Cut Your Losses

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Cut your losses on sin, but don’t count people out just yet.”~TB

Extend

As a prideful nation, people will always be your downfall. Humans have the capacity to hurt, to steal, to kill– whatever the sin– you name it, we’re capable of it. Even still, whatever the offense, it’s best to forgive it and move on. Just to be clear, this is not to say that you must tolerate poor behavior, no, we must hold each other accountable. That said, forgiving one another as God forgives us allows us to grow and develop into people of Christ. Besides, what do you have to lose by letting go of offenses? More to the point, when you are so consumed with what has happened to you, you lose sight of your potential and what you could be doing to better yourself.

Retract

As sin-fallen people, we will never be free of sin. That doesn’t mean that we should not make every effort to improve each and every day. The first step in walking closer with God is to till your own soil. When you cut out the monitoring of the shortcomings of your brothers and sisters, you are then able to reflect on yourself and your personal relationship with Christ. In the midst of that silence, He will impart His wisdom on how you can improve and move forward in your destiny. Friends, where He is taking you requires very little baggage, so why not cut your losses and move on?

Today’s Question

Are you cutting the chord to old bondages or the chord to Christ

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Psalm 129

1 From my earliest youth my enemies have persecuted me. Let all Israel repeat this: 
2 From my earliest youth my enemies have persecuted me, but they have never defeated me. 
3 My back is covered with cuts, as if a farmer had plowed long furrows. 
4 But the LORD is good; he has cut me free from the ropes of the ungodly. 
5 May all who hate Jerusalem be turned back in shameful defeat. 
6 May they be as useless as grass on a rooftop, turning yellow when only half grown, 
7 ignored by the harvester, despised by the binder. 
8 And may those who pass by refuse to give them this blessing: “The LORD bless you; we bless you in the LORD ’s name.”

According to…

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“You will live according to whoever has your ear, heart, and mind. Choose wisely.”~TB

…Man

You will fail. You will disappoint. You won’t measure up. Every man on this earth is fallible, short-sighted, and operates according to their own fleshly desires and motives. Even the best of us suck! For this reason, you must never place your value or worth against the opinions of your brothers and sisters. They lack the Holy lens to assess you as our Father in Heaven can. According to humans, you will have to change your appearance, your tone, your attitude, before you are accepted. And even still, you can follow the rules right down to the letter and still not be enough! So why bother? If you know the truth– which is written down in the Bible– you will know that according to the One who made you, you are accepted as you already are.

…God

You are redeemed. You are forgiven. You are loved. You are accepted. Jesus paid the ultimate price so that we would be set apart in God’s Holy stable. Friends, take comfort in this Truth. God loves you as you are! No, you are not perfect, and yes, you will make mistakes. However, when you come to Him with your imperfections in honest and humble repentance, He will wipe the slate clean and will lovingly remind you that you are His. God’s opinion is mightier, holier, and infinitely more valuable than any man’s opinion on this earth. Remember this fundamental truth so that when people come against you with their manmade requirements and measurements, you will not bow down to imperfect standards. Don’t let foolish people rob you of your joy. You have been spared, so live in peace.

Today’s Question

Who’s will are you living according to?

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Psalm 127

1 Unless the LORD builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted. Unless the LORD protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good.
2 It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.
3 Children are a gift from the LORD ; they are a reward from him. 
4Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands. 
5 How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them! He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers at the city gates.

Mindset

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Set your mind on God to experience His Truth” ~TB

Mind

Your mind is a gift or a curse– depending on how you use it. You can choose to fill it with God’s wisdom, live an obedient life, and be kind to your neighbors. Or, you can fill it with filth, walk around mindlessly, preferring destruction over peace. Sure, those seem drastically different, but the Truth is living in or out of God’s Will Is drastically different. Do not be fooled by the external lives of others. Only God can truly examine one’s heart. Work on your mind and don’t fall prey to the fake minds around you.

Set

When you set your mind, thoughts, and actions of God you rely on His strength and wisdom and not your own. The impossible becomes possible because you understand that you need Him in everything that you are and everything that you do. Allowing God to steer your mind sets you up for the peace and joy He graciously offers. It is a gift like no other and humans are unable to recreate such things. When you set your mind on the things of the flesh, you welcome confusion, stupor, and chaos. Friends, the human mind is incapable of such a Holy Mindset. Rely on Him.

Today’s Question

Is your mind set on God or do you have a fleshly mindset?

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Psalm 106

1 Praise the LORD ! Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. 
2 Who can list the glorious miracles of the LORD ? Who can ever praise him enough? 
3 There is joy for those who deal justly with others and always do what is right. 
4 Remember me, LORD, when you show favor to your people; come near and rescue me. 
5 Let me share in the prosperity of your chosen ones. Let me rejoice in the joy of your people; let me praise you with those who are your heritage. 
6 Like our ancestors, we have sinned. We have done wrong! We have acted wickedly!
7 Our ancestors in Egypt were not impressed by the LORD ’s miraculous deeds. They soon forgot his many acts of kindness to them. Instead, they rebelled against him at the Red Sea. 
8 Even so, he saved them— to defend the honor of his name and to demonstrate his mighty power. 
9 He commanded the Red Sea to dry up. He led Israel across the sea as if it were a desert. 
10 So he rescued them from their enemies and redeemed them from their foes. 
11 Then the water returned and covered their enemies; not one of them survived. 
12 Then his people believed his promises. Then they sang his praise. 
13 Yet how quickly they forgot what he had done! They wouldn’t wait for his counsel! 
14 In the wilderness their desires ran wild, testing God’s patience in that dry wasteland. 
15 So he gave them what they asked for, but he sent a plague along with it. 
16 The people in the camp were jealous of Moses and envious of Aaron, the LORD ’s holy priest. 
17 Because of this, the earth opened up; it swallowed Dathan and buried Abiram and the other rebels. 
18 Fire fell upon their followers; a flame consumed the wicked. 
19 The people made a calf at Mount Sinai ; they bowed before an image made of gold. 
20 They traded their glorious God for a statue of a grass-eating bull. 
21 They forgot God, their savior, who had done such great things in Egypt— 
22 such wonderful things in the land of Ham, such awesome deeds at the Red Sea. 
23 So he declared he would destroy them. But Moses, his chosen one, stepped between the LORD and the people. He begged him to turn from his anger and not destroy them. 
24 The people refused to enter the pleasant land, for they wouldn’t believe his promise to care for them. 
25 Instead, they grumbled in their tents and refused to obey the LORD . 
26 Therefore, he solemnly swore that he would kill them in the wilderness, 
27 that he would scatter their descendants among the nations, exiling them to distant lands. 
28Then our ancestors joined in the worship of Baal at Peor; they even ate sacrifices offered to the dead! 
29 They angered the LORD with all these things, so a plague broke out among them. 
30 But Phinehas had the courage to intervene, and the plague was stopped. 
31 So he has been regarded as a righteous man ever since that time. 
32 At Meribah, too, they angered the LORD, causing Moses serious trouble. 
33 They made Moses angry, and he spoke foolishly. 
34 Israel failed to destroy the nations in the land, as the LORD had commanded them. 
35 Instead, they mingled among the pagans and adopted their evil customs. 
36 They worshiped their idols, which led to their downfall. 
37 They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons. 
38 They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters. By sacrificing them to the idols of Canaan, they polluted the land with murder. 
39 They defiled themselves by their evil deeds, and their love of idols was adultery in the LORD ’s sight.
40 That is why the LORD ’s anger burned against his people, and he abhorred his own special possession. 
41 He handed them over to pagan nations, and they were ruled by those who hated them. 
42 Their enemies crushed them and brought them under their cruel power. 
43 Again and again he rescued them, but they chose to rebel against him, and they were finally destroyed by their sin. 
44 Even so, he pitied them in their distress and listened to their cries. 
45 He remembered his covenant with them and relented because of his unfailing love. 
46 He even caused their captors to treat them with kindness. 
47 Save us, O LORD our God! Gather us back from among the nations, so we can thank your holy name and rejoice and praise you. 
48 Praise the LORD, the God of Israel, who lives from everlasting to everlasting! Let all the people say, “Amen!” Praise the LORD !

Spinning Wheels

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Why waste time arguing with fools? If the message is falling on deaf ears clearly it’s not intended for them.”~TB

Burnout

This world is full of fools who are willing to believe stupid things due to their blatant disobedience. They seek any justification to stay in their stupor and will look for supporters high and low. Friends, let the wicked have this world, they’ve made their choice. When you fight with the willfully deaf, you are engaging in a battle that isn’t meant to be won. Instead, you’ve wasted your resources and energy on a futile effort. Focus your efforts on yourself and your service for God. He will instruct your steps if you allow Him to. Don’t let the evil one deceive you by distracting you with dumb people. It’s a trap, keep your eyes peeled and sidestep the noise.

Focus

It’s important to understand that we aren’t here to change hearts and minds. That’s God’s job. We are here to live and speak the Truth. Though we may be part of that plan, our job is the mirror the Truth to the best of our abilities and let God handle the God stuff. He knows how to handle that far better than humans, so let’s just stick to our holy occupations. When you focus your efforts and habits, you will see that your honest, Biblical deeds yield more fruit than arguing with an idiot who is souled out for the devil. Do not engage with them. If you practice kindness and humility, their own deeds will heap coals on their heads, without you having to do a thing.

Today’s Question

Are you wasting your time on stupid stuff or are you focusing on your personal holy employment?

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Psalm 91

1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 
2 This I declare about the LORD : He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. 
3 For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. 
4 He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. 
5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. 
6 Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. 
7 Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you. 
8 Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished. 
9 If you make the LORD your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, 
10 no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. 
11 For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go.
12 They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone. 
13 You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet! 
14 The LORD says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. 
15When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. 
16 I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”

Waters

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Notice how water travels in circles, currents, streams, oceans, ice, and steam to cut, clean, maintain, and deliver God’s message of sustenance and salvation.” ~ Jon Barnes

Travels

While hiking and traveling around the world, I noticed how the water keeps moving from the mountains into the seas.  Like air, it never stops doing its job of cleaning, circulating, and rotating.  No one can control the weather or its purpose, as it brings what the planet needs from God. Travel with God to get what you need and help others along the way.

Cuts

Notice how the water cuts into the land in such an artistic way that the Hand of God can be seen on the ground as well as in the sky, clouds, and Heavens.  Things are always moving, painting, blowing, and flowing like orchestrated musical visual notes of God’s daily compositions of all styles, with all cultures, and all creation.  Wash away negative attitudes and cut new opportunities with your smile.

Art

The art of God’s Ways can clearly be seen anywhere you go if you open up your eyes and mind to see His DNA and thumbprints on all things.  It is quite overwhelming because I would take pictures and videos of everything all of the time.  I had to leave my camera home so that I could just enjoy my mind, body, heart, spirit, senses, and eyes to capture the wonder and splendor of God’s Creations, Science, and Art to let God’s blessings and glory circle around my being.
Today’s Question
Are you studying, sharing, and appreciating God’s Art Forms on a daily basis or are you walking around incarcerated with electronics, cell phones, TVs, movies, and technology of artificial life?
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Psalm 59

For the choir director: A psalm of David, regarding the time Saul sent soldiers to watch David’s house in order to kill him. To be sung to the tune “Do Not Destroy!”

Rescue me from my enemies, O God.
    Protect me from those who have come to destroy me.
Rescue me from these criminals;
    save me from these murderers.
They have set an ambush for me.
    Fierce enemies are out there waiting, Lord,
    though I have not sinned or offended them.
I have done nothing wrong,
    yet they prepare to attack me.
    Wake up! See what is happening and help me!
Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel,
    wake up and punish those hostile nations.
    Show no mercy to wicked traitors. Interlude
They come out at night,
    snarling like vicious dogs
    as they prowl the streets.
Listen to the filth that comes from their mouths;
    their words cut like swords.
    “After all, who can hear us?” they sneer.
But Lord, you laugh at them.
    You scoff at all the hostile nations.
You are my strength; I wait for you to rescue me,
    for you, O God, are my fortress.
10 In his unfailing love, my God will stand with me.
    He will let me look down in triumph on all my enemies.
11 Don’t kill them, for my people soon forget such lessons;
    stagger them with your power, and bring them to their knees,
    O Lord our shield.
12 Because of the sinful things they say,
    because of the evil that is on their lips,
let them be captured by their pride,
    their curses, and their lies.
13 Destroy them in your anger!
    Wipe them out completely!
Then the whole world will know
    that God reigns in Israel. Interlude
14 My enemies come out at night,
    snarling like vicious dogs
    as they prowl the streets.
15 They scavenge for food
    but go to sleep unsatisfied.
16 But as for me, I will sing about your power.
    Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love.
For you have been my refuge,
    a place of safety when I am in distress.
17 O my Strength, to you I sing praises,
    for you, O God, are my refuge,
    the God who shows me unfailing love.

Love,

Jonathan

Language

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“The sounds of silent vibrations hold the true meanings of your intentions to let God know who you really are in Him and they account for your existence, destiny before, during, and after time, space, and age of ages.”  ~  Jon Barnes

Feel

I feel that you cannot comprehend what God is saying unless you allow Him to teach you all things.  If not, you will read and know God’s words and works, but you will still be evil and not comprehend Good.  If not, you will hear, understand and know that good new but you will adamantly reject God’s Truth and replace it with your own truth.  I feel there is hope if you do the listening and work of faith in love, by talking less.

Vibrate

Who you are vibrates in the continuous loop of time, space, matter, math, and logic to God in His Own Language of Wisdom that surpasses any understanding, as you are without excuse for knowing and understanding who God is!  Your foolishness consumes and destroys your own soul with your own actions of vibrations before you speak a word or do work.  Follow God’s vibrations of love and light from His Word and you will be the salt of the earth, singing and living with joy.

Become

Become and develop your true vibrations in God before the devil steals them from you, based on your acceptance to the team of evil.  Resist the temptation of disobedience, sin, and mayhem.  Become the Child in Christ with your consent and constant deeds of repentance, acceptance, work, and faith in God that vibrates your name into the Book of Life, with the Blood of Christ in ink.
Today’s Question
Is your name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life or did your vibrations erase your name from God’s true destination for your soul?

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Job 33 

Elihu Presents His Case against Job

33 “Listen to my words, Job;
    pay attention to what I have to say.
Now that I have begun to speak,
    let me continue.
I speak with all sincerity;
    I speak the truth.
For the Spirit of God has made me,
    and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
Answer me, if you can;
    make your case and take your stand.
Look, you and I both belong to God.
    I, too, was formed from clay.
So you don’t need to be afraid of me.
    I won’t come down hard on you.
“You have spoken in my hearing,
    and I have heard your very words.
You said, ‘I am pure; I am without sin;
    I am innocent; I have no guilt.
10 God is picking a quarrel with me,
    and he considers me his enemy.
11 He puts my feet in the stocks
    and watches my every move.’
12 “But you are wrong, and I will show you why.
    For God is greater than any human being.
13 So why are you bringing a charge against him?
    Why say he does not respond to people’s complaints?
14 For God speaks again and again,
    though people do not recognize it.
15 He speaks in dreams, in visions of the night,
    when deep sleep falls on people
    as they lie in their beds.
16 He whispers in their ears
    and terrifies them with warnings.
17 He makes them turn from doing wrong;
    he keeps them from pride.
18 He protects them from the grave,
    from crossing over the river of death.
19 “Or God disciplines people with pain on their sickbeds,
    with ceaseless aching in their bones.
20 They lose their appetite
    for even the most delicious food.
21 Their flesh wastes away,
    and their bones stick out.
22 They are at death’s door;
    the angels of death wait for them.
23 “But if an angel from heaven appears—
    a special messenger to intercede for a person
    and declare that he is upright—
24 he will be gracious and say,
‘Rescue him from the grave,
    for I have found a ransom for his life.’
25 Then his body will become as healthy as a child’s,
    firm and youthful again.
26 When he prays to God,
    he will be accepted.
And God will receive him with joy
    and restore him to good standing.
27 He will declare to his friends,
‘I sinned and twisted the truth,
    but it was not worth it.[a]
28 God rescued me from the grave,
    and now my life is filled with light.’
29 “Yes, God does these things
    again and again for people.
30 He rescues them from the grave
    so they may enjoy the light of life.
31 Mark this well, Job. Listen to me,
    for I have more to say.
32 But if you have anything to say, go ahead.
    Speak, for I am anxious to see you justified.
33 But if not, then listen to me.
    Keep silent and I will teach you wisdom!”

Love,

Jonathan

Calm

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“It is a blessing to remain calm and focused when you are challenged, tested, and confronted with all manner of trials and tribulations, which allows the Joy in your heart from God to handle all situations.” ~ Jon Barnes

Faith

Pleasing God with strong honest faith is like shining the sun in the face of others.  Darkness will never comprehend God’s plans and actions by the faithful servants of God.  Your ordered steps will seem like confusion to the foolish.

Excitement

Become excited about your work and delivery of God’s messages and be happy that your joy is contagious. Like water, flow where you need to go and let God’s Will be done.  Forgive the people and problems that you will face.

Home School

Learn and practice these lessons at home to motivate and inspire your family.  Then take that experience into the battlefield of life.  Live, Love, and Learn all of the wonderful things God has to show you and notice how the Bible Reading already mapped out your success.
Today’s Question
Are you overwhelmed with pure joy from God when you are working for him at 100 percent capacity, like a child playing on the playground?
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2 Chronicles 32 

Assyria Invades Judah

32 After Hezekiah had faithfully carried out this work, King Sennacherib of Assyria invaded Judah. He laid siege to the fortified towns, giving orders for his army to break through their walls. When Hezekiah realized that Sennacherib also intended to attack Jerusalem, he consulted with his officials and military advisers, and they decided to stop the flow of the springs outside the city. They organized a huge work crew to stop the flow of the springs, cutting off the brook that ran through the fields. For they said, “Why should the kings of Assyria come here and find plenty of water?”
Then Hezekiah worked hard at repairing all the broken sections of the wall, erecting towers, and constructing a second wall outside the first. He also reinforced the supporting terraces[a] in the City of David and manufactured large numbers of weapons and shields. He appointed military officers over the people and assembled them before him in the square at the city gate. Then Hezekiah encouraged them by saying: “Be strong and courageous! Don’t be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria or his mighty army, for there is a power far greater on our side! He may have a great army, but they are merely men. We have the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles for us!” Hezekiah’s words greatly encouraged the people.

Sennacherib Threatens Jerusalem

While King Sennacherib of Assyria was still besieging the town of Lachish, he sent his officers to Jerusalem with this message for Hezekiah and all the people in the city:
10 “This is what King Sennacherib of Assyria says: What are you trusting in that makes you think you can survive my siege of Jerusalem? 11 Hezekiah has said, ‘The Lord our God will rescue us from the king of Assyria.’ Surely Hezekiah is misleading you, sentencing you to death by famine and thirst! 12 Don’t you realize that Hezekiah is the very person who destroyed all the Lord’s shrines and altars? He commanded Judah and Jerusalem to worship only at the altar at the Temple and to offer sacrifices on it alone.
13 “Surely you must realize what I and the other kings of Assyria before me have done to all the people of the earth! Were any of the gods of those nations able to rescue their people from my power? 14 Which of their gods was able to rescue its people from the destructive power of my predecessors? What makes you think your God can rescue you from me? 15 Don’t let Hezekiah deceive you! Don’t let him fool you like this! I say it again—no god of any nation or kingdom has ever yet been able to rescue his people from me or my ancestors. How much less will your God rescue you from my power!”
16 And Sennacherib’s officers further mocked the Lord God and his servant Hezekiah, heaping insult upon insult. 17 The king also sent letters scorning the Lord, the God of Israel. He wrote, “Just as the gods of all the other nations failed to rescue their people from my power, so the God of Hezekiah will also fail.” 18 The Assyrian officials who brought the letters shouted this in Hebrew[b] to the people gathered on the walls of the city, trying to terrify them so it would be easier to capture the city. 19 These officers talked about the God of Jerusalem as though he were one of the pagan gods, made by human hands.
20 Then King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz cried out in prayer to God in heaven. 21 And the Lord sent an angel who destroyed the Assyrian army with all its commanders and officers. So Sennacherib was forced to return home in disgrace to his own land. And when he entered the temple of his god, some of his own sons killed him there with a sword.
22 That is how the Lord rescued Hezekiah and the people of Jerusalem from King Sennacherib of Assyria and from all the others who threatened them. So there was peace throughout the land. 23 From then on King Hezekiah became highly respected among all the surrounding nations, and many gifts for the Lord arrived at Jerusalem, with valuable presents for King Hezekiah, too.

Hezekiah’s Sickness and Recovery

24 About that time Hezekiah became deathly ill. He prayed to the Lord, who healed him and gave him a miraculous sign. 25 But Hezekiah did not respond appropriately to the kindness shown him, and he became proud. So the Lord’s anger came against him and against Judah and Jerusalem. 26 Then Hezekiah humbled himself and repented of his pride, as did the people of Jerusalem. So the Lord’s anger did not fall on them during Hezekiah’s lifetime.
27 Hezekiah was very wealthy and highly honored. He built special treasury buildings for his silver, gold, precious stones, and spices, and for his shields and other valuable items. 28 He also constructed many storehouses for his grain, new wine, and olive oil; and he made many stalls for his cattle and pens for his flocks of sheep and goats. 29 He built many towns and acquired vast flocks and herds, for God had given him great wealth. 30 He blocked up the upper spring of Gihon and brought the water down through a tunnel to the west side of the City of David. And so he succeeded in everything he did.
31 However, when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.

Summary of Hezekiah’s Reign

32 The rest of the events in Hezekiah’s reign and his acts of devotion are recorded in The Vision of the Prophet Isaiah Son of Amoz, which is included in The Book of the Kings of Judah and Israel. 33 When Hezekiah died, he was buried in the upper area of the royal cemetery, and all Judah and Jerusalem honored him at his death. And his son Manasseh became the next king.
Love,
Jonathan