Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

These sobering words were delivered to a false prophet named Hananiah, who had prophesied that the Jewish people would be restored from Babylon within two years. This prophecy contradicted Jeremiah's clear teaching that they would be captives in Babylon for seventy years, not two.

Satan has always had his prophets who look right and sound right. They are like Hymenaeus and Alexander, who shipwrecked their own faith by teaching that the resurrection was past (1 Timothy 1:19-20).

False doctrine works its way into churches as well as into individuals. It misleads and steers away from faith and a good conscience. All true teaching will produce "love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and sincere faith" (v. 5).

Judge all teaching. The teaching may look good and sound right, but does it lead to godly actions? Does it lead people away from "talking foolishness" (v. 6) and cause them to focus on saving sinners?

Keep your doctrinal ship steered down the center of the channel. Beware of the shorelines, no matter how appealing. The rocks of destruction lurk just beneath the surface!

Jeremiah 28:1-29:32

The False Prophet Hananiah

28 In the fifth month of that same year, the fourth year, early in the reign of ZedekiahS 2Ch 36:11 king of Judah, the prophet Hananiah son of Azzur, who was from Gibeon,S Jos 9:3 said to me in the house of the Lord in the presence of the priests and all the people:“This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘I will break the yokeJer 27:12 of the king of Babylon.Within two years I will bring back to this place all the articlesS 2Ki 24:13 of the Lord’s house that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon removed from here and took to Babylon.I will also bring back to this place JehoiachinHebrew Jeconiah, a variant of JehoiachinS 2Ki 25:30; Jer 22:24-27 son of Jehoiakim king of Judah and all the other exiles from Judah who went to Babylon,’ declares the Lord, ‘for I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.’”Hos 7:3

Then the prophet Jeremiah replied to the prophet Hananiah before the priests and all the people who were standing in the house of the Lord.He said, “Amen! May the Lord do so! May the Lord fulfill the words you have prophesied by bringing the articles of the Lord’s house and all the exiles back to this place from Babylon.Zec 6:10Nevertheless, listen to what I have to say in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people:From early times the prophets who preceded you and me have prophesied war, disaster and plagueLev 26:14-17; Isa 5:5-7; Na 1:14 against many countries and great kingdoms.But the prophet who prophesies peace will be recognized as one truly sent by the Lord only if his prediction comes true.S Dt 18:22; Eze 33:33

10 Then the prophet Hananiah took the yokeS Lev 26:13; S 1Ki 22:11 off the neck of the prophet Jeremiah and broke it,11 and he saidJer 14:14; 27:10 before all the people, “This is what the Lord says: ‘In the same way I will break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon off the neck of all the nations within two years.’” At this, the prophet Jeremiah went on his way.

12 After the prophet Hananiah had broken the yoke off the neck of the prophet Jeremiah, the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah:13 “Go and tell Hananiah, ‘This is what the Lord says: You have broken a wooden yoke, but in its place you will get a yoke of iron.14 This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I will put an iron yokeS Dt 28:48; S Jer 15:12 on the necks of all these nations to make them serveJer 25:11 NebuchadnezzarJer 39:1; Da 1:1; 5:18 king of Babylon, and they will serve him. I will even give him control over the wild animals.S Jer 27:6’”

15 Then the prophet Jeremiah said to Hananiah the prophet, “Listen, Hananiah! The Lord has not sentJer 29:31 you, yet you have persuaded this nation to trust in lies.S Jer 7:4; 20:6; 29:21; La 2:14; Eze 13:616 Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘I am about to remove you from the face of the earth.S Ge 7:4 This very year you are going to die,Dt 18:20; Zec 13:3 because you have preached rebellionDt 13:5; Jer 29:32 against the Lord.’”

17 In the seventh month of that same year, Hananiah the prophet died.S 2Ki 1:17

A Letter to the Exiles

29 This is the text of the letterver 28 that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders among the exiles and to the priests, the prophets and all the other people Nebuchadnezzar had carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon.S 2Ch 36:10; S Jer 13:17(This was after King JehoiachinHebrew Jeconiah, a variant of JehoiachinS 2Ki 24:12 and the queen mother,S 2Ki 24:8 the court officials and the leaders of Judah and Jerusalem, the skilled workers and the artisans had gone into exile from Jerusalem.)He entrusted the letter to Elasah son of Shaphan and to Gemariah son of Hilkiah, whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent to King Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon. It said:

This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carriedS Jer 24:5 into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon:“Buildver 28 houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce.Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease.Jer 30:19Also, seekS Est 3:8 the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray1Ti 2:1-2 to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”Yes, this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “Do not let the prophets1Jn 4:1 and diviners among you deceiveJer 37:9 you. Do not listen to the dreamsS Dt 13:1; S Jer 23:25 you encourage them to have.S Jer 23:27They are prophesying liesS Jer 27:15; La 2:14; Eze 13:6 to you in my name. I have not sentJer 23:21 them,” declares the Lord.

10 This is what the Lord says: “When seventy yearsS 2Ch 36:21; S Da 9:2 are completed for Babylon, I will come to youS Ru 1:6 and fulfill my good promise1Ki 8:56; Jer 32:42; 33:14 to bring you backS Jer 16:14; S 24:6 to this place.11 For I know the plansPs 40:5 I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosperIsa 55:12 you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.S Job 8:7; Zec 8:1512 Then you will callHos 2:23; Zep 3:12; Zec 13:9 on me and come and prayS 1Ki 8:30 to me, and I will listenPs 145:19; S Isa 55:6 to you.13 You will seekMt 7:7 me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.S Dt 4:29; S 2Ch 6:3714 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you backS Dt 30:3; Jer 30:3; Eze 39:25; Am 9:14; Zep 3:20 from captivity.Or will restore your fortunes I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”Jer 23:3-4; 30:10; 46:27; Eze 37:21

15 You may say, “The Lord has raised up prophets for us in Babylon,”16 but this is what the Lord says about the king who sits on David’s throne and all the people who remain in this city, your fellow citizens who did not go with you into exile—17 yes, this is what the Lord Almighty says: “I will send the sword, famine and plagueJer 27:8 against them and I will make them like figsS Isa 5:4 that are so bad they cannot be eaten.18 I will pursue them with the sword, famine and plague and will make them abhorrentS Jer 15:4 to all the kingdoms of the earth, a curseThat is, their names will be used in cursing (see verse 22); or, others will see that they are cursed.S Nu 5:27; S Jer 18:16; S 22:10; 44:12 and an object of horror,S Dt 28:25 of scornS Dt 28:37; S Isa 28:22; S Mic 2:6 and reproach, among all the nations where I drive them.19 For they have not listened to my words,”Jer 6:19 declares the Lord, “words that I sent to them again and againJer 7:25 by my servants the prophets.S Jer 25:4 And you exiles have not listened either,” declares the Lord.

20 Therefore, hear the word of the Lord, all you exiles whom I have sentS Jer 24:5 away from Jerusalem to Babylon.21 This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says about Ahab son of Kolaiah and Zedekiah son of Maaseiah, who are prophesying liesver 9; Jer 14:14 to you in my name: “I will deliver them into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and he will put them to death before your very eyes.22 Because of them, all the exiles from Judah who are in Babylon will use this curse: ‘May the Lord treat you like Zedekiah and Ahab, whom the king of Babylon burnedDa 3:6 in the fire.’23 For they have done outrageous things in Israel; they have committed adulteryS Jer 23:14 with their neighbors’ wives, and in my name they have uttered lies—which I did not authorize. I knowS Heb 4:13 it and am a witnessS Ge 31:48; S Jer 7:11 to it,” declares the Lord.

Message to Shemaiah

24 Tell Shemaiah the Nehelamite,25 “This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: You sent letters in your own name to all the people in Jerusalem, to the priest ZephaniahS 2Ki 25:18 son of Maaseiah, and to all the other priests. You said to Zephaniah,26 ‘The Lord has appointed you priest in place of Jehoiada to be in charge of the house of the Lord; you should put any maniacS 1Sa 10:11; Hos 9:7; S Jn 10:20 who acts like a prophet into the stocksJer 20:2 and neck-irons.27 So why have you not reprimanded Jeremiah from Anathoth, who poses as a prophet among you?28 He has sent this messagever 1 to us in Babylon: It will be a long time.ver 10 Therefore buildver 5 houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce.’”

29 ZephaniahJer 21:1 the priest, however, read the letter to Jeremiah the prophet.30 Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah:31 “Send this message to all the exiles: ‘This is what the Lord says about Shemaiahver 24 the Nehelamite: Because Shemaiah has prophesied to you, even though I did not sendS Jer 14:14 him, and has persuaded you to trust in lies,32 this is what the Lord says: I will surely punish Shemaiah the Nehelamite and his descendants.S 1Sa 2:30-33 He will have no one left among this people, nor will he see the goodver 10 things I will do for my people, declares the Lord, because he has preached rebellionS Jer 28:16 against me.’”

Jeremiah Condemns Hananiah

28 One day in late summerHebrew In the fifth month, of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar. The fifth month in the fourth year of Zedekiah’s reign occurred within the months of August and September 593 B.c. Also see note on 1:3. of that same year—the fourth year of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah—Hananiah son of Azzur, a prophet from Gibeon, addressed me publicly in the Temple while all the priests and people listened. He said,“This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: ‘I will remove the yoke of the king of Babylon from your necks.Within two years I will bring back all the Temple treasures that King Nebuchadnezzar carried off to Babylon.And I will bring back JehoiachinHebrew Jeconiah, a variant spelling of Jehoiachin. son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and all the other captives that were taken to Babylon. I will surely break the yoke that the king of Babylon has put on your necks. I, the Lord, have spoken!’”

Jeremiah responded to Hananiah as they stood in front of all the priests and people at the Temple.He said, “Amen! May your prophecies come true! I hope the Lord does everything you say. I hope he does bring back from Babylon the treasures of this Temple and all the captives.But listen now to the solemn words I speak to you in the presence of all these people.The ancient prophets who preceded you and me spoke against many nations, always warning of war, disaster, and disease.So a prophet who predicts peace must show he is right. Only when his predictions come true can we know that he is really from the Lord.”

10 Then Hananiah the prophet took the yoke off Jeremiah’s neck and broke it in pieces.11 And Hananiah said again to the crowd that had gathered, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Just as this yoke has been broken, within two years I will break the yoke of oppression from all the nations now subject to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon.’” With that, Jeremiah left the Temple area.

12 Soon after this confrontation with Hananiah, the Lord gave this message to Jeremiah:13 “Go and tell Hananiah, ‘This is what the Lord says: You have broken a wooden yoke, but you have replaced it with a yoke of iron.14 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: I have put a yoke of iron on the necks of all these nations, forcing them into slavery under King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. I have put everything, even the wild animals, under his control.’”

15 Then Jeremiah the prophet said to Hananiah, “Listen, Hananiah! The Lord has not sent you, but the people believe your lies.16 Therefore, this is what the Lord says: ‘You must die. Your life will end this very year because you have rebelled against the Lord.’”

17 Two months laterHebrew In the seventh month of that same year. See 28:1 and the note there. the prophet Hananiah died.

A Letter to the Exiles

29 Jeremiah wrote a letter from Jerusalem to the elders, priests, prophets, and all the people who had been exiled to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar.This was after King Jehoiachin,Hebrew Jeconiah, a variant spelling of Jehoiachin. the queen mother, the court officials, the other officials of Judah, and all the craftsmen and artisans had been deported from Jerusalem.He sent the letter with Elasah son of Shaphan and Gemariah son of Hilkiah when they went to Babylon as King Zedekiah’s ambassadors to Nebuchadnezzar. This is what Jeremiah’s letter said:

This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says to all the captives he has exiled to Babylon from Jerusalem:“Build homes, and plan to stay. Plant gardens, and eat the food they produce.Marry and have children. Then find spouses for them so that you may have many grandchildren. Multiply! Do not dwindle away!And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.”

This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: “Do not let your prophets and fortune-tellers who are with you in the land of Babylon trick you. Do not listen to their dreams,because they are telling you lies in my name. I have not sent them,” says the Lord.

10 This is what the Lord says: “You will be in Babylon for seventy years. But then I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised, and I will bring you home again.11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.12 In those days when you pray, I will listen.13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.14 I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.”

15 You claim that the Lord has raised up prophets for you in Babylon.16 But this is what the Lord says about the king who sits on David’s throne and all those still living here in Jerusalem—your relatives who were not exiled to Babylon.17 This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: “I will send war, famine, and disease upon them and make them like bad figs, too rotten to eat.18 Yes, I will pursue them with war, famine, and disease, and I will scatter them around the world. In every nation where I send them, I will make them an object of damnation, horror, contempt, and mockery.19 For they refuse to listen to me, though I have spoken to them repeatedly through the prophets I sent. And you who are in exile have not listened either,” says the Lord.

20 Therefore, listen to this message from the Lord, all you captives there in Babylon.21 This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says about your prophets—Ahab son of Kolaiah and Zedekiah son of Maaseiah—who are telling you lies in my name: “I will turn them over to NebuchadnezzarHebrew Nebuchadrezzar, a variant spelling of Nebuchadnezzar. for execution before your eyes.22 Their terrible fate will become proverbial, so that the Judean exiles will curse someone by saying, ‘May the Lord make you like Zedekiah and Ahab, whom the king of Babylon burned alive!’23 For these men have done terrible things among my people. They have committed adultery with their neighbors’ wives and have lied in my name, saying things I did not command. I am a witness to this. I, the Lord, have spoken.”

A Message for Shemaiah

24 The Lord sent this message to Shemaiah the Nehelamite in Babylon:25 “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: You wrote a letter on your own authority to Zephaniah son of Maaseiah, the priest, and you sent copies to the other priests and people in Jerusalem. You wrote to Zephaniah,

26 “The Lord has appointed you to replace Jehoiada as the priest in charge of the house of the Lord. You are responsible to put into stocks and neck irons any crazy man who claims to be a prophet.27 So why have you done nothing to stop Jeremiah from Anathoth, who pretends to be a prophet among you?28 Jeremiah sent a letter here to Babylon, predicting that our captivity will be a long one. He said, ‘Build homes, and plan to stay. Plant gardens, and eat the food they produce.’”

29 But when Zephaniah the priest received Shemaiah’s letter, he took it to Jeremiah and read it to him.30 Then the Lord gave this message to Jeremiah:31 “Send an open letter to all the exiles in Babylon. Tell them, ‘This is what the Lord says concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite: Since he has prophesied to you when I did not send him and has tricked you into believing his lies,32 I will punish him and his family. None of his descendants will see the good things I will do for my people, for he has incited you to rebel against me. I, the Lord, have spoken!’”

28 And it came to pass the same year, in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the fourth year, and in the fifth month, that Hananiah the son of Azur the prophet, which was of Gibeon, spake unto me in the house of the Lord, in the presence of the priests and of all the people, saying,

Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, saying, I have broken the yoke of the king of Babylon.

Within two full years will I bring again into this place all the vessels of the Lord's house, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon took away from this place, and carried them to Babylon:

And I will bring again to this place Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, with all the captives of Judah, that went into Babylon, saith the Lord: for I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.

Then the prophet Jeremiah said unto the prophet Hananiah in the presence of the priests, and in the presence of all the people that stood in the house of the Lord,

Even the prophet Jeremiah said, Amen: the Lord do so: the Lord perform thy words which thou hast prophesied, to bring again the vessels of the Lord's house, and all that is carried away captive, from Babylon into this place.

Nevertheless hear thou now this word that I speak in thine ears, and in the ears of all the people;

The prophets that have been before me and before thee of old prophesied both against many countries, and against great kingdoms, of war, and of evil, and of pestilence.

The prophet which prophesieth of peace, when the word of the prophet shall come to pass, then shall the prophet be known, that the Lord hath truly sent him.

10 Then Hananiah the prophet took the yoke from off the prophet Jeremiah's neck, and brake it.

11 And Hananiah spake in the presence of all the people, saying, Thus saith the Lord; Even so will I break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon from the neck of all nations within the space of two full years. And the prophet Jeremiah went his way.

12 Then the word of the Lord came unto Jeremiah the prophet, after that Hananiah the prophet had broken the yoke from off the neck of the prophet Jeremiah, saying,

13 Go and tell Hananiah, saying, Thus saith the Lord; Thou hast broken the yokes of wood; but thou shalt make for them yokes of iron.

14 For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; I have put a yoke of iron upon the neck of all these nations, that they may serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and they shall serve him: and I have given him the beasts of the field also.

15 Then said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, Hananiah; The Lord hath not sent thee; but thou makest this people to trust in a lie.

16 Therefore thus saith the Lord; Behold, I will cast thee from off the face of the earth: this year thou shalt die, because thou hast taught rebellion against the Lord.

17 So Hananiah the prophet died the same year in the seventh month.

29 Now these are the words of the letter that Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem unto the residue of the elders which were carried away captives, and to the priests, and to the prophets, and to all the people whom Nebuchadnezzar had carried away captive from Jerusalem to Babylon;

(After that Jeconiah the king, and the queen, and the eunuchs, the princes of Judah and Jerusalem, and the carpenters, and the smiths, were departed from Jerusalem;)

By the hand of Elasah the son of Shaphan, and Gemariah the son of Hilkiah, (whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent unto Babylon to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon) saying,

Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, unto all that are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem unto Babylon;

Build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them;

Take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; that ye may be increased there, and not diminished.

And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the Lord for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.

For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed.

For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: I have not sent them, saith the Lord.

10 For thus saith the Lord, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.

13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

14 And I will be found of you, saith the Lord: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.

15 Because ye have said, The Lord hath raised us up prophets in Babylon;

16 Know that thus saith the Lord of the king that sitteth upon the throne of David, and of all the people that dwelleth in this city, and of your brethren that are not gone forth with you into captivity;

17 Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Behold, I will send upon them the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, and will make them like vile figs, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.

18 And I will persecute them with the sword, with the famine, and with the pestilence, and will deliver them to be removed to all the kingdoms of the earth, to be a curse, and an astonishment, and an hissing, and a reproach, among all the nations whither I have driven them:

19 Because they have not hearkened to my words, saith the Lord, which I sent unto them by my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them; but ye would not hear, saith the Lord.

20 Hear ye therefore the word of the Lord, all ye of the captivity, whom I have sent from Jerusalem to Babylon:

21 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, of Ahab the son of Kolaiah, and of Zedekiah the son of Maaseiah, which prophesy a lie unto you in my name; Behold, I will deliver them into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon; and he shall slay them before your eyes;

22 And of them shall be taken up a curse by all the captivity of Judah which are in Babylon, saying, The Lord make thee like Zedekiah and like Ahab, whom the king of Babylon roasted in the fire;

23 Because they have committed villany in Israel, and have committed adultery with their neighbours' wives, and have spoken lying words in my name, which I have not commanded them; even I know, and am a witness, saith the Lord.

24 Thus shalt thou also speak to Shemaiah the Nehelamite, saying,

25 Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, saying, Because thou hast sent letters in thy name unto all the people that are at Jerusalem, and to Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest, and to all the priests, saying,

26 The Lord hath made thee priest in the stead of Jehoiada the priest, that ye should be officers in the house of the Lord, for every man that is mad, and maketh himself a prophet, that thou shouldest put him in prison, and in the stocks.

27 Now therefore why hast thou not reproved Jeremiah of Anathoth, which maketh himself a prophet to you?

28 For therefore he sent unto us in Babylon, saying, This captivity is long: build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them.

29 And Zephaniah the priest read this letter in the ears of Jeremiah the prophet.

30 Then came the word of the Lord unto Jeremiah, saying,

31 Send to all them of the captivity, saying, Thus saith the Lord concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite; Because that Shemaiah hath prophesied unto you, and I sent him not, and he caused you to trust in a lie:

32 Therefore thus saith the Lord; Behold, I will punish Shemaiah the Nehelamite, and his seed: he shall not have a man to dwell among this people; neither shall he behold the good that I will do for my people, saith the Lord; because he hath taught rebellion against the Lord.

1 Timothy 1:1-20

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of GodS 2Co 1:1; Tit 1:3 our SaviorS Lk 1:47 and of Christ Jesus our hope,Col 1:27

To TimothyS Ac 16:1 my true sonver 18; 1Co 4:17; S 1Th 2:11; 2Ti 1:2; Tit 1:4 in the faith:

Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.S Ro 1:7

Timothy Charged to Oppose False Teachers

As I urged you when I went into Macedonia,S Ac 16:9 stay there in EphesusS Ac 18:19 so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrinesGal 1:6, 7; 1Ti 6:3 any longeror to devote themselves to myths1Ti 4:7; 2Ti 4:4; Tit 1:14 and endless genealogies.Tit 3:9 Such things promote controversial speculationsS 2Ti 2:14 rather than advancing God’s work—which is by faith.The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart2Ti 2:22 and a good conscienceS Ac 23:1; 1Ti 4:2 and a sincere faith.Gal 5:6; 2Ti 1:5Some have departed from these and have turned to meaningless talk.They want to be teachersS Eph 4:11 of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.Job 38:2

We know that the law is goodRo 7:12 if one uses it properly.We also know that the law is made not for the righteousGal 5:23 but for lawbreakers and rebels,Gal 3:19 the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers,10 for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine1Ti 6:3; 2Ti 1:13; 4:3; Tit 1:9; 2:111 that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.Gal 2:7; 1Th 2:4; Tit 1:3

The Lord’s Grace to Paul

12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength,S Php 4:13 that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service.S Ac 9:1513 Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutorS Ac 8:3 and a violent man, I was shown mercyver 16 because I acted in ignorance and unbelief.Ac 26:914 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly,2Co 4:15 along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.2Ti 1:13; S 1Th 1:3

15 Here is a trustworthy saying1Ti 3:1; 4:9; 2Ti 2:11; Tit 3:8 that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinnersMk 2:17; S Jn 3:17—of whom I am the worst.16 But for that very reason I was shown mercyver 13 so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patienceS Ro 2:4 as an example for those who would believeS Jn 3:15 in him and receive eternal life.S Mt 25:4617 Now to the KingRev 15:3 eternal, immortal,1Ti 6:16 invisible,S Col 1:15 the only God,Jude 25 be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.S Ro 11:36

The Charge to Timothy Renewed

18 Timothy, my son,S ver 2 I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you,1Ti 4:14 so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well,1Ti 6:12; 2Ti 2:3; 4:719 holding on to faith and a good conscience,ver 5; S Ac 23:1 which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith.1Ti 6:21; 2Ti 2:1820 Among them are Hymenaeus2Ti 2:17 and Alexander,2Ti 4:14 whom I have handed over to Satan1Co 5:5 to be taught not to blaspheme.

Greetings from Paul

This letter is from Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus, appointed by the command of God our Savior and Christ Jesus, who gives us hope.

I am writing to Timothy, my true son in the faith.

May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy, and peace.

Warnings against False Teachings

When I left for Macedonia, I urged you to stay there in Ephesus and stop those whose teaching is contrary to the truth.Don’t let them waste their time in endless discussion of myths and spiritual pedigrees. These things only lead to meaningless speculations,Greek in myths and endless genealogies, which cause speculation. which don’t help people live a life of faith in God.Greek a stewardship of God in faith.

The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith.But some people have missed this whole point. They have turned away from these things and spend their time in meaningless discussions.They want to be known as teachers of the law of Moses, but they don’t know what they are talking about, even though they speak so confidently.

We know that the law is good when used correctly.For the law was not intended for people who do what is right. It is for people who are lawless and rebellious, who are ungodly and sinful, who consider nothing sacred and defile what is holy, who kill their father or mother or commit other murders.10 The law is for people who are sexually immoral, or who practice homosexuality, or are slave traders,Or kidnappers. liars, promise breakers, or who do anything else that contradicts the wholesome teaching11 that comes from the glorious Good News entrusted to me by our blessed God.

Paul’s Gratitude for God’s Mercy

12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength to do his work. He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve him,13 even though I used to blaspheme the name of Christ. In my insolence, I persecuted his people. But God had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance and unbelief.14 Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled me with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus.

15 This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all.16 But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life.17 All honor and glory to God forever and ever! He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen.

Timothy’s Responsibility

18 Timothy, my son, here are my instructions for you, based on the prophetic words spoken about you earlier. May they help you fight well in the Lord’s battles.19 Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked.20 Hymenaeus and Alexander are two examples. I threw them out and handed them over to Satan so they might learn not to blaspheme God.

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;

Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.

As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine,

Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.

Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:

From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;

Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;

Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,

10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;

13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.

17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

18 This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;

19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:

20 Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.

Psalm 86:1-17

Psalm 86

A prayer of David.

Hear me, Lord, and answerPs 17:6 me,

for I am poor and needy.

Guard my life, for I am faithful to you;

save your servant who trusts in you.Ps 25:2; 31:14

You are my God;have mercyPs 4:1; S 9:13; 57:1 on me, Lord,

for I callPs 88:9 to you all day long.

Bring joy to your servant, Lord,

for I put my trustPs 46:5; 143:8 in you.

You, Lord, are forgiving and good,

abounding in loveEx 34:6; Ne 9:17; Ps 103:8; 145:8; Joel 2:13; Jnh 4:2 to all who call to you.

Hear my prayer, Lord;

listen to my cryPs 5:2; 17:1 for mercy.

When I am in distress,Ps 27:5; S 50:15; 94:13; Hab 3:16 I callJob 22:27; Ps 4:3; 80:18; 91:15; Isa 30:19; 58:9; 65:24; Zec 13:9 to you,

because you answerPs 3:4 me.

Among the godsS Ex 8:10; S Job 21:22 there is none like you,S Ps 18:31 Lord;

no deeds can compare with yours.

All the nations you have made

will comeS Ps 65:2 and worshipPs 66:4; Isa 19:21; 27:13; 49:7; Zec 8:20-22; 14:16; Rev 15:4 before you, Lord;

they will bring gloryIsa 43:7; 44:23 to your name.

10 For you are greatS 2Sa 7:22; S Ps 48:1 and do marvelous deeds;S Ex 3:20; S Ps 71:17; 72:18

you aloneS Dt 6:4; S Isa 43:10; Mk 12:29; 1Co 8:4 are God.

11 Teach me your way,S Ex 33:13; S 1Sa 12:23; Ps 25:5 Lord,

that I may rely on your faithfulness;S Ps 26:3

give me an undividedJer 24:7; 32:39; Eze 11:19; 1Co 7:35 heart,

that I may fearS Dt 6:24 your name.

12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;S Ps 9:1

I will glorify your name forever.

13 For great is your love toward me;

you have delivered meS Ps 34:4; 49:15; 116:8 from the depths,

from the realm of the dead.S Ps 16:10; S 56:13

14 Arrogant foes are attacking me, O God;

ruthless people are trying to kill me—

they have no regard for you.Ps 54:3

15 But you, Lord, are a compassionate and graciousS Ps 51:1; 103:8; 111:4; 116:5; 145:8 God,

slow to anger,Nu 14:18 aboundingver 5 in love and faithfulness.S Ex 34:6; S Ne 9:17; Joel 2:13

16 Turn to meS Ps 6:4 and have mercyS Ps 9:13 on me;

show your strengthPs 18:1 in behalf of your servant;

save me, because I serve you

just as my mother did.Ps 116:16

17 Give me a signS Ex 3:12; Mt 24:3; S Jn 2:11 of your goodness,

that my enemies may see it and be put to shame,

for you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

Psalm 86

A prayer of David.

Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer;

answer me, for I need your help.

Protect me, for I am devoted to you.

Save me, for I serve you and trust you.

You are my God.

Be merciful to me, O Lord,

for I am calling on you constantly.

Give me happiness, O Lord,

for I give myself to you.

O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive,

so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.

Listen closely to my prayer, O Lord;

hear my urgent cry.

I will call to you whenever I’m in trouble,

and you will answer me.

No pagan god is like you, O Lord.

None can do what you do!

All the nations you made

will come and bow before you, Lord;

they will praise your holy name.

10 For you are great and perform wonderful deeds.

You alone are God.

11 Teach me your ways, O Lord,

that I may live according to your truth!

Grant me purity of heart,

so that I may honor you.

12 With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God.

I will give glory to your name forever,

13 for your love for me is very great.

You have rescued me from the depths of death.Hebrew of Sheol.

14 O God, insolent people rise up against me;

a violent gang is trying to kill me.

You mean nothing to them.

15 But you, O Lord,

are a God of compassion and mercy,

slow to get angry

and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.

16 Look down and have mercy on me.

Give your strength to your servant;

save me, the son of your servant.

17 Send me a sign of your favor.

Then those who hate me will be put to shame,

for you, O Lord, help and comfort me.

86 Bow down thine ear, O Lord, hear me: for I am poor and needy.

Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee.

Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily.

Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.

For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

Give ear, O Lord, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications.

In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.

Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works.

All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name.

10 For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.

11 Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.

12 I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.

13 For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.

14 O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them.

15 But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.

16 O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid.

17 Shew me a token for good; that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed: because thou, Lord, hast holpen me, and comforted me.

Proverbs 25:17

17 Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house—

too much of you, and they will hate you.

17 Don’t visit your neighbors too often,

or you will wear out your welcome.

17 Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.

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