November 20

Psalms 136

1O give praise to the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy is unchanging for ever.

2O give praise to the God of gods: for his mercy is unchanging for ever.

3O give praise to the Lord of lords: for his mercy is unchanging for ever.

4To him who only does great wonders: for his mercy is unchanging for ever.

5To him who by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy is unchanging for ever.

6To him by whom the earth was stretched out over the waters: for his mercy is unchanging for ever.

7To him who made great lights: for his mercy is unchanging for ever.

8The sun to have rule by day: for his mercy is unchanging for ever.

9The moon and the stars to have rule by night: for his mercy is unchanging for ever.

10To him who put to death the first-fruits of Egypt: for his mercy is unchanging for ever:

11And took out Israel from among them: for his mercy is unchanging for ever:

12With a strong hand and an outstretched arm: for his mercy is unchanging for ever.

13To him who made a way through the Red Sea: for his mercy is unchanging for ever:

14And let Israel go through it: for his mercy is unchanging for ever:

15By him Pharaoh and his army were overturned in the Red Sea: for his mercy is unchanging for ever.

16To him who took his people through the waste land: for his mercy is unchanging for ever.

17To him who overcame great kings: for his mercy is unchanging for ever:

18And put noble kings to death: for his mercy is unchanging for ever:

19Sihon, king of the Amorites: for his mercy is unchanging for ever:

20And Og, king of Bashan: for his mercy is unchanging for ever:

21And gave their land to his people for a heritage: for his mercy is unchanging for ever.

22Even a heritage for his servant Israel: for his mercy is unchanging for ever.

23Who kept us in mind when we were in trouble: for his mercy is unchanging for ever.

24And has taken us out of the hands of our haters: for his mercy is unchanging for ever.

25Who gives food to all flesh: for his mercy is unchanging for ever.

26O give praise to the God of heaven: for his mercy is unchanging for ever.

Jeremiah 35

1The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, in the days of Jehoiakim, the son of Josiah, king of Judah, saying,

2Go into the house of the Rechabites, and have talk with them, and take them into the house of the Lord, into one of the rooms, and give them wine.

3Then I took Jaazaniah, the son of Jeremiah, the son of Habazziniah, and his brothers and all his sons and all the Rechabites;

4And I took them into the house of the Lord, into the room of the sons of Hanan, the son of Igdaliah, the man of God, which was near the rulers’ room, which was over the room of Maaseiah, the son of Shallum, the keeper of the door;

5And I put before the sons of the Rechabites basins full of wine and cups, and I said to them, Take some wine.

6But they said, We will take no wine: for Jonadab, the son of Rechab our father, gave us orders, saying, You are to take no wine, you or your sons, for ever:

7And you are to make no houses, or put in seed, or get vine-gardens planted, or have any: but all your days you are to go on living in tents, so that you may have a long life in the land where you are living as in a strange country.

8And we have kept the rules of Jonadab, the son of Rechab our father, in everything which he gave us orders to do, drinking no wine all our days, we and our wives and our sons and our daughters;

9Building no houses for ourselves, having no vine-gardens or fields or seed:

10But we have been living in tents, and have done everything which Jonadab our father gave us orders to do.

11But when Nebuchadrezzar, king of Babylon, came up into the land, we said, Come, let us go to Jerusalem, away from the army of the Chaldaeans and from the army of the Aramaeans: and so we are living in Jerusalem.

12Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying,

13This is what the Lord of armies, the God of Israel, has said: Go and say to the men of Judah and the people of Jerusalem, Is there no hope of teaching you to give ear to my words? says the Lord.

14The orders which Jonadab, the son of Rechab, gave to his sons to take no wine, are done, and to this day they take no wine, for they do the orders of their father: but I have sent my words to you, getting up early and sending them, and you have not given ear to me.

15And I have sent you all my servants the prophets, getting up early and sending them, saying, Come back, now, every man from his evil way, and do better, and go not after other gods to become their servants, and you will go on living in the land which I have given to you and to your fathers: but your ears have not been open, and you have not given attention to me.

16Though the sons of Jonadab the son of Rechab have done the orders of their father which he gave them, this people has not given ear to me:

17For this reason the Lord, the God of armies, the God of Israel, has said, See, I will send on Judah and on all the people of Jerusalem all the evil which I said I would do to them: because I sent my words to them, but they did not give ear; crying out to them, but they gave no answer.

18But to the Rechabites Jeremiah said, This is what the Lord of armies, the God of Israel, has said: Because you have done the orders of Jonadab your father, and have kept his rules, and done everything as he gave you orders to do it;

19For this reason the Lord of armies, the God of Israel, has said, Jonadab, the son of Rechab, will never be without a man to take his place before me.

Jeremiah 36

1Now it came about in the fourth year of Jehoiakim, the son of Josiah, king of Judah, that this word came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying,

2Take a book and put down in it all the words I have said to you against Israel and against Judah and against all the nations, from the day when my word came to you in the days of Josiah till this day.

3It may be that the people of Judah, hearing of all the evil which it is my purpose to do to them, will be turned, every man from his evil ways; so that they may have my forgiveness for their evil-doing and their sin.

4Then Jeremiah sent for Baruch, the son of Neriah; and Baruch took down from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the Lord which he had said to him, writing them in a book.

5And Jeremiah gave orders to Baruch, saying, I am shut up, and am not able to go into the house of the Lord:

6So you are to go, reading there from the book, which you have taken down from my mouth, the words of the Lord, in the hearing of the people in the Lord’s house, on a day when they go without food, and in the hearing of all the men of Judah who have come out from their towns.

7It may be that their prayer for grace will go up to the Lord, and that every man will be turned from his evil ways: for great is the wrath and the passion made clear by the Lord against this people.

8And Baruch, the son of Neriah, did as Jeremiah the prophet gave him orders to do, reading from the book the words of the Lord in the Lord’s house.

9Now it came about in the fifth year of Jehoiakim, the son of Josiah, king of Judah, in the ninth month, that it was given out publicly that all the people in Jerusalem, and all the people who came from the towns of Judah to Jerusalem, were to keep from food before the Lord.

10Then Baruch gave a public reading of the words of Jeremiah from the book, in the house of the Lord, in the room of Gemariah, the son of Shaphan the scribe, in the higher square, as one goes in by the new doorway of the Lord’s house, in the hearing of all the people.

11And Micaiah, the son of Gemariah, the son of Shaphan, after hearing all the words of the Lord from the book,

12Went down to the king’s house, to the scribe’s room: and all the rulers were seated there, Elishama the scribe and Delaiah, the son of Shemaiah, and Elnathan, the son of Achbor, and Gemariah, the son of Shaphan, and Zedekiah, the son of Hananiah, and all the rulers.

13Then Micaiah gave them an account of all the words which had come to his ears when Baruch was reading the book to the people.

14So all the rulers sent Jehudi, the son of Nethaniah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Cushi, to Baruch, saying, Take in your hand the book from which you have been reading to the people and come. So Baruch, the son of Neriah, took the book in his hand and came down to them.

15Then they said to him, Be seated now, and give us a reading from it. So Baruch did so, reading it to them.

16Now it came about that, after hearing all the words, they said to one another in fear, We will certainly give the king an account of all these words.

17And questioning Baruch, they said, Say now, how did you put all these words down in writing from his mouth?

18Then Baruch, answering, said, He said all these things to me by word of mouth, and I put them down with ink in the book.

19Then the rulers said to Baruch, Go and put yourself in a safe place, you and Jeremiah, and let no man have knowledge of where you are.

20Then they went into the open square to the king; but the book they put away in the room of Elishama the scribe; and they gave the king an account of all the words.

21So the king sent Jehudi to get the book, and he took it from the room of Elishama the scribe. And Jehudi gave a reading of it in the hearing of the king and all the rulers who were by the king’s side.

22Now the king was seated in the winter house, and a fire was burning in the fireplace in front of him.

23And it came about that whenever Jehudi, in his reading, had got through three or four divisions, the king, cutting them with his penknife, put them into the fire, till all the book was burned up in the fire which was burning in the fireplace.

24But they had no fear and gave no signs of grief, not the king or any of his servants, after hearing all these words.

25And Elnathan and Delaiah and Gemariah had made a strong request to the king not to let the book be burned, but he would not give ear to them.

26And the king gave orders to Jerahmeel, the king’s son, and Seraiah, the son of Azriel, and Shelemiah, the son of Abdeel, to take Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet: but the Lord kept them safe.

27Then after the book, in which Baruch had put down the words of Jeremiah, had been burned by the king, the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying,

28Take another book and put down in it all the words which were in the first book, which Jehoiakim, king of Judah, put into the fire.

29And about Jehoiakim, king of Judah, you are to say, This is what the Lord has said: You have put this book into the fire, saying, Why have you put in it that the king of Babylon will certainly come, causing the destruction of this land and putting an end to every man and beast in it?

30For this reason the Lord has said of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, He will have no son to take his place on the seat of David: his dead body will be put out to undergo the heat of the day and the cold of the night.

31And I will send punishment on him and on his seed and on his servants for their evil-doing; I will send on them and on the people of Jerusalem and the men of Judah, all the evil which I said against them, but they did not give ear.

32Then Jeremiah took another book, and gave it to Baruch the scribe, the son of Neriah, who put down in it, from the mouth of Jeremiah, all the words of the book which had been burned in the fire by Jehoiakim, king of Judah: and in addition a number of other words of the same sort.

1 Peter 3

1Wives, be ruled by your husbands; so that even if some of them give no attention to the word, their hearts may be changed by the behaviour of their wives,

2When they see your holy behaviour in the fear of God.

3Do not let your ornaments be those of the body such as dressing of the hair, or putting on of jewels of gold or fair clothing;

4But let them be those of the unseen man of the heart, the ever-shining ornament of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great price in the eyes of God.

5And these were the ornaments of the holy women of the past, whose hope was in God, being ruled by their husbands:

6As Sarah was ruled by Abraham, naming him lord; whose children you are if you do well, and are not put in fear by any danger.

7And you husbands, give thought to your way of life with your wives, giving honour to the woman who is the feebler vessel, but who has an equal part in the heritage of the grace of life; so that you may not be kept from prayer.

8Last of all, see that you are all in agreement; feeling for one another, loving one another like brothers, full of pity, without pride:

9Not giving back evil for evil, or curse for curse, but in place of cursing, blessing; because this is the purpose of God for you that you may have a heritage of blessing.

10For it is said, Let the man who has a love of life, desiring to see good days, keep his tongue from evil and his lips from words of deceit:

11And let him be turned from evil and do good; searching for peace and going after it with all his heart.

12For the eyes of the Lord are on the upright, and his ears are open to their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.

13Who will do you any damage if you keep your minds fixed on what is good?

14But you are happy if you undergo pain because of righteousness; have no part in their fear and do not be troubled;

15But give honour to Christ in your hearts as your Lord; and be ready at any time when you are questioned about the hope which is in you, to give an answer in the fear of the Lord and without pride;

16Being conscious that you have done no wrong; so that those who say evil things about your good way of life as Christians may be put to shame.

17Because if it is God’s purpose for you to undergo pain, it is better to do so for well-doing than for evil-doing.

18Because Christ once went through pain for sins, the upright one taking the place of sinners, so that through him we might come back to God; being put to death in the flesh, but given life in the Spirit;

19By whom he went to the spirits in prison, preaching to those

20Who, in the days of Noah, went against God’s orders; but God in his mercy kept back the punishment, while Noah got ready the ark, in which a small number, that is to say eight persons, got salvation through water:

21And baptism, of which this is an image, now gives you salvation, not by washing clean the flesh, but by making you free from the sense of sin before God, through the coming again of Jesus Christ from the dead;

22Who has gone into heaven, and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been put under his rule.

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