• 2 Chronicles 6
    • 1 Thessalonians 4
    • Psalms 143
    • Proverbs 21

    2 Chronicles 6

    1 Then Solomon spoke: "The LORD said He would dwell in the dark cloud.
    2 I have surely built You an exalted house, And a place for You to dwell in forever."
    3 Then the king turned around and blessed the whole assembly of Israel, while all the assembly of Israel was standing.
    4 And he said: "Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, who has fulfilled with His hands what He spoke with His mouth to my father David, saying,
    5 "Since the day that I brought My people out of the land of Egypt, I have chosen no city from any tribe of Israel in which to build a house, that My name might be there, nor did I choose any man to be a ruler over My people Israel.
    6 Yet I have chosen Jerusalem, that My name may be there, and I have chosen David to be over My people Israel.'
    7 Now it was in the heart of my father David to build a temple for the name of the LORD God of Israel.
    8 But the LORD said to my father David, "Whereas it was in your heart to build a temple for My name, you did well in that it was in your heart.
    9 Nevertheless you shall not build the temple, but your son who will come from your body, he shall build the temple for My name.'
    10 So the LORD has fulfilled His word which He spoke, and I have filled the position of my father David, and sit on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised; and I have built the temple for the name of the LORD God of Israel.
    11 And there I have put the ark, in which is the covenant of the LORD which He made with the children of Israel."
    12 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands
    13 (for Solomon had made a bronze platform five cubits long, five cubits wide, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court; and he stood on it, knelt down on his knees before all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands toward heaven);
    14 and he said: "LORD God of Israel, there is no God in heaven or on earth like You, who keep Your covenant and mercy with Your servants who walk before You with all their hearts.
    15 You have kept what You promised Your servant David my father; You have both spoken with Your mouth and fulfilled it with Your hand, as it is this day.
    16 Therefore, LORD God of Israel, now keep what You promised Your servant David my father, saying, "You shall not fail to have a man sit before Me on the throne of Israel, only if your sons take heed to their way, that they walk in My law as you have walked before Me.'
    17 And now, O LORD God of Israel, let Your word come true, which You have spoken to Your servant David.
    18 "But will God indeed dwell with men on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built!
    19 Yet regard the prayer of Your servant and his supplication, O LORD my God, and listen to the cry and the prayer which Your servant is praying before You:
    20 that Your eyes may be open toward this temple day and night, toward the place where You said You would put Your name, that You may hear the prayer which Your servant makes toward this place.
    21 And may You hear the supplications of Your servant and of Your people Israel, when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven Your dwelling place, and when You hear, forgive.
    22 "If anyone sins against his neighbor, and is forced to take an oath, and comes and takes an oath before Your altar in this temple,
    23 then hear from heaven, and act, and judge Your servants, bringing retribution on the wicked by bringing his way on his own head, and justifying the righteous by giving him according to his righteousness.
    24 "Or if Your people Israel are defeated before an enemy because they have sinned against You, and return and confess Your name, and pray and make supplication before You in this temple,
    25 then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of Your people Israel, and bring them back to the land which You gave to them and their fathers.
    26 "When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against You, when they pray toward this place and confess Your name, and turn from their sin because You afflict them,
    27 then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of Your servants, Your people Israel, that You may teach them the good way in which they should walk; and send rain on Your land which You have given to Your people as an inheritance.
    28 "When there is famine in the land, pestilence or blight or mildew, locusts or grasshoppers; when their enemies besiege them in the land of their cities; whatever plague or whatever sickness there is;
    29 whatever prayer, whatever supplication is made by anyone, or by all Your people Israel, when each one knows his own burden and his own grief, and spreads out his hands to this temple:
    30 then hear from heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive, and give to everyone according to all his ways, whose heart You know (for You alone know the hearts of the sons of men),
    31 that they may fear You, to walk in Your ways as long as they live in the land which You gave to our fathers.
    32 "Moreover, concerning a foreigner, who is not of Your people Israel, but has come from a far country for the sake of Your great name and Your mighty hand and Your outstretched arm, when they come and pray in this temple;
    33 then hear from heaven Your dwelling place, and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to You, that all peoples of the earth may know Your name and fear You, as do Your people Israel, and that they may know that this temple which I have built is called by Your name.
    34 "When Your people go out to battle against their enemies, wherever You send them, and when they pray to You toward this city which You have chosen and the temple which I have built for Your name,
    35 then hear from heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause.
    36 "When they sin against You (for there is no one who does not sin), and You become angry with them and deliver them to the enemy, and they take them captive to a land far or near;
    37 yet when they come to themselves in the land where they were carried captive, and repent, and make supplication to You in the land of their captivity, saying, "We have sinned, we have done wrong, and have committed wickedness';
    38 and when they return to You with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity, where they have been carried captive, and pray toward their land which You gave to their fathers, the city which You have chosen, and toward the temple which I have built for Your name:
    39 then hear from heaven Your dwelling place their prayer and their supplications, and maintain their cause, and forgive Your people who have sinned against You.
    40 Now, my God, I pray, let Your eyes be open and let Your ears be attentive to the prayer made in this place.
    41 "Now therefore, Arise, O LORD God, to Your resting place, You and the ark of Your strength. Let Your priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation, And let Your saints rejoice in goodness.
    42 "O LORD God, do not turn away the face of Your Anointed; Remember the mercies of Your servant David."

    1 Thessalonians 4

    1 Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God;
    2 for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus.
    3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality;
    4 that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor,
    5 not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God;
    6 that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified.
    7 For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness.
    8 Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit.
    9 But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another;
    10 and indeed you do so toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more;
    11 that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you,
    12 that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.
    13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.
    14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.
    15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.
    16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
    17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
    18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

    Psalms 143

    1 Hear my prayer, O LORD, Give ear to my supplications! In Your faithfulness answer me, And in Your righteousness.
    2 Do not enter into judgment with Your servant, For in Your sight no one living is righteous.
    3 For the enemy has persecuted my soul; He has crushed my life to the ground; He has made me dwell in darkness, Like those who have long been dead.
    4 Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me; My heart within me is distressed.
    5 I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your works; I muse on the work of Your hands.
    6 I spread out my hands to You; My soul longs for You like a thirsty land.Selah
    7 Answer me speedily, O LORD; My spirit fails! Do not hide Your face from me, Lest I be like those who go down into the pit.
    8 Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You.
    9 Deliver me, O LORD, from my enemies; In You I take shelter.
    10 Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness.
    11 Revive me, O LORD, for Your name's sake! For Your righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble.
    12 In Your mercy cut off my enemies, And destroy all those who afflict my soul; For I am Your servant.

    Proverbs 21

    1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.
    2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, But the LORD weighs the hearts.
    3 To do righteousness and justice Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
    4 A haughty look, a proud heart, And the plowing of the wicked are sin.
    5 The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.
    6 Getting treasures by a lying tongue Is the fleeting fantasy of those who seek death.
    7 The violence of the wicked will destroy them, Because they refuse to do justice.
    8 The way of a guilty man is perverse; But as for the pure, his work is right.
    9 Better to dwell in a corner of a housetop, Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.
    10 The soul of the wicked desires evil; His neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.
    11 When the scoffer is punished, the simple is made wise; But when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.
    12 The righteous God wisely considers the house of the wicked, Overthrowing the wicked for their wickedness.
    13 Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor Will also cry himself and not be heard.
    14 A gift in secret pacifies anger, And a bribe behind the back, strong wrath.
    15 It is a joy for the just to do justice, But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity.
    16 A man who wanders from the way of understanding Will rest in the assembly of the dead.
    17 He who loves pleasure will be a poor man; He who loves wine and oil will not be rich.
    18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, And the unfaithful for the upright.
    19 Better to dwell in the wilderness, Than with a contentious and angry woman.
    20 There is desirable treasure, And oil in the dwelling of the wise, But a foolish man squanders it.
    21 He who follows righteousness and mercy Finds life, righteousness and honor.
    22 A wise man scales the city of the mighty, And brings down the trusted stronghold.
    23 Whoever guards his mouth and tongue Keeps his soul from troubles.
    24 A proud and haughty man--"Scoffer" is his name; He acts with arrogant pride.
    25 The desire of the lazy man kills him, For his hands refuse to labor.
    26 He covets greedily all day long, But the righteous gives and does not spare.
    27 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination; How much more when he brings it with wicked intent!
    28 A false witness shall perish, But the man who hears him will speak endlessly.
    29 A wicked man hardens his face, But as for the upright, he establishes his way.
    30 There is no wisdom or understanding Or counsel against the LORD.
    31 The horse is prepared for the day of battle, But deliverance is of the LORD.

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