The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday October 18, 2019 (NIV)

Jeremiah 31:27-32:44

27 “The day is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will greatly increase the human population and the number of animals here in Israel and Judah. 28 In the past I deliberately uprooted and tore down this nation. I overthrew it, destroyed it, and brought disaster upon it. But in the future I will just as deliberately plant it and build it up. I, the Lord, have spoken!

29 “The people will no longer quote this proverb:

‘The parents have eaten sour grapes,
but their children’s mouths pucker at the taste.’

30 All people will die for their own sins—those who eat the sour grapes will be the ones whose mouths will pucker.

31 “The day is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. 32 This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant, though I loved them as a husband loves his wife,” says the Lord.

33 “But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel after those days,” says the Lord. “I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34 And they will not need to teach their neighbors, nor will they need to teach their relatives, saying, ‘You should know the Lord.’ For everyone, from the least to the greatest, will know me already,” says the Lord. “And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.”

35 It is the Lord who provides the sun to light the day
and the moon and stars to light the night,
and who stirs the sea into roaring waves.
His name is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies,
and this is what he says:
36 “I am as likely to reject my people Israel
as I am to abolish the laws of nature!”
37 This is what the Lord says:
“Just as the heavens cannot be measured
and the foundations of the earth cannot be explored,
so I will not consider casting them away
for the evil they have done.
I, the Lord, have spoken!

38 “The day is coming,” says the Lord, “when all Jerusalem will be rebuilt for me, from the Tower of Hananel to the Corner Gate. 39 A measuring line will be stretched out over the hill of Gareb and across to Goah. 40 And the entire area—including the graveyard and ash dump in the valley, and all the fields out to the Kidron Valley on the east as far as the Horse Gate—will be holy to the Lord. The city will never again be captured or destroyed.”

Jeremiah’s Land Purchase

32 The following message came to Jeremiah from the Lord in the tenth year of the reign of Zedekiah,[a] king of Judah. This was also the eighteenth year of the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar.[b] Jerusalem was then under siege from the Babylonian army, and Jeremiah was imprisoned in the courtyard of the guard in the royal palace. King Zedekiah had put him there, asking why he kept giving this prophecy: “This is what the Lord says: ‘I am about to hand this city over to the king of Babylon, and he will take it. King Zedekiah will be captured by the Babylonians[c] and taken to meet the king of Babylon face to face. He will take Zedekiah to Babylon, and I will deal with him there,’ says the Lord. ‘If you fight against the Babylonians, you will never succeed.’”

At that time the Lord sent me a message. He said, “Your cousin Hanamel son of Shallum will come and say to you, ‘Buy my field at Anathoth. By law you have the right to buy it before it is offered to anyone else.’”

Then, just as the Lord had said he would, my cousin Hanamel came and visited me in the prison. He said, “Please buy my field at Anathoth in the land of Benjamin. By law you have the right to buy it before it is offered to anyone else, so buy it for yourself.” Then I knew that the message I had heard was from the Lord.

So I bought the field at Anathoth, paying Hanamel seventeen pieces[d] of silver for it. 10 I signed and sealed the deed of purchase before witnesses, weighed out the silver, and paid him. 11 Then I took the sealed deed and an unsealed copy of the deed, which contained the terms and conditions of the purchase, 12 and I handed them to Baruch son of Neriah and grandson of Mahseiah. I did all this in the presence of my cousin Hanamel, the witnesses who had signed the deed, and all the men of Judah who were there in the courtyard of the guardhouse.

13 Then I said to Baruch as they all listened, 14 “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: ‘Take both this sealed deed and the unsealed copy, and put them into a pottery jar to preserve them for a long time.’ 15 For this is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: ‘Someday people will again own property here in this land and will buy and sell houses and vineyards and fields.’”

Jeremiah’s Prayer

16 Then after I had given the papers to Baruch, I prayed to the Lord:

17 “O Sovereign Lord! You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you! 18 You show unfailing love to thousands, but you also bring the consequences of one generation’s sin upon the next. You are the great and powerful God, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. 19 You have all wisdom and do great and mighty miracles. You see the conduct of all people, and you give them what they deserve. 20 You performed miraculous signs and wonders in the land of Egypt—things still remembered to this day! And you have continued to do great miracles in Israel and all around the world. You have made your name famous to this day.

21 “You brought Israel out of Egypt with mighty signs and wonders, with a strong hand and powerful arm, and with overwhelming terror. 22 You gave the people of Israel this land that you had promised their ancestors long before—a land flowing with milk and honey. 23 Our ancestors came and conquered it and lived in it, but they refused to obey you or follow your word. They have not done anything you commanded. That is why you have sent this terrible disaster upon them.

24 “See how the siege ramps have been built against the city walls! Through war, famine, and disease, the city will be handed over to the Babylonians, who will conquer it. Everything has happened just as you said. 25 And yet, O Sovereign Lord, you have told me to buy the field—paying good money for it before these witnesses—even though the city will soon be handed over to the Babylonians.”

A Prediction of Jerusalem’s Fall

26 Then this message came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 27 “I am the Lord, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me? 28 Therefore, this is what the Lord says: I will hand this city over to the Babylonians and to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, and he will capture it. 29 The Babylonians outside the walls will come in and set fire to the city. They will burn down all these houses where the people provoked my anger by burning incense to Baal on the rooftops and by pouring out liquid offerings to other gods. 30 Israel and Judah have done nothing but wrong since their earliest days. They have infuriated me with all their evil deeds,” says the Lord. 31 “From the time this city was built until now, it has done nothing but anger me, so I am determined to get rid of it.

32 “The sins of Israel and Judah—the sins of the people of Jerusalem, the kings, the officials, the priests, and the prophets—have stirred up my anger. 33 My people have turned their backs on me and have refused to return. Even though I diligently taught them, they would not receive instruction or obey. 34 They have set up their abominable idols right in my own Temple, defiling it. 35 They have built pagan shrines to Baal in the valley of Ben-Hinnom, and there they sacrifice their sons and daughters to Molech. I have never commanded such a horrible deed; it never even crossed my mind to command such a thing. What an incredible evil, causing Judah to sin so greatly!

A Promise of Restoration

36 “Now I want to say something more about this city. You have been saying, ‘It will fall to the king of Babylon through war, famine, and disease.’ But this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: 37 I will certainly bring my people back again from all the countries where I will scatter them in my fury. I will bring them back to this very city and let them live in peace and safety. 38 They will be my people, and I will be their God. 39 And I will give them one heart and one purpose: to worship me forever, for their own good and for the good of all their descendants. 40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good for them. I will put a desire in their hearts to worship me, and they will never leave me. 41 I will find joy doing good for them and will faithfully and wholeheartedly replant them in this land.

42 “This is what the Lord says: Just as I have brought all these calamities on them, so I will do all the good I have promised them. 43 Fields will again be bought and sold in this land about which you now say, ‘It has been ravaged by the Babylonians, a desolate land where people and animals have all disappeared.’ 44 Yes, fields will once again be bought and sold—deeds signed and sealed and witnessed—in the land of Benjamin and here in Jerusalem, in the towns of Judah and in the hill country, in the foothills of Judah[e] and in the Negev, too. For someday I will restore prosperity to them. I, the Lord, have spoken!”


  1. 32:1a The tenth year of Zedekiah’s reign and the eighteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign was 587 B.c.
  2. 32:1b Hebrew Nebuchadrezzar, a variant spelling of Nebuchadnezzar; also in 32:28.
  3. 32:4 Or Chaldeans; also in 32:5, 24, 25, 28, 29, 43.
  4. 32:9 Hebrew 17 shekels, about 7 ounces or 194 grams in weight.
  5. 32:44 Hebrew the Shephelah.
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1 Timothy 3

Leaders in the Church

This is a trustworthy saying: “If someone aspires to be a church leader,[a] he desires an honorable position.” So a church leader must be a man whose life is above reproach. He must be faithful to his wife.[b] He must exercise self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation. He must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must be able to teach. He must not be a heavy drinker[c] or be violent. He must be gentle, not quarrelsome, and not love money. He must manage his own family well, having children who respect and obey him. For if a man cannot manage his own household, how can he take care of God’s church?

A church leader must not be a new believer, because he might become proud, and the devil would cause him to fall.[d] Also, people outside the church must speak well of him so that he will not be disgraced and fall into the devil’s trap.

In the same way, deacons must be well respected and have integrity. They must not be heavy drinkers or dishonest with money. They must be committed to the mystery of the faith now revealed and must live with a clear conscience. 10 Before they are appointed as deacons, let them be closely examined. If they pass the test, then let them serve as deacons.

11 In the same way, their wives[e] must be respected and must not slander others. They must exercise self-control and be faithful in everything they do.

12 A deacon must be faithful to his wife, and he must manage his children and household well. 13 Those who do well as deacons will be rewarded with respect from others and will have increased confidence in their faith in Christ Jesus.

The Truths of Our Faith

14 I am writing these things to you now, even though I hope to be with you soon, 15 so that if I am delayed, you will know how people must conduct themselves in the household of God. This is the church of the living God, which is the pillar and foundation of the truth.

16 Without question, this is the great mystery of our faith[f]:

Christ[g] was revealed in a human body
and vindicated by the Spirit.[h]
He was seen by angels
and announced to the nations.
He was believed in throughout the world
and taken to heaven in glory.


  1. 3:1 Or an overseer, or a bishop; also in 3:2, 6.
  2. 3:2 Or must have only one wife, or must be married only once; Greek reads must be the husband of one wife; also in 3:12.
  3. 3:3 Greek must not drink too much wine; similarly in 3:8.
  4. 3:6 Or he might fall into the same judgment as the devil.
  5. 3:11 Or the women deacons. The Greek word can be translated women or wives.
  6. 3:16a Or of godliness.
  7. 3:16b Greek He who; other manuscripts read God.
  8. 3:16c Or in his spirit.
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Psalm 88

Psalm 88

For the choir director: A psalm of the descendants of Korah. A song to be sung to the tune “The Suffering of Affliction.” A psalm[a] of Heman the Ezrahite.

O Lord, God of my salvation,
I cry out to you by day.
I come to you at night.
Now hear my prayer;
listen to my cry.
For my life is full of troubles,
and death[b] draws near.
I am as good as dead,
like a strong man with no strength left.
They have left me among the dead,
and I lie like a corpse in a grave.
I am forgotten,
cut off from your care.
You have thrown me into the lowest pit,
into the darkest depths.
Your anger weighs me down;
with wave after wave you have engulfed me. Interlude

You have driven my friends away
by making me repulsive to them.
I am in a trap with no way of escape.
My eyes are blinded by my tears.
Each day I beg for your help, O Lord;
I lift my hands to you for mercy.
10 Are your wonderful deeds of any use to the dead?
Do the dead rise up and praise you? Interlude

11 Can those in the grave declare your unfailing love?
Can they proclaim your faithfulness in the place of destruction?[c]
12 Can the darkness speak of your wonderful deeds?
Can anyone in the land of forgetfulness talk about your righteousness?
13 O Lord, I cry out to you.
I will keep on pleading day by day.
14 O Lord, why do you reject me?
Why do you turn your face from me?

15 I have been sick and close to death since my youth.
I stand helpless and desperate before your terrors.
16 Your fierce anger has overwhelmed me.
Your terrors have paralyzed me.
17 They swirl around me like floodwaters all day long.
They have engulfed me completely.
18 You have taken away my companions and loved ones.
Darkness is my closest friend.


  1. 88:Title Hebrew maskil. This may be a literary or musical term.
  2. 88:3 Hebrew Sheol.
  3. 88:11 Hebrew in Abaddon?
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Proverbs 25:20-22

20 Singing cheerful songs to a person with a heavy heart
is like taking someone’s coat in cold weather
or pouring vinegar in a wound.[a]

21 If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat.
If they are thirsty, give them water to drink.
22 You will heap burning coals of shame on their heads,
and the Lord will reward you.


  1. 25:20 As in Greek version; Hebrew reads pouring vinegar on soda.
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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday October 17, 2019 (NIV)

Jeremiah 30:1-31:26

Promises of Deliverance

30 The Lord gave another message to Jeremiah. He said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Write down for the record everything I have said to you, Jeremiah. For the time is coming when I will restore the fortunes of my people of Israel and Judah. I will bring them home to this land that I gave to their ancestors, and they will possess it again. I, the Lord, have spoken!”

This is the message the Lord gave concerning Israel and Judah. This is what the Lord says:

“I hear cries of fear;
there is terror and no peace.
Now let me ask you a question:
Do men give birth to babies?
Then why do they stand there, ashen-faced,
hands pressed against their sides
like a woman in labor?
In all history there has never been such a time of terror.
It will be a time of trouble for my people Israel.[a]
Yet in the end they will be saved!
For in that day,”
says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies,
“I will break the yoke from their necks
and snap their chains.
Foreigners will no longer be their masters.
For my people will serve the Lord their God
and their king descended from David—
the king I will raise up for them.

10 “So do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant;
do not be dismayed, Israel,”
says the Lord.
“For I will bring you home again from distant lands,
and your children will return from their exile.
Israel will return to a life of peace and quiet,
and no one will terrorize them.
11 For I am with you and will save you,”
says the Lord.
“I will completely destroy the nations where I have scattered you,
but I will not completely destroy you.
I will discipline you, but with justice;
I cannot let you go unpunished.”

12 This is what the Lord says:
“Your injury is incurable—
a terrible wound.
13 There is no one to help you
or to bind up your injury.
No medicine can heal you.
14 All your lovers—your allies—have left you
and do not care about you anymore.
I have wounded you cruelly,
as though I were your enemy.
For your sins are many,
and your guilt is great.
15 Why do you protest your punishment—
this wound that has no cure?
I have had to punish you
because your sins are many
and your guilt is great.

16 “But all who devour you will be devoured,
and all your enemies will be sent into exile.
All who plunder you will be plundered,
and all who attack you will be attacked.
17 I will give you back your health
and heal your wounds,” says the Lord.
“For you are called an outcast—
‘Jerusalem[b] for whom no one cares.’”

18 This is what the Lord says:
“When I bring Israel home again from captivity
and restore their fortunes,
Jerusalem will be rebuilt on its ruins,
and the palace reconstructed as before.
19 There will be joy and songs of thanksgiving,
and I will multiply my people, not diminish them;
I will honor them, not despise them.
20 Their children will prosper as they did long ago.
I will establish them as a nation before me,
and I will punish anyone who hurts them.
21 They will have their own ruler again,
and he will come from their own people.
I will invite him to approach me,” says the Lord,
“for who would dare to come unless invited?
22 You will be my people,
and I will be your God.”

23 Look! The Lord’s anger bursts out like a storm,
a driving wind that swirls down on the heads of the wicked.
24 The fierce anger of the Lord will not diminish
until it has finished all he has planned.
In the days to come
you will understand all this.

Hope for Restoration

31 “In that day,” says the Lord, “I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they will be my people. This is what the Lord says:

“Those who survive the coming destruction
will find blessings even in the barren land,
for I will give rest to the people of Israel.”

Long ago the Lord said to Israel:
“I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love.
With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.
I will rebuild you, my virgin Israel.
You will again be happy
and dance merrily with your tambourines.
Again you will plant your vineyards on the mountains of Samaria
and eat from your own gardens there.
The day will come when watchmen will shout
from the hill country of Ephraim,
‘Come, let us go up to Jerusalem[c]
to worship the Lord our God.’”

Now this is what the Lord says:
“Sing with joy for Israel.[d]
Shout for the greatest of nations!
Shout out with praise and joy:
‘Save your people, O Lord,
the remnant of Israel!’
For I will bring them from the north
and from the distant corners of the earth.
I will not forget the blind and lame,
the expectant mothers and women in labor.
A great company will return!
Tears of joy will stream down their faces,
and I will lead them home with great care.
They will walk beside quiet streams
and on smooth paths where they will not stumble.
For I am Israel’s father,
and Ephraim is my oldest child.

10 “Listen to this message from the Lord,
you nations of the world;
proclaim it in distant coastlands:
The Lord, who scattered his people,
will gather them and watch over them
as a shepherd does his flock.
11 For the Lord has redeemed Israel
from those too strong for them.
12 They will come home and sing songs of joy on the heights of Jerusalem.
They will be radiant because of the Lord’s good gifts—
the abundant crops of grain, new wine, and olive oil,
and the healthy flocks and herds.
Their life will be like a watered garden,
and all their sorrows will be gone.
13 The young women will dance for joy,
and the men—old and young—will join in the celebration.
I will turn their mourning into joy.
I will comfort them and exchange their sorrow for rejoicing.
14 The priests will enjoy abundance,
and my people will feast on my good gifts.
I, the Lord, have spoken!”

Rachel’s Sadness Turns to Joy

15 This is what the Lord says:

“A cry is heard in Ramah—
deep anguish and bitter weeping.
Rachel weeps for her children,
refusing to be comforted—
for her children are gone.”

16 But now this is what the Lord says:
“Do not weep any longer,
for I will reward you,” says the Lord.
“Your children will come back to you
from the distant land of the enemy.
17 There is hope for your future,” says the Lord.
“Your children will come again to their own land.
18 I have heard Israel[e] saying,
‘You disciplined me severely,
like a calf that needs training for the yoke.
Turn me again to you and restore me,
for you alone are the Lord my God.
19 I turned away from God,
but then I was sorry.
I kicked myself for my stupidity!
I was thoroughly ashamed of all I did in my younger days.’

20 “Is not Israel still my son,
my darling child?” says the Lord.
“I often have to punish him,
but I still love him.
That’s why I long for him
and surely will have mercy on him.
21 Set up road signs;
put up guideposts.
Mark well the path
by which you came.
Come back again, my virgin Israel;
return to your towns here.
22 How long will you wander,
my wayward daughter?
For the Lord will cause something new to happen—
Israel will embrace her God.[f]

23 This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: “When I bring them back from captivity, the people of Judah and its towns will again say, ‘The Lord bless you, O righteous home, O holy mountain!’ 24 Townspeople and farmers and shepherds alike will live together in peace and happiness. 25 For I have given rest to the weary and joy to the sorrowing.”

26 At this, I woke up and looked around. My sleep had been very sweet.


  1. 30:7 Hebrew Jacob; also in 30:10b, 18. See note on 5:20.
  2. 30:17 Hebrew Zion.
  3. 31:6 Hebrew Zion; also in 31:12.
  4. 31:7 Hebrew Jacob; also in 31:11. See note on 5:20.
  5. 31:18 Hebrew Ephraim, referring to the northern kingdom of Israel; also in 31:20.
  6. 31:22 Hebrew a woman will surround a man.
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1 Timothy 2

Instructions about Worship

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. For,

There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone.

This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time. And I have been chosen as a preacher and apostle to teach the Gentiles this message about faith and truth. I’m not exaggerating—just telling the truth.

In every place of worship, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy.

And I want women to be modest in their appearance.[a] They should wear decent and appropriate clothing and not draw attention to themselves by the way they fix their hair or by wearing gold or pearls or expensive clothes. 10 For women who claim to be devoted to God should make themselves attractive by the good things they do.

11 Women should learn quietly and submissively. 12 I do not let women teach men or have authority over them.[b] Let them listen quietly. 13 For God made Adam first, and afterward he made Eve. 14 And it was not Adam who was deceived by Satan. The woman was deceived, and sin was the result. 15 But women will be saved through childbearing,[c] assuming they continue to live in faith, love, holiness, and modesty.


  1. 2:9 Or to pray in modest apparel.
  2. 2:12 Or teach men or usurp their authority.
  3. 2:15 Or will be saved by accepting their role as mothers, or will be saved by the birth of the Child.
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Psalm 87

Psalm 87

A song. A psalm of the descendants of Korah.

On the holy mountain
stands the city founded by the Lord.
He loves the city of Jerusalem
more than any other city in Israel.[a]
O city of God,
what glorious things are said of you! Interlude

I will count Egypt[b] and Babylon among those who know me—
also Philistia and Tyre, and even distant Ethiopia.[c]
They have all become citizens of Jerusalem!
Regarding Jerusalem[d] it will be said,
“Everyone enjoys the rights of citizenship there.”
And the Most High will personally bless this city.
When the Lord registers the nations, he will say,
“They have all become citizens of Jerusalem.” Interlude

The people will play flutes[e] and sing,
“The source of my life springs from Jerusalem!”


  1. 87:2 Hebrew He loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. See note on 44:4.
  2. 87:4a Hebrew Rahab, the name of a mythical sea monster that represents chaos in ancient literature. The name is used here as a poetic name for Egypt.
  3. 87:4b Hebrew Cush.
  4. 87:5 Hebrew Zion.
  5. 87:7 Or will dance.
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Proverbs 25:18-19

18 Telling lies about others
is as harmful as hitting them with an ax,
wounding them with a sword,
or shooting them with a sharp arrow.

19 Putting confidence in an unreliable person in times of trouble
is like chewing with a broken tooth or walking on a lame foot.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday October 16, 2019 (NIV)

Jeremiah 28-29

Jeremiah Condemns Hananiah

28 One day in late summer[a] of that same year—the fourth year of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah—Hananiah son of Azzur, a prophet from Gibeon, addressed me publicly in the Temple while all the priests and people listened. He said, “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: ‘I will remove the yoke of the king of Babylon from your necks. Within two years I will bring back all the Temple treasures that King Nebuchadnezzar carried off to Babylon. And I will bring back Jehoiachin[b] son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and all the other captives that were taken to Babylon. I will surely break the yoke that the king of Babylon has put on your necks. I, the Lord, have spoken!’”

Jeremiah responded to Hananiah as they stood in front of all the priests and people at the Temple. He said, “Amen! May your prophecies come true! I hope the Lord does everything you say. I hope he does bring back from Babylon the treasures of this Temple and all the captives. But listen now to the solemn words I speak to you in the presence of all these people. The ancient prophets who preceded you and me spoke against many nations, always warning of war, disaster, and disease. So a prophet who predicts peace must show he is right. Only when his predictions come true can we know that he is really from the Lord.”

10 Then Hananiah the prophet took the yoke off Jeremiah’s neck and broke it in pieces. 11 And Hananiah said again to the crowd that had gathered, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Just as this yoke has been broken, within two years I will break the yoke of oppression from all the nations now subject to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon.’” With that, Jeremiah left the Temple area.

12 Soon after this confrontation with Hananiah, the Lord gave this message to Jeremiah: 13 “Go and tell Hananiah, ‘This is what the Lord says: You have broken a wooden yoke, but you have replaced it with a yoke of iron. 14 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: I have put a yoke of iron on the necks of all these nations, forcing them into slavery under King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. I have put everything, even the wild animals, under his control.’”

15 Then Jeremiah the prophet said to Hananiah, “Listen, Hananiah! The Lord has not sent you, but the people believe your lies. 16 Therefore, this is what the Lord says: ‘You must die. Your life will end this very year because you have rebelled against the Lord.’”

17 Two months later[c] the prophet Hananiah died.

A Letter to the Exiles

29 Jeremiah wrote a letter from Jerusalem to the elders, priests, prophets, and all the people who had been exiled to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar. This was after King Jehoiachin,[d] the queen mother, the court officials, the other officials of Judah, and all the craftsmen and artisans had been deported from Jerusalem. He sent the letter with Elasah son of Shaphan and Gemariah son of Hilkiah when they went to Babylon as King Zedekiah’s ambassadors to Nebuchadnezzar. This is what Jeremiah’s letter said:

This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says to all the captives he has exiled to Babylon from Jerusalem: “Build homes, and plan to stay. Plant gardens, and eat the food they produce. Marry and have children. Then find spouses for them so that you may have many grandchildren. Multiply! Do not dwindle away! And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.”

This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: “Do not let your prophets and fortune-tellers who are with you in the land of Babylon trick you. Do not listen to their dreams, because they are telling you lies in my name. I have not sent them,” says the Lord.

10 This is what the Lord says: “You will be in Babylon for seventy years. But then I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised, and I will bring you home again. 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12 In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. 14 I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.”

15 You claim that the Lord has raised up prophets for you in Babylon. 16 But this is what the Lord says about the king who sits on David’s throne and all those still living here in Jerusalem—your relatives who were not exiled to Babylon. 17 This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: “I will send war, famine, and disease upon them and make them like bad figs, too rotten to eat. 18 Yes, I will pursue them with war, famine, and disease, and I will scatter them around the world. In every nation where I send them, I will make them an object of damnation, horror, contempt, and mockery. 19 For they refuse to listen to me, though I have spoken to them repeatedly through the prophets I sent. And you who are in exile have not listened either,” says the Lord.

20 Therefore, listen to this message from the Lord, all you captives there in Babylon. 21 This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says about your prophets—Ahab son of Kolaiah and Zedekiah son of Maaseiah—who are telling you lies in my name: “I will turn them over to Nebuchadnezzar[e] for execution before your eyes. 22 Their terrible fate will become proverbial, so that the Judean exiles will curse someone by saying, ‘May the Lord make you like Zedekiah and Ahab, whom the king of Babylon burned alive!’ 23 For these men have done terrible things among my people. They have committed adultery with their neighbors’ wives and have lied in my name, saying things I did not command. I am a witness to this. I, the Lord, have spoken.”

A Message for Shemaiah

24 The Lord sent this message to Shemaiah the Nehelamite in Babylon: 25 “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: You wrote a letter on your own authority to Zephaniah son of Maaseiah, the priest, and you sent copies to the other priests and people in Jerusalem. You wrote to Zephaniah,

26 “The Lord has appointed you to replace Jehoiada as the priest in charge of the house of the Lord. You are responsible to put into stocks and neck irons any crazy man who claims to be a prophet. 27 So why have you done nothing to stop Jeremiah from Anathoth, who pretends to be a prophet among you? 28 Jeremiah sent a letter here to Babylon, predicting that our captivity will be a long one. He said, ‘Build homes, and plan to stay. Plant gardens, and eat the food they produce.’”

29 But when Zephaniah the priest received Shemaiah’s letter, he took it to Jeremiah and read it to him. 30 Then the Lord gave this message to Jeremiah: 31 “Send an open letter to all the exiles in Babylon. Tell them, ‘This is what the Lord says concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite: Since he has prophesied to you when I did not send him and has tricked you into believing his lies, 32 I will punish him and his family. None of his descendants will see the good things I will do for my people, for he has incited you to rebel against me. I, the Lord, have spoken!’”


  1. 28:1 Hebrew In the fifth month, of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar. The fifth month in the fourth year of Zedekiah’s reign occurred within the months of August and September 593 B.c. Also see note on 1:3.
  2. 28:4 Hebrew Jeconiah, a variant spelling of Jehoiachin.
  3. 28:17 Hebrew In the seventh month of that same year. See 28:1 and the note there.
  4. 29:2 Hebrew Jeconiah, a variant spelling of Jehoiachin.
  5. 29:21 Hebrew Nebuchadrezzar, a variant spelling of Nebuchadnezzar.
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1 Timothy 1

Greetings from Paul

This letter is from Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus, appointed by the command of God our Savior and Christ Jesus, who gives us hope.

I am writing to Timothy, my true son in the faith.

May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy, and peace.

Warnings against False Teachings

When I left for Macedonia, I urged you to stay there in Ephesus and stop those whose teaching is contrary to the truth. Don’t let them waste their time in endless discussion of myths and spiritual pedigrees. These things only lead to meaningless speculations,[a] which don’t help people live a life of faith in God.[b]

The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith. But some people have missed this whole point. They have turned away from these things and spend their time in meaningless discussions. They want to be known as teachers of the law of Moses, but they don’t know what they are talking about, even though they speak so confidently.

We know that the law is good when used correctly. For the law was not intended for people who do what is right. It is for people who are lawless and rebellious, who are ungodly and sinful, who consider nothing sacred and defile what is holy, who kill their father or mother or commit other murders. 10 The law is for people who are sexually immoral, or who practice homosexuality, or are slave traders,[c] liars, promise breakers, or who do anything else that contradicts the wholesome teaching 11 that comes from the glorious Good News entrusted to me by our blessed God.

Paul’s Gratitude for God’s Mercy

12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength to do his work. He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve him, 13 even though I used to blaspheme the name of Christ. In my insolence, I persecuted his people. But God had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance and unbelief. 14 Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled me with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus.

15 This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all. 16 But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. 17 All honor and glory to God forever and ever! He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen.

Timothy’s Responsibility

18 Timothy, my son, here are my instructions for you, based on the prophetic words spoken about you earlier. May they help you fight well in the Lord’s battles. 19 Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked. 20 Hymenaeus and Alexander are two examples. I threw them out and handed them over to Satan so they might learn not to blaspheme God.


  1. 1:4a Greek in myths and endless genealogies, which cause speculation.
  2. 1:4b Greek a stewardship of God in faith.
  3. 1:10 Or kidnappers.
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Psalm 86

Psalm 86

A prayer of David.

Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer;
answer me, for I need your help.
Protect me, for I am devoted to you.
Save me, for I serve you and trust you.
You are my God.
Be merciful to me, O Lord,
for I am calling on you constantly.
Give me happiness, O Lord,
for I give myself to you.
O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive,
so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.
Listen closely to my prayer, O Lord;
hear my urgent cry.
I will call to you whenever I’m in trouble,
and you will answer me.

No pagan god is like you, O Lord.
None can do what you do!
All the nations you made
will come and bow before you, Lord;
they will praise your holy name.
10 For you are great and perform wonderful deeds.
You alone are God.

11 Teach me your ways, O Lord,
that I may live according to your truth!
Grant me purity of heart,
so that I may honor you.
12 With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God.
I will give glory to your name forever,
13 for your love for me is very great.
You have rescued me from the depths of death.[a]

14 O God, insolent people rise up against me;
a violent gang is trying to kill me.
You mean nothing to them.
15 But you, O Lord,
are a God of compassion and mercy,
slow to get angry
and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.
16 Look down and have mercy on me.
Give your strength to your servant;
save me, the son of your servant.
17 Send me a sign of your favor.
Then those who hate me will be put to shame,
for you, O Lord, help and comfort me.


  1. 86:13 Hebrew of Sheol.
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Proverbs 25:17

17 Don’t visit your neighbors too often,
or you will wear out your welcome.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday October 15, 2019 (NIV)

Jeremiah 26-27

Jeremiah’s Escape from Death

26 This message came to Jeremiah from the Lord early in the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah,[a] king of Judah. “This is what the Lord says: Stand in the courtyard in front of the Temple of the Lord, and make an announcement to the people who have come there to worship from all over Judah. Give them my entire message; include every word. Perhaps they will listen and turn from their evil ways. Then I will change my mind about the disaster I am ready to pour out on them because of their sins.

“Say to them, ‘This is what the Lord says: If you will not listen to me and obey my word I have given you, and if you will not listen to my servants, the prophets—for I sent them again and again to warn you, but you would not listen to them— then I will destroy this Temple as I destroyed Shiloh, the place where the Tabernacle was located. And I will make Jerusalem an object of cursing in every nation on earth.’”

The priests, the prophets, and all the people listened to Jeremiah as he spoke in front of the Lord’s Temple. But when Jeremiah had finished his message, saying everything the Lord had told him to say, the priests and prophets and all the people at the Temple mobbed him. “Kill him!” they shouted. “What right do you have to prophesy in the Lord’s name that this Temple will be destroyed like Shiloh? What do you mean, saying that Jerusalem will be destroyed and left with no inhabitants?” And all the people threatened him as he stood in front of the Temple.

10 When the officials of Judah heard what was happening, they rushed over from the palace and sat down at the New Gate of the Temple to hold court. 11 The priests and prophets presented their accusations to the officials and the people. “This man should die!” they said. “You have heard with your own ears what a traitor he is, for he has prophesied against this city.”

12 Then Jeremiah spoke to the officials and the people in his own defense. “The Lord sent me to prophesy against this Temple and this city,” he said. “The Lord gave me every word that I have spoken. 13 But if you stop your sinning and begin to obey the Lord your God, he will change his mind about this disaster that he has announced against you. 14 As for me, I am in your hands—do with me as you think best. 15 But if you kill me, rest assured that you will be killing an innocent man! The responsibility for such a deed will lie on you, on this city, and on every person living in it. For it is absolutely true that the Lord sent me to speak every word you have heard.”

16 Then the officials and the people said to the priests and prophets, “This man does not deserve the death sentence, for he has spoken to us in the name of the Lord our God.”

17 Then some of the wise old men stood and spoke to all the people assembled there. 18 They said, “Remember when Micah of Moresheth prophesied during the reign of King Hezekiah of Judah. He told the people of Judah,

‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says:
Mount Zion will be plowed like an open field;
Jerusalem will be reduced to ruins!
A thicket will grow on the heights
where the Temple now stands.’[b]

19 But did King Hezekiah and the people kill him for saying this? No, they turned from their sins and worshiped the Lord. They begged him for mercy. Then the Lord changed his mind about the terrible disaster he had pronounced against them. So we are about to do ourselves great harm.”

20 At this time Uriah son of Shemaiah from Kiriath-jearim was also prophesying for the Lord. And he predicted the same terrible disaster against the city and nation as Jeremiah did. 21 When King Jehoiakim and the army officers and officials heard what he was saying, the king sent someone to kill him. But Uriah heard about the plan and escaped in fear to Egypt. 22 Then King Jehoiakim sent Elnathan son of Acbor to Egypt along with several other men to capture Uriah. 23 They took him prisoner and brought him back to King Jehoiakim. The king then killed Uriah with a sword and had him buried in an unmarked grave.

24 Nevertheless, Ahikam son of Shaphan stood up for Jeremiah and persuaded the court not to turn him over to the mob to be killed.

Jeremiah Wears an Ox Yoke

27 This message came to Jeremiah from the Lord early in the reign of Zedekiah[c] son of Josiah, king of Judah.

This is what the Lord said to me: “Make a yoke, and fasten it on your neck with leather straps. Then send messages to the kings of Edom, Moab, Ammon, Tyre, and Sidon through their ambassadors who have come to see King Zedekiah in Jerusalem. Give them this message for their masters: ‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: With my great strength and powerful arm I made the earth and all its people and every animal. I can give these things of mine to anyone I choose. Now I will give your countries to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, who is my servant. I have put everything, even the wild animals, under his control. All the nations will serve him, his son, and his grandson until his time is up. Then many nations and great kings will conquer and rule over Babylon. So you must submit to Babylon’s king and serve him; put your neck under Babylon’s yoke! I will punish any nation that refuses to be his slave, says the Lord. I will send war, famine, and disease upon that nation until Babylon has conquered it.

“‘Do not listen to your false prophets, fortune-tellers, interpreters of dreams, mediums, and sorcerers who say, “The king of Babylon will not conquer you.” 10 They are all liars, and their lies will lead to your being driven out of your land. I will drive you out and send you far away to die. 11 But the people of any nation that submits to the king of Babylon will be allowed to stay in their own country to farm the land as usual. I, the Lord, have spoken!’”

12 Then I repeated this same message to King Zedekiah of Judah. “If you want to live, submit to the yoke of the king of Babylon and his people. 13 Why do you insist on dying—you and your people? Why should you choose war, famine, and disease, which the Lord will bring against every nation that refuses to submit to Babylon’s king? 14 Do not listen to the false prophets who keep telling you, ‘The king of Babylon will not conquer you.’ They are liars. 15 This is what the Lord says: ‘I have not sent these prophets! They are telling you lies in my name, so I will drive you from this land. You will all die—you and all these prophets, too.’”

16 Then I spoke to the priests and the people and said, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Do not listen to your prophets who claim that soon the gold articles taken from my Temple will be returned from Babylon. It is all a lie! 17 Do not listen to them. Surrender to the king of Babylon, and you will live. Why should this whole city be destroyed? 18 If they really are prophets and speak the Lord’s messages, let them pray to the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. Let them pray that the articles remaining in the Lord’s Temple and in the king’s palace and in the palaces of Jerusalem will not be carried away to Babylon!’

19 “For the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has spoken about the pillars in front of the Temple, the great bronze basin called the Sea, the water carts, and all the other ceremonial articles. 20 King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon left them here when he exiled Jehoiachin[d] son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, to Babylon, along with all the other nobles of Judah and Jerusalem. 21 Yes, this is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says about the precious things still in the Temple, in the palace of Judah’s king, and in Jerusalem: 22 ‘They will all be carried away to Babylon and will stay there until I send for them,’ says the Lord. ‘Then I will bring them back to Jerusalem again.’”


  1. 26:1 The first year of Jehoiakim’s reign was 608 B.c.
  2. 26:18 Mic 3:12.
  3. 27:1 As in some Hebrew manuscripts and Syriac version (see also 27:3, 12); most Hebrew manuscripts read Jehoiakim.
  4. 27:20 Hebrew Jeconiah, a variant spelling of Jehoiachin.
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2 Thessalonians 3

Paul’s Request for Prayer

Finally, dear brothers and sisters,[a] we ask you to pray for us. Pray that the Lord’s message will spread rapidly and be honored wherever it goes, just as when it came to you. Pray, too, that we will be rescued from wicked and evil people, for not everyone is a believer. But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.[b] And we are confident in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we commanded you. May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.

An Exhortation to Proper Living

And now, dear brothers and sisters, we give you this command in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ: Stay away from all believers[c] who live idle lives and don’t follow the tradition they received[d] from us. For you know that you ought to imitate us. We were not idle when we were with you. We never accepted food from anyone without paying for it. We worked hard day and night so we would not be a burden to any of you. We certainly had the right to ask you to feed us, but we wanted to give you an example to follow. 10 Even while we were with you, we gave you this command: “Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.”

11 Yet we hear that some of you are living idle lives, refusing to work and meddling in other people’s business. 12 We command such people and urge them in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and work to earn their own living. 13 As for the rest of you, dear brothers and sisters, never get tired of doing good.

14 Take note of those who refuse to obey what we say in this letter. Stay away from them so they will be ashamed. 15 Don’t think of them as enemies, but warn them as you would a brother or sister.[e]

Paul’s Final Greetings

16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.


18 May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.


  1. 3:1 Greek brothers; also in 3:6, 13.
  2. 3:3 Or from evil.
  3. 3:6a Greek from every brother.
  4. 3:6b Some manuscripts read you received.
  5. 3:15 Greek as a brother.
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Psalm 85

Psalm 85

For the choir director: A psalm of the descendants of Korah.

Lord, you poured out blessings on your land!
You restored the fortunes of Israel.[a]
You forgave the guilt of your people—
yes, you covered all their sins. Interlude
You held back your fury.
You kept back your blazing anger.

Now restore us again, O God of our salvation.
Put aside your anger against us once more.
Will you be angry with us always?
Will you prolong your wrath to all generations?
Won’t you revive us again,
so your people can rejoice in you?
Show us your unfailing love, O Lord,
and grant us your salvation.

I listen carefully to what God the Lord is saying,
for he speaks peace to his faithful people.
But let them not return to their foolish ways.
Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him,
so our land will be filled with his glory.

10 Unfailing love and truth have met together.
Righteousness and peace have kissed!
11 Truth springs up from the earth,
and righteousness smiles down from heaven.
12 Yes, the Lord pours down his blessings.
Our land will yield its bountiful harvest.
13 Righteousness goes as a herald before him,
preparing the way for his steps.


  1. 85:1 Hebrew of Jacob. See note on 44:4.
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Proverbs 25:16

16 Do you like honey?
Don’t eat too much, or it will make you sick!

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday October 14, 2019 (NIV)

Jeremiah 23:21-25:38

21 “I have not sent these prophets,
yet they run around claiming to speak for me.
I have given them no message,
yet they go on prophesying.
22 If they had stood before me and listened to me,
they would have spoken my words,
and they would have turned my people
from their evil ways and deeds.
23 Am I a God who is only close at hand?” says the Lord.
“No, I am far away at the same time.
24 Can anyone hide from me in a secret place?
Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?”
says the Lord.

25 “I have heard these prophets say, ‘Listen to the dream I had from God last night.’ And then they proceed to tell lies in my name. 26 How long will this go on? If they are prophets, they are prophets of deceit, inventing everything they say. 27 By telling these false dreams, they are trying to get my people to forget me, just as their ancestors did by worshiping the idols of Baal.

28 “Let these false prophets tell their dreams,
but let my true messengers faithfully proclaim my every word.
There is a difference between straw and grain!
29 Does not my word burn like fire?”
says the Lord.
“Is it not like a mighty hammer
that smashes a rock to pieces?

30 “Therefore,” says the Lord, “I am against these prophets who steal messages from each other and claim they are from me. 31 I am against these smooth-tongued prophets who say, ‘This prophecy is from the Lord!’ 32 I am against these false prophets. Their imaginary dreams are flagrant lies that lead my people into sin. I did not send or appoint them, and they have no message at all for my people. I, the Lord, have spoken!

False Prophecies and False Prophets

33 “Suppose one of the people or one of the prophets or priests asks you, ‘What prophecy has the Lord burdened you with now?’ You must reply, ‘You are the burden![a] The Lord says he will abandon you!’

34 “If any prophet, priest, or anyone else says, ‘I have a prophecy from the Lord,’ I will punish that person along with his entire family. 35 You should keep asking each other, ‘What is the Lord’s answer?’ or ‘What is the Lord saying?’ 36 But stop using this phrase, ‘prophecy from the Lord.’ For people are using it to give authority to their own ideas, turning upside down the words of our God, the living God, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

37 “This is what you should say to the prophets: ‘What is the Lord’s answer?’ or ‘What is the Lord saying?’ 38 But suppose they respond, ‘This is a prophecy from the Lord!’ Then you should say, ‘This is what the Lord says: Because you have used this phrase, “prophecy from the Lord,” even though I warned you not to use it, 39 I will forget you completely.[b] I will expel you from my presence, along with this city that I gave to you and your ancestors. 40 And I will make you an object of ridicule, and your name will be infamous throughout the ages.’”

Good and Bad Figs

24 After King Nebuchadnezzar[c] of Babylon exiled Jehoiachin[d] son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, to Babylon along with the officials of Judah and all the craftsmen and artisans, the Lord gave me this vision. I saw two baskets of figs placed in front of the Lord’s Temple in Jerusalem. One basket was filled with fresh, ripe figs, while the other was filled with bad figs that were too rotten to eat.

Then the Lord said to me, “What do you see, Jeremiah?”

I replied, “Figs, some very good and some very bad, too rotten to eat.”

Then the Lord gave me this message: “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: The good figs represent the exiles I sent from Judah to the land of the Babylonians.[e] I will watch over and care for them, and I will bring them back here again. I will build them up and not tear them down. I will plant them and not uproot them. I will give them hearts that recognize me as the Lord. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me wholeheartedly.

“But the bad figs,” the Lord said, “represent King Zedekiah of Judah, his officials, all the people left in Jerusalem, and those who live in Egypt. I will treat them like bad figs, too rotten to eat. I will make them an object of horror and a symbol of evil to every nation on earth. They will be disgraced and mocked, taunted and cursed, wherever I scatter them. 10 And I will send war, famine, and disease until they have vanished from the land of Israel, which I gave to them and their ancestors.”

Seventy Years of Captivity

25 This message for all the people of Judah came to Jeremiah from the Lord during the fourth year of Jehoiakim’s reign over Judah.[f] This was the year when King Nebuchadnezzar[g] of Babylon began his reign.

Jeremiah the prophet said to all the people in Judah and Jerusalem, “For the past twenty-three years—from the thirteenth year of the reign of Josiah son of Amon,[h] king of Judah, until now—the Lord has been giving me his messages. I have faithfully passed them on to you, but you have not listened.

“Again and again the Lord has sent you his servants, the prophets, but you have not listened or even paid attention. Each time the message was this: ‘Turn from the evil road you are traveling and from the evil things you are doing. Only then will I let you live in this land that the Lord gave to you and your ancestors forever. Do not provoke my anger by worshiping idols you made with your own hands. Then I will not harm you.’

“But you would not listen to me,” says the Lord. “You made me furious by worshiping idols you made with your own hands, bringing on yourselves all the disasters you now suffer. And now the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Because you have not listened to me, I will gather together all the armies of the north under King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, whom I have appointed as my deputy. I will bring them all against this land and its people and against the surrounding nations. I will completely destroy[i] you and make you an object of horror and contempt and a ruin forever. 10 I will take away your happy singing and laughter. The joyful voices of bridegrooms and brides will no longer be heard. Your millstones will fall silent, and the lights in your homes will go out. 11 This entire land will become a desolate wasteland. Israel and her neighboring lands will serve the king of Babylon for seventy years.

12 “Then, after the seventy years of captivity are over, I will punish the king of Babylon and his people for their sins,” says the Lord. “I will make the country of the Babylonians[j] a wasteland forever. 13 I will bring upon them all the terrors I have promised in this book—all the penalties announced by Jeremiah against the nations. 14 Many nations and great kings will enslave the Babylonians, just as they enslaved my people. I will punish them in proportion to the suffering they cause my people.”

The Cup of the Lord’s Anger

15 This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, said to me: “Take from my hand this cup filled to the brim with my anger, and make all the nations to whom I send you drink from it. 16 When they drink from it, they will stagger, crazed by the warfare I will send against them.”

17 So I took the cup of anger from the Lord and made all the nations drink from it—every nation to which the Lord sent me. 18 I went to Jerusalem and the other towns of Judah, and their kings and officials drank from the cup. From that day until this, they have been a desolate ruin, an object of horror, contempt, and cursing. 19 I gave the cup to Pharaoh, king of Egypt, his attendants, his officials, and all his people, 20 along with all the foreigners living in that land. I also gave it to all the kings of the land of Uz and the kings of the Philistine cities of Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron, and what remains of Ashdod. 21 Then I gave the cup to the nations of Edom, Moab, and Ammon, 22 and the kings of Tyre and Sidon, and the kings of the regions across the sea. 23 I gave it to Dedan, Tema, and Buz, and to the people who live in distant places.[k] 24 I gave it to the kings of Arabia, the kings of the nomadic tribes of the desert, 25 and to the kings of Zimri, Elam, and Media. 26 And I gave it to the kings of the northern countries, far and near, one after the other—all the kingdoms of the world. And finally, the king of Babylon[l] himself drank from the cup of the Lord’s anger.

27 Then the Lord said to me, “Now tell them, ‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: Drink from this cup of my anger. Get drunk and vomit; fall to rise no more, for I am sending terrible wars against you.’ 28 And if they refuse to accept the cup, tell them, ‘The Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: You have no choice but to drink from it. 29 I have begun to punish Jerusalem, the city that bears my name. Now should I let you go unpunished? No, you will not escape disaster. I will call for war against all the nations of the earth. I, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, have spoken!’

30 “Now prophesy all these things, and say to them,

“‘The Lord will roar against his own land
from his holy dwelling in heaven.
He will shout like those who tread grapes;
he will shout against everyone on earth.
31 His cry of judgment will reach the ends of the earth,
for the Lord will bring his case against all the nations.
He will judge all the people of the earth,
slaughtering the wicked with the sword.
I, the Lord, have spoken!’”

32 This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says:
“Look! Disaster will fall upon nation after nation!
A great whirlwind of fury is rising
from the most distant corners of the earth!”

33 In that day those the Lord has slaughtered will fill the earth from one end to the other. No one will mourn for them or gather up their bodies to bury them. They will be scattered on the ground like manure.

34 Weep and moan, you evil shepherds!
Roll in the dust, you leaders of the flock!
The time of your slaughter has arrived;
you will fall and shatter like a fragile vase.
35 You will find no place to hide;
there will be no way to escape.
36 Listen to the frantic cries of the shepherds.
The leaders of the flock are wailing in despair,
for the Lord is ruining their pastures.
37 Peaceful meadows will be turned into a wasteland
by the Lord’s fierce anger.
38 He has left his den like a strong lion seeking its prey,
and their land will be made desolate
by the sword[m] of the enemy
and the Lord’s fierce anger.


  1. 23:33 As in Greek version and Latin Vulgate; Hebrew reads What burden?
  2. 23:39 Some Hebrew manuscripts and Greek version read I will surely lift you up.
  3. 24:1a Hebrew Nebuchadrezzar, a variant spelling of Nebuchadnezzar.
  4. 24:1b Hebrew Jeconiah, a variant spelling of Jehoiachin.
  5. 24:5 Or Chaldeans.
  6. 25:1a The fourth year of Jehoiakim’s reign and the accession year of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign was 605 B.c.
  7. 25:1b Hebrew Nebuchadrezzar, a variant spelling of Nebuchadnezzar; also in 25:9.
  8. 25:3 The thirteenth year of Josiah’s reign was 627 B.c.
  9. 25:9 The Hebrew term used here refers to the complete consecration of things or people to the Lord, either by destroying them or by giving them as an offering.
  10. 25:12 Or Chaldeans.
  11. 25:23 Or who clip the corners of their hair.
  12. 25:26 Hebrew of Sheshach, a code name for Babylon.
  13. 25:38 As in some Hebrew manuscripts and Greek version; Masoretic Text reads by the anger.
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2 Thessalonians 2

Events prior to the Lord’s Second Coming

Now, dear brothers and sisters,[a] let us clarify some things about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and how we will be gathered to meet him. Don’t be so easily shaken or alarmed by those who say that the day of the Lord has already begun. Don’t believe them, even if they claim to have had a spiritual vision, a revelation, or a letter supposedly from us. Don’t be fooled by what they say. For that day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness[b] is revealed—the one who brings destruction.[c] He will exalt himself and defy everything that people call god and every object of worship. He will even sit in the temple of God, claiming that he himself is God.

Don’t you remember that I told you about all this when I was with you? And you know what is holding him back, for he can be revealed only when his time comes. For this lawlessness is already at work secretly, and it will remain secret until the one who is holding it back steps out of the way. Then the man of lawlessness will be revealed, but the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of his mouth and destroy him by the splendor of his coming.

This man will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles. 10 He will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction, because they refuse to love and accept the truth that would save them. 11 So God will cause them to be greatly deceived, and they will believe these lies. 12 Then they will be condemned for enjoying evil rather than believing the truth.

Believers Should Stand Firm

13 As for us, we can’t help but thank God for you, dear brothers and sisters loved by the Lord. We are always thankful that God chose you to be among the first[d] to experience salvation—a salvation that came through the Spirit who makes you holy and through your belief in the truth. 14 He called you to salvation when we told you the Good News; now you can share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

15 With all these things in mind, dear brothers and sisters, stand firm and keep a strong grip on the teaching we passed on to you both in person and by letter.

16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, 17 comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say.


  1. 2:1 Greek brothers; also in 2:13, 15.
  2. 2:3a Some manuscripts read the man of sin.
  3. 2:3b Greek the son of destruction.
  4. 2:13 Some manuscripts read chose you from the very beginning.
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Psalm 84

Psalm 84

For the choir director: A psalm of the descendants of Korah, to be accompanied by a stringed instrument.[a]

How lovely is your dwelling place,
O Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
I long, yes, I faint with longing
to enter the courts of the Lord.
With my whole being, body and soul,
I will shout joyfully to the living God.
Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow builds her nest and raises her young
at a place near your altar,
O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, my King and my God!
What joy for those who can live in your house,
always singing your praises. Interlude

What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord,
who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
When they walk through the Valley of Weeping,[b]
it will become a place of refreshing springs.
The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings.
They will continue to grow stronger,
and each of them will appear before God in Jerusalem.[c]

O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, hear my prayer.
Listen, O God of Jacob. Interlude

O God, look with favor upon the king, our shield!
Show favor to the one you have anointed.

10 A single day in your courts
is better than a thousand anywhere else!
I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God
than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.
11 For the Lord God is our sun and our shield.
He gives us grace and glory.
The Lord will withhold no good thing
from those who do what is right.
12 O Lord of Heaven’s Armies,
what joy for those who trust in you.


  1. 84:Title Hebrew according to the gittith.
  2. 84:6 Or Valley of Poplars; Hebrew reads valley of Baca.
  3. 84:7 Hebrew Zion.
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Proverbs 25:15

15 Patience can persuade a prince,
and soft speech can break bones.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday October 13, 2019 (NIV)

Jeremiah 22:1-23:20

A Message for Judah’s Kings

22 This is what the Lord said to me: “Go over and speak directly to the king of Judah. Say to him, ‘Listen to this message from the Lord, you king of Judah, sitting on David’s throne. Let your attendants and your people listen, too. This is what the Lord says: Be fair-minded and just. Do what is right! Help those who have been robbed; rescue them from their oppressors. Quit your evil deeds! Do not mistreat foreigners, orphans, and widows. Stop murdering the innocent! If you obey me, there will always be a descendant of David sitting on the throne here in Jerusalem. The king will ride through the palace gates in chariots and on horses, with his parade of attendants and subjects. But if you refuse to pay attention to this warning, I swear by my own name, says the Lord, that this palace will become a pile of rubble.’”

A Message about the Palace

Now this is what the Lord says concerning Judah’s royal palace:

“I love you as much as fruitful Gilead
and the green forests of Lebanon.
But I will turn you into a desert,
with no one living within your walls.
I will call for wreckers,
who will bring out their tools to dismantle you.
They will tear out all your fine cedar beams
and throw them on the fire.

“People from many nations will pass by the ruins of this city and say to one another, ‘Why did the Lord destroy such a great city?’ And the answer will be, ‘Because they violated their covenant with the Lord their God by worshiping other gods.’”

A Message about Jehoahaz

10 Do not weep for the dead king or mourn his loss.
Instead, weep for the captive king being led away!
For he will never return to see his native land again.

11 For this is what the Lord says about Jehoahaz,[a] who succeeded his father, King Josiah, and was taken away as a captive: “He will never return. 12 He will die in a distant land and will never again see his own country.”

A Message about Jehoiakim

13 And the Lord says, “What sorrow awaits Jehoiakim,[b]
who builds his palace with forced labor.[c]
He builds injustice into its walls,
for he makes his neighbors work for nothing.
He does not pay them for their labor.
14 He says, ‘I will build a magnificent palace
with huge rooms and many windows.
I will panel it throughout with fragrant cedar
and paint it a lovely red.’
15 But a beautiful cedar palace does not make a great king!
Your father, Josiah, also had plenty to eat and drink.
But he was just and right in all his dealings.
That is why God blessed him.
16 He gave justice and help to the poor and needy,
and everything went well for him.
Isn’t that what it means to know me?”
says the Lord.
17 “But you! You have eyes only for greed and dishonesty!
You murder the innocent,
oppress the poor, and reign ruthlessly.”

18 Therefore, this is what the Lord says about Jehoiakim, son of King Josiah:

“The people will not mourn for him, crying to one another,
‘Alas, my brother! Alas, my sister!’
His subjects will not mourn for him, crying,
‘Alas, our master is dead! Alas, his splendor is gone!’
19 He will be buried like a dead donkey—
dragged out of Jerusalem and dumped outside the gates!
20 Weep for your allies in Lebanon.
Shout for them in Bashan.
Search for them in the regions east of the river.[d]
See, they are all destroyed.
Not one is left to help you.
21 I warned you when you were prosperous,
but you replied, ‘Don’t bother me.’
You have been that way since childhood—
you simply will not obey me!
22 And now the wind will blow away your allies.
All your friends will be taken away as captives.
Surely then you will see your wickedness and be ashamed.
23 It may be nice to live in a beautiful palace
paneled with wood from the cedars of Lebanon,
but soon you will groan with pangs of anguish—
anguish like that of a woman in labor.

A Message for Jehoiachin

24 “As surely as I live,” says the Lord, “I will abandon you, Jehoiachin[e] son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah. Even if you were the signet ring on my right hand, I would pull you off. 25 I will hand you over to those who seek to kill you, those you so desperately fear—to King Nebuchadnezzar[f] of Babylon and the mighty Babylonian[g] army. 26 I will expel you and your mother from this land, and you will die in a foreign country, not in your native land. 27 You will never again return to the land you yearn for.

28 “Why is this man Jehoiachin like a discarded, broken jar?
Why are he and his children to be exiled to a foreign land?
29 O earth, earth, earth!
Listen to this message from the Lord!
30 This is what the Lord says:
‘Let the record show that this man Jehoiachin was childless.
He is a failure,
for none of his children will succeed him on the throne of David
to rule over Judah.’

The Righteous Descendant

23 “What sorrow awaits the leaders of my people—the shepherds of my sheep—for they have destroyed and scattered the very ones they were expected to care for,” says the Lord.

Therefore, this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says to these shepherds: “Instead of caring for my flock and leading them to safety, you have deserted them and driven them to destruction. Now I will pour out judgment on you for the evil you have done to them. But I will gather together the remnant of my flock from the countries where I have driven them. I will bring them back to their own sheepfold, and they will be fruitful and increase in number. Then I will appoint responsible shepherds who will care for them, and they will never be afraid again. Not a single one will be lost or missing. I, the Lord, have spoken!

“For the time is coming,”
says the Lord,
“when I will raise up a righteous descendant[h]
from King David’s line.
He will be a King who rules with wisdom.
He will do what is just and right throughout the land.
And this will be his name:
‘The Lord Is Our Righteousness.’[i]
In that day Judah will be saved,
and Israel will live in safety.

“In that day,” says the Lord, “when people are taking an oath, they will no longer say, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who rescued the people of Israel from the land of Egypt.’ Instead, they will say, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the people of Israel back to their own land from the land of the north and from all the countries to which he had exiled them.’ Then they will live in their own land.”

Judgment on False Prophets

My heart is broken because of the false prophets,
and my bones tremble.
I stagger like a drunkard,
like someone overcome by wine,
because of the holy words
the Lord has spoken against them.
10 For the land is full of adultery,
and it lies under a curse.
The land itself is in mourning—
its wilderness pastures are dried up.
For they all do evil
and abuse what power they have.

11 “Even the priests and prophets
are ungodly, wicked men.
I have seen their despicable acts
right here in my own Temple,”
says the Lord.
12 “Therefore, the paths they take
will become slippery.
They will be chased through the dark,
and there they will fall.
For I will bring disaster upon them
at the time fixed for their punishment.
I, the Lord, have spoken!

13 “I saw that the prophets of Samaria were terribly evil,
for they prophesied in the name of Baal
and led my people of Israel into sin.
14 But now I see that the prophets of Jerusalem are even worse!
They commit adultery and love dishonesty.
They encourage those who are doing evil
so that no one turns away from their sins.
These prophets are as wicked
as the people of Sodom and Gomorrah once were.”

15 Therefore, this is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says concerning the prophets:

“I will feed them with bitterness
and give them poison to drink.
For it is because of Jerusalem’s prophets
that wickedness has filled this land.”

16 This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says to his people:

“Do not listen to these prophets when they prophesy to you,
filling you with futile hopes.
They are making up everything they say.
They do not speak for the Lord!
17 They keep saying to those who despise my word,
‘Don’t worry! The Lord says you will have peace!’
And to those who stubbornly follow their own desires,
they say, ‘No harm will come your way!’

18 “Have any of these prophets been in the Lord’s presence
to hear what he is really saying?
Has even one of them cared enough to listen?
19 Look! The Lord’s anger bursts out like a storm,
a whirlwind that swirls down on the heads of the wicked.
20 The anger of the Lord will not diminish
until it has finished all he has planned.
In the days to come
you will understand all this very clearly.


  1. 22:11 Hebrew Shallum, another name for Jehoahaz.
  2. 22:13a The brother and successor of the exiled Jehoahaz. See 22:18.
  3. 22:13b Hebrew by unrighteousness.
  4. 22:20 Or in Abarim.
  5. 22:24 Hebrew Coniah, a variant spelling of Jehoiachin; also in 22:28.
  6. 22:25a Hebrew Nebuchadrezzar, a variant spelling of Nebuchadnezzar.
  7. 22:25b Or Chaldean.
  8. 23:5 Hebrew a righteous branch.
  9. 23:6 Hebrew Yahweh Tsidqenu.
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2 Thessalonians 1

Greetings from Paul

This letter is from Paul, Silas,[a] and Timothy.

We are writing to the church in Thessalonica, to you who belong to God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

May God our Father[b] and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.

Encouragement during Persecution

Dear brothers and sisters,[c] we can’t help but thank God for you, because your faith is flourishing and your love for one another is growing. We proudly tell God’s other churches about your endurance and faithfulness in all the persecutions and hardships you are suffering. And God will use this persecution to show his justice and to make you worthy of his Kingdom, for which you are suffering. In his justice he will pay back those who persecute you.

And God will provide rest for you who are being persecuted and also for us when the Lord Jesus appears from heaven. He will come with his mighty angels, in flaming fire, bringing judgment on those who don’t know God and on those who refuse to obey the Good News of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with eternal destruction, forever separated from the Lord and from his glorious power. 10 When he comes on that day, he will receive glory from his holy people—praise from all who believe. And this includes you, for you believed what we told you about him.

11 So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. 12 Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ.[d]


  1. 1:1 Greek Silvanus, the Greek form of the name.
  2. 1:2 Some manuscripts read God the Father.
  3. 1:3 Greek Brothers.
  4. 1:12 Or of our God and our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Psalm 83

Psalm 83

A song. A psalm of Asaph.

O God, do not be silent!
Do not be deaf.
Do not be quiet, O God.
Don’t you hear the uproar of your enemies?
Don’t you see that your arrogant enemies are rising up?
They devise crafty schemes against your people;
they conspire against your precious ones.
“Come,” they say, “let us wipe out Israel as a nation.
We will destroy the very memory of its existence.”
Yes, this was their unanimous decision.
They signed a treaty as allies against you—
these Edomites and Ishmaelites;
Moabites and Hagrites;
Gebalites, Ammonites, and Amalekites;
and people from Philistia and Tyre.
Assyria has joined them, too,
and is allied with the descendants of Lot. Interlude

Do to them as you did to the Midianites
and as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the Kishon River.
10 They were destroyed at Endor,
and their decaying corpses fertilized the soil.
11 Let their mighty nobles die as Oreb and Zeeb did.
Let all their princes die like Zebah and Zalmunna,
12 for they said, “Let us seize for our own use
these pasturelands of God!”
13 O my God, scatter them like tumbleweed,
like chaff before the wind!
14 As a fire burns a forest
and as a flame sets mountains ablaze,
15 chase them with your fierce storm;
terrify them with your tempest.
16 Utterly disgrace them
until they submit to your name, O Lord.
17 Let them be ashamed and terrified forever.
Let them die in disgrace.
18 Then they will learn that you alone are called the Lord,
that you alone are the Most High,
supreme over all the earth.

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Proverbs 25:11-14

11 Timely advice is lovely,
like golden apples in a silver basket.

12 To one who listens, valid criticism
is like a gold earring or other gold jewelry.

13 Trustworthy messengers refresh like snow in summer.
They revive the spirit of their employer.

14 A person who promises a gift but doesn’t give it
is like clouds and wind that bring no rain.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday October 12, 2019 (NIV)

Jeremiah 19-21

19 This is what the Lord says: “Go and buy a clay jar from a potter.(A) Take along some of the elders(B) of the people and of the priests and go out to the Valley of Ben Hinnom,(C) near the entrance of the Potsherd Gate. There proclaim the words I tell you, and say, ‘Hear the word of the Lord, you kings(D) of Judah and people of Jerusalem. This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Listen! I am going to bring a disaster(E) on this place that will make the ears of everyone who hears of it tingle.(F) For they have forsaken(G) me and made this a place of foreign gods(H); they have burned incense(I) in it to gods that neither they nor their ancestors nor the kings of Judah ever knew, and they have filled this place with the blood of the innocent.(J) They have built the high places of Baal to burn their children(K) in the fire as offerings to Baal—something I did not command or mention, nor did it enter my mind.(L) So beware, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when people will no longer call this place Topheth(M) or the Valley of Ben Hinnom,(N) but the Valley of Slaughter.(O)

“‘In this place I will ruin[a] the plans(P) of Judah and Jerusalem. I will make them fall by the sword before their enemies,(Q) at the hands of those who want to kill them, and I will give their carcasses(R) as food(S) to the birds and the wild animals. I will devastate this city and make it an object of horror and scorn;(T) all who pass by will be appalled(U) and will scoff because of all its wounds.(V) I will make them eat(W) the flesh of their sons and daughters, and they will eat one another’s flesh because their enemies(X) will press the siege so hard against them to destroy them.’

10 “Then break the jar(Y) while those who go with you are watching, 11 and say to them, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty says: I will smash(Z) this nation and this city just as this potter’s jar is smashed and cannot be repaired. They will bury(AA) the dead in Topheth until there is no more room. 12 This is what I will do to this place and to those who live here, declares the Lord. I will make this city like Topheth. 13 The houses(AB) in Jerusalem and those of the kings of Judah will be defiled(AC) like this place, Topheth—all the houses where they burned incense on the roofs(AD) to all the starry hosts(AE) and poured out drink offerings(AF) to other gods.’”

14 Jeremiah then returned from Topheth, where the Lord had sent him to prophesy, and stood in the court(AG) of the Lord’s temple and said to all the people, 15 “This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘Listen! I am going to bring on this city and all the villages around it every disaster(AH) I pronounced against them, because they were stiff-necked(AI) and would not listen(AJ) to my words.’”

Jeremiah and Pashhur

20 When the priest Pashhur son of Immer,(AK) the official(AL) in charge of the temple of the Lord, heard Jeremiah prophesying these things, he had Jeremiah the prophet beaten(AM) and put in the stocks(AN) at the Upper Gate of Benjamin(AO) at the Lord’s temple. The next day, when Pashhur released him from the stocks, Jeremiah said to him, “The Lord’s name(AP) for you is not Pashhur, but Terror on Every Side.(AQ) For this is what the Lord says: ‘I will make you a terror to yourself and to all your friends; with your own eyes(AR) you will see them fall by the sword of their enemies. I will give(AS) all Judah into the hands of the king of Babylon, who will carry(AT) them away to Babylon or put them to the sword. I will deliver all the wealth(AU) of this city into the hands of their enemies—all its products, all its valuables and all the treasures of the kings of Judah. They will take it away(AV) as plunder and carry it off to Babylon. And you, Pashhur, and all who live in your house will go into exile to Babylon. There you will die and be buried, you and all your friends to whom you have prophesied(AW) lies.’”

Jeremiah’s Complaint

You deceived[b](AX) me, Lord, and I was deceived[c];
you overpowered(AY) me and prevailed.
I am ridiculed(AZ) all day long;
everyone mocks(BA) me.
Whenever I speak, I cry out
proclaiming violence and destruction.(BB)
So the word of the Lord has brought me
insult and reproach(BC) all day long.
But if I say, “I will not mention his word
or speak anymore in his name,”(BD)
his word is in my heart like a fire,(BE)
a fire shut up in my bones.
I am weary of holding it in;(BF)
indeed, I cannot.
10 I hear many whispering,
“Terror(BG) on every side!
Denounce(BH) him! Let’s denounce him!”
All my friends(BI)
are waiting for me to slip,(BJ) saying,
“Perhaps he will be deceived;
then we will prevail(BK) over him
and take our revenge(BL) on him.”

11 But the Lord(BM) is with me like a mighty warrior;
so my persecutors(BN) will stumble and not prevail.(BO)
They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced;(BP)
their dishonor will never be forgotten.
12 Lord Almighty, you who examine the righteous
and probe the heart and mind,(BQ)
let me see your vengeance(BR) on them,
for to you I have committed(BS) my cause.

13 Sing(BT) to the Lord!
Give praise to the Lord!
He rescues(BU) the life of the needy
from the hands of the wicked.(BV)

14 Cursed be the day I was born!(BW)
May the day my mother bore me not be blessed!
15 Cursed be the man who brought my father the news,
who made him very glad, saying,
“A child is born to you—a son!”
16 May that man be like the towns(BX)
the Lord overthrew without pity.
May he hear wailing(BY) in the morning,
a battle cry at noon.
17 For he did not kill me in the womb,(BZ)
with my mother as my grave,
her womb enlarged forever.
18 Why did I ever come out of the womb(CA)
to see trouble(CB) and sorrow
and to end my days in shame?(CC)

God Rejects Zedekiah’s Request

21 The word came to Jeremiah from the Lord when King Zedekiah(CD) sent to him Pashhur(CE) son of Malkijah and the priest Zephaniah(CF) son of Maaseiah. They said: “Inquire(CG) now of the Lord for us because Nebuchadnezzar[d](CH) king of Babylon(CI) is attacking us. Perhaps the Lord will perform wonders(CJ) for us as in times past so that he will withdraw from us.”

But Jeremiah answered them, “Tell Zedekiah, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I am about to turn(CK) against you the weapons of war that are in your hands, which you are using to fight the king of Babylon and the Babylonians[e] who are outside the wall besieging(CL) you. And I will gather them inside this city. I myself will fight(CM) against you with an outstretched hand(CN) and a mighty arm(CO) in furious anger and in great wrath. I will strike(CP) down those who live in this city—both man and beast—and they will die of a terrible plague.(CQ) After that, declares the Lord, I will give Zedekiah(CR) king of Judah, his officials and the people in this city who survive the plague,(CS) sword and famine, into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon(CT) and to their enemies(CU) who want to kill them.(CV) He will put them to the sword;(CW) he will show them no mercy or pity or compassion.’(CX)

“Furthermore, tell the people, ‘This is what the Lord says: See, I am setting before you the way of life(CY) and the way of death. Whoever stays in this city will die by the sword, famine or plague.(CZ) But whoever goes out and surrenders(DA) to the Babylonians who are besieging you will live; they will escape with their lives.(DB) 10 I have determined to do this city harm(DC) and not good, declares the Lord. It will be given into the hands(DD) of the king of Babylon, and he will destroy it with fire.’(DE)

11 “Moreover, say to the royal house(DF) of Judah, ‘Hear the word of the Lord. 12 This is what the Lord says to you, house of David:

“‘Administer justice(DG) every morning;
rescue from the hand of the oppressor(DH)
the one who has been robbed,
or my wrath will break out and burn like fire(DI)
because of the evil(DJ) you have done—
burn with no one to quench(DK) it.
13 I am against(DL) you, Jerusalem,
you who live above this valley(DM)
on the rocky plateau, declares the Lord
you who say, “Who can come against us?
Who can enter our refuge?”(DN)
14 I will punish you as your deeds(DO) deserve,
declares the Lord.
I will kindle a fire(DP) in your forests(DQ)
that will consume everything around you.’”


  1. Jeremiah 19:7 The Hebrew for ruin sounds like the Hebrew for jar (see verses 1 and 10).
  2. Jeremiah 20:7 Or persuaded
  3. Jeremiah 20:7 Or persuaded
  4. Jeremiah 21:2 Hebrew Nebuchadrezzar, of which Nebuchadnezzar is a variant; here and often in Jeremiah and Ezekiel
  5. Jeremiah 21:4 Or Chaldeans; also in verse 9

Cross references:

  1. Jeremiah 19:1 : Jer 18:2
  2. Jeremiah 19:1 : S Nu 11:17; 1Ki 8:1
  3. Jeremiah 19:2 : S Jos 15:8
  4. Jeremiah 19:3 : Jer 17:20
  5. Jeremiah 19:3 : S Jer 6:19
  6. Jeremiah 19:3 : S 1Sa 3:11
  7. Jeremiah 19:4 : S Dt 31:16; Dt 28:20; S Isa 65:11
  8. Jeremiah 19:4 : S Ex 20:3; S Jer 1:16
  9. Jeremiah 19:4 : S Lev 18:21
  10. Jeremiah 19:4 : S 2Ki 21:16
  11. Jeremiah 19:5 : S Lev 18:21; S 2Ki 3:27; Ps 106:37-38
  12. Jeremiah 19:5 : S Jer 7:31; Eze 16:36
  13. Jeremiah 19:6 : S 2Ki 23:10
  14. Jeremiah 19:6 : S Jos 15:8
  15. Jeremiah 19:6 : Jer 7:32
  16. Jeremiah 19:7 : Ps 33:10-11
  17. Jeremiah 19:7 : S ver 9; S Lev 26:17; S Dt 28:25
  18. Jeremiah 19:7 : S Jer 16:4; 34:20
  19. Jeremiah 19:7 : S Dt 28:26
  20. Jeremiah 19:8 : S Dt 28:37; S Jer 18:16; 25:9
  21. Jeremiah 19:8 : S Lev 26:32; La 2:15-16
  22. Jeremiah 19:8 : S Dt 29:22
  23. Jeremiah 19:9 : S Lev 26:29; Dt 28:49-57; La 4:10
  24. Jeremiah 19:9 : S ver 7; Jer 21:7; 34:20
  25. Jeremiah 19:10 : ver 1; S Ps 2:9; Jer 13:14
  26. Jeremiah 19:11 : Ps 2:9; Isa 30:14
  27. Jeremiah 19:11 : Jer 7:32
  28. Jeremiah 19:13 : Jer 32:29; 52:13; Eze 16:41
  29. Jeremiah 19:13 : Ps 74:7
  30. Jeremiah 19:13 : S 2Ki 23:12
  31. Jeremiah 19:13 : Dt 4:19; S 2Ki 17:16; S Job 38:32; Jer 8:2; Ac 7:42
  32. Jeremiah 19:13 : S Isa 57:6; Eze 20:28
  33. Jeremiah 19:14 : 2Ch 20:5; S Jer 7:2; 26:2
  34. Jeremiah 19:15 : ver 3; Jer 11:11
  35. Jeremiah 19:15 : S Ne 9:16; Ac 7:51
  36. Jeremiah 19:15 : Jer 22:21
  37. Jeremiah 20:1 : S 1Ch 24:14
  38. Jeremiah 20:1 : 2Ki 25:18; Lk 22:52
  39. Jeremiah 20:2 : Dt 25:2-3; S Jer 1:19; 15:15; 37:15; 2Co 11:24
  40. Jeremiah 20:2 : S Job 13:27; Jer 29:26; Ac 16:24; Heb 11:36
  41. Jeremiah 20:2 : S Job 29:7; Jer 37:13; 38:7; Zec 14:10
  42. Jeremiah 20:3 : Hos 1:4
  43. Jeremiah 20:3 : S ver 10; S Ps 31:13
  44. Jeremiah 20:4 : Jer 29:21
  45. Jeremiah 20:4 : Jer 21:10; 25:9
  46. Jeremiah 20:4 : Jer 13:19; 39:9; 52:27
  47. Jeremiah 20:5 : S 2Ki 25:15; Jer 17:3
  48. Jeremiah 20:5 : S 2Ki 20:17
  49. Jeremiah 20:6 : S Jer 14:15; La 2:14
  50. Jeremiah 20:7 : S Ex 5:23; 22:16
  51. Jeremiah 20:7 : Isa 8:11; Am 3:8; 1Co 9:16
  52. Jeremiah 20:7 : Job 12:4
  53. Jeremiah 20:7 : S Job 17:2; S Ps 119:21
  54. Jeremiah 20:8 : Jer 6:7; 28:8
  55. Jeremiah 20:8 : S 2Ch 36:16; S Jer 6:10
  56. Jeremiah 20:9 : Jer 44:16
  57. Jeremiah 20:9 : S Ps 39:3; S Jer 4:19
  58. Jeremiah 20:9 : S Job 4:2; S Jer 6:11; Am 3:8; Ac 4:20
  59. Jeremiah 20:10 : Jer 6:25
  60. Jeremiah 20:10 : Ne 6:6-13; Isa 29:21
  61. Jeremiah 20:10 : S Job 19:14; S Jer 13:21
  62. Jeremiah 20:10 : S Ps 57:4; S Jer 18:22; Lk 11:53-54
  63. Jeremiah 20:10 : S 1Ki 19:2
  64. Jeremiah 20:10 : S 1Sa 18:25; S Jer 11:19
  65. Jeremiah 20:11 : Jer 1:8; Ro 8:31
  66. Jeremiah 20:11 : Jer 15:15; 17:18
  67. Jeremiah 20:11 : S Ps 129:2
  68. Jeremiah 20:11 : S Jer 7:19; 23:40
  69. Jeremiah 20:12 : S Ps 7:9; S Jer 17:10
  70. Jeremiah 20:12 : Dt 32:35; S Ro 12:19
  71. Jeremiah 20:12 : Ps 62:8; Jer 11:20
  72. Jeremiah 20:13 : S Isa 12:6
  73. Jeremiah 20:13 : Ps 34:6; 35:10
  74. Jeremiah 20:13 : S Ps 97:10
  75. Jeremiah 20:14 : S Job 3:8, 16; Jer 15:10
  76. Jeremiah 20:16 : S Ge 19:25
  77. Jeremiah 20:16 : S Jer 6:26
  78. Jeremiah 20:17 : S Job 3:16; S 10:18-19
  79. Jeremiah 20:18 : S Job 3:10-11; S Ecc 4:2
  80. Jeremiah 20:18 : S Ge 3:17; S Job 5:7
  81. Jeremiah 20:18 : S 1Ki 19:4; Ps 90:9; 102:3
  82. Jeremiah 21:1 : 2Ki 24:18; Jer 52:1
  83. Jeremiah 21:1 : S 1Ch 9:12
  84. Jeremiah 21:1 : S 2Ki 25:18
  85. Jeremiah 21:2 : S Ge 25:22; S 2Ki 22:18
  86. Jeremiah 21:2 : S 2Ki 25:1
  87. Jeremiah 21:2 : S Ge 10:10
  88. Jeremiah 21:2 : Ps 44:1-4; Jer 32:17
  89. Jeremiah 21:4 : Jer 32:5
  90. Jeremiah 21:4 : Jer 37:8-10
  91. Jeremiah 21:5 : S Jos 10:14; Eze 5:8
  92. Jeremiah 21:5 : S 2Ki 22:13; S Jer 6:12
  93. Jeremiah 21:5 : S Ex 3:20
  94. Jeremiah 21:6 : S Jer 7:20
  95. Jeremiah 21:6 : S Jer 14:12
  96. Jeremiah 21:7 : S 2Ki 25:7; Jer 52:9; Eze 12:14
  97. Jeremiah 21:7 : Jer 14:12; 27:8
  98. Jeremiah 21:7 : S 2Ch 36:10; Jer 27:6; 32:4; 34:3; 37:17; 38:18; 39:5; Eze 29:19
  99. Jeremiah 21:7 : S Lev 26:17; S Jer 19:9
  100. Jeremiah 21:7 : S Jer 11:21
  101. Jeremiah 21:7 : S Jer 15:9
  102. Jeremiah 21:7 : S 2Ch 36:17; S Jer 15:5; Eze 7:9; Hab 1:6
  103. Jeremiah 21:8 : S Dt 30:15
  104. Jeremiah 21:9 : Jer 14:12; Eze 5:12
  105. Jeremiah 21:9 : Jer 27:11; 40:9
  106. Jeremiah 21:9 : Jer 27:12; 38:2, 17; 39:18; 45:5
  107. Jeremiah 21:10 : Jer 44:11, 27; Am 9:4
  108. Jeremiah 21:10 : S Jer 20:4; 32:28; 38:2-3
  109. Jeremiah 21:10 : S 2Ki 25:9; S 2Ch 36:19
  110. Jeremiah 21:11 : S Jer 13:18
  111. Jeremiah 21:12 : S Ex 22:22; S Lev 25:17
  112. Jeremiah 21:12 : S Ps 27:11
  113. Jeremiah 21:12 : S Isa 42:25; S Jer 10:10
  114. Jeremiah 21:12 : Jer 23:2
  115. Jeremiah 21:12 : S Isa 1:31
  116. Jeremiah 21:13 : Jer 23:30; 50:31; 51:25; Eze 5:8; 13:8; 21:3; 29:10; 34:10; Na 2:13; 3:5
  117. Jeremiah 21:13 : Ps 125:2
  118. Jeremiah 21:13 : 2Sa 5:6-7; Jer 49:4; La 4:12; Ob 1:3-4
  119. Jeremiah 21:14 : S Pr 1:31; S Isa 3:10-11; S Jer 17:10
  120. Jeremiah 21:14 : S 2Ch 36:19; La 2:3
  121. Jeremiah 21:14 : S 2Ki 19:23; Eze 20:47
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1 Thessalonians 5:4-28

But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness(A) so that this day should surprise you like a thief.(B) You are all children of the light(C) and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep,(D) but let us be awake(E) and sober.(F) For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night.(G) But since we belong to the day,(H) let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate,(I) and the hope of salvation(J) as a helmet.(K) For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath(L) but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.(M) 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.(N) 11 Therefore encourage one another(O) and build each other up,(P) just as in fact you are doing.

Final Instructions

12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard(Q) among you, who care for you in the Lord(R) and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.(S) 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle(T) and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak,(U) be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong,(V) but always strive to do what is good for each other(W) and for everyone else.

16 Rejoice always,(X) 17 pray continually,(Y) 18 give thanks in all circumstances;(Z) for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

19 Do not quench the Spirit.(AA) 20 Do not treat prophecies(AB) with contempt 21 but test them all;(AC) hold on to what is good,(AD) 22 reject every kind of evil.

23 May God himself, the God of peace,(AE) sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul(AF) and body be kept blameless(AG) at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.(AH) 24 The one who calls(AI) you is faithful,(AJ) and he will do it.(AK)

25 Brothers and sisters, pray for us.(AL) 26 Greet all God’s people with a holy kiss.(AM) 27 I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers and sisters.(AN)

28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.(AO)

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Psalm 82

Psalm 82

A psalm of Asaph.

God presides in the great assembly;
he renders judgment(A) among the “gods”:(B)

“How long will you[a] defend the unjust
and show partiality(C) to the wicked?[b](D)
Defend the weak and the fatherless;(E)
uphold the cause of the poor(F) and the oppressed.
Rescue the weak and the needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

“The ‘gods’ know nothing, they understand nothing.(G)
They walk about in darkness;(H)
all the foundations(I) of the earth are shaken.

“I said, ‘You are “gods”;(J)
you are all sons of the Most High.’
But you will die(K) like mere mortals;
you will fall like every other ruler.”

Rise up,(L) O God, judge(M) the earth,
for all the nations are your inheritance.(N)


  1. Psalm 82:2 The Hebrew is plural.
  2. Psalm 82:2 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
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Proverbs 25:9-10

If you take your neighbor to court,
do not betray another’s confidence,
10 or the one who hears it may shame you
and the charge against you will stand.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday October 11, 2019 (NIV)

Jeremiah 16:16-18:23

16 “But now I will send for many fishermen,” declares the Lord, “and they will catch them.(A) After that I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt(B) them down on every mountain and hill and from the crevices of the rocks.(C) 17 My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden(D) from me, nor is their sin concealed from my eyes.(E) 18 I will repay(F) them double(G) for their wickedness and their sin, because they have defiled my land(H) with the lifeless forms of their vile images(I) and have filled my inheritance with their detestable idols.(J)(K)

19 Lord, my strength and my fortress,
my refuge(L) in time of distress,
to you the nations will come(M)
from the ends of the earth and say,
“Our ancestors possessed nothing but false gods,(N)
worthless idols(O) that did them no good.(P)
20 Do people make their own gods?
Yes, but they are not gods!”(Q)

21 “Therefore I will teach them—
this time I will teach them
my power and might.
Then they will know
that my name(R) is the Lord.

17 “Judah’s sin is engraved with an iron tool,(S)
inscribed with a flint point,
on the tablets of their hearts(T)
and on the horns(U) of their altars.
Even their children remember
their altars and Asherah poles[a](V)
beside the spreading trees
and on the high hills.(W)
My mountain in the land
and your[b] wealth and all your treasures
I will give away as plunder,(X)
together with your high places,(Y)
because of sin throughout your country.(Z)
Through your own fault you will lose
the inheritance(AA) I gave you.
I will enslave you to your enemies(AB)
in a land(AC) you do not know,
for you have kindled my anger,
and it will burn(AD) forever.”

This is what the Lord says:

“Cursed is the one who trusts in man,(AE)
who draws strength from mere flesh
and whose heart turns away from the Lord.(AF)
That person will be like a bush in the wastelands;
they will not see prosperity when it comes.
They will dwell in the parched places(AG) of the desert,
in a salt(AH) land where no one lives.

“But blessed(AI) is the one who trusts(AJ) in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.(AK)
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought(AL)
and never fails to bear fruit.”(AM)

The heart(AN) is deceitful above all things
and beyond cure.
Who can understand it?

10 “I the Lord search the heart(AO)
and examine the mind,(AP)
to reward(AQ) each person according to their conduct,
according to what their deeds deserve.”(AR)

11 Like a partridge that hatches eggs it did not lay
are those who gain riches by unjust means.
When their lives are half gone, their riches will desert them,
and in the end they will prove to be fools.(AS)

12 A glorious throne,(AT) exalted from the beginning,
is the place of our sanctuary.
13 Lord, you are the hope(AU) of Israel;
all who forsake(AV) you will be put to shame.
Those who turn away from you will be written in the dust(AW)
because they have forsaken the Lord,
the spring of living water.(AX)

14 Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed;(AY)
save(AZ) me and I will be saved,
for you are the one I praise.(BA)
15 They keep saying to me,
“Where is the word of the Lord?
Let it now be fulfilled!”(BB)
16 I have not run away from being your shepherd;
you know I have not desired the day of despair.
What passes my lips(BC) is open before you.
17 Do not be a terror(BD) to me;
you are my refuge(BE) in the day of disaster.(BF)
18 Let my persecutors be put to shame,
but keep me from shame;
let them be terrified,
but keep me from terror.
Bring on them the day of disaster;
destroy them with double destruction.(BG)

Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy

19 This is what the Lord said to me: “Go and stand at the Gate of the People,[c] through which the kings of Judah go in and out; stand also at all the other gates of Jerusalem.(BH) 20 Say to them, ‘Hear the word of the Lord, you kings of Judah and all people of Judah and everyone living in Jerusalem(BI) who come through these gates.(BJ) 21 This is what the Lord says: Be careful not to carry a load on the Sabbath(BK) day or bring it through the gates of Jerusalem. 22 Do not bring a load out of your houses or do any work on the Sabbath, but keep the Sabbath day holy, as I commanded your ancestors.(BL) 23 Yet they did not listen or pay attention;(BM) they were stiff-necked(BN) and would not listen or respond to discipline.(BO) 24 But if you are careful to obey me, declares the Lord, and bring no load through the gates of this city on the Sabbath, but keep the Sabbath day holy(BP) by not doing any work on it, 25 then kings who sit on David’s throne(BQ) will come through the gates of this city with their officials. They and their officials will come riding in chariots and on horses, accompanied by the men of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, and this city will be inhabited forever.(BR) 26 People will come from the towns of Judah and the villages around Jerusalem, from the territory of Benjamin and the western foothills, from the hill country and the Negev,(BS) bringing burnt offerings and sacrifices, grain offerings and incense, and bringing thank offerings to the house of the Lord. 27 But if you do not obey(BT) me to keep the Sabbath(BU) day holy by not carrying any load as you come through the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day, then I will kindle an unquenchable fire(BV) in the gates of Jerusalem that will consume her fortresses.’”(BW)

At the Potter’s House

18 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.

Then the word of the Lord came to me. He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay(BX) in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand,(BY) Israel. If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted,(BZ) torn down and destroyed, and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent(CA) and not inflict on it the disaster(CB) I had planned. And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built(CC) up and planted, 10 and if it does evil(CD) in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider(CE) the good I had intended to do for it.(CF)

11 “Now therefore say to the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, ‘This is what the Lord says: Look! I am preparing a disaster(CG) for you and devising a plan(CH) against you. So turn(CI) from your evil ways,(CJ) each one of you, and reform your ways and your actions.’(CK) 12 But they will reply, ‘It’s no use.(CL) We will continue with our own plans; we will all follow the stubbornness of our evil hearts.(CM)’”

13 Therefore this is what the Lord says:

“Inquire among the nations:
Who has ever heard anything like this?(CN)
A most horrible(CO) thing has been done
by Virgin(CP) Israel.
14 Does the snow of Lebanon
ever vanish from its rocky slopes?
Do its cool waters from distant sources
ever stop flowing?[d]
15 Yet my people have forgotten(CQ) me;
they burn incense(CR) to worthless idols,(CS)
which made them stumble(CT) in their ways,
in the ancient paths.(CU)
They made them walk in byways,
on roads not built up.(CV)
16 Their land will be an object of horror(CW)
and of lasting scorn;(CX)
all who pass by will be appalled(CY)
and will shake their heads.(CZ)
17 Like a wind(DA) from the east,
I will scatter them before their enemies;
I will show them my back and not my face(DB)
in the day of their disaster.”

18 They said, “Come, let’s make plans(DC) against Jeremiah; for the teaching of the law by the priest(DD) will not cease, nor will counsel from the wise,(DE) nor the word from the prophets.(DF) So come, let’s attack him with our tongues(DG) and pay no attention to anything he says.”

19 Listen to me, Lord;
hear what my accusers(DH) are saying!
20 Should good be repaid with evil?(DI)
Yet they have dug a pit(DJ) for me.
Remember that I stood(DK) before you
and spoke in their behalf(DL)
to turn your wrath away from them.
21 So give their children over to famine;(DM)
hand them over to the power of the sword.(DN)
Let their wives be made childless and widows;(DO)
let their men be put to death,
their young men(DP) slain by the sword in battle.
22 Let a cry(DQ) be heard from their houses
when you suddenly bring invaders against them,
for they have dug a pit(DR) to capture me
and have hidden snares(DS) for my feet.
23 But you, Lord, know
all their plots to kill(DT) me.
Do not forgive(DU) their crimes
or blot out their sins from your sight.
Let them be overthrown before you;
deal with them in the time of your anger.(DV)


  1. Jeremiah 17:2 That is, wooden symbols of the goddess Asherah
  2. Jeremiah 17:3 Or hills / and the mountains of the land. / Your
  3. Jeremiah 17:19 Or Army
  4. Jeremiah 18:14 The meaning of the Hebrew for this sentence is uncertain.

Cross references:

  1. Jeremiah 16:16 : Am 4:2; Hab 1:14-15
  2. Jeremiah 16:16 : Am 9:3; Mic 7:2
  3. Jeremiah 16:16 : S 1Sa 26:20
  4. Jeremiah 16:17 : S Ge 3:8; S Ecc 12:14; S Mk 4:22; 1Co 4:5; S Heb 4:13
  5. Jeremiah 16:17 : S Ps 51:9; Pr 15:3; Zep 1:12
  6. Jeremiah 16:18 : S Isa 65:6
  7. Jeremiah 16:18 : S Isa 40:2; S Jer 12:3; Rev 18:6
  8. Jeremiah 16:18 : Nu 35:34; Jer 2:7
  9. Jeremiah 16:18 : S Ps 101:3
  10. Jeremiah 16:18 : S 1Ki 14:24
  11. Jeremiah 16:18 : S Jer 2:7; S 4:1; Eze 5:11; 8:10
  12. Jeremiah 16:19 : S 2Sa 22:3; S Ps 46:1
  13. Jeremiah 16:19 : S Isa 2:2; Jer 3:17
  14. Jeremiah 16:19 : S Ps 4:2
  15. Jeremiah 16:19 : S Dt 32:21; S 1Sa 12:21
  16. Jeremiah 16:19 : S Isa 40:19; S Jer 14:22
  17. Jeremiah 16:20 : Ps 115:4-7; S Jer 2:11; Ro 1:23
  18. Jeremiah 16:21 : S Ex 3:15
  19. Jeremiah 17:1 : Job 19:24
  20. Jeremiah 17:1 : S Dt 6:6; S 2Co 3:3
  21. Jeremiah 17:1 : S Ex 27:2
  22. Jeremiah 17:2 : S 2Ch 24:18
  23. Jeremiah 17:2 : S Jer 2:20
  24. Jeremiah 17:3 : S 2Ki 24:13
  25. Jeremiah 17:3 : Jer 26:18; Mic 3:12
  26. Jeremiah 17:3 : Jer 15:13
  27. Jeremiah 17:4 : La 5:2
  28. Jeremiah 17:4 : Dt 28:48; S Jer 12:7
  29. Jeremiah 17:4 : Jer 16:13; 22:28
  30. Jeremiah 17:4 : S Jer 7:20
  31. Jeremiah 17:5 : S Ps 108:12; S Isa 2:22
  32. Jeremiah 17:5 : 2Co 1:9
  33. Jeremiah 17:6 : Job 30:3
  34. Jeremiah 17:6 : Dt 29:23; S Job 39:6; Ps 107:34; Jer 48:9
  35. Jeremiah 17:7 : S Ps 146:5
  36. Jeremiah 17:7 : S Ps 26:1; 34:8; 40:4; Pr 16:20; Jer 39:18
  37. Jeremiah 17:8 : S Job 14:9
  38. Jeremiah 17:8 : Jer 14:1-6
  39. Jeremiah 17:8 : Ps 1:3; 92:12-14; Eze 19:10; 47:12
  40. Jeremiah 17:9 : S Ecc 9:3; Mt 13:15; Mk 7:21-22
  41. Jeremiah 17:10 : S Jos 22:22; S 2Ch 6:30; S Rev 2:23
  42. Jeremiah 17:10 : Ps 17:3; 139:23; Jer 11:20; 20:12; Eze 11:5; 38:10
  43. Jeremiah 17:10 : S Lev 26:28; Ps 62:12; Jer 32:19; S Mt 16:27
  44. Jeremiah 17:10 : Jer 12:13; 14:16; 21:14; 32:19
  45. Jeremiah 17:11 : Lk 12:20
  46. Jeremiah 17:12 : S Jer 3:17
  47. Jeremiah 17:13 : Ps 71:5; Jer 14:8
  48. Jeremiah 17:13 : S Jer 2:17
  49. Jeremiah 17:13 : S Ps 69:28; 87:6; Eze 13:9; Da 12:1
  50. Jeremiah 17:13 : S Isa 12:3; Jn 4:10
  51. Jeremiah 17:14 : S Isa 30:26; Jer 15:18
  52. Jeremiah 17:14 : S Ps 119:94
  53. Jeremiah 17:14 : S Ex 15:2; S Ps 109:1
  54. Jeremiah 17:15 : S Isa 5:19; 2Pe 3:4
  55. Jeremiah 17:16 : Ps 139:4
  56. Jeremiah 17:17 : Ps 88:15-16
  57. Jeremiah 17:17 : S Ps 46:1; Jer 16:19; Na 1:7
  58. Jeremiah 17:17 : S Ps 18:18
  59. Jeremiah 17:18 : Ps 35:1-8; S Isa 40:2; S Jer 12:3
  60. Jeremiah 17:19 : Jer 7:2; 26:2
  61. Jeremiah 17:20 : Jer 19:3
  62. Jeremiah 17:20 : Jer 22:2
  63. Jeremiah 17:21 : Nu 15:32-36; S Dt 5:14; Ne 13:15-21; Jn 5:10
  64. Jeremiah 17:22 : S Ge 2:3; S Ex 20:8; Isa 56:2-6
  65. Jeremiah 17:23 : Jer 7:26
  66. Jeremiah 17:23 : Jer 19:15
  67. Jeremiah 17:23 : S 2Ch 28:22; S Jer 7:28; Zec 7:11
  68. Jeremiah 17:24 : ver 22
  69. Jeremiah 17:25 : S 2Sa 7:13; Isa 9:7; Jer 22:2, 4; Lk 1:32
  70. Jeremiah 17:25 : Jer 30:10; 33:16; Eze 28:26
  71. Jeremiah 17:26 : Jer 32:44; 33:13; Zec 7:7
  72. Jeremiah 17:27 : S 1Ki 9:6; Jer 22:5
  73. Jeremiah 17:27 : S Ne 10:31
  74. Jeremiah 17:27 : S Jer 7:20
  75. Jeremiah 17:27 : S 2Ki 25:9; Hos 8:14; Am 2:5
  76. Jeremiah 18:6 : S Isa 29:16; 45:9; Ro 9:20-21
  77. Jeremiah 18:6 : S Ge 2:7
  78. Jeremiah 18:7 : Jer 1:10
  79. Jeremiah 18:8 : S Ex 32:14; Ps 25:11; Jer 26:13; 36:3; Jnh 3:8-10
  80. Jeremiah 18:8 : Jer 31:28; 42:10; Da 9:14; Hos 11:8-9; Joel 2:13; Jnh 4:2
  81. Jeremiah 18:9 : Jer 1:10; 31:28
  82. Jeremiah 18:10 : Eze 33:18
  83. Jeremiah 18:10 : 1Sa 2:29-30; 13:13
  84. Jeremiah 18:10 : S Jer 1:10
  85. Jeremiah 18:11 : S 2Ki 22:16; S Jer 4:6
  86. Jeremiah 18:11 : ver 18
  87. Jeremiah 18:11 : S Dt 4:30; S 2Ki 17:13; Isa 1:16-19
  88. Jeremiah 18:11 : S Jer 7:3
  89. Jeremiah 18:11 : S Job 16:17
  90. Jeremiah 18:12 : S Isa 57:10
  91. Jeremiah 18:12 : S Jer 3:17
  92. Jeremiah 18:13 : S Isa 66:8
  93. Jeremiah 18:13 : S Jer 5:30
  94. Jeremiah 18:13 : S 2Ki 19:21
  95. Jeremiah 18:15 : S Isa 17:10
  96. Jeremiah 18:15 : S Isa 1:13; Jer 44:15, 19
  97. Jeremiah 18:15 : Jer 10:15; 51:18; Hos 11:2
  98. Jeremiah 18:15 : Eze 44:12; Mal 2:8
  99. Jeremiah 18:15 : Jer 6:16
  100. Jeremiah 18:15 : S Isa 57:14; 62:10
  101. Jeremiah 18:16 : S Dt 28:37; Jer 25:9; Eze 33:28-29
  102. Jeremiah 18:16 : Jer 19:8; 42:18
  103. Jeremiah 18:16 : S Lev 26:32
  104. Jeremiah 18:16 : S 2Ki 19:21; S Job 16:4; Ps 22:7; La 1:12
  105. Jeremiah 18:17 : S Job 7:10; Jer 13:24
  106. Jeremiah 18:17 : S 2Ch 29:6; S Jer 2:27
  107. Jeremiah 18:18 : ver 11; Jer 11:19
  108. Jeremiah 18:18 : Jer 2:8; Hag 2:11; Mal 2:7
  109. Jeremiah 18:18 : S Job 5:13; Eze 7:26
  110. Jeremiah 18:18 : Jer 5:13
  111. Jeremiah 18:18 : Ps 52:2; 64:2-8; S Jer 9:3
  112. Jeremiah 18:19 : Ps 71:13
  113. Jeremiah 18:20 : S Ge 44:4
  114. Jeremiah 18:20 : Ps 35:7; 57:6; S 119:85
  115. Jeremiah 18:20 : Jer 15:1
  116. Jeremiah 18:20 : S Ge 20:7; S Dt 9:19; Ps 106:23; Jer 14:7-9
  117. Jeremiah 18:21 : Jer 11:22; 14:16
  118. Jeremiah 18:21 : S Ps 63:10
  119. Jeremiah 18:21 : S 1Sa 15:33; Ps 109:9; S Isa 47:9; La 5:3
  120. Jeremiah 18:21 : S Isa 9:17
  121. Jeremiah 18:22 : S Jer 6:26
  122. Jeremiah 18:22 : S Ps 119:85
  123. Jeremiah 18:22 : Ps 35:15; 140:5; Jer 5:26; 20:10
  124. Jeremiah 18:23 : S Jer 11:21; 37:15
  125. Jeremiah 18:23 : S Ne 4:5
  126. Jeremiah 18:23 : Ps 59:5; S Jer 10:24
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1 Thessalonians 4:1-5:3

Living to Please God

As for other matters, brothers and sisters,(A) we instructed you how to live(B) in order to please God,(C) as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.

It is God’s will(D) that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;(E) that each of you should learn to control your own body[a](F) in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust(G) like the pagans,(H) who do not know God;(I) and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister.[b](J) The Lord will punish(K) all those who commit such sins,(L) as we told you and warned you before. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.(M) Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.(N)

Now about your love for one another(O) we do not need to write to you,(P) for you yourselves have been taught by God(Q) to love each other.(R) 10 And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia.(S) Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more,(T) 11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands,(U) just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders(V) and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

Believers Who Have Died

13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed(W) about those who sleep in death,(X) so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.(Y) 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again,(Z) and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.(AA) 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord,(AB) will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.(AC) 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven,(AD) with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel(AE) and with the trumpet call of God,(AF) and the dead in Christ will rise first.(AG) 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left(AH) will be caught up together with them in the clouds(AI) to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord(AJ) forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another(AK) with these words.

The Day of the Lord

Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates(AL) we do not need to write to you,(AM) for you know very well that the day of the Lord(AN) will come like a thief in the night.(AO) While people are saying, “Peace and safety,”(AP) destruction will come on them suddenly,(AQ) as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.(AR)


  1. 1 Thessalonians 4:4 Or learn to live with your own wife; or learn to acquire a wife
  2. 1 Thessalonians 4:6 The Greek word for brother or sister (adelphos) refers here to a believer, whether man or woman, as part of God’s family.

Cross references:

  1. 1 Thessalonians 4:1 : 2Co 13:11; 2Th 3:1
  2. 1 Thessalonians 4:1 : S Eph 4:1
  3. 1 Thessalonians 4:1 : S 2Co 5:9
  4. 1 Thessalonians 4:3 : S Eph 5:17
  5. 1 Thessalonians 4:3 : S 1Co 6:18
  6. 1 Thessalonians 4:4 : 1Co 7:2, 9
  7. 1 Thessalonians 4:5 : Ro 1:26
  8. 1 Thessalonians 4:5 : Eph 4:17
  9. 1 Thessalonians 4:5 : S Gal 4:8
  10. 1 Thessalonians 4:6 : Lev 25:17; 1Co 6:8
  11. 1 Thessalonians 4:6 : Dt 32:35; Ps 94:1; Ro 2:5-11; 12:19; Heb 10:30, 31
  12. 1 Thessalonians 4:6 : Heb 13:4
  13. 1 Thessalonians 4:7 : Lev 11:44; 1Pe 1:15
  14. 1 Thessalonians 4:8 : Eze 36:27; Ro 5:5; 2Co 1:22; Gal 4:6; 1Jn 3:24
  15. 1 Thessalonians 4:9 : S Ro 12:10
  16. 1 Thessalonians 4:9 : 1Th 5:1
  17. 1 Thessalonians 4:9 : S Jn 6:45
  18. 1 Thessalonians 4:9 : S Jn 13:34
  19. 1 Thessalonians 4:10 : S Ac 16:9
  20. 1 Thessalonians 4:10 : S 1Th 3:12
  21. 1 Thessalonians 4:11 : Eph 4:28; 2Th 3:10-12
  22. 1 Thessalonians 4:12 : S Mk 4:11
  23. 1 Thessalonians 4:13 : S Ro 11:25
  24. 1 Thessalonians 4:13 : S Mt 9:24
  25. 1 Thessalonians 4:13 : Eph 2:12
  26. 1 Thessalonians 4:14 : Ro 14:9; 1Co 15:3, 4; 2Co 5:15
  27. 1 Thessalonians 4:14 : 1Co 15:18
  28. 1 Thessalonians 4:15 : S 1Co 1:7
  29. 1 Thessalonians 4:15 : 1Co 15:52
  30. 1 Thessalonians 4:16 : S Mt 16:27
  31. 1 Thessalonians 4:16 : Jude 9
  32. 1 Thessalonians 4:16 : S Mt 24:31
  33. 1 Thessalonians 4:16 : 1Co 15:23; 2Th 2:1; Rev 14:13
  34. 1 Thessalonians 4:17 : 1Co 15:52
  35. 1 Thessalonians 4:17 : Ac 1:9; S Ac 8:39; S Rev 1:7; 11:12
  36. 1 Thessalonians 4:17 : S Jn 12:26
  37. 1 Thessalonians 4:18 : 1Th 5:11
  38. 1 Thessalonians 5:1 : Ac 1:7
  39. 1 Thessalonians 5:1 : 1Th 4:9
  40. 1 Thessalonians 5:2 : S 1Co 1:8
  41. 1 Thessalonians 5:2 : S Lk 12:39
  42. 1 Thessalonians 5:3 : Jer 4:10; 6:14; Eze 13:10
  43. 1 Thessalonians 5:3 : Job 15:21; Ps 35:8; 55:15; Isa 29:5; 47:9, 11
  44. 1 Thessalonians 5:3 : 2Th 1:9
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Psalm 81

Psalm 81[a]

For the director of music. According to gittith.[b] Of Asaph.

Sing for joy to God our strength;
shout aloud to the God of Jacob!(A)
Begin the music, strike the timbrel,(B)
play the melodious harp(C) and lyre.(D)

Sound the ram’s horn(E) at the New Moon,(F)
and when the moon is full, on the day of our festival;
this is a decree for Israel,
an ordinance of the God of Jacob.(G)
When God went out against Egypt,(H)
he established it as a statute for Joseph.

I heard an unknown voice say:(I)

“I removed the burden(J) from their shoulders;(K)
their hands were set free from the basket.
In your distress you called(L) and I rescued you,
I answered(M) you out of a thundercloud;
I tested you at the waters of Meribah.[c](N)
Hear me, my people,(O) and I will warn you—
if you would only listen to me, Israel!
You shall have no foreign god(P) among you;
you shall not worship any god other than me.
10 I am the Lord your God,
who brought you up out of Egypt.(Q)
Open(R) wide your mouth and I will fill(S) it.

11 “But my people would not listen to me;
Israel would not submit to me.(T)
12 So I gave them over(U) to their stubborn hearts
to follow their own devices.

13 “If my people would only listen to me,(V)
if Israel would only follow my ways,
14 how quickly I would subdue(W) their enemies
and turn my hand against(X) their foes!
15 Those who hate the Lord would cringe(Y) before him,
and their punishment would last forever.
16 But you would be fed with the finest of wheat;(Z)
with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”


  1. Psalm 81:1 In Hebrew texts 81:1-16 is numbered 81:2-17.
  2. Psalm 81:1 Title: Probably a musical term
  3. Psalm 81:7 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
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Proverbs 25:6-8

Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence,
and do not claim a place among his great men;
it is better for him to say to you, “Come up here,”(A)
than for him to humiliate you before his nobles.

What you have seen with your eyes
do not bring[a] hastily to court,
for what will you do in the end
if your neighbor puts you to shame?(B)


  1. Proverbs 25:8 Or nobles / on whom you had set your eyes. / Do not go
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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday October 10, 2019 (NIV)

Jeremiah 14:11-16:15

11 Then the Lord said to me, “Do not pray(A) for the well-being of this people. 12 Although they fast, I will not listen to their cry;(B) though they offer burnt offerings(C) and grain offerings,(D) I will not accept(E) them. Instead, I will destroy them with the sword,(F) famine(G) and plague.”(H)

13 But I said, “Alas, Sovereign Lord! The prophets(I) keep telling them, ‘You will not see the sword or suffer famine.(J) Indeed, I will give you lasting peace(K) in this place.’”

14 Then the Lord said to me, “The prophets are prophesying lies(L) in my name. I have not sent(M) them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions,(N) divinations,(O) idolatries[a] and the delusions of their own minds. 15 Therefore this is what the Lord says about the prophets who are prophesying in my name: I did not send them, yet they are saying, ‘No sword or famine will touch this land.’ Those same prophets will perish(P) by sword and famine.(Q) 16 And the people they are prophesying to will be thrown out into the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and sword. There will be no one to bury(R) them, their wives, their sons and their daughters.(S) I will pour out on them the calamity they deserve.(T)

17 “Speak this word to them:

“‘Let my eyes overflow with tears(U)
night and day without ceasing;
for the Virgin(V) Daughter, my people,
has suffered a grievous wound,
a crushing blow.(W)
18 If I go into the country,
I see those slain by the sword;
if I go into the city,
I see the ravages of famine.(X)
Both prophet and priest
have gone to a land they know not.(Y)’”

19 Have you rejected Judah completely?(Z)
Do you despise Zion?
Why have you afflicted us
so that we cannot be healed?(AA)
We hoped for peace
but no good has come,
for a time of healing
but there is only terror.(AB)
20 We acknowledge(AC) our wickedness, Lord,
and the guilt of our ancestors;(AD)
we have indeed sinned(AE) against you.
21 For the sake of your name(AF) do not despise us;
do not dishonor your glorious throne.(AG)
Remember your covenant(AH) with us
and do not break it.
22 Do any of the worthless idols(AI) of the nations bring rain?(AJ)
Do the skies themselves send down showers?
No, it is you, Lord our God.
Therefore our hope is in you,
for you are the one who does all this.(AK)

15 Then the Lord said to me: “Even if Moses(AL) and Samuel(AM) were to stand before me, my heart would not go out to this people.(AN) Send them away from my presence!(AO) Let them go! And if they ask you, ‘Where shall we go?’ tell them, ‘This is what the Lord says:

“‘Those destined for death, to death;
those for the sword, to the sword;(AP)
those for starvation, to starvation;(AQ)
those for captivity, to captivity.’(AR)

“I will send four kinds of destroyers(AS) against them,” declares the Lord, “the sword(AT) to kill and the dogs(AU) to drag away and the birds(AV) and the wild animals to devour and destroy.(AW) I will make them abhorrent(AX) to all the kingdoms of the earth(AY) because of what Manasseh(AZ) son of Hezekiah king of Judah did in Jerusalem.

“Who will have pity(BA) on you, Jerusalem?
Who will mourn for you?
Who will stop to ask how you are?
You have rejected(BB) me,” declares the Lord.
“You keep on backsliding.
So I will reach out(BC) and destroy you;
I am tired of holding back.(BD)
I will winnow(BE) them with a winnowing fork
at the city gates of the land.
I will bring bereavement(BF) and destruction on my people,(BG)
for they have not changed their ways.(BH)
I will make their widows(BI) more numerous
than the sand of the sea.
At midday I will bring a destroyer(BJ)
against the mothers of their young men;
suddenly I will bring down on them
anguish and terror.(BK)
The mother of seven will grow faint(BL)
and breathe her last.(BM)
Her sun will set while it is still day;
she will be disgraced(BN) and humiliated.
I will put the survivors to the sword(BO)
before their enemies,”(BP)
declares the Lord.

10 Alas, my mother, that you gave me birth,(BQ)
a man with whom the whole land strives and contends!(BR)
I have neither lent(BS) nor borrowed,
yet everyone curses(BT) me.

11 The Lord said,

“Surely I will deliver you(BU) for a good purpose;
surely I will make your enemies plead(BV) with you
in times of disaster and times of distress.

12 “Can a man break iron—
iron from the north(BW)—or bronze?

13 “Your wealth(BX) and your treasures
I will give as plunder,(BY) without charge,(BZ)
because of all your sins
throughout your country.(CA)
14 I will enslave you to your enemies
in[b] a land you do not know,(CB)
for my anger will kindle a fire(CC)
that will burn against you.”

15 Lord, you understand;
remember me and care for me.
Avenge me on my persecutors.(CD)
You are long-suffering(CE)—do not take me away;
think of how I suffer reproach for your sake.(CF)
16 When your words came, I ate(CG) them;
they were my joy and my heart’s delight,(CH)
for I bear your name,(CI)
Lord God Almighty.
17 I never sat(CJ) in the company of revelers,
never made merry with them;
I sat alone because your hand(CK) was on me
and you had filled me with indignation.
18 Why is my pain unending
and my wound grievous and incurable?(CL)
You are to me like a deceptive brook,
like a spring that fails.(CM)

19 Therefore this is what the Lord says:

“If you repent, I will restore you
that you may serve(CN) me;
if you utter worthy, not worthless, words,
you will be my spokesman.(CO)
Let this people turn to you,
but you must not turn to them.
20 I will make you a wall(CP) to this people,
a fortified wall of bronze;
they will fight against you
but will not overcome(CQ) you,
for I am with you
to rescue and save you,”(CR)
declares the Lord.
21 “I will save(CS) you from the hands of the wicked(CT)
and deliver(CU) you from the grasp of the cruel.”(CV)

Day of Disaster

16 Then the word of the Lord came to me: “You must not marry(CW) and have sons or daughters in this place.” For this is what the Lord says about the sons and daughters born in this land and about the women who are their mothers and the men who are their fathers:(CX) “They will die of deadly diseases. They will not be mourned or buried(CY) but will be like dung lying on the ground.(CZ) They will perish by sword and famine,(DA) and their dead bodies will become food for the birds and the wild animals.”(DB)

For this is what the Lord says: “Do not enter a house where there is a funeral meal; do not go to mourn or show sympathy, because I have withdrawn my blessing, my love and my pity(DC) from this people,” declares the Lord. “Both high and low will die in this land.(DD) They will not be buried or mourned,(DE) and no one will cut(DF) themselves or shave(DG) their head for the dead. No one will offer food(DH) to comfort those who mourn(DI) for the dead—not even for a father or a mother—nor will anyone give them a drink to console(DJ) them.

“And do not enter a house where there is feasting and sit down to eat and drink.(DK) For this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Before your eyes and in your days I will bring an end to the sounds(DL) of joy and gladness and to the voices of bride(DM) and bridegroom in this place.(DN)

10 “When you tell these people all this and they ask you, ‘Why has the Lord decreed such a great disaster against us? What wrong have we done? What sin have we committed against the Lord our God?’(DO) 11 then say to them, ‘It is because your ancestors forsook me,’ declares the Lord, ‘and followed other gods and served and worshiped(DP) them. They forsook me and did not keep my law.(DQ) 12 But you have behaved more wickedly than your ancestors.(DR) See how all of you are following the stubbornness of your evil hearts(DS) instead of obeying me. 13 So I will throw you out of this land(DT) into a land neither you nor your ancestors have known,(DU) and there you will serve other gods(DV) day and night, for I will show you no favor.’(DW)

14 “However, the days are coming,”(DX) declares the Lord, “when it will no longer be said, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,’(DY) 15 but it will be said, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of the land of the north(DZ) and out of all the countries where he had banished them.’(EA) For I will restore(EB) them to the land I gave their ancestors.(EC)


  1. Jeremiah 14:14 Or visions, worthless divinations
  2. Jeremiah 15:14 Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint and Syriac (see also 17:4); most Hebrew manuscripts I will cause your enemies to bring you / into

Cross references:

  1. Jeremiah 14:11 : S Ex 32:10; S 1Sa 2:25
  2. Jeremiah 14:12 : S Dt 1:45; S 1Sa 8:18; S Jer 11:11
  3. Jeremiah 14:12 : Lev 1:1-17; Jer 7:21
  4. Jeremiah 14:12 : S Lev 2:1-16
  5. Jeremiah 14:12 : Am 5:22
  6. Jeremiah 14:12 : S Isa 51:19; S Jer 9:16
  7. Jeremiah 14:12 : Jer 15:2; 16:4
  8. Jeremiah 14:12 : Jer 21:6; 27:8, 13; 32:24; 34:17; Eze 14:21
  9. Jeremiah 14:13 : Dt 18:22; Jer 27:14; 37:19
  10. Jeremiah 14:13 : S Jer 5:12
  11. Jeremiah 14:13 : S Isa 30:10; S Jer 4:10
  12. Jeremiah 14:14 : S Jer 5:1; 23:25; 27:14; Eze 13:2
  13. Jeremiah 14:14 : Jer 23:21, 32; 29:31; Eze 13:6
  14. Jeremiah 14:14 : Jer 23:16; La 2:9
  15. Jeremiah 14:14 : Eze 12:24
  16. Jeremiah 14:15 : Jer 20:6; Eze 14:9
  17. Jeremiah 14:15 : Jer 5:12-13; 16:4; La 1:19
  18. Jeremiah 14:16 : Ps 79:3
  19. Jeremiah 14:16 : S Jer 7:33
  20. Jeremiah 14:16 : S Pr 1:31; S Jer 17:10
  21. Jeremiah 14:17 : S Ps 119:136
  22. Jeremiah 14:17 : S 2Ki 19:21; S Isa 23:12
  23. Jeremiah 14:17 : S Jer 8:21
  24. Jeremiah 14:18 : Eze 7:15
  25. Jeremiah 14:18 : S 2Ch 36:10; S Jer 13:17
  26. Jeremiah 14:19 : Jer 7:29
  27. Jeremiah 14:19 : S Isa 1:6; Jer 30:12-13
  28. Jeremiah 14:19 : S Job 19:8; S Jer 8:15
  29. Jeremiah 14:20 : S Jer 3:13
  30. Jeremiah 14:20 : S Lev 26:40; S 1Ki 8:47; S Ezr 9:6
  31. Jeremiah 14:20 : S Jdg 10:10; Da 9:7-8
  32. Jeremiah 14:21 : ver 7; S Jos 7:9
  33. Jeremiah 14:21 : Isa 62:7; Jer 3:17
  34. Jeremiah 14:21 : S Ex 2:24
  35. Jeremiah 14:22 : S Isa 41:24; S 44:10; Jer 10:15; 16:19; Hab 2:18
  36. Jeremiah 14:22 : S 1Ki 8:36; S Ps 135:7
  37. Jeremiah 14:22 : S Isa 43:10
  38. Jeremiah 15:1 : S Ex 32:11; Nu 14:13-20
  39. Jeremiah 15:1 : S 1Sa 1:20; S 7:8
  40. Jeremiah 15:1 : S 1Sa 2:25; S Jer 7:16
  41. Jeremiah 15:1 : S 2Ki 17:20; Jer 16:13
  42. Jeremiah 15:2 : Jer 42:22; 43:11; 44:13
  43. Jeremiah 15:2 : S Dt 28:26; S Jer 14:12; La 4:9
  44. Jeremiah 15:2 : Eze 12:11; Rev 13:10
  45. Jeremiah 15:3 : S Nu 33:4
  46. Jeremiah 15:3 : S Lev 26:25
  47. Jeremiah 15:3 : S 1Ki 21:19; S 2Ki 9:36
  48. Jeremiah 15:3 : S Dt 28:26
  49. Jeremiah 15:3 : S Lev 26:22; Eze 14:21; 33:27
  50. Jeremiah 15:4 : Jer 24:9; 29:18; 34:17
  51. Jeremiah 15:4 : S Dt 28:25; S Job 17:6
  52. Jeremiah 15:4 : S 2Ki 21:2; 23:26-27
  53. Jeremiah 15:5 : Isa 27:11; 51:19; S Jer 13:14; 16:13; 21:7; Na 3:7
  54. Jeremiah 15:6 : S Dt 32:15; Jer 6:19
  55. Jeremiah 15:6 : Isa 31:3; Zep 1:4
  56. Jeremiah 15:6 : S Jer 7:20; Am 7:8
  57. Jeremiah 15:7 : S Isa 41:16
  58. Jeremiah 15:7 : Isa 3:26
  59. Jeremiah 15:7 : Jer 18:21
  60. Jeremiah 15:7 : S 2Ch 28:22
  61. Jeremiah 15:8 : S Isa 47:9
  62. Jeremiah 15:8 : S Jer 4:7; S 6:4
  63. Jeremiah 15:8 : S Job 18:11
  64. Jeremiah 15:9 : 1Sa 2:5
  65. Jeremiah 15:9 : S Job 8:13
  66. Jeremiah 15:9 : Jer 7:19
  67. Jeremiah 15:9 : Jer 21:7; 25:31
  68. Jeremiah 15:9 : 2Ki 25:7; Jer 19:7
  69. Jeremiah 15:10 : S Job 3:1; S 10:18-19
  70. Jeremiah 15:10 : Jer 1:19
  71. Jeremiah 15:10 : S Lev 25:36; Ne 5:1-12
  72. Jeremiah 15:10 : S Jer 6:10
  73. Jeremiah 15:11 : ver 21; Jer 40:4
  74. Jeremiah 15:11 : Jer 21:1-2; 37:3; 42:1-3
  75. Jeremiah 15:12 : S Dt 28:48; Jer 28:14; La 1:14; Hos 10:11
  76. Jeremiah 15:13 : S 2Ki 25:15
  77. Jeremiah 15:13 : S 2Ki 24:13; Eze 38:12-13
  78. Jeremiah 15:13 : S Ps 44:12
  79. Jeremiah 15:13 : Jer 17:3
  80. Jeremiah 15:14 : S Dt 28:36; S Jer 5:19
  81. Jeremiah 15:14 : S Ps 21:9
  82. Jeremiah 15:15 : Jdg 16:28; S Ps 119:84
  83. Jeremiah 15:15 : S Ex 34:6
  84. Jeremiah 15:15 : Ps 44:22; 69:7-9; S Jer 6:10
  85. Jeremiah 15:16 : Eze 2:8; 3:3; Rev 10:10
  86. Jeremiah 15:16 : S Job 15:11; Ps 119:72, 103
  87. Jeremiah 15:16 : S Isa 43:7; S Jer 14:9
  88. Jeremiah 15:17 : Ru 3:3; Ps 1:1; 26:4-5; Jer 16:8
  89. Jeremiah 15:17 : S 2Ki 3:15
  90. Jeremiah 15:18 : S Job 6:4; S Jer 10:19; 30:12; Mic 1:9
  91. Jeremiah 15:18 : S Job 6:15; S Ps 9:10
  92. Jeremiah 15:19 : Zec 3:7
  93. Jeremiah 15:19 : S Ex 4:16
  94. Jeremiah 15:20 : S Isa 50:7
  95. Jeremiah 15:20 : S Ps 129:2
  96. Jeremiah 15:20 : S Jer 1:8; 20:11; 42:11; Eze 3:8
  97. Jeremiah 15:21 : S Jer 1:8
  98. Jeremiah 15:21 : S Ps 97:10
  99. Jeremiah 15:21 : Jer 50:34
  100. Jeremiah 15:21 : S Ge 48:16
  101. Jeremiah 16:2 : Mt 19:12; 1Co 7:26-27
  102. Jeremiah 16:3 : Jer 6:21
  103. Jeremiah 16:4 : ver 6; Jer 25:33
  104. Jeremiah 16:4 : S Jer 9:22
  105. Jeremiah 16:4 : S Jer 14:15
  106. Jeremiah 16:4 : S Dt 28:26; Ps 79:1-3; S Jer 14:12; 19:7
  107. Jeremiah 16:5 : S Jer 15:5
  108. Jeremiah 16:6 : Jer 9:21; Eze 9:5-6
  109. Jeremiah 16:6 : S ver 4
  110. Jeremiah 16:6 : S Lev 19:28
  111. Jeremiah 16:6 : S Lev 21:5; S Job 1:20
  112. Jeremiah 16:7 : S 2Sa 3:35
  113. Jeremiah 16:7 : Jer 22:10; Eze 24:17; Hos 9:4
  114. Jeremiah 16:7 : La 1:9, 16
  115. Jeremiah 16:8 : S Ex 32:6; S Ecc 7:2-4; S Jer 15:17
  116. Jeremiah 16:9 : S Isa 24:8; S 51:3; Eze 26:13; Am 6:4-7
  117. Jeremiah 16:9 : S Ps 78:63
  118. Jeremiah 16:9 : Isa 22:12-14; Rev 18:23
  119. Jeremiah 16:10 : S Dt 29:24; Jer 5:19
  120. Jeremiah 16:11 : S Job 31:27
  121. Jeremiah 16:11 : Dt 29:25-26; S 1Ki 9:9; Ps 106:35-43
  122. Jeremiah 16:12 : S Ex 32:8; S Jer 7:26; Eze 20:30; Am 2:4
  123. Jeremiah 16:12 : S Ecc 9:3; S Jer 3:17
  124. Jeremiah 16:13 : S 2Ch 7:20
  125. Jeremiah 16:13 : S Dt 28:36; S Jer 5:19
  126. Jeremiah 16:13 : S Dt 4:28; S 1Ki 9:9
  127. Jeremiah 16:13 : S Jer 15:5
  128. Jeremiah 16:14 : Jer 29:10; 30:3; 31:27, 38
  129. Jeremiah 16:14 : S Dt 15:15
  130. Jeremiah 16:15 : S Jer 3:18
  131. Jeremiah 16:15 : S Isa 11:11; Jer 23:8
  132. Jeremiah 16:15 : Ps 53:6; S Isa 11:12; Jer 30:3; 32:44; Eze 38:14; Joel 3:1
  133. Jeremiah 16:15 : S Dt 30:3; S Isa 14:1
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1 Thessalonians 2:9-3:13

Surely you remember, brothers and sisters, our toil and hardship; we worked(A) night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone(B) while we preached the gospel of God to you. 10 You are witnesses,(C) and so is God,(D) of how holy,(E) righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. 11 For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children,(F) 12 encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy(G) of God, who calls(H) you into his kingdom and glory.

13 And we also thank God continually(I) because, when you received the word of God,(J) which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe. 14 For you, brothers and sisters, became imitators(K) of God’s churches in Judea,(L) which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own people(M) the same things those churches suffered from the Jews 15 who killed the Lord Jesus(N) and the prophets(O) and also drove us out. They displease God and are hostile to everyone 16 in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles(P) so that they may be saved. In this way they always heap up their sins to the limit.(Q) The wrath of God has come upon them at last.[a]

Paul’s Longing to See the Thessalonians

17 But, brothers and sisters, when we were orphaned by being separated from you for a short time (in person, not in thought),(R) out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you.(S) 18 For we wanted to come to you—certainly I, Paul, did, again and again—but Satan(T) blocked our way.(U) 19 For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown(V) in which we will glory(W) in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes?(X) Is it not you? 20 Indeed, you are our glory(Y) and joy.

So when we could stand it no longer,(Z) we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens.(AA) We sent Timothy,(AB) who is our brother and co-worker(AC) in God’s service in spreading the gospel of Christ,(AD) to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, so that no one would be unsettled by these trials.(AE) For you know quite well that we are destined for them.(AF) In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know.(AG) For this reason, when I could stand it no longer,(AH) I sent to find out about your faith.(AI) I was afraid that in some way the tempter(AJ) had tempted you and that our labors might have been in vain.(AK)

Timothy’s Encouraging Report

But Timothy(AL) has just now come to us from you(AM) and has brought good news about your faith and love.(AN) He has told us that you always have pleasant memories of us and that you long to see us, just as we also long to see you.(AO) Therefore, brothers and sisters, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith. For now we really live, since you are standing firm(AP) in the Lord. How can we thank God enough for you(AQ) in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you?(AR) 10 Night and day we pray(AS) most earnestly that we may see you again(AT) and supply what is lacking in your faith.

11 Now may our God and Father(AU) himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you. 12 May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other(AV) and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. 13 May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless(AW) and holy in the presence of our God and Father(AX) when our Lord Jesus comes(AY) with all his holy ones.(AZ)


  1. 1 Thessalonians 2:16 Or them fully

Cross references:

  1. 1 Thessalonians 2:9 : S Ac 18:3
  2. 1 Thessalonians 2:9 : S 2Co 11:9; 2Th 3:8
  3. 1 Thessalonians 2:10 : 1Th 1:5
  4. 1 Thessalonians 2:10 : ver 5; S Ro 1:9
  5. 1 Thessalonians 2:10 : 2Co 1:12
  6. 1 Thessalonians 2:11 : ver 7; 1Co 4:14; Gal 4:19; S 1Ti 1:2; Phm 10; S 1Jn 2:1
  7. 1 Thessalonians 2:12 : S Eph 4:1
  8. 1 Thessalonians 2:12 : S Ro 8:28
  9. 1 Thessalonians 2:13 : 1Th 1:2; S Ro 1:8
  10. 1 Thessalonians 2:13 : S Heb 4:12
  11. 1 Thessalonians 2:14 : 1Th 1:6
  12. 1 Thessalonians 2:14 : Gal 1:22
  13. 1 Thessalonians 2:14 : Ac 17:5; 2Th 1:4
  14. 1 Thessalonians 2:15 : Lk 24:20; Ac 2:23
  15. 1 Thessalonians 2:15 : S Mt 5:12
  16. 1 Thessalonians 2:16 : Ac 13:45, 50; 17:5; S 20:3; 21:27; 24:9
  17. 1 Thessalonians 2:16 : Mt 23:32
  18. 1 Thessalonians 2:17 : 1Co 5:3; Col 2:5
  19. 1 Thessalonians 2:17 : 1Th 3:10
  20. 1 Thessalonians 2:18 : S Mt 4:10
  21. 1 Thessalonians 2:18 : Ro 1:13; 15:22
  22. 1 Thessalonians 2:19 : Isa 62:3; Php 4:1
  23. 1 Thessalonians 2:19 : 2Co 1:14
  24. 1 Thessalonians 2:19 : S Mt 16:27; S Lk 17:30; S 1Co 1:7; 4:5; 1Th 3:13; 2Th 1:8-10; 1Pe 1:7; 1Jn 2:28; S Rev 1:7
  25. 1 Thessalonians 2:20 : 2Co 1:14
  26. 1 Thessalonians 3:1 : ver 5
  27. 1 Thessalonians 3:1 : S Ac 17:15
  28. 1 Thessalonians 3:2 : S Ac 16:1
  29. 1 Thessalonians 3:2 : S 1Co 3:9
  30. 1 Thessalonians 3:2 : S 2Co 2:12
  31. 1 Thessalonians 3:3 : Mk 4:17; Jn 16:33; Ro 5:3; 2Co 1:4; 4:17; 2Ti 3:12
  32. 1 Thessalonians 3:3 : S Ac 9:16; 14:22
  33. 1 Thessalonians 3:4 : 1Th 2:14
  34. 1 Thessalonians 3:5 : ver 1
  35. 1 Thessalonians 3:5 : ver 2
  36. 1 Thessalonians 3:5 : Mt 4:3
  37. 1 Thessalonians 3:5 : Gal 2:2; Php 2:16
  38. 1 Thessalonians 3:6 : S Ac 16:1
  39. 1 Thessalonians 3:6 : Ac 18:5
  40. 1 Thessalonians 3:6 : 1Th 1:3
  41. 1 Thessalonians 3:6 : 1Th 2:17, 18
  42. 1 Thessalonians 3:8 : S 1Co 16:13
  43. 1 Thessalonians 3:9 : 1Th 1:2
  44. 1 Thessalonians 3:9 : 1Th 2:19, 20
  45. 1 Thessalonians 3:10 : 2Ti 1:3
  46. 1 Thessalonians 3:10 : 1Th 2:17
  47. 1 Thessalonians 3:11 : ver 13; S Php 4:20
  48. 1 Thessalonians 3:12 : Php 1:9; 1Th 4:9, 10; 2Th 1:3
  49. 1 Thessalonians 3:13 : Ps 15:2; 1Co 1:8; Php 2:15; 1Th 5:23; 1Ti 6:14; 2Pe 3:14
  50. 1 Thessalonians 3:13 : ver 11; S Php 4:20
  51. 1 Thessalonians 3:13 : S 1Th 2:19
  52. 1 Thessalonians 3:13 : Mt 25:31; 2Th 1:7
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Psalm 80

Psalm 80[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of “The Lilies of the Covenant.” Of Asaph. A psalm.

Hear us, Shepherd of Israel,
you who lead Joseph like a flock.(A)
You who sit enthroned between the cherubim,(B)
shine forth before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh.(C)
Awaken(D) your might;
come and save us.(E)

Restore(F) us,(G) O God;
make your face shine on us,
that we may be saved.(H)

How long,(I) Lord God Almighty,
will your anger smolder(J)
against the prayers of your people?
You have fed them with the bread of tears;(K)
you have made them drink tears by the bowlful.(L)
You have made us an object of derision[b] to our neighbors,
and our enemies mock us.(M)

Restore us, God Almighty;
make your face shine on us,
that we may be saved.(N)

You transplanted a vine(O) from Egypt;
you drove out(P) the nations and planted(Q) it.
You cleared the ground for it,
and it took root and filled the land.
10 The mountains were covered with its shade,
the mighty cedars with its branches.
11 Its branches reached as far as the Sea,[c]
its shoots as far as the River.[d](R)

12 Why have you broken down its walls(S)
so that all who pass by pick its grapes?
13 Boars from the forest ravage(T) it,
and insects from the fields feed on it.
14 Return to us, God Almighty!
Look down from heaven and see!(U)
Watch over this vine,
15 the root your right hand has planted,
the son[e] you have raised up for yourself.

16 Your vine is cut down, it is burned with fire;(V)
at your rebuke(W) your people perish.
17 Let your hand rest on the man at your right hand,
the son of man(X) you have raised up for yourself.
18 Then we will not turn away from you;
revive(Y) us, and we will call on your name.

19 Restore us, Lord God Almighty;
make your face shine on us,
that we may be saved.


  1. Psalm 80:1 In Hebrew texts 80:1-19 is numbered 80:2-20.
  2. Psalm 80:6 Probable reading of the original Hebrew text; Masoretic Text contention
  3. Psalm 80:11 Probably the Mediterranean
  4. Psalm 80:11 That is, the Euphrates
  5. Psalm 80:15 Or branch
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Proverbs 25:1-5

More Proverbs of Solomon

25 These are more proverbs(A) of Solomon, compiled by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah:(B)

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter;
to search out a matter is the glory of kings.(C)
As the heavens are high and the earth is deep,
so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.

Remove the dross from the silver,
and a silversmith can produce a vessel;
remove wicked officials from the king’s presence,(D)
and his throne will be established(E) through righteousness.(F)

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday October 9, 2019 (NIV)

Jeremiah 12:1-14:10

Jeremiah’s Complaint

12 You are always righteous,(A) Lord,
when I bring a case(B) before you.
Yet I would speak with you about your justice:(C)
Why does the way of the wicked prosper?(D)
Why do all the faithless live at ease?
You have planted(E) them, and they have taken root;
they grow and bear fruit.(F)
You are always on their lips
but far from their hearts.(G)
Yet you know me, Lord;
you see me and test(H) my thoughts about you.
Drag them off like sheep(I) to be butchered!
Set them apart for the day of slaughter!(J)
How long will the land lie parched(K)
and the grass in every field be withered?(L)
Because those who live in it are wicked,
the animals and birds have perished.(M)
Moreover, the people are saying,
“He will not see what happens to us.”

God’s Answer

“If you have raced with men on foot
and they have worn you out,
how can you compete with horses?
If you stumble[a] in safe country,
how will you manage in the thickets(N) by[b] the Jordan?
Your relatives, members of your own family—
even they have betrayed you;
they have raised a loud cry against you.(O)
Do not trust them,
though they speak well of you.(P)

“I will forsake(Q) my house,
abandon(R) my inheritance;
I will give the one I love(S)
into the hands of her enemies.(T)
My inheritance has become to me
like a lion(U) in the forest.
She roars at me;
therefore I hate her.(V)
Has not my inheritance become to me
like a speckled bird of prey
that other birds of prey surround and attack?
Go and gather all the wild beasts;
bring them to devour.(W)
10 Many shepherds(X) will ruin my vineyard
and trample down my field;
they will turn my pleasant field
into a desolate wasteland.(Y)
11 It will be made a wasteland,(Z)
parched and desolate before me;(AA)
the whole land will be laid waste
because there is no one who cares.
12 Over all the barren heights in the desert
destroyers will swarm,
for the sword(AB) of the Lord(AC) will devour(AD)
from one end of the land to the other;(AE)
no one will be safe.(AF)
13 They will sow wheat but reap thorns;
they will wear themselves out but gain nothing.(AG)
They will bear the shame of their harvest
because of the Lord’s fierce anger.”(AH)

14 This is what the Lord says: “As for all my wicked neighbors who seize the inheritance(AI) I gave my people Israel, I will uproot(AJ) them from their lands and I will uproot(AK) the people of Judah from among them. 15 But after I uproot them, I will again have compassion(AL) and will bring(AM) each of them back to their own inheritance and their own country. 16 And if they learn(AN) well the ways of my people and swear by my name, saying, ‘As surely as the Lord lives’(AO)—even as they once taught my people to swear by Baal(AP)—then they will be established among my people.(AQ) 17 But if any nation does not listen, I will completely uproot and destroy(AR) it,” declares the Lord.

A Linen Belt

13 This is what the Lord said to me: “Go and buy a linen belt and put it around your waist, but do not let it touch water.” So I bought a belt, as the Lord directed, and put it around my waist.

Then the word of the Lord came to me a second time:(AS) “Take the belt you bought and are wearing around your waist, and go now to Perath[c](AT) and hide it there in a crevice in the rocks.” So I went and hid it at Perath, as the Lord told me.(AU)

Many days later the Lord said to me, “Go now to Perath and get the belt I told you to hide there.” So I went to Perath and dug up the belt and took it from the place where I had hidden it, but now it was ruined and completely useless.

Then the word of the Lord came to me: “This is what the Lord says: ‘In the same way I will ruin the pride of Judah and the great pride(AV) of Jerusalem. 10 These wicked people, who refuse to listen(AW) to my words, who follow the stubbornness of their hearts(AX) and go after other gods(AY) to serve and worship them,(AZ) will be like this belt—completely useless!(BA) 11 For as a belt is bound around the waist, so I bound all the people of Israel and all the people of Judah to me,’ declares the Lord, ‘to be my people for my renown(BB) and praise and honor.(BC) But they have not listened.’(BD)


12 “Say to them: ‘This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Every wineskin should be filled with wine.’ And if they say to you, ‘Don’t we know that every wineskin should be filled with wine?’ 13 then tell them, ‘This is what the Lord says: I am going to fill with drunkenness(BE) all who live in this land, including the kings who sit on David’s throne, the priests, the prophets and all those living in Jerusalem. 14 I will smash them one against the other, parents and children alike, declares the Lord. I will allow no pity(BF) or mercy or compassion(BG) to keep me from destroying(BH) them.’”

Threat of Captivity

15 Hear and pay attention,
do not be arrogant,
for the Lord has spoken.(BI)
16 Give glory(BJ) to the Lord your God
before he brings the darkness,
before your feet stumble(BK)
on the darkening hills.
You hope for light,
but he will turn it to utter darkness
and change it to deep gloom.(BL)
17 If you do not listen,(BM)
I will weep in secret
because of your pride;
my eyes will weep bitterly,
overflowing with tears,(BN)
because the Lord’s flock(BO) will be taken captive.(BP)

18 Say to the king(BQ) and to the queen mother,(BR)
“Come down from your thrones,
for your glorious crowns(BS)
will fall from your heads.”
19 The cities in the Negev will be shut up,
and there will be no one to open them.
All Judah(BT) will be carried into exile,
carried completely away.

20 Look up and see
those who are coming from the north.(BU)
Where is the flock(BV) that was entrusted to you,
the sheep of which you boasted?
21 What will you say when the Lord sets over you
those you cultivated as your special allies?(BW)
Will not pain grip you
like that of a woman in labor?(BX)
22 And if you ask yourself,
“Why has this happened to me?”(BY)
it is because of your many sins(BZ)
that your skirts have been torn off(CA)
and your body mistreated.(CB)
23 Can an Ethiopian[d] change his skin
or a leopard its spots?
Neither can you do good
who are accustomed to doing evil.(CC)

24 “I will scatter you like chaff(CD)
driven by the desert wind.(CE)
25 This is your lot,
the portion(CF) I have decreed for you,”
declares the Lord,
“because you have forgotten(CG) me
and trusted in false gods.(CH)
26 I will pull up your skirts over your face
that your shame may be seen(CI)
27 your adulteries and lustful neighings,
your shameless prostitution!(CJ)
I have seen your detestable acts
on the hills and in the fields.(CK)
Woe to you, Jerusalem!
How long will you be unclean?”(CL)

Drought, Famine, Sword

14 This is the word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah concerning the drought:(CM)

“Judah mourns,(CN)
her cities languish;
they wail for the land,
and a cry goes up from Jerusalem.
The nobles send their servants for water;
they go to the cisterns
but find no water.(CO)
They return with their jars unfilled;
dismayed and despairing,
they cover their heads.(CP)
The ground is cracked
because there is no rain in the land;(CQ)
the farmers are dismayed
and cover their heads.
Even the doe in the field
deserts her newborn fawn
because there is no grass.(CR)
Wild donkeys stand on the barren heights(CS)
and pant like jackals;
their eyes fail
for lack of food.”(CT)

Although our sins testify(CU) against us,
do something, Lord, for the sake of your name.(CV)
For we have often rebelled;(CW)
we have sinned(CX) against you.
You who are the hope(CY) of Israel,
its Savior(CZ) in times of distress,(DA)
why are you like a stranger in the land,
like a traveler who stays only a night?
Why are you like a man taken by surprise,
like a warrior powerless to save?(DB)
You are among(DC) us, Lord,
and we bear your name;(DD)
do not forsake(DE) us!

10 This is what the Lord says about this people:

“They greatly love to wander;
they do not restrain their feet.(DF)
So the Lord does not accept(DG) them;
he will now remember(DH) their wickedness
and punish them for their sins.”(DI)


  1. Jeremiah 12:5 Or you feel secure only
  2. Jeremiah 12:5 Or the flooding of
  3. Jeremiah 13:4 Or possibly to the Euphrates; similarly in verses 5-7
  4. Jeremiah 13:23 Hebrew Cushite (probably a person from the upper Nile region)

Cross references:

  1. Jeremiah 12:1 : S Ezr 9:15; Job 8:3; Da 9:14
  2. Jeremiah 12:1 : S Job 5:8
  3. Jeremiah 12:1 : Eze 18:25
  4. Jeremiah 12:1 : S Job 21:7, 13; Ps 37:7; Jer 5:27-28
  5. Jeremiah 12:2 : S Jer 11:17
  6. Jeremiah 12:2 : S Job 5:3
  7. Jeremiah 12:2 : S Isa 29:13; S Jer 3:10; S Eze 22:27; Mt 15:8; Mk 7:6; Tit 1:16
  8. Jeremiah 12:3 : Ps 7:9; 11:5; 139:1-4
  9. Jeremiah 12:3 : S Ps 44:11
  10. Jeremiah 12:3 : Jer 16:18; 17:18; 20:11
  11. Jeremiah 12:4 : S Jer 4:28
  12. Jeremiah 12:4 : S ver 11; S Jer 4:26; Joel 1:10-12; Am 1:2
  13. Jeremiah 12:4 : Dt 28:15-18; S Jer 4:25; S 9:10
  14. Jeremiah 12:5 : Jer 49:19; 50:44
  15. Jeremiah 12:6 : S Pr 26:24-25; Jer 9:4
  16. Jeremiah 12:6 : Ps 12:2
  17. Jeremiah 12:7 : S 2Ki 21:14
  18. Jeremiah 12:7 : S Jer 7:29
  19. Jeremiah 12:7 : Isa 5:1
  20. Jeremiah 12:7 : Jer 17:4
  21. Jeremiah 12:8 : S Ps 17:12
  22. Jeremiah 12:8 : Ps 5:5; Hos 9:15; Am 6:8
  23. Jeremiah 12:9 : S Dt 28:26; Isa 56:9; Jer 15:3; Eze 23:25; 39:17-20
  24. Jeremiah 12:10 : Jer 23:1; 25:34; Eze 34:2-10
  25. Jeremiah 12:10 : Isa 5:1-7; Jer 9:10; 25:11
  26. Jeremiah 12:11 : S Isa 5:6; S 24:4
  27. Jeremiah 12:11 : ver 4; Jer 9:12; 14:4; 23:10
  28. Jeremiah 12:12 : Eze 21:3-4
  29. Jeremiah 12:12 : S Dt 32:41; Isa 31:8; Jer 46:10; 47:6; Eze 14:17; 21:28; 33:2
  30. Jeremiah 12:12 : S Dt 32:42
  31. Jeremiah 12:12 : Jer 3:2
  32. Jeremiah 12:12 : Jer 7:10
  33. Jeremiah 12:13 : S Lev 26:20; S Dt 28:38
  34. Jeremiah 12:13 : S Ex 15:7; S Jer 4:26
  35. Jeremiah 12:14 : S Dt 29:28; S 2Ch 7:20
  36. Jeremiah 12:14 : S Ps 9:6; Zec 2:7-9
  37. Jeremiah 12:14 : S Dt 28:63
  38. Jeremiah 12:15 : S Ps 6:2
  39. Jeremiah 12:15 : S Dt 30:3; Am 9:14-15
  40. Jeremiah 12:16 : Jer 18:8
  41. Jeremiah 12:16 : S Jer 4:2
  42. Jeremiah 12:16 : S Jos 23:7
  43. Jeremiah 12:16 : S Isa 26:18; 49:6; Jer 3:17
  44. Jeremiah 12:17 : S Ge 27:29
  45. Jeremiah 13:3 : Jer 33:1
  46. Jeremiah 13:4 : S Ge 2:14
  47. Jeremiah 13:5 : Ex 40:16
  48. Jeremiah 13:9 : S Lev 26:19; S Mt 23:12; S Lk 1:51
  49. Jeremiah 13:10 : Jer 22:21
  50. Jeremiah 13:10 : S Ecc 9:3; S Jer 3:17
  51. Jeremiah 13:10 : S Dt 8:19; Jer 9:14
  52. Jeremiah 13:10 : S Jdg 10:13
  53. Jeremiah 13:10 : Eze 15:3
  54. Jeremiah 13:11 : Isa 63:12; Jer 32:20
  55. Jeremiah 13:11 : Ex 19:5-6; Isa 43:21; S Jer 3:17
  56. Jeremiah 13:11 : S Isa 65:12; S Jer 7:26
  57. Jeremiah 13:13 : Ps 60:3; 75:8; S Isa 29:9; Jer 25:18; 51:57
  58. Jeremiah 13:14 : Eze 7:4; 8:18; 9:5, 10; 24:14; Zec 11:6
  59. Jeremiah 13:14 : S Isa 9:17; Jer 16:5
  60. Jeremiah 13:14 : Dt 29:20; Isa 9:19-21; S Jer 7:20; 49:32, 36; La 2:21; Eze 5:10
  61. Jeremiah 13:15 : S Ex 23:21; Ps 95:7-8
  62. Jeremiah 13:16 : S Jos 7:19
  63. Jeremiah 13:16 : S Lev 26:37; S Job 3:23; Isa 51:17; Jer 23:12
  64. Jeremiah 13:16 : S 1Sa 2:9; S Job 3:5; S Ps 82:5
  65. Jeremiah 13:17 : Mal 2:2
  66. Jeremiah 13:17 : S Jer 9:1
  67. Jeremiah 13:17 : Ps 80:1; Jer 23:1
  68. Jeremiah 13:17 : Jer 14:18; 29:1
  69. Jeremiah 13:18 : Jer 21:11; 22:1
  70. Jeremiah 13:18 : S 1Ki 2:19; S 2Ki 24:8; S Isa 22:17
  71. Jeremiah 13:18 : S 2Sa 12:30; La 5:16; Eze 16:12; 21:26
  72. Jeremiah 13:19 : Jer 20:4; 52:30; La 1:3
  73. Jeremiah 13:20 : Jer 6:22; Hab 1:6
  74. Jeremiah 13:20 : Jer 23:2
  75. Jeremiah 13:21 : S Ps 41:9; Jer 4:30; 20:10; 38:22; Ob 1:7
  76. Jeremiah 13:21 : S Jer 4:31
  77. Jeremiah 13:22 : S 1Ki 9:9
  78. Jeremiah 13:22 : Jer 9:2-6; 16:10-12
  79. Jeremiah 13:22 : S Isa 20:4
  80. Jeremiah 13:22 : La 1:8; Eze 16:37; 23:26; Na 3:5-6
  81. Jeremiah 13:23 : S 2Ch 6:36
  82. Jeremiah 13:24 : S Ps 1:4
  83. Jeremiah 13:24 : S Lev 26:33; S Job 1:19; S 27:21
  84. Jeremiah 13:25 : S Job 20:29; Mt 24:51
  85. Jeremiah 13:25 : S Isa 17:10
  86. Jeremiah 13:25 : S Dt 31:20; S Ps 4:2; 106:19-21
  87. Jeremiah 13:26 : La 1:8; Eze 16:37; Na 3:5
  88. Jeremiah 13:27 : Eze 23:29
  89. Jeremiah 13:27 : S Isa 57:7; Eze 6:13
  90. Jeremiah 13:27 : Hos 8:5
  91. Jeremiah 14:1 : S Dt 28:22; S Isa 5:6
  92. Jeremiah 14:2 : S Isa 3:26
  93. Jeremiah 14:3 : S Dt 28:48; S 2Ki 18:31; Job 6:19-20
  94. Jeremiah 14:3 : S Est 6:12
  95. Jeremiah 14:4 : S Jer 3:3; S 12:11; Am 4:8; Zec 14:17
  96. Jeremiah 14:5 : Isa 15:6
  97. Jeremiah 14:6 : S Job 39:5-6; S Ps 104:11; S Jer 2:24
  98. Jeremiah 14:6 : S Ge 47:4
  99. Jeremiah 14:7 : S Isa 3:9; Hos 5:5
  100. Jeremiah 14:7 : S 1Sa 12:22; S Ps 79:9
  101. Jeremiah 14:7 : S Jer 2:19; 5:6
  102. Jeremiah 14:7 : S Jer 8:14
  103. Jeremiah 14:8 : S Ps 9:18; Jer 17:13; 50:7
  104. Jeremiah 14:8 : Ps 18:46; S Isa 25:9
  105. Jeremiah 14:8 : Ps 46:1
  106. Jeremiah 14:9 : S Isa 50:2
  107. Jeremiah 14:9 : S Ge 17:7; Jer 8:19
  108. Jeremiah 14:9 : Isa 63:19; Jer 15:16
  109. Jeremiah 14:9 : S Ps 27:9
  110. Jeremiah 14:10 : Ps 119:101; Jer 2:25
  111. Jeremiah 14:10 : Jer 6:20; Am 5:22
  112. Jeremiah 14:10 : Hos 7:2; 9:9; Am 8:7
  113. Jeremiah 14:10 : Jer 44:21-23; Hos 8:13; Am 3:2
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1 Thessalonians 1:1-2:8

Paul, Silas[a](A) and Timothy,(B)

To the church of the Thessalonians(C) in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

Grace and peace to you.(D)

Thanksgiving for the Thessalonians’ Faith

We always thank God for all of you(E) and continually mention you in our prayers.(F) We remember before our God and Father(G) your work produced by faith,(H) your labor prompted by love,(I) and your endurance inspired by hope(J) in our Lord Jesus Christ.

For we know, brothers and sisters[b] loved by God,(K) that he has chosen you, because our gospel(L) came to you not simply with words but also with power,(M) with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know(N) how we lived among you for your sake. You became imitators of us(O) and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering(P) with the joy(Q) given by the Holy Spirit.(R) And so you became a model(S) to all the believers in Macedonia(T) and Achaia.(U) The Lord’s message(V) rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere.(W) Therefore we do not need to say anything about it, for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned(X) to God from idols(Y) to serve the living and true God,(Z) 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven,(AA) whom he raised from the dead(AB)—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.(AC)

Paul’s Ministry in Thessalonica

You know, brothers and sisters, that our visit to you(AD) was not without results.(AE) We had previously suffered(AF) and been treated outrageously in Philippi,(AG) as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in the face of strong opposition.(AH) For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives,(AI) nor are we trying to trick you.(AJ) On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel.(AK) We are not trying to please people(AL) but God, who tests our hearts.(AM) You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed(AN)—God is our witness.(AO) We were not looking for praise from people,(AP) not from you or anyone else, even though as apostles(AQ) of Christ we could have asserted our authority.(AR) Instead, we were like young children[c] among you.

Just as a nursing mother cares for her children,(AS) so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God(AT) but our lives as well.(AU)


  1. 1 Thessalonians 1:1 Greek Silvanus, a variant of Silas
  2. 1 Thessalonians 1:4 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in 2:1, 9, 14, 17; 3:7; 4:1, 10, 13; 5:1, 4, 12, 14, 25, 27.
  3. 1 Thessalonians 2:7 Some manuscripts were gentle

Cross references:

  1. 1 Thessalonians 1:1 : S Ac 15:22
  2. 1 Thessalonians 1:1 : S Ac 16:1; 2Th 1:1
  3. 1 Thessalonians 1:1 : S Ac 17:1
  4. 1 Thessalonians 1:1 : S Ro 1:7
  5. 1 Thessalonians 1:2 : S Ro 1:8; Eph 5:20
  6. 1 Thessalonians 1:2 : S Ro 1:10
  7. 1 Thessalonians 1:3 : S Php 4:20
  8. 1 Thessalonians 1:3 : Gal 5:6; 2Th 1:11; Jas 2:14-26
  9. 1 Thessalonians 1:3 : 1Th 3:6; 2Th 1:3; S 1Co 13:13
  10. 1 Thessalonians 1:3 : Ro 8:25
  11. 1 Thessalonians 1:4 : Col 3:12; 2Th 2:13
  12. 1 Thessalonians 1:5 : S 2Co 2:12; 2Th 2:14
  13. 1 Thessalonians 1:5 : Ro 1:16; S Ro 15:13
  14. 1 Thessalonians 1:5 : 1Th 2:10
  15. 1 Thessalonians 1:6 : S 1Co 4:16
  16. 1 Thessalonians 1:6 : Ac 17:5-10
  17. 1 Thessalonians 1:6 : S 2Co 6:10
  18. 1 Thessalonians 1:6 : Ac 13:52
  19. 1 Thessalonians 1:7 : S 1Ti 4:12
  20. 1 Thessalonians 1:7 : S Ac 16:9
  21. 1 Thessalonians 1:7 : S Ac 18:12
  22. 1 Thessalonians 1:8 : 2Th 3:1
  23. 1 Thessalonians 1:8 : Ro 1:8
  24. 1 Thessalonians 1:9 : Ac 14:15
  25. 1 Thessalonians 1:9 : 1Co 12:2; Gal 4:8
  26. 1 Thessalonians 1:9 : S Mt 16:16
  27. 1 Thessalonians 1:10 : S 1Co 1:7
  28. 1 Thessalonians 1:10 : S Ac 2:24
  29. 1 Thessalonians 1:10 : S Ro 1:18
  30. 1 Thessalonians 2:1 : 1Th 1:5, 9
  31. 1 Thessalonians 2:1 : 2Th 1:10
  32. 1 Thessalonians 2:2 : Ac 14:19; 16:22; Php 1:30
  33. 1 Thessalonians 2:2 : S Ac 16:12
  34. 1 Thessalonians 2:2 : Ac 17:1-9
  35. 1 Thessalonians 2:3 : 2Co 2:17
  36. 1 Thessalonians 2:3 : 2Co 4:2
  37. 1 Thessalonians 2:4 : Gal 2:7; 1Ti 1:11
  38. 1 Thessalonians 2:4 : S Ro 2:29
  39. 1 Thessalonians 2:4 : S Rev 2:23
  40. 1 Thessalonians 2:5 : S Ac 20:33
  41. 1 Thessalonians 2:5 : ver 10; S Ro 1:9
  42. 1 Thessalonians 2:6 : Jn 5:41, 44
  43. 1 Thessalonians 2:6 : 1Co 9:1, 2
  44. 1 Thessalonians 2:6 : 2Co 11:7-11
  45. 1 Thessalonians 2:7 : S ver 11
  46. 1 Thessalonians 2:8 : S Ro 1:1
  47. 1 Thessalonians 2:8 : 2Co 12:15; 1Jn 3:16
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Psalm 79

Psalm 79

A psalm of Asaph.

O God, the nations have invaded your inheritance;(A)
they have defiled(B) your holy temple,
they have reduced Jerusalem to rubble.(C)
They have left the dead bodies of your servants
as food for the birds of the sky,(D)
the flesh of your own people for the animals of the wild.(E)
They have poured out blood like water
all around Jerusalem,
and there is no one to bury(F) the dead.(G)
We are objects of contempt to our neighbors,
of scorn(H) and derision to those around us.(I)

How long,(J) Lord? Will you be angry(K) forever?
How long will your jealousy burn like fire?(L)
Pour out your wrath(M) on the nations
that do not acknowledge(N) you,
on the kingdoms
that do not call on your name;(O)
for they have devoured(P) Jacob
and devastated his homeland.

Do not hold against us the sins of past generations;(Q)
may your mercy come quickly to meet us,
for we are in desperate need.(R)
Help us,(S) God our Savior,
for the glory of your name;
deliver us and forgive our sins
for your name’s sake.(T)
10 Why should the nations say,
“Where is their God?”(U)

Before our eyes, make known among the nations
that you avenge(V) the outpoured blood(W) of your servants.
11 May the groans of the prisoners come before you;
with your strong arm preserve those condemned to die.
12 Pay back into the laps(X) of our neighbors seven times(Y)
the contempt they have hurled at you, Lord.
13 Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture,(Z)
will praise you forever;(AA)
from generation to generation
we will proclaim your praise.

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Proverbs 24:30-34

30 I went past the field of a sluggard,(A)
past the vineyard of someone who has no sense;
31 thorns had come up everywhere,
the ground was covered with weeds,
and the stone wall was in ruins.
32 I applied my heart to what I observed
and learned a lesson from what I saw:
33 A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest(B)
34 and poverty will come on you like a thief
and scarcity like an armed man.(C)

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