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June 18


2 Kings 25:1-30
1. So King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and all his army came to fight against Jerusalem. This happened on the 10 day of the tenth month of Zedekiah's ninth year as king. Nebuchadnezzar put his army around Jerusalem to stop people from going in and out of the city. Then he built a wall of dirt around the city.
2. His army stayed around Jerusalem until Zedekiah's eleventh year as king of Judah.
3. The famine was getting worse and worse in the city. By the 9 day of the fourth month there was no more food for the common people in the city.
4. Nebuchadnezzar's army finally broke through the city wall. That night King Zedekiah and all his soldiers ran away. They used the secret gate that went through the double walls. It was by the king's garden. The enemy soldiers were all around the city, but Zedekiah and his men escaped on the road to the desert.
5. The Babylonian army chased King Zedekiah and caught him near Jericho. All of Zedekiah's soldiers left him and ran away.
6. The Babylonians took King Zedekiah to the king of Babylon at Riblah. The Babylonians decided to punish Zedekiah.
7. They killed Zedekiah's sons in front of him. Then they put out Zedekiah's eyes. They put chains on him and took him to Babylon.
8. Nebuchadnezzar came to Jerusalem on the 7 day of the fifth month of his nineteenth year as king of Babylon. The captain of Nebuchadnezzar's best soldiers was Nebuzaradan.
9. Nebuzaradan burned the Lord's Temple, the king's palace, and all the houses in Jerusalem. He destroyed even the largest houses.
10. Then the Babylonian army that was with Nebuzaradan pulled down the walls around Jerusalem.
11. Nebuzaradan captured all the people who were still left in the city. He took all the people as prisoners, even those who had tried to surrender.
12. He let only the poorest of the common people stay there. He let them stay so that they could take care of the grapes and other crops.
13. The Babylonian soldiers broke into pieces all the bronze things in the Lord's Temple. They broke the bronze columns, the bronze carts, and the large bronze tank. Then they took all of that bronze to Babylon.
14. The Babylonians also took the pots, the shovels, the tools for trimming the lamps, the spoons, and all the bronze dishes that were used in the Lord's Temple.
15. Nebuzaradan took all the firepans and bowls. He took all the things made of gold for the gold. And he took everything made of silver for the silver.
16. So Nebuzaradan took the large bronze tank and the 2 bronze columns. (Each column was about 31 feet tall. The capitals on the columns were over 5 feet tall. They were made from bronze and had a design like a net and pomegranates. Both columns had the same kind of design.) He also took the carts that Solomon made for the Lord's Temple. The bronze from these things was too heavy to be weighed.
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18. {From the Temple} Nebuzaradan took Seraiah the high priest, Zephaniah the second priest, and the three men who guarded the entrance.
19. From the city Nebuzaradan took one official who was in charge of the army and five of the king's advisors who were still in the city. He took one secretary of the commander of the army who was in charge of counting the common people and choosing some of them to be soldiers and 60 people who just happened to be in the city.
20. Then Nebuzaradan took all these people to the king of Babylon at Riblah in the area of Hamath. The king of Babylon killed them there at Riblah. And the people of Judah were led away as prisoners from their land.
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22. King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon left some people in the land of Judah. There was a man named Gedaliah son of Ahikam son of Shaphan. Nebuchadnezzar made Gedaliah governor over the people in Judah.
23. The army captains were Ishmael son of Nethaniah, Johanan son of Kareah, Seraiah son of Tanhumeth from Netophah, and Jaazaniah son of the Maachathite. These army captains and their men heard that the king of Babylon had made Gedaliah governor, so they went to Mizpah to meet with him.
24. Gedaliah made promises to these officers and their men. He said to them, "Don't be afraid of the Babylonian officers. Stay here and serve the king of Babylon. Then everything will be all right with you."
25. Ishmael son of Nethaniah son of Elishama was from the king's family. In the seventh month Ishmael and ten of his men attacked Gedaliah and killed all the men of Judah and Babylonians who were with Gedaliah at Mizpah.
26. Then the army officers and all the people ran away to Egypt. Everyone, from the least important to the most important, ran away because they were afraid of the Babylonians.
27. Later, Evil Merodach became the king of Babylon. He let King Jehoiachin of Judah out of prison. This happened in the 37 year after Jehoiachin was captured. This was on the 27 day of the twelfth month from the time that Evil Merodach began to rule.
28. Evil Merodach was kind to Jehoiachin. He gave Jehoiachin a more important place to sit than the other kings who were with him in Babylon.
29. Evil Merodach let Jehoiachin stop wearing prison clothes. And every day for the rest of his life Jehoiachin ate at the same table with the king.
30. And each day, for as long as Jehoiachin lived, the king gave him enough money to pay for whatever he needed.

Psalms 75:1-10
1. To the director: To the tune of "Don't Destroy." One of Asaph's songs of praise. We praise you, God! We praise you because you are near to us. We tell about the amazing things you have done.
2. God says, "I have chosen a time for judgment, and I will judge fairly.
3. The earth and all its people may shake, but I am the one who keeps it steady. Selah
4. "To those who are proud I say, 'Stop your boasting.' I warn the wicked, 'Don't brag about how strong you are.
5. Don't be so sure that you will win. Don't boast that victory is yours!'"
6. There is no power on earth that can make a person important.
7. God is the judge. He decides who will be important. He lifts one person up and brings another one down.
8. The Lord has a cup in his hand. It is filled with the poisoned wine of his anger. He will pour out this wine, and the wicked will drink it to the last drop.
9. I will always tell people how great God is. I will sing praise to the God of Jacob.
10. He will take away any power the wicked have and give it to those who are good.

Proverbs 19:4-5
4. Wealth will bring you many friends, but become poor and your friends will leave you.
5. A witness who lies will be punished; that liar will not escape.

Acts 3:1-26
1. One day Peter and John went to the Temple area. It was three o'clock in the afternoon, which was the time for the daily Temple prayer service.
2. As they were entering the Temple area, a man was there who had been crippled all his life. He was being carried by some friends who brought him to the Temple every day. They put him by one of the gates outside the Temple. It was called Beautiful Gate. There he begged for money from the people going to the Temple.
3. That day he saw Peter and John going into the Temple area. He asked them for money.
4. Peter and John looked at the crippled man and said, "Look at us!"
5. He looked at them; he thought they would give him some money.
6. But Peter said, "I don't have any silver or gold, but I do have something else I can give you. By the power of Jesus Christ from Nazareth—stand up and walk!"
7. Then Peter took the man's right hand and lifted him up. Immediately his feet and legs became strong.
8. He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk. He went into the Temple area with them. He was walking and jumping and praising God.
9. All the people recognized him. They knew he was the crippled man who always sat by the Beautiful Gate to beg for money. Now they saw this same man walking and praising God. They were amazed. They did not understand how this could happen.
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11. The man was holding on to Peter and John. All the people were amazed. They ran to Peter and John at Solomon's Porch.
12. When Peter saw this, he said to the people, "My Jewish brothers, why are you surprised at this? You are looking at us as if it was our power that made this man walk. Do you think this was done because we are good?
13. No, God did it! He is the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. He is the God of all our fathers. He gave glory to Jesus, his special servant. But you handed him over to be killed. Pilate decided to let him go free. But you told Pilate you did not want him.
14. Jesus was holy and good, but you said you did not want him. You told Pilate to give you a murderer instead of Jesus.
15. And so you killed the one who gives life! But God raised him from death. We are witnesses of this—we saw it with our own eyes.
16. "This crippled man was healed because we trusted in Jesus. It was Jesus' power that made him well. You can see this man, and you know him. He was made completely well because of faith in Jesus. You all saw it happen!
17. "My brothers, I know that what you did to Jesus was done because you did not understand what you were doing. And your leaders did not understand any more than you did.
18. But God said these things would happen. Through the prophets he said that his Christ would suffer and die. I have told you how God made this happen.
19. So you must change your hearts and lives. Come back to God, and he will forgive your sins.
20. Then the Lord will give you times of spiritual rest. He will send you Jesus, the one he chose to be the Christ.
21. "But Jesus must stay in heaven until the time when all things will be made right again. God told about this time when he spoke long ago through his holy prophets.
22. Moses said, 'The Lord your God will give you a prophet. That prophet will come from among your own people. He will be like me. You must obey everything he tells you.
23. And anyone who refuses to obey that prophet will die, separated from God's people.'
24. "Samuel, and all the other prophets who spoke for God after Samuel, said that this time would come.
25. And what those prophets talked about is for you, their descendants. You have received the agreement that God made with your fathers. God said to your father Abraham, 'Every nation on earth will be blessed through your descendants.'
26. God has sent his special servant Jesus. He sent him to you first. He sent him to bless you by causing each of you to turn away from your evil ways."