145 I have made my prayer with all my heart; give answer to me, O Lord: I will keep your rules.
146My cry has gone up to you; take me out of trouble, and I will be guided by your unchanging word.
147Before the sun is up, my cry for help comes to your ear; my hope is in your words.
148In the night watches I am awake, so that I may give thought to your saying.
149Let my voice come to you, in your mercy; O Lord, by your decisions give me life.
150Those who have evil designs against me come near; they are far from your law.
151You are near, O Lord; and all your teachings are true.
152I have long had knowledge that your unchanging word is for ever.
153 O see my trouble, and be my saviour; for I keep your law in my mind,
154Undertake my cause, and come to my help, give me life, as you have said.
155Salvation is far from evil-doers; for they have made no search for your rules.
156Great is the number of your mercies, O Lord; give me life in keeping with your decisions.
157Great is the number of those who are against me; but I have not been turned away from your unchanging word.
158I saw with hate those who were untrue to you; for they did not keep your saying.
159See how great is my love for your orders: give me life, O Lord, in keeping with your mercy.
160Your word is true from the first; and your upright decision is unchanging for ever.
161 Rulers have been cruel to me without cause; but I have the fear of your word in my heart.
162I am delighted by your saying, like a man who makes discovery of great wealth.
163I am full of hate and disgust for false words; but I am a lover of your law.
164Seven times a day do I give you praise, because of your upright decisions.
165Great peace have lovers of your law; they have no cause for falling.
166Lord, my hope has been in your salvation; and I have kept your teachings.
167My soul has kept your unchanging word; great is my love for it.
168I have been ruled by your orders; for all my ways are before you.
169 Let my cry come before you, O Lord; give me wisdom in keeping with your word.
170Let my prayer come before you; take me out of trouble, as you have said.
171Let my lips be flowing with praise, because you have given me knowledge of your rules.
172Let my tongue make songs in praise of your word; for all your teachings are righteousness.
173Let your hand be near for my help; for I have given my heart to your orders.
174All my desire has been for your salvation, O Lord; and your law is my delight.
175Give life to my soul so that it may give you praise; and let your decisions be my support.
176I have gone out of the way like a wandering sheep; make search for your servant; for I keep your teachings ever in mind.
1The words of Jeremiah, the son of Hilkiah, of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin:
2To whom the word of the Lord came in the days of Josiah, the son of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his rule.
3And it came again in the days of Jehoiakim, the son of Josiah, king of Judah, up to the eleventh year of Zedekiah, the son of Josiah, king of Judah; till Jerusalem was taken away in the fifth month.
4Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
5Before you were formed in the body of your mother I had knowledge of you, and before your birth I made you holy; I have given you the work of being a prophet to the nations.
6Then said I, O Lord God! see, I have no power of words, for I am a child.
7But the Lord said to me, Do not say, I am a child: for wherever I send you, you are to go, and whatever I give you orders to say, you are to say.
8Have no fear because of them: for I am with you, to keep you safe, says the Lord.
9Then the Lord put out his hand, touching my mouth; and the Lord said to me, See, I have put my words in your mouth:
10See, this day I have put you over the nations and over the kingdoms, for uprooting and smashing down, for destruction and overturning, for building up and planting.
11Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying, Jeremiah, what do you see? And I said, I see a branch of an almond-tree.
12Then the Lord said to me, You have seen well: for I keep watch over my word to give effect to it.
13And the word of the Lord came to me a second time, saying, What do you see? And I said, I see a boiling pot, and its face is from the north.
14Then the Lord said to me, Out of the north evil will come, bursting out on all the people of the land.
15For see, I will send for all the families of the kingdoms of the north, says the Lord; and they will come, everyone placing his high seat at the way into Jerusalem, and against its walls on every side, and against all the towns of Judah.
16And I will give my decision against them on account of all their evil-doing; because they have given me up, burning perfumes to other gods and worshipping the works of their hands.
17So make yourself ready, and go and say to them everything I give you orders to say: do not be overcome by fear of them, or I will send fear on you before them.
18For see, this day have I made you a walled town, and an iron pillar, and walls of brass, against all the land, against the kings of Judah, against its captains, against its priests, and against the people of the land.
19They will be fighting against you, but they will not overcome you: for I am with you, says the Lord, to give you salvation.
1And the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
2Go and say in the ears of Jerusalem, The Lord says, I still keep the memory of your kind heart when you were young, and your love when you became my bride; how you went after me in the waste of sand, in an unplanted land.
3Israel was holy to the Lord, the first-fruits of his increase: all who made attacks on him were judged as wrongdoers, evil came on them, says the Lord.
4Give ear to the words of the Lord, O sons of Jacob and all the families of Israel:
5These are the words of the Lord: What evil have your fathers seen in me that they have gone far from me, and, walking after what is false, have become false?
6And they never said, Where is the Lord, who took us up out of the land of Egypt; who was our guide through the waste of sand, through an unplanted land full of deep holes, through a dry land of deep shade, which no one went through and where no man was living?
7And I took you into a fertile land, where you were living on its fruit and its wealth; but when you came in, you made my land unclean, and made my heritage a disgusting thing.
8The priests did not say, Where is the Lord? and those who were expert in the law had no knowledge of me: and the rulers did evil against me, and the prophets became prophets of the Baal, going after things without value.
9For this reason, I will again put forward my cause against you, says the Lord, even against you and against your children’s children.
10For go over to the sea-lands of Kittim and see; send to Kedar and give deep thought to it; and see if there has ever been such a thing.
11Has any nation ever made a change in their gods, though they are no gods? but my people have given up their glory in exchange for what is of no profit.
12Be full of wonder, O heavens, at this; be overcome with fear, be completely waste, says the Lord.
13For my people have done two evils; they have given up me, the fountain of living waters, and have made for themselves water-holes, cut out from the rock, broken water-holes, of no use for storing water.
14Is Israel a servant? has he been a house-servant from birth? why has he been made waste?
15The young lions have made an outcry against him with a loud voice: they have made his land waste; his towns are burned up, with no one living in them.
16Even the children of Noph and Tahpanhes have put shame on you.
17Has not this come on you because you have given up the Lord your God, who was your guide by the way?
18And now, what have you to do on the way to Egypt, to get your drink from the waters of the Nile? or what have you to do on the way to Assyria, to get your drink from the waters of the River?
19The evil you yourselves have done will be your punishment, your errors will be your judge: be certain then, and see that it is an evil and a bitter thing to give up the Lord your God, and no longer to be moved by fear of me, says the Lord, the Lord of armies.
20For in the past, your yoke was broken by your hands and your cords parted; and you said, I will not be your servant; for on every high hill and under every branching tree, your behaviour was like that of a loose woman
21But when you were planted by me, you were a noble vine, in every way a true seed: how then have you been changed into the branching plant of a strange vine?
22For even if you are washed with soda and take much soap, still your evil-doing is marked before me, says the Lord God.
23How are you able to say, I am not unclean, I have not gone after the Baals? see your way in the valley, be clear about what you have done: you are a quick-footed camel twisting her way in and out;
24An untrained ass, used to the waste land, breathing up the wind in her desire; at her time, who is able to send her away? all those who are looking for her will have no need to make themselves tired; in her month they will get her.
25Do not let your foot be without shoes, or your throat dry from need of water: but you said, There is no hope: no, for I have been a lover of strange gods, and after them I will go.
26As the thief is shamed when he is taken, so is Israel shamed; they, their kings and their rulers, their priests and their prophets;
27Who say to a tree, You are my father; and to a stone, You have given me life: for their backs have been turned to me, not their faces: but in the time of their trouble they will say, Up! and be our saviour.
28But where are the gods you have made for yourselves? let them come, if they are able to give you salvation in the time of your trouble: for the number of your gods is as the number of your towns, O Judah.
29Why will you put forward your cause against me? You have all done evil against me, says the Lord.
30I gave your children blows to no purpose; they got no good from training: your sword has been the destruction of your prophets, like a death-giving lion.
31O generation, see the word of the Lord. Have I been a waste land to Israel? or a land of dark night? why do my people say, We have got loose, we will not come to you again?
32Is it possible for a virgin to put out of her memory her ornaments, or a bride her robes? but my people have put me out of their memories for unnumbered days.
33With what care are your ways ordered when you are looking for love! so … your ways.
34And in the skirts of your robe may be seen the life-blood of those who have done no wrong: …
35And still you said, I have done no wrong; truly, his wrath is turned away from me. See, I will take up the cause against you, because you say, I have done no wrong.
36Why do you go about so much for the purpose of changing your way? you will be shamed on account of Egypt, as you were shamed on account of Assyria.
37Truly, you will go out from him with your hands on your head: for the Lord has given up those in whom you have put your faith, and they will be of no help to you.
1 Timothy 5:1-22
1Do not say sharp words to one who has authority in the church, but let your talk be as to a father, and to the younger men as to brothers:
2To the older women as to mothers, to the younger as to sisters, with a clean heart.
3Give honour to widows who are truly widows.
4But if any widow has children or children’s children, let these see that it is right to take care of their family and their fathers and mothers: for this is pleasing in the eyes of God.
5Now she who is truly a widow and without family puts her hope in God, giving herself to prayer day and night.
6But she who gives herself to pleasure is dead while she is living.
7Give orders to this effect, so that no evil may be said of anyone.
8If anyone has no care for his family and those in his house, he is false to the faith, and is worse than one who has no faith.
9Let no woman be numbered among the widows who is under sixty years old, and only if she has been the wife of one man,
10And if witness is given of her good works; if she has had the care of children, if she has been kind to travellers, washing the feet of the saints, helping those who are in trouble, giving herself to good works.
11But to the younger widows say No: for when their love is turned away from Christ, they have a desire to be married;
12And they are judged because they have been false to their first faith;
13And they get into the way of doing no work, going about from house to house; and not only doing no work, but talking foolishly, being over-interested in the business of others, saying things which they have no right to say.
14So it is my desire that the younger widows may be married and have children, controlling their families, and giving the Evil One no chance to say anything against them,
15For even now some are turned away to Satan.
16If any woman of the faith has relations who are widows, let her give them help, so that the care of them does not come on the church, and so it may give help to those who are truly widowed.
17Let rulers whose rule is good be honoured twice over, specially those whose work is preaching and teaching.
18For the Writings say, It is not right to keep the ox from taking the grain when he is crushing it. And, The worker has a right to his reward.
19Do not take as true any statement made against one in authority, but only if two or three give witness to it.
20Say sharp words to sinners when all are present, so that the rest may be in fear.
21I give you orders before God and Christ Jesus and the angels of God’s selection, to keep these orders without giving thought to one side more than another.
22Do not put hands on any man without thought, and have no part in other men’s sins: keep yourself clean.