Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

The prophet Jeremiah could foresee Jesus' first coming. Though he lived hundreds of years before Christ's birth, Jeremiah saw by the Spirit of God that One was coming from the line of David who would blaze a trail that would ultimately touch every person in history. He would restore total justice and wisdom to a sin-gripped land. Jeremiah saw a time when Judah would be saved, and Israel would live in safety. Most importantly, he saw the name of the One who would accomplish this: The Lord Is Our Righteousness. What name could better describe Jesus?

Paul saw ahead in time to the second coming of Jesus. He saw the Lord coming back from heaven "with his mighty angels, in flaming fire" (2 Thessalonians 1:7-8). Like Jeremiah, he saw ahead to the time when Jesus will set everything right on earth again-a time when He will eternally punish the wicked and they will be "forever separated from the Lord and from his glorious power" (v. 9).

When Jesus returns, He will assume all the glory on earth and be worshiped by both the Church and the Jewish converts. "In that day Judah will be saved, and Israel will live in safety" (Jeremiah 23:6).

Get ready and stay ready, for The Lord Our Righteousness is on His way. He's coming for you!

Jeremiah 22:1-23:20

Judgment Against Wicked Kings

22 This is what the Lord says: “Go down to the palace of the kingS Jer 13:18; 34:2 of Judah and proclaim this message there:‘HearAm 7:16 the word of the Lord to you, king of Judah, you who sit on David’s throneS Jer 17:25; Lk 1:32—you, your officials and your people who come through these gates.Jer 17:20This is what the Lord says: Do what is justS Lev 25:17; Isa 56:1; Jer 5:1; Eze 33:14; 45:9; Hos 12:6; Am 5:24; Mic 6:8; Zec 7:9 and right. Rescue from the hand of the oppressorPs 72:4; Jer 21:12 the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow,S Ex 22:22; S Isa 1:17; Jer 5:28 and do not shed innocent bloodS Jer 7:6 in this place.For if you are careful to carry out these commands, then kingsS Jer 17:25 who sit on David’s throne will come through the gates of this palace, riding in chariots and on horses, accompanied by their officials and their people.But if you do not obeyS Jer 17:27 these commands, declares the Lord, I swearS Ge 22:16; Heb 6:13 by myself that this palace will become a ruin.’”

For this is what the Lord says about the palace of the king of Judah:

“Though you are like GileadS Ge 31:21; S SS 4:1 to me,

like the summit of Lebanon,S 1Ki 7:2; S Isa 33:9

I will surely make you like a wasteland,Mic 3:12

like towns not inhabited.

I will send destroyersS Jer 4:7; S 6:4 against you,

each man with his weapons,

and they will cutPs 74:5; Isa 10:34 up your fine cedar beams

and throw them into the fire.S 2Ch 36:19; Zec 11:1

“People from many nations will pass by this city and will ask one another, ‘Why has the Lord done such a thing to this great city?’Dt 29:25-26; 1Ki 9:8-9; Jer 16:10-11And the answer will be: ‘Because they have forsaken the covenant of the Lord their God and have worshiped and served other gods.S 1Ki 9:9; Jer 16:11; Eze 39:23’”

10 Do not weep for the deadS Ecc 4:2 king or mournver 18; Eze 24:16 his loss;

rather, weep bitterly for him who is exiled,

because he will never returnver 27; Jer 24:9; 29:18; 42:18

nor see his native land again.

11 For this is what the Lord says about ShallumAlso called JehoahazS 2Ki 23:31 son of Josiah, who succeeded his father as king of Judah but has gone from this place: “He will never return.12 He will die2Ki 23:34 in the place where they have led him captive; he will not see this land again.”

13 “WoeS Isa 5:8 to him who buildsMic 3:10; Hab 2:9 his palace by unrighteousness,

his upper rooms by injustice,

making his own people work for nothing,

not payingS Lev 19:13; Jas 5:4 them for their labor.

14 He says, ‘I will build myself a great palaceIsa 5:8-9

with spacious upper rooms.’

So he makes large windows in it,

panels it with cedarS 2Sa 7:2

and decorates it in red.Eze 23:14

15 “Does it make you a king

to have more and more cedar?

Did not your father have food and drink?

He did what was right and just,2Ki 23:25

so all went wellPs 128:2; S Isa 3:10 with him.

16 He defended the cause of the poor and needy,Ps 72:1-4, 12-13; S 82:3; S Pr 24:23

and so all went well.

Is that not what it means to knowS Ps 36:10 me?”

declares the Lord.

17 “But your eyes and your heart

are set only on dishonest gain,S Isa 56:11

on shedding innocent bloodS 2Ki 24:4

and on oppression and extortion.”S Dt 28:33; Eze 18:12; Mic 2:2

18 Therefore this is what the Lord says about Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah:

“They will not mournS 2Sa 1:26 for him:

‘Alas, my brother! Alas, my sister!’

They will not mourn for him:

‘Alas, my master! Alas, his splendor!’

19 He will have the burial2Ki 24:6 of a donkey—

dragged away and thrownJer 8:2; 36:30

outside the gates of Jerusalem.”

20 “Go up to Lebanon and cry out,S Isa 57:13

let your voice be heard in Bashan,S Ps 68:15

cry out from Abarim,S Nu 27:12

for all your alliesver 22; Jer 30:14; La 1:19; Eze 16:33-34; Hos 8:9 are crushed.

21 I warned you when you felt secure,Zec 7:7

but you said, ‘I will not listen!’

This has been your way from your youth;Dt 9:7; Ps 25:7; Isa 54:4; Jer 3:25; 31:19; 32:30

you have not obeyedS Jer 3:13; 7:23-28; Zep 3:2 me.

22 The windS Dt 28:64; S Job 27:21 will drive all your shepherdsS Jer 10:21 away,

and your alliesS ver 20 will go into exile.

Then you will be ashamed and disgracedS Jer 7:19

because of all your wickedness.

23 You who live in ‘Lebanon,That is, the palace in Jerusalem (see 1 Kings 7:2)S 1Ki 7:2; Eze 17:3

who are nestled in cedar buildings,

how you will groan when pangs come upon you,

painS Jer 4:31 like that of a woman in labor!

24 “As surely as I live,” declares the Lord, “even if you, JehoiachinHebrew Koniah, a variant of Jehoiachin; also in verse 28S 2Ki 24:6, 8 son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, were a signet ringS Ge 38:18 on my right hand, I would still pull you off.25 I will deliverS 2Ki 24:16; S 2Ch 36:10 you into the hands of those who want to kill you, those you fear—Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and the Babylonians.Or Chaldeans26 I will hurlS 1Sa 25:29; S 2Ki 24:8; 2Ch 36:10; S Isa 22:17; Eze 19:9-14 you and the motherS 1Ki 2:19 who gave you birth into another country, where neither of you was born, and there you both will die.27 You will never come back to the land you long to returnS ver 10 to.”

28 Is this man JehoiachinS 2Ki 24:6 a despised, broken pot,Ps 31:12; S Jer 19:10; 25:34; 48:38

an object no one wants?

Why will he and his children be hurledJer 15:1 out,

cast into a landS Jer 17:4 they do not know?

29 O land,S Jer 6:19 land, land,

hear the word of the Lord!

30 This is what the Lord says:

“Record this man as if childless,1Ch 3:18; Jer 38:23; 52:10; Mt 1:12

a man who will not prosperJer 10:21 in his lifetime,

for none of his offspringS Job 18:19 will prosper,

none will sit on the throneS Ps 94:20 of David

or rule anymore in Judah.”

The Righteous Branch

23 “Woe to the shepherdsJer 10:21; 12:10; 25:36; Eze 34:1-10; Zec 10:2; Zec 11:15-17 who are destroying and scatteringS Isa 56:11 the sheep of my pasture!”Ps 100:3; S Jer 13:17; Eze 34:31 declares the Lord.Therefore this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says to the shepherdsJn 10:8 who tend my people: “Because you have scattered my flockS Jer 10:21; 13:20 and driven them away and have not bestowed care on them, I will bestow punishment on you for the evilJer 21:12; Eze 34:8-10 you have done,” declares the Lord.“I myself will gather the remnantIsa 11:10-12; Jer 32:37; Eze 34:11-16 of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and will bring them back to their pasture,S 1Ki 8:48 where they will be fruitful and increase in number.I will place shepherdsS Ge 48:15; S Isa 31:4; Jer 31:10 over them who will tend them, and they will no longer be afraidJer 30:10; 46:27-28 or terrified, nor will any be missing,S Jn 6:39” declares the Lord.

“The days are coming,” declares the Lord,

“when I will raise up for DavidOr up from David’s line a righteous Branch,S 2Ki 19:26; S Isa 4:2; Eze 17:22

a KingS Mt 2:2 who will reignIsa 9:7; S Mt 1:1 wisely

and do what is just and rightS Ge 18:19 in the land.

In his days Judah will be saved

and Israel will live in safety.S Lev 25:18; S Dt 32:8; Hos 2:18

This is the nameEx 23:21; Jer 33:16; Mt 1:21-23 by which he will be called:

The Lord Our Righteous Savior.S Ezr 9:15; S Isa 42:6; Ro 3:21-22; S 1Co 1:30

“So then, the days are coming,”Jer 30:3 declares the Lord, “when people will no longer say, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,’S Dt 15:15but they will say, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the descendants of Israel up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.’ Then they will live in their own land.”S Isa 14:1; S 43:5-6; Jer 30:10; Eze 20:42; 34:13; Am 9:14-15

Lying Prophets

Concerning the prophets:

My heartS Jer 4:19 is broken within me;

all my bones tremble.S Job 4:14

I am like a drunken man,

like a strong man overcome by wine,

because of the Lord

and his holy words.Jer 20:8-9

10 The land is full of adulterers;S Jer 9:2

because of the curseOr because of these thingsDt 28:23-24 the land lies parched

and the pasturesPs 107:34; S Jer 9:10 in the wilderness are withered.S Jer 4:26; S 12:11

The prophets follow an evil course

and use their power unjustly.

11 “Both prophet and priest are godless;Jer 6:13; S 8:10; Zep 3:4

even in my templeS 2Ki 21:4; S Jer 7:10 I find their wickedness,”

declares the Lord.

12 “Therefore their path will become slippery;S Dt 32:35; S Job 3:23; Jer 13:16

they will be banished to darkness

and there they will fall.

I will bring disaster on them

in the year they are punished,Jer 11:23

declares the Lord.

13 “Among the prophets of Samaria

I saw this repulsive thing:

They prophesied by BaalS 1Ki 18:22

and led my people Israel astray.ver 32; S Isa 3:12; Eze 13:10

14 And among the prophets of Jerusalem

I have seen something horrible:S Jer 5:30; Hos 6:10

They commit adultery and live a lie.Jer 29:23

They strengthen the hands of evildoers,ver 22

so that not one of them turns from their wickedness.S Isa 5:18

They are all like SodomS Ge 18:20; Mt 11:24 to me;

the people of Jerusalem are like Gomorrah.”Jer 20:16; Am 4:11

15 Therefore this is what the Lord Almighty says concerning the prophets:

“I will make them eat bitter food

and drink poisoned water,S Jer 8:14; 9:15

because from the prophets of Jerusalem

ungodlinessS Jer 8:10 has spread throughout the land.”

16 This is what the Lord Almighty says:

“Do not listenJer 27:9-10, 14; S Mt 7:15 to what the prophets are prophesying to you;

they fill you with false hopes.

They speak visionsS Jer 14:14; Eze 13:3 from their own minds,

not from the mouthJer 9:20 of the Lord.

17 They keep sayingver 31 to those who despise me,

‘The Lord says: You will have peace.’S 1Ki 22:8; S Jer 4:10

And to all who follow the stubbornnessS Jer 13:10 of their hearts

they say, ‘No harmJer 5:12; Am 9:10; Mic 3:11 will come to you.’

18 But which of them has stood in the councilS 1Ki 22:19; S Ro 11:34 of the Lord

to see or to hear his word?

Who has listened and heard his word?

19 See, the stormIsa 30:30; Jer 25:32; 30:23 of the Lord

will burst out in wrath,

a whirlwindZec 7:14 swirling down

on the heads of the wicked.

20 The angerS 2Ki 23:26 of the Lord will not turn backS Jer 4:28

until he fully accomplishes

the purposes of his heart.

In days to come

you will understand it clearly.

A Message for Judah’s Kings

22 This is what the Lord said to me: “Go over and speak directly to the king of Judah. Say to him,‘Listen to this message from the Lord, you king of Judah, sitting on David’s throne. Let your attendants and your people listen, too.This is what the Lord says: Be fair-minded and just. Do what is right! Help those who have been robbed; rescue them from their oppressors. Quit your evil deeds! Do not mistreat foreigners, orphans, and widows. Stop murdering the innocent!If you obey me, there will always be a descendant of David sitting on the throne here in Jerusalem. The king will ride through the palace gates in chariots and on horses, with his parade of attendants and subjects.But if you refuse to pay attention to this warning, I swear by my own name, says the Lord, that this palace will become a pile of rubble.’”

A Message about the Palace

Now this is what the Lord says concerning Judah’s royal palace:

“I love you as much as fruitful Gilead

and the green forests of Lebanon.

But I will turn you into a desert,

with no one living within your walls.

I will call for wreckers,

who will bring out their tools to dismantle you.

They will tear out all your fine cedar beams

and throw them on the fire.

“People from many nations will pass by the ruins of this city and say to one another, ‘Why did the Lord destroy such a great city?’And the answer will be, ‘Because they violated their covenant with the Lord their God by worshiping other gods.’”

A Message about Jehoahaz

10 Do not weep for the dead king or mourn his loss.

Instead, weep for the captive king being led away!

For he will never return to see his native land again.

11 For this is what the Lord says about Jehoahaz,Hebrew Shallum, another name for Jehoahaz. who succeeded his father, King Josiah, and was taken away as a captive: “He will never return.12 He will die in a distant land and will never again see his own country.”

A Message about Jehoiakim

13 And the Lord says, “What sorrow awaits Jehoiakim,The brother and successor of the exiled Jehoahaz. See 22:18.

who builds his palace with forced labor.Hebrew by unrighteousness.

He builds injustice into its walls,

for he makes his neighbors work for nothing.

He does not pay them for their labor.

14 He says, ‘I will build a magnificent palace

with huge rooms and many windows.

I will panel it throughout with fragrant cedar

and paint it a lovely red.’

15 But a beautiful cedar palace does not make a great king!

Your father, Josiah, also had plenty to eat and drink.

But he was just and right in all his dealings.

That is why God blessed him.

16 He gave justice and help to the poor and needy,

and everything went well for him.

Isn’t that what it means to know me?”

says the Lord.

17 “But you! You have eyes only for greed and dishonesty!

You murder the innocent,

oppress the poor, and reign ruthlessly.”

18 Therefore, this is what the Lord says about Jehoiakim, son of King Josiah:

“The people will not mourn for him, crying to one another,

‘Alas, my brother! Alas, my sister!’

His subjects will not mourn for him, crying,

‘Alas, our master is dead! Alas, his splendor is gone!’

19 He will be buried like a dead donkey—

dragged out of Jerusalem and dumped outside the gates!

20 Weep for your allies in Lebanon.

Shout for them in Bashan.

Search for them in the regions east of the river.Or in Abarim.

See, they are all destroyed.

Not one is left to help you.

21 I warned you when you were prosperous,

but you replied, ‘Don’t bother me.’

You have been that way since childhood—

you simply will not obey me!

22 And now the wind will blow away your allies.

All your friends will be taken away as captives.

Surely then you will see your wickedness and be ashamed.

23 It may be nice to live in a beautiful palace

paneled with wood from the cedars of Lebanon,

but soon you will groan with pangs of anguish—

anguish like that of a woman in labor.

A Message for Jehoiachin

24 “As surely as I live,” says the Lord, “I will abandon you, JehoiachinHebrew Coniah, a variant spelling of Jehoiachin; also in 22:28. son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah. Even if you were the signet ring on my right hand, I would pull you off.25 I will hand you over to those who seek to kill you, those you so desperately fear—to King NebuchadnezzarHebrew Nebuchadrezzar, a variant spelling of Nebuchadnezzar. of Babylon and the mighty BabylonianOr Chaldean. army.26 I will expel you and your mother from this land, and you will die in a foreign country, not in your native land.27 You will never again return to the land you yearn for.

28 “Why is this man Jehoiachin like a discarded, broken jar?

Why are he and his children to be exiled to a foreign land?

29 O earth, earth, earth!

Listen to this message from the Lord!

30 This is what the Lord says:

‘Let the record show that this man Jehoiachin was childless.

He is a failure,

for none of his children will succeed him on the throne of David

to rule over Judah.’

The Righteous Descendant

23 “What sorrow awaits the leaders of my people—the shepherds of my sheep—for they have destroyed and scattered the very ones they were expected to care for,” says the Lord.

Therefore, this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says to these shepherds: “Instead of caring for my flock and leading them to safety, you have deserted them and driven them to destruction. Now I will pour out judgment on you for the evil you have done to them.But I will gather together the remnant of my flock from the countries where I have driven them. I will bring them back to their own sheepfold, and they will be fruitful and increase in number.Then I will appoint responsible shepherds who will care for them, and they will never be afraid again. Not a single one will be lost or missing. I, the Lord, have spoken!

“For the time is coming,”

says the Lord,

“when I will raise up a righteous descendantHebrew a righteous branch.

from King David’s line.

He will be a King who rules with wisdom.

He will do what is just and right throughout the land.

And this will be his name:

‘The Lord Is Our Righteousness.’Hebrew Yahweh Tsidqenu.

In that day Judah will be saved,

and Israel will live in safety.

“In that day,” says the Lord, “when people are taking an oath, they will no longer say, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who rescued the people of Israel from the land of Egypt.’Instead, they will say, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the people of Israel back to their own land from the land of the north and from all the countries to which he had exiled them.’ Then they will live in their own land.”

Judgment on False Prophets

My heart is broken because of the false prophets,

and my bones tremble.

I stagger like a drunkard,

like someone overcome by wine,

because of the holy words

the Lord has spoken against them.

10 For the land is full of adultery,

and it lies under a curse.

The land itself is in mourning—

its wilderness pastures are dried up.

For they all do evil

and abuse what power they have.

11 “Even the priests and prophets

are ungodly, wicked men.

I have seen their despicable acts

right here in my own Temple,”

says the Lord.

12 “Therefore, the paths they take

will become slippery.

They will be chased through the dark,

and there they will fall.

For I will bring disaster upon them

at the time fixed for their punishment.

I, the Lord, have spoken!

13 “I saw that the prophets of Samaria were terribly evil,

for they prophesied in the name of Baal

and led my people of Israel into sin.

14 But now I see that the prophets of Jerusalem are even worse!

They commit adultery and love dishonesty.

They encourage those who are doing evil

so that no one turns away from their sins.

These prophets are as wicked

as the people of Sodom and Gomorrah once were.”

15 Therefore, this is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says concerning the prophets:

“I will feed them with bitterness

and give them poison to drink.

For it is because of Jerusalem’s prophets

that wickedness has filled this land.”

16 This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says to his people:

“Do not listen to these prophets when they prophesy to you,

filling you with futile hopes.

They are making up everything they say.

They do not speak for the Lord!

17 They keep saying to those who despise my word,

‘Don’t worry! The Lord says you will have peace!’

And to those who stubbornly follow their own desires,

they say, ‘No harm will come your way!’

18 “Have any of these prophets been in the Lord’s presence

to hear what he is really saying?

Has even one of them cared enough to listen?

19 Look! The Lord’s anger bursts out like a storm,

a whirlwind that swirls down on the heads of the wicked.

20 The anger of the Lord will not diminish

until it has finished all he has planned.

In the days to come

you will understand all this very clearly.

22 Thus saith the Lord; Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and speak there this word,

And say, Hear the word of the Lord, O king of Judah, that sittest upon the throne of David, thou, and thy servants, and thy people that enter in by these gates:

Thus saith the Lord; Execute ye judgment and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor: and do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place.

For if ye do this thing indeed, then shall there enter in by the gates of this house kings sitting upon the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, he, and his servants, and his people.

But if ye will not hear these words, I swear by myself, saith the Lord, that this house shall become a desolation.

For thus saith the Lord unto the king's house of Judah; Thou art Gilead unto me, and the head of Lebanon: yet surely I will make thee a wilderness, and cities which are not inhabited.

And I will prepare destroyers against thee, every one with his weapons: and they shall cut down thy choice cedars, and cast them into the fire.

And many nations shall pass by this city, and they shall say every man to his neighbour, Wherefore hath the Lord done thus unto this great city?

Then they shall answer, Because they have forsaken the covenant of the Lord their God, and worshipped other gods, and served them.

10 Weep ye not for the dead, neither bemoan him: but weep sore for him that goeth away: for he shall return no more, nor see his native country.

11 For thus saith the Lord touching Shallum the son of Josiah king of Judah, which reigned instead of Josiah his father, which went forth out of this place; He shall not return thither any more:

12 But he shall die in the place whither they have led him captive, and shall see this land no more.

13 Woe unto him that buildeth his house by unrighteousness, and his chambers by wrong; that useth his neighbour's service without wages, and giveth him not for his work;

14 That saith, I will build me a wide house and large chambers, and cutteth him out windows; and it is cieled with cedar, and painted with vermilion.

15 Shalt thou reign, because thou closest thyself in cedar? did not thy father eat and drink, and do judgment and justice, and then it was well with him?

16 He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well with him: was not this to know me? saith the Lord.

17 But thine eyes and thine heart are not but for thy covetousness, and for to shed innocent blood, and for oppression, and for violence, to do it.

18 Therefore thus saith the Lord concerning Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah; They shall not lament for him, saying, Ah my brother! or, Ah sister! they shall not lament for him, saying, Ah lord! or, Ah his glory!

19 He shall be buried with the burial of an ass, drawn and cast forth beyond the gates of Jerusalem.

20 Go up to Lebanon, and cry; and lift up thy voice in Bashan, and cry from the passages: for all thy lovers are destroyed.

21 I spake unto thee in thy prosperity; but thou saidst, I will not hear. This hath been thy manner from thy youth, that thou obeyedst not my voice.

22 The wind shall eat up all thy pastors, and thy lovers shall go into captivity: surely then shalt thou be ashamed and confounded for all thy wickedness.

23 O inhabitant of Lebanon, that makest thy nest in the cedars, how gracious shalt thou be when pangs come upon thee, the pain as of a woman in travail!

24 As I live, saith the Lord, though Coniah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah were the signet upon my right hand, yet would I pluck thee thence;

25 And I will give thee into the hand of them that seek thy life, and into the hand of them whose face thou fearest, even into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of the Chaldeans.

26 And I will cast thee out, and thy mother that bare thee, into another country, where ye were not born; and there shall ye die.

27 But to the land whereunto they desire to return, thither shall they not return.

28 Is this man Coniah a despised broken idol? is he a vessel wherein is no pleasure? wherefore are they cast out, he and his seed, and are cast into a land which they know not?

29 O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the Lord.

30 Thus saith the Lord, Write ye this man childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah.

23 Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the Lord.

Therefore thus saith the Lord God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the Lord.

And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.

And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the Lord.

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.

In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, The Lord Our Righteousness.

Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that they shall no more say, The Lord liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;

But, The Lord liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.

Mine heart within me is broken because of the prophets; all my bones shake; I am like a drunken man, and like a man whom wine hath overcome, because of the Lord, and because of the words of his holiness.

10 For the land is full of adulterers; for because of swearing the land mourneth; the pleasant places of the wilderness are dried up, and their course is evil, and their force is not right.

11 For both prophet and priest are profane; yea, in my house have I found their wickedness, saith the Lord.

12 Wherefore their way shall be unto them as slippery ways in the darkness: they shall be driven on, and fall therein: for I will bring evil upon them, even the year of their visitation, saith the Lord.

13 And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err.

14 I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness; they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.

15 Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts concerning the prophets; Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the water of gall: for from the prophets of Jerusalem is profaneness gone forth into all the land.

16 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the Lord.

17 They say still unto them that despise me, The Lord hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.

18 For who hath stood in the counsel of the Lord, and hath perceived and heard his word? who hath marked his word, and heard it?

19 Behold, a whirlwind of the Lord is gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked.

20 The anger of the Lord shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly.

2 Thessalonians 1:1-12

Paul, SilasGreek Silvanus, a variant of SilasS Ac 15:22 and Timothy,S Ac 16:1; 1Th 1:1

To the church of the ThessaloniansS Ac 17:1 in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.S Ro 1:7

Thanksgiving and Prayer

We ought always to thank God for you,S Ro 1:8; Eph 5:20 brothers and sisters,The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in 2:1, 13, 15; 3:1, 6, 13. and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.S 1Th 3:12Therefore, among God’s churches we boast2Co 7:14 about your perseverance and faith1Th 1:3 in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.1Th 1:6; 2:14; S 3:3

All this is evidencePhp 1:28 that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthyLk 20:35 of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering.God is just:Lk 18:7, 8 He will pay back trouble to those who trouble youRo 12:19; Col 3:25; S Rev 6:10and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heavenS Lk 17:30 in blazing fireHeb 10:27; S 12:29; 2Pe 3:7; S Rev 1:14 with his powerful angels.Jude 14He will punishPs 79:6; Isa 66:15; Jer 10:25 those who do not know GodS Gal 4:8 and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.Ro 2:8; S 2Co 2:12They will be punished with everlasting destructionPhp 3:19; 1Th 5:3; 2Pe 3:7 and shut out from the presence of the Lord2Ki 17:18 and from the glory of his mightIsa 2:10, 19; 2Th 2:810 on the day1Co 3:13 he comes to be glorifiedJn 17:10 in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.1Co 1:6

11 With this in mind, we constantly pray for you,S Ro 1:10 that our God may make you worthyver 5 of his calling,S Ro 8:28 and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodnessRo 15:14 and your every deed prompted by faith.1Th 1:312 We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you,Isa 24:15; Php 2:9-11 and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.Or God and Lord, Jesus Christ

Greetings from Paul

This letter is from Paul, Silas,Greek Silvanus, the Greek form of the name. and Timothy.

We are writing to the church in Thessalonica, to you who belong to God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

May God our FatherSome manuscripts read God the Father. and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.

Encouragement during Persecution

Dear brothers and sisters,Greek Brothers. we can’t help but thank God for you, because your faith is flourishing and your love for one another is growing.We proudly tell God’s other churches about your endurance and faithfulness in all the persecutions and hardships you are suffering.And God will use this persecution to show his justice and to make you worthy of his Kingdom, for which you are suffering.In his justice he will pay back those who persecute you.

And God will provide rest for you who are being persecuted and also for us when the Lord Jesus appears from heaven. He will come with his mighty angels,in flaming fire, bringing judgment on those who don’t know God and on those who refuse to obey the Good News of our Lord Jesus.They will be punished with eternal destruction, forever separated from the Lord and from his glorious power.10 When he comes on that day, he will receive glory from his holy people—praise from all who believe. And this includes you, for you believed what we told you about him.

11 So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.12 Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ.Or of our God and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;

So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:

Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:

Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;

And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,

In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:

Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

11 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:

12 That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Psalm 83:1-18

Psalm 83In Hebrew texts 83:1-18 is numbered 83:2-19.

A song. A psalm of Asaph.

O God, do not remain silent;Ps 28:1; 35:22; Isa 42:14; 57:11; 62:1; 64:12

do not turn a deaf ear,

do not stand aloof, O God.

See how your enemies growl,Ps 2:1; Isa 17:12

how your foes rear their heads.Jdg 8:28

With cunning they conspireS Ex 1:10; S Ps 31:13 against your people;

they plot against those you cherish.Ps 17:14

“Come,” they say, “let us destroyS Est 3:6 them as a nation,Jer 33:24

so that Israel’s name is rememberedJer 11:19 no more.”

With one mind they plot together;Ps 2:2

they form an alliance against you—

the tents of EdomPs 137:7; Isa 34:5; Jer 49:7; Am 1:11 and the Ishmaelites,

of Moab2Ch 20:1 and the Hagrites,S Ge 25:16

Byblos,S Jos 13:5 AmmonGe 19:38 and Amalek,S Ge 14:7; S Ex 17:14

Philistia,Ex 15:14 with the people of Tyre.Isa 23:3; Eze 27:3

Even AssyriaS Ge 10:11 has joined them

to reinforce Lot’s descendants.The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.S Dt 2:9

Do to them as you did to Midian,S Ge 25:2; Jdg 7:1-23

as you did to SiseraS Jdg 4:2 and JabinS Jos 11:1 at the river Kishon,S Jdg 4:23-24

10 who perished at EndorS 1Sa 28:7

and became like dungS 2Ki 9:37; Isa 5:25; Jer 8:2; 9:22; 16:4; 25:33; Zep 1:17 on the ground.

11 Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb,Jdg 7:25

all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,S Jdg 8:5

12 who said, “Let us take possession2Ch 20:11; Eze 35:10

of the pasturelands of God.”

13 Make them like tumbleweed, my God,

like chaffS Job 13:25 before the wind.

14 As fire consumes the forest

or a flame sets the mountains ablaze,Dt 32:22; Isa 9:18

15 so pursue them with your tempestS Ps 50:3

and terrify them with your storm.S Job 9:17

16 Cover their faces with shame,S Ps 34:5; 109:29; 132:18 Lord,

so that they will seek your name.

17 May they ever be ashamed and dismayed;S 2Ki 19:26

may they perish in disgrace.S Ps 35:4

18 Let them know that you, whose name is the LordS Ps 68:4

that you alone are the Most HighPs 7:8; 18:13 over all the earth.S Job 34:29

Psalm 83

A song. A psalm of Asaph.

O God, do not be silent!

Do not be deaf.

Do not be quiet, O God.

Don’t you hear the uproar of your enemies?

Don’t you see that your arrogant enemies are rising up?

They devise crafty schemes against your people;

they conspire against your precious ones.

“Come,” they say, “let us wipe out Israel as a nation.

We will destroy the very memory of its existence.”

Yes, this was their unanimous decision.

They signed a treaty as allies against you—

these Edomites and Ishmaelites;

Moabites and Hagrites;

Gebalites, Ammonites, and Amalekites;

and people from Philistia and Tyre.

Assyria has joined them, too,

and is allied with the descendants of Lot. Interlude

Do to them as you did to the Midianites

and as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the Kishon River.

10 They were destroyed at Endor,

and their decaying corpses fertilized the soil.

11 Let their mighty nobles die as Oreb and Zeeb did.

Let all their princes die like Zebah and Zalmunna,

12 for they said, “Let us seize for our own use

these pasturelands of God!”

13 O my God, scatter them like tumbleweed,

like chaff before the wind!

14 As a fire burns a forest

and as a flame sets mountains ablaze,

15 chase them with your fierce storm;

terrify them with your tempest.

16 Utterly disgrace them

until they submit to your name, O Lord.

17 Let them be ashamed and terrified forever.

Let them die in disgrace.

18 Then they will learn that you alone are called the Lord,

that you alone are the Most High,

supreme over all the earth.

83 Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.

For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.

They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.

They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.

For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:

The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes;

Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre;

Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.

Do unto them as unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison:

10 Which perished at Endor: they became as dung for the earth.

11 Make their nobles like Oreb, and like Zeeb: yea, all their princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna:

12 Who said, Let us take to ourselves the houses of God in possession.

13 O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind.

14 As the fire burneth a wood, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire;

15 So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm.

16 Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O Lord.

17 Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish:

18 That men may know that thou, whose name alone is Jehovah, art the most high over all the earth.

Proverbs 25:11-14

11 Like applesOr possibly apricots of gold in settings of silverver 12; Pr 15:23

is a ruling rightly given.

12 Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold

is the rebuke of a wise judge to a listening ear.S ver 11; Ps 141:5; S Pr 13:18

13 Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time

is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him;

he refreshes the spirit of his master.S Pr 10:26; 13:17

14 Like clouds and wind without rain

is one who boasts of gifts never given.

11 Timely advice is lovely,

like golden apples in a silver basket.

12 To one who listens, valid criticism

is like a gold earring or other gold jewelry.

13 Trustworthy messengers refresh like snow in summer.

They revive the spirit of their employer.

14 A person who promises a gift but doesn’t give it

is like clouds and wind that bring no rain.

11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.

13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.

14 Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.

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