November 18

Psalms 134

 

A Song of the going up.

 

1 Give praise to the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who take your places in the house of the Lord by night.

 

2Give praise to the Lord, lifting up your hands in his holy place.

 

3May the Lord, who made heaven and earth, send you blessing out of Zion,

 

Jeremiah 31

 

1At that time, says the Lord, I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they will be my people.

 

2The Lord has said, Grace came in the waste land to a people kept safe from the sword, even to Israel on the way to his resting-place.

 

3From far away he saw the Lord: my love for you is an eternal love: so with mercy I have made you come with me.

 

4I will again make new your buildings, O virgin of Israel, and you will take up your place: again you will take up your instruments of music, and go out in the dances of those who are glad.

 

5Again will your vine-gardens be planted on the hill of Samaria: the planters will be planting and using the fruit.

 

6For there will be a day when those who get in the grapes on the hills of Ephraim will be crying, Up! let us go up to Zion to the Lord our God.

 

7For the Lord has said, Make a glad song for Jacob and give a cry on the top of the mountains: give the news, give praise, and say, The Lord has given salvation to his people, even to the rest of Israel.

 

8See, I will take them from the north country, and get them from the inmost parts of the earth, and with them the blind and the feeble-footed, the woman with child and her who is in birth-pains together: a very great army, they will come back here.

 

9They will come with weeping, and going before them I will be their guide: guiding them by streams of water in a straight way where there is no falling: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is the first of my sons.

 

10Give ear to the word of the Lord, O you nations, and give news of it in the sea-lands far away, and say, He who has sent Israel wandering will get him together and will keep him as a keeper does his flock.

 

11For the Lord has given a price for Jacob, and made him free from the hands of him who was stronger than he.

 

12So they will come with songs on the high places, flowing together to the good things of the Lord, to the grain and the wine and the oil, to the young ones of the flock and of the herd: their souls will be like a watered garden, and they will have no more sorrow.

 

13Then the virgin will have joy in the dance, and the young men and the old will be glad: for I will have their weeping turned into joy, I will give them comfort and make them glad after their sorrow.

 

14I will give the priests their desired fat things, and my people will have a full measure of my good things, says the Lord.

 

15So has the Lord said: In Ramah there is a sound of crying, weeping and bitter sorrow; Rachel weeping for her children; she will not be comforted for their loss.

 

16The Lord has said this: Keep your voice from sorrow and your eyes from weeping: for your work will be rewarded, says the Lord; and they will come back from the land of their hater.

 

17And there is hope for the future, says the Lord; and your children will come back to the land which is theirs.

 

18Certainly Ephraim’s words of grief have come to my ears, You have given me training and I have undergone it like a young cow unused to the yoke: let me be turned and come back, for you are the Lord my God.

 

19Truly, after I had been turned, I had regret for my ways; and after I had got knowledge, I made signs of sorrow: I was put to shame, truly, I was covered with shame, because I had to undergo the shame of my early years.

 

20Is Ephraim my dear son? is he the child of my delight? for whenever I say things against him, I still keep him in my memory: so my heart is troubled for him; I will certainly have mercy on him, says the Lord.

 

21Put up guiding pillars, make road signs for yourself: give attention to the highway, even the way in which you went: be turned again, O virgin of Israel, be turned to these your towns.

 

22How long will you go on turning this way and that, O wandering daughter? for the Lord has made a new thing on the earth, a woman changed into a man.

 

23So the Lord of armies, the God of Israel, has said, Again will these words be used in the land of Judah and in its towns, when I have let their fate be changed: May the blessing of the Lord be on you, O resting-place of righteousness, O holy mountain.

 

24And Judah and all its towns will be living there together; the farmers and those who go about with flocks.

 

25For I have given new strength to the tired soul and to every sorrowing soul in full measure.

 

26At this, awaking from my sleep, I saw; and my sleep was sweet to me.

 

27See, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will have Israel and Judah planted with the seed of man and with the seed of beast.

 

28And it will come about that, as I have been watching over them for the purpose of uprooting and smashing down and overturning and sending destruction and causing trouble; so I will be watching over them for the purpose of building up and planting, says the Lord.

 

29In those days they will no longer say, The fathers have been tasting bitter grapes and the children’s teeth are put on edge.

 

30But everyone will be put to death for the evil which he himself has done: whoever has taken bitter grapes will himself have his teeth put on edge.

 

31See, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new agreement with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah:

 

32Not like the agreement which I made with their fathers, on the day when I took them by the hand to be their guide out of the land of Egypt; which agreement was broken by them, and I gave them up, says the Lord.

 

33But this is the agreement which I will make with the people of Israel after those days, says the Lord; I will put my law in their inner parts, writing it in their hearts; and I will be their God, and they will be my people.

 

34And no longer will they be teaching every man his neighbour and every man his brother, saying, Get knowledge of the Lord: for they will all have knowledge of me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord: for they will have my forgiveness for their evil-doing, and their sin will go from my memory for ever.

 

35These are the words of the Lord, who has given the sun for a light by day, ordering the moon and stars for a light by night, who puts the sea in motion, causing the thunder of its waves; the Lord of armies is his name.

 

36If the order of these things before me is ever broken, says the Lord, then will the seed of Israel come to an end as a nation before me for ever.

 

37This is what the Lord has said: If the heavens on high may be measured, and the bases of the earth searched out, then I will give up the seed of Israel, because of all they have done, says the Lord.

 

38See, the days are coming, says the Lord, for the building of the Lord’s town, from the tower of Hananel to the doorway of the angle.

 

39And the measuring-line will go out in front of it as far as the hill Gareb, going round to Goah.

 

40And all the valley of the dead bodies, and all the field of death as far as the stream Kidron, up to the angle of the horses’ doorway to the east, will be holy to the Lord; it will not again be uprooted or overturned for ever.

 

Jeremiah 32

 

1The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord in the tenth year of Zedekiah, king of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar.

 

2Now at that time the king of Babylon’s army was round Jerusalem, shutting it in: and Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in the place of the armed watchmen, in the house of the king of Judah.

 

3For Zedekiah, king of Judah, had had him shut up, saying, Why have you, as a prophet, been saying, The Lord has said, See, I will give this town into the hands of the king of Babylon, and he will take it;

 

4And Zedekiah, king of Judah, will not get away from the hands of the Chaldaeans, but will certainly be given up into the hands of the king of Babylon, and will have talk with him, mouth to mouth, and see him, eye to eye.

 

5And he will take Zedekiah away to Babylon, where he will be till I have pity on him, says the Lord: though you are fighting with the Chaldaeans, things will not go well for you?

 

6And Jeremiah said, The word of the Lord came to me, saying,

 

7See, Hanamel, the son of Shallum, your father’s brother, will come to you and say, Give the price and get for yourself my property in Anathoth: for you have the right of the nearest relation.

 

8So Hanamel, the son of my father’s brother, came to me, as the Lord had said, to the place of the armed watchmen, and said to me, Give the price and get my property which is in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin: for you have the nearest relation’s right to the heritage; so get it for yourself. Then it was clear to me that this was the word of the Lord.

 

9So I got for a price the property in Anathoth from Hanamel, the son of my father’s brother, and gave him the money, seventeen shekels of silver;

 

10And I put it in writing, stamping it with my stamp, and I took witnesses and put the money into the scales.

 

11So I took the paper witnessing the business, one copy rolled up and stamped, and one copy open:

 

12And I gave the paper to Baruch, the son of Neriah, the son of Mahseiah, before the eyes of Hanamel, the son of my father’s brother, and of the witnesses who had put their names to the paper, and before all the Jews who were seated in the place of the armed watchmen.

 

13And I gave orders to Baruch in front of them, saying,

 

14This is what the Lord of armies, the God of Israel, has said: Take these papers, the witness of this business, the one which is rolled up and stamped, and the one which is open; and put them in a vessel of earth so that they may be kept for a long time.

 

15For the Lord of armies, the God of Israel, has said, There will again be trading in houses and fields and vine-gardens in this land.

 

16Now after I had given the paper to Baruch, the son of Neriah, I made my prayer to the Lord, saying,

 

17Ah Lord God! see, you have made the heaven and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm, and there is nothing you are not able to do:

 

18You have mercy on thousands, and send punishment for the evil-doing of the fathers on their children after them: the great, the strong God, the Lord of armies is his name:

 

19Great in wisdom and strong in act: whose eyes are open on all the ways of the sons of men, giving to everyone the reward of his ways and the fruit of his doings:

 

20You have done signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, and even to this day, in Israel and among other men; and have made a name for yourself as at this day;

 

21And have taken your people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs and with wonders and with a strong hand and an outstretched arm, causing great fear;

 

22And have given them this land, which you gave your word to their fathers to give them, a land flowing with milk and honey;

 

23And they came in and took it for their heritage, but they did not give ear to your voice, and were not ruled by your law; they have done nothing of all you gave them orders to do: so you have made all this evil come on them:

 

24See, they have made earthworks against the town to take it; and the town is given into the hands of the Chaldaeans who are fighting against it, because of the sword and need of food and disease: and what you have said has taken place, and truly you see it.

 

25And you have said to me, Give the money to get yourself a property, and have the business witnessed; though the town is given into the hands of the Chaldaeans.

 

26And the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying,

 

27See, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything so hard that I am unable to do it?

 

28So this is what the Lord has said: See, I am giving this town into the hands of the Chaldaeans and into the hands of Nebuchadrezzar, the king of Babylon, and he will take it:

 

29And the Chaldaeans, who are fighting against this town, will come and put the town on fire, burning it together with the houses, on the roofs of which perfumes have been burned to the Baal, and drink offerings have been drained out to other gods, moving me to wrath.

 

30For the children of Israel and the children of Judah have done nothing but evil in my eyes from their earliest years: the children of Israel have only made me angry with the work of their hands, says the Lord.

 

31For this town has been to me a cause of wrath and of burning passion from the day of its building till this day, so that I put it away from before my face:

 

32Because of all the evil of the children of Israel and of the children of Judah, which they have done to make me angry, they and their kings, their princes, their priests, and their prophets, and the men of Judah and the people of Jerusalem.

 

33And they have been turning their backs and not their faces to me: and though I was their teacher, getting up early and teaching them, their ears were not open to teaching.

 

34But they put their disgusting images into the house which is named by my name, making it unclean.

 

35And they put up the high places of the Baal in the valley of the son of Hinnom, making their sons and their daughters go through the fire to Molech; which I did not give them orders to do, and it never came into my mind that they would do this disgusting thing, causing Judah to be turned out of the way.

 

36And now the Lord, the God of Israel, has said of this town, about which you say, It is given into the hands of the king of Babylon by the sword and by need of food and by disease:

 

37See, I will get them together from all the countries where I have sent them in my wrath and in the heat of my passion and in my bitter feeling; and I will let them come back into this place where they may take their rest safely.

 

38And they will be my people, and I will be their God:

 

39And I will give them one heart and one way, so that they may go on in the worship of me for ever, for their good and the good of their children after them:

 

40And I will make an eternal agreement with them, that I will never give them up, but ever do them good; and I will put the fear of me in their hearts, so that they will not go away from me.

 

41And truly, I will take pleasure in doing them good, and all my heart and soul will be given to planting them in this land in good faith.

 

42For the Lord has said: As I have made all this great evil come on this people, so I will send on them all the good which I said about them.

 

43And there will be trading in fields in this land of which you say, It is a waste, without man or beast; it is given into the hands of the Chaldaeans.

 

44Men will get fields for money, and put the business in writing, stamping the papers and having them witnessed, in the land of Benjamin and in the country round Jerusalem and in the towns of Judah and in the towns of the hill-country and in the towns of the lowland and in the towns of the South: for I will let their fate be changed, says the Lord.

 

1 Peter 1

 

1Peter, an Apostle of Jesus Christ, to the saints who are living in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,

 

2Who, through the purpose of God, have been made holy by the Spirit, disciples of Jesus, made clean by his blood: May you have grace and peace in full measure.

 

3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who through his great mercy has given us a new birth and a living hope by the coming again of Jesus Christ from the dead,

 

4And a heritage fair, holy and for ever new, waiting in heaven for you,

 

5Who, by the power of God are kept, through faith, for that salvation, which will be seen at the last day.

 

6You have cause for great joy in this, though it may have been necessary for you to be troubled for a little time, being tested in all sorts of ways,

 

7So that the true metal of your faith, being of much greater value than gold (which, though it comes to an end, is tested by fire), may come to light in praise and glory and honour, at the revelation of Jesus Christ:

 

8To whom your love is given, though you have not seen him; and the faith which you have in him, though you do not see him now, gives you joy greater than words and full of glory:

 

9For so you have the true end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

 

10For the prophets who gave the news of the grace which would come to you, made search with all care for knowledge of this salvation;

 

11Attempting to see what sort of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them was pointing to, when it gave witness to the pains which Christ would undergo and the glories which would come after them.

 

12And it was made clear to those prophets that they were God’s servants not for themselves but for you, to give you word of the things which have now come to your ears from the preachers of the good news through the Holy Spirit sent down from heaven; things which even angels have a desire to see.

 

13So make your minds ready, and keep on the watch, hoping with all your power for the grace which is to come to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

 

14Like children ruled by God, do not go back to the old desires of the time when you were without knowledge:

 

15But be holy in every detail of your lives, as he, whose servants you are, is holy;

 

16Because it has been said in the Writings, You are to be holy, for I am holy.

 

17And if you give the name of Father to him who, judging every man by his acts, has no respect for a man’s position, then go in fear while you are on this earth:

 

18Being conscious that you have been made free from that foolish way of life which was your heritage from your fathers, not through a payment of things like silver or gold which come to destruction,

 

19But through holy blood, like that of a clean and unmarked lamb, even the blood of Christ:

 

20Who was marked out by God before the making of the world, but was caused to be seen in these last times for you,

 

21Who through him have faith in God who took him up again from the dead into glory; so that your faith and hope might be in God.

 

22And as you have made your souls clean, being ruled by what is true, and loving one another without deceit, see that your love is warm and from the heart:

 

23Because you have had a new birth, not from the seed of man, but from eternal seed, through the word of a living and unchanging God.

 

24For it is said, All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of the grass. The grass becomes dry and the flower dead:

 

25But the word of the Lord is eternal. And this is the word of the good news which was given to you.

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