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June 18

2 Kings 25:1-30
1. So on January 15, during the ninth year of Zedekiah's reign, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon led his entire army against Jerusalem. They surrounded the city and built siege ramps against its walls.
2. Jerusalem was kept under siege until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah's reign.
3. By July 18 of Zedekiah's eleventh year, the famine in the city had become very severe, with the last of the food entirely gone.
4. Then a section of the city wall was broken down, and all the soldiers made plans to escape from the city. But since the city was surrounded by the Babylonians, they waited for nightfall and fled through the gate between the two walls behind the king's gardens. They made a dash across the fields, in the direction of the Jordan Valley.
5. But the Babylonians chased after them and caught the king on the plains of Jericho, for by then his men had all abandoned him.
6. They brought him to the king of Babylon at Riblah, where sentence was passed against him.
7. The king of Babylon made Zedekiah watch as all his sons were killed. Then they gouged out Zedekiah's eyes, bound him in bronze chains, and led him away to Babylon.
8. On August 14 of that year, which was the nineteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar's reign, Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, an official of the Babylonian king, arrived in Jerusalem.
9. He burned down the Temple of the LORD, the royal palace, and all the houses of Jerusalem. He destroyed all the important buildings in the city.
10. Then the captain of the guard supervised the entire Babylonian army as they tore down the walls of Jerusalem.
11. Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, then took as exiles those who remained in the city, along with the rest of the people and the troops who had declared their allegiance to the king of Babylon.
12. But the captain of the guard allowed some of the poorest people to stay behind in Judah to care for the vineyards and fields.
13. The Babylonians broke up the bronze pillars, the bronze water carts, and the bronze Sea that were at the LORD's Temple, and they carried all the bronze away to Babylon.
14. They also took all the pots, shovels, lamp snuffers, dishes, and all the other bronze utensils used for making sacrifices at the Temple.
15. Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, also took the firepans and basins, and all the other utensils made of pure gold or silver.
16. The bronze from the two pillars, the water carts, and the Sea was too great to be weighed. These things had been made for the LORD's Temple in the days of King Solomon.
17. Each of the pillars was 27 feet tall. The bronze capital on top of each pillar was 7 1/2 feet high and was decorated with a network of bronze pomegranates all the way around.
18. The captain of the guard took with him as prisoners Seraiah the chief priest, his assistant Zephaniah, and the three chief gatekeepers.
19. And of the people still hiding in the city, he took an officer of the Judean army, five of the king's personal advisers, the army commander's chief secretary, who was in charge of recruitment, and sixty other citizens.
20. Nebuzaradan the commander took them all to the king of Babylon at Riblah.
21. And there at Riblah, in the land of Hamath, the king of Babylon had them all put to death. So the people of Judah were sent into exile from their land.
22. Then King Nebuchadnezzar appointed Gedaliah son of Ahikam and grandson of Shaphan as governor over the people left in Judah.
23. When all the army commanders and their men learned that the king of Babylon had appointed Gedaliah as governor, they joined him at Mizpah. These included Ishmael son of Nethaniah, Johanan son of Kareah, Seraiah son of Tanhumeth the Netophathite, and Jaazaniah son of the Maacathite, and all their men.
24. Gedaliah vowed to them that the Babylonian officials meant them no harm. "Live in the land and serve the king of Babylon, and all will go well for you," he promised.
25. But in midautumn of that year, Ishmael son of Nethaniah and grandson of Elishama, who was of the royal family, went to Mizpah with ten men and assassinated Gedaliah and everyone with him, both Judeans and Babylonians.
26. Then all the people of Judah, from the least to the greatest, as well as the army commanders, fled in panic to Egypt, for they were afraid of what the Babylonians would do to them.
27. In the thirty-seventh year of King Jehoiachin's exile in Babylon, Evil-merodach ascended to the Babylonian throne. He was kind to Jehoiachin and released him from prison on April 2 of that year.
28. He spoke pleasantly to Jehoiachin and gave him preferential treatment over all the other exiled kings in Babylon.
29. He supplied Jehoiachin with new clothes to replace his prison garb and allowed him to dine at the king's table for the rest of his life.
30. The Babylonian king also gave him a regular allowance to cover his living expenses until the day of his death.

Psalms 75:1-10
1. We thank you, O God! We give thanks because you are near. People everywhere tell of your mighty miracles.
2. God says, "At the time I have planned, I will bring justice against the wicked.
3. When the earth quakes and its people live in turmoil, I am the one who keeps its foundations firm.
4. "I warned the proud, `Stop your boasting!' I told the wicked, `Don't raise your fists!
5. Don't lift your fists in defiance at the heavens or speak with rebellious arrogance.'"
6. For no one on earth--from east or west, or even from the wilderness--can raise another person up.
7. It is God alone who judges; he decides who will rise and who will fall.
8. For the LORD holds a cup in his hand; it is full of foaming wine mixed with spices. He pours the wine out in judgment, and all the wicked must drink it, draining it to the dregs.
9. But as for me, I will always proclaim what God has done; I will sing praises to the God of Israel.
10. For God says, "I will cut off the strength of the wicked, but I will increase the power of the godly."

Proverbs 19:4-5
4. Wealth makes many "friends"; poverty drives them away.
5. A false witness will not go unpunished, nor will a liar escape.

Acts 3:1-26
1. Peter and John went to the Temple one afternoon to take part in the three o'clock prayer service.
2. As they approached the Temple, a man lame from birth was being carried in. Each day he was put beside the Temple gate, the one called the Beautiful Gate, so he could beg from the people going into the Temple.
3. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for some money.
4. Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, "Look at us!"
5. The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting a gift.
6. But Peter said, "I don't have any money for you. But I'll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk!"
7. Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man's feet and anklebones were healed and strengthened.
8. He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them.
9. All the people saw him walking and heard him praising God.
10. When they realized he was the lame beggar they had seen so often at the Beautiful Gate, they were absolutely astounded!
11. They all rushed out to Solomon's Colonnade, where he was holding tightly to Peter and John. Everyone stood there in awe of the wonderful thing that had happened.
12. Peter saw his opportunity and addressed the crowd. "People of Israel," he said, "what is so astounding about this? And why look at us as though we had made this man walk by our own power and godliness?
13. For it is the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob, the God of all our ancestors who has brought glory to his servant Jesus by doing this. This is the same Jesus whom you handed over and rejected before Pilate, despite Pilate's decision to release him.
14. You rejected this holy, righteous one and instead demanded the release of a murderer.
15. You killed the author of life, but God raised him to life. And we are witnesses of this fact!
16. "The name of Jesus has healed this man--and you know how lame he was before. Faith in Jesus' name has caused this healing before your very eyes.
17. "Friends, I realize that what you did to Jesus was done in ignorance; and the same can be said of your leaders.
18. But God was fulfilling what all the prophets had declared about the Messiah beforehand--that he must suffer all these things.
19. Now turn from your sins and turn to God, so you can be cleansed of your sins.
20. Then wonderful times of refreshment will come from the presence of the Lord, and he will send Jesus your Messiah to you again.
21. For he must remain in heaven until the time for the final restoration of all things, as God promised long ago through his prophets.
22. Moses said, 'The Lord your God will raise up a Prophet like me from among your own people. Listen carefully to everything he tells you.'
23. Then Moses said, 'Anyone who will not listen to that Prophet will be cut off from God's people and utterly destroyed.'
24. "Starting with Samuel, every prophet spoke about what is happening today.
25. You are the children of those prophets, and you are included in the covenant God promised to your ancestors. For God said to Abraham, 'Through your descendants all the families on earth will be blessed.'
26. When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you people of Israel, to bless you by turning each of you back from your sinful ways."