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Saturday, June 22, 2019
The Gospels & Early History
II Kings 16-20
And he looked up and saw the rich casting their gifts into the treasury;
but he saw also a certain poor widow casting therein two mites.
And he said, Verily I say unto you, that this poor widow has cast in more than all;
for all these out of their abundance have cast into the gifts [of God]; but she out of her need has cast in all the living which she had.
And as some spoke of the temple, that it was adorned with goodly stones and consecrated offerings, he said,
[As to] these things which ye are beholding, days are coming in which there shall not be left stone upon stone which shall not be thrown down.
And they asked him saying, Teacher, when then shall these things be; and what [is] the sign when these things are going to take place?
And he said, See that ye be not led astray, for many shall come in my name, saying, *I* am [he], and the time is drawn nigh: go ye not [therefore] after them.
And when ye shall hear of wars and tumults, be not terrified, for these things must first take place, but the end is not immediately.
Then he said to them, Nation shall rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom;
there shall be both great earthquakes in different places, and famines and pestilences; and there shall be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.
But before all these things they shall lay their hands upon you and persecute you, delivering [you] up to synagogues and prisons, bringing [you] before kings and governors on account of my name;
but it shall turn out to you for a testimony.
Settle therefore in your hearts not to meditate beforehand [your] defence,
for *I* will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your opposers shall not be able to reply to or resist.
But ye will be delivered up even by parents and brethren and relations and friends, and they shall put to death [some] from among you,
and ye will be hated of all for my name's sake.
And a hair of your head shall in no wise perish.
By your patient endurance gain your souls.
But when ye see Jerusalem encompassed with armies, then know that its desolation is drawn nigh.
Then let those who are in Judaea flee to the mountains, and those who are in the midst of it depart out, and those who are in the country not enter into it;
for these are days of avenging, that all the things that are written may be accomplished.
But woe to them that are with child and to them who give suck in those days, for there shall be great distress upon the land and wrath upon this people.
And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and be led captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of [the] nations until [the] times of [the] nations be fulfilled.
And there shall be signs in sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth distress of nations in perplexity [at] the roar of the sea and rolling waves,
men ready to die through fear and expectation of what is coming on the habitable earth, for the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.
And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
But when these things begin to come to pass, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws nigh.
And he spoke a parable to them: Behold the fig-tree and all the trees;
when they already sprout, ye know of your own selves, [on] looking [at them], that already the summer is near.
So also *ye*, when ye see these things take place, know that the kingdom of God is near.
Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall in no wise pass away until all come to pass.
The heaven and the earth shall pass away, but my words shall in no wise pass away.
But take heed to yourselves lest possibly your hearts be laden with surfeiting and drinking and cares of life, and that day come upon you suddenly unawares;
for as a snare shall it come upon all them that dwell upon the face of the whole earth.
Watch therefore, praying at every season, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things which are about to come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
And by day he was teaching in the temple, and by night, going out, he remained abroad on the mountain called [the mount] of Olives;
and all the people came early in the morning to him in the temple to hear him.
Now the feast of unleavened bread, which [is] called the passover, drew nigh,
and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people.
And Satan entered into Judas, who was surnamed Iscariote, being of the number of the twelve.
And he went away and spoke with the chief priests and captains as to how he should deliver him up to them.
And they were rejoiced, and agreed to give him money.
And he came to an agreement to do it, and sought an opportunity to deliver him up to them away from the crowd.
And the day of unleavened bread came, in which the passover was to be killed.
And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare the passover for us, that we may eat [it].
But they said to him, Where wilt thou that we prepare [it]?
And he said to them, Behold, as ye enter into the city a man will meet you, carrying an earthen pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he goes in;
and ye shall say to the master of the house, The Teacher says to thee, Where is the guest-chamber where I may eat the passover with my disciples?
And *he* will shew you a large upper room furnished: there make ready.
And having gone they found it as he had said to them; and they prepared the passover.
And when the hour was come, he placed himself at table, and the [twelve] apostles with him.
And he said to them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer.
For I say unto you, that I will not eat any more at all of it until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.
And having received a cup, when he had given thanks he said, Take this and divide it among yourselves.
For I say unto you, that I will not drink at all of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God come.
And having taken a loaf, when he had given thanks, he broke [it], and gave [it] to them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.
In like manner also the cup, after having supped, saying, This cup [is] the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.
Moreover, behold, the hand of him that delivers me up [is] with me on the table;
and the Son of man indeed goes as it is determined, but woe unto that man by whom he is delivered up.
And *they* began to question together among themselves who then it could be of them who was about to do this.
And there was also a strife among them which of them should be held to be [the] greatest.
And he said to them, The kings of the nations rule over them, and they that exercise authority over them are called benefactors.
But *ye* [shall] not [be] thus; but let the greater among you be as the younger, and the leader as he that serves.
For which [is] greater, he that is at table or he that serves? [Is] not he that is at table? But *I* am in the midst of you as the one that serves.
But *ye* are they who have persevered with me in my temptations.
And *I* appoint unto you, as my Father has appointed unto me, a kingdom,
that ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded to have you, to sift [you] as wheat;
but *I* have besought for thee that thy faith fail not; and *thou*, when once thou hast been restored, confirm thy brethren.
And he said to him, Lord, with thee I am ready to go both to prison and to death.
And he said, I tell thee, Peter, [the] cock shall not crow to-day before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.
And he said to them, When I sent you without purse and scrip and sandals, did ye lack anything? And they said, Nothing.
He said therefore to them, But now he that has a purse let him take [it], in like manner also a scrip, and he that has none let him sell his garment and buy a sword;
for I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned with [the] lawless: for also the things concerning me have an end.
And they said, Lord, behold here are two swords. And he said to them, It is enough.
And going forth he went according to his custom to the mount of Olives, and the disciples also followed him.
And when he was at the place he said to them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.
And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's throw, and having knelt down he prayed,
saying, Father, if thou wilt remove this cup from me: -- but then, not my will, but thine be done.
And an angel appeared to him from heaven strengthening him.
And being in conflict he prayed more intently. And his sweat became as great drops of blood, falling down upon the earth.
And rising up from his prayer, coming to the disciples, he found them sleeping from grief.
And he said to them, Why sleep ye? rise up and pray that ye enter not into temptation.
As he was yet speaking, behold, a crowd, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went on before them, and drew near to Jesus to kiss him.
And Jesus said to him, Judas, deliverest thou up the Son of man with a kiss?
And they who were around him, seeing what was going to follow, said [to him], Lord, shall we smite with [the] sword?
And a certain one from among them smote the bondman of the high priest and took off his right ear.
And Jesus answering said, Suffer thus far; and having touched his ear, he healed him.
And Jesus said to the chief priests and captains of the temple and elders, who were come against him, Have ye come out as against a robber with swords and sticks?
When I was day by day with you in the temple ye did not stretch out your hands against me; but this is your hour and the power of darkness.
And having laid hold on him, they led him [away], and they led [him] into the house of the high priest. And Peter followed afar off.
And they having lit a fire in the midst of the court and sat down together, Peter sat among them.
And a certain maid, having seen him sitting by the light, and having fixed her eyes upon him, said, And this [man] was with him.
But he denied [him], saying, Woman, I do not know him.
And after a short time another seeing him said, And *thou* art of them. But Peter said, Man, I am not.
And after the lapse of about one hour another stoutly maintained it, saying, In truth this [man] also was with him, for also he is a Galilaean.
And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he was yet speaking, [the] cock crew.
And the Lord, turning round, looked at Peter; and Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he said to him, Before [the] cock crow thou shalt deny me thrice.
And Peter, going forth without, wept bitterly.
And the men who held him mocked him, beating [him];
and covering him up, asked him saying, Prophesy, who is it that struck thee?
And they said many other injurious things to him.
And when it was day, the elderhood of the people, both [the] chief priests and scribes, were gathered together, and led him into their council, saying,
If *thou* art the Christ, tell us. And he said to them, If I tell you, ye will not at all believe;
and if I should ask [you], ye would not answer me at all, nor let me go;
but henceforth shall the Son of man be sitting on the right hand of the power of God.
And they all said, *Thou* then art the Son of God? And he said to them, *Ye* say that I am.
And they said, What need have we any more of witness, for we have heard ourselves out of his mouth?
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