Arrest of Jesus
Mark 14.43-50; Luke 22.47-53)
John 18 After
Jesus had said this prayer, he left with his disciples
and went across Kidron Brook. There was a garden in that
place, and Jesus and his disciples went in. 2Judas,
the traitor, knew where it was, because many times Jesus
had met there with his disciples. 3So Judas
went to the garden, taking with him a group of Roman
soldiers, and some Temple guards sent by the chief
priests and the Pharisees; they were armed and carried
lanterns and torches. 4Jesus knew everything
that was going to happen to him, so he stepped forward
and asked them, "Who is it you are
of Nazareth," they answered.
am he," he said.
the traitor, was standing there with them. 6When
Jesus said to them, "I am he," they moved back
and fell to the ground. 7Again Jesus asked
them, "Who is it you are looking for?"
of Nazareth," they said.
have already told you that I am he," Jesus said.
"If, then, you are looking for me, let these others
go." ( 9He said this so that what he had
said might come true: "Father, I have not lost even
one of those you gave me.")
Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the High
Priest's slave, cutting off his right ear. The name of
the slave was Malchus. 11Jesus said to Peter,
"Put your sword back in its place! Do you think that
I will not drink the cup of suffering which my Father has
Jesus before Annas
the Roman soldiers with their commanding officer and the
Jewish guards arrested Jesus, tied him up, 13and
took him first to Annas. He was the father-in-law of
Caiaphas, who was High Priest that year. 14It
was Caiaphas who had advised the Jewish authorities that
it was better that one man should die for all the people.
Peter Denies Jesus
(Matthew 26.69, 70;
Mark 14.66-68; Luke 22.55-57)
Peter and another disciple followed Jesus. That other
disciple was well known to the High Priest, so he went
with Jesus into the courtyard of the High Priest's house,
16while Peter stayed outside by the gate. Then
the other disciple went back out, spoke to the girl at
the gate, and brought Peter inside. 17The girl
at the gate said to Peter, "Aren't you also one of
the disciples of that man?"
I am not," answered Peter.
was cold, so the servants and guards had built a charcoal
fire and were standing around it, warming themselves. So
Peter went over and stood with them, warming himself.
King Uzziah of Judah
(2 Kings 14.21, 22; 15.1-7)
2 Chronicles 26 All
the people of Judah chose Amaziah's sixteen-year-old son
Uzziah to succeed his father as king. ( 2It
was after the death of Amaziah that Uzziah recaptured
Elath and rebuilt the city.)
became king at the age of sixteen, and he ruled in
Jerusalem for fifty-two years. His mother was Jecoliah
from Jerusalem. 4Following the example of his
father, he did what was pleasing to the LORD.
5As long as Zechariah, his religious adviser,
was living, he served the LORD
faithfully, and God blessed him.
went to war against the Philistines. He tore down the
walls of the cities of Gath, Jamnia, and Ashdod, and
built fortified cities near Ashdod and in the rest of
Philistia. 7God helped him defeat the
Philistines, the Arabs living at Gurbaal, and the
Meunites. 8The Ammonites paid tribute to
Uzziah, and he became so powerful that his fame spread
even to Egypt.
strengthened the fortifications of Jerusalem by building
towers at the Corner Gate, at the Valley Gate, and where
the wall turned. 10He also built fortified
towers in the open country and dug many cisterns, because
he had large herds of livestock in the western foothills
and plains. Because he loved farming, he encouraged the
people to plant vineyards in the hill country and to farm
the fertile land.
had a large army ready for battle. Its records were kept
by his secretaries Jeiel and Maaseiah under the
supervision of Hananiah, a member of the king's staff. 12The
army was commanded by 2,600 officers. 13Under
them were 307,500 soldiers able to fight effectively for
the king against his enemies. 14Uzziah
supplied the army with shields, spears, helmets, coats of
armor, bows and arrows, and stones for slinging. 15In
Jerusalem his inventors made equipment for shooting
arrows and for throwing large stones from the towers and
corners of the city wall. His fame spread everywhere, and
he became very powerful because of the help he received
Uzziah Is Punished
for His Pride
when King Uzziah became strong, he grew arrogant, and
that led to his downfall. He defied the LORD
his God by going into the Temple to burn incense on the
altar of incense. 17Azariah the priest,
accompanied by eighty strong and courageous priests,
followed the king 18to resist him. They said,
"Uzziah! You have no right to burn incense to the LORD. Only the priests who are descended
from Aaron have been consecrated to do this. Leave this
holy place. You have offended the LORD
God, and you no longer have his blessing."
was standing there in the Temple beside the incense altar
and was holding an incense burner. He became angry with
the priests, and immediately a dreaded skin disease broke
out on his forehead. 20Azariah and the other
priests stared at the king's forehead in horror and then
forced him to leave the Temple. He hurried to get out,
because the LORD had
the rest of his life King Uzziah was ritually unclean
because of his disease. Unable to enter the Temple again,
he lived in his own house, relieved of all duties, while
his son Jotham governed the country.
prophet Isaiah son of Amoz recorded all the other things
that King Uzziah did during his reign. 23Uzziah
died and was buried in the royal burial ground, but
because of his disease he was not buried in the royal
tombs. His son Jotham succeeded him as king.
A Prayer for the Defeat
of Israel's Enemies
O God, do not keep silent;
not be still, do not be quiet!
Your enemies are in revolt,
those who hate you are rebelling.
are making secret plans against your people;
are plotting against those you protect.
they say, "let us destroy their nation,
that Israel will be forgotten forever."
agree on their plan
form an alliance against you:
people of Edom and the Ishmaelites;
people of Moab and the Hagrites;
people of Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek,
of Philistia and Tyre.
has also joined them
a strong ally of the Ammonites and Moabites, the
descendants of Lot.
to them what you did to the Midianites,
to Sisera and Jabin at the Kishon River.
defeated them at Endor,
their bodies rotted on the ground.
to their leaders what you did to Oreb and Zeeb;
all their rulers as you did Zebah and Zalmunna,
said, "We will take for our own
land that belongs to God."
them like dust, O God,
straw blown away by the wind.
fire burns the forest,
flames set the hills on fire,
them away with your storm
terrify them with your fierce winds.
their faces with shame, O LORD,
make them acknowledge your power.
they be defeated and terrified forever;
they die in complete disgrace.
they know that you alone are the LORD,
ruler over all the earth.