Through the Bible – Day 146

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8Praise the LORD

and pray in his name!

Tell everyone

what he has done.

9Sing praises to the LORD!

Tell about his miracles.

10Celebrate and worship

his holy name

with all your heart.

11Trust the LORD

and his mighty power.

Worship him always.

12Remember his miracles

and all his wonders

and his fair decisions.

13You belong to the family

of Israel, his servant;

you are his chosen ones,

the descendants of Jacob.

14The LORD is our God,

bringing justice

everywhere on earth.

15We must never forget

his agreement and his promises,

not in thousands of years.

16-17God made an eternal promise

to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob

18when he said, “I'll give you

the land of Canaan.”

19At the time there were

only a few of us,

and we were homeless.

20We wandered from nation

to nation, from one country

to another.

21God did not let anyone

ill-treat our people.

Instead he protected us

by punishing rulers

22and telling them,

“Don't touch my chosen leaders

or harm my prophets!”

23Everyone on this earth,

sing praises to the LORD.

Day after day announce,

“The LORD has saved us!”

24Tell every nation on earth,

“The LORD is wonderful

and does marvellous things!

25The LORD is great and deserves

our greatest praise!

He is the only God

worthy of our worship.

26Other nations worship idols,

but the LORD created

the heavens.

27Give honour and praise

to the LORD,

whose power and beauty

fill his holy temple.”

28Tell everyone of every nation,

“Praise the glorious power

of the LORD.

29He is wonderful! Praise him

and bring an offering

into his temple.

Worship the LORD,

majestic and holy.

30Everyone on earth, now tremble!”

The world stands firm,

never to be shaken.

31Tell the heavens and the earth

to be glad and celebrate!

And announce to the nations,

“The LORD is King!”

32Command the ocean to roar

with all its creatures

and the fields to rejoice

with all their crops.

33Then every tree in the forest

will sing joyful songs

to the LORD.

He is coming to judge

all people on earth.

34Praise the LORD

because he is good to us,

and his love never fails.

35Say to him, “Save us, LORD God!

Bring us back

from among the nations.

Let us celebrate and shout

in praise of your holy name.

36LORD God of Israel,

you deserve to be praised

for ever and ever.”

After David finished, the people shouted, “Amen! Praise the LORD!”

David appoints worship leaders at Jerusalem and Gibeon

37David chose Asaph and the Levites in his clan to be in charge of the daily worship at the place where the sacred chest was kept. 38Obed-Edom and sixty-eight of his relatives were their assistants, and Hosah and Obed-Edom the son of Jeduthun were the guards.

39David also chose Zadok the priest and his relatives who were priests to serve at the LORD's sacred tent at Gibeon. 40They were to offer sacrifices on the altar every morning and evening, just as the LORD had commanded in the Law he gave Israel. 41Heman and Jeduthun were their assistants, as well as the other men who had been chosen to praise the LORD for his never-ending love. 42Heman and Jeduthun were also responsible for blowing the trumpets, and for playing the cymbals and other instruments during worship at the tent. The Levites in Jeduthun's clan were the guards at Gibeon.

43After that, everyone went home, and David went home to his family.

Solomon will build the Lord's temple

The LORD's message to David

(2 Samuel 7.1-17)

1Soon after David moved into his new palace, he said to Nathan the prophet, “Look around! I live in a palace made of cedar, but the sacred chest is kept in a tent.”

2Nathan replied, “The LORD is with you—do what you want.”

3That night, the LORD told Nathan 4to go to David and tell him:

David, you are my servant, so listen carefully: you are not the one to build a temple for me. 5I didn't live in a temple when I brought my people out of Egypt, and I don't live in one now. A tent has always been my home wherever I have gone with them. 6I chose special leaders and told them to be like shepherds for my people Israel. But did I ever say anything to even one of them about building a cedar temple for me?

7David, this is what I, the LORD All-Powerful, say to you. I brought you in from the fields where you took care of sheep, and I made you the leader of my people. 8Wherever you went, I helped you and destroyed your enemies right in front of your eyes. I have made you one of the most famous people in the world.

9I have given my people Israel a land of their own where they can live in peace. They will no longer have to tremble with fear—evil nations won't bother them, as they did 10when I let judges rule my people, and I will keep your enemies from attacking you.

Now I promise that like you, your descendants will be kings. 11I'll choose one of your sons to be king when you reach the end of your life and are buried beside your ancestors. I'll make him a strong ruler, 12and no one will be able to take his kingdom away from him. He will be the one to build a temple for me. 13I will be like a father to him, and he will be like a son to me. I will never put an end to my agreement with him, as I put an end to my agreement with Saul, who was king before you. 14I will make sure that your son and his descendants will rule my people and my kingdom for ever.

15Nathan told David exactly what the LORD had said.

David gives thanks to the LORD

(2 Samuel 7.18-29)

16David went into the tent he had set up for the sacred chest. He sat there and prayed:

LORD God, my family and I don't deserve what you have already done for us, 17and yet you have promised to do even more for my descendants. You are treating me as if I am a very important person. 18I am your servant, and you know my thoughts. What else can I say, except that you have honoured me? 19It was your choice to do these wonderful things for me and to make these promises.

20No other god is like you, LORD—you alone are God. Everything we have heard about you is true. 21And there is no other nation on earth like Israel, the nation you rescued from slavery in Egypt to be your own. You became famous by using great and wonderful miracles to force other nations and their gods out of your land, so that your people could live here. 22You have chosen Israel to be your people for ever, and you have become their God.

23LORD God, please do what you promised me and my descendants. 24Then you will be famous for ever, and everyone will say, “The LORD All-Powerful rules Israel and is their God.”

My kingdom will be strong, 25because you are my God, and you have promised that my descendants will be kings. That's why I have the courage to pray to you like this, even though I am only your servant.

26You are the LORD God, and you have made this good promise to me. 27Now please bless my descendants for ever, and let them always be your chosen kings. You have already blessed my family, and I know you will bless us for ever.

A list of David's victories in war

1Later, David attacked and defeated the Philistines. He captured their town of Gath and the nearby villages.

2David also defeated the Moabites, and so they had to accept him as their ruler and pay taxes to him.

3While King Hadadezer of Zobah was trying to gain control of the territory near the River Euphrates, David met him in battle at Hamath and defeated him. 4David captured one thousand chariots, seven thousand chariot drivers, and twenty thousand soldiers. And he crippled all but one hundred of the horses.

5When troops from the Syrian kingdom of Damascus came to help Hadadezer, David killed twenty-two thousand of them. 6Then David stationed some of his troops in Damascus, and the people there had to accept David as their ruler and pay taxes to him.

Everywhere David went, the LORD helped him win battles.

7Hadadezer's officers had carried gold shields, but David took these shields and brought them back to Jerusalem. 8He also took a lot of bronze from the cities of Tibhath and Cun, which had belonged to Hadadezer. Later, Solomon used this bronze to make the large bowl called the Sea, and to make the pillars and other furnishings for the temple.

9-10King Tou of Hamath and King Hadadezer had been enemies. So when Tou heard that David had defeated Hadadezer's whole army, he sent his son Hadoram to congratulate David on his victory. Hadoram also brought him gifts made of gold, silver, and bronze. 11David gave these gifts to the LORD, just as he had done with the silver and gold he had captured from Edom, Moab, Ammon, Philistia, and Amalek.

12Abishai the son of Zeruiah defeated the Edomite army in Salt Valley and killed eighteen thousand of their troops. 13Then he stationed troops in Edom, and the people there had to accept David as their ruler.

Everywhere David went, the LORD gave him victory in war.

A list of David's officials

14David ruled all Israel with fairness and justice.

15Joab the son of Zeruiah was the commander in chief of the army.

Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud kept the government records.

16Zadok the son of Ahitub and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar were the priests.

Shavsha was the secretary.

17Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was the commander of David's bodyguard.

David's sons were his highest-ranking officials.

1 Chronicles 16:8-18:17CEVOpen in Bible reader

The Pharisees try to find out what happened

13-14The day when Jesus made the mud and healed the man was a Sabbath. So the people took the man to the Pharisees. 15They asked him how he was able to see, and he answered, “Jesus made some mud and smeared it on my eyes. Then after I washed it off, I could see.”

16Some of the Pharisees said, “This man Jesus doesn't come from God. If he did, he would not break the law of the Sabbath.”

Others asked, “How could someone who is a sinner perform such a miracle?”

Since the Pharisees could not agree among themselves, 17they asked the man, “What do you say about this one who healed your eyes?”

“He is a prophet!” the man told them.

18But the Jewish leaders would not believe that the man had once been blind. They sent for his parents 19and asked them, “Is this the son that you said was born blind? How can he now see?”

20The man's parents answered, “We are certain that he is our son, and we know that he was born blind. 21But we don't know how he got his sight or who gave it to him. Ask him! He is old enough to speak for himself.”

22-23The man's parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. The leaders had already agreed that no one was to have anything to do with anyone who said Jesus was the Messiah.

24The leaders called the man back and said, “Swear by God to tell the truth! We know that Jesus is a sinner.”

25The man replied, “I don't know if he is a sinner or not. All I know is that I used to be blind, but now I can see!”

26“What did he do to you?” the Jewish leaders asked. “How did he heal your eyes?”

27The man answered, “I have already told you once, and you refused to listen. Why do you want me to tell you again? Do you also want to become his disciples?”

28The leaders insulted the man and said, “You are his follower! We are followers of Moses. 29We are sure that God spoke to Moses, but we don't even know where Jesus comes from.”

30“How strange!” the man replied. “He healed my eyes, and yet you don't know where he comes from. 31We know that God listens only to people who love and obey him. God doesn't listen to sinners. 32And this is the first time in history that anyone has ever given sight to someone born blind. 33Jesus could not do anything unless he came from God.”

34The leaders told the man, “You have been a sinner since the day you were born! Do you think you can teach us anything?” Then they said, “You can never come back into any of our meeting places!”

35When Jesus heard what had happened, he went and found the man. Then Jesus asked, “Do you have faith in the Son of Man?”

36He replied, “Sir, if you will tell me who he is, I will put my faith in him.”

37“You have already seen him,” Jesus answered, “and right now he is talking with you.”

38The man said, “Lord, I put my faith in you!” Then he worshipped Jesus.

39Jesus told him, “I came to judge the people of this world. I am here to give sight to the blind and to make blind everyone who can see.”

40When the Pharisees heard Jesus say this, they asked, “Are we blind?”

41Jesus answered, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty. But now that you claim to see, you will keep on being guilty.”

John 9:13-41CEVOpen in Bible reader
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