John 10 22It
was winter, and the Festival of the Dedication of the
Temple was being celebrated in Jerusalem. 23Jesus
was walking in Solomon's Porch in the Temple, 24when
the people gathered around him and asked, "How long
are you going to keep us in suspense? Tell us the plain
truth: are you the Messiah?"
answered, "I have already told you, but you would
not believe me. The deeds I do by my Father's authority
speak on my behalf; 26but you will not
believe, for you are not my sheep. 27My sheep
listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28I give
them eternal life, and they shall never die. No one can
snatch them away from me. 29What my Father has
given me is greater than everything, and no one can
snatch them away from the Father's care. 30The
Father and I are one."
the people again picked up stones to throw at him. 32Jesus
said to them, "I have done many good deeds in your
presence which the Father gave me to do; for which one of
these do you want to stone me?"
answered, "We do not want to stone you because of
any good deeds, but because of your blasphemy! You are
only a man, but you are trying to make
answered, "It is written in your own Law that God
said, 'You are gods.' 35We know that what the
scripture says is true forever; and God called those
people gods, the people to whom his message was given. 36As
for me, the Father chose me and sent me into the world.
How, then, can you say that I blaspheme because I said
that I am the Son of God? 37Do not believe me,
then, if I am not doing the things my Father wants me to
do. 38But if I do them, even though you do not
believe me, you should at least believe my deeds, in
order that you may know once and for all that the Father
is in me and that I am in the Father."
more they tried to seize Jesus, but he slipped out of
then went back again across the Jordan River to the place
where John had been baptizing, and he stayed there. 41Many
people came to him. "John performed no
miracles," they said, "but everything he said
about this man was true." 42And many
people there believed in him.
The Visit of the Queen
(1 Kings 10.1-13)
2 Chronicles 9 The
queen of Sheba heard of King Solomon's fame, and she
traveled to Jerusalem to test him with difficult
questions. She brought with her a large group of
attendants, as well as camels loaded with spices, jewels,
and a large amount of gold. When she and Solomon met, she
asked him all the questions that she could think of. 2He
answered them all; there was nothing too difficult for
him to explain. 3The queen of Sheba heard
Solomon's wisdom and saw the palace he had built. 4She
saw the food that was served at his table, the living
quarters for his officials, the organization of his
palace staff and the uniforms they wore, the clothing of
the servants who waited on him at feasts, and the
sacrifices he offered in the Temple. It left her
breathless and amazed.
said to the king, "What I heard in my own country
about you and your wisdom is true! 6I did
not believe what they told me until I came and saw for
myself. I had not heard of even half your wisdom. You are
even wiser than people say. 7How fortunate are
those who serve you, who are always in your presence and
are privileged to hear your wise sayings! 8Praise
the LORD your God! He has shown how
pleased he is with you by making you king, to rule in his
name. Because he loves his people Israel and wants to
preserve them forever, he has made you their king so that
you can maintain law and justice."
presented to King Solomon the gifts she had brought:
almost five tons of gold and a very large amount of
spices and jewels. There have never been any other spices
as fine as those that the queen of Sheba gave to King
The sailors of King Hiram and of King Solomon who brought
gold from Ophir also brought juniper wood and jewels. 11Solomon
used the wood to make stairs for the Temple and for his
palace, and to make harps and lyres for the musicians.
Nothing like that had ever been seen before in the land
Solomon gave the queen of Sheba everything she asked for.
This was in addition to what he gave her in exchange for
the gifts she brought to him. Then she and her attendants
returned to the land of Sheba.
King Solomon's Wealth
(1 Kings 10.14-25)
year King Solomon received over twenty-five tons of gold,
14in addition to the taxes paid by the traders
and merchants. The kings of Arabia and the governors of
the Israelite districts also brought him silver and gold.
15Solomon made two hundred large shields, each
of which was covered with about fifteen pounds of beaten
gold, 16and three hundred smaller shields,
each covered with about eight pounds of beaten gold. He
had them all placed in the Hall of the Forest of Lebanon.
king also had a large throne made. Part of it was covered
with ivory and the rest of it was covered with pure gold.
18Six steps led up to the throne, and there
was a footstool attached to it, covered with gold. There
were arms on each side of the throne, and the figure of a
lion stood at each side. 19Twelve figures of
lions were on the steps, one at either end of each step.
No throne like this had ever existed in any other
of King Solomon's drinking cups were made of gold, and
all the utensils in the Hall of the Forest of Lebanon
were of pure gold. Silver was not considered valuable in
Solomon's day. 21He had a fleet of ocean-going
ships sailing with King Hiram's fleet. Every three years
his fleet would return, bringing gold, silver, ivory,
apes, and monkeys.
Solomon was richer and wiser than any other king in the
world. 23They all consulted him, to hear the
wisdom that God had given him. 24Each of them
brought Solomon gifts--articles of silver and gold,
robes, weapons, spices, horses, and mules. This continued
year after year.
Solomon also had four thousand stalls for his chariots
and horses, and had twelve thousand cavalry horses. Some
of them he kept in Jerusalem and the rest he stationed in
various other cities. 26He was supreme ruler
of all the kings in the territory from the Euphrates
River to Philistia and the Egyptian border. 27During
his reign silver was as common in Jerusalem as stone, and
cedar was as plentiful as ordinary sycamore in the
foothills of Judah. 28Solomon imported horses
from Musri and from every other country.
Summary of Solomon's
(1 Kings 11.41-43)
rest of the history of Solomon from beginning to end is
recorded in The History of Nathan the Prophet, in The
Prophecy of Ahijah of Shiloh, and in The Visions
of Iddo the Prophet, which also deal with the reign
of King Jeroboam of Israel. 30Solomon ruled in
Jerusalem over all Israel for forty years. 31He
died and was buried in David's City, and his son Rehoboam
succeeded him as king.
A Prayer for National
Psalm 74 Why
have you abandoned us like this, O God?
you be angry with your own people forever?
your people, whom you chose for yourself long ago,
you brought out of slavery to be your own tribe.
Mount Zion, where once you lived.
over these total ruins;
enemies have destroyed everything in the Temple.
enemies have shouted in triumph in your Temple;
have placed their flags there as signs of victory.
looked like woodsmen
down trees with their axes.
smashed all the wooden panels
their axes and sledge hammers.
wrecked your Temple and set it on fire;
desecrated the place where you are worshiped.
wanted to crush us completely;
burned down every holy place in the land.
our sacred symbols are gone;
are no prophets left,
no one knows how long this will last.
long, O God, will our enemies laugh at you?
they insult your name forever?
have you refused to help us?
do you keep your hands behind you?
you have been our king from the beginning, O God;
have saved us many times.
your mighty strength you divided the sea
smashed the heads of the sea monsters;
crushed the heads of the monster Leviathan
fed his body to desert animals.
made springs and fountains flow;
dried up large rivers.
created the day and the night;
set the sun and the moon in their places;
set the limits of the earth;
made summer and winter.
remember, O LORD, that your
enemies laugh at you,
they are godless and despise you.
abandon your helpless people to their cruel enemies;
forget your persecuted people!
the covenant you made with us.
is violence in every dark corner of the land.
let the oppressed be put to shame;
those poor and needy people praise you.
yourself, God, and defend your cause!
that godless people laugh at you all day long.
forget the angry shouts of your enemies,
continuous noise made by your foes.