Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Prayer is the foundation of a godly society. Paul admonished us to offer prayers for kings and all those in authority. When we pray for our rulers, they become softened to the purposes of God, respectful to the Church, and honest and just in their lawmaking.

A peaceful and quiet society is the best environment in which the lost may be saved. When Satan is influencing government, wicked laws are passed, anarchy rules, and the Church is persecuted. Preaching the Word, printing Bibles, and establishing churches are forbidden in that environment.

God our Savior "wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth" (1 Timothy 2: 4). He sent His Son as a ransom for all men and women (v. 6), and thus He desires nations to be open to the preaching of the Gospel. Whenever we come together with other believers, we should pray specifically for each nation and ruler "with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy" (v. 8).

A praying church, an open government, a perfect sacrifice, and an obedient preacher will bring the Gospel to the ends of the earth and usher in Jesus' return to reap the harvest!

Jeremiah 30:1-31:26

Restoration of Israel

30 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord:“This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘WriteS Isa 30:8; S Jer 36:2 in a book all the words I have spoken to you.The daysS Jer 16:14; S 24:6 are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will bringS Jer 29:14 my people Israel and Judah back from captivityOr will restore the fortunes of my people Israel and Judah and restoreS Jer 16:15 them to the land I gave their ancestors to possess,’ says the Lord.”

These are the words the Lord spoke concerning Israel and Judah:“This is what the Lord says:

“‘Cries of fearJer 6:25 are heard—

terror, not peace.

Ask and see:

Can a man bear children?

Then why do I see every strong man

with his hands on his stomach like a woman in labor,S Jer 4:31

every face turned deathly pale?S Isa 29:22

How awful that dayS Isa 2:12 will be!

No other will be like it.

It will be a time of troubleS Isa 22:5; Zep 1:15 for Jacob,

but he will be savedver 10; Jer 23:3 out of it.

“‘In that day,’ declares the Lord Almighty,

‘I will break the yokeS Isa 9:4 off their necks

and will tear off their bonds;Ps 107:14

no longer will foreigners enslave them.Jer 25:14; 27:7; Eze 34:27

Instead, they will serve the Lord their God

and DavidS Mt 1:1 their king,ver 21; S 1Sa 13:14; Jer 33:15; Eze 34:23-24; 37:24; Hos 1:11; 3:5

whom I will raise up for them.

10 “‘So do not be afraid,S Isa 41:10 Jacob my servant;S Isa 44:2

do not be dismayed, Israel,’

declares the Lord.

‘I will surely saveS ver 7; S Jer 29:14 you out of a distant place,

your descendants from the land of their exile.

Jacob will again have peace and security,Isa 35:9; S Jer 17:25

and no one will make him afraid.S Isa 29:22; S 54:4; S Jer 23:4; Eze 34:25-28

11 I am with youS Jos 1:5 and will save you,’

declares the Lord.

‘Though I completely destroy all the nations

among which I scatter you,

I will not completely destroyS Lev 26:44; S Jer 5:18; 46:28 you.

I will disciplineS Jer 10:24 you but only in due measure;

I will not let you go entirely unpunished.’Hos 11:9; Am 9:8

12 “This is what the Lord says:

“‘Your woundS Job 6:4; S Jer 10:19 is incurable,

your injury beyond healing.S Jer 8:22

13 There is no one to plead your cause,S Jdg 6:31

no remedy for your sore,

no healingS Jer 8:22; 14:19; 46:11; Na 3:19 for you.

14 All your alliesS Jer 22:20; La 1:2 have forgotten you;

they care nothing for you.

I have struck you as an enemyS Job 13:24 would

and punished you as would the cruel,S Job 30:21

because your guilt is so great

and your sinsS Jer 25:7 so many.

15 Why do you cry out over your wound,

your pain that has no cure?S Jer 10:19

Because of your great guilt and many sins

I have done these things to you.S Pr 1:31; La 1:5

16 “‘But all who devourS Isa 29:8; S 33:1; S Jer 2:3 you will be devoured;

all your enemies will go into exile.S Isa 14:2; Joel 3:4-8

Those who plunderJer 49:2; 50:10 you will be plundered;

all who make spoil of you I will despoil.

17 But I will restore you to health

and healS Isa 1:5; Hos 6:1 your wounds,’

declares the Lord,

‘because you are called an outcast,S Isa 6:12; Jer 33:24

Zion for whom no one cares.’Ps 142:4

18 “This is what the Lord says:

“‘I will restore the fortunesver 3; S Dt 30:3; Jer 31:23; 32:44 of Jacob’s tentsS Nu 24:5

and have compassionPs 102:13; Jer 33:26; Eze 39:25 on his dwellings;

the city will be rebuiltJer 31:4, 24, 38; 33:7; Eze 36:10, 33; Am 9:14 on her ruins,

and the palace will stand in its proper place.

19 From them will come songsS Ps 9:2; Isa 35:10; S 51:11 of thanksgivingS Isa 51:3

and the sound of rejoicing.Ps 126:1-2; Jer 31:4

I will add to their numbers,S Ge 15:5; 22:17; Jer 33:22; Eze 37:26; Zec 2:4

and they will not be decreased;

I will bring them honor,S Isa 44:23; S 60:9

and they will not be disdained.

20 Their childrenIsa 54:13; Jer 31:17; Zec 8:5 will be as in days of old,

and their community will be establishedIsa 54:14 before me;

I will punishS Ex 23:22 all who oppress them.

21 Their leaderS ver 9; Jer 23:5-6 will be one of their own;

their ruler will arise from among them.Dt 17:15

I will bring him nearNu 16:5 and he will come close to me—

for who is he who will devote himself

to be close to me?’

declares the Lord.

22 “‘So you will be my people,S Isa 19:25; Hos 2:23

and I will be your God.S Lev 26:12’”

23 See, the stormS Jer 23:19 of the Lord

will burst out in wrath,

a driving wind swirling down

on the heads of the wicked.

24 The fierce angerJer 4:8; La 1:12 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 understandJer 23:19-20 this.

31 “At that time,” declares the Lord, “I will be the GodS Lev 26:12 of all the families of Israel, and they will be my people.”

This is what the Lord says:

“The people who survive the sword

will find favorNu 14:20 in the wilderness;

I will come to give restS Ex 33:14; S Dt 12:9 to Israel.”

The Lord appeared to us in the past,Or Lord has appeared to us from afar saying:

“I have lovedS Dt 4:37 you with an everlasting love;

I have drawnHos 11:4; Jn 6:44 you with unfailing kindness.

I will build you up again,

and you, VirginS 2Ki 19:21 Israel, will be rebuilt.S Jer 1:10; S 30:18

Again you will take up your timbrelsS Ge 31:27

and go out to danceS Ex 15:20 with the joyful.S Jer 30:19

Again you will plantS Dt 20:6 vineyards

on the hills of Samaria;Jer 33:13; 50:19; Ob 1:19

the farmers will plant them

and enjoy their fruit.S Isa 37:30; Am 9:14

There will be a day when watchmenS Isa 52:8; S 56:10 cry out

on the hills of Ephraim,

‘Come, let us go up to Zion,

to the Lord our God.’”ver 12; S Dt 33:19; Jer 50:4-5; Mic 4:2

This is what the Lord says:

“SingS Isa 12:6 with joy for Jacob;

shout for the foremostDt 28:13; Isa 61:9 of the nations.

Make your praises heard, and say,

Lord, savePs 14:7; 28:9 your people,

the remnantS Isa 37:31 of Israel.’

See, I will bring them from the land of the northS Jer 3:18

and gatherS Ge 33:13; S Dt 30:4; S Ps 106:47; Eze 34:12-14 them from the ends of the earth.

Among them will be the blindIsa 42:16 and the lame,Eze 34:16; Mic 4:6

expectant mothers and women in labor;

a great throng will return.

They will come with weeping;S Ezr 3:12; Ps 126:5

they will pray as I bring them back.

I will leadIsa 63:13 them beside streams of waterS Nu 20:8; S Ps 1:3; S Isa 32:2

on a levelS Isa 40:4; S 49:11 path where they will not stumble,

because I am Israel’s father,S Ex 4:22; S Jer 3:4

and Ephraim is my firstborn son.

10 “Hear the word of the Lord, you nations;

proclaim it in distant coastlands:Isa 49:1; S 66:19; S Jer 25:22

‘He who scatteredS Lev 26:33 Israel will gatherS Dt 30:4; S Isa 11:12; Jer 50:19 them

and will watch over his flock like a shepherd.’Isa 40:11; Eze 34:12

11 For the Lord will deliver Jacob

and redeemS Ex 6:6; Zec 9:16 them from the hand of those strongerPs 142:6 than they.

12 They will come and shout for joyS Ps 126:5 on the heightsEze 17:23; 20:40; 40:2; Mic 4:1 of Zion;

they will rejoice in the bountyS Ps 36:8; Joel 3:18 of the Lord

the grain, the new wine and the olive oil,S Nu 18:12; Hos 2:21-22; Joel 2:19

the young of the flocksver 24; S Isa 65:10 and herds.

They will be like a well-watered garden,S SS 4:15

and they will sorrowS Isa 30:19; S 62:5; Jn 16:22; S Rev 7:17 no more.

13 Then young women will dance and be glad,

young men and old as well.

I will turn their mourningS Isa 61:3 into gladness;

I will give them comfortS Isa 40:1 and joyPs 30:11; S Isa 51:11 instead of sorrow.

14 I will satisfyver 25 the priestsLev 7:35-36 with abundance,

and my people will be filled with my bounty,S Ps 36:8; S Isa 30:23

declares the Lord.

15 This is what the Lord says:

“A voice is heard in Ramah,S Jos 18:25

mourning and great weeping,

Rachel weeping for her children

and refusing to be comforted,S Ge 37:35

because they are no more.”S Jer 10:20; Mt 2:17-18*

16 This is what the Lord says:

“Restrain your voice from weeping

and your eyes from tears,S Ps 30:5; S Isa 25:8; 30:19

for your work will be rewarded,S Ru 2:12; S 2Ch 15:7

declares the Lord.

“They will returnJer 30:3; Eze 11:17 from the land of the enemy.

17 So there is hopeS Job 8:7; La 3:29 for your descendants,”

declares the Lord.

“Your childrenS Jer 30:20 will return to their own land.

18 “I have surely heard Ephraim’s moaning:

‘You disciplinedS Job 5:17 me like an unruly calf,Jer 50:11; Hos 4:16; 10:11

and I have been disciplined.

RestoreS Ps 80:3 me, and I will return,

because you are the Lord my God.

19 After I strayed,S Ps 95:10; S Jer 8:4; Eze 36:31

I repented;

after I came to understand,

I beatEze 21:12; Lk 18:13 my breast.

I was ashamedEzr 9:6 and humiliated

because I bore the disgrace of my youth.’S Ps 25:7; S Jer 22:21

20 Is not Ephraim my dear son,

the childLa 3:33 in whom I delight?

Though I often speak against him,

I still rememberS Isa 44:21 him.

Therefore my heart yearns for him;

I have great compassionS 1Ki 3:26; S Ps 6:2; Isa 55:7; Mic 7:18 for him,”

declares the Lord.

21 “Set up road signs;

put up guideposts.Eze 21:19

Take note of the highway,Isa 35:8; Jer 50:5

the road that you take.

Return,Isa 52:11; S Jer 3:12 Virginver 4 Israel,

return to your towns.

22 How long will you wander,S Jer 2:23

unfaithfulS Jer 3:6 Daughter Israel?

The Lord will create a new thingIsa 43:19 on earth—

the woman will return toOr will protectS Dt 32:10 the man.”

23 This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “When I bring them back from captivity,Or I restore their fortunesS Jer 30:18 the people in the land of Judah and in its towns will once again use these words: ‘The Lord blessS Ge 28:3; S Nu 6:24 you, you prosperous city,S Isa 1:26 you sacred mountain.’S Ps 48:1; S Isa 2:224 People will liveS Jer 30:18; Zec 8:4-8 together in Judah and all its towns—farmers and those who move about with their flocks.S ver 1225 I will refresh the wearyS Isa 40:29 and satisfy the faint.”Jn 4:14

26 At this I awokeZec 4:1 and looked around. My sleep had been pleasant to me.

Promises of Deliverance

30 The Lord gave another message to Jeremiah. He said,“This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Write down for the record everything I have said to you, Jeremiah.For the time is coming when I will restore the fortunes of my people of Israel and Judah. I will bring them home to this land that I gave to their ancestors, and they will possess it again. I, the Lord, have spoken!”

This is the message the Lord gave concerning Israel and Judah.This is what the Lord says:

“I hear cries of fear;

there is terror and no peace.

Now let me ask you a question:

Do men give birth to babies?

Then why do they stand there, ashen-faced,

hands pressed against their sides

like a woman in labor?

In all history there has never been such a time of terror.

It will be a time of trouble for my people Israel.Hebrew Jacob; also in 30:10b, 18. See note on 5:20.

Yet in the end they will be saved!

For in that day,”

says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies,

“I will break the yoke from their necks

and snap their chains.

Foreigners will no longer be their masters.

For my people will serve the Lord their God

and their king descended from David—

the king I will raise up for them.

10 “So do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant;

do not be dismayed, Israel,”

says the Lord.

“For I will bring you home again from distant lands,

and your children will return from their exile.

Israel will return to a life of peace and quiet,

and no one will terrorize them.

11 For I am with you and will save you,”

says the Lord.

“I will completely destroy the nations where I have scattered you,

but I will not completely destroy you.

I will discipline you, but with justice;

I cannot let you go unpunished.”

12 This is what the Lord says:

“Your injury is incurable—

a terrible wound.

13 There is no one to help you

or to bind up your injury.

No medicine can heal you.

14 All your lovers—your allies—have left you

and do not care about you anymore.

I have wounded you cruelly,

as though I were your enemy.

For your sins are many,

and your guilt is great.

15 Why do you protest your punishment—

this wound that has no cure?

I have had to punish you

because your sins are many

and your guilt is great.

16 “But all who devour you will be devoured,

and all your enemies will be sent into exile.

All who plunder you will be plundered,

and all who attack you will be attacked.

17 I will give you back your health

and heal your wounds,” says the Lord.

“For you are called an outcast—

‘JerusalemHebrew Zion. for whom no one cares.’”

18 This is what the Lord says:

“When I bring Israel home again from captivity

and restore their fortunes,

Jerusalem will be rebuilt on its ruins,

and the palace reconstructed as before.

19 There will be joy and songs of thanksgiving,

and I will multiply my people, not diminish them;

I will honor them, not despise them.

20 Their children will prosper as they did long ago.

I will establish them as a nation before me,

and I will punish anyone who hurts them.

21 They will have their own ruler again,

and he will come from their own people.

I will invite him to approach me,” says the Lord,

“for who would dare to come unless invited?

22 You will be my people,

and I will be your God.”

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

a driving wind that swirls down on the heads of the wicked.

24 The fierce 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.

Hope for Restoration

31 “In that day,” says the Lord, “I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they will be my people.This is what the Lord says:

“Those who survive the coming destruction

will find blessings even in the barren land,

for I will give rest to the people of Israel.”

Long ago the Lord said to Israel:

“I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love.

With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.

I will rebuild you, my virgin Israel.

You will again be happy

and dance merrily with your tambourines.

Again you will plant your vineyards on the mountains of Samaria

and eat from your own gardens there.

The day will come when watchmen will shout

from the hill country of Ephraim,

‘Come, let us go up to JerusalemHebrew Zion; also in 31:12.

to worship the Lord our God.’”

Now this is what the Lord says:

“Sing with joy for Israel.Hebrew Jacob; also in 31:11. See note on 5:20.

Shout for the greatest of nations!

Shout out with praise and joy:

‘Save your people, O Lord,

the remnant of Israel!’

For I will bring them from the north

and from the distant corners of the earth.

I will not forget the blind and lame,

the expectant mothers and women in labor.

A great company will return!

Tears of joy will stream down their faces,

and I will lead them home with great care.

They will walk beside quiet streams

and on smooth paths where they will not stumble.

For I am Israel’s father,

and Ephraim is my oldest child.

10 “Listen to this message from the Lord,

you nations of the world;

proclaim it in distant coastlands:

The Lord, who scattered his people,

will gather them and watch over them

as a shepherd does his flock.

11 For the Lord has redeemed Israel

from those too strong for them.

12 They will come home and sing songs of joy on the heights of Jerusalem.

They will be radiant because of the Lord’s good gifts—

the abundant crops of grain, new wine, and olive oil,

and the healthy flocks and herds.

Their life will be like a watered garden,

and all their sorrows will be gone.

13 The young women will dance for joy,

and the men—old and young—will join in the celebration.

I will turn their mourning into joy.

I will comfort them and exchange their sorrow for rejoicing.

14 The priests will enjoy abundance,

and my people will feast on my good gifts.

I, the Lord, have spoken!”

Rachel’s Sadness Turns to Joy

15 This is what the Lord says:

“A cry is heard in Ramah—

deep anguish and bitter weeping.

Rachel weeps for her children,

refusing to be comforted—

for her children are gone.”

16 But now this is what the Lord says:

“Do not weep any longer,

for I will reward you,” says the Lord.

“Your children will come back to you

from the distant land of the enemy.

17 There is hope for your future,” says the Lord.

“Your children will come again to their own land.

18 I have heard IsraelHebrew Ephraim, referring to the northern kingdom of Israel; also in 31:20. saying,

‘You disciplined me severely,

like a calf that needs training for the yoke.

Turn me again to you and restore me,

for you alone are the Lord my God.

19 I turned away from God,

but then I was sorry.

I kicked myself for my stupidity!

I was thoroughly ashamed of all I did in my younger days.’

20 “Is not Israel still my son,

my darling child?” says the Lord.

“I often have to punish him,

but I still love him.

That’s why I long for him

and surely will have mercy on him.

21 Set up road signs;

put up guideposts.

Mark well the path

by which you came.

Come back again, my virgin Israel;

return to your towns here.

22 How long will you wander,

my wayward daughter?

For the Lord will cause something new to happen—

Israel will embrace her God.Hebrew a woman will surround a man.

23 This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: “When I bring them back from captivity, the people of Judah and its towns will again say, ‘The Lord bless you, O righteous home, O holy mountain!’24 Townspeople and farmers and shepherds alike will live together in peace and happiness.25 For I have given rest to the weary and joy to the sorrowing.”

26 At this, I woke up and looked around. My sleep had been very sweet.

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

Thus speaketh the Lord God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book.

For, lo, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the Lord: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.

And these are the words that the Lord spake concerning Israel and concerning Judah.

For thus saith the Lord; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace.

Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness?

Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.

For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him:

But they shall serve the Lord their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.

10 Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the Lord; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid.

11 For I am with thee, saith the Lord, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet I will not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.

12 For thus saith the Lord, Thy bruise is incurable, and thy wound is grievous.

13 There is none to plead thy cause, that thou mayest be bound up: thou hast no healing medicines.

14 All thy lovers have forgotten thee; they seek thee not; for I have wounded thee with the wound of an enemy, with the chastisement of a cruel one, for the multitude of thine iniquity; because thy sins were increased.

15 Why criest thou for thine affliction? thy sorrow is incurable for the multitude of thine iniquity: because thy sins were increased, I have done these things unto thee.

16 Therefore all they that devour thee shall be devoured; and all thine adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity; and they that spoil thee shall be a spoil, and all that prey upon thee will I give for a prey.

17 For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.

18 Thus saith the Lord; Behold, I will bring again the captivity of Jacob's tents, and have mercy on his dwellingplaces; and the city shall be builded upon her own heap, and the palace shall remain after the manner thereof.

19 And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.

20 Their children also shall be as aforetime, and their congregation shall be established before me, and I will punish all that oppress them.

21 And their nobles shall be of themselves, and their governor shall proceed from the midst of them; and I will cause him to draw near, and he shall approach unto me: for who is this that engaged his heart to approach unto me? saith the Lord.

22 And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.

23 Behold, the whirlwind of the Lord goeth forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind: it shall fall with pain upon the head of the wicked.

24 The fierce anger of the Lord shall not return, until he hath done it, and until he have performed the intents of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it.

31 At the same time, saith the Lord, will I be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people.

Thus saith the Lord, The people which were left of the sword found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest.

The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.

Again I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, O virgin of Israel: thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets, and shalt go forth in the dances of them that make merry.

Thou shalt yet plant vines upon the mountains of Samaria: the planters shall plant, and shall eat them as common things.

For there shall be a day, that the watchmen upon the mount Ephraim shall cry, Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion unto the Lord our God.

For thus saith the Lord; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations: publish ye, praise ye, and say, O Lord, save thy people, the remnant of Israel.

Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child together: a great company shall return thither.

They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.

10 Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.

11 For the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he.

12 Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the Lord, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all.

13 Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.

14 And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the Lord.

15 Thus saith the Lord; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.

16 Thus saith the Lord; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy.

17 And there is hope in thine end, saith the Lord, that thy children shall come again to their own border.

18 I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art the Lord my God.

19 Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh: I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth.

20 Is Ephraim my dear son? is he a pleasant child? for since I spake against him, I do earnestly remember him still: therefore my bowels are troubled for him; I will surely have mercy upon him, saith the Lord.

21 Set thee up waymarks, make thee high heaps: set thine heart toward the highway, even the way which thou wentest: turn again, O virgin of Israel, turn again to these thy cities.

22 How long wilt thou go about, O thou backsliding daughter? for the Lord hath created a new thing in the earth, A woman shall compass a man.

23 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; As yet they shall use this speech in the land of Judah and in the cities thereof, when I shall bring again their captivity; The Lord bless thee, O habitation of justice, and mountain of holiness.

24 And there shall dwell in Judah itself, and in all the cities thereof together, husbandmen, and they that go forth with flocks.

25 For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.

26 Upon this I awaked, and beheld; and my sleep was sweet unto me.

1 Timothy 2:1-15

Instructions on Worship

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers,Eph 6:18 intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority,Ezr 6:10; Ro 13:1 that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness1Ti 3:16; 4:7, 8; 6:3, 5, 6, 11; 2Ti 3:5; Tit 1:1 and holiness.This is good, and pleasesS 1Ti 5:4 God our Savior,S Lk 1:47who wantsEze 18:23, 32; 33:11 all people1Ti 4:10; Tit 2:11; 2Pe 3:9 to be savedS Jn 3:17; S Ro 11:14 and to come to a knowledge of the truth.2Ti 2:25; Tit 1:1; Heb 10:26For there is one GodDt 6:4; Ro 3:29, 30; 10:12 and one mediatorS Gal 3:20 between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,Ro 1:3who gave himself as a ransomS Mt 20:28 for all people. This has now been witnessed toS 1Co 1:6 at the proper time.1Ti 6:15; Tit 1:3And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lyingS Ro 9:1—and a true and faithful teacher2Ti 1:11 of the Gentiles.S Ac 9:15

Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy handsPs 24:4; 63:4; 134:2; 141:2; Lk 24:50 without anger or disputing.I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes,1Pe 3:310 but with good deeds,Pr 31:13 appropriate for women who profess to worship God.

11 A womanOr wife; also in verse 12 should learn in quietness and full submission.1Pe 3:3, 412 I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man;Or over her husband she must be quiet.S Eph 5:2213 For Adam was formed first, then Eve.Ge 2:7, 22; 1Co 11:814 And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner.Ge 3:1-6, 13; 2Co 11:315 But womenGreek she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love1Ti 1:14 and holiness with propriety.

Instructions about Worship

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.This is good and pleases God our Savior,who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.For,

There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus.He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone.

This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time.And I have been chosen as a preacher and apostle to teach the Gentiles this message about faith and truth. I’m not exaggerating—just telling the truth.

In every place of worship, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy.

And I want women to be modest in their appearance.Or to pray in modest apparel. They should wear decent and appropriate clothing and not draw attention to themselves by the way they fix their hair or by wearing gold or pearls or expensive clothes.10 For women who claim to be devoted to God should make themselves attractive by the good things they do.

11 Women should learn quietly and submissively.12 I do not let women teach men or have authority over them.Or teach men or usurp their authority. Let them listen quietly.13 For God made Adam first, and afterward he made Eve.14 And it was not Adam who was deceived by Satan. The woman was deceived, and sin was the result.15 But women will be saved through childbearing,Or will be saved by accepting their role as mothers, or will be saved by the birth of the Child. assuming they continue to live in faith, love, holiness, and modesty.

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.

I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;

10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.

11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.

12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.

14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

Psalm 87:1-7

Psalm 87

Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm. A song.

He has founded his city on the holy mountain.S Ps 48:1

The Lord loves the gates of ZionPs 2:6

more than all the other dwellings of Jacob.

Glorious things are said of you,

city of God:The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 6.S Ps 46:4

“I will record RahabA poetic name for EgyptS Job 9:13 and Babylon

among those who acknowledge me—

PhilistiaS 2Sa 8:1; Ps 83:7 too, and TyrePs 45:12; Joel 3:4, along with CushThat is, the upper Nile region

and will say, ‘This one was born in Zion.’”Or “I will record concerning those who acknowledge me: / ‘This one was born in Zion.’ / Hear this, Rahab and Babylon, / and you too, Philistia, Tyre and Cush.”Isa 19:25

Indeed, of Zion it will be said,

“This one and that one were born in her,

and the Most High himself will establish her.”

The Lord will write in the registerEx 32:32; Ps 69:28; Isa 4:3; Mal 3:16 of the peoples:

“This one was born in Zion.”

As they make musicPs 149:3 they will sing,

“All my fountainsS Ps 36:9 are in you.”

Psalm 87

A song. A psalm of the descendants of Korah.

On the holy mountain

stands the city founded by the Lord.

He loves the city of Jerusalem

more than any other city in Israel.Hebrew He loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. See note on 44:4.

O city of God,

what glorious things are said of you! Interlude

I will count EgyptHebrew Rahab, the name of a mythical sea monster that represents chaos in ancient literature. The name is used here as a poetic name for Egypt. and Babylon among those who know me—

also Philistia and Tyre, and even distant Ethiopia.Hebrew Cush.

They have all become citizens of Jerusalem!

Regarding JerusalemHebrew Zion. it will be said,

“Everyone enjoys the rights of citizenship there.”

And the Most High will personally bless this city.

When the Lord registers the nations, he will say,

“They have all become citizens of Jerusalem.” Interlude

The people will play flutesOr will dance. and sing,

“The source of my life springs from Jerusalem!”

87 His foundation is in the holy mountains.

The Lord loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.

Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah.

I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know me: behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this man was born there.

And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her.

The Lord shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.

As well the singers as the players on instruments shall be there: all my springs are in thee.

Proverbs 25:18-19

18 Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow

is one who gives false testimony against a neighbor.S Pr 12:18

19 Like a broken tooth or a lame foot

is reliance on the unfaithful in a time of trouble.

18 Telling lies about others

is as harmful as hitting them with an ax,

wounding them with a sword,

or shooting them with a sharp arrow.

19 Putting confidence in an unreliable person in times of trouble

is like chewing with a broken tooth or walking on a lame foot.

18 A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.

19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.

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