Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Although the word discipline may create a negative connotation in our minds, it is actually quite a positive principle. In our flesh, we are content to do as we please, say what we want, and live how we feel. Discipline, however, gets our flesh in order. It is like putting a train on its track. The train has far more freedom on the track than it would have if it were trying to be free off the track!

How it offends us to be in public with someone whose child is totally unruly and undisciplined! It is an embarrassment to the family and to the child. Conversely, when children know their places, their boundaries, and their limitations, they experience real freedom and security. Disciplined children are a blessing both to themselves and everybody else.

God, as our Father, wants to train us. He is willing to confront us and help us change areas of our lives that bring shame upon the Kingdom of God. Because of His concern and love for us, He says, "But I must discipline you; I cannot let you go unpunished" (Jeremiah 46:28).

Discipline is a blessing! Put yourself in the hands of the Lord, and remember that His discipline is not rejection, but genuine acceptance.

Jeremiah 44:24-47:7

24 Then Jeremiah said to all the people, including the women,S Ge 3:6 “Hear the word of the Lord, all you people of Judah in Egypt.Jer 43:725 This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: You and your wivesS Pr 31:10 have done what you said you would do when you promised, ‘We will certainly carry out the vows we made to burn incense and pour out drink offerings to the Queen of Heaven.’S ver 17; S Dt 32:38

“Go ahead then, do what you promised! Keep your vows!S Pr 20:25; Eze 20:39; Jas 1:13-1526 But hear the word of the Lord, all you Jews living in Egypt:S Jer 24:8 ‘I swearS Ge 22:16; S Isa 48:1; Ac 19:13; Heb 6:13-17 by my great name,’ says the Lord, ‘that no one from Judah living anywhere in Egypt will ever again invoke my name or swear, “As surely as the SovereignS Ge 15:2 Lord lives.”Dt 32:40; Ps 50:16; S Jer 4:227 For I am watchingS Jer 1:12 over them for harm,S Jer 21:10 not for good; the Jews in Egypt will perishS Lev 26:38; S Job 15:22; 2Pe 3:9 by sword and famineS Ge 41:55 until they are all destroyed.S Jer 9:16; Da 9:14; Am 9:828 Those who escape the swordJer 45:5; Eze 6:8 and return to the land of Judah from Egypt will be very few.ver 13-14; S Isa 10:19 Then the whole remnantS 2Ki 21:14 of Judah who came to live in Egypt will know whose word will standS Isa 7:9; S Jer 39:16; 42:15-18—mine or theirs.S ver 17, 25-26

29 “‘This will be the signS Ge 24:14; S Ex 3:12; S Nu 16:38; S Mt 12:38; 24:3 to you that I will punishS Ex 32:34 you in this place,’ declares the Lord, ‘so that you will know that my threats of harm against you will surely stand.’S Pr 19:2130 This is what the Lord says: ‘I am going to deliver PharaohS Jer 25:19; 46:26; Eze 30:21; 32:32 Hophra king of Egypt into the hands of his enemies who want to kill him, just as I gave Zedekiah2Ki 25:1-7; S Jer 24:8 king of Judah into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, the enemy who wanted to kill him.’”Jer 43:9-13

A Message to Baruch

45 When BaruchS Jer 32:12 son of NeriahJer 51:59 wrote on a scrollS Ex 17:14; S Ps 40:7 the words Jeremiah the prophet dictated in the fourth year of JehoiakimS 2Ch 36:5 son of Josiah king of Judah, Jeremiah said this to Baruch:“This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says to you, Baruch:You said, ‘WoeS Isa 24:16; 1Co 9:16 to me! The Lord has added sorrowS Ps 119:28; Mk 14:34; Ro 9:2 to my pain;S Job 6:10 I am worn out with groaningS Job 23:2; Ps 69:3 and find no rest.’S Jos 1:13; Mt 11:28; Heb 4:3But the Lord has told me to say to you, ‘This is what the Lord says: I will overthrow what I have built and uprootS Jer 42:10 what I have planted,S Jer 11:17 throughout the earth.S Dt 28:63; S 30:9; Isa 5:5-7; Jer 18:7-10Should you then seek greatPs 131:1 things for yourself? Do not seek them.Mt 6:25-27, 33 For I will bring disasterJer 11:11; 40:2 on all people,S Jer 2:35 declares the Lord, but wherever you go I will let you escapeS Ps 68:20; S Jer 44:28 with your life.’”S Jer 21:9

A Message About Egypt

46 This is the word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the nations:S Jer 1:10

Concerning Egypt:S Ex 1:8

This is the message against the army of Pharaoh NechoS 2Ki 23:29 king of Egypt, which was defeated at CarchemishS 2Ch 35:20 on the EuphratesS Ge 2:14 River by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon in the fourth year of JehoiakimJer 1:3; 25:1; 35:1; 36:1; 45:1; Da 1:1 son of Josiah king of Judah:

“Prepare your shields,S Isa 21:5 both large and small,

and march out for battle!

Harness the horses,

mount the steeds!

Take your positions

with helmets on!

PolishEze 21:9-11 your spears,

put on your armor!1Sa 17:5, 38; 2Ch 26:14; Ne 4:16

What do I see?

They are terrified,

they are retreating,

their warriors are defeated.

They fleever 21; Jer 48:44 in haste

without looking back,

and there is terrorS Ps 31:13; S 48:5 on every side,”

declares the Lord.

“The swift cannot fleeIsa 30:16

nor the strong escape.

In the north by the River EuphratesGe 2:14; 15:18

they stumble and fall.ver 12, 16; S Ps 20:8

“Who is this that rises like the Nile,

like rivers of surging waters?Jer 47:2

Egypt rises like the Nile,Eze 29:3, 9; 30:12; Am 8:8

like rivers of surging waters.

She says, ‘I will rise and cover the earth;

I will destroy cities and their people.’Da 11:10

Charge, you horses!

Drive furiously, you charioteers!Jer 47:3; Eze 26:10; Na 3:2

March on, you warriors—men of CushThat is, the upper Nile regionS Ge 10:6 and Put who carry shields,

men of LydiaS Isa 66:19 who draw the bow.

10 But that dayEze 32:10; Joel 1:15; Ob 1:15 belongs to the Lord, the Lord Almighty—

a day of vengeanceS Nu 31:3; S Dt 32:41; 2Ki 23:29-30, for vengeance on his foes.

The sword will devourS Dt 32:42; S 2Sa 2:26; Zep 2:12 till it is satisfied,

till it has quenched its thirst with blood.S Dt 32:42

For the Lord, the Lord Almighty, will offer sacrificeS Lev 3:9; Zep 1:7

in the land of the north by the River Euphrates.Ge 2:14; 15:18

11 “Go up to Gilead and get balm,S Ge 37:25

VirginS 2Ki 19:21 Daughter Egypt.

But you try many medicines in vain;

there is no healingS Jer 30:13; S Mic 1:9 for you.

12 The nations will hear of your shame;

your cries will fill the earth.

One warrior will stumble over another;

both will fallS ver 6; Isa 19:4; Na 3:8-10 down together.”

13 This is the message the Lord spoke to Jeremiah the prophet about the coming of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylonver 26; Eze 32:11 to attack Egypt:Isa 19:1; Jer 27:7

14 “Announce this in Egypt, and proclaim it in Migdol;

proclaim it also in MemphisS Isa 19:13 and Tahpanhes:S Jer 43:8

‘Take your positions and get ready,

for the sword devoursS Dt 32:42; S 2Sa 2:26; S Jer 24:8 those around you.’

15 Why will your warriors be laid low?

They cannot stand, for the Lord will push them down.S Jos 23:5; Isa 66:15-16

16 They will stumbleS Lev 26:37 repeatedly;

they will fallS ver 6 over each other.

They will say, ‘Get up, let us go back

to our own peopleS Isa 13:14 and our native lands,

away from the sword of the oppressor.’S Jer 25:38

17 There they will exclaim,

‘Pharaoh king of Egypt is only a loud noise;1Ki 20:10-11

he has missed his opportunity.Isa 19:11-16

18 “As surely as I live,” declares the King,Jer 48:15

whose name is the Lord Almighty,

“one will come who is like TaborS Jos 19:22 among the mountains,

like Carmel1Ki 18:42 by the sea.

19 Pack your belongings for exile,S Isa 20:4

you who live in Egypt,

for MemphisS Isa 19:13 will be laid wasteEze 29:10, 12; 35:7

and lie in ruins without inhabitant.

20 “Egypt is a beautiful heifer,

but a gadfly is coming

against her from the north.ver 24; S Isa 14:31; Jer 47:2

21 The mercenariesS 2Ki 7:6 in her ranks

are like fattened calves.Lk 15:27

They too will turn and fleeS ver 5; S Job 20:24 together,

they will not stand their ground,

for the dayPs 18:18; 37:13; Jer 18:17 of disaster is coming upon them,

the timeS Job 18:20 for them to be punished.

22 Egypt will hiss like a fleeing serpent

as the enemy advances in force;

they will come against her with axes,

like men who cut down trees.Ps 74:5

23 They will chop down her forest,”

declares the Lord,

“dense though it be.

They are more numerous than locusts,S Dt 28:42; S Jdg 7:12

they cannot be counted.

24 Daughter Egypt will be put to shame,

given into the hands of the people of the north.S 2Ki 24:7

25 The Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “I am about to bring punishment on Amon god of Thebes,Eze 30:14; Na 3:8 on Pharaoh,2Ki 24:7; Eze 30:22 on Egypt and her godsS Jer 43:12 and her kings, and on those who relyIsa 20:6 on Pharaoh.26 I will give them into the handsS Jer 44:30 of those who want to kill them—Nebuchadnezzar kingS ver 13; S Isa 19:4 of Babylon and his officers. Later, however, Egypt will be inhabitedEze 29:11-16 as in times past,” declares the Lord.

27 “Do not be afraid,Isa 43:5; Jer 51:46 JacobIsa 41:8; 44:1; Mal 1:2 my servant;S Isa 44:2

do not be dismayed, Israel.

I will surely save you out of a distant place,

your descendants from the land of their exile.S Isa 11:11; S Jer 29:14; 50:19

Jacob will again have peace and security,

and no one will make him afraid.

28 Do not be afraid, Jacob my servant,

for I am with you,”S Ex 14:22; S Nu 14:9; Isa 8:9-10 declares the Lord.

“Though I completely destroyS Jer 4:27 all the nations

among which I scatter you,

I will not completely destroy you.

I will discipline you but only in due measure;

I will not let you go entirely unpunished.”

A Message About the Philistines

47 This is the word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the PhilistinesS Ge 10:14; S Jdg 3:31 before Pharaoh attacked Gaza:S Ge 10:19; Zec 9:5-7

This is what the Lord says:

“See how the waters are rising in the north;S Isa 14:31

they will become an overflowing torrent.

They will overflow the land and everything in it,

the towns and those who live in them.

The people will cry out;

all who dwell in the land will wailS Isa 15:3

at the sound of the hooves of galloping steeds,

at the noise of enemy chariotsS Jer 46:9; S Eze 23:24

and the rumble of their wheels.

Parents will not turn to help their children;

their hands will hang limp.Isa 13:7; Jer 50:43; Eze 7:17; 21:7

For the day has come

to destroy all the Philistines

and to remove all survivors

who could help TyreS Isa 23:1; Am 1:9-10; Zec 9:2-4 and Sidon.S Ge 10:15; S Jer 25:22

The Lord is about to destroy the Philistines,S Ge 10:14; Joel 3:4

the remnant from the coasts of Caphtor.That is, CreteS Dt 2:23

Gaza will shaveS Jer 41:5 her head in mourning;

AshkelonS Jer 25:20 will be silenced.

You remnant on the plain,

how long will you cutS Lev 19:28 yourselves?

“‘Alas, swordS Isa 34:5; Jer 12:12; 48:10; 50:35 of the Lord,

how long till you rest?

Return to your sheath;

cease and be still.’Eze 21:30

But how can it rest

when the Lord has commanded it,

when he has ordered it

to attack Ashkelon and the coast?”Eze 25:15-17

24 Then Jeremiah said to them all, including the women, “Listen to this message from the Lord, all you citizens of Judah who live in Egypt.25 This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: ‘You and your wives have said, “We will keep our promises to burn incense and pour out liquid offerings to the Queen of Heaven,” and you have proved by your actions that you meant it. So go ahead and carry out your promises and vows to her!’

26 “But listen to this message from the Lord, all you Judeans now living in Egypt: ‘I have sworn by my great name,’ says the Lord, ‘that my name will no longer be spoken by any of the Judeans in the land of Egypt. None of you may invoke my name or use this oath: “As surely as the Sovereign Lord lives.”27 For I will watch over you to bring you disaster and not good. Everyone from Judah who is now living in Egypt will suffer war and famine until all of you are dead.28 Only a small number will escape death and return to Judah from Egypt. Then all those who came to Egypt will find out whose words are true—mine or theirs!

29 “‘And this is the proof I give you,’ says the Lord, ‘that all I have threatened will happen to you and that I will punish you here.’30 This is what the Lord says: ‘I will turn Pharaoh Hophra, king of Egypt, over to his enemies who want to kill him, just as I turned King Zedekiah of Judah over to King NebuchadnezzarHebrew Nebuchadrezzar, a variant spelling of Nebuchadnezzar. of Babylon.’”

A Message for Baruch

45 The prophet Jeremiah gave a message to Baruch son of Neriah in the fourth year of the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah,The fourth year of Jehoiakim’s reign was 605 B.c. after Baruch had written down everything Jeremiah had dictated to him. He said,“This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says to you, Baruch:You have said, ‘I am overwhelmed with trouble! Haven’t I had enough pain already? And now the Lord has added more! I am worn out from sighing and can find no rest.’

“Baruch, this is what the Lord says: ‘I will destroy this nation that I built. I will uproot what I planted.Are you seeking great things for yourself? Don’t do it! I will bring great disaster upon all these people; but I will give you your life as a reward wherever you go. I, the Lord, have spoken!’”

Messages for the Nations

46 The following messages were given to Jeremiah the prophet from the Lord concerning foreign nations.

Messages about Egypt

This message concerning Egypt was given in the fourth year of the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, the king of Judah, on the occasion of the battle of CarchemishThis event occurred in 605 B.c., during the fourth year of Jehoiakim’s reign (according to the calendar system in which the new year begins in the spring). when Pharaoh Neco, king of Egypt, and his army were defeated beside the Euphrates River by King NebuchadnezzarHebrew Nebuchadrezzar, a variant spelling of Nebuchadnezzar; also in 46:13, 26. of Babylon.

“Prepare your shields,

and advance into battle!

Harness the horses,

and mount the stallions.

Take your positions.

Put on your helmets.

Sharpen your spears,

and prepare your armor.

But what do I see?

The Egyptian army flees in terror.

The bravest of its fighting men run

without a backward glance.

They are terrorized at every turn,”

says the Lord.

“The swiftest runners cannot flee;

the mightiest warriors cannot escape.

By the Euphrates River to the north,

they stumble and fall.

“Who is this, rising like the Nile at floodtime,

overflowing all the land?

It is the Egyptian army,

overflowing all the land,

boasting that it will cover the earth like a flood,

destroying cities and their people.

Charge, you horses and chariots;

attack, you mighty warriors of Egypt!

Come, all you allies from Ethiopia, Libya, and LydiaHebrew from Cush, Put, and Lud.

who are skilled with the shield and bow!

10 For this is the day of the Lord, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies,

a day of vengeance on his enemies.

The sword will devour until it is satisfied,

yes, until it is drunk with your blood!

The Lord, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, will receive a sacrifice today

in the north country beside the Euphrates River.

11 “Go up to Gilead to get medicine,

O virgin daughter of Egypt!

But your many treatments

will bring you no healing.

12 The nations have heard of your shame.

The earth is filled with your cries of despair.

Your mightiest warriors will run into each other

and fall down together.”

13 Then the Lord gave the prophet Jeremiah this message about King Nebuchadnezzar’s plans to attack Egypt.

14 “Shout it out in Egypt!

Publish it in the cities of Migdol, Memphis,Hebrew Noph; also in 46:19. and Tahpanhes!

Mobilize for battle,

for the sword will devour everyone around you.

15 Why have your warriors fallen?

They cannot stand, for the Lord has knocked them down.

16 They stumble and fall over each other

and say among themselves,

‘Come, let’s go back to our people,

to the land of our birth.

Let’s get away from the sword of the enemy!’

17 There they will say,

‘Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, is a loudmouth

who missed his opportunity!’

18 “As surely as I live,” says the King,

whose name is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies,

“one is coming against Egypt

who is as tall as Mount Tabor,

or as Mount Carmel by the sea!

19 Pack up! Get ready to leave for exile,

you citizens of Egypt!

The city of Memphis will be destroyed,

without a single inhabitant.

20 Egypt is as sleek as a beautiful heifer,

but a horsefly from the north is on its way!

21 Egypt’s mercenaries have become like fattened calves.

They, too, will turn and run,

for it is a day of great disaster for Egypt,

a time of great punishment.

22 Egypt flees, silent as a serpent gliding away.

The invading army marches in;

they come against her with axes like woodsmen.

23 They will cut down her people like trees,” says the Lord,

“for they are more numerous than locusts.

24 Egypt will be humiliated;

she will be handed over to people from the north.”

25 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: “I will punish Amon, the god of Thebes,Hebrew of No. and all the other gods of Egypt. I will punish its rulers and Pharaoh, too, and all who trust in him.26 I will hand them over to those who want them killed—to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and his army. But afterward the land will recover from the ravages of war. I, the Lord, have spoken!

27 “But do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant;

do not be dismayed, Israel.

For I will bring you home again from distant lands,

and your children will return from their exile.

IsraelHebrew Jacob. See note on 5:20. will return to a life of peace and quiet,

and no one will terrorize them.

28 Do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant,

for I am with you,” says the Lord.

“I will completely destroy the nations to which I have exiled you,

but I will not completely destroy you.

I will discipline you, but with justice;

I cannot let you go unpunished.”

A Message about Philistia

47 This is the Lord’s message to the prophet Jeremiah concerning the Philistines of Gaza, before it was captured by the Egyptian army.This is what the Lord says:

“A flood is coming from the north

to overflow the land.

It will destroy the land and everything in it—

cities and people alike.

People will scream in terror,

and everyone in the land will wail.

Hear the clatter of stallions’ hooves

and the rumble of wheels as the chariots rush by.

Terrified fathers run madly,

without a backward glance at their helpless children.

“The time has come for the Philistines to be destroyed,

along with their allies from Tyre and Sidon.

Yes, the Lord is destroying the remnant of the Philistines,

those colonists from the island of Crete.Hebrew from Caphtor.

Gaza will be humiliated, its head shaved bald;

Ashkelon will lie silent.

You remnant from the Mediterranean coast,Hebrew the plain.

how long will you cut yourselves in mourning?

“Now, O sword of the Lord,

when will you be at rest again?

Go back into your sheath;

rest and be still.

“But how can it be still

when the Lord has sent it on a mission?

For the city of Ashkelon

and the people living along the sea

must be destroyed.”

24 Moreover Jeremiah said unto all the people, and to all the women, Hear the word of the Lord, all Judah that are in the land of Egypt:

25 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, saying; Ye and your wives have both spoken with your mouths, and fulfilled with your hand, saying, We will surely perform our vows that we have vowed, to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her: ye will surely accomplish your vows, and surely perform your vows.

26 Therefore hear ye the word of the Lord, all Judah that dwell in the land of Egypt; Behold, I have sworn by my great name, saith the Lord, that my name shall no more be named in the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, The Lord God liveth.

27 Behold, I will watch over them for evil, and not for good: and all the men of Judah that are in the land of Egypt shall be consumed by the sword and by the famine, until there be an end of them.

28 Yet a small number that escape the sword shall return out of the land of Egypt into the land of Judah, and all the remnant of Judah, that are gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall know whose words shall stand, mine, or their's.

29 And this shall be a sign unto you, saith the Lord, that I will punish you in this place, that ye may know that my words shall surely stand against you for evil:

30 Thus saith the Lord; Behold, I will give Pharaohhophra king of Egypt into the hand of his enemies, and into the hand of them that seek his life; as I gave Zedekiah king of Judah into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, his enemy, and that sought his life.

45 The word that Jeremiah the prophet spake unto Baruch the son of Neriah, when he had written these words in a book at the mouth of Jeremiah, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, saying,

Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, unto thee, O Baruch:

Thou didst say, Woe is me now! for the Lord hath added grief to my sorrow; I fainted in my sighing, and I find no rest.

Thus shalt thou say unto him, The Lord saith thus; Behold, that which I have built will I break down, and that which I have planted I will pluck up, even this whole land.

And seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not: for, behold, I will bring evil upon all flesh, saith the Lord: but thy life will I give unto thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest.

46 The word of the Lord which came to Jeremiah the prophet against the Gentiles;

Against Egypt, against the army of Pharaohnecho king of Egypt, which was by the river Euphrates in Carchemish, which Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon smote in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah.

Order ye the buckler and shield, and draw near to battle.

Harness the horses; and get up, ye horsemen, and stand forth with your helmets; furbish the spears, and put on the brigandines.

Wherefore have I seen them dismayed and turned away back? and their mighty ones are beaten down, and are fled apace, and look not back: for fear was round about, saith the Lord.

Let not the swift flee away, nor the mighty man escape; they shall stumble, and fall toward the north by the river Euphrates.

Who is this that cometh up as a flood, whose waters are moved as the rivers?

Egypt riseth up like a flood, and his waters are moved like the rivers; and he saith, I will go up, and will cover the earth; I will destroy the city and the inhabitants thereof.

Come up, ye horses; and rage, ye chariots; and let the mighty men come forth; the Ethiopians and the Libyans, that handle the shield; and the Lydians, that handle and bend the bow.

10 For this is the day of the Lord God of hosts, a day of vengeance, that he may avenge him of his adversaries: and the sword shall devour, and it shall be satiate and made drunk with their blood: for the Lord God of hosts hath a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates.

11 Go up into Gilead, and take balm, O virgin, the daughter of Egypt: in vain shalt thou use many medicines; for thou shalt not be cured.

12 The nations have heard of thy shame, and thy cry hath filled the land: for the mighty man hath stumbled against the mighty, and they are fallen both together.

13 The word that the Lord spake to Jeremiah the prophet, how Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon should come and smite the land of Egypt.

14 Declare ye in Egypt, and publish in Migdol, and publish in Noph and in Tahpanhes: say ye, Stand fast, and prepare thee; for the sword shall devour round about thee.

15 Why are thy valiant men swept away? they stood not, because the Lord did drive them.

16 He made many to fall, yea, one fell upon another: and they said, Arise, and let us go again to our own people, and to the land of our nativity, from the oppressing sword.

17 They did cry there, Pharaoh king of Egypt is but a noise; he hath passed the time appointed.

18 As I live, saith the King, whose name is the Lord of hosts, Surely as Tabor is among the mountains, and as Carmel by the sea, so shall he come.

19 O thou daughter dwelling in Egypt, furnish thyself to go into captivity: for Noph shall be waste and desolate without an inhabitant.

20 Egypt is like a very fair heifer, but destruction cometh; it cometh out of the north.

21 Also her hired men are in the midst of her like fatted bullocks; for they also are turned back, and are fled away together: they did not stand, because the day of their calamity was come upon them, and the time of their visitation.

22 The voice thereof shall go like a serpent; for they shall march with an army, and come against her with axes, as hewers of wood.

23 They shall cut down her forest, saith the Lord, though it cannot be searched; because they are more than the grasshoppers, and are innumerable.

24 The daughter of Egypt shall be confounded; she shall be delivered into the hand of the people of the north.

25 The Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, saith; Behold, I will punish the multitude of No, and Pharaoh, and Egypt, with their gods, and their kings; even Pharaoh, and all them that trust in him:

26 And I will deliver them into the hand of those that seek their lives, and into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of his servants: and afterward it shall be inhabited, as in the days of old, saith the Lord.

27 But fear not thou, O my servant Jacob, and be not dismayed, O Israel: for, behold, I will save thee from afar off, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and be in rest and at ease, and none shall make him afraid.

28 Fear thou not, O Jacob my servant, saith the Lord: for I am with thee; for I will make a full end of all the nations whither I have driven thee: but I will not make a full end of thee, but correct thee in measure; yet will I not leave thee wholly unpunished.

47 The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet against the Philistines, before that Pharaoh smote Gaza.

Thus saith the Lord; Behold, waters rise up out of the north, and shall be an overflowing flood, and shall overflow the land, and all that is therein; the city, and them that dwell therein: then the men shall cry, and all the inhabitants of the land shall howl.

At the noise of the stamping of the hoofs of his strong horses, at the rushing of his chariots, and at the rumbling of his wheels, the fathers shall not look back to their children for feebleness of hands;

Because of the day that cometh to spoil all the Philistines, and to cut off from Tyrus and Zidon every helper that remaineth: for the Lord will spoil the Philistines, the remnant of the country of Caphtor.

Baldness is come upon Gaza; Ashkelon is cut off with the remnant of their valley: how long wilt thou cut thyself?

O thou sword of the Lord, how long will it be ere thou be quiet? put up thyself into thy scabbard, rest, and be still.

How can it be quiet, seeing the Lord hath given it a charge against Ashkelon, and against the sea shore? there hath he appointed it.

2 Timothy 2:22-3:17

22 Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love1Ti 1:14; 6:11 and peace, along with those who call on the LordS Ac 2:21 out of a pure heart.1Ti 1:523 Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.S ver 1424 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.1Ti 3:2, 325 Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth,S 1Ti 2:426 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil,1Ti 3:7 who has taken them captive to do his will.

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.1Ti 4:1; 2Pe 3:3People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money,S 1Ti 3:3 boastful, proud,Ro 1:30 abusive,2Pe 2:10-12 disobedient to their parents,Ro 1:30 ungrateful, unholy,without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good,treacherous,Ps 25:3 rash, conceited,1Ti 3:6; 6:4 lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godlinessS 1Ti 2:2 but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.S Ro 16:17

They are the kind who worm their wayJude 4 into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires,always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth.S 1Ti 2:4Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses,Ex 7:11 so also these teachers opposeAc 13:8 the truth. They are men of depraved minds,1Ti 6:5 who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected.But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men,Ex 7:12; 8:18; 9:11 their folly will be clear to everyone.

A Final Charge to Timothy

10 You, however, know all about my teaching,1Ti 4:6 my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance,11 persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch,Ac 13:14, 50 IconiumS Ac 13:51 and Lystra,Ac 14:6 the persecutions I endured.2Co 11:23-27 Yet the Lord rescuedS Ro 15:31 me from all of them.Ps 34:1912 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,Jn 15:20; S Ac 14:2213 while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse,2Ti 2:16 deceiving and being deceived.S Mk 13:514 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it,2Ti 1:1315 and how from infancy2Ti 1:5 you have known the Holy Scriptures,Jn 5:39 which are able to make you wiseDt 4:6; Ps 119:98, 99 for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.16 All Scripture is God-breathed2Pe 1:20, 21 and is useful for teaching,S Ro 4:23, 24 rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,Dt 29:2917 so that the servant of GodOr that you, a man of God,1Ti 6:11 may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.2Ti 2:21

22 Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.

23 Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights.24 A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people.25 Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth.26 Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants.

The Dangers of the Last Days

You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times.For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred.They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good.They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God.They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!

They are the kind who work their way into people’s homes and win the confidence ofGreek and take captive. vulnerable women who are burdened with the guilt of sin and controlled by various desires.(Such women are forever following new teachings, but they are never able to understand the truth.)These teachers oppose the truth just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses. They have depraved minds and a counterfeit faith.But they won’t get away with this for long. Someday everyone will recognize what fools they are, just as with Jannes and Jambres.

Paul’s Charge to Timothy

10 But you, Timothy, certainly know what I teach, and how I live, and what my purpose in life is. You know my faith, my patience, my love, and my endurance.11 You know how much persecution and suffering I have endured. You know all about how I was persecuted in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra—but the Lord rescued me from all of it.12 Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.13 But evil people and impostors will flourish. They will deceive others and will themselves be deceived.

14 But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you.15 You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus.16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.

24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,

25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their's also was.

10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,

11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.

12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

Psalm 94:1-23

Psalm 94

The Lord is a God who avenges.S Ge 4:24; Ro 12:19

O God who avenges, shine forth.S Dt 33:2; Ps 80:1

Rise up,S Nu 10:35 JudgeS Ge 18:25; Heb 12:23; S Jas 5:9 of the earth;

pay backS Ps 31:23 to the proud what they deserve.

How long, Lord, will the wicked,

how long will the wicked be jubilant?Ps 13:2

They pour out arrogantJer 43:2 words;

all the evildoers are full of boasting.S Ps 52:1

They crush your people,Ps 44:2; 74:8; Isa 3:15; Jer 8:21 Lord;

they oppress your inheritance.Ps 28:9

They slay the widowS Dt 10:18; S Isa 1:17 and the foreigner;

they murder the fatherless.Dt 24:19

They say, “The Lord does not see;S Job 22:14

the God of JacobS Ge 24:12 takes no notice.”

Take notice, you senseless onesS Dt 32:6; S Ps 73:22 among the people;

you fools, when will you become wise?

Does he who fashioned the ear not hear?

Does he who formed the eye not see?Ex 4:11; Pr 20:12

10 Does he who disciplinesS Ps 39:11 nations not punish?

Does he who teachesS Ex 35:34; Job 35:11; Isa 28:26 mankind lack knowledge?

11 The Lord knows all human plans;Ps 139:2; Pr 15:26; S Mt 9:4

he knows that they are futile.1Co 3:20*

12 Blessed is the one you discipline,S Job 5:17; 1Co 11:32; Heb 12:5 Lord,

the one you teachS Dt 8:3; S 1Sa 12:23 from your law;

13 you grant them relief from days of trouble,S Ps 86:7

till a pitS Ps 7:15; S 55:23 is dug for the wicked.

14 For the Lord will not reject his people;S Dt 31:6; Ps 37:28; Ro 11:2

he will never forsake his inheritance.

15 Judgment will again be founded on righteousness,Ps 97:2

and all the upright in heartPs 7:10; 11:2; S 36:10 will follow it.

16 Who will rise upNu 10:35; Ps 17:13; Isa 14:22 for me against the wicked?

Who will take a stand for me against evildoers?S Ps 59:2

17 Unless the Lord had given me help,Ps 124:2

I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.S Ps 31:17

18 When I said, “My foot is slipping,S Dt 32:35; S Job 12:5

your unfailing love, Lord, supported me.

19 When anxietyEcc 11:10 was great within me,

your consolationS Job 6:10 brought me joy.

20 Can a corrupt throneJer 22:30; 36:30 be allied with you—

a throne that brings on misery by its decrees?S Ps 58:2

21 The wicked band togetherS Ps 56:6 against the righteous

and condemn the innocentPs 106:38; Pr 17:15, 26; 28:21; Isa 5:20, 23; Mt 27:4 to death.S Ge 18:23

22 But the Lord has become my fortress,

and my God the rockS Ps 61:2 in whom I take refuge.S 2Sa 22:3; S Ps 18:2

23 He will repayS Ex 32:34; S Ps 54:5 them for their sins

and destroyPs 9:5; 37:38; 145:20 them for their wickedness;

the Lord our God will destroy them.

Psalm 94

O Lord, the God of vengeance,

O God of vengeance, let your glorious justice shine forth!

Arise, O Judge of the earth.

Give the proud what they deserve.

How long, O Lord?

How long will the wicked be allowed to gloat?

How long will they speak with arrogance?

How long will these evil people boast?

They crush your people, Lord,

hurting those you claim as your own.

They kill widows and foreigners

and murder orphans.

“The Lord isn’t looking,” they say,

“and besides, the God of IsraelHebrew of Jacob. See note on 44:4. doesn’t care.”

Think again, you fools!

When will you finally catch on?

Is he deaf—the one who made your ears?

Is he blind—the one who formed your eyes?

10 He punishes the nations—won’t he also punish you?

He knows everything—doesn’t he also know what you are doing?

11 The Lord knows people’s thoughts;

he knows they are worthless!

12 Joyful are those you discipline, Lord,

those you teach with your instructions.

13 You give them relief from troubled times

until a pit is dug to capture the wicked.

14 The Lord will not reject his people;

he will not abandon his special possession.

15 Judgment will again be founded on justice,

and those with virtuous hearts will pursue it.

16 Who will protect me from the wicked?

Who will stand up for me against evildoers?

17 Unless the Lord had helped me,

I would soon have settled in the silence of the grave.

18 I cried out, “I am slipping!”

but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me.

19 When doubts filled my mind,

your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.

20 Can unjust leaders claim that God is on their side—

leaders whose decrees permit injustice?

21 They gang up against the righteous

and condemn the innocent to death.

22 But the Lord is my fortress;

my God is the mighty rock where I hide.

23 God will turn the sins of evil people back on them.

He will destroy them for their sins.

The Lord our God will destroy them.

94 O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself.

Lift up thyself, thou judge of the earth: render a reward to the proud.

Lord, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph?

How long shall they utter and speak hard things? and all the workers of iniquity boast themselves?

They break in pieces thy people, O Lord, and afflict thine heritage.

They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless.

Yet they say, The Lord shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard it.

Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise?

He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?

10 He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not he correct? he that teacheth man knowledge, shall not he know?

11 The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.

12 Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O Lord, and teachest him out of thy law;

13 That thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked.

14 For the Lord will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance.

15 But judgment shall return unto righteousness: and all the upright in heart shall follow it.

16 Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?

17 Unless the Lord had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence.

18 When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O Lord, held me up.

19 In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.

20 Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?

21 They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood.

22 But the Lord is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge.

23 And he shall bring upon them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yea, the Lord our God shall cut them off.

Proverbs 26:6-8

Sending a message by the hands of a foolS Pr 10:26

is like cutting off one’s feet or drinking poison.

Like the useless legs of one who is lame

is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.ver 9

Like tying a stone in a sling

is the giving of honor to a fool.S ver 1

Trusting a fool to convey a message

is like cutting off one’s feet or drinking poison!

A proverb in the mouth of a fool

is as useless as a paralyzed leg.

Honoring a fool

is as foolish as tying a stone to a slingshot.

He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.

The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.

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