November 4

Psalms 120

A Song of the going up.

1 In my trouble my cry went up to the Lord, and he gave me an answer.

2O Lord, be the saviour of my soul from false lips, and from the tongue of deceit.

3What punishment will he give you? what more will he do to you, you false tongue?

4Sharp arrows of the strong, and burning fire.

5Sorrow is mine because I am strange in Meshech, and living in the tents of Kedar.

6My soul has long been living with the haters of peace.

7I am for peace: but when I say so, they are for war.

Jeremiah 3

1They say, If a man puts away his wife and she goes from him and becomes another man’s, will he go back to her again? will not that land have been made unclean? but though you have been acting like a loose woman with a number of lovers, will you now come back to me? says the Lord.

2Let your eyes be lifted up to the open hilltops, and see; where have you not been taken by your lovers? You have been seated waiting for them by the wayside like an Arabian in the waste land; you have made the land unclean with your loose ways and your evil-doing.

3So the showers have been kept back, and there has been no spring rain; still your brow is the brow of a loose woman, you will not let yourself be shamed.

4Will you not, from this time, make your prayer to me, crying, My father, you are the friend of my early years?

5Will he be angry for ever? will he keep his wrath to the end? These things you have said, and have done evil and have had your way.

6And the Lord said to me in the days of Josiah the king, Have you seen what Israel, turning away from me, has done? She has gone up on every high mountain and under every branching tree, acting like a loose woman there.

7And I said, After she has done all these things she will come back to me; but she did not. And her false sister Judah saw it.

8And though she saw that, because Israel, turning away from me, had been untrue to me, I had put her away and given her a statement in writing ending the relation between us, still Judah, her false sister, had no fear, but went and did the same.

9So that through all her loose behaviour the land became unclean, and she was untrue, giving herself to stones and trees.

10But for all this, her false sister Judah has not come back to me with all her heart, but with deceit, says the Lord.

11And the Lord said to me, Israel in her turning away is seen to be more upright than false Judah.

12Go, and give out these words to the north, and say, Come back, O Israel, though you have been turned away from me, says the Lord; my face will not be against you in wrath: for I am full of mercy, says the Lord, I will not be angry for ever.

13Only be conscious of your sin, the evil you have done against the Lord your God; you have gone with strange men under every branching tree, giving no attention to my voice, says the Lord.

14Come back, O children who are turned away, says the Lord; for I am a husband to you, and I will take you, one from a town and two from a family, and will make you come to Zion;

15And I will give you keepers, pleasing to my heart, who will give you your food with knowledge and wisdom.

16And it will come about, when your numbers are increased in the land, in those days, says the Lord, that they will no longer say, The ark of the agreement of the Lord: it will not come into their minds, they will not have any memory of it, or be conscious of the loss of it, and it will not be made again.

17At that time Jerusalem will be named the seat of the Lord’s kingdom; and all the nations will come together to it, to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem: and no longer will their steps be guided by the purposes of their evil hearts.

18In those days the family of Judah will go with the family of Israel, and they will come together out of the land of the north into the land which I gave for a heritage to your fathers.

19But I said, How am I to put you among the children, and give you a desired land, a heritage of glory among the armies of the nations? and I said, You are to say to me, My father; and not be turned away from me.

20Truly, as a wife is false to her husband, so have you been false to me, O Israel, says the Lord.

21A voice is sounding on the open hilltops, the weeping and the prayers of the children of Israel; because their way is twisted, they have not kept the Lord their God in mind.

22Come back, you children who have been turned away, and I will take away your desire for wandering. See, we have come to you, for you are the Lord our God.

23Truly, the hills, and the noise of an army on the mountains, are a false hope: truly, in the Lord our God is the salvation of Israel.

24But the Baal has taken all the work of our fathers from our earliest days; their flocks and their herds, their sons and their daughters.

25Let us be stretched on the earth in our downfall, covering ourselves with our shame: for we have been sinners against the Lord our God, we and our fathers, from our earliest years even till this day: and we have not given ear to the voice of the Lord our God.

Jeremiah 4

1If you will come back, O Israel, says the Lord, you will come back to me: and if you will put away your disgusting ways, you will not be sent away from before me.

2And you will take your oath, By the living Lord, in good faith and wisdom and righteousness; and the nations will make use of you as a blessing, and in you will they take a pride.

3For this is what the Lord says to the men of Judah and to Jerusalem: Get your unworked land ploughed up, do not put in your seeds among thorns.

4Undergo a circumcision of the heart, you men of Judah and people of Jerusalem: or my wrath may come out like fire, burning so that no one is able to put it out, because of the evil of your doings.

5Say openly in Judah, give it out in Jerusalem, and say, Let the horn be sounded in the land: crying out in a loud voice, Come together, and let us go into the walled towns.

6Put up a flag for a sign to Zion: go in flight so that you may be safe, waiting no longer: for I will send evil from the north, and a great destruction.

7A lion has gone up from his secret place in the woods, and one who makes waste the nations is on his way; he has gone out from his place, to make your land unpeopled, so that your towns will be made waste, with no man living in them.

8For this put on haircloth, with weeping and loud crying: for the burning wrath of the Lord is not turned back from us.

9And it will come about in that day, says the Lord, that the heart of the king will be dead in him, and the hearts of the rulers; and the priests will be overcome with fear, and the prophets with wonder.

10Then said I, Ah, Lord God! your words were not true when you said to this people and to Jerusalem, You will have peace; when the sword has come even to the soul.

11At that time it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem, A burning wind from the open hilltops in the waste land is blowing on the daughter of my people, not for separating or cleaning the grain;

12A full wind will come for me: and now I will give my decision against them.

13See, he will come up like the clouds, and his war-carriages like the storm-wind: his horses are quicker than eagles. Sorrow is ours, for destruction has come on us.

14O Jerusalem, make your heart clean from evil, so that you may have salvation. How long are evil purposes to have a resting-place in you?

15For a voice is sounding from Dan, giving out evil from the hills of Ephraim:

16Make this come to the minds of the nations, make a statement openly against Jerusalem, that attackers are coming from a far country and their voices will be loud against the towns of Judah.

17Like keepers of a field they are against her on every side; because she has been fighting against me, says the Lord.

18Your ways and your doings have made these things come on you; this is your sin; truly it is bitter, going deep into your heart.

19My soul, my soul! I am pained to my inmost heart; my heart is troubled in me; I am not able to be quiet, because the sound of the horn, the note of war, has come to my ears.

20News is given of destruction on destruction; all the land is made waste: suddenly my tents, straight away my curtains, are made waste.

21How long will I go on seeing the flag and hearing the sound of the war-horn?

22For my people are foolish, they have no knowledge of me; they are evil-minded children, without sense, all of them: they are wise in evil-doing, but have no knowledge of doing good.

23Looking at the earth, I saw that it was waste and without form; and to the heavens, that they had no light.

24Looking at the mountains, I saw them shaking, and all the hills were moved about.

25Looking, I saw that there was no man, and all the birds of heaven had gone in flight.

26Looking, I saw that the fertile field was a waste, and all its towns were broken down before the Lord and before his burning wrath.

27For this is what the Lord has said: All the land will become a waste; I will make destruction complete.

28The earth will be weeping for this, and the heavens on high will be black: because I have said it, and I will not go back from it; it is my purpose, and it will not be changed.

29All the land is in flight because of the noise of the horsemen and the bowmen; they have taken cover in the woodland and up on the rocks: every town has been given up, not a man is living in them.

30And you, when you are made waste, what will you do? Though you are clothed in red, though you make yourself beautiful with ornaments of gold, though you make your eyes wide with paint, it is for nothing that you make yourself fair; your lovers have no more desire for you, they have designs on your life.

31A voice has come to my ears like the voice of a woman in birth-pains, the pain of one giving birth to her first child, the voice of the daughter of Zion, fighting for breath, stretching out her hands, saying, Now sorrow is mine! for my strength is gone from me before the takers of life.

1 Timothy 5:23-25

23Do not take only water as your drink, but take a little wine for the good of your stomach, and because you are frequently ill.

24The sins of some men are clearly seen, going before them to be judged; but with others, their sins go after them.

25In the same way, there are good works which are clearly seen; and those which are not so, may not be kept secret.

1 Timothy 6

1Let all who are servants under the yoke give all honour to their masters, so that no evil may be said against the name of God and his teaching.

2And let those whose masters are of the faith have respect for them because they are brothers, working for them the more readily, because those who take part in the good work are of the faith and are dear. Give orders and teaching about these things.

3If any man gives different teaching, not in agreement with the true words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the teaching which is in agreement with true religion,

4He has an over-high opinion of himself; being without knowledge, having only an unhealthy love of questionings and wars of words, from which come envy, fighting, cruel words, evil thoughts,

5Bitter talk of men who, being evil in mind and dead to what is true, take the faith to be a way of making profit.

6But true faith, with peace of mind, is of great profit:

7For we came into the world with nothing, and we are not able to take anything out;

8But if we have food and a roof over us, let that be enough.

9But those who have a desire for wealth are falling into danger, and are taken as in a net by a number of foolish and damaging desires, through which men are overtaken by death and destruction.

10For the love of money is a root of all evil: and some whose hearts were fixed on it have been turned away from the faith, and been wounded with unnumbered sorrows.

11But you, O man of God, keep yourself from these things, and go after righteousness, religion, faith, love, a quiet mind, gentle behaviour.

12Be fighting the good fight of the faith; take for yourself the life eternal, for which you were marked out, and of which you gave witness in the eyes of all.

13I give you orders before God, the giver of life, and Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate gave witness to the faith,

14To keep the word untouched by evil, clear from all shame, till the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ:

15Which at the right time he will make clear, who is the eternal and only Ruler, King of kings, and Lord of lords;

16Who only has life for ever, living in light to which no man may come near; whom no man has seen or is able to see: to whom be honour and power for ever. So be it.

17Give orders to those who have money and goods in this life, not to be lifted up in their minds, or to put their hope in the uncertain chances of wealth, but in God who gives us in full measure all things for our use;

18And to do good, having wealth in good works, being quick to give, taking part with one another;

19Making ready for themselves a safe place for the time to come, so that the true life may be theirs.

20O Timothy, take good care of that which is given to you, turning away from the wrong and foolish talk and arguments of that knowledge which is falsely so named;

21Through which some, who gave their minds to it, have been turned away from the faith. Grace be with you.

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