November 12

Psalms 128

A Song of the going up.

1 Happy is the worshipper of the Lord, who is walking in his ways.

2You will have the fruit of the work of your hands: happy will you be, and all will be well for you.

3Your wife will be like a fertile vine in the inmost parts of your house: your children will be like olive plants round your table.

4See! this is the blessing of the worshipper of the Lord.

5May the Lord send you blessing out of Zion: may you see the good of Jerusalem all the days of your life.

6May you see your children’s children. Peace be on Israel.

Jeremiah 19

1This is what the Lord has said: Go and get for money a potter’s bottle made of earth, and take with you some of the responsible men of the people and of the priests;

2And go out to the valley of the son of Hinnom, by the way into the door of broken pots, and there say in a loud voice the words which I will give you;

3Say, Give ear to the word of the Lord, O kings of Judah and people of Jerusalem; the Lord of armies, the God of Israel, has said, See, I will send evil on this place which will be bitter to the ears of anyone hearing of it.

4Because they have given me up, and made this place a strange place, burning perfumes in it to other gods, of whom they and their fathers and the kings of Judah had no knowledge; and they have made this place full of the blood of those who have done no wrong;

5And they have put up the high places of the Baal, burning their sons in the fire; a thing which was not ordered by me, and it was never in my mind:

6For this cause, see, a time is coming, says the Lord, when this place will no longer be named Topheth, or, The valley of the son of Hinnom, but, The valley of Death.

7I will make the purpose of Judah and Jerusalem come to nothing in this place; I will have them put to the sword by their haters, and by the hands of those who have designs on their life; and their dead bodies I will give to be food for the birds of heaven and the beasts of the earth.

8And I will make this town a thing of wonder and a cause of surprise; everyone who goes by will be overcome with wonder and make sounds of surprise, because of all its troubles.

9I will make them take the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters for food, they will be making a meal of one another, because of their bitter need and the cruel grip of their haters and those who have made designs against their life.

10Then let the potter’s bottle be broken before the eyes of the men who have gone with you,

11And say to them, This is what the Lord of armies has said: Even so will this people and this town be broken by me, as a potter’s bottle is broken and may not be put together again: and the bodies of the dead will be put in the earth in Topheth, till there is no more room.

12This is what I will do to this place, says the Lord, and to its people, making this town like Topheth:

13And the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses of the kings of Judah, which they have made unclean, will be like the place of Topheth, even all the houses on whose roofs perfumes have been burned to all the army of heaven, and drink offerings drained out to other gods.

14Then Jeremiah came from Topheth, where the Lord had sent him to give the prophet’s word; and he took his place in the open square of the Lord’s house, and said to all the people,

15The Lord of armies, the God of Israel, has said: See, I will send on this town and on all her towns all the evil which I have said; because they made their necks stiff, so that they might not give ear to my words.

Jeremiah 20

1Now it came to the ears of Pashhur, the son of Immer the priest, who was chief in authority in the house of the Lord, that Jeremiah was saying these things;

2And Pashhur gave blows to Jeremiah and had his feet chained in a framework of wood in the higher doorway of Benjamin, which was in the house of the Lord.

3Then on the day after, Pashhur let Jeremiah loose. Then Jeremiah said to him, The Lord has given you the name of Magor-missabib (Cause-of-fear-on-every-side), not Pashhur.

4For the Lord has said, See, I will make you a cause of fear to yourself and to all your friends: they will come to their death by the sword of their haters, and your eyes will see it: and I will give all Judah into the hands of the king of Babylon, and he will take them away prisoners into Babylon and put them to the sword.

5And more than this, I will give all the wealth of this town and all its profits and all its things of value, even all the stores of the kings of Judah will I give into the hands of their haters, who will put violent hands on them and take them away to Babylon.

6And you, Pashhur, and all who are in your house, will go away prisoners: you will come to Babylon, and there your body will be put to rest, you and all your friends, to whom you said false words.

7O Lord, you have been false to me, and I was tricked; you are stronger than I, and have overcome me: I have become a thing to be laughed at all the day, everyone makes sport of me.

8For every word I say is a cry for help; I say with a loud voice, Violent behaviour and wasting: because the word of the Lord is made a shame to me and a cause of laughing all the day.

9And if I say, I will not keep him in mind, I will not say another word in his name; then it is in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am tired of keeping myself in, I am not able to do it.

10For numbers of them say evil secretly in my hearing (there is fear on every side): they say, Come, let us give witness against him; all my nearest friends, who are watching for my fall, say, It may be that he will be taken by deceit, and we will get the better of him and give him punishment.

11But the Lord is with me as a great one, greatly to be feared: so my attackers will have a fall, and they will not overcome me: they will be greatly shamed, because they have not done wisely, even with an unending shame, kept in memory for ever.

12But, O Lord of armies, testing the upright and seeing the thoughts and the heart, let me see your punishment come on them; for I have put my cause before you.

13Make melody to the Lord, give praise to the Lord: for he has made the soul of the poor man free from the hands of the evil-doers.

14A curse on the day of my birth: let there be no blessing on the day when my mother had me.

15A curse on the man who gave the news to my father, saying, You have a male child; making him very glad.

16May that man be like the towns overturned by the Lord without mercy: let a cry for help come to his ears in the morning, and the sound of war in the middle of the day;

17Because he did not put me to death before my birth took place: so my mother’s body would have been my last resting-place, and she would have been with child for ever.

18Why did I come from my mother’s body to see pain and sorrow, so that my days might be wasted with shame?

Philemon 1-10

1Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon, our dear helper in the faith,

2And to Apphia, our sister, and to Archippus, our brother in God’s army, and to the church in your house:

3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

4I give praise to God at all times and make prayer for you,

5Hearing of the love and the faith which you have to the Lord Jesus and to all the saints;

6That the faith which you have in common with them may be working with power, in the knowledge of every good thing in you, for Christ.

7For I had great joy and comfort in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been made strong again through you, brother.

8And so, though I might, in the name of Christ, give you orders to do what is right,

9Still, because of love, in place of an order, I make a request to you, I, Paul, an old man and now a prisoner of Christ Jesus:

10My request is for my child Onesimus, the child of my chains,

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