Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Paul taught Timothy three vital truths about finances. First, he taught him that the love of money can be dangerous to one's spiritual health. Money itself is not evil, but the love of money is a dangerous deception that can lead even to being drawn away from the faith. The proper attitude toward money must be one of contentment. As we live our lives, we must be thankful for what we have, not always wanting what we don't have.

The second truth is that God desires to bless us. He "richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment" (1 Timothy 6:17). God is not a taker- He's a giver! He longs to bless us for our enjoyment.

The third truth Paul shared regarding money is the principle of giving. He urged Timothy to instruct the rich to remember to use their earthly wealth for doing good, thus laying up an eternal reward in heaven (vv. 18-19).

The finances we invest in others and in God's work will be multiplied back to us in the life to come. Let's use our money as a tool for eternal investment, and one day we will see it again.

Jeremiah 37:1-38:28

Jeremiah in Prison

37 ZedekiahS 2Ki 24:17 son of Josiah was made king1Sa 11:1; Eze 17:13 of Judah by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; he reigned in place of JehoiachinHebrew Koniah, a variant of JehoiachinS 2Ki 24:8, 12; Jer 22:24 son of Jehoiakim.Neither he nor his attendants nor the people of the land paid any attentionS 2Ki 24:19 to the words the Lord had spoken through Jeremiah the prophet.

King Zedekiah, however, sentver 17; Jer 38:14 JehukalJer 38:1 son of Shelemiah with the priest ZephaniahS 2Ki 25:18; Jer 29:25; 52:24 son of Maaseiah to Jeremiah the prophet with this message: “Please prayS Ex 8:28; S Nu 21:7; 1Sa 12:19; 1Ki 13:6; 2Ki 19:4; Jer 42:2 to the Lord our God for us.”

Now Jeremiah was free to come and go among the people, for he had not yet been put in prison.ver 15; Jer 32:2Pharaoh’s army had marched out of Egypt,S Ge 15:18; Isa 31:1; Eze 17:15 and when the BabyloniansOr Chaldeans; also in verses 8, 9, 13 and 14 who were besieging Jerusalem heard the report about them, they withdrewJer 34:21 from Jerusalem.S Isa 30:5; Jer 34:11

Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet:“This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Tell the king of Judah, who sent you to inquireS Ge 25:22; S 2Ki 22:18 of me, ‘Pharaoh’s army, which has marchedver 5 out to support you, will go back to its own land, to Egypt.S 2Ki 18:21; S Jer 2:36; La 1:7; 4:17Then the Babylonians will return and attack this city; they will captureJer 38:3 it and burnJer 21:10; 38:18; 39:8 it down.’

“This is what the Lord says: Do not deceiveJer 29:8; S Mk 13:5 yourselves, thinking, ‘The Babylonians will surely leave us.’ They will not!10 Even if you were to defeat the entire BabylonianOr Chaldean; also in verse 11 army that is attacking you and only wounded men were left in their tents, they would come out and burnJer 21:10 this city down.”

11 After the Babylonian army had withdrawnver 5 from Jerusalem because of Pharaoh’s army,12 Jeremiah started to leave the city to go to the territory of Benjamin to get his share of the propertyS Jer 32:9 among the people there.13 But when he reached the Benjamin Gate,S Jer 20:2 the captain of the guard, whose name was Irijah son of Shelemiah, the son of Hananiah, arrested him and said, “You are deserting to the Babylonians!”Jer 21:9

14 “That’s not true!” Jeremiah said. “I am not deserting to the Babylonians.” But Irijah would not listen to him; instead, he arrestedIsa 58:6; Jer 40:4 Jeremiah and brought him to the officials.15 They were angry with Jeremiah and had him beatenS Jer 20:2; Heb 11:36 and imprisonedS 1Ki 22:27 in the housever 20; Jer 38:26 of Jonathan the secretary, which they had made into a prison.

16 Jeremiah was put into a vaulted cell in a dungeon, where he remained a long time.17 Then King Zedekiah sentS ver 3 for him and had him brought to the palace, where he askedS Ge 25:22; Jer 15:11 him privately,Jer 38:16 “Is there any word from the Lord?”

“Yes,” Jeremiah replied, “you will be deliveredS Jer 21:7 into the hands of the king of Babylon.”

18 Then Jeremiah said to King Zedekiah, “What crimeS 1Sa 26:18; Jn 10:32; Ac 25:8 have I committed against you or your attendants or this people, that you have put me in prison?19 Where are your prophetsS Jer 14:13; Eze 13:2 who prophesied to you, ‘The king of Babylon will not attack you or this land’?20 But now, my lord the king, please listen. Let me bring my petition before you: Do not send me back to the house of Jonathan the secretary, or I will die there.”S ver 15

21 King Zedekiah then gave orders for Jeremiah to be placed in the courtyard of the guard and given a loaf of bread from the street of the bakers each day until all the breadS Lev 26:26; Isa 33:16; Jer 38:9; La 1:11 in the city was gone.S 2Ki 25:3 So Jeremiah remained in the courtyard of the guard.Jer 32:2; 38:6, 13, 28; 39:13-14

Jeremiah Thrown Into a Cistern

38 Shephatiah son of Mattan, Gedaliah son of PashhurS 1Ch 9:12, JehukalHebrew Jukal, a variant of JehukalJer 37:3 son of Shelemiah, and Pashhur son of Malkijah heard what Jeremiah was telling all the people when he said,“This is what the Lord says: ‘Whoever stays in this city will die by the sword, famine or plague,Jer 34:17 but whoever goes over to the BabyloniansOr Chaldeans; also in verses 18, 19 and 23 will live. They will escape with their lives; they will live.’ver 17; S Jer 21:9; 39:18; 45:5And this is what the Lord says: ‘This city will certainly be given into the hands of the army of the king of Babylon, who will capture it.’”S Jer 21:4, 10

Then the officialsS Jer 36:12 said to the king, “This man should be put to death.S Jer 11:21 He is discouragingS 1Sa 17:32 the soldiers who are left in this city, as well as all the people, by the things he is saying to them. This man is not seeking the good of these people but their ruin.”

“He is in your hands,”S Jer 26:14 King Zedekiah answered. “The king can do nothing1Sa 15:24 to oppose you.”

So they took Jeremiah and put him into the cistern of Malkijah, the king’s son, which was in the courtyard of the guard.S Jer 37:21 They lowered Jeremiah by ropesS Jos 2:15 into the cistern; it had no water in it,S Ge 37:24 only mud, and Jeremiah sank down into the mud.S Job 30:19; La 3:53

But Ebed-Melek,Jer 39:16 a Cushite,Probably from the upper Nile region an officialOr a eunuchfn Isa 56:3-5; Ac 8:27 in the royal palace, heard that they had put Jeremiah into the cistern. While the king was sitting in the Benjamin Gate,S Job 29:7Ebed-Melek went out of the palace and said to him,“My lord the king, these men have acted wickedly in all they have done to Jeremiah the prophet. They have thrown him into a cistern,S Ge 37:20 where he will starve to death when there is no longer any breadS Jer 37:21 in the city.”

10 Then the king commanded Ebed-Melek the Cushite, “Take thirty men from here with you and lift Jeremiah the prophet out of the cistern before he dies.”

11 So Ebed-Melek took the men with him and went to a room under the treasury in the palace. He took some old rags and worn-out clothes from there and let them down with ropesS Jos 2:15 to Jeremiah in the cistern.12 Ebed-Melek the Cushite said to Jeremiah, “Put these old rags and worn-out clothes under your arms to pad the ropes.” Jeremiah did so,13 and they pulled him up with the ropes and lifted him out of the cistern. And Jeremiah remained in the courtyard of the guard.S Jer 37:21

Zedekiah Questions Jeremiah Again

14 Then King Zedekiah sentS Jer 37:3 for Jeremiah the prophet and had him brought to the third entrance to the temple of the Lord. “I am going to ask you something,” the king said to Jeremiah. “Do not hideS 1Sa 3:17 anything from me.”

15 Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, “If I give you an answer, will you not kill me? Even if I did give you counsel, you would not listen to me.”

16 But King Zedekiah swore this oath secretlyJer 37:17 to Jeremiah: “As surely as the Lord lives, who has given us breath,Isa 42:5; 57:16 I will neither kill you nor hand you over to those who want to kill you.”ver 4

17 Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, “This is what the Lord God Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘If you surrenderJer 27:8 to the officers of the king of Babylon, your life will be spared and this city will not be burned down; you and your family will live.S Jer 21:918 But if you will not surrender to the officers of the king of Babylon, this city will be given into the handsver 3 of the Babylonians and they will burnS Jer 37:8 it down; you yourself will not escapeS Jer 24:8; S 32:4 from them.’”

19 King Zedekiah said to Jeremiah, “I am afraidIsa 51:12; Jn 12:42 of the Jews who have gone overJer 39:9; 52:15 to the Babylonians, for the Babylonians may hand me over to them and they will mistreat me.”

20 “They will not hand you over,” Jeremiah replied. “ObeyJer 11:4 the Lord by doing what I tell you. Then it will go wellS Dt 5:33; Jer 40:9 with you, and your lifeIsa 55:3 will be spared.21 But if you refuse to surrender, this is what the Lord has revealed to me:22 All the womenS Jer 6:12 left in the palace of the king of Judah will be brought out to the officials of the king of Babylon. Those women will say to you:

“‘They misled you and overcame you—

those trusted friendsS Job 19:14; S Jer 13:21 of yours.

Your feet are sunk in the mud;S Job 30:19; Ps 69:14

your friends have deserted you.’

23 “All your wives and childrenS 2Ki 25:6 will be brought out to the Babylonians. You yourself will not escapeS Jer 32:4; Eze 17:15 from their hands but will be capturedS Jer 24:8 by the king of Babylon; and this city willOr and you will cause this city to be burned down.”Jer 21:10; 37:8

24 Then Zedekiah said to Jeremiah, “Do not let anyone knowJer 37:17 about this conversation, or you may die.25 If the officials hear that I talked with you, and they come to you and say, ‘Tell us what you said to the king and what the king said to you; do not hide it from us or we will kill you,’26 then tell1Sa 16:2 them, ‘I was pleading with the king not to send me back to Jonathan’s houseS Jer 37:15 to die there.’”

27 All the officials did come to Jeremiah and question him, and he told them everything the king had ordered him to say. So they said no more to him, for no one had heard his conversation with the king.

28 And Jeremiah remained in the courtyard of the guardS Jer 37:21 until the day Jerusalem was captured.

The Fall of Jerusalem39:1-10pp — 2Ki 25:1-12; Jer 52:4-16

This is how JerusalemS Jer 25:29 was taken:

Zedekiah Calls for Jeremiah

37 Zedekiah son of Josiah succeeded JehoiachinHebrew Coniah, a variant spelling of Jehoiachin. son of Jehoiakim as the king of Judah. He was appointed by King NebuchadnezzarHebrew Nebuchadrezzar, a variant spelling of Nebuchadnezzar. of Babylon.But neither King Zedekiah nor his attendants nor the people who were left in the land listened to what the Lord said through Jeremiah.

Nevertheless, King Zedekiah sent Jehucal son of Shelemiah, and Zephaniah the priest, son of Maaseiah, to ask Jeremiah, “Please pray to the Lord our God for us.”Jeremiah had not yet been imprisoned, so he could come and go among the people as he pleased.

At this time the army of Pharaoh HophraHebrew army of Pharaoh; see 44:30. of Egypt appeared at the southern border of Judah. When the BabylonianOr Chaldean; also in 37:10, 11. army heard about it, they withdrew from their siege of Jerusalem.

Then the Lord gave this message to Jeremiah:“This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: The king of Judah sent you to ask me what is going to happen. Tell him, ‘Pharaoh’s army is about to return to Egypt, though he came here to help you.Then the BabyloniansOr Chaldeans; also in 37:9, 13. will come back and capture this city and burn it to the ground.’

“This is what the Lord says: Do not fool yourselves into thinking that the Babylonians are gone for good. They aren’t!10 Even if you were to destroy the entire Babylonian army, leaving only a handful of wounded survivors, they would still stagger from their tents and burn this city to the ground!”

Jeremiah Is Imprisoned

11 When the Babylonian army left Jerusalem because of Pharaoh’s approaching army,12 Jeremiah started to leave the city on his way to the territory of Benjamin, to claim his share of the property among his relatives there.Hebrew to separate from there in the midst of the people.13 But as he was walking through the Benjamin Gate, a sentry arrested him and said, “You are defecting to the Babylonians!” The sentry making the arrest was Irijah son of Shelemiah, grandson of Hananiah.

14 “That’s not true!” Jeremiah protested. “I had no intention of doing any such thing.” But Irijah wouldn’t listen, and he took Jeremiah before the officials.15 They were furious with Jeremiah and had him flogged and imprisoned in the house of Jonathan the secretary. Jonathan’s house had been converted into a prison.16 Jeremiah was put into a dungeon cell, where he remained for many days.

17 Later King Zedekiah secretly requested that Jeremiah come to the palace, where the king asked him, “Do you have any messages from the Lord?”

“Yes, I do!” said Jeremiah. “You will be defeated by the king of Babylon.”

18 Then Jeremiah asked the king, “What crime have I committed? What have I done against you, your attendants, or the people that I should be imprisoned like this?19 Where are your prophets now who told you the king of Babylon would not attack you or this land?20 Listen, my lord the king, I beg you. Don’t send me back to the dungeon in the house of Jonathan the secretary, for I will die there.”

21 So King Zedekiah commanded that Jeremiah not be returned to the dungeon. Instead, he was imprisoned in the courtyard of the guard in the royal palace. The king also commanded that Jeremiah be given a loaf of fresh bread every day as long as there was any left in the city. So Jeremiah was put in the palace prison.

Jeremiah in a Cistern

38 Now Shephatiah son of Mattan, Gedaliah son of Pashhur, JehucalHebrew Jucal, a variant spelling of Jehucal; see 37:3. son of Shelemiah, and Pashhur son of Malkijah heard what Jeremiah had been telling the people. He had been saying,“This is what the Lord says: ‘Everyone who stays in Jerusalem will die from war, famine, or disease, but those who surrender to the BabyloniansOr Chaldeans; also in 38:18, 19, 23. will live. Their reward will be life. They will live!’The Lord also says: ‘The city of Jerusalem will certainly be handed over to the army of the king of Babylon, who will capture it.’”

So these officials went to the king and said, “Sir, this man must die! That kind of talk will undermine the morale of the few fighting men we have left, as well as that of all the people. This man is a traitor!”

King Zedekiah agreed. “All right,” he said. “Do as you like. I can’t stop you.”

So the officials took Jeremiah from his cell and lowered him by ropes into an empty cistern in the prison yard. It belonged to Malkijah, a member of the royal family. There was no water in the cistern, but there was a thick layer of mud at the bottom, and Jeremiah sank down into it.

But Ebed-melech the Ethiopian,Hebrew the Cushite. an important court official, heard that Jeremiah was in the cistern. At that time the king was holding court at the Benjamin Gate,so Ebed-melech rushed from the palace to speak with him.“My lord the king,” he said, “these men have done a very evil thing in putting Jeremiah the prophet into the cistern. He will soon die of hunger, for almost all the bread in the city is gone.”

10 So the king told Ebed-melech, “Take thirty of my men with you, and pull Jeremiah out of the cistern before he dies.”

11 So Ebed-melech took the men with him and went to a room in the palace beneath the treasury, where he found some old rags and discarded clothing. He carried these to the cistern and lowered them to Jeremiah on a rope.12 Ebed-melech called down to Jeremiah, “Put these rags under your armpits to protect you from the ropes.” Then when Jeremiah was ready,13 they pulled him out. So Jeremiah was returned to the courtyard of the guard—the palace prison—where he remained.

Zedekiah Questions Jeremiah

14 One day King Zedekiah sent for Jeremiah and had him brought to the third entrance of the Lord’s Temple. “I want to ask you something,” the king said. “And don’t try to hide the truth.”

15 Jeremiah said, “If I tell you the truth, you will kill me. And if I give you advice, you won’t listen to me anyway.”

16 So King Zedekiah secretly promised him, “As surely as the Lord our Creator lives, I will not kill you or hand you over to the men who want you dead.”

17 Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, “This is what the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: ‘If you surrender to the Babylonian officers, you and your family will live, and the city will not be burned down.18 But if you refuse to surrender, you will not escape! This city will be handed over to the Babylonians, and they will burn it to the ground.’”

19 “But I am afraid to surrender,” the king said, “for the Babylonians may hand me over to the Judeans who have defected to them. And who knows what they will do to me!”

20 Jeremiah replied, “You won’t be handed over to them if you choose to obey the Lord. Your life will be spared, and all will go well for you.21 But if you refuse to surrender, this is what the Lord has revealed to me:22 All the women left in your palace will be brought out and given to the officers of the Babylonian army. Then the women will taunt you, saying,

‘What fine friends you have!

They have betrayed and misled you.

When your feet sank in the mud,

they left you to your fate!’

23 All your wives and children will be led out to the Babylonians, and you will not escape. You will be seized by the king of Babylon, and this city will be burned down.”

24 Then Zedekiah said to Jeremiah, “Don’t tell anyone you told me this, or you will die!25 My officials may hear that I spoke to you, and they may say, ‘Tell us what you and the king were talking about. If you don’t tell us, we will kill you.’26 If this happens, just tell them you begged me not to send you back to Jonathan’s dungeon, for fear you would die there.”

27 Sure enough, it wasn’t long before the king’s officials came to Jeremiah and asked him why the king had called for him. But Jeremiah followed the king’s instructions, and they left without finding out the truth. No one had overheard the conversation between Jeremiah and the king.28 And Jeremiah remained a prisoner in the courtyard of the guard until the day Jerusalem was captured.

37 And king Zedekiah the son of Josiah reigned instead of Coniah the son of Jehoiakim, whom Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon made king in the land of Judah.

But neither he, nor his servants, nor the people of the land, did hearken unto the words of the Lord, which he spake by the prophet Jeremiah.

And Zedekiah the king sent Jehucal the son of Shelemiah and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest to the prophet Jeremiah, saying, Pray now unto the Lord our God for us.

Now Jeremiah came in and went out among the people: for they had not put him into prison.

Then Pharaoh's army was come forth out of Egypt: and when the Chaldeans that besieged Jerusalem heard tidings of them, they departed from Jerusalem.

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

Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel; Thus shall ye say to the king of Judah, that sent you unto me to enquire of me; Behold, Pharaoh's army, which is come forth to help you, shall return to Egypt into their own land.

And the Chaldeans shall come again, and fight against this city, and take it, and burn it with fire.

Thus saith the Lord; Deceive not yourselves, saying, The Chaldeans shall surely depart from us: for they shall not depart.

10 For though ye had smitten the whole army of the Chaldeans that fight against you, and there remained but wounded men among them, yet should they rise up every man in his tent, and burn this city with fire.

11 And it came to pass, that when the army of the Chaldeans was broken up from Jerusalem for fear of Pharaoh's army,

12 Then Jeremiah went forth out of Jerusalem to go into the land of Benjamin, to separate himself thence in the midst of the people.

13 And when he was in the gate of Benjamin, a captain of the ward was there, whose name was Irijah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Hananiah; and he took Jeremiah the prophet, saying, Thou fallest away to the Chaldeans.

14 Then said Jeremiah, It is false; I fall not away to the Chaldeans. But he hearkened not to him: so Irijah took Jeremiah, and brought him to the princes.

15 Wherefore the princes were wroth with Jeremiah, and smote him, and put him in prison in the house of Jonathan the scribe: for they had made that the prison.

16 When Jeremiah was entered into the dungeon, and into the cabins, and Jeremiah had remained there many days;

17 Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took him out: and the king asked him secretly in his house, and said, Is there any word from the Lord? And Jeremiah said, There is: for, said he, thou shalt be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon.

18 Moreover Jeremiah said unto king Zedekiah, What have I offended against thee, or against thy servants, or against this people, that ye have put me in prison?

19 Where are now your prophets which prophesied unto you, saying, The king of Babylon shall not come against you, nor against this land?

20 Therefore hear now, I pray thee, O my lord the king: let my supplication, I pray thee, be accepted before thee; that thou cause me not to return to the house of Jonathan the scribe, lest I die there.

21 Then Zedekiah the king commanded that they should commit Jeremiah into the court of the prison, and that they should give him daily a piece of bread out of the bakers' street, until all the bread in the city were spent. Thus Jeremiah remained in the court of the prison.

38 Then Shephatiah the son of Mattan, and Gedaliah the son of Pashur, and Jucal the son of Shelemiah, and Pashur the son of Malchiah, heard the words that Jeremiah had spoken unto all the people, saying,

Thus saith the Lord, He that remaineth in this city shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence: but he that goeth forth to the Chaldeans shall live; for he shall have his life for a prey, and shall live.

Thus saith the Lord, This city shall surely be given into the hand of the king of Babylon's army, which shall take it.

Therefore the princes said unto the king, We beseech thee, let this man be put to death: for thus he weakeneth the hands of the men of war that remain in this city, and the hands of all the people, in speaking such words unto them: for this man seeketh not the welfare of this people, but the hurt.

Then Zedekiah the king said, Behold, he is in your hand: for the king is not he that can do any thing against you.

Then took they Jeremiah, and cast him into the dungeon of Malchiah the son of Hammelech, that was in the court of the prison: and they let down Jeremiah with cords. And in the dungeon there was no water, but mire: so Jeremiah sunk in the mire.

Now when Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, one of the eunuchs which was in the king's house, heard that they had put Jeremiah in the dungeon; the king then sitting in the gate of Benjamin;

Ebedmelech went forth out of the king's house, and spake to the king saying,

My lord the king, these men have done evil in all that they have done to Jeremiah the prophet, whom they have cast into the dungeon; and he is like to die for hunger in the place where he is: for there is no more bread in the city.

10 Then the king commanded Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, saying, Take from hence thirty men with thee, and take up Jeremiah the prophet out of the dungeon, before he die.

11 So Ebedmelech took the men with him, and went into the house of the king under the treasury, and took thence old cast clouts and old rotten rags, and let them down by cords into the dungeon to Jeremiah.

12 And Ebedmelech the Ethiopian said unto Jeremiah, Put now these old cast clouts and rotten rags under thine armholes under the cords. And Jeremiah did so.

13 So they drew up Jeremiah with cords, and took him up out of the dungeon: and Jeremiah remained in the court of the prison.

14 Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took Jeremiah the prophet unto him into the third entry that is in the house of the Lord: and the king said unto Jeremiah, I will ask thee a thing; hide nothing from me.

15 Then Jeremiah said unto Zedekiah, If I declare it unto thee, wilt thou not surely put me to death? and if I give thee counsel, wilt thou not hearken unto me?

16 So Zedekiah the king sware secretly unto Jeremiah, saying, As the Lord liveth, that made us this soul, I will not put thee to death, neither will I give thee into the hand of these men that seek thy life.

17 Then said Jeremiah unto Zedekiah, Thus saith the Lord, the God of hosts, the God of Israel; If thou wilt assuredly go forth unto the king of Babylon's princes, then thy soul shall live, and this city shall not be burned with fire; and thou shalt live, and thine house:

18 But if thou wilt not go forth to the king of Babylon's princes, then shall this city be given into the hand of the Chaldeans, and they shall burn it with fire, and thou shalt not escape out of their hand.

19 And Zedekiah the king said unto Jeremiah, I am afraid of the Jews that are fallen to the Chaldeans, lest they deliver me into their hand, and they mock me.

20 But Jeremiah said, They shall not deliver thee. Obey, I beseech thee, the voice of the Lord, which I speak unto thee: so it shall be well unto thee, and thy soul shall live.

21 But if thou refuse to go forth, this is the word that the Lord hath shewed me:

22 And, behold, all the women that are left in the king of Judah's house shall be brought forth to the king of Babylon's princes, and those women shall say, Thy friends have set thee on, and have prevailed against thee: thy feet are sunk in the mire, and they are turned away back.

23 So they shall bring out all thy wives and thy children to the Chaldeans: and thou shalt not escape out of their hand, but shalt be taken by the hand of the king of Babylon: and thou shalt cause this city to be burned with fire.

24 Then said Zedekiah unto Jeremiah, Let no man know of these words, and thou shalt not die.

25 But if the princes hear that I have talked with thee, and they come unto thee, and say unto thee, Declare unto us now what thou hast said unto the king, hide it not from us, and we will not put thee to death; also what the king said unto thee:

26 Then thou shalt say unto them, I presented my supplication before the king, that he would not cause me to return to Jonathan's house, to die there.

27 Then came all the princes unto Jeremiah, and asked him: and he told them according to all these words that the king had commanded. So they left off speaking with him; for the matter was not perceived.

28 So Jeremiah abode in the court of the prison until the day that Jerusalem was taken: and he was there when Jerusalem was taken.

1 Timothy 6:1-21

All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect,S Eph 6:5 so that God’s name and our teaching may not be slandered.1Ti 5:14; Tit 2:5, 8Those who have believing masters should not show them disrespect just because they are fellow believers.Phm 16 Instead, they should serve them even better because their masters are dear to them as fellow believers and are devoted to the welfareOr and benefit from the service of their slaves.

False Teachers and the Love of Money

These are the things you are to teach and insist on.1Ti 4:11If anyone teaches otherwise1Ti 1:3 and does not agree to the sound instructionS 1Ti 1:10 of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching,they are conceited1Ti 3:6; 2Ti 3:4 and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about wordsS 2Ti 2:14 that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicionsand constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth2Ti 3:8; Tit 1:15 and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.

But godliness with contentmentPhp 4:11; Heb 13:5 is great gain.1Ti 4:8For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.Job 1:21; Ps 49:17; Ecc 5:15But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.Pr 30:8; Heb 13:5Those who want to get richPr 15:27; 28:20 fall into temptation and a trap1Ti 3:7 and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.10 For the love of moneyS 1Ti 3:3 is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faithver 21; Jas 5:19 and pierced themselves with many griefs.Jos 7:21

Final Charge to Timothy

11 But you, man of God,2Ti 3:17 flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness,ver 3, 5, 6; S 1Ti 2:2 faith, love,1Ti 1:14; 2Ti 2:22; 3:10 endurance and gentleness.12 Fight the good fight1Co 9:25, 26; S 1Ti 1:18 of the faith. Take hold ofver 19; Php 3:12 the eternal lifeS Mt 25:46 to which you were called when you made your good confessionS Heb 3:1 in the presence of many witnesses.13 In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius PilateJn 18:33-37 made the good confession,ver 12 I charge you1Ti 5:21; 2Ti 4:114 to keep this command without spot or blameS 1Th 3:13 until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,S 1Co 1:7; 2Ti 1:10; 4:1, 815 which God will bring about in his own time1Ti 2:6; Tit 1:3—God, the blessed1Ti 1:11 and only Ruler,1Ti 1:17 the King of kings and Lord of lords,Dt 10:17; Ps 136:3; Da 2:47; Rev 1:5; 17:14; 19:1616 who alone is immortal1Ti 1:17 and who lives in unapproachable light,Ps 104:2; 1Jn 1:7 whom no one has seen or can see.S Jn 1:18 To him be honor and might forever. Amen.S Ro 11:36

17 Command those who are richver 9 in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth,Ps 62:10; Jer 49:4; Lk 12:20, 21 which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God,1Ti 4:10 who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.Ac 14:1718 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds,S 1Ti 5:10 and to be generous and willing to share.Ro 12:8, 13; Eph 4:2819 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselvesS Mt 6:20 as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold ofver 12; Php 3:12 the life that is truly life.

20 Timothy, guard what has been entrusted2Ti 1:12, 14 to your care. Turn away from godless chatter2Ti 2:16 and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge,21 which some have professed and in so doing have departed from the faith.ver 10; 2Ti 2:18

Grace be with you all.S Col 4:18

All slaves should show full respect for their masters so they will not bring shame on the name of God and his teaching.If the masters are believers, that is no excuse for being disrespectful. Those slaves should work all the harder because their efforts are helping other believersGreek brothers. who are well loved.

False Teaching and True Riches

Teach these things, Timothy, and encourage everyone to obey them.Some people may contradict our teaching, but these are the wholesome teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. These teachings promote a godly life.Anyone who teaches something different is arrogant and lacks understanding. Such a person has an unhealthy desire to quibble over the meaning of words. This stirs up arguments ending in jealousy, division, slander, and evil suspicions.These people always cause trouble. Their minds are corrupt, and they have turned their backs on the truth. To them, a show of godliness is just a way to become wealthy.

Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth.After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it.So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.

But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction.10 For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

Paul’s Final Instructions

11 But you, Timothy, are a man of God; so run from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness.12 Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses.13 And I charge you before God, who gives life to all, and before Christ Jesus, who gave a good testimony before Pontius Pilate,14 that you obey this command without wavering. Then no one can find fault with you from now until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.15 For,

At just the right time Christ will be revealed from heaven by the blessed and only almighty God, the King of all kings and Lord of all lords.16 He alone can never die, and he lives in light so brilliant that no human can approach him. No human eye has ever seen him, nor ever will. All honor and power to him forever! Amen.

17 Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.18 Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others.19 By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.

20 Timothy, guard what God has entrusted to you. Avoid godless, foolish discussions with those who oppose you with their so-called knowledge.21 Some people have wandered from the faith by following such foolishness.

May God’s grace be with you all.

Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.

And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.

If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;

He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,

Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

But godliness with contentment is great gain.

For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;

14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.

17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;

18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;

19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:

21 Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.

Psalm 89:38-52

38 But you have rejected,1Ch 28:9; Ps 44:9; 78:59 you have spurned,

you have been very angry with your anointed one.

39 You have renounced the covenant with your servant

and have defiled his crown in the dust.La 5:16

40 You have broken through all his wallsS Ps 80:12

and reduced his strongholdsIsa 22:5; La 2:2 to ruins.

41 All who pass by have plunderedS Jdg 2:14 him;

he has become the scorn of his neighbors.S Ps 44:13

42 You have exalted the right hand of his foes;

you have made all his enemies rejoice.Ps 13:2; 80:6

43 Indeed, you have turned back the edge of his sword

and have not supported him in battle.Ps 44:10

44 You have put an end to his splendor

and cast his throne to the ground.

45 You have cut shortS Ps 39:5 the days of his youth;

you have covered him with a mantle of shame.Ps 44:15; 109:29

46 How long, Lord? Will you hide yourself forever?

How long will your wrath burn like fire?Ps 79:5

47 Remember how fleeting is my life.S Ge 47:9; S Job 7:7; Ps 39:5; 1Pe 1:24

For what futility you have created all humanity!

48 Who can live and not see death,

or who can escape the power of the grave?S Ge 5:24; Ps 22:29

49 Lord, where is your former great love,

which in your faithfulness you swore to David?

50 Remember, Lord, how your servant hasOr your servants have been mocked,Ps 69:19

how I bear in my heart the taunts of all the nations,

51 the taunts with which your enemies, Lord, have mocked,

with which they have mocked every step of your anointed one.Ps 74:10

52 Praise be to the Lord forever!

Amen and Amen.S Ps 41:13; S 72:19

38 But now you have rejected him and cast him off.

You are angry with your anointed king.

39 You have renounced your covenant with him;

you have thrown his crown in the dust.

40 You have broken down the walls protecting him

and ruined every fort defending him.

41 Everyone who comes along has robbed him,

and he has become a joke to his neighbors.

42 You have strengthened his enemies

and made them all rejoice.

43 You have made his sword useless

and refused to help him in battle.

44 You have ended his splendor

and overturned his throne.

45 You have made him old before his time

and publicly disgraced him. Interlude

46 O Lord, how long will this go on?

Will you hide yourself forever?

How long will your anger burn like fire?

47 Remember how short my life is,

how empty and futile this human existence!

48 No one can live forever; all will die.

No one can escape the power of the grave.Hebrew of Sheol. Interlude

49 Lord, where is your unfailing love?

You promised it to David with a faithful pledge.

50 Consider, Lord, how your servants are disgraced!

I carry in my heart the insults of so many people.

51 Your enemies have mocked me, O Lord;

they mock your anointed king wherever he goes.

52 Praise the Lord forever!

Amen and amen!

38 But thou hast cast off and abhorred, thou hast been wroth with thine anointed.

39 Thou hast made void the covenant of thy servant: thou hast profaned his crown by casting it to the ground.

40 Thou hast broken down all his hedges; thou hast brought his strong holds to ruin.

41 All that pass by the way spoil him: he is a reproach to his neighbours.

42 Thou hast set up the right hand of his adversaries; thou hast made all his enemies to rejoice.

43 Thou hast also turned the edge of his sword, and hast not made him to stand in the battle.

44 Thou hast made his glory to cease, and cast his throne down to the ground.

45 The days of his youth hast thou shortened: thou hast covered him with shame. Selah.

46 How long, Lord? wilt thou hide thyself for ever? shall thy wrath burn like fire?

47 Remember how short my time is: wherefore hast thou made all men in vain?

48 What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.

49 Lord, where are thy former lovingkindnesses, which thou swarest unto David in thy truth?

50 Remember, Lord, the reproach of thy servants; how I do bear in my bosom the reproach of all the mighty people;

51 Wherewith thine enemies have reproached, O Lord; wherewith they have reproached the footsteps of thine anointed.

52 Blessed be the Lord for evermore. Amen, and Amen.

Proverbs 25:28

28 Like a city whose walls are broken through

is a person who lacks self-control.

28 A person without self-control

is like a city with broken-down walls.

28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

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