Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

How beautifully this principle is illustrated in the lives of Joash and Paul! Little Joash, at only seven years of age, was defenseless against the ruthless Queen Athaliah. "Joash and his nurse remained hidden in the Temple of the Lord for six years while Athaliah ruled over the land" (2 Kings 11:3). Only the Lord could have kept him from crying at the wrong moment or being seen by someone who was friendly to the queen. Athaliah finally met her death, the Lord fulfilling His promise to destroy the wicked.

Paul faced great danger from the Jews at Corinth. "One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision and told him, ‘Don't be afraid! Speak out! Don't be silent! For I am with you, and no one will harm you because many people here in this city belong to me' " (Acts 18:9-10). The Jews' efforts to bring legal action against Paul ended in their being thrown out of court in one moment of time.

Satan makes you think the end is here, the worst has come, and the game is lost. Remember: It's not over until it's over. The Lord is watching over you!

2 Kings 10:32-12:21

32 In those days the Lord began to reduce2Ki 13:25; Ps 107:39 the size of Israel. HazaelS 1Ki 19:17 overpowered the Israelites throughout their territory33 east of the Jordan in all the land of Gilead (the region of Gad, Reuben and Manasseh), from AroerS Nu 32:34; Dt 2:36; Jdg 11:26; Isa 17:2 by the ArnonS Nu 21:13 Gorge through Gilead to Bashan.

34 As for the other events of Jehu’s reign, all he did, and all his achievements, are they not written in the book of the annals1Ki 15:31 of the kings of Israel?

35 Jehu rested with his ancestors and was buried in Samaria. And Jehoahaz his son succeeded him as king.36 The time that Jehu reigned over Israel in Samaria was twenty-eight years.

Athaliah and Joash11:1-21pp — 2Ch 22:10–23:21

11 When AthaliahS 2Ki 8:18 the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she proceeded to destroy the whole royal family.But Jehosheba, the daughter of King JehoramHebrew Joram, a variant of Jehoram and sister of Ahaziah, took Joash2Ki 12:1 son of Ahaziah and stole him away from among the royal princes, who were about to be murdered. She put him and his nurse in a bedroom to hide him from Athaliah; so he was not killed.S Jdg 9:5He remained hidden with his nurse at the temple of the Lord for six years while Athaliah ruled the land.

In the seventh year Jehoiada sent for the commanders of units of a hundred, the Caritesver 19 and the guards and had them brought to him at the temple of the Lord. He made a covenant with them and put them under oath at the temple of the Lord. Then he showed them the king’s son.He commanded them, saying, “This is what you are to do: You who are in the three companies that are going on duty on the Sabbath1Ch 9:25—a third of you guarding the royal palace,1Ki 14:27a third at the Sur Gate, and a third at the gate behind the guard, who take turns guarding the temple—and you who are in the other two companies that normally go off Sabbath duty are all to guard the temple for the king.Station yourselves around the king, each of you with weapon in hand. Anyone who approaches your ranksOr approaches the precincts is to be put to death. Stay close to the king wherever he goes.”

The commanders of units of a hundred did just as Jehoiada the priest ordered. Each one took his men—those who were going on duty on the Sabbath and those who were going off duty—and came to Jehoiada the priest.10 Then he gave the commanders the spears and shieldsS 2Sa 8:7 that had belonged to King David and that were in the temple of the Lord.11 The guards, each with weapon in hand, stationed themselves around the king—near the altar and the temple, from the south side to the north side of the temple.

12 Jehoiada brought out the king’s son and put the crown on him; he presented him with a copy of the covenantEx 25:16; 2Ki 23:3 and proclaimed him king. They anointedS 1Sa 9:16; S 1Ki 1:39 him, and the people clapped their handsPs 47:1; 98:8; Isa 55:12 and shouted, “Long live the king!”S 1Sa 10:24

13 When Athaliah heard the noise made by the guards and the people, she went to the people at the temple of the Lord.14 She looked and there was the king, standing by the pillar,S 1Ki 7:15 as the custom was. The officers and the trumpeters were beside the king, and all the people of the land were rejoicing and blowing trumpets.S 1Ki 1:39 Then Athaliah toreS Ge 37:29 her robes and called out, “Treason! Treason!”2Ki 9:23

15 Jehoiada the priest ordered the commanders of units of a hundred, who were in charge of the troops: “Bring her out between the ranksOr out from the precincts and put to the sword anyone who follows her.” For the priest had said, “She must not be put to death in the temple1Ki 2:30 of the Lord.”16 So they seized her as she reached the place where the horses enterNe 3:28; Jer 31:40 the palace grounds, and there she was put to death.S Ge 4:14

17 Jehoiada then made a covenantS Ex 24:8; 2Sa 5:3; 2Ch 15:12; 23:3; 29:10; 34:31; Ezr 10:3 between the Lord and the king and people that they would be the Lord’s people. He also made a covenant between the king and the people.2Ki 23:3; Jer 34:818 All the people of the land went to the templeS 1Ki 16:32 of Baal and tore it down. They smashedS Dt 12:3 the altars and idols to pieces and killed Mattan the priest1Ki 18:40; 2Ki 10:25; 23:20 of Baal in front of the altars.

Then Jehoiada the priest posted guards at the temple of the Lord.19 He took with him the commanders of hundreds, the Carites,ver 4 the guards and all the people of the land, and together they brought the king down from the temple of the Lord and went into the palace, entering by way of the gate of the guards. The king then took his place on the royal throne.20 All the people of the land rejoiced,Pr 11:10; 28:12; 29:2 and the city was calm, because Athaliah had been slain with the sword at the palace.

21 JoashHebrew Jehoash, a variant of Joash was seven years old when he began to reign.In Hebrew texts this verse (11:21) is numbered 12:1.

Joash Repairs the Temple12:1-21pp — 2Ch 24:1-14; 24:23-27

12 In Hebrew texts 12:1-21 is numbered 12:2-22.In the seventh year of Jehu, JoashHebrew Jehoash, a variant of Joash; also in verses 2, 4, 6, 7 and 182Ki 11:2 became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem forty years. His mother’s name was Zibiah; she was from Beersheba.Joash did what was rightS Dt 12:25; S 2Sa 8:15 in the eyes of the Lord all the years Jehoiada the priest instructed him.The high places,S 1Ki 3:3; S 2Ki 18:4 however, were not removed; the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there.

Joash said to the priests, “Collect2Ki 22:4 all the money that is brought as sacred offeringsNu 18:19 to the temple of the Lord—the money collected in the census,S Ex 30:12 the money received from personal vows and the money brought voluntarilyS Ex 25:2; S 35:29 to the temple.Let every priest receive the money from one of the treasurers, then use it to repair2Ki 22:5 whatever damage is found in the temple.”

But by the twenty-third year of King Joash the priests still had not repaired the temple.Therefore King Joash summoned Jehoiada the priest and the other priests and asked them, “Why aren’t you repairing the damage done to the temple? Take no more money from your treasurers, but hand it over for repairing the temple.”The priests agreed that they would not collect any more money from the people and that they would not repair the temple themselves.

Jehoiada the priest took a chest and bored a hole in its lid. He placed it beside the altar, on the right side as one enters the temple of the Lord. The priests who guarded the entrance2Ki 25:18; Jer 35:4; 52:24 put into the chest all the moneyMk 12:41; Lk 21:1 that was brought to the temple of the Lord.10 Whenever they saw that there was a large amount of money in the chest, the royal secretaryS 2Sa 8:17 and the high priest came, counted the money that had been brought into the temple of the Lord and put it into bags.11 When the amount had been determined, they gave the money to the men appointed to supervise the work on the temple. With it they paid those who worked on the temple of the Lord—the carpenters and builders,12 the masons and stonecutters.2Ki 22:5-6 They purchased timber and blocks of dressed stone for the repair of the temple of the Lord, and met all the other expenses of restoring the temple.

13 The money brought into the temple was not spent for making silver basins, wick trimmers, sprinkling bowls, trumpets or any other articles of goldS 1Ki 7:48-51 or silver for the temple of the Lord;14 it was paid to the workers, who used it to repair the temple.15 They did not require an accounting from those to whom they gave the money to pay the workers, because they acted with complete honesty.2Ki 22:7; 1Co 4:216 The money from the guilt offeringsLev 5:14-19 and sin offeringsOr purification offeringsLev 4:1-35 was not brought into the temple of the Lord; it belongedS Lev 7:7 to the priests.

17 About this time Hazael2Ki 8:12 king of Aram went up and attacked Gath and captured it. Then he turned to attack Jerusalem.18 But Joash king of Judah took all the sacred objects dedicated by his predecessors—Jehoshaphat, Jehoram and Ahaziah, the kings of Judah—and the gifts he himself had dedicated and all the gold found in the treasuries of the temple of the Lord and of the royal palace, and he sentS 1Ki 15:18; S 2Ch 21:16-17 them to Hazael king of Aram, who then withdrew1Ki 15:21; 2Ki 15:20; 19:36 from Jerusalem.

19 As for the other events of the reign of Joash, and all he did, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah?20 His officials2Ki 14:5 conspired against him and assassinated2Ki 14:19; 15:10, 14, 25, 30; 21:23; 25:25 him at Beth Millo,Jdg 9:6 on the road down to Silla.21 The officials who murdered him were Jozabad son of Shimeath and Jehozabad son of Shomer. He died and was buried with his ancestors in the City of David. And Amaziah his son succeeded him as king.

The Death of Jehu

32 At about that time the Lord began to cut down the size of Israel’s territory. King Hazael conquered several sections of the country33 east of the Jordan River, including all of Gilead, Gad, Reuben, and Manasseh. He conquered the area from the town of Aroer by the Arnon Gorge to as far north as Gilead and Bashan.

34 The rest of the events in Jehu’s reign—everything he did and all his achievements—are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Israel.

35 When Jehu died, he was buried in Samaria. Then his son Jehoahaz became the next king.36 In all, Jehu reigned over Israel from Samaria for twenty-eight years.

Queen Athaliah Rules in Judah

11 When Athaliah, the mother of King Ahaziah of Judah, learned that her son was dead, she began to destroy the rest of the royal family.But Ahaziah’s sister Jehosheba, the daughter of King Jehoram,Hebrew Joram, a variant spelling of Jehoram. took Ahaziah’s infant son, Joash, and stole him away from among the rest of the king’s children, who were about to be killed. She put Joash and his nurse in a bedroom, and they hid him from Athaliah, so the child was not murdered.Joash remained hidden in the Temple of the Lord for six years while Athaliah ruled over the land.

Revolt against Athaliah

In the seventh year of Athaliah’s reign, Jehoiada the priest summoned the commanders, the Carite mercenaries, and the palace guards to come to the Temple of the Lord. He made a solemn pact with them and made them swear an oath of loyalty there in the Lord’s Temple; then he showed them the king’s son.

Jehoiada told them, “This is what you must do. A third of you who are on duty on the Sabbath are to guard the royal palace itself.Another third of you are to stand guard at the Sur Gate. And the final third must stand guard behind the palace guard. These three groups will all guard the palace.The other two units who are off duty on the Sabbath must stand guard for the king at the Lord’s Temple.Form a bodyguard around the king and keep your weapons in hand. Kill anyone who tries to break through. Stay with the king wherever he goes.”

So the commanders did everything as Jehoiada the priest ordered. The commanders took charge of the men reporting for duty that Sabbath, as well as those who were going off duty. They brought them all to Jehoiada the priest,10 and he supplied them with the spears and small shields that had once belonged to King David and were stored in the Temple of the Lord.11 The palace guards stationed themselves around the king, with their weapons ready. They formed a line from the south side of the Temple around to the north side and all around the altar.

12 Then Jehoiada brought out Joash, the king’s son, placed the crown on his head, and presented him with a copy of God’s laws.Or a copy of the covenant. They anointed him and proclaimed him king, and everyone clapped their hands and shouted, “Long live the king!”

The Death of Athaliah

13 When Athaliah heard the noise made by the palace guards and the people, she hurried to the Lord’s Temple to see what was happening.14 When she arrived, she saw the newly crowned king standing in his place of authority by the pillar, as was the custom at times of coronation. The commanders and trumpeters were surrounding him, and people from all over the land were rejoicing and blowing trumpets. When Athaliah saw all this, she tore her clothes in despair and shouted, “Treason! Treason!”

15 Then Jehoiada the priest ordered the commanders who were in charge of the troops, “Take her to the soldiers in front of the Temple,Or Bring her out from between the ranks; or Take her out of the Temple precincts. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain. and kill anyone who tries to rescue her.” For the priest had said, “She must not be killed in the Temple of the Lord.”16 So they seized her and led her out to the gate where horses enter the palace grounds, and she was killed there.

Jehoiada’s Religious Reforms

17 Then Jehoiada made a covenant between the Lord and the king and the people that they would be the Lord’s people. He also made a covenant between the king and the people.18 And all the people of the land went over to the temple of Baal and tore it down. They demolished the altars and smashed the idols to pieces, and they killed Mattan the priest of Baal in front of the altars.

Jehoiada the priest stationed guards at the Temple of the Lord.19 Then the commanders, the Carite mercenaries, the palace guards, and all the people of the land escorted the king from the Temple of the Lord. They went through the gate of the guards and into the palace, and the king took his seat on the royal throne.20 So all the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was peaceful because Athaliah had been killed at the king’s palace.

21 Verse 11:21 is numbered 12:1 in Hebrew text.JoashHebrew Jehoash, a variant spelling of Joash. was seven years old when he became king.

Joash Repairs the Temple

12 Verses 12:1-21 are numbered 12:2-22 in Hebrew text.JoashHebrew Jehoash, a variant spelling of Joash; also in 12:2, 4, 6, 7, 18. began to rule over Judah in the seventh year of King Jehu’s reign in Israel. He reigned in Jerusalem forty years. His mother was Zibiah from Beersheba.All his life Joash did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight because Jehoiada the priest instructed him.Yet even so, he did not destroy the pagan shrines, and the people still offered sacrifices and burned incense there.

One day King Joash said to the priests, “Collect all the money brought as a sacred offering to the Lord’s Temple, whether it is a regular assessment, a payment of vows, or a voluntary gift.Let the priests take some of that money to pay for whatever repairs are needed at the Temple.”

But by the twenty-third year of Joash’s reign, the priests still had not repaired the Temple.So King Joash called for Jehoiada and the other priests and asked them, “Why haven’t you repaired the Temple? Don’t use any more money for your own needs. From now on, it must all be spent on Temple repairs.”So the priests agreed not to accept any more money from the people, and they also agreed to let others take responsibility for repairing the Temple.

Then Jehoiada the priest bored a hole in the lid of a large chest and set it on the right-hand side of the altar at the entrance of the Temple of the Lord. The priests guarding the entrance put all of the people’s contributions into the chest.10 Whenever the chest became full, the court secretary and the high priest counted the money that had been brought to the Lord’s Temple and put it into bags.11 Then they gave the money to the construction supervisors, who used it to pay the people working on the Lord’s Temple—the carpenters, the builders,12 the masons, and the stonecutters. They also used the money to buy the timber and the finished stone needed for repairing the Lord’s Temple, and they paid any other expenses related to the Temple’s restoration.

13 The money brought to the Temple was not used for making silver bowls, lamp snuffers, basins, trumpets, or other articles of gold or silver for the Temple of the Lord.14 It was paid to the workmen, who used it for the Temple repairs.15 No accounting of this money was required from the construction supervisors, because they were honest and trustworthy men.16 However, the money that was contributed for guilt offerings and sin offerings was not brought into the Lord’s Temple. It was given to the priests for their own use.

The End of Joash’s Reign

17 About this time King Hazael of Aram went to war against Gath and captured it. Then he turned to attack Jerusalem.18 King Joash collected all the sacred objects that Jehoshaphat, Jehoram, and Ahaziah, the previous kings of Judah, had dedicated, along with what he himself had dedicated. He sent them all to Hazael, along with all the gold in the treasuries of the Lord’s Temple and the royal palace. So Hazael called off his attack on Jerusalem.

19 The rest of the events in Joash’s reign and everything he did are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Judah.

20 Joash’s officers plotted against him and assassinated him at Beth-millo on the road to Silla.21 The assassins were JozacarAs in Greek and Syriac versions; Hebrew reads Jozabad. son of Shimeath and Jehozabad son of Shomer—both trusted advisers. Joash was buried with his ancestors in the City of David. Then his son Amaziah became the next king.

32 In those days the Lord began to cut Israel short: and Hazael smote them in all the coasts of Israel;

33 From Jordan eastward, all the land of Gilead, the Gadites, and the Reubenites, and the Manassites, from Aroer, which is by the river Arnon, even Gilead and Bashan.

34 Now the rest of the acts of Jehu, and all that he did, and all his might, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?

35 And Jehu slept with his fathers: and they buried him in Samaria. And Jehoahaz his son reigned in his stead.

36 And the time that Jehu reigned over Israel in Samaria was twenty and eight years.

11 And when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal.

But Jehosheba, the daughter of king Joram, sister of Ahaziah, took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him from among the king's sons which were slain; and they hid him, even him and his nurse, in the bedchamber from Athaliah, so that he was not slain.

And he was with her hid in the house of the Lord six years. And Athaliah did reign over the land.

And the seventh year Jehoiada sent and fetched the rulers over hundreds, with the captains and the guard, and brought them to him into the house of the Lord, and made a covenant with them, and took an oath of them in the house of the Lord, and shewed them the king's son.

And he commanded them, saying, This is the thing that ye shall do; A third part of you that enter in on the sabbath shall even be keepers of the watch of the king's house;

And a third part shall be at the gate of Sur; and a third part at the gate behind the guard: so shall ye keep the watch of the house, that it be not broken down.

And two parts of all you that go forth on the sabbath, even they shall keep the watch of the house of the Lord about the king.

And ye shall compass the king round about, every man with his weapons in his hand: and he that cometh within the ranges, let him be slain: and be ye with the king as he goeth out and as he cometh in.

And the captains over the hundreds did according to all things that Jehoiada the priest commanded: and they took every man his men that were to come in on the sabbath, with them that should go out on the sabbath, and came to Jehoiada the priest.

10 And to the captains over hundreds did the priest give king David's spears and shields, that were in the temple of the Lord.

11 And the guard stood, every man with his weapons in his hand, round about the king, from the right corner of the temple to the left corner of the temple, along by the altar and the temple.

12 And he brought forth the king's son, and put the crown upon him, and gave him the testimony; and they made him king, and anointed him; and they clapped their hands, and said, God save the king.

13 And when Athaliah heard the noise of the guard and of the people, she came to the people into the temple of the Lord.

14 And when she looked, behold, the king stood by a pillar, as the manner was, and the princes and the trumpeters by the king, and all the people of the land rejoiced, and blew with trumpets: and Athaliah rent her clothes, and cried, Treason, Treason.

15 But Jehoiada the priest commanded the captains of the hundreds, the officers of the host, and said unto them, Have her forth without the ranges: and him that followeth her kill with the sword. For the priest had said, Let her not be slain in the house of the Lord.

16 And they laid hands on her; and she went by the way by the which the horses came into the king's house: and there was she slain.

17 And Jehoiada made a covenant between the Lord and the king and the people, that they should be the Lord's people; between the king also and the people.

18 And all the people of the land went into the house of Baal, and brake it down; his altars and his images brake they in pieces thoroughly, and slew Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars. And the priest appointed officers over the house of the Lord.

19 And he took the rulers over hundreds, and the captains, and the guard, and all the people of the land; and they brought down the king from the house of the Lord, and came by the way of the gate of the guard to the king's house. And he sat on the throne of the kings.

20 And all the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was in quiet: and they slew Athaliah with the sword beside the king's house.

21 Seven years old was Jehoash when he began to reign.

12 In the seventh year of Jehu Jehoash began to reign; and forty years reigned he in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Zibiah of Beersheba.

And Jehoash did that which was right in the sight of the Lord all his days wherein Jehoiada the priest instructed him.

But the high places were not taken away: the people still sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places.

And Jehoash said to the priests, All the money of the dedicated things that is brought into the house of the Lord, even the money of every one that passeth the account, the money that every man is set at, and all the money that cometh into any man's heart to bring into the house of the Lord,

Let the priests take it to them, every man of his acquaintance: and let them repair the breaches of the house, wheresoever any breach shall be found.

But it was so, that in the three and twentieth year of king Jehoash the priests had not repaired the breaches of the house.

Then king Jehoash called for Jehoiada the priest, and the other priests, and said unto them, Why repair ye not the breaches of the house? now therefore receive no more money of your acquaintance, but deliver it for the breaches of the house.

And the priests consented to receive no more money of the people, neither to repair the breaches of the house.

But Jehoiada the priest took a chest, and bored a hole in the lid of it, and set it beside the altar, on the right side as one cometh into the house of the Lord: and the priests that kept the door put therein all the money that was brought into the house of the Lord.

10 And it was so, when they saw that there was much money in the chest, that the king's scribe and the high priest came up, and they put up in bags, and told the money that was found in the house of the Lord.

11 And they gave the money, being told, into the hands of them that did the work, that had the oversight of the house of the Lord: and they laid it out to the carpenters and builders, that wrought upon the house of the Lord,

12 And to masons, and hewers of stone, and to buy timber and hewed stone to repair the breaches of the house of the Lord, and for all that was laid out for the house to repair it.

13 Howbeit there were not made for the house of the Lord bowls of silver, snuffers, basons, trumpets, any vessels of gold, or vessels of silver, of the money that was brought into the house of the Lord:

14 But they gave that to the workmen, and repaired therewith the house of the Lord.

15 Moreover they reckoned not with the men, into whose hand they delivered the money to be bestowed on workmen: for they dealt faithfully.

16 The trespass money and sin money was not brought into the house of the Lord: it was the priests'.

17 Then Hazael king of Syria went up, and fought against Gath, and took it: and Hazael set his face to go up to Jerusalem.

18 And Jehoash king of Judah took all the hallowed things that Jehoshaphat, and Jehoram, and Ahaziah, his fathers, kings of Judah, had dedicated, and his own hallowed things, and all the gold that was found in the treasures of the house of the Lord, and in the king's house, and sent it to Hazael king of Syria: and he went away from Jerusalem.

19 And the rest of the acts of Joash, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

20 And his servants arose, and made a conspiracy, and slew Joash in the house of Millo, which goeth down to Silla.

21 For Jozachar the son of Shimeath, and Jehozabad the son of Shomer, his servants, smote him, and he died; and they buried him with his fathers in the city of David: and Amaziah his son reigned in his stead.

Acts 18:1-22

In Corinth

18 After this, Paul left AthensS Ac 17:15 and went to Corinth.Ac 19:1; 1Co 1:2; 2Co 1:1, 23; 2Ti 4:20There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla,ver 19, 26; Ro 16:3; 1Co 16:19; 2Ti 4:19 because ClaudiusAc 11:28 had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them,and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them.Ac 20:34; 1Co 4:12; 1Th 2:9; 2Th 3:8Every SabbathS Ac 13:14 he reasoned in the synagogue,S Ac 9:20 trying to persuade Jews and Greeks.

When SilasS Ac 15:22 and TimothyS Ac 16:1 came from Macedonia,S Ac 16:9; 17:14, 15 Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah.S Ac 9:22But when they opposed Paul and became abusive,S Ac 13:45 he shook out his clothes in protestS Mt 10:14 and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads!2Sa 1:16; Eze 33:4 I am innocent of it.Eze 3:17-19; Ac 20:26 From now on I will go to the Gentiles.”S Ac 13:46

Then Paul left the synagogue and went next door to the house of Titius Justus, a worshiper of God.Ac 16:14Crispus,1Co 1:14 the synagogue leader,S Mk 5:22 and his entire householdS Ac 11:14 believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard Paul believed and were baptized.

One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision:S Ac 9:10 “Do not be afraid;S Mt 14:27 keep on speaking, do not be silent.10 For I am with you,S Mt 28:20 and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.”11 So Paul stayed in Corinth for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God.S Heb 4:12

12 While Gallio was proconsulAc 13:7, 8, 12; 19:38 of Achaia,ver 27; Ro 15:26; 1Co 16:15; 2Co 9:2; 1Th 1:7, 8 the Jews of Corinth made a united attack on Paul and brought him to the place of judgment.13 “This man,” they charged, “is persuading the people to worship God in ways contrary to the law.”

14 Just as Paul was about to speak, Gallio said to them, “If you Jews were making a complaint about some misdemeanor or serious crime, it would be reasonable for me to listen to you.15 But since it involves questions about words and names and your own lawAc 23:29; 25:11, 19—settle the matter yourselves. I will not be a judge of such things.”16 So he drove them off.17 Then the crowd there turned on Sosthenes1Co 1:1 the synagogue leaderver 8 and beat him in front of the proconsul; and Gallio showed no concern whatever.

Priscilla, Aquila and Apollos

18 Paul stayed on in Corinth for some time. Then he left the brothers and sistersver 27; S Ac 1:16 and sailed for Syria,S Lk 2:2 accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila.S ver 2 Before he sailed, he had his hair cut off at CenchreaeRo 16:1 because of a vow he had taken.Nu 6:2, 5, 18; Ac 21:2419 They arrived at Ephesus,ver 21, 24; Ac 19:1, 17, 26; 1Co 15:32; 16:8; Eph 1:1; 1Ti 1:3; Rev 1:11; 2:1 where Paul left Priscilla and Aquila. He himself went into the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews.20 When they asked him to spend more time with them, he declined.21 But as he left, he promised, “I will come back if it is God’s will.”Ro 1:10; 15:32; 1Co 4:19; Jas 4:15 Then he set sail from Ephesus.22 When he landed at Caesarea,S Ac 8:40 he went up to Jerusalem and greeted the church and then went down to Antioch.S Ac 11:19

Paul Meets Priscilla and Aquila in Corinth

18 Then Paul left Athens and went to Corinth.Athens and Corinth were major cities in Achaia, the region in the southern portion of the Greek peninsula.There he became acquainted with a Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, who had recently arrived from Italy with his wife, Priscilla. They had left Italy when Claudius Caesar deported all Jews from Rome.Paul lived and worked with them, for they were tentmakersOr leatherworkers. just as he was.

Each Sabbath found Paul at the synagogue, trying to convince the Jews and Greeks alike.And after Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul spent all his time preaching the word. He testified to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah.But when they opposed and insulted him, Paul shook the dust from his clothes and said, “Your blood is upon your own heads—I am innocent. From now on I will go preach to the Gentiles.”

Then he left and went to the home of Titius Justus, a Gentile who worshiped God and lived next door to the synagogue.Crispus, the leader of the synagogue, and everyone in his household believed in the Lord. Many others in Corinth also heard Paul, became believers, and were baptized.

One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision and told him, “Don’t be afraid! Speak out! Don’t be silent!10 For I am with you, and no one will attack and harm you, for many people in this city belong to me.”11 So Paul stayed there for the next year and a half, teaching the word of God.

12 But when Gallio became governor of Achaia, some Jews rose up together against Paul and brought him before the governor for judgment.13 They accused Paul of “persuading people to worship God in ways that are contrary to our law.”

14 But just as Paul started to make his defense, Gallio turned to Paul’s accusers and said, “Listen, you Jews, if this were a case involving some wrongdoing or a serious crime, I would have a reason to accept your case.15 But since it is merely a question of words and names and your Jewish law, take care of it yourselves. I refuse to judge such matters.”16 And he threw them out of the courtroom.

17 The crowdGreek Everyone; other manuscripts read All the Greeks. then grabbed Sosthenes, the leader of the synagogue, and beat him right there in the courtroom. But Gallio paid no attention.

Paul Returns to Antioch of Syria

18 Paul stayed in Corinth for some time after that, then said good-bye to the brothers and sistersGreek brothers; also in 18:27. and went to nearby Cenchrea. There he shaved his head according to Jewish custom, marking the end of a vow. Then he set sail for Syria, taking Priscilla and Aquila with him.

19 They stopped first at the port of Ephesus, where Paul left the others behind. While he was there, he went to the synagogue to reason with the Jews.20 They asked him to stay longer, but he declined.21 As he left, however, he said, “I will come back later,Some manuscripts read “I must by all means be at Jerusalem for the upcoming festival, but I will come back later.” God willing.” Then he set sail from Ephesus.22 The next stop was at the port of Caesarea. From there he went up and visited the church at JerusalemGreek the church. and then went back to Antioch.

18 After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth;

And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them.

And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers.

And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.

And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ.

And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean; from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.

And he departed thence, and entered into a certain man's house, named Justus, one that worshipped God, whose house joined hard to the synagogue.

And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized.

Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace:

10 For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.

11 And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.

12 And when Gallio was the deputy of Achaia, the Jews made insurrection with one accord against Paul, and brought him to the judgment seat,

13 Saying, This fellow persuadeth men to worship God contrary to the law.

14 And when Paul was now about to open his mouth, Gallio said unto the Jews, If it were a matter of wrong or wicked lewdness, O ye Jews, reason would that I should bear with you:

15 But if it be a question of words and names, and of your law, look ye to it; for I will be no judge of such matters.

16 And he drave them from the judgment seat.

17 Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes, the chief ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment seat. And Gallio cared for none of those things.

18 And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow.

19 And he came to Ephesus, and left them there: but he himself entered into the synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews.

20 When they desired him to tarry longer time with them, he consented not;

21 But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.

22 And when he had landed at Caesarea, and gone up, and saluted the church, he went down to Antioch.

Psalm 145:1-21

Psalm 145This psalm is an acrostic poem, the verses of which (including verse 13b) begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

A psalm of praise. Of David.

I will exalt you,Ps 30:1; 34:1 my God the King;Ps 2:6; 5:2

I will praise your nameS Ps 54:6 for ever and ever.

Every day I will praiseS Ps 71:6 you

and extol your namePs 34:1; Isa 25:1; 26:8 for ever and ever.

GreatS Ps 95:3 is the Lord and most worthy of praise;S 2Sa 22:4; Ps 96:4

his greatness no one can fathom.S Job 5:9

One generationPs 22:30 commends your works to another;

they tellS Dt 11:19 of your mighty acts.S Ps 71:16

They speak of the glorious splendorPs 96:6; 148:13 of your majesty—

and I will meditate on your wonderful works.Dead Sea Scrolls and Syriac (see also Septuagint); Masoretic Text On the glorious splendor of your majesty / and on your wonderful works I will meditateS Ps 75:1

They tellPs 78:4 of the power of your awesome works—S Ps 66:3

and I will proclaimS Dt 32:3 your great deeds.Ps 75:1; 106:22

They celebrate your abundant goodnessS Ex 18:9; S Ps 27:13

and joyfully singS Ps 5:11; S 101:1 of your righteousness.S Ps 138:5

The Lord is gracious and compassionate,S Ps 86:15; 103:8

slow to anger and rich in love.S Ps 86:5

The Lord is goodS 1Ch 16:34; S Ps 136:1; Mt 19:17; Mk 10:18 to all;

he has compassionPs 103:13-14 on all he has made.

10 All your works praise you,S Ps 8:6; S 103:22; S 139:14 Lord;

your faithful people extolPs 30:4; 148:14; 149:9 you.Ps 115:17-18

11 They tell of the glory of your kingdomver 12-13; S Ex 15:2; Mt 6:33

and speak of your might,Ps 21:13

12 so that all people may know of your mighty actsS Ps 75:1; 105:1

and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.ver 11; Ps 103:19; Isa 2:10, 19, 21

13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,S Ex 15:18; 1Ti 1:17; 2Pe 1:11; Rev 11:15

and your dominion endures through all generations.

The Lord is trustworthyS Dt 7:9; S 1Co 1:9 in all he promisesS Jos 23:14

and faithful in all he does.One manuscript of the Masoretic Text, Dead Sea Scrolls and Syriac (see also Septuagint); most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text do not have the last two lines of verse 13.

14 The Lord upholdsS Ps 37:17 all who fall

and lifts up allS 1Sa 2:8; Ps 146:8 who are bowed down.S Ps 38:6

15 The eyes of all look to you,

and you give them their foodS Ge 1:30; S Job 28:5; S Ps 37:25; S Mt 6:26 at the proper time.

16 You open your hand

and satisfy the desiresS Ps 90:14; S 104:28 of every living thing.

17 The Lord is righteousS Ex 9:27; S Ezr 9:15 in all his ways

and faithful in all he does.ver 13

18 The Lord is nearS Nu 23:21; S Ps 46:1; Php 4:5 to all who call on him,Ps 18:6; 80:18

to all who call on him in truth.

19 He fulfills the desiresS Ps 20:4 of those who fear him;S Job 22:28

he hears their cryS Ps 31:22; S 40:1 and saves them.S 1Sa 10:19; Ps 7:10; 34:18

20 The Lord watches overS Ps 1:6 all who love him,Ps 31:23; 91:14; 97:10

but all the wicked he will destroy.S Ps 94:23

21 My mouth will speakPs 71:8 in praise of the Lord.

Let every creaturePs 65:2; 150:6 praise his holy nameS Ex 3:15; S Ps 30:4; S 99:3

for ever and ever.

Psalm 145This psalm is a Hebrew acrostic poem; each verse (including 13b) begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

A psalm of praise of David.

I will exalt you, my God and King,

and praise your name forever and ever.

I will praise you every day;

yes, I will praise you forever.

Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise!

No one can measure his greatness.

Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts;

let them proclaim your power.

I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendor

and your wonderful miracles.

Your awe-inspiring deeds will be on every tongue;

I will proclaim your greatness.

Everyone will share the story of your wonderful goodness;

they will sing with joy about your righteousness.

The Lord is merciful and compassionate,

slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.

The Lord is good to everyone.

He showers compassion on all his creation.

10 All of your works will thank you, Lord,

and your faithful followers will praise you.

11 They will speak of the glory of your kingdom;

they will give examples of your power.

12 They will tell about your mighty deeds

and about the majesty and glory of your reign.

13 For your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom.

You rule throughout all generations.

The Lord always keeps his promises;

he is gracious in all he does.As in Dead Sea Scrolls and Greek and Syriac versions; the Masoretic Text lacks the final two lines of this verse.

14 The Lord helps the fallen

and lifts those bent beneath their loads.

15 The eyes of all look to you in hope;

you give them their food as they need it.

16 When you open your hand,

you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing.

17 The Lord is righteous in everything he does;

he is filled with kindness.

18 The Lord is close to all who call on him,

yes, to all who call on him in truth.

19 He grants the desires of those who fear him;

he hears their cries for help and rescues them.

20 The Lord protects all those who love him,

but he destroys the wicked.

21 I will praise the Lord,

and may everyone on earth bless his holy name

forever and ever.

145 I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.

Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.

One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.

I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.

And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness.

They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness.

The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.

The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.

10 All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord; and thy saints shall bless thee.

11 They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power;

12 To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.

13 Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.

14 The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.

15 The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.

16 Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.

17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.

18 The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.

19 He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.

20 The Lord preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.

21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.

Proverbs 18:1

18 An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends

and against all sound judgment starts quarrels.

18 Unfriendly people care only about themselves;

they lash out at common sense.

18 Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.

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