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Daily Reading - November 9, 2019

 

Jeremiah 13-14

Chapter 13

The Ruined Waistband

1 Thus the Lord said to me, "Go and buy yourself a linen waistband and put it around your waist, but do not put it in water."
2 So I bought the waistband in accordance with the word of the Lord and put it around my waist.
3 Then the word of the Lord came to me a second time, saying,
4 "Take the waistband that you have bought, which is around your waist, and arise, go to the [fn] Euphrates and hide it there in a crevice of the rock."
5 So I went and hid it by the Euphrates, as the Lord had commanded me.
6 After many days the Lord said to me, "Arise, go to the Euphrates and take from there the waistband which I commanded you to hide there."
7 Then I went to the Euphrates and dug, and I took the waistband from the place where I had hidden it; and lo, the waistband was ruined, it was totally worthless.

8 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
9 "Thus says the Lord, 'Just so will I destroy the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem.
10 'This wicked people, who refuse to listen to My words, who walk in the stubbornness of their hearts and have gone after other gods to serve them and to bow down to them, let them be just like this waistband which is totally worthless.
11 'For as the waistband clings to the waist of a man, so I made the whole household of Israel and the whole household of Judah cling to Me,' declares the Lord, 'that they might be for Me a people, for renown [fn], for praise and for glory; but they did not listen.'

Captivity Threatened

12 "Therefore you are to speak this word to them, 'Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, "Every jug is to be filled with wine."' And when they say to you, 'Do we not very well know that every jug is to be filled with wine?'
13 then say to them, 'Thus says the Lord, "Behold I am about to fill all the inhabitants of this land—the kings that sit for David on his throne, the priests, the prophets and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem—with drunkenness!
14 "I will dash them against each other, both the fathers and the sons together," declares the Lord. "I will not show pity nor be sorry nor have compassion so as not to destroy them.""'


15 Listen and give heed, do not be haughty, For the Lord has spoken.
16 Give glory to the Lord your God, Before He brings darkness And before your feet stumble On the dusky mountains, And while you are hoping for light He makes it into deep darkness, And turns it into gloom.
17 But if you will not listen to it, My soul will sob in secret for such pride; And my eyes will bitterly weep And flow down with tears, Because the flock of the Lord has been taken captive.
18 Say to the king and the queen mother, "Take a lowly seat, For your beautiful crown Has come down from your head."
19 The cities of the Negev have been locked up, And there is no one to open them; All Judah has been carried into exile, Wholly carried into exile.

20 "Lift up your eyes and see Those coming from the north. Where is the flock that was given you, Your beautiful sheep?
21 "What will you say when He appoints over you— And you yourself had taught them— Former companions [fn] to be head over you? Will not pangs take hold of you Like a woman in childbirth?
22 "If you say in your heart, 'Why have these things happened to me?' Because of the magnitude of your iniquity Your skirts have been removed And your heels have been [fn] exposed.
23 "Can the Ethiopian change his skin Or the leopard his spots? Then you also can do good Who are accustomed to doing evil.
24 "Therefore I will scatter them like drifting straw To the desert wind.
25 "This is your lot, the portion measured to you From Me," declares the Lord, "Because you have forgotten Me And trusted in falsehood.
26 "So I Myself have also stripped your skirts off over your face, That your shame may be seen.
27 "As for your adulteries and your lustful neighings, The lewdness of your prostitution On the hills in the field, I have seen your abominations. Woe to you, O Jerusalem! How long will you remain unclean?"

Chapter 14

Drought and a Prayer for Mercy

1 That which came as the word of the Lord to Jeremiah in regard to the drought:
2 "Judah mourns And her gates languish; They sit on the ground in mourning, And the cry of Jerusalem has ascended.
3 "Their nobles have sent their servants [fn] for water; They have come to the cisterns and found no water. They have returned with their vessels empty; They have been put to shame and humiliated, And they cover their heads.
4 "Because the ground is cracked [fn], For there has been no rain on the land; The farmers have been put to shame, They have covered their heads.
5 "For even the doe in the field has given birth only to abandon her young, Because there is no grass.
6 "The wild donkeys stand on the bare heights; They pant for air like jackals, Their eyes fail For there is no vegetation.
7 "Although our iniquities testify against us, O Lord, act for Your name's sake! Truly our apostasies have been many, We have sinned against You.
8 "O Hope of Israel, Its Savior in time of distress, Why are You like a stranger in the land Or like a traveler who has pitched his tent for the night?
9 "Why are You like a man dismayed, Like a mighty man who cannot save? Yet You are in our midst, O Lord, And we are called by Your name; Do not forsake us!"
10 Thus says the Lord to this people, "Even so they have loved to wander; they have not kept their feet in check. Therefore the Lord does not accept them; now He will remember their iniquity and call their sins to account."
11 So the Lord said to me, "Do not pray for the welfare of this people.
12 "When they fast, I am not going to listen to their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and grain offering, I am not going to accept them. Rather I am going to make an end of them by the sword, famine and pestilence."

False Prophets

13 But, "Ah, Lord [fn]God!" I said, "Look, the prophets are telling them, 'You will not see the sword nor will you have famine, but I will give you lasting [fn] peace in this place.' "
14 Then the Lord said to me, "The prophets are prophesying falsehood in My name. I have neither sent them nor commanded them nor spoken to them; they are prophesying to you a false vision, divination, futility and the deception of their own minds [fn].
15 "Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the prophets who are prophesying in My name, although it was not I who sent them—yet they keep saying, 'There will be no sword or famine in this land'—by sword and famine those prophets shall meet [fn] their end!
16 "The people also to whom they are prophesying will be thrown out into the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword; and there will be no one to bury them—neither them, nor their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters—for I will pour out their own wickedness on them.

17 "You will say this word to them, 'Let my eyes flow down with tears night and day, And let them not cease; For the virgin daughter of my people has been crushed with a mighty blow, With a sorely infected wound.
18 'If I go out to the country, Behold, those slain [fn] with the sword! Or if I enter the city, Behold, diseases of famine! For both prophet and priest Have gone [fn] roving about in the land that they do not know.' "

19 Have You completely rejected Judah? Or have You [fn] loathed Zion? Why have You stricken us so that we are beyond healing? We waited for peace, but nothing good came; And for a time of healing, but behold, terror!
20 We know our wickedness, O Lord, The iniquity of our fathers, for we have sinned against You.
21 Do not despise us, for Your own name's sake; Do not disgrace the throne of Your glory; Remember and do not annul Your covenant with us.
22 Are there any among the idols [fn] of the nations who give rain? Or can the heavens grant showers? Is it not You, O Lord our God? Therefore we hope [fn] in You, For You are the one who has done all these things.
 
Psalms 125

Psalm 125

The Lord Surrounds His People.

A Song of Ascents.

1 Those who trust in the Lord Are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides forever.
2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So the Lord surrounds His people From this time forth and forever.
3 For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest upon the land [fn] of the righteous, So that the righteous will not put forth their hands to do wrong.

4 Do good, O Lord, to those who are good And to those who are upright in their hearts.
5 But as for those who turn aside to their crooked ways, The Lord will lead them away with the doers of iniquity. Peace be upon Israel.
 
Titus 1

Titus

Chapter 1

Salutation

1 Paul, a bond-servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for [fn] the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness,
2 in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long [fn] ages ago,
3 but at the proper time manifested, even His word, in the proclamation with which I was entrusted according to the commandment of God our Savior,

4 To Titus, my true child in [fn] a common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.

Qualifications of Elders

5 For this reason I left you in Crete, that you would set in order what remains and appoint elders in every city as I directed you,
6 namely, if any man is above reproach, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of dissipation or rebellion.
7 For the overseer [fn] must be above reproach as God's steward, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not addicted to wine, not pugnacious, not fond of sordid gain,
8 but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, just, devout, self-controlled,
9 holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.

10 For there are many rebellious men, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision,
11 who must be silenced because they are upsetting whole families, teaching things they should not teach for the sake of sordid gain.
12 One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said, "Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons."
13 This testimony is true. For this reason reprove them severely so that they may be sound in the faith,
14 not paying attention to Jewish myths and commandments of men who turn away from the truth.
15 To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled.
16 They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed.

 
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