Bible Verses Times Adversity: 15Bible Verses for Times of Adversity

Bible Verses Times Adversity: Bible Verses Times Adversity: We all experience times of adversity in our lifetime. As the saying goes, what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. Turn to God and His words during times of adversity for strength and comfort. When we put our faith in him, he will help guide us to the path of happiness and peace. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. Proverbs…

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Bible Verses Pentecost: 3 Bible Verses about Pentecost

Bible Verses Pentecost: Bible Verses Pentecost: Pentecost was a Jewish festival that happened during the Feast of First Fruits. Happening 50 days after Passover, which celebrated Israel’s deliverance from Egypt, Pentecost was a time to celebrate the initial harvest feast. Israel gathered together to offer the Lord two loaves of wheat bread made from first fruits of the grain. In Acts 2, the Holy Spirit comes to the apostles to fulfill Jesus’s words that they would receive power from the Holy Spirit to glorify God’s name to all nations. As a…

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Bible Verses Helping Others: 26 Bible Verses About Helping Others

Bible Verses Helping Others: Bible Verses Helping Others: Teaching children the importance of giving to others, whether time, money or energy, is one of the most valuable character traits in a child of God. The Bible is filled with verses and examples of people of all ages helping others. It doesn’t matter if you have a lot to give or a little, it’s the heart that matters! Read these Scriptures about helping others and be encouraged today to go make a difference in someone’s life! You never know how a small…

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Bible Verses Happiness: 13 Bible Verses about Happiness

Bible Verses Happiness: Bible Verses Happiness: We all want to be happy, but sometimes trying to find happiness can be a struggle. Often times we search for it in all the wrong places or ways, when the answer is much simpler- God. “Happy are the people whose God is the Lord” Psalm 144:15. The Bible guides us to happiness through God’s Word! Psalm 37:4 4 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Isaiah 12:2 2 Surely God is my salvation; I will trust…

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King Xerxes made the people in all his kingdom pay taxes.

Chapter 10 v1 King Xerxes made the people in all his kingdom pay taxes. v2 The kings of Media and Persia made official records. These records include all the things that Xerxes did by his authority and power. The records also give a full account of how the king made Mordecai a very great man. v3 In fact, Mordecai the *Jew was only second in rank to King Xerxes. Mordecai was the most important man among the *Jews. And he was popular with the *Jewish people. He worked hard for…

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Mordecai: That night the king could not sleep. He ordered that someone should bring the book of the official records of his rule.

Chapter 6 v1 That night the king could not sleep. He ordered that someone should bring the book of the official records of his rule. He ordered that they should read it to him. v2 In the book, he discovered the report about Mordecai. Mordecai had warned the king about Bigthan and Teresh. They were the king’s officials who guarded the door. They had planned to kill King Xerxes. v3 The king said, ‘What great honour have we given to Mordecai for this?’ ‘We have not done anything for him’,…

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King Xerxes rewarded Haman. Haman was from the family of Agag and his father was Hammedatha.

Chapter 3 v1 Some time later, King Xerxes rewarded Haman. Haman was from the family of Agag and his father was Hammedatha. The king gave more authority to Haman than to any of the other important people. Verse 1 In Chapter 2, we learned that Mordecai saved the king’s life. In Chapter 6, we shall read that the king did not reward Mordecai until much later. Chapter 3 starts with the news that King Xerxes rewarded Haman. The king made Haman very important. We do not know why the king…

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when the king was not still angry, he thought about Vashti

Chapter 2 v1 Later, when the king was not still angry, he thought about Vashti. He remembered what she had done. And he remembered the law that he had made. Verse 1 Xerxes may have been sorry for what he had done to Vashti. We do not know if he was sorry soon afterwards. It may have happened much later. It was several years later that Xerxes made Esther queen. (See Esther 2:16-17.) The delay was probably because Xerxes was abroad. During this time, he fought wars against the armies…

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The people had built the city called Jerusalem again

Chapter 11 The people had built the city called Jerusalem again. Then they returned to the smaller towns and villages where they lived. Not many people lived in the city called Jerusalem. It was important for people to live in the city. Then it would become a great city again and the people could protect the *temple in the city. v1 The leaders of the people lived in Jerusalem. The rest of the people threw *lots to decide who else would live in Jerusalem. One person in every 10 people…

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Seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah,Pashur, Amariah, Malkijah,Hattush, Shebaniah, Malluch

Chapter 10 The people had listened to the law of God (Nehemiah chapter 8) and they had remembered their history (Nehemiah chapter 9). Then they made an agreement with God. v1 This is a list of the people who signed this agreement: Nehemiah the chief officer, who was the son of Hachaliah, and Zedekiah, v2 Seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah, v3 Pashur, Amariah, Malkijah, v4 Hattush, Shebaniah, Malluch, v5 Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah, v6 Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruch, v7 Meshullam, Abijah, Mijamin, v8 Maaziah, Bilgai and Shemaiah. Those were the priests. v9 These were…

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Nehemiah still had not finished his work for God. He could have returned to Persia

Chapter 9 Nehemiah still had not finished his work for God. He could have returned to Persia. He had a successful career there. But he remained in *Judah for 12 years. He wanted to make the *Jews into a holy nation of God’s people again. v1 On the 24th day of the same month, the *Israelite people gathered together. They did not eat anything. They wore rough clothes and they put dust on their heads. v2 The families of *Israel had separated themselves from all foreigners. The *Israelite people stood…

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Nehemiah copied the register of the first people who returned from exile

Chapter 8 In Nehemiah 7:6-73, Nehemiah copied the register of the first people who returned from *exile. This happened about 90 years before Nehemiah became the ruler of *Judah. In chapter 8, Nehemiah continues to explain the events while he ruled *Judah. He had arranged a special meeting for all the *Jews (Nehemiah 8:1-4). In fact, there were several meetings. They happened on the sacred holidays that were in the 7th month of the year. At the end of these meetings, the people would decide which *Jews would live in…

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Hananiah to be in command of Jerusalem. Hananiah was the chief officer of the palace

Chapter 7 v1 So we had finished the construction of the wall. And I had put the doors in place. We had appointed guards for the gates. We had also appointed singers and *Levites for their work. v2 Then I appointed Hanani, my brother, and Hananiah to be in command of Jerusalem. Hananiah was the chief officer of the palace. He was a man whom people could trust. He respected God more than most men did. v3 I said to them, ‘The guards must not open the gates of Jerusalem…

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Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab and the rest of our enemies heard that I had finished the wall

Chapter 6 v1 Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the *Arab and the rest of our enemies heard that I had finished the wall. There were no gaps in it, but I had not yet put the doors in the gates. v2 Sanballat and Geshem sent me this message, ‘Let us meet together in one of the villages on the plain called Ono.’ But they were plotting to hurt me. v3 So I sent some men to say to them, ‘I am doing an important task. I cannot go down there. The work…

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Sanballat heard that we were building the wall again

Chapter 4 v1 Sanballat heard that we were building the wall again. So he became very angry. He laughed at the *Jews. v2 His companions and the army from the country called Samaria were with him. Sanballat said in front of all these people, ‘Those weak *Jews are stupid. They will not really repair their wall and offer *sacrifices. You cannot build a great city in a day. Fire has burned the stones and they are now just piles of rubbish. You cannot make stones live. And you cannot build…

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King Artaxerxes

Chapter 2 v1 It was the month called Nisan in the 20th year of King Artaxerxes’ rule. I was serving the king with wine. I took the wine and I gave it to the king. I had never been sad before when I was with the king. v2So the king said to me, ‘Your face is very sad. But you are not ill. This means that you are sad in your heart.’ Then I was very afraid. v3 And I said to the king, ‘I hope that the king will…

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Ezra prayed and he confessed

Chapter 10 v1 Ezra prayed and he confessed. He wept and he threw himself onto the ground in front of the house of God. As he was doing these things, a large crowd of the *people of Israel gathered with him. There were men, women and children and they all wept aloud. Verse 1 Ezra was in front of the house of God when he prayed. He had torn his clothes and he had pulled hair from his head and his beard. Many people gathered with him. They did not…

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People of Israel were living in their towns

Chapter 3 v1 When the *people of Israel were living in their towns, they all met in Jerusalem together. It was the 7th month. Verse 1 The people who had returned from *exile started to live in the towns in Judah. But soon after they arrived in the country, they all met in Jerusalem. It was important to start to *worship God together again. The 7th month was a very important month for the *Jews. There were three special holidays to *worship God during that month. v2 Then Jeshua (the…

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In the Book of Ezra, there are many names

Chapter 2 In the Book of Ezra, there are many names. Some of these people were leaders. However, Ezra also refers to many people who were not well-known. They lived many years ago, but they were important to God. God cares about all sorts of people. And he is pleased when they obey him. When Ezra records some of the names, he also mentions their families. Families were very important to the *Jews. v1 These are the people from the district who returned from *exile. (Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylonia,…

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The fame and wealth of Solomon

Chapter 9 The fame and wealth of Solomon – 2 Chronicles 9:1-31 The visit of the queen of Sheba – 2 Chronicles 9:1-12 v1 The queen of the country called Sheba heard about Solomon’s fame. And she came to Jerusalem to test him with hard questions. She came with a large group of officials and servants. They had many camels that carried *spices, a lot of gold and precious stones. She came to Solomon. And she talked with him about everything that she was thinking about. v2 Solomon answered all her questions.…

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What Solomon did

Chapter 8 What Solomon did – 2 Chronicles 8:1-18 v1 By the end of 20 years, Solomon had built the *LORD’s *temple. Also, he had built his own royal palace. v2 Solomon built again the towns that Hiram had given to him. And he sent *Israelites to live in these towns. v3 Then Solomon went to the town called Hamath Zobah. And he defeated it. v4 Also, Solomon built the town called Tadmor in the desert. And he built all the towns in Hamath as towns to store grain and supplies.…

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Fire comes down from heaven

Chapter 7 Fire comes down from heaven – 2 Chronicles 7:1-3 v1 When Solomon had finished his prayer, fire came down from heaven. The fire burned up the *sacrifice by fire and the other *sacrifices. And the *LORD’s *glory filled the *temple. v2 The priests could not enter the *LORD’s *temple, because the *LORD’s *glory filled it. v3 All the *Israelites saw the fire that came down from heaven. And they saw the *LORD’s *glory above the *temple. They bent down on the footpath with their faces to the ground. They *worshipped and…

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Solomon blesses the people

Chapter 6 Solomon blesses the people – 2 Chronicles 6:1-11 v1 Then Solomon spoke. ‘The *LORD said that he would live in the dark cloud. v2 *LORD, I have built a wonderful *temple for you. It is a place for you to live for all time.’ v3 All the *Israelites were standing there. King Solomon turned to them and he blessed them. v4 Then he said, ‘Praise the *LORD, the God of *Israel. With his mouth, he made a promise to my father David. With his hands, he has done it. v5 He said,…

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Solomon brings the ark into the temple

Chapter 5 Solomon brings the ark into the temple – 2 Chronicles 5:1-10 v1 Then Solomon had finished all his work for the *LORD’s *temple. So Solomon brought into the *temple all the things that his father David had given for the *temple. Solomon put all the silver, gold and other things into the *storerooms of God’s *temple. v2 Then Solomon called for all the leaders of *Israel to come to him in Jerusalem. He called for all the heads of the *tribes to come. And he called for the leaders of…

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Solomon makes various objects for use in the temple

Chapter 4 Solomon makes various objects for use in the temple – 2 Chronicles 4:1-22 v1 Solomon made a *bronze *altar 20 *cubits long, 20 *cubits wide and 10 *cubits high. v2 Then he melted metal in order to make a large round basin called ‘the sea’. It was 10 *cubits from edge to edge and 5 *cubits high. The measurement round its edge was 30 *cubits. v3 There were images of *bulls under the edge round the large basin. There were 10 *bulls to each *cubit. The *bulls were in two rows…

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Solomon began to build the temple

Chapter 3 Solomon began to build the temple – 2 Chronicles 3:1-17 v1 Then Solomon began to build the *LORD’s *temple in Jerusalem on the mountain called Moriah. This was where the *LORD had appeared to his father David. David had provided that place. Previously, it was the yard where Araunah used to prepare his grain. (Araunah belonged to the people called Jebusites.) v2 Solomon began to build in his 4th year as king. It was the 2nd day of the 2nd month. v3 Solomon laid the base for God’s *temple. It was…

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Preparations for the temple

Chapter 2 Preparations for the temple – 2 Chronicles 2:1-18 v1 Solomon gave orders for the construction of a *temple for the name of the *LORD. Also, he decided to build a palace for himself. v2 He chose 70 000 men to carry loads. He chose 80 000 men to cut stone in the hill country. And he appointed 3600 men to control these workers. v3 Solomon sent a message to Hiram. Hiram was the king of the city called Tyre. Solomon said, ‘You traded with my father David. You sent him *cedar wood…

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Solomon rules Israel

About this book Solomon rules Israel: The two books of Chronicles were one book ­until there was a translation into the *Greek language. The men who translated the book divided it into two. This was because the length of it would fit more easily on two *scrolls. That ancient translation is called the Septuagint; its date is about 280 *BC. We do not know who wrote the book of Chronicles. But the writer lived after the *exile. Probably he lived at the same time as Ezra. This was in the…

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Manasseh’s rule as king of Judah

Chapter 21 Manasseh’s rule as king of Judah v1 Manasseh was 12 years old when he became king. He ruled in Jerusalem for 55 years. His mother’s name was Hephzibah. v2 Manasseh *sinned against the *Lord. The *Lord had forced some nations out of his country when the *Israelites originally came there. Manasseh imitated the acts that those nations did. They were acts that cause disgust. v3 Manasseh’s father Hezekiah had destroyed the places where people *worshipped on the hills. But Manasseh built them again. He set up *altars to…

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Hezekiah’s illness

Chapter 20 Hezekiah’s illness v1 During that time, Hezekiah became ill. He almost died. The *prophet Isaiah, son of Amoz, went to see Hezekiah. Isaiah said this. ‘The *Lord says, “Put everything in order. (In other words, deal with anything that you need to deal with before your death.) You will die soon. You will not recover.” ’ v2 Hezekiah turned his face towards the wall and he prayed this to the *Lord. v3 ‘Remember, *Lord, that I have served you in a loyal manner. I have loved you completely.…

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