Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

In the midst of the terrible ordeals of life, we often don't know to whom we can turn. In 2 Kings 20, Hezekiah was facing death because a terrible sickness had attacked his body. To whom did he turn in his hour of need? The Word of God tells us that "he turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord" (v. 2).

The "wall" represents the tower of the Lord. In his moment of desperate need, Hezekiah's eyes were no longer fixed on human methods and reports. The things of the world no longer distracted his vision. Rather, he raced to safety inside the tower of the Lord.

The Lord heard his cry and instructed Isaiah to have Hezekiah's servants apply an ointment made from figs. They obeyed his command, and Hezekiah was healed. Because he had run to God, God heard his prayer, saw his tears, and added fifteen years to his life (vv. 5-6).

The tower of the Lord is a supernatural tower. It is so strong that it can turn the sun backward ten degrees, a feat that boggles the mind when the laws of physics are considered. Leave your present fears behind and run into the tower of the Lord. It is the one place you are safe!

2 Kings 20:1-22:2

Hezekiah’s Illness20:1-11pp — 2Ch 32:24-26; Isa 38:1-8

20 In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.”

Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord,“Remember,S Ge 8:1; Ne 1:8; 5:19; 13:14 Lord, how I have walkedS Ge 5:22 before you faithfullyS 1Ki 2:4; 2Ch 31:20 and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.

Before Isaiah had left the middle court, the word of the Lord came to him:“Go back and tell Hezekiah, the ruler of my people, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heardS 1Ki 9:3 your prayer and seen your tears;Ps 6:6, 8; 39:12; 56:8 I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the Lord.I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defendS 2Ki 19:34; S 1Ch 17:19 this city for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.’”

Then Isaiah said, “Prepare a poultice of figs.” They did so and applied it to the boil,S Ex 9:9 and he recovered.

Hezekiah had asked Isaiah, “What will be the sign that the Lord will heal me and that I will go up to the temple of the Lord on the third day from now?”

Isaiah answered, “This is the Lord’s signS Dt 13:2; Jer 44:29 to you that the Lord will do what he has promised: Shall the shadow go forward ten steps, or shall it go back ten steps?”

10 “It is a simpleS 2Ki 3:18 matter for the shadow to go forward ten steps,” said Hezekiah. “Rather, have it go back ten steps.”

11 Then the prophet Isaiah called on the Lord, and the Lord made the shadow go backJos 10:13; 2Ch 32:31 the ten steps it had gone down on the stairway of Ahaz.

Envoys From Babylon20:12-19pp — Isa 39:1-820:20-21pp — 2Ch 32:32-33

12 At that time Marduk-Baladan son of Baladan king of Babylon sent Hezekiah letters and a gift, because he had heard of Hezekiah’s illness.13 Hezekiah received the envoys and showed them all that was in his storehouses—the silver, the gold, the spices and the fine olive oil—his armory and everything found among his treasures. There was nothing in his palace or in all his kingdom that Hezekiah did not show them.

14 Then Isaiah the prophet went to King Hezekiah and asked, “What did those men say, and where did they come from?”

“From a distant land,” Hezekiah replied. “They came from Babylon.”

15 The prophet asked, “What did they see in your palace?”

“They saw everything in my palace,” Hezekiah said. “There is nothing among my treasures that I did not show them.”

16 Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord:17 The time will surely come when everything in your palace, and all that your predecessors have stored up until this day, will be carried off to Babylon.2Ki 24:13; 2Ch 36:10; Jer 20:5; 27:22; 52:17-23 Nothing will be left, says the Lord.18 And some of your descendants,2Ki 24:15; Da 1:3 your own flesh and blood who will be born to you, will be taken away, and they will become eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.”Mic 4:10

19 “The word of the Lord you have spoken is good,” Hezekiah replied. For he thought, “Will there not be peace and security in my lifetime?”

20 As for the other events of Hezekiah’s reign, all his achievements and how he made the poolS 2Ki 18:17 and the tunnelS 2Sa 5:8 by which he brought water into the city, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah?21 Hezekiah rested with his ancestors. And Manasseh his son succeeded him as king.

Manasseh King of Judah21:1-10pp — 2Ch 33:1-1021:17-18pp — 2Ch 33:18-20

21 Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-five years. His mother’s name was Hephzibah.Isa 62:4He did evilver 16; S Dt 4:25; Jer 15:4 in the eyes of the Lord, following the detestable practicesDt 9:4; S 18:9; S 1Ki 14:24; 2Ki 16:3 of the nations the Lord had driven out before the Israelites.He rebuilt the high placesS 1Ki 3:3; S 2Ki 18:4 his father Hezekiah had destroyed; he also erected altars to BaalS Jdg 6:28 and made an Asherah pole,S Dt 16:21 as Ahab king of Israel had done. He bowed down to all the starry hostsS Ge 2:1; Dt 17:3; Jer 19:13 and worshiped them.He built altarsIsa 66:4; Jer 4:1; 7:30; 23:11; 32:34; Eze 23:39 in the temple of the Lord, of which the Lord had said, “In Jerusalem I will put my Name.”S Ex 20:24; S 2Sa 7:13In the two courts1Ki 7:12; 2Ki 23:12 of the temple of the Lord, he built altars to all the starry hosts.He sacrificed his own sonS Lev 18:21; S Dt 18:10; S 2Ki 3:27 in the fire, practiced divination,Dt 18:14 sought omens, and consulted mediums and spiritists.S Lev 19:31 He did much evil in the eyes of the Lord, arousing2Ki 23:26 his anger.

He took the carved Asherah poleDt 16:21; 2Ki 23:4 he had made and put it in the temple,S Lev 15:31 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 will put my NameS Ex 20:24; S 2Sa 7:13 forever.I will not againS 2Sa 7:10 make the feet of the Israelites wander from the land I gave their ancestors, if only they will be careful to do everything I commanded them and will keep the whole Law that my servant MosesS 2Ki 18:12 gave them.”But the people did not listen. Manasseh led them astray, so that they did more evilS 1Ki 14:9; Eze 5:7 than the nationsDt 9:4 the Lord had destroyed before the Israelites.

10 The Lord said through his servants the prophets:11 “Manasseh king of Judah has committed these detestable sins. He has done more evilS 1Ki 14:9 than the AmoritesS Ge 15:16 who preceded him and has led Judah into sin with his idols.Eze 18:1212 Therefore this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I am going to bring such disaster2Ki 23:26; 24:3; Jer 15:4; Eze 7:5 on Jerusalem and Judah that the ears of everyone who hears of it will tingle.S 1Sa 3:1113 I will stretch out over Jerusalem the measuring line used against Samaria and the plumb lineIsa 28:17; 34:11; La 2:8; Am 7:7-9 used against the house of Ahab. I will wipe2Ki 23:27 out Jerusalem as one wipes a dish, wiping it and turning it upside down.14 I will forsakePs 78:58-60; Jer 12:7; 23:33 the remnant2Ki 19:4; Ezr 9:8; Ne 1:2; Isa 1:9; 10:21; Jer 6:9; 40:15; 42:2; 44:7, 28; 50:20; Mic 2:12 of my inheritance and give them into the hands of enemies. They will be looted and plundered by all their enemies;15 they have done evilS Ex 32:22 in my eyes and have arousedJer 25:7 my anger from the day their ancestors came out of Egypt until this day.”

16 Moreover, Manasseh also shed so much innocent blood2Ki 24:4; Job 22:14; Ps 10:11; 94:7; 106:38; Isa 29:15; 47:10; 59:3, 7; Jer 2:34; 7:6; 19:4; 22:17; La 4:13; Eze 7:23; 8:12; 9:9; 22:3-4; Hos 4:2; Zep 1:12 that he filled Jerusalem from end to end—besides the sin that he had caused JudahS ver 2, 11 to commit, so that they did evil in the eyes of the Lord.

17 As for the other events of Manasseh’s reign, and all he did, including the sin he committed, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah?18 Manasseh rested with his ancestors and was buried in his palace garden,ver 26; Est 1:5; 7:7 the garden of Uzza. And Amon his son succeeded him as king.

Amon King of Judah21:19-24pp — 2Ch 33:21-25

19 Amon was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem two years. His mother’s name was Meshullemeth daughter of Haruz; she was from Jotbah.20 He did evil1Ki 15:26 in the eyes of the Lord, as his father Manasseh had done.21 He followed completely the ways of his father, worshiping the idols his father had worshiped, and bowing down to them.22 He forsookS 1Sa 8:8 the Lord, the God of his ancestors, and did not walk1Ki 11:33 in obedience to him.

23 Amon’s officials conspired against him and assassinatedS 2Ki 12:20 the king in his palace.24 Then the people of the land killed2Ki 14:5 all who had plotted against King Amon, and they made Josiah2Ch 33:21; Zep 1:1 his son king in his place.

25 As for the other events of Amon’s reign, and what he did, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah?26 He was buried in his tomb in the gardenS ver 18 of Uzza. And Josiah his son succeeded him as king.

The Book of the Law Found22:1-20pp — 2Ch 34:1-2, 8-28

22 JosiahJer 1:2; 25:3 was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. His mother’s name was Jedidah daughter of Adaiah; she was from Bozkath.Jos 15:39He did what was rightS Dt 17:19; S 1Ki 14:8 in the eyes of the Lord and followed completely the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the rightS Dt 5:32 or to the left.

Hezekiah’s Sickness and Recovery

20 About that time Hezekiah became deathly ill, and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to visit him. He gave the king this message: “This is what the Lord says: Set your affairs in order, for you are going to die. You will not recover from this illness.”

When Hezekiah heard this, he turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord,“Remember, O Lord, how I have always been faithful to you and have served you single-mindedly, always doing what pleases you.” Then he broke down and wept bitterly.

But before Isaiah had left the middle courtyard,As in Greek version and an alternate reading in the Masoretic Text; the other alternate reads the middle of the city. this message came to him from the Lord:“Go back to Hezekiah, the leader of my people. Tell him, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your ancestor David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will heal you, and three days from now you will get out of bed and go to the Temple of the Lord.I will add fifteen years to your life, and I will rescue you and this city from the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my own honor and for the sake of my servant David.’”

Then Isaiah said, “Make an ointment from figs.” So Hezekiah’s servants spread the ointment over the boil, and Hezekiah recovered!

Meanwhile, Hezekiah had said to Isaiah, “What sign will the Lord give to prove that he will heal me and that I will go to the Temple of the Lord three days from now?”

Isaiah replied, “This is the sign from the Lord to prove that he will do as he promised. Would you like the shadow on the sundial to go forward ten steps or backward ten steps?Or The shadow on the sundial has gone forward ten steps; do you want it to go backward ten steps?

10 “The shadow always moves forward,” Hezekiah replied, “so that would be easy. Make it go ten steps backward instead.”11 So Isaiah the prophet asked the Lord to do this, and he caused the shadow to move ten steps backward on the sundialHebrew the steps. of Ahaz!

Envoys from Babylon

12 Soon after this, Merodach-baladanAs in some Hebrew manuscripts and Greek and Syriac versions (see also Isa 39:1); Masoretic Text reads Berodach-baladan. son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent Hezekiah his best wishes and a gift, for he had heard that Hezekiah had been very sick.13 Hezekiah received the Babylonian envoys and showed them everything in his treasure-houses—the silver, the gold, the spices, and the aromatic oils. He also took them to see his armory and showed them everything in his royal treasuries! There was nothing in his palace or kingdom that Hezekiah did not show them.

14 Then Isaiah the prophet went to King Hezekiah and asked him, “What did those men want? Where were they from?”

Hezekiah replied, “They came from the distant land of Babylon.”

15 “What did they see in your palace?” Isaiah asked.

“They saw everything,” Hezekiah replied. “I showed them everything I own—all my royal treasuries.”

16 Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Listen to this message from the Lord:17 The time is coming when everything in your palace—all the treasures stored up by your ancestors until now—will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the Lord.18 Some of your very own sons will be taken away into exile. They will become eunuchs who will serve in the palace of Babylon’s king.”

19 Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “This message you have given me from the Lord is good.” For the king was thinking, “At least there will be peace and security during my lifetime.”

20 The rest of the events in Hezekiah’s reign, including the extent of his power and how he built a pool and dug a tunnelHebrew watercourse. to bring water into the city, are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Judah.21 Hezekiah died, and his son Manasseh became the next king.

Manasseh Rules in Judah

21 Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-five years. His mother was Hephzibah.He did what was evil in the Lord’s sight, following the detestable practices of the pagan nations that the Lord had driven from the land ahead of the Israelites.He rebuilt the pagan shrines his father, Hezekiah, had destroyed. He constructed altars for Baal and set up an Asherah pole, just as King Ahab of Israel had done. He also bowed before all the powers of the heavens and worshiped them.

He built pagan altars in the Temple of the Lord, the place where the Lord had said, “My name will remain in Jerusalem forever.”He built these altars for all the powers of the heavens in both courtyards of the Lord’s Temple.Manasseh also sacrificed his own son in the fire.Or also made his son pass through the fire. He practiced sorcery and divination, and he consulted with mediums and psychics. He did much that was evil in the Lord’s sight, arousing his anger.

Manasseh even made a carved image of Asherah and set it up in the Temple, the very place where the Lord had told David and his son Solomon: “My name will be honored forever in this Temple and in Jerusalem—the city I have chosen from among all the tribes of Israel.If the Israelites will be careful to obey my commands—all the laws my servant Moses gave them—I will not send them into exile from this land that I gave their ancestors.”But the people refused to listen, and Manasseh led them to do even more evil than the pagan nations that the Lord had destroyed when the people of Israel entered the land.

10 Then the Lord said through his servants the prophets:11 “King Manasseh of Judah has done many detestable things. He is even more wicked than the Amorites, who lived in this land before Israel. He has caused the people of Judah to sin with his idols.The Hebrew term (literally round things) probably alludes to dung; also in 21:21.12 So this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I will bring such disaster on Jerusalem and Judah that the ears of those who hear about it will tingle with horror.13 I will judge Jerusalem by the same standard I used for Samaria and the same measureHebrew the same plumb line I used for Samaria and the same plumb bob. I used for the family of Ahab. I will wipe away the people of Jerusalem as one wipes a dish and turns it upside down.14 Then I will reject even the remnant of my own people who are left, and I will hand them over as plunder for their enemies.15 For they have done great evil in my sight and have angered me ever since their ancestors came out of Egypt.”

16 Manasseh also murdered many innocent people until Jerusalem was filled from one end to the other with innocent blood. This was in addition to the sin that he caused the people of Judah to commit, leading them to do evil in the Lord’s sight.

17 The rest of the events in Manasseh’s reign and everything he did, including the sins he committed, are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Judah.18 When Manasseh died, he was buried in the palace garden, the garden of Uzza. Then his son Amon became the next king.

Amon Rules in Judah

19 Amon was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem two years. His mother was Meshullemeth, the daughter of Haruz from Jotbah.20 He did what was evil in the Lord’s sight, just as his father, Manasseh, had done.21 He followed the example of his father, worshiping the same idols his father had worshiped.22 He abandoned the Lord, the God of his ancestors, and he refused to follow the Lord’s ways.

23 Then Amon’s own officials conspired against him and assassinated him in his palace.24 But the people of the land killed all those who had conspired against King Amon, and they made his son Josiah the next king.

25 The rest of the events in Amon’s reign and what he did are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Judah.26 He was buried in his tomb in the garden of Uzza. Then his son Josiah became the next king.

Josiah Rules in Judah

22 Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. His mother was Jedidah, the daughter of Adaiah from Bozkath.He did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight and followed the example of his ancestor David. He did not turn away from doing what was right.

20 In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.

Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the Lord, saying,

I beseech thee, O Lord, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.

And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the Lord came to him, saying,

Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the Lord.

And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake.

And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

And Hezekiah said unto Isaiah, What shall be the sign that the Lord will heal me, and that I shall go up into the house of the Lord the third day?

And Isaiah said, This sign shalt thou have of the Lord, that the Lord will do the thing that he hath spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees?

10 And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees: nay, but let the shadow return backward ten degrees.

11 And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the Lord: and he brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down in the dial of Ahaz.

12 At that time Berodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present unto Hezekiah: for he had heard that Hezekiah had been sick.

13 And Hezekiah hearkened unto them, and shewed them all the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not.

14 Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto him, What said these men? and from whence came they unto thee? And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country, even from Babylon.

15 And he said, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah answered, All the things that are in mine house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shewed them.

16 And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, Hear the word of the Lord.

17 Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried into Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the Lord.

18 And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.

19 Then said Hezekiah unto Isaiah, Good is the word of the Lord which thou hast spoken. And he said, Is it not good, if peace and truth be in my days?

20 And the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and all his might, and how he made a pool, and a conduit, and brought water into the city, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

21 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers: and Manasseh his son reigned in his stead.

21 Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Hephzibah.

And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, after the abominations of the heathen, whom the Lord cast out before the children of Israel.

For he built up again the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, and made a grove, as did Ahab king of Israel; and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them.

And he built altars in the house of the Lord, of which the Lord said, In Jerusalem will I put my name.

And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the Lord.

And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed times, and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards: he wrought much wickedness in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger.

And he set a graven image of the grove that he had made in the house, of which the Lord said to David, and to Solomon his son, In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever:

Neither will I make the feet of Israel move any more out of the land which I gave their fathers; only if they will observe to do according to all that I have commanded them, and according to all the law that my servant Moses commanded them.

But they hearkened not: and Manasseh seduced them to do more evil than did the nations whom the Lord destroyed before the children of Israel.

10 And the Lord spake by his servants the prophets, saying,

11 Because Manasseh king of Judah hath done these abominations, and hath done wickedly above all that the Amorites did, which were before him, and hath made Judah also to sin with his idols:

12 Therefore thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Behold, I am bringing such evil upon Jerusalem and Judah, that whosoever heareth of it, both his ears shall tingle.

13 And I will stretch over Jerusalem the line of Samaria, and the plummet of the house of Ahab: and I will wipe Jerusalem as a man wipeth a dish, wiping it, and turning it upside down.

14 And I will forsake the remnant of mine inheritance, and deliver them into the hand of their enemies; and they shall become a prey and a spoil to all their enemies;

15 Because they have done that which was evil in my sight, and have provoked me to anger, since the day their fathers came forth out of Egypt, even unto this day.

16 Moreover Manasseh shed innocent blood very much, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another; beside his sin wherewith he made Judah to sin, in doing that which was evil in the sight of the Lord.

17 Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, and all that he did, and his sin that he sinned, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

18 And Manasseh slept with his fathers, and was buried in the garden of his own house, in the garden of Uzza: and Amon his son reigned in his stead.

19 Amon was twenty and two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned two years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Meshullemeth, the daughter of Haruz of Jotbah.

20 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, as his father Manasseh did.

21 And he walked in all the way that his father walked in, and served the idols that his father served, and worshipped them:

22 And he forsook the Lord God of his fathers, and walked not in the way of the Lord.

23 And the servants of Amon conspired against him, and slew the king in his own house.

24 And the people of the land slew all them that had conspired against king Amon; and the people of the land made Josiah his son king in his stead.

25 Now the rest of the acts of Amon which he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

26 And he was buried in his sepulchre in the garden of Uzza: and Josiah his son reigned in his stead.

22 Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty and one years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Jedidah, the daughter of Adaiah of Boscath.

And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in all the way of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left.

Acts 21:18-36

18 The next day Paul and the rest of us went to see James,S Ac 15:13 and all the eldersS Ac 11:30 were present.19 Paul greeted them and reported in detail what God had done among the GentilesAc 14:27; 15:4, 12 through his ministry.Ac 1:17

20 When they heard this, they praised God. Then they said to Paul: “You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews have believed, and all of them are zealousAc 22:3; Ro 10:2; Gal 1:14; Php 3:6 for the law.Ac 15:1, 521 They have been informed that you teach all the Jews who live among the Gentiles to turn away from Moses,ver 28 telling them not to circumcise their childrenAc 15:19-21; 1Co 7:18, 19 or live according to our customs.S Ac 6:1422 What shall we do? They will certainly hear that you have come,23 so do what we tell you. There are four men with us who have made a vow.Nu 6:2, 5, 18; Ac 18:1824 Take these men, join in their purification ritesver 26; Ac 24:18 and pay their expenses, so that they can have their heads shaved.Ac 18:18 Then everyone will know there is no truth in these reports about you, but that you yourself are living in obedience to the law.25 As for the Gentile believers, we have written to them our decision that they should abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality.”Ac 15:20, 29

26 The next day Paul took the men and purified himself along with them. Then he went to the temple to give notice of the date when the days of purification would end and the offering would be made for each of them.Nu 6:13-20; Ac 24:18

Paul Arrested

27 When the seven days were nearly over, some Jews from the province of Asia saw Paul at the temple. They stirred up the whole crowd and seized him,Jer 26:8; Ac 24:18; 26:21; S 1Th 2:1628 shouting, “Fellow Israelites, help us! This is the man who teaches everyone everywhere against our people and our law and this place. And besides, he has brought Greeks into the temple and defiled this holy place.”Mt 24:15; Ac 6:13; 24:5, 629 (They had previously seen TrophimusAc 20:4; 2Ti 4:20 the EphesianS Ac 18:19 in the city with Paul and assumed that Paul had brought him into the temple.)

30 The whole city was aroused, and the people came running from all directions. Seizing Paul,Ac 26:21 they dragged himS Ac 16:19 from the temple, and immediately the gates were shut.31 While they were trying to kill him, news reached the commander of the Roman troops that the whole city of Jerusalem was in an uproar.32 He at once took some officers and soldiers and ran down to the crowd. When the rioters saw the commander and his soldiers, they stopped beating Paul.Ac 23:27

33 The commander came up and arrested him and ordered him to be boundver 11 with twoAc 12:6 chains.Ac 20:23; 22:29; Eph 6:20; 2Ti 2:9 Then he asked who he was and what he had done.34 Some in the crowd shouted one thing and some another,Ac 19:32 and since the commander could not get at the truth because of the uproar, he ordered that Paul be taken into the barracks.ver 37; Ac 22:24; 23:10, 16, 3235 When Paul reached the steps,ver 40 the violence of the mob was so great he had to be carried by the soldiers.36 The crowd that followed kept shouting, “Get rid of him!”Lk 23:18; Jn 19:15; Ac 22:22

18 The next day Paul went with us to meet with James, and all the elders of the Jerusalem church were present.19 After greeting them, Paul gave a detailed account of the things God had accomplished among the Gentiles through his ministry.

20 After hearing this, they praised God. And then they said, “You know, dear brother, how many thousands of Jews have also believed, and they all follow the law of Moses very seriously.21 But the Jewish believers here in Jerusalem have been told that you are teaching all the Jews who live among the Gentiles to turn their backs on the laws of Moses. They’ve heard that you teach them not to circumcise their children or follow other Jewish customs.22 What should we do? They will certainly hear that you have come.

23 “Here’s what we want you to do. We have four men here who have completed their vow.24 Go with them to the Temple and join them in the purification ceremony, paying for them to have their heads ritually shaved. Then everyone will know that the rumors are all false and that you yourself observe the Jewish laws.

25 “As for the Gentile believers, they should do what we already told them in a letter: They should abstain from eating food offered to idols, from consuming blood or the meat of strangled animals, and from sexual immorality.”

Paul Is Arrested

26 So Paul went to the Temple the next day with the other men. They had already started the purification ritual, so he publicly announced the date when their vows would end and sacrifices would be offered for each of them.

27 The seven days were almost ended when some Jews from the province of Asia saw Paul in the Temple and roused a mob against him. They grabbed him,28 yelling, “Men of Israel, help us! This is the man who preaches against our people everywhere and tells everybody to disobey the Jewish laws. He speaks against the Temple—and even defiles this holy place by bringing in Gentiles.Greek Greeks.29 (For earlier that day they had seen him in the city with Trophimus, a Gentile from Ephesus,Greek Trophimus, the Ephesian. and they assumed Paul had taken him into the Temple.)

30 The whole city was rocked by these accusations, and a great riot followed. Paul was grabbed and dragged out of the Temple, and immediately the gates were closed behind him.31 As they were trying to kill him, word reached the commander of the Roman regiment that all Jerusalem was in an uproar.32 He immediately called out his soldiers and officersGreek centurions. and ran down among the crowd. When the mob saw the commander and the troops coming, they stopped beating Paul.

33 Then the commander arrested him and ordered him bound with two chains. He asked the crowd who he was and what he had done.34 Some shouted one thing and some another. Since he couldn’t find out the truth in all the uproar and confusion, he ordered that Paul be taken to the fortress.35 As Paul reached the stairs, the mob grew so violent the soldiers had to lift him to their shoulders to protect him.36 And the crowd followed behind, shouting, “Kill him, kill him!”

18 And the day following Paul went in with us unto James; and all the elders were present.

19 And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry.

20 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the law:

21 And they are informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to walk after the customs.

22 What is it therefore? the multitude must needs come together: for they will hear that thou art come.

23 Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men which have a vow on them;

24 Them take, and purify thyself with them, and be at charges with them, that they may shave their heads: and all may know that those things, whereof they were informed concerning thee, are nothing; but that thou thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest the law.

25 As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.

26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification, until that an offering should be offered for every one of them.

27 And when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews which were of Asia, when they saw him in the temple, stirred up all the people, and laid hands on him,

28 Crying out, Men of Israel, help: This is the man, that teacheth all men every where against the people, and the law, and this place: and further brought Greeks also into the temple, and hath polluted this holy place.

29 (For they had seen before with him in the city Trophimus an Ephesian, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.)

30 And all the city was moved, and the people ran together: and they took Paul, and drew him out of the temple: and forthwith the doors were shut.

31 And as they went about to kill him, tidings came unto the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar.

32 Who immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down unto them: and when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, they left beating of Paul.

33 Then the chief captain came near, and took him, and commanded him to be bound with two chains; and demanded who he was, and what he had done.

34 And some cried one thing, some another, among the multitude: and when he could not know the certainty for the tumult, he commanded him to be carried into the castle.

35 And when he came upon the stairs, so it was, that he was borne of the soldiers for the violence of the people.

36 For the multitude of the people followed after, crying, Away with him.

Psalm 150:1-6

Psalm 150

Praise the Lord.Hebrew Hallelu Yah; also in verse 6S Ps 112:1

Praise God in his sanctuary;Ps 68:24-26; 73:17; 102:19

praise him in his mighty heavens.S Ps 148:1

Praise him for his acts of power;S Dt 3:24

praise him for his surpassing greatness.S Ex 15:7

Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,S Nu 10:2

praise him with the harp and lyre,S Ps 57:8

praise him with timbrel and dancing,S Ex 15:20

praise him with the stringsS Ps 45:8 and pipe,S Ge 4:21

praise him with the clash of cymbals,S 2Sa 6:5

praise him with resounding cymbals.

Let everythingS Ps 103:22 that has breath praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord.

Psalm 150

Praise the Lord!

Praise God in his sanctuary;

praise him in his mighty heaven!

Praise him for his mighty works;

praise his unequaled greatness!

Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn;

praise him with the lyre and harp!

Praise him with the tambourine and dancing;

praise him with strings and flutes!

Praise him with a clash of cymbals;

praise him with loud clanging cymbals.

Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord!

Praise the Lord!

150 Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.

Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.

Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.

Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.

Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.

Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.

Proverbs 18:9-10

One who is slack in his work

is brother to one who destroys.Pr 28:24

10 The name of the Lord is a fortified tower;S Ps 61:3

the righteous run to it and are safe.S Ps 20:1; Pr 14:26

A lazy person is as bad as

someone who destroys things.

10 The name of the Lord is a strong fortress;

the godly run to him and are safe.

He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

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