June 27: Prov 28; 2Chr 25-28

Song for today: Complete in Thee

Today’s country: Republic of the Congo

Those who forsake the law praise the wicked,
but those who keep the law strive against them.
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Evil men do not understand justice,
but those who seek the Lord understand it completely.
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If one turns away his ear from hearing the law,
even his prayer is an abomination.
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Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper,
but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
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Blessed is the one who fears the Lord always,
but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.
from Prov 28

Amaziah was twenty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. ••• he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, yet not with a whole heart.
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go, act, be strong for the battle. Why should you suppose that God will cast you down before the enemy? For God has power to help or to cast down.”
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After Amaziah came from striking down the Edomites, he brought the gods of the men of Seir and set them up as his gods and worshiped them, making offerings to them. Therefore the Lord was angry with Amaziah and sent to him a prophet, who said to him, “Why have you sought the gods of a people who did not deliver their own people from your hand?” But as he was speaking, the king said to him, “Have we made you a royal counselor? Stop! Why should you be struck down?” So the prophet stopped, but said, “I know that God has determined to destroy you, because you have done this and have not listened to my counsel.”
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From the time when he turned away from the Lord they made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem, and he fled to Lachish. But they sent after him to Lachish and put him to death there. And they brought him upon horses, and he was buried with his fathers in the city of David.
from 2Chr 25

all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king instead of his father Amaziah. ••• he reigned fifty-two years in Jerusalem.
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when he was strong, he grew proud, to his destruction. For he was unfaithful to the Lord his God and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense. But Azariah the priest went in after him, with eighty priests of the Lord who were men of valor,
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and he himself hurried to go out, because the Lord had struck him. And King Uzziah was a leper to the day of his death, and being a leper lived in a separate house, for he was excluded from the house of the Lord. And Jotham his son was over the king’s household, governing the people of the land.
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Uzziah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the burial field that belonged to the kings, for they said, “He is a leper.” And Jotham his son reigned in his place.
from 2Chr 26

Jotham was twenty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem.
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he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord according to all that his father Uzziah had done, except he did not enter the temple of the Lord. But the people still followed corrupt practices.
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So Jotham became mighty, because he ordered his ways before the Lord his God.
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Jotham slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David, and Ahaz his son reigned in his place.
from 2Chr 27

Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. And he did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as his father David had done, but he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel. He even made metal images for the Baals, and he made offerings in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom and burned his sons as an offering, according to the abominations of the nations whom the Lord drove out before the people of Israel.
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Therefore the Lord his God gave him into the hand of the king of Syria,
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The men of Israel took captive 200,000 of their relatives, women, sons, and daughters. They also took much spoil from them and brought the spoil to Samaria. But a prophet of the Lord was there, whose name was Oded, and he went out to meet the army that came to Samaria and said to them, “Behold, because the Lord, the God of your fathers, was angry with Judah, he gave them into your hand, but you have killed them in a rage that has reached up to heaven. And now you intend to subjugate the people of Judah and Jerusalem, male and female, as your slaves. Have you not sins of your own against the Lord your God? Now hear me, and send back the captives from your relatives whom you have taken, for the fierce wrath of the Lord is upon you.”
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For the Lord humbled Judah because of Ahaz king of Israel, for he had made Judah act sinfully and had been very unfaithful to the Lord.
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In the time of his distress he became yet more faithless to the Lord—this same King Ahaz.
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Ahaz slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city, in Jerusalem, for they did not bring him into the tombs of the kings of Israel. And Hezekiah his son reigned in his place.
from 2Chr 28

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