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Jul 17, 2018

2KINGS 23:
Hilkiah found the book of the Law in the temple while repairs were being carried out as ordered by king Josiah. When Josiah heard the book of the Law, he instituted reforms. And God again is glorified in fulfilling a prophecy we heard in 1 Kings.

PSALM 134:
I would like to have been one of the Levitical temple musicians who had the duty of singing praises to God at night. This is the last of the Psalms of Ascent.

JOHN 15:18—16:15:
We are still in the upper room. I have chosen to reread the last verses of chapter 15, in order to help us make the connection with chapter 16.

GNT Translation notes:
John 16:1 “I have told you this, so that you will not [fall away from your belief in me//give up your faith].
8 And when he comes, he will prove to the people of the world that they are wrong about sin and about [the way people are made right in God’s sight//what is right] and about God's judgment.
9 [First about sin: He will make them aware that they sin if//They are wrong about sin, because] they do not believe in me;
10 and about the way people are made right in God’s sight: The Helper will make them aware that I have opened the way for people to become right in God’s sight,//they are wrong about what is right,] because I am going to the Father and you will not see me any more;
11 and about the final judgment: He will make them aware that the final judgment will happen,//and they are wrong about judgment,] because the ruler of this world has already been judged.
13 When, however, the Spirit comes, who reveals the truth about God, he will lead you into [the full//all the] truth. He will not speak on his own authority, but he will speak of what he hears and will tell you of things to come.

NLT Translation notes:
John 16:23 At that time you won’t need to ask me for anything. I tell you the truth, you will ask the Father directly, and he will grant your request because you [pray for the sake of my glory//use my name].
24 You haven’t done this before. [Make requests for the sake of my glory//Ask, using my name], and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.
26 Then you will [make requsts/ask] [for the sake of my glory//in my name]. I’m not saying I will ask the Father on your behalf,
31 Jesus [said/asked], “Do you finally believe?
33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace [because of being joined with//in me]. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”