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July 18


2 Chronicles 32:1-33
1. But after he had proved his fidelity by such deeds, Sennacherib, king of Assyria, came. He invaded Judah, besieged the fortified cities, and proposed to take them by storm.
2. When Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib was coming with the intention of attacking Jerusalem,
3. he decided in counsel with his princes and warriors to stop the waters of the springs outside the city. When they had pledged him their support,
4. a large crowd was gathered which stopped all the springs and also the running stream in the valley nearby. For they said, "Why should the kings of Assyria come and find an abundance of water?"
5. He then looked to his defenses: he rebuilt the wall where it was broken down, raised towers upon it, and built another wall outside. He strengthened the Millo of the City of David and had a great number of spears and shields prepared.
6. Then he appointed army commanders over the people. He gathered them together in his presence in the open space at the gate of the city and encouraged them with these words:
7. "Be brave and steadfast; do not be afraid or dismayed because of the king of Assyria and all the throng that is coming with him, for there is more with us than with him.
8. For he has only an arm of flesh, but we have the LORD, our God, to help us and to fight our battles." And the people took confidence from the words of King Hezekiah of Judah.
9. After this, while Sennacherib, king of Assyria, himself remained at Lachish with all his forces, he sent his officials to Jerusalem with this message for King Hezekiah of Judah, and all the Judahites who were in Jerusalem:
10. "King Sennacherib of Assyria has this to say: On what are you relying, while you remain under siege in Jerusalem?
11. Has not Hezekiah deceived you, delivering you over to a death of famine and thirst, by his claim that 'the LORD, our God, will save us from the grasp of the king of Assyria'?
12. Has not this same Hezekiah removed his high places and altars and commanded Judah and Jerusalem, 'You shall prostrate yourselves before one altar only, and on it alone you shall offer incense'?
13. Do you not know what my fathers and I have done to all the peoples of other lands? Were the gods of the nations in those lands able to save their lands from my hand?
14. Who among all the gods of those nations which my fathers put under the ban was able to save his people from my hand? Will your god, then, be able to save you from my hand?
15. Let not Hezekiah mislead you further and deceive you in any such way. Do not believe him! Since no other god of any other nation or kingdom has been able to save his people from my hand or the hands of my fathers, how much the less shall your god save you from my hand!"
16. His officials said still more against the LORD God and against his servant Hezekiah,
17. for he had written letters to deride the LORD, the God of Israel, speaking of him in these terms: "As the gods of the nations in other lands have not saved their people from my hand, neither shall Hezekiah's god save his people from my hand."
18. In a loud voice they shouted in the Judean language to the people of Jerusalem who were on the wall, to frighten and terrify them so that they might capture their city.
19. They spoke of the God of Israel as though he were one of the gods of the other peoples of the earth, a work of human hands.
20. But because of this, King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah, son of Amos, prayed and called out to heaven.
21. Then the LORD sent an angel, who destroyed every valiant warrior, leader and commander in the camp of the Assyrian king, so that he had to return shamefaced to his own country. And when he entered the temple of his god, some of his own offspring struck him down there with the sword.
22. Thus the LORD saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib, king of Assyria, as from every other power; he gave them rest on every side.
23. Many brought gifts for the LORD to Jerusalem and costly objects for King Hezekiah of Judah, who thereafter was exalted in the eyes of all the nations.
24. In those days Hezekiah became mortally ill. He prayed to the LORD, who answered him by giving him a sign.
25. Hezekiah, however, did not then discharge his debt of gratitude, for he had become proud. Therefore anger descended upon him and upon Judah and Jerusalem.
26. But then Hezekiah humbled himself for his pride-- both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and therefore the LORD did not vent his anger on them during the time of Hezekiah.
27. Hezekiah possessed very great wealth and glory. He had treasuries made for his silver, gold, precious stones, spices, jewels, and other precious things of all kinds;
28. also storehouses for the harvest of grain, for wine and oil, and barns for the various kinds of cattle and for the flocks.
29. He built cities for himself, and he acquired sheep and oxen in great numbers, for God gave him very great riches.
30. This same Hezekiah stopped the upper outflow of water from Gihon and led it underground westward to the City of David. Hezekiah prospered in all his undertakings.
31. Nevertheless, in respect to the ambassadors (princes) sent to him from Babylon to investigate the sign that had occurred in the land, God forsook him to test him, that he might know all that was in his heart.
32. The rest of Hezekiah's acts, including his pious works, can be found written in the Vision of the Prophet Isaiah, son of Amos, and in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.
33. Hezekiah rested with his ancestors; he was buried at the approach to the tombs of the descendants of David. All Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem paid him honor at his death. His son Manasseh succeeded him as king.

2 Chronicles 33:1-25
1. Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem.
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 torn down, erected altars for the Baals, made sacred poles, and prostrated himself before the whole host of heaven and worshiped them.
4. He even built altars in the temple of the LORD, of which the LORD had said, "In Jerusalem shall my name be forever":
5. he built altars to the whole host of heaven in the two courts of the LORD'S house.
6. It was he, too, who immolated his sons by fire in the Valley of Ben-hinnom. He practiced augury, divination and magic, and appointed necromancers and diviners of spirits, so that he provoked the LORD with the great evil that he did in his sight.
7. He placed an idol that he had carved in the house of God, of which God had said to David and his son Solomon: "In this house and in Jerusalem which I have chosen from all the tribes of Israel I shall place my name forever.
8. I will not again allow Israel's feet to leave the land which I assigned to your fathers, provided they are careful to observe all that I commanded them, keeping the whole law and the statutes and the ordinances given by Moses."
9. Manasseh misled Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem into doing even greater evil than the nations which the LORD had destroyed at the coming of the Israelites.
10. The LORD spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they paid no attention.
11. Therefore the LORD brought against them the army commanders of the Assyrian king; they took Manasseh with hooks, shackled him with chains, and transported him to Babylon.
12. In this distress, he began to appease the LORD, his God. He humbled himself abjectly before the God of his fathers
13. and prayed to him. The LORD let himself be won over: he heard his prayer and restored him to his kingdom in Jerusalem. Then Manasseh understood that the LORD is indeed God.
14. Afterward he built an outer wall for the City of David to the west of Gihon in the valley, extending to the Fish Gate and encircling Ophel; he built it very high. He stationed army officers in all the fortified cities of Judah.
15. He removed the foreign gods and the idol from the LORD'S house and all the altars he had built on the mount of the LORD'S house and in Jerusalem, and he cast them outside the city.
16. He restored the altar of the LORD, and sacrificed on it peace offerings and thank offerings, and commanded Judah to serve the LORD, the God of Israel.
17. Though the people continued to sacrifice on the high places, they now did so to the LORD, their God.
18. The rest of the acts of Manasseh, his prayer to his God, and the words of the seers who spoke to him in the name of the LORD, the God of Israel, can be found written in the chronicles of the kings of Israel.
19. His prayer and how his supplication was heard, all his sins and his infidelity, the sites where he built high places and erected sacred poles and carved images before he humbled himself, all can be found written down in the history of his seers.
20. Manasseh rested with his ancestors and was buried in his own palace. His son Amon succeeded him as king.
21. Amon was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned two years in Jerusalem.
22. He did evil in the sight of the LORD, just as his father Manasseh had done. Amon offered sacrifice to all the idols which his father Manasseh had made, and worshiped them.
23. Moreover, he did not humble himself before the LORD as his father Manasseh had done; on the contrary, Amon only increased his guilt.
24. His servants conspired against him and put him to death in his own house.
25. But the people of the land slew all those who had conspired against King Amon, and then they, the people of the land, made his son Josiah king in his stead.

Psalms 85:8-13
8. Show us, LORD, your love; grant us your salvation.
9. I will listen for the word of God; surely the LORD will proclaim peace To his people, to the faithful, to those who trust in him.
10. Near indeed is salvation for the loyal; prosperity will fill our land.
11. Love and truth will meet; justice and peace will kiss.
12. Truth will spring from the earth; justice will look down from heaven.
13. The LORD will surely grant abundance; our land will yield its increase.

Proverbs 21:12-12
12. The just man appraises the house of the wicked: there is one who brings down the wicked to ruin.

Acts 20:17-38
17. From Miletus he had the presbyters of the church at Ephesus summoned.
18. When they came to him, he addressed them, "You know how I lived among you the whole time from the day I first came to the province of Asia.
19. I served the Lord with all humility and with the tears and trials that came to me because of the plots of the Jews,
20. and I did not at all shrink from telling you what was for your benefit, or from teaching you in public or in your homes.
21. I earnestly bore witness for both Jews and Greeks to repentance before God and to faith in our Lord Jesus.
22. But now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem. What will happen to me there I do not know,
23. except that in one city after another the holy Spirit has been warning me that imprisonment and hardships await me.
24. Yet I consider life of no importance to me, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to bear witness to the gospel of God's grace.
25. "But now I know that none of you to whom I preached the kingdom during my travels will ever see my face again.
26. And so I solemnly declare to you this day that I am not responsible for the blood of any of you,
27. for I did not shrink from proclaiming to you the entire plan of God.
28. Keep watch over yourselves and over the whole flock of which the holy Spirit has appointed you overseers, in which you tend the church of God that he acquired with his own blood.
29. I know that after my departure savage wolves will come among you, and they will not spare the flock.
30. And from your own group, men will come forward perverting the truth to draw the disciples away after them.
31. So be vigilant and remember that for three years, night and day, I unceasingly admonished each of you with tears.
32. And now I commend you to God and to that gracious word of his that can build you up and give you the inheritance among all who are consecrated.
33. I have never wanted anyone's silver or gold or clothing.
34. You know well that these very hands have served my needs and my companions.
35. In every way I have shown you that by hard work of that sort we must help the weak, and keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus who himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"
36. When he had finished speaking he knelt down and prayed with them all.
37. They were all weeping loudly as they threw their arms around Paul and kissed him,
38. for they were deeply distressed that he had said that they would never see his face again. Then they escorted him to the ship.