November 21

Psalms 137

1By the rivers of Babylon we were seated, weeping at the memory of Zion,

2Hanging our instruments of music on the trees by the waterside.

3For there those who had taken us prisoners made request for a song; and those who had taken away all we had gave us orders to be glad, saying, Give us one of the songs of Zion.

4How may we give the Lord’s song in a strange land?

5If I keep not your memory, O Jerusalem, let not my right hand keep the memory of its art.

6If I let you go out of my thoughts, and if I do not put Jerusalem before my greatest joy, let my tongue be fixed to the roof of my mouth.

7O Lord, keep in mind against the children of Edom the day of Jerusalem; how they said, Let it be uncovered, uncovered even to its base.

😯 daughter of Babylon, whose fate is destruction; happy is the man who does to you what you have done to us.

9Happy is the man who takes your little ones, crushing them against the rocks.

Jeremiah 37

1And Zedekiah, the son of Josiah, became king in place of Coniah, the son of Jehoiakim, whom Nebuchadrezzar, king of Babylon, made king in the land of Judah.

2But he and his servants and the people of the land did not give ear to the words of the Lord which he said by Jeremiah the prophet.

3And Zedekiah the king sent Jehucal, the son of Shelemiah, and Zephaniah, the son of Maaseiah the priest, to the prophet Jeremiah, saying, Make prayer now to the Lord our God for us.

4(Now Jeremiah was going about among the people, for they had not put him in prison.

5And Pharaoh’s army had come out from Egypt: and the Chaldaeans, who were attacking Jerusalem, hearing news of them, went away from Jerusalem.)

6Then the word of the Lord came to the prophet Jeremiah, saying,

7The Lord, the God of Israel, has said: This is what you are to say to the king of Judah who sent you to get directions from me: See, Pharaoh’s army, which has come out to your help, will go back to Egypt, to their land.

8And the Chaldaeans will come back again and make war against this town and they will take it and put it on fire.

9The Lord has said, Have no false hopes, saying to yourselves, The Chaldaeans will go away from us: for they will not go away.

10For even if you had overcome all the army of the Chaldaeans fighting against you, and there were only wounded men among them, still they would get up, every man in his tent, and put this town on fire.

11And it came about that when the Chaldaean army outside Jerusalem had gone away for fear of Pharaoh’s army,

12Jeremiah went out of Jerusalem to go into the land of Benjamin, with the purpose of taking up his heritage there among the people.

13But when he was at the Benjamin door, a captain of the watch named Irijah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Hananiah, who was stationed there, put his hand on Jeremiah the prophet, saying, You are going to give yourself up to the Chaldaeans.

14Then Jeremiah said, That is not true; I am not going to the Chaldaeans. But he would not give ear to him: so Irijah made him prisoner and took him to the rulers.

15And the rulers were angry with Jeremiah, and gave him blows and put him in prison in the house of Jonathan the scribe: for they had made that the prison.

16So Jeremiah came into the hole of the prison, under the arches, and was there for a long time.

17Then King Zedekiah sent and got him out: and the king, questioning him secretly in his house, said, Is there any word from the Lord? And Jeremiah said, There is. Then he said, You will be given up into the hands of the king of Babylon.

18Then Jeremiah said to King Zedekiah, What has been my sin against you or against your servants or against this people, that you have put me in prison?

19Where now are your prophets who said to you, The king of Babylon will not come against you and against this land?

20And now be pleased to give ear, O my lord the king; let my prayer for help come before you, and do not make me go back to the house of Jonathan the scribe, for fear that I may come to my death there.

21Then by the order of Zedekiah the king, Jeremiah was put into the place of the armed watchmen, and they gave him every day a cake of bread from the street of the bread-makers, till all the bread in the town was used up. So Jeremiah was kept in the place of the armed watchmen.

Jeremiah 38

1Now it came to the ears of Shephatiah, the son of Mattan, and Gedaliah, the son of Pashhur, and Jucal, the son of Shelemiah, and Pashhur, the son of Malchiah, that Jeremiah had said to all the people,

2These are the words of the Lord: Whoever goes on living in this town will come to his death by the sword or through need of food or by disease: but whoever goes out to the Chaldaeans will keep his life out of the power of the attackers and be safe.

3The Lord has said, This town will certainly be given into the hands of the army of the king of Babylon, and he will take it.

4Then the rulers said to the king, Let this man be put to death, because he is putting fear into the hearts of the men of war who are still in the town, and into the hearts of the people, by saying such things to them: this man is not working for the well-being of the people, but for their damage.

5Then Zedekiah the king said, See, he is in your hands: for the king was not able to do anything against them.

6So they took Jeremiah and put him into the water-hole of Malchiah, the king’s son, in the place of the armed watchmen: and they let Jeremiah down with cords. And in the hole there was no water, but wet earth: and Jeremiah went down into the wet earth.

7Now it came to the ears of Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, an unsexed servant in the king’s house, that they had put Jeremiah into the water-hole; the king at that time being seated in the doorway of Benjamin:

8And Ebed-melech went out from the king’s house and said to the king,

9My lord the king, these men have done evil in all they have done to Jeremiah the prophet, whom they have put into the water-hole; and he will come to his death in the place where he is through need of food: for there is no more bread in the town.

10Then the king gave orders to Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, saying, Take with you three men from here and get Jeremiah out of the water-hole before death overtakes him.

11So Ebed-melech took the men with him and went into the house of the king, to the place where the clothing was kept, and got from there old clothing and bits of old cloth, and let them down by cords into the water-hole where Jeremiah was.

12And Ebed-melech the Ethiopian said to Jeremiah, Put these bits of old cloth under your arms under the cords. And Jeremiah did so.

13So pulling Jeremiah up with the cords they got him out of the water-hole: and Jeremiah was kept in the place of the armed watchmen.

14Then King Zedekiah sent for Jeremiah the prophet and took him into the rulers’ doorway in the house of the Lord: and the king said to Jeremiah, I have a question to put to you; keep nothing back from me.

15Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, If I give you the answer to your question, will you not certainly put me to death? and if I make a suggestion to you, you will not give it a hearing.

16So King Zedekiah gave his oath to Jeremiah secretly, saying, By the living Lord, who gave us our life, I will not put you to death, or give you up to these men who are desiring to take your life.

17Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, These are the words of the Lord, the God of armies, the God of Israel: If you go out to the king of Babylon’s captains, then you will have life, and the town will not be burned with fire, and you and your family will be kept from death:

18But if you do not go out to the king of Babylon’s captains, then this town will be given into the hands of the Chaldaeans and they will put it on fire, and you will not get away from them.

19And King Zedekiah said to Jeremiah, I am troubled on account of the Jews who have gone over to the Chaldaeans, for fear that they may give me up to them and they will put me to shame.

20But Jeremiah said, They will not give you up: be guided now by the word of the Lord as I have given it to you, and it will be well for you, and you will keep your life.

21But if you do not go out, this is what the Lord has made clear to me:

22See, all the rest of the women in the house of the king of Judah will be taken out to the king of Babylon’s captains, and these women will say, Your nearest friends have been false to you and have got the better of you: they have made your feet go deep into the wet earth, and they are turned away back from you.

23And they will take all your wives and your children out to the Chaldaeans: and you will not get away out of their hands, but will be taken by the hands of the king of Babylon: and this town will be burned with fire.

24Then Zedekiah said to Jeremiah, Let no man have knowledge of these words, and you will not be put to death.

25But if it comes to the ears of the rulers that I have been talking with you, and they come and say to you, Give us word now of what you have said to the king and what the king said to you, keeping nothing back and we will not put you to death;

26Then you are to say to them, I made my request to the king, that he would not send me back to my death in Jonathan’s house.

27Then all the rulers came to Jeremiah, questioning him: and he gave them an answer in the words the king had given him orders to say. So they said nothing more to him; for the thing was not made public.

28So Jeremiah was kept in the place of the armed watchmen till the day when Jerusalem was taken.

1 Peter 4

1So that as Jesus was put to death in the flesh, do you yourselves be of the same mind; for the death of the flesh puts an end to sin;

2So that you may give the rest of your lives in the flesh, not to the desires of men, but to the purpose of God.

3Because for long enough, in times past, we have been living after the way of the Gentiles, given up to the desires of the flesh, to drinking and feasting and loose behaviour and unclean worship of images;

4And they are wondering that you no longer go with them in this violent wasting of life, and are saying evil things of you:

5But they will have to give an account of themselves to him who is ready to be the judge of the living and the dead.

6For this was the reason why the good news of Jesus was given even to the dead, so that they might be judged as men in the flesh, but might be living before God in the spirit.

7But the end of all things is near: so be serious in your behaviour and keep on the watch with prayer;

8And most of all be warm in your love for one another; because in love there is forgiveness for sins without number:

9Keep open house for all with a glad heart;

10Making distribution among one another of whatever has been given to you, like true servants of the unmeasured grace of God;

11If anyone has anything to say, let it be as the words of God; if anyone has the desire to be the servant of others, let him do it in the strength which is given by God; so that in all things God may have the glory through Jesus Christ, whose are the glory and the power for ever.

12Dear brothers, do not be surprised, as if it was something strange, if your faith is tested as by fire:

13But be glad that you are given a part in the pains of Christ; so that at the revelation of his glory you may have great joy.

14If men say evil things of you because of the name of Christ, happy are you; for the Spirit of glory and of God is resting on you.

15Let no one among you undergo punishment as a taker of life, or as a thief, or as an evil-doer, or as one who is over-interested in other men’s business;

16But if he undergoes punishment as a Christian, that is no shame to him; let him give glory to God in this name.

17For the time has come for the judging, starting with the church of God; but if it makes a start with us, what will be the end of those who are not under the rule of God?

18And if it is hard for even the good man to get salvation, what chance has the man without religion or the sinner?

19For this reason let those who by the purpose of God undergo punishment, keep on in well-doing and put their souls into the safe hands of their Maker.

Advertisements

One comment

  1. Pingback: A Moveable Feast, A Moveable Lord 020812 « Mennonite Preacher

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s