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Idols and the Living God 10:1 Hear the word that the Lord speaks to you, O house of Israel.
2 Thus says the Lord:“Learn not the way of the nations,nor be dismayed at the signs of the heavensbecause the nations are dismayed at them,
3 for the customs of the peoples are vanity.A tree from the forest is cut downand worked with an axe by the hands of a craftsman.
4 They decorate it with silver and gold;they fasten it with hammer and nailsso that it cannot move.
5 Their idols are like scarecrows in a cucumber field,and they cannot speak;they have to be carried,for they cannot walk.Do not be afraid of them,for they cannot do evil,neither is it in them to do good.”
6 There is none like you, O Lord;you are great, and your name is great in might.
7 Who would not fear you, O King of the nations?For this is your due;for among all the wise ones of the nationsand in all their kingdomsthere is none like you.
8 They are both stupid and foolish;the instruction of idols is but wood!
9 Beaten silver is brought from Tarshish,and gold from Uphaz.They are the work of the craftsman and of the hands of the goldsmith;their clothing is violet and purple;they are all the work of skilled men.
10 But the Lord is the true God;he is the living God and the everlasting King.At his wrath the earth quakes,and the nations cannot endure his indignation.
11 Thus shall you say to them: “The gods who did not make the heavens and the earth shall perish from the earth and from under the heavens.”
12 It is he who made the earth by his power,who established the world by his wisdom,and by his understanding stretched out the heavens.
13 When he utters his voice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens,and he makes the mist rise from the ends of the earth.He makes lightning for the rain,and he brings forth the wind from his storehouses.
14 Every man is stupid and without knowledge;every goldsmith is put to shame by his idols,for his images are false,and there is no breath in them.
15 They are worthless, a work of delusion;at the time of their punishment they shall perish.
16 Not like these is he who is the portion of Jacob,for he is the one who formed all things,and Israel is the tribe of his inheritance;the Lord of hosts is his name.
17 Gather up your bundle from the ground,O you who dwell under siege!
18 For thus says the Lord:“Behold, I am slinging out the inhabitants of the landat this time,and I will bring distress on them,that they may feel it.”
19 Woe is me because of my hurt!My wound is grievous.But I said, “Truly this is an affliction,and I must bear it.”
20 My tent is destroyed,and all my cords are broken;my children have gone from me,and they are not;there is no one to spread my tent againand to set up my curtains.
21 For the shepherds are stupidand do not inquire of the Lord;therefore they have not prospered,and all their flock is scattered.
22 A voice, a rumor! Behold, it comes!—a great commotion out of the north countryto make the cities of Judah a desolation,a lair of jackals.
23 I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself,that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.
24 Correct me, O Lord, but in justice;not in your anger, lest you bring me to nothing.
25 Pour out your wrath on the nations that know you not,and on the peoples that call not on your name,for they have devoured Jacob;they have devoured him and consumed him,and have laid waste his habitation.
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The Broken Covenant 11:1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord:
2 “Hear the words of this covenant, and speak to the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
3 You shall say to them, Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Cursed be the man who does not hear the words of this covenant
4 that I commanded your fathers when I brought them out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, saying, Listen to my voice, and do all that I command you. So shall you be my people, and I will be your God,
5 that I may confirm the oath that I swore to your fathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as at this day.” Then I answered, “So be it, Lord.”
6 And the Lord said to me, “Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem: Hear the words of this covenant and do them.
7 For I solemnly warned your fathers when I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, warning them persistently, even to this day, saying, Obey my voice.
8 Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but everyone walked in the stubbornness of his evil heart. Therefore I brought upon them all the words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do, but they did not.”
9 Again the Lord said to me, “A conspiracy exists among the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
10 They have turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, who refused to hear my words. They have gone after other gods to serve them. The house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken my covenant that I made with their fathers.
11 Therefore, thus says the Lord, Behold, I am bringing disaster upon them that they cannot escape. Though they cry to me, I will not listen to them.
12 Then the cities of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem will go and cry to the gods to whom they make offerings, but they cannot save them in the time of their trouble.
13 For your gods have become as many as your cities, O Judah, and as many as the streets of Jerusalem are the altars you have set up to shame, altars to make offerings to Baal.
14 “Therefore do not pray for this people, or lift up a cry or prayer on their behalf, for I will not listen when they call to me in the time of their trouble.
15 What right has my beloved in my house, when she has done many vile deeds? Can even sacrificial flesh avert your doom? Can you then exult?
16 The Lord once called you ‘a green olive tree, beautiful with good fruit.’ But with the roar of a great tempest he will set fire to it, and its branches will be consumed.
17 The Lord of hosts, who planted you, has decreed disaster against you, because of the evil that the house of Israel and the house of Judah have done, provoking me to anger by making offerings to Baal.”
18 The Lord made it known to me and I knew;then you showed me their deeds.
19 But I was like a gentle lambled to the slaughter.I did not know it was against methey devised schemes, saying,“Let us destroy the tree with its fruit,let us cut him off from the land of the living,that his name be remembered no more.”
20 But, O Lord of hosts, who judges righteously,who tests the heart and the mind,let me see your vengeance upon them,for to you have I committed my cause.
21 Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the men of Anathoth, who seek your life, and say, “Do not prophesy in the name of the Lord, or you will die by our hand”—
22 therefore thus says the Lord of hosts: “Behold, I will punish them. The young men shall die by the sword, their sons and their daughters shall die by famine,
23 and none of them shall be left. For I will bring disaster upon the men of Anathoth, the year of their punishment.”
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The Proverbs of Solomon 10:1 The proverbs of Solomon.A wise son makes a glad father,but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.
2 Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit,but righteousness delivers from death.
3 The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry,but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.
4 A slack hand causes poverty,but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
5 He who gathers in summer is a prudent son,but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.
6 Blessings are on the head of the righteous,but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
7 The memory of the righteous is a blessing,but the name of the wicked will rot.
8 The wise of heart will receive commandments,but a babbling fool will come to ruin.
9 Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.
10 Whoever winks the eye causes trouble,and a babbling fool will come to ruin.
11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
12 Hatred stirs up strife,but love covers all offenses.
13 On the lips of him who has understanding, wisdom is found,but a rod is for the back of him who lacks sense.
14 The wise lay up knowledge,but the mouth of a fool brings ruin near.
15 A rich man’s wealth is his strong city;the poverty of the poor is their ruin.
16 The wage of the righteous leads to life,the gain of the wicked to sin.
17 Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life,but he who rejects reproof leads others astray.
18 The one who conceals hatred has lying lips,and whoever utters slander is a fool.
19 When words are many, transgression is not lacking,but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.
20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver;the heart of the wicked is of little worth.
21 The lips of the righteous feed many,but fools die for lack of sense.
22 The blessing of the Lord makes rich,and he adds no sorrow with it.
23 Doing wrong is like a joke to a fool,but wisdom is pleasure to a man of understanding.
24 What the wicked dreads will come upon him,but the desire of the righteous will be granted.
25 When the tempest passes, the wicked is no more,but the righteous is established forever.
26 Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,so is the sluggard to those who send him.
27 The fear of the Lord prolongs life,but the years of the wicked will be short.
28 The hope of the righteous brings joy,but the expectation of the wicked will perish.
29 The way of the Lord is a stronghold to the blameless,but destruction to evildoers.
30 The righteous will never be removed,but the wicked will not dwell in the land.
31 The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom,but the perverse tongue will be cut off.
32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable,but the mouth of the wicked, what is perverse.
1 PETER 3
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Wives and Husbands 3:1 Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives,
2 when they see your respectful and pure conduct.
3 Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—
4 but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.
5 For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands,
6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening.
7 Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.
Suffering for Righteousness’ Sake8 Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.
9 Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.
10 For“Whoever desires to love lifeand see good days,let him keep his tongue from eviland his lips from speaking deceit;
11 let him turn away from evil and do good;let him seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,and his ears are open to their prayer.But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
13 Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good?
14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled,
15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,
16 having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.
17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.
18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,
19 in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison,
20 because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water.
21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.
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