(Lev. 19:18, Mt. 7:12)
The Golden Rule
Treat others as
You would have them
Treat you: Your days
Will gleam like gems.
The Battle is the Lord’s
Then Jahaziel said: “Your Majesty and everyone from Judah and Jerusalem, the LORD says that you don’t need to be afraid or let this powerful army discourage you. God will fight on your side!”
–2 Chronicles 20:15
“You won’t even have to fight. Just take your positions and watch the LORD rescue you from your enemy. Don’t be afraid. Just do as you’re told. And as you march out tomorrow, the LORD will be there with you.”
–2 Chronicles 20:17
1 Now in year thirty-six of Asa’s rule,
Israel’s King Baasha of Israel struck against
Judah and captured Ramah, a small town.
He started fortifying it, and he
He stationed troops to stop the people there
From going in and out of Judah, 2 and
When Asa heard of this, he took the gold
And silver from his palace and out of
God’s temple, then he sent it to Damascus
With word for Syria’s King Benhadad:
3 “Let’s have a treaty, as our fathers did.
This gold and silver is a gift for you.
Now break your treaty with King Baasha
Of Israel and make him leave my land.”
4 Benhadad did what Asa asked and sent
Syria’s army into Israel.
They captured towns of Ijon, Dan, Abel-
Maim, and all the towns in Naphtali
Where the supplies were kept. 5 When Baasha
Heard of this, he stopped work on Ramah. 6 Asa
Commanded everyone in Judah to
Take off the stones and wood Baasha had
Employed to strengthen Ramah, and then he
Fortified towns of Geba and of Mizpah
With these same stones and wood. 7 Soon after that
Happened, the seer Hanani went to Asa
And said to him: “You counted on the king
Of Syria instead of counting on
The Lord your God. And so, you’ll never beat
The army of the Syrians. 8 Recall
How powerful the Ethiopian
And Libyan army was, with chariots
And troops of cavalry; you trusted God
To help you then, and you defeated them.
9 For God’s eyes range throughout the earth,
Gives strength to those who faithfully obey
Him, but you’ve done a foolish thing, and your
Kingdom will never be at peace again.
10 When Asa heard this, he was so enraged
He put Hanani in a prison. Asa
Was also cruel to some of his people.
11 Everything Asa did while he was king
Is written in The History of the Kings
Of Judah and of Israel; 12 and in
The thirty-ninth year of his rule, he was
Afflicted with a foot disease, but he
Relied on doctors and refused to ask
The Lord for help, 13 and he died two years later.
14 Earlier, Asa had had his own tomb
Cut from a rock hill in Jerusalem,
So he was buried there; the tomb was filled
With fragrant oils and spices to the brim,
Then people built a fire to honor him.