November 15

Psalms 131

A Song of the going up. Of David.

1 Lord, there is no pride in my heart and my eyes are not lifted up; and I have not taken part in great undertakings, or in things over-hard for me.

2See, I have made my soul calm and quiet, like a child on its mother’s breast; my soul is like a child on its mother’s breast.

3O Israel, have hope in the Lord, from this time and for ever.

Jeremiah 25

1The word which came to Jeremiah about all the people of Judah in the fourth year of Jehoiakim, the son of Josiah king of Judah; this was the first year of Nebuchadrezzar, king of Babylon.

2This word Jeremiah gave out to all the people of Judah and to those living in Jerusalem, saying,

3From the thirteenth year of Josiah, the son of Amon, king of Judah, even till this day, for twenty-three years, the word of the Lord has been coming to me, and I have given it to you, getting up early and talking to you; but you have not given ear.

4And the Lord has sent to you all his servants the prophets, getting up early and sending them; but you have not given attention and your ear has not been open to give hearing;

5Saying, Come back now, everyone from his evil way and from the evil of your doings, and keep your place in the land which the Lord has given to you and to your fathers, from times long past even for ever:

6Do not go after other gods to be their servants and to give them worship, and do not make me angry with the work of your hands, causing evil to yourselves.

7But you have not given ear to me, says the Lord; so that you have made me angry with the work of your hands, causing evil to yourselves.

8So this is what the Lord of armies has said: Because you have not given ear to my words,

9See, I will send and take all the families of the north, says the Lord, and Nebuchadrezzar, king of Babylon, my servant, and make them come against this land, and against its people, and against all these nations on every side; and I will give them up to complete destruction, and make them a cause of fear and surprise and a waste place for ever.

10And more than this, I will take from them the sound of laughing voices, the voice of joy, the voice of the newly-married man, and the voice of the bride, the sound of the stones crushing the grain, and the shining of lights.

11All this land will be a waste and a cause of wonder; and these nations will be the servants of the king of Babylon for seventy years.

12And it will come about, after seventy years are ended, that I will send punishment on the king of Babylon, and on that nation, says the Lord, for their evil-doing, and on the land of the Chaldaeans; and I will make it a waste for ever.

13And I will make that land undergo everything I have said against it, even everything recorded in this book, which Jeremiah the prophet has said against all the nations.

14For a number of nations and great kings will make servants of them, even of them: and I will give them the reward of their acts, even the reward of the work of their hands.

15For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, has said to me: Take the cup of the wine of this wrath from my hand, and make all the nations to whom I send you take of it.

16And after drinking it, they will go rolling from side to side, and be off their heads, because of the sword which I will send among them.

17Then I took the cup from the Lord’s hand, and gave a drink from it to all the nations to whom the Lord sent me;

18Jerusalem and the towns of Judah and their kings and their princes, to make them a waste place, a cause of fear and surprise and a curse, as it is this day;

19Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and his servants and his princes and all his people;

20And all the mixed people and all the kings of the land of Uz, and all the kings of the land of the Philistines, and Ashkelon and Gaza and Ekron and the rest of Ashdod;

21Edom and Moab and the children of Ammon,

22And all the kings of Tyre, and all the kings of Zidon, and the kings of the lands across the sea;

23Dedan and Tema and Buz, and all who have the ends of their hair cut;

24And all the kings of Arabia, and all the kings of the mixed people living in the waste land;

25And all the kings of Zimri, and all the kings of Elam, and all the kings of the Medes;

26And all the kings of the north, far and near, one with another; and all the kingdoms of the world on the face of the earth.

27And you are to say to them, This is what the Lord of armies, the God of Israel, has said: Take of this cup and be overcome, and let it come out again from your lips, and from your fall you will never be lifted up again, because of the sword which I will send among you.

28And it will be, if they will not take of the cup in your hand, then you are to say to them, This is what the Lord of armies has said: You will certainly take of it.

29For see, I am starting to send evil on the town which is named by my name, and are you to be without any punishment? You will not be without punishment: for I will send a sword on all people living on the earth, says the Lord of armies.

30So, as a prophet, give out these words among them, and say to them, The voice of the Lord will be sounding like a lion from on high; he will send out his voice from his holy place, like the loud voice of a lion, against his flock; he will give a cry, like those who are crushing the grapes, against all the people of the earth.

31A noise will come, even to the end of the earth; for the Lord has a cause against the nations, he will give his decision against all flesh; as for the evil-doers, he will give them to the sword, says the Lord.

32This is what the Lord of armies has said: See, evil is going out from nation to nation, and a great storm will come up from the inmost parts of the earth.

33And at that day, the bodies of those whom the Lord has put to death will be seen from one end of the earth even to the other end of the earth: there will be no weeping for them, their bodies will not be taken up or put to rest in the earth; they will be like waste on the face of the land.

34Give cries of grief, you keepers of sheep; give cries for help, rolling yourselves in the dust, you chiefs of the flock: for the days of your destruction have fully come, and I will send you in all directions, and your fall will be like that of the males of the flock.

35There will be no way of flight for the keepers of sheep, no road for the chiefs of the flock to get away safely.

36A sound of the cry of the keepers of sheep, and the bitter crying of the chiefs of the flock! for the Lord has made waste their green fields.

37And there is no sound in the fields of peace, because of the burning wrath of the Lord.

38The lion has come out of his secret place, for the land has become a waste because of the cruel sword, and because of the heat of his wrath.

Jeremiah 26

1When Jehoiakim, the son of Josiah, king of Judah, first became king, this word came from the Lord, saying,

2This is what the Lord has said: Take your place in the open square of the Lord’s house and say to all the towns of Judah, who come into the Lord’s house for worship, everything I give you orders to say to them: keep back not a word;

3It may be that they will give ear, and that every man will be turned from his evil way, so that my purpose of sending evil on them because of the evil of their doings may be changed.

4And you are to say to them, This is what the Lord has said: If you do not give ear to me and go in the way of my law which I have put before you,

5And give ear to the words of my servants the prophets whom I send to you, getting up early and sending them, though you gave no attention;

6Then I will make this house like Shiloh, and will make this town a curse to all the nations of the earth.

7And in the hearing of the priests and the prophets and all the people, Jeremiah said these words in the house of the Lord.

8Now, when Jeremiah had come to the end of saying everything the Lord had given him orders to say to all the people, the priests and the prophets and all the people took him by force, saying, Death will certainly be your fate.

9Why have you said in the name of the Lord, This house will be like Shiloh, and this land a waste with no one living in it? And all the people had come together to Jeremiah in the house of the Lord.

10And the rulers of Judah, hearing of these things, came up from the king’s house to the house of the Lord, and took their seats by the new door of the Lord’s house.

11Then the priests and the prophets said to the rulers and to all the people, The right fate for this man is death; for he has said words against this town in your hearing.

12Then Jeremiah said to all the rulers and to all the people, The Lord has sent me as his prophet to say against this house and against this town all the words which have come to your ears.

13So now, make a change for the better in your ways and your doings, and give ear to the voice of the Lord your God; then the Lord will let himself be turned from the decision he has made against you for evil.

14As for me, here I am in your hands: do with me whatever seems good and right in your opinion.

15Only be certain that, if you put me to death, you will make yourselves and your town and its people responsible for the blood of one who has done no wrong: for truly, the Lord has sent me to you to say all these words in your ears.

16Then the rulers and all the people said to the priests and the prophets, It is not right for this man to be put to death: for he has said words to us in the name of the Lord our God.

17Then some of the responsible men of the land got up and said to all the meeting of the people,

18Micah the Morashtite, who was a prophet in the days of Hezekiah, king of Judah, said to all the people of Judah, This is what the Lord of armies has said: Zion will become like a ploughed field, and Jerusalem will become a mass of broken walls, and the mountain of the house like the high places of the woodland.

19Did Hezekiah and all Judah put him to death? did he not in the fear of the Lord make prayer for the grace of the Lord, and the Lord let himself be turned from the decision he had made against them for evil? By this act we might do great evil against ourselves.

20And there was another man who was a prophet of the Lord, Uriah, the son of Shemaiah of Kiriath-jearim; he said against this town and against this land all the words which Jeremiah had said:

21And when his words came to the ears of Jehoiakim the king and all his men of war and his captains, the king would have put him to death; but Uriah, hearing of it, was full of fear and went in flight into Egypt:

22And Jehoiakim the king sent Elnathan, the son of Achbor, and certain men with him, into Egypt.

23And they took Uriah out of Egypt and came back with him to Jehoiakim the king; who put him to death with the sword, and had his dead body put into the resting-place of the bodies of the common people.

24But Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, gave Jeremiah his help, so that he was not given into the hands of the people to be put to death.

James 3

1Do not all be teachers, my brothers, because we teachers will be judged more hardly than others.

2For we all go wrong in a number of things. If a man never makes a slip in his talk, then he is a complete man and able to keep all his body in control.

3Now if we put bits of iron into horses’ mouths so that they may be guided by us, we have complete control of their bodies.

4And again ships, though they are so great and are moved by violent winds, are turned by a very small guiding-blade, at the impulse of the man who is using it.

5Even so the tongue is a small part of the body, but it takes credit for great things. How much wood may be lighted by a very little fire!

6And the tongue is a fire; it is the power of evil placed in our bodies, making all the body unclean, putting the wheel of life on fire, and getting its fire from hell.

7For every sort of beast and bird and every living thing on earth and in the sea has been controlled by man and is under his authority;

8But the tongue may not be controlled by man; it is an unresting evil, it is full of the poison of death.

9With it we give praise to our Lord and Father; and with it we put a curse on men who are made in God’s image.

10Out of the same mouth comes blessing and cursing. My brothers, it is not right for these things to be so.

11Does the fountain send from the same outlet sweet and bitter water?

12Is a fig-tree able to give us olives, my brothers, or do we get figs from a vine, or sweet water from the salt sea?

13Who has wisdom and good sense among you? let him make his works clear by a life of gentle wisdom.

14But if you have bitter envy in your heart and the desire to get the better of others, have no pride in this, talking falsely against what is true.

15This wisdom is not from heaven, but is of the earth and the flesh and the Evil One.

16For where envy is, and the desire to get the better of others, there is no order, but every sort of evil-doing.

17But the wisdom which is from heaven is first holy, then gentle, readily giving way in argument, full of peace and mercy and good works, not doubting, not seeming other than it is.

18And the fruit of righteousness is planted in peace for those who make peace.

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