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Jeremiah’s Complaint12:1 Righteous are you, O Lord,when I complain to you;yet I would plead my case before you.Why does the way of the wicked prosper?Why do all who are treacherous thrive?
2 You plant them, and they take root;they grow and produce fruit;you are near in their mouthand far from their heart.
3 But you, O Lord, know me;you see me, and test my heart toward you.Pull them out like sheep for the slaughter,and set them apart for the day of slaughter.
4 How long will the land mournand the grass of every field wither?For the evil of those who dwell in itthe beasts and the birds are swept away,because they said, “He will not see our latter end.”
The Lord Answers Jeremiah5 “If you have raced with men on foot, and they have wearied you,how will you compete with horses?And if in a safe land you are so trusting,what will you do in the thicket of the Jordan?
6 For even your brothers and the house of your father,even they have dealt treacherously with you;they are in full cry after you;do not believe them,though they speak friendly words to you.”
7 “I have forsaken my house;I have abandoned my heritage;I have given the beloved of my soulinto the hands of her enemies.
8 My heritage has become to melike a lion in the forest;she has lifted up her voice against me;therefore I hate her.
9 Is my heritage to me like a hyena’s lair?Are the birds of prey against her all around?Go, assemble all the wild beasts;bring them to devour.
10 Many shepherds have destroyed my vineyard;they have trampled down my portion;they have made my pleasant portiona desolate wilderness.
11 They have made it a desolation;desolate, it mourns to me.The whole land is made desolate,but no man lays it to heart.
12 Upon all the bare heights in the desertdestroyers have come,for the sword of the Lord devoursfrom one end of the land to the other;no flesh has peace.
13 They have sown wheat and have reaped thorns;they have tired themselves out but profit nothing.They shall be ashamed of their harvestsbecause of the fierce anger of the Lord.”
14 Thus says the Lord concerning all my evil neighbors who touch the heritage that I have given my people Israel to inherit: “Behold, I will pluck them up from their land, and I will pluck up the house of Judah from among them.
15 And after I have plucked them up, I will again have compassion on them, and I will bring them again each to his heritage and each to his land.
16 And it shall come to pass, if they will diligently learn the ways of my people, to swear by my name, ‘As the Lord lives,’ even as they taught my people to swear by Baal, then they shall be built up in the midst of my people.
17 But if any nation will not listen, then I will utterly pluck it up and destroy it, declares the Lord.”
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The Ruined Loincloth 13:1 Thus says the Lord to me, “Go and buy a linen loincloth and put it around your waist, and do not dip it in water.”
2 So I bought a loincloth according to the word of the Lord, and put it around my waist.
3 And the word of the Lord came to me a second time,
4 “Take the loincloth that you have bought, which is around your waist, and arise, go to the Euphrates and hide it there in a cleft of the rock.”
5 So I went and hid it by the Euphrates, as the Lord commanded me.
6 And after many days the Lord said to me, “Arise, go to the Euphrates, and take from there the loincloth that I commanded you to hide there.”
7 Then I went to the Euphrates, and dug, and I took the loincloth from the place where I had hidden it. And behold, the loincloth was spoiled; it was good for nothing.
8 Then the word of the Lord came to me:
9 “Thus says the Lord: Even so will I spoil the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem.
10 This evil people, who refuse to hear my words, who stubbornly follow their own heart and have gone after other gods to serve them and worship them, shall be like this loincloth, which is good for nothing.
11 For as the loincloth clings to the waist of a man, so I made the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah cling to me, declares the Lord, that they might be for me a people, a name, a praise, and a glory, but they would not listen.
The Jars Filled with Wine
12 “You shall speak to them this word: ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, Every jar shall be filled with wine.’ And they will say to you, ‘Do we not indeed know that every jar will be filled with wine?’
13 Then you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord: Behold, I will fill with drunkenness all the inhabitants of this land: the kings who sit on David’s throne, the priests, the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
14 And I will dash them one against another, fathers and sons together, declares the Lord. I will not pity or spare or have compassion, that I should not destroy them.’”
Exile Threatened15 Hear and give ear; be not proud,for the Lord has spoken.
16 Give glory to the Lord your Godbefore he brings darkness,before your feet stumbleon the twilight mountains,and while you look for lighthe turns it into gloomand makes it deep darkness.
17 But if you will not listen,my soul will weep in secret for your pride;my eyes will weep bitterly and run down with tears,because the Lord’s flock has been taken captive.
18 Say to the king and the queen mother:“Take a lowly seat,for your beautiful crownhas come down from your head.”
19 The cities of the Negeb are shut up,with none to open them;all Judah is taken into exile,wholly taken into exile.
20 “Lift up your eyes and seethose who come from the north.Where is the flock that was given you,your beautiful flock?
21 What will you say when they set as head over youthose whom you yourself have taught to be friends to you?Will not pangs take hold of youlike those of a woman in labor?
22 And if you say in your heart,‘Why have these things come upon me?’it is for the greatness of your iniquitythat your skirts are lifted upand you suffer violence.
23 Can the Ethiopian change his skinor the leopard his spots?Then also you can do goodwho are accustomed to do evil.
24 I will scatter you like chaffdriven by the wind from the desert.
25 This is your lot,the portion I have measured out to you, declares the Lord,because you have forgotten meand trusted in lies.
26 I myself will lift up your skirts over your face,and your shame will be seen.
27 I have seen your abominations,your adulteries and neighings, your lewd whorings,on the hills in the field.Woe to you, O Jerusalem!How long will it be before you are made clean?”
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The Blessings of Wisdom8:1 Does not wisdom call?Does not understanding raise her voice?
2 On the heights beside the way,at the crossroads she takes her stand;
3 beside the gates in front of the town,at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud:
4 “To you, O men, I call,and my cry is to the children of man.
5 O simple ones, learn prudence;O fools, learn sense.
6 Hear, for I will speak noble things,and from my lips will come what is right,
7 for my mouth will utter truth;wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8 All the words of my mouth are righteous;there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.
9 They are all straight to him who understands,and right to those who find knowledge.
10 Take my instruction instead of silver,and knowledge rather than choice gold,
11 for wisdom is better than jewels,and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.
12 “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,and I find knowledge and discretion.
13 The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil.Pride and arrogance and the way of eviland perverted speech I hate.
14 I have counsel and sound wisdom;I have insight; I have strength.
15 By me kings reign,and rulers decree what is just;
16 by me princes rule,and nobles, all who govern justly.
17 I love those who love me,and those who seek me diligently find me.
18 Riches and honor are with me,enduring wealth and righteousness.
19 My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold,and my yield than choice silver.
20 I walk in the way of righteousness,in the paths of justice,
21 granting an inheritance to those who love me,and filling their treasuries.
22 “The Lord possessed me at the beginning of his work,the first of his acts of old.
23 Ages ago I was set up,at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
24 When there were no depths I was brought forth,when there were no springs abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains had been shaped,before the hills, I was brought forth,
26 before he had made the earth with its fields,or the first of the dust of the world.
27 When he established the heavens, I was there;when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
28 when he made firm the skies above,when he established the fountains of the deep,
29 when he assigned to the sea its limit,so that the waters might not transgress his command,when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
30 then I was beside him, like a master workman,and I was daily his delight,rejoicing before him always,
31 rejoicing in his inhabited worldand delighting in the children of man.
32 “And now, O sons, listen to me:blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction and be wise,and do not neglect it.
34 Blessed is the one who listens to me,watching daily at my gates,waiting beside my doors.
35 For whoever finds me finds lifeand obtains favor from the Lord,
36 but he who fails to find me injures himself;all who hate me love death.”
1 PETER 4
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Stewards of God’s Grace 4:1 Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,
2 so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God.
3 For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry.
4 With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you;
5 but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
6 For this is why the gospel was preached even to those who are dead, that though judged in the flesh the way people are, they might live in the spirit the way God does.
7 The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.
8 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.
10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:
11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Suffering as a Christian12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.
13 But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.
14 If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.
15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler.
16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.
17 For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
18 And“If the righteous is scarcely saved,what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”
19 Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.
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