in the Temple
(Matthew 21.12-17; Luke 19.45-48; John
Jesus and his disciples reached Jerusalem, he went into
the temple and began chasing out everyone who was selling
and buying. He turned over the tables of the
moneychangers and the benches of those who were selling
doves. 16Jesus would not let anyone carry
things through the temple. 17Then he taught
the people and said, "The Scriptures say, 'My house
should be called a place of worship for all nations.' But
you have made it a place where robbers hide!"
chief priests and the teachers of the Law of Moses heard
what Jesus said, and they started looking for a way to
kill him. They were afraid of him, because the crowds
were completely amazed at his teaching.
evening, Jesus and the disciples went outside the city.
A Lesson from the Fig Tree
the disciples walked past the fig tree the next morning,
they noticed that it was completely dried up, roots and
all. 21Peter remembered what Jesus had said to
the tree. Then Peter said, "Teacher, look! The tree
you put a curse on has dried up."
told his disciples:
Have faith in God! 23If you
have faith in God and don't doubt, you can tell this
mountain to get up and jump into the sea, and it
will. 24Everything you ask for in prayer
will be yours, if you only have faith.
25-26Whenever you stand
up to pray, you must forgive what others have done to
you. Then your Father in heaven will forgive your
A Question about Jesus'
(Matthew 21.23-27; Luke 20.1-8)
and his disciples returned to Jerusalem. And as he was
walking through the temple, the chief priests, the
nation's leaders, and the teachers of the Law of Moses
came over to him. 28They asked, "What
right do you have to do these things? Who gave you this
answered, "I have just one question to ask you. If
you answer it, I will tell you where I got the right to
do these things. 30Who gave John the right to
baptize? Was it God in heaven or merely some human
thought it over and said to each other, "We can't
say that God gave John this right. Jesus will ask us why
we didn't believe John. 32On the other hand,
these people think that John was a prophet. So we can't
say that it was merely some human who gave John the right
were afraid of the crowd 33and told Jesus,
"We don't know."
replied, "Then I won't tell you who gave me the
right to do what I do."
David's Instructions to Solomon
1 Kings 2Not
long before David died, he told Solomon:
2My son, I will soon
die, as everyone must. But I want you to be strong
and brave. 3Do what the LORD
your God commands and follow his teachings. Obey
everything written in the Law of Moses. Then you will
be a success, no matter what you do or where you go. 4You
and your descendants must always faithfully obey the
LORD. If you do, he will keep
the solemn promise he made to me that someone from
our family will always be king of Israel.
5Solomon, don't forget
what Joab did to me by killing Abner son of Ner and
Amasa son of Jether, the two commanders of Israel's
army. He killed them as if they were his enemies in a
war, but he did it when there was no war. He is
guilty, and now it's up to you to punish him 6in
the way you think best. Whatever you do, don't let
him die peacefully in his old age.
7The sons of Barzillai
from Gilead helped me when I was running from your
brother Absalom. Be kind to them and let them eat at
8Be sure to do something
about Shimei son of Gera from Bahurim in the
territory of Benjamin. He cursed and insulted me the
day I went to Mahanaim. But later, when he came to
meet me at the Jordan River, I promised that I
wouldn't kill him. 9Now you must punish
him. He's an old man, but you're wise enough to know
that you must have him killed.
was king of Israel forty years. He ruled seven years from
Hebron and thirty-three years from Jerusalem. Then he
died and was buried in Jerusalem. 12His son
Solomon became king and took control of David's kingdom.
Adonijah Is Killed
day, Adonijah went to see Bathsheba, Solomon's mother,
and she asked, "Is this a friendly visit?"
14I just want to talk with you."
right," she told him, "go ahead."
know that I was king for a little while," Adonijah
replied. "And everyone in Israel accepted me as
their ruler. But the LORD wanted my
brother to be king, so now things have changed. 16Would
you do me a favor?"
do you want?" Bathsheba asked.
ask Solomon to let me marry Abishag. He won't say no to
right," she said. "I'll ask him."
Bathsheba went to see Solomon, he stood up to meet her,
then bowed low. He sat back down and had another throne
brought in, so his mother could sit at his right side. 20Bathsheba
sat down and then asked, "Would you do me a small
replied, "Mother, just tell me what you want, and I
will do it."
your brother Adonijah to marry Abishag," she
What? Let my older brother marry Abishag?
You may as well ask me to let him rule the kingdom!
And why don't you ask such favors for Abiathar and
23I swear in the name of
the LORD that Adonijah will die
because he asked for this! If he doesn't, I pray that
God will severely punish me. 24The LORD made me king in my father's place
and promised that the kings of Israel would come from
my family. Yes, I swear by the living LORD
that Adonijah will die today.
Solomon shouted, "go kill Adonijah." So
Abiathar Is Sent Back Home
sent for Abiathar the priest and said:
Abiathar, go back home to Anathoth! You
ought to be killed too, but I won't do it now. When
my father David was king, you were in charge of the
sacred chest, and you went through a lot of hard
times with my father. 27But I won't let
you be a priest of the LORD
so the promise that the LORD had
made at Shiloh about the family of Eli came true.
Joab Is Killed
had not helped Absalom try to become king, but he had
helped Adonijah. So when Joab learned that Adonijah had
been killed, he ran to the sacred tent and grabbed hold
of the corners of the altar for protection. 29When
Solomon heard about this, he sent someone to ask Joab,
"Why did you run to the altar?"
sent back his answer, "I was afraid of you, and I
ran to the LORD for
Solomon shouted, "Benaiah, go kill Joab!"
went to the sacred tent and yelled, "Joab, the king
orders you to come out!"
Joab answered. "Kill me right here."
went back and told Solomon what Joab had said.
Do what Joab said. Kill him and bury him!
Then my family and I won't be responsible for what he
did to Abner the commander of Israel's army and to
Amasa the commander of Judah's army. He killed those
innocent men without my father knowing about it. Both
of them were better men than Joab. Now the LORD will make him pay for those
murders. 33Joab's family will always
suffer because of what he did, but the LORD will always bless David's family
and his kingdom with peace.
went back and killed Joab. His body was taken away and
buried near his home in the desert.
put Benaiah in Joab's place as army commander, and he put
Zadok in Abiathar's place as priest.
Shimei Is Killed
sent for Shimei and said, "Build a house here in
Jerusalem and live in it. But whatever you do, don't
leave the city! 37If you ever cross Kidron
Valley and leave Jerusalem, you will be killed. And it
will be your own fault."
fair, Your Majesty," Shimei answered. "I'll do
that." So Shimei lived in Jerusalem from then on.
three years later, two of Shimei's servants ran off to
King Achish in Gath. When Shimei found out where they
were, 40he saddled his donkey and went after
them. He found them and brought them back to Jerusalem.
told Solomon that Shimei had gone to Gath and was back. 42Solomon
sent for him and said:
Shimei, you promised in the name of the LORD that you would never leave
Jerusalem. I warned you that you would die if you
did. You agreed that this was fair, didn't you? 43You
have disobeyed me and have broken the promise you
made to the LORD.
44I know you remember
all the cruel things you did to my father David. Now
the LORD is going to punish you
for what you did. 45But the LORD will bless me and make my
father's kingdom strong forever.
Solomon shouted, "kill Shimei." So Shimei died.
was now in complete control of his kingdom.
evil deeds are the reason you won't return to me,
your LORD God.
And your constant craving for sex
keeps you from knowing me.
your pride testifies to your guilt;
it makes you stumble, and Judah stumbles too.
offer sheep and cattle as sacrifices to me,
but I have turned away and refuse to be found.
have been unfaithful to me, your LORD;
you have had children by prostitutes.
So at the New Moon Festival,
you and your crops will be destroyed.
Warns Israel and Judah
8Give a warning on the trumpet!
Let it be heard in Gibeah, Ramah, and sinful Bethel.
Benjamin, watch out!
the LORD, will punish and wipe out
This is my solemn promise to every tribe of Israel.
leaders are like crooks
who move boundary markers;
that's why I will flood them with my anger.
was brutally crushed. They got what they deserved
for worshiping useless idols.
I, the LORD, will fill Israel with
and make Judah rot.
Israel and Judah saw their sickness and wounds,
Israel asked help from Assyria and its mighty king.
But the king cannot cure them or heal their wounds.
become a fierce lion attacking Israel and Judah.
I'll snatch and carry off what I want,
and no one can stop me.
I'll return to my temple
until they confess their guilt and worship me,
until they are desperate and beg for my help.