November 9

Psalms 125

A Song of the going up.

1 Those whose hope is in the Lord are like the mountain of Zion, which may not be moved, but keeps its place for ever.

2As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people, from this time and for ever.

3For the rod of sinners will not be resting on the heritage of the upright; so that the upright may not put out their hands to evil.

4Do good, O Lord, to those who are good, and to those who are upright in heart.

5But as for such as are turned out of the straight way, the Lord will take them away with the workers of evil. Let peace be on Israel.

Jeremiah 13

1This is what the Lord said to me: Go and get yourself a linen band and put it round you and do not put it in water.

2So, as the Lord said, I got a band for a price and put it round my body.

3And the word of the Lord came to me a second time, saying,

4Take the band which you got for a price, which is round your body, and go to Parah and put it in a secret place there in a hole of the rock.

5So I went and put it in a secret place by Parah, as the Lord had said to me.

6Then after a long time, the Lord said to me, Up! go to Parah and get the band which I gave you orders to put there.

7So I went to Parah and, uncovering the hole, took the band from the place where I had put it away: and the band was damaged and of no use for anything.

8Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

9The Lord has said, In this way I will do damage to the pride of Judah and to the great pride of Jerusalem.

10These evil people who say they will not give ear to my words, who go on in the pride of their hearts and have become servants and worshippers of other gods, will become like this band which is of no use for anything.

11For as a band goes tightly round a man’s body, so I made all the people of Israel and all the people of Judah tightly united to me; so that they might be a people for me and a name and a praise and a glory: but they would not give ear.

12So you are to say this word to them: This is the word of the Lord, the God of Israel: Every skin bottle will be full of wine; and they will say to you, Is it not quite clear to us that every skin bottle will be full of wine?

13Then you are to say to them, The Lord has said, I will make all the people of this land, even the kings seated on David’s seat, and the priests and the prophets and all the people of Jerusalem, overcome with strong drink.

14I will have them smashed against one another, fathers and sons together, says the Lord: I will have no pity or mercy, I will have no feeling for them to keep me from giving them to destruction.

15Give ear and let your ears be open; be not lifted up: for these are the words of the Lord.

16Give glory to the Lord your God, before he makes it dark, and before your feet are slipping on the dark mountains, and, while you are looking for a light, he makes it into deep dark, into black night.

17But if you do not give ear to it, my soul will be weeping in secret for your pride; my eye will be weeping bitterly, streaming with water, because the Lord’s flock has been taken away as prisoners.

18Say to the king and to the queen-mother, Make yourselves low, be seated on the earth: for the crown of your glory has come down from your heads.

19The towns of the south are shut up, and there is no one to make them open: Judah is taken away as prisoners; all Judah is taken away as prisoners.

20Let your eyes be lifted up (O Jerusalem), and see those who are coming from the north. Where is the flock which was given to you, your beautiful flock?

21What will you say when he puts over you those whom you yourself have made your friends? will not pains take you like a woman in childbirth?

22And if you say in your heart, Why have these things come on me? because of the number of your sins, your skirts have been uncovered and violent punishment overtakes you.

23Is it possible for the skin of the Ethiopian to be changed, or the markings on the leopard? Then it might be possible for you to do good, who have been trained to do evil.

24So I will send them in all directions, as dry grass is taken away by the wind of the waste land.

25This is your fate, the part measured out to you by me, says the Lord, because you have put me out of your memory and put your faith in what is false.

26So I will have your skirts uncovered before your face, in order that your shame may be seen.

27I have seen your disgusting acts, even your false behaviour and your cries of desire and your loose ways on the hills in the field. Unhappy are you, O Jerusalem, you have no desire to be made clean; how long will you be in turning back to me?

Jeremiah 14

1The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah when there was no water.

2Judah is weeping and its doors are dark with sorrow, and people are seated on the earth clothed in black; and the cry of Jerusalem has gone up.

3Their great men have sent their servants for water: they come to the holes and there is no water to be seen; they come back with nothing in their vessels; they are overcome with shame and fear, covering their heads.

4Those who do work on the land are in fear, for there has been no rain on the land, and the farmers are shamed, covering their heads.

5And the roe, giving birth in the field, lets her young one be uncared for, because there is no grass.

6And the asses of the field on the open hilltops are opening their mouths wide like jackals to get air; their eyes are hollow because there is no grass.

7Though our sins give witness against us, do something, O Lord, for the honour of your name: for again and again we have been turned away from you, we have done evil against you.

8O you hope of Israel, its saviour in time of trouble, why are you like one who is strange in the land, and like a traveller putting up his tent for a night?

9Why are you like a man surprised, like a man of war who is not able to give help? but you, O Lord, are with us, and we are named by your name; do not go away from us.

10This is what the Lord has said about this people: Even so they have been glad to go from the right way; they have not kept their feet from wandering, so the Lord has no pleasure in them; now he will keep their wrongdoing in mind and send punishment for their sins.

11And the Lord said to me, Make no prayer for this people for their good.

12When they go without food, I will not give ear to their cry; when they give burned offerings and meal offerings, I will not take pleasure in them: but I will put an end to them by the sword and by need of food and by disease.

13Then I said, Ah, Lord God! see, the prophets say to them, You will not see the sword or be short of food; but I will give you certain peace in this place.

14Then the Lord said to me, The prophets say false words in my name, and I gave them no orders, and I said nothing to them: what they say to you is a false vision and wonder-working words without substance, the deceit of their hearts.

15So this is what the Lord has said about the prophets who make use of my name, though I sent them not, and say, The sword and need of food will not be in this land: the sword and need of food will put an end to those prophets.

16And the people to whom they are prophets will be pushed out dead into the streets of Jerusalem, because there is no food, and because of the sword; and they will have no one to put their bodies into the earth, them or their wives or their sons or their daughters: for I will let loose their evil-doing on them.

17And you are to say this word to them, Let my eyes be streaming with water night and day, and let it not be stopped; for the virgin daughter of my people is wounded with a great wound, with a very bitter blow.

18If I go out into the open country, there are those put to death by the sword! and if I go into the town, there are those who are diseased from need of food! for the prophet and the priest go about in the land and have no knowledge.

19Have you completely given up Judah? is your soul turned in disgust from Zion? why have you given us blows from which there is no one to make us well? we were looking for peace, but no good came; and for a time of well-being, but there was only a great fear.

20We are conscious, O Lord, of our sin and of the wrongdoing of our fathers: we have done evil against you.

21Do not be turned from us in disgust, because of your name; do not put shame on the seat of your glory: keep us in mind, let not your agreement with us be broken.

22Are any of the false gods of the nations able to make rain come? are the heavens able to give showers? are you not he, O Lord our God? so we will go on waiting for you, for you have done all these things.

Titus 1

1Paul, a servant of God, and an Apostle of Jesus Christ, in agreement with the faith of the saints of God and the full knowledge of what is true in harmony with religion,

2In the hope of eternal life, which was made certain before eternal time, by the word of God who is ever true;

3Who, in his time, made clear his word in the good news, of which, by the order of God our Saviour, I became a preacher;

4To Titus, my true child in our common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Saviour.

5I did not take you with me when I went away from Crete, so that you might do what was necessary to put things in order there, placing men in authority over the churches in every town, as I said to you;

6Men having a good record, husbands of one wife, whose children are of the faith, children of whom it may not be said that they are given to loose living or are uncontrolled.

7For it is necessary for a Bishop to be a man of virtue, as God’s servant; not pushing himself forward, not quickly moved to wrath or blows, not desiring profit for himself;

8But opening his house freely to guests; a lover of what is good, serious-minded, upright, holy, self-controlled;

9Keeping to the true word of the teaching, so that he may be able to give comfort by right teaching and overcome the arguments of the doubters.

10For there are men who are not ruled by law; foolish talkers, false teachers, specially those of the circumcision,

11By whom some families have been completely overturned; who take money for teaching things which are not right; these will have to be stopped.

12One of their prophets has said, The men of Crete are ever false, evil beasts, lovers of food, hating work.

13This witness is true. So say sharp words to them so that they may come to the right faith,

14Giving no attention to the fictions of the Jews and the rules of men who have no true knowledge.

15To the clean in heart all things are clean: but to those who are unclean and without faith nothing is clean; they become unclean in mind and in thought.

16They say that they have knowledge of God, while by their acts they are turning their backs on him; they are hated by all, hard-hearted, and judged to be without value for any good work.

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