November 5

Psalms 121

A Song of the going up.

1 My eyes are lifted up to the hills: O where will my help come from?

2Your help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

3May he not let your foot be moved: no need of sleep has he who keeps you.

4See, the eyes of Israel’s keeper will not be shut in sleep.

5The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand.

6You will not be touched by the sun in the day, or by the moon at night.

7The Lord will keep you safe from all evil; he will take care of your soul.

8The Lord will keep watch over your going out and your coming in, from this time and for ever.

Jeremiah 5

1Go quickly through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and get knowledge, and make a search in her wide places if there is a man, if there is one in her who is upright, who keeps faith; and she will have my forgiveness.

2And though they say, By the living Lord; truly their oaths are false.

3O Lord, do not your eyes see good faith? you have given them punishment, but they were not troubled; you have sent destruction on them, but they did not take your teaching to heart: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they would not come back.

4Then I said, But these are the poor: they are foolish, for they have no knowledge of the way of the Lord or of the behaviour desired by their God.

5I will go to the great men and have talk with them; for they have knowledge of the way of the Lord and of the behaviour desired by their God. But as for these, their one purpose is a broken yoke and burst bands.

6And so a lion from the woods will put them to death, a wolf of the waste land will make them waste, a leopard will keep watch on their towns, and everyone who goes out from them will be food for the beasts; because of the great number of their sins and the increase of their wrongdoing.

7How is it possible for you to have my forgiveness for this? your children have given me up, taking their oaths by those who are no gods: when I had given them food in full measure, they were false to their wives, taking their pleasure in the houses of loose women.

8They were full of desire, like horses after a meal of grain: everyone went after his neighbour’s wife.

9Am I not to give punishment for these things? says the Lord: will not my soul take payment from such a nation as this?

10Go up against her vines and make waste; let the destruction be complete: take away her branches, for they are not the Lord’s.

11For the people of Israel and the people of Judah have been very false to me, says the Lord.

12They would have nothing to do with the Lord, saying, He will do nothing, and no evil will come to us; we will not see the sword or be short of food:

13And the prophets will become wind, and the word is not in them; so it will be done to them.

14For this reason the Lord, the God of armies, has said: Because you have said this, I will make my words in your mouth a fire, and this people wood, and they will be burned up by it.

15See, I will send you a nation from far away, O people of Israel, says the Lord; a strong nation and an old nation, a nation whose language is strange to you, so that you may not get the sense of their words.

16Their arrows give certain death, they are all men of war.

17They will take all the produce of your fields, which would have been food for your sons and your daughters: they will take your flocks and your herds: they will take all your vines and your fig-trees: and with the sword they will make waste your walled towns in which you put your faith.

18But even in those days, says the Lord, I will not let your destruction be complete.

19And it will come about, when you say, Why has the Lord our God done all these things to us? that you will say to them, As you gave me up, making yourselves servants to strange gods in your land, so will you be servants to strange men in a land which is not yours.

20Say this openly in Jacob and give it out in Judah, saying,

21Give ear now to this, O foolish people without sense; who have eyes but see nothing, and ears without the power of hearing:

22Have you no fear of me? says the Lord; will you not be shaking with fear before me, who have put the sand as a limit for the sea, by an eternal order, so that it may not go past it? and though it is ever in motion, it is not able to have its way; though the sound of its waves is loud, they are not able to go past it.

23But the heart of this people is uncontrolled and turned away from me; they are broken loose and gone.

24And they do not say in their hearts, Now let us give worship to our God, who gives the rain, the winter and the spring rain, at the right time; who keeps for us the ordered weeks of the grain-cutting.

25Through your evil-doing these things have been turned away, and your sins have kept back good from you.

26For there are sinners among my people: they keep watch, like men watching for birds; they put a net and take men in it.

27As the fowl-house is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: for this reason they have become great and have got wealth.

28They have become fat and strong: they have gone far in works of evil: they give no support to the cause of the child without a father, so that they may do well; they do not see that the poor man gets his rights.

29Am I not to give punishment for these things? says the Lord: will not my soul take payment from such a nation as this?

30A thing of wonder and fear has come about in the land;

31The prophets give false words and the priests give decisions by their direction; and my people are glad to have it so: and what will you do in the end?

Jeremiah 6

1Go in flight out of Jerusalem, so that you may be safe, you children of Benjamin, and let the horn be sounded in Tekoa, and the flag be lifted up on Beth-haccherem: for evil is looking out from the north, and a great destruction.

2The fair and delicate one, the daughter of Zion, will be cut off by my hand.

3Keepers of sheep with their flocks will come to her; they will put up their tents round her; everyone will get food in his place.

4Make war ready against her; up! let us go up when the sun is high. Sorrow is ours! for the day is turned and the shades of evening are stretched out.

5Up! let us go up by night, and send destruction on her great houses.

6For this is what the Lord of armies has said: Let trees be cut down and an earthwork be placed against Jerusalem: sorrow on the false town! inside her there is nothing but cruel ways.

7As the spring keeps its waters cold, so she keeps her evil in her: the sound of cruel and violent behaviour is in her; before me at all times are disease and wounds.

8Undergo teaching, O Jerusalem, or my soul will be turned away from you, and I will make you a waste, an unpeopled land.

9This is what the Lord of armies has said: Everything will be taken from the rest of Israel as the last grapes are taken from the vine; let your hand be turned to the small branches, like one pulling off grapes.

10To whom am I to give word, witnessing so that they may take note? see, their ears are stopped, and they are not able to give attention: see, the word of the Lord has been a cause of shame to them, they have no delight in it.

11For this reason I am full of the wrath of the Lord, I am tired of keeping it in: may it be let loose on the children in the street, and on the band of the young men together: for even the husband with his wife will be taken, the old man with him who is full of days.

12And their houses will be handed over to others, their fields and their wives together: for my hand will be stretched out against the people of the land, says the Lord.

13For from the least of them even to the greatest, everyone is given up to getting money; from the prophet even to the priest, everyone is working deceit.

14And they have made little of the wounds of my people, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.

15Let them be put to shame because they have done disgusting things. They had no shame, they were not able to become red with shame: so they will come down with those who are falling: when my punishment comes on them, they will be made low, says the Lord.

16This is what the Lord has said: Take your place looking out on the ways; make search for the old roads, saying, Where is the good way? and go in it that you may have rest for your souls. But they said, We will not go in it.

17And I put watchmen over you, saying, Give attention to the sound of the horn; but they said, We will not give attention.

18So then, give ear, you nations, and …

19Give ear, O earth: see, I will make evil come on this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not given attention to my words, and they would have nothing to do with my law.

20To what purpose does sweet perfume come to me from Sheba, and spices from a far country? your burned offerings give me no pleasure, your offerings of beasts are not pleasing to me.

21For this reason the Lord has said, See, I will put stones in the way of this people: and the fathers and the sons together will go falling over them; the neighbour and his friend will come to destruction.

22The Lord has said, See, a people is coming from the north country, a great nation will be put in motion from the inmost parts of the earth.

23Bows and spears are in their hands; they are cruel and have no mercy; their voice is like the thunder of the sea, and they go on horses; everyone in his place like men going to the fight, against you, O daughter of Zion.

24The news of it has come to our ears; our hands have become feeble: trouble has come on us and pain, like the pain of a woman in childbirth.

25Go not out into the field or by the way; for there is the sword of the attacker, and fear on every side.

26O daughter of my people, put on haircloth, rolling yourself in the dust: give yourself to sorrow, as for an only son, with most bitter cries of grief; for he who makes waste will come on us suddenly.

27I have made you a tester among my people, so that you may have knowledge of their way and put it to the test.

28All of them are turned away, going about with false stories; they are brass and iron: they are all workers of deceit.

29The blower is blowing strongly, the lead is burned away in the fire: they go on heating the metal to no purpose, for the evil-doers are not taken away.

30They will be named waste silver, because the Lord has given them up.

2 Timothy 1

1Paul, an Apostle of Jesus Christ by the purpose of God, in the hope of the life which is in Christ Jesus,

2To Timothy, my well-loved child: Grace, mercy, peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

3I give praise to God, whose servant I have been, with a heart free from sin, from the time of my fathers, because in my prayers at all times the thought of you is with me, night and day

4Desiring to see you, keeping in my memory your weeping, so that I may be full of joy;

5Having in mind your true faith, which first was in your mother’s mother Lois, and in your mother Eunice, and, I am certain, is now in you.

6For this reason I say to you, Let that grace of God which is in you, given to you by my hands, have living power.

7For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of self-control.

8Have no feeling of shame, then, for the witness of our Lord or for me, his prisoner: but undergo all things for the good news in the measure of the power of God;

9Who gave us salvation, marking us out for his purpose, not on account of our works, but in the measure of his purpose and his grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before times eternal,

10But has now been made clear by the revelation of our Saviour Christ Jesus, who put an end to death and made life unending come to light through the good news,

11Of which I was made a preacher and an Apostle and a teacher;

12And for which I undergo these things: but I have no feeling of shame. For I have knowledge of him in whom I have faith, and I am certain that he is able to keep that which I have given into his care till that day.

13Keep the form of those true words which you had from me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

14That good thing which was given to you keep safe, through the Holy Spirit which is in us.

15You have had news that all those in Asia went away from me; among whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes:

16May the Lord give mercy to the house of Onesiphorus because he frequently gave me help, and had no feeling of shame because I was in chains;

17But when he was in Rome, he went in search of me everywhere, and came to me

18(May he have the Lord’s mercy in that day); and of all he did for me at Ephesus you have full knowledge.

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