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Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Prayer is our occupation. It is not meant to be a halfhearted, wishful endeavor, but rather it should be wholehearted, intense, fervent, and devoted. What a privilege it is for us to engage in the one thing that will change everything!

Epaphras was a mighty prayer warrior who wrestled in prayer for the Colossians (Colossians 4:12 NIV). The word wrestle means "to agonize," or "to wrestle as in a wrestling match." In Epaphras's day, wrestling was the most intense athletic match in the Olympics, and for Paul to describe Epaphras's prayer as "wrestling" shows the intensity with which this brother labored in prayer.

Epaphras's fervent prayer was that the Colossians might be "strong and perfect, fully confident of the whole will of God" (v. 12). Satan is continually opposing the will of God in our lives, and only through wrestling, agonizing prayer can the will of God be accomplished. Epaphras was willing to agonize over the Colossian church.

God told the prophet Jeremiah, "Pray no more for these people, Jeremiah. Do not weep or pray for them, for I will not listen to them when they cry out to me in distress" (Jeremiah 11:14). We may wrestle in prayer on behalf of others, but they bear the responsibility of responding to God's overtures. What a tragedy it is when people resist God so much that He will no longer hear prayer on their behalf!

Let us wrestle, watch, and agonize in prayer daily. Our families and friends are depending upon us.

Jeremiah 10:1-11:23

God and Idols10:12-16pp — Jer 51:15-19

10 Hear what the Lord says to you, people of Israel.This is what the Lord says:

“Do not learn the ways of the nationsS Ex 23:24; S Lev 20:23

or be terrified by signsS Ge 1:14 in the heavens,

though the nations are terrified by them.

For the practices of the peoples are worthless;

they cut a tree out of the forest,

and a craftsmanS Isa 40:19 shapes it with his chisel.Dt 9:21; S 1Ki 8:36; Jer 44:8; Eze 7:20

They adorn it with silverPs 135:15; Hos 13:2; Hab 2:19 and gold;

they fasten it with hammer and nails

so it will not totter.S 1Sa 5:3; Isa 41:7

Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field,

their idols cannot speak;S 1Ki 18:26; 1Co 12:2

they must be carried

because they cannot walk.S Isa 45:20

Do not fear them;

they can do no harmIsa 41:23

nor can they do any good.”S Isa 41:24; 44:9-20; 46:7; Ac 19:26

No one is like you,S Ex 8:10 Lord;

you are great,S 2Sa 7:22; S Ps 48:1

and your name is mighty in power.

Who should not fearJer 5:22 you,

King of the nations?Ps 22:28; S Isa 12:4; Rev 15:4

This is your due.

Among all the wise leaders of the nations

and in all their kingdoms,

there is no one like you.

They are all senselessS Isa 44:18 and foolish;S Isa 40:19; S Jer 4:22

they are taught by worthless wooden idols.S Dt 32:21

Hammered silver is brought from TarshishS Ge 10:4

and gold from Uphaz.

What the craftsman and goldsmith have madePs 115:4; S Isa 40:19

is then dressed in blue and purple—

all made by skilled workers.

10 But the Lord is the true God;

he is the living God,S Jos 3:10; S Mt 16:16 the eternal King.S Ge 21:33; Da 6:26

When he is angry,S Ps 18:7 the earth trembles;S Jdg 5:4; S Job 9:6; Ps 29:8

the nations cannot endure his wrath.Ps 76:7; Jer 21:12; Na 1:6

11 “Tell them this: ‘These gods, who did not make the heavens and the earth, will perishS Isa 2:18 from the earth and from under the heavens.’”The text of this verse is in Aramaic.

12 But God madeS 1Sa 2:8 the earthS ver 16 by his power;

he founded the world by his wisdomS Ge 1:31

and stretched out the heavensS Ge 1:1, 8 by his understanding.

13 When he thunders,S Job 36:29 the waters in the heavens roar;

he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth.

He sends lightningS Job 36:30 with the rainS Ps 104:13; S 135:7

and brings out the wind from his storehouses.S Dt 28:12

14 Everyone is senseless and without knowledge;

every goldsmith is shamedS Ps 97:7; S Isa 1:29 by his idols.

The images he makes are a fraud;S Isa 44:20

they have no breath in them.

15 They are worthless,S Isa 41:24; S Jer 14:22 the objects of mockery;

when their judgment comes, they will perish.

16 He who is the PortionS Dt 32:9; S Ps 119:57 of Jacob is not like these,

for he is the Maker of all things,ver 12; Jer 32:17; 33:2

including Israel, the people of his inheritanceS Ex 34:9; Ps 74:2

the Lord Almighty is his name.Jer 31:35; 32:18

Coming Destruction

17 Gather up your belongingsEze 12:3-12 to leave the land,

you who live under siege.

18 For this is what the Lord says:

“At this time I will hurlS 1Sa 25:29; S Isa 22:17 out

those who live in this land;

I will bring distressS Dt 28:52 on them

so that they may be captured.”

19 Woe to me because of my injury!

My woundJob 34:6; Jer 14:17; 15:18; 30:12, 15; La 2:13; Mic 1:9; Na 3:19 is incurable!

Yet I said to myself,

“This is my sickness, and I must endureMic 7:9 it.”

20 My tentS Jer 4:20 is destroyed;

all its ropes are snapped.

My children are gone from me and are no more;Jer 31:15; La 1:5

no one is left now to pitch my tent

or to set up my shelter.

21 The shepherdsJer 22:22; 23:1; 25:34; 50:6 are senselessver 8

and do not inquire of the Lord;S Isa 56:10

so they do not prosperJer 22:30

and all their flock is scattered.Jer 23:2; Eze 34:6

22 Listen! The report is coming—

a great commotion from the land of the north!Jer 6:22; 27:6; 49:28, 30

It will make the towns of Judah desolate,Eze 12:19

a haunt of jackals.S Isa 34:13

Jeremiah’s Prayer

23 Lord, I know that people’s lives are not their own;

it is not for them to direct their steps.S Job 33:29; S Pr 3:5-6; 20:24

24 Discipline me, Lord, but only in due measure—

not in your anger,Ps 6:1; 38:1; S Jer 7:20; 18:23

or you will reduce me to nothing.Jer 30:11; 46:28

25 Pour out your wrath on the nationsS Ps 69:24; Zep 2:2; 3:8

that do not acknowledge you,

on the peoples who do not call on your name.S Ps 14:4

For they have devouredS Ps 79:7; S Jer 2:3 Jacob;

they have devoured him completely

and destroyed his homeland.Ps 79:6-7

The Covenant Is Broken

11 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord:“Listen to the terms of this covenantS Dt 5:2 and tell them to the people of Judah and to those who live in Jerusalem.Tell them that this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘CursedDt 11:26-28; 27:26; 28:15-68; Gal 3:10 is the one who does not obey the terms of this covenant—the terms I commanded your ancestors when I brought them out of Egypt,ver 7 out of the iron-smelting furnace.S 1Ki 8:51’ I said, ‘ObeyS Ex 24:8; Jer 7:23 me and do everything I command you, and you will be my people,Jer 7:23; 31:33; Eze 11:20 and I will be your God.Then I will fulfill the oath I sworeS Ex 6:8; 13:5; Dt 7:12; Ps 105:8-11 to your ancestors, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey’S Ex 3:8—the land you possess today.”

I answered, “Amen,S Dt 27:26 Lord.”

The Lord said to me, “ProclaimS Jer 4:5 all these words in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem: ‘Listen to the terms of this covenant and followS Ex 15:26; S Dt 15:5; Jas 1:22 them.From the time I brought your ancestors up from Egypt until today, I warned them again and again,S 2Ch 36:15 saying, “Obey me.”But they did not listen or pay attention;S Jer 7:26 instead, they followed the stubbornness of their evil hearts.S Ecc 9:3; S Jer 3:17 So I brought on them all the cursesLev 26:14-43; Dt 28:15-68; S Jos 23:15 of the covenant I had commanded them to follow but that they did not keep.S 2Ch 7:19; Ps 78:10; Jer 26:4; 32:23; 44:10’”

Then the Lord said to me, “There is a conspiracyEze 22:25 among the people of Judah and those who live in Jerusalem.10 They have returned to the sins of their ancestors,Dt 9:7; S 2Ch 30:7 who refused to listen to my words.Zec 7:11 They have followed other godsS Jdg 2:12-13; S 10:13 to serve them.Jer 16:11; Eze 20:8 Both Israel and Judah have broken the covenantIsa 24:5; Jer 34:18; Hos 6:7; 8:1 I made with their ancestors.11 Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘I will bring on them a disasterS 2Ki 22:16; S Jer 4:6 they cannot escape.S Job 11:20; La 2:22 Although they cryS Job 27:9; Jer 14:12; Eze 8:18; Mal 2:13 out to me, I will not listenver 14; S Ps 66:18; Pr 1:28; S Isa 1:15; 59:2; Eze 8:8; Zec 7:13 to them.12 The towns of Judah and the people of Jerusalem will go and cry out to the gods to whom they burn incense,S Dt 32:38; S Jer 44:17 but they will not help them at all when disasterS Dt 32:37; S Jdg 10:14 strikes.13 You, Judah, have as many godsS Ex 20:3; Jer 19:4 as you have towns;S 2Ki 17:29 and the altars you have set up to burn incenseS Jer 7:9; 44:21 to that shamefulS Jer 3:24 god Baal are as many as the streets of Jerusalem.’

14 “Do not prayS Ex 32:10 for this people or offer any plea or petition for them, because I will not listenS ver 11 when they call to me in the time of their distress.

15 “What is my beloved doing in my temple

as she, with many others, works out her evil schemes?

Can consecrated meatHag 2:12 avert your punishment?S Jer 7:9-10

When you engage in your wickedness,

then you rejoice.Or Could consecrated meat avert your punishment? / Then you would rejoice

16 The Lord called you a thriving olive treeS Ps 1:3; Hos 14:6

with fruit beautiful in form.

But with the roar of a mighty storm

he will set it on fire,S Jer 7:20; 21:14

and its branches will be broken.S Isa 27:11; Ro 11:17-24

17 The Lord Almighty, who plantedS Ex 15:17; Isa 5:2; Jer 12:2; 45:4 you, has decreed disasterver 11 for you, because the people of both Israel and Judah have done evil and arousedJer 7:18 my anger by burning incense to Baal.S Jer 7:9

Plot Against Jeremiah

18 Because the Lord revealed their plot to me, I knew it, for at that time he showed me what they were doing.19 I had been like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter;S Ps 44:22 I did not realize that they had plottedver 21; S Ps 44:16; 54:3; 71:10; Jer 18:18; 20:10 against me, saying,

“Let us destroy the tree and its fruit;

let us cut him off from the land of the living,S Job 28:13; S Ps 116:9; Isa 53:8

that his name be rememberedPs 83:4 no more.”

20 But you, Lord Almighty, who judge righteouslyPs 7:11

and test the heartS 1Sa 2:3; S 1Ch 29:17 and mind,S Ps 26:2

let me see your vengeanceS Ps 58:10; La 3:60 on them,

for to you I have committed my cause.

21 Therefore this is what the Lord says about the people of AnathothS Jos 21:18 who are threatening to kill you,S ver 19; Jer 12:6; 21:7; 34:20 saying, “Do not prophesyS Isa 30:10 in the name of the Lord or you will dieJer 2:30; 18:23; 26:8, 11; 38:4 by our hands”—22 therefore this is what the Lord Almighty says: “I will punish them. Their young menS Isa 9:17; Jer 18:21 will die by the sword, their sons and daughters by famine.23 Not even a remnantJer 6:9 will be left to them, because I will bring disaster on the people of Anathoth in the year of their punishment.Jer 23:12

Idolatry Brings Destruction

10 Hear the word that the Lord speaks to you, O Israel!This is what the Lord says:

“Do not act like the other nations,

who try to read their future in the stars.

Do not be afraid of their predictions,

even though other nations are terrified by them.

Their ways are futile and foolish.

They cut down a tree, and a craftsman carves an idol.

They decorate it with gold and silver

and then fasten it securely with hammer and nails

so it won’t fall over.

Their gods are like

helpless scarecrows in a cucumber field!

They cannot speak,

and they need to be carried because they cannot walk.

Do not be afraid of such gods,

for they can neither harm you nor do you any good.”

Lord, there is no one like you!

For you are great, and your name is full of power.

Who would not fear you, O King of nations?

That title belongs to you alone!

Among all the wise people of the earth

and in all the kingdoms of the world,

there is no one like you.

People who worship idols are stupid and foolish.

The things they worship are made of wood!

They bring beaten sheets of silver from Tarshish

and gold from Uphaz,

and they give these materials to skillful craftsmen

who make their idols.

Then they dress these gods in royal blue and purple robes

made by expert tailors.

10 But the Lord is the only true God.

He is the living God and the everlasting King!

The whole earth trembles at his anger.

The nations cannot stand up to his wrath.

11 Say this to those who worship other gods: “Your so-called gods, who did not make the heavens and earth, will vanish from the earth and from under the heavens.”The original text of this verse is in Aramaic.

12 But the Lord made the earth by his power,

and he preserves it by his wisdom.

With his own understanding

he stretched out the heavens.

13 When he speaks in the thunder,

the heavens roar with rain.

He causes the clouds to rise over the earth.

He sends the lightning with the rain

and releases the wind from his storehouses.

14 The whole human race is foolish and has no knowledge!

The craftsmen are disgraced by the idols they make,

for their carefully shaped works are a fraud.

These idols have no breath or power.

15 Idols are worthless; they are ridiculous lies!

On the day of reckoning they will all be destroyed.

16 But the God of IsraelHebrew the Portion of Jacob. See note on 5:20. is no idol!

He is the Creator of everything that exists,

including Israel, his own special possession.

The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is his name!

The Coming Destruction

17 Pack your bags and prepare to leave;

the siege is about to begin.

18 For this is what the Lord says:

“Suddenly, I will fling out

all you who live in this land.

I will pour great troubles upon you,

and at last you will feel my anger.”

19 My wound is severe,

and my grief is great.

My sickness is incurable,

but I must bear it.

20 My home is gone,

and no one is left to help me rebuild it.

My children have been taken away,

and I will never see them again.

21 The shepherds of my people have lost their senses.

They no longer seek wisdom from the Lord.

Therefore, they fail completely,

and their flocks are scattered.

22 Listen! Hear the terrifying roar of great armies

as they roll down from the north.

The towns of Judah will be destroyed

and become a haunt for jackals.

Jeremiah’s Prayer

23 I know, Lord, that our lives are not our own.

We are not able to plan our own course.

24 So correct me, Lord, but please be gentle.

Do not correct me in anger, for I would die.

25 Pour out your wrath on the nations that refuse to acknowledge you—

on the peoples that do not call upon your name.

For they have devoured your people IsraelHebrew devoured Jacob. See note on 5:20.;

they have devoured and consumed them,

making the land a desolate wilderness.

Judah’s Broken Covenant

11 The Lord gave another message to Jeremiah. He said,“Remind the people of Judah and Jerusalem about the terms of my covenant with them.Say to them, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Cursed is anyone who does not obey the terms of my covenant!For I said to your ancestors when I brought them out of the iron-smelting furnace of Egypt, “If you obey me and do whatever I command you, then you will be my people, and I will be your God.”I said this so I could keep my promise to your ancestors to give you a land flowing with milk and honey—the land you live in today.’”

Then I replied, “Amen, Lord! May it be so.”

Then the Lord said, “Broadcast this message in the streets of Jerusalem. Go from town to town throughout the land and say, ‘Remember the ancient covenant, and do everything it requires.For I solemnly warned your ancestors when I brought them out of Egypt, “Obey me!” I have repeated this warning over and over to this day,but your ancestors did not listen or even pay attention. Instead, they stubbornly followed their own evil desires. And because they refused to obey, I brought upon them all the curses described in this covenant.’”

Again the Lord spoke to me and said, “I have discovered a conspiracy against me among the people of Judah and Jerusalem.10 They have returned to the sins of their ancestors. They have refused to listen to me and are worshiping other gods. Israel and Judah have both broken the covenant I made with their ancestors.11 Therefore, this is what the Lord says: I am going to bring calamity upon them, and they will not escape. Though they beg for mercy, I will not listen to their cries.12 Then the people of Judah and Jerusalem will pray to their idols and burn incense before them. But the idols will not save them when disaster strikes!13 Look now, people of Judah; you have as many gods as you have towns. You have as many altars of shame—altars for burning incense to your god Baal—as there are streets in Jerusalem.

14 “Pray no more for these people, Jeremiah. Do not weep or pray for them, for I will not listen to them when they cry out to me in distress.

15 “What right do my beloved people have to come to my Temple,

when they have done so many immoral things?

Can their vows and sacrifices prevent their destruction?

They actually rejoice in doing evil!

16 I, the Lord, once called them a thriving olive tree,

beautiful to see and full of good fruit.

But now I have sent the fury of their enemies

to burn them with fire,

leaving them charred and broken.

17 “I, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, who planted this olive tree, have ordered it destroyed. For the people of Israel and Judah have done evil, arousing my anger by burning incense to Baal.”

A Plot against Jeremiah

18 Then the Lord told me about the plots my enemies were making against me.19 I was like a lamb being led to the slaughter. I had no idea that they were planning to kill me! “Let’s destroy this man and all his words,” they said. “Let’s cut him down, so his name will be forgotten forever.”

20 O Lord of Heaven’s Armies,

you make righteous judgments,

and you examine the deepest thoughts and secrets.

Let me see your vengeance against them,

for I have committed my cause to you.

21 This is what the Lord says about the men of Anathoth who wanted me dead. They had said, “We will kill you if you do not stop prophesying in the Lord’s name.”22 So this is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says about them: “I will punish them! Their young men will die in battle, and their boys and girls will starve to death.23 Not one of these plotters from Anathoth will survive, for I will bring disaster upon them when their time of punishment comes.”

10 Hear ye the word which the Lord speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:

Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.

For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.

They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.

They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.

Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O Lord; thou art great, and thy name is great in might.

Who would not fear thee, O King of nations? for to thee doth it appertain: forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto thee.

But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities.

Silver spread into plates is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz, the work of the workman, and of the hands of the founder: blue and purple is their clothing: they are all the work of cunning men.

10 But the Lord is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.

11 Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens.

12 He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion.

13 When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.

14 Every man is brutish in his knowledge: every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.

15 They are vanity, and the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish.

16 The portion of Jacob is not like them: for he is the former of all things; and Israel is the rod of his inheritance: The Lord of hosts is his name.

17 Gather up thy wares out of the land, O inhabitant of the fortress.

18 For thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will sling out the inhabitants of the land at this once, and will distress them, that they may find it so.

19 Woe is me for my hurt! my wound is grievous; but I said, Truly this is a grief, and I must bear it.

20 My tabernacle is spoiled, and all my cords are broken: my children are gone forth of me, and they are not: there is none to stretch forth my tent any more, and to set up my curtains.

21 For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the Lord: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.

22 Behold, the noise of the bruit is come, and a great commotion out of the north country, to make the cities of Judah desolate, and a den of dragons.

23 O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

24 O Lord, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.

25 Pour out thy fury upon the heathen that know thee not, and upon the families that call not on thy name: for they have eaten up Jacob, and devoured him, and consumed him, and have made his habitation desolate.

11 The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord saying,

Hear ye the words of this covenant, and speak unto the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem;

And say thou unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel; Cursed be the man that obeyeth not the words of this covenant,

Which I commanded your fathers in the day that I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, saying, Obey my voice, and do them, according to all which I command you: so shall ye be my people, and I will be your God:

That I may perform the oath which I have sworn unto your fathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as it is this day. Then answered I, and said, So be it, O Lord.

Then the Lord said unto me, Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, saying, Hear ye the words of this covenant, and do them.

For I earnestly protested unto your fathers in the day that I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, even unto this day, rising early and protesting, saying, Obey my voice.

Yet they obeyed not, nor inclined their ear, but walked every one in the imagination of their evil heart: therefore I will bring upon them all the words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do: but they did them not.

And the Lord said unto me, A conspiracy is found among the men of Judah, and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

10 They are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, which refused to hear my words; and they went after other gods to serve them: the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken my covenant which I made with their fathers.

11 Therefore thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them.

12 Then shall the cities of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem go, and cry unto the gods unto whom they offer incense: but they shall not save them at all in the time of their trouble.

13 For according to the number of thy cities were thy gods, O Judah; and according to the number of the streets of Jerusalem have ye set up altars to that shameful thing, even altars to burn incense unto Baal.

14 Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up a cry or prayer for them: for I will not hear them in the time that they cry unto me for their trouble.

15 What hath my beloved to do in mine house, seeing she hath wrought lewdness with many, and the holy flesh is passed from thee? when thou doest evil, then thou rejoicest.

16 The Lord called thy name, A green olive tree, fair, and of goodly fruit: with the noise of a great tumult he hath kindled fire upon it, and the branches of it are broken.

17 For the Lord of hosts, that planted thee, hath pronounced evil against thee, for the evil of the house of Israel and of the house of Judah, which they have done against themselves to provoke me to anger in offering incense unto Baal.

18 And the Lord hath given me knowledge of it, and I know it: then thou shewedst me their doings.

19 But I was like a lamb or an ox that is brought to the slaughter; and I knew not that they had devised devices against me, saying, Let us destroy the tree with the fruit thereof, and let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may be no more remembered.

20 But, O Lord of hosts, that judgest righteously, that triest the reins and the heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: for unto thee have I revealed my cause.

21 Therefore thus saith the Lord of the men of Anathoth, that seek thy life, saying, Prophesy not in the name of the Lord, that thou die not by our hand:

22 Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, Behold, I will punish them: the young men shall die by the sword; their sons and their daughters shall die by famine:

23 And there shall be no remnant of them: for I will bring evil upon the men of Anathoth, even the year of their visitation.

Colossians 3:18-4:18

Instructions for Christian Households3:18-4:1pp — Eph 5:22-6:9

18 Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands,S Eph 5:22 as is fitting in the Lord.

19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.

20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

21 Fathers,Or Parents do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.

22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,24 since you know that you will receive an inheritanceS Ac 20:32 from the Lord as a reward.S Mt 16:27 It is the Lord Christ you are serving.25 Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.S Ac 10:34

Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair,Lev 25:43, 53 because you know that you also have a Master in heaven.

Further Instructions

Devote yourselves to prayer,S Lk 18:1 being watchful and thankful.And pray for us, too, that God may open a doorS Ac 14:27 for our message, so that we may proclaim the mysteryS Ro 16:25 of Christ, for which I am in chains.S Ac 21:33Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.Be wiseEph 5:15 in the way you act toward outsiders;S Mk 4:11 make the most of every opportunity.Eph 5:16Let your conversation be always full of grace,Eph 4:29 seasoned with salt,Mk 9:50 so that you may know how to answer everyone.1Pe 3:15

Final Greetings

TychicusS Ac 20:4 will tell you all the news about me. He is a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servantOr slave; also in verse 12Eph 6:21, 22; Col 1:7 in the Lord.I am sending him to you for the express purpose that you may know about ourSome manuscripts that he may know about your circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts.Eph 6:21, 22; Col 2:2He is coming with Onesimus,Phm 10 our faithful and dear brother, who is one of you.ver 12 They will tell you everything that is happening here.

10 My fellow prisoner AristarchusS Ac 19:29 sends you his greetings, as does Mark,S Ac 12:12 the cousin of Barnabas.S Ac 4:36 (You have received instructions about him; if he comes to you, welcome him.)11 Jesus, who is called Justus, also sends greetings. These are the only JewsGreek only ones of the circumcision group among my co-workersS Php 2:25 for the kingdom of God, and they have proved a comfort to me.12 Epaphras,Col 1:7; Phm 23 who is one of youver 9 and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you,S Ro 15:30 that you may stand firm in all the will of God, matureS 1Co 2:6 and fully assured.13 I vouch for him that he is working hard for you and for those at LaodiceaS Col 2:1 and Hierapolis.14 Our dear friend Luke,2Ti 4:11; Phm 24 the doctor, and Demas2Ti 4:10; Phm 24 send greetings.15 Give my greetings to the brothers and sisters at Laodicea,S Col 2:1 and to Nympha and the church in her house.S Ro 16:5

16 After this letter has been read to you, see that it is also read2Th 3:14; S 1Ti 4:13 in the church of the Laodiceans and that you in turn read the letter from Laodicea.

17 Tell Archippus:Phm 2 “See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord.”2Ti 4:5

18 I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand.S 1Co 16:21 RememberHeb 13:3 my chains.S Ac 21:33 Grace be with you.1Ti 6:21; 2Ti 4:22; Tit 3:15; Heb 13:25

Instructions for Christian Households

18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting for those who belong to the Lord.

19 Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly.

20 Children, always obey your parents, for this pleases the Lord.21 Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged.

22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Serve them sincerely because of your reverent fear of the Lord.23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.24 Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.Or and serve Christ as your Master.25 But if you do what is wrong, you will be paid back for the wrong you have done. For God has no favorites.

Masters, be just and fair to your slaves. Remember that you also have a Master—in heaven.

An Encouragement for Prayer

Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.Pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to speak about his mysterious plan concerning Christ. That is why I am here in chains.Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should.

Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity.Let your conversation be gracious and attractiveGreek and seasoned with salt. so that you will have the right response for everyone.

Paul’s Final Instructions and Greetings

Tychicus will give you a full report about how I am getting along. He is a beloved brother and faithful helper who serves with me in the Lord’s work.I have sent him to you for this very purpose—to let you know how we are doing and to encourage you.I am also sending Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, one of your own people. He and Tychicus will tell you everything that’s happening here.

10 Aristarchus, who is in prison with me, sends you his greetings, and so does Mark, Barnabas’s cousin. As you were instructed before, make Mark welcome if he comes your way.11 Jesus (the one we call Justus) also sends his greetings. These are the only Jewish believers among my co-workers; they are working with me here for the Kingdom of God. And what a comfort they have been!

12 Epaphras, a member of your own fellowship and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends you his greetings. He always prays earnestly for you, asking God to make you strong and perfect, fully confident that you are following the whole will of God.13 I can assure you that he prays hard for you and also for the believers in Laodicea and Hierapolis.

14 Luke, the beloved doctor, sends his greetings, and so does Demas.15 Please give my greetings to our brothers and sistersGreek brothers. at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church that meets in her house.

16 After you have read this letter, pass it on to the church at Laodicea so they can read it, too. And you should read the letter I wrote to them.

17 And say to Archippus, “Be sure to carry out the ministry the Lord gave you.”


Remember my chains.

May God’s grace be with you.

18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.

19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.

21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.

22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God;

23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.

Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.

Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:

That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

All my state shall Tychicus declare unto you, who is a beloved brother, and a faithful minister and fellowservant in the Lord:

Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that he might know your estate, and comfort your hearts;

With Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They shall make known unto you all things which are done here.

10 Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you, and Marcus, sister's son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: if he come unto you, receive him;)

11 And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These only are my fellowworkers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me.

12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.

13 For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis.

14 Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you.

15 Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house.

16 And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.

17 And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.

18 The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen.

Psalm 78:56-72

56 But they put God to the test

and rebelled against the Most High;

they did not keep his statutes.

57 Like their ancestorsS 2Ch 30:7; Eze 20:27 they were disloyal and faithless,

as unreliable as a faulty bow.S ver 9

58 They angered himS Jdg 2:12 with their high places;S Lev 26:30

they aroused his jealousy with their idols.Ex 20:4; S Dt 5:8; 32:21

59 When God heardPs 55:19 them, he was furious;S Lev 26:28; S Nu 32:14

he rejected IsraelS Dt 32:19 completely.

60 He abandoned the tabernacle of Shiloh,S Jos 18:1

the tent he had set up among humans.Eze 8:6

61 He sent the ark of his mightPs 132:8 into captivity,S 1Sa 4:17

his splendor into the hands of the enemy.

62 He gave his people over to the sword;S Dt 28:25

he was furious with his inheritance.S 1Sa 10:1

63 Fire consumedS Nu 11:1 their young men,

and their young women had no wedding songs;S 1Ki 4:32; Jer 7:34; 16:9; 25:10

64 their priests were put to the sword,1Sa 4:17

and their widows could not weep.

65 Then the Lord awoke as from sleep,Ps 44:23

as a warrior wakes from the stupor of wine.

66 He beat back his enemies;

he put them to everlasting shame.1Sa 5:6

67 Then he rejected the tents of Joseph,

he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim;Jer 7:15; Hos 9:13; 12:1

68 but he chose the tribe of Judah,S Nu 1:7; Ps 108:8

Mount Zion,S Ex 15:17; S Ps 68:16 which he loved.

69 He built his sanctuaryS Ps 15:1 like the heights,

like the earth that he established forever.

70 He chose DavidS 1Sa 16:1 his servant

and took him from the sheep pens;

71 from tending the sheepS Ge 37:2 he brought him

to be the shepherdS Ps 28:9 of his people Jacob,

of Israel his inheritance.

72 And David shepherded them with integrity of heart;S Ge 17:1

with skillful hands he led them.

56 But they kept testing and rebelling against God Most High.

They did not obey his laws.

57 They turned back and were as faithless as their parents.

They were as undependable as a crooked bow.

58 They angered God by building shrines to other gods;

they made him jealous with their idols.

59 When God heard them, he was very angry,

and he completely rejected Israel.

60 Then he abandoned his dwelling at Shiloh,

the Tabernacle where he had lived among the people.

61 He allowed the Ark of his might to be captured;

he surrendered his glory into enemy hands.

62 He gave his people over to be butchered by the sword,

because he was so angry with his own people—his special possession.

63 Their young men were killed by fire;

their young women died before singing their wedding songs.

64 Their priests were slaughtered,

and their widows could not mourn their deaths.

65 Then the Lord rose up as though waking from sleep,

like a warrior aroused from a drunken stupor.

66 He routed his enemies

and sent them to eternal shame.

67 But he rejected Joseph’s descendants;

he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim.

68 He chose instead the tribe of Judah,

and Mount Zion, which he loved.

69 There he built his sanctuary as high as the heavens,

as solid and enduring as the earth.

70 He chose his servant David,

calling him from the sheep pens.

71 He took David from tending the ewes and lambs

and made him the shepherd of Jacob’s descendants—

God’s own people, Israel.

72 He cared for them with a true heart

and led them with skillful hands.

56 Yet they tempted and provoked the most high God, and kept not his testimonies:

57 But turned back, and dealt unfaithfully like their fathers: they were turned aside like a deceitful bow.

58 For they provoked him to anger with their high places, and moved him to jealousy with their graven images.

59 When God heard this, he was wroth, and greatly abhorred Israel:

60 So that he forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent which he placed among men;

61 And delivered his strength into captivity, and his glory into the enemy's hand.

62 He gave his people over also unto the sword; and was wroth with his inheritance.

63 The fire consumed their young men; and their maidens were not given to marriage.

64 Their priests fell by the sword; and their widows made no lamentation.

65 Then the Lord awaked as one out of sleep, and like a mighty man that shouteth by reason of wine.

66 And he smote his enemies in the hinder parts: he put them to a perpetual reproach.

67 Moreover he refused the tabernacle of Joseph, and chose not the tribe of Ephraim:

68 But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved.

69 And he built his sanctuary like high palaces, like the earth which he hath established for ever.

70 He chose David also his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds:

71 From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.

72 So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.

Proverbs 24:28-29

28 Do not testify against your neighbor without causeS Ps 7:4

would you use your lips to mislead?

29 Do not say, “I’ll do to them as they have done to me;

I’ll pay them back for what they did.”Pr 20:22; Mt 5:38-41

28 Don’t testify against your neighbors without cause;

don’t lie about them.

29 And don’t say, “Now I can pay them back for what they’ve done to me!

I’ll get even with them!”

28 Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips.

29 Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.

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