November 23

Psalms 139

To the chief music-maker. A Psalm. Of David.

1 O Lord, you have knowledge of me, searching out all my secrets.

2You have knowledge when I am seated and when I get up, you see my thoughts from far away.

3You keep watch over my steps and my sleep, and have knowledge of all my ways.

4For there is not a word on my tongue which is not clear to you, O Lord.

5I am shut in by you on every side, and you have put your hand on me.

6Such knowledge is a wonder greater than my powers; it is so high that I may not come near it.

7Where may I go from your spirit? how may I go in flight from you?

8If I go up to heaven, you are there: or if I make my bed in the underworld, you are there.

9If I take the wings of the morning, and go to the farthest parts of the sea;

10Even there will I be guided by your hand, and your right hand will keep me.

11If I say, Only let me be covered by the dark, and the light about me be night;

12Even the dark is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day: for dark and light are the same to you.

13My flesh was made by you, and my parts joined together in my mother’s body.

14I will give you praise, for I am strangely and delicately formed; your works are great wonders, and of this my soul is fully conscious.

15My frame was not unseen by you when I was made secretly, and strangely formed in the lowest parts of the earth.

16Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book all my days were recorded, even those which were purposed before they had come into being.

17How dear are your thoughts to me, O God! how great is the number of them!

18If I made up their number, it would be more than the grains of sand; when I am awake, I am still with you.

19If only you would put the sinners to death, O God; go far from me, you men of blood.

20For they go against you with evil designs, and your haters make sport of your name.

21Are not your haters hated by me, O Lord? are not those who are lifted up against you a cause of grief to me?

22My hate for them is complete; my thoughts of them are as if they were making war on me.

23O God, let the secrets of my heart be uncovered, and let my wandering thoughts be tested:

24See if there is any way of sorrow in me, and be my guide in the eternal way.

Jeremiah 41

1Now it came about in the seventh month that Ishmael, the son of Nethaniah, the son of Elishama, of the king’s seed, having with him ten men, came to Gedaliah, the son of Ahikam, in Mizpah; and they had a meal together in Mizpah.

2Then Ishmael, the son of Nethaniah, and the ten men who were with him, got up, and attacking Gedaliah, the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, with the sword, put to death him whom the king of Babylon had made ruler over the land.

3And Ishmael put to death all the Jews who were with him, even with Gedaliah, at Mizpah, and the Chaldaean men of war.

4Now on the second day after he had put Gedaliah to death, when no one had knowledge of it,

5Some people came from Shechem, from Shiloh and Samaria, eighty men, with the hair of their faces cut off and their clothing out of order, and with cuts on their bodies, and in their hands meal offerings and perfumes which they were taking to the house of the Lord.

6And Ishmael, the son of Nethaniah, went out from Mizpah with the purpose of meeting them, weeping on his way: and it came about that when he was face to face with them he said, Come to Gedaliah, the son of Ahikam.

7And when they came inside the town, Ishmael, the son of Nethaniah, and the men who were with him, put them to death and put their bodies into a deep hole.

8But there were ten men among them who said to Ishmael, Do not put us to death, for we have secret stores, in the country, of grain and oil and honey. So he did not put them to death with their countrymen.

9Now the hole into which Ishmael had put the dead bodies of the men whom he had put to death, was the great hole which Asa the king had made for fear of Baasha, king of Israel: and Ishmael, the son of Nethaniah, made it full of the bodies of those who had been put to death.

10Then Ishmael took away as prisoners all the rest of the people who were in Mizpah, the king’s daughters and all the people still in Mizpah, whom Nebuzaradan, the captain of the armed men, had put under the care of Gedaliah, the son of Ahikam: Ishmael, the son of Nethaniah, took them away prisoners with the purpose of going over to the children of Ammon.

11But when Johanan, the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the armed forces who were with him, had news of all the evil which Ishmael, the son of Nethaniah, had done,

12They took their men and went out to make war on Ishmael, the son of Nethaniah, and they came face to face with him by the great waters in Gibeon.

13Now when all the people who were with Ishmael saw Johanan, the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces with him, then they were glad.

14And all the people whom Ishmael had taken away prisoners from Mizpah, turning round, came back and went to Johanan, the son of Kareah.

15But Ishmael, the son of Nethaniah, got away from Johanan, with eight men, and went to the children of Ammon.

16Then Johanan, the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces who were with him, took all the rest of the people whom Ishmael, the son of Nethaniah, had made prisoners, after he had put to death Gedaliah, the son of Ahikam, the people from Mizpah, that is, the men of war and the women and the children and the unsexed servants, whom he had taken back with him from Gibeon:

17And they went and were living in the resting-place of Chimham, which is near Beth-lehem on the way into Egypt,

18Because of the Chaldaeans: for they were in fear of them because Ishmael, the son of Nethaniah, had put to death Gedaliah, the son of Ahikam, whom the king of Babylon had made ruler over the land.

Jeremiah 42

1Then all the captains of the forces, and Johanan, the son of Kareah, and Jezaniah, the son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least to the greatest, came near,

2And said to Jeremiah the prophet, Let our request come before you, and make prayer for us to the Lord your God, even for this small band of us; for we are only a small band out of what was a great number, as your eyes may see:

3That the Lord your God may make clear to us the way in which we are to go and what we are to do.

4Then Jeremiah the prophet said to them, I have given ear to you; see, I will make prayer to the Lord your God, as you have said; and it will be that, whatever the Lord may say in answer to you, I will give you word of it, keeping nothing back.

5Then they said to Jeremiah, May the Lord be a true witness against us in good faith, if we do not do everything which the Lord your God sends you to say to us.

6If it is good or if it is evil, we will be guided by the voice of the Lord our God, to whom we are sending you; so that it may be well for us when we give ear to the voice of the Lord our God.

7And it came about that after ten days the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah.

8And he sent for Johanan, the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces who were still with him, and all the people, from the least to the greatest,

9And said to them, These are the words of the Lord, the God of Israel, to whom you sent me to put your request before him:

10If you still go on living in the land, then I will go on building you up and not pulling you down, planting you and not uprooting you: for my purpose of doing evil to you has been changed.

11Have no fear of the king of Babylon, of whom you are now in fear; have no fear of him, says the Lord: for I am with you to keep you safe and to give you salvation from his hands.

12And I will have mercy on you, so that he may have mercy on you and let you go back to your land.

13But if you say, We have no desire to go on living in this land; and do not give ear to the voice of the Lord your God,

14Saying, No, but we will go into the land of Egypt, where we will not see war, or be hearing the sound of the horn, or be in need of food; there we will make our living-place;

15Then give ear now to the word of the Lord, O you last of Judah: the Lord of armies, the God of Israel, has said, If your minds are fixed on going into Egypt and stopping there;

16Then it will come about that the sword, which is the cause of your fear, will overtake you there in the land of Egypt, and need of food, which you are fearing, will go after you there in Egypt; and there death will come to you.

17Such will be the fate of all the men whose minds are fixed on going into Egypt and stopping there; they will come to their end by the sword, by being short of food, and by disease: not one of them will keep his life or get away from the evil which I will send on them.

18For this is what the Lord of armies, the God of Israel, has said: As my wrath and passion have been let loose on the people of Jerusalem, so will my passion be let loose on you when you go into Egypt: and you will become an oath and a cause of wonder and a curse and a name of shame; and you will never see this place again.

19The Lord has said about you, O last of Judah, Go not into Egypt: be certain that I have given witness to you this day.

20For you have been acting with deceit in your hearts; for you sent me to the Lord your God, saying, Make prayer for us to the Lord our God, and give us word of everything he may say, and we will do it.

21And this day I have made it clear to you, and you have not given ear to the voice of the Lord your God in anything for which he has sent me to you.

22And now be certain that you will come to your end by the sword and by being short of food and by disease, in the place to which you are pleased to go for a living-place.

2 Peter 1

1Simon Peter, a servant and Apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who with us have a part in the same holy faith in the righteousness of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ:

2May grace and peace ever be increasing in you, in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord;

3Because by his power he has given us everything necessary for life and righteousness, through the knowledge of him who has been our guide by his glory and virtue;

4And through this he has given us the hope of great rewards highly to be valued; so that by them we might have our part in God’s being, and be made free from the destruction which is in the world through the desires of the flesh.

5So, for this very cause, take every care; joining virtue to faith, and knowledge to virtue,

6And self-control to knowledge, and a quiet mind to self-control, and fear of God to a quiet mind,

7And love of the brothers to fear of God, and to love of the brothers, love itself.

8For if you have these things in good measure, they will make you fertile and full of fruit in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

9For the man who has not these things is blind, seeing only what is near, having no memory of how he was made clean from his old sins.

10For this reason, my brothers, take all the more care to make your selection and approval certain; for if you do these things you will never have a fall:

11For so the way will be open to you into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

12For this reason I will be ready at all times to keep your memory of these things awake, though you have the knowledge of them now and are well based in your present faith.

13And it seems right to me, as long as I am in this tent of flesh, to keep your minds awake by working on your memory;

14For I am conscious that in a short time I will have to put off this tent of flesh, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me.

15And I will take every care so that you may have a clear memory of these things after my death.

16For when we gave you news of the power and the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, our teaching was not based on stories put together by art, but we were eye-witnesses of his glory.

17For God the Father gave him honour and glory, when such a voice came to him out of the great glory, saying, This is my dearly loved Son, with whom I am well pleased.

18And this voice came from heaven even to our ears, when we were with him on the holy mountain.

19And so the words of the prophets are made more certain; and it is well for you to give attention to them as to a light shining in a dark place, till the dawn comes and the morning star is seen in your hearts;

20Being conscious in the first place that no man by himself may give a special sense to the words of the prophets.

21For these words did not ever come through the impulse of men: but the prophets had them from God, being moved by the Holy Spirit.

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