Dec 17

Daily Readings:

2 Chronicles 19.mp3,  2 Chronicles 20.mp3,  Zechariah 4.mp3,  John 7.mp3,  Revelation 8.mp3

(To listen to the audio of each chapter, click on the mp3 file above. Or, read the chapters below.)

2 Chronicles 19

1 ¶  And Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned to his house in peace to Jerusalem.

2  And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the LORD.

3  Nevertheless there are good things found in thee, in that thou hast taken away the groves out of the land, and hast prepared thine heart to seek God.

4  And Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem: and he went out again through the people from Beersheba to mount Ephraim, and brought them back unto the LORD God of their fathers.

5 ¶  And he set judges in the land throughout all the fenced cities of Judah, city by city,

6  And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the LORD, Who is with you in the judgment.

7  Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts.

8  Moreover in Jerusalem did Jehoshaphat set of the Levites, and of the priests, and of the chief of the fathers of Israel, for the judgment of the LORD, and for controversies, when they returned to Jerusalem.

9  And he charged them, saying, Thus shall ye do in the fear of the LORD, faithfully, and with a perfect heart.

10  And what cause soever shall come to you of your brethren that dwell in their cities, between blood and blood, between law and commandment, statutes and judgments, ye shall even warn them that they trespass not against the LORD, and so wrath come upon you, and upon your brethren: this do, and ye shall not trespass.

11  And, behold, Amariah the chief priest is over you in all matters of the LORD; and Zebadiah the son of Ishmael, the ruler of the house of Judah, for all the king’s matters: also the Levites shall be officers before you. Deal courageously, and the LORD shall be with the good.

2 Chronicles 20

1 ¶  It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle.

2  Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazontamar, which is Engedi.

3  And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.

4  And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.

5  And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court,

6  And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not Thou God in heaven? and rulest not Thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in Thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand Thee?

7  Art not Thou our God, Who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before Thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham Thy friend for ever?

8  And they dwelt therein, and have built Thee a sanctuary therein for Thy name, saying,

9  If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in Thy presence, (for Thy name is in this house,) and cry unto Thee in our affliction, then Thou wilt hear and help.

10  And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom Thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not;

11  Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of Thy possession, which Thou hast given us to inherit.

12  O our God, wilt Thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon Thee.

13  And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.

14 ¶  Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the LORD in the midst of the congregation;

15  And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

16  To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel.

17  Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.

18  And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping the LORD.

19  And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with a loud voice on high.

20 ¶  And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe His prophets, so shall ye prosper.

21  And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for His mercy endureth for ever.

22  And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.

23  For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.

24  And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped.

25  And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much.

26  And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley of Berachah; for there they blessed the LORD: therefore the name of the same place was called, The valley of Berachah, unto this day.

27  Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat in the forefront of them, to go again to Jerusalem with joy; for the LORD had made them to rejoice over their enemies.

28  And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and trumpets unto the house of the LORD.

29  And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard that the LORD fought against the enemies of Israel.

30  So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for his God gave him rest round about.

31 ¶  And Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah: he was thirty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi.

32  And he walked in the way of Asa his father, and departed not from it, doing that which was right in the sight of the LORD.

33  Howbeit the high places were not taken away: for as yet the people had not prepared their hearts unto the God of their fathers.

34  Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of Jehu the son of Hanani, who is mentioned in the book of the kings of Israel.

35  And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who did very wickedly:

36  And he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish: and they made the ships in Eziongeber.

37  Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, Because thou hast joined thyself with Ahaziah, the LORD hath broken thy works. And the ships were broken, that they were not able to go to Tarshish.

Zechariah 4

1 ¶  And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep,

2  And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof:

3  And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof.

4  So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my lord?

5  Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.

6  Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by My spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.

7  Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.

8  Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

9  The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you.

10  For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.

11 ¶  Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof?

12  And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves?

13  And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.

14  Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.

John 7

1 ¶  After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for He would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill Him.

2  Now the Jews’ feast of tabernacles was at hand.

3  His brethren therefore said unto Him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that Thy disciples also may see the works that Thou doest.

4  For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If Thou do these things, shew Thyself to the world.

5  For neither did His brethren believe in Him.

6  Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready.

7  The world cannot hate you; but Me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.

8  Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for My time is not yet full come.

9  When He had said these words unto them, He abode still in Galilee.

10  But when His brethren were gone up, then went He also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.

11  Then the Jews sought Him at the feast, and said, Where is He?

12  And there was much murmuring among the people concerning Him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but He deceiveth the people.

13  Howbeit no man spake openly of Him for fear of the Jews.

14 ¶  Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.

15  And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?

16  Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not Mine, but His that sent Me.

17  If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of Myself.

18  He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh His glory that sent Him, the Same is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him.

19  Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill Me?

20  The people answered and said, Thou hast a devil: who goeth about to kill Thee?

21  Jesus answered and said unto them, I have done one work, and ye all marvel.

22  Moses therefore gave unto you circumcision; (not because it is of Moses, but of the fathers;) and ye on the sabbath day circumcise a man.

23  If a man on the sabbath day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at Me, because I have made a man every whit whole on the sabbath day?

24  Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

25  Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this He, whom they seek to kill?

26  But, lo, He speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto Him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ?

27  Howbeit we know this man whence He is: but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is.

28  Then cried Jesus in the temple as He taught, saying, Ye both know Me, and ye know whence I am: and I am not come of Myself, but He that sent Me is true, whom ye know not.

29  But I know Him: for I am from Him, and He hath sent Me.

30  Then they sought to take Him: but no man laid hands on Him, because His hour was not yet come.

31  And many of the people believed on Him, and said, When Christ cometh, will he do more miracles than these which this man hath done?

32  The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things concerning Him; and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take Him.

33  Then said Jesus unto them, Yet a little while am I with you, and then I go unto Him that sent Me.

34  Ye shall seek Me, and shall not find Me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come.

35  Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will He go, that we shall not find Him? will He go unto the dispersed among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles?

36  What manner of saying is this that He said, Ye shall seek Me, and shall not find Me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come?

37 ¶  In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink.

38  He that believeth on Me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

39  (But this spake He of the Spirit, which they that believe on Him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

40  Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet.

41  Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee?

42  Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?

Revelation 8

1 ¶  And when He had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.

2  And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.

3  And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.

4  And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.

5  And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.

6  And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.

7 ¶  The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

8  And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;

9  And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.

10  And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;

11  And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.

12  And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.

13  And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!

Mediation of the Day: from Charles J Rolls’ book, ‘His Glorious Name’

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