November 16

Psalms 132

A Song of the going up.

1 Lord, give thought to David, and to all his troubles;

2How he made an oath to the Lord, and gave his word to the great God of Jacob, saying,

3Truly, I will not come into my house, or go to my bed,

4I will not give sleep to my eyes, or rest to my eyeballs,

5Till I have got a place for the Lord, a resting-place for the great God of Jacob.

6We had news of it at Ephrathah: we came to it in the fields of the wood.

7Let us go into his tent; let us give worship at his feet.

8Come back, O Lord, to your resting-place; you and the ark of your strength.

9Let your priests be clothed with righteousness; and let your saints give cries of joy.

10Because of your servant David, do not give up your king.

11The Lord gave a true oath to David, which he will not take back, saying, I will give your kingdom to the fruit of your body.

12If your children keep my word, and the teachings which I will give them, their children will be rulers of your kingdom for ever.

13For the Lord’s heart is on Zion, desiring it for his resting-place.

14This is my rest for ever: here will I ever be; for this is my desire.

15My blessing will be on her food; and her poor will be full of bread.

16Her priests will be clothed with salvation; and her saints will give cries of joy.

17There I will make the horn of David fertile: I have made ready a light for my king.

18His haters will be clothed with shame; but I will make his crown shining.

Jeremiah 27

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

2This is what the Lord has said to me: Make for yourself bands and yokes and put them on your neck;

3And send them to the king of Edom, and to the king of Moab, and to the king of the children of Ammon, and to the king of Tyre, and to the king of Zidon, by their servants who come to Jerusalem, to Zedekiah, king of Judah;

4And give them orders to say to their masters, This is what the Lord of armies, the God of Israel, has said: Say to your masters,

5I have made the earth, and man and beast on the face of the earth, by my great power and by my outstretched arm; and I will give it to anyone at my pleasure.

6And now I have given all these lands into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, my servant; and I have given the beasts of the field to him for his use.

7And all the nations will be servants to him and to his son and to his son’s son, till the time comes for his land to be overcome: and then a number of nations and great kings will take it for their use.

8And it will come about, that if any nation does not become a servant to this same Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, and does not put its neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, then I will send punishment on that nation, says the Lord, by the sword and need of food and by disease, till I have given them into his hands.

9And you are not to give attention to your prophets or your readers of signs or your dreamers or those who see into the future or those who make use of secret arts, who say to you, You will not become servants of the king of Babylon:

10For they say false words to you, so that you may be sent away far from your land, and so that you may be forced out by me and come to destruction.

11But as for that nation which puts its neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon and becomes his servant, I will let that nation keep on in its land, farming it and living in it, says the Lord.

12And I said all this to Zedekiah, king of Judah, saying, Put your necks under the yoke of the king of Babylon and become his servants and his people, so that you may keep your lives.

13Why are you desiring death, you and your people, by the sword, and because food is gone, and by disease, as the Lord has said of the nation which does not become the servant of the king of Babylon?

14And you are not to give ear to the prophets who say to you, You will not become servants of the king of Babylon: for what they say is not true.

15For I have not sent them, says the Lord, but they are saying what is false in my name, so that I might send you out by force, causing destruction to come on you and on your prophets.

16And I said to the priests and to all the people, This is what the Lord has said: Give no attention to the words of your prophets who say to you, See, in a very little time now the vessels of the Lord’s house will come back again from Babylon: for what they say to you is false.

17Give no attention to them; become servants of the king of Babylon and keep yourselves from death: why let this town become a waste?

18But if they are prophets, and if the word of the Lord is with them, let them now make request to the Lord of armies that the vessels which are still in the house of the Lord and in the house of the king of Judah and at Jerusalem, may not go to Babylon.

19For this is what the Lord has said about the rest of the vessels which are still in this town,

20Which Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, did not take away, when he took Jeconiah, the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, a prisoner from Jerusalem to Babylon, with all the great men of Judah and Jerusalem;

21For this is what the Lord of armies, the God of Israel, has said about the rest of the vessels in the house of the Lord and in the house of the king of Judah and at Jerusalem:

22They will be taken away to Babylon, and there they will be till the day when I send their punishment on them, says the Lord. Then I will take them up and put them back in their place.

Jeremiah 28

1And it came about in that year, when Zedekiah first became king of Judah, in the fourth year, in the fifth month, that Hananiah, the son of Azzur the prophet, who came from Gibeon, said to Jeremiah in the house of the Lord, before the priests and all the people,

2These are the words of the Lord of armies, the God of Israel: By me the yoke of the king of Babylon has been broken.

3In the space of two years I will send back into this place all the vessels of the Lord’s house which Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, took away from this place to Babylon:

4And I will let Jeconiah, the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, come back to this place, with all the prisoners of Judah who went to Babylon, says the Lord: for I will have the yoke of the king of Babylon broken.

5Then the prophet Jeremiah said to the prophet Hananiah, before the priests and all the people who had come into the house of the Lord,

6The prophet Jeremiah said, So be it: may the Lord do so: may the Lord give effect to the words which you have said, and let the vessels of the Lord’s house, and all the people who have been taken away, come back from Babylon to this place.

7But still, give ear to this word which I am saying to you and to all the people:

8The prophets, who were before me and before you, from early times gave word to a number of countries and great kingdoms about war and destruction and disease.

9The prophet whose words are of peace, when his words come true, will be seen to be a prophet whom the Lord has sent.

10Then Hananiah the prophet took the yoke from the neck of the prophet Jeremiah and it was broken by his hands.

11And before all the people Hananiah said, The Lord has said, Even so will I let the yoke of the king of Babylon be broken off the necks of all the nations in the space of two years. Then the prophet Jeremiah went away.

12Then after the yoke had been broken off the neck of the prophet Jeremiah by Hananiah the prophet, the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying,

13Go and say to Hananiah, This is what the Lord has said: Yokes of wood have been broken by you, but in their place I will make yokes of iron.

14For the Lord of armies, the God of Israel, has said: I have put a yoke of iron on the necks of all these nations, making them servants to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon; and they are to be his servants: and in addition I have given him the beasts of the field.

15Then the prophet Jeremiah said to Hananiah the prophet, Give ear, now, Hananiah; the Lord has not sent you; but you are making this people put their faith in what is false.

16For this reason the Lord has said, See, I will send you away from off the face of the earth: this year death will overtake you, because you have said words against the Lord.

17So death came to Hananiah the prophet the same year, in the seventh month.

James 4

1What is the cause of wars and fighting among you? is it not in your desires which are at war in your bodies?

2You are burning with desire, and have not your desire, so you put men to death; you are full of envy, and you are not able to get your desire, so you are fighting and making war; you have not your desire, because you do not make request for it.

3You make your request but you do not get it, because your request has been wrongly made, desiring the thing only so that you may make use of it for your pleasure.

4O you who are false to God, do you not see that the friends of this world are not God’s friends? Every man desiring to be a friend of this world makes himself a hater of God.

5Or does it seem to you that it is for nothing that the holy Writings say, The spirit which God put into our hearts has a strong desire for us?

6But he gives more grace. So that the Writings say, God is against the men of pride, but he gives grace to those who make themselves low before him.

7For this cause be ruled by God; but make war on the Evil One and he will be put to flight before you.

8Come near to God and he will come near to you. Make your hands clean, you evil-doers; put away deceit from your hearts, you false in mind.

9Be troubled, with sorrow and weeping; let your laughing be turned to sorrow and your joy to grief.

10Make yourselves low in the eyes of the Lord and you will be lifted up by him.

11Do not say evil against one another, my brothers. He who says evil against his brother or makes himself his brother’s judge, says evil against the law and is judging the law: and in judging the law you become, not a doer of the law but a judge.

12There is only one judge and law-giver, even he who has the power of salvation and of destruction; but who are you to be your neighbour’s judge?

13How foolish it is to say, Today or tomorrow we will go into this town, and be there for a year and do business there and get wealth:

14When you are not certain what will take place tomorrow. What is your life? It is a mist, which is seen for a little time and then is gone.

15But the right thing to say would be, If it is the Lord’s pleasure and if we are still living, we will do this and that.

16But now you go on glorying in your pride: and all such glorying is evil.

17The man who has knowledge of how to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

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