(Matthew 26.36-46; Luke 22.39-46)
went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and
he told them, "Sit here while I pray."
took along Peter, James, and John. He was sad and
troubled and 34told them, "I am so sad
that I feel as if I am dying. Stay here and keep awake
walked on a little way. Then he knelt down on the ground
and prayed, "Father, if it is possible, don't let
this happen to me! Father, you can do anything. Don't
make me suffer by having me drink from this cup. But do
what you want, and not what I want."
Jesus came back and found the disciples sleeping, he said
to Simon Peter, "Are you asleep? Can't you stay
awake for just one hour? 38Stay awake and pray
that you won't be tested. You want to do what is right,
but you are weak."
went back and prayed the same prayer. 40But
when he returned to the disciples, he found them sleeping
again. They simply could not keep their eyes open, and
they did not know what to say.
Jesus returned to the disciples the third time, he said,
"Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough of that!
The time has come for the Son of Man to be handed over to
sinners. 42Get up! Let's go. The one who will
betray me is already here."
Jesus Is Arrested
(Matthew 26.47-56; Luke 22.47-53; John
was still speaking, when Judas the betrayer came up. He
was one of the twelve disciples, and a mob of men armed
with swords and clubs were with him. They had been sent
by the chief priests, the nation's leaders, and the
teachers of the Law of Moses. 44Judas had told
them ahead of time, "Arrest the man I greet with a
kiss. Tie him up tight and lead him away."
walked right up to Jesus and said, "Teacher!"
Then Judas kissed him, 46and the men grabbed
Jesus and arrested him.
standing there pulled out a sword. He struck the servant
of the high priest and cut off his ear.
said to the mob, "Why do you come with swords and
clubs to arrest me like a criminal? 49Day
after day I was with you and taught in the temple, and
you didn't arrest me. But what the Scriptures say must
of Jesus' disciples ran off and left him. 51One
of them was a young man who was wearing only a linen
cloth. And when the men grabbed him, 52he left
the cloth behind and ran away naked.
Jesus Is Questioned by the
(Matthew 26.57-68; Luke 22.54, 55,
63-71; John 18.13, 14, 19-24)
was led off to the high priest. Then the chief
priests, the nation's leaders, and the teachers of the
Law of Moses all met together. 54Peter had
followed at a distance. And when he reached the courtyard
of the high priest's house, he sat down with the guards
to warm himself beside a fire.
chief priests and the whole council tried to find someone
to accuse Jesus of a crime, so they could put him to
death. But they could not find anyone to accuse him. 56Many
people did tell lies against Jesus, but they did not
agree on what they said. 57Finally, some men
stood up and lied about him. They said, 58"We
heard him say he would tear down this temple that we
built. He also claimed that in three days he would build
another one without any help." 59But even
then they did not agree on what they said.
high priest stood up in the council and asked Jesus,
"Why don't you say something in your own defense?
Don't you hear the charges they are making against
you?" 61But Jesus kept quiet and did not
say a word. The high priest asked him another question,
"Are you the Messiah, the Son of the glorious
I am!" Jesus answered.
"Soon you will see the Son of Man
sitting at the right side of God All-Powerful,
and coming with the clouds of heaven."
once the high priest ripped his robe apart and shouted,
"Why do we need more witnesses? 64You
heard him claim to be God! What is your decision?"
They all agreed that he should be put to death.
of the people started spitting on Jesus. They blindfolded
him, hit him with their fists, and said, "Tell us
who hit you!" Then the guards took charge of Jesus
and beat him.
Peter Says He Doesn't Know
(Matthew 26.69-75; Luke 22.56-62; John
Peter was still in the courtyard, a servant girl of the
high priest came up 67and saw Peter warming
himself by the fire. She stared at him and said,
"You were with Jesus from Nazareth!"
replied, "That isn't true! I don't know what you're
talking about. I don't have any idea what you mean."
He went out to the gate, and a rooster crowed.
servant girl saw Peter again and said to the people
standing there, "This man is one of them!"
I'm not!" Peter replied.
little while later some of the people said to Peter,
"You certainly are one of them. You're a
time Peter began to curse and swear, "I don't even
know the man you're talking about!"
away the rooster crowed a second time. Then Peter
remembered that Jesus had told him, "Before a
rooster crows twice, you will say three times that you
don't know me." So Peter started crying.
Appears to Solomon Again
(2 Chronicles 7.11-22)
1 Kings 9The LORD's temple and Solomon's palace were
now finished, and Solomon had built everything he wanted.
2Some time later the LORD
appeared to him again in a dream, just as he had done at
Gibeon. 3The LORD said:
I heard your prayer and what you asked me
to do. This temple you have built is where I will be
worshiped forever. It belongs to me, and I will never
stop watching over it.
4You must obey me, as
your father David did, and be honest and fair. Obey
my laws and teachings, 5and I will keep my
promise to David that someone from your family will
always be king of Israel.
6But if you or any of
your descendants disobey my commands or start
worshiping foreign gods, 7I will no longer
let my people Israel live in this land I gave them. I
will desert this temple where I said I would be
worshiped. Then people everywhere will think this
nation is only a joke and will make fun of it. 8This
temple will become a pile of rocks! Everyone who
walks by will be shocked, and they will ask,
"Why did the LORD do such
a terrible thing to his people and to this
temple?" 9Then they will answer,
"We know why the LORD did
this. The people of Israel rejected the LORD their God, who rescued their
ancestors from Egypt, and they started worshiping
Other Things Solomon Did
(2 Chronicles 8.1-18)
took twenty years for the LORD's
temple and Solomon's palace to be built. 11Later,
Solomon gave King Hiram of Tyre twenty towns in the
region of Galilee to repay him for the cedar, pine, and
gold he had given Solomon.
Hiram went to see the towns, he did not like them. 13He
said, "Solomon, my friend, are these the kind of
towns you want to give me?" So Hiram called the
region Cabul because he thought it was worthless. 14He
sent Solomon only five tons of gold in return.
Solomon's workers had finished the temple and the palace,
he ordered them to fill in the land on the east side of
Jerusalem, to build a wall around the city, and to
rebuild the towns of Hazor, Megiddo, and Gezer.
the king of Egypt had captured the town of Gezer; he
burned it to the ground and killed the Canaanite people
living there. Then he gave it to his daughter as a
wedding present when she married Solomon. 17So
Solomon had the town rebuilt.
had his workers rebuild Lower Beth-Horon, 18Baalath,
and Tamar in the desert of Judah. 19They also
built towns where he could keep his supplies and his
chariots and horses. Solomon had them build whatever he
wanted in Jerusalem, Lebanon, and anywhere in his
did not force the Israelites to do his work. They were
his soldiers, officials, leaders, commanders, chariot
captains, and chariot drivers. But he did make slaves of
the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and
Jebusites who were living in Israel. These were the
descendants of those foreigners the Israelites could not
destroy, and they remained Israel's slaves.
appointed five hundred fifty officers to be in charge of
his workers and to watch over his building projects.
wife, the daughter of the king of Egypt, moved from the
older part of Jerusalem to her new palace. Then Solomon
had the land on the east side of Jerusalem filled in.
times a year, Solomon burned incense and offered
sacrifices to the LORD on the altar
he had built.
had now finished building the LORD's
also had a lot of ships at Ezion-Geber, a town in Edom
near Eloth on the Red Sea. 27-28King Hiram let
some of his experienced sailors go to the country of
Ophir with Solomon's own sailors, and they brought back
about sixteen tons of gold for Solomon.
God's Love for His People
Hosea 11 When
Israel was a child, I loved him,
and I called my son out of Egypt.
as the saying goes, "The more they were called,
the more they rebelled."
They never stopped offering incense and sacrifices
to the idols of Baal.
took Israel by the arm and taught them to walk.
But they would not admit that I was the one
who had healed them.
led them with kindness and with love,
not with ropes.
held them close to me; I bent down to feed them.
they trusted Egypt instead of returning to me;
now Assyria will rule them.
will visit their cities, and their plans will fail.
people are determined to reject me for a god
they think is stronger, but he can't help.
I can't let you go. I can't give you up.
How could I possibly destroy you
as I did the towns of Admah and Zeboiim?
just can't do it.
My feelings for you are much too strong.
I won't lose my temper and destroy you again.
am the Holy God-- not merely some human,
and I won't stay angry.
the LORD, will roar like a lion,
and my children will return, trembling
from the west.
will come back, fluttering like birds from Egypt
or like doves from Assyria.
Then I will bring them back to their homes.
I, the LORD, have spoken!