November 26

Psalms 142

Maschil. Of David. A prayer when he was in the hole of the rock.

1 The sound of my cry went up to the Lord; with my voice I made my prayer for grace to the Lord.

2I put all my sorrows before him; and made clear to him all my trouble.

3When my spirit is overcome, your eyes are on my goings; nets have been secretly placed in the way in which I go.

4Looking to my right side, I saw no man who was my friend: I had no safe place; no one had any care for my soul.

5I have made my cry to you, O Lord; I have said, You are my safe place, and my heritage in the land of the living.

6Give ear to my cry, for I am made very low: take me out of the hands of my haters, for they are stronger than I.

7Take my soul out of prison, so that I may give praise to your name: the upright will give praise because of me; for you have given me a full reward.

Jeremiah 47

1The word of the Lord which came to Jeremiah the prophet about the Philistines, before Pharaoh’s attack on Gaza.

2This is what the Lord has said: See, waters are coming up out of the north, and will become an overflowing stream, overflowing the land and everything in it, the town and those who are living in it; and men will give a cry, and all the people of the land will be crying out in pain.

3At the noise of the stamping of the feet of his war-horses, at the rushing of his carriages and the thunder of his wheels, fathers will give no thought to their children, because their hands are feeble;

4Because of the day which is coming with destruction on all the Philistines, cutting off from Tyre and Zidon the last of their helpers: for the Lord will send destruction on the Philistines, the rest of the sea-land of Caphtor.

5The hair is cut off from the head of Gaza; Ashkelon has come to nothing; the last of the Anakim are deeply wounding themselves.

6O sword of the Lord, how long will you have no rest? put yourself back into your cover; be at peace, be quiet.

7How is it possible for it to be quiet, seeing that the Lord has given it orders? against Ashkelon and against the sea-land he has given it directions.

Jeremiah 48

1Of Moab. The Lord of armies, the God of Israel, has said: Sorrow on Nebo, for it has been made waste; Kiriathaim has been put to shame and is taken: the strong place is put to shame and broken down.

2The praise of Moab has come to an end; as for Heshbon, evil has been designed against her; come, let us put an end to her as a nation. But your mouth will be shut, O Madmen; the sword will go after you.

3There is the sound of crying from Horonaim, wasting and great destruction;

4Moab is broken; her cry has gone out to Zoar.

5For by the slope of Luhith they will go up, weeping all the way; for on the way down to Horonaim the cry of destruction has come to their ears.

6Go in flight, get away with your lives, and let your faces be turned to Aroer in the Arabah.

7For because you have put your faith in your strong places, you, even you, will be taken: and Chemosh will go out as a prisoner, his priests and his rulers together.

8And the attacker will come against every town, not one will be safe; and the valley will be made waste, and destruction will come to the lowland, as the Lord has said.

9Put up a pillar for Moab, for she will come to a complete end: and her towns will become a waste, without anyone living in them.

10Let him be cursed who does the Lord’s work half-heartedly; let him be cursed who keeps back his sword from blood.

11From his earliest days, Moab has been living in comfort; like wine long stored he has not been drained from vessel to vessel, he has never gone away as a prisoner: so his taste is still in him, his smell is unchanged.

12So truly, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will send to him men who will have him turned over till there is no more wine in his vessels, and his wine-skins will be completely broken.

13And Moab will be shamed on account of Chemosh, as the children of Israel were shamed on account of Beth-el their hope.

14How say you, We are men of war and strong fighters?

15He who makes Moab waste has gone up against her; and the best of her young men have gone down to their death, says the King, whose name is the Lord of armies.

16The fate of Moab is near, and trouble is coming on him very quickly.

17All you who are round about him, give signs of grief for him, and all you who have knowledge of his name, say, How is the strong rod broken, even the beautiful branch!

18Come down from your glory, O people of Dibon, and take your seat in the place of the waste; for the attacker of Moab has gone up against you, sending destruction on your strong places.

19O daughter of Aroer, take your station by the way, on the watch: questioning him who is in flight, and her who has got away safe, say, What has been done?

20Moab has been put to shame, she is broken: make loud sounds of grief, crying out for help; give the news in Arnon, that Moab has been made waste.

21And punishment has come on the lowlands; on Holon and Jahzah, and on Mephaath,

22And on Dibon, and on Nebo, and on Beth-diblathaim,

23And on Kiriathaim, and on Beth-gamul, and on Beth-meon,

24And on Kerioth, and on Bozrah, and on all the towns of the land of Moab, far and near.

25The horn of Moab is cut off, and his arm is broken, says the Lord.

26Make him full of wine, for his heart has been lifted up against the Lord: and Moab will be rolling in the food he was not able to keep down, and everyone will be making sport of him.

27For did you not make sport of Israel? was he taken among thieves? for whenever you were talking about him, you were shaking your head over him.

28O people of Moab, go away from the towns and take cover in the rock; be like the dove of the Arabah, which makes her living-place in holes.

29We have had word of the pride of Moab, how great it is; how he is lifted up in pride; and his great opinion of himself, and that his heart is lifted up.

30I have knowledge of his wrath, says the Lord, that it is nothing; his high-sounding words have done nothing.

31For this cause I will give cries of grief for Moab, crying out for Moab, even for all of it; I will be sorrowing for the men of Kir-heres.

32My weeping for you, O vine of Sibmah, will be more than the weeping of Jazer: your branches have gone over the sea, stretching even to Jazer: destruction has come down on your summer fruits and your cut grapes.

33All joy is gone; no longer are they glad for the fertile field and for the land of Moab; I have made the wine come to an end from the crushing vessels: no longer will the grapes be crushed with the sound of glad voices.

34The cry of Heshbon comes even to Elealeh; to Jahaz their voice is sounding; from Zoar even to Horonaim and to Eglath-shelishiyah: for the waters of Nimrim will become dry.

35And I will put an end in Moab, says the Lord, to him who is making offerings in the high place and burning perfumes to his gods.

36So my heart is sounding for Moab like the sound of pipes, and my heart is sounding like pipes for the men of Kir-heres: for the wealth he has got for himself has come to an end.

37For everywhere the hair of the head and the hair of the face is cut off: on every hand there are wounds, and haircloth on every body.

38On all the house-tops of Moab and in its streets there is weeping everywhere; for Moab has been broken like a vessel in which there is no pleasure, says the Lord.

39How is it broken down! how is Moab’s back turned in shame! so Moab will be a cause of sport and of fear to everyone round about him.

40For the Lord has said, See, he will come like an eagle in flight, stretching out his wings against Moab.

41Kerioth is taken, and the strong places have been forced, and the hearts of Moab’s men of war in that day will be like the heart of a woman in birth-pains.

42And Moab will come to an end as a people, because he has been lifting himself up against the Lord.

43Fear and death and the net have come on you, O people of Moab, says the Lord.

44He who goes in flight from the fear will be overtaken by death; and he who gets free from death will be taken in the net: for I will make this come on Moab, even the year of their punishment, says the Lord.

45Those who went in flight from the fear are waiting under the shade of Heshbon: for a fire has gone out from Heshbon and a flame from the house of Sihon, burning up the pride of Moab and the crown of the head of the violent ones.

46Sorrow is yours, O Moab! the people of Chemosh are overcome: for your sons have been taken away as prisoners, and your daughters made servants.

47But still, I will let the fate of Moab be changed in the last days, says the Lord.

Galatians 1

1Paul, an Apostle (not from men, and not through man, but through Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who made him come back from the dead),

2And all the brothers who are with me, to the churches of Galatia:

3Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ,

4Who gave himself for our sins, so that he might make us free from this present evil world, after the purpose of our God and Father:

5To whom be the glory for ever and ever. So be it.

6I am surprised that you are being so quickly turned away from him whose word came to you in the grace of Christ, to good news of a different sort;

7Which is not another sort: only there are some who give you trouble, desiring to make changes in the good news of Christ.

8But even if we, or an angel from heaven, were to be a preacher to you of good news other than that which we have given you, let there be a curse on him.

9As we have said before, so say I now again, If any man is a preacher to you of any good news other than that which has been given to you, let there be a curse on him.

10Am I now using arguments to men, or God? or is it my desire to give men pleasure? if I was still pleasing men, I would not be a servant of Christ.

11Because I say to you, my brothers, that the good news of which I was the preacher is not man’s.

12For I did not get it from man, and I was not given teaching in it, but it came to me through revelation of Jesus Christ.

13For news has come to you of my way of life in the past in the Jews’ religion, how I was cruel without measure to the church of God, and did great damage to it:

14And I went farther in the Jews’ religion than a number of my generation among my countrymen, having a more burning interest in the beliefs handed down from my fathers.

15But when it was the good pleasure of God, by whom I was marked out even from my mother’s body, through his grace,

16To give the revelation of his Son in me, so that I might give the news of him to the Gentiles; then I did not take the opinion of flesh and blood,

17And I went not up to Jerusalem to those who were Apostles before me; but I went away into Arabia, and again I came back to Damascus.

18Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Cephas, and was there with him fifteen days.

19But of the other Apostles I saw only James, the Lord’s brother.

20Now God is witness that the things which I am writing to you are true.

21Then I came to the parts of Syria and Cilicia.

22And the churches of Judaea which were in Christ still had no knowledge of my face or person:

23Only it came to their ears that he who at one time was cruel to us is now preaching the faith which before had been attacked by him;

24And they gave glory to God in me.

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