jews did not enter the palace; they wanted to be able to eat the Passover.
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So Pilate came out to them and asked, "What charges are you bringing against this man?"
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"If he were not a criminal," they replied, "we would not have handed him over to you."
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Pilate said, "Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law." "But we have no right to execute anyone," the Jews objected.
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This happened so that the words Jesus had spoken indicating the kind of death he was going to die would be fulfilled.
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Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?"
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"Is that your own idea," Jesus asked, "or did others talk to you about me?"
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"Am I a Jew?" Pilate replied. "It was your people and your chief priests who handed you over to me. What is it you have done?"
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Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place."
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"You are a king, then!" said Pilate. Jesus answered, "You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me."
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"What is truth?" Pilate asked. With this he went out again to the Jews and said, "I find no basis for a charge against him.
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But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release 'the king of the Jews'?"
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They shouted back, "No, not him! Give us Barabbas!" Now Barabbas had taken part in a rebellion.
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