JEREMIAH 19The Broken Flask 19:1 Thus says the Lord, “Go, buy a potter’s earthenware flask, and take some of the elders of the people and some of the elders of the priests, 2 and go out to the Valley of the Son of Hinnom at the entry of the Potsherd Gate, and proclaim there the words that I tell you. 3 You shall say, ‘Hear the word of the Lord, O kings of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem. Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I am bringing such disaster upon this place that the ears of everyone who hears of it will tingle. 4 Because the people have forsaken me and have profaned this place by making offerings in it to other gods whom neither they nor their fathers nor the kings of Judah have known; and because they have filled this place with the blood of innocents, 5 and have built the high places of Baal to burn their sons in the fire as burnt offerings to Baal, which I did not command or decree, nor did it come into my mind— 6 therefore, behold, days are coming, declares the Lord, when this place shall no more be called Topheth, or the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter. 7 And in this place I will make void the plans of Judah and Jerusalem, and will cause their people to fall by the sword before their enemies, and by the hand of those who seek their life. I will give their dead bodies for food to the birds of the air and to the beasts of the earth. 8 And I will make this city a horror, a thing to be hissed at. Everyone who passes by it will be horrified and will hiss because of all its wounds. 9 And I will make them eat the flesh of their sons and their daughters, and everyone shall eat the flesh of his neighbor in the siege and in the distress, with which their enemies and those who seek their life afflict them.’
JEREMIAH 20Jeremiah Persecuted by Pashhur 20:1 Now Pashhur the priest, the son of Immer, who was chief officer in the house of the Lord, heard Jeremiah prophesying these things. 2 Then Pashhur beat Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the stocks that were in the upper Benjamin Gate of the house of the Lord. 3 The next day, when Pashhur released Jeremiah from the stocks, Jeremiah said to him, “The Lord does not call your name Pashhur, but Terror on Every Side. 4 For thus says the Lord: Behold, I will make you a terror to yourself and to all your friends. They shall fall by the sword of their enemies while you look on. And I will give all Judah into the hand of the king of Babylon. He shall carry them captive to Babylon, and shall strike them down with the sword. 5 Moreover, I will give all the wealth of the city, all its gains, all its prized belongings, and all the treasures of the kings of Judah into the hand of their enemies, who shall plunder them and seize them and carry them to Babylon. 6 And you, Pashhur, and all who dwell in your house, shall go into captivity. To Babylon you shall go, and there you shall die, and there you shall be buried, you and all your friends, to whom you have prophesied falsely.”
PROVERBS 1212:1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,but he who hates reproof is stupid. 2 A good man obtains favor from the Lord,but a man of evil devices he condemns. 3 No one is established by wickedness,but the root of the righteous will never be moved. 4 An excellent wife is the crown of her husband,but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones. 5 The thoughts of the righteous are just;the counsels of the wicked are deceitful. 6 The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood,but the mouth of the upright delivers them. 7 The wicked are overthrown and are no more,but the house of the righteous will stand. 8 A man is commended according to his good sense,but one of twisted mind is despised. 9 Better to be lowly and have a servantthan to play the great man and lack bread. 10 Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast,but the mercy of the wicked is cruel. 11 Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense. 12 Whoever is wicked covets the spoil of evildoers,but the root of the righteous bears fruit. 13 An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips,but the righteous escapes from trouble. 14 From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good,and the work of a man’s hand comes back to him. 15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,but a wise man listens to advice. 16 The vexation of a fool is known at once,but the prudent ignores an insult. 17 Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence,but a false witness utters deceit. 18 There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts,but the tongue of the wise brings healing. 19 Truthful lips endure forever,but a lying tongue is but for a moment. 20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,but those who plan peace have joy. 21 No ill befalls the righteous,but the wicked are filled with trouble. 22 Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,but those who act faithfully are his delight. 23 A prudent man conceals knowledge,but the heart of fools proclaims folly. 24 The hand of the diligent will rule,while the slothful will be put to forced labor. 25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down,but a good word makes him glad. 26 One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor,but the way of the wicked leads them astray. 27 Whoever is slothful will not roast his game,but the diligent man will get precious wealth. 28 In the path of righteousness is life,and in its pathway there is no death.
1 PETER 5Shepherd the Flock of God 5:1 So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: 2 shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; 3 not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. 5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
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