Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Long-term success is achieved only if there is a successor. Paul knew this and thus instructed Timothy to impart everything he had learned from him to other reliable people. In 2 Timothy 2, Paul used three images of a reliable, faithful person.

First, he said a faithful person is like a soldier (2:3), who will endure hardship as part of his calling. Good soldiers do not get involved in things that distract them from following their commanders; no matter what, they maintain their focus. In order to be faithful to Jesus, our total focus must be on fighting the battle of faith with Him, not on gaining worldly position.

The second image of a faithful Christian is that of an athlete (2:5). An athlete must follow all the rules if he wants to win the game. To break the rules means instant disqualification. The image of the athlete reflects the need for character in the life of the Christian. Only those who live pure lives within the constraints of God's commands will win the prize.

The last image of a faithful Christian is that of a farmer (2:6). Diligent, hardworking farmers are models of patience. The seeds they sow into the soil must gradually grow into crops. If the farmer wants to reap a harvest, he cannot become impatient and dig up the seed to see if it is growing yet! Similarly, we must be patient with our growth and that of others in the Lord. Patiently we must wait for the harvest of spiritual growth.

If you find a focused, pure, patient servant of the Lord, invest your time in that person. One day he will do the same for someone else, and your life will have counted for something great.

Jeremiah 42:1-44:23

42 Then all the army officers, including JohananS Jer 40:13 son of Kareah and JezaniahHebrew; Septuagint (see also 43:2) Azariah son of Hoshaiah,S Jer 41:16 and all the people from the least to the greatestJer 6:13; 44:12 approachedJeremiah the prophet and said to him, “Please hear our petition and prayS Ge 20:7; S Jer 36:7; Ac 8:24; Jas 5:16 to the Lord your God for this entire remnant.S Isa 1:9 For as you now see, though we were once many, now only a fewS Lev 26:22; La 1:1 are left.Pray that the Lord your God will tell us where we should go and what we should do.”ver 20; Ps 86:11; S Pr 3:6; S Jer 15:11

“I have heard you,” replied Jeremiah the prophet. “I will certainly prayEx 8:29; 1Sa 12:23 to the Lord your God as you have requested; I will tellS Jer 1:17 you everything the Lord says and will keep nothing back from you.”S Nu 22:18; S 1Sa 3:17

Then they said to Jeremiah, “May the Lord be a true1Ki 22:16; Ps 119:160; Ro 3:4 and faithfulS Dt 7:9; Jn 8:26; S 1Co 1:9 witnessS Ge 31:48; S Dt 4:26; S Isa 1:2; S Ro 1:9; Rev 1:5 against us if we do not act in accordance with everything the Lord your God sends you to tell us.Whether it is favorable or unfavorable, we will obey the Lord our God, to whom we are sending you, so that it will go wellDt 5:29; 6:3; Jer 7:23; 22:15 with us, for we will obeyS ver 19; S Ex 24:7; S Jos 24:24 the Lord our God.”

Ten days later the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah.So he called together Johanan son of Kareah and all the army officersver 1 who were with him and all the people from the least to the greatest.Jer 41:16; S Mk 9:35; Lk 7:28; Heb 8:11He said to them, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, to whom you sent me to present your petition,ver 2 says:2Ki 22:1510 ‘If you stay in this land,Jer 43:4 I will buildS Jer 24:6 you up and not tear you down; I will plantS Dt 30:9 you and not uproot you,S Dt 29:28; Ecc 3:2; Jer 45:4; Eze 36:36; Da 11:4 for I have relented concerning the disaster I have inflicted on you.S 2Ch 34:24; Isa 30:26; S Jer 18:811 Do not be afraid of the king of Babylon,Jer 27:11 whom you now fear.S Nu 14:9; S 1Sa 15:24; Ps 23:4; Mt 10:28; 2Ti 1:7 Do not be afraid of him, declares the Lord, for I am with you and will savePs 18:27; 69:35; S 119:94; S Isa 63:1; Heb 7:25 you and deliver you from his hands.S Ps 3:7; S Pr 20:22; S Jer 1:8; Ro 8:3112 I will show you compassionS Ex 3:21; S 2Sa 24:14; 2Co 1:3 so that he will have compassion on you and restore you to your land.’S Ge 31:3; S Ne 1:9; Ps 106:44-46

13 “However, if you say, ‘We will not stay in this land,’ and so disobeyS Dt 11:28 the Lord your God,14 and if you say, ‘No, we will go and live in Egypt,Nu 11:4-5; S Dt 17:16; S Isa 30:2 where we will not see war or hear the trumpetS Jos 6:20; S Mt 24:31 or be hungry for bread,’S Dt 8:3; 1Sa 2:5; Pr 10:3; Isa 65:13; Mt 4:2-415 then hear the word of the Lord,Jer 44:24 you remnant of Judah. This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘If you are determined to go to Egypt and you do go to settle there,16 then the swordS Lev 26:33; Eze 11:8; 14:17 you fearS Jer 41:18 will overtake you there, and the famineS Ge 41:55 you dread will follow you into Egypt, and there you will die.S Ge 2:17; 2Ch 25:4; S Job 21:20; Eze 3:19; 18:417 Indeed, all who are determined to go to Egypt to settle there will die by the sword, famine and plague;ver 22; S Jer 21:7; 44:13 not one of them will survive or escape the disaster I will bring on them.’18 This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘As my anger and wrathDt 29:18-20; S 2Ch 12:7 have been poured out on those who lived in Jerusalem,S 2Ch 36:19; Jer 39:1-9 so will my wrath be poured out on you when you go to Egypt. You will be a curseThat is, your name will be used in cursing (see 29:22); or, others will see that you are cursed.S Nu 5:27; S Jer 25:18 and an object of horror,S Dt 28:25, 37 a curseThat is, your name will be used in cursing (see 29:22); or, others will see that you are cursed. and an object of reproach;S Ps 44:13 you will never see this place again.’S Jer 22:10

19 “RemnantJer 40:15 of Judah, the Lord has told you, ‘Do not go to Egypt.’S ver 6; Dt 17:16; Isa 30:7; Jer 43:2; 44:16 Be sure of this: I warn you today20 that you made a fatal mistake when you sent me to the Lord your God and said, ‘Pray to the Lord our God for us; tell us everything he says and we will do it.’ver 2; Eze 14:7-821 I have told you today, but you still have not obeyed the Lord your God in all he sent me to tell you.S Ex 24:7; Jer 40:3; Eze 2:7; 12:2; Zec 7:11-1222 So now, be sure of this: You will die by the sword, famineS Isa 1:28 and plagueS ver 17; Jer 24:10; Eze 6:11 in the place where you want to go to settle.”S Jer 15:2; Hos 9:6

43 When Jeremiah had finished telling the people all the words of the Lord their God—everything the Lord had sent him to tell themJer 26:8; 42:9-22Azariah son of HoshaiahS Jer 41:16 and JohananJer 40:16 son of Kareah and all the arrogantS Ne 9:29; 1Co 4:18-21 men said to Jeremiah, “You are lying!S Ge 19:14; S Dt 13:3; Ro 9:1; 2Co 11:31; 1Ti 2:7 The Lord our God has not sent you to say, ‘You must not go to Egypt to settle there.’S Ex 24:7; 2Ki 25:24; Jer 18:19; S 42:19; Eze 37:14But BaruchS Jer 32:12 son of Neriah is inciting you against us to hand us over to the Babylonians,Or Chaldeans so they may kill us or carry us into exile to Babylon.”Jer 38:4; 41:18; 52:30

So Johanan son of Kareah and all the army officers and all the peopleS Jer 41:16 disobeyed the Lord’s command2Ch 25:16; Jer 42:5-6 to stay in the land of Judah.Jer 42:10Instead, Johanan son of Kareah and all the army officers led away all the remnant of Judah who had come back to live in the land of Judah from all the nations where they had been scattered.Jer 40:12They also led away all those whom Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard had left with Gedaliah son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan—the men, the women,S Jer 6:12 the children and the king’s daughters. And they took Jeremiah the prophet and BaruchS Jer 32:12 son of Neriah along with them.So they entered EgyptS 2Ki 25:26 in disobedience to the Lord and went as far as Tahpanhes.Jer 2:16; 44:1; 46:14; Eze 30:18

In TahpanhesPs 139:7; Jer 2:16 the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah:“While the Jews are watching, take some large stonesGe 31:45-53; Jos 4:1-7; 1Ki 18:31-32 with you and bury them in clay in the brickS Ge 11:3 pavement at the entrance to Pharaoh’s palaceS Ge 47:14 in Tahpanhes.10 Then say to them, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I will send for my servantIsa 44:28; 45:1; Jer 25:9; 27:6 NebuchadnezzarJer 46:13 king of Babylon, and I will set his throneJer 49:38 over these stones I have buried here; he will spread his royal canopyS Ps 18:11 above them.11 He will come and attack Egypt,Jer 46:13-26; Eze 29:19-20 bringing deathS Pr 11:19; Ro 6:23 to those destinedS Ps 49:14; Heb 9:27 for death, captivity to those destined for captivity,S Dt 28:64; Rev 13:10 and the sword to those destined for the sword.S Jer 15:2; Eze 32:11; Zec 11:912 He will set fireS Jos 7:15 to the templesS 1Ki 16:32 of the godsver 13; S Ex 12:12; S Isa 2:18; Jer 46:25; Eze 30:13; Zec 13:2 of Egypt; he will burn their temples and take their gods captive.Da 11:8 As a shepherd picksS Ps 104:2; 109:18-19 his garment clean of lice, so he will pick Egypt clean and depart.13 There in the temple of the sunOr in HeliopolisS Ge 1:16; Isa 19:18 fn; S Dt 4:19 in Egypt he will demolish the sacred pillarsJer 52:17; Eze 26:11 and will burn down the temples of the gods of Egypt.’”

Disaster Because of Idolatry

44 This word came to Jeremiah concerning all the Jews living in Lower EgyptS Dt 32:42; S Jer 24:8—in Migdol,S Ex 14:2 TahpanhesS Jer 43:7, 8 and MemphisS Isa 19:13—and in Upper Egypt:S Isa 11:11“This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: You saw the great disasterS 2Ch 34:24 I brought on Jerusalem and on all the towns of Judah.S Jer 40:5 Today they lie deserted and in ruinsS Lev 26:31; S Dt 29:23; S Isa 6:11because of the evilS Ex 32:22 they have done. They aroused my angerS Nu 11:33 by burning incenseS Nu 16:40 to and worshiping other godsver 8; S Nu 25:3; Dt 13:6-11; 29:26; Isa 19:1 that neither they nor you nor your ancestorsS Jdg 2:19 ever knew.Again and againS Jer 7:13 I sent my servants the prophets,S Nu 11:29 who said, ‘Do not do this detestableS Dt 18:9; S 1Ki 14:24; 1Pe 4:3 thing that I hate!’But they did not listen or pay attention;S Jer 25:4; Da 9:6 they did not turn from their wickednessS Ge 6:5; Ro 1:18; 2Ti 2:19 or stop burning incensever 21; Jer 1:16; Eze 8:11; 16:18; 23:41 to other gods.Jer 11:8-10; S 25:7Therefore, my fierce anger was poured out;Eze 8:18; 20:34 it raged against the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem and made them the desolate ruinsS Lev 26:31, 34; S Dt 29:23; La 1:13; Zec 7:14 they are today.

“Now this is what the Lord God Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Why bring such great disasterJer 26:19 on yourselves by cutting off from Judah the men and women,Jer 51:22 the children and infants, and so leave yourselves without a remnant?S 2Ki 21:14Why arouse my anger with what your hands have made,S Isa 40:18-20; S Jer 10:3; Ro 1:23 burning incensever 17-25; Jer 41:5 to other gods in Egypt,S ver 3; S Ex 12:12 where you have come to live?S 1Co 10:22 You will destroy yourselves and make yourselves a curseThat is, your name will be used in cursing (see 29:22); or, others will see that you are cursed; also in verse 12; similarly in verse 22. and an object of reproachS Ps 44:13 among all the nations on earth.Have you forgotten the wickedness committed by your ancestorsS Jdg 2:19 and by the kingsS 2Ki 23:11 and queens1Ki 21:25 of Judah and the wickedness committed by you and your wivesS Pr 31:10; S Jer 6:12 in the land of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem?ver 17, 21; Jer 11:12; 32:3210 To this day they have not humbledS Dt 8:3; S Mt 23:12; Php 2:8 themselves or shown reverence,S Dt 6:13; S Ps 5:7 nor have they followed my lawS Jos 1:7; S Jer 11:8; Mt 5:17-20; Gal 3:19; 1Jn 3:4 and the decreesS Lev 18:4 I set before you and your ancestors.1Ki 9:6-9; 2Ki 17:17

11 “Therefore this is what the Lord Almighty,Rev 4:8 the God of Israel, says: I am determined to bring disasterS 2Ch 34:24; Am 9:4 on you and to destroy all Judah.12 I will take away the remnantver 7; Jer 40:15 of Judah who were determined to go to Egypt to settle there. They will all perish in Egypt; they will fall by the sword or die from famine. From the least to the greatest,S Jer 42:1 they will die by sword or famine.S Isa 1:28 They will become a curse and an object of horror, a curse and an object of reproach.S Dt 28:25; S Jer 29:1813 I will punishS Ex 32:34; Lev 26:14-17 those who live in Egypt with the sword,S Jer 15:2 famine and plague,S Jer 42:17 as I punished Jerusalem.14 None of the remnant of Judah who have gone to live in Egypt will escape or survive to return to the land of Judah, to which they long to return and live; none will return except a few fugitives.”Jer 22:24-27; 49:5; La 4:15; Eze 6:8; S Ro 9:27

15 Then all the men who knew that their wivesS Pr 31:10; S Jer 6:12 were burning incenseS Jer 18:15 to other gods, along with all the womenS Ge 3:6; 1Ti 2:14 who were present—a large assembly—and all the people living in Lower and Upper Egypt,S Isa 11:11 said to Jeremiah,16 “We will not listenS 1Sa 8:19; Job 15:25-26; Jer 11:8-10 to the message you have spoken to us in the name of the Lord!S Jer 42:1917 We will certainly do everything we said we would:ver 28; Dt 23:23; Zec 1:6 We will burn incenseS Isa 65:3 to the Queen of Heavenver 25; Jer 11:12 and will pour out drink offerings to her just as we and our ancestors, our kings and our officialsNe 9:34 did in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem.S ver 9; S Jer 2:26 At that time we had plenty of foodS Ex 16:3; Nu 11:4-6 and were well off and suffered no harm.S Job 21:15; Isa 3:9; Hos 2:5-13; 9:118 But ever since we stopped burning incense to the Queen of Heaven and pouring out drink offeringsLev 23:18 to her, we have had nothing and have been perishing by sword and famine.Jer 42:16; Mal 3:13-15

19 The women added, “When we burned incenseS Jer 18:15 to the Queen of HeavenJer 7:18 and poured out drink offerings to her, did not our husbandsS Ge 3:6; Eph 5:22 know that we were making cakesLev 7:12 impressed with her imageS Lev 26:1; Ac 17:29 and pouring out drink offerings to her?”

20 Then Jeremiah said to all the people, both men and women, who were answering him,21 “Did not the Lord rememberIsa 64:9; S Jer 14:10; Hos 8:13 and call to mind the incenseS Jer 11:13 burned in the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalemver 9 by you and your ancestors,S Ps 79:8 your kings and your officials and the people of the land?S Jer 2:2622 When the Lord could no longer endureS Isa 1:14 your wicked actions and the detestable things you did, your land became a curseS Jer 25:18 and a desolate wasteS Lev 26:31, 32 without inhabitants, as it is today.S Ge 19:13; Ps 107:33-34; Eze 33:28-2923 Because you have burned incense and have sinned against the Lord and have not obeyed him or followedS 1Ki 9:6 his law or his decreesS Lev 18:4 or his stipulations, this disasterJer 40:2 has come upon you, as you now see.”S Lev 26:33; S 1Ki 9:9; Jer 7:13-15; Eze 39:23; Da 9:11-12

Warning to Stay in Judah

42 Then all the military leaders, including Johanan son of Kareah and JezaniahGreek version reads Azariah; compare 43:2. son of Hoshaiah, and all the people, from the least to the greatest, approachedJeremiah the prophet. They said, “Please pray to the Lord your God for us. As you can see, we are only a tiny remnant compared to what we were before.Pray that the Lord your God will show us what to do and where to go.”

“All right,” Jeremiah replied. “I will pray to the Lord your God, as you have asked, and I will tell you everything he says. I will hide nothing from you.”

Then they said to Jeremiah, “May the Lord your God be a faithful witness against us if we refuse to obey whatever he tells us to do!Whether we like it or not, we will obey the Lord our God to whom we are sending you with our plea. For if we obey him, everything will turn out well for us.”

Ten days later the Lord gave his reply to Jeremiah.So he called for Johanan son of Kareah and the other military leaders, and for all the people, from the least to the greatest.He said to them, “You sent me to the Lord, the God of Israel, with your request, and this is his reply:10 ‘Stay here in this land. If you do, I will build you up and not tear you down; I will plant you and not uproot you. For I am sorry about all the punishment I have had to bring upon you.11 Do not fear the king of Babylon anymore,’ says the Lord. ‘For I am with you and will save you and rescue you from his power.12 I will be merciful to you by making him kind, so he will let you stay here in your land.’

13 “But if you refuse to obey the Lord your God, and if you say, ‘We will not stay here;14 instead, we will go to Egypt where we will be free from war, the call to arms, and hunger,’15 then hear the Lord’s message to the remnant of Judah. This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: ‘If you are determined to go to Egypt and live there,16 the very war and famine you fear will catch up to you, and you will die there.17 That is the fate awaiting every one of you who insists on going to live in Egypt. Yes, you will die from war, famine, and disease. None of you will escape the disaster I will bring upon you there.’

18 “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: ‘Just as my anger and fury have been poured out on the people of Jerusalem, so they will be poured out on you when you enter Egypt. You will be an object of damnation, horror, cursing, and mockery. And you will never see your homeland again.’

19 “Listen, you remnant of Judah. The Lord has told you: ‘Do not go to Egypt!’ Don’t forget this warning I have given you today.20 For you were not being honest when you sent me to pray to the Lord your God for you. You said, ‘Just tell us what the Lord our God says, and we will do it!’21 And today I have told you exactly what he said, but you will not obey the Lord your God any better now than you have in the past.22 So you can be sure that you will die from war, famine, and disease in Egypt, where you insist on going.”

Jeremiah Taken to Egypt

43 When Jeremiah had finished giving this message from the Lord their God to all the people,Azariah son of Hoshaiah and Johanan son of Kareah and all the other proud men said to Jeremiah, “You lie! The Lord our God hasn’t forbidden us to go to Egypt!Baruch son of Neriah has convinced you to say this, because he wants us to stay here and be killed by the BabyloniansOr Chaldeans. or be carried off into exile.”

So Johanan and the other military leaders and all the people refused to obey the Lord’s command to stay in Judah.Johanan and the other leaders took with them all the people who had returned from the nearby countries to which they had fled.In the crowd were men, women, and children, the king’s daughters, and all those whom Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, had left with Gedaliah. The prophet Jeremiah and Baruch were also included.The people refused to obey the voice of the Lord and went to Egypt, going as far as the city of Tahpanhes.

Then at Tahpanhes, the Lord gave another message to Jeremiah. He said,“While the people of Judah are watching, take some large rocks and bury them under the pavement stones at the entrance of Pharaoh’s palace here in Tahpanhes.10 Then say to the people of Judah, ‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: I will certainly bring my servant Nebuchadnezzar,Hebrew Nebuchadrezzar, a variant spelling of Nebuchadnezzar. king of Babylon, here to Egypt. I will set his throne over these stones that I have hidden. He will spread his royal canopy over them.11 And when he comes, he will destroy the land of Egypt. He will bring death to those destined for death, captivity to those destined for captivity, and war to those destined for war.12 He will set fire to the temples of Egypt’s gods; he will burn the temples and carry the idols away as plunder. He will pick clean the land of Egypt as a shepherd picks fleas from his cloak. And he himself will leave unharmed.13 He will break down the sacred pillars standing in the temple of the sunOr in Heliopolis. in Egypt, and he will burn down the temples of Egypt’s gods.’”

Judgment for Idolatry

44 This is the message Jeremiah received concerning the Judeans living in northern Egypt in the cities of Migdol, Tahpanhes, and Memphis,Hebrew Noph. and in southern EgyptHebrew in Pathros. as well:“This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: You saw the calamity I brought on Jerusalem and all the towns of Judah. They now lie deserted and in ruins.They provoked my anger with all their wickedness. They burned incense and worshiped other gods—gods that neither they nor you nor any of your ancestors had ever even known.

“Again and again I sent my servants, the prophets, to plead with them, ‘Don’t do these horrible things that I hate so much.’But my people would not listen or turn back from their wicked ways. They kept on burning incense to these gods.And so my fury boiled over and fell like fire on the towns of Judah and into the streets of Jerusalem, and they are still a desolate ruin today.

“And now the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, asks you: Why are you destroying yourselves? For not one of you will survive—not a man, woman, or child among you who has come here from Judah, not even the babies in your arms.Why provoke my anger by burning incense to the idols you have made here in Egypt? You will only destroy yourselves and make yourselves an object of cursing and mockery for all the nations of the earth.Have you forgotten the sins of your ancestors, the sins of the kings and queens of Judah, and the sins you and your wives committed in Judah and Jerusalem?10 To this very hour you have shown no remorse or reverence. No one has chosen to follow my word and the decrees I gave to you and your ancestors before you.

11 “Therefore, this is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: I am determined to destroy every one of you!12 I will take this remnant of Judah—those who were determined to come here and live in Egypt—and I will consume them. They will fall here in Egypt, killed by war and famine. All will die, from the least to the greatest. They will be an object of damnation, horror, cursing, and mockery.13 I will punish them in Egypt just as I punished them in Jerusalem, by war, famine, and disease.14 Of that remnant who fled to Egypt, hoping someday to return to Judah, there will be no survivors. Even though they long to return home, only a handful will do so.”

15 Then all the women present and all the men who knew that their wives had burned incense to idols—a great crowd of all the Judeans living in northern Egypt and southern EgyptHebrew in Egypt, in Pathros.—answered Jeremiah,16 “We will not listen to your messages from the Lord!17 We will do whatever we want. We will burn incense and pour out liquid offerings to the Queen of Heaven just as much as we like—just as we, and our ancestors, and our kings and officials have always done in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem. For in those days we had plenty to eat, and we were well off and had no troubles!18 But ever since we quit burning incense to the Queen of Heaven and stopped worshiping her with liquid offerings, we have been in great trouble and have been dying from war and famine.”

19 “Besides,” the women added, “do you suppose that we were burning incense and pouring out liquid offerings to the Queen of Heaven, and making cakes marked with her image, without our husbands knowing it and helping us? Of course not!”

20 Then Jeremiah said to all of them, men and women alike, who had given him that answer,21 “Do you think the Lord did not know that you and your ancestors, your kings and officials, and all the people were burning incense to idols in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem?22 It was because the Lord could no longer bear all the disgusting things you were doing that he made your land an object of cursing—a desolate ruin without inhabitants—as it is today.23 All these terrible things happened to you because you have burned incense to idols and sinned against the Lord. You have refused to obey him and have not followed his instructions, his decrees, and his laws.”

42 Then 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 even unto the greatest, came near,

And said unto Jeremiah the prophet, Let, we beseech thee, our supplication be accepted before thee, and pray for us unto the Lord thy God, even for all this remnant; (for we are left but a few of many, as thine eyes do behold us:)

That the Lord thy God may shew us the way wherein we may walk, and the thing that we may do.

Then Jeremiah the prophet said unto them, I have heard you; behold, I will pray unto the Lord your God according to your words; and it shall come to pass, that whatsoever thing the Lord shall answer you, I will declare it unto you; I will keep nothing back from you.

Then they said to Jeremiah, The Lord be a true and faithful witness between us, if we do not even according to all things for the which the Lord thy God shall send thee to us.

Whether it be good, or whether it be evil, we will obey the voice of the Lord our God, to whom we send thee; that it may be well with us, when we obey the voice of the Lord our God.

And it came to pass after ten days, that the word of the Lord came unto Jeremiah.

Then called he Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces which were with him, and all the people from the least even to the greatest,

And said unto them, Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, unto whom ye sent me to present your supplication before him;

10 If ye will still abide in this land, then will I build you, and not pull you down, and I will plant you, and not pluck you up: for I repent me of the evil that I have done unto you.

11 Be not afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom ye are afraid; be not afraid of him, saith the Lord: for I am with you to save you, and to deliver you from his hand.

12 And I will shew mercies unto you, that he may have mercy upon you, and cause you to return to your own land.

13 But if ye say, We will not dwell in this land, neither obey the voice of the Lord your God,

14 Saying, No; but we will go into the land of Egypt, where we shall see no war, nor hear the sound of the trumpet, nor have hunger of bread; and there will we dwell:

15 And now therefore hear the word of the Lord, ye remnant of Judah; Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; If ye wholly set your faces to enter into Egypt, and go to sojourn there;

16 Then it shall come to pass, that the sword, which ye feared, shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt, and the famine, whereof ye were afraid, shall follow close after you there in Egypt; and there ye shall die.

17 So shall it be with all the men that set their faces to go into Egypt to sojourn there; they shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence: and none of them shall remain or escape from the evil that I will bring upon them.

18 For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; As mine anger and my fury hath been poured forth upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem; so shall my fury be poured forth upon you, when ye shall enter into Egypt: and ye shall be an execration, and an astonishment, and a curse, and a reproach; and ye shall see this place no more.

19 The Lord hath said concerning you, O ye remnant of Judah; Go ye not into Egypt: know certainly that I have admonished you this day.

20 For ye dissembled in your hearts, when ye sent me unto the Lord your God, saying, Pray for us unto the Lord our God; and according unto all that the Lord our God shall say, so declare unto us, and we will do it.

21 And now I have this day declared it to you; but ye have not obeyed the voice of the Lord your God, nor any thing for the which he hath sent me unto you.

22 Now therefore know certainly that ye shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence, in the place whither ye desire to go and to sojourn.

43 And it came to pass, that when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking unto all the people all the words of the Lord their God, for which the Lord their God had sent him to them, even all these words,

Then spake Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the proud men, saying unto Jeremiah, Thou speakest falsely: the Lord our God hath not sent thee to say, Go not into Egypt to sojourn there:

But Baruch the son of Neriah setteth thee on against us, for to deliver us into the hand of the Chaldeans, that they might put us to death, and carry us away captives into Babylon.

So Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces, and all the people, obeyed not the voice of the Lord, to dwell in the land of Judah.

But Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces, took all the remnant of Judah, that were returned from all nations, whither they had been driven, to dwell in the land of Judah;

Even men, and women, and children, and the king's daughters, and every person that Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had left with Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Jeremiah the prophet, and Baruch the son of Neriah.

So they came into the land of Egypt: for they obeyed not the voice of the Lord: thus came they even to Tahpanhes.

Then came the word of the Lord unto Jeremiah in Tahpanhes, saying,

Take great stones in thine hand, and hide them in the clay in the brickkiln, which is at the entry of Pharaoh's house in Tahpanhes, in the sight of the men of Judah;

10 And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will send and take Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and will set his throne upon these stones that I have hid; and he shall spread his royal pavilion over them.

11 And when he cometh, he shall smite the land of Egypt, and deliver such as are for death to death; and such as are for captivity to captivity; and such as are for the sword to the sword.

12 And I will kindle a fire in the houses of the gods of Egypt; and he shall burn them, and carry them away captives: and he shall array himself with the land of Egypt, as a shepherd putteth on his garment; and he shall go forth from thence in peace.

13 He shall break also the images of Bethshemesh, that is in the land of Egypt; and the houses of the gods of the Egyptians shall he burn with fire.

44 The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the Jews which dwell in the land of Egypt, which dwell at Migdol, and at Tahpanhes, and at Noph, and in the country of Pathros, saying,

Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Ye have seen all the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, and upon all the cities of Judah; and, behold, this day they are a desolation, and no man dwelleth therein,

Because of their wickedness which they have committed to provoke me to anger, in that they went to burn incense, and to serve other gods, whom they knew not, neither they, ye, nor your fathers.

Howbeit I sent unto you all my servants the prophets, rising early and sending them, saying, Oh, do not this abominable thing that I hate.

But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear to turn from their wickedness, to burn no incense unto other gods.

Wherefore my fury and mine anger was poured forth, and was kindled in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem; and they are wasted and desolate, as at this day.

Therefore now thus saith the Lord, the God of hosts, the God of Israel; Wherefore commit ye this great evil against your souls, to cut off from you man and woman, child and suckling, out of Judah, to leave you none to remain;

In that ye provoke me unto wrath with the works of your hands, burning incense unto other gods in the land of Egypt, whither ye be gone to dwell, that ye might cut yourselves off, and that ye might be a curse and a reproach among all the nations of the earth?

Have ye forgotten the wickedness of your fathers, and the wickedness of the kings of Judah, and the wickedness of their wives, and your own wickedness, and the wickedness of your wives, which they have committed in the land of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem?

10 They are not humbled even unto this day, neither have they feared, nor walked in my law, nor in my statutes, that I set before you and before your fathers.

11 Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will set my face against you for evil, and to cut off all Judah.

12 And I will take the remnant of Judah, that have set their faces to go into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, and they shall all be consumed, and fall in the land of Egypt; they shall even be consumed by the sword and by the famine: they shall die, from the least even unto the greatest, by the sword and by the famine: and they shall be an execration, and an astonishment, and a curse, and a reproach.

13 For I will punish them that dwell in the land of Egypt, as I have punished Jerusalem, by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence:

14 So that none of the remnant of Judah, which are gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall escape or remain, that they should return into the land of Judah, to the which they have a desire to return to dwell there: for none shall return but such as shall escape.

15 Then all the men which knew that their wives had burned incense unto other gods, and all the women that stood by, a great multitude, even all the people that dwelt in the land of Egypt, in Pathros, answered Jeremiah, saying,

16 As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the Lord, we will not hearken unto thee.

17 But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.

18 But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine.

19 And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men?

20 Then Jeremiah said unto all the people, to the men, and to the women, and to all the people which had given him that answer, saying,

21 The incense that ye burned in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, ye, and your fathers, your kings, and your princes, and the people of the land, did not the Lord remember them, and came it not into his mind?

22 So that the Lord could no longer bear, because of the evil of your doings, and because of the abominations which ye have committed; therefore is your land a desolation, and an astonishment, and a curse, without an inhabitant, as at this day.

23 Because ye have burned incense, and because ye have sinned against the Lord, and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord, nor walked in his law, nor in his statutes, nor in his testimonies; therefore this evil is happened unto you, as at this day.

2 Timothy 2:1-21

The Appeal Renewed

You then, my son,S 1Ti 1:2 be strongS Eph 6:10 in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.And the things you have heard me say2Ti 1:13 in the presence of many witnesses1Ti 6:12 entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.Join with me in suffering,ver 9; 2Ti 1:8; 4:5 like a good soldierS 1Ti 1:18 of Christ Jesus.No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crownS 1Co 9:25 except by competing according to the rules.The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.1Co 9:10Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.

Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead,S Ac 2:24 descended from David.S Mt 1:1 This is my gospel,Ro 2:16; 16:25for which I am sufferingS Ac 9:16 even to the point of being chainedS Ac 21:33 like a criminal. But God’s wordS Heb 4:12 is not chained.10 Therefore I endure everythingCol 1:24 for the sake of the elect,Tit 1:1 that they too may obtain the salvation2Co 1:6 that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.2Co 4:17; 1Pe 5:10

11 Here is a trustworthy saying:S 1Ti 1:15

If we died with him,

we will also live with him;Ro 6:2-11

12 if we endure,

we will also reign with him.Ro 8:17; 1Pe 4:13

If we disown him,

he will also disown us;Mt 10:33

13 if we are faithless,

he remains faithful,Ro 3:3; S 1Co 1:9

for he cannot disown himself.

Dealing With False Teachers

14 Keep reminding God’s people of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words;ver 23; 1Ti 1:4; 6:4; Tit 3:9 it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen.15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.Eph 1:13; Col 1:5; Jas 1:1816 Avoid godless chatter,Tit 3:9; 1Ti 6:20 because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.17 Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus1Ti 1:20 and Philetus,18 who have departed from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place,2Th 2:2 and they destroy the faith of some.1Ti 1:19; 6:2119 Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm,Isa 28:16 sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,”Ex 33:12; Nu 16:5; Jn 10:14; 1Co 8:3; Gal 4:9 and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord1Co 1:2 must turn away from wickedness.”

20 In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use.Ro 9:2121 Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.2Co 9:8; Eph 2:10; 2Ti 3:17

A Good Soldier of Christ Jesus

Timothy, my dear son, be strong through the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus.You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.

Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them.And athletes cannot win the prize unless they follow the rules.And hardworking farmers should be the first to enjoy the fruit of their labor.Think about what I am saying. The Lord will help you understand all these things.

Always remember that Jesus Christ, a descendant of King David, was raised from the dead. This is the Good News I preach.And because I preach this Good News, I am suffering and have been chained like a criminal. But the word of God cannot be chained.10 So I am willing to endure anything if it will bring salvation and eternal glory in Christ Jesus to those God has chosen.

11 This is a trustworthy saying:

If we die with him,

we will also live with him.

12 If we endure hardship,

we will reign with him.

If we deny him,

he will deny us.

13 If we are unfaithful,

he remains faithful,

for he cannot deny who he is.

14 Remind everyone about these things, and command them in God’s presence to stop fighting over words. Such arguments are useless, and they can ruin those who hear them.

An Approved Worker

15 Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.16 Avoid worthless, foolish talk that only leads to more godless behavior.17 This kind of talk spreads like cancer,Greek gangrene. as in the case of Hymenaeus and Philetus.18 They have left the path of truth, claiming that the resurrection of the dead has already occurred; in this way, they have turned some people away from the faith.

19 But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,”Num 16:5. and “All who belong to the Lord must turn away from evil.”See Isa 52:11.

20 In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use.21 If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.

Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.

The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.

Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.

Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:

Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.

10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:

12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:

13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

14 Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.

15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;

18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.

19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.

21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.

Psalm 92:1-93:5

Psalm 92In Hebrew texts 92:1-15 is numbered 92:2-16.

A psalm. A song. For the Sabbath day.

It is good to praise the Lord

and make musicS Ps 27:6 to your name,S Ps 9:2; 147:1 O Most High,Ps 135:3

proclaiming your love in the morningS Ps 55:17

and your faithfulness at night,

to the music of the ten-stringed lyreS Ps 71:22

and the melody of the harp.S 1Sa 10:5; S Ne 12:27; S Ps 33:2; 81:2

For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord;

I sing for joyS Ps 5:11; 27:6 at what your hands have done.S Ps 8:6; 111:7; 143:5

How great are your works,S Job 36:24; Rev 15:3 Lord,

how profound your thoughts!Ps 40:5; 139:17; Isa 28:29; 31:2; Ro 11:33

Senseless peopleS Ps 73:22 do not know,

fools do not understand,

that though the wicked spring up like grass

and all evildoers flourish,

they will be destroyed forever.S Ps 37:2

But you, Lord, are forever exalted.

For surely your enemiesS Ps 45:5, Lord,

surely your enemies will perish;

all evildoers will be scattered.S Ps 68:1; S 89:10

10 You have exalted my hornHorn here symbolizes strength.S Ps 89:17 like that of a wild ox;S Ps 29:6

fine oilsS Ps 23:5 have been poured on me.

11 My eyes have seen the defeat of my adversaries;

my ears have heard the rout of my wicked foes.S Ps 54:7; 91:8

12 The righteous will flourishS Ps 72:7 like a palm tree,

they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;S Ps 1:3; 52:8; Jer 17:8; Hos 14:6

13 planted in the house of the Lord,

they will flourish in the courts of our God.Ps 135:2

14 They will still bear fruitS Ps 1:3; S Jn 15:2 in old age,

they will stay fresh and green,

15 proclaiming, “The Lord is upright;

he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.S Job 34:10

Psalm 93

The Lord reigns,S 1Ch 16:31; S Ps 97:1 he is robed in majesty;S Job 40:10; S Ps 21:5

the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength;S Ps 65:6

indeed, the world is established,Ps 24:2; 78:69; 119:90 firm and secure.1Ch 16:30; Ps 96:10

Your throne was establishedS 2Sa 7:16 long ago;

you are from all eternity.S Ge 21:33

The seasPs 96:11; 98:7; Isa 5:30; 17:12-13; Jer 6:23 have lifted up, Lord,

the seas have lifted up their voice;S Ps 46:3

the seas have lifted up their pounding waves.Job 9:8; Ps 107:25, 29; Isa 51:15; Jer 31:35; Hab 3:10

Mightier than the thunderPs 65:7; Jer 6:23 of the great waters,

mightier than the breakersS Ps 18:4; Jnh 1:15 of the sea—

the Lord on high is mighty.S Ne 9:32; S Job 9:4

Your statutes, Lord, stand firm;

holinessPs 29:2; 96:9 adorns your housePs 5:7; 23:6

for endless days.

Psalm 92

A psalm. A song to be sung on the Sabbath Day.

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,

to sing praises to the Most High.

It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning,

your faithfulness in the evening,

accompanied by a ten-stringed instrument, a harp,

and the melody of a lyre.

You thrill me, Lord, with all you have done for me!

I sing for joy because of what you have done.

O Lord, what great works you do!

And how deep are your thoughts.

Only a simpleton would not know,

and only a fool would not understand this:

Though the wicked sprout like weeds

and evildoers flourish,

they will be destroyed forever.

But you, O Lord, will be exalted forever.

Your enemies, Lord, will surely perish;

all evildoers will be scattered.

10 But you have made me as strong as a wild ox.

You have anointed me with the finest oil.

11 My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies;

my ears have heard the defeat of my wicked opponents.

12 But the godly will flourish like palm trees

and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon.

13 For they are transplanted to the Lord’s own house.

They flourish in the courts of our God.

14 Even in old age they will still produce fruit;

they will remain vital and green.

15 They will declare, “The Lord is just!

He is my rock!

There is no evil in him!”

Psalm 93

The Lord is king! He is robed in majesty.

Indeed, the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength.

The world stands firm

and cannot be shaken.

Your throne, O Lord, has stood from time immemorial.

You yourself are from the everlasting past.

The floods have risen up, O Lord.

The floods have roared like thunder;

the floods have lifted their pounding waves.

But mightier than the violent raging of the seas,

mightier than the breakers on the shore—

the Lord above is mightier than these!

Your royal laws cannot be changed.

Your reign, O Lord, is holy forever and ever.

92 It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High:

To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,

Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound.

For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.

O Lord, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep.

A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.

When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever:

But thou, Lord, art most high for evermore.

For, lo, thine enemies, O Lord, for, lo, thine enemies shall perish; all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.

10 But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.

11 Mine eye also shall see my desire on mine enemies, and mine ears shall hear my desire of the wicked that rise up against me.

12 The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

13 Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.

14 They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;

15 To shew that the Lord is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

93 The Lord reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the Lord is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved.

Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting.

The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves.

The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.

Thy testimonies are very sure: holiness becometh thine house, O Lord, for ever.

Proverbs 26:3-5

A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,Ps 32:9

and a rod for the backs of fools!S Pr 10:13

Do not answer a fool according to his folly,

or you yourself will be just like him.ver 5; Isa 36:21

Answer a fool according to his folly,

or he will be wise in his own eyes.ver 4; S Pr 3:7

Guide a horse with a whip, a donkey with a bridle,

and a fool with a rod to his back!

Don’t answer the foolish arguments of fools,

or you will become as foolish as they are.

Be sure to answer the foolish arguments of fools,

or they will become wise in their own estimation.

A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.

Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.

Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.

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