31 As for God, his way is perfect;
the word of the Lord is tried in the fire;
he is a shield to all who trust in him.
32 For who is God but the Lord,
and who is the rock except our God?
33 It is God who girds me about with strength
and makes my way perfect.
34 He makes my feet like hinds feet
so that I tread surely on the heights.
35 He teaches my hands to fight
and my arms to bend a bow of bronze.
36 You have given me the shield of your salvation;
your right hand upholds me
and your grace has made me great.
37 You enlarge my strides beneath me,
yet my feet do not slide.
38 I will pursue my enemies and overtake them,
nor turn again until I have destroyed them.
39 I will smite them down so they cannot rise;
they shall fall beneath my feet.
40 You have girded me with strength for the battle;
you will cast down my enemies under me;
41 You will make my foes turn their backs upon me
and I shall destroy them that hate me.
42 They will cry out, but there shall be none to help them;
they will cry to the Lord, but he will not answer.
43 I shall beat them as small as the dust on the wind;
I will cast them out as the mire in the streets.
44 You will deliver me from the strife of the peoples;
you will make me the head of the nations.
45 A people I have not known shall serve me;
as soon as they hear me, they shall obey me;
strangers will humble themselves before me.
46 The foreign peoples will lose heart
and come trembling out of their strongholds.
47 The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock!
Praised be the God of my salvation,
48 Even the God who vindicates me
and subdues the peoples under me!
49 You that deliver me from my enemies,
you will set me up above my foes;
from the violent you will deliver me;
50 Therefore will I give you thanks, O Lord, among the nations
and sing praises to your name,
51 To the one who gives great victory to his king
and shows faithful love to his anointed,
to David and his seed for ever.
4 The king commanded the high priest Hilkiah, the priests of the second order, and the guardians of the threshold, to bring out of the temple of the Lord all the vessels made for Baal, for Asherah, and for all the host of heaven; he burned them outside Jerusalem in the fields of the Kidron, and carried their ashes to Bethel. 5He deposed the idolatrous priests whom the kings of Judah had ordained to make offerings in the high places at the cities of Judah and around Jerusalem; those also who made offerings to Baal, to the sun, the moon, the constellations, and all the host of the heavens. 6He brought out the image of* Asherah from the house of the Lord, outside Jerusalem, to the Wadi Kidron, burned it at the Wadi Kidron, beat it to dust and threw the dust of it upon the graves of the common people. 7He broke down the houses of the male temple prostitutes that were in the house of the Lord, where the women did weaving for Asherah. 8He brought all the priests out of the towns of Judah, and defiled the high places where the priests had made offerings, from Geba to Beer-sheba; he broke down the high places of the gates that were at the entrance of the gate of Joshua the governor of the city, which were on the left at the gate of the city. 9The priests of the high places, however, did not come up to the altar of the Lord in Jerusalem, but ate unleavened bread among their kindred. 10He defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of Ben-hinnom, so that no one would make a son or a daughter pass through fire as an offering to Molech. 11He removed the horses that the kings of Judah had dedicated to the sun, at the entrance to the house of the Lord, by the chamber of the eunuch Nathan-melech, which was in the precincts;* then he burned the chariots of the sun with fire. 12The altars on the roof of the upper chamber of Ahaz, which the kings of Judah had made, and the altars that Manasseh had made in the two courts of the house of the Lord, he pulled down from there and broke in pieces, and threw the rubble into the Wadi Kidron. 13The king defiled the high places that were east of Jerusalem, to the south of the Mount of Destruction, which King Solomon of Israel had built for Astarte the abomination of the Sidonians, for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, and for Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. 14He broke the pillars in pieces, cut down the sacred poles,* and covered the sites with human bones.
15 Moreover, the altar at Bethel, the high place erected by Jeroboam son of Nebat, who caused Israel to sinhe pulled down that altar along with the high place. He burned the high place, crushing it to dust; he also burned the sacred pole.* 16As Josiah turned, he saw the tombs there on the mount; and he sent and took the bones out of the tombs, and burned them on the altar, and defiled it, according to the word of the Lord that the man of God proclaimed,* when Jeroboam stood by the altar at the festival; he turned and looked up at the tomb of the man of God who had predicted these things. 17Then he said, What is that monument that I see? The people of the city told him, It is the tomb of the man of God who came from Judah and predicted these things that you have done against the altar at Bethel. 18He said, Let him rest; let no one move his bones. So they let his bones alone, with the bones of the prophet who came out of Samaria. 19Moreover, Josiah removed all the shrines of the high places that were in the towns of Samaria, which kings of Israel had made, provoking the Lord to anger; he did to them just as he had done at Bethel. 20He slaughtered on the altars all the priests of the high places who were there, and burned human bones on them. Then he returned to Jerusalem.
21 The king commanded all the people, Keep the passover to the Lord your God as prescribed in this book of the covenant. 22No such passover had been kept since the days of the judges who judged Israel, even during all the days of the kings of Israel and of the kings of Judah; 23but in the eighteenth year of King Josiah this passover was kept to the Lord in Jerusalem.
24 Moreover, Josiah did away with the mediums, wizards, teraphim,* idols, and all the abominations that were seen in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, so that he established the words of the law that were written in the book that the priest Hilkiah had found in the house of the Lord. 25Before him there was no king like him, who turned to the Lord with all his heart, with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; nor did any like him arise after him.
18 While he was saying these things to them, suddenly a leader of the synagogue* came in and knelt before him, saying, My daughter has just died; but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live. 19And Jesus got up and followed him, with his disciples. 20Then suddenly a woman who had been suffering from haemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his cloak, 21for she said to herself, If I only touch his cloak, I will be made well. 22Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well. And instantly the woman was made well. 23When Jesus came to the leaders house and saw the flute-players and the crowd making a commotion, 24he said, Go away; for the girl is not dead but sleeping. And they laughed at him. 25But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl got up. 26And the report of this spread throughout that district.
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