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 1414:1 The wisest of women builds her house,but folly with her own hands tears it down. 2 Whoever walks in uprightness fears the Lord,but he who is devious in his ways despises him. 3 By the mouth of a fool comes a rod for his back,but the lips of the wise will preserve them. 4 Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean,but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox. 5 A faithful witness does not lie,but a false witness breathes out lies. 6 A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain,but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding. 7 Leave the presence of a fool,for there you do not meet words of knowledge. 8 The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way,but the folly of fools is deceiving. 9 Fools mock at the guilt offering,but the upright enjoy acceptance. 10 The heart knows its own bitterness,and no stranger shares its joy. 11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed,but the tent of the upright will flourish. 12 There is a way that seems right to a man,but its end is the way to death. 13 Even in laughter the heart may ache,and the end of joy may be grief. 14 The backslider in heart will be filled with the fruit of his ways,and a good man will be filled with the fruit of his ways. 15 The simple believes everything,but the prudent gives thought to his steps. 16 One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil,but a fool is reckless and careless. 17 A man of quick temper acts foolishly,and a man of evil devices is hated. 18 The simple inherit folly,but the prudent are crowned with knowledge. 19 The evil bow down before the good,the wicked at the gates of the righteous. 20 The poor is disliked even by his neighbor,but the rich has many friends. 21 Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner,but blessed is he who is generous to the poor. 22 Do they not go astray who devise evil?Those who devise good meet steadfast love and faithfulness. 23 In all toil there is profit,but mere talk tends only to poverty. 24 The crown of the wise is their wealth,but the folly of fools brings folly. 25 A truthful witness saves lives,but one who breathes out lies is deceitful. 26 In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence,and his children will have a refuge. 27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,that one may turn away from the snares of death. 28 In a multitude of people is the glory of a king,but without people a prince is ruined. 29 Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding,but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly. 30 A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh,but envy makes the bones rot. 31 Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker,but he who is generous to the needy honors him. 32 The wicked is overthrown through his evildoing,but the righteous finds refuge in his death. 33 Wisdom rests in the heart of a man of understanding,but it makes itself known even in the midst of fools. 34 Righteousness exalts a nation,but sin is a reproach to any people. 35 A servant who deals wisely has the king’s favor,but his wrath falls on one who acts shamefully.
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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