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Jeremiah’s Message for Zedekiah 21:1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD when King Zedekiah sent to him Pashhur the son of Malchijah, and Zephaniah the priest, the son of Maaseiah, saying,
2 “Please inquire of the LORD on our behalf, for Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon is warring against us; perhaps the LORD will deal with us according to all His wonderful acts, so that the enemy will withdraw from us.”
3 Then Jeremiah said to them, “You shall say to Zedekiah as follows:
4 ‘Thus says the LORD God of Israel, “Behold, I am about to turn back the weapons of war which are in your hands, with which you are warring against the king of Babylon and the Chaldeans who are besieging you outside the wall; and I will gather them into the center of this city.
5 I Myself will war against you with an outstretched hand and a mighty arm, even in anger and wrath and great indignation.
6 I will also strike down the inhabitants of this city, both man and beast; they will die of a great pestilence.
7 Then afterwards,” declares the LORD, “I will give over Zedekiah king of Judah and his servants and the people, even those who survive in this city from the pestilence, the sword and the famine, into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of their foes and into the hand of those who seek their lives; and he will strike them down with the edge of the sword. He will not spare them nor have pity nor compassion.”’
8 “You shall also say to this people, ‘Thus says the LORD, “Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death.
9 He who dwells in this city will die by the sword and by famine and by pestilence; but he who goes out and falls away to the Chaldeans who are besieging you will live, and he will have his own life as booty.
10 For I have set My face against this city for harm and not for good,” declares the LORD. “It will be given into the hand of the king of Babylon and he will burn it with fire.”’
11 “Then say to the household of the king of Judah, ‘Hear the word of the LORD,
12 O house of David, thus says the LORD: “Administer justice every morning; And deliver the person who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor, That My wrath may not go forth like fire And burn with none to extinguish it, Because of the evil of their deeds.
13 “Behold, I am against you, O valley dweller, O rocky plain,” declares the LORD, “You men who say, ‘Who will come down against us? Or who will enter into our habitations?’
14 “But I will punish you according to the results of your deeds,” declares the LORD, “And I will kindle a fire in its forest That it may devour all its environs.”’”
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Warning of Jerusalem’s Fall 22:1 Thus says the LORD, “Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and there speak this word
2 and say, ‘Hear the word of the LORD, O king of Judah, who sits on David’s throne, you and your servants and your people who enter these gates.
3 Thus says the LORD, “Do justice and righteousness, and deliver the one who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor. Also do not mistreat or do violence to the stranger, the orphan, or the widow; and do not shed innocent blood in this place.
4 For if you men will indeed perform this thing, then kings will enter the gates of this house, sitting in David’s place on his throne, riding in chariots and on horses, even the king himself and his servants and his people.
5 But if you will not obey these words, I swear by Myself,” declares the LORD, “that this house will become a desolation.”’”
6 For thus says the LORD concerning the house of the king of Judah: “You are like Gilead to Me, Like the summit of Lebanon; Yet most assuredly I will make you like a wilderness, Like cities which are not inhabited.
7 “For I will set apart destroyers against you, Each with his weapons; And they will cut down your choicest cedars And throw them on the fire.
8 “Many nations will pass by this city; and they will say to one another, ‘Why has the LORD done thus to this great city?’
9 Then they will answer, ‘Because they forsook the covenant of the LORD their God and bowed down to other gods and served them.’”
10 Do not weep for the dead or mourn for him, But weep continually for the one who goes away; For he will never return Or see his native land.
11 For thus says the LORD in regard to Shallum the son of Josiah, king of Judah, who became king in the place of Josiah his father, who went forth from this place, “He will never return there;
12 but in the place where they led him captive, there he will die and not see this land again.
Messages about the Kings13 “Woe to him who builds his house without righteousness And his upper rooms without justice, Who uses his neighbor’s services without pay And does not give him his wages,
14 Who says, ‘I will build myself a roomy house With spacious upper rooms, And cut out its windows, Paneling it with cedar and painting it bright red.’
15 “Do you become a king because you are competing in cedar? Did not your father eat and drink And do justice and righteousness? Then it was well with him.
16 “He pled the cause of the afflicted and needy; Then it was well. Is not that what it means to know Me?” Declares the LORD.
17 “But your eyes and your heart Are intent only upon your own dishonest gain, And on shedding innocent blood And on practicing oppression and extortion.”
18 Therefore thus says the LORD in regard to Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, “They will not lament for him: ‘Alas, my brother!’ or, ‘Alas, sister!’ They will not lament for him: ‘Alas for the master!’ or, ‘Alas for his splendor!’
19 “He will be buried with a donkey’s burial, Dragged off and thrown out beyond the gates of Jerusalem.
20 “Go up to Lebanon and cry out, And lift up your voice in Bashan; Cry out also from Abarim, For all your lovers have been crushed.
21 “I spoke to you in your prosperity; But you said, ‘I will not listen!’ This has been your practice from your youth, That you have not obeyed My voice.
22 “The wind will sweep away all your shepherds, And your lovers will go into captivity; Then you will surely be ashamed and humiliated Because of all your wickedness.
23 “You who dwell in Lebanon, Nested in the cedars, How you will groan when pangs come upon you, Pain like a woman in childbirth!
24 “As I live,” declares the LORD, “even though Coniah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah were a signet ring on My right hand, yet I would pull you off;
25 and I will give you over into the hand of those who are seeking your life, yes, into the hand of those whom you dread, even into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and into the hand of the Chaldeans.
26 I will hurl you and your mother who bore you into another country where you were not born, and there you will die.
27 But as for the land to which they desire to return, they will not return to it.
28 “Is this man Coniah a despised, shattered jar? Or is he an undesirable vessel? Why have he and his descendants been hurled out And cast into a land that they had not known?
29 “O land, land, land, Hear the word of the LORD!
30 “Thus says the LORD, ‘Write this man down childless, A man who will not prosper in his days; For no man of his descendants will prosper Sitting on the throne of David Or ruling again in Judah.’”
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Contrast the Upright and the Wicked12:1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, But he who hates reproof is stupid.
2 A good man will obtain favor from the LORD, But He will condemn a man who devises evil.
3 A man will not be established by wickedness, But the root of the righteous will not be moved.
4 An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, But she who shames him is like rottenness in his bones.
5 The thoughts of the righteous are just, But the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
6 The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, But the mouth of the upright will deliver them.
7 The wicked are overthrown and are no more, But the house of the righteous will stand.
8 A man will be praised according to his insight, But one of perverse mind will be despised.
9 Better is he who is lightly esteemed and has a servant Than he who honors himself and lacks bread.
10 A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal, But even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.
11 He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, But he who pursues worthless things lacks sense.
12 The wicked man desires the booty of evil men, But the root of the righteous yields fruit.
13 An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, But the righteous will escape from trouble.
14 A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his words, And the deeds of a man’s hands will return to him.
15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.
16 A fool’s anger is known at once, But a prudent man conceals dishonor.
17 He who speaks truth tells what is right, But a false witness, deceit.
18 There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, But the tongue of the wise brings healing.
19 Truthful lips will be established forever, But a lying tongue is only for a moment.
20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, But counselors of peace have joy.
21 No harm befalls the righteous, But the wicked are filled with trouble.
22 Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, But those who deal faithfully are His delight.
23 A prudent man conceals knowledge, But the heart of fools proclaims folly.
24 The hand of the diligent will rule, But the slack hand will be put to forced labor.
25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, But a good word makes it glad.
26 The righteous is a guide to his neighbor, But the way of the wicked leads them astray.
27 A lazy man does not roast his prey, But the precious possession of a man is diligence.
28 In the way of righteousness is life, And in its pathway there is no death.
2 PETER 1
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Growth in Christian Virtue 1:1 Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ:
2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord;
3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.
4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.
5 Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge,
6 and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness,
7 and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.
8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins.
10 Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble;
11 for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.
12 Therefore, I will always be ready to remind you of these things, even though you already know them, and have been established in the truth which is present with you.
13 I consider it right, as long as I am in this earthly dwelling, to stir you up by way of reminder,
14 knowing that the laying aside of my earthly dwelling is imminent, as also our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me.
15 And I will also be diligent that at any time after my departure you will be able to call these things to mind.
Eyewitnesses 16 For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.
17 For when He received honor and glory from God the Father, such an utterance as this was made to Him by the Majestic Glory, “This is My beloved Son with whom I am well-pleased”--
18 and we ourselves heard this utterance made from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.
19 So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts.
20 But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation,
21 for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
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