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The Sin of Judah 17:1 “The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron; with a point of diamond it is engraved on the tablet of their heart, and on the horns of their altars,
2 while their children remember their altars and their Asherim, beside every green tree and on the high hills,
3 on the mountains in the open country. Your wealth and all your treasures I will give for spoil as the price of your high places for sin throughout all your territory.
4 You shall loosen your hand from your heritage that I gave to you, and I will make you serve your enemies in a land that you do not know, for in my anger a fire is kindled that shall burn forever.”
5 Thus says the Lord:“Cursed is the man who trusts in manand makes flesh his strength,whose heart turns away from the Lord.
6 He is like a shrub in the desert,and shall not see any good come.He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness,in an uninhabited salt land.
7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,whose trust is the Lord.
8 He is like a tree planted by water,that sends out its roots by the stream,and does not fear when heat comes,for its leaves remain green,and is not anxious in the year of drought,for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
9 The heart is deceitful above all things,and desperately sick;who can understand it?
10 “I the Lord search the heartand test the mind,to give every man according to his ways,according to the fruit of his deeds.”
11 Like the partridge that gathers a brood that she did not hatch,so is he who gets riches but not by justice;in the midst of his days they will leave him,and at his end he will be a fool.
12 A glorious throne set on high from the beginningis the place of our sanctuary.
13 O Lord, the hope of Israel,all who forsake you shall be put to shame;those who turn away from you shall be written in the earth,for they have forsaken the Lord, the fountain of living water.
Jeremiah Prays for Deliverance14 Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed;save me, and I shall be saved,for you are my praise.
15 Behold, they say to me,“Where is the word of the Lord?Let it come!”
16 I have not run away from being your shepherd,nor have I desired the day of sickness.You know what came out of my lips;it was before your face.
17 Be not a terror to me;you are my refuge in the day of disaster.
18 Let those be put to shame who persecute me,but let me not be put to shame;let them be dismayed,but let me not be dismayed;bring upon them the day of disaster;destroy them with double destruction!
Keep the Sabbath Holy19 Thus said the Lord to me: “Go and stand in the People’s Gate, by which the kings of Judah enter and by which they go out, and in all the gates of Jerusalem,
20 and say: ‘Hear the word of the Lord, you kings of Judah, and all Judah, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, who enter by these gates.
21 Thus says the Lord: Take care for the sake of your lives, and do not bear a burden on the Sabbath day or bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem.
22 And do not carry a burden out of your houses on the Sabbath or do any work, but keep the Sabbath day holy, as I commanded your fathers.
23 Yet they did not listen or incline their ear, but stiffened their neck, that they might not hear and receive instruction.
24 “‘But if you listen to me, declares the Lord, and bring in no burden by the gates of this city on the Sabbath day, but keep the Sabbath day holy and do no work on it,
25 then there shall enter by the gates of this city kings and princes who sit on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they and their officials, the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And this city shall be inhabited forever.
26 And people shall come from the cities of Judah and the places around Jerusalem, from the land of Benjamin, from the Shephelah, from the hill country, and from the Negeb, bringing burnt offerings and sacrifices, grain offerings and frankincense, and bringing thank offerings to the house of the Lord.
27 But if you do not listen to me, to keep the Sabbath day holy, and not to bear a burden and enter by the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day, then I will kindle a fire in its gates, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem and shall not be quenched.’”
« Jeremiah 17 | Jeremiah 18 | Jeremiah 19 »
The Potter and the Clay 18:1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord:
2 “Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.”
3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel.
4 And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do.
5 Then the word of the Lord came to me:
6 “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.
7 If at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it,
8 and if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I intended to do to it.
9 And if at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will build and plant it,
10 and if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will relent of the good that I had intended to do to it.
11 Now, therefore, say to the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: ‘Thus says the Lord, Behold, I am shaping disaster against you and devising a plan against you. Return, every one from his evil way, and amend your ways and your deeds.’
12 “But they say, ‘That is in vain! We will follow our own plans, and will every one act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.’
13 “Therefore thus says the Lord:Ask among the nations,Who has heard the like of this?The virgin Israelhas done a very horrible thing.
14 Does the snow of Lebanon leavethe crags of Sirion?Do the mountain waters run dry,the cold flowing streams?
15 But my people have forgotten me;they make offerings to false gods;they made them stumble in their ways,in the ancient roads,and to walk into side roads,not the highway,
16 making their land a horror,a thing to be hissed at forever.Everyone who passes by it is horrifiedand shakes his head.
17 Like the east wind I will scatter thembefore the enemy.I will show them my back, not my face,in the day of their calamity.”
18 Then they said, “Come, let us make plots against Jeremiah, for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, let us strike him with the tongue, and let us not pay attention to any of his words.”
19 Hear me, O Lord,and listen to the voice of my adversaries.
20 Should good be repaid with evil?Yet they have dug a pit for my life.Remember how I stood before youto speak good for them,to turn away your wrath from them.
21 Therefore deliver up their children to famine;give them over to the power of the sword;let their wives become childless and widowed.May their men meet death by pestilence,their youths be struck down by the sword in battle.
22 May a cry be heard from their houses,when you bring the plunderer suddenly upon them!For they have dug a pit to take meand laid snares for my feet.
23 Yet you, O Lord, knowall their plotting to kill me.Forgive not their iniquity,nor blot out their sin from your sight.Let them be overthrown before you;deal with them in the time of your anger.
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11:1 A false balance is an abomination to the Lord,but a just weight is his delight.
2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace,but with the humble is wisdom.
3 The integrity of the upright guides them,but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.
4 Riches do not profit in the day of wrath,but righteousness delivers from death.
5 The righteousness of the blameless keeps his way straight,but the wicked falls by his own wickedness.
6 The righteousness of the upright delivers them,but the treacherous are taken captive by their lust.
7 When the wicked dies, his hope will perish,and the expectation of wealth perishes too.
8 The righteous is delivered from trouble,and the wicked walks into it instead.
9 With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor,but by knowledge the righteous are delivered.
10 When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices,and when the wicked perish there are shouts of gladness.
11 By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,but by the mouth of the wicked it is overthrown.
12 Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense,but a man of understanding remains silent.
13 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets,but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.
14 Where there is no guidance, a people falls,but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.
15 Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer harm,but he who hates striking hands in pledge is secure.
16 A gracious woman gets honor,and violent men get riches.
17 A man who is kind benefits himself,but a cruel man hurts himself.
18 The wicked earns deceptive wages,but one who sows righteousness gets a sure reward.
19 Whoever is steadfast in righteousness will live,but he who pursues evil will die.
20 Those of crooked heart are an abomination to the Lord,but those of blameless ways are his delight.
21 Be assured, an evil person will not go unpunished,but the offspring of the righteous will be delivered.
22 Like a gold ring in a pig’s snoutis a beautiful woman without discretion.
23 The desire of the righteous ends only in good,the expectation of the wicked in wrath.
24 One gives freely, yet grows all the richer;another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
25 Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,and one who waters will himself be watered.
26 The people curse him who holds back grain,but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it.
27 Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor,but evil comes to him who searches for it.
28 Whoever trusts in his riches will fall,but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.
29 Whoever troubles his own household will inherit the wind,and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.
30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,and whoever captures souls is wise.
31 If the righteous is repaid on earth,how much more the wicked and the sinner!
« Psalm 119 | Psalm 120 | Psalm 121 »
Deliver Me, O LordA Song of Ascents.120:1 In my distress I called to the Lord,and he answered me.
2 Deliver me, O Lord,from lying lips,from a deceitful tongue.
3 What shall be given to you,and what more shall be done to you,you deceitful tongue?
4 A warrior’s sharp arrows,with glowing coals of the broom tree!
5 Woe to me, that I sojourn in Meshech,that I dwell among the tents of Kedar!
6 Too long have I had my dwellingamong those who hate peace.
7 I am for peace,but when I speak, they are for war!
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My Help Comes from the LordA Song of Ascents.121:1 I lift up my eyes to the hills.From where does my help come?
2 My help comes from the Lord,who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot be moved;he who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, he who keeps Israelwill neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is your keeper;the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day,nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all evil;he will keep your life.
8 The Lord will keepyour going out and your coming infrom this time forth and forevermore.
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