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Judgment for Idolatry 44:1 The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the Judeans who lived in the land of Egypt, at Migdol, at Tahpanhes, at Memphis, and in the land of Pathros,
2 “Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: You have seen all the disaster that I brought upon Jerusalem and upon all the cities of Judah. Behold, this day they are a desolation, and no one dwells in them,
3 because of the evil that they committed, provoking me to anger, in that they went to make offerings and serve other gods that they knew not, neither they, nor you, nor your fathers.
4 Yet I persistently sent to you all my servants the prophets, saying, ‘Oh, do not do this abomination that I hate!’
5 But they did not listen or incline their ear, to turn from their evil and make no offerings to other gods.
6 Therefore my wrath and my anger were poured out and kindled in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem, and they became a waste and a desolation, as at this day.
7 And now thus says the Lord God of hosts, the God of Israel: Why do you commit this great evil against yourselves, to cut off from you man and woman, infant and child, from the midst of Judah, leaving you no remnant?
8 Why do you provoke me to anger with the works of your hands, making offerings to other gods in the land of Egypt where you have come to live, so that you may be cut off and become a curse and a taunt among all the nations of the earth?
9 Have you forgotten the evil of your fathers, the evil of the kings of Judah, the evil of their wives, your own evil, and the evil of your wives, which they committed in the land of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem?
10 They have not humbled themselves even to this day, nor have they feared, nor walked in my law and my statutes that I set before you and before your fathers.
11 “Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I will set my face against you for harm, to cut off all Judah.
12 I will take the remnant of Judah who have set their faces to come to the land of Egypt to live, and they shall all be consumed. In the land of Egypt they shall fall; by the sword and by famine they shall be consumed. From the least to the greatest, they shall die by the sword and by famine, and they shall become an oath, a horror, a curse, and a taunt.
13 I will punish those who dwell in the land of Egypt, as I have punished Jerusalem, with the sword, with famine, and with pestilence,
14 so that none of the remnant of Judah who have come to live in the land of Egypt shall escape or survive or return to the land of Judah, to which they desire to return to dwell there. For they shall not return, except some fugitives.”
15 Then all the men who knew that their wives had made offerings to other gods, and all the women who stood by, a great assembly, all the people who lived in Pathros in the land of Egypt, answered Jeremiah:
16 “As for the word that you have spoken to us in the name of the Lord, we will not listen to you.
17 But we will do everything that we have vowed, make offerings to the queen of heaven and pour out drink offerings to her, as we did, both we and our fathers, our kings and our officials, in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem. For then we had plenty of food, and prospered, and saw no disaster.
18 But since we left off making offerings to the queen of heaven and pouring out drink offerings to her, we have lacked everything and have been consumed by the sword and by famine.”
19 And the women said, “When we made offerings to the queen of heaven and poured out drink offerings to her, was it without our husbands’ approval that we made cakes for her bearing her image and poured out drink offerings to her?”
20 Then Jeremiah said to all the people, men and women, all the people who had given him this answer:
21 “As for the offerings that you offered in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem, you and your fathers, your kings and your officials, and the people of the land, did not the Lord remember them? Did it not come into his mind?
22 The Lord could no longer bear your evil deeds and the abominations that you committed. Therefore your land has become a desolation and a waste and a curse, without inhabitant, as it is this day.
23 It is because you made offerings and because you sinned against the Lord and did not obey the voice of the Lord or walk in his law and in his statutes and in his testimonies that this disaster has happened to you, as at this day.”
24 Jeremiah said to all the people and all the women, “Hear the word of the Lord, all you of Judah who are in the land of Egypt.
25 Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: You and your wives have declared with your mouths, and have fulfilled it with your hands, saying, ‘We will surely perform our vows that we have made, to make offerings to the queen of heaven and to pour out drink offerings to her.’ Then confirm your vows and perform your vows!
26 Therefore hear the word of the Lord, all you of Judah who dwell in the land of Egypt: Behold, I have sworn by my great name, says the Lord, that my name shall no more be invoked by the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, ‘As the Lord God lives.’
27 Behold, I am watching over them for disaster and not for good. All the men of Judah who are in the land of Egypt shall be consumed by the sword and by famine, until there is an end of them.
28 And those who escape the sword shall return from the land of Egypt to the land of Judah, few in number; and all the remnant of Judah, who came to the land of Egypt to live, shall know whose word will stand, mine or theirs.
29 This shall be the sign to you, declares the Lord, that I will punish you in this place, in order that you may know that my words will surely stand against you for harm:
30 Thus says the Lord, Behold, I will give Pharaoh Hophra king of Egypt into the hand of his enemies and into the hand of those who seek his life, as I gave Zedekiah king of Judah into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, who was his enemy and sought his life.”
Message to Baruch 45:1 The word that Jeremiah the prophet spoke to Baruch the son of Neriah, when he wrote these words in a book at the dictation of Jeremiah, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah:
2 “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, to you, O Baruch:
3 You said, ‘Woe is me! For the Lord has added sorrow to my pain. I am weary with my groaning, and I find no rest.’
4 Thus shall you say to him, Thus says the Lord: Behold, what I have built I am breaking down, and what I have planted I am plucking up—that is, the whole land.
5 And do you seek great things for yourself? Seek them not, for behold, I am bringing disaster upon all flesh, declares the Lord. But I will give you your life as a prize of war in all places to which you may go.”
Judgment on Egypt 46:1 The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the nations.
2 About Egypt. Concerning the army of Pharaoh Neco, king of Egypt, which was by the river Euphrates at Carchemish and which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon defeated in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah:
3 “Prepare buckler and shield,and advance for battle!
4 Harness the horses;mount, O horsemen!Take your stations with your helmets,polish your spears,put on your armor!
5 Why have I seen it?They are dismayedand have turned backward.Their warriors are beaten downand have fled in haste;they look not back—terror on every side!declares the Lord.
6 “The swift cannot flee away,nor the warrior escape;in the north by the river Euphratesthey have stumbled and fallen.
7 “Who is this, rising like the Nile,like rivers whose waters surge?
8 Egypt rises like the Nile,like rivers whose waters surge.He said, ‘I will rise, I will cover the earth,I will destroy cities and their inhabitants.’
9 Advance, O horses,and rage, O chariots!Let the warriors go out:men of Cush and Put who handle the shield,men of Lud, skilled in handling the bow.
10 That day is the day of the Lord God of hosts,a day of vengeance,to avenge himself on his foes.The sword shall devour and be satedand drink its fill of their blood.For the Lord God of hosts holds a sacrificein the north country by the river Euphrates.
11 Go up to Gilead, and take balm,O virgin daughter of Egypt!In vain you have used many medicines;there is no healing for you.
12 The nations have heard of your shame,and the earth is full of your cry;for warrior has stumbled against warrior;they have both fallen together.”
13 The word that the Lord spoke to Jeremiah the prophet about the coming of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon to strike the land of Egypt:
14 “Declare in Egypt, and proclaim in Migdol;proclaim in Memphis and Tahpanhes;say, ‘Stand ready and be prepared,for the sword shall devour around you.’
15 Why are your mighty ones face down?They do not standbecause the Lord thrust them down.
16 He made many stumble, and they fell,and they said one to another,‘Arise, and let us go back to our own peopleand to the land of our birth,because of the sword of the oppressor.’
17 Call the name of Pharaoh, king of Egypt,‘Noisy one who lets the hour go by.’
18 “As I live, declares the King,whose name is the Lord of hosts,like Tabor among the mountainsand like Carmel by the sea, shall one come.
19 Prepare yourselves baggage for exile,O inhabitants of Egypt!For Memphis shall become a waste,a ruin, without inhabitant.
20 “A beautiful heifer is Egypt,but a biting fly from the north has come upon her.
21 Even her hired soldiers in her midstare like fattened calves;yes, they have turned and fled together;they did not stand,for the day of their calamity has come upon them,the time of their punishment.
22 “She makes a sound like a serpent gliding away;for her enemies march in forceand come against her with axeslike those who fell trees.
23 They shall cut down her forest,declares the Lord,though it is impenetrable,because they are more numerous than locusts;they are without number.
24 The daughter of Egypt shall be put to shame;she shall be delivered into the hand of a people from the north.”
25 The Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, said: “Behold, I am bringing punishment upon Amon of Thebes, and Pharaoh and Egypt and her gods and her kings, upon Pharaoh and those who trust in him.
26 I will deliver them into the hand of those who seek their life, into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and his officers. Afterward Egypt shall be inhabited as in the days of old, declares the Lord.
27 “But fear not, O Jacob my servant,nor be dismayed, O Israel,for behold, I will save you from far away,and your offspring from the land of their captivity.Jacob shall return and have quiet and ease,and none shall make him afraid.
28 Fear not, O Jacob my servant,declares the Lord,for I am with you.I will make a full end of all the nationsto which I have driven you,but of you I will not make a full end.I will discipline you in just measure,and I will by no means leave you unpunished.”
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23:1 When you sit down to eat with a ruler,observe carefully what is before you,
2 and put a knife to your throatif you are given to appetite.
3 Do not desire his delicacies,for they are deceptive food.
4 Do not toil to acquire wealth;be discerning enough to desist.
5 When your eyes light on it, it is gone,for suddenly it sprouts wings,flying like an eagle toward heaven.
6 Do not eat the bread of a man who is stingy;do not desire his delicacies,
7 for he is like one who is inwardly calculating.“Eat and drink!” he says to you,but his heart is not with you.
8 You will vomit up the morsels that you have eaten,and waste your pleasant words.
9 Do not speak in the hearing of a fool,for he will despise the good sense of your words.
10 Do not move an ancient landmarkor enter the fields of the fatherless,
11 for their Redeemer is strong;he will plead their cause against you.
12 Apply your heart to instructionand your ear to words of knowledge.
13 Do not withhold discipline from a child;if you strike him with a rod, he will not die.
14 If you strike him with the rod,you will save his soul from Sheol.
15 My son, if your heart is wise,my heart too will be glad.
16 My inmost being will exultwhen your lips speak what is right.
17 Let not your heart envy sinners,but continue in the fear of the Lord all the day.
18 Surely there is a future,and your hope will not be cut off.
19 Hear, my son, and be wise,and direct your heart in the way.
20 Be not among drunkardsor among gluttonous eaters of meat,
21 for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty,and slumber will clothe them with rags.
22 Listen to your father who gave you life,and do not despise your mother when she is old.
23 Buy truth, and do not sell it;buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.
24 The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice;he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him.
25 Let your father and mother be glad;let her who bore you rejoice.
26 My son, give me your heart,and let your eyes observe my ways.
27 For a prostitute is a deep pit;an adulteress is a narrow well.
28 She lies in wait like a robberand increases the traitors among mankind.
29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow?Who has strife? Who has complaining?Who has wounds without cause?Who has redness of eyes?
30 Those who tarry long over wine;those who go to try mixed wine.
31 Do not look at wine when it is red,when it sparkles in the cupand goes down smoothly.
32 In the end it bites like a serpentand stings like an adder.
33 Your eyes will see strange things,and your heart utter perverse things.
34 You will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea,like one who lies on the top of a mast.
35 “They struck me,” you will say, “but I was not hurt;they beat me, but I did not feel it.When shall I awake?I must have another drink.”
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The Lord Surrounds His PeopleA Song of Ascents.125:1 Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem,so the Lord surrounds his people,from this time forth and forevermore.
3 For the scepter of wickedness shall not reston the land allotted to the righteous,lest the righteous stretch outtheir hands to do wrong.
4 Do good, O Lord, to those who are good,and to those who are upright in their hearts!
5 But those who turn aside to their crooked waysthe Lord will lead away with evildoers!Peace be upon Israel!
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