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June 16


2 Kings 19:1-37
1. When King Hezekiah heard this, he tore his garments, wrapped himself in sackcloth, and went into the temple of the LORD.
2. He sent Eliakim, the master of the palace, Shebnah the scribe, and the elders of the priests, wrapped in sackcloth, to tell the prophet Isaiah, son of Amoz,
3. "Thus says Hezekiah: 'This is a day of distress, of rebuke, and of disgrace. Children are at the point of birth, but there is no strength to bring them forth.
4. Perhaps the LORD, your God, will hear all the words of the commander, whom his master, the king of Assyria, sent to taunt the living God, and will rebuke him for the words which the LORD, your God, has heard. So send up a prayer for the remnant that is here.'"
5. When the servants of King Hezekiah had come to Isaiah,
6. he said to them, "Tell this to your master: 'Thus says the LORD: Do not be frightened by the words you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.
7. I am about to put in him such a spirit that, when he hears a certain report, he will return to his own land, and there I will cause him to fall by the sword.'"
8. When the commander, on his return, heard that the king of Assyria had withdrawn from Lachish, he found him besieging Libnah.
9. The king of Assyria heard a report that Tirhakah, king of Ethiopia, had come out to fight against him. Again he sent envoys to Hezekiah with this message:
10. "Thus shall you say to Hezekiah, king of Judah: 'Do not let your God on whom you rely deceive you by saying that Jerusalem will not be handed over to the king of Assyria.
11. You have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all other countries: they doomed them! Will you, then, be saved?
12. Did the gods of the nations whom my fathers destroyed save them? Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, or the Edenites in Telassar?
13. Where are the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, or the kings of the cities Sepharvaim, Hena and Avva?'"
14. Hezekiah took the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it; then he went up to the temple of the LORD, and spreading it out before him,
15. he prayed in the LORD'S presence: "O LORD, God of Israel, enthroned upon the cherubim! You alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made the heavens and the earth.
16. Incline your ear, O LORD, and listen! Open your eyes, O LORD, and see! Hear the words of Sennacherib which he sent to taunt the living God.
17. Truly, O LORD, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations and their lands,
18. and cast their gods into the fire; they destroyed them because they were not gods, but the work of human hands, wood and stone.
19. Therefore, O LORD, our God, save us from the power of this man, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone, O LORD, are God."
20. Then Isaiah, son of Amoz, sent this message to Hezekiah: "Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, in answer to your prayer for help against Sennacherib, king of Assyria: I have listened!
21. This is the word the LORD has spoken concerning him: " 'She despises you, laughs you to scorn, the virgin daughter Zion! Behind you she wags her head, daughter Jerusalem.
22. Whom have you insulted and blasphemed, against whom have you raised your voice'And lifted up your eyes on high? Against the Holy One of Israel!
23. Through your servants you have insulted the LORD. You said: With my many chariots I climbed the mountain heights, the recesses of Lebanon; I cut down its lofty cedars, its choice cypresses; I reached the remotest heights, its forest park.
24. I dug wells and drank water in foreign lands; I dried up with the soles of my feet all the rivers of Egypt.
25. " 'Have you not heard? Long ago I prepared it, From days of old I planned it. Now I have brought it to pass: That you should reduce fortified cities into heaps of ruins,
26. While their inhabitants, shorn of power, are dismayed and ashamed, Becoming like the plants of the field, like the green growth, like the scorched grass on the housetops.
27. I am aware whether you stand or sit; I know whether you come or go,
28. and also your rage against me. Because of your rage against me and your fury which has reached my ears, I will put my hook in your nose and my bit in your mouth, and make you return the way you came.
29. " 'This shall be a sign for you: this year you shall eat the aftergrowth, next year, what grows of itself; But in the third year, sow and reap, plant vineyards and eat their fruit!
30. The remaining survivors of the house of Judah shall again strike root below and bear fruit above.
31. For out of Jerusalem shall come a remnant, and from Mount Zion, survivors. The zeal of the LORD of hosts shall do this.'
32. "Therefore, thus says the LORD concerning the king of Assyria: 'He shall not reach this city, nor shoot an arrow at it, nor come before it with a shield, nor cast up siege-works against it.
33. He shall return by the same way he came, without entering the city, says the LORD.
34. I will shield and save this city for my own sake, and for the sake of my servant David.'"
35. That night the angel of the LORD went forth and struck down one hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp. Early the next morning, there they were, all the corpses of the dead.
36. So Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, broke camp, and went back home to Nineveh.
37. When he was worshiping in the temple of his god Nisroch, his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer slew him with the sword and fled into the land of Ararat. His son Esarhaddon reigned in his stead.

2 Kings 20:1-21
1. In those days, when Hezekiah was mortally ill, the prophet Isaiah, son of Amoz, came and said to him: "Thus says the LORD: 'Put your house in order, for you are about to die; you shall not recover.'"
2. He turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD:
3. "O LORD, remember how faithfully and wholeheartedly I conducted myself in your presence, doing what was pleasing to you!" And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
4. Before Isaiah had left the central courtyard, the word of the LORD came to him:
5. "Go back and tell Hezekiah, the leader of my people: 'Thus says the LORD, the God of your forefather David: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will heal you. In three days you shall go up to the LORD'S temple;
6. I will add fifteen years to your life. I will rescue you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria; I will be a shield to this city for my own sake, and for the sake of my servant David.'"
7. Isaiah then ordered a poultice of figs to be brought and applied to the boil, that he might recover.
8. Then Hezekiah asked Isaiah, "What is the sign that the LORD will heal me and that I shall go up to the temple of the LORD on the third day?"
9. Isaiah replied, "This will be the sign for you from the LORD that he will do what he has promised: Shall the shadow go forward or back ten steps?"
10. "It is easy for the shadow to advance ten steps," Hezekiah answered. "Rather, let it go back ten steps."
11. So the prophet Isaiah invoked the LORD, who made the shadow retreat the ten steps it had descended on the staircase to the terrace of Ahaz.
12. At that time, when Merodachbaladan, son of Baladan, king of Babylon, heard that Hezekiah had been ill, he sent letters and gifts to him.
13. Hezekiah was pleased at this, and therefore showed the messengers his whole treasury, his silver, gold, spices and fine oil, his armory, and all that was in his storerooms; there was nothing in his house or in all his realm that Hezekiah did not show them.
14. Then Isaiah the prophet came to King Hezekiah and asked him: "What did these men say to you? Where did they come from?" "They came from a distant land, from Babylon," replied Hezekiah.
15. "What did they see in your house?" the prophet asked. "They saw everything in my house," answered Hezekiah. "There is nothing in my storerooms that I did not show them."
16. Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah: "Hear the word of the LORD:
17. The time is coming when all that is in your house, and everything that your fathers have stored up until this day, shall be carried off to Babylon; nothing shall be left, says the LORD.
18. Some of your own bodily descendants shall be taken and made servants in the palace of the king of Babylon."
19. Hezekiah replied to Isaiah, "The word of the LORD which you have spoken is favorable." For he thought, "There will be peace and security in my lifetime."
20. The rest of the acts of Hezekiah, all his valor, and his construction of the pool and conduit by which water was brought into the city, are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah.
21. Hezekiah rested with his ancestors and his son Manasseh succeeded him as king.

2 Kings 21:1-26
1. Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Hephzibah.
2. He did evil in the sight of the LORD, following the abominable practices of the nations whom the LORD had cleared out of the way of the Israelites.
3. He rebuilt the high places which his father Hezekiah had destroyed. He erected altars to Baal, and also set up a sacred pole, as Ahab, king of Israel, had done. He worshiped and served the whole host of heaven.
4. He built altars in the temple of the LORD, about which the LORD had said, "I will establish my name in Jerusalem"--
5. altars for the whole host of heaven, in the two courts of the temple.
6. He immolated his son by fire. He practiced soothsaying and divination, and reintroduced the consulting of ghosts and spirits. He did much evil in the LORD'S sight and provoked him to anger.
7. The Asherah idol he had made, he set up in the temple, of which the LORD had said to David and to his son Solomon: "In this temple and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I shall place my name forever.
8. I will not in future allow Israel to be driven off the land I gave their fathers, provided that they are careful to observe all I have commanded them, the entire law which my servant Moses enjoined upon them."
9. But they did not listen, and Manasseh misled them into doing even greater evil than the nations whom the LORD had destroyed at the coming of the Israelites.
10. Then the LORD spoke through his servants the prophets:
11. "Because Manasseh, king of Judah, has practiced these abominations and has done greater evil than all that was done by the Amorites before him, and has led Judah into sin by his idols,
12. therefore thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: 'I will bring such evil on Jerusalem and Judah that, whenever anyone hears of it, his ears shall ring.
13. I will measure Jerusalem with the same cord as I did Samaria, and with the plummet I used for the house of Ahab. I will wipe Jerusalem clean as one wipes a dish, wiping it inside and out.
14. I will cast off the survivors of my inheritance and deliver them into enemy hands, to become a prey and a booty for all their enemies,
15. because they have done evil in my sight and provoked me from the day their fathers came forth from Egypt until today.'"
16. In addition to the sin which he caused Judah to commit, Manasseh did evil in the sight of the LORD, shedding so much innocent blood as to fill the length and breadth of Jerusalem.
17. The rest of the acts of Manasseh, the sin he committed and all that he did, are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah.
18. Manasseh rested with his ancestors and was buried in his palace garden, the garden of Uzza. His son Amon succeeded him as king.
19. Amon was twenty-two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned two years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Meshullemeth, daughter of Haruz of Jotbah.
20. He did evil in the sight of the LORD, as his father Manasseh had done.
21. He followed exactly the path his father had trod, serving and worshiping the idols his father had served.
22. He abandoned the LORD, the God of his fathers, and did not follow the path of the LORD.
23. Subjects of Amon conspired against him and slew the king in his palace,
24. but the people of the land then slew all who had conspired against King Amon, and proclaimed his son Josiah king in his stead.
25. The rest of the acts that Amon did are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah.
26. He was buried in his own grave in the garden of Uzza, and his son Josiah succeeded him as king.

Psalms 74:9-17
9. Now we see no signs, we have no prophets, no one who knows how long.
10. How long, O God, shall the enemy jeer? Shall the foe revile your name forever?
11. Why draw back your right hand, why keep it idle beneath your cloak?
12. Yet you, God, are my king from of old, winning victories throughout the earth.
13. You stirred up the sea in your might; you smashed the heads of the dragons on the waters.
14. You crushed the heads of Leviathan, tossed him for food to the sharks.
15. You opened up springs and torrents, brought dry land out of the primeval waters.
16. Yours the day and yours the night; you set the moon and sun in place.
17. You fixed all the limits of the earth; summer and winter you made.

Proverbs 19:1-2
1. Better a poor man who walks in his integrity than he who is crooked in his ways and rich.
2. Without knowledge even zeal is not good; and he who acts hastily, blunders.

Acts 2:1-21
1. When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together.
2. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were.
3. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them.
4. And they were all filled with the holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.
5. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem.
6. At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language.
7. They were astounded, and in amazement they asked, "Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans?
8. Then how does each of us hear them in his own native language?
9. We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,
10. Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene, as well as travelers from Rome,
11. both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs, yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God."
12. They were all astounded and bewildered, and said to one another, "What does this mean?"
13. But others said, scoffing, "They have had too much new wine."
14. Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice, and proclaimed to them, "You who are Jews, indeed all of you staying in Jerusalem. Let this be known to you, and listen to my words.
15. These people are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o'clock in the morning.
16. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
17. 'It will come to pass in the last days,' God says, 'that I will pour out a portion of my spirit upon all flesh. Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams.
18. Indeed, upon my servants and my handmaids I will pour out a portion of my spirit in those days, and they shall prophesy.
19. And I will work wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below: blood, fire, and a cloud of smoke.
20. The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the coming of the great and splendid day of the Lord,
21. and it shall be that everyone shall be saved who calls on the name of the Lord.'