November 17

Psalms 133

 

A Song of the going up. Of David.

 

1 See how good and how pleasing it is for brothers to be living together in harmony!

 

2It is like oil of great price on the head, flowing down over the face, even Aaron’s face: coming down to the edge of his robe;

 

3Like the dew of Hermon, which comes down on the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord gave orders for the blessing, even life for ever.

 

Jeremiah 29

 

1Now these are the words of the letter which Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem to the responsible men among those who had been taken away, and to the priests and the prophets and to all the rest of the people whom Nebuchadnezzar had taken away prisoners from Jerusalem to Babylon;

 

2(After Jeconiah the king and the queen-mother and the unsexed servants and the rulers of Judah and Jerusalem and the expert workmen and the metal-workers had gone away from Jerusalem;)

 

3By the hand of Elasah, the son of Shaphan, and Gemariah, the son of Hilkiah, (whom Zedekiah, king of Judah, sent to Babylon, to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon,) saying,

 

4This is what the Lord of armies, the God of Israel, has said to all those whom I have taken away prisoners from Jerusalem to Babylon:

 

5Go on building houses and living in them, and planting gardens and using the fruit of them;

 

6Take wives and have sons and daughters, and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, so that they may have sons and daughters; and be increased in number there and do not become less.

 

7And be working for the peace of the land to which I have had you taken away prisoners, and make prayer to the Lord for it: for in its peace you will have peace.

 

8For this is what the Lord of armies, the God of Israel, has said: Do not let yourselves be tricked by the prophets who are among you, and the readers of signs, and give no attention to their dreams which they may have;

 

9For they are saying to you what is false in my name: I have not sent them, says the Lord.

 

10For this is what the Lord has said: When seventy years are ended for Babylon, I will have pity on you and give effect to my good purpose for you, causing you to come back to this place.

 

11For I am conscious of my thoughts about you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you hope at the end.

 

12And you will go on crying to me and making prayer to me, and I will give ear to you.

 

13And you will be searching for me and I will be there, when you have gone after me with all your heart.

 

14I will be near you again, says the Lord, and your fate will be changed, and I will get you together from all the nations and from all the places where I had sent you away, says the Lord; and I will take you back again to the place from which I sent you away prisoners.

 

15For you have said, The Lord has given us prophets in Babylon.

 

16For this is what the Lord has said about the king who is seated on the seat of David’s kingdom, and about all the people living in this town, your countrymen who have not gone out with you as prisoners;

 

17This is what the Lord of armies has said: See, I will send on them the sword and need of food and disease, and will make them like bad figs, which are of no use for food, they are so bad.

 

18I will go after them, attacking them with the sword and with need of food and with disease, and will make them a cause of fear to all the kingdoms of the earth, to be a curse and a wonder and a surprise and a name of shame among all the nations where I have sent them:

 

19Because they have not given ear to my words, says the Lord, when I sent to them my servants the prophets, getting up early and sending them; but you did not give ear, says the Lord.

 

20And now, give ear to the word of the Lord, all you whom I have sent away prisoners from Jerusalem to Babylon.

 

21This is what the Lord of armies, the God of Israel, has said about Ahab, the son of Kolaiah, and about Zedekiah, the son of Maaseiah, who are saying to you what is false in my name: See, I will give them up into the hands of Nebuchadrezzar, king of Babylon, and he will put them to death before your eyes.

 

22And their fate will be used as a curse by all the prisoners of Judah who are in Babylon, who will say, May the Lord make you like Zedekiah and like Ahab, who were burned in the fire by the king of Babylon;

 

23Because they have done shame in Israel, and have taken their neighbours’ wives, and in my name have said false words, which I did not give them orders to say; and I myself am the witness, says the Lord.

 

24About Shemaiah the Nehelamite.

 

25Shemaiah the Nehelamite sent a letter in his name to Zephaniah, the son of Maaseiah the priest, saying,

 

26The Lord has made you priest in place of Jehoiada the priest, to be an overseer in the house of the Lord for every man who is off his head and is acting as a prophet, to put such men in prison and in chains.

 

27So why have you made no protest against Jeremiah of Anathoth, who is acting as a prophet to you?

 

28For he has sent to us in Babylon saying, The time will be long: go on building houses and living in them, and planting gardens and using the fruit of them.

 

29And Zephaniah the priest made clear to Jeremiah the prophet what was said in the letter, reading it to him.

 

30Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, saying,

 

31Send to all those who have been taken away, saying, This is what the Lord has said about Shemaiah the Nehelamite: Because Shemaiah has been acting as a prophet to you, and I did not send him, and has made you put your faith in what is false;

 

32For this cause the Lord has said, Truly I will send punishment on Shemaiah and on his seed; not a man of his family will have a place among this people, and he will not see the good which I am going to do to my people, says the Lord: because he has said words against the Lord.

 

Jeremiah 30

 

1The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying,

 

2The Lord, the God of Israel, has said, Put down in a book all the words which I have said to you.

 

3For see, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will let the fate of my people Israel and Judah be changed, says the Lord: and I will make them come back to the land which I gave to their fathers, so that they may take it for their heritage.

 

4And these are the words which the Lord said about Israel and about Judah.

 

5This is what the Lord has said: A voice of shaking fear has come to our ears, of fear and not of peace.

 

6Put the question and see if it is possible for a man to have birth-pains: why do I see every man with his hands gripping his sides, as a woman does when the pains of birth are on her, and all faces are turned green?

 

7Ha! for that day is so great that there is no day like it: it is the time of Jacob’s trouble: but he will get salvation from it.

 

8For it will come about on that day, says the Lord of armies, that his yoke will be broken off his neck, and his bands will be burst; and men of strange lands will no longer make use of him as their servant:

 

9But they will be servants to the Lord their God and to David their king, whom I will give back to them.

 

10So have no fear, O Jacob, my servant, says the Lord; and do not be troubled, O Israel: for see, I will make you come back from far away, and your seed from the land where they are prisoners; and Jacob will come back, and will be quiet and at peace, and no one will give him cause for fear.

 

11For I am with you, says the Lord, to be your saviour: for I will put an end to all the nations where I have sent you wandering, but I will not put an end to you completely: though with wise purpose I will put right your errors, and will not let you go quite without punishment.

 

12For the Lord has said, Your disease may not be made well and your wound is bitter.

 

13There is no help for your wound, there is nothing to make you well.

 

14Your lovers have no more thought for you, they go after you no longer; for I have given you the wound of a hater, even cruel punishment;

 

15Why are you crying for help because of your wound? for your pain may never be taken away: because your evil-doing was so great and because your sins were increased, I have done these things to you.

 

16For this cause, all those who take you for their food will themselves become your food; and all your attackers, every one of them, will be taken prisoners; and those who send destruction on you will come to destruction; and all those who take away your goods by force will undergo the same themselves.

 

17For I will make you healthy again and I will make you well from your wounds, says the Lord; because they have given you the name of an outlaw, saying, It is Zion cared for by no man.

 

18The Lord has said, See, I am changing the fate of the tents of Jacob, and I will have pity on his houses; the town will be put up on its hill, and the great houses will be living-places again.

 

19And from them will go out praise and the sound of laughing: and I will make them great in number, and they will not become less; and I will give them glory, and they will not be small.

 

20And their children will be as they were in the old days, and the meeting of the people will have its place before me, and I will send punishment on all who are cruel to them.

 

21And their chief will be of their number; their ruler will come from among themselves; and I will let him be present before me, so that he may come near to me: for who may have strength of heart to come near me? says the Lord.

 

22And you will be my people, and I will be your God.

 

23See, the storm-wind of the Lord, even the heat of his wrath, has gone out, a rolling storm, bursting on the heads of the evil-doers.

 

24The wrath of the Lord will not be turned back till he has done, till he has put into effect, the purposes of his heart: in days to come you will have full knowledge of this.

 

James 5

 

1Come now, you men of wealth, give yourselves to weeping and crying because of the bitter troubles which are coming to you.

 

2Your wealth is unclean and insects have made holes in your clothing.

 

3Your gold and your silver are wasted and their waste will be a witness against you, burning into your flesh. You have put by your store in the last days.

 

4See, the money which you falsely kept back from the workers cutting the grass in your field, is crying out against you; and the cries of those who took in your grain have come to the ears of the Lord of armies.

 

5You have been living delicately on earth and have taken your pleasure; you have made your hearts fat for a day of destruction.

 

6You have given your decision against the upright man and have put him to death. He puts up no fight against you.

 

7Go on waiting calmly, my brothers, till the coming of the Lord, like the farmer waiting for the good fruit of the earth till the early and late rains have come.

 

8Be as calm in your waiting; let your hearts be strong: because the coming of the Lord is near.

 

9Say no hard things against one another, brothers, so that you will not be judged; see, the judge is waiting at the doors.

 

10Take as an example of pain nobly undergone and of strength in trouble, the prophets who gave to men the words of the Lord.

 

11We say that those men who have gone through pain are happy: you have the story of Job and the troubles through which he went and have seen that the Lord was full of pity and mercy in the end.

 

12But most of all, my brothers, do not take oaths, not by the heaven, or by the earth, or by any other thing: but let your Yes be Yes, and your No be No: so that you may not be judged.

 

13Is anyone among you in trouble? let him say prayers. Is anyone glad? let him make a song of praise.

 

14Is anyone among you ill? let him send for the rulers of the church; and let them say prayers over him, putting oil on him in the name of the Lord.

 

15And by the prayer of faith the man who is ill will be made well, and he will be lifted up by the Lord, and for any sin which he has done he will have forgiveness.

 

16So then, make a statement of your sins to one another, and say prayers for one another so that you may be made well. The prayer of a good man is full of power in its working.

 

17Elijah was a man of flesh and blood as we are, and he made a strong prayer that there might be no rain; and there was no rain on the earth for three years and six months.

 

18And he made another prayer, and the heaven sent down rain and the earth gave her fruit.

 

19My brothers, if one of you has gone out of the way of the true faith and another has made him see his error,

 

20Be certain that he through whom a sinner has been turned from the error of his way, keeps a soul from death and is the cause of forgiveness for sins without number.

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