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 Birth Jesus: 9 Bible Verses about the Birth of Jesus

Bible Verses Birth Jesus: Bible Verses Birth Jesus: These collection of Bible verses speak of the events that happened around the birth of Jesus. Matthew 1:18-23 18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about : His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce…

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Twelve years after the people rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem, Nehemiah returned to Persia

Chapter 13 Twelve years after the people rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem, Nehemiah returned to Persia. Some time later, he asked the king to allow him to return to *Judah (Nehemiah 13:6). There, Nehemiah discovered that the people were doing many wrong things. In this chapter, we can read what Nehemiah did about these serious problems. v1 On that day, they read aloud the book of Moses. And the people were listening. The book said that God’s special people must never let the *Ammonite and *Moabite people join them. v2…

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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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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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Nehemiah was a good leader

Chapter 3 In this chapter, there are many names. The Bible does not mention most of these people elsewhere. Many of them were the leaders of families, but only a few were important in the local region. They were not builders and they had no special skills to do the work. But they realised that Nehemiah was right. And they were willing to work hard. They lived many centuries ago, but they did an important job for God. God cares about all sorts of people. And he is pleased when…

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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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The Jews build Jerusalem’s city wall again

About the Book of Nehemiah Explanation The Jews build Jerusalem’s city wall again: There are many dates in this *introduction. These dates are the number of years before the time when Jesus Christ was born. Each date has the letters ‘BC’, which mean ‘before Christ’, after it. This *introduction also refers to places in the Bible where you can read about these things. The history of the *Jews before their *exile These are the events that happened in *Israel before the time of Nehemiah. This account will help us to…

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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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Ezra came during the rule of Artaxerxes, the king of Persia

Chapter 7 In the first 6 chapters of the Book of Ezra, we read about the people who returned from *exile. We read how they built the *temple of God in Jerusalem again. The events in the rest of the book happened almost 60 years later in 458 *BC. At last, the man Ezra appears in the Book of Ezra. v1 After all this happened, Ezra came during the rule of Artaxerxes, the king of Persia. Ezra was the son of Seraiah. Seraiah was the son of Azariah. Azariah was…

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The Jews return to Jerusalem

About the Book of Ezra The Jews return to Jerusalem: There are many dates in this *introduction. These dates are the number of years before the time that Jesus Christ was born. Each date has the letters ‘*BC’ after it. The letters mean ‘before Christ’. This *introduction also refers to places in the Bible where you can read about these things. The history of the *Jews before their *exile These are the events that happened in Israel before the time of Ezra. This account will help us to understand the…

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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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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 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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Jehoiachin’s rule as king of Judah

Chapter 24 v1 While Jehoiakim was king, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came to attack the country. Jehoiakim had to serve him for 3 years. But then Jehoiakim changed his decision and he *rebelled against Nebuchadnezzar. v2 The *Lord sent soldiers to fight against Jehoiakim. They were from Babylon, Syria, Moab and Ammon. He sent them to destroy *Judah. The *Lord had said by means of his *prophets that he would do that. v3 Those things happened to *Judah because the *Lord had ordered it. He wanted to remove the people…

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Isaiah the prophet

Chapter 19 Isaiah the prophet v1 When King Hezekiah heard that, he tore his clothes. He dressed himself in rough cloth and he went into the *Lord’s *temple. v2 Hezekiah called Eliakim, the official that controlled the palace. And he called Shebna the *secretary. He also called the leaders of the priests. He sent all those men to the *prophet Isaiah, son of Amoz. They all wore rough cloth. v3 This is the message that Hezekiah told them to give to Isaiah. ‘Today is a very sad day. God is…

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Ahaz’s rule as king of Judah

Chapter 16 Ahaz’s rule as king of Judah v1 Ahaz, Jotham’s son, began to rule as king of *Judah. That was in the 17th year of Pekah’s rule. Pekah (king of *Israel) was Remaliah’s son. v2 Ahaz was 20 years old when he became the king. He ruled in Jerusalem for 16 years. Unlike David his *ancestor, Ahaz did not do what pleased the *Lord his God. v3 Ahaz did what the kings of *Israel did. He even *sacrificed his son in the fire. The *Lord had forced some nations…

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Uzziah’s rule as king of Judah

Chapter 15 Uzziah’s rule as king of Judah v1 Uzziah, Amaziah’s son, began his rule as king of *Judah. He did so in the 27th year of Jeroboam’s rule. Jeroboam was king of *Israel. v2 Uzziah began to rule when he was 16 years old. He ruled in Jerusalem for 52 years. His mother was Jecoliah from Jerusalem. v3 He did what pleased the *Lord. He did what his father Amaziah had done. v4 But he did not remove the places where people *worshipped on the high hills. The people…

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Amaziah’s rule as king of Judah

Chapter 14 Amaziah’s rule as king of Judah v1 Amaziah, Joash’s son, began to rule as the king of *Judah. That happened during the 2nd year of Jehoash’s rule. Jehoash, the son of Jehoahaz, was the king of *Israel. v2 Amaziah was 25 years old when he became *Judah’s king. He ruled in Jerusalem for 29 years. His mother was Jehoaddin from Jerusalem. v3 Amaziah did the things that pleased the *Lord. However, he was not like his *ancestor David. Amaziah did what his father Joash had done. v4 Amaziah…

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Abijam’s rule as king of Judah

Chapter 15 Abijam’s rule as king of Judah v1 It was the 18th year of the rule of Jeroboam son of Nebat. At this time, Abijam became king of *Judah. v2 He ruled for three years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Maacah the daughter of Absalom. v3 He *sinned in the same way as his father had done before him. He was not completely loyal to the *Lord his God as David his *ancestor had been. v4 But because of David, the *Lord his God gave David a *descendant…

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Ahijah prophesies the end of Jeroboam’s rule over Israel

Chapter 14 Ahijah prophesies the end of Jeroboam’s rule over Israel v1 At that time, King Jeroboam’s son Abijah became ill. v2 Jeroboam said to his wife, ‘Dress so that people will suppose you to be someone else. Make sure that nobody will recognise you as the wife of Jeroboam. Then go to Shiloh where Ahijah the *prophet is. He *prophesied that I would be king over this people. v3 Take 10 loaves of bread, some cakes and a jar of honey and go to him. He will tell you…

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A prophet warns Jeroboam

Chapter 13 A prophet warns Jeroboam The *kingdom that David and Solomon used to rule had divided into two *kingdoms. The northern *tribes were not still loyal to David’s family. And those *tribes had chosen a new religion. They were *worshipping the images of *bulls, instead of the *Lord. But, by an extraordinary series of events, God showed that he still had a special relationship with those *tribes. They were *worshipping false gods. But they were still responsible to the real God. v1 The *Lord ordered a *prophet from *Judah…

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The kingdom divides

Chapter 12 The kingdom divides v1 Rehoboam went to Shechem. All the *Israelites had gone there to make him king. v2 Jeroboam the son of Nebat was still in Egypt. He had gone there to escape from King Solomon. Jeroboam heard what had happened. So he returned from Egypt. v3 The *Israelites sent for Jeroboam. He and they went to Rehoboam. This is what they said to him. v4 ‘Your father Solomon was cruel towards us. Now make these heavy *burdens lighter. Make our work easier and we will serve…

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The Queen of Sheba’s visit

Chapter 10 The Queen of Sheba’s visit v1 The Queen of Sheba heard about Solomon’s fame and how he gave honour to the *Lord. So she came to test him with difficult questions. v2 She arrived in Jerusalem with a large group of servants. She brought camels that carried *spices and a large amount of gold and valuable stones. She met Solomon. Then she asked him all the questions that she could think of. v3 Solomon answered all her questions. None of her questions was too difficult for him. He…

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Solomon’s palaces

Chapter 7 Solomon’s palaces v1 Solomon took 13 years to build his palace. v2 The first great hall that he made was called the ‘Hall of the Forest of Lebanon’. It was 150 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. (One foot is about 30 centimetres.) It had three rows of *cedar columns which supported *cedar beams. v3 He made the roof of *cedar above the beams that the columns supported. There were 45 beams, 15 in each row. v4 The windows were high in sets of three.…

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Hiram assists Solomon

Chapter 5 Hiram assists Solomon Solomon’s first task as king was the construction of the *temple at Jerusalem. This would be a splendid building to give honour to the *Lord. It would be the only proper place for *worship. And it would replace the tent of meeting that Moses made. Solomon also had great plans of his own. He would build great palaces and halls in Jerusalem. He would make Jerusalem into a very rich city. To carry out all these plans, Solomon needed a good supply of fine wood…

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